A Preppy Penny: A Casual Valentine’s Day

Happy Monday!

Strolling in with my best Valentine’s Day ideas!

If you’re going for more of a casual look, this is for you! One of the best things ways to save money when building your wardrobe is to have some go-tos that you can add statement pieces to, to make it different every time you wear it.

The big statement piece here is the pink coat! Mine (technically it’s my mom’s!) is from Old Navy and while they don’t have the same exact one right now, they still have a very nice pink one!

Find the pink coat here on Old Navy’s website and it’s on sale for $45! This photo is not mine, it belongs to Old Navy!

So what else, you can’t go really go out without anything underneath!

I wore simple dark wash jeans and I paired it with a gray sweater.

I’m going to skip over the jeans, I’m sure you all have jeans at home (dark wash isn’t necessary!). I’m going to skip over the sweater as well because I’m sure you can find this in your closet as well! I would suggest going with a neutral like gray, black, or cream!

You’re also going to need a statement necklace! I’m wearing my favorite one from J. Crew Factory.

The layered circle necklace from J. Crew Factory. It’s on sale for $20 right now! Photo belongs to J. Crew Factory!

The last must have is a simple black purse. I worked at DSW the summer before I went away to college and it’s such a great place to get purses! Kelly & Katie is one of my favorite brands for shoes and purses!

The Kelly & Katie Artemisio Crossbody is on sale for $30! The photo belongs to DSW.

And the last thing: just break out your favorite boots! Whether their higher or ankle booties, they tie this look together!

Stay stylish!




Money Saving Monday


At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: “Almost 80% of human trafficking is for sex, 19% is for labor, and the remaining 1% is a combination of a different reasons.  (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!



This Money Saving Monday is all about going on a spending freeze. I’ve only done one of these but after the holidays I am planning on doing another. A spending freeze is exactly what it sounds like: you do not spend any money for a designated period of time. I did one for approximately three weeks and it was hard! I included grocery shopping in this freeze so this really forced me to make food using what I had.

As a college student I have it easier because I do not have bills and if I had really needed something to make dinner I could just use my dining dollars at the convenience store on campus.

Until Christmas I will be doing a partial freeze so I will be refraining from buying unnecessary things.

Below are the directions for my partial freeze:

What I can spend money on…

  • Groceries (Although I am trying to make it through the end of the semester without going shopping!)
  • Gas (I’m trying not to go on too many trips but my ride home is long so it would be unrealistic to say I can’t say I won’t spend anything)
  • Any last minute presents

What I can’t spend money on…

  • Clothes
  • Trips to Panera (Once I get home and start working at the mall I am always there for my lunch or dinner breaks so I’m hoping to save a little extra money here.)

If you’re trying a spending freeze let me know how it goes in the comments!