It’s every woman’s dream to look fashionable and beautiful. This dream, however, can come at a great cost. If you know how to shop smart, you can actually put together a good wardrobe without wiping out your bank account. You can get that million-dollar look for a fraction of the cost.
Here are fashionable ways to look richer without breaking the bank:
- Rent your dresses for formal occasions.
If you have a formal event to attend, you probably dread having to shop for an expensive gown. With today’s booming sharing economy, dressing for big events need not set you back hundreds of dollars. Check out The Volte Dress Hire to rent that perfect designer gown or cocktail dress at a great bargain price. Think of all the money you’ll be saving when you rent instead of buy clothes for black-tie events.
5 Fashion Tips to Look Expensive Without Spending a Lot of Money
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- Maximize bargains and sales.
To get the most out of discounts on clothes for sale, here are great ways to save for a bargain :
- Know when your favorite designer brands go on sale, and save your money for shopping during these dates.
- Visit a variety of clothing stores and compare prices before you make your purchases.
- Even during sales, buy high-quality wardrobe pieces. Don’t settle for cheap clothes that are not well-made.
- Buy the basic clothing pieces.
There are certain pieces of clothing that are staples in every practical and fashionable woman’s wardrobe. Before you buy other types of clothing, make sure you have these basic pieces that you will mix and match with other pieces of clothing and accessories. These are the following:
You need a high-quality pair of dark skinny jeans. Buy jeans that flatter your body type and hide your flaws. It’s easy to pair your dark jeans with heels and a striking blouse for a night out or with classic ballet flats and a white shirt for brunch.
Invest in one or two stylish blazers that fit you well. Choose one in black or navy blue that you can match with a basic round neck white tee and jeans. Another blazer can be in a striking color that matches your skin tone, which you can use on a date or party.
Purchase a few well-made dress shirts in flattering colors that you can wear with pants or skirts.
Save up and buy a well-known brand of black pumps. You don’t need too many pairs of shoes, but you do need a few pairs of footwear in classic styles.
Buy your little black dress in a design that suits your body type perfectly. You’ll be reaching for this elegant dress often when you’re invited to cocktail parties or formal dinners. So, choose a black dress that you’ll wear confidently.
If you’ll spend money, invest in these basic pieces as you’ll be using these clothes the most often.
- Wear striking jewelry and accessories.
Once you have the staple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe, dress up your everyday look with stylish jewelry and accessories. Here are some tips you can experiment with:
Earrings bring attention to your face, so choose eye-catching but tasteful pairs. Wear an interesting pair of dangling earrings to dress up plain colors or styles of clothing. If what you’re wearing is already colorful or quite trendy in style, stick to classic stud earrings.
Use beautiful fashion necklaces or pretty scarves to accentuate shirts and dresses. Without having to buy too many blouses and tops, you can vary your look by having an assortment of necklaces and scarves in your wardrobe.
Invest in a few stylish belts that you can use to accent dresses or your classic pair of pants.
Choose unique pairs of shoes to complete your ensemble. A striking pair of heels or pumps can totally enhance your overall look, and make you seem like you just walked out of the pages of a fashion magazine.
Take advantage of off-season sales.
When you know how to shop for the clothes you need and want in postseason sales, you’ll be able to grow your wardrobe without spending too much. Prices drop drastically when it’s off-season. Here are tips you can follow:
- Check your existing clothes and list down the specific pieces you’ll need for the next year. In short, plan ahead for your needs.
- Make a budget for your seasonal shopping trips.
- Buy your winter coats after winter at end-of-season sales, and purchase swimsuits on sale in spring and winter. Get the pieces you’ve been dreaming off at big discounts.
When you know the tricks on saving money in your clothes shopping, looking fashionable and expensive is attainable. Master how you can get the designer clothes you’ve always been wanting without exceeding your budget. Many well-dressed women actually know how to shop smart . That’s partly how they build a well-curated wardrobe. You can do the same for yourself.
Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino. CFW presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City and other selected cities.
As a descriptive term, “classy” is (usually) a complement. But its meaning is a little less than clear. Some use it to depict a mode of gracious behavior, others a sense of polite restraint or austerity of dress. However you choose to define it, when it comes to fashion, there is a common misconception about what “classy” means; that in order to achieve it, you need to have a lot of money.
The following tips will give you a few pointers on how to look classy and put forward a polished, expensive-looking style for a surprisingly low amount of money.
Pay attention to fit
No matter how much or how little you spend on your clothes, if they fit you poorly, you will look sloppy, or even cartoonish. Blouses that gap, pant leg hemlines that are too short or too long, tops that don’t fit well in the shoulders – these may all seem like small things, but they make a huge difference to an overall look.
If you’re not sure where to start, enlist the help of a friend, or even a sales associate in a clothing store to assess the fit of a garment. Remember, the numerical size on a clothing tag is not set in stone; different brands and designers size their clothing differently, so be open to trying on clothes a size or two in either direction of the size that you think you are. The better a garment fits, the more you will wear it, and the better investment it will be.
If everything seems to fit you in that “almost but not quite” kind of way, don’t lose hope. Most women are not going to find clothes that fit perfectly straight off the rack. It is easy to enlist the help of a tailor to make simple, inexpensive alterations to garments in order to get that perfect fit.
Less is more: focus on fewer, higher-quality pieces
One of the hallmarks of a classy, well put-together look is the quality of the pieces themselves. Place your focus on high-quality fabrics that lie well against the body. Seam work should be impeccable, skirts and jackets lined, and tights or hosiery should be of a quality that doesn’t look too shiny or uneven when stretched.
Look for pieces that are made from natural fabrics like wool, silk, and cotton. The fabric should have a good “hand” to it; that’s industry speak for the way it feels. This can be particularly challenging when shopping in many mass market retailers, as today’s focus on fast fashion (the industry slang for the practice of retailers keeping new, low-cost items circulating into stores on a weekly basis) has meant an inevitable decline in quality.
It is equally important to remember that just because you might be shopping in a high-end store, the quality of a garment is not automatically going to be better, as one might expect.
No matter where you shop, inspect a piece before you commit to buy. You should not only like the look, feel, and drape of a garment, but you should feel confident that it will last you for a while. An expensive piece that you are afraid to wear is not a good investment. An expensive piece that you will wear for the next ten years and will take the place of four less expensive pieces is a great investment. Save more by buying less.
Cut the clutter
Legendary designer Coco Chanel had a great way to keep from overworking a look. Before leaving the house, she would take stock of what she was wearing, and then remove the one thing that happened to catch her eye. Whether that thing was a bracelet, a ring, or a scarf, she felt that the practice kept things in balance. Coming from the woman who once said that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”, this seems like sound advice indeed.
Keeping jewelry and other accessories to a minimum is key to keeping your look refined and sophisticated. Leave the “arm party” bracelets at home, and choose either a necklace or earrings to complement your look, not both. If you must wear both, make them delicate and elegant so the look is balanced and they don’t compete with each other.
While your jewelry does not need to be expensive, it should definitely look expensive. There are plenty of costume jewelry designers out there who make pieces that look so real, even a jeweler would not be able to tell the difference.
The secret is scale; keep stud earrings around a karat or two, and silver or gold pieces should be of a moderate size (by which we mean believable) and look crisp, shiny, and elegant.
If you want to wear a scarf, pick one that is made from a luxurious fabric (or one that looks and feels like a luxurious fabric). There are plenty of discount retailers in which to purchase real, 100% merino and cashmere scarves for a fraction of the major design houses. Once again, the secret is to focus on the hand and drape of the fabric, and not on the brand label.
Granted, it is often difficult to quantify what makes a look classy, but these tips are great jumping-off points for those who want to refine their look. While there is no doubt that part of a classy look is to give the effect of having spent a lot of money, the reality is that it is not necessary to do so.
Well-appointed pieces, be they garments, jewelry, or accessories, can be found just about anywhere. Whether you prefer to shop in mass market retailers, secondhand stores, or in high-end designer boutiques, the secret is to search, be patient, and not settle for anything other than what you are looking for.
With a bit of effort and the guidance of the tips listed above, anyone can get that classy look without breaking the bank.
As a frugal person, do you ever have trouble parting with your hard-earned money? We can’t blame you if you love seeing your bank balances go up, or if you thrive on staying within your budget.
However, aren’t there times you wish you could actually enjoy spending your money — without feeling guilty? After years of saving and living within your means, that can be hard to do, especially if you’re in a scarcity mindset.
It’s important to step back and focus on the bigger picture. Money is a tool — a means to an end — that we should use to accomplish our goals and enjoy life. While some of the best things in life are free, that doesn’t mean we can’t plan for a thought-out splurge once in a while.
If you want to break free of feeling guilty about spending money, consider these tips to help you develop a healthier mindset.
Relax Your Grip on Your Money
If you watch your balances and expenses like a hawk and check in with your budget every day, you might be focusing too much on the numbers and not enough on what your money is actually doing for you.
For example, let’s say you’re nearing the cap on your grocery budget — but there’s a really great sale on your favorite food at the store. You refuse to buy it, because it will put you over budget for the month. You don’t take into account that you have enough of a buffer in your accounts, and an extra $10 won’t derail your financial situation.
It’s important not to go overboard with frivolous expenses, but there are times when spending the extra money is worth it. Being so uptight about your money and your budget can make for a stressful time if you never allow yourself to spend just a little outside your strict budget. As per our example, purchasing your favorite food should make you feel happy, not guilty!
Put Things in Perspective
You don’t have to do a 180 on your financial beliefs, but it can help to step back and look at the bigger picture. If you’re someone that gets caught in the details (like your net worth, or your expenses), it can help you gain more perspective.
Take a deep breath and realize spending a small amount for a splurge is worth it from time to time. What’s not good is the stress you’re putting on yourself to have a perfect budget every single month.
It’s okay to reward yourself for the progress you’ve made. Since you’re following the Money Guys, we’re sure you’re great at saving. If that’s the case, you have nothing to worry about! Put it in perspective: if you’re on track with your retirement savings, have a healthy emergency fund, and normally stick to a smart budgeting plan, a $10 to $20 splurge is absolutely worth it from time to time.
Take Action to Stop Feeling Guilty About Spending Money
Convinced you need to relax a little when it comes to letting yourself spend? It’s time to take baby steps.
Let’s start with the $10 to $20 splurge idea from the last section. Create a list of things you’ll enjoy spending your money on, and attach a price to it. Remember, you’re more likely to be happy when you spend on things you value, so keep that in mind when creating your list.
When you’re done, order your list of splurges from least to most expensive. This allows you to start off small and work your way up, and it also gives you time to budget for some of the larger ones. Then organize the list by priority. This will help you create a plan to reasonably work your splurges into your budget so you can stop feeling guilty about spending money on things that you enjoy.
You don’t have to stay small, either. When’s the last time you let yourself live a little? We’re talking vacations, a spa day, a trip to see family, a date night, or a play. These are all experiences we can, and should, enjoy.
Budget for It
Again, make splurging and spending without guilt make financial sense — simply plan for it ahead of time!
If you’re a budget-oriented person, have a line-item specifically dedicated to “fun money.” Pick an amount you’re comfortable with spending each month (you can start off small and increase it). Use this to spend on anything your heart desires as long as it’s within the budget, no questions asked.
This should keep you saying “yes” to fun, spontaneous opportunities, instead of shooting everything down because you “can’t afford it.”
You Don’t Have to go Overboard
We’re not recommending you throw caution to the wind and completely abandon your budget. There’s value in using your budget as a tool to help you save and accomplish your financial goals. But it shouldn’t hold you back from getting to enjoy life. Your budget is working to allow for these occasional splurges.
The bottom line is don’t live and die by the numbers. There’s more to life than spreadsheets and budget software. We know how it’s easy to get caught up in saving and working toward financial freedom, but there’s a balance to be achieved in the meantime. You don’t have to sacrifice everything today for early retirement in a few years. After all, you can’t take your money with you. Enjoying a little bit of it now — without guilt — is a good thing.
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Who wouldn’t love to have a bedroom that looks like it belongs in the glossy pages of a home décor magazine or pinned on decorating boards all across Pinterest? But for most people, their budget refuses to cooperate with their lofty dreams. If you fall into this category, don’t give up on creating the bedroom you’ve always wanted or at least a close approximation. It is possible to give your room a touch of style that only looks expensive. As with so many other things in life, it’s all about the details. Here are 10 ways to add a touch of luxe to your bedroom, not one of which will break the bank (or cost you more in time than an afternoon).
Cut the Clutter
Okay, this tip is not an accessory or object, but it’s the most important step to take if you want a great looking room. You don’t see gorgeous bedrooms on Pinterest that are a mess, right? A dirty or cluttered room will never look expensive—or even attractive—no matter how much you spend on your furnishings. So clean out the clutter. A luxurious looking space has just that—space. Get rid of anything that is not necessary, loved, or gorgeous. Pay particular attention to your floors. Expensive rooms are not storage areas for unused exercise equipment, stacks of unread books, or folded clothing.
Try a Tray
One of the easiest ways to give your bedroom that special something is to add a beautiful tray to your dresser top or nightstand. It doesn’t have to actually be expensive—find a pretty tray at the Goodwill, give it a coat of gold or silver metallic spray paint, and only you know it didn’t come from a premier shop. Use your tray to hold the otherwise-scattered items on your dresser top, such as jewelry, perfume bottles, or small collectibles. Instantly, your bedroom looks a little bit more elegant.
One or two touches of the green stuff are a must in the expensive bedroom. No, not money—living plants and cut flowers. Get out your prettiest vase—if you don’t have one, search Goodwill or HomeGoods for an inexpensive treasure—and fill it with a fragrant bouquet of cut flowers for your nightstand. You can find budget blooms in your own garden, Trader Joe’s, a local farmer’s market, or the grocery store. Now, pot up a lush green plant in a ceramic or metal container. If your thumb is green, try a fern. If not, you can’t kill easy houseplants such as Chinese evergreen, pothos, or dracaena. Set the plant on your dresser. Not only will it improve the look of your bedroom, but it will also help purify the air. What a win/win.
Shine a Light on It
Do you want a bedroom that looks expensive? Then ditch the cheap ceiling fixture and replace it with a stylish hanging light instead. Small chandelier, pendant, or drum-shaded fixture—the lighting choice is yours. Just be sure that the light is in scale to the rest of your bedroom and complements your other furnishings. You’ll probably need to spend at least $100 for a good-looking fixture, but it’s money well spent. Visit Lamps Plus, Target, or HomeGoods for a great selection.
Make a Blanket Statement
A thick, luxurious throw blanket adds immediate style to the foot of your bed. Forget about that cheap, microfleece number—that’s great for cuddling on the couch while watching TV, but it’s not going to make your room look expensive. Instead, pick a throw blanket made from fuzzy wool, velour, silk, velvet, or even faux fur. Don’t go crazy with pattern—stick with a solid color, an animal print, or a subtle design. Now your bedroom is looking good and your tootsies are warmer at night.
Choose Crown Moldings
It’s amazing how even an ordinary room takes on an expensive air with the addition of crown moldings. If you aren’t lucky enough to have these already installed, you’ll need to pay a visit to your local Home Depot or similar store. Depending on your level of DIY experience, you can spring for actual moldings that need to be cut, painted, and nailed into place. Or you can go the easy route with self-adhesive molding that actually looks pretty good from down below. Either way, paint the molding to match your walls.
Give your bedroom impact with a statement piece that says, “Yes, this room belongs to someone special.” That might be a large piece of artwork over your headboard, a fine collectible on your dresser, an antique quilt on your bed, or an area rug that doesn’t take style lying down. Whatever you choose, make sure it reflects your personal taste and style, is large enough to be seen immediately upon entering the room, and is really something great. Again, you don’t have to spend a bundle—scour your favorite shops for a bargain or create the artwork yourself.
Raise the Curtains
Small, boxy bedrooms rarely look expensive. If this is your situation, fake a little more space by raising the curtains up high. When the curtain rod is mounted just an inch or two below the ceiling line, and the drapes hang to the floor, the whole room suddenly looks not only bigger—it also looks more elegant.
Level up the Lampshades
Plain Jane, boring lampshades don’t look expensive. Old, faded, stained, or fraying lampshades really don’t look expensive. It’s easy to find brand-new, attractive, and interesting lampshades at bargain prices, so why not give your bedside lamp an upgrade? For a little touch of luxe, look for a rich-hued shade, a shade with a pleasing pattern, or a shade with metallic accents. Keep the look classic though—while lampshades rimmed with faux flowers, pompoms, or decoupage are lots of fun in the right room, they don’t belong in the expensive bedroom.
Change the Hardware
If your bedroom furniture is a decade (or more) past its heyday or just isn’t especially expensive looking, you have two choices: buy new furniture (the expensive option) or update what you have (the not-expensive option). And one of the easiest ways to add a touch of “expensive” to your furniture without actually spending a lot of money is with new hardware. Replace those dated, ugly, or plain drawer pulls and knobs with contemporary, elegant designs. Look for glass or metal hardware that has a bit of pop without being tacky. Screw it into place, and voila! Your furniture just got a makeover, your bedroom just got a little bit richer looking, and your wallet wasn’t bruised at all.
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For me, spending a lot of money on an item was never a thing to show off with. The thing is, people tend to envy you more for looking good at a small cost. But be careful, there is a very fine line between cheap items that actually look cheap, and cheap items that look like a million bucks! Here are some tricks that will help you shop wisely:
- Take a very good look at the material. If you shop from stores, just try to feel the material. You can try it on to see how it feels on your skin. Usually, natural materials (such as cotton/silk) look less cheap than woven fabrics of synthetic staple fibers. If you shop online, zoom the picture as much as you can. Look at the composition of the material (from the product description). With time, you will learn how to choose the materials. Just be patient and learn from your mistakes.
- From my experience, if an item is cheap when it is new collection, it’s cheap for a reason. Don’t buy it on sale, even if it is tempting, because you will never wear it, or at least you will never wear it proud. There is a difference between a product that cost 20 euros and now it’s on sale 50%, and a product that cost 100 euros and now it’s on sale 80%. I would always choose the latter.
- There should be a balance between the material, the model of the item and the way it fits you. If you try on an item that you really like and it’s a model that looks good on you, but the material is plastic, my advice is, don’t buy it! It will end up dusted on a hanger in your dressing, just another wardrobe fiasco.
So, stop blaming money for your lack of style. Stop complaining and start shopping. Smart shopping.
Shop till you drop!
* Wearing: Dress Mango bought online from last season’s sales (9 euros); Sneakers: Bershka from last season’s sales (20 euros); Bag Zara (all leather) bought on sales from shop (70 euros); Necklace: Pull&Bear (8 euros).
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Keeping up with the ever-changing trends in fashion can be an expensive affair. Every year, it seems, clothing tastes change so much that last season’s clothes feel dated and frumpy. Complicate that with different clothing needs as the seasons change, and staying fashionable can seem like an insurmountable task.
Luckily, fashionistas know how to put together hot outfits for any season on a budget. The process of looking stylish and seasonal doesn’t have to rack up expenses, as long as you know what pieces to select and when and where to get them. Here are five tips for staying fashionable on a budget.
1. Look for staples first
The first tip to building your wardrobe is to make sure you have enough basics to serve a variety of different outfits. This means looking for clothes that are neutral, free of complicated patterns and easy to pair with other clothes. These staples should include plain t-shirts with simple necklines in multiple colors (but you’ll want neutral colors like white, beige and black most of all), a pair of form-fitting blue jeans in your favorite cut, simple ballet flat shoes, a decent jacket or blazer in a dark color and a pair of black plants.
This list is not exhaustive, of course, and your location can also determine what’s necessary in your collection. These staples should be items that you can interchangeably mix in to fill out your daily outfits.
2. Sell or swap with friends
Rather than giving away unwanted clothes to Goodwill or throwing them away, see if your friends are interested – then ask if there’s anything in their wardrobe they don’t want anymore. Swapping clothes with your friends can give new life to unloved pieces and help everyone pick out new pieces to freshen up their wardrobe.
Maybe your friend picked up something nice and in season, but found that it just didn’t flatter her the way she expected. These can be an excellent resource for fun and creative additions to your wardrobe you may not normally look at in a store.
3. Look for sales and clearance items
The best way to keep budgets low is to get your clothes from resale or outlet stores, rather than straight off the rack. Many fantastic pieces end up in these stores due to an inability to move product, or sometimes because a store simply needed to make space for new goods, meaning you’ll find great pieces at low prices in these stores.
Many outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s or Ross also let you shop for cheap dresses online, where prices have been slashed for out-of-season clothing, and gives you a chance to stock up on especially well-priced goods that may have once had triple-digit price tags.
4. Browse thrift stores
Along with looking for sales and clearances, your clothes can also come from thrift stores, including Goodwill, the Salvation Army and and your local thrift shop. These places hold an eclectic mix of clothes donated by those who lost interest in them for a variety of reasons.
Perfectly good clothing will end up here for outrageously low prices. I once purchased an elegant prom dress easily worth $150 for no more than $20 from a thrift store. Thrifting, although more frustrating and difficult than shopping in a regular store, can turn up absolute gems to add to your collection for rock-bottom prices.
5. Get creative with combinations
The best way to keep your outfits fresh is to swap out small pieces or parts. This is why you want staples, and why you should build up a generous collection of accessories such as cardigans, scarves, belts and jewelry that can add flair and a sense of change to your outfits. Changing your blazer to a cardigan and your heels to some sneakers can take an outfit from work-friendly to weekend-outing. Think of outfits as entire combinations, and each item you swap in or out can make a new look.
Staying fashionable doesn’t have to break the bank. Watching for sales, monitoring your local outlets and thrift stores and letting friends breathe new life into your wardrobe can keep you well-dressed without racking up a debt. Get creative with your wardrobe building to live the fashionista life on a budget.
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6 Ways to Make Your Home Luxurious Without Spending a Lot of Money
Are you tired of your dingy walls and plain-looking furniture?
If so, this article comes to the rescue!
Thanks to these home improvement suggestions, you’ll be able to update the interior without breaking the bank – and there won’t be a need to call in those handymen either.
All you need to do is pick a few of our recommendations and watch your home looking like the most experienced interior designer had their hands on it:
#1 – Install moulding
Did you paint the walls only last year, but you were never quite satisfied with the result?
The walls still look like they can use a bit of touching up but you don’t know what to do?
The answer is, install crown moulding the next time you decide to work on home renovation. That will instantly add charm and character to your home.
If you have moulding already, consider replacing them with thicker ones to make the rooms look more luxurious. Add paneled look to your living room and bedroom by adding wainscoting as well.
It’s an affordable way to create focal points that will draw the eyes to it without spending a fortune. Cutting into baseboards and walls will require some serious work, but if you’re familiar with the work, feel free to do it yourself. Otherwise, you can always hire a pro.
#2 – Mix colours and patterns
Colours are a very powerful means of achieving a deluxe look in your home. That’s why you should think about painting the walls deep blue colour, for example, to make it look royal.
Feel free to have two walls in white and two in blue to add a lovely contrast to it.
However, if the furniture colours clash with blue, pick some other colour appropriate for your room. Always pay attention to the way colours fit in your interior because a combination of hues can make or break your interior design.
Black and white patterns on accent pieces and throw pillows can instantly add a wow-factor to the interior. Add a gold element here and there and you’ll immediately feel like you’re living in a million-dollar worth home.
#3 – Add carpets
Are you thinking about making your home look more inviting? Carpets are an ideal solution to that.
Look for expert carpet layers near you and have your rooms completely transformed from looking cold and empty to getting that posh and inviting vibe.
Scaling a carpet is essential to make the room look big enough. So, if you’re not carpet-savvy, allow the carpet layers you hire to do all the work, and turn your home into a true sanctuary everyone will love to spend time in.
#4 – The texture will make a big difference
Mix up a variety of woods, glass, metals, and woven materials to prevent a too matchy-matchy look, but still create a luxurious feel.
A wool sofa, for example, a silk velvet pillow or a quality piece of leather, will instantly elevate the look of your home. The moment your guest lay their hands on these pieces, they’ll get that five-star-hotel feel.
A faux-fur blanket or sheepskin throw are all great alternatives for those redecorating on a budget. Fun pillows in chunky knit cases alongside brushed brass accent pieces are all you need to bring in the extra kick to the interior.
#5 – Lighting for better ambience
The choice of lighting can make or break your interior design. That’s why you should think well and carefully before adding any more lighting fixtures to your living room or dining room.
Adding depth to a room is best done through layered lighting.
One option is to hang a pendant light in place of a traditional table lamp. Placing plug-in sconces next to furniture arrangements will allow you to update a space without breaking the bank.
#6 – Incorporate reflective surfaces for extra sparkle
Stylish mirrors on the walls will look super posh if they come in shiny reflective frames. Not only will they add sparkle to the room, but also make it visually larger.
The mirror will also reflect the light and instantly make the room brighter.
Bring in a sense of glamour into your interior with a glass coffee table in your living room. Kitchen appliances in reflective finishes, as well as mirror doors in your rooms, will all add a dose of glam to your home.
Remodeling a home can be overwhelming and often pricey.
However, if you look into our suggestions, you’ll have it done quickly, without much fuss and at a very affordable price.
From installing moulding to repainting the walls and adding a variety of items to the décor, you won’t lack inspiration for your next home renovation and remodeling.
Some work may require you to hire pros, but you shouldn’t feel sorry for the money because once the experts are done with the place, you’ll have a brand-new-looking home that the entire family will love spending time at.
Most people love the ideas of makeovers and looking more attractive after one, but have the misconception that makeovers MUST be expensive.
After all, trips to hair/ nail salons, beauty spas, health resorts, makeup, clothes, and the like are pretty costly. However, contrary to popular belief, putting effort into your own looks does NOT require a lot of money.
You can make changes to your own looks yourself without spending a lot of money. The effects of these methods may not be as dramatic getting a full-body makeover immediately, but the long-term results will definitely be more significant.
“The truth is,” Violet Lim, CEO of local dating company Lunch Actually says, “you can always make yourself look better and more attractive if you put some effort into it. Every factor of your appearance can be adjusted, improved, and tweaked to create a positive first impression.”
Here are 5 simple ways you can give yourself a makeover without spending a lot of money:
1) Get Your Close Friends to Help Audit Your Wardrobe
As the saying goes, “clothes make the man (or woman)”. When it comes to making a winning first impression, the clothes you wear will shape other people’s thoughts of you.
This is why it’s important to make a wardrobe audit, and analyze all the clothes you have. Separate them into piles of Keep, Donate, and Throw, and keep only the clothes you know will flatter your figure.
The objective of this exercise is so that you will not wear clothes that are ill-fitting or old.
Instead, invest in a few key basic pieces that are universally flattering, such as black dresses and white tees. Never let yourself step out of the house in clothes that don’t suit you again, and be a more stylish version of you.
If you’re not sure what styles suit you, why not engage the services of an Image Coach to help you, such as the one here?
2) Declutter Your Living Space
Your living space (which includes your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and etc) is where you spend a majority of your time. Therefore, it is important that your living space is one which rejuvenates you.
While you do not have to be militarily organised, make sure that your living space is only mostly filled with items that fulfil a constant purpose, whether it’s for function or form.
Sell or throw items that you haven’t used in the past 6 months, or donate them to people who will appreciate them more. Think unused electronic items, books that you won’t read again, old shoes, empty shampoo bottles, and so on.
You may not notice it much, but the state of your home definitely influences your mindset. Make your home a cozy place without clutter that you need to clean up after constantly. That will make you more refreshed and ready to take on the day, and it will show on your face when you’re out and about.
3) Dedicate At Least Half an Hour Each Day to Exercise
Many people neglect to look after their health when they are caught up with their studies or work. Of course, this is a huge no-no in terms of your appearance, and it’s not just about weight gain too.
Constant exercising on a regular basis can help you destress. This keeps you from looking overly tired or haggard, and helps to give you a healthy glow. All these will make you seem even more attractive, so make sure to exercise at least 30 minutes daily to get those benefits!
Consider running around a park, or even doing jumping jacks while watching TV — exercising does not have to be expensive for it to work.