Friday, July 29, 2016

How to be Fashion Blogger Under a Budget

We have every right to buy whatever we want, it is up to our choices. From the high-end designer to random clothes, everything has its own price. I am not going to lie, but the expensive designer products do draw an attention to the social media faster than those normal items. Obviously, they are the luxurious things that girls like us have always wanted to have. If I had a million dollar in my savings, trust me, I would buy everything from D&G to Moschino every week. However, I am not in that stage, so I literally can't. The fact that, I am still working as a blogger, fashion marketeer, and freelance writer, I still need to survive ha! However, don't let this perspective of the rich&famous lifestyle in the social media get you. Being a fashion blogger doesn't mean we have to spend loads of budget on the clothes we wear. I have spent money way too much on the FOOD because I am just a girl who enjoy eating (lol). Therefore, I don't really mind buying cheap clothes or fast fashion brands because sometimes they have a great quality with a funky design that I can't even find at the department stores. 


We all need to treat ourselves from the hard work, and special occasions such as birthday, Christmas, etc..There's nothing wrong with it because I do love treating myself too! However, if you are thinking about buying designer bags, cosmetics, clothes just to show off on the Instagram or Facebook, you can...but if it leads to the point which makes you broke af then this is not the ideal option. How can you eat all the shitty meals because you have no money left?! I can't. I prefer delicious and quality food to the fast food every day. I know it feels great after purchasing the item (s) and posting the photos online. However, does it really satisfy you or the social media? When I buy those stuff, that means I really love them. And I do think that such activity is like an investment. Like when my mom has passed the gorgeous Nina Ricci  leather bag to me. It is a great feeling to own something elegant and expensive from my mom's generation. It is the 'heritage' 

Actually, there are a lot of choices we can choose these days (I mean compared to 10 years ago). A lot of fashion retailers have expanded not only the multi-channel way, but pure online also. Look what Boohoo provides, some of them are incredible cheap and fashionable. Though, I have had a bad experience from this online pure player, I still think that the price range is even cheaper than ASOS and Missguided. Missguided are not that cheap, but the quality is better than Boohoo (in my opinion). So, it all depends on your concern about the quality. Besides, there are many thrift shops and street fashion market, which offers lots of cool stuff in a reasonable price. I love the street market the most because the products are more interesting than some of the fast fashion retailers. I don't really spend the money at H&M anymore, I think their clothes are pretty much the same and the size has been the issue lately. I don't know, I am really picky when I go shopping. When you know about the manufacture, as well as, the marketing behind these beautiful clothes, you will know why I just can't spend $$$ on the clothes that actually made under $$. 

My boyfriend always says "It's not about the price, it's how you make the cheap stuff look expensive" I do agree! Low price fashion clothing is like a hidden gem. They are cheap, have a unique signature, and we can just throw them away without considering how much we spent. You know, if you buy an incredibly expensive item (s), but still don't know how to mix&match, it still gonna look cheap anyway (#fact). 

So, for those who afraid about this material thing, just forget it and wear whatever you want. It doesn't matter what you wear because at the end of the day your style will speak out for who you are. The price tag can't define your fashion taste anyway :)


  1. Your so right Gail! Making the cheaper stuff look expensive is the best idea. It's not like people know where your stuff is from, and who cares what people think, work it how you like it within your style whether is cheaper or luxurious! Great post Gail!

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  2. super outfit dear!:) xx

  3. Hi Gail and thank you for your visit! I totally agree with you about food...I'm a really lover of good food. Congratulations for your outfit. I love so much this combination!!! Have a nice day, kisses,

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  4. I really love this post! Thank you! I really hate it when people wear designer clothes and then they complain about their financial problems or that they can't afford traveling like some people do. It's all a matter of priorities! So if you like designer clothing and you buy it then enjoy it! If you want to travel, too but you can't afford to do both then just choose one and make a peace with that decision. uhhh.


  5. All of your posts are so beneficial for new bloggers, great tips!!x


  6. Gail your pictures are always breathtaking darling. I agree with you, its not what you pay. You can look like a million bucks dressed in rags. Hey might actually look like high fashion. I personally do a good mix of high and low. That way it's relatable. This week I actually styled a top from Boohoo. A fabric was a bit flimsy but it photographed good so I'm not complaining. You look so good. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. Love your outfit! I actually end up buying clothes on sale only :)) I'm still a student so I can't splurge my money on expensive clothes. I guess creativity is my next answer to be fashionable <3

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  8. I absolutely know what you mean. And I don't think one needs to spend a lot of money to look great! I'm currently doing a shopping ban for exactly those reasons.
    Christina ♥

  9. You could look great without making yourself broke.

  10. Really great, helpful, and useful post lovely, thanks for writing such thoughtful articles x

    Love from London,

  11. You look amazing as per, Gail. Very good tips and it's true, just because it isn't expensive doesn't mean it can't be amazin'!

    Em xxx

  12. people tend to perceive fashion bloggers as high maintenance when it comes to clothes! YOU GO GIRL FOR CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO!!! :)

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  14. Lovely post and outfit! Have a great week <3

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  15. Thank you so much dear :D

    Im totally agree with you. As usual, your look and all photos are amazing :D

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  16. Definite agreement, it's not about the price of a clothing piece but what it looks like. Insane when white tees are for $200 and looks like $2 and so good when a top is for $10 but looks $100. That's the way to do it! Xx

  17. Love the post! It is about how you make the clothes look! Totally agree with your bf

  18. So true it's not about the price it's about how you style it, most of my "designer" clothes I buy second hand or very cheaply from sales (Thank you EmQuartier and your 90% discount sale 555) but most of the time I'm attracted to the look of clothes rather than the brand, I always like to wear things a little bit different from normal xoxo


  19. Dear Gail, obviously your boyfriend knows a lot about fashion and he is so right with what he is saying! Thanks for sharing your tips, I'm a huge fan of some of the shops you mentioned here, e. g. Asos :) And I agree absolutely to what you wrote!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  20. Great outfit, and great advice, thanks! :)


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  21. This is such a great, relevant post, beauty! I feel like there is so much pressure these days to look a certain way and flaunt a particular lifestyle, without giving it all much thought. The truth is, not everything that we see on social media is what it really IS. I'm sure there are many who rent designer pieces or, like you said, put themselves in debt to have that image, which doesn't always pay off. We have to be real with ourselves, which means living within our means. I love what your boyfriend says, it's true. When you have a great sense of style, you can make the most cheap piece of clothing LOOK expensive! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!



  22. Great tips! I hate spending a lot of money on clothes since I go through my stuff so quickly and I'm ready to get rid of it. Showing off on social media is definitely temporary and not a way I'm willing to live my life as a fashion blogger. I enjoy my meals too <3

  23. Love, great tips and I love that you're so thorough :)

    This is my first time checking out your blog and I love it! I can't wait for more!


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  24. You can always dress up and look amazing without spending a lot. It goes the same with beauty bloggers like me... There are always dupes and cheaper alternatives. There's no need to be broke just to afford that MAC foundation when the L'Oreal works just as well at half the price. Actually even less than half the price. xD


  25. I couldn't agree with you more! It takes a person with exceptional taste to make something cheap look expensive.

    Bella Pummarola

  26. My boy friend said to me the same thing of your boyfriend!
    I am training Mix and Much every day :))


  27. Very nice tips. You are so pretty. Kisses :)