Fashion Dupes: 3 Shoes That Are Just as Gorgeous as the More Expensive Ones

Hi chicas,

Nothing makes me happier than shoes. With shoes, you don’ have to stress about your size – like, my size has remained the same since jr. high. Awesome, right?

Whether I’m rocking chunky block heels, sparkly sneakers or classic black flats, shoes put me in a great mood. I get so giddy when I add a new pair to my collection.

While I believe you should invest in shoes and purses, I don’t think all of your kicks need to be expensive.

Let me explain:

The way I see it, when you invest in closet staples like black flats or knee-high boots, they are more likely to last you a long time. It makes sense to spend more money on comfort, quality material for shoes that will go with pretty much anything for a few years.

However, when it comes to trendy items I think it’s better to buy less expensive shoes. Why? Because they’re more likely to go “out of style” within a couple of months (even though you should always wear whatever the hell you want whenever the hell you want).

So with that in mind, I want to share some of the cutest dupes I’ve purchased/am coveting.

Steve Madden strappy heel: $79.95

3 Shoes that are dupes

Target slide sandals: $24.99

3 Shoes that are dupes

Chiara Feragani sneakers: $179

3 Shoes that are dupes

 

Windsor eyes on you sneakers: $22.90

3 Shoes that are dupes

Miu Miu studded ballet flat: $890

3 Shoes that are dupes

Zara ballet flat with straps: $69.90

3 Shoes that are dupes

Booties, Booties, Booties, Rocking Everywhere

Hi lovelies!

I found you, Ms. new booty! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Booties

Like the Nancy Sinatra song goes – these boots were made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do!

With Fall right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to share all of the goodies I found online. I love buying trendy items before the prices go up, and right now is the best time to stock up on your favorite fall clothes and shoes! Whether you’re looking for classic black booties, or ankle boots that add a little edge and country sass, I have you covered. If you’re loving the items I have above, get yours before they’re gone. A few of these shoes are running low on stock.

My Western Chunky Faux Nubuck: $32.50 Similar HERE and HERE!

Change Me Faux Suede Booties: $23.33 (On sale!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Round Toe Suede Ankle Boots: $31.30 Similar HERE and HERE!

Pointed Triple Strap Western Boots: $34.20 (Only a few left!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Amiclubwear Booties: No longer available! (Sorry babes!) Similar HERE and HERE!

Gone Western Clay Grey Suede Booties: $34 Similar HERE and HERE!

xoxo,

Alyssa

How I Get Ready For The Red Carpet

Hi babes,

As some of you know, I’m an entertainment reporter by day and a beauty/fashion fangirl by night. When I’m not gushing about the latest skincare products or talking about how much coffee I desperately need, I’m interviewing celebrities or writing about them.

I get a lot of questions about what it’s like to meet celebrities and what I do to prepare questions. A lot of people also ask me how I get ready – it’s no walk in the park, let me tell you. I want to share a few behind-the-scenes moments and the hustle that goes into it!

Red Carpet Interviews

When I know that I need to cover an event, I always try to get a good night’s sleep. It’s so important – have you not heard of the term beauty sleep? But seriously, I need my rest or else I’m stressed and panicked the entire day.  If I have time, I’ll hit the gym in the morning.

Also, what they say is true – the camera really does add 10lbs. Sometimes, the camera is so evil it will add more. I always start the day with coffee and I do extra research on the celebs attending the event. I make sure I’m up-to-date with everything happening in the world/trending topics on social media.

Red Carpet Interviews

People seem to forget this, and I don’t blame them since it’s the most boring part of the job, but I have to do my research. I can’t just show up to a red carpet and not know anything about the celebrities walking the red carpet. I need to know what projects they’re working on, what shows they’re binging, who they’re dating, etc. Celebrities like to show up unannounced – go figure! – so I have to make sure my phone is charged that way I can do research on the spot. Thank goodness for Smartphones!

Having a journal filled with questions and information is what keeps me sane. I always have notebooks lying around, even small ones, that way they fit easily into my purse when a question pops up while I’m out.

Red Carpet Interviews

Now to the fun stuff! The night before, I like to give myself outfit ideas. During the summer months, it’s HOT and I don’t play around. I usually opt for a dress. Okay, to be fair I always go with a dress. I’ll pick something that not only flatters me but that is comfortable to wear for a couple of hours. Most of these carpets are chaotic, so I need something that looks great and that I can easily move around in. Thank you Spanx for sucking everything in while making me stay comfortable!

Red Carpet Interviews

My boyfriend probably wishes I only had 3 heels because I’m taking up all of the closet space. For this post, I have 3 go-to shoes that are my ride or die. They are comfortable, cute, and worthy to meet celebrities. I’m a petite chica, so heels are always a must, especially when most celebs are amazons. I also hate getting blisters and sore feet. These shoes keep me from falling, cursing, and hating my shoe choices. LOL

Red Carpet Interviews

I love wearing my hair in waves or big curls. It just makes me feel glamorous and sexy, like Sofia Vergara. The reason I love wearing my hair in waves is because the heat (and unsexy sweat that happens when it’s 100 degrees in Cali) makes my hair frizz. When it’s straight, frizzy hair is not a cute look. I can’t have crazy hair when I’m meeting my celebrity man crush can I? HELL NO! With waves, frizzy hair just makes it look more tousled and I feel like a true Cali girl at the beach.

Red Carpet Interviews

I usually get a lot of questions about my makeup and how I make it last all day during an event. The truth is, nothing lasts 24 hours even if it claims to be. I always keep a small makeup bag in my purse and do touch ups when I have a break. However, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. I used to love wearing bold lip colors, like bright pinks and dramatic reds. I’ve learned that having lipstick smeared on your teeth while chatting with Mr. McDreamy is not cute and it’s totally embarrassing. Again, those red carpets are chaotic, so I don’t have time to keep applying lipstick.

Most of the time it dries up and gets crusty. That’s also not a cute look and it’s VERY embarrassing. Instead, I focus on my eyes. I love a dramatic eye look. Not only are the eyes the window to your soul but you don’t have to worry as much about it smudging everywhere. I rather a celebrity focus their attention on my eyes instead of my crusty lips. I keep mascara on hand and I always, always wear false lashes. Again, I love the drama!

Red Carpet Interviews

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this post! Share your favorite red carpet moments with me and leave any other questions you have for me down below! xoxo

Fashion Fiesta

Hi babes!

With everything happening in the world, I want to say that I hope you never stop being yourself. I don’t usually like to talk about personal feelings, or topics that are controversial on my blog. But I just can’t stay silent anymore, especially when there’s so much hatred and ignorance happening in our own backyard.

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Don’t let the fear of others influence the way you see yourself. As a Latina, I know it can be hard sometimes to let your pride show. Some people just don’t understand, and they want to put you in a box. Don’t let them. Never stop embracing your culture, your individuality, and your talents.

This is a perfect time to share the love I have for my culture. Fashion is my way of expressing myself.

I hope you enjoy this post and are inspired by my style! xoxo

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June Favorites

Hi dolls!

This is the first time I’ve ever done a “Favorites” post and it’s mostly because I don’t usually buy a ton of new products. I like to stick to what I know. I thought it would be fun to include a few items that I’m in love with and guess what….. most of them are super affordable! You can’t beat a great deal when things look adorable, right?

H&M Tassel Earrings

I’m wearing my favorite lipstick and earrings! I showed off my tassel earrings in this post.

I will note that I did receive the Josie Maran body oil and the Kopari coconut body glow in a gift bag from an event I attended! I don’t think I would’ve purchased those items on my own – mostly because I would’ve never thought to use body oils (but they work wonders!) and because I wouldn’t spend $45 on a body glitter. That’s just me. However, these items have become my go-to products and they’re perfect for summer! June Favorites

Katy Perry x Covergirl: Katy Kat Matte Lips – $7.99 (Magenta Minx)

Target: DV Ella Espedrilles – $23.99-29.99 (I found my pair in store. No longer available online)

Josie Maran Argan Oil: Journey to Provence 5 pc Set – Sold Out (I love using this on my hair as well! Here’s a similar product)

H&M: Tassel Earrings – $9.99 (I found my pair in store. No longer available online)

H&M: Wedge Espadrilles – $17.99 (Grab these cute shoes while they’re on sale!)

Kopari: Coconut Body Glow – $42 (love the coconut fragrance)

4th of July Fashion Ideas

Hi dolls!

Let’s celebrate America in style! I thought it would be fun to share cute fashion ideas for Independence Day. I’ve been obsessed with off-the-shoulder tops and white bottoms. The great thing about this style roundup is that everything is SUPER affordable and adorable! So bring out your favorite red lipstick and pucker up, babes!

4th of July Fashion Ideas

Goodnight Macaroon: Chambray Off the Shoulder Top – $41.25 (It’s on sale!)

H&M: Twill Shorts – $6.99

H&M: Slip-on Shoes – $12.99

Forever 21: Zig Zag Textured One-Piece – $27.90 (You can wear this with the white shorts. Super cute!)

Forever 21: Iridescent Round Sunglasses – $7.90

Maybelline: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip – $7.49  (Siren in Scarlet lip color)

 

Beach Day Essentials For Your Memorial Day Weekend Fun

Hi dolls!

Summer is almost here! If you live in Texas or LA, things are already starting to heat up. It’s almost Memorial Day and we all know a fun day at the beach is just what the doctor ordered! I live in Cali now and you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be soaking up the sun once summer rolls around. Just remember to wear your sunblock because Lord knows that peeling and redness is not a good look (and it’s really bad for your skin!).

I’ve rounded up my favorite beach day items that are both extremely affordable and cute! Of course, I couldn’t leave out sunblock and a big sun hat to block the UV Rays. I found some adorable heart-shaped sunglasses and the cutest looking jelly sandals ever! This tote bag I found just makes me tickled pink because not only is it from Target (steal!) but it has flamingos on the bag. How freakin’ adorable is that?

Beach Day Essentials

Sun hat: Forever 21 – $14.90 (similar item)

Bikini: H&M (Bottoms) – $12.95 (I noticed the top is $14.95)

Beach Bag: Target – $17.99

Sunglasses: H&M – $7.95

Sandals: Go Jane – $17.70

Sarong: H&M – $6.99

Sunblock: L’oreal – $10.99 (It’s SPF 50!)