Style

Photographer: Reemy-Reemz Alexander
I know there is a constant pressure to look a certain way and it can be a strain on your finances. But take it from me, you do NOT have to break the bank to look amazing. I shop at discount stores, the clearance rack, and on apps like Poshmark and Ebay for certain labels. Some months I feel like I go overboard with shopping for my wardrobe and then I have some months where I have a “dry spell”. But, if you are financial saavy and responsible (or trying to be like me) there is a simple equation to help you become more responsible. Are you ready for it?
 
THP(.05) = Wardrobe Allowance
 
You should only spend 5% of your take home pay on your wardrobe. According to award-winning financial planner, Pete Dunn, you should only spend this small percentage on clothing. I’ve definitely gone over for this month. *shocked face*  But, I’ve gone on a shopping diet so it should even out. This is such a simple equation you can easily memorize it. To get the exact dollar amount multiply your take-home pay by (.05). Go ahead and pull out your cell to use  your calculator if you have…I’m not judging *winks*.  When you know better, you do better.
 
In the photo above I am proudly wearing a dress purchased from Marianne’s in St. Croix  (which is Rainbow in the America) for $5 and my SM pumps from K-Mart for $29.99. I have easily spent more than this on a meal in the city. I used to be obsessed with labels but now I can care less! If I like it, I’m purchasing it no matter where it’s from. Take it from me, it’s freeing when you don’t let superficial things like that control what you wear and how you dress.
 
Besitos,
 
Melizza

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” ~ Caroline Myss
 
When I saw this AQ/AQ men’s top I was excited and nervous about it at the same time! This top covers everything yet reveals everything. I had never owned anything like it before. It was daring and slightly risqué, but I just knew I had to have it! This outfit is somewhat reflective of how I’ve been feeling currently.  To me, it symbolizes my desire to break free from my comfort zone.

Sometimes, I have to remind myself to be fearless. And that my comfort zone is a trap. Nothing amazing ever happens in your comfort zone! Point blank, end of discussion. Everything you’ve ever dreamt of is right outside the borders you have limited yourself withing. I’ve wanted to give up since things have gotten extremely hard but know I deserved more and my dreams are worth each struggle. And so are yours!

Earrings: H&M, Sunglasses: A.J. Morgan, Top: AQ/AQ, Sport Bra: Victoria's Secret, Jeans: Levi's, Heels: Mossimo
Photographer: Henrietta M. (@therealhbmedia)
 
Don’t let the lust for comfort murder the passions of your soul. 
 
Besitos,
 
Melizza
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