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"Too Broke For Clothes"

Guess who's back...

It is no secret that I've been slacking on blogging. Every since graduating college (which has been over a year ago) I have struggled to find a focus for this blog, as well as the time and passion that I once had. Truthfully, this "life transition" had taken a toll on my well-being. I've struggled to find myself as I looked for jobs,  new friends, a new home and settled into a comfortable routine.

With moving to Chicago back in October and starting a job, I've had less disposable income than I did in college.  It seemed impossible to keep up with other girls who were consistently updating their wardrobe and buying new things.

I came up with the phrase that I was "too broke for clothes" as a joke to describe my current financial situation. I'd look at bloggers spending $60 on a blouse and would laugh. Let me back up and say that I am not hating on those people. I just started to distance myself because I could no longer relate. A lot of the bloggers who caught quick fame and now endorse major brands used to share affordable options on clothing, styling tricks and made things more attainable for the audience. 

And then it hit me. I shouldn't stop doing what I enjoy because I can't purchase the latest trends at a blink of an eye. My perception of reality has become skewed to think that most people do that, when in fact, they don't. 

That is is why I am re-branding "Chelsea's Glossary" to become "Too Broke for Clothes," a fashion blog focused on affordable fashion, and mixing and matching what's already in your closet.  This blog is all about being a millennial female without breaking the bank: Finding trendy pieces at affordable prices, and mixing and matching your current wardrobe. 

I recently bought this dress from Marshall's on a trip home to Cleveland (yay for cheaper sales tax). The problem I have with dresses lately is finding something at an appropriate length. Everywhere makes things way too short lately, and finding a trapeze dress that doesn't look too wide or too skimpy is nearly impossible. 

When looking for trendier styles, I definitely recommend going to either Marshall's or Tj Maxx because they have a larger variety of brands that are typically a higher quality. I found this black and white stripped dress for under $20!

This Chicago necklace was a gift. I absolutely love it and wear it with everything. 

I purchased these black vans from DSW for under $40! Vans are ridiculously over priced, but I love the way they look and can be worn with just about anything. I got a good deal on these because I used a $5 Birthday reward couple and a $15 off coupon. When saving money, it definitely helps to stay loyal to certain retailers who give coupons to frequent shoppers. 

My sunglasses were an amazing steal from an Aldo outlet for $4! Truthfully, I wear these just about everywhere and I wish I bought more pairs when I stumbled upon the sale. 

This tote bag is from J. Crew, and I bought it on sale this past winter to use for work. It was originally close to $300, but I got it for $100. I wanted a high quality bag to bring to carry every day that I knew was going to last, but sadly this bag has been nothing but problems. The tabs that you use to pull the zipper have fallen off, I was able to save one of them and screw it back on with wire, but the other is lost. I wouldn't recommend purchasing a bag from J. Crew again. Even though I love the way this one looks, I can't see it lasting very long. 

Being summer in Chicago, I am excited to get the ball rolling on blogging again. There is so much to share since I've fallen off the blog-sphere, and I look forward to being more active and collaborating with more Chicago bloggers too!

Until next time,

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Casual Maroon Tank & Oversized Sweater

Happy Saturday!

It is supposed to be 50 degrees outside! I can hardly contain my excitement!

March is soon, which means that Spring is on the horizon. I am excited for consistently warmer days, but unfortunately we have to deal with the inconsistent transitional weather from time to time.

A great way to handle 30 degree mornings with 60 degree afternoons is layering! I love pairing oversized sweaters and cardigans with light weight, flowy tops. 

This chunky cardigan makes a great contrast against this delicate shirts.

The tank top is from Francesca's and the sweater is from Loft.

A good transitional staple are booties. These 'Chelsea Booties' are from Pac Sun, and are super comfortable, and look great with cuffed jeans. 

I layered gold necklaces to complete the look.

Layering necklaces a great way to dress up an outfit and also add an eclectic touch. 

The Chicago Flag necklace is from a boutique called Foursided, and the long spiked necklace is from Charming Charlie's.

I love how the gold jewelry looks against this maroon color. 

I have been wearing my glasses more often, and I think the brown frames go well with the jewel tones in this look. More recently I have been using them as an accessory in my outfits. You can purchase them from Warby Parker

What are some of your favorite transitional pieces for spring? 

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Valentines Day Lookbook

 When I was a kid, I always enjoyed making my Valentines Day box and filling out valentines for my whole class. As I've gotten older, I have continued the tradition every year by making Valentines Day cards for all of my friends.

I enjoy the holiday because it is a time to share why you love and appreciate the people in your life. Plus you can eat tons of chocolate. Who doesn't love that?

 In grade school, I was totally the girl who wore themed shirts with hearts and matching pants to get festive for the day.

Nowadays, I try to keep the hearts on my cards and keep my outfit a little more low key and subtle. 

To remain true to the holiday, I wore this red lace dress from Loft. 

This dress is perfect for a Valentines Day date. 

To balance it out, I paired the dress with blue and gold accents.

My navy blue peacoat is from Target

I paired it with this royal blue Kendra Scott necklace.

I like adding contrasting colors with accessories in my outfits.

To add some sparkle, I wore this cross body bag from Fossil. 

My nude bow flats fit the feminine and romantic feel of the outfit.

This dress is easy to dress up and wear out for dinner, or dress down for a daytime look.

Whether you are single and hanging with your girlfriends, or spending the time with your significant other, there is always a reason to celebrate.


 And the best part about Valentines Day? The clearance section of chocolate waiting on February 15th.

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Chicago Winter Survival Guide

Winter can be brutal, but it shouldn't cramp your style. 

I asked my fellow Chicago #GirlBoss bloggers to share their tips and tricks for surviving winter. Check out their advice and must-have items for living in Chicago during the cold winter months. 

"There are two things that help make Chicago winter bearable for me: cute coats and cute boots! Of course you'll need a standard super-warm parka and waterproof boots, but for the days that are slightly more forgiving, a (slightly) lighter winter coat and some stylish boots can help you feel a little fancier and maybe even convince you to brave the cold and get out of the house for a night out! I snagged this coat from Zara a few years back, but these boots are from Wolverine and I got them this season! Perfect for a day in the city."

Zara coat: similar ones hereand hereWolverine Boots here: here.

Sabrina of Styles by Sab
"A must have winter essential = a poncho! I love having ponchos in every color! Perfect for cold nights in the city!" You can purchase it here.

Shannon of Something Shannon
"With the below zero temps in Chicago this January I’ve been doing all I can to keep warm (I’m sure you have to!) and this blanket scarf from the online boutique Monday Dress has been my go to on the coldest of days. With it’s gorgeous color combo it’s suitable for almost any outfit, it’s super soft and on top of that it’s absolutely huge! I can wear it so many ways while always keeping warm. You can find it here, and if you are interested in the blanket scarf trend, but don’t want to foot the bill check out my tutorial on how to ‘make’ a DIY blanket scarf here!"

Kristi of 522 Envy

"Blanket scarves are an absolute necessity in Chicago because they bridge the gap between fashion and function. Seriously, what beats looking super chic while simultaneously burrito-ing yourself in warm clothes? My classic plaid blanket scarf was my companion when I said yes to the guy, and then again when I said yes to the dress, and still all season long when I say HECK NO to this crazy cold weather!" 
You can purchase the scarf from her boutique here!

Tamara of Broke in the City

"I've been in Chicago all of three years, but I know one thing to be absolutely true... Chicago winters are murder on your skin! Not only does it take a toll on your body, when you don't feel your best, it also takes a toll on your overall well-being. Papering yourself is an absolute must. For me, a winter without Lush baths just will not do. For as little as $4 a pop, it's a great inexpensive winter indulgence." Read her blog to learn how to make bath bombs last longer!

"I can't be without fur coats. Real or faux. They keep you warm and definitely help to stand out from the crowd.  It's just something chic about them. You can wear jeans and a sweater and still look like you dressed up for an occasion. I haven't adapted the bright colored fur coat trend yet, but maybe I'll get there at some point."

"A lot of times I feel us fashionistas tend to sacrifice our comfort & warmth in the winter because we think it isn't as "stylish" to get bundled. So- I wanted to go against that and show how something as warm as a thermal can keep you looking as stylish as ever! It doesn't hurt that these tees were only $8 at Target- so not only are you staying warm- but you're saving some cash!"

Jessica Garcia of The Petite Diaries
"The one thing i can not survive without during Chicago winters are a great statement coat! I Love this one. It's no longer available but here is the link to a similar one. Also love a great coat like this because not only are you warm but you are also looking so very chic."

Hoda of Joo Joo Azad
"I realized I'm always horribly underdressed for the winter in Chicago (I'm Iranian!) so rather than suggesting a particular item of clothing, I'm just going to go with Persian tea--the only thing that can get me out of bed to actually attempt to brave the cold! This picture of me is not drinking tea but being under-dressed!"

What are your cold weather essentials? Comment below to share!

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