Sneaker Trend Done Cheap

Sneaker trend on a budget

As a girly girl growing up, I was never one to wear sneakers. When they became trendy last fall, I continued my habit and avoid the trend. Well…I finally embraced the sneaker trend, and I love it. Nothing has every been so comfortable and so stylish at one time.

If you’re like me, you like good deals on trendy items. Today’s post is a big round up of the trendiest sneakers I could find for under $50 each.

Sneaker Trend for Under $50

Sneaker Trend for Under $50

 

If you are looking for some bold statement sneakers that fit into your budget, these are some great finds!

Sneaker Splurge

Sometimes, you need to splurge. I did on a pair of New Balance sneakers, and I haven’t regretted it for a minute. They are easily the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn and are perfect for long days exploring New York City!

Here you can shop all my favorite everyday trendy sneakers:


 

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! While some of these sneakers are a little more expensive, you can easily find a pair that fits your budget and style needs. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share ways to maximize your dollar, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

~Alana Robin

 

July 21, 2016

Build Your Own Birchbox Day!

build your own birch box

The other day I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Mostly Morgan, and stumbling upon a post about a brick and mortar Birchbox store. I had never heard of them having their own stores before, so I instantly texted my roommate to see if she would be up for an adventure to build your own Birchbox! No one can really turn down a trip to look at makeup, so off we went the following day.

First things first: this store is more than just a Birchbox store. It is a candy store for adults. I kid you not, we spent over an hour looking through samples and picking the perfect ones to fill our boxes.

It was much longer than I ever spent at Dylan’s Candy Bar growing up…

What I Got

Birchbox Unboxing

My friend Amy and I were looking at the fifteen dollar box, which was five items with one from each category, and were not impressed. When it came time to pick a fragrance, I was instantly unimpressed. I was an Ipsy subscriber for years, and fragrance samples were always the worst. I, personally, just don’t see the value with them.

That lack of value…was able to convince me to spend an extra $10 to upgrade to any products I wanted. You all know I hate to waste money, so that’s saying a lot!

I ended up picking out:

  • Two Stila Liquid Lipsticks
  • Mally Eyeshadow Stick
  • Malin & Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask
  • Party Proof Matte Lipstick

So far, I am extremely impressed with all of the products. I’ve never fully finished a lip product, aside from chapstick, so I think the money was well worth it! If you want a full review on anything, please let me know in the comments!

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! While a “build your own birchbox” isn’t as cheap as the subscription, you are able to get five products you will use and love, so I think it is well worth it. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share ways to maximize your dollar, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

~Alana Robin

July 11, 2016

DIY Sunglass Organizer

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With finals behind us, it is time to throw on some shades and head to the beach. I am a bit of a sunglass addict myself, and am constantly looking for new ways to keep my sunglasses organized. This DIY sunglass organizer has been the perfect solution for me because not only is it simple and small, but also it creates a work of art out of those cool mirror glasses I bought and have only worn twice…

Supplies

DIY Sunglass Supplies

  • Frame
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Step One

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Remove the glass and backing of your frame and paint it your favorite color! This will personalize any old from you have lying around the house, or even a frame from the Dollar Tree, like mine.

Step Two

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Once you frame is dry, cut a piece of string to the width of your frame. This is where you get to be a little creative: Do you want the frame vertical or horizontal? Do you want two rows of sunglasses or one? Do you want the sunglasses to overlap?

I, personally, choose to keep my frame simple with only one horizontal row of sunglasses. I figured my frame was only an 8″ by 10″  which proportionally held one row best. I plan on possibly making one or two more frames and hanging them on the wall as art.

Step Three

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Once you have the proper length string, you can secure it with a simple staple! I found the staple to be more than strong enough, but if you need some extra reinforcement, I would recommend a dot of hot glue over the staple.

Step Four

IMG_4670Now that your frame is complete, it is time to slip on the sunglasses and style it in your room! I plan on bringing mine back to school with me in the fall, so merely propped it against a wall. Once I get back to school, I will secure it to the wall using Command Hooks. They are perfect for a dorm or apartment because they can be easily removed without damaging the wall.

If you try out this DIY sunglass holder, be sure to send me a picture of it—and your sunglass collection—on Instagram, @alanarobina.

~Alana Robin

 

July 8, 2016

See ALL the Broadway Shows: Cheap!

broadway tickets cheap

Having been in the city for four weeks now, I have been exploring as much as possible—which is why I haven’t written as much as planned—and have seen numerous broadway shows. Spending an evening watching an amazing show is fabulous, but it can also burn a hole in your pocket. As the savvy shopper I am, I found some amazing ticket lotteries and tricks to seeing broadway shows cheap.

Ticket Lotteries

In the age of the internet, it is SO easy to enter ticket lotteries. I am told it didn’t used to be…but I’m glad it is now! All you have to do is enter your email address, click a few buttons, and be patient. Patience is the hardest part, but I promise it pays off. Literally.

Find Ticket Lotteries linked here:

Some lotteries are daily and some are weekly, but I have already won 2 of them, so I promise if you are patient you will win!

Tricks

If you don’t have time to wait to win a lottery or are only in the city for a night, a great way to get tickets is by purchasing partial views.

This past week, I saw Kinky Boots in partial view seats and I kid you not, they were the BEST seats I have ever had. Partial view means you can’t always see an actor’s face straight on, not that you are behind a pole. We were sitting in one of the box sections for under $40 and it was amazing. I would highly recommend going to the theater and asking for a price on partial view seats. It will save you some quick cash.

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! With this guide to seeing broadway shows cheap, I show you how to get the best deals on tickets without breaking the bank. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share ways to maximize your dollar, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

~Alana Robin

July 1, 2016