"Everyday is a fashion show, and the world is your runway." - Coco Chanel

My Passion

Since I was a little girl, I have always had an obsession with fashion.  I love shopping (what girl doesn’t..) and I was probably one of the only little kids who got excited about getting new clothes from Santa, instead of only toys! Needless to say, this love of mine only grew and expanded as I got older.  Today, if you ask many of my friends and family members, they would probably tell you I have a “shopping problem.” (Which I must admit, at times I feel like I really do!)

However, this “shopping problem” many say I have acquired over the years is completely supported and funded by me.  My parents have always been very supportive of my love for fashion and my “need” for new clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. however, they also told me that they would buy me the things I actually needed, not everything I thought I “needed.”  With that being said, my view of a need and their’s happened to be very different! So, I started saving the money I earned until I had enough for the things I had decided I wanted, and bought them for myself.

When I was a senior in high school I was in a class called Marketing Co-op.  In this class a majority of your grade is actually having a job and working a certain predetermined number of hours throughout the year.  Since I had a job and had to be working consistently, I started to save a lot of money.  But then, after I realized how much money I was making, I began to develop this “problem” of mine.  My favorite store quickly became Norstrom (and still is today, however the things I can actually afford have vastly decreased!) and my wardrobe quickly began to consist of many designer and more expensive items.

Then came freshman year of college.  I did not have a job when I was a freshman, so when I got to school and continued my shopping (mostly online) I began to see my bank account, with all the money I had saved over the summer, dwindling at a pretty rapid pace! As that began to happen, I saw myself shopping less and less, and when I did, I found myself looking for sales and deals (something I was never really concerned with before) rather than just deciding I liked something and buying it.

Since then, I have become a much more conscious and “savvy” shopper.  I try to still have that same designer look but I attempt to find a similar top or necklace at other stores that resemble the real thing (but is half the price)! Yes, there will always be certain items that will never be the same as the real, designer ones. When I come across those I usually save up and just bite the bullet and buy it. However, I have learned that there is a lot more to shopping and fashion that just the clothes you see in the high-end stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus that are way more expensive than I can afford while I am in college!

I realize not everyone shares my love (or as some say, my “obsession”) for clothes.  But, whether or not people enjoy shopping and buying clothes, it is something they will always have to do. With that being said, I figure why not try to enjoy it and buy things that you really love! If you feel as though you cannot afford the things that you truly love and want, chances are you can find something that is very similar, if not identical, at a much cheaper price that you are willing (and able) to pay!

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