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Remember the cutie-pie little Michelle, played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, from the 90’s hit show, Full House? Remember the cute bows, pastel dresses, and sweet rompers that composed the character’s outfit? Fast forward about twenty years and you have the Olsen sisters and their fashion forward, high-end brand Elizabeth and James. Gone are the days of adorable, four-year-old outfits; chic platform heels, fitted pants, and fabulous accessories have arrived.
Started in 2007, Mary-Kate and Ashley named their clothing line after their younger sister and older brother, Elizabeth Olsen and James Olsen. While this type of clothing brand was a new venture for the twins, it was not their first fashion line; in the early 2000’s, marykateandashley was launched. This line was carried by Walmart stores throughout the United States, supplying preteens with affordable looks that mimicked the twins’ personal style. Before Elizabeth and James, The Row was also created. The Row is a luxury line, a far cry from the preteen line of Walmart, featuring furs and exquisite materials—worthy of a Vogue magazine cover.
The Elizabeth and James website states that the line, “...embodies an eclectic lifestyle by blending uptown and downtown elements with casual and traditional styles.” Featuring leather pants, feather-trimmed shirts, and the like, the clothing line is the perfect style for It Girls and It Girls-to-be. The line is perfect for layering the pieces (think: an outfit for a day walking around the city with a coffee in hand). Pieces in the Elizabeth and James line are very similar to looks Mark-Kate and Ashley wear themselves, the perfect combination of boho and classic.
The line has yet to make a fashion show debut at New York Fashion Week, but new lookbooks are created for Fall, Holiday, Pre-Spring, Spring, and Resort seasons. Included in the brand are women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, and eyewear—all reminiscent of May-Kate and Ashley’s own, personal styles: glamour, bohemian, and classic touches all blended together.
Interested in buying a piece from the collection? Or even just scoping it out in person? There are many retailers that carry the Elizabeth and James line, including (but not limited to): Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop, and Net-A-Porter.
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- Make a list. #1 money saver, hands down. By going to the store, list-in-hand, you're going to know exactly what you need and will avoid wandering up and down isles, throwing food you don't need into your basket.
- Now, to take the list a step further, check the store's website first. While putting together my grocery list, I head over to publix.com to see what kind of sales they have. This is a little tricky though, so USE DISCRETION. Obviously, you are not going to need every BOGO item, if it's a granola bar that's usually a part of your weekly list, go for it. You do not need to buy those 3-for-$10 candy bars, just because they are on sale.
- Also, make sure to stock up on some frozen veggies--not only are you adding some vitamins to your diet, but you're going to make your food stretch further. For example, last night I made a box of couscous that cost me somewhere around $2. To that couscous, I added a can of chickpeas ($1.10) and half a bag of frozen green beans ($.99) that I had steamed beforehand. Putting all three of those items together into some kind of salad mixture landed me with a lot of food--enough for 2 more meals. And the total cost? About $4.09...way less than you would pay for 1 meal from a restaurant.
- Transportation is also a big thing to consider when looking at your budget. In Orlando, we're a little behind in the times with public transportation, so everyone basically drives everywhere. Thankfully, UCF has set up a shuttle system from the nearby apartment complexes to campus. While many students still drive to campus several times a day, I try to use the shuttle as much as possible so I can save a little on gas. Try to find alternative methods than just driving to your campus, or at least try to set up a carpool system with friends and roommates.
- The other budget blower for college kids? FUN. All those fun things we plan with our friends can really add up quite a bit. My piece of advice is to research when places have specials. Let me give you some examples of deals near UCF: Monday--Moes Monday!! $5 for a HUGE burrito and chips, get dinner wit yo friends. Tuesday--$6 movies at one of the nearby theaters, how can you say no to saving a few bucks at the movies?? Wednesday--college night at World of Beer, cheaper beer with your student I.D. Thursday--$1 Bowling, $1 for shoe rental and $1 per game; add some drinks in there and you've got a party! Friday--free beer at happy hour, free drinks til 12...I dare you to turn that down.