Amazon Finds: May 2021

Hiii I am back with another Amazon Finds series. I think it would be fun to do these every month, what do you think?

A good bit was purchased from amazon in May, mainly because we moved into a new condo so many of these finds are home and home decor related but there’s a good variety of other things too. Let’s dive in!

So first up is THIS DRESS

  1. Tov Elegance A-Line Spaghetti Strap Flowy Maxi Rideau Dress – Hot pink and ready to be twirled in, this flowy maxi dress with ruffles on the bottom is the perfect feminine look for those who like a loose silhouette. I’ve never been much of a ruffle gal but I just love the one on this dress. I ordered a medium and wish I would’ve sized down to small. It definitely fits flowy. BRB going to decide which color to order next.

2. The condo we just moved into has huuuge windows so I was on the hunt for blackout curtains. In fact, these are so blackout that I also ordered some sheers to let in some natural light. If you want blackout though, these are it.

Blackout Room Darkening Thermal Lined Curtain Grommet Panels for Bedroom – Energy Efficient, Complete Darkness, Noise Reducing – Set of 2

I ordered three packs of 52 x 96 panels as they come in a pack of two for $39.99 and they are chef’s kiss. Super sophisticated and add the modern 70’s vibe that I’m going for with the big bold pattern.

It’s like 70’s chic, ya know?

3. Next up is something pretty exciting if you’re a pet owner – Bissell Pet Eraser Turbo Plus Vacuum Cleaner. Originally $229.00 and on sale for $179.99 still. I searched high and low on the interwebs and this was the cheapest I could find it. It of course, came in 2 days thanks to Prime. One of the key features of it that stood out to me is the tangle free brush! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent cutting hair out of vaccums; it’s like my least favorite thing ever. I have high hopes for this and will update my thoughts with an upcoming review.

4. I am shocked these slides only have three stars but I have been LOVING these for house shoes now that the weather is warming up.

VONMAY Shower Sandals for Women Men Anti-slip Soft Foam Indoor & Outdoor

I also have light pink which I ordered from a different company, I will try to find the link and update it. For $12.99 they are such a comfy option if you work from home or in need of some house shoes.

5. I was on the hunt for the perfect outdoor set for my little yard.

Criteria: Two rocking chairs with pads and a small table for under $200. I checked out so many places but wow the prices were steep for most of them.

SOLAURA Outdoor Furniture 3-Piece Rocking Bistro Set Brown Wicker Patio Chairs with Glass Coffee Table for Indoor and Outdoor (Gray)

Amazon came in like a super hero with this amazing black set with grey pads. They also had creamish chair pads but I ultimately went with dark grey because hello, they will be outside. Cream might look nice while it’s clean but grey will show less dirt and defects in the long run, so I went with that one. I am so happy with my choice. It looks like the exact link I purchased from is no longer available but the one I linked is the same set from a different seller.

6. Organization, organization, organization has been the theme lately. Introducing this 26 piece clear acrylic pack of five different sized organizing cubes – PERFECT for the bathroom drawers.

Fixwal 26pcs Clear Drawer Organizers 

I had a huge chaotic mess in my drawer and tamed it with these little guys. SO GOOD. I have one for bobby pins, one for hair clips, one for makeup brushes, one for face makeup and one for eye makeup. Life changing tbh. These could also be useful in office drawers to organize paper clips, highlighters, erasers, pencils, pens etc.

What have you bought lately from amazon? Do we like these posts?

Let me know in the comments

Spring Shoe Trends for Less

I have an announcement to make that’s very important…It’s officially time to put away the snow boots and break out the warmer weather shoes! Let’s hope this last snow was the last snow.

I love this time of year – say goodbye to seasonal depression and hello to sunshine! If I’m being honest seasonal depression hit me super hard this year and I just can’t wait for it to be over.

Also, a major life event happened to me so I have been dealing with that for a while, more on that later.

For now, lets talk sneakers! Air Force 1’s are back in full swing and I need need a pair – Check out Finish Line and use code 5OFF75RMN for $5 off $75 purchase. Limited sizing so hurry on over!

If your size is sold out there, look at SSENSE. Nordstrom also usually has them but most sizes are sold out. Keep in mind, it’s one of the most popular and iconic sneakers of all time. Since those are pretty hard to find, let’s check out a similar sneaker: The Air Force 1 Sage Low in white/white found at Nordstrom but sizes are again selling out fast.

Also, if you wanted to achieve a similar look for much less then you could go with the Nike Court Vision Low in white/white – $64.95 vs. AF1 at $90-$160(depending on where you find them).

Sidenote: My dream AF1’s are this pair. Use code FIRST10 for 10% off at Net-A-Porter for first time buyers.

So what do we think about platform sneakers – yes or no? Some of my favorites are from CONVERSE and Superga

One of the best pair of sneakers I’ve purchased for under $100 is these Holographic Nikes – can be found at Nordstrom Rack or DSW

OKAY enough sneaker talk, let’s get into Designer slides. Last year, I wrote a blog post on Pink Gucci Slides and where to find them. Check it out here. This year GUCCI has a whole new vibe – meet the Barbie heel, as I refer to it. It totally looks like the shoes your barbie used to sport. The real style name is: Women’s Rubber Slide Sandal and they come in so many fun spring colors. But yeah, I’m not really looking to spend $360 on rubber barbie shoes but to each their own ya know.

R U C H E D heels – you’ve seen the bloggers wear them, are a major trend this spring and will probably fall into Summer as well. The ruched detail give the shoes such a feminine, chic vibe. I want a fun color like bright pink or might stick to a more neutral pair like these to match everything. But this wouldn’t be the Affordable Style Blog if I left yall with $320 ones from STAUD brand at Bloomingdales now would it?! Nope, let’s find the look for less. I am absolutely crushing on these AMAZING ruched heels from Dolce Vita found at Nordstrom Rack for under $60.

Another trend seen on celebs and high end bloggers is the mod toe shoe – think square toe with rope straps like Bottega Veneta $600 but for less. Such as, RAYE Ozzie Heel in White from Revolve for $178 OR Braided Square Toe Sandals from Forever 21 for $17.99.

Another huge trend I’ve noticed is Chanel – esque shoes. Not everyone can fork out thousands for fancy shmancy Chanel shoes, but we can get the look for less with these Quilted sandals from ASOS by Public Desire. Use code ASOSNEWTREAT for 20% off $50+ purchase for new customers. These Margie Black Multi Sandals from Steve Madden also fit the bill and I am obsessed with the gold lock (add to cart please).

Just Fab has another pair of shoes that remind me of Chanel – check out Cocco Chain Detail Flat in beige/black.

What are your favorite Spring shoe trends? Let me know in the comments!

Ashley, Affordable Style

Amazon Favorites 2020

As this treacherous and challenging year of 2020 starts winding down, I can’t help but notice a common theme for every month : Amazon purchasing 🤭😂. Yeah, I’m aware how bad it is and will try harder to keep the Amazon shopping to a minimal in 2021 but for now, let’s discuss the best purchases of 2020.

#1: Oster Wine Opener – This is one of those items you didn’t even know was missing in your kitchen, but if you’re a wine drinker and you don’t have it, you’re missing out. By the push of a button, your wine cork starts uncorking itself slowly. Truly an amazing invention. Then when it’s uncorked you push the button again and it falls right out haha will post a video to my Instagram to demonstrate the magic.

#2: Gold Rimmed Diamond Shaped Glasses – You know those glasses that must make you feel fancy, even when you’re just hanging at your apartment in sweatpants? These are some that do just that. They are dishwasher safe and have held up great; I’ve had them about 6 months. They come in a pack of 4 so I took two out and packed two up for backup. I mainly drink wine and margaritas out of them so breaking them is a complete possibility lol. I also tend to be pretty clumsy.

#3: INSTAPOT – I feel like I am a year or two late with this one. I got one for my birthday this year (thanks mom) and def didn’t know what I was missing out on. My birthday was in November so I’ve only cooked a few things, but I think my favorite was an entire pork roast in under 3 hours. We seasoned it with Cajun seasoning and seared it before pressure cooking inside the insta pot and w o w! We had the most delicious pork that was super easy to pull, highly recommend.

#4: TYPECASE – The next thing I can’t believe I found on amazon is this amazing iPad case. I was on the hunt for a rose gold, protective case for my iPad that is adjustable. I never expected to find one that basically turns an iPad into a laptop. Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever and such a game changer for blogging. I love the convenience of bringing my laptop everywhere but hated typing on it with a stylus. This Typecase has a Bluetooth enabled keyboard but it doesn’t just attach separately – it is part of the case. I will have to do a video or reel about it because it is SO COOL! The case also has “light” and “color” features for it so the keyboard lights up a color. You get to choose the color and how bright. The screen also is adjustable and you can rotate it. Like I said, a video is coming because I can’t clearly describe how many handy features it has. I want to show you so stay tuned for that on my instagram. I will probably make it my first reel. Anyway if you’re an iPad owner, you need this. It was listed for $73 which is why I waited so long to buy it BUT there was a lightening deal and I got it for only $45. I jumped on it and wow, so glad I did! Blogging and using Procreate on my iPad is such a breeze now. Typecase has a built in stylus or Apple Pencil holder also. I think the Typecase made my laptop obsolete and kinda redundant so it was well worth the money. The case is also like really good quality – seems sturdy and completely worth the price. It’s probably even worth $73, at normal price.

#5: DASH Egg Bite maker – I think 2020 was the year of cooking for me. I discovered all kinds of fun gadgets and this egg bite maker is one of my top 10 for sure! Before work each morning I used to grab the egg bites and a coffee from Starbucks so when working from home became the normal, I searched for an alertnative. Just add your ingredients, scrambled, and heat it up for like 5-7 mins and boom the perfect egg bites are born.

#6: Stainless Steel Rotating Spice Rack For once, I started incorporating silver into my rose gold/gold aesthetic because I moved into a place w stainless steel appliances and was like okay! I GET IT, I like it. In fact, I bought fun things to match. One is this super cool rotating spice rack. One thing I will say is that it is kinda limiting bc the little jars come labeled already, BUT really easy to remove the stickers and add your own labels (Home Edit Style).

#7: Industrial Grade Dishrack LOL wow just realized most of my favorites are kitchen appliances. Also just realized amazon has supplied almost my entire kitchen and I don’t hate it. This dish rack is completely worth the money if you are in the market for one. Super sturdy and made with stainless steel, this baby has adjustable features and special drying for shot glasses and silverware.

#8: To-Do list sheetsAlthough I’ve always dreamed about working from home permanently, it became hard to keep my tasks in order for both home and work. I started researching planners and was not impressed because I was looking for something specific. I wanted bullet points and then prioritized tasks. I landed on these

#9: Rose Gold Bose Bluetooth QC35 II headphones Noise cancelling and completely on brand, these rose gold headphones check all the boxes for me. Comfortable and chic, you can’t beat it. When I say noise cancelling, these are the real deal.

#10: Oster Diamond Air Fryer – Last but not least, probably my favorite Amazon purchase is the Oster Diamond Force Air Fryer. We fry everything these days. From unexpected vegetables like bell peppers with cream cheese and breadcrumbs to normal potatoes, the air fryer literally makes everything better.

Well, that rounds it up for 2020’s best purchases on Amazon.

Would it be fun to post products that I bought that didn’t quite make the cut for best purchases? Let me know in the comments!

XX, Affordable Style by Ashley

Mini Ugg Boots for Less

Tis the season for ugg boots and affordable SALES! One of the most popular items from every gal’s wishlist this season are Mini Uggs.

As you know, Ugg boots can cost a pretty penny. BUT what if I told you the same company made a similar cheaper version of the original mini but incorporated FAUX FUR?! We love a faux fur moment so let’s compare prices and answer some common questions about the sister brand koolaburra.

Where to Buy Mini Ugg’s by Koolaburra :

Now we know where to find them – what is Koolaburra?

According to the site’s About Us: “Koolaburra is designed with the modern family in mind. Rooted in quality, comfort, and craftsmanship, Koolaburra delivers effortless lifestyle essentials for the whole family. Our chic lifestyle staples are crafted with a focus on value and the ultimate attention to detail.” Also their vibe is more California and coastal. In Koolaburra line, you will find faux fur linings and other things that sets this sister brand apart from the original UGG. Jennifer Somer, VP of UGG Women’s calls the Koolaburra brand “a little more fashion forward”.

Have you joined the fashion forward Koolaburra gang?! Tis the season!

Xx, Affordable Style by Ashley

Long Sleeve AE Band Tees

Band Tees for all – The Doors, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones, oh my! Great for dressing up or down and so versatile to style : Pair with leggings for a comfy working from home vibe. Dress it up with our favorite boyfriend jeans and heels. Order a size or two up and wear with cute designer dupe stockings and chunky combat boots – The possibilities are endless

I ordered this The Doors one because I’m currently learning to play the keyboard part of their song 5 to 1. I was thinking this will be so fun to wear with my spanx faux leather leggings and Darielle Sam Edelman chunky boots!

More on the keyboard I splurged on later 😁 …For now, I ordered XL in the tee because work from home life. I also picked up the purple Nirvana one and the white Johnny Cash short sleeve tee.

ALL SUPER ON SALE and make really fun gifts for BFF, Cool MIL, Cool Mom or Sister!

Did you grab any during the SALE? Let me know in the comments!

Xx, Affordable Style Blog

Introduction

Hi blogging world, Long time no talk!

A lot has changed since I started my site in 2013 – http://www.bowsandmoccasins.com – which doesn’t exist anymore. I tried to rebrand for only amazon finds at Ashley’s Amazon Finds and realized I didn’t want to limit the audience to amazon users only.

So the Affordable Style Blog is born…

Since 2013, when I began my blogging journey, I started a business (Boho She Shack on Etsy) and had it 4.5 years before I closed it with 5 stars and 5K sales. I then moved across the country and pursued a career in technology – quality engineering to be specific and got promoted within my first year of working.

I finally felt like I found my calling but something was missing…blogging!

I remembered back to the good ole days of sharing my home decor inspo on Apartment Sense and my style inspo on Bows and Moccasins and missed it!

So here I am trying to jump back into it.

My days are way different now – they are still spent behind a computer screen but now I work actual work hours (9-5, sometimes 6 or 7) instead of making my own schedule.

I was 21 when I started my blog and remember it was for a project in one of my college classes, but never expected it to transform into a creative outlet. A creative outlet that highlighted things I loved and loved to share with others.

What better way than to share it with the world?

I never expected money out of it, just pure enjoyment. I had a few sponsorships and collaborations but ultimately decided to go after my dream of owning a tshirt business which grew like wildfire until it didn’t anymore. Until my ideas were stolen, my pictures and descriptions from listings were copied and the market was eventually flooded with the same shirts.

So here I am back with a new set of skills (like Taken haha) and ready to tackle a new challenge in my blogging journey – affordable finds!

I can’t wait to share them all with you.

My vision for this rebrand is centered around online shopping way too much and sharing what I’ve learned along the way from owning a business and starting a brand to reinventing my entire life with one choice. I moved from Florida to Michigan on a dream, but never imagined it would turn into a life. More on that later.

My favorite brands and what you can expect to see in the future are : Free People, Urban Outfitters, Show Me Your Mumu, Dazey LA (use code ASHLEYH), Amazon Fashion, Princess Polly Boutique and sooo much more.

I am also about to start back on a fitness journey (from home of course) so some of those companies will be featured as well. In fact, I just collaborated with a company for Collagen Gummies, which is super exciting because I’ve been looking for a collagen solution and hate the powder. I will post about that in way more detail after I’ve taken them for a while.

Home decor and DIY projects will be another main focus here kinda like what I wrote about on Apartment Sense.

Thanks so much for reading and I plan to update my blog featuring some of my most popular posts from the old blog to an archive on here soon so stay tuned!

Meanwhile you can check out my instagram and twitter to see what I’ve been up to lately

Ashley, Affordable Style