Reduce Cups + PRIME DAY deals

Another year, another AMAZON PRIME DAY! This might be the first year that I’ve actually purchased things on prime day which I am excited about, so what did I find?

  1. Reduce Tumbler Cup – Mild Mint Green – $33.98 originally $39.99

I have been stalking REDUCE tumblers since I saw Dede Raad on dressupbuttercup talk about them. She had one in the hospital with her, has been using it postpartum and keeps raving about how amazing they are so naturally, I had to try one. I wasn’t about to pay $50 for a cup, even if it claimed to keep your drink cold for 40 hours. HOWEVER, the lowest price the 50 oz. tumbler has been in 30 days is right NOW – $33.99. They also just stocked new colors so now is the time to grab one if you want one.

A little back story : First, I ordered the 32 oz. one 2 weeks ago from Walmart and received an email that my order had been cancelled (after it shipped) – what the heck? And even more interesting – the seller said in the cancellation notice that me, the buyer, requested to cancel it. LOL and no I didn’t. I had been stalking the shipment and delivery because I’ve needed a decent size water cup for SO long. I really had my heart set on the lilac/light purple one and it was sold out everyyywhere. After Walmart cancelled my order, I finally found it on Bed Bath & Beyond (currently out of stock). Well, I finally got it in and LET ME TELL YOU – The hype is real. I love this thing.

The top is a little funky sometimes when taking it off bc it suctions so well to the cup. The ice forreal stays all day and night though, it’s kinda amazing.

Features:

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made with 18/8 stainless steel
  • Can be used for hot or cold beverages
  • ALL Reduce products come with a lifetime guarantee

2. “The Perfect Oxford Shirt” by Amazon Basics – $18, Originally $25.

I have been LOVING men’s oxford shirts lately and needed a white one. My obsession started back when I found a J.Crew chambray shirt while thrifting – talk about a find! I loved the oversized look of it and started looking for more. I stumbled upon Old Navy and picked up a white one and light blue one. I tend to style it many different ways but they can be worn as bathing suit coverups, with biker shorts, or even as a jacket type situation in the summer with a cute dress! I needed a new white one so decided to order a size large in this Slim fit one on Amazon for a prime day special of $18.10, originally $25. They also have light purple AND pink so I kinda want those too.

HURRY though because these are selling fast.

3. We just bought a Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappucino Maker and it has been beyond fun to make barista style drinks at home! We’ve tried espresso, cappuccino and lattes so far. It has a built in frother which is pretty cool and makes the coffee shop foamy drinks a reality. Our favorite combo so far is Starbucks espresso grinds with froth from regular milk then add cinnamon sugar and regular sugar to it – you’ve got to try it. So good! And no flavor creamer even needed. It also happens to be part of PRIME day! Originally $199, on sale for $179.99!

4. Liuruiyu Glass Coffee Mugs 12 oz(350 ml) Set of 2 Double Wall Clear Coffee Cappuccino Cups with Handles

Because of the above Mr. Coffee purchase, we’ve been on the lookout for the perfecttt glass mugs to show off our beautiful coffee creations. Well, I found them finally. Two pack of these double-walled glass mugs for $11. Can you believe it? Such a steal!

5. Lastly, not a very exciting purchase but suuuper practical and cheap so I thought why not! 4 pack of iPhone lightening cables – One 3ft, Two 6ft and one 10 ft charging cable for only $6.59! Originally $10.99 so that’s a 40% discount. I chose pink but there are many different color options in different listings. I mainly ordered because going to need a long charging cord for my hospital bag.

This year’s Prime Day purchases are super random but I hope you found something to check out!

Let me know in the comments what you picked up during PRIME DAY…

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

Fall Favorites from Urban Outfitters

I don’t usually post twice in a day but UO Rewards members get extra 20% off entire purchase today and over the weekend I shopped a little too much, just so many sales ya know? One of my other favorites besides the Free People sale was the Urban Outfitters sale!

Now lets dig into what I found because if you sign up for rewards today, you get the discount too.

Don’t forget to sign up for UO Rewards to score the 20% off your order, but hurry because the sale is for TODAY ONLY, which is why today was a two poster. Also because I found so much fun stuff ON SALE this weekend!

What’s your favorite? Did you pick up anything fun from the Urban Outfitters sale this weekend? Let me know in the comments

Ashley, Affordable Style