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

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


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