Shop the look- Coat: $25, Boots: $99, Purse: $67. For outfit details visit www.theballeronabudget.com

Staycation Planning (Coat: $25)

“I need a vacation.” Yep, I’m overdue to say that phrase. I never realized how tiresome being a full-time blogger could be! Although some amazing things are happening, I do feel a little worn-out from working double-time. Of course, the work is very fulfilling and I love what I do, but I think I need a…

Shop the look: Sunglasses: $6.99, Biker Jacket: $39.99, Longsleeve Top: $16.99, Distressed Jeans: $29.90, Heels: $63.16, Leather Handbag: $64.83 - www.theballeronabudget.com

All Tied Up (Jacket: $39.99)

Still on the quest for a job to supplement my blog, but unfortunately the job hunt is looking a bit dreary. At this point I don’t think I’d be too shattered if I don’t find a job anytime soon, because with every day that passes, my blog is starting to generate more income, and it’s…

This $5 DIY is a perfect way to add bowties to your high heels without buying a brand new pair or permanently altering them! This project costs less than $5, and is quick and easy to make. - www.theballeronabudget.com

DIY Ankle-Strap Bowties

One of my favorite types of shoes are ankle-strap heels, especially when they have a bow on them. Unfortunately, I’m pretty picky and usually always find something to nitpick at, whether it’s color, shape or silhouette. I realized that with the nude, white and black heels I have in my wardrobe, I could create a…

Chloe’s $1,650 Drew bag vs. a $39.90 genuine leather dupe: Read the review and find out where to buy here! - www.theballeronabudget.com

Designer Dupe: Chloé Drew – $1,650 vs. $39.90

To buy this Chloé-inspired handbag dupe for $39.90-$49.90, click here. One of the most popular designer crossbody bags is Chloé’s Drew.  A subtle yet timeless purse, the Drew is a staple in many fashionista’s wardrobes as it pairs perfectly with both bold outfits and minimalist ones too. However, for such a simple purse, I can’t…

Shop the Look - Poncho: $22.90
, Dress: $13.99, Sunglasses: $6.99
, Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag: $39.99, Watch: $19.50, Over-the-knee Boots: $99 - www.theballeronabudget.com

The Winter Bod Phenomenon (Poncho: $22.90)

With every year that passes I’ve grown to discover the patterns of my body that many people can probably relate to. Come January, nothing fits, and I usually have to wear oversized clothes and leggings until most of the holiday weight has been worked off. From Halloween candy, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas parties to excessive drinking…

A Tale of Two Neighbors: My Love Story

You know that famous saying, “the love of your life will come when you least expect it”? Sometimes I feel like my life could so easily be a movie, because that’s exactly how I felt when I met my neighbor. It was 2011, and I’d just gotten out of an almost 6-year stunted relationship that…

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 8 great date ideas that cute, fun, and don’t break the bank. www.theballeronabudget.com

8 Cheap Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we all know how right after Christmas most of us are still working double-time to replenish our bank accounts. This holiday may not be as expensive as Christmas since most of the spoilage is for your loved ones and most importantly, your one romantic valentine. But the dinner, the…

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Blogging as a Business (Down Jacket: $34.99)

I think around this time of year it’s safe to say it’s finally winter in Southern California. It’s been so cold and rainy and I’m thankful for it, but now that the new year is here, I’ve gotten so busy with running business-related errands and trying to find work, the weather is starting to really…