Style on a Budget with Annie Lynn's Favorite Things

Posted on June 02 2015


Get to know the beauty behind Annie Lynn’s Favorite Things! Here at emmajoy we love her blog, her style is fun and classy and we’re excited to announce that she’s our Blogger Spotlight for the month of June.

We talked to her about her life as a working student, her love of fashion and her styling secrets for students on a budget!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a Senior at Purdue University studying Public Relations & Advertising, which I absolutely love! I married my husband, who also happens to be the most amazing guy ever, two years ago and we are ridiculously happy. We love to eat, watch Netflix, goof around, and travel. I'm a big fan of baking, singing, and dancing..

How did you get started blogging?

I started my blog in the fall of 2013 as a way to learn more about social media as well as learn how to use programs that are very useful in my field. It's been so much fun and a great way to show potential employers that I have real-world experience in marketing. I've always loved clothes and fashion as well as writing so it seemed like a good fit for me :) I had been wanting to do a blog for several years at that point and it was just the right time to finally do it!

How would you describe your signature style?

Oy haha it changes all the time! But overall, I would call it fun & classy. I like to experiment with different trends but I'm also drawn towards timeless pieces. As I've become more of an adult, my style has evolved and I'm sure it will continue to change depending on what I'm doing in life. Right now, I'm a student but I also work part-time so I tend to dress a bit nicer than the average college student, but I still like to be comfy.

Where do you get fashion inspiration?

I love following fellow bloggers and fashion Instagram accounts to see what other people are doing! I especially love accounts that show outfits that don't cost a lot of money. I don't have a lot of extra spending cash, so I get my clothes primarily from stores like H&M, Target, Old Navy, and J. Crew (during sales :)). I also love to just look through catalogs of my favorite stores and get outfit and styling ideas from there.

What are your favorite accessories for summer?

BIG FLOPPY HATS! And sandals. Oh my gosh I have so many sandals. But you can never have enough! A bright, summery tote is also pretty high on my list. And obviously beautiful jewelry from places like emmajoy!

On your blog you talk about being a student. Any tips for fellow students who want to be fashionable on a budget?

A lot of girls tell me they don't have the money to be fashionable, but here's the secret. You don't need a lot of money! Look for good sales at places like J. Crew, Asos, Nordstrom, and Gap. When they have good deals, you can score great pieces for the same price you'd pay at Target. It's true. And don't be afraid to spend time really searching through a store looking for hidden gems. Places like H&M and Forever 21 can be overwhelming because they have so many pieces, but you can find great stuff there for ridiculous prices. People often think my clothes are super expensive when really I've just learned how to find nice-looking clothes for under $50. And be sure to find accounts on Instagram where the girls wear clothes that aren't ridiculously priced! They will often do the hunting for you when it comes to finding good pieces then you can just go buy them yourself :) Keep in mind it's sometimes worth saving your money and investing in really high-quality pieces that you'll be able to wear for years. I recommend splurging on a good pair of black pumps, a nice cocktail dress, a timeless coat, Hunter rainboots, leather boots, a versatile and durable purse, and a good watch.

Who’s your celebrity fashion inspiration?

Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton, Taylor Swift, and Mindy Kaling. They are all amazing women who wear classy and fun clothes. I really appreciate the fact that all of these women's beauty comes from their actions and countenances, and they don't have to show a lot of skin to get attention.

What are some of your favorite things right now?

My friend found these EVA Birkenstock sandals that I decided to buy and they are AMAZING! Perfect for rainy days and for adding a pop of fun color to your outfits :) I'm also loving maxi dresses for summer as well as leopard print anything.


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