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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

How To Look Stylish On A Budget | Cold Weather Edition

Steve Madden Black Leather Ankle Boots
Okay so (mostly) everyone has a budget when it comes to fashion, and however much the budget can vary, there are still some essentials we all keep in mind - and that's where the magic lies.  Those few, classic pieces that renew and spruce up a wardrobe. Allocate your budget wisely and shop in the right places, and you can look as though you've got your sh*t together on a daily basis.  Oh, a girl can dream!  With these colder months in mind, there are a few must-haves for your wardrobe and must-dos for your beauty regime to ensure you look as stylish as possible, regardless of your budget...
TKMaxx Innocence Green Leopard Print Dress
Ston Waston Park Hotel Fashion Blog Photoshoot
Ston Easton Park Hotel South East RoomTKMaxx Fashion Blog Collaboration


I F   T H E   S H O E   F I T S . . . 

First and foremost, footwear.  Speaking as a girl who loves period dramas set long ago in the past, I've lost count of how many times I've heard mentioned the importance of footwear.  Supposedly, they're an indication of how well you take care of yourself.  So, if you're aiming for 'chic' and 'stylish', this is definitely the first place to turn your attention.  One option is sprucing up your current footwear collection with a little TLC.  Another option is looking around for irresistible  reductions, such as the Steve Madden boots I'm wearing in this shoot; found with 70% off their original price via TKMaxx!  Can you believe both this dress and boots were purchased from there and for less than £50 in total?!  

D I A M O N D S   A R E   A   G I R L ' S   B E S T   F R I E N D

Along with every other pretty piece of jewellery on the planet; and it doesn't need to cost the Earth.  I'll admit it, I'm a magpie.  I'm attracted to all things shiny and so it can be difficult limiting myself when it comes to purchasing new jewellery.  There are all kinds of sums and ratios that apply to buying engagement rings, but what about regular ole' jewellery?  My advice would be to weigh up what style you wear most often (necklace vs. bracelet vs. ring), with what's trending this season.  Spend only what you feel comfortable with and pick a classic style and metal option that you're likely to reach for every single day.  The cost-per-wear will drop down rapidly!

H A I R   I S   A N   I D E A . . .

Time for a trim.  Or maybe a dye.  Or maybe just a blow dry.  Whatever you opt for, it can only bump up your style points for the season.  It's only been within the past few years that I've realised the importance of snipping away those split ends.  Eek!

TKMaxx Green Leopard Print Mini Dress
Ston Easton Park Hotel Travel Blog Review
TKMaxx Innocence Green Leopard Print Dress


L A Y E R   U P !

Oof, I could talk about coats all day long.  Seriously.  Considering our cold weather outfits are covered by coats 99% of the time, it's truly worth investing in a classic design that you're unlikely to tire of before the warmer weather returns.  If you're wondering where to allocate most of your budget this season, look no further...

F E E L I N G   N E U T R A L

As you may have noticed, lately I've been adding plenty of neutrals to my wardrobe (including snakeskin dresses, patterned midi skirts and leopard print dresses), and why?  Because they look crazy chic!  They're also the quickest way to looking put together on a daily basis, without a lot of hassle, or a booming budget.     

Psst!  Take a peek at my Currently Coveting section right now; it's filled with neutral beauties!    

B E A U T Y   A N D   T H E   B E A S T

Anyone else get unnecessarily excited as soon as beauty is mentioned?  Personally, I'm all about those nuuuuudes.  Whether you're painting your own nails or heading out for manicures, nude shades will last longer thanks to their ability to hide chips.  When it comes to makeup, you're in luck if you're all about that glow, because it seems as though it's never been easier to look chic these days thanks to a swish of nude lipstick, flick of mascara and warm, neutral tones across the face.  Heaven.   


Steve Madden Leather Heeled Ankle Boots
TKMaxx UK Fashion Blog Collaboration
Chlobo Zodiac Virgo Gold Necklaces


Dress - Innocence c/o TKMaxx
(take a peek at their other dresses this season - there are tons of gems!)

Boots - Steve Madden c/o TKMaxx

Necklaces - Chlobo Zodiac Pendants

Bag - Ralph Lauren


Ston Easton Park South East Hotel Room Bed
TKMaxx Steve Madden Black Leather Ankle Boots
TKMaxx Fashion Blog Collaboration 2018
Fashion Blog How To Look Stylish on a Budget in Cold Weather
Looking for ways to look stylish on a budget is one of the most exciting aspects of fashion; it encourages you to get creative.  Speaking of which, I still can't get over how this look (featuring both dress and ankle boots) were picked up via TKMaxx for less than £50... in total! I'd love to hear your tips for looking stylish on a budget?  Let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> 10 Ways To Wear Leopard Print This Autumn

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to TKMaxx for working with me on this post!



  1. I love how you've explored pretty much anything we could think of for the winter season - from clothes to makeup and hair! I'd say to always go for good basics, because you can easily invest in pieces you will use every year - and then adapt them to the trends if you so wish! Thank you for sharing this Gabrielle!

    Julia x

  2. Gabrielle you have shared so many nuggets here. I especially agree with a nice classic coat and classic pieces of jewellery. And oh, the Steve Madden boots for under £50? That's a steal!

  3. first of all.. so much love for those photographs! you look amazing as always! I think investing in a great classic coat is the best thing a woman can do since we're all gonna bundled up all the time in winter! haha! LOVE the tips babe! x
    have an amazing day!

  4. Such a well written post here, Gabrielle! You are my style crush, I absolutely love these ankle boots on you! Thanks a ton for the tips, hugs xx


  5. I definitely feel like I'm getting better at building up a wardrobe of long lasting essentials - I have a few timeless coats now that I get out every year!
    Amy xx

  6. Such a cute dress and I like the boots with it - what a bargain you got on them both! :) I like ankle boots and every now and then, every couple of years, I'll buy new ones and revamp my collection, as there is only so much a good buff and polish will do, haha! I think splurging on pieces you know you will wear over and over is worth it definitely! :)

    Hope that you are having a great week :) I've been sick for most of it but I'm starting to feel better :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  7. This is gorgeous! I love the green leopard print so much!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  8. I think it is time for me to check out TKMaxx again...

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  9. Uhh... £50? You're kidding right? That's awesome! And you look gorgeous as always!
    xoxo Ros (

  10. I'm all about looking stylish on a budget (maybe because I don't really have a choice lol). You always look so chic, but I agree that nudes always elevate a style. I love the green dress! You look beautiful as always! Have a lovely day!

    -PerlaGiselle |

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  11. who said that you need tones of money to look beautiful and stylish?? You are proving everyone wrong with your post :D We always have a budget and still manage to get the outfits we want and need...specially from local markets where we bargain a lot haha
    Looking so beautiful on that dress :D

    With love and light,

    Patricia & Miguel

  12. such a nice dress :-) like always you look stunning and trendy my dear. I am totally crazy about your shoes here.
    Have a lovely weekend

  13. Oh wow, love this outfit babe!
    Happy weekend <3 !!
    Olivia Poncelet

  14. Beautiful pictures and some great ideas! You've prompted me to book a haircut too!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  15. You do look fantastic in this outfit. Beautiful leopard dress, and it looks just divine paired with those ankle boots. I can't believe they are under 50 pounds. Gorgeous photos, that hotel looks great.

    My tip for looking stylish on the budget? Mix and match....and I totally agree about footwear being so important. Quality footwear is a must, both for health and style reasons.

  16. So helpful and love your look! It's so hard to stay chic in the winter...especially on a budget. Such a struggle but you pulled it off!

    x Nicole

  17. Such an amazing post babe - love this look too - you look phenomenal! I really do agree with you about the hair and snipping those split ends, I'm a recent convert to that too and my hair has never looked better!!

    Rebecca |

  18. What a beautiful post and photos Gabrielle!, you look amazing

  19. This look is great! I always love hearing less expensive alternatives! YOU look gorgeous!

  20. What you said about coats is SO TRUE! I finally invested in a really nice long fitted peacoat last year and WOW, it made such a big difference! Just throwing that one makes it look like I've got it together haha. And good shoes are a MUST but they're even better when you get them on sale. TJMaxx is the best! Ben is going to be mad because now I'm dying to go after reading this haha. Whoops!

    Susie |

  21. Your dress is stunning, love leopard print. Especially when it's in a vibrant colour :))) x

  22. Lovely post, dear! I really like it.

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  23. I think just hair and makeup can make such a difference. Nice makeup and a modern/sleek hairstyle can completely style up a look in my opinion!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  24. I love how you always look stylishly gorgeous dear. This leopard print is so fab on you.
    Jessica |


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