trendy no spendy

i came across this article on stylecaster and it struck a cord
i literally feel like i could've written it myself!!
having been a retail girl since the age of 15 its all about workin with what ya got!
you don't need a birkin or the latest celine bag to have style
yes, those things are coveted items of the uber trendy, but trends come and go as fast as the winds blow
i myself, definitely monitor trends, and follow them to an extent, but i always stay true to myself and my style!
fashion is in the eye of the beholder
anyone (well, anyone with unlimited funds) can buy the latest greatest obsession, but a true fashionista can rock a $2 target score and make it the most enviable accessory of all the trendies
i have always had a "thing"
my friends use to say, i wasn't ready until i "TARA-fied" my look
meaning, i had to add the tara touch, an element that's all my own, that's my signature
it used to be hats, literally everyday a different hat!
i actually ran into a friend who didn't recognize me, because they had never seen me without a hat on!
then it went to bangles upon bangles upon bangles
admittedly a look i have yet to grow out of, but i've toned it waaaay down
my point is, you don't have to spend money to look chic, you just have to style it your way and own it!
this entire look is compiled of pieces from Forever 21
yes ladies!
you can still shop there and find amazingly affordable pieces without looking like you're trying to be a kid

the blazer i purchased a couple years ago, along with the tuxedo blouse
my faux leather pants are a recent purchase (leather will never go out of style!)
these boutique 9 pumps were a purchase made, idk, 4 years ago?
 before pointy toed pumps had made their comeback and spikes were just a lil too crazy
but guess what??  it worked to my benefit, bc i got these on super sale at tjs for like $20!!
and now everyone and their mother is coveting the valentino version that costs enough to break my bank!
my vintage clutch bag (its my go to, ALWAYS!) was a gift from Kathleen and i have had it now for 10 years
and the hounds tooth scarf was a christmas gift from my mother, that i've been wearing like every day!
"when you are your TRUE SELF, there is no competition"
Tara Belle
tuxedo blouse similar here here and here, pink blazer similar here and here, faux leather pant similar here and here, vintage clutch similar here, pumps similar here, hounds tooth scarf similar here