Spring Free People Dupes from Target

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Calling all gals on a budget!

Have you been swooning over gorgeous Free People pieces, but you just can’t bring yourself to drop huge chunks of change to keep up with the trends?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Free People and would love to be able to splurge on their quality pieces. But that is just not my reality. I need to stretch my dollar further than that. Luckily for you (and myself), I’ve found some great alternatives. Even better is I found them all from Target!

Target has been crushing the affordable style game this season! Whether it is the Opalhouse line duping Anthropologie, the Hunter X Target collection or these Free People look-alikes Target is sure to keep all you ladies (like myself) “balling on a budget” head to toe this season!

I’ve included some pieces that are exact style dupes and others that are not exactly the same shape/color, but that will still give you the same look for less!

Without further ado, let’s get into the five dupes!

Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

I see all kinds of fashion bloggers posting outfit of the day’s in these gorgeous Free People flats. So I was so incredibly excited when I saw that Target had an affordable option!

Out of all the dupes I have to share with you, these are the most spot on to the original. Though worth mentioning, Free People’s version is genuine leather and currently is offered in 9 colors. So if you’re looking for a pair of shoes that will hold up, these certainly don’t have a reputation for no reason.

The Universal Thread version is offered in an “Ivory” and “Cognac” color. I’ve been lusting over these shoes and I am impatiently waiting for a restock. If they are in your size, R-U-N! You just can’t beat saving $165!

Hats off to Target for allowing us affordable babes to channel our inner fashion blogger in these cutout booties.

 

Cutout Booties: To Invest In    For Less

 

 

 

Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

This pair of wrap sandals is the second similarity I found in the Universal Thread line from Target. Even though they aren’t a perfect match to the first pair of shoes you can still get the same look with the cheaper version and save $58.01!

A strappy pair of black sandals is such a basic spring essential! Pair them up with a cute sundress or a simple tank and denim jeans. Effortless!

Black sandals:  To Invest In      For Less

 

 

 

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Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

These metallic bow sandals are another spot on dupe! This pair of shoes combines two of the hottest trends right now: metallics and bows!

Such a fun statement shoe for the spring and summer.

Metallic Bow Statement Sandal: To Invest In        For Less

 

 

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Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

Another super fun spring trend is statement earrings. These fun earrings will add such a great pop of color to any basic outfit.

I love that the New Day earrings allow you to achieve the trend for just $10. That way if you aren’t feeling it, you don’t have to regret forking over all your hard earned cash!

Statment Tassel Earrings: To Invest In      For Less

 

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Spring Free People Dupes From Target - get the look for less. http://thegalista.com

Straw bags are having their moment! All the stores are selling them, and all the influencers are carrying them.

Not only can you carry one of these fun totes to the beach but adding one of these fun bags will give a spring flare to any outfit.

 

Straw Handbag: To Invest In     For Less

 

 

Just for fun, I added up the total if you were to buy all five items from each store. The Free People total was $500 exact! And drumroll please… the Target total was $110.95! You could literally buy all five of these items from Target and still not spend as much as you would on the Free People Royale Flats alone.

I hope you guys loved this post today as much as I loved creating it! As you know, I love to shop for less. That is why I love sharing with you guys ideas on how you can still dress cute and trendy while maintaining your budget.

If you would like me to find any affordable dupes with another brand let me know in the comments below!

 

-The Galista

Living your Crunchiest Life

 

When I first stumbled across the term crunchy life I thought I had just discovered a really funny typo. I went through the comments on the thread waiting for the reaction, but there wasn’t one. After researching, I discovered I was wrong, and I couldn’t believe I had never heard this phrase before.

So what does it mean to live a crunchy life? I’m sorry to be the one to burst your bubble, but it’s not about eating enormous amounts of potato chips (though a large part of me totally wishes it was). Living a crunchy life means leading a life that is environmentally friendly. In other words what a lot of people know as a “green” lifestyle!

Now that we know what living a crunchy lifestyle is, how can we achieve our crunchiest life?

I’m not anywhere near an expert (Spoiler alert: you won’t see any Extreme Cheapstakes stuff here). But I do think that if everyone consciously contributes, even a little, to keeping our environment clean we’d be in a much better place.

I’ve broken down how you can achieve your crunchiest life in just three easy steps! I also include my favorite zero waste tips, and I share my #1 crunchy life product.

 

Step 1: Self- Awareness

The changes you need to make to achieve a more environmentally friendly life will be completely different from person to person. Ask yourself what are you wasting and how are you affecting your environment?

Once you’ve evaluated your impact you can set appropriate goals for your lifestyle.

Step 2: Find small attainable changes you can make

I’m a big believer that small changes make the task less overwhelming. I find it helpful to look at my everyday life and how much excess waste I’m producing. It seriously can be as simple as looking in your trash can.

Instead of committing yourself to a month with zero waste and overwhelming yourself, make gradual little changes.

Step 3: Follow through

Problem: You buy a lot of plastic water bottles.

Crunchy Solution: Invest in a water filtration pitcher and/or a reusable water bottle to cut down on plastic waste. My favorite reusable water bottle is my Hydroflask. It’s amazing, and even though I have mentioned it before I cannot recommend it enough. Not only am I able to get in my daily water, but my water will actually stay much colder than if it was just in a disposable plastic bottle.

 

Problem: You use a lot of plastic bags.

Solution: Buy reusable shopping bags or recycle your plastic bags. If you’re like me and can’t recycle plastic bags in your recycling bin at your home, there are several grocery stores that have recycling bins for plastic bags right at the entrance. Most big grocery stores like Walmart and Super Target participate and maybe even your local grocery store does too!

 

Problem: You throw out Ziploc bags each time you use them.

Solution: Reuse your Ziploc bags! If you didn’t store meat or something saucy, simply hand wash your Ziploc bags with your dishes. Yes, I said it. So many people see me do this and think it’s the strangest thing. I just think it’s silly to throw out something that is perfectly capable of being reused. After washing place the Ziploc over a drinking glass to allow the entire bag to dry.

 

Problem: You are buying everything brand new.

Solution: Repurpose old things you already have or buy secondhand. Fast fashion has an extremely negative effect on our environment. Just think how many thousands of products are created each season alone. According to the National Geographic, it takes 700 gallons of water to create just one cotton tee shirt.

You guys know thrifting is one of my favorite things. Not only are you saving cash you’re saving the environment!

Not willing to commit to buying everything secondhand? Even buying just one item secondhand can help the environment. According to One Million Women, an organization dedicated to living a better eco life, “If one million women bought their next item of clothing second hand instead of new we would save 6 million kg of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere.”

That is extremely huge! It is easy to feel like as an individual we don’t have the power to make a positive impact, but if just work on leading individually crunchy lives we truly can help our environment.

 

 

One way I plan on improving in the future is to use the unpaper towel method. I don’t think I will ever fully eliminate paper towels in my household. Some things just require disposableness, ya know? But that doesn’t have to stop me from being more mindful of what I’m using them for. Too often I reach for paper towels when a washcloth would do just fine.

 

What are some of the crunchy changes you plan to make?

Let’s all work together to take care of Mother Nature (and maybe eat a potato chip here or there too)! Just make sure to recycle the bag 😉

 

-The Galista

Weekend in Charlotte, NC

One of my new year’s goals this year was to go on more little adventures. That desire coupled with my husband’s obsession for Joe Rogan prompted this adventure I’m going to share with you guys.

My husband and I made a mini road trip to Charlotte, NC! We stayed in Charlotte for the night and explored the city together Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday

After our three-hour road trip, we made it to our hotel in Uptown Charlotte just around lunchtime. We spontaneously decided to take a short walk to the nearest Chipotle.

I grew up walking around Chicago, so I was expecting a similar feel to Charlotte. And I will say, I was totally wrong. Charlotte is definitely more “low key” if that makes sense. It’s not as touristy. On our walk there and back we maybe encountered a handful of people total.

One thing Mike and I were both thrown off by on our walk is we kept passing by a ton of abandoned lime green bikes. We ended up googling why people just abandon the bikes and found out that with LimeBike you don’t have to return them to a docking station like the competing bike share companies. We both thought that was cool!

I then convinced Mike to check out The Sleepy Poet Mall with me. At over 55,000 square feet, this place is absolutely massive. It is most definitely jam-packed with all kinds of treasures (I even literally lost my husband at one point).  Our phones didn’t have service, and I thought I was seriously just going to have to meet him in the car. We were both checking out all the different vendors. He even enjoyed looking through all the stuff which says a lot because he isn’t a thrifter.

Unfortunately, we only had an hour before we had to go to dinner, so I didn’t get to check out nearly the entire store. I could honestly spend days in here and still not see everything. But, I still wanted to share with you a few of the cool things I found! It was literal thrift store heaven (aside from the antique prices).

You may recognize this photo I shared in my Spring favorites, but I was so excited to share my boots with you I didn’t get to share how beautiful I think this vintage kilim rug is. But because it was so worn and pricey, I skipped on it. My new mission is to find a beautiful rug in a “regular” thrift store. Stay tuned.

How epically weird is this devil walking post?!? It’s one of those things I’d categorize as “creepy cool”. If this isn’t a conversation piece, I don’t know what is.

In a section with a lot of mid-century modern furniture, I found this brass unicorn. I could imagine this styled in an eclectic living room or even a little girl’s nursery. Super gorgeous, but at $95, it is unfortunately out of my price range. There is nothing wrong with gathering inspiration while shopping and finding similar pieces elsewhere.

Mike found this amazing section of Life magazines. The earliest dating back to the 30’s. There was a whole other section to the right of this photo featuring editions from the 80’s and above. We enjoyed looking through all the old headlines. These old magazines would look amazing framed as wall decor. I love using different art mediums as wall art.

For dinner, we went to my favorite sushi restaurant, Cowfish. We first discovered Cowfish on our vacation to Universal Studios last winter. When I found out there was in Charlotte I knew we had to go back! Cowfish essentially offers just burgers and sushi- but are you ready? They offer burgushi! Which you can probably guess is a mix of burgers and sushi.

One tip I have if you’re planning on going to this Cowfish location is if you’re quoted a long wait time just sit down in the waiting area near the bar and wait for someone to get up. The bar is full service and instead of waiting 45 minutes we waited under 5 minutes!

Their classic sushi is so good I just couldn’t order anything else. I love their nigiri (the yellowtail is my favorite), but this time I got three salmon and three yellowtail. They serve the nigiri a la carte here, which just means you pay per piece of sushi you order. I paid three dollars each piece of sushi I ordered.

 

We had tickets for The Joe Rogan’s Strange Times Comedy Show at 10:30. Spoiler alert:  I had an absolute blast! This was my first comedy show ever. What originally sparked the weekend trip was Joe Rogan’s tour. As I mentioned, my husband is a huge Joe Rogan fan. So much so that I thought there was a good chance he might leave me for Joe that night.

We had been informed via email a day before the show that we weren’t allowed to have our phones. I wasn’t sure how they were going to enforce this rule, but the technology actually impressed me. They had individual phone pouches by a company called Yondr. The pouch has a lock at the top that locks closed like a magnet almost. It reminded me of clothing security tags. There was also an area dedicated to unlocking the phone with the device in case of an emergency.

I absolutely loved being disconnected for awhile; it was so nice to just focus on the moment. I highly recommend if you have a chance to check out the show!

Sunday

The next morning was Easter Sunday. I still had several places on my list that I wanted to check out.

We decided to go to the Southpark Mall next to the restaurant we had dinner at. Unfortunately, they closed down the entire mall for the day because of the holiday. Even though we weren’t able to check it out you can tell from the outside it is a super “fancy” mall. I was so looking forward to checking out the Lucky store, but I guess I’ll have to wait to explore this mall until next time.

Then it dawned on me to google the places I wanted to go to see if they were open. The main one I wanted to check out was Buffalo Exchange, but they were closed too. Buffalo Exchange is a clothing resale store that buys and sells used clothes. I have never shopped in one before, but plan to in the future.

If you plan on going to Charlotte to explore, definitely make sure not to go on a holiday because it seems like a lot of the town shuts down. Aside from places like Target of course, but whenever I visit somewhere new I like to check out things that I can’t at home. Go on a regular weekend and you’ll be golden!

 

 

 

Even though I am disappointed we didn’t get to check out more thrift stores and small businesses, I am still so happy we went to Charlotte for a lil’ mini adventure. We loved walking around exploring uptown Charlotte.

If all goes as planned this is just the start of our adventures this year. There is a quote that has stuck with me since I discovered it, “Before it’s your favorite place, it’s a place you’ve never been”.

Hopefully, this post inspired you to visit somewhere new! Have you been to Charlotte, NC before? Tell me all your favorite spots (so I can check them out next time)! Extra points if you share your favorite local thrift store.

 

-The Galista

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle- The Galista

Gals! As you all know I am all about living on a budget, so unfortunately I am not always trying out new products. That is why when I do discover new favorites that I love (and think are worth the money), I can not wait to share them with you guys!

I always enjoy hearing what everyone else is loving that way I know what is worth checking out. Over the past few months, I’ve been slowly discovering new things. Today I have fashion, beauty, and lifestyle favorites to share with you guys.

 

FASHION

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle- The Galista

I am always swooning over countless pairs of boots, and it’s been awhile since I’ve updated my collection. I didn’t have any short boots that did not have a heel. So when it came to everyday situations I had all these cute shoes that I couldn’t wear for long periods of time. Thankfully for my birthday this year my husband gave me two new pairs of ankle booties. I hunted all over for the first pair which is the Lucky Brand Basal Booties in “Toffee”.

Lucky Brand boots are just my jam, though buyers beware they run narrow for what I’m used to. I definitely recommend if you’re going to buy a pair try them on in store somewhere. I normally wear a size 8, but I picked up a size 8.5M. They do carry wide sizes, but when I tried on a 8W it was too wide. Opting for the 8.5 regular worked for me.

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle- The Galista

The second pair I actually found while looking for the Basal booties, and I decided I just had to have them as well. They are the Born Bowlen booties in “Dark Brown”. I love the side faux tie-up detail to these. They also have these in a “Rust” color on the Born website. I am so upset I didn’t see the rust color in store. I have never really been one of those “if you like it buy it in every color” people, but I may just have to be this time.

Another fashion favorite of mine is cuffing my jeans. I always wear skinny jeans and there is just something about the combo of cuffed jeans and my new ankle booties that just works. Cuffing the ends just ties my whole look together.

 

BEAUTY

I used to always use the Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21.99), but I recently lost it on a flight back home. I had heard really great things about the NYX Micro Brown Pencil ($9.99) in “Brunette”, and I finally picked it up to try. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference between the high end and drug store. Which is amazing because that’s a $12 savings! They even have the same amount of product. If you’re a fan of the Anastasia one, I definitely think you should check out this dupe!

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle- The Galista

When it comes to lip colors I normally tend to gravitate towards more everyday colors. In this photo, I’m wearing the NYX Soft matte lip cream in “London”. It is definitely my new favorite lip product! It is just so comfortable and easy to throw on. I don’t even have to worry about wearing a lip liner, and it doesn’t make my lips feel like desert central. Thank goodness! This product stays in my purse- it’s just that good!

 

LIFESTYLE

My first lifestyle favorite is the Bath and Body Works Scentportable. If you’ve never seen one of these before it’s just Bath and Body’s take on air fresheners for the car. Someone gifted one of these to me a few years ago, but it ended up getting lost in an old car. I had completely forgotten about how amazing these are until I got into my friend’s car, and she had two of these in it. The second I opened her door I could smell the freshener.

I specifically love the “Vanilla Bean” scent. If you’re into your car smelling like cupcakes 24/7 (and can resist the urge of eating a cupcake every day), I recommend you check this product out.

You may not know this about me, but I am a total “foodie”. Gardetto’s are my go-to snack of the month. I simply cannot keep a bag of these for more than a few days. The Gardetto’s garlic rye crisps used to be my go to road trip snack. But, I have just been hooked on the original recipe lately. Is it just me or do you guys go through phases with totally obsessing over a food or drink until you’ve made yourself sick of it?

 

Spring Favorites- Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle- The Galista

Another food favorite that I’ve discovered this month is Mod Pizza. If you have a Mod Pizza in your area, I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s basically like a Subway, but the focus is on really fast and delicious pizza.

My regular is the mod size “Dillion James” which consists of a red sauce, mozzarella, asiago, fresh basil, garlic and fresh tomatoes. I usually like to add a little extra basil, a light drizzle of olive oil and parmesan cheese. I’m a thin crust gal, and this pizza is one of the best I have ever had. Which is saying a lot (because I am a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur). The workers have even started to recognize me and my order. Oops!

Along with my pizza, I always get their Blackberry Lemonade. I feel like this drink is just not talked about enough. I’ve never had a lemonade as good at this one. I genuinely wish they sold this in gallons, so I could have a constant stock of this at home.

Another thing I love about Mod Pizza is it is located in the same strip as a restaurant that is keto friendly. At the beginning of the year, my husband switched to the keto diet. In general, going out to eat together is really hard. There was initially a bit of a learning curve on how we could still do date nights. Because of the location we can each order our food and then we sit in the outdoor dining area and eat our meal together. And I get my yummy pizza! Win-win!

It is the time of year for spring cleaning. Thankfully for Christmas, my in-laws gifted Mike and I the Shark Navigator Lift Away Professional. It has been a total LIFE CHANGER! I had no idea the difference between a cheap vacuum and an expensive one. I figured they would perform pretty much the same. Boy, was I 110% wrong. Vacuum lines were things of mythical creation before. It all makes sense to me now.

In my house, the couch is the piece of furniture that sees the highest traffic. What I love about the vacuum, in particular, is the lift away feature. If you didn’t know I have two pugs (who are total couch potatoes) and cleaning this couch before this vacuum was nearly impossible. Before it would take me hours of frustration to try to get all the hair off of the couch. Now I can easily unlock the top portion of the base and give my couch a thorough clean.

 

 

What are some things you’ve been loving this month? Do we have any of the same favorites?

 

-The Galista

 

Meet Bella and Zoey

Happy National Puppy Day, y’all!

I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to my two pugs, Bella and Zoey. The one thing everyone who knows me in “real life” is that I am completely obsessed with my dogs. They are my life. So, I’m going to introduce you to each of them and tell you each of their stories.

The pug love in my family goes really deep. My aunt Michelle was the first in our family to get a pug. Her baby, Vula, made everyone fall in love with pugs. We were hooked. A few years later my family adopted our pug, Verna, who unfortunately passed this past April. She was my absolute world. One pug just simply wasn’t enough for me, I needed another. Which brings me to my first pups story:

 

Bella

A coworker at the time tagged me in a Facebook post that was advertising black pugs for sale, so I got in contact with the seller. Just in time because he only had one left.

When my mom and I went to pick her up she was unfortunately not in a well taken care of home. Even though some people may get upset when they learn I bought her and didn’t adopt her, I don’t regret it at all. Bella’s mom was overbred, and I just couldn’t imagine leaving her knowing that could be her future. Besides I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. I am a firm believer in all dogs deserve a good home.

January 27, 2015: I brought Bella home.

March 30, 2016: Bella made her first long road trip to live with her new dad in North Carolina. (Mike didn’t know it yet, but this was the beginning of his pug love).

 

Fun Fact: Bella likes to dig for ages only when she gets in bed at night.

 

 

Zoey

One day my friend, Adalina, tagged me in a post about a dog that had been abandoned on a busy street where we live. Luckily, a member of a local rescue was able to get her away from the traffic.

Originally I didn’t know if we should take on another dog mainly because I didn’t think my husband would want another. Get this, he was the driving force behind adopting her! He immediately said yes. The guy who wasn’t sure if he even wanted a dog had officially been converted to a pug enthusiast.

Because of the law, we had to wait a holding period before we could adopt Zoey. In the meantime, Zoey’s foster mom brought her over to my house, so I could see how Bella and Zoey interacted with each other.

September 24, 2016: We brought Zoey home. Bella got a sister, and she wasn’t sure how she felt about it.

A crazy story about this day is literally minutes after we adopted her from the rescue we, unfortunately, got into an accident that totaled the first car I bought for myself. Thankfully we were all okay! My dog mom instincts had already kicked in, and I clung to her for dear life. That didn’t stop me from hysterically crying in a random parking lot that she was going to hate us forever.

 

Fun Fact: She was originally named Frankie by her foster family. Mike and I came up with the name Zoey because we didn’t think Frankie fit her. Because Frankie and Zoey have similar ending sounds we were able to teach her the new name easily.

 

 

There you have it! That is how I became a dog mom of two beautiful babies. Even when they are fighting for attention, they are BFF’s.

I hope learning about my dogs allowed you to get to know me a little better.

If you’ve made it this far I can only assume you’re a fellow dog mom/dog dad and you understand the dog love is real! Please leave me a comment with a pic of your sweet dogs, I genuinely would love nothing more than to look at your cute furry babes! What’s their story?

 

-The Galista

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista

 

We have all been there you’re in your pajamas binge-watching Netflix when you realize you don’t have an outfit for an upcoming event. I’ve gathered a list of the top five online clothing boutiques, so you order cute trendy clothes without ever leaving your comfy couch or PJ’s.

I don’t know about you, but a few years ago I never thought I would see the day where I would stop shopping at Forever 21. I used to go into Forever 21 and carry around a pile of clothes to try on in the dressing room, and I’d have to force myself to narrow it down. But aside from a few accessories, I don’t ever shop in F21 anymore. Not only do I not find anything that fits my style, but the quality can be hit and miss.

If you are at that in-between stage where you don’t quite know where to shop online, and you are afraid of those sketchy scam websites (you know which ones I’m talking about) I’ve found some reputable small businesses that are not too much more expensive. What’s great about these five boutiques is the quality of the products won’t disappoint. Not to mention that even though these boutiques all have a serious fan base most people you know will be shopping at the mall, so you won’t wind up wearing the exact same thing as everyone else.

Not only have I listed my top five boutiques, but I’ve also selected my favorite pieces from each site. Clicking on the photo above each boutique will take you right to the website. Yay for easy shopping!

Whether you’re looking for a birthday outfit or getting ready for spring break, grab a snack and get your credit card ready here are five of my favorite online boutiques.

 

 

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista
Left: Sweetest Bohemian Gypsy Lace Maxi Dress in “Chloe Yellow” $65.00 Right: Luciana Cutout Jumpsuit in “D. Rose” $49.00

Nana Macs

Nana Macs, based out of Coeur D Alene, Idaho, is the boutique that started my full-blown obsession. Not only does Nana Macs have the cutest unique and trendy clothes, their models are super sweet and helpful.

Every Monday-Friday you can find them hosting Facebook lives around 4 PM PST featuring all the new arrivals and restocks. Guys, they also offer a 15% off military discount to active duty and veterans. The best part is shipping is free on all orders within the U.S.

Upon popular demand, they also just recently released a curvy line. I don’t see a lot of online boutiques catering to plus size customers, so I think this is totally awesome!

My favorite piece I own from Nana Macs is their New Romantics Lace Bralette, though I swoon over just about everything that they sell.

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista
Left: Seven Seas Patchwork Print Kimono $34.95 Right: Cher Crushed Velvet Flare Pants in “Navy” $28.95

Three Birds Nest

Good news boho babes if you’re looking for clothing or accessories you don’t need to look any further, Three Birds Nest is going to be your new obsession.

My personal favorite from Three Birds Nest is their accessories. I’ve mentioned their messy bun beanies before, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their jewelry pieces either. If you’re into turquoise or leather elements, you’re about to be in jewelry heaven. Hello, bohemian goddesses!

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista
Left: Teal Braided Tee $30 Right: Lace Up Bootie Camel $49

Rosie Daze

This is a new trendy online boutique, started by a military wife and Youtuber, Casey Holmes. Though I am a huge fan of Casey Holmes, her boutique truly does speak for itself.

Aside from the cute clothes and accessories, Rosie Daze just started selling dog logo tees ($33.00). Each month 15% of the proceeds from the dog logo tee is donated to an animal shelter or rescue in need. As a fellow dog mom, I find this especially sweet because after all her boutique is named after her two rescued pups.

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista
Left: Bicoastal Striped Adjustable Maxi Dress $54.00 Right: Padua Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top in “Black” $48.00

Vici

Vici is another online boutique with many to-die-for pieces. You can find pieces right on-trend like the striped dress and embroidered top above.

This is a great example of how shopping with a “small” boutique allows you to follow the spring trends and have unique pieces not everyone else will own.

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best Online Clothing Boutiques- The Galista
Left: Walk With The Wild Kimono in “Ivory/Black” $38.99 Right: Spring Me To Life Set in “Red/White” $54.99

Shop Hopes

Shop Hopes, based out of Georgia, sells clothing that perfectly blends southern charm with a little bit of bohemian.  Just like Nana Macs, Shop Hopes offers free ground shipping within the U.S. Yay!!

If you have a fourth of July party, this two-piece jumpsuit would look absolutely amazing. I know some of you may think it’s crazy to plan outfits out that far, but this piece just screams the perfect Independence day outfit. Plus you can be festive without going overboard.

 

 

 

Happy shopping, gals! I hope you found a new boutique to love.

If you have a favorite online boutique I didn’t list here leave it for me in the comment section! I am always down for a new place to shop 😉

 

-The Galista

Talk Tuesday: Life Update and The Story of How I got into Thrifting

Welcome back, everyone!

If you’re new to my page it will make more sense if you start here, so you can understand a little more about me.

This year has been crazy so far. I feel like I have been M.I.A on here more than I have wanted to be. Unfortunately, so many posts I had planned had to be scratched because of everything going on in my personal life.

I have debated how much I want to share of my personal life on here because I want to keep this a happy place. But, I also don’t want to fall into the rut of making this just another “highlight reel” platform. Life isn’t often like that, and that’s okay. Maybe sharing how I have been feeling will help one of you who stumbles across my blog.

The past few months have been devasting for me emotionally. Most notably this year I have lost three family members. Being an empath is extremely draining when experiencing loss. Not only do I grieve for myself, but I grieve through others.

I don’t know if you guys experience this as well, but I find it is especially hard to remain positive around holidays. My friends were experiencing such positive amazing changes, and the bad news just kept flowing my way.

The most devasting loss for me was my great grandpa. He was such a special person in my life. We always had so much fun when we spent time together, so much so that I nicknamed him my “Homie G”.  I hadn’t experienced a loss of a close family member since I was in elementary school. In a way, this has all been a new experience for me because I actually understand the whole magnitude of loss now.

So when we lost my great grandpa in January of this year, I took almost a week off of work and flew back to Indiana by myself to be with family. This was my first time flying since 2011, and it was my first time flying alone ever. Mental note to check off doing something out of my comfort zone.

My visit back has brought to light the story of how I fell in love with thrifting and I want to share that with you now.

When I was younger and would visit my Homie G he had this chest behind his couch that he kept all these thrifted art supplies. He’d send us home with Ziploc bags packed full of old crayons, markers, and pencils. Along with the writing supplies, we would also get stacks of dot matrix office paper. You know the kind with the perforated edges you could pull of? After I got home I would do just that, I’d rip off the edges and make all kinds of projects with all of my new art supplies.

It wasn’t until middle school that I actually started going to the thrift store with him. Our visits always consisted of lunch at a local diner and then thrifting.

The fact that almost my entire extended family on my mom’s side are all thrifters now I attribute to my great-grandparents. Besides my own experience with my grandpa, my mom and my aunt shared stories about how my great-grandparents were the original thrifters of the family. My great grandma Alice, who we lost 22 years ago, was a big fan of garage sales. She was the queen of bartering. My mom told me that she would even barter in Kmart. After my grandpa was retired and then widowed, thrifting became one of his main past times.

Being thrifty and scoring an awesome deal is in my blood, you see?

 

I hope today’s post allowed you to get to know me a little better. I would love it if you shared the story of how you got into thrifting in the comments. Or if you don’t have one, share with me what your family’s favorite hobby is!

 

-The Galista

 

 

Collective Haul: Target Home Haul, Boutique Sale, Thrift and More

 

Hey, gals!!

Today I’m going to be sharing some things I have picked up in the last few months from a couple different stores. I know I’m not the only one on a budget. Whether you are a single parent or a military wife like me, I am proof you don’t have to stop shopping when you are on a budget.

Instead, you just have to strategically shop the sales. Try not to pay the full retail price, especially if you know the store normally does frequent sales. “Baller on a budget” is my mantra.

 

Target

Trip 1

What first inspired this trip was that I kept seeing so many people sharing amazing deals on the holiday collection. I’m talking things that you wouldn’t even think were part of the holiday collection (like items other than ornaments, etc). Then I also saw that the Bullseye Playground had a boho themed collection and that is when I knew without a doubt I was going to Target. Side note: Do you any of you guys remember when Bullseye Playground was known as the Dollar Spot? That is also when I used to call Target “Tar-jay”.

As always I started at the dollar spot, but it was unfortunately pretty picked over. They only had a few mini succulents and two catch-alls when I went. That didn’t stop me from picking up this super cute cactus catch-all (not because I need another catch-all) but because I love all things cactus lately. This little cactus cutie was $3.00.

TARGET SAVINGS TIP: If you didn’t know always make sure to scan your items at Target’s self-scanners. The red scanners are placed all around the store and are easily one of my favorite things about Target. I wish other stores did this so you wouldn’t have to bother an employee by asking how much an item is.

I’ve found some MAJOR deals just by double checking items I was interested in. (Spoiler alert: This is how I found these next three deals).

Then I stumbled upon the Hearth and Hand line that Joanna Gaines and Target collaborated on. I ended up finding the ginormous jade vase I mentioned in a previous post. It was the only one left which is the only reason why I thought to scan it. I AM SO HAPPY I DID. Guys, it wasn’t marked clearance AT ALL but guess what it rang up for $6 and some change originally $22.99. I quickly put that guy back in my cart.

The photo doesn’t do it justice at all. I haven’t styled it yet, but I plan to decorate it with some greenery or I may make a D-I-Y vase filler.

Also part of the “holiday sale” I picked up these two gorgeous glasses. I love the colors, and they were only $1 and some change each. Originally $4.99. To be completely honest, I don’t need the drinkware. We have a ton but I think I am going to plant cacti in them or make them into candles.

In my opinion, once you have a developed style decorating on a budget means grabbing a bunch of pieces you know that fit into your style and then piecing them together later.

 

Trip 2

 

Fast forward to a few days after Valentine’s Day. Mike took me to Target and bought this lamp I have been swooning over for about two years. We don’t normally go crazy for Valentine’s day, normally we just exchange our favorite chocolates and a card. But hey, cupid sent me a gorgeous mid-century modern -esque lamp this year and I’m not complaining.

Our base housing needs some serious help in the light department, so I gratefully accepted the gift. I quickly hid all of the ugly cords behind a blanket basket. Wall decor in this corner is next.

 

Local Semi-Annual Boutique Sale

Moving on to what I found at a major boutique sale. I never thought I’d see the day but I don’t shop at Forever 21 since I moved here in my style definitely aligns more with the products boutiques sale.

The boutique I found these next items at is called Altar’d State, and it is what my dreams are made of. Only, everything is typically so out of my price range. Thankfully they had a lot of the store marked down and since they were doing a semi-annual sale everything that was on sale was also an additional 40% off.

 

My first find from Altar’d State was this super cute wrap bracelet. Originally $19.95, but I got it for $5.95. I love arm candy and am always looking to add affordable new pieces I can stack.

 

Right next to the bracelets was a basket of bralettes and I immediately pulled out this gorgeous wine bralette off the top. After all the sales, I paid just $4.00. You can’t even find that at Walmart. These are the deals I live for.

 

This is the item I’m most excited about from the boutique sale. I found this adorable dog mom hat that I have been searching forever for. Guess how much I paid for this one?! $5.95 it was originally $24.95.

Mike thought I shouldn’t get it because I’m not huge into hats, but I’ve been eyeing hats with “Dog Mom” for a while. At that price, it was a now or never moment.

 

Carolina Thrift

 

After the mall, I stopped by a nearby thrift store called Carolina Thrift. It was just a few days before a big 50% off the entire store sale, so the store was picked over. I ended up only finding this Jcrew basic v-neck in this gorgeous mustard shade.

I paid $3.99 for this wrinkled beauty. As you can probably tell, this shade is totally my jam. ” I’ll take one of everything mustard toned, please”, she said shopping.

 

Bare Minerals

 

The last items I wanted to share with you today are from a Bare Minerals sale. I got this matte liquid lipstick, mini kabuki, and eyelash brush all for $5.09 shipped. The original price of the liquid lipstick alone is $19.00.

If you want to know how I find such great deals like this check out this post where I share with you one of my favorite ways to scope out deals.

 

 

I’m quite obsessed with watching hauls on YouTube, but I’m not sure if anyone is interested in hauls in a non-video format. Let me know if you like this kind of post or if you just prefer to watch hauls in video format.

What is a recent purchase you are most excited about? Bonus points for attached photos!

 

-The Galista

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine’s Day

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

Today we are going to make these super cute do it yourself macrame keychains to gift to all your girlfriends for Galentine’s Day!

It’s only fitting that Galentine’s Day is featured on the Galista.

If you’re not a Parks and Recreation fan (which let’s just say you totally should be), let me catch you up here. The idea of Galentine’s Day was first created by NBC’s Parks and Recreation in Season 2 Episode 16. Leslie Knope, the main character on the show, creates this holiday to celebrate all the special women in her life. On February 13th, the day before Valentine’s day, all the females in her life leave the boyfriends and husbands behind to celebrate their best gal pals.

Not only do I love the idea of celebrating the amazing women in my life, but I also just miss the magic of exchanging valentines. Anyone else?

If you do, yay! Bohemian is totally having a moment right now, which is what inspired me to create this project. I am all in and totally invested in this project.

Parks and Recreation+ boho vibes+celebrating awesome women+ cheesy pun= why I’m so excited to share this super easy DIY all your gal pals will surely appreciate!

 

Supplies Needed

Keychain rings (I used these Swivel Snap hooks in “Antique Brass” and “Gunmetal”)

Yarn of some sort (I used this cotton rope also from Hobby Lobby)

Scrapbook paper or Craft Paper

Scissors

Comb

 

Before we get into all the steps I’m going to link you some helpful video resources (though I’ll also be showing you in picture form). This was the first macrame I’d ever created so these were super helpful in learning to create the two knots I used. The first basic knot lark’s head knot. And the second is the diagonal half hitch knot also referred to as the diagonal clove hitch knot.

Reform Fibers creates awesome YouTube videos. I definitely recommend you check out the videos if you’d like to see these knots in action.

Let’s get crafty gals!

 

1. Secure your keychain ring to a table with some tape. This is important so you don’t have to worry about holding your ring in place while you are trying to create your design. I’ve seen some people hang their piece on a hook but personally, I recommend taping it down. It made the process much easier for me.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

2. Next, if you purchased the same cotton rope “Natural Cord 4.5 mm (SKU:1429513)” as I did your first step is going to be unraveling the 3 pieces wrapped around each other. This will give you smaller strands to work with. These smaller strands will show the detail much better.

 

 

3. Measure and cut four 37″ strands.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Lark’s Head Knot

4. Now, we are going to create our first knot (lark’s head knot). Don’t worry it’s super simple. Fold your strands in half, then hold the point in the middle of the keychain ring like so. Now, simply pull the bottom part through the loop. Repeat this four times so all the rope is connected to your keychain ring.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

5. If you purchased a keychain that rotates, turn to the side of the knot that you prefer shows. I like the right best.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Diagonal Half Hitch Knot

5. We now have 8 strands. We are going to be working in half (only four strands at a time) and joining them later. Take your first strand (also called lead cord) and hold it diagonally to your right. Now, create a “4” with the second strand over your lead cord. Pull the end up and through the four creating your first diagonal half hitch knot. Now do that again with the same cords. As you go you will knot each strand twice to secure the design.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

6. Continue holding your first strand (your lead cord) diagonally. Now move on to strand 3, place strand 3 over strand one creating a “4”. Pull the strand up and through. Do this a second time to secure the design.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

7. Again, continue holding your first strand at a diagonal to your bottom right. Place strand 4 over strand 1 creating a 4 with the rope. Pull the strand up and through. As you can see, there are six knots in each row because you are doing each string that isn’t the lead cord twice. Congrats! You have completed your first line of diagonal half hitch knots. If you mess up remember its just knots you can simply undo it and try again 🙂

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

8. To keep things simple we are still going to work on the same side. You are going to repeat what you just did with the first row of knots right under it. Remember to hold your lead cord diagonally down and create the four with each strand. Make 3 total rows as shown above.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

9. It is now time to work on the other side (strands 5-8). Your 8th cord is now your lead cord.  Hold your 8th cord diagonally towards the left and create a backward “4” with the 7th strand over the 8th. You shouldn’t get confused as long as you make sure you are working off your lead cord and making a backward four. I found it helpful to always hold onto my lead cord until I was done with that row that way I didn’t get confused.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

10. You will complete three rows just like you did on the left half.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Connect the two halves

11. It is time to connect the two halves. To do this you just simply take strands 4 and five and make a regular knot and pull it tight. To secure that knot make another diagonal half hitch knot by making a “4” shape again.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

12. Next, make two more diagonal half hitch knot rows on each side.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Connect the Macrame Ends

13. Connect the two halves together again. (Sidenote: This sentence reminded me of Humpty Dumpty, and I just had to share that with you guys.) Again make a knot connecting the fourth and fifth strands. Then make a “4” with strand 4 and strand 5 and tighten to secure.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

14. Cut both sides at an upwards diagonal.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

15. Finish the macrame by taking a comb and brush out the strings. Be careful to only get the ends and not any of the knots you just created. I also backcombed my piece to give it a “messier” look.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

16. Now that we’ve finished the macrame portion we are going to create these simple tags to go with them. I purchased these brown craft paper tags from Hobby Lobby. I love the contrast of the cord against the brown craft paper. Then I lightly sketched on in pencil the super cheeseball pun, “My life would knot be the same without you.”

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

17. I went over the pencil in a black sharpie. You can, of course, improvise and write the pun however you’d like. That is what is great about DIY’s you can customize the details to suit your taste. I thought about printing out tags, but I decided I wanted to keep the focus on the macrame. I’m going for the DIY look, so I’m happy with how the tags turned out.

 

 

18. I took a piece of the cotton cord and tied a knot to attach our keychain through the punched hole.

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

19. On the back, I just wrote “Happy Galentine’s Day” and attached a cute piece of washi tape I had.

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

20. Now your Galentine’s are all ready to be handed out.

 

 

 

If you missed Galentine’s Day, this is still such a fun year-round DIY. You could give them as birthday gifts or even just make them yourself. Everywhere I looked on Pinterest I couldn’t find any walkthrough tutorials for do-it-yourself macrame keychains so I thought to myself, “Why not create one?”

I hope you guys enjoyed this! I am so proud of the outcome. If you create this please leave a comment on how your girlfriends liked it. I’d love to see photos. Will you be continuing the Galentine’s Day tradition next year?

xoxo

Happy Galentine’s Day, ladies! As Leslie Knope would say herself “Ovaries before brovaries!”

-The Galista

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart

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Love is in the air, guys and gals! I have gathered a list of seven affordable gift ideas for all the romantics at heart.

Whether you are a gentleman trying to treat your lady or maybe you are a wife looking for a gift for your spouse, the special one in your life will be feeling all the love after receiving one of these gifts. (Links to products mentioned are provided throughout the post, so you can maximize your cuddle time this month.)

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

1. Body Paint Kit

Want home decor unique to you and your love? Love is Art is a body paint kit you and your significant other use to create art while making love to each other. (Sorry, mom.)

There are currently 24 different sets you can purchase on their website. A signature set comes with a plastic tarp, treated canvas, 4 oz bottle of paint, disposable slippers, and a body scrubber. The kits range in price from $60- $1,000. (Don’t worry guys the $1,000 price tag is only for the gallery edition).

After you have created your masterpiece you can pay to have it stretched locally or they sell the stretching kit on their site, and you can do it yourself. Hang it up and enjoy sharing how you created this piece of art with all your guests.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

2. Scentbird

I have suggested Scentbird in a previous gift guide; however, I just think it makes such a great gift I couldn’t help but feature it again. If you aren’t familiar a Scentbird subscription comes with a 30 day supply of a designer fragrance for just $14.95. They offer over 450 different fragrances to choose from.

This is such a great deal considering rollerballs with less product go for more money through any other retailer. For example, Macy’s sells Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue 0.25 oz rollerball for $29. With a subscription through Scentbird, you can get the same perfume in a 0.27 oz spray for the $14.95.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

3. Personalized handwriting jewelry or roman numerals

Jewelry for Valentine’s day is a common gift idea, but why not take your gifting game a step higher with a personalized jewelry?  This rose gold Roman numeral necklace by Gold Crush Jewelry starts at $69. Add the date of your first date or your anniversary and wow your girl.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

4. Bouqs

This is a classic gift idea, but there is a reason flowers are a go-to. They are timeless. Bouqs specifically has absolutely gorgeous arrangements. If you girl isn’t a rose girl don’t worry, Bouqs has so many arrangements to choose from.

Bouquets typically start around $40-$60.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

5. Star Home Decor

The Night Sky, my personal favorite option on this gift guide, is a customizable star map. There are many like this out on the internet, but after doing some research I have come to the conclusion this is the most credible and well reviewed.

The process of customizing your own star map is super easy. Choose the location and date then customize the message and other design elements. Add your anniversary date or even the day of a child’s birth and bring your spouse to tears.

For a 18″x24″ high-quality print you can expect to pay $60. As a side note, you are purchasing only the print it does not come framed. It may seem like a steep price, but when you take into account how many years your love will cherish this gift I believe it is well worth it.

 

6. Boudoir photos

Truly a gift for the both of you! Treat yourself to some pretty lingerie, and book a boudoir session with a local boudoir photographer. Not only will your significant other love the photos but having sexy photos taken of yourself can be a great confidence boost!

You could even create a book of your boudoir photos and gift it. So many options!

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

7. Scratch off Map

If you and your significant other are the adventurous type, gift this awesome scratch off map so you can document all your travels together!

If you’re too uncomfortable with #1, this is another great way to personalize your home with your SO. The standard size retails for $32 and the large for $48.

 

 

How are you guys celebrating Valentines Day this year? Will it be a steak dinner at a fancy restaurant or do you like to avoid the crowd and enjoy a cozy movie night in?

 

– The Galista