Inexpensive to Expensive

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Inexpensive to Expensive

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Inexpensive to Expensive

I can recall one period in my life where a lack of resources held me back from sharing what I truly wanted to on here. AKA, I didn’t have extra money to spend on clothing so every tiny thing I invested in had to last and be worn in many different ways. I would go on luxury sites, like Net-a-Porter, and create Wish Lists of things I wanted (as if budget was no issue). Then, I’d take the list and scour the internet for something similar or reach out to the brand to borrow (back then I had zero clout so this was the most I could do) to feature in an upcoming blog post.

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Inexpensive to Expensive

Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Inexpensive to Expensive

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Inexpensive to Expensive

Not only did I have a “lack of funds” to invest in what I really wanted to – but I could barely make ends meet at home with my five plus freelance jobs. (Just typing this brings back so many difficult memories of struggles and fears. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel at this exact moment to no longer have this problem. For this reason, I aggressively save as well as live below my means. This is why I’m redoing my apartment and not a house.) Needless to say, I became a pro at making inexpensive things look expensive. I focused less on trends and more on staples. Yes, trends are great because they can make you standout but staples are more realistic if you’re on a budget.

I had weird rules like, “if it’s not 100% classic, then I’m not buying it” or “if I can’t wear this bag seven different ways, it’s not for me” or “if I don’t dream about it within the next few nights, I’m not spending the money.” Some of these rules still stick with me, especially if I’m buying something really expensive.

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Inexpensive to Expensive

So what on earth do you spend your hard-earned-but-ready-and-willing-to-invest money on if you’re looking to scoop up a new bag this summer?

I’ve been working with the incredible Brahmin team for a couple months now. As part of my partnership with the brand, I’ve received countless bags in various shapes and sizes and can confidently say each bag (regardless of style) is 100% classic, can be worn seven different ways and at times, keeps me up at night because I can’t help but see them pop up in my feed right before I close my eyes – and they’re cute. Their price points are conservative – not cheap, but not expensive. They also offer so many different colors, shapes and fabrications. I promise these bags can seamlessly weave into any wardrobe.

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Inexpensive to Expensive

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares her Inexpensive to Expensive

Today I’m wearing the Margo Newbury bag from their most recent collection (which comes in this and this style too) but have rounded up a few more of my favorites (which you may have already seen in the past) below. From ladylike totes to summery prints to shapes that resemble vintage suitcases, I love them all!

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring Inexpensive to Expensive

Happy “smart” shopping!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Brahmin for sponsoring today’s post!]

6 Comments

  • YES this resonates with me so, so much. You deserve all the success in the world and I’m so happy for you that you can have little moments of gratitude and appreciation for all your hard work. Love the Brahmin recommendation – super good style staples, and always a good investment!

  • Your story is definitely an inspirational one, especially for bloggers/influencers out there who are trying to make it.

    You definitely have a knack for making EVERYTHING look expensive.
    I agree, classics are definitely the easiest way to go for that, but then again I’m always sighing over your beautiful statement pieces, which are also definitely re-wearable – like that beautiful white floral top, ah, just gorgeous ❤

    xo, Liyana | The Good Weekender

  • I was just thinking how I lovvve your style and almost every outfit you post but sadly I’m nowhere close to being able to afford the beautiful clothes you wear. I might have to employ your previous strategy to come up with similar outfits as I would love to incorporate more of this style in my life as a young growing professional.

    • Aw, I completely understand 1000% percent. Trust me, I’ve been there! Let me suggest that you use my content as inspiration. Save your favorite photos (on Instagram, Pinterest or the blog) and take them with you to your favorite stores. Try and replicate my looks using similar colors, shapes, etc. I used to do this (and still do) with all my favorite bloggers and brands and who knows… you may enjoy the challenge! (Another strategy is to buy similar pieces and take them to a tailor to customize – wearing clothing that is customized to your body/wants/needs will also trick people into thinking you are wearing high end brands!) xx

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