Is Budget a dirty word when it comes to style?
This week I have decided to do a spotlight women who inspire me with their amazing
style! Sometimes my friends worry that I am judging them on what they wear all the time, but
actually most days I don't notice anything until I see someone who is rocking their own style
confidently and looking stunning! Then I instantly start to analyse what they have done to
achieve their style… how did they pair items together? What colours and cuts did they choose?
What makes their outfit really pop? And in the case of the woman I am about to tell you about…
how did she achieve this with three young kids??
Meet Brittany. She is a fellow mum who I have seen at school drop off all this term. Each time I
saw her I was envious of her beautiful wardrobe of mostly dresses and how polished her hair
and makeup was too! So I decided it was time to get to know her further and find out her secret
to style! Here is what I discovered in her own words…
NOTE: Adorn has not styled Brittany, all outfits, styling, makeup and hair and awesome wisdom is her own... and P.S. no filter! Stunning!
The person who inspires my style is my mum Susan. Growing up mum never had a hair out of
place and she always dressed beautifully. Her hair and makeup always was done it’s how I
have remembered her. She is so beautiful!
I have not had a major style change instead I rely on what makes me feel beautiful. I have
always loved the same style of clothes which are colourful, floral, and flowy. The staple pieces I
always have in my wardrobe are maxi dresses, loose tops, tights and denim jackets.
My daily routine starts by getting woken up by my kids so I’ll then get them dressed and make
them breakfast, while they are eating and watching a bit of TV I will sneak away and do my
makeup quickly throw on a dress usually then put my hair up in a bun or have it down if it’s
My Must Haves
My number one must have product is definitely my dry shampoo! I absolutely love it and it
definitely gets me through being a busy mum. I get mine from Woolies or Coles and it is called
Batiste instant hair refresh dry shampoo and it is the best!. With not a lot of time, a must have
is lipstick. Never underestimate what a bit of lippy can do for your confidence! My one splurge is
on my foundation. A good base means everything else just works. Estée Lauder foundation
from Myers has been my go to for 15 years.
Where I Shop
Being a stay at home mum and having three kids on basically one wage I always shop for
bargains. I love Big W, Kmart, and Rockmans. Beautiful things can be found that aren’t
expensive. I absolutely love dresses, being a fuller figure I love wearing flowy clothes that go in under my bust and flow down, I love that you can dress it up with a pair of heels or dress it down
with some flats and a denim jacket. I live in dresses.
Being a mum is the most important job to me and I love to feel good about myself while doing it
The three tips to style on a budget that Brittany shared with me were:
1. Being on a budget is no excuse for letting your style dwindle. There are cheaper options
new or even second hand that fit with your style and can help you always feel amazing!
Yes, you may choose other brands one day when your money isn't all going into
nappies, but for now it's ok!
2. Don't reinvent your style if it works. If the same style of dress fits you and makes you feel
amazing today as it did 15 years ago it's ok! An updated version is all you need and you
can keep those basic style rules as long as they make you feel beautiful!
3. Hair and makeup can make your day. It doesn't have to be full-on. You don't need a lash
lift, a tint, manicured nails, or salon shampoo. Put your money into the best foundation
that works for you and go budget for the rest.
I hope you find Brittany's story as inspiring as I did! Style is possible on a budget especially
when you know what suits you and stay true to it.
Your Adorn Sister