Mean Girls, and how to have Style on a Budget

Style on a Budget | You Rock My Life

So here it is, my first mini rant. Although I’m not a big fan of excessively spreading frustration and discontent about certain topics, because I feel like it will neither help me, nor the situation in general or anyone who has to listen to my bad mood, sometimes it’s important to get certain things off one’s heart.

In this case, certain things is a conversation I’ve heard while sitting at a Café the other day. A bunch of girls were sitting at a table behind me, and I could hear them talk about me. (note to everyone out there: First of all, don’t talk behind other peoples’ back.  Secondly, don’t assume people can’t hear you just because they can’t see you.) Long story short, the essence of the conversation of said girls was “She only looks that good because she has so much money.” and “If I had that money to spend, I could also be a fashion blogger.” BOOM.

I’m way past giving a damn (excuse my language) about what other people think about me. Being bullied at school taught me to handle these situations very well… I also know that most of such sentences derive from envy and jealousy, and I also know not to take it too personally. But still, this conversation somehow stuck with me. Mostly not because I felt offended, but mainly because it made me very sad.

In a world where girls wear t-shirts with slogans like “The Future Is Female”, “Girlpower”, or “Girls Unite” and everyone is raving about how we as girls have to help each other and lift each other up, we are still talking behind our backs and begrudge each other? Doesn’t seem very smart and long-term oriented to me.

To some degree I think there may always be a form of tension between everybody, women and men. No matter if it’s about beauty, wealth, intelligence, or anything else desirable in this world. But I think we can all agree that the world would still be a much better place, if women were nicer to each other. I also know my little blogpost won’t make a big change, but if it would only encourage one girl out there to take a deep breath and re-think her thoughts next time she feels the urge to talk bad behind another girls back, it already made a big impact.

As women, we need to stop fighting with each other. In a world in which we have so many choices, we shouldn’t choose to be mean and jealous. Yes, the future is female, but the future is also in our hands. If we don’t actively and positively contribute to this future, nothing will ever change.

Now, enough pep talk. Back to the things I do over here… namely, running a life & style blog. As much as I love fashion, and as thankful I am that I was able to turn my passion for fashion and beauty into a job – to me, all these things are not at all what life is really about. Having a loving family and friends, people you care for and who care for you, making memories with these people, learning about yourself and what you want to do with your life, and enjoying every day to the fullest – those are snippets of the things I think life is really about.

Although I know most of my readers are female and between 25 – 35 years old (at least that’s what Google Analytics tells me), I also know there might be a few younger girls reading my blog. The last thing I want to do is to give anyone the idea that all those “things” I’m showing you on my blog are what it takes to be happy. Because that’s totally not the case. Those things might be nice to have, but they are by no means responsible for a happy and fulfilled life.

Especially when it comes to fashion, I know this is a great and enjoyable hobby to have, but it can be very disheartening if you’re a student and can barely afford a Venti Starbucks, much less a Valentino bag. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) I know that most fashion blogs seem to be full of designer accessories and expensive clothes… But those things don’t have anything to do with personal style. Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer quality over quantity, which means for example: I rather buy one bag I really love instead of ten. I love combining high street pieces with cool bags and shoes, and I’ve found my favorite jeans brand by now, which is a bit pricey, but the pants just fit and last for ages.  Nevertheless, that’s just my approach, and it’s something that is always up to everyone’s taste and decision.

Which ever way you find for yourself, no matter if you think the price for a month’s rent is worth a bag, or a fabulous holiday, or a sofa, or even a mobile phone. Style is style. Regardless of the price tag or brand, and whether you spend 5€ or 500€ on sunglasses, fashion is for all of us.

All of this being said, here’s one of my favorite outfits lately, styled on a budget at a fraction of the “original’s” price, but as great and stylish as the other.

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1. OYSHO bra (25€) vs. ANINE BING bra (80€)

2. MANGO sweater (40€) vs. CLOSED sweater (299€)

3. MANGO shopper (39€) vs. AIGNER shopper (1.300€)

4. PAVEMENT sneakers (125€) vs. ISABEL MARANT sneakers (410€)

5. NEW LOOK faux leather pants (23€) vs. ARITZIA faux leather pants (115€)


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  • Reply
    22. October 2017 at 18:29

    Pulli und Hose gefallen mir sehr gut :-*

    Melanie / http://www.goldzeitblog.de

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    22. October 2017 at 19:33

    So sorry about this, Nina. I wish everyone knew what a beautiful person your are INSIDE and out. You’ve worked hard for what you have, and I hope no one will ever take your confidence. Love you!

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      Nina Wro
      23. October 2017 at 9:25

      Thanks Gabs – you know the stories… and I’ll be forever thankful that you were by my side back then.
      Love you lots! <3

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    22. October 2017 at 19:42

    Ohhh bitte mehr solche Posts mit leistbaren Produkten!!! Da sind gleich einige Sachen in meinen Warenkorb gehüpft! 😉

    Liebe Grüße!

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      Nina Wro
      23. October 2017 at 9:24

      Vielen Dank für dein liebes Feedback! Mach ich sehr gern – und es freut mich sehr, dass ein paar Sachen für dich dabei waren!
      Alles Liebe, Nina

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    22. October 2017 at 20:03

    Nice post!
    Welche Jeansmarke ist die besagte?? 🙂

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      Nina Wro
      23. October 2017 at 9:23

      Closed 😉

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    22. October 2017 at 20:28

    I agree. You work for it and if that’s where you would like to spend your money on then it’s nobody else’s business. Plus, you have always had style, even when being dressed in a full zara outfit! And you are also a really nice person, so don’t let it get to you. Great blog post! Now continue rocking!

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    Nanami La Manga
    23. October 2017 at 10:16

    Jealousy and greed are part of human nature; if we could eradicate those negatives the world would be an infinitely better place for everyone! I congratulate you on voicing your opinion on it!

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      Nina Wro
      30. October 2017 at 11:53

      thank you for your thoughts on this Papi. And for teaching me that jealousy & greed are feelings not worth having, and that life is so much better without these two emotions.

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    C'est Levi
    23. October 2017 at 10:21

    Hey liebe Nina,

    das geht natürlich gar nicht und ich kenne solche Lästereien nur zu gut. Ich kann das leider gar nicht nachvollziehen. Ich könnte als solch ein Mensch nicht mit einem reinen Gewissen leben. Aber das muss jeder natürlich für sich wissen. Frauen sind echt schlimm teilweise. Hey, vielleicht lesen diese Mädels ja deinen Post. Würde zu gerne ihre Gesichter sehen.

    Die Low Budget Artikel sind super gewählt und siehen mit Sicherheit genauso gut aus.

    Liebe Grüße

    http://www.cestlevi.blog | Follow me on Instagram

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      Nina Wro
      30. October 2017 at 11:52

      Hi liebe Katja,
      vielen Dank für deine Gedanken zu dem Thema, und deinen schönen Kommentar!
      Ich freu mich sehr über den Zuspruch, dass es doch sehr viele Mädels gibt, die das auch so sehen.
      Erschreckend ist für mich, dass fast jedes Mädchen / jede Frau mit der ich über das Thema bis jetzt gesprochen habe, schon mal selbst davon betroffen war. Ich hoffe, dass manche Menschen mehr an sich arbeiten und diese Einstellung zum Lästern und “schlecht machen” von anderen, abnimmt. Es kann eh nur jeder bei sich selbst anfangen…
      Liebe Grüße,

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    23. October 2017 at 15:43

    Wahre Worte. Leider wird sich daran vermutlich nie etwas ändern, denn die meisten Menschen wünschen sich immer das, was sie nicht haben und sind nie zufrieden mit dem, was direkt vor ihrer Nase ist. Anstatt den Fehler bei sich selbst zu suchen, machen sie andere runter, um sich besser zu fühlen. Lass sie einfach reden, am Ende des Tages sind sie diejenigen mit den negativen Gedanken 🙂

    Alles Liebe für dich!

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      Nina Wro
      30. October 2017 at 11:50

      Danke für deinen schönen Kommentar und deine Gedanken zu dem Thema. Du hast absolut recht – man darf sich davon auf keinen Fall runter machen lassen. Ich glaube einfach an das Gute im Menschen, und hoffe dass sich an dieser Denkweise einmal was ändern wird…

      Dir auch alles Liebe!

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    24. October 2017 at 5:29

    This message totally hit home for me today!! Thank you thank you. I was having a problem at work with a girl being very rude and harassing and finally spoke up. It’s hard to stand up for yourself. This post is golden

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      Nina Wro
      30. October 2017 at 11:46

      I’m glad you were able to stand up for yourself! Such a big step, and so important! Well done!!

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    24. October 2017 at 15:12

    Haters gonna hate… In günstigen oder teuren Outfits. Ich finde, du machst deine Sache großartig, komm bloß nicht in die Verlegenheit, dich vor irgendjemandem da draußen rechtzufertigen. Du arbeitest hart für alles und dein Erfolg kommt von der Kontinuität und der hohen Qualität deines Schaffens. Weiter so, deine und Patricks Arbeit ist super inspirierend!
    Alles Liebe :-*

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      Nina Wro
      30. October 2017 at 11:46

      very true!! Danke for deine lieben Worte, das freut mich wirklich sehr zu hören <3 Mich hat es eigentlich gar nicht so sehr persönlich verletzt, es ging mir vielmehr darum, dass ich es so schade finde, dass sich Mädels auf so gemeine Art und Weise oft so "bekriegen". Da muss sich eh jeder selbst an der eigenen Nasenspitze nehmen, und sich aktiv dafür entscheiden, nicht so zu sein 🙂
      Alles Liebe, Nina

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