The Most Popular Fashions Of 2018

The Most Popular Fashions Of 2018

Okay, I’ll admit it, that title is misleading. Do I know what the most popular fashion pieces from all over the world were for 2018? No. Do I know what the most popular pieces on my blog, Pinterest and Instagram were? ABSOLUTELY!

The biggest adventure of 2018 was right here, my blog, Hat On The Map. Blogging has been something my husband has encouraged for many years but it wasn’t until this year that I had the courage and confidence to pursue this dream. In 2018, I took the time to really invest my energy into making my blog dream a reality.

When I began blogging and putting my life and style out there on Instagram, I was scared. I was nervous about what my friends and acquaintances would think but let me tell you the response I received from my friends, family and strangers has been incredible.

Thanks to my blog, I am now able to regularly share all of the items I am excited about. From beauty and makeup to my favorite groceries, y’all have followed along every step of the way. The best part is, not only have you guys followed along but you have fallen in love with these items as well.

I have rounded up the most popular items from my blog, Pinterest and Instagram and am so excited to share these items with you once more.

The Most Popular Items for 2018

The below items are the most clicked on pieces from my Pinterest, blog, and Instagram. In staying true to my attainable fashion brand, everything listed can be purchased for under $50. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by this fact but 7 out of 10 of these items were purchased from Amazon. So, here we go.

High Rise Ankle Jeans

High Rise Jeans

I’m going to be honest, I feel like I am way too old to be wearing Abercrombie but these jeans are so dang flattering. It’s no wonder these jeans were the most popular item on my blog and instagram.

Revlon Colorstay Makeup

I wrote a blog post a few months back about Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup Dupes (you can read that post here) and to no surprise, it was my most popular blog post. The dupe I sang the most praise for was the one I wear almost everyday, the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and in turn the most popular makeup item on my blog or Instagram.

Midi Sequin Dress

Sequin Cocktail Dress

Of course my birthday dress is on this list! I bought this dress for under $40 and it is the cutest, most flattering dress that I own. Also, yall know I love some sequins!!!!

Star Sweater

Casual Sweater

The most likes I ever received on an Instagram post was wearing this sweater so I am really happy this one made the most popular list!

Pink Oversized Sweater

Pink Sweater

This sweater is so comfortable and casual, you will never want to take it off. It’s listed as a sweater but I would describe it more as a knitted thermal, if that makes sense?

Knitted Turtleneck Sweater

Turtleneck Sweater

Yes, yes, yes this sweater! Oversized, comfortable and the perfect fall to winter transitional piece.

Bell Sleeve Sweater

Trumpet Sleeve Sweater

This sweater is under $13 and is quite a hit! If you live in a warm climate like myself and experience mild winters then this sweater is a necessity!

Faux Leather Skirt

Faux Leather Skirt

This skirt is seriously the most flattering skirt I have ever owned, no joke. In the past month this skirt has been featured on about half of my Instagram posts, so when I say I am obsessed I am not kidding.

Crossbody Purse

Crossbody Purse

I think this is supposed to be a dupe for the Gucci crossbody and while I am not into designer dupes, I am really into this purse.

Red Off The Shoulder Sweater

I am currently loving off the shoulder sweaters, maybe I was supposed to grow up in the 1980s. This was the perfect sweater to get me through the holiday season and the perfect shade of maroon to transition to January in.

Mocassin Slippers

I have lived in these slippers the past two weeks. Embarrassingly enough, I even wore these through the Orlando airport after one of our red-eye flights. Whatever, I love comfort.

What was your absolute favorite item that you purchased in 2018? Beyond this above list, I think my favorite item are these sequin joggers! Comfort and sequins, yes yes yes!

Thanks for following along and supporting this blogging journey of mine. I am so very thankful for every individual who has cheered me along on this scary but very exciting blogging journey. I am so excited to see what 2019 has in store.

The Perfect Fall Cocktail Dress Under $40

The Perfect Fall Cocktail Dress Under $40

This past weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday and like most people I envisioned a big 30th celebration with all of my closest friends and family. We ended up attending a large celebration it just wasn’t a celebration for my 30th birthday. For my 30th birthday, we traveled to Tuscon, Arizona for one of my husband’s friend’s weddings.

It was an absolutely beautiful wedding just not the celebration I expected for this big birthday. The groom is one of my husband, Mike’s closest college friends so it was basically a college reunion for him. When Mike and I began dating it was his last semester of college so while I keep saying it was Mike’s friend’s wedding a few guys in attendance were good friends of mine as well.

I don’t want to complain too much about my 30th birthday being the same day as Mike’s friend’s wedding because this coming weekend we are having the real birthday celebration in New Orleans! The big easy here we come!!!

Anyways, since I knew I was celebrating my birthday at someone’s wedding and I wouldn’t be in control of the night one thing I knew I could control was the outfit that I wore! I wanted to look so extra and fabulous but also comfortable and appropriate for a Tuscon, Arizona wedding.

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Last year my besties Josh and Morgan got married and I wore a super extra, most fabulous dress so clearly, I wanted to replicate something similar to that dress. I went to Rent The Runway because that is where I thought I would find the best deal. I love the Rent The Runway service but I feel like if I have time to actually search and shop I can find much better deals at alternative retailers. I paid $50 dollars to rent a dress that was almost the exact same dress as the one I bought for this wedding for only $40. Moral of the story, deals are out there you just have to be willing to search for them.

Below is the best picture I have of that dress from Rent The Runway, not too evident from this picture but the two dresses are actually very similar!

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Now the best part, the beautiful cocktail dresses for under $40.

 

While I was shopping for a dress to wear as a wedding guest these dresses are perfect for any cocktail attire event in the fall.  All the dresses I purchased are under $40! I still can’t believe these beautiful dresses were so reasonable, such a deal! I think $40 and below is a price point that everyone can afford.

I ended up going with the one sleeve sequin dress because I felt like a bronzed goddess in it BUT I loved ALL THE DRESSES that I purchased. I did a try on session of all of the dresses on my Instagram, if you are interested in seeing the try on session I saved that on my Instagram Highlights under Try On Sessions.

If you are ever in a pinch and need help finding a specific item at a great price, please use me as a resource, I get such a high off finding a deal!

Happy Shopping!

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Things To Buy On Amazon: Long Sweaters

Things To Buy On Amazon: Long Sweaters

When I started blogging about fashion one thing was VERY important to me, I wanted everything I blogged about to be affordable to everyone. I am a very proud bargain shopper and love to share my attainable fashion finds with all readers or really anyone who will listen.

I am able to find affordable pieces everywhere! My mom taught me never to buy anything at full price and I think I do an EXCELLENT job at sticking to that rule. I shop everywhere but my absolute favorite places for new clothing pieces are Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Amazon. Amazon is quickly becoming my number one source for my wardrobe but its just so easy!! 

Recently, I was home alone, bored by myself on a Saturday night so of course, what did I do, ONLINE SHOP! Within 10 minutes of searching the web, I did some damage, remember when I said Amazon was easy? I wasn’t kidding. I have been obsessing over long, fun sweaters so when I jumped on Amazon I knew exactly what I was looking for.

I strictly live by the policy that if something isn’t comfortable, I’m not wearing it. I hope my blog reflects that policy because in real life I am VERY serious about it. These three sweaters I am about to show you are just that COMFORTABLE! 

Okay now, let’s get to this amazing Amazon haul. Yall are going to LOVE these sweaters!

Rainbow Sweater

I realize that most people don’t see this loud rainbow cardigan as a fall staple but I am not most people. I love rainbow stripes. LOVE!!!! This cardigan really brightens up an all black or neutral outfit.

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Rainbow Cardigan Outfit

Olive Green Cardigan

Everyone once in a while you need a dark colored sweater that isn’t black. This fall I have been obsessing over olive green, it’s not a normal color in my wardrobe but I can’t stop buying items of this color.

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Fall Cardigan Outfit

Leopard Print Cardigan

We all know leopard print is all the rage this fall so I really have been on the lookout for the perfect, affordable long leopard cardigan. I have found tons but none were in a price range I was willing to pay and then I found this beauty! It’s perfect! Comfortable, cute, affordable, a real must purchase item.

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Leopard Print Cardigan

Do y’all love these sweaters as much as I do? I sure hope you do because I was blown away at the quality and price point of these three perfect fall sweaters.

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Drugstore Makeup Dupes; The Best Budget Makeup.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes; The Best Budget Makeup.

I am always on the hunt for a deal, always. Whether its scouring the local Nordstrom Rack for hours to find the perfect shoes or reading 100 articles on drugstore beauty products, I like a deal and am willing to work and research to get the best deal.

When putting together this list I thought about all of the blogs I have read on this subject. I am constantly disappointed when I try the recommended dupes, I find the colors to be off, the textures to be a mess and just overall disappointed with the purchase. My list is short because I have only found a few tried and true dupes that I sincerely believe in, I know there will be no disappointment in these purchases.

All of the products listed below I have owned at some point in my life and most of them I currently own. The dupes – in my opinion – are extremely similar in texture, color, and overall feel. The one exception I do need to mention is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss, The Essence Lip Gloss dupe is great but does not have the staying power that the Anastasia Lip Gloss has.

Hope you enjoy this list, would love to know your current favorite drugstore dupes?

Contour Stick

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Contour Stick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: $25
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Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick: $8

 

Setting Powder

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Amazonian Clay Setting Powder Dupe

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: $33
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NYX COSMETICS Studio Finishing Powder – Translucent: $10

 

Blush

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Amazonian Clay Blush Dupe

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Naughty Nudes $29
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Wet N Wild Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush, Pearlescent Pink: $2.99

 

Lip Gloss

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Lip Gloss Dupe

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss
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Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss

 

Beauty Sponge

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Beauty Sponge Dupe

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge: $6
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Beauty Blender Single Makeup Sponge: $20

 

Mascara

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Better Than Sex Dupe

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: $24
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L’oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: $9

 

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Amazon Fashion Finds: A How To Guide To Amazon Fashion.

Amazon Fashion Finds: A How To Guide To Amazon Fashion.

Earlier this year, I went to one of my best friends 30th birthday parties in LA, we celebrated with a huge brunch on a rare rainy Saturday. The birthday girl, Liz, was wearing the cutest Birthday outfit that I was obsessed with! She had this black off the shoulder, tightly fitted, shirt that she paired with a high waisted, loose, flowing skirt. I loved it! I immediately needed to know where she got that top from. When she told me it was from Amazon I was blown away. I thought that there was no way this cute, well made, super flattering top was $15 from Amazon.

At that point, I did very little clothes shopping on Amazon. I had purchased a few things here and there but for the most part, it wasn’t a retailer that I filled my wardrobe with.

Since my Amazon awakening, I have purchased about 50% of my clothes on Amazon and have found TONS of amazing items! Does it take a lot of skimming through and reading comments to find the perfect item? Sure. Is it worth the time and effort? ABSOLUTELY! I have found that Amazon is best for the basic items, including the best leggings I own!

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Amazon Bodysuit paired with Gap Jean Shorts

If you are as passionate about frugal shopping as I am, then Amazon is for you. Here are a few tricks that have helped me find some amazing deals and products on Amazon.

Best Practice Tips For Amazon Clothes Shopping:

  1. Don’t be overly specific about what you type into the search bar, less is more here.
  2. Turn on the Amazon prime button on so it only shows Amazon Prime eligible items.
  3. Filter the search to only show products with 4+ stars.
  4. Look for products that have over 50 reviews, if it’s less than that there is a good chance it’s the seller of the product that is writing those reviews.

Okay now, let’s talk about my favorite amazon clothing purchases from this summer. Every product listed below is under $20, again, I love a deal.

Halter Black Bodysuit

This summer I have lived in bodysuits, especially this one. It’s so light and comfortable. I like to wear it with a high rise faux leather skirt, such a cute, fun outfit.

 

Off The Shoulder Bodysuit

Surprise! another bodysuit. I really love how this bodysuit fits. I purchased 8 different bodysuits on Amazon this summer and I loved them all but these two were really my absolute favorites. If you follow me on Instagram you will see TONS of summer photos in bodysuits.

 

Tortoise Shell Cateye Sunglasses

This is the second time I have purchased Sunglasses from this retailer and I am blown away. Such a good product! They fit nice and snug and feel much more expensive than their $9.99 price tag.

 

Wrap Front Mini Skirt

This skirt is so flattering! The olive green color makes it the perfect piece to transition from summer to fall. This skirt does wrinkle easily so store with caution.

Tie Front Tank Top

This comfortable tank top is so perfect for a casual outfit. Lightweight and comfortable; perfect with jeans or leggings.

Tie Front Mini Dress

Apparently, I have a thing for tie front clothing. I bought this dress for our trip to Mexico earlier this summer. It was a bit big so size down. Its lightweight and flowy making it the perfect summer dress for those hot and sticky nights.

I’ll be honest, one thing I probably wouldn’t purchase on Amazon is shoes. I am super picky about shoes and their fit so I can’t imagine purchasing shoes from Amazon but never say never.

I think my next Amazon post will have to be on beauty products on Amazon because let me tell you Amazon is loaded with the best beauty products.

Happy Shopping!

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