Today I’m talking about why I love Guess handbags so much, as opposed to the LV, YSL, Gucci, or Chanel bags, etc.

Obviously, the higher-end “investment” bags are just that; an investment. A LARGE investment if you’re like me, going to school full-time and all your money goes straight to bills. Of course, I would LOVE to have a $1300 handbag, but that’s not even possible for me for probably several years.

BUT GUESS WHAT! You don’t have to sacrifice fashion because you’re a hard-working girl on a budget! That’s a core message I want to share on my blog. You can be fashionable and look like you’re rocking high-end outfits without spending tons of money.

That brings me to my oh-so-beloved Guess handbags. As you know, I am a vegetarian. I have been my entire life, and it’s due to my HUGE love for animals. The problem with higher-end bags, even Coach or Michael Kors, is that they are made with real leather. For most people, that’s what they want. I don’t.

It is SO hard to find cute, affordable bags made with no animal products. Fortunately, Guess offers tons of handbags that are faux-leather! You can’t even tell the difference.

On top of being super cute and faux-leather, they are also SUPER affordable! I just snatched three new bags from their end of season sale and spent $120 in total.

It takes a lot for me to fall in love (head-over-heels) for a purse. But when these new babies arrived, I was THRILLED! Today I’m showing off my new Cate Saddle Cross-Body in Tomatoe. Originally priced at $60.00, I got it for $30.00! Half-priced? I’ll take it!! Keep an eye out on the blog for my other new bags!

Shop the end of the season sale here -> http://shop.guess.com/en

Sunglasses & Tee – Forever 21 (Like, $10 total).

Boyfriend distressed jeans – TJ Maxx find!

Shoes are old (but have touches of Tomato red to tie in the bag!)

Drinking my new fav – Double shot on ice with Soy.



Vegan GF Chicken Tacos

You know those days when you come home from work, completely drained, but need to make dinner? It’s SO easy (too easy) to grab Chipotle on the way home, but the money you can spend in just a week of being lazy can really add up! (Trust me..) Here is a super fast and easy vegan and Gluten-free meal that barely costs anything to make! Not to mention, it’s perfect for summer!

What I used:

  • Corn tortillas (GF!)
  • GF organic black beans
  • Gardein “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” (Vegan AND GF! Score!)
  • Fresh spinach
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • 1-2 Limes
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper, Thyme, Cayenne pepper

How I did it:

First, open 1-2 cans of black beans and cook on the stove for the recommended time.

In a frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Place the frozen Gardein “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” in the frying pan and cover (Careful! The ice on the veggie chicken will cause some splatter when it comes into contact with the hot oil!). Squeeze 1 lime on the chicken and add spices to taste. Cayenne is very hot, so I just use a light sprinkle! Cook until there is a slight char to the skin of the veggie chicken.

Rinse and chop the spinach, tomatoes and cilantro.

Cook the shells in light olive oil in a frying pan until warm or lightly brown. Enjoy!

You can find Gardein’s “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” and other amazing products at Target, Jewel, Kroger, Whole Foods, Hyvee, etc. Dropping the link to their website HERE so you can find stores near you! -> https://gardein.com/#