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In Life, Travel on
December 25, 2017

Christmas Time in the City

Merry Christmas from me to you!

Over the weekend I visited Downtown Detroit to explore their festive holiday market and see all the hustle & bustle in the city. This won’t be a standard long post from PYM today, just me wishing you a happy holiday season. I will be back after the Holiday to bring you brand new content. Stay tuned!

If you are in the Michigan region, you should definitely consider visiting the Campus Martius in Detroit. There is lots to do and it will surely put you in the holiday spirit. I loved visiting the Christmas market, ice skating and warming up in the Cadillac Lodge. Detroit is up and coming, and there is a lot of growth in the city. There are new shops, coffee stops and festivities for all. It was super fun visiting the city right before Christmas!

Warm wishes this holiday season! Enjoy these moments with family and friends, and take time to rebuild your soul. The holiday season brings me so much joy and happiness. My heart is overflowing with happiness these days. I hope you have the best holiday and a fantastic new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Pretty, Young & Motivated. 


In Fashion, Guide on
November 20, 2017

Fall to Winter Fashion on a Budget

Hello Pretty People,

I’ve had many people ask me where I get my clothes, and I’d like to think I follow fashion fairly well. I love keeping up with trends and incorporating some of my own. Although I love clothes, it can be expensive to keep up with every trend, especially as a college student. Not everyone has a budget that allows for shopping every season. So, I’ve decided to create little guide for the girls like me!

Now, I know we always see these types of posts on “fashion for college students” and then it shows $100 leggings and $150 rain boots that you actually cannot afford. You know exactly what I mean…

Well, this is not that fashion guide. This is for the legit college girl who cannot afford fancy clothing brands just yet. We will get there one day, but we got to get the degree first. These are the ways that I stay on top of fashion without breaking the bank.

Shop Deals:

The number one way I can afford fashionable pieces is by shopping deals and sometimes shopping out of season. For example, I found these super cute grey booties at a boutique in the Spring, they were only $20 but I knew they were perfect for Fall. Now, they are one of my staples for the Fall + Winter.

I love brands, but sometimes the best way to shop is by style not brand. Stores like Zara + H&M may not scream rich girl, but you can find all the same trends as the high fashion brands at these stores.

Jeans/pants aren’t seasonal:

There is nothing better than a new pair of jeans. But, one tip I recommend is not buying jeans every season. Sure, there will be styles you will want to purchase but jeans are timeless for the most part. A light wash, a dark wash, a ripped jean and a colored jean; that’s all you need to survive. Jeans are jeans, no one will notice if they are new or old.

Jeans are one thing I will spend more money on. High quality jeans last a long time and as I said, the don’t really change too much. Unlike a shirt, jeans cross seasonal trends well. Any unique style pants are a great way to mix it up too!

Shop Styles:

I mentioned this tip in the first point, but I am mentioning it again because it’s not always about the brand name. If you like Steve Madden shoes, check out Target for similar styles. If you like J. Crew stuff, check out Old Navy. If you are looking for modern trends like Gucci or Burberry, check out Zara or H&M. I found a quilted vest, cashmere (look alike) sweater and a black + white flannel all under $50 at Old Navy. I also snagged some Steve Madden looking sneakers from Target for only $20. They are all great quality too!

Something Borrowed:

A final tip is to borrow items from a friend or family member. This is not something I do on a daily basis, but when I am attending an event or something special, I will sometimes ask a friend for an outfit. Instead of spending $50-$100 on a new dress, I’ll shop my besties closet to see if there is something that fits the occasion. If I’m going out and feel bored with my own clothes, I will sometimes ask to borrow something too! It’s an option if you are really looking for something new but do not have the money.

I will share some of these items below, along with outfit ideas. Simply click on the brand name in the parenthesis to shop for yourself.

My Fall to Winter Outfits

Black + White Flannel (Old Navy, $15), AE Ripped Jeans (Similar AE Style, $30),

Grey Wool Hat (Similar Style, $20)

Caramel V-Neck Sweater (Old Navy, $12.50), Olive Green Quilted Vest (Old Navy, $17), Same AE Jeans, Boutique Blanket Scarf (Similar Style, $17)& TOMS Wedges (Similar, $50)

Turtle Neck (Gap, $17) & same Green Vest from above

These outfits shared above are all basically using the same pieces. I wanted to show you how it easy it can be to style just a few basic pieces. This vest allows you to mix up any outfit. I wore it with three different pieces here; paired with a turtle neck, a sweater and a flannel (not pictured). You can also layer with the flannel, although it is not shown above, I could easily layer the flannel over my sweater. I also accessorized with my blanket scarf, which is another Fall/Winter wardrobe staple. This wool grey hat has also been my go-to accessory for the season. It not only covers a bad hair day, but it also protects your hair from the wind and rain (it’s been a rainy season in Michigan). Plus it’s pretty cute!

Once again, most of these tops were under $20 and they are easy to mix and match. My jeans are from last Fall, proving my point you do not need brand new jeans. My TOM wedges are about 2 years old too! These are my favorite Fall shoe, along with my pair of grey booties I mentioned earlier.

Being fashionable does not have to be expensive. You just have to be confident in your style and realize you may not be able to afford everything you want. I always say it’s not about where you get the clothes but how you style them that matters. Whether you shop at Goodwill or Prada, if you wear it proud, no one will question you.

I proudly wear my inexpensive clothing because I’m not worried about attaching my identity to a brand. I don’t need brands to define my personality or style, and neither do you. Just wear what makes you feel most beautiful and comfortable.

I planned to make a video with this post, but with the rainy weather we’ve experienced in the mitten, I had no luck. I hope you still enjoy this post and I hope it works as a guide. These are just my fashion secrets on a budget. Shh…don’t tell anyone 😉

Thank you for reading PYM.

xo, Lyss

In Guide on
December 22, 2016

The Perfect Last Minute Gift

Hello Beautiful Souls,

Christmas is only a couple of days away and you know what that means: LAST MINUTE GIFTS. Here you are getting ready to head out to a holiday gathering, and then you remember you forgot to get the host of the party a gift. What are you going to do?! Fear not, I am here to help you kill the last minute gift game without the gift looking last minute. These gifts are also all under $25!

I will share 3 of my favorite last minute gift ideas below:

  1. The Chic & Cozy Bundle: This has actually been my go-to gift for the girls in my life. This gift consists of a pair of earrings, fuzzy socks and either a Pura Vida bracelet or lip balm. You can customize this to the person you are giving it to, but these items are super easy to find at any store.
  2. Coffee Lover: This gift set is easy and perfect for the coffee lovers in your life. Stop at your local coffee shop and pick up a gift card and a cute mug. You could also just buy the gift card; some people find this impersonal but for me, I would adore a simple gift card for coffee because I buy coffee almost everyday.
  3. The Yummy Bundle: You cannot go wrong with food. Everyone knows the holidays are a time to splurge on our diets! Create your very own bundle of food favorites. Maybe this can include a bag of coffee, holiday treats or a fancy cheese ball. I like giving food as a gift because you know the person will consume it. You don’t have that worry of wondering if they will like it.

Tip: After you pick up all these last minute gifts, the key to making them look stellar is all about how you wrap them. Invest in cute gifting boxes or simply tie the bundle with some fun ribbon.

These gifts are going to save the day and still be wonderful gifts. They are also very versatile gifts that can be customized as needed. Once again, you do not have to spend more than $25 dollars on any of these either. I have been utilizing some of these for my own gift giving, and I just spicing them up a little bit.

Thank you for reading this quick little gift guide. I will be posting another post today as well! The second one is directed toward my fellow college friends. This will probably be my final Christmas related post; therefore, I wish all my readers a wonderful holiday and safe travels. Thank you for always reading PYM.

Happy Holidays to all!

xo, Lyss

In Fashion, Guide on
December 15, 2016

Holiday Outfit Guide: Christmas Time

Hello Babes,

I am beyond excited to share this post with all of you because it includes some of my favorite fashionable friends. You are in for a treat! I wanted to bring my friends into this post because everyone has a different sense of style, and I hope this post can meet some of your style tastes. This allows for you to see all sorts of winter fashion options if you are looking to switch up your wardrobe or if you need some outfit inspiration for that family Christmas party.

Some of the girls shared two looks with me, and other just shared one; I love all of their outfit choices! This guide is geared toward the winter season, but it is also perfect for those Christmas festivities with family and friends. I will first share the looks the girls shared with me, then I will share two of my own looks. Let’s get started:

Holiday Outfit Guide

Ivana: Polka Dots & Grey Hues

Ivana chose to pair an adorable polka dot sweater with an edgy leather jacket, she also added cold weather accessories to spice up the outfit look. I adore the hats with the pompoms on them, they add a chic style to any winter outfit. I met Ivana earlier this semester and I immediately loved her sense of style, it is trendy yet so unique. I love the way she can style any piece to perfection. I think the outfit she shared is perfect for that chilly day on campus or a stroll downtown. I absolutely love it!

Kolby: Cozy Flannel & Dark Wash Jeans

Kolby’s outfit is the perfect for a cold winter day; she layered a cozy flannel over a white shirt and topped the outfit off with the popular bean boots and a warm scarf. When you live in a chilly state like Michigan, this outfit is the ultimate go-to. It keeps you looking cute and cozy, while actually keeping you warm. I also met Kolby earlier this semester and I loved her style. I think that we have a very similar style, I would always catch her wearing some of my fashion favorites like flannels and statement necklaces. I was so excited when she agreed to participate in this post. I would define Kolby’s style as cute and casual; she always looks super cute and chic while always looking comfortable in everything she wears. I love that!

Festive Green Top & a Statement Necklace

The second outfit Kolby shared is perfect for going out to dinner with the family or spending some time shopping with the girls. I love the simplicity of this outfit, it is easy to pick out and go, but it has the statement necklace to spice it up. Adding a statement necklace to a plain shirt is the perfect way to give an outfit some finishing touches. I also like that she paired this outfit with tall rider boots. Another benefit of keeping it simple is the freedom to change up your shoe choice. You can pick any shoe that will meet your specific style.

Tessa: Layered Sweater & Bean Boots

Tessa loves to layer; Tessa is always wearing the most perfect outfits. She is the master of combining cozy & chic. In this picture she is pairing a denim button up with a cozy cable knit sweater. This is one of my favorite layering techniques. Unseen in this image, Tess is wearing dark wash jeans paired with bean boots. Like Kolby, she brings that cozy look to a chic level. Tessa is a very busy individual, and her Apple Watch is a huge staple piece to her wardrobe. I love that she has that signature piece as well; this makes her style so unique. I have known Tess for about 3 years, we use to cheer together at our university but now we are blogging besties. She always accomplishes a very stylish, finished look. Even when she is “bumming” it, she is totally put together. I adore her style and I often get inspiration for my own outfits from her. If you are more interested in her style and life, check out her personal blog at Simply Tess.

Lyss: Herrringbone Vest & Holiday Plaid Scarf

This is my new ultimate favorite outfit, it combines almost all of my favorite winter essentials. I absolutely love my blanket scarf because it is so warm and cozy. I highly recommend you purchase one. I actually borrowed this herringbone vest from my roomie and I fell in love with it. Vests are a key staple piece to your winter wardrobe. Along with the vest, I layered with my white knitted sweater and dark wash jeans. My boots resemble the popular bean boots but they are actually Sperry brand. I added my scarf in one look, but I also added one of my favorite statement necklaces to show you all the different possibilities with this outfit. I know I will be wearing this outfit a bunch on my holiday and out to winter activities. You can recreate this with your favorite sweater and any old vest.

Bright Flannel & Skater Skirt

Y’all know that I like to throw a fancy outfit in the mix. This is a great outfit for that holiday Christmas party or an evening out on the town. I have been styling similar outfits to this one for work, and I love them. In this specific look, I paired my favorite flannel with a black high-waisted skirt. Since it is chilly, and it finishes the look, I added black tights to the outfit. You can pair this with almost any boot or bootie, and of course, I paired mine with my favorite taupe wedges from TOMS shoes. I love this outfit and I will probably be wearing something similar to family holiday parties.

This post is my all time favorite because not only did I finally get to take my own outfit pictures but some of my fashionable friends were able to participate. I really hope you all love it as much as I do. Thank you for reading today and make sure you share this with all your fashionable friends. I would also love to hear which look is your favorite in the comments below. I apologize for the later posting times this week but it was final exam week here at my university. I have so many exciting posts prepared for the next few weeks, so make sure you subscribe to catch all the latest updates.

If you missed my last Single Girls Guide, check it out here!

If you want to check out the Thanksgiving Outfit Guide, click here!

Happy Holidays & Safe Travels.

xo, Lyss

In Advice, Guide on
December 5, 2016

Single Girls Guide to the Holidays: Family

Hello Lovely Humans,

The holiday season is underway and there is no better way to spend it than with the people you love. For us single folks, the holiday season can be brutal. All these cute couple pictures begin to fill our timelines and this makes being single a little more difficult, or maybe it just makes you gag a little bit. Either way, it’s not fun! I am here to bring you the ultimate guide to surviving the holiday season (aka: cuffing season) and making it the best holiday ever. You don’t need a man to have some holiday fun!

This first post in the Single Girls Guide series will focus on ways to fill your schedule with family. Family is so important and the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time with them. I am going to share a few activities that you can plan with family members to have the best holiday ever!

  1. Attend a holiday show: During the holiday season, there are multiple holiday shows to attend. Grab your mom, aunt(s) and girl cousin(s), and catch the local nutcracker or holiday symphony. A girls night out with a holiday twist, what’s better? I have already began planning mine!
  2. Bake some Christmas treats: There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by doing some baking. Christmas cookies are a tradition. Turn on some holiday tunes and spend some time with your grandma. Oh, and eat the cookie dough, of course.
  3. Plan a family dinner: This is a great way to bring the family together and get in the Christmas spirit. Make a traditional family dish and get comfortable!
  4. Watch a classic Christmas movie: This is one of my favorite things to do with my family over the holiday season. There are so many great Christmas films to watch, how can you just choose one!? Home Alone and How the Grinch stole Christmas has got to be my top two favorites.
  5. Decorate the Christmas Tree: What is Christmas without decorating the tree? This is another favorite past time of mine. I love to warm up with some hot cocoa, listen to my holiday playlist and spend time with my family.

These are just my favorite traditions to do with my family during the holidays, and especially when you are single, this is the perfect way to fill that void with love. You have family and friends that will fill your heart with so much love and joy, so don’t worry about dating during the holidays. Take this time to truly embrace the people around you and share your time with the ones that matter.

Thank you for reading the first post in the Single Girls Guide to the Holidays. I figured I would start with family because family is so important, especially during the holidays. I am so excited to continue with this series and I hope you will share it with your single girl friends. It can be hard to spend the holidays “alone” but know that you are not alone. Enjoy these moments of being single and embrace the season to its full potential. Check back next week for the second post in this series. Also, check back for the second post in the Holiday Outfit Guide next week!

Happy Monday.

xo, Lyss