By Amy McMahon
Recreating your favourite stars’ boojie lifestyle on a budget!
Starting with Selena Gomez, the Instagram sensation with 141 million followers and counting. This child star turned music mogul is a force to be reckoned with and inspires women everywhere. At only 26 years of age she embodies positivity, compassion and drive. If you want to kickstart your semester the right way, keep reading for my top tips on how to emulate her.
I hope you’re a big fan of ginger and pickles! Gomez is known for her interesting snack choices and claims to start each day with a shot of ginger. Although it might not be the shot students are used to, there are many health benefits linked to ginger juice in the morning such as boosting your immune system, aiding weight loss and stimulating your metabolism for the day. If that isn’t your cup of tea, Gomez loves to eat mangos, lemons and pickles as snacks throughout the day. Coffee and red bull are her drinks of choice and says chocolate is a “staple” food on tour. In her 73 Questions with Vogue video, she said her last meal on earth would be Mexican food, which means there’s a Boojum for everyone in the audience!
Coming into the colder months, I picked an outfit which is perfect for day-to-day campus style. The look comprises of a cute cream button-up cardigan available from Topshop (€50), an ASOS turtle neck bodysuit (€16.59) and cropped straight leg jeans from New Look (€32.99).
To finish it all off, Nasty Gal have identical hoop earrings on their site (€6), similar round sunglasses are available from Zara (€15.95) and lastly loafers from ASOS (€34.56). PSA: don’t forget to use your student discount online and in store.
Gomez opted for her own bag, created in her Coach x Selena collection, to complete her look. Unfortunately, this beauty is well out of a student budget, generally retailing for €325 in Brown Thomas. As a Puma brand ambassador, Gomez is always wearing their athleisure clothing as well and is a much more affordable option than Coach.
Selena Gomez’s makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, frequently uses Marc Jacobs makeup on the star. Admittedly the products are quite pricey but not far off the usual MAC or Benefit prices. Vanngo only ever uses the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel foundation and Selena’s skin is always flawless, so it must be worth it.
For the full Gomez effect, Instagram must be your social media priority. Somehow through the fame and fortune, she remains grounded and manages to post the most chilled out photos that get millions of likes. I’ve noticed she uses the app Huji to create retro looking photos and luckily for us, it’s free.
Exercise is a key part of any celebrity’s lifestyle. Gomez finds time in her busy schedule for pilates as her main source of exercise. The Kingfisher regularly hold pilates classes, so I’m sure we can all find the time this Fresher’s to fit in a class.
Final words of advice, be confident in yourself. Her music mantra is to love yourself and treat others with kindness. If you follow that mindset you are living life as Selena Gomez intended.