Bohemian Style for Less + Houston Date Night

boho style for less, houston date night plans
Do you ever have those moments in life where you can clearly see you’re on the threshold of adulthood? You know how many more credits you have until you graduate and you start to worry about what your savings account looks like, but then there are those physical moments where you realize, “Holy crap, I’m adulting.”

That’s been happening to me a ton lately! Between working on sprucing up my resume, working 9 to 5, and planning out my last two years of school, it’s totally hitting me. This is the life of a 20-something! It’s quite a lifestyle change to fit fun and friends around your work and responsibilities, but I actually love how it causes you to appreciate your time off and the time you spend with loved ones.

I especially feel like this when Cam and I have Friday date night. Cameron just started a really amazing internship where he works full time in Katy, TX during the week. (James T’s hometown for my Bachelorette fans out there… funny is that?!)

Before, we never had designated “date nights”. We used to live 20 steps from each other, so going on a date could pretty much happen anytime we wanted. Now that we both work all day, our time together is much more precious.

This look is actually from two Friday’s ago. (That explains how my elbow is miraculously better in these photos – ha!) I had a meeting downtown in the afternoon and I stayed down there to meet Cam when he came from work. We headed to the Galleria to shop, eat, and explore. I hadn’t stopped at the Waterwall since I was little, so I thought it’d be a fun spot for some outfit photos. 

I wore my new boho bell-sleeved swing dress that I had ordered from Forever 21. (I had tried it on while shopping during Memorial Day Weekend, but they didn’t have my size in store.) The price tag and adorable fit caught my eye and now it’s my favorite outfit for date nights! It even goes perfectly with my new bralette.

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houston waterwall at the galleria
I love wandering around Free People and Urban Outfitters looking for those perfectly trendy boho style outfits, but sometimes they can cost about $40 more than I want to spend. (Although they do have killer sale sections!) I love a good trend or a good throwback to the 60s and 70s, but I’ve still got to stick to my college budget.

There are plenty other inexpensive boho pieces that you can add to your closet this summer and for the fall. Be on the lookout at your favorite college-girl budget stores, and also shop below!



I can’t wait for more summer date nights. Cam is the sweetest for taking 15 minutes out of our time together to be my photographer!
I’m curious – what’s your favorite date night activity? And your go-to date night look?!
  • YOU ARE SO CUTE. I wish you got this dress in time for my visit so that I could have stole it and brought it back to MA with me 😉

    Rachel /

    • cristina

      THANKS RACH! It’s seriously so comfy 🙂

  • Ruya

    Obsessed with that dress! And yes that moment when you realize you’re adulting is so scary! haha


    • cristina

      I know right! Some days I’m really excited about adult life and other days I just want to watch tv in my pajamas with a bowl of cereal like I did when I was younger, haha!

  • Love love love seeing you in this dress! You look so great! It’s always great to have a guy who is okay with snapping a few pics, Cameron did a great job, I love these shots!

    Some of our favorite date nights, for the summer have to include, baseball games, grabbing a quick bite and going for a walk, or running out to grab something sweet and catching a movie!

    • cristina

      I went to an Astros game last weekend and it was so fun! Definitely love the idea of going for a walk as a date night activity…need to do that more often!

  • LOVE that dress! Forever21 is the best place for cheaper alternatives!

  • I love this dress! It’s so fun!


  • Love this dress! I died when I saw that James T. was from Katy haha. REPRESENT.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • cristina

      Right?! He’s super cute, too!

  • This dress is adorable on you! I love the bralette paired with it! Date nights are so fun!


    • cristina

      Thanks so much, Michaela!!

  • Love this look, especially paired with the bralette! So cute ?
    Shelby //

    • cristina

      Thanks Shelby! I wish you lived closer, so we could share closets — you have the cutest stuff!!

  • This dress is so cute! Looks great on you. Date nights are always so much fun!

    • cristina

      Thank you so much!

  • Haha I defintely have those moments where I realize that I’m not a kid anymore and I have tiny panic attack!

    Alix |

  • Neely

    Loving that dress so cute!

  • YAY! I’m so glad to see this dress on the blog! It’s even cuter than I imagined. I know what you mean about “date nights”, Ryan and I live together but I only get to see him a few hours per day which stinks. We went to the mall + movies last Saturday night which was a lot of fun and it gave me an excuse to look cute haha!

    Kayla |

    • cristina

      You are SO sweet – that’s the best compliment ever! I love going to the mall and movies for a date night. It kind of reminds me when we were younger and the mall and movies were like *the* place to go on a date haha. And I totally feel you about an excuse to look cute. Most times I don’t even wear makeup, so when we have date night I’m like, “Yesss I can wear eyeshadow!” haha!

  • Your dress is so cute! I love summer date nights! <3

  • So much yes on the adulting thing! I’m working 8-5 now and it’s just insane how much free time I don’t have. Also that dress is absolutely adorable and I’m probably going to have to order it…already spending my paycheck money before getting my paycheck lol


    • cristina

      You should totally order it! It’s only 22 bucks, so it won’t make your wallet cry too much 🙂

  • Forever 21 is always the best place to find closet gems at!! 🙂

    xoxo A

  • I love boho looks. Free People and Urban are my faves, though their prices are not. I wish they had in-store sale sections at my mall and not just online! Love this dress!

    • cristina

      My Urban and Free People do have sale sections but I always like the stuff that’s not on sale – so unfair!! Haha. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Amy

    How cute are you?! Love this dress and how you styled it!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Beautiful outfit!

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  • Love this!! Cam sounds like a keeper!!

  • That dress is so sassy and fun! You look gorgeous!

    Greta |

  • Cat

    Free People is one of my favorite stores! I’m obsessed with the boho look, especially bell sleeves.

    Class Meets Couture

  • Love the look! I don’t think I’d be able to rock this dress, but you definitely pull it off! 🙂 And I can definitely feel you on the adulting thing, haha.

    Amelie |

  • Elana

    Oh such a pretty date night look!

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