My TikTok ‘FYP’ can literally only be described in three words: unhinged as fuck. Over the last few days alone, there have been countless times I’ve been transported between watching rants about the patriarchy to both travel-core and “rail me” TikTok trends, all in the span of 45 seconds. What can I say? Just another day in the life.
However, it seems there’s a new niche on my ‘FYP’ block, and it’s boujie-on-a-budget-core.
These videos — made by a bunch of different TikTokers including, @heymisskelsey and @stylebywadzi — detail a bunch of affordable things you can do and buy that’ll make you feel more ~expensive~ without the designer price tag, and TBH, as a self-proclaimed budget queen, I’m here for it.
According to @heymisskelsey, these small additions aren’t drastic but have the power to exude big main character energy.
“I’m taking out the trash, but in my head, I’m on a beach somewhere in an all-white linen dress,” she said.
So, if you don’t wanna drop coin on the big league, here’s a few things the TikTok trend tells us you can do to feel boujie on a god damn budget, baby.
Wearing a matching set of underwear or pjs
I’m convinced there’s something psychological behind this, but when your undergarments match, it’s instant fuel for a god complex. You can’t convince me otherwise. This is probably something you’ve also already got at home.
Wearing a satin robe while you get ready
This is on the same beat, but the act of putting on a satin robe after a warm shower while you start to powder your face before a night out is truly an experience. Satin is also hella cheaper than silk.
For an extra pang of luxe — get it embroidered with your initials.
Those big fuck off ice cubes
If I ask for a cheeky liquor on the rocks and they bring out a glass with one of these big square ice cubes in it, I’m gonna assume it’ll put me out by at least $20. Now, you can make ’em at home for less than $16.
Motion-sensing strip lighting
You know when you stay at a hotel, and the strip lighting under the cabinets and mirrors makes things look luxe as hell? Yeah, well, you don’t have to fork out a fortune to do it in your own house — just $12.99. These bad boys are also motion sensors, which give them a lil’ extra oooft.
Having fresh herbs at your disposal
One of the girls on TikTok said having fresh herbs on hand (as opposed to using the dried ones) for your cooking is top tier boujie shit. Bonus points when you use them to make your own pasta sauce (because apparently, that exudes big luxe energy, too).
I know, I know, you can’t even look after yourself, let alone a fucking herb garden. That’s why we suggest trying this cute indoor herb kit.
Playing jazz music or a coffee house playlist while you WFH
I tried this today, and let me tell you; I romanticised the shit out of my single-story bedroom in the suburbs.
Putting fruit, cucumber or lemon in your water bottle
Hydrated, but make it classy. Pair this with the aforementioned coffee house playlist for best results.
Having a bath caddy
Baths are a luxury in itself, especially the ones where you chuck in a Lush glitter bath bomb. The 2014 Insta girls knew what they were doing, let me tell you. A bath caddy to hold a candle, some wine and a book will only elevate the experience ten-fold.
Using a face steamer in your skincare routine
If you’re one of those people that wants to be someone who gets spa treatments and facials every month but can’t justify dropping a few hefty hundreds every time, the next best thing is a facial steamer that gives you very similar benefits, but for a fraction of the cost.
Okay, this might be kind of niche, but there is something so boujie about reading a book outside. Cool, quirky, and mysterious has entered the chat.
Having all white bedding
Another hack to get that hotel-chic aesthetic down pat.
Wearing a trench coat
No matter what the heck you wear under it, a trench coat is literally the fastest way to look expensive as fuck. It also goes with everything, so there’s that, too.
Carrying your fresh groceries in a net bag
It’s the cottage-core revival for me.
Putting on perfume every night before bed
I get judged for this all the time, but after I’ve showered and gotten into my pjs, I always put on a spritz of my favourite perfume. What can I say? This sets the tone for feeling lush as hell while I drift off to sleep.