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March 26, 2017

My Top Picks for Shoes & Spring Trends

A little leopard and sneaker inspiration.  This moto jacket is under $50, leopard sneakers under $55 and this leopard skirt is an amazing deal it is under $35 and an additional 20% off.

These lace up chunky heeled sandals are my favorite - under $50 and four different colors.

This flat lace up version with a tassel are also fun - and come in a pretty spring blue color (and other staple colors).

These backless loafers come in two colors, along with gold and are under $25.

You can wear suede booties year round - with jeans, skirts, shorts, or dresses.  These booties come in two staple colors and are only $25.

There are so many options - quilted sneaker, the ever popular Nike sneakers, old school Converse or Adidas, and these quirky pom pom sneakers

Slides are becoming very popular - you can go more functional like these (with an updated gold version) or these fun tassel flat slides (which would be perfect for the beach) or these $18 suede ones.

This pretty bell sleeve off the shoulder top is only $21.  This ballooned sleeve one is also a great deal.

This ruffle blouse is simple yet classic and comes in four colors.

This peplum (ruffle) lace blouse is very classic.  It would look great with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.

Khaki (or army green as I refer to it as) is very popular. Typically, I think of a utility jacket, but there is a utility blouse that is only $20 or this shirt dress for $35.  

There is even a khaki watch that is only $13 or this $7 cap or $10 tee.

One of the most popular striped items is this $15 striped jersey dress.  Second would probably be this $10 striped tee.

I still think this is one of the prettiest cold shoulder sweaters (with a little ruffle detailing) and it is under $35.  

And, if you are brave enough to try it there is this pretty pink one shoulder ruffle dress that is only $20.

Or the more traditional (and fun) one shoulder ruffle chambray shirt.

In case you missed it, yesterday I shared 10 deals under $25.

Be sure to enter my giveaway - all you have to do is leave a comment.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 25, 2017

My Picks for Best Deals

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Some blush, camo, and leopard style inspiration for Saturday.  Blush and camo is a great color combo, as is blush and black.  If you are looking for some camo jeans, this pair is under $30 and this camo jacket is a new arrival that is under $50.  And, this pretty tulle pleated skirt is under $30.

This Gucci look alike belt is only $7.

This satin blouse is only $10 and comes in three colors - black, blush, and khaki green.

This leopard scarf is only $7.

This “washed” v-neck tee that comes in two great colors is $10. (It comes in more colors for $17.)

This clutch is only $10 - and comes in leopard, blush, and red. 

This pretty powder pink sweater  is under $20.

This tee is an “update” on your basic tee and comes in five colors and is $22.

This basic striped v-neck tee or the tank version.

This cute ruffle sweatshirt is only $13.

This dress feels like the beach and comes in three great colors. There is also a sleeveless option.

This cute off the shoulder ruffle romper would be a perfect cover-up.

H&M is having a flash sale through today and this denim jacket featured in this post, is marked down to $20.

Also, the "save" espadrille wedges I shared in the same post, I ordered and just got them - and they are great.  One thing about sizing - I sized down 1/2 from my usual size.

LOFT is having 30-40% off everything and this pretty scalloped clutch
and tulip sleeve tee great new arrivals.

Old Navy is having great sales, too - like $2 tanks.  This striped jersey dress and this lace up chambray shirt could be as low as $15 on sale with the additional 30% off.

J. Crew has 30% off and this is the cutest blouse (and it has a matching skirt).

Be sure to enter my giveaway - all you have to do is leave a comment.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 24, 2017

Junk Food, John Lennon and A Giveaway

junk food t shirt, john lennon, graphic tees

1. Blazer: Topshop // 2. Aviator Sunglasses: H&M // 3. Necklace: H&M (Set of 2 for $8)
4. John Lennon Tee: Junk Food T Shirts 
5. Shopper Tote: H&M (Under $35 - also in beige) // 6. Ring: Nordstrom (Only $7)
7. Lip Set: MAC // 8. Earrings: H&M (Only $8) // 9. Booties: H&M (Under $40)

One thing you might not know about me is that when I was younger I was a competitive ice skater.  I was on a synchronized ice skating team that traveled the US and Canada.  I started traveling to competitions at age 10 - and was one of the youngest of the group of a lot of high school girls, and even college. (These girls had a big influence on music taste - from Beastie Boys, Prince, to Bon Jovi.  There was always music playing in the back of the bus!)  It was an amazing experience - one I am so thankful that my parents allowed me to do. 

When I decided to style a graphic tee paired with a blazer (because it is a trend that still seems to be going strong), I picked the John Lennon tee because it reminded me of ice skating.  Along with skating competitively, I also skated for several years in a "Disney on Ice" type production.  It was huge theatrical production with full-out chorus-line costumes, and featured skaters like Scott Hamilton (back in the day when he won the Olympics). The association with John Lennon is because one of the performers skated to his song Imagine - and I will probably forever associate that song with the show.

  For me, I love wearing a classic blazer with a tee and jeans, I just have not tried swapping out my basic tee with a graphic one - but it would be really simple.  If you are like me, and might not wear the “rocker” boots with the look - you could easily wear pumps (which I typically do), flats or even sneakers.

I am offering a $25 Mixology gift card to one of my readers. Mixology is a store with a wide range of selection - from classic striped sweaters to party dresses - and the John Lennon Imagine tee above.

To enter, all you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT on this post - letting me know if you would wear the graphic tee trend - and also entering the Rafflecopter.  It is that simple - but be be sure to enter the Rafflecopter (and click that you commented) - so I know how to contact you if you win!  If you want to increase your chances of winning, there are additional entries.  The giveaway will run through April 3 - and the winner will be announced then. 

With all the things to pick from at Mixology, I have picked out a few items you could buy if you won!

This striped grey sweater.

This on trend striped off the shoulder ruffle top.

This plaid scarf.

This striped classic sweater.

This cute chunky knit faux fur beanie.

This fun “party” ruffle dress.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And, because it is Friday I wanted to share the five most popular items.
This blush blazer that can be layered over a tee (just like the look above) and is under $35.

This loose fitting blouse with gathered sleeves that comes in a print and two great colors and is only $25.

This ruffled cardigan that is under $35.

This $20 utility blouse that comes in a beige, gold and khaki.

This fun scarf with small little tassels that is only $12.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

Note about gift card: The prize does not include shipping or any potential customs on international orders.  Shipping policy: $8.99 flat rate for all orders under $75, free shipping for orders above $75 for the contiguous 48 United States. All international shipping will be shipped through USPS.  Disclaimer: This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate; however, all opinions are my own.

March 23, 2017

Off the Shoulder & Bomber Trends to Try for Less

1. Checked Off the Shoulder: H&M // 2. Checked Top: ONE by STYLEKEEPERS
3. Quilted Bag: Merona (Only $15) // 4. Quilted Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
5. Floral Bomber Jacket: H&M // 6. Floral Bomber Jacket: Alice + Olivia
7. Sneakers: H&M // 8. Sneakers: Golden Goose

A few save vs. splurge items.  I actually think the save items could all be worn together as one look. And, the "Save" side has some pretty good deals - that off the shoulder checked top is only $13 and the quilted bag is just as great of price.

Pink Moto Jacket: Save or Splurge

Off the Shoulder Eyelet Top: Save or Splurge

Floral Moto Jacket: Save or Splurge

Crisscross (X) Ring: Save or Splurge

Embroidered Floral Denim Jacket: Save or Splurge

Link Bracelet (David Yurman-like): Save or Splurge

GUCCI BELT (look alike) FOR UNDER $10
I was going to save this tomorrow, but I didn't want you to miss out.  If you have wanted to get a Gucci belt, but it was not in your price range, well, I have found a really similar one for $7!

I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 22, 2017

Leopard Clutch and Denim Jacket Spring Look for Less

1. Sunglasses: H&M // 2. Earrings: BP (Set of 2 for $10) // 3. Tee: H&M ($6)
4. Jeans: H&M // 5. Leopard Pouch: Nordstrom // 6. Denim Jacket: H&M
7. Espadrille Wedge Sandals: Steve Madden  // 8. Tee: J. Crew // 9. Earrings: Kate Spade
10. Sunglasses: Ray Ban // 11. Denim Jacket: J. Crew (Marked down to $80)
12. Espadrille Wedge Sandals: Marc Fisher // 13. Leopard Pouch: Clare V. // 14. Jeans: J Brand

There is nothing better than a simple denim jacket, black jeans look.  I cannot believe how similar all of these pieces are - and the wedge sandals that I found for less than half the price of the "splurge" ones.  And, the "save" earrings come as a set of 2 for only $10 - such a steal considering that is a third of the price of only one pair of the "splurge" ones.

In case you missed it yesterday, I shared my 15 piece pastel wardrobe - with 15 different outfits.

These are the cutest blush patent sandals (and they come in four other colors).

These pom pom and colorful sandals would be perfect for spring break (or summer).

This cute dress would be the perfect beach coverup.

I saw this dress last week and forgot to post it - I think it is the most adorable dress with the lacy bell sleeves - perfect for Easter, bridal shower, or wedding.

This lace dress is also stunning.

This quilted bag looks just like the Rebecca Minkoff one - but is only $15.

My favorite hand creme that smells like the beach is on sale.

This leopard scarf is under $20.

These lace up sandals are still on sale for under $50! And, they come in 4 great colors.

This tunic is so popular and comes in a pretty blush pink and many other colors and is under $30.

Lastly, today starts Nordstrom's triple points - so if you have a Nordstrom card, you can earn 3 points for every dollar spent - and the more points, the more rewards ($$$) to spend!

Also, be sure to link up your spring looks on The Blended Blog today.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 21, 2017

Create a Staple Spring Wardrobe with Pastels

online stylist, spring outfit, shopping guide
As I mentioned before, one of the reasons I started this blog was to find a way to work as a "stylist" - to help others put together outfits.  Over the years, my blog has evolved, and I have realized that one of the things I love to do is put together outfits.  In creating outfits, I like to find ways to maximize what people own and help them strategically shop - for both the best deals and pieces that can be worn many different ways.

A few weeks ago, I shared a bright and colorful 15 pieces, and today, I am sharing a more pastel ones - with pinks, whites, and light greys.  I have built this collection around staple pieces like basic tees and skinny jeans.  I also added in a few trends like ruffles and girlfriend jeans.  In creating this staple 15 piece pastel spring wardrobe, I have tried to be budget-conscious by using pieces you might already have in your closet (like tees and jeans) - along with finding items that are under $50 (and a lot under $25) - and including only one item that is more expensive, which is these booties; however, I think these would be a staple that would get a lot of wear for the price.  Also, I did not include accessories like bags or sunglasses - but I shared some sunglasses under $12 and bags under $25 in this post, that would work perfectly with this color theme.


I really love this feminine, pastel palette.  And, I am already planning my next 15 piece wardrobe - that will pull in a lot of these pieces - but use a different color/pattern theme.

Pink Cami: H&M // White Lace Cami: H&M // White Tee: H&M
Ruffle Cardigan: H&M  // Moto Jacket: H&M
Grey Tee: H&M // Ruffle Blouse: H&M  // Girlfriend Jeans: H&M
White Skinny Jeans: H&M // Black Skinny Jeans: H&M
Scarf: H&M // Sneakers: H&M // Jersey Dress: H&M
Pink Loafers: H&M // Booties: Vince Camuto

And, here are a few other items that could be swapped out for the ones above.

This pink ruffle sweatshirt that is $13. It also comes in grey.

This sleeveless blush blouse that also comes in white and is $18.

This powder pink pocket tee for $13.

This $10 gray pocket tee.

This bell sleeve and peplum ruffle hem top that is under $40.

These lace up black sandals that are under $50.

For a more casual athleisure look, these $13 joggers.

Similar pink loafer but in leather.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 19, 2017

More Picks for Best Deals

A little pink inspiration...

If you like the look on the left - I have found this blazer that is under $35.  In my opinion, jeans, tee, blazer and pumps (or flats) - is a classic look that is always in style. For a more tailored blazer option, I found this one.

This light weight blush scarf is a new arrival and is only $15.

This leopard clutch is just like the Clare V. one but for a fraction of the cost (starting at $30),

This sleeveless shirt dress is a new arrival - and I love the shade of pink (and it also comes in khaki).

This crossbody bag looks just like the Chloe one but is under $40.

This pretty floral off the shoulder - bell sleeve top is on sale.

Every time I wear this faux fur jacket - I get a compliment.  It is on sale for as low as $45 and comes in three different colors.  And, it is the warmest jacket.

These lace up sandals are marked down under $45 - and would look great with shorts, jeans, or even a dress.

This chambray/light denim shirt dress is marked down to under $45.

This ribbed sweater is marked down to $7!  (This tunic option is also $7.)

I just ordered this ruffle sweater that is an additional 40% off today.

Just in case you missed it - I shared more deals yesterday.

And, don't forget Macy's VIP sale with an extra 30% off ends tonight. I picked up this bracelet and these jeans.

I am also participating in a $200 Nordstrom giveaway - you can enter here.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 18, 2017

My Picks for Best Deals

Happy Saturday!  Classic black and white is always in style and has become a staple in my wardrobe for years now.

I can’t believe this rib knit dress is only $10 - and it comes two colors.  The price was too good - so I actually I bought in both colors (And a little secret - if you are self-conscious wearing knit dresses like me, I typically wear these under the dress. They smooth everything out - and make me feel a lot more comfortable.)

If you need a strapless dress now (or even in the future) - this one is only $15.

This pretty pink coat that I featured in this post is marked down to under $25 - and it also comes in black and khaki green.

Looking for some cute pants - these come in the prettiest spring colors (makes me think of Easter) and they are on sale.

This suede-leather combo tote is only $13.

This initial bar necklace is only $6 - they are going fast!  (If it is sold out - this one is similar and also a great price.)

 This denim shirt that comes in a lighter and darker wash is on sale for $18.

This fun little tee with lace trim is only $15.

This popular crossover ring that comes in both gold and silver is marked down to $7.

They got more colors for these earrings - a set of 2 stud earrings for under $10.  And, they look just like the more expensive Kate Spade ones.

My favorite mascara (that people ask about) is marked down 15% right now - and in addition to black comes in fun colors like green and blue.

Fiery red is one of my favorite colors to wear - and this blouse with gathered bell sleeves is only $25.  It also comes in powder pink and floral.

Also, I wanted to mention this ruffle sleeve sweater I bought last week - it is under $40 and so cute! (I sized up one size - it ran a little small on me.)

And, in case you missed it I shared sunglasses under $12 and bags under $25 earlier this week.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 17, 2017

My Friday Five List

 Happy Friday!  And, Happy St. Patrick's Day.  I probably should have titled this post My "Lucky" Friday Five for St. P's Day.

Above is some green style inspiration, along with some top five lists below.

This simple tee - that lasts and is super comfy.

This off the shoulder checked shirt that makes me think of summer and is only $13.

I can vouch for this long cardigan because I own it and love it - and it is only $15.

I can’t believe this bag is still 35% off.

Nothing beats a classic utility shirt for under $20.

This cargo green pocket tee that is under $20.

This $13 frayed green scarf - perfect now and in the fall.

This more relaxed comfy cargo jacket.

This pretty zip up the side sweater in cool mint color and is only $15.

With embroidered floral moto jacket

Casually or dressed up for date night

With shades of pink and leopard

With ballet flats and simple tee

With lace and a long coat

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 16, 2017

Sunglasses for $12 and Handbags under $25

cheap sunglasses, cheap designer bags
1. Sunglasses: Nordstrom // 2. Sunglasses: Nordstrom // 3. Sunglasses: Nordstrom
4. Sunglasses: H&M // 5. Sunglasses: Nordstrom // 6. Satchel: Nordstrom
7. Backpack: H&M // 8. Clutch: Sondra Roberts*
9. Shopper: H&M  // 10. Shopper: H&M

I am amazed by how many designer look alike sunglasses there are at Nordstrom for under $25 (and a lot of them are only $12).  The off white/blush sunglasses seem to be the big trend right now, so I have selected a few to show (and all of them are $12 and under) - but there are a lot more in the traditional black and brown frames, too.  And, one of the main reasons I shop at Nordstrom is because of the free shipping both ways - there is no risk in trying something.

(*When I put the collage together, I thought this was under $25 - and now I notice it is actually $48.)

This floral satin baseball cap is only $13.

This mini tassel pleated scarf is $12.

These crystal/diamond stud earrings are $10.  And, this pretty set of 3 is $16.

This floral scarf is $19.

And, I cannot believe these velour flats are only $15.

Macy's has its VIP sale right now with an additional 30% off almost everything (and 15% off beauty).  These designer jeans are under $100. I picked up my favorite cream and this bracelet.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day.  If you are looking for some ideas of how to wear green, here is a look back at a few of the green-inspired outfits I have put together.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 15, 2017

Leopard Coat and Pink Sweater Look

Source: Leopard

1. Leopard Jacket: H&M (Only $40) (Similar here) // 2. Sunglasses: H&M ($10)
3. Lipgloss: YSL // 4. Sweater: H&M (Only $25)
5. Camera Bag: J. Crew // 6. Link Bracelet: Ralph Lauren (Extra 30% off)
7. Jeans: H&M (Only $10 - and other colors) // 8. Chunky Heel Pumps: Nine West

As you may have noticed, leopard is really one of my favorite things.  One reason is that it can be styled so many different ways - with many different colors (like red, grey/black, and bright pink) and even patterns (like stripes). I thought I liked some of the other looks the most - but I really love this one!

I these pink bow top mules are so cute and they also come in black.

I am tempted to try these leopard sneakers, since they are only $45 - and a lot cheaper than these that I would really love to have. (You can also find them here.)

This is a cute sweater with a bow in the back.

Looking for some slip on leopard sneakers - these are great price.

These dressy slip on suede mules would look great this summer with skinny jeans and an off the shoulder top.

This leopard scarf is a good deal - and could be worn with a simple white tee.

Looking for a leopard clutch (but for a lot less than the Clare V. one) - this one is very similar and a great price. Or this smaller option for $10.

This scarf is similar to the one in the picture above - and it is sheer and would be light for spring.

If you are like me and like pretty stationary - check this note set out.

If you like to wear baseball caps, this leopard one is under $30.

I have shared this leopard calf hair bag before - but I had to again because it is 40% off.

And, this is not exactly pink (but grey) and it is the cutest bag that is $23 - and I wanted to share it before it sold out.

My friends at The Blended Blog are hosting a Spring Fever Fashion link-up.  Be sure to stop by and link up your fashion posts - or get some spring style inspiration.

Lastly, I just want to give a big thanks to The Budget Babe for her mentions of my leopard looks.   These compliments means so much to me!

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 14, 2017

Casual Day to Night Spring Outfit

1. V-Neck Tee: H&M (Only $13) // 2. Girlfriend Jeans: H&M // 3. Sunglasses: H&M
4. Ring: Nadri // 5. Suede Loafers: H&M // 6. Ruffle Sleeve Blouse: H&M (Under $30)
7. Skinny Jeans: H&M (Only $20) // 8. Loafers: H&M (Only $30)
9. Sunglasses: H&M // 10. Rings: H&M ($6)

 Pink is not a color I would have worn a few years ago - I just did not consider myself a pink person.  I wore it when I was younger - but when I transitioned into wearing more black, pink just became a color that I did not buy.  Now, I am slowly starting to buy a few more pink pieces.  As I look for more pink, I have found these cute tops above and these 2-in-1 pink loafers.  What is great about these flats is that they are really two shoes in one because they can be worn as loafers or as mules with the back folded down.  And, as far as pink items in my closet, I just picked up this pale pink sweater - and I love it!  It looks a lot more expensive than in cost.

With all the great sales, this past weekend, this is what I picked up.

This shirt dress that I styled on Friday.  I also thought about buying this look alike David Yurman bracelet - but I haven't yet.

I bought another jersey turtleneck - that has been marked down 40%.  This is my second one because I wear it so much.  I style it with these jeans, my over the knee boots, this belt (my Gucci look alike) and moto jacket.  (In case the one I like is sold out - this one is very similar and I have it, too.)

This sweater that I have watched for a long time that is now 40% off. 

I really thought about buying these lace up sandals that are under $50 - but I have not bought them yet.  Right now, they are in my cart.
 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 12, 2017

More Top 10 Spring Items to Check Out

Source: Leopard

 Leopard is probably by far my favorite print - and thing to wear.  I have owned and gone through so many pairs of leopard pumps.  I have shared different ways to way leopard recently (with denim / with pink and red / with stripes / with neutral colors) - along with my options for a leopard clutch for less. And, I just ordered this leopard sweater (with free shipping).

My absolute favorite tee is on sale for $15.  I have bought this tee for years - and it is definitely a wardrobe staple for a great price.

This striped tee is $15 (and free shipping).

These are the cutest wedge sandals - and they come in 3 fun colors -and are under $60. I love the pink ones - but the black or cognac may be more practical.

I can’t believe this pink and white checked top is only $13 (and free shipping).

This top is called paradise blouse and it looks just like that, plus it is 40% off right now.

This cute mini camera bag is 50% off.

This flared, ruffle striped sweater is so cute - makes me think of St. Patrick’s day or Notre Dame.

This sweater is only $32 on sale - and I love the flared ruffle cuff.

I have this utility blouse in a lot of colors - and patterns, and it is one of my favorites.  Right now it is on sale for as low as $10.

This popular quilted cross body bag is 35% off.  If you want a Gucci/Chanel looking bag for less - check it out.

I really like these ruffle shoulder/sleeve tops - this one is the richest color - that could be worn now and in the fall.

Right now they are having 40% off jeans, but I wanted to share this cute floral ruffle dress - that I just might get.

I have mentioned these earrings before but you can get a set of two for as low as $10. 

Lastly, just in case you missed it - I shared more deals yesterday.

Don't miss out on the free shipping at H&M this weekend, along with 50% off at Banana Republic.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 11, 2017

My Picks for Best Deals and Finds

Source: Ruffles (similar ruffle top here) / Stripes / Utility Dress

There are a lot of new arrivals and great deals and almost all of these items have free shipping!

Utility blouses are a staple for me, and this one comes in four colors and is under $20.

This ruffle sweatshirt is under $25 and comes in four colors.

I think denim jackets are a staple for spring (and all year). This one comes in a dark and light denim, and also pink.  I shared how to style a denim jacket here.

Spring time means spring coats, and this utility jacket/parka with a hood would be perfect. 

I love long cardigans. I think they look so chic layered over a tee and skinny jeans (with flats or pumps or even boots).  This one is $15 and with free shipping - that is a great deal!

This is the cutest spring tote (with matching clutch) for under $35 - it comes in bright yellow, along with black and tan.

This striped jersey dress that is $15 (plus there is free shipping this weekend).

This dress that would be perfect for spring wedding, Easter or bridal shower.

This simple shirt dress that comes in four great colors.  I showed how to style it yesterday with a look alike David Yurman bracelet.

This long sleeve striped (and black) jersey dress for under $30 (and free shipping).

This simple swing dress that would be perfect for summer or a beach vacation. 

Lastly, H&M is offering free shipping all weekend (code: 9682) and Banana Republic has its Friends & Family weekend with 50% off - 5 full price items.  In my shopping cart at BR, is this shirt I love, this dress I showed yesterday, and this bell sleeve sweater.

And, I was going to share this in tomorrow's post - but since it is a price matched deal - I didn't want you to miss out...
This popular quilted cross body bag is 35% off.  If you want a Gucci/Chanel looking bag for less - check this out.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 10, 2017

Shirt Dress & David Yurman for LESS

1. Shirt Dress: H&M // 2. Hat: Old Navy // 3. Link Bracelet: Ralph Lauren
4. Sandals: Old Navy // 5. Hat: Banana Republic (50% off)
6. Shirt Dress: Banana Republic (50% off) // 7. . Bracelet: David Yurman

I cannot get over how similar all these pieces are - it is hard to tell which is "save" and what is "splurge". And,  right now with the Friends & Family sale at Banana Republic - this shirt dress is a really great price. And, if you like the dress, they just got in a rich burgundy (and beige) color for only $35.

Since Banana Republic is having its Friends & Family Sale with 50% off 5 full price items, 
I thought I would share my top 5 picks that include 4 wardrobe staples and 1 “fun” pick:

1. This bell sleeve cashmere sweater (under $40 on sale) that comes in 5 staple colors.

2. This is hands-down my favorite button down shirt.  The fit of this style is perfect!  I own both a solid white and a striped one.

3. A boyfriend cardigan is something you can wear with jeans and a tee, or with a skirt.

4. I stock up on quality tees - either short, long sleeve and v-neck.

5. This fun tie sleeve, flouncy peplum hem top - on sale for under $25.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 9, 2017

A Look to Try for Spring

1. Sunglasses: Jenjen // 2. Denim Jacket: H&M  // 3. Lipstick: MAC
4. Lipliner: MAC // 5. Off the Shoulder Dress: H&M (Only $30) (Similar option with a larger print and sleeves)
6. Watch: Nixon // 7. Reversible Tote: Express (Under $50)
 8. Sandals: Nordstrom (Under $60 - and many colors)

This look was featured on Bloglovin' in a post about 31 outfits to try for spring.  Since I saw this cute off the shoulder dress, I thought I would change things up and instead of jeans - a denim jacket, and instead of the trench coat the dress.

 "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
— Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
— Sally Berger

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader."
– Dolly Parton

Floral off the shoulder top (also comes in black) for $25.

Pretty pink blouse with a bow in the back (also comes in white).

This bright blouse just makes me think of summer - and it is 40% off.

A white ruffle - cold shoulder blouse - perfect for a summer party.

$25 top and several colors

A ruffle off the shoulder swimsuit - in slimming black.

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March 8, 2017

Ruffle and Off the Shoulder Tops for Less

1. One Shoulder Top: H&M (up to 30% off) // 2. One Shoulder Top: STYLEKEEPERS
3. Bell Sleeve: Stone Cold Fox (Similar option for even less)
4. Bell Sleeve: Elizabeth and James // 5. Lace Top: H&M (up to 30% off)
6. Lace Top: Lovers + Friends // 7. Bell Sleeve Top: Soprano (Off the Shoulder option)
8. Bell Sleeve Top: Milly (Similar option with lace cut-outs on sleeve)

Off the shoulder, one shoulder, or cold shoulder tops, along with ruffles and lace are definitely big trends this season.  I have found some budget options and some investment pieces that look very similar.  Also, some of the budget ones are up to an additional 30% off through today (and free shipping over $40)!

Also, my friend Lana commented in a previous ruffle post - if someone older could wear these trends - she questioned whether there was an age limit.  In my opinion, ruffles (or any of these trends) can be worn at any age - if styled correctly.  Someone that is 50 would not style the top (or maybe wear the same top) as someone that is 20, but they could definitely wear the trend.  If you want to try a ruffle top or off the shoulder top - I recommend finding a top that you feel comfortable in.  This topic makes me think of my mom.  This year for Christmas dinner, she wore an open shoulder top.  I was so impressed with her trendy style, and that she picked out the top all on her own.  She looked totally age-appropriate (and cute) wearing it!  And, my mom is in her 60s, and she looked fantastic.

1. These striped Style Mafia bell sleeve tops (similar to #3 above).

2. These one shoulder ruffle tops and dresses would be perfect for spring break.

3. Pretty ruffle blouse (that is sleeveless) and under $25 and comes in 3 colors.

4. There is nothing like a bright white one shoulder blouse for spring.

5. This top just reminds me of the 80s - and its color is so vibrant for spring.

6. This ruffle hem blouse is only $18.

7. This chambray off the shoulder blouse is a great deal.

8. This floral cold shoulder ruffle blouse would look great with jeans (or shorts) this spring/summer.  It also comes in solid colors, too.

9. This color is such an elegant color for a dress.  I think you could wear it now or even save it for next year and wear it with a turtleneck and tights for winter.

10. The cutest striped bell sleeve off the shoulder top for $14.

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