Saturday, May 30, 2015

Weekly Top Ten

Oasis is a brand that I was introduced to a few years ago and I quickly became a huge fan.  They have classic & feminine pieces at great price points and I've always been happy with my purchases from their site (see previous looks here & here).  Their brand runs true to size in my experience & shipping over $50 is free (plus free returns on all orders!). Based on my choices below, it's evident that I'm really feeling neutrals right now - here are my top picks under $65:



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Friday, May 29, 2015

A Little Boho


Bohemian isn't typically a word I use to describe my personal style, but there are elements of it that I am really drawn to.  The off-the-shoulder trend is one that I wasn't sure would work for me at first because I have really broad shoulders.  But, I believe in trying everything at least once (when it comes to fashion) - because I've learned that you never know what you might end up loving.  This lace top is such a pretty romantic piece with a slightly retro feel. The key with these types of styles is to balance the voluminous shape with structured fitted pieces on bottom (like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans).  Looking to try out the trend for yourself?  I've included my top affordable boho-inspired picks below!  (Reminder: there are only two more days left of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, so if you haven't taken advantage of their markdowns yet, now is the time to act before prices go back up!)

























































What I'm wearing:

BOHO FAVORITES
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Laid Back


One of our favorite things to do on the weekend when the weather's nice is pack up a picnic lunch and head to a nearby park.  Our temperatures have been fluctuating greatly from day to day, so these light layers were a good way to balance both the cool morning & warm afternoon.  And when it got into the 80's later in the day, I just took the sweater off & tied it around my waist.  I came up with so many styling ideas for these new shorts that I created a collage below to share more ways to wear them (hint: these pairings would also work for any printed short or skirt that you already own).



What I'm wearing:
JCPenney sweater (similar here, here or here), Gap shirt (similar here or here), 
c/o Dorothy Perkins shorts (on sale; also in tall), Kendall & Kylie Madden Girl espadrilles (also similar here), 
c/o Old Navy tote (similar here or here), Bracelets: Forever 21 (similar) & c/o InPink, Vintage ring (similar), 
J. Crew Factory sunglasses (similar here or here), Nails: Revlon Fuchsia Fever




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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

20 Under $20

With the weather getting warmer every day, I have been ditching my skinny jeans in favor of easy skirts & comfortable shorts.  So, for this month's installment, I've put together four different looks that are the perfect example of how to keep your laid-back style from looking too basic.  Whether you're looking to snag some great spring-to-summer pieces or you're just needing a little outfit inspiration, I've got you covered!


MORE UNDER $20

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fringe + Tassles


I was so happy when I came across these tasseled strappy sandals - I patiently waited for a 40% off sale & then snatched them up.  They also come in nude & are surprisingly comfortable, thanks to the not-too-high heel.  I have a feeling I'll be wearing them all season long with denim, skirts & dresses.  I thought it would be fun to pair them with a little fringe for an easy date night look.  (For those who are wondering, these heels fit true to size, but they do run a little narrow - I am usually between a 9 or 9.5 and I got these in a 9.5.)


What I'm wearing:
TinselTown Denim Couture jacket (similar here or here), J. Crew top (or similar here & here), 
J. Crew Factory skirt, LOFT heels, J. Crew clutch (similar here or here), Forever 21 necklace

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Basics


I'm always a sucker for a comfortable skirt with pockets that I can wear while running errands or chasing after my kids on the weekends.  This silky cargo style is so easy to throw on with a basic top & sandals for a casual but chic look.  Though I styled it with other neutrals here, I've also worn it with this yellow silk top for a unexpected & striking color combination.  





What I'm wearing:
H&M sweater (similar here or here), LOFT skirt (40% off; I'm wearing a Small), c/o Old Navy sandals (similar), 
Forever 21 bag, ALDO hat (similar), Bracelets: Madewell & J. Crew, Madewell necklace (similar), 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

If you hadn't already heard, Nordstrom launched that their Half-Yearly Sale yesterday.  You can get up to 40% off select apparel, shoes & accessories + free shipping and returns on all orders!  I took some time to search their site yesterday & decided to round up my top picks under $100.  I made sure to select styles that had most, if not all, sizes still available - but things are selling out quickly...so if you find something you love, act fast!  Here are my favorites from their sale:


Accessories

Heels

Flats

Jackets

Tops

Bottoms

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Polished Staples


This outfit is made up of pieces that are all over a year old & they are what I call my "polished staples" - a soft moto jacket, structured shorts & a silky printed blouse.  I've worn these separately before (here, here & here), so I decided to put them all together for a sophisticated remix of seasoned favorites.  Even though these exact styles are no longer available, I found very similar options for you below!



















What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins jacket (last seen here; similar), J. Crew blouse (similar here, here or here), 
c/o Dorothy Perkins shorts (similar here or here), c/o Dorothy Perkins heels (similar or lower heel option here), Banana Republic bag (similar here or here), Bracelets: Zara (similar) & c/o BaubleBar (similar), 
Vintage ring (similar), Etsy earringsNails: Essie Big Spender

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hair & Skin Heroes

One of the (many) fun parts of my job is getting to try out several new beauty, skin care & hair products - I would say on average I test between 3-5 each month and I do my best to reserve judgement until I've tried them for a full two weeks.  I am committed to only sharing the absolute best with you here and I can truthfully say that these 4 products have radically transformed my skin and hair since I've been using them.  While my site is focused on budget-friendly finds, I'm realizing as I get older that I'm more willing to splurge on high quality beauty products (particularly when I find that they produce amazing results).  Two of these are above what I would normally spend - but in my opinion, they are worth every penny.




As mentioned here before, I've experienced a significant amount of hair loss over the last year due to my autoimmune disease.  For someone who always had very thick, naturally curly hair growing up, this was devastating to me and I had to completely shift from the products I was using to new brands that would help create more volume & lift.  My friend Jenny raved about this product line so much that she started selling it herself and offered me a sample to try.  I really love that it's formulated without phthalates, sulfates or parabens.  I can't say enough about how full & thick my hair looked after just one use...and, unlike other lines I've tried, the volume lasted all throughout the day.  You can get the system for less + free shipping when you sign up as a VIP (one time fee of $19.99), which is what I'll be doing to make re-ordering less expensive.

Anything that helps extend the life of my blowout is worth its weight in gold to me.  This leave-in product is under $30 and works like a charm to revitalize your strands while you sleep (genius!).  I apply 2 pumps to my hair before bed and then style as usual in the morning.  It makes my hair so soft, helps eliminate frizz & gets me through one or two extra days without having to wash again.  I actually prefer it over the dry shampoo I was previously using.

This was another product referral from my friend Alyson who tried these and swore her skin was instantly brighter & smoother.  After using for just a week, I noticed that my pores were visibly minimized & I started receiving compliments on my complexion.  Because my skin is on the sensitive side, I began using these just 3 nights a week and gradually worked my way up to a daily application.

I've repeatedly attempted to find a good retinol-based skin care product in the past, but every single one I tried was too harsh for my skin and caused significant redness and/or dry patches.  This is the first one I've used that didn't have that effect & left my skin feeling softer.  After seeing such great results, I've actually started using it on my hands too!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Feminine Eyelet


Something about the warmer weather really brings out my girly side and all I want to wear are soft romantic pieces. This off-the-shoulder top is one of my favorite purchases from last summer & I'm so glad to see the style is popular again this year.  I couldn't resist pairing it with my new eyelet midi skirt & lace-up sandals for a feminine look that works for both day & evening (just swap out the flat sandals for ankle-strap heels).  Scroll down for more outfit ideas using these two pieces!












What I'm wearing:
H&M top (similar under $45, under $40, under $35 or under $30), Gap skirt (also similar here & here), 
Mango sandals, Clare Vivier clutch (similar here or here), Forever 21 necklace, Zara bracelets (similar), 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly Top Ten

We got home late in the afternoon yesterday from our D.C. trip, so I decided to do my Weekly Top Ten post a little early this week.  I wanted to focus on another favorite brand of mine that began in the UK and has now transitioned over to the US.  I've worn River Island several times on the blog before and I love how their styles are on the cutting edge of fashion, but still affordably priced.  In terms of sizing, I would say it's very similar to Zara and TopShop but, as always, I recommend checking their chart before ordering to be sure.  They are currently offering free shipping on all US orders of $35 or more.  Here are a few of my top picks from their site:



1) Embroidered Hem Top (also in lilac, green, pink & navy) // 2) Cold Shoulder Top (also in white & red print)
3) Grid Sheer Mesh Top // 4) Pink Faux Suede Skirt (also in tan) // 5) Snake-Print Gladiator Sandals
6) Lilac Satchel // 7) Fringe Bucket Bag // 8) Lace T-Shirt (also in white) // 9) Raffia Wedge Sandals
10) Lace Trim Top // 11) Amelie Distressed Grey Skinny Jeans // 12) Lace Off-Shoulder Dress

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easy Day Dress


As we enter the warm-weather months, I gravitate more towards effortless laid-back styles.  And, to me, nothing is easier (not to mention, cooler) than throwing on one piece and heading out the door.  This midi dress is so comfortable & it's casual enough to wear for a weekend stroll along the canal, on a picnic in the park or a Saturday trip to the farmer's market. *Note: the fabric is semi-sheer when worn alone, so I layered a slip dress underneath.  If you don't already own one, you can find similar options here or here.  This dress would also work great without a slip as a cover-up over your swimsuit (I just bought this scalloped bikini that I plan on wearing underneath).






What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 dress (also in blue; I'm wearing a Small), Forever 21 bag (also in cream & black), 
ALDO hat (similar here or here), c/o Vince Camuto sandals, Target cuff (similar), 
c/o BaubleBar ring (similar), Lips: Revlon Ultra HD (Tulip)

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