Fun Florals Under $20.00
Not only is it Monday, but it is a rainy dreary day to boot and I woke up with a nasty migraine.  It seems I have been struck with the trifecta of a rough start to a new week.  Hopefully, the medication will kick in soon and the nausea will abate–that would be nice–and I can get started on my errands. If you are a migraine sufferer, you know that they can be so debilitating and the worst part for me is that even after the pounding stops, I just feel so exhausted and wiped out.  Sometimes, I just get so frustrated about losing a day as a result of the pain.
Well, that certainly was a depressing way to start to the week now, wasn’t it?  On to happier things like these adorable floral choices I show above from Sheinside. Not only are they fresh and fun, but each one costs less than $20.00.  Now that is enough to turn my gloomy Monday around for sure.  Check these out along with lots of other budget-friendly choices. You won’t be disappointed.
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Blushing...
While I am new to the fashion blogging game myself, I have been following style bloggers for over two years now on all social media, but I read something today that surprised me–talk about being a novice!  While I know that money can buy lots of things, I was unaware that money could buy ‘followers.’  I honestly did not know that there are tons of services to buy followers to spike your Instagram totals and potentially aid in getting product endorsements and elevating the monetization of your blog to a whole new level.  On the one hand, I suppose I should not be surprised but, on the other, it really annoys me to think that I am now caught in the unenviable position of knowing that if I want to remain authentic and honest, it will take me infinitely longer to achieve any level of monetization than it would someone ready to hand over a fistful of cash in return for 10,000 followers.  Although on some level an argument could made for doing so, I suppose my biggest issue with buying followers is that it somehow dilutes your personal success. It is kind of like buying a term paper in college.  You may get a better grade than if you had written it yourself but you cannot escape the fact that you cheated to do so.
For me, the real question is reduced to how I measure my own success.  Anyone can buy followers and gain endorsements, but at the end of the day, that would not be enough for me.  I want to know that my hard work and creativity, not my cash, garnered my success. Of course, everyone has her own definition of success and the steps she will take in order to attain it, but I feel that this type of shortcut is not the right choice for me so while I will definitely struggle and need to work harder, at the end of the day, I know I earned whatever level of success I have attained.
On a different note and to step off my soap box for the day, I recently discovered the Dorothy Perkins site and I fell in love with the beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories I found there, not to mention the fantastic prices.  With spring almost in full bloom, what better color to add to your wardrobe than blush–my favorites shown above– which is such a perfect neutral to coordinate not only with white and cream, but also as the perfect foil for navy, black or shades of green.  Dorothy Perkins is currently offering 20% 0ff dresses and shoes.  Happy shopping!
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Anatomy of a ‘Like’

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My son once told me that I was a chronic ‘liker.’  To put it in perspective he was not talking about how I feel about life or that would have yielded a completely different comment. Instead, he was talking about the fact that I have a tendency to hit the ‘like’ button (or the little heart if on Instagram) more often than he ever would.  It got me to thinking about the reasons why I ‘like’ so much and also what others think about before they hit the ‘like’ button themselves. To be honest, I suppose I am not that discriminating when I like something as my reasons for doing so range from thinking that a picture is pretty, to loving the way a blogger styled a particular item to needing someone to know I LOVE those shoes or even that I think their baby is adorable (or a dog or even those adorable baby turtles all toddling down back into the ocean).  His comment also made me a little self-conscious so I have now started to comment along with the ‘like’ lest someone think I am the chronic liker I was accused of being.

Honestly though, what is wrong with simply showing the person that you like their picture-whatever the reason?  While I don’t think that obsessing over the number of ‘likes’ one gets is healthy, I also don’t think that I am diluting my option my liking a lot of photos.  Killer shoes?  LIKE Gorgeous beach?  LIKE Precious baby?  LIKE Fabulous sale? You got it, LIKE! Now if only I could find the ‘dislike’ button for Mondays, lousy weather and empty coffee cups, I would be golden.  So, why do you hit the ‘like’ button?  Please feel free to leave a comment as I would love to know why you ‘like’ what you do.

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Anatomy of a ‘Like’
Practically Speaking
This afternoon, while waiting for my son’s lacrosse game to start, another mom and I started chatting about her daughter’s choice in shoes. You see her daughter is a college student looking for internships in a very professional environment, so while she wants to be stylish and wear age-appropriate clothing, she also needs to be practical.  Let’s face it, there are plenty of fabulous shoe options out there, but a lot of them don’t belong in an office environment especially when you are young and trying to prove how capable and mature you are each day. Teetering on stilettos sends the wrong message. That does not mean that you cannot have some fun with your footwear selections.  I think that every woman needs some basic ‘go-to’ shoes that not only work well with a multitude of outfits, but that don’t hurt your budget or your feet at the end of a long day.  A pretty neutral patent pump and a lower heeled D’Orsay pump in a where-with-anything black are great additions to any shoe wardrobe.  Of course, being the shoe lover that I am, I had to throw in the bright perforated pump for the fun of it because despite the wild color, it pairs well with navy, black, white and neutrals, too. There isn’t anything frumpy about these mid-heeled shoes.  All the above selections can be found in one of my favorite shoe departments at Nordstrom.
Random Thoughts...
I know this is totally off-topic and truly very random, but my slow cooker is my friend.  No, seriously. Once we return to school after spring break. we are on a bullet train to the end with more sports, projects, homework, tests, concerts and shows that we can shake a stick at–all jammed into the final 6 weeks of school.  On some nights, I literally need to be in two (or more) places at once all while trying to remember to feed our dog and take her out while not being late for a pick up at school or (horror of horrors) missing a game.  The last thing I need to worry about is making dinner when we get in late, time is wasting and the children have homework and studying to do.  I always laughed at the idea of a slow cooker, but with all we have on our plates these days, it is nice to know that a healthy dinner can be on them as well.  Just saying.
Now on to a more fashion-related topic.  I don’t know about you, but I must say that I never think about a ‘formal’ purse until I need one and then I am scrambling to find something appropriate and budget-friendly as I spend way more time on a lacrosse field than I do in a formal setting.  That said, there is always a need for a cute purse and with this being prom and wedding season, what better time to show you a few of my top choices, none over $50.00 from TJMaxx. The clutch is such a statement piece and I love the embellishments such as pearls, glitter and the great sparkly fabric options I’ve shown above that add so much flair to even the most basic LBD.  The weekend is almost in sight!
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Major Sale Alert!
I don’t know of a better way to face a Monday (and one that came far too quickly after Friday, for the record) than with a little (or a lot of) retail therapy and the super sale happening right now at LOFT –code BUSTAMOVE–is pretty fantastic.  If you can believe it, the discount is 70% of already reduced items.  Seriously, how can you beat that?  To help put it in perspective, that luscious crocheted sweater, which would be perfect over jeans as well as over shorts or a pretty skirt, would be less than $19.99 after the discount is applied.  Likewise, the pretty floral dress with the swing top overlay, perfect for brunch on Mother’s Day or for a shower or luncheon, is around $25.00 after discount.  What a steal!  There are tons of great items to choose from, so be sure to check it out.  Sale ends 4/28!  Happy Monday!
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TGIF

First, can you believe how adorable this backpack is and it is only $40 at Neiman Marcus during their unbelievable Last Call event.  Back when we used to live in NJ–how I miss those days!–I used to wait for this event because despite being able to shop online, nothing compares to pouring over rack upon rack of gorgeous garments, all at ridiculously low prices, feeling the texture of the material and trying on way too many pieces and pretending I could afford to buy them all.  Ah, bliss!  Be sure to check it out!
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Have a great weekend!
TGIF
There is nothing that can turn a fashion basic into something truly special faster than the addition of a beautiful piece of jewelry. Jeans and a tee shirt on repeat these days?  Starting to feel as though you are wearing a uniform instead of something truly on trend and fashionable?  Why not add a beautiful statement necklace and instantly feel more stylish?  A plain tee shirt dress looks fine for a trip to Target but add a sparkly necklace and some chunky bracelets and you’re ready for a lunch date with the girls. My two picks shown above are part of the incredible LOFT sale (60%OFF sale items, no code needed) and both are less than $30.00 after the discount has been applied.  There are a lot more fabulous pieces on sale as well so be sure to check it out!  Happy shopping!
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Errands and Coffee
It is spring, no?  Just checking because it seems as though Mother Nature has decided we needed a little more winter today in my neck of the woods.  The wind is howling, it is hovering in the high 30’s and it feels as though I should be putting the final touches on my Thanksgiving menu.  Simply put, I am freezing and cranky and it is Monday to boot. Yuck!
On tap for the day is a bunch of errands capped off by after school dentist appointments for my children which just adds to my already sour mood.  I am in dire need of coffee (Triple Venti Latte is my pick of the day) and a comfortable outfit so that I can look stylish without feeling uncomfortable.  Old Navy is having a great sale (online only use code JACKPOT, sale ends 4/21) on tons of clearance items including my picks shown above.  Can you believe that not one of my choices is over $30 after the discount is applied?  The uber-comfortable maxi skirt with the leg-baring side slit is less than $20 after the discount.  Fashionable, easy-to-wear basics on sale. My day is looking better already.
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TGIF everyone! I put together a collection of some fun finds from TJMaxx and not one of them is over $40.  The adorable striped midi-skirt (which would look so cute with those crocheted sneakers) is less than $10!  The paisley skirt would work well with a cute blazer and heels for work or dressed down with sandals and a tee-shirt for a relaxed weekend of shopping or site-seeing.  I just love the fact that fringe is all the rage now and it looks as though it is here to stay through Fall, so being able to add a stylish bag to my wardrobe for less than $30 is a total win. Be sure to check out these items as well as all the new arrivals at TJMaxx this weekend.Enjoy!
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