One thing that many women have in common is the love of being tan. There is just something so satisfying and confidence booting about having a glow. Being a naturally fair-skinned girl, I tend to gravitate towards self tanners more and more this time of year. Tanning beds are a huge no-no for me because 1.) I would severely burn and 2.) IT IS SO UNSAFE. A much safer, cheaper, and easier alternative to tanning beds is self tanning! I have been in love with self tanning for quite some time. When I first started I was orange and splotchy and very far from the bronze goddess look I was going for. Since those frightful days I have learned quite a bit about self tanning and the important steps it takes to achieve a stunning, natural-looking glow! I have tried MANY self tanners throughout my tanning journey. Some have failed miserably, and some I fell in love with. Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys my most recent tanning obsession!

This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Tarte in any way. I bought these products with my own money and all opinions are my own 🙂 

Tarte is in my top ten favorite makeup brands of all time. Not only are their products high-quality, but their prices are fair and pretty affordable! My fav self tanner at the moment has been Tarte‘s Glow With the Faux Foaming Self Tanner.  I prefer foaming tanners over lotion because it’s easier to see what you’re doing, and you usually get instant color. What I love about Tarte’s take on the foaming cleanser is how dark it is, its’ smooth consistency, and how well it blends and applies! There is nothing worse than a blotchy, uneven tan, and if applied correctly this tanner comes out perfect every time! Now I say “if applied correctly” because there are precautions to take when applying self tanner. You need to make sure your skin is shaved, exfoliated, and ready to go! Another amazing thing about this self tanner in particular is that it come with a super adorable/soft/awesome tanning mitt to make your life easier and your hands stain free. It’s more important than you think to use a tanning mitt rather than your hand. The mitt is designed to apply the foam flawlessly, without leaving your hands stained and orange. So make sure you put on that mitt before you apply your tanner!

                                                                                                    Before tan!

Self tanners can sometimes be harsh on the face causing you to breakout or become splotchy. To prevent that from happening I use the Brazilliance Face Tanning Wipes also by Tarte. These wipes are designed specifically for the face so they’re gentle on all skin types! The tan develops over time, so there isn’t any color payoff which is kind of a bummer. But honestly the lack of instant color is worth it if I don’t get zits in return!

                                                                                  After tan! Look at that glow 😎

I hope this post gave your guys some tanning tips and inspiration!! I cannot wait for the warmer weather all the time so I can lay out and get a natural tan! Until then, self tanning will do the trick just fine 😉 What are your favorite self tanners? I would love to know in the comments! I’m always open to try new products!

Get your glow on, babes.

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Let’s cut to the chase: I freaking love shopping and I can’t stop myself from buying cute things when I see them. I do have some self-control when I know I need to save or if bills are due, but for the most part I loveeeee shopping more than I should. It’s not a problem, it’s a way of life…for me at least. Shopping makes me happy because clothes make me happy. I love being able to feel confident and make a statement with my style, and shopping helps me do that! You might be wondering; “Dana, you’re known as ‘One Broke Blonde’, how can you do so much shopping?” Well my fine readers, I’ll let you in on some of my tips and tricks 😉

This post is not sponsored by any brand or company mentioned. All opinions are my own 🙂

  1. SHOP ON  SALE ITEMS FIRST. This may be a no brainer, but as tempting as it is to check out new arrivals the sale section is where it’s at. Stores update their sale section regularly so you won’t be shopping all of the older items. A lot of stores have pretty awesome sale sections! Here are some of my favorite sale items from five of my favorite stores!

Missguided Dress | Princess Polly Romper | Luca + Grae Dress | Tobi Dress | Shop Love Street Shoes 

      2. WAIT FOR DISCOUNT CODES. I know it’s hard to wait for that adorable dress you’ve been eyeing up for two weeks, but stay strong! Big brands have site wide sales and discounts pretty regularly! If you can wait for that, then you can save a lot of cash on items you would’ve spent a lot more on! Patience is virtue, especially when it comes to shopping. Here are some of my favorite stores that almost ALWAYS have awesome sales going on!

Missguided | Tobi | Metal of Pearl |

3. GET HONEY. I bet you’re wondering what Honey is, and no I’m not talking about the delicious sweetener. Honey is basically the greatest invention ever. Essentially, all you need to do is install it into your browser, and whatever store you shop on Honey automatically finds discount codes and coupons to use so you always save money!! It’s so awesome and there are so many stores it works with too! It’s free and simple and I personally think that is a wonderful combination.

4. NORDSTROM RACK IS EVERYTHING. This should come as no surprise, but Nordstrom Rack is one of my fav stores ever. You can get big-name brands that are usually quite expensive for a much better price. Granted, there are some items that are still pricey but they are definitely better prices than the retail! One example is Calvin Klein apparel. Urban Outfitters (who I love but is ridiculously expensive) sells Calvin Klein bras for $28, but I got mine from Nordstrom Rack for $11.97. 😎 Talk about a style steal! Here are some more of my favorite pieces from Nordstrom Rack on awesome sales!

Free People Tunic | Melrose and Market Top | Wildfox Top | Lucky Brand Top | Jeffrey Campbell Sandal

5. SIGN UP FOR PERKS. Getting tons of emails can be frustrating, but getting exclusive sales and offers makes it worth it. You don’t need to sign up for tons of reward programs, just pick your favorite stores you want to get perks from and they will be delivered right to your inbox! You’ll also be notified first when sales happen or other big events! I’ve scored a lot of awesome things from being a part of reward programs! Plus most stores offer a discount just for joining! It’s a super easy and efficient way to save you some money 🙂

I hope this post was helpful to you guys and you’ll put these tips to good use! Remember, even though it is extremely important to save money and be financially stable it never hurts to treat yourself once in a while! Don’t be afraid to buy yourself some new things, you deserve them! If you’re hesitant though then try out these tips and I guarantee you’ll feel less guilty 😉

Happy shopping, babes!

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The weather here in Jersey has been magnificent recently! Today it’s sunny and 80 degrees and I’m just about ready for summer even though spring just started! Weather like this puts me in the best mood. It’s strange, but I feel like the truest and best version of myself when the weather is sunny and warm. I’m just a happy gal when I feel the sun shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky 🙂 Another thing that makes really happy is jumpsuits, and this one from Primark in particular. I almost wasn’t going to do a post on this outfit because I know that Primarks are few and far between in the U.S., but it’s so fun and perfect for the warm days ahead so I couldn’t resist. I recently got one near me, and I am in love. This jumpsuit was only $14!! It’s so amazing and worth the drive if you have one anywhere near you!

My boyfriend and I had so much fun taking these pictures. He is just so cute and is such a great photographer 🙂 This outfit was perfect for frolicking through fields and playing on rocks (which you will see I did a lot of hehe). Even though I made the outfit casual with Vans, you can totally dress it up with some wedges and a cardigan for a night out! It’s so soft and comfortable and the colors are just darling. To me they scream a fun spring/summer day which is something I love about them! My obsession for baby pink continues and grows by the day, so when I see any article of clothing that has even the slightest bit of it you better believe it will end up in my closet.

Since I know there aren’t too many Primarks in the U.S. I linked some similar jumpsuit options! Unfortunately you can’t shop on Primark’s website, so unless you have a store near by you won’t be able to score this particular jumpsuit. There are plenty of equally adorable ones out there that are super similar so don’t be too bummed 🙂 I gotchu covered, don’t worry 😉 Hopefully this post gives you some outfit inspiration for the warm days ahead! Side note: please don’t mind my crazy hair in all these pictures. It had a mind of its own.

Jumpsuit (not really the same but super freaking cute) | Sunglasses | Vans | Necklaces |

Thank you for taking the time to look at my pictures and read my words 🙂 It means more to me than you’ll ever know. I hope this post inspired you in some way 🙂 Soak up the sun and enjoy this weather!!

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I know I’m not the only one who has a place in my heart for online boutiques. Of course big name brands are always enjoyable to shop at, but there’s something so satisfying about shopping somewhere the clothes are unique and cater to your style. Metal of Pearl is that online store for me. It is the perfect mix of edgy-bohemian that I personally adore. I have the opportunity to work with Metal of Pearl by modeling their clothes for their website! It is so much fun because not only are the owners of the store, Maggie and Arielle, so sweet and accommodating, but the clothes are on another level of cuteness. Whenever I wear Metal of Pearl clothes I feel like the truest version of myself. Their clothes are comfortable, trendy, affordable, and sooooooooooo freaking cute I can’t take it. Their spring collection is launching very soon, so you guys are able to get a sneak peek at the items going up! Some pieces in this post are already available, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for on the site just yet keep your eyes open! 🙂

*Side note: if you’re wondering why the heck I’m so tan in all these pictures it’s because I got a spray tan right before the shoot so I didn’t blend in with the backdrop 😬*

Tried & True Button Down

Obsessed doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel about this top. It is a staple piece you NEED in your wardrobe this spring. It’s lightweight, soft, and can be paired so many ways. I am wearing a size large in the pictures, and I even ordered a size large for myself! I think it gives the perfect “oops I stole my boyfriend’s shirt but it looks really cute and trendy” look. Here the top is paired with some distressed boyfriend jeans, but it would look equally as great with some distressed denim shorts, a denim skirt, or if you’re feeling really loungey and comfy, leggings are always an option 🙂

Strawberry Fields Forever Dress

I’m going to be honest, I’m usually not a huge fan of maxi dresses. I love the way they look on other girls, but on me I always feel like something looks off or I just have no shape. This maxi changes the game, though. With it’s double side slits you’re able to add some sexy to your basic maxi dress. Also can we talk about the color? It is such a versatile color for every season tbh. I can’t rave about this dress enough! It’s stunning for a dinner date, and can definitely be dressed down for running some errands. Whatever your adventure, this dress is guaranteed to make you look and feel your hottest.

Desert Rose Bomber Jacket / Once Upon A Time Swing Dress

Summer weddings? Anniversaries? Just feeling like a glam badass diva? This dress gotchu covered. Not only is it a stunning gold, but the material is insanely soft and comfortable. There is honestly nothing worse than being trapped in an uncomfortable dress for hours. We’ve all been there, but with this hot little stunner those troubles are in the past. You’ll be sure to turn heads and glow all night long in this baby.

Super Sweet Denim Skirt

If someone ever asks me to put my personality into a style, this would be it. When I was modeling this outfit I wanted to stay in it all day long. I am so in love with this skirt it’s not even funny. It’s not only super affordable, but it’s made so well and it’s so flirty and fun. I love how girly it is, but it can definitely be paired with a band tee, or oversized sweatshirt and sneakers for a tom-girl vibe. I will absolutely be rocking this skirt all summer, spring, and fall!

Wallflower Swing Dress

Easter is right around the corner, and I found the perfect outfit for the occasion. It’s probably what I will be wearing so we can all be twins and match it’ll be adorable 😉 Seriously though, I have been looking for a swing dress that isn’t too short and gave me at least a little shape, so when Metal of Pearl put this dress on their site I was in love! The flower detailing is beautiful and delicate, and it’s the perfect amount of sweet and sassy! 🙂

Tassled Up Blouse

Tassel’s and bell sleeves are two of the hottest trends for spring! This top combines them both into one airy, bohemian top that is everything your fashion dreams are made of. I know that bell sleeves aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some stores sell tops with super extravagant sleeves which my boyfriend refers to as “wizard sleeves”, and he’s not wrong. This top however has a subtle and tasteful amount of drama without overdoing it! So if you’re a little hesitant to try out the bell sleeve trend, this top is perfect!!

I want to thank Metal of Pearl for having me model your amazing clothes! It’s an honor to work with you and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things Metal of Pearl has in store in the future. In the meantime, I hope you all will check out this amazing store! There’s truly something for everyone on the site, and you will be sure to find your newest obsession!

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It’s something that we are all guilty of one way or another. Maybe it’s that ratty t-shirt you have from 8th grade that brings back memories that you refuse to give away, or that sexy black dress you wore ONE TIME four years ago but swearrr you’re going to wear again soon. Let’s be real, you won’t. You’re not alone because I am guilty of this too. I always keep pieces of clothing and shoes that I haven’t worn in years but insist there will be a time that I want it and honestly, there never is. Since the season of renewal is among us, I though what better time to share my tips and tricks to make your wardrobe fun and fresh again!

  1. GET RID OF THAT OLD STUFF 🌸 Seriously. I know it’s difficult to part with that top you’ve had since 7th grade but girl, it’s time to let it go. If you’re just saving it for nostalgic purposes than that’s what pictures are for! There are too many new, fresh, trendy pieces to be had and those old things you never wear are just taking up unwanted residency.
  2. ORGANIZE 🌸 My mom is going to read this tip and think “Dana, your clothes are the least organized clothes in America.” And she’s right. But do not follow my lead with this one and instead just follow my advice. I know that having an organized closet would make me feel revamped and refreshed and I do plan on making that happen very soon I promise. In the meantime, you should try out this tip and start organizing your clothes! This is also a way to go through everything you have and give away/sell/donate the things you don’t wear or want anymore!
  3. TRY A NEW STYLE/TREND 🌸 Is there a style you’ve been loving but have been too nervous to try it out for yourself? Felt like you “couldn’t pull it off?” Well you are fab and you can pull off anything you feel confident in and girl, you should try out whatever you’re feeling. There is no better time than the beginning of a new season to revamp your style and wardrobe!
  4. SHOP AWAY 🌸 Start shopping! Having little shopping sprees here and there is something I usually do so I don’t spend too much money all at once AND I score all the new arrivals in stores and online. Remember, try out your favorite trends but it’s also important to buy new staple pieces as well that will last you a while. New jeans, dresses, basic tees, tanks, jackets, etc. will make you feel new and fresh but will also last you longer than some trendier pieces will.
  5. HAVE FUN 🌸 Don’t turn a wardrobe freshener into a chore. Make it a fun and exciting project for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about buying that cute romper online or feel bad about picking up some new jeans. You deserve to feel confident, beautiful, and happy at all times and if buying new things can do that for you so be it!

I hope you guys got some tips and tricks from this post and will use them to revamp your closet! I know that the thought of organization and cleaning seems hard and boring (trust me), but once you do it you’ll feel so much better! Plus rewarding yourself with a shopping spree is pretty fun too 😉

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