Hey babes! I’m so excited for todays post because 1) I love dresses and 2) I’ve been so busy recently I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’d like, but today I’m coming at you with a really fun post I hope you all love ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was a little girl I LIVED in dresses. I mean, 90% of my baby/child pics you’ll find me sporting a dress of some kind. My mom always told me how I wanted to wear a dress every day, no matter what the weather. Over the years my fashion taste has expanded to more than dresses, but in the long run they still have my heart. Dresses are just fun, easy, comfy, and essential for when the weather is hot and sticky (which it has been the past few days here in NJ).

Today I’m sharing five of my favorite dresses to sport in this warm weather ๐Ÿ™‚ All the dresses are affordable and all will be linked below so you can shop away! (Some dresses may not be available online so I will do my best to link similar options) ๐Ÿ™‚ I had so much fun shooting these pics on the beach! My bf is such a great photographer, and I’m so lucky he loves to help me out with my blog! He’s the best ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll notice some pics are taken on a beautiful beach here in NJ, and some are fully styled with shoes and all! I did that because I wanted to show an entire outfit with shoes, and also just have some fun on the beach in these perfect summer dresses ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you guys enjoy this post and get some inspiration! You can shop this post and then we can be twins which would be really rad.

Tobi: Emilie Shift Dress

This dress is so fun, flowy, and can be dressed up or down which I LOVE. I probably will use it as a beach dress more than an outfit dress only because I have a super long torso so this dress is a bit short on me, but that doesn’t take away from it’s cuteness ๐Ÿ™‚ I paired this dress with some adorable mules from UrbanOg which I am totally loving. They are so comfy and super chic!

Tobi: Destiny Awaits Shift Dress

Okay, can we talk about how freaking awesome the pattern on this dress is?? I wore this dress on Easter and received so many compliments. The stunning lace up detailing paired with the fun print makes this dress an essential for your wardrobe. For this look I was feeling a little more casual, so I paired the dress with some white Vans and I think they added a really cute touch ๐Ÿ™‚ In the beach pics I’m sporting Quay Australia sunnies ๐Ÿ™‚

Tobi: Ottis Blouson Skater Dress

As you guys have probably figured out by now if you’re an avid reader of my blog (and if you are you’re the best and if you’re new here you should totally subscribe ๐Ÿ˜‰ that I drawn to baby pink. If it’s baby pink, I’m sold. When I saw this dress on Tobi.com I had all the heart eye emojis. It’s so adorable and the ruffle detail on the straps gives me life. I know I’m going to be living in this dress in the upcoming warmer months and I am so excited. This dress can definitely be dressed up for a date night, but for this look I decided to go with some basic slip on sandals ๐Ÿ™‚

Primark: Red Floral OTS Dress

ย (exact dress not available online, so here’s something similar!)

I’m not usually one to wear red, but when I saw this dress in Primark I instantly knew I needed it in my life. It is such an essential for summer, and the perfect cover up/beach date outfit! I will say, this dress has absolutely no shape whatsoever so if you’re not into that than this dress might not be for you. However, I did link a super similar option since Primark doesn’t have online shopping ๐Ÿ™ I recently bought these heeled mules from Target and I think that they go so well with this dress!

Pacsun: Floral Dress (similar)

This dress is definitely the most casual, and also one of the comfiest. I bought it from PacSun a few months ago so I can’t find it online anymore, but I linked a super similar option! Brandy Melville also has dresses that are pretty similar as well! Honestly any babydoll dress you have/find paired with some sneakers is a really effortless, yet adorable summer outfit. Adding sneakers with a dress personally makes me feel more functionable lol. When I have heels and a dress on I don’t feel like I can conquer the world in quite the same way.

Dresses are super fun and easy outfit choices, which is why I love them so much. I hope this post inspired you to wear more dresses and ways to style them!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

This post is not sponsored by any brand or company mentioned. All opinions are my own ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. SHOP ON ย 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 Dressย | Tobi Dressย | Shop Love Street Shoesย 

ย  ย  ย  2. WAIT FOR DISCOUNT CODES.ย 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.ย 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.ย ๐Ÿ˜Žย 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 Topย | Lucky Brand Topย | 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I gotchu covered, don’t worry ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ It means more to me than you’ll ever know. I hope this post inspired you in some way ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

*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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ*

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 STUFFย ๐ŸŒธย Seriously.ย 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. ORGANIZEย ๐ŸŒธ 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/TRENDย ๐ŸŒธ 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 AWAYย ๐ŸŒธ 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 FUNย ๐ŸŒธ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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