It’s Memorial Day which means summer is right around the corner!! Summer is my favorite season for a lot Β of reasons, and one of them is the fact that I have an obsession with buying bathing suits. It’s not really a “problem” per say, because over the years I have acquired a pretty extensive collection. Through my bikini shopping, I’ve found some that I die over and immediately buy, and then there are some that are adorable but SO FREAKING EXPENSIVE. I can understand why purses, shoes, jackets, and even sunglasses can be pricy…but something that you only wear for a few months out of the year that doesn’t contain much material I can’t wrap my mind around spending a lot on. So last summer when I saw this bathing suit online on Urban Outfitter’s website I fell in love with it, but then noticed the price. I just couldn’t let myself spend $72 on a bathing suit, especially one that I couldn’t try on beforehand and made sure I loved! So I sadly removed it from my cart, but constantly looked for a dupe everywhere. And then I found one. I found a dupe for this bathing suit I adore and it’s half the price!! It’s so cute and whether or not American Eagle meant to recreate this bathing suit they did an awesome job. I haven’t boughten it yet, but I plan on doing so and when I do you can bet I’ll post all about it πŸ™‚

Urban Outfitters Out From Under Floral Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit

Aerie Piping One-Piece Swimsuit

I told you I wasn’t kidding when I said I found a cheaper alternative πŸ˜‰ These bathing suits are so similar only one costs $72 and the other is $35!! I’m so excited to get this suit and do a review on it as well as some style tips! I hope this post gave you some inspiration and you’re as excited about this style steal as I am πŸ™‚ The Aerie suit comes in four different colors as well! I have a lot of fun summer posts planned so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss any of the excitement (or random style steals ;))

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My mom is really hard to shop for because she gives me the world, and I don’t know what I can possibly give her that even compares to what she has given me. So I decided to put together a gift guide for all the awesome mamas out there! If you’re stumped and don’t know what to give your mom for her special day, here are some affordable (and also a little pricey because let’s face it, moms are worth the splurge) gifts she’s bound to love!! My mom’s birthday is the same day as Mother’s Day this year, so my sister and I are gonna spoil her a little extra this year πŸ˜‰ I’m not going to say what exactly we’re getting her because she’s most definitely going to read thisΒ πŸ˜‚. I hope this post gives you some inspiration! And Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful moms!!

 

Purse | Soap & Glory Set | Perfume | Sneakers |Tanning Oil | Nutrition Journal

Let me know what you’re planning on getting your mom in the comments! And if you’re a mom or mom-to-be reading this, I hope you have a fabulous day πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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) πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ In the beach pics I’m sporting Quay Australia sunnies πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

Primark: Red Floral OTS Dress

Β (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 πŸ™ 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 πŸ˜‰

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

  1. SHOP ON Β 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 DressΒ | Tobi DressΒ | Shop Love Street ShoesΒ 

Β  Β  Β  2. WAIT FOR DISCOUNT CODES.Β 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.Β 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 TopΒ | Lucky Brand TopΒ | 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

Happy shopping, babes!

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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! πŸ™‚

*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 πŸ˜¬*

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

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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