Even though it may not quite feel like it just yet; IT’S SPRING. This is my favorite time of the year because not only is summer slowly but surely approaching, but everyone’s demeanor is positive and excited for warmer weather! And I just love that so much. There are some trends and certain products I know are going to be HUGE this season and summer as well. Being the hip, wonderful person I am I want you to be in the loop 😉 But seriously, I have been obsessed with all the products and trends I’m talking about today and I’m uber excited to share them with you! If you have any favorite spring essentials I forgot to mention please leave them in the comments so we can all be super trendy together. Also quick side note: this post is going to be a bit all over the place but that’s just how my mind works so excuse that lol.

Matching Sets

Guys. When I tell you that I am all for this trend on another level of love and happiness I’m not kidding. Unfortunately, I don’t have any sets YET but I know I’m going to be picking some up very soon 🙂 I’ve been seeing them all over Instagram and all over stores so I’m absolutely going to be picking some up and when I do I promise to share some pics 🙂 Here are some of my favorite affordable sets!!

Striped Cami Top | Striped Skirt

This set is so adorable and definitely a spring/summer essential. It’s perfect for a beach day, picnic, trip to the park, grocery shopping, taking pics in your room, honestly, the opportunities to wear this are endless. The best part? The whole set is under $40!! Literally such a steal. Go get it. Now.

Smocked Crop Top | Palazzo Pants 

This set screams “look at me I’m so freaking trendy”. I’ve also been obsessed with palazzo pants as well so this set is giving me all the feels.

Dainty Jewelry

I’ve never really been a jewelry person, but lately I’ve been digging simple little pieces! I have a few favorite places to get dainty jewelry from spanning from all different price points. None are too expensive though, don’t worry 😉 I recently stumbled upon Madison Miru on Instagram and fell in LOVE with their jewelry. Trisha, the creator of gorgeous jewelry and fellow girl boss is a sweetie and super talented. Make sure you give her some love and let her know One Broke Blonde sent you 🙂 I’ve also been totally in love with wearing an ear cuff! So many people have asked me if it’s a real piercing and complimented me on it! The best part is it doesn’t get infected and you can take it off when you sleep 🙌 Here are some of my fave places to shop for dainty, affordable jewelry!!

Stargaze Jewelry | J&Co | Pura Vida | Madison Miru | GLDN

Self Tanner 

I’m an avid believer that I’m a much more confident, better person when I’m tan. It’s just a thing. Entering the spring months you want to have a glow and embrace the sun and all its glory. I’ve linked some of my favorite self-tanners so you too can look like you just took a week-long vacay. Also, exciting news! Loving Tan, one of my FAVE self-tanners was sweet enough to offer a code to you guys! If you use the code LOVINGTAN you’ll get a FREE exfoliating glove with your purchase of a mousse!! Exfoliating before tanning is a crucial part of self-tanning so make sure you take full advantage of this! (I’m not receiving any commission from this coupon code and this post is not sponsored.)

Loving Tan | St. Tropez | Tarte | Minetan 

Glowy Skin

Healthy, glowing skin is always in style. Recently though I’ve been very into using BB Creams and moisturizers instead of foundation to give my skin a breather. I love love love the look of “no makeup, makeup” so I have been absolutely obsessed with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Moisturizer. Guys. This stuff is a game changer. It’s basically a full-coverage moisturizer that has all the benefits of a moisturizer but covers your skin like a foundation. It’s absolutely genius and if you haven’t tried it yet, girl what are you doing. I promise you’ll be as obsessed as I am. On days when I do want a bit more coverage my go-to foundation has been this super lightweight, but full coverage foundation by Bourjois! It gives my skin such a healthy, natural-glow-from-within look that I’m in love with! Whenever I wear this foundation I get so many compliments on my skin!

Sneakers

Whether you’re into super chunky sneakers or just into basics, sneakers are making it big this season. Personally, I love wearing sneakers. They are my go-to shoe option! I have been wearing my platform Vans nonstop since I got them a month ago. They are my babies and I highly recommend them! Here are some other sneakers I’m loving! 🙂

Platform Vans | Forever 21 Heart Sneakers | Fila | Asos Studded Sneaker

There ya have it! Just a few of my favorite things I’m going to be using like crazy this spring!! I would love to add more loves to my list so leave your spring essentials in the comments. I’m telling ya, you need all of the items I mentioned in this post. They are truly the best. So go get em, like now. Sorry…is that too pushy? Get them whenever you want 🙂 hehe and if you do tag me on Instagram and let me know what you think!!

Chat soon, broke babes!!

 

 

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The weather here in NJ is FINALLY starting to cool down! Granted, the afternoons are still 80 degrees, but the mornings and nights are chilly and perfect. The other day I went apple picking with some of my family, and we had the best time! It was chilly enough for me to wear my new ultimate favorite sweater and I was way excited about it. I saw this sweater a month or two ago at H&M, and even though I knew I wouldn’t be wearing it for a while I had to snag it! It was one of those moments in movies when the main character sees something so beautiful that all the lights dim, and there is a spotlight on the beautiful object and the angels are singing from heaven. It was basically like that only not quite as dramatic. Not only is it super soft and snuggly, but there is a full on sass party on the back. The back embroidery is not itchy at all, which is really awesome because no one likes an itchy sweater. I’m all about quirky slogans and sayings on my clothes. I think it adds something fun and different and gives my outfit personality. I decided to pair the sweater with some distressed jeans, and red Keds! This sweater is super versatile though and can be worn with so many things! It would be adorable with a skirt, leather pants, leggings, the list goes on! I know I’m going to get sooo much wear out of this baby, I totally recommend it 1000%!! I’m not sure if it’s available online, so if not I’ll link something similar!! Definitely head to your local H&M to see if they have it!! 🙂

This was the best apple cider donut I’ve ever had. This is what pure joy looks like lol

How pretty are these mums??? 

My fam gets just as excited about donuts as I do 😉

How cute are my little cousins?? 🙂 

Sweater | Jeans | Keds | Sunglasses

Have you done anything fall festive yet?? I can’t wait to carve pumpkins, go to haunted attractions, watch scary movies, and celebrate Halloween!! Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments! I love hearing about it and getting some inspiration 🙂 More autumnal posts are coming soon so stick around by subscribing!! 🙂

Stay chic babes!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m starting a new series I like to call, Spend or Save?. Every month or so I’m going to do a product review for an item that’s a little on the pricier side, and let you know if it’s worth the splurge! I know you might be thinking, “Dana, your blog is called One Broke Blonde. You don’t have money to buy expensive things and we come to you for affordable fashion”, and I hear you on that. However, just because I choose to buy affordable items 95% of the time, everyone likes to splurge once in a while 😉 I’m here to let you know whether these items are worth splurging for!

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I have been loving the fact that pom poms are so in this season. They’re on shoes, keychains, sweaters, and hats! I’m a sucker for anything soft and fluffy, so when I saw that Steve Madden had hopped on the fluffy pom pom train, I was very excited. Originally these sneakers are about $90, which I had no intentions of spending on a sneaker. However, when Black Friday came around these babies were on sale for $54.99!! I was immediately sold. I knew it was a sign from the sale gods that I needed these shoes in my life. I saw the reviews that they were small and to order a size up, which I did. I was sooo excited to receive them in the mail that as soon as they arrived I ran up to my room, tore open the box, threw all the stuffing and tissue paper on the ground and slipped them on my feet. And I was a little sad. They are as adorable in person as I imagined they would be, so that isn’t the problem.stevemadden-sneakers_bryanne_grey-multi_sideI opted for the gray, but the shoes are available in pink and black as well! They are really soft suede, and the pom poms are super fluffy and attached well. The issue I have is the fact that they are SO NARROW. I don’t have unusually wide feet or anything, but these shoes are unusually thin. I also ordered half a size up because the reviews said they ran small, but I didn’t think I needed to order an entire size up! I do wish I had though because they rub the back of my heels pretty bad, so they are definitely not a shoe to wear if you’re planning on walking a lot that day. Overall, I would rate these shoes 3/5. They are so adorable and very well made; but the sizing is just not right. If I had super thin feet these would probably fit like a charm. Unfortunately though, I don’t and they are pretty uncomfortable. I ended up giving them to my sister because she has smaller feet than me, and they fit her more comfortably.

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My final thoughts on the shoes: they are made very well, but the sizing is just all wrong. If I were to order them again I would definitely get an entire size (maybe even a size and half) up. If these shoes are screaming your name I would say they are worth the price, but be weary. I would definitely recommend trying them on in person if you can to see if they fit the way you like before you order them! Overall they are amazing shoes, and my sister is very happy with her new pair 🙂 If you have wide/average feet I don’t think these shoes are made for us. However, if you size up by a decent amount they could fit better. If you have thin feet like my sister, then these babies should fit like a glove 🙂 I hope this review was insightful and helped someone out! If you guys have any requests for a product review be sure to leave them in the comments below! 🙂

Have a fab day!

 

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