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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 picsย in your room, honestly, the opportunities to wear this areย endless. The best part? The whole set is under $40!! Literally such a steal. Go get it. Now.

Smocked Crop Top | Palazzo Pantsย 

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 latelyย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I recently stumbled upon Madison Miru on Instagram and fell in LOVE with their jewelry. Trisha, the creator of gorgeous jewelry and fellow girl bossย is a sweetie and super talented. Make sure you give her some love and let her know One Broke Blonde sent you ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 sleepย ๐Ÿ™Œย Here are some of my fave places to shop for dainty, affordable jewelry!!

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

Self Tannerย 

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 crucialย 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 | Minetanย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe and if you do tag me on Instagram and let me know what you think!!

Chat soon, broke babes!!

 

 

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not going to say what exactly we’re getting her because she’s most definitely going to read thisย ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

*This post contains affiliate links which means One Broke Blonde may receiveย a small commission from clicks/purchases. Thank you all for your support!*

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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 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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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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