4 Spring Looks You Can Afford

I get it. New clothes can be expensive, especially during the turn of the season. You walk into a store, you want it all and then you cry to the cashier as you have to put more than half of it back once you see the total start to add up. I've decided it's time to put an end to those sad realities. We should be able to dress for the new season, add several new looks into our wardrobe without having to spend a fortune. Well kids, the solution is here. 

I recently discovered the spring line at JCPenney and oh.my.word. To say I was more than impressed is an understatement. SO MUCH CUTENESS AT SUCH GREAT PRICES! I think my discovery went something like this "add to cart, oh! I like that! add to cart, oops! I need that too! add to cart" and well, here we are now. Four new outfits in tow complete from top to bottom. The best part? I spent less on all of these pieces than buying one pair fancy shoes. More is better. 

Before I start sharing my top picks and complete outfits, you should most definitely take note of the VIP Event happening now through April 30th - online all you have to do is use the code BUYNOW13 to take 30% off $100 or more select apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, home, furniture and mattresses! But wait, it gets better! Both in store and online, if you use your JCPenney card at checkout, you'll receive an extra 25% off or an extra 20% off with other forms of payment on select apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, home, furniture and mattresses. Basically, it's an incredible way to get your penney's worth ;) [yes, that was a JCPenney pun]. 

Okay, lets jump into the outfits shall we? 

top [43% off! true to size, wearing in small] // jeans [currently 50% off! beyond soft! size down if in between, wearing true to size] // wedges [currently on sale! size up .5] // handbag [60% off!] 

This outfit is probably my favorite. The colors, the florals, the incredibly comfortable distressed jeans, edgy wedges, pretty little purse - it's the kind of outfits dreams are made of. I dare you to click on the links above to see the prices that go with them. Warning: your jaws may drop [in the best way possible]. This outfit is perfect for your Mother's Day brunch, girls night out, etc. Also, this purse - you have to see the other color options it comes in. I love all of the compartments, both inside and out to store all of your necessary crap really important items. One more thing and we will continue - this ruffle off the shoulder top, totally rocking a regular bra with it. Miracles people, miracles. 

So you want to be a little fancier than jeans and a cute top do you? Have no fear, JCPenney's dress selection has you covered. When I saw the color on this lace off the shoulder dress I knew it had to make its way to my closet. Side note: I would recommend sizing down as it does run a little on the large side. This baby is perfect for spring and summer and will be sure to catch people's eyes as you walk by. Have I mentioned it's currently 41% off? You're welcome. 

block heels [currently 45% off! true to size]

Paired with these multicolored floral block heels and whoa baby, it's like having the word fun painted all over you. If you have graduations, weddings, baby showers, etc - this outfit is your new best friend.

So maybe you prefer soft neutrals and bright summer whites over all of that color, well guess what? 

off the shoulder top [currently under $20! wearing in small, but could have went with XS - size down if in between] // jeans [currently 50% off! beyond soft! size down if in between, wearing true to size] // wedges [currently 42% off! size up .5, loving this color combo!]

That's what. I fell in love with the brand Belle + Sky while scouring the website and lets just say, it has not let me down. This top is fully lined [yaaay for no cami needed!] and the sleeve detail [hi baby bells!] is adorable. Now, these wedges. I never knew that I needed a pair of blush and rose gold shoes, but now I don't know how I ever lived without them. Super versatile, comfortable and cuter than cute. I love this outfit for summer day festivities, concerts and more! 

 Last but not least, we're taking it back to a dress, but not just any dress. A $16, fully lined, cold shoulder shift dress that's available in 7 different colors/prints and is sure to please.

short sleeve shift dress [always $16! wearing in 4] // wedges [currently 42% off! size up .5, loving this color combo!]

This spring and summer dress 

And there we have it, four outfits at incredible prices that will have people asking you "where did you get that?! I love it!" over and over again. Remember to take advantage of the VIP Event [don't forget the code BUYNOW13] to lock in even better prices! Your wallet says thank you, your closet says it loves you.

Disclosure: Thank you ShopsStyle and JCPenney for sponsoring today's post. While all product was gifted to me, I did personally pick it out, wear it and love it!



4 Ways To Style Hunter Boots

cardigan [size down if in between, wearing in xs] // white tee [size down] 
white jeans [true to size] // rain boots [$50 off! for 1/2 sizes, go down!] // necklace

With April showers in full swing, we are all beginning to break out our beloved rubber rain boots, yet if you've been anything like me in the years past, you feel like a fraud trying to wear them confidently out and about because what the _____ go with giant pieces of rubber? Exactly. Rain boots can be a tricky, tricky thing, but today I'm going to try to dispel that fear and overcome our "but what the?!??!" statements together. 

I have two favorite brands when it comes to keeping my feet warm and dry, Joules and Hunter. I recently purchased two pair for spring and fall, both these pale mint beauties along with the classic military red. To become a little less fraud like, I faced my fears and I took to my closet and put together four different looks for all occasions that look half way decent and don't encourage the "you are going out of the house like that?" comments from the adoring men in our lives. It turns out that normal clothes can actually be cute with giant pieces of rubber [yaaaay!] from jeans, to leggings to dresses - everything is fair game when it comes to gallivanting around town during a good ole Saturday morning downpour. Here are four looks that you can turn to this April showers season!

1. Classic cardigan and white denim 

I love how white denim pops with these fun mint boots for a fresh spring look! Add in the pop of color in your top and you've got yourself a cute little eye catching statement outfit. Also, this cardigan is hands down my most favorite transitional piece and I just found a similar one in short sleeves for once it heats up more! 

2. A comfy sweatshirt and distressed denim
sweatshirt [true to size, wearing in small] // jeans [19% off, true to size] 
rain boots [for 1/2 sizes, go down!]  

Nothing looks better with classic red than black and white stripes in my opinion. If you're headed out to run errands, hit up a local market or whatever it may be, bust out your favorite pair of distressed jeans and a comfy sweatshirt and go! I don't think you can go wrong with this combination however you put it together. However, you put a bow on a sweatshirt like this one and well, I'm sold.

3. Livin' it up in athleisure 
twist tee [true to size, so comfy!] // high waist leggings [true to size] 
rain boots [$50 off! for 1/2 sizes, go down!] // denim jacket [true to size]

Headed to the gym? Just want to pretend you are headed to the gym? I feel ya. Good news kids, however active you may or may not be, your rain boots are actually a cute addition to those leggings of yours and comfy workout top. Roll out of bed, meet a girlfriend for coffee on a rainy Saturday morning, head to your yoga class despite the downpour or shoot, just be comfy walking around Target on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Totes appropriate, go for it. 

4. The t-shirt dress and military vest
t-shirt dress [the softest thing on the planet, true to size] // vest [size down, wearing in petite for 5'4] 
rain boots [for 1/2 sizes, go down!] 
[photos by tina herschberger photography]

I love this look oh so much. Who said you have to wear pants with your rain boots? Nobody, that's who. This is an adorable way to splash around in puddles [because that's what we are all doing when it rains right?] on those warm spring days. This t-shirt dress doubles as pajamas because yes, it's that comfortable and paired with my favorite military vest [seems fitting to wear it with military red boots] it's a complete look that falls more on the fashionable/cute side of things than the WTF/hoochie look. I think you know what I'm talking about. 

And there we have it! Four different outfits to hop, skip and jump around town in come rain or shine. But mostly rain ;) What's your favorite look from above? Here's to surviving the rain and looking forward to the flowers! 

ps. A lot of questions come in about how to clean your gloss boots and keep them nice and shiny. After much research, it appears that rubbing olive oil on them is the easiest, most cost efficient method to keep your boots looking brand new! Simply take a paper towel, wet it and add some soap. Lather up your boots, cleaning them from top to bottom and then rinse them off. Once cleaned, take another paper towel and dip it into olive oil. Rub all over your boots and they will be squeaky clean and sparkly again!

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