Late Spring Picks Under $50

It's about this time of the year that I start to panic that summer is right around the corner! The girls are winding down at school; only a few weeks left, but of course lots of end of the year projects, field trips and parties are going on. It's always a bit frantic in May! Kara also turns 7 this month, what?! I was already blogging for about a year when I had her, so I've been around a crazy long time in the blog world. Just call me ol' Grandma blogger. 

Late spring is the time when I start to look ahead to summer as far as purchases and what I am looking to add to my closet. Lots of tanks, shorts and dresses. Little fuss and little muss. Pretty jewels to amp up basic outfits. (Not THAT kind of basic, the good old fashioned basic). I'm loving the color palette here of black, heather gray, a peachy nude and different greens. All of course are under $50!

Shift Dress in Abstract Print • Asos • $45 - This is such a great pattern! It reminds me of tropical fronds, which is great for being on-trend without taking it over the top.

Fringe Faux Leather Tote • Lulu • $48 - Fringe is also big this season, and again this has just the right amount without going overboard.

Fringe Ethnic Clutch • MANGO • $49.99 - This looks a bit like those awesome wall weavings (which I want btw, and have been stalking etsy for the perfect one), and I happen to love it. Great texture to go with a simple black dress.

Faux Leather Espadrille Sandals • Forever 21 • $19.90 - These are simple and lovely, and come in brown and white as well. For $20 you can buy all the colors.

Linear Crystal Statement Earrings • Sole Society • $34.95 - These are actually really big, you can view them being worn if you click through to the site. What I like about these is the interesting, modern color combo.

Zodiac Constellation Pendant • BaubleBar • $38 - I've always been enamored with the Zodiac and astrology, so I keep my eye on anything related. This is a nice big pendant, which I think would go great with summer tees. #Virgo

Lace appliqué tank top • J.Crew • $49.99 - Comes in several different colors, including a tone on tone navy, cream and lilac. I like the contrast of this heather gray and peach combo.

1969 Paperbag-Waist Denim Shorts • Gap • $34.99 - I'm a bit on the fence about these shorts, I think they would either look really great or rather unflattering depending on your shape. What I do like is the length, the ease of the cut and the tie is a cute detail. They are on sale, so it wouldn't hurt to try them on for size!


My Style: Spring Dots

Both of these polka dot numbers are from Old Navy recently. Unfortunately I couldn't find either online, but they should still be in stores. The clutch is probably my favorite spring purchase, and was under $15! In store they had black and a cream color as well. 

These sandals were a favorite from American Eagle last year, and have held up very well. I don't think I will be replacing them with anything this season, there really is no need. I've been working on streamlining my closet and decluttering, so I'm not looking to bring too much new in right now. (Edited to add: though I have the right to chnage my mind about this next week!)

Top: Old Navy (same top, different pattern)
Clutch: Old Navy - check store! or here's the matching tote.
Denim: Target (similar)
Sandals: American Eagle (similar, similar)
Bracelet: Stella & Dot (similar, similar)
Sunglasses: Target
Polish: OPI "Is Mai Tai Crooked?"


Pretty Spring Dresses for Under $100

I spent some time this week storing away some of the winter items in my closet, and pulling all my previous seasons' warm weather goodies from way back in the dusty recesses. I made friends again with a few of my favorite dresses, and started a pile of anything I wanted to sell. I listed some items on Poshmark, so if you are on the app and are so inclined you can find me at @JackieofSPS. 

I've made two new dress purchases o far this season, but one is going back to the store. This stripe dress from Old Navy was promising, but the fit was off. This short sleeve black dress, however, fit well and is very nice and flattering. She's a keeper! I still would like to find a fun floral number, as well as another neutral either in a stripe or a safari style dress. Below are a few of my favorite options for under $100. 

These neutral options would be very versatile and get lots of play in your spring wardrobe.

I tend to go for bold, modern floral prints such as these. A touch of black also gets me every time.


My Style: Dressed Up Girlfriend Denim

When I'm heading out for the night, but still want to be mainly casual and comfortable (which is pretty much how I operate), I pull a few simple switches to my denim look from the day. Replace tee with flowy, silky top; add more jewelry; switch out flats for pumps-boom I'm done. Simple and easy, and I still feel appropriate for dinner, drinks and a movie.

Outfit Details:

Top: Marshalls (similar)
Girlfriend Denim: Gap
Heels: Rockport (similar)
Bag: Kohls
Earrings: Loft  (similar)
Ring: Sorrelli - I just found this ring that I forgot I had and I'm in love all over again ;)


My Style: Casual Girlfriend Denim

My favorite pair of Gap boyfriend denim (the destructed sexy boyfriends) that I have had for at least three years finally met their demise. As in: a split right down the middle of the crotch demise. It wasn't pretty, and yes I was in public. Luckily I had a large purse to strategically place in front of the rip so I could at least shuffle to my car with minimum flashing. 

I definitely wanted a replacement, so I hightailed it to Gap (after I switched pants of course) to find a new pair. In store they did not have my exact pair of old boyfriends, so I tried on the new "girlfriend" silhouette and I really liked the fit. Roomy in the hips and thighs, and a tad more tailored in the legs. The denim itself is very soft and comfortable. Here I'm wearing them in a casual daytime look, aka "mom duty", aka what I wear 95% of the time.

Outfit details:
Graphic tee: Jcrew Factory (similar)
Girlfriend Denim: Gap
Sandals: Payless
Bag: Target
Bracelet: Jcrew Factory
Sunglasses: Target
Polish: Butter London "Kerfuffle" (they have the best fun names!)

Tomorrow I'll share how I dressed these up for a date night look!