Splurge or Save?

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I’ve been a bit preoccupied with this Ali Ro dress ($318) since I saw it on Gal Meets Glam earlier this week (that back cut out…swoon!). I definitely can’t justify the price tag given that I bought a car this month, so I’d be perfectly happy with this BB Dakota version for less than $40. 

If the BB Dakota dress sells out at Dillard’s, it’s available at Shopbop and their own site. It’s just not as great of a discount. 

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Friday Find Under $50

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Juicy Couture clutches, $39.99 each

I adore photo prints paired with stark basics (as you can see here), but I don’t think the trend is worth a serious investment. These Juicy Couture clutches have recently been reduced to a wallet-friendly $40. Which would you choose? A serene ocean print or beachy palm trees

(I was a bit wary that the description indicates there’s a logo on the back of the clutch, but they don’t show a photo. You can see it on the back of clutch here at Shopbop.)

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Bauble of the Week

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Pairing jade with black is one of my favorite color combinations. Add in a bit of mint and it’s even prettier, especially at a price point of just $25. This necklace will look lovely with summer’s palm prints. 

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Friday Find Under $50

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Madewell kerchief, $18.50

Okay, so maybe I’m drawn to this because I loved Stella McCartney’s citrus print a few years ago or maybe I’m just antsy to receive my banana-print tank (featured here). Either way, I have a serious crush on this Madewell kerchief with its bright array of produce. 

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Friday Find Under $50

Ruche dress, $48.99

Look poised and polished in this easy-to-wear print dress. I have a hard time not introducing color into a black and white ensemble, so I’d add cobalt sandals. Perhaps this pair

Congratulations to Andrea D. for winning the NOVICA giveaway! And a huge thanks to everyone for entering and continuing to support this blog! There’s another giveaway coming up that you won’t want to miss.

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Friday Find Under $50

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LOFT dress, $47.70
(use code LOVEMOM to take 40% off the original price of $79.50)

This shift dress has a lot going for it: pockets (!), a bias-cut inset that creates flattering lines, and it comes in saturated hues of violet or navy. It’s under $50 with the current promotion, which is a steal for a dress that goes from the workweek to the weekend with ease. 

Giveaway Reminder:

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Friday Find Under $50

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Zara clutch, $35.90

Contrary to popular advice, I don’t mind investing in a trendy statement piece when it’s something so perfect for my closet that a cheaper alternative just won’t do. My standout was a YSL arty ring long before Yves was dropped from the name. $195 was a lot to pay for a metal and glass cocktail ring (now it’s $290), but it was “the one” and I still wear it regularly. A metallic clutch (or a lucite one, for that matter) is not that type of purchase for me. I’d rather experiment with this budget-friendly Zara version.

Reminder! Win a pair of bangle bracelets from Sequin!

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Friday Find Under $50

Dorothy Perkins dress, $29

If my love for scalloped edges wasn’t obvious by the sunglasses in this post, this dress should make it even more evident. The texture on this darling frock is made up of little scalloped edges. 

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Friday Find Under $50

Rampage bow sandals, $24.99

I promised myself that I wouldn’t post another pair of sandals for this week’s Friday Find Under $50, but I couldn’t pass up these pretty bow sandals that look like the Kate Spade pair I yearned for years ago. I’m debating between mint and red. Which color do you fancy? 

You can find the sandals at a few retailers, but Belk (linked above) is the cheapest. Amazon also has a large selection of available sizes. 

Congratulations to the winners of the JewelMint giveaway: Dianne H., Chelsea T., and Franziska H.! I’ll send you all an email shortly. Thank you to everyone for entering. Your support helps make these giveaways possible - and there’s another on the way!

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Friday Find Under $50

Zara sandals, $39.90

If I didn’t already purchase a pair of blue sandals in anticipation of summer, I’d definitely be adding these to my wardrobe. They’re the most irresistible shade of sapphire. 

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