Summer Wedding Guest Dress from ideeli

July 29, 2014

Wedding Guest: BCBGMAXAZRIA Willa via ideeli

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Willa” Dress via ideeli | Clutch (similar) | Fornash bracelet | Heels (similar)

Two of my favorite things in life: summer weddings and amazing bargains. Put them together and I’m a romantic in thrifty heaven.

Last weekend, my family celebrated my brother-in-law’s wedding in picturesque Groton, Connecticut (such a gorg location and couple!). I needed a new dress for the big day, something that was unique and would photograph nicely, so I decided to be lazy set up email alerts for my fave flash sale site, ideeli, and clicked anytime I saw cocktail dresses on sale.

BCBG was the featured designer one day — and after laying eyes on the lace on this dress (reminiscent of my own wedding gown) and the price tag (regularly $338, purchased for $104), I snatched it up in about three minutes. Oh, the brilliance of flash sale sites! Must buy! Right now!


Flash sale sites, like ideeli, sell a lot of stuff, so my advice is to only click when you’re in the market for something specific otherwise, before you know it, you’ll end up with a new winter coat and a Sodastream. But if you take a targeted approach, you may find a sweet little gem like this orange frock. Here are a few more outfit photos, plus a few shots of the lovely married couple. Congrats Natalie & Joe!

Summer wedding guest dress

What to wear to a summer wedding

Branford House wedding in Groton, CT

Wedding altar at the Branford House in Groton, CT

Wedding seating assignment board

Wedding: Branford House, Connecticut
Orange Dresses

2nd Annual Southern Blog Society Conference

July 27, 2014

Besides having a vehicle to share my deep thoughts on everything from crop tops to jumpsuits, another top perk of blogging is having the opportunity to attend blogger conferences to get my learn on. You all have followed my journey to NYC and LA for LuckyFABB (remember when I met Drew Barrymore? — still swooning!). And if you’re a fan of SMT in social, then you may have seen I was in Atlanta earlier this month for #SBScon, the second annual Southern Blog Society conference, hosted by Cathy and Jessica.

I spent the weekend networking with sweet Southern bloggers (like Mae, Alicia, and Katie) and picking up tips on maximizing Pinterest, how to pitch my blog to media outlets, and how to monetize (show me the money, y’all!). Today I wanted to share a fun photo recap of my time at SBScon.


There were great speakers — and great brands (like ASOS and (Plā) Beauty):

SBScon Coffee Talk

And yummy lunch:

Southern Blog Society lunch at South City Kitchen

And outfit posts:

Style Me Thrifty | Southern Blog Society conference

Banana Republic dress (last seen here) | Steve Madden heels | Rent the Runway necklace | TJ Maxx purse (similar) | Target belt [photo courtesy of Emily]

And a trolley full of bloggers (because, why not?):

Southern Blog Society bloggers

And pool parties — see my outfit post here:

SBScon wrap party

And amazing goody bags!:

SBScon goody bags

After three+ years of blogging, it’s always helpful to learn something new from both the speakers and my fellow bloggers. And SBScon left me with one crystal clear takeaway: keep being myself. Sometimes at these events, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to the other fashionable ladies in the room (that’s natural, right?). But there’s space for all of us on the Internet! And my voice is most powerful when I’m just being me, an average 32-year-old married gal who loves cats, lazy Sundays, Forever 21, and being an Aunt — who also happens to love sharing advice on how to dress stylishly on a budget. So cheers to being ourselves, in blogging and in life!

All photos courtesy of Rebekah Carson Photography unless otherwise noted.
All photos featured in the video are my own.

Wish List Wed: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 23, 2014

It’s my favorite time of year. No, not Christmas — and no, not finale night of The Bachelorette (the suuuuspense, gah, who will Andi choose?!). It’s the famous Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

In-store and online, you’ll find some awesome deals on new fall 2014 products. That means you can start stocking up on crisp fall pieces for a total steal. Yes, I know it’s only July and we’re still sweating in summer dresses, but blazers! sweaters! closed-toe heels! It’s fun to start looking forward to fall fashion.

Today I’m rounding up my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. All of which you can wear now and in the fall. (Don’t forget, Nordstrom offers free shipping both ways). Sale ends August 3rd!

Halogen Print Pencil Skirt | from Nordstrom

Halogen Print Pencil Skirt ($45, reg. $69)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Caslon Roll Sleeve Knit Blazer ($38, reg. $59) | Olivia Moon Ruched Sleeve Jacket ($52, reg. $79)

BP Expandable Zip Tote | from Nordstrom

BP Expandable Zip Tote ($35, reg. $54)

Halogen Pleat Woven Skirt | from Nordstrom

Halogen Pleat Woven Skirt ($49, reg. $79)

Faux Leather Insert Skater Dress | from Nordstrom

Faux Leather Insert Skater Dress ($29 on sale, reg. $46)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Heels

Ivanka Trump ‘Nyle’ Pump ($89, reg. $139) | Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ Pumps ($64, reg. $97)

Hinge Chiffon Hem Layered Top | from Nordstrom

Hinge Chiffon Hem Layered Top ($39, reg. $58)

Fossil Original Boyfriend Chronograph Leather Strap Watch | from Nordstrom

Fossil Original Boyfriend Chronograph Watch ($89, reg. $125)

KUT from the Kloth 'Catherine' Destructed Slim Boyfriend Jeans | from Nordstrom

KUT from the Kloth ‘Catherine’ Destructed Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($52, reg. $79)

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