The Bees Knees

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Outfit Details || Dress: c/oLavish and Luxe Boutique || Scarf: Similar || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley || Shoes: Similar ||


When I saw the Victoria Beckham line for Target I was adamant that I was not going shopping.  The items were adorable, but I had made the decision that I needed to cut back on my shopping.  I resisted until that evening when I went out of town for work and we had to stop at target.  I got the cutest lace bomber jacket.  Then, my sweet friend, Amanda from abcmomstyle got the bee scarf and I feel in love.  My first trip to my Target yielded no scarf, but my persistence paid off!  When I ran in real quick last weekend to grab some things for the boys’ Easter Basket I found this on on the rack.  It was the last one and you can bet I snatched it up!


I’ve been wanting to wear this scarf since it came home with me.  I love how it pairs with the Nina Eyelet Dress from Lavish and Luxe Boutique.  I don’t usually gravitate towards this color, but I wanted to give it a try!  I am so glad that I did!  The yellow and green colors are so fun together!  The fit is a swing style and is incredibly comfortable!  Use code MANDY15 for 15% off!





Penelope Garden Dress + Giveaway

Outfit Details || Dress:  c/0 Karina Dresses || Sunglasses:  c/o Vera Bradley || Shoes:  old ||Necklace:  Old

I have fallen in love with Karina Dresses.  These dresses are extremely comfortable and wrinkle free!  The fit is made with specific body styles in mind.  The Penelope Garden Dress is perfect in fit and style.  It is a great dress for an hourglass body shape, inverted triangle shape, triangle shape, oval shape, and rectangle shape! I love the colors and floral pattern.


I love this dress and how it can be dressed up with a  pair of flats or heels.  The pop of yellow and cobalt blue is a new pairing that I want to try again!  This dress can also be dressed down with a jean jacket and a cute pair of white tennis shoes!



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Top 5 Spring Trends

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Hi, I’m Tif and I blog about affordable fashion and beauty at Bright on a Budget.  I’m a dedicated bargain hunter, attorney, and mom,  and you can get to know me a little better here.  I love remixing the pieces in my closet.  I also co-host the High Five for Friday weekly linkup. I’d love for you to follow along on InstagramBloglovin’, or Pinterest!

Spring is finally here, and I’m so excited!  Who else has been waiting to try out the latest trends for spring??? I know I’m not alone. Here are five trends you should definitely try this spring!


1. Ruffles

 Ruffles are the #1 trend for spring. They’re everywhere you look!  My favorite way to wear ruffles is on my sleeves.

Full post here.
Top: c/o Lavish & Luxe Boutique–use code BRIGHT15 for 15% off! // Pants: Gap Factory (almost identical blue pair here–just $25!) // Sandals: Gianni Bini via Dillard’s (almost identicalwedge version) // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar) // Sunnies: Quay–only $50! // Watch: Kate Spade (metal bandalmost identical) // Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Bracelet: c/o Southern Belle Glitz
2. Colored Pants
Some fashion just puts a smile on your face. For me, that includes colored pants!  Colored pants are a wonderful way to jazz up all the neutrals in your wardrobe.  Aim for an ankle length pant.    
Full post here.

Top: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarwith ruffled sleeves) // Pants: Old Navy (under $25!) Flats: c/o Shein // Necklace: Sugarfix via Target // Earrings: Sugarfix via Target // Tote: Tory Burch (also here) // Cuffs: J. Crew Factory and c/o Southern Belle Glitz // Sunnies: Quay–only $50!


 3. Pom-Poms
Pom-poms are pretty much the most darling thing ever! I love the whimsical touch they add to outfits. While I’ve seen pom-poms on just about everything, I’m loving the latest earrings from Baublebar!
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Dress: Target (striped versionsimilar) // Sandals: Gianni Bini via Dillard’s (almost identicalwedge version) // Earrings: Baublebar (also check out these and these// Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar) // Sunnies: Quay–only $50! // Watch: Kate Spade (metal bandalmost identical) // Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Bracelet: c/o Southern Belle Glitz // Clutch: Charming Charlie (similarsimilar)


3. Knotted Tee
The knotted tee is making a comeback! If you’re like me, you probably rocked a “knotted tee” as a child, curtesy of a hairband or a plastic clip thingy.  The latest version is a sweet tucked under knot that dresses up any tee. I love this floral version!
Full post here.

Top: Gray Monroe–Blaine Tee // Jeans: Old Navy // Handbag: Vera Bradley–under $35 // Necklace: J. Crew Factory (same color scheme) // Sandals: Gianni Bini (almost identicalwedge version) // Watch: Kate Spade (gold metal band versionalmost identical) // Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target // Sunnies: Quay–only $50!


4. Acid Wash Jeans

Speaking of comebacks, the dark horse comeback award goes to acid wash jeans! Never did I ever think I’d see this 80’s trend return, but it has.  And surprisingly, I’m loving it! I love this updated take on the trend! It pairs well with a plain tee and neutral accessories.

Full post here.
Top: Gap Factory–under $15 // Jeans: Maurices // Sandals: Tory Burch via Ebay // Earrings: c/o Sugarfix at Target (available online 04/02) // Mini initial dogtag necklace: Baublebar // Y-chain necklace: Baublebar (similarsimilar) // Clutch: Gigi New York // Sunnies: Quay–only $50! // Watch: Kate Spade (metal bandalmost identical) // Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Bracelet: c/o Southern Belle Glitz

What trends are you trying this spring??? Don’t forget, you can check Tif’s blog out here or follow along on InstagramBloglovin’, or Pinterest!


How to Style a Shirt Dress in an Unexpected Way

This week has been extremely busy with something every night!  Baseball and soccer have started for my oldest this week on top of a school concert and parent teacher conferences.  In addition to all of that, I have been packing for spring break top in Florida with my family.  I cannot wait for a whole week on the beach and sunny weather.  Be on the look out for some guest blog posts while I am gone this next week!  On top of that I get to see some of my favorite Instagram ladies before I leave for a girl’s night!


Outfit Details || Plaid Dress:  Similar|| Black Dress: Old Navy || Bag: c/o Vera Bradley || Boots: Nordstrom ||


Every now and again, I love to play with pieces in my closet and style them in unexpected ways. This look from a few weeks ago was totally not planned, but I loved the outcome! For the wear what where style challenge for March the daily prompt was Moulin Rouge and I knew I wanted to add a touch of red to my outfit.  I don’t have a ton of red in my closet so I decided to get creative!

I had this dress from Nordstrom’s that I had only worn once, because it is hard to sit on the floor while wearing it at school.  I decided to see how it looked worn as a cardigan instead.  I instantly fell in love with the look.  The length is perfect with a dress underneath and adds visual interest.

The Carson Saddle Bag from Vera Bradley was the perfect addition to add a pop of color.  I love the way that red and turquoise pair together.  The colors are so bright yet contrast nicely together.   I am thinking I may try this open front dress with a tee and distressed jeans soon.  How do you wear pieces in unexpected ways?


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How to Transition into Spring

In typical Indiana fashion you don’t know what the weather will be like from day-to-day.  The temperature will vary anywhere between warm 60 degree temps to cold  30 degrees.  If you are anything like me you are wanting to begin switching your closet over and begin dressing in all of your spring clothing!  Here are a few ways that I dress for spring when the weather won’t cooperate for dresses and sandals.


Tip # 1 Wear lighter colors

I love lighter colors for spring.  Neutrals are definitely my go to color when I am ready for spring.  This sweater from Shein is perfect to transition into spring.  It has fun zipper details that adds interest.  I like to keep my clothing lighter so I can add fun pieces to brighten up my look.


Tip # 2 Add Bright Accessories

I love to help brighten up my looks for spring with accessories.  Purses can be the perfect pop of color.  The Carson Saddle Bag from Vera Bradley is gorgeous and perfect for every day use.  The turquoise color goes with just about anything!


How do you dress for spring when the temps are not quite ready to change?

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