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!





Lip Sense: Tips and Tricks

Outfit Details || Top: Loft || Shorts: Loft || Cardigan: Old Navy || Sandals: Blowfish || Purse: Simply9Designs || Necklace: Kendra Scott ||

I was contacted in November to do a review on Lip Sense which you can read here.  Since then I have learned some tips and tricks that have made me love lip sense even more!  The above picture was taken at 9:00 am before a busy day.


  1.  Make sure you lips are clean!  When I brush my teeth in the morning I make sure to run my toothbrush over my lips to help exfoliate.  Then before I apply my lip color I use the oops remover to make sure they are clear of any residue.
  2. Shake your lip sense.
  3. Apply to entire lip when applying.  I tend to have wearing on the inside of my lip first.
  4. Do not use too much product.  I had flaking when I first started using due to applying to much. Thin coats are the key!
  5. Keep applying the lip gloss throughout the day.  This helps to keep the color lasting longer.
  6. If the inside of my lips start to fade I add 1-2 layers just in that area.

If you are interested in trying lip sense contact @xoxolipstickjunkie on instagram or on Facebook.  Thank you for giving me the chance to try party pink! It has made me step outside of my comfort zone.  It is such a great color for spring and summer!

Taken at 11:00 am after a trip to the grocery, and brunch at my moms.


Taken after first baseball practice at 2:30.


Last picture was taken on the way home from the second baseball practice at 4:45.  The lip color still looked great after being in the sun all day!  Senegence has condensed its color selection to the top 36 colors to make to help better keep up with demand.  Below are the current colors that are available!


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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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Karina Dresses.  All content and ideas are my own.

Lacy Stripes: Loft Sunny Lace Skirt

Hello Mandy’s friends! I’m Elsie from Polished Whimsy blog. I am honored to be sitting in for Mandy today. Mandy is a great resource and friend, so I am thrilled she trusts me to post on her blog!

When Mandy asked me to guest post on her blog, I knew immediately what to write about. I had recently purchased the Loft sunny lace skirt and have been itching to style it. Because I know how much Mandy loves Loft, I thought this would be the perfect outfit to share in my guest post.

Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps


Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps

During my outfit contemplation, I decided to bring in some spring trends. Therefore I paired the skirt with banker stripes. I love how the warm yellow plays off of the cool blue stripes. Similar to Mandy, I also like to pattern mix. So, I had to take the opportunity to do so here. Therefore I chose to wear a floral print shoe.

Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps

This may seem like a lot going on in one outfit, but I assure you that it works. You see I come from the What Not To Wear philosophy. Did any of you watch that series? Basically the hosts recommended wearing color, pattern and texture in an outfit to provide visual interest. Well folks, that is exactly what I’ve done here! I have color and texture in the skirt and patterns in the shirt and shoes.

Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps

To coordinate with the outfit, I chose a light blue handbag. The color of the purse unified the blue in both the shirt and the shoes. It also allowed the Loft sunny lace skirt to be the pop of color and thus the center of attention.

Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps

For other accessories, I kept it neutral with some gold pieces. I chose fun gold tassel earrings and a pendant necklace. Then I coordinated with a neutral watch and gold cuff bracelet. You can’t see it but the watch hands are blue! Silly, I know, but that little detail makes me so happy!

Loft sunny lace skirt with banker stripes top and floral pumps

I hope you enjoyed my outfit with the Loft sunny lace skirt. I can’t wait to play some more with this skirt. Next I will try pairing the skirt with purple, won’t that look regal? If you have other outfit suggestions for this skirt, let us know in the comments!

Thank you Mandy for allowing me to step in and write for your blog. It has been a true honor! Bye friends!

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!
Full post here.
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!