Budgeting Bloggers: June 2015

Last month I elected not to participate in the budgeting bloggers link-up, as I forced myself not to spend money on things I didn’t need with a big move drawing near. Now that I’m settled in Florida, I found it in my budget to secure a few pieces I love this month.

1. Mint Julep Boutique Flower Empower dress: ℅
2. H&M denim shorts (2): originally $10 ea., paid $5 ea.
3. H&M tassel earrings: paid $7
4. H&M romper: originally $17.95, paid $7
5. Loft Outlet lace top: paid $20 with LOFT Rewards
6. Lilly Pulitzer large agenda in Scuba to Cuba (not pictured): paid $28

Total spent: $52.00
Total saved: over $80.00

I have to thank Mint Julep Boutique for being such a fun company to work with! This gorgeous dress has been a summer staple for me now that I’m living in Florida. I also had my new climate in mind when I picked up these shorts and this romper, which I snagged for incredible prices at the Gainesville H&M grand opening, along with these gorgeous tassel earrings. The Loft top is something that I’d been searching for in hopes to wear with my Lilly for Target Upstream shorts, and I think it nailed it. Lastly, I grabbed a Lilly Pulitzer agenda for the coming year after having a Kate Spade planner for the past year. I chose Scuba to Cuba when I saw it in Dillard’s, even though it wasn’t my original choice – it’s just so gorgeous in person! I can’t wait to use it at my- wait for it- new job! 😀

How’d you do with your June budget?


Flower Empower

Long time, no chat! I’m officially a Floridian, y’all (well, not officially, there’s still some legal things I need to iron out to make it official.. but still). And lemme tell you, moving to Florida in the summer may not have been my smoothest move. It’s so HOT! I’m still having a bit of a hard time adjusting, and an even harder time coming up with cute outfits when all I want to wear is a t-shirt and shorts to keep as cool as possible.

Thanks to Mint Julep Boutique, however, I’ve been able to add this breezy Flower Empower dress to my repertoire, and I’m obsessed. Stick with me ’til the end of this post and there may or may not be a giveaway for you to enter! (Hint: there is.)

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Flower Empower dress, c/0 Mint Julep Boutique (exact) // Kendra Scott Sandra pendant necklace (similar) // Mossimo sandals (exact) // Jay. M New City leather tote (exact)

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I was ecstatic when Mint Julep Boutique contacted me to select a piece of theirs to style on my blog, but you wouldn’t believe how hard of a time I had narrowing my favorites down to just one piece! There’s so many gorgeously unique pieces available on their site, and you can bet I’ll be a repeat customer.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis beautifully printed dress is just flowy enough to be perfect for the Florida heat. I paired it with a favorite pair of sandals and simple jewelry to keep the focus on the dress.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying incorporating Florida’s foliage into my blog shoots! And it doesn’t hurt to have a live-in photographer/visionary to create photos like these for me. 😉

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI threw this dress on to run some errands, but it would make a perfect beach cover-up as well! Especially with a floppy hat like I’ve styled above.

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The model wearing this dress on #ShopTheMint’s site has me longing for a lacy bralette to wear underneath this beauty!  It adds such a fun touch to the dress, and I’m definitely on the hunt for one!

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Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY I’m hosting, where you can win $25 to shop the Mint! And believe me, you won’t have a hard time finding something to spend that $25 on. Everything is adorable!