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?


Summer in Dresslink

Today I’ve teamed up with Dresslink to show you some of the latest, greatest, and most affordable summer pieces offered on their site. While anxiously await the shipment to arrive (I got a pair of shorts, a tank top, and a clutch all for under $20!), I thought I’d share five additional pieces I’m LOVING from Dresslink – and get this, nothing I’ve listed is over $15! At these prices, any of us can afford to spend the summer in Dresslink.

Women's Sexy Summer Dress Casual Dress Mesh Chiffon Stitching Short...

This mini-dress is only $6.45 on Dresslink! I love the simplicity that is the navy and white coloring, and the mesh bottom adds a bit of unexpected flair.

Fashion Women Ladies Floral High Waist Irregular Pencil Slim Skirt...

I almost pulled the trigger on this gorgeous asymmetrical skirt. The asymmetrical look is definitely in, and I think it’s an appropriate way to jazz up your look for the office. At $7.15, it’s a totally affordable way to try out the trend.

Women's Fashion Leather Cute Shoulder Bag Shopper Tote Bag Handbag

The only downside to this bag was how much it appeared to cost to ship it – at just $3.91, I wanted to purchase it so badly, but adding it to my cart drove up the shipping cost! Regardless, it’d be perfect for use as a briefcase-type bag to take to the office while staying cute and transitional. Did I mention it comes in three other colors?!


This dress is just asking for compliments. The gorgeous pattern looks even more beautiful in person, according to the reviews, and the intricate pattern only adds to its beauty. For just $11.84, it’s a must-have.


Last but not least, this adorable romper that costs a mere $8.60. Although it appears to be a bit revealing, I believe a simple camisole underneath would make it more appropriate and wouldn’t take away from the gorgeous colors and design. As I mentioned in my last post – I’ve definitely converted to Team Romper!


Rompin’ Around

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H&M romper (exact) // H&M earrings (recent, but not available online) // Mossimo sandals (exact, on sale for 20% off!)

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To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about rompers. They’ve become so popular as of late, but every time I’ve tried one on, I’ve been disappointed in the fit and especially the way it looks on my, erm, backside. But when I slipped into this H&M romper, which I found for a mere $7 at the Gainesville H&M grand opening event, I was instantly sold. It’s SO comfortable and SO lightweight.

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I mentioned on my Instagram post last week that I’ve decided the only way to stay cool and look cute in the Florida heat is to wear dresses all summer long. But after giving this romper a try, I may have to amend that statement.

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This past weekend, Sam and I took a little mini-vacation to Cedar Key, FL, and this romper was perfect for rompin’ around the quaint little town.

Aren’t these tassel earrings just too fun?! Every now and then it’s nice to be able to incorporate a big piece of jewelry, and when I saw these earrings at H&M, I knew I had to have them. I wasn’t able to find them online, but I just bought them last week, so keep an eye out in your local store!

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Congratulations to Sydney S., who won my $25 Mint Julep Boutique gift card giveaway! And thank you to all who participated.