Bright on a Budget

Friday, March 24, 2017

High Five for Friday 03.24.17: Blogger Buddies

TGIF, H54F-ers!!! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, and myself want to welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up and the weekend. We made it!

1. One of my good friends from law school had a baby shower on Saturday.  It was a lovely event and so nice to see my friends that I hadn't seen in a while. Afterwards, I stopped by the nail salon for a fresh SNS set.

2. On Sunday, I had a blogger brunch--thanks to Leela of Lex Eats for hosting us!  Mariah from Like Honey was in town, so I picked her up on the way to brunch.  It was such a good time!

3. Rynetta from J.Crew is My Fav Store and I have been trying to get together for dinner, and we finally made it happen!  We met up at Shakespeare & Co., which is a whimsical restaurant with storybook-like menus.  The food was amazing and the conversation was even better.

4. I needed to run to the mall to try on some clothes for an upcoming collab, so I promised Kane a trip to Build-a-Bear. They had just released Power Ranger bears, which I thought Kane would love. No, he wanted a dragon, so he picked out Hookfang.  He had such a good time making his dragon and giving it a bath before we left.

5. Last night, I headed out to TSG Lexington's Spring Fling. I had no idea what to expect from the event and was flying solo, but it turned out to be so much fun.  I ended up seeing the girls from Hartley Social and Kayla from Kayla Weber Art:)

ICYMI, here's this week's post:

(Kate Spade clutch, Purple Peridot necklace, LipSense starter kit)

Thanks for joining us for H54F!  Be sure to link-up below and/or let us know how your week's been in the comments!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nautical Lace-Up Top + Red Pants

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Don't forget to enter the 3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway here!!! I've teamed up with some of my friends to giveaway three of my favorite things (I own all of them)!

I first started truly becoming interested in fashion in undergrad.  One of my favorite styles then is one of my favorite styles now--the nautical look! While other styles come and go, the nautical look has been an enduring style over the years.  It's so classic and chic.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ruffled Sleeves + 3 Year Blogiversary GIVEAWAY

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St. Patrick's Day made T H R E E   Y E A R S  that I've been blogging! Wow!  If you haven't been around for the entire ride, believe me when I say that Bright on a Budget has come such a long way in those three years. Blogging has been a dream come true--I've taken this farther than I ever imagined, achieved goals that used to be just dreams, and made amazing friendships along the way. But you know what? YOU, yes YOU, are the ones who made this dream of mine a reality but following along through the years.  So as a big thank you to the best readers EVER, I've teamed up with some of my blogging buddies for an amazing giveaway--be sure to enter at the end of this post!

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 band, almost identical) // Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Bracelet: c/o Southern Belle Glitz

I'm digging ruffle sleeves right now, and this blush top from Lavish & Luxe Boutique is no different! The ruffle sleeves hit at just the right place and instantly up your fashion game. I love how lightweight this top is, so I know it will be a staple through summer! I ordered a size-up in this top. Be sure to check out Lavish & Luxe Boutique--they're a new start-up based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. You can use code BRIGHT15 to save 15% off your entire purchase!

For an unexpected pop, I paired this blush top with my blue pants from Gap Factory. I picked them and my necklace up on my trip to Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass a few weekends ago.  While the blue pair is not showing up online, this pair is almost identical and is only $25!

Also, can we talk about how my local Party City was sold out of gold, silver, pink, and blue #3 balloons? What a bummer, but the way I look at it, my #3 brought it's a-game and wore it's best little black dress to the shoot!haha

Now, on to the giveaway, featuring a Kate Spade clutch, Purple Peridot necklace, and LipSense starter kit (winner's choice of color)!!! 

This giveaway is open to legal residents of the forty-eight (48) contiguous states of the United States who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Thanks to all of my friends for making this giveaway possible! Be sure to check them out--you may just find your new blogger to love:)