Bright on a Budget: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wardrobe Re-Wear: Neon Flamingo Shorts



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I think the evidenced has been firmly established that I love bold neon pieces, but just in case it hasn't, let me submit another post into the record.

Friday, May 27, 2016

High Five for Friday 05.27.16: Ice Cream Date + The Blog Societies

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

This week we're doing something a little different--our very own Katie is our featured blogger today to celebrate the birth of her son William!!! We're so excited to welcome the newest little member of our H54F family:)  Congrats, Katie!!!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rocksbox Revamped


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Rocksbox recently underwent a makeover.  Their website got an overall, as did their boxes.  How cute is the navy and blush together?!  I also like that the website has a fresh feel to it. I've shared about Rocksbox before (here and here), but I wanted to share my current box with you, along with what's on my Rocksbox wishlist.  If you're unfamiliar with Rocksbox, click here for my rundown on their service.  To try it out yourself, you can use code BRIGHTONABUDETXOXO at checkout to get one month free!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to Style a Straw Hat


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Straw hats are one of the biggest trends from summer.  They're everywhere this year.  That said, I had put off purchasing one because I just wasn't for sure I could wear the trend.  Yes, even fashion bloggers can be insecure about rocking trends sometimes.  But Target had a big sale on their hats last week (20% off + an extra 10% off with Cartwheel), so I took the plunge and bought two!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Perfect Peplum Top for Summer


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I won a giveaway from A Dip of Darling and Empty Nest on Instagram and I was so excited!  I received the Chloe top and necklace I'm wearing, as well as two other tops. This Chloe top is such a great peplum top.  I'm wearing a medium.  It was big when I received it, but fit great after it was washed and dried, so keep that in mind when ordering.  The hemline is high-low, so you can even wear it with leggings.  It's also light-weight, so it will carry you through summer and even into fall.

Friday, May 20, 2016

High Five for Friday 05.20.16 : New Macbook + Other Loves

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


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Must-Have Skirt for Summer: Neon Lace


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Navy, neon, and neutrals go perfectly together.  You know I love bright colors, but I've really been incorporating more navy into my wardrobe the season.  Navy is such a great alternative to black for the warmer month.  Toss all of that together and you get a great result!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

$10 at Target: Sharpies + Flamingos




It's time for this month's $10 at Target linkup! I'm a little late to the party because I posted a cute family movie night idea yesterday, but I'm here now with some super fun finds!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Make a Splash: Fun Family Movie Night

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Life is always so hectic anymore, so we make a point to have a family movie night once a week. It's such a nice way to quick off the weekend and have time together as a family!  I thought I'd share a fun and easy movie night with you all.

Friday, May 13, 2016

High Five for Friday 05.13.16 : Mother's Day + Date Night

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

This week's blogger is Keri from Living in This Season, an inspirational lifestyle blog.  I love her post about how to make a difference from home. She also has some solid advice on why you need to start making goals.  And she's getting ready to release an ebook later this month, so be sure to keep your eye on her page for that!

Now let's recap this week's highlights!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

How to Keep Your Clothes Fashion Blogger Perfect

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I love to wear the latest trends, like white denim.  But as a working mom of a toddler, the latest trends and messy hands don't always go hand-in-hand.  I don't buy clothes just to throw them out when they get dirty, so I'm sharing my go-to stain fighter to keep your clothes fashion blogger perfect!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Under the Sea Style


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Ok, sometimes you're standing in a dressing room trying on an outfit when something just clicks. . . and then it quickly evolves into an entire themed blog post.  It all started out with the top, which I tried on with these pants because I had them in the dressing room (you never know where outfit inspiration will come from!) So today Della, Becky, and myself are bringing you some under the sea style inspired by our favorite characters from the Little Mermaid. Be sure to check out their posts (here and here) to see which character they're drawing outfit inspiration from!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Mini Review


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I hope that every had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I took the weekend off from blogging to celebrate with my family and friends. Sometimes it's nice to unplug and enjoy:) That said, I'm excited to share this review with you!

I have been hoarding my Sephora Beauty Insider rewards points for forever.  Nothing ever really caught my eye until I received an email about the new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea rewards box for 500 points.  Sold! I headed in store to pick mine up because I couldn't wait to try all of the new Tarte products.

Friday, May 6, 2016

High Five for Friday 05.06.16 : Good Book + Mermaid Nails

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

This week's featured blogger is Johannah from The Sirois Family, a lifestyle blog.  Johanna is a 911 dispatcher who's married to a police officer, and they have two little girls.  Her recent post All About Nails is so fun!  I also took notes from her spring bucket list

Now let's recap this week's highlights:


1. I've finally started using Snapchat!  My username is brightonabudget, so if you're on there, add me:)

2. We tried out Sutton's last Saturday.  We're always said we wanted to try it out, but in the seven years I've lived in Lexington, we never had.  Even Kane thought it was yummy, and I want to go back to try out the patio later this summer.

3. I had to attend a continuing education class two days this week, and the outfit above is what I wore one of those days.  I'm just going too say it--the outfit was pattern mixing perfection!  I really like how the two patterns share a color scheme but are completely different.

4. Tuesday night was spent with Jude Deveraux's new book and putting on my new mermaid Jamberry nails from Becky. The book is awesome and a good read for summer--romance + intrigue! And the nails may or may not be for a fun themed outfit post coming your way soon!

5. I found my Lexington hairstylist (full story on this past Monday's post), and headed over to her house last night to get my hair cut.  I was so happy to find her and say goodbye to some split ends!

ICYMI, here's this week's posts:

(how to style rainboots for spring)


(you need to add this top to your spring wardrobe!)



(from last week, but I know some of us are last minute)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How I Style It: Flirty Florals / May Flowers


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April showers bring more showers May flowers, so for this month's How I Style It blog hop, we're bring you the perfect floral looks for spring! Be sure to check out the links at the end of this post to see everyone's fabulous floral fashion.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Eyelet Tunic and Hunter Boots


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These Hunter Boots are my most recent thrift find.  When I posted them on H54F and my Instagram a couple of weeks ago, several of you all wanted to see how I'd style them. Well, friends, I try my best to please:)  I scored both the top and shorts during the recent 40% off Merona sale at Target.  Don't you just love when an outfit comes together on the cheap?