Bright on a Budget | Kentucky Affordable Fashion + Beauty Blogger: November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Leather, Plaid, and Sparkle


This post contains affiliate links.  Also, thanks to Lucky Peanut Jewelry for sending me the necklace and cuff in this post. All opinions are my own.

I'm finally home from Vegas, and very thankful we had safe flights.  These pictures were taking outside the Aria, which is one of my favorite casinos in Vegas.  They have this awesome waterfall wall, which you see behind me.  It was so cold and overcast in Vegas that day, so I tossed on my leather leggings and a flannel shirt. I am addicted to these leather leggings!  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gold Foil Pants


The holiday season has arrived!!! The Christmas season is such a great time for parties and fun outfits.  Today I'm sharing an outfit I wore while in Vegas that is perfect for any Christmas parties you may have if you want to deviate from the typical red and green outfit.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

High Five for Friday 11.25.16: Thanksgiving Edition

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!

Sorry this post is late.  I'm typing in on a plan in route to ATL, where I have a connection to a fun destination.  There's no wi-fi on the plane:( Hop on over to Instagram and/or Snapchat (brightonabudget) to check out where I'm heading to and follow along!

This week's featured blogger is Lauren from Lot 48. She's currently visiting NYC, but also shared a look back at her time in London. I love her recent post called "What I Like About Me," because I think we should all love and appreciate ourselves a little more:)

Now, let's recap this week's highlights:


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday Deals Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I just want to start this post by saying how thankful I am for all of YOU--each and every one of my readers!!! If not for you, this blog wouldn't even be possible. I am so grateful for your continued support:)

I've rounded-up some of my favorite Black Friday deals for y'all.  If you need help putting together a strategy for Black Friday, check out my post here or the video below (actually, check the video out anyways.haha)!

Big Shops

Target-- 30% off all clothes, shoes, and accessories (live now). On Saturday, save $50 when you spend $100 on trees, lights, ornaments, stockings, gift wrap, and more in the Wondershop.

Kohl's-- TONS of deals! For the past 3 years, I've gotten almost all of Kane's toys from here.  I also like to order pajamas and other clothes for the guys in my family from here.  You can save an extra 15% with code NOVSAVE15. And, the best part is, you can earn $15 in Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend, and earn YES2YOU rewards. If you're looking for a great camera, they have the Canon Rebel T6 with an extra lens for $449, which is a great price, but you will also earn $135 in Kohl's case that you can put towards buying Christmas gifts!!!

Victoria's Secret-- I love shopping Black Friday at VS! You can save 50% off bras. You can snag a  a free pair of slippers with the purchase of their Most-Loved PJ's with code SLIPPERS. If you like their perfume, you can get the 1.7 oz for $25. Their Pink will have select items on super sale (just check the site). And today you can get free shipping on $30 and $15 off $100 with codes SHIP30FREE and SAVE15.  

Bath & Body Works-- The entire store is buy 3, get 3 free on EVERYTHING.  You can also snag their awesome VIP tote for $30 ($25 early bird price today) with any $30 purchase with code HAULIDAY.  Today only, you can get Wallflower 2-pack refills for $5.75. I actually shop B&BW in store because my local stores allow you to stack coupons on Black Friday for tremendous savings!

Sephora-- Sephora has a ton of Black Friday specials, starting at $10. Some deals are already live, while others are coming later today.

Shopbop--Shopbop is a great place to score designer pieces.  Use code GOBIG16 to save 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $800+ on all full-price and sale items through November 28.

Tory Burch-- save 30% off orders of $250 or more with code THANKS. See website for details.

Express-- 50% off everything + free shipping on all orders. I picked up this dress, these leggings, this topthese shoes, and this wristlet for less than $140 for everything. I'm wearing them on a trip I'm leaving on tomorrow (follow along on Snapchat and Instagram--brightonabudget--for more details)!
Small Shops


Lucky Peanut Jewelry-- Use code LOCALKY for 30% off, plus bangle BOGO deals through Sunday.

Lips that Last with Becky (LipSense)-- Order $75 in products and get a free case. Order $110 and get a free case + 15% off. Deal runs from Black Friday through next Wednesday.


Sew Sarah R-- 30% on Black Friday, choice of FREE monogram or chain for Small Business Saturday, and FREE Verano bracelet set with any Lilly clutch purchase on Cyber Monday. 
Kentucky Yarnbirds-- BOGO 50% off the entire shop on Black Friday.
Southern Brewed Tees (formerly Kentucky Brewed Tees)--$10 tees only through their Square Up storefront.

Clutch Your Pearls-- save 20% off through Monday with code COLORFUL20.

Sweet Little Ones Printables Shop-- 40% off all wall art printables, 20% off all wall art printable bundles and sets, and 20% off custom photo Christmas cards (no code needed).  Sale runs from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Purple Peridot-- 30% off the entire site (live NOW) with code BLACKFRIDAY.

As promised, here's the segment I did for Hey Kentucky on Lex 18:)  I hope you enjoy.



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Plan Your Black Friday Strategy from a Black Friday Pro


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IF YOU LIVE IN THE CENTRAL KENTUCKY AREA, TUNE IN TO HEY KENTUCKY AT 7 P.M. TONIGHT ON LEX18!!!  I'LL BE ON THERE GIVING SOME BLACK FRIDAY "COACHING":) I'LL TRY TO HAVE THE VIDEO FOR YOU TOMORROW ON THE BLOG.  ***Update: video below***

If you're stopping by from the Hey Kentucky segment, HI!!!  I'm sharing more tips and tricks below. And you can find the outfit details for I wore during the segment here.

Shoppers, the most wonderful shopping week of the year is upon us--BLACK FRIDAY!  But let's be honest.  Black Friday can be super overwhelming.  As a Black Friday pro for many years running, I wanted to share my tips for how to plan your Black Friday strategy.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Easy Holiday Outfit--Red + Green


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Is anyone else in disbelief that Thanksgiving is this week?!  Christmas will be here before we know it! I'm already getting into the holiday spirit, so I wanted to share a festive outfit that you can wear everyday.  It's the perfect outfit to kick off the holiday season!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

10 Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

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I am so excited for Thanksgiving this week!  I thought I would round-up some Thanksgiving outfit ideas for y'all from recent blog posts.  My main tip is to wear something this is comfortable around the waist so that you can dig into all of the deserts;)


Friday, November 18, 2016

High Five for Friday 11.18.16: Meet-ups + a Movie

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!

This week's featured blogger is Jessica from Life. Love. Reality., a lifestyle blog. Jessica is a working mom with two daughters.  I love her recent post about being thankful.  And her kids behind the blog post is so cute!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ultimate Time-Saving Tip for Holiday Prep


This post is sponsored by Walmart.  All opinions are my own, as always. #GroceryHero

I absolutely love the holidays! Do you know what I don't love? Grocery shopping!  Grocery shopping is tedious during any time of the year, but it's especially tedious around the holidays.  It seems like I'm always extra short on time during this season. I feel like I have a million things to do, and wasting time shopping for groceries is low on my list. So when I found out about Walmart's new grocery pick-up service, I immediately knew I had to try it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How to Wear Plaid on Plaid


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Pattern-mixing is such a fun way to spice up your wardrobe. Some of my favorite pattern mixing
combinations are plaid and leopard, stripes and florals, polka dots and stripes.  I recently purchased several plaid items from Old Navy at once, and it inspired me to try a new pattern-mixing combo--plaid on plaid

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How to Prep Your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Prep4Gathering #CollectiveBias


Holidays are supposed to be filled with family, friends, and fun.  But let's be honest--they are also usually stressful and hectic.  If you're the host, it seems like there's so much to do around the house to get ready. If you're the guest, it seems like there's a never-ending to-do/packing list.  To cut down on the stress, I'm sharing my tips for how to prepare your bathroom for guests, especially if they've forgotten toiletries they need.  That way everyone can have a joyful, less stressful gathering for the holidays!

Friday, November 11, 2016

High Five for Friday 11.11.16 : 30th Birthday Celebrations

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!

This week's featured blogger is my good friend Mariah from Like Honey, a fashion and lifestyle/mommy blog. Mariah is actually from Lexington (where I live!) but she now lives in St. Louis. She's a SAHM with a killer fashion sense:) You have to check out her little ones' Halloween costumes! I also love this outfit featuring a blanket scarf and her recent tropical toddler room reveal.

First of all, THANK YOU for the sweet birthday wishes last week!!! Now let's recap this week's highlights:


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leather Leggings for Everyday Wear


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Leather leggings are one of this fall's hottest trends. They're so chic and take any outfit to the next level. And while most people would probably consider leather leggings for going out, you can totally make them work for everyday wear!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fall Beauty Favorites


This post contains affiliate links. I received the Make Up for Ever foundation from Influenster in exchange for my review.

Fall makeup is my favorite makeup.  It's full of rich tones that really define the features and warm everything up during the cooler months.  Since fall is now in full swing, I thought I'd share some of the makeup products I'm loving this season!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Rainbow Plaid


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Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful birthday wishes this weekend!  I spent the weekend celebrating with family and friends:)  As a special thank you, I've teamed up with some of my blogging buddies for a fun 30th birthday giveaway with a couple of my favorite items.  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

Friday, November 4, 2016

High Five for Friday 11.04.16 : It's My 30th Birthday!!!

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!

Today's featured blogger is Casey from Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish. She has a cute fashion series called The Modest Budget. I also love this post abut the source of all your insecurities. And she also has a knitting shop called Thistlefish Knits that you can check out here.

AND TODAY IS MY 30TH BIRTHDAY!!!!! Guys, I have no idea how time has passed so fast.  But I look forward to the next chapter of my life.  Next week I'll be chatting about turning 30, and there will be a fun giveaway on Monday!


1. Last weekend we had the best time!  It kicked out with a Halloween party at Chauncey's office on Friday night. You can check out my costume details here. I loved getting to hang out with all of our friends. Afterwards, we picked Kane up from the babysitter's and swung by the local Halloween house.


2. Saturday, we continued the Halloween fun by taking Ash Ketchum from Pokemon Trunk or Treating at a local church on Saturday night. Kane was soooo excited to dress as his favorite character!!!


3. On Sunday, we fit a lot into the day.  We started out at Boyd's Orchard, a local pumpkin patch. Then we headed to Louisville for dinner at Bluegrass Burgers with Alex, one of my friends from law school. And then Alex tagged along with us when we went to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular afterwards. I found the event when it was being shared on Facebook and knew that I had to go check it out. It was soooo cool! There were thousands of pumpkins--some were simple and some were VERY intricately carved. The Jack O' Lantern Spectacular was a fun experience.

4. Monday night, we headed out to Trick-or-Treat with our friends and their daughter, who is close in age to Kane.  The kids had fun, until they were ready to head home. Kane kept running up to people's houses saying "trick or treating!"haha

5. I said goodbye to my twenties yesterday.  I started my birthday celebrations early, because what else are you supposed to do?haha My co-workers bought my lunch and gave me cupcakes.  Then I headed out for manis and pedis with my friend Melissa, which was very relaxing and fun. So here's to 30!!!

ICYMI, here's this week's posts:

1. Last Minute Cat Costume
(pin it for next year!)


(never too early to grab stuff on clearance and plan for next year!)


(LuLaRoe Carly Dress)




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Thursday, November 3, 2016

J. Galt Eyewear

This post is sponsored by J. Galt Eyewear.  All opinions are my own. 

I've worn glasses since the summer before first grade. Considering that I turn 30 tomorrow, that's a long time. I used to hate my glasses--I switched to contacts in the third grade.  It wasn't until college that I started to see eyeglasses as a fashion accessory and was no longer embarrassed to wear them. Now I love my glasses and always look forward to getting a new pair!  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How I Style It: Dresses for Fall [LuLaRoe Carly Dress]


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Each month, I team up with some of my blogging buddies for the How I Style It post--we all take one style idea and each put together an outfit based on it.  This month, the How I Style It girls have teamed up to show you how we're styling dresses/skirts this fall.