Bright on a Budget | Kentucky Affordable Fashion + Beauty Blogger: March 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

High Five for Friday 03.31.17: New Shoes and Good Books


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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!

Here's this week's highlights:

1. We kicked off last weekend with two birthday parties--one on Friday night and one on Saturday afternoon.  Kane had such a good time playing with friends, and it was nice to get to see our  friends as well:)

2. After the party on Saturday afternoon, we shot blog pictures and then grabbed dinner on the patio at Palmer's Fresh Grill.  It's beside a little lake, and we could watch the ducks swimming around while we ate. Kane was cracking us up--he asked for broccoli and was dipping it in ketchup--eewww!!!

3. Last night, I saw an ad for the shoes above and just had to go buy them.  The floral pair are flats and the purple pair are heels, but you can get either color in the heels or flats. The heel version is just $13.50 and the flats are $12 when you use code 251564572 for an additional 25% off their sale price! You can shop them here.

4. I read lots of books this week.  Here's some of what I read: I finally brung myself to read Molly McAdams's Blackbird, which was different but turned out really good! I read an old favorite, Warrior Woman by Johanna Lindsey, along with Beach Wedding by Natasha Boyd.  And I read The Hard Way by Katie Ashley and Sex by Jillian Dodd--love these authors and they're going to be at the Authors of the Bluegrass event on April 22. Tickets will be available at the door--I'm volunteering the event, so I hope to see you there!

5. After a week of not sleeping well, I finally got a good night's sleep last night. It felt amazing!!!

Stay turned for an exciting H54F announcement next week!

ICYMI, here's this week's posts:

1. The 80's Trend You Never Thought Would Return



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Perfect Dress for Spring Under $30 + Spring Blog Hop




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Today I'm participating in a fun Spring Blog Hop with some of my blogging buddies!  We're sharing about all things spring, so make sure to check out everyone's links below!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7 Steps to Reset Your New Year's Resolutions + Goals


Print c/o Kayla Weber Art.

Did you make New Year's resolutions or set goals for the new year? We're now three months into 2017.  How are your resolutions and goal going?  I find it's so easy to get off track or completely ditch our New Year's resolutions and goals.  They clearly meant something to us, or we wouldn't have marked the new year by making them.  So here's some simple steps to hit the reset button and get your New Year's resolutions and goals back on track

Monday, March 27, 2017

The 80's Trend You NEVER Thought Would Return


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Ok, of all the fashion trends that have come and gone over the years, there's one that I've made more jokes about than any other--acid wash jeans.  As a late-80's baby, I remember them from my childhood. My mom totally rocked them, and truth be told, I probably did too.haha  Of all the trends I never saw making a comeback, acid wash jeans were at the top of the list. Well, brace yourself, because acid wash jeans are making a return!!!

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)







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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:)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

$10 at Target: Spring Finds from the Dollar Spot


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Welcome to this month's $10 at Target linkup!  Every month, my blogging friends and I share what we've found during our Target excursions for $10 or less. Be sure to check-out everyone's finds in the linkup below.

Friday, March 17, 2017

High Five for Friday 03.17.17: Happy St. Patrick's Day

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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!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!

This week's featured blogger is Rebekah from Rebekah & Co., a life + style blog.  Rebekah lives in Atlanta. Anyone who is engaged or has gotten married can relate to her wedding venue dilemma, and she's also sharing her engagement story.  I'm also loving the new sandals she found for spring!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Colored Jeans for Spring


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I've been drawing a lot of outfit inspiration from the late 80's/early 90's here lately. The teal and peach colors of this outfit totally remind me of a 90's bridesmaid palette--in fact, I was a flower girl in a wedding with these colors! It was hilarious, because at the end of the wedding, the ringbearer ran down the aisle (he was supposed to wait one me) and I chased him!  How dare he leave me behind;)haha I think I was probably around four years old at the time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ShadowSense + EyeSense Soft Smokey Eye Tutorial


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I've been a fan of LipSense ever since late last summer, but I had never tried any of the brand's other makeup products.  I'm hosting an online party this Thursday night with my friend Ashley, who is in Becky's downline (you can join the party here). FYI--there will be discounts + giveaways! Ashley loves ShadowSense and EyeSense, so she sent me some products to try. I used them to create a soft, smoky eye look, so I shot a tutorial to share with y'all.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Emerald Bow Sleeve Top + Periwinkle for St. Patrick's Day


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Who else is ready for St. Patrick's Day?!  Kane and I hit up the local St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, so I'm in the mood. Warning: if you follow me on Instagram, get ready to see green every day this week.  Yes, I'm breaking out the green pants. . . both pairs!haha

Friday, March 10, 2017

High Five for Friday 03.10.17: Lilly Reveal + Dinosaur Disaster

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!



Our featured blogger section will return next week.

Now let's recap this week's highlights:

1. Last Saturday was the Lilly Pulitzer reveal at Clothes Mentor in Lexington!  My friend Jacque and I always go, so I was there at 8:45 a.m. waiting on them to open at 10:00 a.m.  My friend Katrina from KCK Bangles was also there.  It was sooooo cold out, but we all had fun!  I ended up with a Lilly for Target My Fans shift dress, a Lilly for Target scarf, and two pairs of regular Lilly shorts.

2. After the Lilly Reveal, Kane and I headed to eastern Kentucky for the night.  We ended up going out to eat with our family at the local Mexican restaurant. The food was great, but the company was even better!!! It's nice for everyone to go hang out together.

3. This week, I've been working on several upcoming collaborations that are a little different than what I've done before. While I can't share all the details just yet, I'm excited for everything that's in the works! One project I'm working on is a blogger mini collection of jewelry pieces selected by me, one of which is the bracelet shown above with writing on it:)

4. This past week was International Women's Day.  For a feature that Charming Charlie did in honor of the day, they asked who I modeled my style after. My answer: "My style is classic with a trendy twist, and I model that style after the everyday woman--regardless of the trend, it has to be wearable. I draw inspiration from my Instagram friends, fellow fashion bloggers, women I pass by on the street, and even my mom."

5. OMG, I have to share this with you. On Friday night, I could tell that Kane was being sneaky.  I asked him what he was up to, and he replied, "Honestly nuffin'." So I asked if he was being mean, and he said, "Yea." Well, turns out ol' boy had staged a dino battle on my WHITE sheets with RED bath pant.  There was "dinosaur blood" all over the place! He tried to say it was an accident, but trust me when I say that it was way too well executed to be an accident!haha Luckily it came out with a little Shout. Be sure you're following along on Snapchat (username: brightonabudget) and I'll post a picture of it.

ICYMI, here's this week's post:

Enter to win a LLR skirt of your choice!!!







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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Comfy Swing Dress


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Right now, I have a thing for stripes, and Old Navy is killing it with the stripes this season!  Last month I placed an order for some spring items. Most of what I purchased had stripes on it. Old Navy is great place to snag affordable trends and closet staples.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Squad Goals: Staying Fresh with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant




One of the reasons I blog is because I love sharing all my style and beauty tips and tricks!  I especially love sharing my latest finds with my squad. It's not unusual for me to message or Snapchat my friends telling them about my latest product discoveries. So when I tried out the Dove Advanced Care Deodorant, of course I had to tell my squad, especially my friend Della, about it! OK, and I may have went ahead and picked up one for her to try too!haha



I am so in love with this deodorant!  First, it smells amazing!!! I tried the Dove Advanced Care Rebalance Antiperspirant. It smells fresh and feminine, with just a hint of plum and sakura blossom scent. I've found other deodorants to be overpowering, but this one is just right! Second, it moisturizes the underarm area with Dove 1/4 moisturizers and NutriumMoisture.  There is nothing more annoying than dry underarms that rub against the seam of your shirt, and this deodorant prevents that.  It helps your underarms to be softer and smoother.

Finally, Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant lasts up to 48 hours!  Sometimes, you just don't have time to shower before heading out in the morning. Let's be honest--we've all overslept at some point.  With this deodorant, I can head out the door the next morning without worrying about my deodorant letting me down during the day.


I wasn't the only who loved my new Dove Advanced Care Deodorant!  I grabbed Della the Dove Advanced Care Revive Antiperspirant, which smells like lemon verbena and fresh pomegranate. Here's what Della had to say about it:

I have finally found my new favorite deodorant! With Dove Advanced Care 48 hour protection, I no longer have to worry about my deodorant wearing off while I'm out and about or in-between showers. I tend to sweat a lot, especially at night, but Dove has taken care of that. I love the silky smooth feeling that I get with this deodorant and the long-lasting scent as well. As a busy mom on the go, this is the only deodorant for me!


Dove Advanced Care Deodorant will keep your whole squad feeling fresh and fabulous.  Be sure to try it out, and then refer it to your friends.  After all, friends share all their best beauty secrets with each other:)
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Monday, March 6, 2017

No-Fail Trick for Pattern Mixing with LuLaRoe Jill


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Happy Monday!  Today I'm not only sharing my no-fail trick for pattern mixing, but Becky from byBMG, Nicole from What Nicole Wore, and I have teamed up with our friend from LuLaRoe Tracy Vasquez for a fun post!  We're all showing you ways to style different LuLaRoe skirts, and we're giving away a LuLaRoe skirt (winner's choice) to one lucky winner!









Top: J. Crew Factory (similar, similar, with ruffled sleeves)  // Skirt: c/o LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez // Sandals: Gianni Bini (almost identicalwedge version) // Necklace: c/o Purple Peridot //Cuffs: Loren HopeJ. Crew Factory // Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target // Sunnies: Quay--only $50! // Clutch: GiGi New York

Pattern mixing is so fun, but it can be intimidating. It took years for me to really jump into pattern mixing. Once I did, however, I realized just how it was! Now I pattern mix like it's nobody's business!  So what's the best way to begin pattern mixing if you never have before?

My no-fail pattern trick is to take any pattern other than stripes and just add stripes! How easy is that?!  Stripes on stripes is a little tricky to pull off, which is why I suggest do any pattern other than stripes.  This combination tends to work regardless of what other pattern you pick.  Here, I'm wearing a bold floral pattern, and I picked out a striped pattern in a matching color.

As for my skirt, I'm wearing a LuLaRoe Jill skirt.  LuLaRoe is great for pattern mixing because they have such fun prints!  The LuLaRoe Jill sits at your natural waist, with the elastic waistband adding definition to your figure.  The skirt itself features pleating and is very swingy. The material is silky, so it's great for the warmer months.

Now Becky is styling a LuLaRoe Madison skirt and Nicole is styling a LuLaRoe Lola skirt.  Be sure to check out how they styled their skirts, and enter to win your 
OWN LuLaRoe skirt via the widget below!

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