Outfit Under $150


J.Crew Factory shell ($39 + extra 40% off with code SALE40 = $24), Sole Society necklace c/o ($39 + 20% off = around $32), BDG jeans (currently $58, though I purchased on sale for $30), Skechers Boots ($43 on sale) = $129

While I often purchase more expensive pieces in the hopes they last, I can rarely say no to a good bargain. There are quite a few bargain pieces in my wardrobe that have not only become my favorites, but have been worn more than their more expensive counterparts. I wanted to highlight here all of my favorite items in one outfit, proving that great style doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag. Minus my sunglasses, this entire outfit comes in well under $150!


This J.Crew Factory shell has been a closet staple. I wore it on my last birthday and have paired it with cardigans in the Winter and over bathing suits in the Summer. It even made the cut and came with me in my tiny carry-on in China. It comes in a zillion colors and is just a great workhorse of an item. One note: if you’re a larger busted lady, size up.


These BDG jeans have been worn countless times on this blog. They are the perfect high-rise, sitting just above my belly button and always make me feel so slim and put together. They are skinny enough to be tucked into boots yet wide enough to be folded and pegged with sandals or flats. I’m such a fan of these and often reach for them in place of my designer jeans. An absolute wardrobe must.


This Sole Society necklace was on my wish list for. ever. So when the team gifted it to me I was so appreciative. It is an inexpensive piece that makes a huge statement with any outfit. The longer length is flattering and narrows the eye inward as an added bonus.


Finally, my Skechers boots were purchased almost 4 years ago and are still going. I walk to work in them (almost 2 miles!) every single day and adore them for their comfort and easy style.

I hope you enjoyed this budget roundup. Please let me know if this is something you enjoyed! It was such a fun project for me.

James Perse LBD Made Casual



Ray Ban aviators, James Perse dress (this year’s version), Target belt, SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (newer version)


You saw a snippet of this outfit in yesterday’s post on Dress + Belt Pairings and it’s one of my favorite ensembles. I hadn’t really worn this dress since Cesar and I did our 3 year anniversary shoot (can you believe we just celebrated 3.5 years!) but every time I put it on i’m reminded of why I bought it. It instantly makes me feel so sexy and even though it shows every wrinkle and flaw, i’ve always worked to embrace that and rock dresses like these anyway.




I wanted to make this dress more casual so I threw on a skinny belt, tied it in a knot for a more undone look, and added my favorite combat boots and aviators. A side pony and pink lip finished it off for a Sunday with my man.





I hope you’re having a wonderful week and thank you for reading!

Belt and Dress Pairings 101

Dress and Belt Pairings 101

One of the most popular questions I get via email or on social media surrounds belts and dresses. People always ask how I choose the width and type of belt I pair with each style of dress. So I thought I would put together this simple roundup explaining my rationale for the belts I choose to wear with each dress silhouette. Please let me know if you enjoy these roundups as it was definitely fun to look back in time and put it together!



James Perse Dress (similar) + Target Belt

Sheath/Bodycon: If we are being totally honest, I typically don’t like wearing belts with tighter dresses. In my mind my body has enough curves that simply pairing a statement necklace with a dress like this (to draw the eye upward) would be enough. However, in the event that I do want a bit more definition I always go for a thinner belt so as not to add bulk to the already slimming outfit. Furthermore, I like to tie a not in the belt to add a bit of interest so it doesn’t simply look like one stripe of color across a solid canvas.

asos dress


ASOS Dress (similar) + Gap Belt (similar)

Fit and Flare/Skater: This is, hands down, my go-to dress style. It is just so darn flattering on most body types and I love how it drapes over my hips and accentuates my waist. With these styles I typically like to choose a belt with a lot of interest right in the center. The width is of little importance (I would easily pair this dress with this belt), but having a bow or a wide buckle right in the center of the belt draws the eye inward even further.



Club Monaco Maxi (similar) + Yigal Azrouel vintage belt (cheaper wide belt option)

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses, for me, scream for some definition. A body can easily get lost in all that fabric, especially if the neckline is higher and there is already little definition up top. To combat looking like i’m a big blob I always opt for big, thick belts when wearing a maxi. Regardless of the shape, flare or material, a big thick belt is always my go-to. It cinches the waist and makes you look tiny all around, showing the world that there is in fact a beautiful body hidden beneath!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup. Please let me know what you would like to see next! I love hearing your feedback and suggestions.

BB Dakota Jade Cap Sleeve Sweater Dress


LOFT trench (obsessed w/ this splurge worthy option), BB Dakota dress, SPANX tights, Seychelles Boots (similar, can you tell I love these boots?), J.Crew necklace, Ray Ban aviators

ShopBop sales always get me. Tell me you’ve got 30% off sale and I can’t help but browse. That’s how this BB Dakota dress happened. I picked it up at a ridiculously cheap price and am kind of obsessed with it. I love the way i’ve styled it for Winter but can’t wait to wear it with strappy sandals and beachy waves for Summer.


The length sits just a few inches above my knees which is my ideal length without tights (score!) and has a defined waist. I chose to go belt-less here but I have already paired it with a few belts in my closet and like the look.


Hello lions hair, and, of course, those Ray Ban’s. Obsessed, sorry!



Have an amazing Tuesday! I hope everyone is adjusting well to being back at work.

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