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Monday, March 17, 2014

Emerald dress look for less and a $200 Giveaway!

When I shop, I want to make sure I am getting the best deal for my money. I hunt down expensive pieces like this J.Crew blazer on ebay, where I got it for $30. I take advantage of coupon codes which I used on top of a sale price to get this emerald shirt dress for a steal from Piperlime, and I search for inexpensive pieces like this leopard clutch I purchased from the Gap for $35 which looks like the pricy Clair Viver clutch.

Even with my best thrifty efforts, sometimes it's easy to get carried away and go over budget, which is when a prepaid debt card like H&R Block's new Emerald Prepaid Debit Mastercard would be a big help. It has all the great benefits of a credit card and a debit card, with features like instant cash reward offers, ATM cash withdrawal and cash back with a purchase. Because the Emerald Card is prepaid, you can't spend more then you have - its like cash but better, as you can make purchases both online and in stores, plus you are protected against theft and fraud.

To help everyone be a more savvy shopper, I've teamed up with H&R Block, and I'm showing you how you can put together a look with a stunning emerald dress like mine for under $150, then offering you a chance to win a $200 prepaid Emerald Card of your own! Just leave a comment sharing what you'll spend the Emerald Card on, or any budget fashion tips you have, then enter with the rafflecopter below.

For even more emerald inspiration, check out my pinterest board in collaboration with H&R Block!

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The Rundown
Dress Boundary & Co. via Piperlime similar
Chambray Blazer J.Crew via ebay
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Leopard Calf Hair Clutch Gap similar
Gold Snake Chain Belt Thrifted similar
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Emerald Ring c/o Red Envelope
Ring Taken for Granite similar
Nail Color "Haute as Hello" Essie


Emerald under $150

Emerald Shirtdress by XOXO, $49 at Amazon
Chambray Blazer, $29 at G by Guess
Leopard Pumps, $30 at Target
Leopard Clutch, $20 at Charlotte Russe
Gold Snake Chain Belt, $23 at Etsy



H&R Block has asked me to help promote the Emerald Prepaid MasterCard. The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. No purchase necessary in order to win prize. Winner to be chosen at random.

148 comments:

Ginny MyNewFavoriteOutfit said...

Such a pretty dress, if I won I use this when I go to K.C i. A few weeks for so,e great spring shopping at the Plaza.

Aracely @ Mama Fashion Files said...

I'm with you, I love a great deal so I wait for sales and use coupons and I'd use the gift card to go on a shopping spree for my little girl! :)

Heavensangel2387 said...

I would spend it on my twins first birthday party in a couple of weeks. It is very expensive for the cakes, decorations, and presents. This would help A LOT!
I LOVE the green dress and SHOES! Oh how cute! Looks great on you!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Desiree H

diligentsavings said...

I would use my card on a new suit for me, of course incorporating green into a nice dress shirt.
Thanks
Terry H

Ellen from Ask Away said...

heres a budgeting tip - put some money aside each paycheck in a clothing fund :)

Jamie said...

I would spend it on some new shoes for spring/summer-- I've been wanting a pair of slide on tennis shoes (I love the leopard ones I've seen Shanna Said So wearing) and a new pair of sandals.

I definitely shop sales when I'm looking for new items. I use Before I Shop so I can always see what sales are going on for my favorite stores.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I think it is time to invest in a new proper "adult" suit for myself and this card would go towards that if I won. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Closet Fashionista said...

Love this outfit!
As for what I'd spend the money on...perhaps a great new spring dress in a fun print!
And budget tips - NEVER pay full price, always shop the sale section. Even in Marshalls and TJ Maxx :)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Ry Smith said...

i really, really am craving a great pair of neutral flats right now and can't find any that are good quality and in my price range. i've had to really cut back on my spending as i'm trying to budget and pay off my medical bills. :)

KV H said...

I would get some new spring and summer clothes.

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

This is definitely one of my fave looks that you've put together!

If I were to win I'd use the $200 to get some clothes to help transition from pregnancy to after baby-body.

The Fam said...

I love eBay! If I can wait I will find it!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Tracy Miller said...

I am a huge eBay shopper. It is so easy to hunt down an item similar to an expensive designer piece. It does take up a lot of time to search and bid, but it's worth it. You look good in green!

TheTinyHeart said...

Emerald green and leopard print is one of my fav combinations! I'd spend the gift card on new spring clothes :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
JCrew Giveaway!

Amber McCain said...

Hmm, I'd spend it on house decor. I've been trying to slowly redecorate our house.

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

I would love to buy a white blazer, some sneakers and some sandals for the warm weather! Thank you so much for the chance!

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Thomas Murphy said...

I would buy some summer clothes.

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Valerie said...

I'd invest in a timeless spring trench coat!
Valerie
www.the-style-files.com

Laura B said...

I love that dress and those heels! I would probably get a higher price item with the card, like a purse or watch! I love getting sales on top of sales and using coupons, target coupons, and cartwheel to save money at Target! That helps me a lot!

smoore said...

I would use the card to buy my son some new summer clothes! He's grown out of everything from last year!

Colleen Boudreau (collifornia) said...

I would use it to buy some new summer clothes.

Elena said...

I would buy summer clothes

Frannie Pantz said...

I would spend this card to buy all the in-between clothes from post-pregnancy to being able to comfortably wear my old wardrobe.

Franziska said...

I could always use a few cute tops for spring :)

Lisa Brown said...

i would buy new work clothes for my husband

Mami2jcn said...

I would buy spring clothes for my kids.

KP said...

You look amazing in green, loving this look on you!!

Eleventh & Sixteenth

Kim Alston said...

Pretty outfit! I would use the H&R Block Gift Card on some Summer clothes. I always have to replace them, because we have long Summer months. I always wait for a sale! I pin things I want on Pinterest, sign up for email alerts and wait for a sale.
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Rachel Lynne said...

SO SO SO chic! I love the emerald dress and those leopard heels!

Cee said...

What a shame I don't have a US address, because I know exactly what I'd use an Emerald Card for - it seems a bit unbelievable that after being in Paris and shopping to my heart's content, I might still need something new but... because there is always a but... the one thing I didn't find that I had really hoped for was a perfect denim jacket. It's one of those spring/summer essentials that has been on my list forever but I just can't find the perfect one, and seeing your chambray blazer in this post reminded me of it again. If I had a bit of money leftover, I'd probably go on a hunt for that leopard clutch of yours. I love it more every time you wear it!
xox,
Cee

Katie Slatton said...

I would definitely use the card for shopping- it would help me stick to a budget for sure!

Amy Savini said...

I absolutely love this dress! Gorgeous color and it looks great with the chambray blazer.

I would use the gift card for a few new items in my spring wardrobe, a pair of wedge sandals in cognac and a new purse, for sure!

Justine said...

Groceries! Because I like food more than I like clothes. :)

akronugurl said...

i would buy spring clothes

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Bree said...

I would definitely use it to buy new shoes - especially some new running shoes!

Ashley said...

I'd get some sandals.

Karen Glatt said...

I am on a fixed income, so I would use this money to buy myself new summer clothes and a new pair of sandals for Summer! Thanks for this giveaway!

Lulu Monema said...

You are pretty, love this dress and shoes.

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Adri Lately said...

Love this pretty shade of green! You look perfect!
xo Adri
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Nnenna said...

I love your pretty green dress and you are always finding the best deals! I would use the gift card to update my spring wardrobe. Thanks for this giveaway Lydia!

FASHION TALES said...

Sounds like this would be a great giveaway. Good luck to everyone. I think your emerald green and leopard are a perfect combination. Great dress! :-)

Kellyinthecity said...

You look adorable!! Love the Kelly green dress, obviously. I think I'd use the card to buy a new pair of sandals. COME ON SPRING! :)

xx
Kelly
kellyinthecity.com

Diana Mieczan said...

That dress is swoonworthy and I totally want one for spring:) Btw: love your blazer as well. Kisses, darling.

silvergirl said...

I love the easy breeziness of this outfit
Very spring, but yet can keep you warm enough if it gets cool

I would use the card to buy some much needed updates for my spring wardrobe
Brett

jenna dillon said...

I would spend it on new clothing for the spring.

Lady of Style said...

We both love Emerald Green!
It is a fabulous colour for your skintone and your beautiful hair!

Annette | Lady of Style

S.S. Milk said...

Love the dress! I'd go shopping with my daughter if I won. It'd be a day out with my mini me, buying spring/summer clothes for her and myself. Maybe some matching outfits too ;)

www.accidentallystylish.com

Tamra said...

I'd love to buy some emerald shoes! And maybe put some towards a vacation fund :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

Love this blazer on you, it is perfect with green!

Just Another Shopaholic said...

Beautiful dress!

Great giveaway! I would use this card to buy new wedges!

justanothershopaholic@gmail.com

Shane Prather said...

Beautiful look!

Towards my trip to Nicaragua!

Stylin' In St. Louis said...

What a beautiful color on you! Love that dress!
xo,
Jacqueline
stylininstlouis.com

Kfloveinme said...

I lost 10 lbs so I will be doing a little shopping

JC said...

I would put it towards our family vacation.

Jenny Plog said...

The dress is gorgeous, and that blazer is so perfect!!!

www.plogstyle.com

Tabathia said...

I would spend it on my kids spring/summer clothing

Tammy S said...

If I won I would use it towards some new spring clothes for the kids and myself.

Kim Hainline said...

Some new summer sandals!

618mom said...

I would use it on vaca

Shey said...

Love the shoes!

jenmalonee said...

I would buy summer clothes for the family.

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

Tiffany Dustin said...

My husband and I are taking a trip to Colorado for our 5th wedding anniversary! This would help with gas and maybe even a romantic private horseback ride :)

Annie L said...

Love your outfit! That color is great on you. I'm (hopefully) moving out soon, and it would help buy some apartment necessities!
I'm a savvy spender who just entered to win a $200 @HRBlock Emerald Card at Chic on the Cheap, and so can you! http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

Tina said...

I'd buy some clothes for my family reunion in May

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That dress is such a beautiful color! I think I would use the Emerald Card on acting expenses :)

his little lady said...

Loving this emerald dress paired with the leopard heels! Just perfect :)
xo TJ

http://www.hislittlelady.com

Nikki said...

I would spend it on a work wardrobe. Thanks!

Alissa said...

Uh. Hello hottie! That green looks amazing on you Lydia! I would totally use that money towards a flight to Vegas so that I can save money and shop!

Heather Panjon said...

I Would Spend It On A Chic Spring Wardrobe And Colorful Accessories!
Heather Hayes Panjon Entry Name

Lorena said...

I'd buy a snake belt like yours and a bag i've had my eye on.

Susan C said...

I've lost some weight since last summer so now I need something to wear to work.

Nikki said...

I love this outfit on you! The green dress and the leopard look fab together, and I love those shoes!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

Alice Warren said...

Great outfit on you. Love the chambray blazer with this.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Fashion Blog Giveaways said...

Love the Jacket! Thanks for the great giveaway!
-- Heather @ FBG

Lindsay Rutland said...

I almost never pay full price for anything and that is not just limited to clothing! I always wait for sales and love coupons! I am a huge target fan and the cartwheel app is amazing!

Denise said...

I always wait for items to go on sale then I usually look for additional coupons online. Shopping online using Ebates also helps reduce your cost of buying items.

Calli W said...

I would spend it on my fiance's wardrobe, he needs new shoes and work clothes!

Holly said...

I'd put it towards an upcoming road trip :)

Ann Raye said...

I would definitely spend it on clothing!

Sarah Jauje said...

I would spend it on some new shoes for spring/summer!

Gina Wildorchid said...

I would use it towards clothing at my favorite budget places, like thrift shops and clearance racks!

Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

love green and leopard together, I have a more sporty version of this outfit with the denim and the leopard.

Kim said...

I desperately need a couple of spring dresses! I would also love to get some Jambu shoes...

Jessica said...

That emerald dress is beautiful on you!

What a fun giveaway! I'd definitely put it toward the Tory Burch earrings I'm gaga for: http://www.toryburch.com/courtlyn-drop-earring/11145634.html?dwvar_11145634_color=139&start=45&cgid=accessories-jewelry&utm_medium=aff&utm_source=cj&utm_content=4441350

Tarah Manning said...

You look amazing! I love that color on you!

I would spend it on some spring trends, like the florals and the world prints I've been seeing.

Elle Sees said...

gorgeous! i'd use it to pay for my taxes to be done. by h&r block, of course!

kellyr78 said...

I would spend the card on spring outfits for my 2 kids.
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I would use it to pick up some new shoes. My flats are passing the point of well-loved! ;)

rainesmom said...

I'd love to use the card to purchase some cute new shoes for spring - really loving the mule trend!
I'm a firm believer in mixing high & low price items for a total 'put together' look. I love using shopstyle.com to compare prices on a particular item, to make sure I'm getting the best price. Ebay is great (I use a lot!) to find items that may be sold old and you can save a lot of cash. I also like online shopping sites such as ASOS, Zara, LuLus, etc to find current trendy pieces at great prices. I've also heard great things about sheinside.com, but haven't purchased from them before.

Helouise Verstraete said...

I would spent it on either fabric or letter so I can sew my self a tote for the summer.

Julie A. Watson said...

Spring dresses!

Debbie Jackson said...

i would put it towards school expenses.

anna said...

I would use the money to buy a few sundresses.

latanya t said...

I would use it to buy a new spring wardrobe

Nicole Feliciano said...

gorgeous look!

Bridget Heiple Reich said...

I would spend the money on clothes for vacation in July! :)

Julie said...

I would use it towards gas going home on a trip to see my mom/sis
thanks for the giveaway
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Bert Dadtastic said...

I would use it to buy my kids summer clothes

Andrea Darst said...

Not gonna lie, I'll probably buy shoes #sorrynotsorry LOL

Penniless Socialite said...

I love the pops of leopard with the green! Honestly, I would probably spend the money on clothes.
Tara
Penniless Socialite
Necklace Giveaway!

Sam Cole said...

I love the combination. It is so pretty and look great with your complexion. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for sharing. I will used it to buy my mom some of her meds and spend some to eat out for my upcoming birthday.

xo
Sam
http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

Lauren ONeill said...

I would go clothes shopping for sure!

Simply Sabrina said...

Hey girlfriend!

I'm wedding planning, so the giftcard would be SO handy!

P.S. LOVE your outfit. Green & leopard = perfection

x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

won said...

My budget tip would be Burlington Coat Factory. I was in there a few weeks ago. I got a $150 MiracleSuit for $35. And they had similar deals everywhere.

Wendy T

Mercedes Lyne said...

I would buy my boyfriend a birthday present! an awesome one!

Danielle Arsenault said...

I adore those shoes and that clutch!! The leopard looks so amazing with the green dress. What a great pairing! I would use the $200 toward some fun new spring/summer dresses! xoxoxo Danielle @ For the Love of Leopard

Rachel @ The Daily Wild said...

I would use it to add some color to my wardrobe! I've been wearing all black, all winter.

Small Town Sisters said...

I would put the money toward my monthly student loan bill!
-Meg
www.dillandscout.etsy.com
www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

Kelsey said...

Shoes!

Birdie Bee said...

I would purchase a much needed pair of prescription glasses, pay on my medical bills and buy groceries.

Library Lady said...

I would buy shoes!

LauraJJ said...

Oh I would love to buy some new spring/summer clothes! I always seem to spend all the extra on the kids :) Would love to take a little time and buy myself something new too!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

I'd buy a nice purse! That's the one thing I don't mind spending a little money on :-)

Love the emerald dress on you! The green color is so pretty!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

SoJez said...

I'm in need of good quality neutral flats. I need really soft leather and excellent support. So if I won I'd use it on flats.

Anna Pry said...

i'd use it to buy summer clothes for my kids

Jana said...

I would buy some cool vintage clothes and cute decorations from etsy!

Carmen Van Deursen said...

My son has been begging me for piano lessons so this card can pay for a few months to get him started.

Alexandra Shook said...

I could definitely use a wardrobe refresh- I need a few new tops for spring!

cdmtx said...

I would love to buy a couple cute Spring/Summer Dresses and matching Sandals.

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Your dress and blazer are so pretty. The clutch matches the shoes perfectly too. You look ready for Spring.

I would use the gift card purchase a couple of new pairs of Pumps. I want a Tortoise pair and a Cobalt pair and perhaps a new Floral top or two. =)

Zuley said...

I would get some things for my home. Like an actual duvet set for my bed =)

Kristen said...

I'd spend it on a new camera, as the zoom on mine broke.

Shira said...

I love your outfit and have the same fabulous clutch;) Awesome giveaway! I'd probably use it to contribute towards an ipad. :)

Lily said...

I'd spend it on a shopping spree!

Amy Richardson said...

I would use it to buy the new leopard Sam Edelmans I spotted in the latest Nordstrom catalog

Amy Richardson said...

I would use it to buy the new leopard Sam Edelmans I spotted in the latest Nordstrom catalog

TrishCF said...

Love that emerald color on you! I would use the money to get some new spring clothes.

Neiddy Ruiz said...

I would use the gift card to buy an anniversary gift for my husband
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DeniseL said...

I'd use it to pay a doctor's bill. The rest would go toward warm weather clothes for my 4 year old. He's growing like a weed!

kimbercrafts said...

I could use some new clothes to refresh my spring wardrobe. I am crushing on your leopard pumps - so cute!

Gracie-Lou said...

Seriously, that green is gorgeous on you, such a pretty dress!

Not gonna lie, that gift card would probably go towards (even more) new clothes that I don't need... and maybe one or two things for the family... ;)

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Jean Brinkley said...

I would definitely use the card to invest in some new spring clothes. I'm crazy about looks that mix emerald green and navy.

Ashley Gunsteens said...

I would definitely use the card to buy this jacket: THIS jacket from Nordstroms that I LOVE but can't justify buying right now....!!

Ashley
SOUTHbySOHO

Elle said...

I would spend the Emerald card on new clothes for the summer. I really need some new dresses and shorts.

bully boy said...

I would use the gift card to buy some new spring dresses and brighter colors.

Christy DuBois said...

I would use it toward the purchase of clothes for myself. I desperately need clothes.

Wanda McHenry said...

I would use it on curtains for my new house!

creativestreets said...

I would use it to update my wardrobe.

Van Nguyen said...

After getting a bagel toaster, I would spend the money on a shopping spree. I want to get gold sandals for summer and that gorgeous Corilynn tulle skirt.

Rach Dulay said...

A lot of things comes to mind with that gift card! For sure a new outfit! Possibly, a midi skirt, crop top, shoes, handbag, and if there's extra... some accessories :)

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Lauren Eggers said...

Well I need a new bathing suit, so definitely that. And new shorts for summer

Christine Jessamine said...

I would love to get a new outfit with this!

Jennifer Speed said...

I would use the card to fix the transmission on my car or buy things for the home.

Ellen said...

I would use it for clothes for my upcoming Carribean cruise

Kelly said...

I would use it for my impending move and all of the things I am going to need to buy!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Melanie Montgomery said...

I could really use it for bills.

Jen Dang said...

That color looks fabulous on you! Love the chambray blazer over it!

xo Jen
Skirt The Rules

Shawna Walker said...

Happy Birthday! This outfit is perfection!

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