Friday Five Under $50

It doesn't feel like Memorial Day Weekend. Though I'm not sure where I've been these past few months. This past Monday as I was struggling to get a post ready for Tuesday, I asked Sean if I should just give in and only do three for the week or power through and make four happen. He told me it was only Monday and too soon to give up. Hence, post number four this week.

I know I should be blogging about Memorial Day Sales, but isn't everyone else doing that? Of course I like to be non-conformist, so I'm sharing these tassel earrings I'm smitten with, the fact that I've got rust colored footwear on my mind - also loving these and these, and dreaming of summery things. It is the unofficial first weekend of summer, afterall.

I hope you all have fun plans for the long weekend!


Tassel Chandelier Earrings, $35 at Express
Ruffle Camisole Top, $10 at H&M
Suede Bow Slides, $30 at Zara
Cynthia Rowley Fringe Crossbody Bag, $47 at Nordstrom Rack
Ankle Length Pants, $35 at H&M

Crown Jewelry Giveaway!

Thanks to Crown Jewelry for sponsoring this post!

My love of jewelry is vast, my collection probably makes the number of shoes I own seem reasonable in comparison. Just as I'd never leave the house without shoes, I'd never leave without some piece of jewelry on.

Today I'm excited to share Crown Jewelry with you, who offers an expansive range of pieces at reasonable price points; most pieces are sterling silver or gold plated sterling silver. That is especially nice for earrings, since my ears can no longer tolerate other metals. I really adore the Glass and Diamond Chip Ring they sent to me, it's so elegant, yet understated enough to be a piece I could easily wear everyday.

Crown Jewelry would also love to share a piece with a Chic on the Cheap reader! Scroll down to enter the giveaway!

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Black Lace Blouse Banana Republic similar
Fringe Hem Jeans H&M (DIY) similar
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay vintage, vintagesimilar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Diamond Chip Ring c/o Crown Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie





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Elegance & Mommyhood's Thursday Moda

Crown Jewelry provided me with jewelry for the purpose of this post. My views and opinions are my own.

New Moon

Thanks to www.MoonstoneShop.com for sponsoring this post!

We had a brief heatwave at the end of last week, it was up to 100°! What better than a heatwave to make me feel like dressing a little bit bohemian? I was heading out to dinner at Bartaco with my sister, so I grabbed this fun mixed print slip dress and paired it with the Rainbow Moonstone jewelry that I'd just received from www.moonstoneshop.com. All of the pieces are handmade in Florida with genuine moonstone and sterling silver, and some incorporate other stones, like the lovely turquoise in the pendant.

As I don't wear too much silver, I forgot that I didn't have a chain for the pendant, but then I found this silver choker which belonged to my mother, and conveniently chokers are having a moment again. Naturally my favorite piece is the ring, I just love wearing delicate little rings on my index finger and www.moonstoneshop.com has so many other rings which would be fabulous for stacking.

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The Rundown
Leopard Print Dress c/o Cabi similar
Distressed Denim Jacket Gap similar
Lace-up Sandals "Mariachi" Report
Fringe Bucket Bag Margot via TJMaxx similar
Vintage Mellow Moonstone Earrings c/o Moonstone Magic
Turquoise Assemblage Moonstone Pendant c/o Moonstone Magic
Petite Double Moonstone Ring c/o Moonstone Magic
Toggle Bracelet c/o Belcho USA
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie





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Sandy a la Mode's On Trend Tuesday

www.MoonstoneShop.com provided me with jewelry for the purpose of this post. My views and opinions are my own.

Under the Blossoms

I accept that I have the ability to change the direction of my life.

I know, the blooms are long since gone, but I'm stretching things out a bit.

I don't wear this pleated maxi skirt too often, even with my best efforts to dress it down (this not being my best) it still feels fancier than my life demands. I suppose I could argue that part of the reason I started this blog was to give myself a reason to put more effort into my daily outfits than I might otherwise. Even still, after church, breakfast, and these photos (on a day we walked, despite the spring chill) I swapped the skirt for a pair of joggers, the blazer for an oversized cardigan, and resumed my true homebody nature.

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The Rundown
Lace Camisole H&M
Striped Blazer Loft similar
Pleated Maxi Skirt c/o Simply Bridal similar
Lace-up Flats Gap similar
Tilly Scalloped Clutch Matine
Triangle Necklace Moon & Lola similar
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry




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Bigger Than a Bread Basket

I dare to be myself at all times.

I wore this outfit a few weekends ago to my Grandmother's 90th birthday, it is always a fun occasion when my whole family is together and it happened to be a gorgeous day warranting the debut of the dress I picked up at J.Crew Factory.

As I mentioned before, anytime I carry the bamboo bag, I always get lots of compliments, or comments, such as my aunt asking if there was bread it in, assuming that the spot I'd placed it on the table (butter adjacent) meant it was a bread basket. She was surprised when I told her it was my purse!

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The Rundown
Floral Cami Dress J.Crew Factory c/o Clinton Crossing
Long White Cardigan Old Navy similar
White Ferragamo Slides Coco's on the Green similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar
Straw Boater Hat Hinge similar
Pineapple Necklace Moon & Lola via Rocksbox
Bee Ring Kohl's similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Haute as Hello" Essie



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The Smell of Warm Summer Air

I woke up to a morning not laced with a chill for the first time in what seems like ages. Not that I want summer to rush, I just want spring for a bit. That lovely balance where bare legs and a light jacket work.

I heard on the NPR the other day that Radiohead did a 20th anniversary release of OK Computer, an album I've loved for all of those years (okay, probably 18 of them, which still makes me feel old) and thanks to a slightly clearer image of the blurry intersection featured on the cover some dedicated fans discovered it was actually I-91 and I-84 in Hartford. Which I thought was pretty awesome, to think that Connecticut is there, on that album I love so much. Just wish they would still play Connecticut when they toured these days!

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Black Shirt Dress Old Navy similar
Field Jacket Old Navy similar
Leopard Pumps Sam Edelman
Brown Leather Tote Hobo via ebay similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Woven Belt Thrifted similar
Necklace Taken for Granite
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Gold Wrap Ring gift from Meg similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



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