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25 Summer Dresses Under $25

Now that it's finally starting to move into dress weather, I find myself guilty of shopping one of my favorite places for affordable dresses, TJMaxx. It's usually the first section I head to when I visit, and this time of year it's pretty well stocked. At my last visit I took home this little black dress with very fun sleeves, along with another gingham dress in a fit and flare style. There are few places you can get such a huge selection of great dresses under $25, and while I couldn't share my favorites from my local store, I spent far too much time perusing their website and found so many dresses for a steal. Increase your budget a little and treat yourself to designers like Joie, Free People, Theory, and French Connection.

Which are your favorites?



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The Rundown
Balloon Sleeve Dress Thyme & Honey via TJMaxx similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Straw Clutch Rodo Italy via Goodwill similar
Hammered Gold Pendant Mark similar
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry



Linking up with Classy Yet Trendy's Trendy Wednesday
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Form Over Function

Oh these sleeves. I got this top well over a year ago, and aside from styling it for outfit photos, I never really wore it. The sleeves are just massive, begging to dip into food, get wet in sinks, and gather up dirt. Fear of the sleeves getting stained or otherwise just making a mess kept this top relegated to the closet. I considered perhaps I should just get rid of it, if I was too afraid to wear it. Then suddenly things made sense, if I'd be willing to let it go, then shouldn't I also be willing to risk it getting dirty? What is the shelf life on an off the shoulder, bell sleeved, pearl embellished top anyway? It was so fun to wear, and once I stopped considering it as precious, I just let myself enjoy wearing it.

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The Rundown
Off The Shoulder Bell Sleeve Blouse c/o Irisie
High Rise Button Fly Jeans Gap
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage 
Gold Bon Bon Earrings The Dressing Room Boutique
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Fishnet Stockings" Essie




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Peaks of the Week


Sometimes I just have to face the facts, and buy more hangers. I hate buying more hangers because I see it as a sign of defeat, that I have failed to enforce the one-in one-out rule. However, the twice daily migration of a pile of clothes from bed to chair and back again caused me to reach my breaking point. The Rachel Comey sweater I bought last month was another story. Knits need to be stored in drawers, not on hangers. My hand was forced to do a mini sweater purge or suffer the sweater languishing on the back of my chair for the next five months. At last I can breath easy, the clothing purgatory eliminated. For now.

I should be thankful a clothing pile was the biggest stressor in my life this week - a huge storm hit the state on Tuesday night and many of my fellow Connecticutians have been without power since, not to mention all the destruction of the downed trees. I saw so many crazy instastories!

Anyway, here is what I loved this week:

❀ Our affinity for the 50-mm lens.

❀ I legit failed a research paper in high school because I refused to put two spaces after a period, and I stand by that decision.

❀ Every self help book I've ever read boiled down into one article.

❀ Loving this adorable scallop hem jacket.

❀ Last semester a course was offered at Yale on how to be happier, which got such a huge attendance they had to move it to Woolsey Hall. Here's how it changed the students. (Also the course is being offered for free online for anyone to take!)

❀ Women are saying LuLaRoe is a pyramid scheme.

❀ Alissa's post about adopting her dog - awwwww!

With this logic, I signed up for Movie Pass.

Rosé All Day sangria - yes please!

❀ I love the Moroccan inspired bedding from Target's Opal House line.

❀ Lauren took photos under the same magnolia tree as I did!