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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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



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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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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!

Magnolia

It is not happenstance that I come across so many flowering trees this time of year. Over my years of blogging I've spent time each spring keeping a watchful eye of the blooms, hopefully adding a new location to my mental list of places to visit. Timing is important too, and I'll find myself taking the long way home from work most days to check on the progress of the trees.

This beautiful magnolia can be found in the center of Madison, CT, and I've only managed to catch it in bloom once before.

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Ruffle Sleeve Blouse Ann Taylor similar
Satin Pants Ann Taylor similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Suede Accordion Bag Banana Republic similar
Castillo Gold Dipped Lace Earrings c/o Uncommon Goods
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Nail Color "Fishnet Stockings" Essie

 


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Floaty Floral

I hope all the mommas had a good Mother's Day yesterday! My mom and I kept it pretty low-key this year, since I was her only child to spend it with her, we actually cooked something for the blog! Not sure when I'm going to get the post up, but I'm working on it. Other than that, we went to pick out some flowers for the garden, and watched a movie. The weather took a nosedive over the weekend and was unrelentingly cold and grey. Thankfully on Friday after work (while it was still warm and sunny out), I met up with Courtney at Lyman Orchards and we took outfit photos among the rows of blooming apple tress. I'm not sure when I will get them up on the blog, as I'm happy to say I've got a backlog of photos for the first time since probably last summer. That is always a good place to be, hopefully I can keep it up!

This is an outfit that I wore to work with a cardigan on. I was going to photograph the cardigan too, but it turned out to be such a gorgeous afternoon, I was happier leaving it in the car.

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Floral Cami Eight Sixty via Poshmark
Linen Pants Lou & Grey similar
Katrine Mule Crown Vintage via DSW
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Necklaces Luna Norte via TJMaxx
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
 Hammered Gold Ring Thrifted
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Caravan" Ray-Ban





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Friday Five Under $50

Time for a summery Friday five. I have literally put these items in all my virtual carts and am trying to talk myself out of clicking 'submit order'. Especially that dress - I am such a sucker for a printed dress! Even though I feel like I've never had much luck with red dresses, that Asian inspired print is calling my name. I mean, it wouldn't hurt to order it just to try it on, right?


Topshop Knotted Midi Dress, $46 at Nordstrom
Cubic Zirconia Parrot Earrings, $40 at Express
Joseph D'Arezzo Straw Bag, $25 at TJMaxx
Bambu Bracelet, $38 at Lilly Pulitzer
Satin Knot Slide Sandals, $44 at Loft (with code LOVEMOM)

Striped Trench

Transitioning into lighter outerwear means this striped trench is making another appearance, and I'm enjoying being able to slide bare feet into my silver loafers. They are surprisingly versatile and of course so comfortable!

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Striped Trench c/o Cabi similar
Scalloped Cami J.Crew Factory
Navy Pants J.Crew thrifted similar
Silver Regan Mule c/o Vionic
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Silk Floral Scarf Ann Taylor similar
Gold Knot Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry




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