Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016 + Promo Codes!

Budget-Friendly Mother's Day Gift Guide - 2016 Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

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It’s time to honor some of the most important boss ladies in our lives again!

SPOILER ALERT: Mom, I know you subscribe to my blog so you might not want to read any further…

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8th, so you’ve still got some runway left to lock down a gift she’ll love. Above you’ll find my top picks for 2016, most of which are guaranteed to please without stressing out your bank account. Plus I’ve got some discount codes for you!

#1 Pop Sugar Must Have Box – save $5 on your order with code “APRIL5”

#4 Mermaid Tail Blanket – use code “MULTI” any time before December 1, 2016 for 10% off your order of 2 or more mermaid tail blankets from CrateFallsDesigns on Etsy. I may or may not have sent these ridiculously fun blankets to my own mother and grandmother this year.

Is your mom into a more traditional gift like flowers on Mother’s Day? Does she live in San Diego, LA, New York, Miami or Philly?

If so, I highly recommend sending her a Mother’s Day bouquet (#7) from Olyve, and I’ve got a 20% off discount code for you! Just use code “OLYVE20” during checkout — bookmark this one because the savings are valid on flower orders made between now and August 1, 2016.

I recently had a chance to sample a flower delivery experience from Olyve and it was really special. Their prices already include delivery (even on holidays), the flowers are even more spectacular in person, and they personalize the gifting experience by allowing you to upload a photo or video that your recipient will receive on their phone as their bouquet is being delivered.

OLYVE + DOUG Mother's Day Flower Bouquet

Have you made it this far and still haven’t found the gift inspiration you seek? You can always cheat and review last year’s gift guide. When in doubt, a “Press for Champagne” button is a pretty safe bet too.

Which gift idea is your favorite? I’d love to hear what you’re gifting your moms in the comments below!

Something Juicy in the Desert

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Did you hear today’s juicy news?? The NY Times reported that Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew just announced “the most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century by proposing to replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist.” Word on the street is that he has a plan to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 bills soon as well.

But the juicy doesn’t stop there because I’m also sharing the latest addition to my food-inspired collection of pool toys (come on, a watermelon raft?!?!), as well as a sweet look from one of my favorite online budget-friendly boutiques: Shabby Apple!

I love the stretchy (and therefore very forgiving) taffeta material of this little dress. The strategic pleats give it a flattering amount of volume and a retro fit-and-flare shape.

Shabby Apple has more recently launched an updated version which includes both a nautical stripe and even a ¾ length sleeve with little accent bows. At just over $100, the price tag is a little steeper than I might typically consider but the classic design has a stylish staying power that makes up for it.

IMO, this could provide a playful and economical option for budget brides on the search for their bridesmaid dresses.

“Nutcracker” Dress ℅ Shabby Apple  → Get 10% off when you sign up for their newsletter!
Watermelon Pool Toy: Big Mouth, Inc.
Leopard Peep Toe Heels: Nine West (past season). So sorry, ladies! I searched high and low but I couldn’t find anything similar! 🙁

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Spring always brings a mix of elements, doesn’t it? Torrential downpours and gray skies wash away all the winter grit and then the world suddenly bursts to life again in a spectrum of colors and textures and sweet smells. And pollen too, but hey, let’s try to keep it positive.

It’s also the time of year we all know and love: TAX SEASON!

Yes, I know that most people dislike taxes and dread tax time, but I’ve grown to enjoy that tax season provides a perfect opportunity to redeem myself financially for the year ahead. And if you guessed that I’m about to discourage you from blowing your tax return dollars on a new pair of shoes or some other frivolity, then you guessed correctly. 😉

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How Affordable Accessories Can Actually Save Your Style Budget

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I apologize that I haven’t had the time to shoot as many budget-friendly fashion looks in the last couple of months. I do realize that some of you really enjoy that content so today I’m sharing some makeup and accessory inspiration.

In my opinion, bold accessories and even a great statement lipstick can completely transform the look of an otherwise understated outfit (like this unremarkable black top paired with fitted black denim, for example).

Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers <$25!


Boss Lady Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - Stocking Stuffers Under $20

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Today’s post is focusing on some of my favorite gifting ideas that are both unique and affordable. I think you’ll enjoy some of my picks whether you’re looking for something small enough to stuff a stocking, or just some fresh ideas for your own holiday shopping wish list:

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