Memorial Day Target Sale Picks!

I hope you all are having a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend if you are here in the US. We have had mostly rainy weather here in Eastern Iowa, though it really didn’t matter much because I have pretty much spent the entire weekend in my office glued to the computer studying (ah, to be a graduate student).

Here in the US, Memorial Day Weekend is known as the start of the summer, which here in Iowa means BBQ, fireworks, baseball, corn on the cob, and spending time at the lake enjoying warmer weather!

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Target (one of my favorite places to shop) is having a great sale on almost all of their clothing, accessories, and shoes! With code MEM30 you can get 30% off. How awesome is that?! Here are my picks from their sale 🙂

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  1.  This pleated maxi skirt in a peachy-oatmeal color is a great piece for transitioning from spring to summer. Pair it with a cheeky statement tee or a chambray button down!
  2. An Aztec-print kimono for under $20? Yes, please!
  3. Slip-ons are everywhere lately. I snagged this pair a couple weeks ago and I love how versatile they are. Available in cognac and black.

Since it’s summer, I had to pick out something for hitting up the pool/lake/beach.

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  1. Mesh details are very on-point this season for a subtle, but sexy, accent to any outfit. This swimsuit is a very affordable option for incorporating some mesh into your wardrobe! (Bottoms here)
  2. This bag adds a great pop of color (or many pops of color haha) to our mesh swimmie. Plus, it’s actually big enough for your towel, hat, sunscreen, snacks, and bottle of wine water.

What are you picking up at the Memorial Day sales this weekend?

xoxo, Mandie

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Frenchie Fever!!

My little squishy-faced buddy, Winston, turns one today! winston birthdayBecause of his fawn coloring, he is often mistaken for a pug. But this handsome little dude is all French Bulldog. Frenchies have been everywhere lately, so in honor of Winston’s birthday, I rounded up a few Frenchie merchandise favorites!

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  1.  Adorable lipgloss from Forever 21, cute enough to display on your nightstand or desk!
  2. Perfect for a day at the dog park, these French Bulldog Print Toms by The Matt Butler via Scoutmob will have everyone talking!
  3. The Frenchie on this shirt is as cool as they come!
  4. Those big ears get cold in the winter! Protect them with the BatHat by snorfindustries.
  5. Where else would you want to store your cookies? Or homemade dog treats?
  6. This dishtowel from Anthropologie is too cute to use, officially.
  7.  You can never have enough Frenchie shirts!

And of course, you can always customize a shirt for yourself at Pop Your Pup! They take a photo of your pet’s face, turn it into pop art, and put it on a shirt for you!

And because I’m obsessed with my dog and, like any good fur-mom, think he is just the cutest ever…here are more photos of my buddy Winston

winstonCollageHappy Birthday little dude. Thanks for make me smile everyday–even on the days when you eat my socks.

Store Spotlight: Ash & Willow

Customer service is a big deal to me. I’ll even pay extra for it (seriously, who has the time or energy to be treated like crap?) and love you forever. However, when you can get an affordable, great piece and great customer service? Well that is just the best!

That brings me to a store I found recently via The Budget Babe: Ash & Willow

Ash & Willow is a trendy and affordable jewelry and accessories boutique. Think  Francesca’s on a smaller scale and slightly edgier. All of their items are under $40. You get free shipping over $25. They run frequent sales! What more do you need?

Oh, and they are also super friendly. I was having trouble with a coupon code and emailed their customer service email. I heard back within an hour and the issue was resolved immediately! I was shocked. Normally, if you email a customer service, you’ll hear back sometime that day, not within an hour.

I ordered the Double Take Stud Earrings.

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They are a great and super budget-friendly alternative the the Dior Tribal Front-to-Back Earrings.

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If you have $300+ to drop on these, high five! I do not.

I was really impressed at the quality of what I got.They are comfy and adorable and the shipping was really quick. My ears are nickel-sensitive, but I have had no problems with them. They are the perfect complement to so many outfits!

FacetuneI would definitely check them out! I am so glad I did!

xoxo, Mandie

Style Staples

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staple (stā′pəl):

 A basic or principal element or feature.
What makes a style staple? For me, an item must be 3 things: versatile, comfortable, and season-less. Meet those three requirements and I will wear you out until I finally spill something intractable on you and I silently cry.
“Ugh. I just got this…like, 8 years ago.” 
That brings me to my very first style staple….the Mimu Maxi Skirt Leggings. I love these. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they have been all over social media recently. The company was started by 2 women who are trying to follow the modesty guidelines within their Hasidic Jewish tradition and still remain fashionable. Best part is, their clothing totally appeals to tons of women outside of their religious tradition! This skirt is super comfy and soft. They are available in a bunch of colors–black, camel, green, red, and blue. Mimu Maxi previously had prints available, but none for now. What I love about it is that I can remain covered up and fairly warm, but the skirt is still very figure-flattering. It cuts a nice waist for me and shows my curves without being too overt.
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(Excuse my dog, he never leaves my side…clearly)
I love it so much I already own 2 and can’t wait to buy more from this label (hello, cascade dress)! The one thing I was worried about when I bought it–would it be awkward to walk in? I mean, your legs are kind of plastered in this tube, right? Wrong! The fabric has plenty of give and hits you high enough that I still feel I can take a normal stride. I’m not going to do the splits in these anytime soon anyways.
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Necklace: Stella & Dot
Skirt leggings: Mimu Maxi
Shoes: Jonathan Adler for Toms (old)
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