Affordable One-Piece Swim Picks

I’m pretty new to the one-piece swimwear trend… last year was the first time I fully embraced it. I’m heading to Croatia and Cali this spring and have been on the hunt for a few more. But because I live in New England, my attitude about swimwear has always been to avoid spending too much $ on them. They only get so much use around here, so in my opinion, it’s not worth it unless I find one that has the most incredible fit, great quality and a timeless style.

This year, I noticed that lots of stores like Target and Aerie have been offering free shipping/free returns on swimwear, so I went ahead and took advantage of that by ordering a wholeeee bunch of one-piece options to try on. I was expecting to wind up with maybe 2 to keep, but now I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! Below are some of my favorites and more details on each, including other colors they come in and how they fit. Shop these affordable one-piece swim picks via the links!*

Affordable One-Piece Swimwear - Target Swim

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Green Palm PrintI love this print – it’s exactly what I had in mind when I started my one-piece hunt. This one also comes in under $30, so it’s a steal. It has a low scoop back with fun detailing – and while I do love this, I’ve found that this style isn’t the best option for my body type. Because this is from the Xhilaration line, I recommend sizing up (I got a medium but probably could have used a large).

Black/White Striped with LaceI was skeptical about the fit of this one but went ahead and ordered after seeing lots of positive reviews… one person said they even went back for the black version with white lace. It reminds me of THIS more expensive version that I had my eye on last year, and I like that it has a tie in the back that allows you to adjust the tightness at your waist. There’s a very similar style from the Sea Angel line that comes in black and navy and you can also grab it in maternity sizing in both solids and prints here, here & here.

Pink Floral/TropicalThis is probably my favorite out of the bunch when it comes to the print – and I also like the Tori Praver line because I know they’re high quality for the price. If you’re looking at someone wearing this one from the back, it looks like they’re wearing a two-piece bikini. The medium fit well, but I ultimately decided not to keep this one in favor of others, mainly because I didn’t think the low back was super flattering on me. It also comes in this fun floral print and this bright tropical print.

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Scalloped Black Floral: This option from the Vanilla Beach line is a pretty simple, low-back one-piece – but it has fun scalloped details that make it super flattering. If you’re looking for a solid color, it also comes in black, and here is another floral print option. I like that it has adjustable straps and the cut is a bit cheeky. Also got a medium in this one.

Green Floral/Birds of ParadiseAnother Tori Praver one-piece, this is in the running for my favorite this season. It can be worn/tied in two different ways and has a slight cutout on the sides. The bottom of it is cheeky, but also comes up the perfect amount so that you feel nice and sucked in in the right places. The medium was right for me on this one as well.

Gingham & Black: This is such a classic cut and I love that it has gingham on top (also available in stripes, solid black and a blue tropical/floral print). I had a similar style suit from J.Crew last year with the same ruching on the bottom half and knew this one would be good for my body type. Medium was good on this one – note that this one is less cheeky than some of the others but I still like it! If you’re looking for a gingham suit but this one isn’t for you, try this one, which also fit really well.

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Beach Vacation Outfits

OK peeps… who is so sick of winter that you’re ready just to skip ahead to summer?! I sure am – but here in New England, summer isn’t quite in sight because it doesn’t even feel like spring (it snowed today, ugh). But to hold myself over, I’ve been deep in vacation planning. We’re heading to Colorado in May for my brother’s graduation, Croatia for a family vacation in June and then San Diego/LA to visit friends and go to a family wedding in July. Lots to look forward to!

And with that, I’m on the hunt for the perfect vacation/summer staples without spending too much cash money. I just ordered a bunch of bathing suits to try on from Target & Aerie and waiting for some good sales to shop so I can grab things like these shortalls that I’ve had my eye on. In the meantime, I took a look back beach vacation outfits I do have via pics from 2017 trips to Portugal and Hawaii – I still love all of these outfits and most of the items are still available (or very similar versions). Shop them all via the links below!

Show Me Your Mumu Dress

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Dress (also herehere in blue, similar here)

Sandals (also similar here)

White Lace Romper

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White Romper (also similar here & here)

Sunglasses / Bag (larger version here)

 

Gingham Off Shoulder Tank

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Similar Gingham Tank (also here)

Sandals / Similar Bag & Hat

 

Pineapple Tank

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Pineapple Tank (also here, similar here for $17!)

Sunglasses / Similar Shorts

 

Show Me Your Mumu Crop Tank

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Top in similar prints here & here

Similar shorts here & hereSunglasses

50% Off Spring Shoe Sale!

I’m always on the hunt for a good sale. Lately, anytime I spot something online that I want to buy, I leave it up on my browser until it goes on sale (or sells out, sadly) and then I grab it. That happened today when I went to buy the perfect gingham dress that I’ve had my eye on – it was on sale, plus an additional 15% off – that I knew would be good for my brother’s graduation, bridal/baby showers, etc.

While I was checking out, I noticed that Lord & Taylor was also having a hugeeee spring shoe sale. So today I’m sharing lots of neutral spring shoes that are ALL 50% off. This sale is so good that you should definitely grab your favorite pairs soon because they’re selling out. And note that while I’m sharing neutral shoes below, many of these come in black and other colors! Shop them all by scrolling through the widget and clicking on the shoes you want.

Spring Shoe Sale - Lord & Taylor

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Derby Day Outfits

Last year, one of my girlfriends had a Derby Day-themed bridal shower and we had so much fun getting dressed up for it. When I was looking for a fun outfit to wear, I put together a post with lots of Derby Day outfit ideas because I didn’t see much for inspiration online. That was one of my favorite posts of the year and I wanted to bring back the topic with my picks for this year. Shop some of my favorite dresses, fascinators and hats using the widgets below (just scroll through & click the pics!).

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Favorite Lace Midi Dress (& Lots of Similar Styles!)

Ever since our wedding, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect blue dress, similar to the color my bridesmaids wore. I found exactly that last summer – this lace midi dress, which was under $90. It’s a near-exact dupe for the popular Self Portrait Azaelea dress, minus over $200. I was tempted to grab another color when they launched fall colors… and now it’s back again with new colors for spring. They finally have the periwinkle color I’m wearing below back in stock, along with white (great for brides!), black and several new colors, eggplant, lilac, mint, navy and red.

This dress tends to sell out in various colors and sizes, but just keep checking back on Nordstrom until what you’re looking for is there. I’ve found that they are continually restocked and it just takes a bit of patience if you have a specific color in mind. But if you see the one you want, grab it before it’s gone! They are constantly launching and replacing colors, so you don’t want to miss your chance. I recommend you size up if you’re between sizes (I’m 5′ 8″ and got a medium). If you’re unsure of your size, you can easily order two thanks to Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns.

While I personally think the cut of this dress is flattering on anyone, if it’s not for you, try this one. It’s the same brand, same price, but an off-shoulder ruffle style that comes in pale yellow and white. It’s a strong contender for an early summer wedding I’m attending! Along with that dress, I also tracked down lots of similar options to shop via the links and widget below. Click through the links because many of them have several color options available and are at pretty low price points. If you find any others, leave them in the comments for everyone to see!

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

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DressBag / Sandals

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Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Season

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Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

Spring Target Shoes Under $35

After brunching with some girlfriends today, I decided to take a trip over to Target to see if they had a pair of shoes I saw online. I actually had a different post planned for today, but after I checked out the shoe section, I had to share what I found instead! Target is oftentimes the best place to find less expensive versions of trendy shoes, but I find that you have to try them on because they vary when it comes to comfort. All of the spring shoes I found were comfortable and so affordable!

You can find links to my favorite picks below – use the links to shop my top 15 – and if you keep scrolling down you can find even more in the shoppable widget. They are all under $35 and most are around $20. Andddd most of these Target shoes come in lots of colors and patterns, so click through to see what your options are. I’m so ready for spring… now I just need the weather to go back to being warm (snowstorm coming Wednesday… ugh!!).

Spring Target Shoes Under $35

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Floral Tank in Palm Springs

A few weeks ago, I was out in Palm Springs celebrating my mom’s birthday. We had a great long weekend exploring – hiking, eating and relaxing – away from the cold New England weather. More to come on my Palm Springs recommendations in an upcoming travel post, but in the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore while I was there – mainly because I love the tank top and it’s on sale for $9.99 and available in all sizes. We got a taste of warm weather for two days last week and I cannot wait for spring to finally be here to stay!

This floral tank top is nice and lightweight and perfect for either wearing on its own with shorts or jeans or using as a layer underneath something like a jean or leather jacket. I love how flowy it is because it’s a loose-fitting top while still being flattering. I also picked up these sunglasses and cross body bag before the trip and they’ll both be staples in my spring wardrobe (& beyond!).

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

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Tank Top ($9.99!)Similar Shorts ($35!)

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Bag (also black, blush & blue; larger version here)

Sandals (also black & similar in gold)

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Weekend Reading – February 18, 2018

This has been a great long weekend and it’s not even over yet. We flew out to San Fran on Wednesday night and have been staying with our friends who live north of the city. It’s been the perfect mix of exploring and relaxing with friends we don’t get to see very often, which included a 1st birthday party for their little one. On Thursday, we took the ferry into the city, grabbed lunch and checked out a few spots we hadn’t been to on past trips, such as the Painted Ladies. Another day was spent in Sonoma at a few vineyards and lunch.

I’m definitely not looking forward to trekking back home tomorrow – but hope you were all able to relax and enjoy the long weekend. On the positive side, it looks like it’s going to be 60 degrees back home for a couple days this week. Before we close out the weekend, here’s some weekend reading with some of my favorite links, shopping picks and sale finds.

Weekend Reading

Links I Love:

  • I’ve been considering trying acupuncture because I have carpal tunnel in my wrist and have heard it can be good for lots of other things too. This post breaks it all down and made me even more into it. We’ll see if I can get over my fear of needles and actually try it out.
  • How cool is Chloe Kim?! I have a slight obsession with the Olympics and have been loving the snowboarders. This article made me even more excited for her big win.
  • This post about how to re-energize yourself at work talks about everything from organization to finding your community at work. The suggestions are all simple, but also important.
  • I started my blog about a month after our wedding and really didn’t put much thought into the layout. This post about how to choose the right template for your website or blog is helpful and made me start thinking about changing mine up in the future.

Shopping Finds:

  • I love a good thermal shirt (two of my favorites here & here). This one is next on my list – it comes in lots of colors and looks super cozy and like it will be great for layering or wearing on its own, dressed up or down.
  • These fun tassel earrings also come in a bunch of colors and look like they are also pretty lightweight. I love big earrings but not when they feel heavy. I might need to grab these in white for spring.
  • I’m into a good leopard print as a neutral and have my eye on these slide sneakers. I think they’d be so cute with jeans for work with a cute top, or with yoga pants for running errands. I also like these, which are on super sale in some colors/sizes.
  • Cozy sweatshirts that don’t look one bit like my old college hoodie that I wear around the house have been on repeat for me lately. This one has a twist hem in front that gives it the look of being perfectly tucked in. I’m into the pink but it also comes in a nice gray – and it’s only $45.

Sale Picks:

  • Last week I posted about this straw bag that would be perfect for summer. I just found a similar black crossbody bag that’s on sale for $24! This one is even more similar – not on sale, but under $100.
  • This leather backpack is on super sale for $115, down from almost $400! I have another bag from this brand and it’s great quality. Their bags are good staple items that will last.
  • Two of my go-to lightweight jackets (that I also wear over t-shirts) are on sale right now. Here is the faux leather jacket and here is another that’s a very soft faux suede.
  • I got these Loeffler Randall heels last year that are perfect for wedding season, but I just spotted very similar sandals that are on sale for just $48. I love that they’re cognac and will go with lots of dresses and other outfits.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide… for You!

I made it through my 31st birthday this weekend and now its onto Valentine’s Day. We’ll be heading out to San Fran to visit friends after work for the holiday – we typically prefer travel over gifts. But I do think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat yourself to something fun you’ve had your eye on.

So today I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day gift guide… for you, all of which you can shop using the links below! You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of PJs, fun earrings or a good candle. I went ahead and grabbed the faux suede jacket below when I spotted it 40% off, so stay tuned for that! How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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 PJ Set / Earrings / iPhone Case 

Jacket (also in black, both 40% off!)

Underwear Set / Candy Set

Heart Sweater / Lip Set / Robe

Sneakers / Candle

Bag / Earrings 1 / Earrings 2

2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Black Friday! It’s time to recover from Thanksgiving and kick off Black Friday shopping, whether you plan to do so in-store or from the comfort of your couch. It’s crazy how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now morphed into a week-long shopping occasion that starts even before Thanksgiving! My cousin and I made a tradition out of outlet shopping on Black Friday several years ago (we go later in the day once the crowds die down!) so that’s where I’ll be headed in a bit, but in the meantime there are so many online sales to shop!

I’m rounding up the best sales below, along with my favorite picks for both gifts for others (or yourself) and everyday style finds to add to your wardrobe while prices are low. All you have to do is scroll through the widgets below and click through to buy. Happy shopping – and hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend with your loved ones.

xo,

Katy

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Gift & Style Finds

Abercrombie — 50% off everything

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American Eagle/Aerie — 40% off everything

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ASOS — 30% off with EPIC30 (thru 11/28)

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Gap — 50% off with BLKFRIDAY (thru 11/25)

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J.Crew — 40% off with THANKU (thru 11/26)

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J.Crew Factory — 50% off, no code needed

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LC Lauren Conrad — everything already on sale, plus 15% off with SAVEBIG15 (thru 11/24)

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LL Bean — 25% off Bean Boots with FRIDAY25 (thru 11/24); 20% off with THANKS20 (thru 11/28)

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LOFT — 50% off with THANKS

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Lord & Taylor — 20% off with FRIDAY; $20 off $175+ with PURCHASE; extra 50% off newly-reduced women’s apparel

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Madewell — 25% off with DONTSTRESS (thru 11/26)

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Old Navy — 50% off everything

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