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Off the Rack: Spring Highlights at Old Navy

Cute spring dresses at Old Navy

During the holiday weekend, I hit up Old Navy to check out the new spring offerings. Everything in the store was 30% off - a deal that's still happening online at OLDNAVY.COM - plus they were giving $30 in Old Navy cash for every $50 spent. While this promotion is no longer going on in stores (at least not to my knowledge), there are still many reasons to head over to Old Navy: Let's start with the dresses. My photos don't really do these justice. All the pretty dresses in pink, white, and yellow looked really nice in person. Perfect for all those upcoming graduations and weddings, not to mention Mother's Day! I also saw a lot of amazing maxi dresses that will be perfect for summer. And for casual wear, lots of cute shorts and sandals to choose from. Some highlights for me included these silver wedges, this bucket bag, and this eyelet shift dress - all of which looked more expensive than they actually were. I didn't buy anything on this trip but my husband picked up some new clothes and we got some adorable items for my son, so I left with $60 in Old Navy cash that I look forward to spending soon. Yay, spring!

Scoop up anything good at Old Navy recently?

Color Crush: Coral Touches in the Home

Color Crush: Coral Accents for the Home

In this weekly column, I'm bringing you chic home décor products and ideas that won't break the bank. This week, I’m crushing on coral accents.

Radiant Orchard has made a name for herself as Pantone’s color of the year, but I think coral is the hue for the season at home. Coral touches in the home add a fresh perspective especially in the springtime and throughout summer, and will contribute to a happy blend of his-and-her décor choices. Remember last week’s grey bedroom? You can brighten up the space by adding a coral pillow and lamp without worrying your other half that the master suite will turn into the color of sherbet! If you want to change up your nautical inspired den, a striped throw will bring lots of new into your space for under $20.

Ask BB: Designer Inspired Sporty Sandals for Less

I'm really into this spring's sporty sandal trend because I'm all about comfort. The problem is I'm coveting these high-end styles like this Marni, this Fendi, and this other Marni. Can you suggest any similar styles that won't break the bank? —Cathy N.

Sporty Sandals for Spring

Thanks to high street brands like Topshop, we've got plenty of sporty sandals for spring under $100.

Let's start with the Topshop "Hydrate" ($35, NORDSTROM.COM):

Deal du Jour: Joie Clothing and Sandals on Rue La La

Joie sale at Rue La La

Rue La La is having a major sale on Joie clothing and shoes today that you won't want to miss! I'm really into Joie at the moment after seeing Taylor Sterling, editor-in-chief of The Glitter Guide, wear her Joie sandals almost daily on Instagram. Yes, I'm sorta stalking her - along with 57k other people! So head to Rue La La if you share my obsession with this easy breezy modern brand but can't pay full price. Grab some effortless leather sandals for around $50 that you'll wear with everything from shorts to sundresses. Go, go, go!

Beauty Splurge vs. Steal of the Week: Rosemary + Mint Shampoo

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo Dupe

In this weekly column, I’m bringing you my favorite budget-friendly beauty products (and their high-end equivalents!) that are available online and in-store. This week, we’re chatting Rosemary + Mint Shampoo (!). Also make sure to check out my blog, for even more beauty product reviews and tips.

I love ALL things Aveda (they’re a great brand) and I was super excited to try the Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo because it’s known to add body to fine hair (which I have) without stripping the hair of vital nutrients, and the combination of rosemary and mint is honestly just delicious. The mint helps to wake up your senses and rosemary is the ingredient that helps protect your hair from environmental damage so, aside from the fab smell, it’s really just a great product…but at $13 a bottle? Personally, I’m always willing to pay a little extra for hair care just because I’ll do pretty much anything to give my hair more volume, but then I recently discovered a drugstore brand equivalent that is A-MAZING and, get this, only $3!