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Off the Rack: Spring Style Finds at Walmart

Fashion at Walmart

I stopped at Walmart the other day to pick up some extremely unglamorous Draino for a clogged sink (which we now believe is a frozen's not fun) and took a moment to scope out the spring fashions (or lack thereof). I've worked with Walmart's fashion PR before (more on that here) so I know they have good stuff, but the stores in my area never seem to get any of it. What I did like were some cute cut-off shorts with crochet detailing, high-waist shorts in white, mint and coral, the cap sleeve dress (above) that would be nice for Easter, some striped espadrille flats, striped canvas totes ($9.97, perfect for the beach) and super cheap statement earrings (they look cheap up close but could fool anyone at a dimly lit bar or restaurant). And I left with the most adorable pair of blue and lime green rainboots ($12.46, sold out online) for my little guy - I've bought a great pair of waterproof sandals for my son last summer, so I'm hoping these hold up just as well. In other news, Walmart is making headlines for raising wages, a move that already has T.J.Maxx/Marshalls following suit.

Decorate by Number: Mint and Yellow Office

Spring office inspiration

Piggy backing off of Monday’s spring home essentials post, this week’s Decorate by Number is a cheery home office that is sure to brighten your day at work! Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more inspiration.

Similar to some other rooms we’ve seen and loved before, the color palette in this space is simple with the right amount of pop. The yellow chair and mint blue ottoman don’t overwhelm the space; instead, they help liven the office and add a little bit of warmth. This is very important when decorating a space for work. Can you imagine trying to work in a white box? It’s not going to be pleasant and that’s why minimal use of color is a good idea.

Spring 2015 Trend: Light Blue

Spring 2015 Fashion Trend: Light Blue

Spring 2015 runways brought with them a host of new colors to get excited about, with one of my favorites being light blue (loved how Cynthia Rowley worked this shade with a modern-mod twist!) To make the most of this flattering blue, try a dose with your accessories, like these unexpected kitten heels or funky flatforms. Or go all out with a dress (not shown above) - let the color do the talking and stick with a simple silhouette for maximum impact. To test the waters lightly, try Essie's nail polish in Essie Truth or Flare - it's subtle enough for the office yet still super chic. However you choose to wear light blue this spring, you can easily get the look on a budget - starting with these picks under $60!

Light Blue Picks Under $60:

Oversized Sweatshirt, $39.95 / Flatform Sandals, $32.90 / Pleated Skirt, $14 / Essie "Truth or Flare" Nail Polish, $8.50 / Earrings, $32 / Studded Kitten Heels, $59.90 / Faux Leather Crossbody, $22.90

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Spot the Real: Tibi White Peep-Toe Mule

White mules for spring: Which costs more?

Earlier today we featured Victoria Beckham, and now we're looking at a shoe she's popularized on the runways in her own collections: The mule. A bit of a throwback to 90s fashion but reinvented in crisp white leather with a flash of peep-toe, these shoes aren't for everyone but they will be everywhere come spring. See if you can guess which shoe costs $375 (that's $340 more than the look for less!)

Which shoe costs more?


10 Best Quilted Bags On A Budget

10 Best Quilted Bags on a Budget
A quilted handbag is a classic look that every woman needs in her collection, equally at home with jeans and a t-shirt as it is with a dress and heels. Here are ten standout quilted purse picks, ranging from just over $20 at Forever 21 to just under $300 by Rebecca Minkoff.