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(More) Spring Shoes at Target: The Good, The Bad and the Just Plain Ugly

Spring shoes at Target

I've already shared quite a few in-store photos of the spring shoes at Target (here and here), and the big-box retailer continues to bring out more styles for us to choose from. Some styles are repeats from last year like these Sam & Libby "Ashland" sandals, which got a facelift this season and is now available in an on-trend metallic light-blue (we love the light blue trend!) A newcomer to the Birkenstock lookalike tribe is the Mossimo "Doris", and the gold color is my least favorite of the intentionally ugly comfort sandal genre. But to each his own. I've owned uglier!

10 Ways to Makeover Your Home for Under $50

10 Ways to Makeover Your Home Under $50 /

In this weekly column, I'm sharing luxe home decor tips and finds - for less! This week, we're talking makeovers on a budget. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more ideas and inspiration.

As you know from this weekly series, a good looking home doesn't have to cost a fortune. Although home improvement projects and renovations take both time and money, small improvements make a big impact without a lot of investment.

Here are 10 ways to make your home great on a budget (under $50!):

Our Accessory Steal of the Week Is A Luxe-Looking Crossbody Bag for Just $18. How Could You Not Buy It?!

Sydne Summer rocks Old Navy's $18 Old Navy bag

In this weekly column, I’m bringing you my favorite budget-friendly steal that’s available online or in-stores. This week, we’re talking bags. Make sure to check out my blog for more fashion inspiration!

Cross-body bags are both fashionable and functional. They’ve been on trend for quite some time now. And you can wear them hands-free! A small, neutral color bag like this Old Navy bag is a great staple to wear from now into summer.

Spot the Real: Frame Oxford Tunic Top

Can you guess which tunic top costs more?

This unassuming white cotton tunic top can be worn so many ways for spring, especially layered. You'll see what I mean if you can guess which of the tops shown here costs more. The Frame tunic top is $210, while the look for less is now $38 on sale. Click a link below to find out which costs more!


Thanks to my friend Marta B. for sharing this look for less find!

Get Fashion Blogger Mara Ferreira's Spring Office Look for Less

M Love M fashion blogger look for less

While browsing my Pinterest feed recently, I spotted this beautiful spring look on fashion blogger Mara Ferreira, author of the always-inspirational M Loves M. It's so feminine and colorful yet still appropriate for many work environments thanks to the flats, blazer and structured satchel. The only downside is that Mara's Aquazurra "Christy" lace up flats alone cost $695, making this a tough look to achieve on a budget. You can shop her exact outfit items on her blog in this post. I did some searching and came up with the look for less that's $170.50 total, head to toe! Shop my girl-on-a-budget picks below:

Get the look for less:
Dress / Blazer / Shoes / Bag / Necklace

Housekeeping Note: I'm hosting my first Instagram loop giveaway along with 12 of my favorite bloggers! Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a $400 Nordstrom giftcard - you could do some serious shopping with that! The winner will be announced March 27th. Good luck!

Image of Mara via M Loves M