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BB's Weekly Link Round-Up: Memorial Day Sales Picks from $12

Shop amazing Memorial Day weekend sales!
1. Peplum Tee (just $14!) // 2. Tassel Earrings // 3. Mar y Sol Straw Bag (20% off, look for less here) // 4. Chino Shorts (just $12!) // 5. Salt Water Leather Sandals (6 colors) // 6. Self-Tanning Lotion

This weekend, I'm feeling inspired by all the great sales celebrating the unofficial start of summer!

But first...

Sydne Style shares 6 stylish Memorial Day outfit ideas.

College Fashion styles a denim mini dress for day and night.

Corporette rounds up the best online subscription boxes for your work wardrobe.

SHEfinds shares the best products for letting your hair air dry.

I baked these easy Greek Yogurt brownies this week and we all agreed they were fudgy and delicious!

Now for our sales round-up!

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Target: Women's shorts start at just $12! I bought this pair.

Ann Taylor: 40% off full price styles with code SUMMER, plus extra 50% off sale styles

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% off the entire store

Kohl's: Get $10 off $25 with code TAKE10. Good time to shop the trendy new k/lab line.

Old Navy: All tees, tanks, shorts and swim - 50% off!

Boden: 30% off with code 3Z9V

Nordstrom: The Half-Yearly Sale is going strong - save up to 40% until June 4th. See what I bought here.

Nordstrom Rack: Take an extra 25% off clearance

Have a great weekend, babes! xxBB

Christina Milian's Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Top and Skinny Jeans Look for Less

Christina Milian's velvet off-the-shoulder sweatshirt and skinny jeans look for less
Just in time for the weekend, Christian Milian shows off a sweet and sexy going-out look featuring a velvet off-the-shoulder sweatshirt paired with skinny jeans and sparkly sandals.

I love the mismatched pink hues paired with lightwash denim - it's feminine and fashion forward. She's also playing with so many fun textures that are perfect for a night out, from the supersoft velvet to her rhinestone encrusted heels.

And since it's all about the glow when you're going out, don't forget the perfect bronzer - I recently received a sample of It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Bronzer and it's amazing - a little goes a long way, making this well worth the price!

MORE: Christina Milian's Crop Top and Neon Pumps Look for Less

Christina Milian's velvet off-the-shoulder sweatshirt and skinny jeans look for less

Christina Milian Photo Credit: Byrdman / BACKGRID

Links of the Day:

Memorial Day sales are everywhere! I'm shopping the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale along with everyone else on the planet!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: What I Bought

Shop the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale with these picks under $100.

Whenever there's a Nordstrom sale, I get a serious case of FOMO if I'm not taking part in the fun! I love seeing what everyone is scooping up, so I thought it would be fun to share what I've purchased so far, too. There are a lot of really good deals and plenty to choose from, no matter what your style may be. Popular styles are selling out quickly though (Nordstrom shoppers don't fool around, so I've learned!) Here's what I got:

1. Sam Edelman Peep-Toe Booties: It's hard to believe I don't own a pair of peep-toe booties, so I finally got a pair in a yummy warm neutral cognac brown that I can wear with casual outfits like jeans or dresses. Since I practically live in ankle boots 9 months out of the year, these perforated leather open-toe booties are the summer stand-in!

2. Lucky Brand Peplum Top: For summer, I seem to either go preppy (see my Target buys) or I start channeling my inner boho babe, hence this embroidered top in shades of ivory and dusty rose. I can wear these with jeans and the peep-toe booties or other casual sandals for summer get-togethers. Easy and pretty!

3. Lucky Brand Floral Top: I picked up another top by Lucky Brand (which is kinda like the less cool cousin of Free People or something, but I'm okay with that!) because I need some casual yet cute tops with short sleeves (finding tops and dresses with sleeves is always a challenge...why is that?). I hope this one fits! I can wear it with shorts or jeans. I love the pop of color and the print feels fun for summer.

4. BP Striped Tee: I can't resist a striped tee and this one got great reviews. For the price, I figured it's a no brainer!

5. Madewell Chambray Shorts: I love the look of Madewell but hardly own anything by the brand, so I thought for the price, I'll try these soft shorts and see how I like them. I also picked up these chambray shorts at Target recently for just $12, so I'm curious to see how the quality compares. I figure I can wear these around the house and to the beach. When it gets hot, I know I'll be so glad I bought these elastic waist shorts in lightweight fabric!

Other items I'm eying include this Hinge utility jacket (because I clearly need another utility jacket) and this floral peplum top.

What are you eying/buying from the sale?

Get Reese Witherspoon's Gorgeous-in-Gingham Look

Reese Witherspoon Gingham Top and Off-White Skirt Look for Less
Reese Witherspoon is the embodiment of summer style in her Draper James gingham top, off-white skirt and brown platform wedge sandals.

Finishing off the look with some glam cateye sunglasses, gold jewelry, and a seasonally chic straw tote, the actress-turned-fashion-designer is the only advertising that her brand needs.

I included Reese's exact top in today's look for those who want to splurge a little, plus some amazing budget-friendlier options like this LOFT top! When you mix gingham, straw and strappy sandals, it's hard to go wrong!

MORE: Reese Witherspoon is Ready for Summer in Her Watermelon Sweater

Reese Witherspoon Gingham Top and Off-White Skirt Look for Less

Shop the Look for Less:

TOP: Draper James Gingham Top (exact match)
This gingham top by LOFT is the next best thing! Just $54.50 plus 40% off with code VACAY
I also like this Merona Gingham Top (just $22.99) available in plus-size, too
SKIRT: H&M Denim Skirt
BAG: H&M Straw Shopper
SHOES: Michael Kors Platform Sandal (now 40% off!)
SUNGLASSES: BP Cateye Sunnies
NECKLACE: The Styled Collection Astrid Pendant

Reese Witherspoon Photo Credit: STPR /

Links of the Day:

Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale is going on now through June 4th! Save up to 40% off.

Have you heard of SweatStyle? It's like Stitch Fix for your workout clothes!

My $5 Pineapple Tee and More Amazing Summer Finds at Target

The Budget Babe reviews summer styles at Target.
Pineapple prints, colorful lace, gingham checks, madras plaid and more amazing summer fashions greeted me at my local Target store yesterday. I had one of those extremely rare, super-successful shopping trips with both kiddos (candy bribes may or may not have been involved) and was able to snap some pics and try on a few items, too!

Shown above: Pineapple tee (just $5!) and Mossimo Low-Rise Boyfriend Shorts 6" Inseam, wearing size 4/27 (fit is TTS). I think this is the pair online but can't quite tell for sure.