Friday 5

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outfit: top (sold out) similar, similar, similar  ||  leggings (maternity),  similar (not maternity), similar (on sale)  ||  hat  ||  booties (old) similar  

Happy Friday friends! What are your plans this weekend? Jon and I are heading to visit his parents for his dad's birthday over in the Asheville area for the weekend. I am looking forward to some family time and also some cooler weather in the mountains! Below are my Friday 5. If you're new to The Bargain Belle, the Friday 5 are 5 things that I am enjoying this week. It can be anything from articles from the internet that I found interesting, sales going on, recipes, new workouts, to a new music video or a movie trailor.  Hope you enjoy!

1. This outfit is a little more edgy than I typically wear but a lot of fun! I am loving all the crushed velvet pieces this fall! I know that velvet is only a trend though, so if I know something may only stick around for a season or two I buy inexpensive items. This top sold out fast but I linked some super similar ones below that are all under $15! This cabby hat (cadet hat) I have worn multiple times already and love it for bad hair days or days I don't have time to wash my hair. These moto leggings are maternity and are SOO comfortable! They're my first pair of maternity pants and I don't know why I waited so long to buy them as they put zero pressure on my belly and stay in place. I linked some similar non maternity pairs below as well. 

2.  Today is apparently National Coffee day (who makes this stuff up?!). Here are a few businesses participating, where you can score some discounted or even free java!

  • Dunkin Donuts is offering BOGO free deal (today only)
  • Krispy Kreme is offering 1 free coffee drink (no purchase necessary) through sunday!
  • Peet's Coffee (I wish we had one in the south!) has 25% off bags of coffee and a free coffee drink with the purchase of a bag of beans
  • Tim Horton's is offering a free hot or iced coffee when you download their app (man I miss iced caps!) 
  • Einstein Bagels is offering a free coffee to every customer (no purchase necessary)

3. If you're a Mindy Project fan, you already know that this is the 6th and final season. The Mindy Project is one of my favorite shows that I've ever watched! I think a lot of my girlfriends and myself included feel connected to Mindy's character and loved tuning in over the years! Here is an interview with Mindy Kaling about her career and the end of her show that I think really sums up the amazing show she created (p.s. weird that I cried at the end lol?!).

4. Favorite links this week:

 

5. Sales you don't want to miss!

  • Nordstrom Rack is having a FRYE boot sale just in time to stock up for fall/winter! FRYE makes really high quality boots that will last you years! 
  • Today is the last day to get up to 25% off everything on Shop Bop's website
  • Madewell is offering up to 30% off new items with promo code YESANDYES
  • Macy's is having their fall sale with up to 20% off with promo code FALL

Thanks so much for stopping by!
XO,

Christine 

Fall Fashion in Summer Weather

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Outfit:  dress, long sleeve version  ||  cardigan (old) similar, similar  ||  booties  ||  star necklace

Holy heat!! This is the toastiest September (almost October?!?) I've ever experienced. It seems that mother nature did not get the memo that we are trying to pull out our sweaters, scarves and riding boots. Living in the south, fall always seems delayed. However, with that being said retail and the rest of the fashion world have already fully emerged in all things fall. As soon as kids start going back to school I am ready for darker colors, comfy layers, and pumpkin flavored everything. I have put away most of my summer shorts and dresses by now (not that they're fitting anyways lol) and am mixing pieces to stay cool but still dress for fall. This bodycon dress you've probably seen before but I canNOT say enough good things about it! I first bought it grey and liked it so much that I picked up the black version too. It is so comfortable and flattering and looks good on all body types (a win win!). I know I'll be wearing it after the baby comes too! It also comes in this long sleeves version, which I plan on getting as soon as it's not 1,000 degrees outside! I wanted to make this sleeveless dress look more "fallish" so I threw on a cocoon cardigan, which also helps combat the A/C chill when running errands. Throw on a pair of your favorite booties and you're good to go for a 90 degree fall day ;).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Christine 

 

 

Tuesday Temptations

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outfit:  top  ||  denim  ||  hat (under $10)  ||  booties  ||  earrings  || belly band (this is awesome!!)  

I am feeling very pregnant all of sudden lol. I am 6 months along this week and it's all starting to feel so real! Jon and I can't wait to meet this little peanut but also feel like we have SOO much to do to prepare for his arrival. How does such a tiny human require so much stuff and preparation?! Even though it seems like a lot to take in/ to prepare for we are just trying to enjoy these last few months of it just being the two of us before we welcome this little boy into our lives (eek can't wait!). I am so grateful for a healthy pregnancy and for the support and love Jon has given me along the way!

Speaking of being pregnant...I have been buying a few new pieces here and there lately that fit me now and hopefully later as well. I have been mostly buying looser more flowy pieces that are not maternity but that I will be able to wear after the baby arrives too (I bought a few maternity items that I'll share later as well!). I picked up this Free People top the other day and it is so comfortable, stretchy and goes with everything. I love Free People because they make unique, casual pieces that hold up and stand the test of time. What brands are you loving lately? I'd love to know! 

Here are a few items on my wish list right now:

  • This Free People top (on sale!) 
  • Love this leopard clutch
  • This Armchair is so cute in any color! I am not in the market for any furniture right now, but if you are this would make such a great statement piece.
  • I love a good coffee cup and this one would make a cute little gift (and is only $7!).
  • I have been eyeing these floor poufs for some time now and think it would be so cute in a nursery or around a coffee table in the the living room

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Christine 

Friday 5

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Outfit: dress (old) similar, similar, maternity version ||  scarf  || shoes (sold out) similar, similar || bag  ||  earrings

Happy Friday! How has your week been? This week felt extra slow to me, so I am very much looking forward to the weekend and some down time. I have not done a Friday 5 post in a while and am looking forward to sharing with you some of my favorite things from this week. Hope you enjoy! 

1. Leopard print and denim EVERYTHING. I can't get enough leopard accessories and denim pieces lately. This scarf is so reasonably priced and super versatile. This dress is old but I linked some similar ones below (including a maternity option). I plan on styling this dress for cooler weather with tights, booties and a cargo jacket. I love to wear it in the spring too with wedges and a brighter scarf or statement necklace. As I get older I find myself finding pieces that I can re-wear year round and that are more classic and transitional instead of super trendy. This dress is one of those pieces. 

2. Favorite articles/internet finds from this week:

3. I have been doing She Reads Truth bible studies for a few years now and I just love how powerful and relatable they are (and very direct). I have been loving the current study that is going on right now The Sermon on the Mount. I recommend checking it out if you're intereseted! 

Image via She Reads Truth 

Image via She Reads Truth 

4. 73 Questions With Reese Witherspoon (bend and snap!)

 

5. Favorite sales happening right now! 

  • Tory Burch Fall sale with up to 30% off everything with promo code FALL
  • Nordstrom Rack is having a Hunter Boots sale with up to 60% off. I wear my rainboots all the time in the fall, winter and spring! 
  • Macy's is having their VIP sale with up to 30% off almost everything with promo code VIP.
  • Abercrombie is having their Mid-Season sale with 50% off everything and an additional 25% off online purchases (I know, I know I always think of throwback early 2000's hip huggers and tight graphic tees when I hear Abercrombie but they have upped their game and have some awesome basics!)
  • Ulta is having their annual 21 Days of Beauty sale, always worth checking out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Christine