The $13 Open Front Coat You Need In Your Closet

Because I live in Texas, it can be impossible to know how to dress this time of year. The past few days it’s been gorgeous outside (I see you, mid 70s), but it’s supposed to be in the 90s this weekend. I tend to stick with light layers on days like this.

This floral open front coat from SheIn was something I ordered on a whim. I just happened to be looking through their site one night and decided to throw a few things in my cart. I don’t normally know what to expect when I order from that site. I am usually pretty happy with my purchase, but there are some items I get that just fit funny or aren’t made as well as I’d hope. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how well this jacket fit. I ordered this in a small (I normally wear an XS, but the smallest this came in was a small) and felt it fit perfectly! If you’re unsure whether to size up or down, I would definitely go up for a bit more room.

I chose to style this with my new favorite pair of distressed jeans from Old Navy (currently under $25 with code THANKYOU), a simple black cami and my go-to olive suede mules that I somehow found at Nordstrom Rack for $30. (I can’t for the life of me find the green style online, but I have linked the black and pink styles, though, which are super cute.)

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Random Florals Open Front Coat | Black Seamless CamiMid-Rise Distressed Flare Ankle JeansSteve Madden Skylar MulesSkagen Lobelle Saddle Bag | Fossil Sunglasses | Spear Pendant Necklace (old Gorjana necklace; similar linked)

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10 Must-Have Fall Dresses Under $100

I love a good fall dress. From the more natural colorways to the long sleeves, I can’t get enough. While I work in a corporate office, the dress code is (thankfully) pretty laid back, so a casual dress like this is perfect for me.

I love that Nordstrom offers affordable options like Hinge, BP. brand, etc. When I found this dress, it was $79, but it’s since gone on sale for under $50. How could you not snag this adorable piece?

I should also note that navy and yellow are two of the most popular colors this season, so this dress is totally on trend. I decided to pair this dress with my favorite pair of Marc Fisher suede heels and the Skagen Beatrix bag. (I actually got these shoes on clearance for $30 last season, but I’ve linked a remarkably similar style.) PS Skagen is one of the brands my company makes, and my amazing work team bought this bag for me on my birthday. Incredible, right!?

10 FALL DRESSES UNDER $100

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Hinge Ruffle Print Dress (40% off right now!) | Marc Fisher Isabelle Block Heels | Skagen Beatrix Satchel | Baublebar Maxim Cuff Set c/o

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When To Splurge On Clothing

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you probably have noticed I love budget-friendly items. While I love my higher-end items, they’re typically a splurge for me. For instance, my Chanel wallet was actually a Christmas gift from my amazing mother-in-law and my Tory Burch bag was something I saved up for weeks to buy (and I bought it used!). But I use my Chanel wallet every single day and that Tory Burch bag gets plenty of wear also. The thing I focus on when determining what I want to spend money on is what I will get the most use out of.

This jacket from Anthropologie was definitely a splurge for me. At $128, I had to ensure it was something I’d wear regularly. I have a different denim jacket that I wear several times a week, so I knew this would be in the rotation regularly. Classic pieces like this are exactly the type of thing I am willing to spend money on.

You’ll notice I paired this jacket with some cheaper pieces like these awesome Old Navy cropped jeans and a Madewell tee that’s only $17. Knowing where to splurge and where to save keeps the look balanced. For trends, I try to focus on good sales and less expensive pieces, while the classic items are definitely where I’ll spend more money.

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Pilcro Flounced Denim JacketMid-Rise Distressed Flare Ankle Jeans (under $30!) | White Crew Tee | Skagen Beatrix | Baublebar Maxim Cuff Set | Steve Madden Skylar Women’s Shoes

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