Dreaming of Spring on a Budget

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I know I have been trying to entertain everyone with all my random musings but I do have other skills….like budget shopping.  I am a firm believer that you can pair one thing expensive with everything else from Target and you look like a million bucks.  A “steal” top for me is not $100….that would give me buyers remorse.  I believe that a 30% off top on Target’s sale rack can wait until it hits the 50-75% off range before I consider it a bargain find. The key to dressing and looking like something is more expensive than it is means choosing clean modern lines that don’t go out of style. Also knowing what the high end pieces look like and finding the dupe because honestly…I haven’t found one pair of Tory Burch shoes that are comfortable…you can keep your logo my feet should not be numb by the end of the day (I’m talking about you Reva Ballet Flats).

I have been stalking Target because right now they have 20% off online Spring wear plus a $5 off coupon when you spend over $75 online.  Here are a few things I snagged.

I picked up this dress
It totally reminded me of a Mara Hoffman dupe but without the $412 price point!
Or how about these Sandals?  Under $30
Dead ringer for these listed at $79
How amazing is this cross body?  Perfect color for Spring and under $20!
Also picked up these D’orsay flats.  I couldn’t decide between the 3 styles they came in.  I went with the black but loved the snakeskin.  The reviews said they ran big so I went a half size down and ordered an 8.5.
Much cheaper than these Vince d’Orsay listed at $295

Here are the snakeskin ones ($27.99).

Much better price point than the Ted Bakers for $155.
Target you did it again! Here are some of my other finds to help spruce up the Spring wardrobe without breaking the bank.
I am not affiliated with Target at all (heck I wish I was) but if you check out online they are having crazy sales and coupon codes.  I got my dress, the shoes and the cross body bag for $50 and the original price was $78 plus free shipping.  What things have you scored from Target recently please share!  Make sure you check out my giveaway!  Happy Shopping!  xoxoxoxo

39 Comments

  1. February 25, 2014 / 12:40 PM

    Love Target!! They have great stuff and I can never get out of there without spending close to $100 ;)
    Those flats are great – might have to go scoop them up after work today! xx

  2. February 25, 2014 / 12:54 PM

    oo yes! i loveee finding a good deal! love your target picks! i usually find better stuff when i go in the store (but that makes me nervous bc then i go home with a TON of stuff!) xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  3. February 25, 2014 / 12:56 PM

    Hey I love all your picks! I am so excited I stopped by to discover that targets doing 20% off. I have an olive green and a black t-shirt dress from there I got a couple years back that I absolutely love and live in during Summer!
    Stacy
    You can really find some stylish things at Target!

  4. February 25, 2014 / 1:20 PM

    yes I love this!!! I’m such a bargain shopper too! None of that “$100 is a steal crap”!

  5. February 25, 2014 / 1:28 PM

    Those snake skin print sandals are great! I really liked ’em :)

  6. February 25, 2014 / 1:35 PM

    Those striped wedges remind me of the pair from J.Crew summer 2013 that I loved but never did end up buying. I love your picks here. I have to admit, I am one of “those” gals that shop J.Crew, Madewell, Aritzia and tend to think I got a bargain when something is on sale but still expensive. I will say, though, that the quality of the retailers I mentioned is impeccable and really does last. You are correct though…I have found some gems at Target and Old Navy too.
    Can’t wait to see you style your new spring pieces:)
    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

  7. February 25, 2014 / 1:48 PM

    Totally agree with you – $100 for a top is not a steal…I go straight to the sale racks of pretty much every store – can’t imagine paying full price – unless it’s for a dream bag!! Let me know if the D’orsay flats are comfy – they don’t look like they give much support!

  8. February 25, 2014 / 1:49 PM

    I never pay full price for designer clothes and never will. I can’t imagine spending $250 on a top only to find it new with tags on ebay for $70 or on sale a week later! I think it’s down right dumb to spend that kind of money. Trust me I like nice things but I always try find a deal or I won’t get it. I love that Mara Hoffman Target look alike dress!

  9. February 25, 2014 / 2:01 PM

    I am not one who spends a ton of cash on clothes. I love finding great stuff for less. You killed it!

  10. February 25, 2014 / 2:10 PM

    That dress is so amazing!! Also I NEED those sparkly smoking slippers!!

  11. February 25, 2014 / 2:16 PM

    Such great finds! I LOVE Target, I don’t think I ever leave without buying at least 3 things I had no intention of buying. That dress is amazing, I’m going to have to be on the lookout for it!

    <3,
    Pamela
    http://sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  12. February 25, 2014 / 2:28 PM

    I have to say, Target in Canada SUCKS! Target in the States is amazing though! I would never find these kind of deals here. :(

  13. February 25, 2014 / 2:30 PM

    that whole first paragraph…i 100% agree. that crossbody is gorgeous and i have to have it. i was genuinely surprised that it was from target, and then i quickly remembered that they can do no wrong. that white handbag looks VERY similar to my kate spade one i just got…good lord, am i about to have buyer’s remorse? hahah

  14. February 25, 2014 / 2:42 PM

    Those flats with the ankle strap, swoon. I have that top handle bag from Target in a dark purple, I love it! I get so many compliments on it! I just grabbed your button ;)

  15. February 25, 2014 / 3:05 PM

    All of these finds are so cute! I need to make a trip to Target, except it’s not as good in Canada :-/

  16. February 25, 2014 / 3:21 PM

    Love love love a good deal!!! Like you, I’m a total bargain hunter…it’s such a great feeling to find a fabulous discount and still have some cash in your pocket!

  17. February 25, 2014 / 3:28 PM

    oh girl you are good. i love a good deal and yeah, $100 give me hives. haha!

  18. February 25, 2014 / 3:33 PM

    Love Target!! They have such great stuff!!

    Best, Mree

  19. February 25, 2014 / 3:34 PM

    canadian target BLOWS ASS. i hate it. i only go there to shop for kayla and that’s it. the prices suck big time so i wait to do my target shopping when i go to the states. i do love those striped wedges though!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  20. February 25, 2014 / 4:55 PM

    Could not agree more! I splurge on jeans and then live out of TJ Maxx and Target tops. I bought a pair of $200 flats once thinking they’d be high quality and worth the money. Couldn’t have been more wrong, it took over a year to fully break them in and they still couldn’t be worn for longer distances. Knockoffs, all day long.

  21. February 25, 2014 / 4:56 PM

    LOVE Target!! Fabulous post!!

  22. February 25, 2014 / 6:20 PM

    i was at target yesterday, they are really stepping their shoe game up

  23. February 25, 2014 / 6:52 PM

    Target always has amazing shoes that are modeled off higher end brands for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately their flats absolutely kill my feet, but I do love their booties!

    Love love that suit too!

    Jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

  24. February 25, 2014 / 6:57 PM

    So my post today NEEDED to be like this, instead it was things that I love but will probably never spend the money on! People always find such cute bags from target but that’s one thing I never think to look at when I’m there!

  25. February 25, 2014 / 7:06 PM

    Imagine me shaking my fist at you right now. I did not need to see this post. I am on financial restriction to only buy needs and not wants. Now I need to figure out how to justify that pink crossbody beauty as a need. Any suggestions? This is your fault.

  26. February 25, 2014 / 7:13 PM

    I totally have those sandals! Got mine for a steal at TJ Maxx and I love them!! They dress up any outfit. Target is one of my all time favs. They have amazing bathing suits. I die when I find the perfect suit at VS and it’s over 100. I’m doing some shopping with my mom while she visits, Target is definitely on the list!

  27. February 25, 2014 / 8:02 PM

    Gosh, I love everything about Target! I have to force myself to stay away from the clothes every time I go in there. Cartwheel also has a deal for swim pieces right now……. Not good for my checking account!!

  28. February 25, 2014 / 8:20 PM

    LOVE that cross body!! Target is so great! Do you have the Cartwheel app? If not, you should get it!

  29. February 25, 2014 / 8:58 PM

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  30. February 25, 2014 / 9:29 PM

    Love those sandals and flats. My Target seems to never have anything good. It seems the clothing and shoes selection keeps getting smaller and smaller. I love their housewares though.

  31. February 25, 2014 / 11:36 PM

    Target is the very greatest, love all the things you found!!

  32. February 26, 2014 / 2:17 AM

    I looooove me some Target!!!! They have great bargains online btw! You can search by size, color… it’s AWESOME!

  33. February 26, 2014 / 2:37 AM

    i love a good deal too. i’ll splurge for some things but rarely pay full price if i can help it. most things go on sale so why not?
    — jackie – jade and oak

  34. February 26, 2014 / 4:54 AM

    Great finds. I am going to hunt down that bikini top! And I love the shoes you picked out. I’ve always been in love with that Mara Hoffman maxi!

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