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A Preppy Penny: A Dressy Valentine’s Day

Alright ladies it’s time to break out the LBDs. In true “ballin’ on a budget” style, we’re using your go-to black dress for a night on the town.

If you didn’t know, I work at Banana Republic Factory Store and I love my job! The people I work with are great and the discounts are so helpful! I was working one of the markdown shifts last summer and as soon as I finished all my work I put this on hold.

One of the ways to get clothes on a budget is take advantage of factory stores! They often have the same quality clothes for much cheaper!

The best part of this outfit is that everything I’m wearing I already had (or borrowed from my mom’s closet!) But, while my grandmother taught me everyone should have a LBD I have linked some below incase you need to invest!

Here is the link for the first dress: cute off-the-shoulder This one is much similar to the one I chose to wear and it is $49 at Lulu’s.

Here is the link for the second dress: little black dress- scalloped dress I love the scalloped details on this one, it’s os fun! This one also comes from Lulu’s and is $46. Neither of these photos are mine they come from Lulu’s website!

While both of these are on the more expensive side, I like to look at thing in how many hours at Banana it’s worth and both of these dresses come in at about 4 hours, but they are dresses you can wear again and again. They’re also more expense because they’re made in the U.S.! I’m working on a post really soon about the importance of being mindful while shopping and paying attention to who made your clothes!

To all my high school/college girls: you get an extra 20% off at Lulu’s. Another huge way to save money: flash that student ID! So many retailers will give you a discount for being in school. Always be on the search for discounts, one I just learned about the other day- all restraints at the mall I work at give 10% to employees who work at the plaza. There’s a discount out there for everything you just have to find it!

Accessorizing is always a must! I went with my classic pearls and two pearl bracelets I got from Claire’s forever ago!

And if you’re from New England you’re going to need a coat!

This is the same coat I wrote about in my dressed down Valentine’s Day post. While Old Navy doesn’t have the same exact coat they have a very similar one you can find here on their website and it’s on sale for $45!

Last but not least: the shoes.

Now shoes are definitely my weakness, my first part time job was at DSW and I bought so many shoes while I was there. These shoes are anything but cheap, they’re from Lilly Pulitzer and I’m so lucky my Nana, my mom, and a $25 off coupon helped fund them. Graduation here we come!

Here is a link to the embellished Amber Lynn sandals.

Here is a link to similar, and way more affordable pair from Indigo Rd. called the Sadie Sandal. They’re on sale at DSW right now for $30! The photo below is from DSW’s website!

Well that’s all I have for you! Have a happy Valentine’s Day! I can’t wait to see what you all wore!

xox,

Marissa

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Weekly Style 23: Vineyard Vibes

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Today’s Weekly Style is a look I took to the Vineyard!

I went for last summer’s sailor shorts from Banana Republic Factory. You can’t see them in this photo but they have the cutest buttons on the front for the ultimate nautical look. While they didn’t have navy this summer if you’re looking for something on the nauti side, check out these striped ones! They also come in red (which I also have, oops). If you’re looking to add these to your closet act fast, they’re selling out!

The shirt is a Banana Malibu tee. These are my favorite shirts from Banana, they’re lightweight and perfect for hot summer days.

My bag is the classic Vineyard Vines Tote. It’s bug enough to carry my wallet, my S’well bottle, and whatever books I pick up while I’m on the Vineyard… it’s usually more than one!

My shoes are my go to Kelly&Katie Sandals. While this style is not available anymore here are the Poppie sandals from DSW which are very similar!

My sunglasses are also a summer staple and they come from Old Navy!

Stay stylish!

xox,

Marissa

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Weekly Style 21: A New Beginning

Hey hey hey!

I’ve been extremely focused on revamping my blog lately. We are coming up on one year of Sunflowers and Seersucker and while I’m so happy with how far I’ve come in terms of sharing my writing and meeting new people, I just keep learning more that I want to incorporate!

With that, Weekly Style will be taking on a new form. While I still may share some of my favorite new pieces from my favorite brands, I want to focus more on what I’m wearing!

Here is my first look:

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My summer style has been seriously slacking lately because of our “clinical dress code” for class (khakis), so this is what I put on as soon as I could take my khakis off last weekend!

My shirt and shorts are both from Banana Republic Factory Store. You can find the shirt here. I got this shirt at the beginning of the summer as part of my professional attire for school. I love this shirt because it goes from professional to casual seamlessly!

The shorts are from last summer and unfortunately, there aren’t any in this color on their website right now, but here are some turquoise shorts from Old Navy!

These sunglasses are the ones I’m wearing in the photo but I wanted to post a few different options because I absolutely love sunglasses! This pair is the classic cat-eye and I’m obsessed! Then we have these ones that are along the same black/gold theme. The last pair is another favorite style of mine- the oversized sunglasses. Is it just me or does anyone else feel famous walking around with huge sunglasses??

My sandals are from Kelly  & Katie and I bought them at DSW! The particular style I have is not online anymore but they just released the Poppie flats which are very similar (and still come in gold!).

Last but not least is my Starfish Project Necklace! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know Starfish Project is one of my favorite places to get jewelry from and funny enough, a year ago yesterday I ordered my first piece of jewelry from them (River Gold Triangle Necklace)! While they no longer have the necklace I’m wearing, here are some other turquoise options: the Jones necklace- similar to a petite version of what I’m wearing, the Keely necklace- I’m loving all the turquoise lately and I’m obsessed with this one in particular, and of course the Marissa necklace- how could I pass up featuring that one?!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun creating it and sharing a peak into my closet!

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Stay stylish!

xox,

Marissa

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Weekly Style 18

In two weeks I will be finishing up my orientation for physical therapy school! I’m so excited to start this next chapter of school! One of the requirements for my program is that for certain classes we have to dress professionally to prepare ourselves to be in the working world. As someone that isn’t so fond of khakis I need to get creative… quickly.

All that being said, today’s post is going to be all about business casual clothing from Banana Republic Factory!

First up is the Ruffle Sleeve Top:

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I absolutely love the color and the sleeves! The perfect thing about this top is that the sleeves mean you aren’t required to throw a cardigan or blazer on over it!

Next is the Layered Tunic Top:

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This top is such a cute color and it would look good with a black blazer and gold ballet flats. I haven’t tried this top on (yet!) but it also looks a little longer meaning it would pass my teacher’s “no belly no booty” rule. If you like this shirt but are looking for a different color it also comes in white and black!

Here’s another Layered Top:

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I love light blue! I also love the neckline of this one. It also comes in pink, white, or blue. If you pick the blue it would look great with a statement necklace like this one from J. Crew Factory.

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Then we have the Collarless Pleat Sleeve Blazer:

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Now I’m not a blazer person but I will definitely be trying this on soon! I am obsessed with the sleeves and will be keeping you all updated!

Lastly we have the Texture Pop Color Academy Blazer:

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So it seems like pink is the color of the day… But this is just so cute! If you picked out the black version or white versions of the shirts above they would look awesome with this!

That’s it for my intro to business casual but stay tuned for more to come!

Stay stylish!

xox,

Marissa