Fashion & Trends

3 Easter Dresses You Can’t Celebrate Without

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Hey, lovelies!

Easter is one of my favorite times to spend with family and friends. I still have tons of great memories from my childhood, dying eggs and hunting for them with other kids. So much fun!

Although I don’t hunt for eggs anymore, Easter is still a wonderful day to spend with family. Usually we go out for a huge family lunch on Easter Sunday. I love to incorporate Spring shades into my wardrobe, and delicate elements like lace and ruffles.

This year, I found three dresses that are a MUST for Easter.They all come The Mint Julep Boutique, and are both trendy and affordable (my favorite!)

You’re Priceless Dress in Lavender

This lavender dress is a showstopper. It’s both feminine and a little sexy with the cutouts and illusion lace over the bust and hemline. Still tame enough for a family gathering, while turning a few heads on the street!

Tied Waist Solid Romper in Tomato

Okay, I guess this is cheating since this is a romper – but I feel like it’s just dressy enough for a ton of occasions while being totally chic. Red technically isn’t an Easter shade, but I feel like this warm, bright shade of tomato is cheerful enough for a Spring gathering. The tie waist accentuates your curves in all the right places, for a totally flattering fit on a ton of shapes!

Preppy Affair Dress in Light Blue

This final dress screams Easter, with a feminine tulip hem and flirty ruffle detail on the edges of the skirt and sleeves. The light powdery blue shade is perfect for Spring celebrations too, and the cinch waist is flattering by itself or adorned with a thin belt for a pop of color!

If you’re just as in love with these cuties as I am, you can snag them at You can score 15% off any of these dresses OR a ton of other cute stuff at the Mint Julep Boutique with my unique code: OLYA15.

Because the pieces I’ve chosen are form-fitting and sizing can run a little small, I recommend sizing up one size to be safe. Happy shopping!




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Spring Into SHEIN!

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Hello, lovelies!

I hope you all are enjoying a blustery spring day. I feel like I haven’t seen the sun shining for months, and the high temp and sunny skies have me browsing for new spring dresses for casual days and dressy nights.

Here’s some of my latest haul from this discount fashion site. There are tons of on-trend ruffles, asymmetrical cuts, sequin and glitter textures and bold patterns to explore!

Check out my must-haves below- and click the image to shop! Don’t forget to use my code Catherine1 for an extra discount. 🙂

Happy shopping!

Asymmetrical Hem Glitter Dress
Tribal Print Tunic Dress
Butterfly Sleeve Sequin Dress
Patterned Long-Sleeve Blouse


Spring 2019: Ruffles

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Last week I posted about my new favorite boutique for formal and casual dresses- here’s a sneak peek at my other major score! This sheer black ruffle evening gown is perfect for formal events.

Speaking of ruffles, this fun, flirty addition to any dress is majorly in this season. You’ll see trendy ruffles decorating shoulders, bust lines, and even reimagining dress skirts. I’ve created a handy cheat sheet of some of my top favorites.

The numbered link is below the collage, ready to shop! XOXO lovelies, and happy shopping!

1. Chicwish Tiered Pep Ruffle Hem Dress 2. Stylish Winner Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress 3. Fluttering Ruffle Lace Mesh Dress 4. Bardot Fae Lace Dress 5. Foxiedox Love Ruffle Dress 6. Charles Henry Ruffle Tiered Dress 7. Gal Meets Glam Zelda Dot Shirred Ruffle Dress


My New Fashion Obsession

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Hey lovelies!

I’ve found another go-to affordable fashion secret that I can’t wait to share with you.

Just like the next girl, I love to make a daring statement in show-stopping evening dress or party outfit. However, frugal me has trouble justifying a few hundred dollars on a gown that I will probably only wear once!

However, I don’t have to worry about that with my new dress obsession – the Red Dress Boutique.

The Give Her All The Roses Maxi

Don’t get me wrong- the Red Dress Boutique sells a ton of clothing items, accessories and even swimwear. However, their evening dresses are one of my latest obsessions, including two that I snagged recently for a few events.

For example, the Give Her All the Roses maxi dress that I’m wearing here. This beautiful dress manages to be sweet and feminine and daring and sexy at the same time. With plunging, strappy cleavage and a thigh-high slit hidden in the folds of the skirt, I’m in love.

I’m also in love with the price point- only $44. You read that right.

I can’t wait for you to check it out! Happy shopping, lovelies!


Valentines Day Essentials

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Hey, lovelies!


Valentines Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to gear up! While I’m planning my own fun little V-day celebration, I thought I’d share some of my hand-picked essentials from some of my favorite stores. I’m in love with these amazing gold heart-shaped glitter tealight candles, for one! And the red lace bodycon dress? Yes, please!

Let me know what your Valentines Day essentials are in the comments. You can click the numbered link below my handy cheat sheet to be taken right to the item for purchase – super helpful!


Valentines day essential items

1. Paperchase Gold Glitter Heart Tealights  2. Forever 21 Heart Shaped Fanny Pack 3. Hershey’s Kisses Scented Bath Bomb 4.  Frances Dapper in Fringes Dress 5. Ravishing Lace Bodycon Dress  6. Chasing Waterfalls Dress
7. Red Lace Teddy 8.  Mock Wrap Front Slit Gown  9.  Plunging Mini Dress 10.  ASOS Lips Pajama Legging Set 11.  ASOS Satin Rose Boxers 12.  ASOS Jersey Lips Boxers 13.  ASOS Oversized Shirt with Hearts


Out With the Old Baggage, In with the New!

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Hey, lovelies!


It’s been a while! I’ve been making good on my new year’s resolution to travel more, to clear my mind and set my intentions for 2019.

Speaking of sets…

I have a new set from DELSEY USA for traveling this year! While I adore the gorg blue set I was rocking late last year, this new set is sleek, elegant and next-level….which is perfect for 2019.

My new set is from the Aero line. The Aero cases are light-weight, safe and durable. Plus, they have special soft-touch carry handles which are easy on my hands even when I stuffed these cases to the brim with outfits and makeup supplies!

Other features that make these cases my go-to to travel with:

  • These are so easy to maneuver with even in cramped spaces. They have double spinner wheels that can turn on a dime!
  • TSA-approved lock to secure all my belongings- only agents can get in there!
  • Tie-down straps and pockets to help keep everything from jumbling around during flight



If you’re looking for the exact cases you see here, they are the Aero 21″ Spinner and the Aero 25″ Expandable Rolling Luggage!


Best of all, I have a code that allows you to snag 25% off! Just enter notbasicblonde25 at checkout.


Tell me where you’re traveling to this year in the comments!