Style steals

As much as I love to shop in Paris, it can be an expensive venture. I couldn’t stifle my longing sighs as I perused, should I say coveted, the items on soldes from the sites I mentioned last week. My frustration at my limited budget got me to thinking about how a wise friend once pinpointed the difference between fashion – a usually negative connotation for me, often an overly expensive and not-unique venture, and style – positive connotation, creating your own unique look with what you have while wisely adding some new pieces when you can. Here’s what I’ve done with style inspired by some of my favorite French stores:

This retro polka dot dress from Comptoir des cotonniers, is on sale for 80 euros.

I picked up this equally retro alternative from my non-guilt trend splurge store, Target, for $20.

This cheeky ruffle skirt from Zadig and Voltaire, on sale for 80 euros, got me thinking about ruffles in general. Not just for the 80s anymore, they can be fun and add just the right je ne sais quoi to any ensemble.

Instead of spending all my extra sous on the skirt, I opted for this ruffle-enhanced romper, also courtesy of Target, also on sale for $20.

I love this gorgeous  and feminine mint dress from Tara Jarmon, on sale for 266 euros. Realizing how much I’m loving mint this season, I decided to pick up multiple pops of this color rather than letting it dictate my whole look.

I’m still waiting on this super cute gummy mint watch from Anthropologie, very reasonably priced at $60.

I found this cute vintage necklace on Pinterest from an Etsy shop. It was a steal at $14 and came all the way from Finland. Love that!

I can’t stop painting my nails mint! I’ve been using Revlon Minted, only $4.99 and which I’ve purchased from, you guessed it, Target. What’s inspiring your style this summer?

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