Spring Must Haves: Splurge vs. Save


With April showers gone (fingers crossed), and May flowers upon us, you can bet that means Spring fashion is about to be in full force. If you weren’t already craving pastel colors and skimpier clothing, you better start! There are a few trends this season that I thought I’d give a shoutout to and also cover why there is no reason to splurge on these when the exact same item is out there for considerably less!

  1. Denim mini skirt: This reminds me of the Abercrombie/Hollister high school glory days. The major difference now is that we are actually talking about an appropriate length! Speaking of Abercrombie, I do have to give it to them for stepping up their game. I actually bought a few items (including this denim mini skirt) from there recently. Make sure to size down if you order!
  2. Designer dupe sunglasses: Oversized, designer sunglasses are  ALL the rage right now. The price tag is not so great. Thankfully I have found several dupes that I get compliments on all the time. I basically own every Karen Walker dupe out there. Heck, I could do an entire post just on that! Believe me, ditch the designer shades and save your money for wine (lord knows we all need more of it). And no one will be able to spot the difference!
  3. One piece bathing suits: While not a new trend, you will definitely find more and more options this year. I love the semi-sexy contrast that a lot of retailers are bringing in this year. It kind of defeats the purpose of a one piece, but hey it’s called fashion for a reason right? It doesn’t have to make sense 🙂 Believe it or not, thanks to my friend Britt’s suggestion, my current favorite place to find affordable or designer dupe swimsuits is Amazon! Find some of my favorites here.
  4. Tassel earrings: These bad boys are back and they are bigger than ever this Spring. Every place you look has their own spin on tassel earrings and I probably have spent close to a small fortune on them. I’d say there are worse things to be addicted to but if you are going to spend the money on these, keep it at a minimum as this is a trend that won’t be around forever!
  5. Bow slides/mules: This new trend is one of my favorites although it is also one that I don’t foresee sticking around forever. Because of this reason, I don’t see the reason in investing in such a trendy piece. Target currently has a great selection of designer dupes, at extremely affordable prices. I bought the bow slides in both the pink and black options because $25 was just too great of a deal to pass up! They also come in a striped or taupe option.

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Beach Trip Packing Guide

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The day is finally here that I get on a plane to Puerto Vallarta! I thought it only appropriate to share some of my not-so-obvious things that I can’t go to the beach without. You can shop these directly by clicking on the pictures above or the corresponding numbers below the picture collage.

Sunhat and sunglasses– Hopefully it’s going to be sunny wherever you go so bring your favorite shades and hat. Both of these are an absolute must for the beach to keep your skin protected from the sun. I always opt for a wider brim hat to get the most coverage. The sequins and cute message were an added bonus. As for sunglasses- I linked my new favorite pair of Karen Walkers which are a total splurge, but if you you don’t want to risk losing or messing up your favorites, here is a knock off pair that is less than $25.

Swimsuits– If you saw my recent post on one-piece swimsuits under $100, then you know I am a huge fan of this trend. The beach is one of the most appropriate places to show some skin, so find a swimsuit (or 2) that you look and feel good in. It’s not everyday that you get to show off that bod! I will be taking this sexy little number with me!

Beach shoes– The easiest way to make something instantly cute? Monogram it! Flip flops are a necessity at the beach and these Marley Lilly ones are just about the cutest, well-made pair I have seen in awhile. I suggest bringing along a pair that you can wear to the beach but will also double as a cute alternative to wear with other beach outfits. Besides the flips flops, bring a dressier pair of sandals like a wedge or espadrille for a nicer dinner or event. I usually stick to 2 pairs of shoes on vacations and that’s it.

Comfy clothes– Bring a few comfortable outfits to throw on after a long day at the beach. My go-to is a graphic tee and denim shorts. If it’s one thing you remember to pack, make it a pair of denim shorts. They are durable, can be worn in the sand and go with everything! If I am wanting to get a bit more dressed up, rompers are my favorite. They are quick, cute, and don’t take up too much room in your suitcase.

Jewelry– Keep it simple and versatile. Bring a couple pairs of earrings and a necklace that will match multiple outfits. My current favorite pair of earrings are the Bauble Bar tassel earrings.

Skin care– While my routine at the beach really doesn’t differ too much from my everyday routine, there are 2 products I wouldn’t dream of traveling without. Those are the Tula exfoliating mask and hydrating cream. When I am at the beach, I don’t like wearing a ton of make up (because I actually want to get some sun), so catching pimples before they start is a must. I will dab the exfoliating mask on blemishes before bed and wake up to a clear face! The sun will dehydrate your skin so I make sure to put a layer of moisturizer on my face in the morning and then also carry around my favorite chapstick.

Beach essentials– Besides the obvious, some things that keep my life a bit easier and more enjoyable at the beach are a good book, a large tote, and a pool float. If you are like me, you probably don’t ever get time to just relax and read for pleasure- well the beach is the perfect time for that! A large tote is a must to load up everything you will be taking to the beach- towels, books, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc. Another thing that has come in handy for me is bringing a smaller bag to put my phone, money and any other essentials in so that I am not digging forever in my larger tote. Lastly, the pool float is perfect because is can double as a beach chair or a relaxing way to sunbathe in the ocean. Plus it’s the perfect photo opp 🙂

Want to see what I am doing in Puerto Vallarta while I am there? Follow along with me on snapchat [shelbiadams] or Instagram stories for all of my crazy, real-life shenanigans. Also, I wanted to let you all know that since I will be in full vacation mode, there will not be a post up on Monday. Lastly don’t forget that I’ve already posted everything that I will be wearing on the trip here so that you can grab it before anything sells out! Have a great weekend everyone!


Beach Trip Packing Guide | It's All Chic To Me

Spring Break Wishlist + Shopbop Sale Picks


I remember in college I looked forward to Spring Break for months in advance. Planning out every detail so that once we all made it to the beach, it was 24/7 fun. Being the eldest child, I was not allowed to go on Spring Break until my junior year of college. Both of my younger sisters went when they were freshman. I’m still a little bitter about it but let’s continue on.

You don’t need an entire new wardrobe for the beach, because let’s be real you are probably going to be drunk in nothing but a swim suit the whole time. That being said, I always invest in a swim suit, cover up, beach bag and at least one cute outfit for a dinner out. Anything more than that and it just seems not to get worn.

If you are needing to stock up on any of these type of items, Shopbop is having their huge spring sale with up to 25% off depending on how much you spend. They have a great selection year round of name brand items. Everything you see above is apart of this sale. I’ve also included some additional sale picks below. Make sure to make your purchases this weekend so that online orders arrive before Spring Break!

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Nordstrom Fall Essentials Under $100

*Shop the above items by clicking directly on the item in the picture that you are interested in or the description below.*

1. Wool Floppy Hat: originally $40, now $23.40

2.Wool Scarf: originally $59.50, now $39.50

3.Double Breasted Peacoat (comes in 4 colors): originally $58, now $37.90

4.Cotton Utility Vest: originally $59, now $35.40

5.Maroon Madewell Skinny Jeans: originally $128, now $76.80

6.Topshop Distressed Jeans: originally $70, now $40

7. Turtleneck Swing Dress (comes in 4 colors): originally $49, now $29.40

8. Frayed Chambray Denim Shirt: originally $55, now $32.98

9. Sleeveless Cowl Neck Tunic: originally $55, now $32.98

10. Bell Sleeve Sweater (comes in 3 colors): originally $69, now $41.40

11. Crepe Blouse: originally $42, now $25.20

12. Lace-up Top: originally $49, now $29.40

13. Jessica Simpson Peep Toe Bootie (comes in 3 colors): originally $128.95, now $77.37

14. Lucky Brand Bootie (comes in 4 colors): originally $138.95, now $96.90

15. Sperry Duck Boot: originally $119.95, now $79.90

16. Ivanka Trump Pointed Toe Bootie (comes in 3 colors): originally $149.95, now $99.90

17. Lucky Brand Open Toe Bootie: originally $108.95, now $64.37

Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I did a Friday Favorites post so I’m bringing it back in full force with a huge Nordstrom Fall sale round up. You can expect to see lots of these round ups and gift guides over the next couple of months so that you have everything you could possibly need for the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays, I finally have my Holiday Shop tab up for you guys and I will be adding to it through out the remainder of the year. You can see a snipit below of my website so that you can find exactly where it is located on the top of your screen. You will eventually see categories like Thanksgiving outfit inspiration, christmas gift ideas, and so much more so make sure you check it out. If you are looking for something specific, please let me know so that I can get it added. I’ve gone ahead and added these Fall essential items on the Fall Under $100 tab and will continue to add new tabs each time I do a gift guide like this.

It's All Chic To Me Holiday Shop Page

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Last Chance at the Nordstrom Sale

We are down to the final days of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (2 days to be exact) before everything goes back to full price! I have already shared my top picks with you here including items you can wear now and later, shoes, purses, and even home decor. So today I thought it would be fun to share a few outfits entirely made up of sale items.

I would love to hear which outfit you like best and which items are making their way home with you. There are so many good items this year that it is so hard to make just one purchase! Shop all of these outfits below. Also don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter into a HUGE Nordstrom giveaway so you can justify spending a little too much money on a good sale 🙂

4 Every Day Outfits via Nordstrom | Which is your favorite look?

Gym Ready

Boho Chic

Casual Chic

Date Night

I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you a chance to win a $1320 gift card to Nordstrom. The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning! Good luck!

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