$5 bikini separates… A summer steal!

Summer is peaking just around the corner, and living in Florida, we sometimes wear swimsuits as often as our regular clothes! I have this thing where I LUV to sport new bikinis often, but the price tag on these tiny pieces of fabric is often a punch to the stomach! Did you know that you can get bikini separates for about the price of your morning coffee?! Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about…

The total price of my bathing suit above 👆🏻… A whopping $10!

(Top: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bqbmvrb5z7f | Bottom: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bp9vc6b5z7f | Shoes: http://rstyle.me/~cz-82Qlp | My favorite dry oil: http://rstyle.me/~cz-82QiH | My go-to basic black ball cap: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bqjh55b5z7f_)

You can purchase my sunglasses here… http://rstyle.me/~cz-86G1Z

OR you can also rent them at www.ditto.com for as little as $24 a month! Get one month FREE with code “LUVBEC”!

You can even find kids’ suits for $10 or under! In the photo below, I purchased all 3 of our suits for under $30 combined!


(My daughter’s $10 swimsuit: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bqfz4eb5z7f | My top: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bp9vevb5z7f | my bottoms: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bp9vfvb5z7f | My son’s suit: http://rstyle.me/cz-n/bqbmj5b5z7f)

Follow along on My Instagram for updates on some of my other affordable summer favorites! Y’all know I’m always here to find you a deal!

💗, Bec

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Blogging All Day…

I mean… what blogger doesn’t need this top?! And the price… it’s impossible to turn down. These camo jeans are under $25 and the top under $20. But my favorite everyday accessory is my fringe backpack that’s under $30! As a mom, I can stuff anything in it, it’s easy to carry, and I get to abolish the dreaded “diaper bag” look. Get my affordable look  (Hint: You can get my top, pants, backpack and shoes for under $100!) here…

Blogging All Day Tee |  Camo Denim | Sandals | Sunnies | Fringe Backpack | Watch

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Our Trip to the Oscars

In honor of Oscars weekend, I thought I’d take a minute to share my Oscars experience with all of you. The picture quality is not very good (as this was 2 years ago and taken with my iphone then) but it was an experience I’ll never forget and only hope to do again (though it’s not always likely). My husband was part of a project associated with The Academy, so he was able to secure this bucket list moment for me. While I was holding out hope we’d get to go again this year (as I do every year), it’s unfortunately not going to happen this time. So I’ll share these moments with all of you, snuggle up with my best gals Sunday night and watch from my living room sofa, remembering the best weekend of my life. Here’s an inside look… (again, apologies for the poor picture quality and btw NONE are edited).

Dress shopping…

I had less than 2 days to find a dress, accessories, have alterations and pack for the weekend. I also had a 2-year-old in tow. (Glamorous, right?) Here were some of the options I considered.

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Here was the winner… (I found it at Georgette’s in Tampa.)

Arriving…

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We got out of the limo and Jared Leto was to our right and Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart just behind us.

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Just SOME of the photos from the red carpet…

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Inside the show…

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We went to an after-party at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, but I don’t have any photos of that, believe it or not.

Another highlight of our weekend was a trip to SUR Lounge, where Katie Maloney of Vanderpump Rules was our waitress.  My husband jokes how I wasn’t star-struck by anyone on the red carpet, but speechless when I met the cast of VR. Go figure!

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We also ate at Villa Blanca on the day of the Oscars…

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Another one of my favorite parts about the trip… shopping Rodeo!

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I was never going to be ready for this weekend to end! But it was fun as friends were sending us snippets of sightings of us on TV!

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Sometimes, I still can’t believe it happened. But it truly was the most memorable experience of my life…

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Maybe if I click my heels three times, I’ll magically transport back…

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Hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Don’t forget to tune into the Oscars Sunday night LIVE at 7 o’clock  EST on abc.

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Stayin’ Warm with Clearance Finds…

I LUV to shop just before a season ends, because you can find the best deals! I snagged these warm wardrobe pieces just as winter stuff was going on clearance, so all items I’m wearing were majorly  discounted. Unfortunately, the items don’t always make it as long online as they do in-store, but scroll to the bottom of this post for info on these items or similar…

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GET THE LOOK:

Faux Fur Trapper Hat || Sweater is on clearance for $10 at H&M right now, but no longer available online, so check your stores locally || Blank NYC Faux Leather Leggings  (My version were on sale at a local store called Keys Country, but unfortunately I could not find them on clearance online. I’ve linked the closest pair I could find.) || Leg Warmers (Mine were actually from Icing, but no longer available, so I’ve linked similar.)

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#LuvBecTuesdayTrend: Affordable Off-the-Shoulder Looks &; Other Favorites

Off-the-shoulder is HOT right now! But, as I always say, you don’t have to break the bank to stay on trend. All of the items below are under $50. You’re welcome… 😉

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yellow, off-the-shoulder dress (also comes in black and red) ||  black, ribbed off-the-shoulder dress || stripe off-the-shoulder crop top || lace-trim off-the-shoulder top || button-up a-line denim skirt || Aylin Slide Sandals || fringe bucket bag || MAC Film Noir

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Affordable PJs under $30

Grab a cup of Joe. We’re talking affordable PJ’s this am. Most under $20!

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Unfortunately, by the time I could even share this blog post live, this fleece onesie was no longer available online (bc you know by the time I buy things, they’re usually on sale). But it is still available at my local Francesca’s at the time of this post for under $20 on Clearance, so check your local Francesca’s, if you have one.

Here are a couple other great, very affordable options for cozy jammies to curl up by the fire or get you inspired for Spring…

Later Gator PJ Set

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Drawstring Lounge Romper

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Gingham Plaid PJ Set

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Chevron Elephant PJ Set

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Black PJ Set

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Gluten-Free (from the box) Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and a Poem to Share with those you LUV {Happy Valentine’s Day}

Yes… I’m giving you a recipe for “from the box” cupcakes.DSC_2656My neighbor makes these delicious gluten-free cupcakes with a box mix. You’d think they were from the bakery, they taste so great! So, since I’m all about easy-peasy,  I thought I’d share for all you gluten-free peeps!

The mix:

Get the King Arthur gluten-free yellow cake mix. It looks like this:

The recipe is on the box, but my friend suggests you also add 1 tbsp. of vanilla directly to the cake batter.

She said you can either use Pillsbury frosting (Put entire contents into a bowl and whip using a hand mixer until fluffy.)

OR… here is a simple homemade frosting recipe:

1 cup butter (soft, room temperature)

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp or more of whipping cream.

Whip butter until light (until it turns light yellow). Add powdered sugar and whip for another couple minutes. Add vanilla and whipping cream. Use sprinkles and decorations as you’d like.

She also wrote this amazingly adorable little poem and hand-delivered with bags of treats for the kids. I had to share what she wrote, in case you’d like to share with those you love! (I’m not even kidding… this girl is missing her calling writing for Hallmark.)

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Here’s what she wrote:
On Valentine’s Day,
And the whole year through,
Nothing feels better,
Than having a friend like YOU!
For the times we get to laugh,
And the times we get to play,
I’m thankful for your friendship,
And there’s something I’d like to say.
So here’s a treat for YOU!
You’ve been HUGGED & KISSED by me.
Now there’s something you must do.
No need to make a copy,
No need to spread the cheer.
Only one thing you need to do today,
And I’ll make it very clear.
Just hear my words of KINDNESS.
And feel it in your heart,
Our friendship is a GIFT from GOD,
I loved you from the start!
You are awesome! You are great!
What more is there to say?
I love you very much dear friend,
Happy Valentine’s Day!

There it is. Hope you enjoy spreading some cheer to those you LUV this Valentine’s Day. Thank you Lisa for this incredibly thoughtful gift to our family. Your thoughtfulness and creativity never ceases to amaze me.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

<3, Bec

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How to Style & Prop a Family Photo Session {And a Few of Mine from Years Past.}

Styling and propping our annual family photos has always been a favorite task of mine. Each year I look forward to doing something new and totally different from the year prior. My husband LUVS getting his photo taken  (NOT!) so he usually gives me one session a year. Therefore, it has to be epic.

Where I start:

I either start with the location or one outfit (usually mine). It’s kind of like wedding planning. You can either pick the venue, and base the style of your dress and decorations on the venue. OR you find the PERFECT dress, and it sets the tone for the entire wedding and helps you decide where you want the venue to be/the theme/etc.

If I start with the outfit, I either choose one article of clothing in my closet I LUV or go shopping for one. That one outfit usually inspires the next steps. For instance- last year, I found this long blue romper at Marshalls for $12.99. I loved it immediately and thought… “Hmm, this blue would look gorgeous with a white sand backdrop.” I then grabbed a huge tulle skirt that my daughter wore as a flower girl in a wedding the year prior and found a light denim tank from Gap Kids to wear with it. I glued a few starfish to a headband for my daughter, gave the boys some easy neutral shirts and voila… we were styled. I had a big thing with American-inspired decor that year. So I added a star beanie, a ballcap for my boy and brought a few little American flags for the kids for props. I also brought a settee from my home (purchased at Homegoods) to the beach, because pretty seating makes every photo beautiful. 🙂

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In the case of the photo shoot from the year before (2013), I chose the location, and everything else fell into place from there. I asked my photographer (and beautiful friend) Kristin LaDriere (of Kristin LaDriere Family Photography in Tampa) if she knew of any desolate fields with high grass. She found this perfect little field off the beaten path, and I knew exactly what the theme for this photo shoot was going to be. My stepdad had this cute little portable fire pit, and the field inspired a rustic, roasting marshmallows in plaid kinda theme. Plaid was super easy, because during the fall/winter season, you can find plaid EVERYwhere, at affordable prices. So I found assorted colors of plaid and added a few accessories we had, and voila! (Note: I did NOT get matching colors of plaid!) I also had a red satin dress I’d bought at H&M that year that I really wanted to photograph, so we changed for a few dressy photos as well. Again this year, I brought a little bench from my home (which we used in both the plaid photos AND the dressier ones). Remember… creative seating is always a good prop to bring. The large candy canes were on one of our Christmas trees, but I threw them in my prop bag, along with all the fixens to make s’mores. (Because if you’re going to tell your kids to roast marshmallows, you better really follow through on the s’mores!) We spontaneously decided the candy canes would make a really cute, cliche smooching picture with our faces behind a heart. Cue the applause for that Pinterest-worthy, cheesy moment…

In 2012, my daughters neutral toned tutu dress was the inspiration for our style. I found that at Marshalls as well, and I knew I wanted to base our other outfits around that! I pulled a cardigan and white jeans from my closet in the same tones, through the boys in some neutrals and navy and we were coordinated without matching too much.* (Remember this for my conclusion to this blog post). I also LUV me some red for the holidays! So I threw on some sky-high red stilettos I got at Ross with an inexpensive black lace dress from Forever21 and coordinated the rest of our outfits in like colors and style.

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2011 was our last year as a family of three. I knew I wanted a casual style this year, as I was 9 months pregnant and knew that finding an outfit I felt comfortable in could take longer than this cooking baby had left. So I grabbed my favorite maternity jeans. (My recommendation to every pregnant woman- invest in nice maternity jeans that you LUV! They can make any “I have no idea what to wear! Nothing fits me!” moment less stressful.) White tee-shirts and chucks were an obvious choice for casual family photos. In true @LuvBec fashion, I went with a white canvas and pop of color. I loved the idea of bringing in bright color to some black and white photos. So I grabbed props that screamed color- a rainbow lollipop and sidewalk chalk. They were great props to entertain my daughter, and the look was exactly what I had in mind! We even wrote my son Corbin’s name in blue chalk on the ground, which seemed like it would be a cute memory for my daughter Emie in later years. When photographing kids, try to incorporate props that the kids will actually enjoy, as it creates an activity for the pictures. Sometimes the unstaged photos are the best ones!

Conclusion- Find either one outfit you LUV and base the rest around that. OR pick a location that you LUV and decide what wardrobe will blend perfectly with that setting. Remember, the photos are about the PEOPLE, not the clothes. You want them to enhance your personalities, but not speak so loudly that you notice the clothes before the love between the people in that photo.

And most importantly- NEVER ASSUME FAMILY PHOTO STYLE MEANS YOU HAVE TO MATCH! Monochromatic style usually translates best when you will be enhancing the props and/or the location. But if both of those elements are fairly neutral, play up that style with some great bolds, mix-matched prints and fun accessories!

Happy styling y’all! (And stay tuned to @luvbec for a look at our family photos from this year, coming real soon…)

Here’s a sneak peak…

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(If you live in the Tampa Bay area, check out Kristin LaDriere Family Photography on Facebook for more information about her services. www.facebook.com/kristinlfamilyphotography)

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Who doesn’t #LUV a good, old {cheap} t-shirt?!

A simple blog post about my favorite wardrobe necessity… t-shirts. And Target has them for less than that large latte you always grab at that cute little green coffee shop in the front of the store! 😉 Currently in Florida, the highs are still in the 80’s. I’m all about an easy t-shirt with jeans or tucked into a fun skirt with booties. However you wear a tee, I’m sharing my LUV of these super affordable tees. Grab them while you’re there to grab toilet paper, cleaning supplies and necessities (haha, yea right!), or order them online with the links below. You’re welcome.

Women’s Vintage Slub V-Neck Tee – Merona

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Target Vintage Vee-Tee, Marona Brand

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As always, style on a budget, with a few splurges.

Luv, Bec

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A Paris and London Outfit Roundup, Part 1…

So, it’s kinda crazy- it’s my first blog post! A milestone I’ve resolved to meet for some time now. If you’re new to my Instagram, my name is Rebecca (AKA “Bec” or “Becca”), and I’m a wife and mom to 2. I’m a fashion & home decor enthusiast, but I get my main thrill in finding a good deal and sharing my LUV of affordable style!

Thanks for coming by and starting this journey with me. Bare with me as I have the tech-savvy of a 2-year-old (possibly less), and figuring out this whole blogging thing is certainly proving to be a work in progress…

I figured the best way to kick this blogging journey off is with a roundup of my outfit posts from my trip last week to Paris and London (which was amazeballs, btw), along with tips for packing the perfect basics to layer and re-wear, and finally to show you that fashionable street style doesn’t have to be expensive or overthought. So here goes…

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Here’s a close-up of my easy & comfortable airplane style. I’m always comfortable in black on black, and I was able to re-wear some of these easy basics with other outfits, so the look was practical as well.

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The sweater I’m wearing is actually a BCBG sweater that is no longer available, but here is a similar JCrew Sweater, paired with my favorite Topshop Distressed Denim. These New Balance Sneakers are a new favorite of mine as well, as they go with pretty much ANYthing and coordinate with my daily black uniform (I should have been a New Yorker). The inside of the sneakers are leopard lined, so this Leopard Belt tied the outfit together perfectly and is super affordable (my love language)!

When we arrived to Paris, I threw my hair up in a quick pony and threw on some easy, comfortable layers that would transition past sunset (and into temps in the 50’s; eeek)!

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We’d been traveling for 24 hours so I wanted something comfortable and casual as we enjoyed dinner on the Champs Elysees and a little sightseeing. I’m LUVing these versatile gray distressed jeans, and they’re currently BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF! For the record, I’m a huge lover of American Eagle jeans, so do yourself a favor and grab another pair for 50% off if you’re in need of more jeans (and who doesn’t always need more jeans?!) I bought my Topshop faux leather jacket last year before a trip to LA, but linked is this season’s version. This was the best purchase EVER! I bring it pretty much everywhere I travel, and the animal-lover in me loves that it’s faux. And hence, affordable. The peep toe booties were under $40 and made for easy walking. The underpinning is a super soft, side-slit gray top from Zara, and is only $15.99! (Told you I’d always help you find a deal…)

I’ll finish this post with my street-style from our first full day in Paris.

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Globe-trotting or not, I’m an American gal, and I LUV me some plaid and a baseball cap. This plaid flannel shirt is the perfect fall/winter layering piece. Wear it under a quilted vest, a polka dot sweater (or any crew neck sweater), open with a basic tank underneath or wrapped around your waist over a simple black dress. These white ripped ankle jeans are also American Eagle. (Get them 50% off if you buy them with another pair. Perhaps the gray ones I linked above. There ya go.) The fringe booties are Target last season, but linked is a similar pair that are awesome and currently on clearance for less than $25!

I’ll work on the second part to this post with my other outfits and some details of how I mixed and matched them for efficient travel style, so stay tuned. Got questions? Just ask. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from this first post. But I’m so excited to start this journey, and so thankful you’re coming along. Please let me know what you want to see me share more of! And any and all tips from you veteran bloggers are welcome… 😉

Luv, Bec

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