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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer Essentials: Splurge vs. Save

Summer Essentials Splurge vs. Save @rachmccarthy7

With the unofficial start to summer less than a week away, I brought back the always popular splurge vs. save to round up a few summer essentials. 
I don't know about you, but I'm more than ready to break out my summer clothes...and have them stay out! Here are a few of my favorite summer essentials, at both the splurge and save price points:
  • Summer wouldn't be the same without off the shoulder dresses and tops. I love the color of both the splurge and save orange dresses, it's the perfect bright shade for summer. Another trend that I have been loving all spring is the eyelet detail and both the splurge and save version of the eyelet off the shoulder top is such a pretty and feminine top that could be dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans. 
  • You can't start summer without a new swimsuit! I have been lusting over this splurge scallop swimsuit for over a year -- I can never say no to scallop edges! But when I spotted this save version at a fraction of a fraction of the price, I couldn't wait to share it with you! I think a black one piece swimsuit is so chic. And add the fun scallop details and you have a sophisticated yet fun suit to spend a summer day at the pool.
I took the red eye flight from LA Monday evening and arrived back in DC early Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, not much sleep happened on the flight and I spent yesterday packing to head back to California today. I know, totally crazy, right?! I honestly have no idea how I'm still awake! 

Be sure to drop by tomorrow for an entire recap of a fun event I attended in LA on Monday! Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!




  1. I have a pair of those shorts in pink on my summer wish list and how gorgeous is that black one piece - you could potentially wear it as a body suit for going out!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. To funny, how again, I like the saves better. That poppy red color is so pretty and I got a dress in Canada that color, you gave me some good ideas how to style it!!

  3. It's uncanny how similar the shoes are! Both of them are precious and at those save prices, you could get both pair! Love all of these picks!

    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Wow, you found some great dupes! Love this round up :)


  5. I love your splurge vs. save posts! You always find the BEST dupes! That OTS top and black scalloped swimsuit are calling my name!!

    Rosy Outlook

  6. Nothing I love more than a save and splurge area! You literally always find the best dupes and I love it so very much! I love that scalloped swim suit so cute!

  7. You always nail these splurges vs. saves, girl! Seriously, everything is nearly identical and the saves are REAL saves! I can't wait to see what you were up to on Monday, it sounds like an exciting event, especially to have flown out to attend! Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great day so far!



  8. Oh my gosh girl, I seriously don't know how you're awake right now! And this is such a great round up! I love that scalloped bathing suit and those tie sandals! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. So many good saves - some I like better than the splurges! Drink an extra cup of coffee today!

    Zelle | Southern Style

  10. I need that scallop suit, and of course that hat! Fabulous round up <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. I really love your splurge vs save girl!!! Have a lovely week
    Mónica Sors

  12. Ok I need that swimsuit! Its so perfect! Love these kind of posts... The dupes are literally the same as the expensive pieces! Thanks for sharing!

    Brittany :)

  13. Some of the "save" items actually look better than the "splurge" haha! I love bathing suit! :)


  14. I LOVE when you do these, seriously are the best at finding such affordable pieces that are so similar to the splurge items.
    Girl...I hope you get some rest or loads of coffee! Can't wait to read more about the event, loved watching your snaps/story!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  15. I need that scalloped swimsuit in my life! Such great picks, Rachel and I hope you get some rest! L.A. is so fun, tho! Cant wait to learn more about the event!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  16. That scalloped suit is too cute and that straw hat!!! Perfect summer looks!

    xx Auna |

  17. I love all of your picks especially that one-piece. Jess at Just Jess


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