Budget Babes: Black and White

May 1, 2015


YAY for Friday and the first day of May! Wow time is flying this year.  Welcome to another Budget Babes Friday where Ada, Maria and I style for under $75 (hence Budget Babes). Every Friday for two more weeks we will be styling outfits with a theme that goes along with the trends of spring but we are going to show you how you don’t have to break the bank doing so. Today’s theme is styling black and white. If you missed last Fridays spring bags theme then you can check it out here, loafers the week before that here and the pastels theme here.

I think I am the only one sporting peep toe heels our of all these looks, but I love how Ada and Maria went with skirts and or dress and I stuck to white denim jeans. I am loving Ada’s windowpane dress and Maria’s pops of white accessories. This is what is so fun about collaborating with other bloggers on a theme. There is simply not one wrong or right way to go about wearing black or white or any trend for that matter.



I will be honest in saying this is what I had wanted to wear this past Sunday to church. In all honesty I had nursery duty and didn’t want to be around babies in these heels and white pants so this is my outfit for church another day. I did enjoy putting this outfit together for the sake of these pictures and Budget Babes theme. My only problem was that our babies were asleep for nap time so my hubby and I went out into our street and shot these images. I am sorry in advance for the terrible background as it was either take a picture in front of a few houses or in the middle of the road on trash day with lots of trash cans on the curbs. Keeping it real here people, we had some serious thinking on a background and settled for these houses. Blogger problems happen.


I actually was inspired to wear this outfit from a pin from Rachel Parcell of pinkpeonies.com that you can view here. Rachel has great style and she was one of the first fashionistas I followed (I am sure she is the first for everyone though). My black and white outfit is a pinspiration from hers.



As a budget babe sporting black and white, let’s see if I stayed under $75 for this outfit.

white pants: via Marshalls about $15 (similar)

Heels: The Mint Julep (had a $25 giftcard I won from a past giveaway) so $0 (sold out at Mint Julep, similar here).

Black under tee: $1 from JC Penny (had a coupon and it was already super cheap) similar here.

Black pleated button up sleeveless vest shirt: $8? from TJ Maxx, similar here.

Purse: Merona via Target $20, old similar here.

Earrings: c/o Rocksbox $0 but Kendra Scott (use the code garaytreasuresxoxo for your free one month subscription to Rocksbox) (exact earrings here)

Necklace: c/o Rocksbox $0 Perry Street brand (use the code garaytreasuresxoxo for your free one month subscription to Rocksbox) similar here.

Glasses: $6 from Target (recently on clearance). (love these)

Bracelets: c/o When in Rome (here) $0 & & little bangle from a set from Charlotte Russe that was $2 (love this Kate Spade one here).

My total spent on this outfit: $52, not bad and probably my most expensive outfit posted for Budget Babes yet. So as you can see I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to look just like Rachel Parcells look, and while I am sure most of her outfit was a “c/o” from the big brands a girl can still be chic and look just as nice on a budget for under or right at $75.

How do you style black and white?

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Remember to stop by Adas and Maria’s blogs to see how they styled their black and white outfits and check out the budget on their outfits. Thanks for stopping in today.


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Linking up with: Mix It Up FridaysThursday Fashion Files, What I wore Wednesday, Fashion Fun Friday, Rachel the Hat, Wednesday Pants Party, Melissa, Lisa, Charming Friday.


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  • Megan May 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I love a good black and white look! I am loving those shoes and your sweater!

  • Jill May 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This is such a chic look! Love those heeled sandals!

    Doused In Pink

  • Darcy May 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I always love how black and white looks together!

  • Ada May 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    You look lovely, especially since you added the heels. I think the background is nice. Nothing wrong with cute neighborhood homes.

  • Becky @ bybmg May 1, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I love that black pleated blouse! Great look!

  • Susan May 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Wow!! Look at you! Stunning – classic and chic. This is beautiful Rachel! Be sure to stop by and link your post to our new Charming Friday link up! Susan

  • Shannon May 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Looking fab ladies! Loving the black and white and those jeans are amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Nina May 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    These shoes are gorgeous. Lovely outfit. xx

  • Amy Ann May 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Black and white is my favorite combo! Love this. Your white jeans/pants look great. 🙂

    Amy Ann
    Now blogging at my new site Straight A Style

  • Clipping Path Outsource May 2, 2015 at 5:53 am

    The skirt is fine!

  • Dawn Lucy May 2, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Love this look on you! So chic!
    Dawn Lucy

  • Jeanne May 2, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Can never go wrong with black and white!


  • amy May 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I absolutely love this outfit. It is so classy and polished.

  • Jacqueline May 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Love black and white! Always a great look!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Maria G May 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Black and white is such a classic look and I agree, it is interesting how we all had the same style prompt but we have 3 very unique outfits! I absolutely love your outfit! Your heels are fabulous and I love how you wore your button up more like a jacket! Cute!!

  • Sam May 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Very pretty, Rachel. I love black+white outfits, they always give a very put together and chic look. Those shoes are fabulous, and I love your vest.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    There are those shoes that I love on you again! This is a great outfit, I love how you layered a black vest over a black shirt!

  • Lisa May 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    You look beautiful!! Love this outfit on you XO! Thank you for sharing with #linkupwithlisa
    @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/search/label/LINKUP%20with%20Lisa

  • Dominika Sygula May 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Hiya babe, u look stunning i love black and white loo not really into colors but have to do it for the sake of it every now and then
    thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Have a lovely week!
    Stay in touch.

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  • natali May 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    so nice photos!! love black & white outfits!! you look really cute!!
    have a wonderful week!

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  • Tina Bradley May 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    One of my fave color combos! Loving those white jeans and the shoes, too! Very chic! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  • Abby May 4, 2015 at 1:12 am

    B&W outfits appeal to me, always. Simple with a timeless flair 🙂 Found you via the WIWW linkup, let me know if you’d like to get connected on Twitter or Facebook!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Jennie May 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Such a great look, Rachel! I love a nice black and white look. Your long, open vest is just so cool! Thanks for linking up with our first Charming Friday link-up!