Today I'm excited to be participating in the Chippmunk Expert Shopper Style Challenge - I was chosen along with my girls Marion, Tara & Shanna to put together summer looks for $150 or less using coupons we found on Chippmunk. If you haven't heard of their site before, it is THE place for finding the best deal based on your budget. There are more than 400 stores in their database and their promo codes are guaranteed to work. I love that you can search for coupons either by choosing a department & entering the budget you have to work with or by looking up a specific store...they make it so easy!

I went for a summer casual look with lightweight layers and chic basics that would be easy to rework with other items in my closet. When shopping on a budget, I think it's important to mix high & low pieces together so it only looks expensive. For example, I splurged on this J. Crew shirt (though it was on sale, it's still more than I would normally spend) - the classic linen fabric helps elevate my distressed jeans. I added a pop of color with the tote, some pattern with a gauzy scarf + a dose of texture with these cork wedges. Here's the breakdown of my costs:

J. Crew Perfect Shirt - orig $88 ; 20% off with code LOOK20 = $70.40

Old Navy Paisley Scarf (similar) - orig $14.94 on sale for $12; 20% off with code ONSUMMER = $9.60

Gap 1969 Skinny Jeans - orig $69.95 on sale for $35.99; 40% off with code GAPSALE = $21.59

Dana Buchman Cork Wedges - orig $69.99 on sale for $29.99; 20% off with code SHOP20 = $23.99

Croft & Barrow Saffiano Tote - orig $59 on sale for $29.50; 20% off with code SHOP20 = $23.60





c/o Caravelle by Bulova watch (on sale here), c/o TJ Maxx bracelet (similar), Simply Vera Vera Wang aviators (similar), Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Sweetheart, Nails: Revlon Plum Seduction

And now for some exciting news - Chippmunk is giving away $750 in store gift cards!! In round 1, five "Most Loved" people will win $100 each. In Round 2, one of those winners will be chosen by my fellow bloggers & I to win an additional $250! Just upload an image that conveys your own personal style to the Chippmunk Expert Shopper page, and share your tips for other budget minded shoppers. Be sure to share your look with friends to get more "love"!

In Round 1, “Most Loved” winners are determined by “love it” clicks. Each Round 1 winner will receive a $100 gift card to their favorite store. In Round 2, one of the five “Most Loved” winners will be chosen as the “Editor's Pick” by myself & my fellow bloggers to win the $250 grand prize. To be considered for the grand prize, “Most Loved” winners will submit a description of what awesome steal they would create with $250 in the form of an image created with their outstanding outfit. The contest closes at midnight PST on June 18th, and "Most Loved" winners will be announced on June 21st.