happy monday, gang! another week is underway. today, i head off to the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds nestled on Lake Oconee for a mini-getaway. but before i go, it’s time to visit my hairstylist. on Instagram, i floated a poll asking if i should ask for a pixie cut, and the vote was unanimous! many of you like my current style and said to keep it “as is” a few said i should grow it out and one cheeky reader said i should get rid of the outdated “karen” haircut. what?! but with summer approaching, i’m wanting something a bit different. last year, thanks to Covid, i grew my hair out to a short bob. this year? i’m leaning towards a pixie, then grow it out. one thing i know for certain is that y’all love any and all posts about my hair. stay tuned.
today’s post kicks off a week of shopping on a budget. there’s an affordable line at Walmart that i just love – Scoop. some of you might remember the leopard coat i wore back in December from Scoop that was a big hit. recently, i trotted out a blue faux leather jacket that you loved just as much. and i have a feeling you are going to swoon over this double-breasted black blazer i’m sporting today. so let’s kick off shopping on a budget with this adorable budget black blazer.
a variation of my style uniform – the 4B’s is in play today. every woman needs a style uniform that she can easily slip into at a moment’s notice. my preppy version is a blazer, button-up, blue jeans, and ballet flats. but i tweak it now and again by simply exchanging the shoes and shirt. today, i opted for a simple white tee tucked underneath this double-breasted black blazer from Scoop, a brand exclusive to Walmart. the reviews mentioned the blazer runs small. i opted for my typical size medium and am quite happy with the figure-flattering fit. as a matter of fact, i think this affordable blazer has “high-end” written all over it due to the structured fit. since it is budget-friendly, it is made from synthetic fibers, but it feels like wool crepe. just like a luxury brand, it is lined. and not just with any lining. this budget black blazer has a hot pink lining that sets it apart from the pack. love the peak lapels and lion head buttons that are also “luxury brand” features. this little number is definitely a keeper. and it’s lightweight, which means it will be a go-to all spring and summer long. add a favorite pair of blue jeans from J.Crew, black sandals (old, similar here and here) that show off my pedicure, and a favorite handbag with bamboo handles (old, similar here and here) that screams spring, a black belt (old, similar here) and this ootd is complete.
denim | tee | budget black blazer | similar sandals here and here) | similar handbag here and here | similar belt
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Love this jacket on you! My favorite hairstyle is the photo of you under Meet Beth, and you have the black turtleneck on…total sophistication!!
I vote pixie! For some reason, my dad did not like pixies. He would say to my mom “I don’t care how you get the girls’ (4 of us) hair cut but please do not get them pixies.” We would arrive at the stylist & my mom would say “Give them all pixies.” We would all laugh, knowing when we got home, dad would love our haircuts because he was sure they were not pixies. We never knew what he thought a pixie haircut was – ha!
Hi somehow i missed the hair post. I think you would look stunning with a pixie. I really like the blazer look and liked the blue moto jacket also.
Love this out fit. I all ready have 5 black blazer so not sure I will buy this one, though it so cute and affordable. Hmmm? I all ready have the jeans by j Crew in the denim and white. Love them both,
If you stick to basics at Walmart, you can find deals like this great jacket. If it’s comfortable, fits right and looks good, what else do you need? I do not own snob appeal clothing. I don’t need some designers initials on my clothing.
Another look I love, Beth. The button repetition on the jacket and jeans is perfect. Off to my closet to see how close I can duplicate this ootd.
Beautiful Blazer….maybe it is the PINK lining that draws me in LOL BUT…..Walmart does not stock this in Canada. You said that the brand is exclusive to Walmart so I cannot buy this anywhere else. Darn….need a US based person to buy this for me and mail it 🙁
Beth I just love your hair as is. In my opinion, it is just your signature cut. I was not as fond of your bob cut, but I know everyone likes to mix it up every now and then. You are stunning no matter what! Love this ootd too. So effortless!
I am excited about your pixie. I was wondering about your choice of going to the Ritz when you have a great beach house. Have a great relaxing time, however.
I head to Tybee for a week in May but that drive is four hours as opposed to 45 minutes. Perfect for a short stay.
I love your hair in a pixie that is slightly grown out! It is a youthful and flattering look. I like your ootd. I prefer to skip Walmart as I don’t care to shop there if I can avoid it. I prefer Target. That being said, I do like this blazer, along with the blue moto jacket and the leopard coat. They are all great looks. Maybe you could feature some Target fashions in the future. They tend to have some designer fashions at affordable prices. Thank you. Blessings to you and your family. I really enjoyed seeing you backyard transformations. It looks so nice!
My husband and I plan to “put on the Ritz” this summer for a couple of days when we visit friends who are moving out of their house on Lake Oconee. I would love a review of the place so we know how to plan our stay.
Very nice. The navy purse with bamboo handle is supper cute.
The Nine West sandals are very pretty
Beth i don’t know why my email information is not been save
Beth, Well, let me school your reader with the snarky comment about your “Karen” haircut. Just so you know, missy, the Karen haircut is the old one sported by Kate Gosselin of Kate plus 8 ‘fame”, the one who’s back of her hair looked like a chicken’s butt. Now that’s a Karen haircut and Beth has none of that going on! As a matter of fact I printed a picture of Beth out for my sister’s hairdresser, we loved her cut so much!
Totally agree on the haircut. It’s not a Karen.
right?! thanks, mary!
Oh my gosh! I am buying this today! I think I will wear it with hot pink T-shirt and jeans! I have been shopping like a mad woman the last 6 month. I am upping my Beth ante! Love your style. Thanks
Thanks ever so much for the budget friendly picks. I retired from banking, and so am a penny pincher by nature – lol. However, if I can, I will wait for a great deal on quality staples that never go out of style. That being said, I shop from Walmart to high end. I will even check out the consignment stores that offer quality, excellent condition used items. If celebs can do it, so can we. Budget should always come first.
Your hair, is your business, Beth. No two heads of hair are the same so do what works for your hair, your lifestyle – but most importantly for what makes you feel beautiful. That being said, I like the look in this pic and the pics you shared when you cut it after the Covid Bob. Short, but soft and feminine. You always look put together, and beautiful- follow your heart.
Well, you look stunning. This is a great outfit that can be copied in so very many ways. I just ordered that adorable black blazer. FYI – the blue Scoop faux leather jacket you featured was so darn cute I had to buy it in black, ivory, rose and green too!! Was crushed the tan was out of stock. Plan to wear my new black blazer with the beautiful Scoop blouse you featured with the blue Scoop pleather jacket, or with the 2nd print of that blouse which I also bought. Thanks! Pixie sounds adorable – short cuts showcase your beautiful face.
Just ordered The Scoop blazer and hope is looks as good on me as it does on you! I ordered the M and L just to be sure as I’m betting it will sell out. Am also thinking about the black purse with the bamboo handle. I think I saw a similar strappy black sandal at Target. Great outfit!!
At least Walmart has given us Eloquii up here in the barren north. Check it out, fellow +sizers. For now, “Scoop” is a pantry item on their .CA website, lol.
Love the outfit!
You mentioned in one of your post getting treatment for sun damage.
Can you tell me what kind of treatment?
I too have sun damage from my younger
sun worshiping days.
PS you have beautiful hair.
what kind of sunglasses are those?
Love the blazer, especially the pink lining. Just ordered it online…..love the classics. Enjoy your much deserved time away Beth and let us know how it was.
It’s hair, it grows back if you don’t like it. Go for the pixie! I’m waiting for the New England weather to warm up a bit before I go for it myself with my gray locks! It takes a lot of female confidence to go that short but it makes you less about the hair and more about the eyes, the windows of the soul! Will be waiting to see what you do!!
You have great hair whether it’s a bob or short! I decided to order this blazer/may only be a “1 season wonder” as I call my wardrobe pieces that are at an inexpensive price point. You always look pulled together and I appreciate the work & time you put in to helping your fellow “fashionistas”💕
I’ll cast my vote for the pixie cut! Your hair has the body and texture for that cut.
A couple months ago, I ordered a Scoop boyfriend blazer from Walmart that was on a deep clearance price. It is fully lined and looks great! A fun piece to pair with slim jeans!
Have a great week!
Love this! I already have a black blazer so I ordered it in camel…perfect for spring. Thank you for sharing this!
Your hair is fab as is. Don’t change a thing. Also, no Karens in sight.
ha ha! i have THE best readers in the world!
Beth your new haircut really compliments your face! Great look for the spring and summer. And you look great in this outfit, really knocking it out of the park! I’ve ordered the blazer, hopefully it will fit on my figure (long arms, long torso). It’s always a treat to read your blog entries!
let me know what you think about the blazer. i have already had feedback from readers that they LOVE it. i hope you do too.
Love. Love this look. You inspire me to be more stylish.
nothing makes me happier to hear than this.
I wore the Scoop brand jacket today and styled my outfit similar to yours. My son liked my outfit and said that he really liked seeing the pop of pink lining that showed when I walked. It truly is a beautifully made jacket that has a great fit. Thanks for sharing about this wonderful find from Walmart.
i’m so glad you love the jacket! i know you will have fun styling it.
Hi Beth, I messaged a few days ago that I had ordered the blazer in a L and M hoping that one would look good and the M wins!! I will have to have the sleeves shortened but I most always do. Anyway, I absolutely love it. I had also ordered the blue moto and leopard blouse but although they were very well made (the moto faux leather was like butter) I decided to return. Looked great on you. Btw, love the short hair. You always are stylish no matter what your hair length. You just keep being you. We love you!!!
oh good! i’m so happy to hear you love the blazer. you will get lots of mileage out of it.
You are always beautiful! I love all of your hairstyles! You have great hair!
thanks, vikki! and i have the best hair stylist who always keeps me at the top of my game!
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