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How I Support My Shopping Addiction: Part One // (basically on the free, y’all)

So today I wanted to share with y’all one of the major ways I support my shopping addiction. I don’t know if you’ve heard or noticed- but it’s real, y’all. And even with two businesses, I don’t make NEARLY enough to support it. (insert sigh here)

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Maybe you’re reading this post because, like me, you need a little extra cash here and there to support that Shopping Addiction. Or your husband/spouse is cutting your credit cards up, or you spend $250 a month on Starbucks so you just need to pay for your coffee each morning basically on the free– whatever your reason, this is the app you need!

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A few years ago I had to get SUPER creative on how I was going to get a little extra cash here and there to fund my *expensive* habit and stumbled upon this little gem called Swagbucks.

The SwagBucks app is one of the best, legitimate survey apps out there! I’ve earned HUNDREDS of dollars over these past few years, not even actively doing it like some people do. (I can’t even imagine how much I could have earned if I wouldn’t have taken so much time off) 

So basically how SwagBucks works: (I’m not going to go into full detail on each way to earn because most of them are self explanatory. I’m just highlighting the ones that I use frequently!)

  1. SHOP ONLINE AND GET CASH BACK
  2. PRINT & REDEEM GROCERY COUPONS
  3. SURVEYS
  4. SEARCH
  5. WATCH VIDEOS
  6. PLAY GAMES 

 

SHOP AND GET CASH BACK: What the whaaaat?! Okay soooo yesterday, I know. But a few years ago when I started Swagbucks there weren’t nearly as many cash back apps out there as there are now. However, even now I’ve scoped through most of these new-kid-on-the-block apps to see if the amount of cash back is greater or comparable to Swagbucks; and, to my personal delight, I’ve noticed Swagbucks is still on top *for the majority of them* I’ve seen them as high as 16SB (Swag Bucks) per $1 spent.

So, Example: Let’s say you’re doing a little online retail therapy at Target. If they’re offering 10 SB per $1 spent, you go ahead and spend $100 on those super cute textiles you found and essentially get $10 back- just for shopping through the app! Stack those on top of Target’s already fab deals- look at you go! You’re officially a saving money queen. Your husband/spouse will thank you later. Believe me!

But if Target’s not your thing (not judging, but we can’t be friends anymore) don’t worry! There are LITERALLY hundreds (maybe thousands at this point?) of stores to choose from. Some of my favorites include Old Navy (because I heart Old Navy and they always offer high SB back per dollar spent) NordstromRack, Personal Creations, Walmart, JC Penny, Lowes, Home Depot- Even food joints to traveling sites like expedia, IHG, etc!

Even if you only join SwagBucks to shop online- DO IT! I’m so serious. Why wouldn’t you want to get free money back?

 

PRINT AND REDEEM COUPONS: Yo- we all know by now I’m the queen of deals and I wouldn’t call myself a craaaazy coupon lady but you better believe if I find a one for pull ups laying on the side of the road (totally being dramatic) I’m going to snatch it up and use it! Because we ain’t rich, and even if we were- I’m all about saving a dollar. (And now I’ve shifted to sassy…)

So the coupons are a little hidden so I’m going to walk you through it.

  1. Go to the section that says “SHOP” (It’s also the same place you’ll find stores to shop at online and get SB back per dollar spent!)
  2. Click “Grocery Coupons” (there’s also an “ONLINE COUPONS” option for codes to use while shopping online)
  3. Ba-da-bing! Just click on each coupon you want to print out and use and when you redeem them at your grocery store NOT ONLY will you get the cash money off of your grocery bill BUT you’ll also get 10 SB added to your account!

    NOTE: This takes a little more time than answering surveys- but any cash back is cash back, am I right?!) Plus- let’s say you start redeeming coupons left and right. All of a sudden your account is going to get hit with potentially hundreds of SwagBucks daily!

 

SURVEYS: So, let’s now talk about taking surveys. Most offer anywhere from 25-150 Swagbucks for 10-20 minutes of your time. The average payout for answering a small series of questions is 75-100 SB’s, which is equivalent to 75 cents-$1. They’re super easy to fill out and the questions are generally simple: Which do you like more, Diet Coke or Coke? How many times have you grocery shopped this month? Which stores do you prefer to buy your vitamins at? You get the idea. You won’t qualify for each panel but you can usually earn about $5 for 30 minutes of work. (That’s $10 an hour if you keep it up..)

This definitely isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme and won’t replace your full-time job BUT If you earn 100-500 SB a day, that’s $30-$150 a month that you can either cash out on or redeem for gift cards! I mainly redeem my gift cards to restaurants, Starbucks, Sephora, TJ Maxx, Old Navy and MasterCard Gift Cards, but there are HUNDREDS to choose from! Ranging from as low as $5 gift cards to $100+ gift cards!

 

FOR JOINING THROUGH MY LINK:
Sign Up for SwagBucks Here and you’ll get an additional 300 SB ($3) when you earn your first 300 SB (or $3) (Yaaaaasssss, Hunny!)

 

Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to earn on Swagbucks!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

 

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Sophia’s Spring Wardrobe List: Number One

After the last North Carolina snowfall, the air has been crisp in the morning and warmer during the day. Is Spring among us? In honor of our excitement, I’ve compiled a list of looks for the start of Sophia’s spring wardrobe and I’m sharing them with you! There will be a “Number Two” to this post so stay tuned for more styles I’m loving!

LOOK NUMBER ONE: Dark Florals & Silver Boots

SIMILAR DRESS // SOCKS // Similar SHOES

I’ve highlighted the shoes I linked before because I’m obsessed with them and believe every mini needs a pair!

Look Number Two: Black on Black

// BEANIE (less expensive) $4 (Also obsessed with THIS ONE) // DRESS (under $15) // SHOES (50% OFF) OR (similar, less expensive versions HERE & HERE) // KNEE HIGH SOCKS (Also HERE & HERE)

This look is fabulous, and thankfully Sophia already has 2 out of the 4 items from this look so I’m not spending a ton of money on it. Black is so chic- yes, even on toddlers!

LOOK NUMBER THREE: Cool, Casual and Collected

DENIM TOP (ALSO HERE & HERE) // LEGGINGS (These are a MUST-HAVE! On sale for $4!!!) // CONVERSE // SHADES (Also loving THESE & THESE)

This look is so effortless and cool. Everyone needs a pair of classic chucks- and I’m so excited for Sophia to get these! They’ll go with so many outfits.

The next part of this post are dresses that I’m currently OBSESSED with. You’ll notice a light pink trend- but I can’t help it. Not only is the color sort of a universal “girly” color, but it’s also the perfect color for Spring!

DRESS NUMBER ONE

Nordstrom Rack | UNDER $20 // SHOP IT HERE //

DRESS NUMBER TWO:

NORDSTROM RACK | UNDER $25 // SHOP THE DRESSES HERE //

This adorable peplum floral dress comes in both Ivory and Mustard and I’m going nuts waiting on them to get here! They’re the cutest little dresses for the season! And how stinkin’ cute are those ruffled sleeves and the key hole back detailing?!

DRESS NUMBER THREE

H&M // UNDER $10 // SHOP IT HERE

I ordered this dress with full intent on it being Sophia’s Easter Dress- but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait that long to put her in it.

DRESS NUMBER FOUR

H&M // SHOP IT HERE

These sequins and ruffles are everything! I’ve been searching and searching for the perfect dress for her third birthday party and am so glad I found this one. Gold and pink are perfect together and this dress screams adorable!

There will be an add-on to this post- these looks are just the start of a fabulous spring wardrobe!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Top Candles & Faux Peonies for Spring

I’m just over here dreaming of spring.. The past few days have actually been surprisingly warm in these parts, so I’ve got all of my favorite spring scents burning. (Too soon?)

What you probably know about Peonies is this: They’re gorgeous and smell amazing- and if you didn’t know that, now you do.

But sadly, peony season does not last very long at all. One measly spring season, and then the start to summer marks the end of peony season.

So, I’ve scoped out the best candles and faux arrangements to fill your home with that lush scent and imagery all spring and summer long!

By far the best Peony Candle and the one I keep stocked both seasons👇🏼

// SHOP THE CANDLE // ONLY $12.99 // BURN TIME: 75 HOURS

Notes of Mango Blossom, Freesia, and White Peony will fill your house for over 75 hours with this one candle! If you know me, you know I’m always burning candles in my home and I’ve burned this one so much I’ve even practiced burning different candles with it to see what scents I can create!

Which brings me to my next candle must-have:

// SHOP THE SOHO CANDLE HERE //

Not only does the Jar remind me of my Meems’s vintage decor (she had these green hobnail glasses when I was growing up that I’m in love with) but the notes of apricot, passion fruit, and fresh grapefruit fill your house for up to 80 hours AND it’s only $12.99!

If you’re looking to add some faux Peonies to your home so you can enjoy the beautiful scent from your new candles and add some flowers into your space, I highly recommend any of the arrangements below from TJ MAXX!

// SHOP WHITE PEONY ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP PINK PEONY ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP WHITE PEONY TABLE ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP PINK PEONY TABLE ARRANGEMENT  //

Which color peony is your favorite?

I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

A Chic and Effortless Meghan Markle Inspired Street-Style Look

Happy Fri-Yay, everyone!! I’ve been featuring this Chic Duster Cardigan from Sophia Ann Boutique a lot lately & I took it out for a spin last weekend and got SOOOOO many compliments on my entire outfit!

I’m definitely a sucker for black and I’m still so obsessed with the put-together Meghan Markle look I’ve been going for lately! I’m attaching the exact links to the entire outfit that I wore for y’all! But first.. How fab is she?!

 

Okay, I know. I’m a little obsessed. Let’s get to the inspired look!

Sophia Ann Boutique | EVA BELTED DUSTER CARDIGAN // BLACK // TAUPE // PEONY PINK | US Sizes S-XL

Sophia Ann Boutique // BLACK BASIC TEE $29 // US Sizes S-M-L-XL
Note: This Basic Tee is BUTTER-SOFT Y’ALL!

NORDSTROM | BLACK DISTRESSED DENIM (On SALE, under $30) // Also loving these: HERE & HERE (both under $50)

H&M | BLACK BOOTIES (ON SALE $19.99)

Sophia Ann Boutique | PINK & TAUPE DUSTER CARDIGANS

There are 3 different colors to this Duster Cardi and while I wore the black (the Taupe would go well with the products I linked, too) but I think the peony pink would be fab with white tones & some distressed denim!

ASOS // STRIPED BASIC TEE $24 (Also this & this)

H&M // DISTRESSED DENIM (on sale under $20!)

Are you guys gearing up for the weekend?! What fun plans do you have?

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

2018 Spring Accessories: Marble, Blush & Gold Everything!

This house has been CRAZY the past few days- Jeff and I have been SUPER busy with work. Between my blog, My Clothing Boutique and my Stella & Dot Biz I don’t think I’ve kept my head on straight for the past few months BUT I’m loving every second of the madness!

On top of all of that craziness, we’ve been also been redecorating and moving everything around for a new home look. I’ll do a blog post with all of that mess in the future!

Today I had to pop in and show you my absolute favorite pieces from Stella & Dot’s New Collection! Fair warning: You’re about to get hooked.

Stella & Dot | EARRINGS // BRACELETS (linked below) // PHONE CASE (also HERE (pink) & HERE (black) & HERE (light blue) & HERE (blush/floral- SO CUTE!!)

I have to start off talking about these phone cases. They’re ADORABLE and chic- if you’re looking to update your case I’d definitely recommend any of the ones I’ve linked above!

I’ve seen them at ONE target (and I’ve been to quite a few different targets- as I’m sure we all have!) They’re fairly inexpensive and I believe they’re well worth the money!

Bracelets: Stella & Dot | NICHOLETTE STRETCH BRACELET // ANDA STRENGTH BRACELET // ANDA COURAGE BRACELET |

This blush pink, marble & gold arm party will be on REPEAT all Spring! Y’all have been warned! Not only is this stack adorable, but it goes with EVERYTHING! They’re an accessories wardrobe staple.

The amount of different arm parties you can create with these three bracelets is unreal and I absolutely love accessories that have a deep, inspirational meaning behind them!! They also make the perfect gifts.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

My Favorite New Stacks (And Where to Get Them)

I’m compiling my list of favorite stacks and telling you where to get them!

Stella & Dot | From Left to Right: // SILVER QUINN CUFF (Also Available in GOLD) // CHEVRON LEATHER WRAP BRACELET // SILVER ENGRAVABLE BANGLE (also available in GOLD & ROSE GOLD)

There’s something about Engravable pieces that get to me. I personally have too many Engravable pieces to count Over my years of being a Stella and Dot stylist, but these bangles are part of the new collection And have been some of my top sellers the season. People personalize with names, dates, coordinates, Roman numerals, quotes- the list is endless. One of my favorite things about being a Stella and Dot stylist is getting to help people personalize pieces that they’ll cherish for years to come!

The Chevron Wrap Bracelet is also one of my favorites. I love that I can pair it with any other bracelets to complete my look! It’s so easy to style. It’s a genuine leather wrap bracelet with shiny silver (or gold) chevron details and a snap closure! They’re available in silver and gold chevron and adjust to fit small to large wrists.

Accessories: Stella & Dot | From Left to Right: // Signature Engravable Wishing Bracelet // Jaya Tortoise Cuff //

Outfit: // SCARF // CARDIGAN (similar, less expensive style) // BOOTIES

STELLA & DOT // Anda Courage Bracelet // Anda Strength Bracelet // Nicholette Stretch Bracelet

Outfit: // SHOES (UNDER $25) Also THESE & THESE & THESE // Yellow Sweater // Black Distressed Pants //

I love bracelets that have an amazing meaning behind them. With the launch of Stella & Dot’s new collection they came out with two of these meaningful intention bracelets. One that symbolizes courage, and another that symbolizes strength.

The Anda Courage Bracelet: I’m loving the neutral tones in this bracelet. It features blush and vintage gold toned beads that go with any outfit! Keep it or gift it as a reminder to be brave, bold, and beautiful. It has a vintage gold finish, a 2 inch diameter, and stretches to fit small to large wrists.

The Anda Strength Bracelet: This beautiful Vintage Gold and earthy toned Stretch Bracelet. It too has a vintage gold finish with a 2″ diameter and fits Small to Large wrists.

Happy Friday, Friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies