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March 24, 2017

Junk Food, John Lennon and A Giveaway

junk food t shirt, john lennon, graphic tees

1. Blazer: Topshop // 2. Aviator Sunglasses: H&M // 3. Necklace: H&M (Set of 2 for $8)
4. John Lennon Tee: Junk Food T Shirts 
5. Shopper Tote: H&M (Under $35 - also in beige) // 6. Ring: Nordstrom (Only $7)
7. Lip Set: MAC // 8. Earrings: H&M (Only $8) // 9. Booties: H&M (Under $40)

One thing you might not know about me is that when I was younger I was a competitive ice skater.  I was on a synchronized ice skating team that traveled the US and Canada.  I started traveling to competitions at age 10 - and was one of the youngest of the group of a lot of high school girls, and even college. (These girls had a big influence on music taste - from Beastie Boys, Prince, to Bon Jovi.  There was always music playing in the back of the bus!)  It was an amazing experience - one I am so thankful that my parents allowed me to do. 

When I decided to style a graphic tee paired with a blazer (because it is a trend that still seems to be going strong), I picked the John Lennon tee because it reminded me of ice skating.  Along with skating competitively, I also skated for several years in a "Disney on Ice" type production.  It was huge theatrical production with full-out chorus-line costumes, and featured skaters like Scott Hamilton (back in the day when he won the Olympics). The association with John Lennon is because one of the performers skated to his song Imagine - and I will probably forever associate that song with the show.

  For me, I love wearing a classic blazer with a tee and jeans, I just have not tried swapping out my basic tee with a graphic one - but it would be really simple.  If you are like me, and might not wear the “rocker” boots with the look - you could easily wear pumps (which I typically do), flats or even sneakers.

I am offering a $25 Mixology gift card to one of my readers. Mixology is a store with a wide range of selection - from classic striped sweaters to party dresses - and the John Lennon Imagine tee above.

To enter, all you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT on this post - letting me know if you would wear the graphic tee trend - and also entering the Rafflecopter.  It is that simple - but be be sure to enter the Rafflecopter (and click that you commented) - so I know how to contact you if you win!  If you want to increase your chances of winning, there are additional entries.  The giveaway will run through April 3 - and the winner will be announced then. 

With all the things to pick from at Mixology, I have picked out a few items you could buy if you won!

This striped grey sweater.

This on trend striped off the shoulder ruffle top.

This plaid scarf.

This striped classic sweater.

This cute chunky knit faux fur beanie.

This fun “party” ruffle dress.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And, because it is Friday I wanted to share the five most popular items.
This blush blazer that can be layered over a tee (just like the look above) and is under $35.

This loose fitting blouse with gathered sleeves that comes in a print and two great colors and is only $25.

This ruffled cardigan that is under $35.

This $20 utility blouse that comes in a beige, gold and khaki.

This fun scarf with small little tassels that is only $12.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

Note about gift card: The prize does not include shipping or any potential customs on international orders.  Shipping policy: $8.99 flat rate for all orders under $75, free shipping for orders above $75 for the contiguous 48 United States. All international shipping will be shipped through USPS.  Disclaimer: This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate; however, all opinions are my own.

March 23, 2017

Off the Shoulder & Bomber Trends to Try for Less

1. Checked Off the Shoulder: H&M // 2. Checked Top: ONE by STYLEKEEPERS
3. Quilted Bag: Merona (Only $15) // 4. Quilted Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
5. Floral Bomber Jacket: H&M // 6. Floral Bomber Jacket: Alice + Olivia
7. Sneakers: H&M // 8. Sneakers: Golden Goose

A few save vs. splurge items.  I actually think the save items could all be worn together as one look. And, the "Save" side has some pretty good deals - that off the shoulder checked top is only $13 and the quilted bag is just as great of price.

Pink Moto Jacket: Save or Splurge

Off the Shoulder Eyelet Top: Save or Splurge

Floral Moto Jacket: Save or Splurge

Crisscross (X) Ring: Save or Splurge

Embroidered Floral Denim Jacket: Save or Splurge

Link Bracelet (David Yurman-like): Save or Splurge

GUCCI BELT (look alike) FOR UNDER $10
I was going to save this tomorrow, but I didn't want you to miss out.  If you have wanted to get a Gucci belt, but it was not in your price range, well, I have found a really similar one for $7!

I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 22, 2017

Leopard Clutch and Denim Jacket Spring Look for Less

1. Sunglasses: H&M // 2. Earrings: BP (Set of 2 for $10) // 3. Tee: H&M ($6)
4. Jeans: H&M // 5. Leopard Pouch: Nordstrom // 6. Denim Jacket: H&M
7. Espadrille Wedge Sandals: Steve Madden  // 8. Tee: J. Crew // 9. Earrings: Kate Spade
10. Sunglasses: Ray Ban // 11. Denim Jacket: J. Crew (Marked down to $80)
12. Espadrille Wedge Sandals: Marc Fisher // 13. Leopard Pouch: Clare V. // 14. Jeans: J Brand

There is nothing better than a simple denim jacket, black jeans look.  I cannot believe how similar all of these pieces are - and the wedge sandals that I found for less than half the price of the "splurge" ones.  And, the "save" earrings come as a set of 2 for only $10 - such a steal considering that is a third of the price of only one pair of the "splurge" ones.

In case you missed it yesterday, I shared my 15 piece pastel wardrobe - with 15 different outfits.

These are the cutest blush patent sandals (and they come in four other colors).

These pom pom and colorful sandals would be perfect for spring break (or summer).

This cute dress would be the perfect beach coverup.

I saw this dress last week and forgot to post it - I think it is the most adorable dress with the lacy bell sleeves - perfect for Easter, bridal shower, or wedding.

This lace dress is also stunning.

This quilted bag looks just like the Rebecca Minkoff one - but is only $15.

My favorite hand creme that smells like the beach is on sale.

This leopard scarf is under $20.

These lace up sandals are still on sale for under $50! And, they come in 4 great colors.

This tunic is so popular and comes in a pretty blush pink and many other colors and is under $30.

Lastly, today starts Nordstrom's triple points - so if you have a Nordstrom card, you can earn 3 points for every dollar spent - and the more points, the more rewards ($$$) to spend!

Also, be sure to link up your spring looks on The Blended Blog today.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.

March 21, 2017

Create a Staple Spring Wardrobe with Pastels

online stylist, spring outfit, shopping guide
As I mentioned before, one of the reasons I started this blog was to find a way to work as a "stylist" - to help others put together outfits.  Over the years, my blog has evolved, and I have realized that one of the things I love to do is put together outfits.  In creating outfits, I like to find ways to maximize what people own and help them strategically shop - for both the best deals and pieces that can be worn many different ways.

A few weeks ago, I shared a bright and colorful 15 pieces, and today, I am sharing a more pastel ones - with pinks, whites, and light greys.  I have built this collection around staple pieces like basic tees and skinny jeans.  I also added in a few trends like ruffles and girlfriend jeans.  In creating this staple 15 piece pastel spring wardrobe, I have tried to be budget-conscious by using pieces you might already have in your closet (like tees and jeans) - along with finding items that are under $50 (and a lot under $25) - and including only one item that is more expensive, which is these booties; however, I think these would be a staple that would get a lot of wear for the price.  Also, I did not include accessories like bags or sunglasses - but I shared some sunglasses under $12 and bags under $25 in this post, that would work perfectly with this color theme.


I really love this feminine, pastel palette.  And, I am already planning my next 15 piece wardrobe - that will pull in a lot of these pieces - but use a different color/pattern theme.

Pink Cami: H&M // White Lace Cami: H&M // White Tee: H&M
Ruffle Cardigan: H&M  // Moto Jacket: H&M
Grey Tee: H&M // Ruffle Blouse: H&M  // Girlfriend Jeans: H&M
White Skinny Jeans: H&M // Black Skinny Jeans: H&M
Scarf: H&M // Sneakers: H&M // Jersey Dress: H&M
Pink Loafers: H&M // Booties: Vince Camuto

And, here are a few other items that could be swapped out for the ones above.

This pink ruffle sweatshirt that is $13. It also comes in grey.

This sleeveless blush blouse that also comes in white and is $18.

This powder pink pocket tee for $13.

This $10 gray pocket tee.

This bell sleeve and peplum ruffle hem top that is under $40.

These lace up black sandals that are under $50.

For a more casual athleisure look, these $13 joggers.

Similar pink loafer but in leather.

  I am participating in the following link-ups.
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