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August 22, 2017

Beige & Grey Fall Outfit for Less


SHOP THE LOOK
1. Initial Necklace: H&M (Only $6) // 2. Initial Necklace: LULU DK
3. V-Neck Sweater: H&M // 4. Crossover Sweater: Cupcakes & Cashmere
5. Handbag: H&M (Under $40) // 6. Handbag: Givenchy
7. Skinny Jeans: H&M // 8. Skinny Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
9. Booties: Old Navy // 10. Booties: Treasure & Bond

In putting this look together, I am beginning to think I might need a beige handbag. I found this dupe that looks just like a cross between the Givency bag and the Saint Laurent one - but costs under $40!
 
DAILY DEALS AND FINDS

August 20, 2017

My Top 10 Sales and Deals

yellow sweater with leopard print

TOP 10 FINDS & DEALS

August 18, 2017

My Top Five Summer Deals

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Happy Friday!  

In addition to this post, I am also posting about my Friday Favorites over on The Blended Blog.

TOP FIVE END OF SUMMER SALE ITEMS

August 17, 2017

Project Runway New Season & My Journey to Become a Fashion Designer

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MY PERSONAL JOURNEY - TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER

BEGINNING WITH PROJECT RUNWAY
I am so excited - Project Runway returns for Season 16 tonight!  This is probably one of my favorite shows.  I look forward to it each fall.  Last season, my favorite designer was Laurence - because of all of her leather work. I can’t wait to find out which of the designers becomes my top pick - and if they will make it to the finale.

Probably one of the reasons I enjoy Project Runway so much is because I have always been a very creative person - I am continually envisioning designs for clothing in my head; however, I never pursued fashion design until recently. For some reason in college, I did not go into fashion - and all of my jobs since have been in non-fashion fields.  It was only until recently that I started to explore the idea of fashion design.

FOLLOWING MY DREAMS

August 16, 2017

Fall Outfits with Everything Under $50

FALL OUTFIT CASUAL
SHOP THE LOOK
Sweater (Only $33) // Jeans (40% off) // Over the Knee Boots (Under $60 - Also in Black)

I bought these burgundy over the knee boots - and I get so much wear out of them.  These are under $60 - and I highly recommend them.

leopard foldover clutch
SHOP THE LOOK 
Biker Jacket (On Sale - $30) // Pocket Tee (Only $7) // Long Necklace
Rings (Set of 5 - Only $22) // Leopard Foldover Clutch (Under $40)

I love my leopard clutch - it adds a pop of color to any look.  This one is under $40. There is also this option that is under $50.

leopard pumps fall outfit
SHOP THE LOOK
 Suede Moto Jacket (Under $50) // Swing Camisole (Only $15)
 Jeans (Only $20) // Leopard Pumps (Under $30)

I get so much wear out of my leopard pumps - they are my favorite shoes - and I usually get compliments when I wear them.  These are under $30 - and a great deal!

TOP PICKS & DEALS OF THE DAY

August 13, 2017

My Top 10 Sales & Deals

leopard coat

 MY TOP 10 SALES & DEALS

August 11, 2017

My Top Five Fall Sweaters

chunky knit sweaters

Happy Friday!

TOP FIVE SWEATERS YOU NEED FOR FALL

August 10, 2017

Save on Fall Trends - Leather Jacket & Sneakers

pantone fall 2017 colors



SHOP THE LOOKS
1. Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff // 2. Jacket: BB Dakota // 3. Shoulder Bag: H&M (Only $30)
4. Jeans: H&M // 5. Sneakers: H&M // 6. Necklace: Ariel Gordon
7. Jacket: BB Dakota // 8. Tote: Madewell
9. Jeans: RE/DONE // 10. Sneakers: Golden Goose

I am kind of in a slump - of finding the energy to write something engaging about my save vs. splurge outfit; however, I will say, I bought that "save" jacket - and I can't wait to wear it - possibly styled like the look above.  I can vouch that it is great quality - and does look a lot like leather - and I am pretty picky about faux leather.

So, instead of talking about the clothes - I will share what I made for dinner last night. I had an appointment after work - so I got home later than usual. I typically would either go to McDonald's or Five Guys after my appointment - because I love burgers and fries.  However, last night I decided to be a little healthier - and make pesto.  But, I was super tired after a long day - and did not want to be eating at 9:00 - so I set time limit for making it - and to my amazement, I got the whole meal made in 25 minutes - pesto from scratch - and everything.  If you are looking for the recipe - I shared it here.  I highly recommend it.  And, you can make extra pesto and freeze it - just don't add the cheese (add it later).  Now, after this amazing race of a dinner - my kitchen was another story - because typically I am a neat - clean as you go person - but there was not time for that.  So, everything was on the counter or in the sink.  I'll get to that later... [One last thing, on the same page as the recipe for pesto - is the quick and easy lava chocolate cake recipe - that is really good!]

TOP FINDS & DEALS

August 9, 2017

Build a 15 Piece Late Summer Wardrobe in Pantone Colors

pantone colors fall wardrobe stylist


pantone color outfits
pantone color outfits
striped dress lace blouse gucci belt
skinny jeans loafer slides

OTHER FINDS & DEALS (that would work with the 15 pieces above)

August 8, 2017

3 Ways to Buy Designer Jeans Under $100



Designer jeans are very expensive - and definitely an investment.  Since I love the fit and quality of the designer jeans, I am always looking for ways to buy them for a lot less.  Today, I thought I would share a few ways I buy designer jeans for under $100.  And, sometimes even less than that.

1. OFF-PRICE / DISCOUNT SITES
I watch ("stalk") the off-price, discount sites like Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, Saks Off Fifth and Last Call Neiman Marcus.  Between those four sites - I can always find discounted designer jeans.

I recently found a bunch of 7 For All Mankind Jeans marked down to $80!  There were so many to pick from - in all different colors and washes - like grey, black and blue jeans.

Also AG jeans are very popular - and there are great deals on those as well.
A few picks...

August 7, 2017

NSALE is over & A little Bit More About Me

   The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is over, and  I can't wait to see more new fall arrivals - I've shared just a few at the end of the post.  But for today I am going to take a bit of a break from fashion and share a little bit more about me.  Today, I am joining my fellow friends at The Blended Blog to answer a few summer questions...

1. Which do you prefer - Pool, lake, or ocean?

August 6, 2017

My top 10 & Last Minute NSALE Deals

nsale hits misses

Skinny Jeans (Under $50) // Quilted Bag // Lip Set
Booties //  Ribbed Cardigan (Only $32)

FIVE LAST MINUTE #NSALE FINDS

August 5, 2017

Last Minute NSALE Deals Under $50

nordstrom aniversary sale best finds


You can see how to style these looks with NSALE items here.

You only have two more days to hear about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - and two more days to buy new fall items on sale. 

I have rounded up some last minute finds that are under $50 below.

 FINDS & DEALS UNDER $50

August 4, 2017

Top Five "Hits & Misses" from #NSALE




There are only a few more days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - and then prices will go back up.

Since last week’s top five lists of my  “Hits and Misses” was so well received, I thought I would round up a few more of my top five hits and misses of the sale - since I think I have been continually ordering (and returning items) since the sale first launched.

TOP FIVE #NSALE "HITS"

August 3, 2017

Fall Pantone 2017 Colors

tawny port pantone color
 SHOP THE PANTONE PICKS
Coat: H&M // OTK Boots: H&M (Only $60) // Sweater: H&M (Only $25)

ballet slipper blush pink
 SHOP THE PANTONE PICKS
Dress: H&M // Headphones: H&M // Pump: Topshop  // Ruffled Jacket: Topshop

grenadine pantone color suede loaers
SHOP THE PANTONE PICKS
Trench: H&M // Slip On Loafers: H&M // Vest: H&M

I thought it would be fun to pick out some items in the fall 2017 Pantone colors.  Those "tawny port" over the knee boots are under $60.  And, those blush pumps, also come in a leopard print.

 And, if you like these colors - I am working on a 15x15 mix and match late summer/fall wardrobe collection with some of these colors.  I will share it next week.

 FUN AND UNIQUE GIFTS

August 2, 2017

NSALE Fall Outfit Ideas + Last Minute Deals Under $25





SHOP THE LOOK
1. Lipstick: MAC // 2. Necklace: Kendra Scott
3. Leopard Jacket: H&M // 4. Boots: Marc Fisher // 5. Sunglasses: Le Specs



 SHOP THE LOOK
1. Striped Dress: Rag & Bone (Similar Under $20) // 2. Denim Shirt: Topshop (40% off) // 3. Flats: Halogen



 SHOP THE LOOK
1. Coat: Kenneth Cole // 2. Necklace: Kendra Scott
3. Lipstick Set: MAC // 4. Leopard Flats: Cole Haan

My fall outfits from last week were such a hit -that I thought I would do it again this week with a few more looks.  As you can tell, I really like leopard!

DEALS UNDER $25 (FROM #NSALE)

August 1, 2017

NSALE Fall Outfit - Sweater Dress + OTK Boots


SHOP THE LOOK
1. Floppy Hat: Halogen (Only $39) // 2. Stretch Shirt Blouse: H&M (Only $13)
3. Lip Kit: MAC // 4. Boots: Marc Fisher
5. Watch: Michele // 6. Dress: Chelsea28

There was such much talk about the sweater version of this dress - that it might have overshadowed how great this dress really is.  In putting together this fall outfit, I realized I like this look so much - I just want to buy this dress now.  It is the perfect classic - yet fun outfit for fall.  And, this floppy hat is the perfect accessory for only $39!

MORE FINDS & DEALS (INCLUDING NEW ARRIVALS)

July 30, 2017

My Top 10 Deals + #NSALE BlankNYC Jacket

embroidered trends


Embroidery is such a big trend right now - and these jackets reminds me of the BlankNYC one that is on sale right now at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Also, below are a lot of great sales right now - with most of the items under $25.

 MY TOP 10 DEALS

July 28, 2017

My Top Five #NSALE Hits & Misses

 I am sorry - you are probably so tired of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by now - and there is still a week left.  I will try to make this brie and quickly share thoughts on my top 5 hits and misses from the sale.  Hopefully this will be helpful - to help you find something you haven't seen  - or save you from buying something you might have to return.

MY TOP FIVE "HITS" FROM #NSALE
1. THE SOFTEST TEE
This is the softest tee - and I really am amazed that it has not sold out yet.  I ended up buying a couple colors because I am always cold - and this is a great layering piece - plus, it looks a little more dressy than just a plain tee.  For a basic tee, I opt for this one (that I also love) - but is a little cheaper. [Note: The black tee the model looks loose and baggy - but in real life it is more fitted.]

2. LEOPARD JACKET
I love this leopard jacket.  I already wore it. It looks with jeans - and a simple tee layered underneath.  It has a bit of a sheen - but not too much.  You can see how I styled it here.

3. MY FAVORITE CARDIGAN
I bought this cardigan last year - and I love the updated one even more this year.  I ordered it in the evergreen color (blueish-green color) - and already compliments.  I just wish they had stocked more of them. There are still a few available - and for $32 - I highly recommend picking one up.  

4. BOOTS
I missed these boots online - but spotted them in the store.  They look just like the Stuart Weitzman ones - but are a fraction of the cost.  I love the chunky heel - and I can't wait until fall to wear them.

5.  BEST SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER
For me it is a tie between this brand and this brand.  If you are looking for a small travel set - I highly recommend this one.  It smells so good - and honestly, it makes my hair so easy to style, plus silky smooth.

MY TOP FIVE "MISSES" FROM #NSALE
1. BOOTS
I saw these boots on so many bloggers - and I thought I would love them, too; however, when I got them I was disappointed.  I didn't love them as much, plus, I didn't think I have that big of calves - but the boots were too tight on my calf/knee area - so, they ended up going back.

2. CHUNKY SWEATER
I love sweaters - and I thought this fun balloon sleeve sweater would be the perfect fall color - and I loved the color.  But, when I tried it on - it was just "meh" - sort of blah.  I didn't like the dropped shoulder, and it just looked like knit that would pile and look worn right away.

3. FALL COAT
I spotted this coat right away - and I ordered it.  I even tried it on - in my try on session.  I just could not get past that itchy part.  It was just a little to scratchy feeling - and I thought that would bug me - so I did not keep it.  I loved the color - and thought it would look so fun dressed up with jeans and t-neck sweater and my OTK boots.

4. CARDIGAN
Again, I saw other bloggers feature this cardigan - so I got swept up and thought - I better buy it!  But when I got it - it was just not me and overall big fitting.

5.  POPULAR SLIDES
I wanted to love these shoes - because I really love leopard shoes.  The inside of the shoe felt like it would rub my toes - and give me blisters, and for that reason I returned them.  I like to wear flats to be comfortable - but these felt like they would cause trouble for me.

MY TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR ITEMS (NOT FROM THE NSALE)
1. These raw hem jeans that are under $30.

2. My favorite utility blouse - in a fun floral print.

3. These chandelier statement earrings that are 50% off!

4. My favorite summer necklace - that I have worn a lot more than I thought I would and so glad I bought it.

5. This ruffled cardigan that would be perfect for fall - and is only $35.

COMING MONDAY #NSALE LINK UP
On Monday, The Blended Blog will be hosting a fashion link up - for all things NSALE - if you want to join.

FASHION LINK UP
 The Blended Blog - Be sure to stop by and link up your fashion posts.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

July 27, 2017

SAVE ON POPULAR #NSALE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE ITEMS

bp black slide loafers

tory burch nsale bag
blush pink loafer slides
bell sleeve sweater nsale
 SAVE ON #NSALE POPULAR ITEMS
1. Dress: ASTR THE LABEL // 2. Dress: CINQ A SEPT // 3. Loafer Mule: BP
4. Loafer Mule: Charles David // 5. Embroidered Military Shirt: H&M // 6. Embroidered Military Shirt: RAILS
7. Tote: Sole Society // 8. Satchel: Tory Burch // 9. Loafer Mule: BP
10. Loafer Mule: Charles David // 11. Long Ribbed Cardigan: BP (Also, similar here)
12. Long Ribbed Cardigan: Halogen
13. Leopard Slides: Halogen // 14. Leopard Slides: Kate Spade
15. Ruffle Sleeve Sweater: Halogen // 16. Ruffle Cuff Sweater: FRAME

When I started looking through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items - I was surprised how many save vs. splurge items there were.  I have picked out just a few of the really popular items - but there are even more!  Also, you may remember that first dress from the #NSALE try on session I did a week ago.

And, just in case you missed it - yesterday I shared six different fall outfits from the sale!

OTHER NEW ARRIVALS & SALES
I love my dark grey jeans - and these are on sale for $15.

These fun brocade flats with a gold buckle are under $30!

I love this sweater - I have it in three colors (I love it that much!) - and it is on sale for $15.  It is one of those sweaters you can wash over and over - and it never shows wear.

I cannot believe this draped (faux) leather jacket in this on trend fall color is still available in all sizes - and is under $30.

This is the softest and my favorite tee - and I cannot believe it is still available in all sizes and colors.

I cannot believe this beautiful burgundy lace top is still available in all sizes - and is a great price!

These suede blush flats were so popular this spring - and now they are back for fall in cognac, red, and even the on trend blue.

MORE SAVE & SPLURGE
If you like save vs. splurge posts - I did this one with summer trends a few weeks ago.

FASHION LINK UP
I am hosting today on The Blended Blog - Be sure to stop by and link up your fashion posts.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

July 26, 2017

#NSALE Shopping List + Fall Outfits

denim jacket popular item
SHOP THE LOOK
1. Black Dress: James Perse (Similar Under $40) // 2. Denim Jacket: T By Alexander Wang 
3. Lipstick & Gloss Set of Four Colors): MAC // 4. Stud Earrings: Kate Spade (Under $25)


fall outfit style nsale

SHOP THE LOOK
1. Sleeveless Sweater: Vince Cameo // 2. Lipstick Set: MAC
3. Watch: Nixon // 4. Moto Jacket: BlankNYC


nsale striped tee popular items

SHOP THE LOOK
1. Necklace: BaubleBar // 2. Striped Tee: BP // 3. Aviator Sunglasses: Kate Spade
4. Lipstick: NARS // 5. Backpack: Sole Society (Only $43)


halogen cashmere nsale sweater

SHOP THE LOOK
1. Ring: Anna Beck // 2. Sweater: Halogen
3. Boots: Sam Edelman // 4. Camera Bag: Rebecca Minkoff



nsale leopard slides popular item

SHOP THE LOOK
1. Split Hem Jeans: FRAME // 2. Ring: Nadri
3. Leopard Loafers: Halogen // 4. Watch: Michele


frame step hem skinny jeans nsale
SHOP THE LOOK
1. Leopard Jacket: Trouve // 2. Jeans: FRAME
3. Sunglasses: Tory Burch // 4. Heeled Loafer: Sarto by Franco Sarto


The Nordstrom Annivesary Sale is the perfect time to buy for fall - and here are six different fall outfit ideas - with items from #NSALE.  I think the moto jacket one may be my favorite - or maybe the leopard coat one.  It is not surprising the leather jacket is my favorite - somehow over the last several years, I have collected over 15 leather jackets.  And, that does not include the two leather jackets that are currently be used for as "fit" samples for my clothing design (And, if you are wondering - I am on to my third (and hopefully final) prototype, and I should have something this late fall, early winter!  You do not know how excited I am - it has taken sooooooooo much longer than expected!!!


OTHER FINDS & DEALS FOR FALL 
I have been so focused on everything #NSALE that I have kind of forgotten that other new items have been arriving at the stores for fall.  Like these things...

1. These leopard booties (that also come in burgundy and other colors).

2. These brocade booties - that I think are going to be really popular. 

3. This comfy textured cardigan that is under $60 (and NOT sold out!).

4.  These brocade slides (and these snake print) slides.

5. This textured comfy sweatshirt sweater that comes in this chili pepper color, and blush, too.

6. This black and white plaid shirt that is only $18 and reminds me of the sold out NSALE one.

FASHION LINK UP
I am hosting today on The Blended Blog - Be sure to stop by and link up your fashion posts.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.


July 25, 2017

3 Ways to Style White Jeans + 5 Best NSALE Items Not Sold Out

red halogen slides




 SHOP THE LOOK
1. White Jeans: H&M (Only $13) // 2. Blouse: Banana Republic (Similar option)
3. Slides: Halogen // 4. Ring: Anna Beck

NSALE Options (similar to what is shown above): 
 A very similar red slide is for under $50 is part of the Anniversary Sale.
This fun striped bell sleeve blouse - available in all sizes.

summer sandals 40% off
 SHOP THE LOOK
1. Sweater: H&M // 2. Necklace: Anna Beck // 3. Skinny Jeans: H&M (Only $15)
4. Heart Earrings: H&M // 5. Tote: Pixie Mood (Under $70)
6. Rollerballs: AERIN // 7. Lace Up Sandal: Vince Camuto (40% off)

NSALE Options (similar to what is shown above): 
A peep toe bootie/sandal version that would be perfect for fall - and available in all sizes.
A sleeveless sweater vest option that is under $50.
white skinny jeans
 SHOP THE LOOK
1. Denim Shirt: Topshop // 2. White Jeans: H&M (Only $13)
3. Ankle Strap Sandal: Marc Fisher (40% off) // 4. Ring: Kendra Scott

NSALE Options (similar to what is shown above): 
A sleeveless peplum blouse for under $40.  It also comes in a cute striped navy version.)
This cute tie front top that is only $32.

Above I am sharing three different ways to wear white jeans for summer.  I love each of the looks.  I have also included similar options from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale - and items that are still available.

It seems like this year - items have sold out a lot more - and have not been re-stocked or been able to support the demand.  Below, I am sharing five great NSALE itmes that are still available in most (if not all sizes) and are not sold out.

FIVE #NSALE ITEMS NOT SOLD OUT
1. These slide loafers that come in three colors and are under $60.  And, are still available in most sizes for a two of the colors.

2. I love wearing my short ankle booties - and these are still available in most sizes - and in three different colors.

3. This long cardigan (which happens to be a favorite of mine) is under $50 - and still have sizes available in 7 different colors.

4. These darker wash skinny jeans - perfect for fall and under $60 - and still available in all sizes.

5. These short ankle booties remind me a lot of the popular Jeffery Campbell ones - that someone complements me on each time I wear them - and these are only $69.

FASHION LINK UP
I am hosting today on The Blended Blog - Be sure to stop by and link up your fashion posts.

 I am participating in the following link-ups.

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