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August 31, 2017

Under $25 Pink Sweater & Leopard Pumps


SHOP THE LOOK
1. Jeans: H&M // 2. Pink Sweater: H&M // 3. Lip Gloss: YSL
4. Ring: Gorjana // 5. Leopard Pumps: Old Navy (Only $20)

Leopard is one of those universal prints - that pretty much goes with anything.  Last week, I shared how to style it with yellow - and this week I am sharing how to pair it with blush pink.  It also works great with bright pink.

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
Velvet is such a big trend - and this floral velvet kimono would look great with jeans.

This blush velvet top is marked down 40%.

I love this wrap blouse/jacket that is only $40 on sale.

This boatneck tunic sweater is marked down 40% and comes in four colors.

My favorite tee is marked down to $17 and comes in 10 colors and stripes.

The scoop necked version of my favorite tee is marked down to $15.

I love this sleeveless cardigan.

This “girlfriend” cardigan that comes in 8 colors is under $25.

My leopard cardigan is one of those things I always get compliments on when I wear it - and this one is only $25.

This floral dress is on sale for only $20.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 30, 2017

How to Style Floral & Stripes



 HOW TO STYLE FLORAL & STRIPES
Last week, I shared how to mix and match 15 different pieces for 15 outfits.  One of the looks was a floral top and striped pencil skirt.  My two lovely friends from The Blended Blog, Christy and Deena, went on a fun girls shopping trip - and look what they bought!  These girls have been best friends for 33 years - and if you want to read more about their fun girls trip - you can read about it here and here.



Floral Top (Under $25) // Striped Pencil Skirt (Only $13) // Woven Slingbacks (Under $30)

 MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
I like this camel colored knit sweater for fall.

This blush hooded sweatshirt is only $20.

This contrasting sweatshirt - with gingham sleeves is 40% off.

This fun twist on a hooded sweatshirt is 40% off - and one of my favorite brands.

I bought this really cute pumpkin decoration for my mother in law for her birthday - and I loved it so much on the fireplace - that I had to buy my own.

This fringed black and white plaid clutch is only $15.

These leopard pumps are on sale for only $12.

I just might have to order this sweatshirt with a cowl neck.  I can’t decide which color, though.

This cute yellow striped peplum tee is under $40 - and it also comes in other colors.

If you really wanted a pair of pink sneakers during the #nsale but they were sold out - well, these new ones are in stock in all sizes.

Source // I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 29, 2017

Styling a Blazer with Over the Knee Boots

rebecca minkioff studded clutch


SHOP THE LOOK
1. Blazer: H&M // 2. Belt: H&M // 3. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
4. Jeans: H&M // 5. Lipgloss: MAC // 6. Over the Knee Boots: Marc Fisher

This look is something I definitely would wear.  I just wish it was cool enough to wear my over the knee boots.  This look could easily be worn now - by just swapping out the over the knee boots for some slides (or even sneakers).

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
1. Buffalo plaid is one of my favorites and I love this plaid wrap jacket that is a good deal.

2.  This cute dress comes in three fun floral prints and solid colors, too - is on sale for $21.

3. One of my favorite cardigans is only $27 - and comes in three colors.

4. This sweater is on sale for only $10.

5. Velvet is a big trend - and I just might want to get a pair of velvet jeans.

6. This fun swing dress that comes in three colors is on sale for $22.

7. This ruffled sleeve dress is only $18.

8. This cute embroidered dress is only $20.

9. I keep debating if I should get this leopard dress - which is on sale for under $20.  It would look great this fall with booties and this winter with over the knee boots.

10. I spotted this belted ombre jacket - and I think it would be the perfect coat for fall.

Lastly, as one of my readers - did you know if you download the Shopbop app on your phone, you can get 15% off your first purchase (Code: 15FORYOU). [Go to the app store on your phone - and search for "Shopbop" to find and download the app.]



I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 27, 2017

My Top 10 Finds & Deals

moto jacket black jeans leopard skirt

 MY WEEKEND FINDS & DEALS
1. These dress pants are only $15 - and comes in 6 different colors and prints.

2. This top with a slight bell sleeve would be perfect for work or dressed up with jeans.

3. I love leopard print - and this faux fur jacket would be perfect.

4. I love a chunky knit sweater - and this one is only $20 - and comes in three colors.

5. This embroidered denim jacket is so on trend and a great price.

6. This sweater is on sale for $20 - and comes in four colors.

7. This cardigan is on sale for $25.

8. These leopard print pumps are only $28 - and the cheetah print ones are $20.

9. This v-neck sweater in a pretty peachy color (which is really on trend) is marked down 40% off.

10.   This cardigan is 40% off.

TOP FIVE FALL BOOTS
 Just in case you missed it - yesterday I shared my top five boots for fall.

TOP FIVE FALL SWEATERS
I also shared my top five fall sweaters.

Image Source // I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 25, 2017

My Top Five Must Have Boots For Fall


 SHOP THE LOOK
Sweater: The Limited (similar here) // Scarf: Asos (Up to 60% of everything)
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (Similar here for $20 // Boots: Similar here (Under $50)
 Watch: Michael Kors (Similar here for $22) // Bag: ZAC Zac Posen

Happy Friday!

So, here's a funny story about the jeans you see above.  I loved those jeans - and wore them A LOT.  Well, one day this summer I wore them to work and when I got home, I realized the back of the jeans (the butt area) had split.  And, yes, I had unknowingly been walking around all day like this.  Luckily, my sweater was long enough to cover it - but I was still a little embarrassed.  Plus, I was sad that I could no longer wear my favorite jeans.

MY TOP FIVE MUST HAVE BOOTS FOR FALL
1. A short ankle bootie in a staple leather color - that goes with pretty much everything.

2. A suede ankle bootie. (Or you could opt for a more fun one like this or this one that are both currently 40% off.)

3. Over the knee boots like these high-heeled one (more for dressing up or going out - like these are under $60) or a flat heeled option (more comfortable for running errands) or my favorite mid-heel one that would work for both.  I also love these mid-heeled ones that are under $80.

4. A pair of velvet booties like these ones during the #nsale and I can’t wait to wear them.  Also,  embroidered booties.

5. A military/biker-inspired lug sole bootie - a more rugged boot or a more dressed up bootie - like these that are marked down under $50.

Lastly, leopard will always be a staple bootie, and if you love animal (leopard) print boots as much as I do - I just spotted these that are 50% off.

MY TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR ITEMS THIS WEEK
1. This $10 ruffled top.

2. This perfect fall sweater.

3. This cozy cardigan that I bought.

4. A comfy twist hem tee.

5. This $20 floral dress - that would look great paired with either #1, 2, or 3 in my must have boots list.

HOW TO STYLE LEOPARD AND YELLOW
Just in case you missed it - yesterday I shared how to style yellow and leopard - with perfect yellow sweater that is only $25.

MY FRIDAY FAVORITES WITH TBB
Also, I am linking up with my friends at The Blended Blog - stop by to link up or read about our favorites of the week.
I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 24, 2017

How to Style Leopard with Yellow

leopard booties fall outfit
SHOP THE LOOK
1. Sweater: H&M // 2. Girlfriend Jeans: H&M // 3. Lipstick: MAC
4. Rollerball: Elizabeth and James // 5. Ring: Bony Levy (Similar under $40)// 6. Leopard Booties: Old Navy (Under $50)

I want to say this is one of my favorite combinations - leopard and yellow - but I feel like a lot of things have become my favorites.  But I will say I want to buy this yellow sweater - just to wear with my leopard booties.  Also, this sweater is under $25!

If you would like to see what yellow and leopard looks like in real life - I styled this look a few years ago (where has the time gone) - and it is still one of my top picks.

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This mustard colored crepe top is only $10 - and it also comes in a print.

I bought this sweater - and I can’t wait to wear it when it gets cooler.

These sneakers remind me of these very popular Golden Goose ones - but these only cost $35.

This lace pencil skirt is only $25 - marked down from $50.

This floral wrap midi skirt is on sale for $13.  Also, comes in black.

I have put myself on a spending freeze - but I really like this dress.  I would love to style it this winter with a white button down and my over the knee boots that I picked up during the #nsale.

This bell sleeve blouse in blush is 40% off - and comes in five other colors and prints.

I am so bummed - I lost my favorite necklace at the hair salon - I think. I’m still hoping it shows up somewhere.

This really cute tassel dress - in an even better color is marked down to $20.

I bought this mens-inspired striped blazer on sale for under $25 - and I am so glad I did. (Another option.)



Cardigan: Forever 21 (Under $25!) // Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Tank: Banana Republic (old) (Similar budget option for only $7)
Necklace: BaubleBar // Necklace: Gorjana
Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar budget option under $50)
Pumps: Nine West


I am participating in the following link-ups.
                                        

August 23, 2017

Build a Bold Fall Wardrobe Collection

how to build closet staples


SHOP THE 15 PIECES

Bold red is a color for fall (one of Pantone Fall colors) - and it works so well with stripes, black and denim-colored blue.  All these pieces are budget-friendly - and most under $50, if not all.   The cute ruffle tee is only $10.

15 DIFFERENT WAYS TO WEAR THE PIECES

fall outfit ideas






SHOP THE PIECES



MORE OUTFIT GUIDES
Here are other outfit guides I have put together.

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

source

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

3.1 phillip lim

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)
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