December 31, 2013

Finds: Pumps for the New Year

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Shop the Pumps: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2013

Look for Less: Floral Coat

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Shop the Looks:  Sheinside / RED Valentino (here and here)

This RED Valentino floral coat has been fairly popular this fall/winter - worn by a few of my favorite style bloggers - Emily at The Ivory Lane or Blair Eadie at Atlantic-Pacific. If you like the coat but are looking for a more budget-friendly option - Sheinside offers a very similar coat for only $77!

December 27, 2013

Finds & Deals: Nordstrom Men's Sale

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1. Shirt / 2. Pullover / 3. Jeans  / 4. Shoes / 5. Shirt / 6. Pullover 
7. Tie / 8. Pants / 9. Loafers / 10. Belt / 11. Wallet

It's the Men's half-yearly sale at Nordstrom. Here are a few looks - one casual and one more dressy.

Have a great weekend!

December 26, 2013

Finds & Deals: After Christmas Sales!

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Shop the Sales: 
1. Loafers (and Calf Hair ones) (Additional 40% off - Code: DEC26)  / 2. Retro Glasses
3. Leather Sweater  / 4. Faux Fur Jacket / 5. Wallet 
6. Leopard Heels (Additional 40% off - Code: DEC26)

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!  There are some great after Christmas sales... Here are just a few...
Cole Haan: Additional 40% off the sale price (Code: DEC26)
Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale (Code: BRExtra50)
Gap: Extra 30% off sale (Code: GapBonus)
The Limited: 50% off full price
Shopbop: Great sales
Piperlime: Extra 50% off sale (Code: Extra)

December 20, 2013

How to Wear: Plaid Dress

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Plaid is one of my favorite trends this season. The belted green dress has a vintage feel with its folded collar and full skirt.  The red plaid dress has a modern look with the leather trim.  Both are budget-friendly and can easily be worn with or without tights, and could also be paired with tall boots or these really cute bow pumps.  And, if you are looking for a great black wrap coat to wear over the dresses, this is a great find.

Have a great weekend! 
Sales and Deals:
Also, there are still some great deals (including free shipping at a lot of places!)

Ann Taylor - 50% entire purchase (Code: Holiday)
Loft - 40% off everything (Code: Gifts) 
Piperlime - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Nordstrom - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Zappos - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Banana Republic - 40% off (Code: BRHoliday)
 The Limited - 50% off full price (Code: Holiday)

December 18, 2013

What I Wore: Instagram Inspiration

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Shop the Look:
1. Tall boots (here and here) / 2. V-neck Sweater (on sale!) / 3. Letter Necklace
4. Bow Blouse (on sale!) / 5. Skinny Jeans (budget friendly here) / 6. Watch

This is another "what I wore" Instagram inspired posts.  Black and white is one of my favorite color combinations. In the winter, I like layering blouses under sweaters paired with skinny jeans and my tall boots, which I wear most of the winter, except for on snowy days, when I wear either my really bright sneakers or slouchy boots.

Here are some great deals (including free shipping at a lot of places!)

Ann Taylor - 50% entire purchase (Code: AnnGift)
Loft - 60% off everything (Code: BeMerry) 
Piperlime - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Nordstrom - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Gap - 40% off  (Code: GapXmas)
Zappos - Free shipping and Returns (all the time)
Banana Republic - 45% off (Code: BRGift45)
Target - Up to 40% off women's clothing 
 The Limited - 50% off full price + Additional 30% off markdowns + Free Shipping
Shopbop - Free shipping and Returns (all the time) - Extra 20% off sale items (Code: Extraoff20) 

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December 16, 2013

Finds & Deals: Gift Ideas

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four. Kaila Bootie (on sale here) / five. Mr. Right Pillow / six. Bracelet Watch ($22!)

A few other gift ideas - here, here, and here - all under $50.
Suggestions for what to wear to a holiday party - here, here, and here.

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December 13, 2013

Copy the Look: Olivia Palermo

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Shop the Look: Sweater / Military Coat / Skater Skirt / Crossbody Bag / Boots / Tights

Today's look is inspired by Olivia Palermo - one of my style icons.  Have a great weekend!

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December 12, 2013

My Look: Instagram Inspiration

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I thought that I would finally join the Instagram world!  So, this Instagram Inspiration is something I recently wore.  If you would like to follow along with me on Instagram and get a glimpse into my daily life (and what I am wearing), please do.  Also, I like photography, so I will be sharing some "artistic" shots - like a few of NYC.

Also, these black cords from Nordstrom and are a great deal - they just added more sale items! If you are still looking for gift ideas, it is a great place to start.

Other deals:
Piperlime - 30% off (Code: Gifts)
J. Crew - 30% off (Code: GiftNow)
New York & Company: $100 off $200 (Code: 7958)
The Limited: 60% off Jackets (Code: WarmUp)

December 11, 2013

Finds & Deals: My Beauty Products

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I thought I would change things up today and share a few daily beauty items that are my favorites.

1. Estée Lauder 'Anti-Wrinkle' Set - After reading about Estée Lauder's 'Anti-Wrinkle' repair on a few bloggers sites, I decided to give it a  try.  I got the promotional set, so I got all three products for less than the price of the Advanced Night Repair. Every night, I use this three step process and so far, I have been pleased. Also, it has a nice, pleasant smell, not too strong, but a relaxing scent.

2. NARS Lipstick - I love my NARS lipstick and liner.  I have allergies to specific lipsticks and have tried a lot of different lipsticks and finally found that NARS does not bother my skin.  It may be a little pricey, but it allows me to wear lipstick! A few of the colors I have tried are Casablanca, Afghan Red, and Heat Wave.  Currently, I am looking for a new color for winter - a more of muted pinkish/red - some options I am considering are Flair or Dressed to Kill.

3. NARS Lipliner Pencil

4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream - I read about this product in InStyle a few years ago, and am so glad I did.  It is great for dry skin.  It is a thick emollient cream, similar a Vasoline, but I think it works better. I like Vasoline, too, but this works great for chapped skin, even lips - and is great for winter!

5. Total Effects Cream Cleanser + Blemish Control - A Blemish Control miracle -- This went out of stock recently, and I tried to find other products to replace it and could not.  If you struggle with the occasional breakouts and like to use a cleanser,  I highly recommend this product.  It is not harsh or abrasive, and does the best job at handling breakouts by far! I was lost without it and am so glad it is back in stock.

6. MARC JACOBS Rollerball Trio Gift Set - I am not a big perfume person, but sometimes it is nice to wear something - and this is easy to carry along in your purse. (Also, this would make a great stocking stuffer gift for Christmas!)

7. Oil of Olay Complete - I have used this for years.  It is a light, non greasy moisturizer, that I do not even know I have on.  Also it has SPF 15 - so I have sun protection.  Sun can do damage even in the winter, so I wear this year round.  I also wear it in the summer when I am in the sun - even at the beach - and it is great protection.  It doesn't irritate or cause breakouts like other sun protections do for me.

8. Pond's Clean Sweep Cleansing - I use these for a midday a "refresher" to remove the greasy build-up of the day.  Also, it has a nice fresh scent and are a good pick up for the afternoon lull.

9.  Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent - I could not live without this. I have used it for years, and it works perfectly to to get rid of late day smudges or raccoon eyes after a shower.  I use a Q-tip to easily go around my eye, and it doesn't irritate my skin. Also, it lasts forever!

10. L'Oreal Full Definition Voluminous - I have found this to be a great mascara - and reasonably priced.  It thickens and lengthens but isn't too clumpy or thin like others I have tried. 

11. Clinique 'Acne Solutions' Clearing Concealer - For the covering the occasional breakout, I like this product.  I have used Clinique concealers for years. The concealer used to be more like an eyeliner applicator, which I liked better.  This still works, but not as well as the previous one, in my opinion, but still a great product.

Do you have other beauty products you love?

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December 10, 2013

Finds & Deals: Fair Isle Sweaters

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Shop the Sweaters: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine

Fair isle sweaters are making a come back and are a huge trend right now.  No longer are they just for outdoor activities, such as skiing, but can be incorporated into every day looks.  Here are just a few picks of mine. I especially like #5, which I have and would highly recommend it.  It is warm, not itchy, and washable (and it did not fade!).

Gift Ideas: Looking for some gift ideas - here, here, and here are some ideas - all under $50.

What to Wear Holiday Party: Looking for something to wear, here, here, and here are some ideas.

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December 9, 2013

How to Wear: Two-Toned

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Listed as No.53 on InStyle's Top 100 Looks and Trends of 2013, is Michelle Dockery in this two-toned Prada dress. This was one of my favorite red carpet looks this year.  To recreate a look using this same color palette, I pulled a couple of staple pieces, like this pencil skirt and simple crewneck sweater that could be worn to work or dressed up for after hours.  I added classic black strappy heels (also a big trend), but you could go with more jeweled sandals like Michelle's for evening or simple black pumps without the strap for work.

Holiday Sales: 
 J. Crew - 30% off (Code: MerryMerry)
The Limited - 60% off Sweaters + 40% off full price (Code: Cozy)

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December 6, 2013

Finds & Deals: Ann Taylor Looks

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I like Ann Taylor for its classic, professional looks.  Recently, they have done a good job of updating their merchandise, but still staying true to its customer. If you are looking for something new that is high quality and can be worn for several seasons, Ann Taylor is a good place to look - and be sure to shop when they have sales - they regularly have 30-50% off, like 40% off today (12/7) - Code: Gift3.

Shop the Looks:
1. Polka Dot Top / 2. Leather Bow Belt / 3. Crepe Pants  / 4. Polka Dot Pumps 
5. Cocktail Bow Bracelet  / 6. Clutch / 7. Crystal Cocktail Ring / 8. Polka Dot Scarf
9. Turtleneck / 10. Bow Pants / 11. Bow Pumps

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December 5, 2013

Finds & Deals: Holiday Sparkle

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If you are looking for some sparkle this season… Banana Republic has just released their festive, classic, and somewhat quirky (with lip printed skirts and handbags) L'Wren Scott collection.  And, 20% off if you use your Gap Brand credit card (Code: BRLWren).

Shop the Collection: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven

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December 4, 2013

How to Wear: A Blazer Two Ways

When considering buying a piece of clothing it is always good to think about how wearable it will -  Can it be worn to both work and a night out?  With this camo/leopard blazer, I thought I would show how it could be worn two ways - both dressy and casual.   Also, some of the items I have picked out could be swapped between the two looks, such as pairing the chiffon blouse with the skinny jeans and the gray v-neck with the skater skirt.  The ability to mix and match different items in your closet is always a good thing.

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Shop Dressy Look: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

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Shop Casual Look: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

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December 3, 2013

Copy the Look: Plaid

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Plaid is a favorite of mine for winter, and a big trend this season. Here is a fun, yet classic way to wear plaid.  If you looking for a longer version of the plaid skirt, be sure to check out this pencil skirt.  I have it, and it fits great, and I have gotten a lot of compliments when I wear it.

Copy the Look: Sweater / Tights / Bag / Bracelets / Boots / Skirt

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December 2, 2013

Finds & Deals: Cyber Monday

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The Limited: Sweater / Necklace / Belt / Skirt / Top

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LOFT: Bracelet / Boot / Tulle Skirt / Skirt / Sweater

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Nordstrom: Sweater / Boot / Watch / Handbag / Sweater

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 Piperlime: Top / Dress / Bootie / Earrings / Skirt

Some other great deals for Cyber Monday...
Loft: 50% off (Code: CYBER50)
Express: 40% off
The Limited: 50% off (Code: JINGLE)
Piperlime: 30% off (Code: CYBER)
Gap: 40% off (Code: CYBER)
Banana Republic: 40% off (Code: CYBER)
Shopbop: Up to 25% off (Code: BIGEVENT13)
J. Crew: 30% off (Code: MONDAY)
Ann Taylor: 50% off (Code: SHOP50)

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November 27, 2013

Finds & Deals: Gifts for Him & for Her

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Gifts for Her: Sweater / Scarf / Bag / Tank / Rings / Bracelet / Booties

Gifts for Him: Hat / T-shirt / Tie / Books / Sweater / Shirt / iPhone Case

If you are looking for something casual to wear this holiday weekend, here is some inspiration or for something more dressy be sure to check out this look - all budget friendly options!

For some more gift ideas - all under $25 - be sure to check out my suggestions - here and here.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!  Happy Black Friday shopping!

A few other gift ideas...

November 26, 2013

Look for Less: Travel...or Shopping

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If you are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday or headed out for a day of shopping on black Friday, here is a casual look from Gwyneth. And, if you happen to be an Ohio State fan - this look would work for the big game on Saturday.

Shop the Look:  T-shirt / Necklace / Watch / Sunglasses / Handbag / Bracelet / Jeans / Boots

Some early shopping deals...
Piperlime: Extra 30% off sale (Code: Thanks)
Old Navy: 30-40% off (Code: Early Gift)
Mango: 30% off (Code: 6ThanksMng)
The Limited: 40% off full price (Code: Nov40)
Express: 50% off

November 25, 2013

Finds & Deals: Outerwear under $60

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Hope you had a great weekend!  If you are looking for a new coat this season, here are a few of my picks - all under $60! 

One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six


November 22, 2013

Finds & Deals: Gift Ideas & Giving Back

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I am always looking for unique (and sometimes funny) gifts for my friends and family.  This year, I have found a lot of fun gifts - and reasonably priced - all for under $25.  If you don't see anything in this list, be sure to check out some other picks here, such as the Grumpy Cat Book.  And, if you are a mom and looking for some much need laughter, you might enjoy this or if your husband is trying to adjust to being a new father (or a soon to be new father), he might like this guide.  For the sports enthusiast (in particular football), he might enjoy this.  And, if you are looking for things to wear this holiday season, you might like this look or this one (all budget friendly).

One other thing, Christmas is a time of giving, and I am so thankful for all that I have. In being thankful, I like to give back to a needy family or charitable organization.  Leave a comment and let me know if you adopt-a-family or donate to the Salvation Army or other what other ways do you give back.

Shop the Gift Ideas:  One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine / Ten / Eleven

Also, I have teamed up with Style Elixir as a guest blogger for the Fab Favorites link up party! Join in the party below…

November 21, 2013

Get the Look: Stripes

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As I have mentioned before, Pink Peonies is one of my favorite style blogs for inspiration. One of the looks in particular is a striped dress paired with tights, turtleneck and booties for fall.  To recreate this look, I found a very similar striped dress at JCPenney - and for only $22!  This dress has a lot of wear-ability - and could be worn year-round.  Also, I would definitely recommend checking out JCPenney. They have some great dresses at budget-friendly prices like this perfect floral dress (that also comes in leopard).

Get the Look here:  Dress / Turtleneck / Booties / Handbag / Lipstick

November 20, 2013

Finds & Deals: Christmas Gifts Under $25

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If you are looking for a fun gift idea for a friend, co-worker, gift exchange, stocking stuffer... here are some ideas - all under $25.

1. Don'ts for Golfers sold @ Restoration Hardware
2. PRIMITIVES BY KATHY Therapy by New Year's Box Sign sold @ Nordstrom
3. Second Nature By Hand Happy Wife Happy Life Towel sold @ Nordstrom
4. BP. Ribbed Infinity Scarf sold @ Nordstrom
5. Hot Sox Holiday Print Crew sold @ Macy's
6. Titanium Bracelet Watch, 38mm sold @ Nordstrom
7. Chronicle Books Grumpy Cat Book sold @ Nordstrom
8. WINK Thirst Aid Flask sold @ Nordstrom

November 19, 2013

Look for Less: NYC Chic

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Olivia Palermo is one of my favorite style icons.  I love how her style pushes me to think about different ways to mix patterns and colors (like this and this); however, I love her simple monotone look here - a perfect look for fall with a chunky knit sweater and trendy leather leggings, and a little pop of red in the shoes.  In recreating this look, I have chosen more budget friendly options.  Also, don't miss out on Gap Brand sales - 35% off at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic, and 30% off at Piperlime (Code: Merry).   If you are looking for some ideas - check out this page.

One / Two / Three / Four / Five

November 18, 2013

Finds & Deals: Thirty five percent off!

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I love sales - and Gap brands are having great sales today and tomorrow. 35% off at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy and 30% off at Piperlime (Code: Merry). If you shop regularly at Piperlime, you know that they rarely (if at all) have 30% off (usually it is 20% or 25%). 

1. Supersoft Skinny-Stripe Crew T sold @ Gap
2. Cross Body Tassel Bags sold @ Old Navy
3. Candy Shop Necklace sold @ Banana Republic
4. Chevron-Stitch Hat sold @ Gap
5. Quilted-sleeve Wool Jacket sold @ Gap
6. Cozy V-neck Sweater sold @ Gap
7. 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans sold @ Gap
8. Sandy by Joe's sold @ Piperlime
9. Pom-Pom Cable-Knit Beanies sold @ Old Navy
10. Fair Isle socks sold @ Gap

November 15, 2013

How to Wear: Baseball Jacket

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Baseball jackets are a big trend this fall - and here are just a few ways to wear the trend. Also, these are all budget friendly options - ranging from $8-99 - all under $100.  Have a great weekend!

1. Turtleneck sold @ H&M
2. Scuba Skirt sold @ H&M
3. Ankle Boots sold @ H&M
4. Baseball Jacket sold @ H&M
5. Handbag sold @ H&M
6. 4-pack Bracelets sold @ H&M
7. Plaid Shirt sold @ H&M
8. Boyfriend Jeans sold @ H&M
9. Leather Shoes sold @ H&M