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Nautical at Old Navy

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

I was thrilled to visit Old Navy last week and see all the looks for spring. Can’t beat Old Navy prices! I have never seen so much nautical in stores and I am loving it!

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1. striped hoodie for women

2. chambray baby girl romper

3. polka dot romper for toddler girl

4. anchor bermudas

5. toddler boy stripe shorts

6. manly stripe rugby tee

Do you love nautical as much as me?

10 Spring Flats under $30

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I know it is still very chilly, but my heart can’t help skip a beat at all the spring items coming making their debut in stores for the warmer season. Here’s a little round-up of some inexpensive flats I am loving.

boxwood clippings_10 spring flats for under $301. glam gladiator | 2. black classics | 3. shiny red | 4. cream + black ballet | 5. cream + black pointe | 6. coral sneaks | 7. cobalt slip-on | 8. flower love | 9. tan perfection | 10. blue + cuffed

Do you have your eyes on anything this spring?

Winter Survival Wardrobe

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We’re in the thick of winter and only a few things can help prevent utter misery!

Here are a few wardrobe essentials that help me through…

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Coats: I try to have two coats in my closet. One casual with down, and one more formal that’s usually wool or a wool blend. I always stick to neutral colors so they go with everything. TX Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are my best friends for great quality coats at good prices. Right now department stores such as Nordstrom and Macys have major discounts on coats. I am in love with this one at Nordies.  Do you have a special place for coat shopping?

Boots: Winter boots are so worth the investment. Because you only wear them a number of days of the year they last forever. I love my sorrels and Hunters equally for snow days. My knock-off uggs have been great for every day errands. Look out for major deals, clearance time for boots is now!

Socks: Extra thick sock are a must. Manly themal socks like these are perfect to layer over leggings around the house or under boots on extra chilly days.

Gloves: I have accumulated a lot of gloves through the years and truth is I don’t wear most of them. These gloves let me still be functional, are warm and inexpensive. Don’t you hate it when you have a pair of gloves on and you can’t pick anything up or answer your phone? Do you have a specific pair of gloves you love?

Scarves: I may be addicted. I wear one every day of winter. I am dying for this one currently at Gap.

What’s helping you out through these cold months?

Kirkland Shearling Boots

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I know there are some major Ugg haters out there, but for me a pair of cozy Uggs is like laundry right out of the dryer or a hot bath on a freezing cold day. Literally heaven on earth!

However, I have had to pay a pretty penny for such luxury and have tried on dozens of pairs of knock-offs in hopes of something coming close to Ugg perfection for a fraction of the price.

Nothing ever came remotely close, until I discovered these Kirkland 100% Austrailian shearling boots.

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I did a test run and wore my normal uggs on one foot and the Kirkland brand on the other. I looked ridiculous walking up and down the aisles in Costco, but this was important! Honestly, I couldn’t even tell the difference between the two brands and at $39.99 I ran out of that store with a massive grin on my face and a new pair of boots.

So if you’re an Ugg fan like me, you may want to snatch up a pair or two for 80% off the brand price. Can I hear a holler?!!!

Slippers to Love

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I’m a total Granny when it comes to slippers. I wear them September thru May, and enjoy every cozy minute!

I usually stock up at the end of season at rock bottom prices, but these are a few I have my eyes are this Fall….

This Tinkerbell mets Highlander slipper is adorbs, found HERE for $89.95.

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A classic moccasin never gets old, found HERE for $19.94

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A traditional granny clog all glammed up in gold is a winner at $22.99 found HERE.

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(NOTE WORTHY: we never pay full price at Old Navy and Payless, look for discount codes, coupons and BOGO offers)

How about you guys, do you like to get your ‘Granny on’ this season, or are you still clinging to the flip flop?

 

Falling For Black and White

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I couldn’t be happier that the leaves are turning orange and the stores are full of black and white!

Black and white has never been so big!! Some may think it’s boring, but I say this combo is classy and timeless.

Here are a few things I’m loving right now in my little world of affordable fashion…

I picked this top up last week at BR for 40% off.

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It fits perfectly and is the perfect weight for warm fall days or to layer on cooler days.

I also got this studio tee which is the perfect weight to wear under blazers for fall.

UPDATE: 40% coupon code for 1 full-priced item at BR for today only: PB1FQT3YR8GY

I’ve been loving this image for ages and now finally have the right top to make this combo happen!

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This aztec b+w pencil skirt is only $20 and would be perfect paired with a light sweater.

Also on my black and white shopping list are faux-leather leggings, so I can rock the night away…or pet a cute pup.

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This $4 polka dot make-up bag may as well join the b+w party too :)

Are you loving b+w as much as me? What trends are you liking this fall?

2013 Swim Trends at Target

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

It’s time to hit the pool again, yipee! I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a flattering and modest swimsuit and this year I have found zero that have caught my eye for under $150. Really? It’s a swimsuit, not a ballgown! Then, Target came through once again with a fresh take on some popular swim trends with happy price-points too!

#1 The Swim Dress

Modest, flattering, slightly-retro, in this year’s hottest hues.

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Swim Dress $39.99

If you favor classic black like us, look how gorgeous this swim dress is…

#2 Polka Dots

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of polka dots!!! Target has lots of dotty suits this year, this one being my favorite.

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Do you have a baby girl? look no further than here!!!

#3 Ruffles

Ruffles are still going strong, especially when they look like they’re from a j crew catalog:

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#4 Crochet

Crochet is everywhere this year, love it!

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Crochet tankini $44.98 for top and bottom

What swim trends are you liking this year? Have you found any great deals?

Deal Altert: Great Boot Sale Now at Sundance Outlet

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

It’s hard to visualize freezing temperatures in this sweltering heat, but winter once again will show it’s face in just about 4 months (at least here in UT).

Yesterday we purchased these Sorel Boots at the Sundance outlet in SLC for only $45 (including tax), down from $150. The same boots on Amazon are still going for $132 and $89, which confirms what a great deal this actually is!

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The boots which were originally priced at $150, were marked down to $89.99, then $74.99 and now marked at $59.99, BUT now through the end of June there’s an extra 30% off all their shoes, accessories and men’s clothing, making their final price $44.89 including tax.

If you’re interested, be sure to act fast. The selection was pretty stocked yesterday especically with larger sizes, but it’s sure to dwindle pretty fast with prices like these.

Good luck, and be sure to let us know of your great finds. :)

Cheapo Sunglasses

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Em prefers her designer shades, but I’m such a fan of cheapo sunglasses. I like how stress-free they are, and it doesn’t matter if they get lost or scratched.

Plus they are so fun to switch out with different outfits, or plant in different locations. There’s always a pair in my glove box, and by my keys.

These are a few I’ve had my eyes on this season:

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 [Charlotte Russe ones found HERE / Target ones HERE / Forever 21 ones HERE.]

So which theory do you favor: one designer, or lots of cheapos?

Budgeting for a Successful Wardrobe

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

There is no question that no matter the budget most people are disappointed in their closets. Here are a few tips that have helped us have semi-decent wardrobes through tight financial years.

First: Everyday, Neutral Basics

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Black leggings, two pairs of great fitting jeans, two black tees…two white…narrow down your weekly basic wardrobe and spend your money maintaining basics before anything else. You’ll always feel and look great if you have an awesome pair of jeans. Make sure to sign up for emails from your basic clothing brands so you know of sales, coupons etc. Shade Clothing, Old Navy and Gap are a few of our favorites for basics.

Second: Seasonal and Colorful Accessories

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We add color and fun to our outfits mostly through scarves, jewelry and shoes. Accessories are the perfect way to keep up with current trends, and requires only a small budget. Target and Charlotte Russe are our go-to shops for affordable accessories. See here, here and here.

Buy Out of Season

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The best shopping deals usually come at the end of the season. If you wore out your boots this winter, now is the best time to get a steal. I just bought a similar pair to these Enzo Angiolini leather boots at Macy’s for $30.

Shop Discount Stores

If you’re a shopper like us and often feel the urge to hit the shops try the thrift store, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx instead. You’ll have to hunt for a good find, and get a thrill from spending a fraction of what you normally would. Em’s coat was one of her all-time favorite Rack finds!

If You Don’t Love it, Don’t Buy it!

If you don’t love it, don’t buy it! It doesn’t matter if it has 95% off the original ticket, guaranteed you won’t wear it if it doesn’t both look and feel great…trust us on this one and save your pennies!

Patience is a Virtue

We are big believers in if you fall 100% in love with something to buy it. However, make sure to ask yourself how often you will wear it, and what you will wear it with. If your answers are “everyday” and “I could wear this with anything” then it’s probably a good item to invest in. If your answer is “maybe if I ever go on a cruise, or “when I lose ten pounds” run away. Believe us, it is always a good idea to think about a big purchase for a week or so before purchasing.

Support Great Stores

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If you can’t wait for for sales and discounts, make sure you are buying from a great store. We love Nordstrom and are happy to pay full-ticket price for a great customer service shopping experience and return policy.

Do you have any tips on budgeting for your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your thoughts! We hope our tips will help you love your wardrobe once and for all!

$5 Jewelry at Charlotte Russe

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Charlotte Russe’s $5 Jewelry line is flippin’ incredible this spring!

Neutral clothing accessorized with a pop of colorful jewelry is never a bad idea. I try to invest in basic clothing to wear over and over and then have a few pieces of inexpensive jewelry so to mix and match so I never get tired of wearing the same thing.

Here are a few things making the list:

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studded bracelet set

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Let’s just say my shopping cart is full! Make sure to check out all the different colors and styles HERE.

Little Black Handbag at Amazon

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A little black bag (LBB) is almost as invaluable as a little black dress. It goes with everything…rain or shine:

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Hermes or Prada would be nice, but until I win the lottery this LLB may do the job just fine:

boxwoodclippings_little black bagWho knew you could get such a cute, affordable bag at amazon?! What’s your year-round go to bag?

Target Tuesday: Mint

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Mint has been ‘on-trend’ for some time now, but this spring it will be here with vengeance, and we couldn’t be happier…

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blouse | tote  |  leather flats  |  mint + gold earrings  |  organic baby blankets  |  infant swimsuit

 Adding just one little piece will help you feel fresh and new this spring! Mint looks great with so many different colors, our favorite color pairing is mint + navy, how about yours?

Great Ballet Flats at Gap

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

These cute flats just arrived in the mail:

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The soft leather is so unbelievably comfy, I don’t want to take them off. They are going to be perfect for spring, and I may have to purchase another pair in one of these bright hues:

They are too great, I just had to share in case you needed a pair for spring too. Don’t forget to wait for a sale day…I got mine for 30% off making them only $28!

Gift Idea: Hobo Purses are a Girl’s Best Friend

Friday, January 25th, 2013

One of my favorite presents I ever received was my hobo clutch. Everyone I know who owns one simply adores theirs too. They are hard-wearing, have pockets for everything and are the ultimate, everyday luxury.

The double clutch is the original classic and is always available in a rainbow of colors.

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New colors are often introduced every season, and therefor a few old colors get discounted… glittery gold is currently $73.70!

This is our number #1 for the perfect present for any special lady in your life (yourself included).

Don’t forget: Free shipping and returns online at nordstrom.com, and in-store complimentary gift wrap.

Gray Stripes at Old Navy

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

It is so super gross outside so I am inside…shopping. Maybe the current weather is making me like gray more than ever? Check out these cute stripes from Old Navy.

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womens stripey hoodie $19.94

Picture 14mens stipey hoodie $22.50

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baby stripey onesies $14.50

 

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chevron baby-grow $12.94

Cute and affordable for the whole family, love the Old Navy.

 

 

Time to Party: Dressing up the LBD

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas parties on the horizon shortly thereafter, it’s time to start thinking about party attire! Last December I bought a fab sequined skirt, but haven’t worn it much since.

This year, I am adopting Sarah’s more classic approach, which is to invest in a little black dress (or use one you already have) and buy new accessories to dress it up to the particular occasion.

The LBD is the perfect blank canvas to start any look. Everybody needs a great black dress that they look and more importantly, feel great in. Accessories are the least expensive way to create different looks ensuring  you will wear the dress often and all year long.

I’ve had my eye on this Memo dress from J Crew:

J Crew’s Tall and Petite fittings ensure a great fit, and their clothes last well through lots of wear and dry cleaning. I think this dress would be a such a flattering fit.What do you think of it? It might be a keeper.

It is the season to sparkle and Old Navy has some fantastic accessories to glitz up the BLD. In store they have costume jewelry galore for the holidays for any little black dress, here are a few online finds:

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jeweled + pointed balled flats

They also have a fabulous color range of ballet flats.

Target of course, also has some fantastic and affordable accessories for the season:

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gold sparkly clutch

Oh how the sparkly party season makes me happy!

Layering Fall Fashion

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Just like the home, being cozy this season requires layering and today I’d like to share my favorite layering looks.

A classic blazer and massive scarf is always a favorite look of mine.

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I love this combo for so many reasons. I love blazers, always have, always will! Having a few blazers and pairing them with different scarves can create a new look every day. I love a blazer and scarf for when I am out and about running errands because I hate wearing a big coat and having to take it on and off as I’m in and out of shops. With this outfit you simply unwrap your scarf when you get too hot and wrap it back up to brace the cold.

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This blazer from H&M comes in a multitude of colors and are stretchy for extra comfort. I usually get my blazers from the thrift store for just a few dollars. This herringbone blazer was $4 and is my absolute favorite.

I pick up scarves everywhere when I see them on clearance. Smaller and thinner scarves can be layered to create the “infinity scarf” snugly look.

Fur never dates (or faux-fur rather), but this season it seems to be everywhere! Has anyone else noticed this?

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Do you wear faux-fur? I am wishing I lived in London or New York this fall so I could pull off a statement piece. I can just imagine the stare-down if I went in my neighborhood Walmart wearing fur. I think instead, I better opt for just a hint of fur with one of these infinity scarves:

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Geometric/ikat/tribal print is so hot right now. I am dying for a geometric cardi to layer over any tee and cozy up with leggings at night.

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This Fair Isle cardi from Old Navy is only $44 (cream color $35) and will bound to be on sale soon.

My last layering favorite is manly thermal socks:

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I saw them and couldn’t resist the thick and cozy appeal. I am wearing these them every night with my leggings and in the day they are my favorite things to wear under my Hunter wellies to keep my toes nice and toasty.

How are you keeping warm this fall?

New Coats

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Normally I would be very unhappy to wake up on my birthday to rain clouds and blustery wind, but not this birthday…

Haha, I’m such a poser when Sarah is behind the camera! Cold weather meant I got to wear my new, lovely Michael Kors coat that the mam and paps got me for the big 3-0. I had to blog about it because Sarah and Mum found it for 75% off at Nordstrom Rack! The Rack has such a great selection right now. If you need a new coat, start here. Thanks Mum and Dad, I l-o-v-e it!

On another note, a five minute trip to Walmart over the weekend resulted in an equestrian find. An English/horsey jacket is something I’ve been coveting for Fall. Not the most flattering, but for $18.96 I will come and clean out the stables in it.

ps. The black is way cuters, but the green matched my wellies :)

p.p.s. I just realized, two coats in one week?! I got majorly spoiled this week! Thanks peeps for making the big birthday extra special xxx

My Little Black Dress Makeover

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

About a month ago, our littlest baby brother got engaged to his wonderful girlfriend. They’ve been dating almost two years so it wasn’t really a shocker, but then they told us they’d like to wed this fall, in the woods…as in THIS FALL…like NOW!

Sally (our sissy-in-law to be) and her mother have everything under control, and have planned a wonderful fall wedding in the matter of weeks.We’ve been helping here and there, but my main concern was what to wear! On this tight student budget, there isn’t really room for to attend a destination wedding and get a new outfit, so I decided to go with a dress I already had and added just a little bling.

My classic black Banana Republic Dress:

Dressing it up a tad with some costume jewelry:

Then I decided not to break up the neckline of the dress, so I cut off the chain of the necklace and stitched it directly onto the dress.

Ta dah…the finished result.

It looks way cleaner and polished right? Plus with it stitched on it feels like a whole new dress, not just a necklace!

Now I just have to pack my hankie and I’m ready to go, wish me luck!

PS. My necklace is from HERE.