July 31, 2009
But, my wonderful future sister-in-law sent over a promo code that knocks off 40% of all purchases at laurenmerkin.com this weekend with the code LMVIP2. This includes sale items, too! I believe the code is valid through Sunday at midnight.
Here are a few beautiful Lauren Merkin bags...don't forget, the Polyvore set shows the price BEFORE the 40% off.
As soon as I make a purchase, I pretty much have to wear it. Read impatience. I used to "save" items to wear for a special occasion, but now I am a firm believer that you should try to look, and therefore feel, your best every day. New clothes make me feel very special. hahaha!
July 30, 2009
Boyfriend Jeans: I tried on a size 2 and they were MONSTROUS. Seriously huge on me, I looked like a little girl trying on her grandpa's jeans. And listen up, GAP, I'm not that small. Also, although I like the wash, the whiskering on the front was a bit much for me.
Shrunken Schoolboy Blazer: Adorable. I can definitely see wearing this all through fall and into the North Carolina "winter". It's a nice weight and it's well lined, too. I tried on a 2 and it fit great.
Braided Corsage Tee: Super cute on the hanger. I tried on this top in an XS in a beautiful steel gray but it was really big. I didn't see this in petites...but if I had maybe it would look better on me?
July 29, 2009
Now, maybe I'm just late to the party, but I have never surfed Papaya's site before. And even though it looks like they snatched up Hef's twins from the Playboy mansion to model their clothing, I found some very cute items. Sure there is a lot of ruching and ruffles to many of their items, but keep your eye on the prize, I promise there is cuteness in there. Prices roughly range from $10-$20 for tops and $15-$30 for dresses...super affordable. I can't comment directly about the quality, as I've never ordered from there.
Here's a mini Polyvore set that features a few cute Papaya items. This could be a good website to check for those trendy pieces that you really don't want to invest to much cash in.
July 27, 2009
From July 30 - August 2, BR, GAP and Old Navy are running their Give to Get Promotion where you can get 30% off your entire order in-store or online. This promo works at outlets too! Additionally, 5% of your total order will benefit a nonprofit of your choosing. If you need a coupon for in-store, send me an email and I'll invite you to the event!
Chasing Davies also offered up an adorable GAP set just yesterday!
I made a Polyvore set of all the lovelies at Old Navy, GAP and Banana Republic. Aren't those little yellow flats adorable?! Very Anthropologie. Did you see that, Anthroholic? :)
July 26, 2009
Photo credit: Dennis Poroy/AP
I also ordered this L Space swimsuit that is surprisingly supportive. The woman who helped me at a local Charlotte swimwear and lingerie store, E Martini, recommended this suit. I was a bit apprehensive, but the top was actually quite comfortable and cute. The only size she had was too small, so I had to turn online to order a large top and a small bottom.
On Bluefly.com I used the code SHOPSTYLE30 for $30 off $150. The code is only good for first time customers only, but I used a new email address so it worked just fine!
Here's hoping at least one of these two suits fits!
July 25, 2009
This is not a good look for me...
July 24, 2009
Today's edition of Your Bank - Break It or Save It features pink wrap dresses, python handbags, beaded cluster necklaces and grey suede pumps. The set on the left will foreclose your home for roughly $13,000, since that gorgeous Kara Ross python bag retails for $6,500 alone, while the set on the right retails for approximately $200.
I must say though, the DVF dress on the left is incredible, I may have to stalk that one online and wait for it to go one sale. Also, Simply Vera, Vera Wang's line at Kohl's, has some incredible jewelry for minimal prices...The Chloe Conspiracy featured some of the Vera lovlies just yesterday.
July 23, 2009
I paired my gray Sanur with a cropped Old Navy jean jacket, silver hoops, big ponytail (which you sadly can't see) and pewter Target gladiator sandals.
July 22, 2009
I'm currently craving ornamental onyx jewelry...even if its not real onyx, of course! I've been seeing plenty of celebs, from Anne Hathaway to Fergie, sporting onyx earring, necklaces and onyx Cartier Panther rings.
Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
So, in honor of my onyx love, behold my polyvore set!
And, keeping the recessionistas in mind, nothing in this set is over $40!
Are you craving onyx jewelry?
July 21, 2009
In all seriousness though, it's like the fashion community really wants harem pants to work. So much so, that the pants have been popping up everywhere from Neiman Marcus to Forever 21. I'm still not biting, I think they are fug. Who wants the crotch of their pants to hover at their knees?
Photo Credit: Kat Prouse/Catwalking/Getty; Donato Sardella/Wireimage
Are harem pants too legit to quit or should they just quit?
I received this email today...so I'm thinking if you receive J Crew emails, you will definitely get this one. I actually found this 15% promo in my spam folder within my gmail...so keep an eye out!
The 15% promo is good from August 1 - August 16, and is a one-time use per customer.
July 20, 2009
Even though I'm a denim snob, I really love this pair. They have just enough stretch and are pretty comfy for a pair of skinny jeans. I think this pair looks great with both feminine and androgynous pieces.
Vigoss Ritz jeans, Banana Republic tank, Necessary Objects blazer, Tahari Shasta shoes, Forever 21 necklace
July 18, 2009
Photo Credit: Jose Garcia/Broadimage
Now, many of you know that I am a jean fiend and I have too many pairs to count. But, these jeans are of great quality, fit very well and have a nice weight to them...so, for $35.90 I had to buy them. Just an fyi, the weight is similar to SFAMK jeans (that's Seven For All Mankind for those who are not jean freaks).
They run true-ish to size, but they are cut a bit slim. I took a 27 and they look very cute with heels. I'm still deciding if I want to have them hemmed or just leave them "bunchy". I also ended up ordering the ECI Ruffle Top shown in my set below. I won't receive the top for a few days, but I'll do my best to take some real-life photos of the jeans this weekend.
July 17, 2009
The outfit on the left will punch your bank account right where it hurts for well over $800. This is if you can find the Black Halo dress at all, much less on sale. The outfit on the right, which is a pretty fine replica if I do say so myself, will only run you about $170, all in.
They had a great selection of leather and faux leather jackets as well as some very cute boots and a few adorable dresses.
I only ordered one item online since, a) It's been quite the shopping month already, b) I didn't see too many items that I "needed" and c) The one item I really wanted was not available for pick-up in-store. Take a peruse for yourself...but here's the one item I ordered.
July 16, 2009
Hautelook is peddling William Rast (11 a.m. Eastern time) while Gilt is offering J Brand (12 noon Eastern time). These are two of my favorite jean brands...and although I'm on a jean freeze I hope some of you can buy 'em up! I love William Rast's bootcut and J Brand's skinny jeans and Love Story.
If you need an invite to either Hautelook or Gilt just look to the column right of this post, scroll down and click. Just an FYI - William Rast usually runs at least one size large, so size down when you order!
Photo credit: Ramey
Kelly is sporting a Dries Van Noten striped skirt which retails for $405...that's if you can find it anywhere. I conjured up a similar and far less expensive look below. Horizontal stripes are tough to pull off, but pair it with simply accessories and you'll come out a winner.
Here's my take on Kelly's fab outfit...thoughts?
July 15, 2009
Are you diggin' the drape necklace?
July 14, 2009
Merona Short Sleeve Dress - Geo Print
I saw this frock online and thought it looked adorable on the model, albeit a bit safari-esque. I grabbed an XS and took a trip to the dressing room.
Kinda cute, but it runs fairly large; I had to belt quite a bit of fabric. And, because I'm fun size, it was way too long on me. This style comes in solids, too.
Mossimo Supply Co. Pleated Tank
For $9.99 I would buy practically anything. This pleated tank comes in a variety of colors, the aqua and the bright orange are both very pretty in person. I tried an XS and although I love the scoop neck with the pleating, but it's a bit wide at the bottom...almost too unfinished for my liking. I look quite hippy. The width is just about the same for a S and XS. Maybe if it was tucked in with a wide leather belt I'd enjoy it more?
Gigi just reviewed a bunch of super cute dresses from Target...
July 13, 2009
Here's my True Blue Tuesday...
True Blue Tuesday by Coley's Closet Cravings featuring Seychelles shoes
July 12, 2009
This scrub smells nice and leaves your face (and body) super soft and glowing. Minor warning, this scrub is grittier than most, so I recommend wetting your face before using and using a gentle hand. Also, because it's a rougher grain scrub it can be drying so make sure you are heavy-handed with the moisturizer after using. The package says it's gentle enough to use daily, but because it's a fairly rough scrub, I only use it 2-3 times per week.
- Oily or Acne Prone Skin
- Renew and Firm
- Gentle for Sensitive Skin
Overall, this scrub gets an A- for me.
Pros: Exfoliates very well, affordable, accessible, not tested on animals
Cons: Can be a bit drying, harsh scrub for this with very sensitive skin
Have you ever tried St. Ives Apricot Scrub?
July 11, 2009
However, Forever21 has been offering up affordable duds for years now. Are they made of high quality fabric and will last for years? No. Are they trendy and cute? Yes. So today I have offered up two professional, work looks for under $75 each, all furnished by Forever21.
I highly the doubt that the shoes chosen are comfortable for more than six seconds, but you get my point. Affordable and trendy CAN coexist.
July 10, 2009
This week's edition of Break It or Save It features tiered satin skirts, nude pumps and ladylike watches. The option on the left will pummel your bank for about $4,000 while the option on the right will only cost about $350. If you're able to break it and snatch up Cavalli and Louboutin, I need your number!
July 9, 2009
Whoever is devising the online marketing for Banana Republic is intelligent. Way to go. This is a fun way to encourage people to head to BR's website, shop around long enough to add something to their bag and check their promo code. I did it, but I admit I'm a sucker for a deal.
I didn't purchase anything, as my code was only worth $15, but if you want a free $15 credit for Banana Republic online, valid today through July 12, email me! The code is only good for one customer, so it's first come first serve. The only caveat is that you must post a comment detailing your purchases! Everyone loves a little shop and tell.
In case you're wondering...here is the fine print:
1) LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Coupon valid for one use per customer during promotion period. Promotion valid between July 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM ET and July 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM ET. Offer not valid at Edition by Banana Republic, Banana Republic stores, or Banana Republic Factory Stores. Offer valid on Banana Republic merchandise only purchased online. During the Promotion Period, take your Coupon code to checkout on www.bananarepublic.com to recognize the value of your Coupon. Coupons are only valid during the Promotion Period. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. No adjustments on previous purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts including Gap Inc. employee discount. Gap Inc. is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons. For Official Rules, and gift descriptions, go to www.bananarepublic.com Sponsor: Gap Inc., 2 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Did you get the Banana Republic mystery email?
July 7, 2009
Yep, I'm impatient. I have been impatient my whole life...ask my mom. I don't like waiting at lights, I get irritated when people take too long to turn, I especially do not enjoy waiting for a table at a great restaurant, and I am even annoyed when people take too long to answer a question. So, naturally I have been impatiently waiting for my Nordstroms Anniversary Sale catalogue to arrive in the mail.
But guess what...we don't have to wait any longer because it's available online! Here is the link that will scoot your impatient, shopping-focused cranium over to the online catalogue. After breezing through it I am definitely craving a leather motorcycle jacket and some new flat, brown boots. And, of course, the MAC and Bobbi Brown collections look superb.
Nordstroms Anniversary Sale will run from Friday, July 17-Sunday, August 2.