Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Weekend + Labor Day Sales!

To my U.S. readers, I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!  We don't have any plans except I'm doing a MAJOR closet clean out for me and my girl (in preparation for the Kid's Consignment Sale next month). I'm going to be listing some of my items on Poshmark (I'm spryonthewall ).  Time to get the closet down to only the pieces I love!  

If you are interested in adding to your wardrobe, there are some really good sales going on for the Labor Day weekend.
Here's a quick roundup:

Ann Taylor - 40% off all sale and 30% of full priced merchandise (no code needed)
C.Wonder - 25% off full priced purchases
Revolve Clothing - 25% off with code PSWFALL25
Kendra Scott - 20% off everything with code LDW2013
Levenger - 20% off sitewide with code LABOR20
Lands' End - 30% off everything and free shipping with $50 orders
Old Navy - 30% off with code SPREE
J.Crew Factory - 40% - 50% off everything
J.Crew - 30% off all final sale items with code HELLO30 and free shipping on orders $100+
Gymboree -40% off previously reduced merchandise and 30% off regular priced merchandise
Sole Society - up to 50% off select styles (link will take you to the bag I'm loving)
Gap - up to 40% off select styles
Express - 40% off every single item (I've got my eye on this shirt)
Loft - 50% off select styles and 50% off sale items
BaubleBar - up to 35% off already reduced prices
Furbish Studio - 20% off storewide with code LABORDAY13

See you next week!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

What I Bought - August 2013

1. R2D2 Star Wars tee from CrewCuts - $22.30 (promo code sale and free shipping, includes tax)
2. Zara sandals - $16.19 (on sale and free shipping, includes tax)
3.  One Truffle Grand Clarity pouch - $27 (on sale for half price and includes shipping)

Total spent out of pocket = $65.49

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Take - Stella McCartney Fall 2013 Clutch

When I first saw these Stella McCartney Clutches (top images) from her Fall 2013 collection, I fell in love.  The shape, the wood grain bottom, swoon.  But we all know it's waaay out of budget.  The good news is I found a great, more budget friendly alternative from Zara.  It's still $160 but way cheaper than Ms. McCartney's (and it comes with a shoulder strap in case you want to go hands-free)!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monochromatic Monday - Indigo

1. Gap Jeans - $69.95
3.  Nine West wedges - $89

Head over to the super sweet Lena B. Actually, I'm giving away a Starbucks gift card!  See you there!

Linking up with BonBon Rose Girls today for the Monday Mingle and with Lena B and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Love This! - H&M Sneakers

Popping in for a quick post today. As you may or may not have heard H&M is finally doing the online shopping thing.  Since the nearest H&M is about 2 1/2 hours away, this online option is exciting.  I poked around on the site and ran across these:

How cute are these?  Not only do they incorporate the snakeskin trend but they also are part of that sneaker trend I'm digging (though they aren't slip-ons, but for $25, we'll forgive them).

Image via H&M

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Take - Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

1.  Hive & Honey top - $14.97
2.  Hair Color Chalk - $15.95
4.  Nine West shoes - $55.99
6.  Sole Society shoes - $59.95
7.  Liz Claiborne skirt - $24.99
8.  Anne Klein belt - $19.99

Linking up with Lena B and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monochromatic Monday - Blue

1.  Merona pants - $28
2.  Old Navy top - $16.50
6.  ASOS top - $15.19
8.  Gap shoes - $44.95

Make sure you head over to Lena B. Actually where I'm co-hosting a giveaway for a $30 gift card to ModCloth!

Linking up with MomTrends today for the Monday Mingle!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 8-14-2013

Just one look this week because I've been in full cleaning/organizing/back-to-school mode.  My girl started Kindergarten on Monday (already?)!
Shoes - Simply Vera, Vera Wang at Kohl's
Pants - Coldwater Creek
Tee - Target
Bag - Tory Burch (old)

I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Take - Slip-On Sneaker Mini-Trend

Last week I covered some Resort 2014 trends that caught my eye:

Today I'm going to touch on an emerging mini-trend for Fall that caught my eye and that I can totally get on board with - slip-on sneakers! Actually my best friend sent me an image of some amazing leopard print slip-on sneakers - I was hooked.  Then I ran across this image on Pinterest:

How perfect are these little numbers from Celine?  But alas, they are Celine and not in any way affordable for us regular folks.  I kept noticing more and more high end slip-on sneakers like the ones below:

1.  Givenchy - $495
2.  Givenchy - $650
3.  Marc by Marc Jacobs - $248
4.  Givenchy - $530
5.  Prada - $420

Okay, those are nice but way too $$.  So I hunted down some affordable options.  There are some great ones out there!
6.  Tory Burch - $165
7.  Donald J. Pliner - $50
8.  Gap - $60
10.  Sperry - $75
11.  Tory Burch - $56
12.  Vans - $45
13.  Vans - $45

What do you think, is this one trend you are excited about?

For more Resort 2014 check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Monochromatic Monday - Grey

1. Merona ankle pants - $28
2. Old Navy tee- $8.50
3.  Topshop necklace - $30
5.  J.Crew Factory shirt - $62.50
7.  Nine West shoes - $30

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Resort 2014 Trend - Windowpanes/Squares

This is a bit of a continuing trend, but instead of just lines, there are more intricate/interesting ways the windowpane is being presented.  I think it kind of blends gingham and plaid.  What do you think?  This winds up the week of Resort 2014 trends.  Did you enjoy this? Is it something you all would like to see after each season?  Next week I'll tackle some of these trends with things you can buy right now!  Have a great weekend!
For more Resort 2014 make sure you check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Resort 2014 Trend - Snakeskin

Snakeskin, Python, whatever you want to call it, is a classic print that's a nice alternative to leopard. I'm still partial to leopard but it might be nice to add a cute pair of snakeskin print flats to the wardrobe.  What do you think?
For more Resort 2014 check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Resort 2014 Trend - Birkenstock-like Slides

Oh yeah, now this I'm excited about! I love my Birkenstocks and it's nice to see these "ugly" shoes as a trend. It's good for the feet.  Note also the appearance of the Adidas adilette slides.  If you are my age you probably wore these at some point in your life, I know I swore by them.  New Birks and the Adidas slides are on my wishlist!

Anyone else as excited about this trend as I am?
For more Resort 2014 check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Resort 2014 Trend - Sweatshirts

Sweatshirts were everywhere.  Printed, embellished, fancy, plain, there is something for everyone.  I'm all in on this trend!  How about you?
For more Resort 2014 make sure you check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Resort 2014 Trends - Color

This week I'm going to cover the trends from the Resort 2014 collections (check out my Resort 2014 Pinterest board).  Why did I sort of skip over Fall? Honestly, resort is more wearable, it covers warm and cool weather items and (my favorite reason) it gives a good idea about what next Spring will hold - meaning you can buy stuff on sale now that will be on trend for next Spring/Summer!  Today we are starting with colors.  First up, blue.  Seriously, blue has been dominating the collections for the past few seasons.  It's sticking around!

Next up, green.  Not really one specific shade of green (please Pantone stop trying to make Emerald Green happen - that was a bad call).  It's not a dominating color across all collections, but it was one that caught my attention.

And last up is one of those colors that isn't obvious, but when it shows up it makes a statement. A splash of neon green/yellow.  Whether it be an accent color in a print or an accessory, it adds interest. 

What do you all think? Are you excited about these colors?

Tomorrow we tackle another trend.

Linking up with  Lena and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award 
by Melinda over at C'est ma vie!  (hop over and check out her gorgeous photos)

This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers by other bloggers.  It’s a way to publicize and promote your blog,  gain more activity on your site, and acknowledge your fellow bloggers’ awesomeness, despite the lower numbers of readers. Thank you, Melinda for the honor!

Here are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you in a post.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger (Melinda) created
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve recognition 
  • Post 11 new questions for them to answer

11 Facts About Me:
1.  I'm turning 40 this year (and I don't feel like a soon-to-be 40-year-old)!

2.  I'm obsessed with hotels, love them, love a good one. I obsess over the design of them, the little freebies, the bedding - yeah, it's nuts. The nicest one I've stayed at would have to be the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, wow! I one day want to stay in The Library in NYC - it was located right around the corner from my old office, every room has a theme - I'm getting goose bumps. 

3. I have a foul mouth and need to work on that - yeah... 

4. I adore doing laundry, it's my stress relief. 

5. I've been on the roof of the Sears Tower - way back in the summer of '92 when I was working there - it was so surreal (and scary with the wind - eek). 

6. If my feet wouldn't kill me, I would wear heels every day, I love a high heel - I spent a lot of my 20's tottering around on them, like during shows and stuff (running around High Point during Furniture Market and Showtime in heels, I'm amazed my feet are normal). 

7. I love organizing closets and clothes, I could spend hours doing that. When I saw Rachel Zoe's show on Bravo and saw her workspace - I mean they would get shipments of clothes from allover and would organize them for her to pull for clients, well I almost passed out, I would do that job for free! 

9. I watch too much TV - there I said it. Mostly crappy reality TV. Don't judge, you know you love it too ;o)

10. I believe that cars and clothes can be considered works of art. 

11. I believe in ghosts. Boo! 

My Answers to Melinda's Questions:
1.  What inspires you?  Magazines, blogs, nature.

2.  What frustrates you?  Not being able to do what I want to do when I want to do it.

3.  What's in your bag?  Too much stuff!  But usually wallet, phone, makeup bag, coupon file, gum and tissues.

4.  Home is:  Where my family is!

5.  Most beautiful sight:  My daughter sleeping.

6.  Favorite sound:  A cat purring.  A football bouncing off of a goal post is a close second (it's such a satisfying "bonk" sound).

7.  Favorite scent:  Coffee

8.  Favorite book:  So hard to pick a favorite, but Cold Sassy Tree is always a book I reach for again and again.

9.  Favorite film:  Caddyshack followed closely by Anchorman

10.  Dream destination:  Hawaii, I love Hawaii!  I would love to visit Iceland, that's next on my travel wishlist.

11.  Best advice you've received:  Don't judge your insides by someone else's outsides. 

Now I'm supposed to nominate some blogs, but what I would like to do is throw these questions out to anyone who wants to participate!  If you do it, put the link to your post in the comments so we can check them out!

Here are my questions:
1. Favorite TV show
2. Favorite beverage
3. Favorite food
4. One blog you "must read" every day
5. Favorite vacation spot
6. One beauty product you can't live without
7.  What book is next on your "to read" list
8. A trend you would like to try out
9.  What is an item on your fashion wishlist
10.  Describe your ideal day
11.  Favorite snack food

Thanks again, Melinda!
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