So, I forgot to tell you guys how I met Clinton Kelly a couple weeks ago. I'll save you the long story about me gushing to him and just let you know that by the end of the evening we were besties. Well, at least that's how it went in my mind. Regardless, he was really polite while I gave him my whole "I love you so much" spiel and even told me he loved my outfit! High praise indeed. So why did I meet him? He was a hosting a fashion show at Macy's -using clothes all from- you guessed it- Macy's! It turned out to be a really fab show- I bought a couple of the garments featured (no surprise) but was especially excited to see one of my fave brands on the catwalk- Brahmin! I've done posts about them before, but the Brahmin bunch is truly amazing. So well made, while being classic but on-trend at the same time. I seriously can't get enough! Which is why I am delighted to alert you all that they are having their famous tent sale this weekend! Shoppers can expect to see thousands of bags regularly priced between $200-$500 reduced an average of 65%! The tent sale is held twice a year, and I for one, am determined to get there!
One of the gorgeous bags catching my eye: The Tucker Satchel Bag
One of the beautiful Brahmin clutches featured in the Macy's show- check it out here! See cutie Clinton Kelly in the corner?
As I finally caught up with my boyfriend, TiVo, the past couple of days- I was stopped dead in my tracks by Zoe Hart's dress in the season finale of "Hart of Dixie". I won't tell you what happens, but the episode is worth watching- if for the dress alone! It's sold out- but you couldn't afford it anyway! Ok, fine, I couldn't afford it anyway. I found a couple other dresses that have similar elements- for me, the tulle is the big seller!
Rachel Bilson aka Zoe Hart in Alice + Olivia on "Hart of Dixie"
alice + olivia Ona Leather Bustier Gown (sold out)
This Adrianna Papell embellished Tulle Gown has a similar look
This dress by Corey Lynn Calter has the same feel of the gown- again with tulle and strapless, but shorter length.
Or you can get the alice + olivia kid sister to the dress- the Beckinsale Tiered-skirt dress- so cute!
OK, I know, I've been sleepin' on the blog- but come on- mama's got to hold down a real job, too! Anyway, if anything was going to bring me out of hibernation you know it was gonna be for this "shopping is my cardio" t-shirt. After Tuesday's "The Mindy Project" episode lots of people were asking me about the shirt/one friend said I am Mindy Kaling. I'm honored on all fronts. So here's the skinny. The shirt is by Wildfox Couture, but the exact match in the pink color is only available on eBay. It can, however, be yours in white. I just clicked to purchase...it was a workout.
"Shopping is my Cardio" t-shirt by Wildfox Couture on "The Mindy Project"
It's the first warm(ish) day in New England in months and everyone has spring fever! What does spring mean to me? Iced coffee, bright colors, stripes and watching the people trickle into the gym that haven't been there since they gave up on their new year's resolution. What's not to love?! Anyway, I mentioned stripes- a staple for many, but especially those who live by the water and can't avoid that urge to dress nautically. I am one of those lucky people. So, as I began perusing my usual fave sites craving a bit of stripey color- I came upon a too-cute for words, impossible to pass up, and probably worth the cost because it's a classic dress. (BTW- these are the thoughts that stream lucidly through my mind as I am justifying a purchase.) As I got ready to hit "buy" and feel the familiar rush of purchasing something I really can't afford, I realized- I already own this dress! In fact, I just bought it a couple weeks ago! Some teeny tiny differences 1) mine is black stripes; not pink and 2) mine was less than half the price. YES- I literally bought this same exact dress at T.J. Maxx mere weeks ago for $150 compared to $400. You may think "The Maxx", as I like to call it, pays me. They do not. You're right thought they should! (hint, hint- JK- not really) The lesson? Digging through the racks pays off- and of course, never pay retail!
Kate Spade Celina dress approx $150 via TJ Maxx (image from Kate Spade)
The sun is shining and the sales are blooming! Use that tax return to treat yourself to something nice!
Loft is offering 50% off of EVERYTHING online today! Major score! Pick up a pair of these cute lace shorts for spring (at this price- grab all 3 colors!)
Piperlime is having a spring sale with up to 40% off some items. I'm loving this Bright & transitional dress from Pim + Larkin.
Spring brings showers, flowers- and the perfect opportunity to work your layers! We are still weeks away from full-on warmth, but lately, I've been feeling like it may be time to store my puffy winter coat away for the season. Which can only mean one thing: it's trench time! I'm such a huge fan of the trench coat style! It is universally flattering and totally timeless. You can never ever go wrong with a classic trench in a khaki color, but I also love the idea of incorporating some of spring's more fun styles like prints and bright colors. Whichever way you go- you'll be looking chic- rain or shine!
A classic trench will take you anywhere you need to go! Old Navy Canvas Trench Coat
Still classic- with a pop of color- Kensie Striped Hem Trench Coat
Bring on the prints! This one gives a nod to the global trend happening right now. RACHEL Rachel Roy Printed Tie Trench Coat
Color & print? I'm in love! Anthropologie Blossom Sleeve Trench
It may be Friday, but I'm ready for Saturday! But, this Saturday you can enjoy any day of the week! That's right, Kate Spade's "Saturday" line is now available for purchase! Mixing the classic girly, preppy, humorous style of the normal Spade style, this line is on the more affordable end- focusing on casual weekend wear. Dresses, pants, skirts, jewelry and yes, bags most under $200! Besides the amazing Kate Spade dress I scored last week at TJ Maxx... you're not gonna find the designer much cheaper than this! And shopping is such a great way to spend a Saturday ;)
Spring is here, spring is here...lalala! I am SO thrilled for the new season! It may still be freezing outside, but just to see the sunshine feels promising. For the past two weeks I've been sniffing suntan lotion to try and lift my spirits- glad I can let that strange addiction go now. This, of course, means it is now totally appropriate to buy bright and colorful new clothes! I don't even know where to start! Luckily, my inbox does. I woke up to a plethora of "new arrivals" from friends like J Crew, Loft, and Rockport- just to name a few. I can hardly contain myself, especially with discount code offers! Here are just a few of the things I am craving for spring!
How adorable is this dress? Total spring must-have! Free shipping today only with code "FZGH94HWP" J Crew Factory printed pleated shift dress.
A springy alternative to a leather motorcycle jacket. I picture this over a striped shirt with a bejeweled necklace. Mural Mixed Media Moto Jacket
So sweet & fresh for a new season! Bonus- 30% off with code "ONTHELIST" Rockport Presia Cross Strap
Easy, breezy & bright colors- perfect! Currently 25% off. Loft Neon Colorblock Dress
A brightly-colored, lightweight scarf in a floral print is right on the money. ASOS Warehouse Bright Pansy Print Scarf
Loving lavender this season! Baublebar Lilac Tab Strand
Whoa. Talk about red hot! This one shoulder jumpsuit worn by actress Nina Dobrev at The Hollywood Reporter‘s 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon last week is a stunner. But, can we talk about jumpsuits for a minute? How do you feel about them? For me, I want to hate them, but I actually love them! Or, at least the idea of them. I think they're a really chic alternative to dresses. Can I pull them off? Jury is still out on that one...but I'm always willing to take a bit of a fashion risk. The one Nina wore is by Max Mara and a total showstopper. Not quite ready for red? I don't blame you. Start with a more basic black and have fun with your accessories!
Actress Nina Dobrev in Max Mara
Guilt free purchase!Only $25- great price to give this trend a try! Mossimo Multi Wrap Jumpsuit
OK, who is watching American Idol? I get sucked in every year. Partly for the singing, and also for the fashion! Last year was so fun hunting down JLo's dresses. This year, I'm finding myself obsessed with Nicki Minaj's makeup. It is flawless! And her comment about waffles? Come on ... that was funny! Anyway, I digress. The real star of last night's show was Massachusetts singer Angie Miller. Her singing was totes amaze, but her dress was totally fab, too! Wearing a leather (or faux) dress is actually way easier than you may think, especially in a shift shape. And now that leather is such a craze, there are tons of affordable options! Check out some I found below.
The inspiration: Angie Miller on American Idol