Thursday, February 4, 2016

Date Night

You're probably going to get sick of me talking about Anthropologie's Tag Sale (now over) as I slowly start to wear some of the things I bought over the past few months. Between Black Friday up until just last week, I was lucky enough to score some pretty good deals whether I was able to visit a store or shop online. I bought this dress while the extra 40% was going on. I have to admit, I am a sucker for velvet. ESPECIALLY teal blue velvet! It reminds me of peacock feathers. I realized that I hadn't owned any velvet for a while (my previous pieces long gone from wear or not fitting) so I thought it was time to change that. This baby doll style shirt dress sure reminds me of my early 90's grunge days! Its loose fit doesn't do anything for the figure, but I'd rather embrace comfort. Especially when indulging in a good meal and movie with my man.

Since moving to the East side of the State, every date is a new culinary adventure. While dinner and a movie seems like an old standby, we've made it our goal to try a new restaurant every time we go out. And the Ann Arbor area sure does not disappoint! It's a catch 22 really, because since we don't get out that often, we want to make sure the time and money we spend is well worth it. So trying a new place can be uneasy even with internet research and reviews. Once you find a place you like, you might be inclined to just keep going back there (which I know we will once we feel we've explored enough). But I am glad we've stayed interested in changing things up, and with Saturday being only our 4th new place, we've only just begun......

Brown Tights and Boots : JC Penney (old)
Peacock Feather Necklace : gift from Jon

I wore this dress to work last week as well, with black tights and black booties. I am also dreaming up a way to wear it open, like a duster jacket, with jeans.

Linking up with Fashion Should Be Fun

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3rd Time Charm + Amazing Necklace Deal

I documented the 3rd time I wore this dress, and I must say, this is my least favorite combo. This time around, I changed the color tights to teal, wore tall boots, and opted for my longer jean jacket. I just don't think the proportions work, but take a look at the end for the other ways I wore this dress and let me know what you think. I think they hemline of this dress does not work with tall boots and the length of the jacket doesn't flatter the shape as much as my cropped one. But in an effort to always keep it real here, I am showing it. Style is a continuous effort, and not all outfits are going to be winners.

I was most excited to wear this dress again though, so that I could share a killer of a deal! I am in love with this necklace (close up further down) which is now marked down to $4.95! An Anthropologie necklace for 5 bucks - get on it before it sells out! I am honestly shocked it is still even in stock. I bought this bad boy right after Christmas at the tag sale. I was able to visit the store in Ann Arbor, and when I saw it I knew I would get so much wear out of it. First of all, it's a statement necklace which I love. The blues and greens are colors I wear all the time (peacock colors, hello). I love the faux malachite ovals - gorgeous! When I bought it, it was $19.95 plus 25% off and at that I thought it was a heck of steal. I added it to my "wishlist" so I could share the link when I finally wore it, and from then on I watched the price continue to drop to $9.95 and now $4.95. It was originally $78.

Corey Lynn Calter "Tallulah" Dress : Anthropologie
Gap Jean Jacket : Consignment Shop (old)
Teal Tights : Target (old)
A.N.A. boots : JC Penney (old)
Jessica Simpson sunglasses : TJ Maxx

 P.S. I am starting to miss my long blonde hair......

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Get the look for less : Valentino Butterfly Tote

Ahhhh, butterflies! I have loved them for as long as I can remember. Valentino has had some gorgeous pieces in their collections the past few years. Dresses and coats scattered with embroidered wings, my favorite being an army like coat (I just love the contrast of the drab green with the pretty colors). I've honestly toyed around with the idea of trying to DIY this with a plain jacket and some butterfly patches. Anyway, just do a search on Pinterest for "Valentino Butterfly" and your eyes will thank you.

Since I don't have time for a DIY right now, I DID find some comparable bags to the Valentino version! The designer made several styles of bags, all ranging in the thousands, but I zero'd in on a tote style below.

SAVE: Bueno brand comes in the cheapest, and I feel the print is the closest match to the Valentino. I actually came across 2 styles of this bag at Meijer (yes, Meijer, my big box store I do my grocery shopping at). They have a bucket bag and cross body, both for $40 or less. I went online though to find this tote style that fits my needs best. I bought it when it was on sale for $29.99

SPEND: The next tier, the little bit nicer brand of Nine West. The print is a little bit larger on this one. I got mine at Younkers - original price $79, on clearance now for under $30! I've been carrying it since mid-December and just love it!

SPLURGE: I do not have the MZ Wallace bag, but when I started research for this post I came across it and thought I would add it so you could see 3 different price points. This one retailed for $295. As the price goes up on my comparisons, so does the size of the print. You can find this bag here.

Coincidentally, while looking up the Nine West bag above I found another striking similarity - this time to Fendi's "Monster". Is Nine West the new, legit knockoff brand? This usually isn't my style, but I'm intrigued. If you want to look at all of the options, just Google "Fendi Monster" and "Nine West Faces". Links to the ones I pulled are below:


Monday, January 18, 2016

Get the look for less : Anthropologie Horn Swirl Necklace

Several of the post ideas on my list are "get the look for less", and I intended to space them out in between outfit or home decor posts. However, most of my spare time lately is being taken up by creating new things for our booth at The Antique Mercantile. Also, it finally got around to being Winter here so it's harder to take outfit pictures when it is so cold. Since I do not want to lose my momentum of posting, at least this is something for now and I hope you enjoy or benefit from it.

The same necklace was on TJ Maxx's website for $49.99 (sold out so I don't have the link). When I went to my local store, it was selling for $29.99 so I decided to pick it up.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Get the look for less : ballet flats

I recently came across a health plan specifically for "mummy tummy" a.k.a. MuTu. I haven't officially started yet (more on that later), but one of the issues it addresses is proper alignment. The creator insists on wearing completely flat (or zero drop) footwear. While I know I will never be able to give up my heels (at least I wear chunky ones) and wedges for good, I will say that since having kids I have been more into flats than ever before. 

I've loved my Minnetonka Mocassins for years, pregnant or not, and when I was pregnant with Richard I bought a pair of black ballet flats from Target that were pretty much the only thing that would fit on my feet at the time. Almost 5 years later, it's time to replace them. I had heard a lot about Tieks from the Mom's group for MuTu, so I decided to research them. Real leather, ok. They can fold in half, ok. But I was scratching my head at the $175 price tag! And quite honestly, I'm not keen on the blue sole which shows quite a bit. I found an identical looking pair at JC Penney for $34.99 and then I had some coupons on top of that. So that's today's get the look for less:

a.n.a. Epic = $34.99

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Winter Floral

My wonderful hubby got me a gift card to Anthropologie for Christmas, so you know I hightailed it there after the holidays when their tag sale started. I found so many good deals, this dress being one of them! It was normally $158, marked down to $49.95 and then an extra 40% off. The style and print is what I always gravitate towards, and since it is sleeveless you know I'll be pairing it with black sandals this Spring and Summer. Truly, a dress for all season!

Maeve "Bretin" Dress : Anthropologie
Black Shrug : Casual Corner (old)
Necklace : Express (old)
Tights : Kohl's
"Maris" Bootie : Sole Society

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Get the look for less : elephant teapot

I love doing these comparative posts, and I hope you enjoy them too since I have a ton of them on queue. We've had the Pier 1 elephant teapot for YEARS, and using it the other day reminded me of this savings. Both stores seem to stock these regularly, so without further ado, here are the links:

Losin Teapot - Anthropologie
Elephant Teapot - Pier 1