Thursday, May 19, 2011

OOTW: These April showers are gonna bring some BIG ass May flowers

Well...we're halfway through May and you know what that means in NJ...warm weather & abundant sunshine...TONS of rain! Sometimes I think Mother Nature has something against NJ...hmm

Enjoy some OOTDs from the past week!

Top: Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Jeggings: Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Necklace: Target
Flats: Old Navy $12

Top: MICHAEL by Michael Kors via an MK Outlet $36
originally $80
Jeans: GUESS via TJ Maxx $40
Wedges: Aerosoles

Top: Charlotte Russe
Jeans: GUESS via TJ Maxx $40
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Wedges: Aerosoles
Belt: Target

Top: MICHAEL by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
Jeans: H&M
Cardigan: Old Navy
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Nine West $20!

Top: The GAP
Jeans: H&M
Cardigan: Old Navy
Bracelet: Ralph Lauren $14 via an RL Outlet
Wedges: Aerosoles

Top: Target
Jeans: GUESS via TJ Maxx
Belt: TJ Maxx
Cardigan: Zara
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Wedges: Aerosoles

Top: Pink Rose via TJ Maxx
(always the softest material!)
Leggings:Lauren Conrad for Kohls $10
Flats: Old Navy $12

OOTD: Skirts & Day Dresses

Just a few of my fav skirts/day dresses!

Black skirt: Old Navy
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Sandals: New York & Co. $12

Dress: TJ Maxx
Wedges: Aerosoles

Top: New York & Co.
Skirt: The GAP
Sandals: TJ Maxx

Top: Charlotte Russe (i love the sleeves)
Grey skirt: H&M
Belt: no clue, had forever
Wedges: Aerosoles

Dress: TakeOut via TJ Maxx
Necklace: Target
Sandals: New York & Co. $12

Top: MICHAEL by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
Olive skirt: H&M
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Sandals: New York & Co. $12

GOT IT: French Connection via Hautelook

French Connection 
Contour Piped Jersey tank
originally $70

If interested, you can buy here!


Black skinnies: Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Flats: Old Navy $12
Cropped Cardigan: Old Navy
Gold necklace: Target

GOT IT: Ella Moss & Joie via Hautelook & Adrienne Vittadini via Ideeli

Lately, Hautelook & Ideeli have been hosting sales by some of my fav brands..and since I'm one to rarely pay full-price for an item these 2 sites are some of my fav samples sites out there.

I've been a member of Hautelook for almost a year now. My only con is shipping time. The earliest I've ever received an item from Hautelook has been 3 weeks after my purchase. The longest has been a month.

I'm also a member of Ideeli, and they seem to ship fairly quickly. My most recent purchase was last week and they shipped out the item on Saturday. So I'm hoping by the end of this week I will have my order. :)

And last but not least, I'm a member of Gilt Group. Great sales by big name brands/designers, but still too pricey for my taste.

UPDATE: Ella Moss ordered on 4/26. Rec'd 5/12. Eh..too slow.

Two of my favorite brands for super soft material are Ella Moss & Joie. Even when these are on a major blowout sale at Bloomingdales, I still can't afford them. So when I saw a sale on Joie & Ella Moss on Hautelook it was like Christmas morning!

Ella Moss  
Sundance Belted Tunic
originally $140
via Hautelook $70


Leggings: Zara $40
Ring: Forever21
Wedges: Aerosoles

UPDATE: Joie ordered on 4/27. Rec'd the striped tank on 5/6. Not bad, but the Alicia tee was short ordered. :( In the process of Hautelook refunding me for item.
Alicia Tee
originally $154
via Hautelook $57

Saunders Striped Tank
originally $155
via Hautelook $63

UPDATE: Ideeli ordered 4/29. Rec'd 5/6. Much faster than Hautelook!

I love Adrienne Vittadini for the quality of their simple basic pieces. However, I've never bought items from this brand at full price because I tend to find Adrienne Vittadini among the racks at TJ Maxx here and there so  I was really excited to see Ideeli was hosting a sale as well.

Perry in Black Leather
originally $89
via Ideeli $59

Oversized Racer Back
originally $148
via Ideeli $19

OOTD's coming soon!  

GOT IT: MICHAEL by Michael Kors via Hautelook struck again...I saw Hautelook was hosting a sale on Michael Kors and I actually thought nothing would catch my eye again. Over the last 2 or 3 months, Hautelook would host an MK sale and I would never find anything that seemed worthwhile. So going into the MK sale today, I figured would probably be another disappointment.

About $112 later boy was I wrong. There are SUCH great versatile basic pieces that you weren't allowed to exceed 6 items in your cart. I ended up going with the following 3 items, I CANNOT WAIT for them to arrive! They're perfect for work and to dress up for night. Click on the items below to direct you to them on Hautelook.

UPDATE: Ordered on 5/3, received today, 5/16. Not bad compared to past Hautelook orders. See OOTDs below.

If you are interested in the wedge tops or the cardigan, you can purchase here and here.

Scoop-Neck Wedge Top
originally $80 each
got them both for $29 each!


If you are interested in the wedge tops you can purchase here.
Jeggings: Lauren Conrad via Kohls
Flats: Old Navy $12
Pendant necklace: Charlotte Russe
Button-Front Knit Cardigan
originally $100 
got it for $45!


If you are interested in the cardigan, you can purchase here.

Flare jeans: GUESS via TJ Maxx $40
Black tee: Old Navy
Wedges: Aerosoles

Overall, a total savings of $155!

Outfit Inspiration: Kim K. in a Dark Chambray shirt

I've never been big on the denim jacket or chambray shirt trend, now or even back in the 90's when it was in style.

...maybe it was the ugly almost white looking washes or the thickness of the jackets or just trying to figure out the combo of denim on denim.

However, I saw this pic of Kim's outfit awhile ago & for some reason the combo of black leggings/heels & the dark wash denim shirt w the rolled up sleeves look polished in a non-90's kinda way.

Ever since then I've been on my mission to find an affordable dark chambray 'tunic-like 'shirt. 

So far I've come across some options from TopShop, but they're too pricey for a trend that I'm not crazy about:


I like the tunic-y length, but I'd like a darker wash.

Denim Military Shirt


I'd like a darker wash & a more tunic-y length.


This is the closest option I've found.
The wash is perfect, but it's still too pricey.

 Any suggestions?

UPDATE: Here's my OOTD Outfit Inspiration.

Chambray shirt: The GAP
With an online discount that came out to $35
White tee: Elie Tahari via TJ Maxx $30
Leggings: Zara $40
Black wedges: Aerosoles

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SALE: Visit my items on eBay

Since I posted about my MAC eyeshadow Sale (click here if you're interested), I wanted to share a few items I am currently selling through eBay.

Feel free to check out the items below and click on the items to be redirected to eBay for more details on each item. ENJOY!

Please note: These items may not be active depending on when you are clicking on the links below. If you are interested in an item, feel free to post a comment below and I will be in contact. Thanks!


Size S


 BRAND NEW w/ tags
Size L

purchased from Bloomingdales




purchased through Victoria Secret

If you are interested in purchasing an item & do not have an eBay account, feel free to post a comment with your email address and I will contact you within 48 hours of receiving the post. (For now, I can only accept US buyers, sorry!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

UPDATE! Outfit Inspiration: Lauren Conrad in TopShop

LOVE this simple yet chic look that Lauren Conrad is known for always pulling off. She is wearing a TopShop blouse w/ a wide-flared lightwash jean & of course wedges.

Outfit Inspiration:

Peach Grandad Collar Shirt


They keep restocking, but it keeps selling out! Get it while you can.

UPDATE 5/9/11: Since the Topshop version keeps selling out, I came across an Ann Taylor tunic for $98 that is similar. See it here.

My Take on the look:

As much as I was in love with Lauren's TopShop shirt, I just couldn't justify spending $70 when I already had a similar tunic. 

It's an H&M tunic that I tucked into my jeans. 

And as for 'flared' jeans, this is as 'wide' as I like 'em.

Tunic: H&M $20 on sale!
Jeans: Guess Jeans via TJ Maxx $40
Wedges: Aerosoles (it's still too cold to wear sandal wedges)

UPDATE! Dupe it: White Chanel watch

I've been searching high and low for a dupe of the infamous white Chanel watch. ToyWatch, Guess and Michael Kors also make a similar version, but they are still very pricey. I've always been a watch person..for the fashion of it & b/c I'm the type of person whose always liked to have the time right there for my convenience.

The most I have ever shoveled out for a watch is about $50 for my black Guess watch from back in the day or my $80 Fossil watch, but that was a gift for my bday from my parents. There is no way I'm willing to shovel out hundreds of dollars for either of those white lovely as they really are.

So my search has been on for a decent replica...and low and behold I finally found it @ none other than Target
. It's Merona for Target and was $15. The hardest part about trying to find a dupe was replicating the watch band. Here it is:

UPDATE 5/9/11: Some updates on more white watch dupes that I've come across via Macy's.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OOTW: Long, lost & forgotten

Ahh these are some OOTD pics all the way back from..gasp..beginning of January! 

Cream cowl top: New York & Co. $12
Grey cardigan: TJ Maxx
Black leggings: Zara $40
Brown boots: Walmart
Bangles: TJ Maxx $16

Silk tunic: H&M $20 on sale
Black lace tank: Old Navy
 Jeggings:Lauren Conrad @ Kohls
Black boots: Unlisted via TJ Maxx

H&M tunic remixed below

Silk tunic: H&M $20 on sale 
Black lace tank: Old Navy
Leggings: Zara $40
Black wedge boots: Rocket Dog

Cream sweater: Express $25 on sale
Dark pink top: LOFT
Chunky necklace: LOFT
Jeans: House of Deron @ TJ Maxx $40
Brown boots: Walmart

Cream sweater: Express $25 on sale
Dark grey top: Jaloux via TJ Maxx $35
Leggings: Zara $40
Brown boots: Walmart