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You May Be Surprised!

If you follow me or my blog, you know that I don’t discriminate, I just like fashion!  I shop all kinds of places, but I do have my faves and one of my favorite inexpensive places to shop is H&M.  I like that they cater to all ages, styles, and budgets!  The wonderful thing is you can buy a trendy item guilt free because it won’t be expensive but they also have classic looking pieces that will last you several years if well taken care of.  When looking at their most recent items, there were some pieces I just had to share.

Stop it with this wool cape!  I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn't get too bulky with a sweater under it.  And did you see the price, $30, you can't beat that!

Stop it with this wool cape! I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn’t get too bulky with a sweater under it. And did you see the price, $30, you can’t beat that!

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town.  Did I mention it's $10 price tag?

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town. Did I mention its $10 price tag?

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial!  It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial! It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I seriously have a hard time passing up a faux fur vest!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look.  Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look. Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

Let me know which pieces are must haves for you!

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Fab’ Find!

If you ever read my blog and/or know me at all, you know that I am a fab’rik fanatic!  Last night they hosted a Denim & Dinner event for local bloggers, yes please!  They were filling us in on all of their new Fall fashions in store and especially their new denim.  Well, it is with great excitement I tell you about the star of last night, Spanx denim!!!  Ladies, I can not lie, I was a skeptic but these are some fabulous denim!  They currently come in an indigo blue denim and black denim, I chose the black but really wanted both!  These jeans fit so well and lift my booty like I didn’t think was possible.  They look and feel like regular denim but fit like a comfortable pair of Spanx, yes I used the word “comfortable” and “SPANX” in the same sentence, while still keeping everything in and where it should be, quite frankly, I’m not sure what else you could ask for.  All for $98, and I ask you, how many other designer pair of jeans cost just $98?

The other wonderful part of the evening was meeting and speaking with other local bloggers.  It was a fabulous group of women.

Leslie (the owner of fab’rik Austin) and Rachel (the manager) put on an impressive event!  Below are pictures from the evening as well as may faves in store at fab’rik right now (as always, all items are linked).  Go try on and buy these Spanx denim at fab’rik ASAP, you won’t regret it!

fabrik sign sign

ladies talking Leslie Speaking Group

Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can't wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can’t wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Faux Leather Back Top

This top is simple yet so great on, the faux leather back makes it a standout!

Neutral Pump

One thing to say, $32.

Two tone flat

Wear these everywhere with everything this Fall for $24!

scarf

I’m such a sucker for a stunning scarf, the end!

BB Dakota T Strap Sweater

Simple and easy, yet gorgeous and fabulous!

Spanx faux leather leggings

Spanx has done it again….faux leather leggings. These should be a must buy on everyone’s list. If you don’t know when and how to wear these, call me! (PS. to the supermarket if you have to!)

fur vest off white

Yes, yes, I forever think I live in Colorado, but who doesn’t need this gorgeous vest I ask?!

Be sure to let me know what you think of the Spanx denim once you have tried them (and I am guessing purchased them)!

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A Little Sale Never Hurt Anyone…

It’s Labor Day Weekend, we all know what that means, it’s a good weekend to be a good consumer! Holiday weekends are now pretty much synonymous with “sale”, but hey who is complaining?!  Chances are you have somewhere fun to go and a new outfit would be perfect for the occasion, especially one that is on sale!  Oh and it’s the first weekend of college football, yes I love fashion and football, so you very well may need the perfect outfit for that as well.  With all of that said, maybe you just want to shop a good sale and stock up for Fall.  So here are some great sales happening this weekend and my top picks from them.

Nordstrom is having a clearance sale, up to 40% off through September 7th.

So these may not be perfect for game day this weekend but they will be in the coming months and they will go with any school colors as well as be comfortable.

Trouve Faux Leather Front Leggings

These can be worn so many months of the year, including right now!

 

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

So, I know I am picking all black and ‘leather’ items, but can you blame me?  These shorts are awesome and a really great price for leather shorts (less than $100).  Definitely wear them this weekend if you are going somewhere indoors only but they will be awesome for Fall anytime!  A classic short.

 

Halogen Leather Shorts

Halogen Leather Shorts

 

Forever 21 is having an unbelievable sale, buy one get one!  Whether you love these pieces for a season or forever they are worth it!

Throw this dress on with flats or heels, simple earrings, a long necklace and go!

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

I really like this dress because it can be worn so many ways and will look effortlessly beautiful.

Steve Madden is having the best kind of sale!

Click here for 20% off of your $100 purchase.

Click here for 25% off of your $125 purchase.

Click here for 30% off of your $150 purchase.

Stepout

Stepout

This bootie will go with everything!  I love how it has a slight sheen but nothing over the top, just enough to stand out.

Romper

Romper

Fab’rik is having their Gameday Pop-Up Shop Sale, take 25% off select gameday styles!

I can’t wait to see what items you get!  Make sure to send them to me and I will post them.

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It’s Your Time

So rarely do I talk about Men’s fashions on my blog, even though I do love it!  Often I think, “well, my readership is mostly women, not men, so I will cater to them” but lately it has occurred to me that often the woman does the shopping for her (main) man!  Therefore, it’s time-this post is all about the men; I thought I would share with you some of my faves from the Men’s Half Yearly Sale currently going on at Nordstrom.  This is a great time to get some basics, even expensive basics like suits because they are on major sale.  The thing I love about a Nordstrom sale is that they don’t just put the items on sale that nobody wants, they put the good things too!  Happy shopping, I hope the man in your life appreciates; and to my men readers-thank you!

I love these and I think most guys will too, they are a hybrid-swim and/or street short; what guy doesn’t like function with fashion?

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

A classic at a great price!

A classic at a great price!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!

 

It's trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price!  My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

It’s trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price! My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

What guy doesn't love blue?

What guy doesn’t love blue?

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe.  This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe. This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!

 

Z Zegna does a modern twist on a "Mad Men" look.

Z Zegna does a modern twist on a “Mad Men” look.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

I'm really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don't even have to tie this one!

I’m really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don’t even have to tie this one!

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.

 

A great belt at a great price!

A great belt at a great price!

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

Happy shopping guys or ladies for guys!

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Change Your Life

Who doesn’t love a quick tip or two that will “change your life”, I mean, make getting dressed a whole different experience?!  Now that it is shorts season, I want to share with you two quick and easy tips that my sister claims “changed her life”.  While I understand they may not be life changing for you I hope you find them useful in your everyday life!  *As a side note, these tips are great for year round, they are just especially helpful with shorts and in warmer weather.

One thing I often find with my clients and people in general, is that they try to hide their body under clothes that are too big or not worn correctly.  While this seems like a good idea in theory, you are often adding bulk to these areas making them look bigger as oppose to disguising them.  Some culprits of this are pulling your top down really tight over your hips, instead of stopping at your waist, buying tops that are too big, and bubble tops that are flowy then have a band at the bottom.  By pulling things down straight and tight, you are accentuating what is usually one of the wider spots on a woman’s body, the hips; when you wear a shirt that is too big well you simply look the size of that shirt and when something is flowy and then abruptly stops with a tight band it can tend to make you look larger and shapeless through the tummy area.  That is not to say that there are not exceptions to the rule, as there are with everything and flowy tops are great as long as they are worn in the correct size, these are just general tips to live by.  One way to immediately alleviate this without buying a whole new wardrobe is to instate something I so endearingly call the “prick-tuck”; this is what it was called when I was in high school (no explanation needed) and it has stuck with me.  Other names for it could be the mullet tuck or the more proper- half/partial tuck!  This is where you tuck in the front part of your top only, it will immediately give you a waist line and add interest to your outfit.  You can do this with almost any top, just make sure that if it is a fitted top, you don’t pull the back down tight over your bottom!

Secondly, if you are going to “prick tuck” your top, unless your bottoms have a waist band with design or interest, it is probably best to add a belt.  Belts are another quick, easy and inexpensive way to add interest to your outfit.  I often pick them up (in all different sizes and colors) when I am out shopping, you never know when you will need one and in what width and color.  Some of my favorite places to buy belts are fab’rik, Beehive, Golden Bones, H&M, and Forever21.  Boutiques in general usually have a great selection of inexpensive belts.

Below is a sampling of my belts from the above mentioned as well as Stella demonstrating the two tips discussed above.

Try to keep a variety of belts in your closet, patterns such as leopard or snakeskin can be worn as neutrals.

Try to keep a variety of belts in your closet, patterns such as leopard or snakeskin can be worn as neutrals.

 

Wear it out on date night or to brunch.

Wear it out on date night or to brunch.

Or wear it on a Saturday running around town!

Or wear it on a Saturday running around town!

I know these tips may not change your life but I hope they change how you get dressed!

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Tights vs. Leggings

An age old fashion query, well “old” in modern times; what are tights and what are leggings?!  What is the difference between them, how can you tell and when are each appropriate to be worn?

Tights are:

 

But the bottom line is that tights should be worn with something over them, completely covering your bottom.   You should treat them as though you aren’t wearing anything under the dress, shorts, etc.  How can you tell if they are tights and not leggings?  One way is the materials used, tights generally have nylon, polyester and/or spandex.  They also generally have a darker waist band than the leg section of them, usually indicating a control top but not always.  Tights can be worn for warmth and/or style.  They can spice up any outfit and make it bearable to wear a fabulous dress in the winter…or even cover up the lack of tan because your airbrush tan isn’t fresh!  So many options, they just must all include coverage!

Click here for some tried and true tight options from the people at Refinery29  ranging from $5.95 to $69 a pair, a little something for everyone!

Leggings are:

They can come out on top!  Leggings are thicker and generally not see through, but be careful ladies, sometimes thin or inexpensive ones are.  As long as you can put your hand in the leggings, stretch them out and not see your hand through them-you are free to wear them however you see fit!  You can cover the whole bottom or just to the shelf of the bottom.  You can wear them with a sweater, sweater dress, button down, tunic, boots, flats, heels, dress them up, dress them down; they are so versatile and comfortable they are as we say “BTE” (Best Thing Ever).  Be adventurous and make them your own!  My favorite pair currently are the Topshop Ponte Leggings (featured third in maroon), I have two pair and so do most people I know-they are thicker and hold everything in very well but are still very comfortable.

Let me know your thoughts on tights and leggings or anything else for that matter!  I would love to hear some tights or leggings stories as well.

SHELL

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