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No Strangers Here!

These two are no strangers to the blog, Matt & Courtney have been gorgeous subjects for Sherry Hammonds and I multiple times and I just adore working with them.  They are crazy, sexy, fun, always up for anything and don’t take themselves too seriously!  Putting together the looks for this shoot was a blast, Courtney and I always have a fabulous time working together and Matt, well he is such a good sport and loves what we pick out for him!  This time we have the added pleasure of Boulder and Bailey being in the photos, their adorable fur babies, who I happen to love so much!  Don’t be fooled, none of this would come to actualization without the amazing talents of Sherry Hammonds, who as you know is no stranger to my blog either.  I would say we are somewhat of a dream team, all of us work together with such ease.  So without further ado, here is a small sampling of Matt & Courtney’s 2014 holiday shoot.  I hope you are as fond of these images as I am.

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And I will leave you with this cuteness…

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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!

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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.

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

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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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I’ve Got The Blues

I have always been a jeans kind of girl, I love them!  Dress them up, down…all around, I will wear them pretty much any which way and luckily I live in a city where denim is accepted almost anywhere, anytime.  Denim has always been a fashion staple but recently it has made a complete resurgence showing up in all forms.  With Fall coming (what we get of it here in Texas), it makes me even more excited about jeans and denim, all I can think about are the new pairs I have bought and how I want to wear them without dying of heat exhaustion! So without further ado, lets go look at some of my favorite denim items right now.

I have had many people ask me how I feel about the overall trend, and quite frankly I wasn’t sure-until I tried these on.  I really like them!  They are comfortable, cute and I love that they have a skinny leg.  I have been dying to wear them in!  To the overall doubters I say “try them on”, they may not be for you but it is one of those things you will never know until you try.

Distressed Denim Overalls

Keeping with a similar trend, I found these today and WANT them!  Joe’s are always a good denim and you can wear this jumpsuit a million times and ways.

 

PS. It's on sale...

PS. It’s on sale…

Do not let the words “high rise” mislead you, all it means in this case is “made for women who don’t like low rise”.  These jeans are made for everyone from 17 to 71!  I know, because my Mother bought them and loves them more than any other pair of denim she owns.  I love Joe’s, I have two pair and wear them all of the time.

Joe's Flawless High Rise Skinny

I have tried these flare jeans on, they are fabulous!  The only reason I didn’t buy them is I was pregnant at the time.  Pair these with a great (faux) fur vest and suede boots!

Level 99 Lisbon Flare

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Can you go wrong with jeans + grey?

Hudson Grey Skinnies

If you have ready my blog before, you probably know that I am big fan of Blank denim, they have cute styles, fit well and are a nice price point.  These combine two fabulous things, skinny and boyfriend!

Blank Skinny Boyfriend

Stella is wearing my new Just Black Boyfriend jeans that I picked up at Beehive last week, go get a pair before they are gone (really great price point)!

Just Black Boyfriend

Denim on denim is definitely on trend.  Pair this top with any of the above!

Treasure & Bond Chambray

I can’t leave the men out! These are awesome because they are denim but look like trousers, men can wear a button down and oxfords and be ready for dinner!  You can even add a vest to change it up!

Joe's Brixton Slim Fit

Guess what?  These are Levi’s!!

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And so are these!

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And of course, it’s back to school, so the kids too!

The grey is different and cute!

Vince Kids Jeans

Everyone in the family needs a chambray!

Peek Chambray

Does this come in my size?!

Kid's Chambray Vest

What denim are you wearing or which pieces will you be purchasing?

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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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Memorial Day Part 2

There is nothing like fun in the sun on a holiday weekend with friends and family!  Often, these great times include time spent by the pool or at the lake.  How many times as an adult have you gone to a pool party and never even gotten in the pool?  Or you waited hours to get in?  What does this mean? It means of course, that your top coat is as important as your bottom coat!  Below is my style guide to your Memorial Day Weekend water parties, from cover-ups to accessories and of course bathing suits.

Here is a fun, relaxed look that will take you to all of your fun water activities this Summer!

Links to the above: Top, Bottom, Hat, Sunglasses, Chambray, Sandals

If you want to wear a two piece, but are a little more body conscience, this look is for you!

Links to the above: Bottoms, Top, Kimono, Sandals, Sunglasses

If you like pattern, this is the suit for you!  Change the look by putting a solid bottom or top with the opposite piece.

Links to the above: Bathing Suit, Dress, Sandals, Bracelet, Sunglasses

If a one piece is more your speed, rest assured you do not have to give up style to sport one!

Links to the above: Bathing Suit, Tunic, Tote, Sandals, Hat

Links for the above: Bathing Suit, Cover-up, Sandals, Sunglasses, Tote

I hope you have fun and look fabulous at all of your Memorial Day Weekend outings!  Send me pictures of you out and about to post.

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Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Who doesn’t love a good sale?  I know I do!  Holidays and holiday weekends are notorious for great sales, so why not take advantage of them?  For some people they can be overwhelming and some think if it is on sale it must be out of style or not a good product.  Let me assist on both accounts by sorting through some current sales for the Memorial Day Weekend and picking out some worthwhile items.  I mean, who doesn’t want a new outfit (or two) for a fun, holiday weekend?!  An important note regarding sale items, as with all items, make sure it is an item that is right for you and do not purchase it just because it is on sale!

If you like an item you see, make sure to click on it to visit the link of where to buy it!

You know me, I NEED to start with shoes & accessories!

This pop of color will go with almost everything this Summer!

This pop of color will go with almost everything this Summer!

These sandals will go with everything from a dress to your swimsuit, throw in the fact that Sam Edelman's are comfortable and you have a winning combination!

These sandals will go with everything from a dress to your swimsuit, throw in the fact that Sam Edelman’s are comfortable and you have a winning combination!

 

This brightly colored necklace will awaken your t-shirt and shorts look, it also comes in Turquoise and White.

This brightly colored necklace will awaken your t-shirt and shorts look, it also comes in Turquoise and White.

I just think these are fun and you can never have too may pairs of sunglasses!

I just think these are fun and you can never have too may pairs of sunglasses!

These sandals from fab'rik will be your go to this Summer!

These sandals from fab’rik will be your go to this Summer!

Stand out, stand tall in these mint heels!

Stand out, stand tall in these bright mint heels!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Memorial Day weekend blog for more great accessory ideas!

Now onto the main event, what are you going to wear-on sale?!

 

 

Are you still looking for that last minute graduation dress, here it is!

Are you still looking for that last minute graduation dress, here it is!

Dress this down with a great pair of cut up denim/cut-offs or dress it up with pants and heels!

Dress this down with a great pair of cut up denim/cut-offs or dress it up with pants and heels!

 

A trend that you can do so much with, a pleated maxi skirt; wear it with a t-shirt or tank top and flats or dress it up for a night out.

A trend that you can do so much with, a pleated maxi skirt; wear it with a t-shirt or tank top and flats or dress it up for a night out.

I love these!  The running short look is definitely in and these are so much fun, just love!

I love these! The running short look is definitely in and these are so much fun, just love!

Be casual, cute and comfortable in this light blue tank.

Be casual, cute and comfortable in this light blue tank.

For the price (especially) this dress can't be beat; it is business in the front and party in the back if you will!  You can wear it for years to come!

For the price (especially) this dress can’t be beat; it is business in the front and party in the back if you will! You can wear it for years to come.

Love to wear denim but need to bring that look to Summer, these light coral skinny jeans are just the ones for you?!

Love to wear denim but need to bring that look to Summer; these light coral skinny jeans are just the ones for you!

 

People are always asking me where to get great basics at a great price, at this price you can get one in every color and then do it all over again in 6 months and not feel bad about it!

People are always asking me where to get great basics at a great price, at this price you can get one in every color and then do it all over again in 6 months and not feel bad about it!

I know this may seem like a strange item for me to suggest for your Memorial Day buys but everyone needs a good denim jacket and in some parts of the country/world Memorial Day isn't blazing hot, especially at night.  So why not get this staple piece on sale?!

I know this may seem like a strange item for me to suggest for your Memorial Day buys but everyone needs a good denim jacket and in some parts of the country/world Memorial Day isn’t blazing hot, especially at night. So why not get this staple piece on sale?!

We all want to feel great in the cute clothes we buy, so here is an amazing deal to help us do just that, check out Pure Barre Austin’s Memorial Day class specials (click purchase classes then pick one of the Memorial Day specials).  It is a workout that I have been addicted to for three years, it is low impact with high results!

Make sure to shop fab’rik’s Packing List Sale here, there are too many great items to list!  Also, stay tuned for part 2 of my Memorial Day Weekend blog!

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In Transition

It is officially Spring!  Of course, I want to look at what this means for your wardrobe.  I view Spring and Fall as transition seasons, in Fall we are transitioning into the cold weather and in Spring we are transitioning into the hot weather (and by hot, I mean fry an egg on the ground at 10am-at least here in Texas).  So because it isn’t cold and we aren’t yet cooking breakfast on the asphalt, what do we wear?  Transition season means transitioning your wardrobe too, right?  The answer is a resounding “yes”!  I know we get eager to wear flip flops and sun dresses, which at least in Texas with our fickle weather may be possible, but it is important to respect the transition so that you do not find yourself freezing at an outdoor concert at night because that day you sat on the patio drinking a beer and it was 78 degrees, it could be 55 degrees that night.  So…what does this mean?  It means a few things, below is my transitional season survival guide!

First, wear layers!  It may be 55 degrees when you leave the house, almost 80 degrees when you take a late lunch and then back down to 60 degrees when you meet friends for happy hour, so the best way to handle this is in light weight layers, I am not saying you need to start off in a parka (but you might, depending on what the temperature is that day).  Good items to wear to layer from Winter to Spring are light weight sweaters, scarves and button downs, all of these items are easily taken off and put back on throughout the day and night.

This dress will flatter most figures and is a great transition piece that can easily be layered upon.

This Tart dress will flatter most figures and is a great transition piece that can easily be layered upon.

I love what Girl Next Door has done with this dress, layering a chambray on top is a great way to take this dress from cool mornings to pleasant afternoons and back to sundown.

I love what Girl Next Door has done with this dress, layering a chambray on top is a great way to take this dress from cool mornings to pleasant afternoons and back to sundown. *A chambray is one of my favorite layering pieces!

 

It seems all I have been doing thus far in this blog post is talking about the weather like two 80 year old men sitting on a front porch drinking tea but the bottom line is, you can’t know what to wear if you don’t pay attention to the weather!  Just because it is April, doesn’t mean that it will be warm outside, as I write this blog the high temperature in Austin, Texas on April 2, 2014 will be 85 degrees and only 73 degrees on April 4 (with lows in the 50s and 60s)-fickle and ever changing to say the least!  Just like anything else, “there’s an app for that” therefore you can check the weather in bed before your feet ever hit the ground.  My favorite way to check weather in Austin is by Jim Spencer of KXAN:

If you are traveling outside of Austin, my favorite weather app is AccuWeather.  *A little known fact: I am kind of obsessed with the weather, watching it and knowing what it will be at all times, maybe it is my subconscious trying to figure out what to wear at any given moment!

Another key item in transitioning your wardrobe from season to season is the appropriate shoes.  Shoes can change your outfit instantly.  Most of our body heat leaves the body through the head, arm pits and feet; therefore in the Winter we want to keep the heat in with boots and in the Summer let the heat escape with sandals but there are great in between alternatives to transition us through the seasons such as flats and peep toe shoes.

The mix of lace and suede along with Spring colors and a peep toe make this shoe a great "go-to" for Spring!

The mix of lace and suede along with Spring colors and a peep toe make this shoe a great “go-to” for Spring!

Be right on trend with these affordable cut-out wedges from fab'rik.

Be right on trend with these affordable cut-out wedges from fab’rik.

 

Zara nautical ballerina flat

Bring in Spring’s nautical trend with this flat from Zara.

This peep toe Vince Camuto bootie will go with everything for Spring.

This peep toe Vince Camuto bootie will go with everything for Spring.

Style/ Seasonal Myths:

White is no longer just for Memorial Day to Labor Day; while you may not want to wear stark white year round, there is a shade of white for every season.

Mix the mediums, light weight sweaters and jackets are not just for Fall and Winter; wear a light weight sweater or jacket with your shorts on a cool, late Spring morning and shed it for the warm afternoon!

These looks are a great example of mixing jackets and shorts from Redbird Boutique.

These looks are a great example of mixing jackets and shorts from Redbird Boutique.

 

I hope you stay cool, warm or whatever the weather may be that day…or night!  Please post your seasonal transition questions  and thoughts below.

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Winter Went on Sale!

I know we live in Texas and some days are like an early Spring day and some like a Winter Northern, at least Texas style, but keep in mind that all around the country Winter is still very much in full effect and while this year has not been typical our coldest months are usually January, February and even the beginning of March.  Therefore, I know it is fun and tempting when we have a day in the upper 60’s to go shopping for that bright Spring wardrobe (which I am not saying you shouldn’t do), but also be sure to keep your Winter wardrobe full and ready to go in your main closet.  There are some perks to this time of year though…SALES!  Stores are getting in their Spring inventory and have to make room for it, so what do they do-put their Winter inventory on sale of course!  As a consumer, this is fabulous!  This is a great time to stock up on pieces that you have been admiring but just couldn’t pull the trigger on full price for, it can be a trend item that may only last you this year (hence the need to buy it on sale) or an expensive, timeless item that will carry you through multiple Winters but you couldn’t or wouldn’t buy at original price.

Here are just a few items I have spotted on sale that I think are worth snagging up:

This bootie is great because it will carry you into Spring.  The built in wedge makes it casual but still offers height.  (I may own these in Olive!)

This bootie is great because it will carry you into Spring. The built in wedge makes it casual but still offers height. (I may own these in Olive!)

This cashmere and leather cardigan is one of those "get it while it is on sale" pieces.  You will wear this forever with everything, it is timeless, sure to be comfortable and can go with just about anything!  It is the perfect weight for Texas too.

This cashmere and leather cardigan is one of those “get it while it is on sale” pieces. You will wear this forever with everything, it is timeless, sure to be comfortable and can go with just about anything! It is the perfect weight for Texas too.

I love these, you will wear them a few times between now and March and you may or may not feel like pulling them out again in the Fall but either way you don't have to stress because they are cute, on sale and inexpensive!

Yes please! You will wear them a few times between now and March and you may or may not feel like pulling them out again in the Fall but either way you don’t have to stress because they are cute, on sale and inexpensive!

People are always asking me what they can wear over their more cocktail and formal attire, this piece is perfect for that!

People are always asking me what they can wear over their cocktail and formal attire, this piece is perfect for that!

This is the perfect item to get on sale, you may wear them a few times and be over them but oh how fabulous they will be those few time!  Or...they may be something you keep forever and ever and pull out of your closet from time to time when you want to make a statement!

This is the perfect item to get on sale, you may wear them a few times and be over them but oh how fabulous they will be those few times! Or…they may be something you keep forever and ever and pull out of your closet from time to time when you want to make a statement!

You CAN NOT beat this dress, especially at this price.  What won't you wear it for?!

You CAN NOT beat this dress, especially at this price. What won’t you wear it for?!

What a fabulous color!  Dress up denim or wear it to a work event!

What a fabulous color! Dress up denim or wear it to a work event!

Check out these great Winter sales as well:

The Corner is having an amazing sale on great designer pieces, a great time to snag up these types of items!

Girl Next Door is having 40% off!

fab’rik is having several great sales including BOGO denim, you can’t beat that!

Topshop is having an additional 30% off sale items!

Be sure to check your local boutiques and stores for their sale racks, I bet you find some great pieces to finish out Winter in or to keep for years to come, all without breaking the bank!

 

 

 

 

 

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