Looking Back, Looking Forward

Timeless elegance. When it comes to winter boots, there are certainly lots of options. Nothing is more timeless and elegant, though, than a round toe, black, knee-high boot with a comfortable stacked heel. These classic leather boots add style and refinement to many looks while providing protection against the cold when wearing knee-length skirts or dresses.
Check this though; these $198 boots are on clearance at BR for $40! Unbelievable deal on a timeless pair of boots.
“Tristan” Boots—Banana Republic

Reality Check

Brrrrrrr. Well, today’s freezing temperature forced an outfit change. This look is the warmer version of “A Yellow Bolt.” A chunky knit turtleneck sweater worn over a fuchsia tee replaces the yellow cardigan and sheer blouse. Heavy knit tights replace the patterned tights from earlier.
Sweater—The Limited Tee—Gap Outlet Skirt—Banana Republic Tights—Merona for Target Shoes—Oscar de La Renta via Marshalls

A Yellow Bolt

Splash. The slightly somber look of this A-line herringbone skirt and white sheer ruffled collar blouse gets a shot of color from a yellow three-quarter sleeve cardigan. Brown pumps with an exotic chain and snake-styled top and a two-tone leather bag complete the outfit.
Blouse—Banana Republic factory store Skirt—Banana Republic Cardigan—Ann Taylor Loft Bag—Antonio Melani via Rag-O-Rama Shoes—Oscar de La Renta via Marshalls

Classic Wool Pantsuit


Lasting style. This suit is a keeper with its three-button lightweight wool blazer and matching pants. The jacket is worn over a stripe shirt for a chic look. A silk scarf adds elegance for evening moves.

A well-fitted pantsuit is a splurge-worthy item. It weathers trends and its pieces produce many looks. So, it is especially rewarding to find a fabulous suit and not need to splurge. After a sale and subsequent price adjustment, this $296 suit was only $96!
Blazer—Banana Republic Pants—Banana Republic Shirt—Autograph via MarshallsScarf—Kate Design of St. Kitts via family member Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls

My Favorite Low Budget Things: Fragrances

Signature smell. When it comes to perfume, I opt for very light floral scents. My favorite perfume is ISLAND Michael Kors which is described as a lush floral with subtle fruit and woodsy accords. It took an entire year after its launch in 2005 for this perfume to appear in Marshalls at a reduced price. But, it was worth the wait.
Burberry Weekend (not pictured because I’ve used it all) is another favorite. Luckily, this perfume is almost always in Marshalls.
Vera Wang by Vera Wang, another soft floral, is also a favorite. I have never seen this one trickle into a Marshalls. But, I was able to cop it at a weekend sale at Dillards.
So, what perfumes are you wearing?