Check Check It Out

So glad about plaid. This jacket is a checkered sensation with its delightful union of blues, grey, and purple. It is short with short sleeves and has a two-button closure. It adds some zest to a white tube and dark long and lean jeans. The look is completed by navy and white, soft-tumbled, standout, leather loafers, and a navy doctor style handbag.
Jacket—Express Tube—Forever 21 Jeans—Gap Shoes—Liz Claiborne Flex via Marshalls Bag—Nordstrom via Ebay

Check It Out

So everyone is mad about plaid this fall. And, I am glad for I can pull out this Calvin Klein jacket that I snagged over a year ago when Lord & Taylor was going out of business in St. Louis. It has a fresh color combination—splashes of orange and gold—despite its neutral base. The jacket has three-quarter sleeves, two front flap pockets, and a single button closure. It is paired with brown shorts, a yellow tee, burnt orange peep-toe flats, and a tan bag.
Jacket—Calvin Klein via Lord & Taylor Shorts—The Limited Tee—Gap Outlet Shoes—Kenneth Cole Reaction via Nordstrom Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via ebay

Looking Back, Looking Forward


Enduring charm. This week’s feature is the Michael Kors Ashbury E/W satchel. Since its entree, this bag has stood in the shadow of the ever-popular MK large Astor satchel. The Ashbury satchel, however, may win the long-run battle because of its finesse.

It has silvertone studs, but only in concentration around the front zippered pocket and the sides thereby softening the motorcycle-inspired style apparent in the Astor satchel. Buttery soft leather in MK’s signature “luggage” color, tasseled leather zipper pulls, and double straps with a striking whip stitching make this bag a modern classic.

Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via ebay.

Neo-Prep

A classic remixed. An argyle sweater is a signature preppy piece. But, this sweater is quite à la mode with its grey, light grey, black, and orange stunning argyle pattern set against a rich purple hue. With a snug fit, deep v-neck, and three-quarter sleeves, the sweater is up-to-the-minute.

In keeping with a prep tradition, the argyle sweater is put together with contradictory yet complementary black striped pants. The look is completed by black pointy-toe flats and two strands of elegant freshwater pearls.
Sweater—H&M Pants—Gap Shoes—Unisa via DSW Pearls—T.J. Maxx and Overstock

The Science of Shopping on a Budget, Part I

Yes. I have made many Nordstrom purchases, particularly during the semi-annual, annual, or anniversary sales. And, you may on occasion find me wandering around Macys. But, I typically forego department stores and malls on my regular shopping excursions. While these stores are stocked with great styles, for most of the year, the price tags are often out of my budget.
I do frequent off-price retailers. I live in St. Louis so that means Marshalls, T.J.Maxx and Kohls. If you’ve followed this blog, you would’ve noticed that I have a fondness for Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. Kohls may grow interesting with the new Simply Vera collection (though not yet at those prices!). My two favorites stock amazing brand names and styles that are currently in and some that you can’t find in department and specialty stores.
How do I maximize my experience at these stores? I shop on Wednesday and Thursday. Store managers were kind enough to let me know that new inventory arrives on Wednesdays. This means that the new stock trickles onto the floor throughout Wednesday, but are mostly available on Thursday. In addition, I tend to store-hop among the 6 Marshalls and 4 T.J. Maxxs closest to me since they spread their stock across the stores. This store-hopping is sometimes necessary to secure the right size.
I live for compound sales. The prices in these stores are already low. So imagine when they go on clearance there! It’s a budget shopper’s dream to get Max Studio dresses for $20, BCBG tops for $10, and Oscar De La Renta pumps for $15. So far Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have been in the business of fulfilling my low budget, high fashion dreams.