Looking Back, Looking Forward

I purchased today’s featured floral dress for $5.95 back in 2010.  Read all about that bargain buy in Super Steal.  The dress recently showed up in one of the related posts that appear at the end of each post on the blog.  I realized, then, that I hadn’t worn the dress nor the jacket it was paired with in ages.  So, today, I’m recreating the outfit from that post, adding a few new accessories.

Dress—Loft | option
Jacket—Loft | option
Belt—Dooney & Bourke via vintage store
Bag—Kate Spade | option
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Sunglasses—Cole Haan via TJ Maxx

Casual in Jumbo Dots

Old Navy released its popular boatneck sweaters at the end of the summer and I decided that it was just too early and still too hot to start purchasing sweaters.  Wrong move!  The sweaters quickly sold out in my favorite polka dot style.  Darn it!

I’ve since been casually shopping around for a polka dot sweater.  The styles that have appeared in the Gap and J.Crew are gorgeous, but they’re all made of wool.  Itch!  Anyone else have a wool sensitivity?  

I found the jumbo dot sweater featured today in Forever 21.  It was under $20 and hence a cheap way to get the look I’ve been shopping for.

Shirt—Old Navy chambray
Sweater—Forever 21 (not online yet, but my stores had them on display)
Skirt—Sandro via Marshalls
Boots—Sam Edelman ‘Simone’ via Marshalls
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)
Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’ (slate)

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Purple Remix

It took me forever to figure out what to wear today.  I was in the mood for something loose-fitting and comfortable.  After staring at my closet for too long, I remembered liking how I felt in the outfit I wore in Thrifted Threads: Comfy Chic Fall Style.  So, for today’s Looking Back, Looking Forward, I decided to remake that look, this time using shades of purple.

I’m wearing Mac ‘Violetta’ lipstick.  I’m so glad that we can now purchase
Mac Pro products online (no pro membership required).

Blouse—Loft (only $15 in-store after the 50% off sale discount)
Skirt—BCBG Max Azria c/o Savers (also worn here)
Scarf—The Limited (similar)
Shoes—Me Too via DSW (similar)
Bag—Michael Kors via Nordstrom (similar)
Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’
Sunglasses—DVF via Marshalls (similar)
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)

By the way, here are the two looks side by side, the original mustard version and the new purple remix.

See Thrifted Threads: Comfy Fall Chic Style for details in the outfit on the right.

Savers opening in St. Louis!

Gucci, Movado, Dooney & Bourke, Louis Vuitton—a few of the labels I spotted last night during a sneak peek of the Savers thrift store opening tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, in Ellisville.  Yes, y’all.  Savers, an international thrift retailer with more than 280 stores across the U.S. and Canada, is finally opening in the St. Louis area.

Savers store at 15892 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO

This Savers location houses over 100,000 items on the sales floor.  And, Savers stores get about 5000 new items daily.  I got a glimpse at how quickly inventory is renewed when the two Dooney & Bourke bags below were purchased (one by me) and a store associate swiftly restocked the case with two different Dooney bags.  I promptly asked if I could see the entire stash.  She assumed I was joking though.  I wasn’t 🙂

The designer bags and chunky gold jewelry on sale at this location are all right on trend.
The prices are just right too!

What you’ll find in this new Savers is a well-organized store.  Clothing, for example, is organized by item type (skirts, dresses, blouses) and then by size, making the search for treasures a tad easier.  I was also impressed by the well-curated collection of clothing for sale.  I saw all the labels I regularly shop and love (J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor) as well as a sizable selection of items that looked vintage, all for low prices.

A look at the racks of jeans on sale.
This Savers has fairly large fitting rooms for your convenience.

Of course, I didn’t leave Savers empty-handed.  Check out my mini haul.  

The clothing I purchased looks brand new.  I tried on several items and most of them showed
no signs of wear.

Savers will host its grand opening this Thursday at 9 am.  If you plan to stop by, sign up for a super Savers cub card to receive alerts about special deals like 50% off clothing days, and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Disclosure:  I was invited to attend the VIP sneak peek event at Savers and received a gift certificate to shop at the event.  No monetary compensation was received for writing this post.  As always, all the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Fall Transition

Slowly but surely.  Extremely hot temps hijacked summer this year, but Fall is slowly beginning to rescue St. Louis from the hottest summer I’ve ever experienced.

As the average daily temperature slowly drops, I’m beginning to plan Fall stylings of lightweight items in my wardrobe like the blue and green dress featured in today’s post.  I purchased this Guess dress earlier in the year, but I haven’t worn it much because I grew bored with the print.  Does that happen to you?  Anyway, I’m looking forward to Fall because I can layer my way back to loving the print on this dress.

I found these Diba booties in DSW recently.  They are comfortable and I envision them
pairing well with my dresses and skirts this fall.

Dress—Guess Los Angeles via Nordstrom Rack (Old Navy dress with same colors)
Sweater—Gap (similar style on sale)
Belt—Anthropologie ‘Gilt Elephant’ (skinny belt alternative)
Boots—Diba ‘Pilot’ bootie
Sunglasses—DVF via Marshalls (an Anthro pair I love)
Watch—Two-tone MK watch (similar)

See how I’ve worn this Guess Los Angeles dress before in Spring Greens.