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.

Accessorize & Monsoon Children in St. Louis

After twenty minutes in Accessorize & Monsoon Children, a British-based women’s accessories and children’s boutique, I found myself inspired by the stories of how each intricately designed piece in the store was globally sourced, intrigued by the eclectic styles, and impressed by the low price point.

Accessorize & Monsoon Children boutique located in The Boulevard, St. Louis

Accessorize houses several collections of accessories, each collection carefully curated to appeal to a particular style sensibility from classic, sophisticated, trendy, to eclectic.  There’s a unique and affordable piece in this store for everyone.

A few of my favorite finds at Accessorize & Monsoon Children boutique, St. Louis

You can find an Accessorize store on almost every major shopping street in London, but there are only nine stores in the US.  We’re really fortunate, then, to have an Accessorize store located in The Boulevard, St. Louis.

A few fabulous pieces of jewelry at Accessorize & Monsoon Children, St. Louis.
Be prepared to be mesmerized by the pieces and inspired by the stories behind each one.  The leaf
pieces shown above are actual leaves dipped in metal.  Each one is unique.  

Store manager, Joshua, with fellow store associate.
The staff at Accessorize comprises warm, welcoming, walking sources of in-depth information
about the inventory.  

Sporting my new clutch (c/o Accessorize) to brunch yesterday.

As a budget shopper, I was thrilled about the price-quality ratio for the range of items at Accessorize.  I can’t think of another store that offers 100% silk scarves and scarves handwoven in Italy for just over $20.  As a citizen of the world, I was even more thrilled to learn about the company’s commitment to fair trade and sustainability.

Disclosure:  I was invited to visit the store and was gifted a couple items from the boutique.  No monetary compensation was received for writing this post. As always, all the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.

Dots, Chambray, and a New Nordstrom Rack is Opening

Yesterday, I wore this dots and chambray ensemble.  I laughed on the inside every time someone complimented me on my dot skirt because it’s actually my J.Crew scattered dot dress in disguise.  I guess I can remove a polka dot skirt from my wardrobe needs list, right?

Dress—J Crew (similar)

Shirt—Old Navy (polka dot version)

Belt—Anthropologie ‘split orbits’

Shoes—Max Studio via Marshalls (Target wedge option)

Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)

Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’ (slate catseye) via Nordstrom

Pearls—Overstock

At the end of the day, I attended a private preview party and shopping event at the second Nordstrom Rack to hit the St. Louis scene.  The new store, located in Manchester Highlands, officially opens on September 13 (details on opening).  Trust me, you’ll want to be there for entertainment, refreshments, fall fashion, and a chance to win a “race through the racks” sweepstakes to grab up to $2000 worth of goods from the store.

If I won the “race through the racks” sweepstakes, I would make 4 stops in my 90 seconds—Kate Spade clothing, Trina Turk clothing, Kate Spade handbags, and Tory Burch handbags.  Well, since the designer watch case is in the front of the store, I might as well grab a few Marc Jacobs watches too.

Kate Spade New York sightings in Nordstrom Rack, St. Louis.

Trina Turk sightings in Nordstrom Rack, St. Louis

Kate Spade New York handbags in Nordstrom Rack, St. Louis

Tory Burch bags in Nordstrom Rack, St. Louis

I was especially excited to preview this new store because I suspected that there’d be a wider selection of higher-end designer goods at bargain prices because of the tax base of this new location.  From what I’ve seen, I was right.  Wait until y’all see the designer shoes there!  You’ll have to visit to see the shoes, though, because I was too busy trying them on to take photos of them.

The West County area is my favorite place to shop in St. Louis and this Nordstrom Rack is a perfect addition to the area.  Cheers to new bargain style shopping possibilities in the Lou!

Disclosure:  Nordstrom Rack invited me to the pre-opening event and as part of attending, they provided refreshments and a goody bag.

Ross Dress for Less Opens in St. Louis

Fellow bargain fashionistas, I know I don’t have to tell you about the discount shopper’s paradise also known as Ross Dress for Less.  Ross is, after all, the nation’s largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain.  But, believe it or not, I’ve never lived in a city with a Ross store.  Not until today!

Ross Dress for Less has finally entered the St. Louis area with two new stores, one in Chesterfield and the other in Fairview Heights.  Both stores will host grand openings tomorrow, Saturday, March 3rd.  But, guess what?  You can visit both locations today for the soft openings.

Ross Dress for Less, Chesterfield Commons, St. Louis

I visited the Chesterfield location this morning with some fellow bloggers and an amazing team from Ross.  Big shout-out to Glamazini for the invite!  Once in the store, I was immediately impressed by the wide selection of designer brands and labels.  You know the ones we love.  

Ross is serious about it’s “big thrills, no frills” slogan.  You won’t find fancy visual merchandising, but you will find the labels you love at the lowest prices anywhere (20% to 60% off retail prices).

Massive selection of discounted dresses in-store

Selection of handbags sorted by color.

I just couldn’t resist the apparent dress-a-palooza in Ross, so I made two trips to the fitting room to try on some amazing dresses before deciding on the dress and blazer shown below.

Dress—Popular brand c/o Ross Dress for Less

Blazer—Popular brand via Ross Dress for Less

If you are in the St. Louis area, check out our new Ross stores:

  • Chesterfield, Mo.: Chesterfield
    Commons, 190 THF Blvd
  • Fairview
    Heights, Ill.: Lincoln Place, 6005 North Illinois St.


Happy bargain hunting! 

Disclosure:  I received a $50 gift card during my visit to Ross today.  No monetary compensation was received for writing this post.  As always, all the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.  

Holiday Loft Look

I participated in a special Holiday edition of “How Bloggers Wear Loft.”  I was tasked with finding a holiday look for under $150 at the Loft.

I maximized the budget by shopping during a store wide 40% off promotion, so I could get newly released items at a discount.  By the way, the current offer in Loft stores is 50% off everything, so if you’ve been eying items, this is the time to shop!

My goal for shopping the look:

  1. Buy separates that would effortlessly look glam.
  2. Buy items that I would want to wear all year long.  

Here’s the final look:

My New Year’s Eve party outfit.  I’ll add a black velvet blazer.

Get the LOFT look*:

Sequin mini skirt
Draped ruffle v-neck shell
Opaque tights
Oval Stone ring
Gem mix coil bracelets

*Many of the items are sold out online, but may still be available in stores.

Many of you might be thinking, “I’ve seen those pieces on you before.”  You have!  I’m so fond of these Loft items that I’ve already been mixing them into my existing wardrobe.  I’ve actually worn the sequin mini skirt to two parties.  It’s quite versatile.

Some recent looks with the same Loft items:

Disclosure:  I received a $150 gift card to shop at the Loft.  No monetary compensation was received for writing this post.  All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own.