1. Bargain: Neon is Back!

    Sweater: Story below! | Long Sleeve T: Banana Republic, $6 | Scarf: Gift | Jeans: Levis via Macy’s, $20 | Boots: Steve Madden via Amazon, $33 | Purse: Cynthia Rowley via Marshall’s, $49

    Neon is back and I’m totally embracing it! I wore this sweater over the weekend and laughed about how it came to live in my closet the entire time I was wearing it…..

    A few weeks ago I was at my in-law’s hanging out in the kitchen with my sis in law and niece. My mother in law emerged from a room holding this sweater. This is the conversation we had:

    Mother in Law: Do either of you want this sweater? I don’t think I’ll wear it.

    Sis in Law (with strawberry blond hair): I don’t think it will really work for me.

    …Everyone looks at me. I’m still shocked by how bright the sweater is. So, I turn to my adorable one year old nice and ask:

    Me: What do you think? Will this color look good on me?

    Adorable Niece: Yeah! (then she giggles. Adorable niece thought it was pretty funny).

    And, that’s how I walked away with this sweater.  Oh, did I mention that adorable niece has 4 favorites words? They are: yeah, doggie, baby, and bye bye. I figured I had a one in four shot. The sweater was either going to get rejected by a bye bye, go to me with a yeah, or the baby nephew or doggie would score a neon sweater. I bet the doggie is jealous.

    Oh, here’s a second purse from my collection. I found this in the clearance section of Marshall’s a few weeks ago for $49! Who can say no to Cynthia Rowley for $49??

  2. Bargain: Pumpkin Purse

    Blouse: H & M, $10 | Pants: Banana Republic, $17 | Belt: Gift | Flats: Ann Taylor Loft, $10 | Purse: Etienne Aigner via Filene’s Basement, $30

    The power went out at work today and never came back. I had a few morning meetings in dark conference rooms lit by our laptops (I’m not kidding). When laptop batteries started dying we really found ourselves in the dark and unable to do anything. So, we were sent home to work remotely — hooray! Before jumping into my pj’s and setting up office on my couch, I snapped a few pictures because I was excited to be home during daylight. Except, daylight was not exactly bright and cheery today.

    This was my first experience taking pictures outdoors in the cold. I have a whole new admiration for fashion bloggers who brave the elements for photos. It was a balmy 42 degrees today and I was freeeezing!! How do you ladies do this??

    Anyway, I rarely feature my purses on this blog. I have a slight obsession with purses. And yes, all my purses were bargains like this orange leather Etienne Aigner hobo style ….just $30 (original retail was about $190)! I LOVE this bag. The leather is gorgeous and it also has a cross body strap, which comes in really handy.

    Just wait, there are more purses coming! Does anyone have a favorite purse brand?

  3. Bargain: Wide Leg Pant Transformation

    Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft, Gift | T-Shirt: Banana Republic, $4 | Pants: J.Crew, $20 | Necklace, Gift | Shoes: Etienne Aigner via Macy’s, $20

    This outfit is actually from a few weeks ago and I never got around to creating a post. Cardigans over a cute t-shirt is a look I’ve always loved and gravitate towards. I like to think I was way ahead of times in high school when I rocked the now trendy boyfriend sweater cardigans with white v-neck T’s (and red Dr. Martens). Cardigans just call out to me and I can’t say no to them.

    What do I love about this outfit?

    • $4 Banana republic shirt? Yes please! About a month ago I wandered into Banana and these were $8 with an extra 50% off! I bought 3. They’re a perfect soft stretchy material that can be dressed up or down.
    • These classic chinos from J.Crew are about 7 years old and were originally a wide leg. I altered them down to a fitted straight leg, shaving off about 6” in fabric. I’ve been wearing them tons ever since and love them cuffed with heels!
  4. Bargain: A Little Leopard Print Goes a Long Way

    Sweater: Ann Taylor, $17 | Leopard Shirt: Old Navy, $8 | Skirt: Banana Republic, $11 | Shoes: Etienne Aigner via Macy’s, $20

    Yes, a little leopard print goes a long way! I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of leopard shoes for years, and have yet to find them. Problem is they can’t be ANY leopard shoes. I have an image of a pair of leopard wedges in my head that I can’t seem to find anywhere. During a bargain shopping spree last fall I decided to add this leopard print shirt to my closet as my first leopard print piece. I love this shirt, but please let me know if anyone finds my leopard wedges out there!

    What do I love about this outfit?

    1. The leopard print shirt perks up what would be a pretty boring outfit.
    2. This is a great example of mixing some quality pieces (sweater and skirt) with a lower quality/trendy piece (leopard shirt). I’ll be happy to have this leopard shirt for a year, and won’t feel bad when I grow tired of it and throw it in the “donate” pile or if it falls apart. My sweater and skirt are great quality pieces that I know I’ll have a while —— and can pair with any new trendy piece down the road!
  5. Bargain: Neon Tights!

    Dress: Banana Republic, $15 | Long Sleeve T: Banana Republic , $6 | Tights: Target, $3 | Boots: Payless, $20 | Necklace: Selfmade

    These tights have been begging me to wear them for months. Why did I wait to long to show them off?  Because I had to work up the courage to wear something so bright to work! The gray and black color palette helped me justify the neon glow, as did having to leave my warm cozy bed this morning. I figured neon tights meant I HAD to have a good Monday.

    Did I have a good Monday? Mostly yes mixed with a little no due to an irritating experience. Yes because I received lots of compliments on my tights. I hope I started a trend and to see more neon tights in the office! No, because I found a great top at Ann Taylor marked down from $78 to $19.99. Plus, EVERYTHING in the store was an extra 40% off. I was so excited until the guy at the check out told me the extra 40% off excluded final sale items. He must be new, because he’s wrong. I know so because I always buy is final sale and final sale is usually included in these promotions (the website even says so). Oh well, maybe I’ll go back tomorrow.

    Tip: Looking for a new way to style sleeveless winter weight dresses? Skip the outer cardigan and wear a long sleeve T under the dress instead. This will show off the dress and any details a cardigan might hide, like the pretty ribbon detail at the waist of this dress!

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