Month: June 2014

Jump(suit) For Joy!

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I love a great jumpsuit. Really LOVE! I think they’re so easy, effortless and chic–minus the fact they are quite awkward in the ladies’ room. I pinned this image from uberblogger Peace Love Shea more than a year ago and am still obsessed with it! While her look is not actually a jumpsuit, it certainly looks like it could be and it made me want one in this cut!

The problem with jumpsuits (for me) is the length and the price. As much as I love them, it’s so hard for me to find them long enough in my pricepoint. I’ve tried to recreate Shea’s look on more than one occasion. My version may not be a complete success, but eh…you work with what ya got! I paired black slacks and top with a gold plate-front belt. If you don’t have a jumpsuit, I highly recommend going monochromatic to give the illusion of one!

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Then when I finally found a jumpsuit long enough, it wasn’t the wide leg look I longed for. But it was only $20 at my local Marshall’s so I couldn’t pass it up. I paired it with the same belt and added coordinating Steve Madden heels–forgive the selfie, this is a pic from Instagram.

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When my no-shopping challenge is over, another jumpsuit is definitely on my must-buy list! I’ll be searching high and low for a wide leg one that is more work appropriate. I actually came across another blogger’s Facebook post  (The Classy Cubicle) on work-appropriate jumpsuits. Through comments, she told me her post featured jumpsuits at a wide range of prices. I was excited…until I clicked the links! I’ve long discovered other people’s idea of “budget friendly” don’t always match mine. On her post, there was only one that was about $50 and most of the others were well over $100! That may be affordable for her professional demographic, but it’s still too rich for my blood! So, I made it my mission to find some that are more on my playing field. The following jumpsuits are all $50 or less!

Here’s a great one from H&M-so chic and easy…and $39.95!

hmjumpShe Inside had a couple of super cute options as well, like this beautiful Green Sleeveless V-Neck Jumpsuit for only $21.67! I have never purchased anything from this site, but I’ve heard mostly good things. The reviews for both of the She Inside jumpsuits I’m featuring are well-received overall!

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This is another She Inside score: Navy V-Neck Tie-Waist Belted Jumpsuit for $26.99! she inside

 

I found a few on the Dorothy Perkins website as well. This one is Blush and Black Jumpsuit on sale for $44.

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The Black Crinkle Fabric Jumpsuit is on sale for $21! What a steal!

DPJUMP2 And one of my favorites! The Mulberry T-shirt Jumpsuit…also on sale for $21!

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Also, keep in mind, there are plenty of jumpsuits out there that may have spaghetti straps that would be completely work appropriate with a blazer! I tried pairing a blazer with my current jumpsuit, but the cut didn’t work well with the harem-style bottom. I think it would be beautiful with a straighter leg or wide leg. If you haven’t jumped on the jumpsuit bandwagon, now is definitely the time–they haven’t been hotter!

Countdown to Shopping

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The countdown is on, brothers (if any guys read this) and sisters! I’m so pumped for this  no-shopping challenge to be over, I started a “countdown to shopping” on the side of my blog (it should be over there to the right)! Even though I’m beyond ready to shop, things have been going pretty well! It didn’t hurt that I was able to utilize some amazing Banana Republic coupons in the month of April (free money! yes, it actually exists every now and then!). I mentioned what I purchased with the first $25 off coupons I received. Now, here’s what else I managed to score for the remaining weeks of April without spending a dime! P.S. If the tweed-front top looks familiar, it’s because I got the same top in yellow the first week I got the coupons! I had a hard time finding any other tops I liked that were under $25! So, I figured, why not? It’s free!

I did also get a few new goodies in May since that was the month of Mother’s Day and my husband was gracious enough to spoil me a bit. Maybe he just felt pity on me. Whatever the reason, I accepted. I kind of felt like that was cheating, but that was his gift to me! What’s a girl to do?! Here’s my Mother’s Day loot breakdown: The maxi skirt from Lotus Boutique and floral cami from New York & Company are exact. The hat shown is from ASOS and similar to one I got from Francesca’s. The sequin tank shown is from Patricia Field and is similar to one I got from Lotus, only mine is white):

 

June is halfway over and I did opt to use part of a gift card at Target. There was about $8 on the card leftover from Christmas and I used a whopping $1 to get some cheapo sunglasses. I needed some eye protection since I left my only pair of sunglasses at my parents’ house during a recent visit home. I figure, if I get some supplemental sunnies, I’ll at least make sure they’re as close to free as possible.

And, I’m going to go ahead and put it out there: I have $110 in rewards from my Banana Republic card, $50 of which expire July 31st. I can’t very well let those expire! So, I’ll definitely be redeeming at least $50 in July.

To recap the past month or so, I’ve been on the verge of misery! I feel like I’m down to slim pickings in my closet and seem to be reverting back to some of my fall items, trying to summer-ize them! So that’s the struggle right now–approaching my closet with fresh eyes…again! I guess at the beginning of the season, I wore a lot of my “cuter” spring/summer outfits because I was so excited about the change in seasons. It was also Birmingham Fashion Week time, so maybe I was feeling a little more inspired? Here were my April Faves:

 

Whenever I get in a fashion funk like I’ve been experiencing lately, I just walk in my closet, set my sights on a couple of tops or bottoms that I’m not completely turned off by and ask myself, What else can I pair this with? What is something I haven’t worn this with? Are there any unique patterns or color combos I need to try?  Hopefully this approach will get me through this next month and a half! Wish me luck!

 

Swoozie’s Swag for YOU!

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As I have previously mentioned, I recently visited my local Swoozie’s for a local blogger event. Now, I want to spread the Swoozie love to you! Swoozie’s is giving a $20 gift card to one lucky reader! While the shop (which is also accessible online) is a perfect go-to place for custom stationary, it can also be a go-to for any fashionista! I found these items that are perfect as a gift or personal addition to your already stylish office or closet at any price point!

For the perfect party fashionista:

For the business savvy fashionista:

For the perfectly accessorized fashionista:

For the maternal fashionista:

To enter for a chance to win the $20 Swoozie’s gift card, just leave a comment sharing what caught your eye! Winner will be chosen, at random, on June 10. Good luck!!

 

UPDATE: The winner of the $20 Swoozie’s gift card is Lauren! Congratulations, Lauren! Please email me your Full Name, mailing address and email address! My contact info can be found on the “contact” tab.