When It’s Time to Replace Basics…

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The word basic never raises heart rates. It’s association in the past couple years is pretty, well basic.

I feel as if I’m trying to define something to my 4-year-old…

“Mommy what’s basic?”

“Welp, it’s preeeeetty basic.”

So when you think about replacing the basics in your closet it’s about as exciting as paying for your things to be handed back to you from the cleaners. Whoop-de-do.

However, when you see THESE basics, you’re going to start humming “Bringing Sexy Back” cause girl, you’re going to feel it in any of these jackets – even the button downs I brought with me on the show are going to get you excited.

And think of all the new ways you can work these puppies into your regular rotation. I know there’s a black number I hold up that could really jazz up my everyday t-shirt and yoga pants world. So look for yourself and check any of them out in Banana Republic or White House Black Market in West Town Mall!

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A Sneak Peak at Fall Trends

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While the fashion show has come and gone, the conversation we have about fall fashion is just as fresh as ever!

The nice thing about the time we live in, is anything goes. So don’t ever feel trapped in a trend – goodness no! Wear it because you love it. So if what I say in the video (I’m not giving ANYTHING away, haha) goes with your style – wear it! If not, don’t stress about it.

Wear what you love and what you feel spiffy in. Also, let’s bring dressing up back!!

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Back to School Fashion

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Styling six kids for a productive, confident, comfortable day at school was a fun challenge. It also made me thankful I don’t have six kids…

Whether you’re dressing little ones for the school year or not, getting a peak into back-to-school fashions is a great way to see what’s around the bend for fashion trends. And, well it’s just fun to see these professionals strut their stuff!

Be sure to check out even MORE fun tomorrow at West Town Mall. We’re having the annual Back to School Bash complete with prizes, a CANDY BUFFET and a fashion show featuring THE greatest emcee you ever did encounter – so humble too ;)

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What to Buy Tax Free

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And the sales just keep on coming…

We’re about to hit tax free weekend, which means the sales are just getting deeper.

There’s really no wrong thing to buy during this time unless you fall in love with something over $100 in which case, you’re going to pay tax.

But I did want to pull together options of one particular item I like to look at this time of year (honestly, I’d buy this piece all day any day). And that’s a good jacket. I bought the one I’m wearing in the picture from Banana Republic on tax free weekend years and years ago. It still looks great and I didn’t pay more than $60 for it.

It’s hard to get your hands on a well made jacket at a deep deep discount unless you’re buying out of season. But right now with sales the way they are and at the very least a 10% discount (no tax), you can get your hands on a quality piece you’ll wear with so many things for so many years.

Here is a round up of my favorites from two stores in West Town Mall…White House Black Market and Chico’s.

White House Black Market:

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This metallic jacket *heart eyes* would go so beautifully over a summer dress now and just as easily pair with a black shirt, dark jeans and heels at Christmas time.

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From now until the end of time, a black blazer will always be a thing.

I stand by that statement and not just because I love both black things and blazers. They’re a staple in any closet, even if it never sees the inside of a boardroom. Get a well made version (with stretch!) in this classic shape.

Chico’s:

My current denim jacket came from Chico’s. It was the answer to all my denim jacket needs and relatively inexpensive for a good denim jacket – right under $100. So I’m going to continue keeping an eye on Chico’s jacket options. Take a look at the couple I found that you might also enjoy…

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I wore this jacket on air one time and got multiple compliments from the people in studio. I was just borrowing it but you better believe I’m going for it at some point. The nice thing about a black denim is you can wear it with jeans without doing exact denim on denim. It also acts as a more casual answer to a blazer. Yep, I’m going for it.

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This is the lighter version of the jacket I own. I was drawn to it because of the lack of pockets (wanted to stay far away from the ho-down vibe), the long lines in the front (so flattering) and the stretchy fit. It’s probably the most comfortable denim jacket I’ve ever worn.

Don’t hesitate to buy yourself something this weekend that you’ll reach for over and over again – and love doing it!

 

 

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Summer Sales: How to Keep Your Wits About You

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If you were confused by the title of this post, then the rest of the content isn’t for you.

The sales happening currently (and I do mean right this very minute #amazonprime) can put you in a daze, a fog, a stupor or a high if you’re not careful.

Between the big Amazon sale and the Nordstom sale not to mention the sales happening at every other store in the world ever – there’s a lot of money to be saved (but really spent). So let my words be a cold compress to your head as we calm ourselves down for a minute, drink a glass of water and get our wits about us.

Tip #1

Before you even seriously shop, take stock of what you need.

Go through your closet and your home and look around as though you were on a tight budget and could only replace one thing. One single thing. This will either help you whittle off the things that aren’t truly needed or have the reverse effect and make you realize everything you’ve thought about replacing in the last 6 months. Either way – you’ll have a good idea of what you really need to buy.

Tip #2

Go through the websites with sales and after you’ve found what you need, wishlist a few things.

The Nordstrom sale doesn’t open to the public until Friday. This year, I’ve wishlist-ed two things that I want so when it opens on Friday, I can go directly to my list, add the things and be on my way. I’m not buying anything I haven’t thought about for days.

This helps me to not buy anything “just because it’s on sale.” I’m buying it with my wits about me. And I’m taking advantage of the deals helping to quiet my FOMO (anyone else feel sad if they don’t buy something from a major sale?)

Always check the return policy before purchasing and remember there’s always Poshmark ;)

Happy Sale Season!

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