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.


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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Sales from Around West Town Mall

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This time of year can be so overwhelming with the number of sales going on.

You especially want to avoid shopping sale drunk and buying things just because “they’re a good deal.” So I did what I had to do and scoured West Town Mall for the best deals both for now and a few for later. Remember, you can always Christmas shop too! (thank yourself later for that one)

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Shoe sale: 65% off good mix of current season and some fall booties. Great stop to update your heel collection
Other select shoes are 40% including some Kate Spade which is rare.
Swim sale: 33-50% off all the good brands. Even if you don’t need a suit, check it out for cover ups – they have some pretty ones that would add a nice light piece to your summer wardrobe and they are on sale as well.
Swim towels are on sale in the home section, they are 25% off – most were under $25 and they’re HUGE
Leggings sale: right before you get to the lingerie section, but you’re not quiet in kids yet, there is a legging section where they currently have 65% off really great leggings. Some are work out and some are the athleisure kind. Be sure to check that out a lot of good deals in there.
Lingerie sale: their bras and panties are always great brands and outlast the other places that also have annual sales this time of year. I’d much rather spend money on something I know will last.
Forever21 has sandals for $9 and flip flops for $2
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Vera Bradley has their beach bags and towels 40% off and a whole slew of other bags 40% off – including lots from their leather line which is fantastic
Now is also a great time to stock up on gifts for the remainder of the year…
Things Remembered has buy one get one 50% which I took advantage of – got an engraved frame for my husband and an initial key chain for my diaper bag and spent less than $55.
Speaking of gifts…Hallmark has a good sale section going that has a lot of good hostess gifts and table decor for 50% off.
GAP has extra 50% off clearance (and $15 tees for women)
Eddie Bauer has 50% off your entire purchase – with lots of good men’s clothes on sale both this season and next. Great for gifts!
Coach has a huge 50% off section in the back of the store that includes some beautiful jewelry, purses and men’s bags.
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One Dress: Four Ways to Wear it

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Fresh off vacation, I had packing on the brain when I put this segment together. More specifically, I had “packing light” on the brain. When traveling with a 2 month old packing light is a lost cause. The phrase “just in case” was motivation for about half the things in our truck.

So if you’re looking to pack light for a weekend getaway this summer OR you’re just looking for ways to get more use out of a maxi dress – check this out! The clothes came from Bliss now in West Town Mall and the bags came from Vera Bradley!

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3 Fresh Ways to do Animal Print (from JCP!)

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It’s looking like a jungle out there and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Animal print is everywhere right now. Typically not something we’ve seen so much of in the warmer months but I AM NOT COMPLAINING.

I have honestly talked myself out of buying at least 3 animal print shirts (not saying I won’t sneak in at least one at some point), but I feel as if my closet already has a good amount. So how else can I stock up on one of my favorite prints? In asking myself that question I thought I’d help you out as well and give you three fresh ways to do animal print…from pieces I found at JC Penney!

JC Penney in West Town Mall is one of my favorite places to pop in and get something good for a great price. I especially love walking up to the register while searching for coupons on my phone, knowing that I’m about to save even MORE.

And with Memorial Day behind us to kick off the official start to summer clearance season, I feel as if we’re going to be swimming in discounts. Let’s talk about these pieces…

Go for it in a Blazer:

When you first see this guy on a hanger, you think (at least I did) Ooo that’s too much going on. But honestly, when thrown over a white t-shirt and jeans (or in this case workout pants), it’s just right. I’m a huge fan of blazers with the cinched sleeves because I know I’m going to be cinching them anyway, if that could be built in that would be great. Also the length on this one is long but gives it a modern edge without being too oversized looking.

This would work both for a “feeling spiffy” day in the office over a simple black dress, or thrown on with a white shirt and distressed jeans to punch up a casual look.

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PS: The white tank I have on underneath that I grabbed just to make this outfit look normal (the shirt I came in wearing was lavender) is a wonderful shirt. I’m totally going back for it. They also have it in black. I’m wearing a small in both the tank top and jacket.

Take the print to your bottom half:

Please note: I am not a shorts girl. Don’t like them, don’t wear them, but I almost sold myself on these. They’re light weight, have a very comfortable elastic waist and are flowy without the fear of flashing someone. Also, they would give all your solid tees a great companion. And one word: POCKETS.

I’m wearing a large in these, but could probably have gotten away with a medium. They’re so flowy I was okay with a little extra room.

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Try animal print in a different color:

When it comes to wearing an animal print that’s outside the colors you would actually see on an animal – tread lightly. I know I’m contradicting my headline with that sentence, but as I typed it I realized that your outfit can veer down a tacky road if you don’t keep your hands on the wheel so to speak.

However, I’ve seen this emerald green combo a couple times now and I think you can stay on the fashionably straight and narrow with this while still doing something fresh…

This top is a bit cropped with wider sleeves. Wear it with some high wasted jeans or even over a maxi dress for a fun new twist.

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I hope this gives you some summer style inspiration!

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