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Anthropologie has an Extra 50% Off Sale Items!

28 Aug

Okay, I wasn’t planning to post today, but then I saw that Anthropologie has an extra 50% off sale items for Labor Day weekend (8/28 – 9/2) and I wanted to make sure you all know about it!

Anthropologie’s sale on sale is the BEST way to score amazing finds for a fraction of their original cost. The problem is that they tend to sell out of the more popular sizes early, so if you see something you like… hop on it!

Here is what I bought:

Melange Sleeveless Top


Original price: $70, marked down to $49.95 and on sale for $25

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I originally was planning to buy this top in the blue motif, but there were so many positive reviews for the red animal version that I decided to mix it up a bit and go for that one. I’ve been needing some nice-but-not-too-nice blouses to wear with sweaters on Casual Friday’s and I think this one will be great. It also looks super cute on the model when she has it tucked in, so I may end up styling this one with a skirt or two as well. This one comes in numeric sizes AND has plus sizes.

Alexandrine Embroidered Blouse


Original price: $88, marked down to $49.95 and on sale for $25

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I saw this blouse on the Anthro website a while ago and stuck it on my “wish list” on the site just waiting until it went on sale. As soon as I saw the 50% off sale items started this morning, I put my order in at 5:45 am with blurry eyes for a large… and thank goodness I did because all that is left now is XS and Small sizes! I anticipate wearing this top with jeans on the weekends and also topping it with a cute sweater for work. I LOVE that I snapped it up for just $25 when it originally was marked at $88!

Here are some items that I really, really like… but didn’t buy:

Auden Maxi Dress


Original price: $150, marked down to $99.95 and on sale for $50

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You guys, this dress is so gorgeous! The mixed print. The flouncy skirt. The cut out back. Perfection! However, I’ve learned that even though I love maxi dresses on other people I don’t love them on me. I’ve had a few over the years and they always get shoved to the back of the closet. So if you get this one, let me know and I can live vicariously through you! As of this morning, this dress was available in XS, large, 1X, 2X and 3X.

Amadi Textured Bomber Jacket


Original price: $140, marked down to $79.95 and on sale for $40

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Much like maxi dresses, I tend to admire bomber jackets on other people. My friend Lindsey found one at a consignment shop and she looks like a million dollars in it. Me… I’m not sure I can pull it off. However, I LOVE the look of this one. I really like the textured finish and the navy blue color. I’m not sure if this could be worked into a business casual wardrobe for work, or if it would be best as a weekend topper though. What are your thoughts: love it, hate it, or meh?

Gabriela Ruffled Maxi Dress


Original price: $160, marked down to $99.95 and on sale for $50

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I tried this dress on and shared it with you all in a Dressing Room Snaps post in June (click through it you want to see it on me). At the time, I said I loved the fit of the dress and how incredibly soft the jersey was… but that it was overpriced. Well, marked down from $160 to $50 is pretty fantastic. I’d snap this up in a heartbeat if I hadn’t realized I already own maxi dresses that are gathering dust in my closet. I really wish they’d put the other dress I tried on – the Tania Tiered Dress – on sale, because I’d scoop that one right up!

Are you planning to buy anything from the Anthropologie 50% off sale items sale?

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Inspiration Fit Autumn Grab Bag Reveal

26 Aug

We’ve already established that I have a weakness for the Inspiration Fit grab bags, so let’s move on to the good stuff… the reveal! This time I approached my grab bag purchase in a more strategic way. They had 6 possible designs in the Autumn bag and I knew I really liked 3 of them, so I bought TWO bags to ensure I would receive ALL THE DESIGNS.

Why would I do this though if I don’t love three of the designs? Because I joined the Inspiration Fit Swap Facebook group and I knew I could sell off any unloved shirts!

Each Autumn Grab Bag (fitted tank top option) cost $29 and they were running a deal that if you purchased 2 you would also get a $15 gift card to spend on a future order.

I received 6 shirts – all the possible designs in an assortment of fall colors. These were the three designs I really wanted:

And these were the three designs that I liked but didn’t love:

I listed my unwanted shirts on the Swap Facebook Group and within an hour or so I sold them for $12 each, for a total of $36 in sales (minus Paypal shipping costs and postage). I then searched the group for the Pumpkin Spice shirt I loved in a long sleeve version (for a perfect Fall Casual Friday look for work) and bought a pretty burgundy version for $19.

So now I have four shirts… all designs that I love. I ended up averaging about $11.75 per shit and I still had that $15 gift card to use on a future order.

After a little site stalking, I used the gift card on this shirt, which I love:

AND I’m super prepared for Fall… bring on the pumpkins and spice! {But not the Pumpkin Spice, because that stuff is too sweet!}

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Dyeing a Sweater (and a Couple Tank Tops)

19 Aug

When I shared my July Thrift Haul, I showed you a pretty J. Jill wrap sweater that I had thrifted for $4. I loved the slouchy shape of the sweater but there were two things wrong with it: (1) it was pink and (2) I wouldn’t be able to wear it to work because it was just see-through enough that you could kinda see my arm tattoos.

I really liked the sweater through… and it was FOUR DOLLARS. So I thought I’d take a chance and try to dye it a different color!

I picked up this Rit Synthetic dye in Graphite because it is made specifically for polyester. I grabbed an old pot, filled it with water and stuck it on the stove until it started boiling. Then, I added the entire bottle of dye and a squirt of dish detergent. I stirred it a bit, wet my sweater in the sink and added it to my witches’ brew.

The directions told me to keep it near boiling and stir it consistently for 30 minutes, so that is exactly what I did. When the 30 minutes was up, I moved all my stuff over to my laundry sink (in case of staining) and pulled the sweater out while wearing a rubber glove (only one… because I have no idea where the other one went). I figured that throwing out the dye water at this point was kind of a waste, so I grabbed a couple tank tops that I didn’t love and added them in:

I let them sit for about 20 minutes and stirred every so often. Then I rinsed everything out and added all three tops to the washing machine for a bath (I added a towel to fill out the load a bit). I washed and dried the tank tops, but pulled the sweater out after the wash to let it hang dry.

And here are the finished results! First up, the wrap sweater:

This turned out a gorgeous shade of dark gray and is no longer transparent on the sleeves. Here is a close up so you can see the color a little better:

I LOOOOOOOVE how this turned out and I’m so glad I went ahead and dyed it!

Here are the bonus tank tops:

They both turned out dark gray, but the Bloom top has greenish/teal undertones. I hated that Sassy Lassy was white, so even though the text is much more muted now, I’m calling this an improvement. As for the Bloom Where You Are Top, I love the new color and how the text pops against the new dark background. I will absolutely wear both of these now instead of shoving them to the back of my dresser drawer.

It’s amazing the change a little dye bath can do to your clothes. Of course, now I’m looking through my closet to see what else I can update with a different color!

Do you personalize your clothes with dye?

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My Spur of the Moment Nordstrom Order Review

12 Aug

This is NOT a NSale post. You guys know how I feel about the Nsale and I pretty much avoid the whole darn thing out of principle. HOWEVER, one of those blogs that goes overboard with those sponsored posts shared a pair of shoes that I thought were really cute, so I decided to order them to try out. And while I was there, I added in another one of those “Perfect Blouses” that I received in my July Trunk Club box.

Both of the items were on sale under that darn Nsale at the time that I ordered them, but now they appear to be back to full price which is a total bummer. I was curious about the online vs in person thoughts myself though, so I figured I’d share my feedback with you in case either item is on your wish list.

Let’s take a look…

Eileen Fisher Zanya Sandal (find it here)

Online image:


Nordstrom Rating: 4.9/5 Stars

I know that the ‘sporty’ sandal is somewhat polarizing. At first, I kind of hated the whole rubber sole look with a more formal top… but then it grew on me. This version has a bit of a sneaky platform base with stretchy straps and a zipper at the heel. I thought they might look cute with some of my work outfits, while still being super comfortable for walking. I’ve gotten rid of most of my sandals at this point (Rothy’s 4Eva), but I still like to show off my pretty toenail polish after a pedicure, so here we are.

Online reviews gave these shoes a 4.9 out of 5 stars with feedback being that if you are in between sizes to size down. I usually wear an 8.5 in shoes but with sandals may size up to a 9 so I don’t get that horrible toe overhang look that drives me insane. I ordered these in an 8.5 to try out at home.

Okay, so call me an old lady because gosh are these dohickeys comfy! I slipped them on after a full day at work and they fit like a glove. The stretchy straps are super comfortable on my feet without pinching or binding anywhere. The leather heel portion and zipper curve perfectly with my heel and the soles are like walking in sneakers. The problem is… I’m not sure if they are too casual to go with some of my work looks. I’m going to have to try them on with a few options to see. However, I wore them on Casual Friday with a pair of skinny jeans they are adorable (in an athleasure old lady kinda way, which is apparently my jam?).

Curves 360 by NYDJ Perfect Blouse (find it here)

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Nordstrom Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

I received the solid black version of this blouse in my July Trunk and I love the way it fits for a fun Casual Friday look. I’d been keeping my eye on other colors, so when this one popped up on sale I snatched it up to try at home. I was thinking I’d wear this with jeans on Friday’s and also tuck it into a pleated skirt for a fancier weekday look.

Here’s the thing though, is the pattern too crazy? Also, it seems to fit a bit more generously, so there is a lot of fabric going on. I originally thought it was fun and cute, but then I looked at my close up…

Am I approaching on Mrs. Roper territory? I haven’t worn it out of the house yet and the tags are still on it… so now is your chance to be super-dooper honest. Should this one go back to the store?

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