It's full-on Summer here in Nashville, which means it's hot; very hot. Hot enough to confine outdoor activities to early evening. The retreat of the sun behind the hills leaves everything bathed in the golden glow of sunset.Read More
January can be a great time to shop for clothing. With all of the after-Christmas and end-of-season sales it can make a lot of sense to hang onto your money until the new year. But if you're like the majority of women in the US you may be in for a surprise.Read More
Everyone knows the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the best time to shop if you want to stretch your cash. It's also a great time to celebrate the end of the season - and the year.
At my house after Christmas sales are an extension of the holiday. I can shift the focus from getting the perfect gift for someone else to getting the best deals for myself. It also means Mr Spashionista and I can take in a movie or tuck into a cozy meal while we're out and about. Since we always celebrate New Year's Eve at home - where my attire is decidedly casual - I thought I would show you what I wore for my post-Christmas discount tour.
It was cold - mid-thirties and overcast cold - so I had to be sure the outfit I picked was warm enough to counter the weather, versatile enough to allow me to negotiate crowded stores in my chair, and fashionable enough to be noticed, in a good way.
Let's start with the gorgeous acrylic pencil skirt from Forever 21 in shades of royal blue, raspberry, lemon, and black. The blue cashmere Cynthia Rowley cowl necked sweater is from last year's Black Friday at Stein Mart. Yes, the Baccini jacket should look familiar by now. It's actually very warm, ultra-feminine, and picks up the berry tones in the skirt so it was the logical choice for today. The Chinese Laundry black tights were a must given the chilly temps, but I couldn't resist the blue sequin oxfords from Shi as a a little dash of New Year's sparkle.
Did you find something amazing in the post holiday aftermath?
Next month I'll tell you what I got and give you some pointers for shopping in 2013.
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The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!
Last week I told you I'd be going out for Thanksgiving dinner. Here's where I went.
This is Nashville's historic Union Station. It was built in 1900 and, according to wikipedia, was, "to serve the passenger operations of the eight railroads then providing passenger service to Nashville." The trains don't stop here anymore but the station was converted into a hotel in the 1980's and remains a downtown landmark The restaurant in the hotel is called Prime 108 and this year they offered the following Thanksgiving buffet to a select number of people.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this was hands down the best Thanksgiving dinner I've ever eaten. The descriptions on the menu don't even begin to do the food justice. I consider myself to be an above average cook and I couldn't come close to replicating this meal. We have enough leftovers to last for several more days.
As you can see I did "dress to the nines" for the occasion, but my dinner was more expensive than my outfit.
I decided to go neutral - rare for me, I know, but it was unseasonably warm so I had the perfect outfit. The cream and lace pencil skirt is from Forever 21 and it set me back $19.80. The black beaded Ann Taylor sweater is several years old, as are the XAppeal shoes. I bought the sweater on clearance for $11.99 and the modified Mary Janes for $19.99. The string of pearls are the genuine article, having been purchased in Majorca, Spain almost 30 years ago, and the bracelet is from last month's stop at the St Louis Hard Rock Cafe - located in their Union Station.
I am incredibly thankful for my loving and supportive husband who has been by my side through the bad and good and everything in between. I'm also thankful for each and every one of you that read this blog, follow my tweets, pin from my boards, and put up with my ramblings. I appreciate you all more than you'll ever know, and I hope you had lots to be thankful for this year.
In two weeks I cook the monster meal. But, in the meantime, let the shopping begin! I'm gearing up for Black Friday and I'll share my experiences with you - if I survive!
I've got something special planned for next week. Who wants to see a music video featuring a musical performance and video clips all by your favorite Spashionista? You do? Then tune in on Cyber Monday for my multimedia debut.