Maxx-i-Mart-Shalling

Yes, I know it's not a real word, but it's how I save big bucks on new clothes.

Forget about the mall with it's pricey department stores. Unless I'm having a Cinderella Moment I'm not paying full price for anything I find in a major mall. The real savings are to be had in places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Stein Mart, and outlet malls. Of course, it's still important to be choosy because even at discount prices it's easy to break the bank. Having said that, let me show you a few recent examples of my most notable acquisitions from the outlet stores.

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Let's go clockwise and start with the fuchsia print blouson dress. I bought it in May during the grand reopening of Opry Mills Outlet Mall at Express. It was already on their clearance rack at $29.99 but with the added mall promos I got it for an additional $8 off. The white dress is Solitaire by Ravikhosra from Marshall's. I wanted a lace dress and tried on several at different stores, some of them much more than I wanted to spend, but none of them were flattering. This one has more of a flare in the skirt, was a better fit all around, and at $24.99 was too good to resist. Next we have a lovely Max Studio french navy top on seasonal clearance at TJ Maxx for a whopping $6.99. Because I'm petite I'll wear it loosely belted over leggings or a pencil skirt. Last, but not least, this gorgeous empire waisted Live and Let Live multi-colored top was $11.99 from Stein Mart's clearance rack. I am admittedly biased towards that store and may do an entire post about them in the future. So let's see, by my calculations the total for all four items comes to $65.96. I don't know about you but I think that's perfectly respectable in terms of the bang-for-your-buck factor. Oh, and the bottoms in the last picture will be part of our next destination. Aren't you just dying to know where I got them? Find any great bargains like these lately you'd like to share with us?

Fashion Friday: Summer Adventure

It's late July here in the US - and it's hot. Actually, that's an understatement. We've had an unusually hot summer so far. Just because it's hot doesn't mean you have to look sloppy or dress skimpily. Why not opt to look "cool" in every sense of the word?

The Carolina Prep blouson tunic top in aqua is airy yet sophisticated and looks terrific paired with the whimsical yellow cropped straight-legged jeans. The leather bag is a fairly demure mushroom with yellow accents and has both a handle and a shoulder strap depending on which method of carriage works best for you. Adding patterned espadrilles and a fun two-toned watch make the outfit youthful and you more approachable. If you are able to apply make up keep the palette neutral.

The crutch is a fashion statement in and of itself. You can find it and many others in terrific colors and patterns at Cool Crutches. Based out of the UK, I can personally vouch for the quality of their equipment. I own a pair myself and not only are they lighter in weight than generic crutches but, at $74.50 per crutch, I think they are a great value as well. If you need crutches get thee to this site immediately. Mine arrived within 48 hours of my internet purchase!

Spashionistas Wanted

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!