banana (republic) on a budget


As I mentioned in my last post, today I’m talking about making a killing at Banana Republic. September is the time to go if you’re looking to get the best deals on past season clothes (which can totally be worn in fall and winter, if you ask me). Okay, so where do you start? In the clearance section, of course. The photo above is of my local store’s clearance section (which is huge because it’s a flagship store, but I think this applies to all BRs).


You want to look for signs like the one above; these sections make your leg work easier. You might be tempted to start at the $29.99 and under sign, but keep looking around, readers. There’s likely a rack that has better deals (normally further back in the store and/or in a corner).


Here we go. I’m starting to feel good about this sale, but I still think we could do better (although, hello, isn’t that front pink and white sequin skirt too fab??).


THIS is where the magic happens. $9.99 and 40% off…most items will be around $6. SOLD. You might be thinking, “oh, the stuff on that rack won’t be that great.” It can be that great, though! Sneak peek below of what I found…look post to follow!


See? Super easy. People often ask how long it takes me to find good deals. The answer is really not long at all; I shopped the BR sale in about a half hour. The trick is being efficient, sticking to a budget, trying everything on (final sale items are not returnable), and only buying what you truly love (not things ‘just because they are a good price’).

TA DA! Last step: run off into the sunset feeling fab about your superhero skills.


Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Until next time!


all for fall (nail edition)

I’ve officially shed my pastel and neon polishes and embraced deep hues for fall! This month’s theme for the #monthlymani is the summer to fall transition! Below you can see this week’s manicure, as well as a few from falls in the past. I chose to do an ombre effect glitter for this week, but you can see in the adjacent photo that  I went with all out glitter last year!

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And below are falls past…summer to fall nails…*swoon* I love the changing of seasons!

Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her #monthlymani this month; her nail art is fab!

Thanks for stopping by, readers! My next post is almost ready to go…how to hunt for deals at Banana Republic! Stay tuned!


life lately

Eek, I have really been lacking in fashion photos lately…but not in life photos! The start of fall is usually busy and has been especially busy this fall since my husband and I are trying to clean up and organize our house. We’ve only been in our place a few months, but being type A (okay, REALLY type A) means that I want everything in a labeled box/bin/cabinet. If only life were that straightforward, huh? A girl can dream…🙂 These photos are life lately!


feeling fall (but still summer)


Ahhhh, I feel fall coming around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! But, I am working on remaining “present focused,” so I decided to embrace a few more summer looks before moving onto beloved fall fashion…

Denim top: thrift ($5)

Blazer: thrift ($4)

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack ($9 marked down from $78)

Necklace: J Crew factory ($20 marked down from approx $75)

Shoes: Juicy Couture via Kohl’s ($15 marked down from $75)

Bracelets: made most of them!


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Thanks for all of the ‘new post format’ love, readers! I’m going to intermix how-to posts with outfit of the day posts, so keep an eye out for the mixed up formats! In the meantime, I last featured these shoes in winter with tights. I don’t like to rule out open toed shoes for cooler weather, so I try and remember to pair them with tights to wear them all year round! 


2) The necklace featured here is another win for J Crew Factory. You can check out their clearance section here: . Definitely sign up for their emails to know when they have free shipping (which happens really frequently) and additional discounts on their clearance section. The jewelry on there is SO much cheaper than at the actual J Crew store! 

stylin’ a la SJP


I’ve been following Sarah Jessica Parker and SJP shoes on Instagram for a long time now. My obsession with her shoes runs deep. So deep that I recently casually stopped by Nordstrom just to look (aka try on and swoon) at one of my favorite pairs. I mean, how else would I know what size I would need if someone offered to buy me a pair?? (…erm…let’s go with ‘of course, that’s a completely logical reason.’).


SWOON. But back to reality. Sorry SJP, j’adore you, but ouch on the price point ($400 pre-tax). So, I, of course, started Googling SJP shoes and lo and behold, I found some at, which apparently is a sister company of Zappos. Sounds legit. So, I order a fab pair and wait not so patiently. The shoes arrive and here’s what I find:

What in the world? They are unceremoniously dumped in a brown box, without any packaging around them and are completely scuffed. Disappointment ensues. I emailed immediately and expressed my dismay (“why would you ever package shoes like that? Doesn’t SJP deserve some respect? Don’t shoes deserve to be treated well?”). got back to me about 8 hours later (impressed, but I remain skeptical). They offer to return the shoes for free and send a new pair that they promise will be re-packaged. I await another package to arrive. This time- this is what happens:



Bottom line, if you love SJP shoes like I do, check out and online for the real deals. This is not a sponsored post, just my personal experience and opinions. If you do order anything, I would love to hear feedback on the packaging and your experience! If you want to follow SJP style with me, check out my Pinterest board: Stylin’ a la SJP.

I will post how I’m going to style the shoes ASAP, by the way. I was dealing with a broken phone this week, …which is a whole other story. XO, readers!


fancy free: new format!

My fabulous friend and blogger (and surgeon and photographer, etc etc the list goes on), Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking gave me the fab idea to blog about picking out outfits and how I shop. Ummm, why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Today’s topic? Shopping for accessories at Nordstrom Rack.
Okay, so I start by putting on shoes, going outside, and walking/driving to the store.
Just kidding. Wow, you don’t need that much detail, right?
Okay, so when you walk in the store, you’re going to see a lot of shiny and glittery items. Walk PAST those items, reader. Just walk on past them. They have no power over you.
Head to the red clearance sign in the accessories section, because this is where you really want to start.
Now that I’m in the clearance section, I look around a little at the racks. Hmm. I’ve seen these Kate Spade necklaces in clearance for a while. Why aren’t they selling, Nordstrom Rack? Eh, the price isn’t great. Pass. Don’t worry, they will probably end up getting reduced again, so just wait it out, if you want/are feeling dedicated.
We continue on through the clearance section, and here we go. You want to look for the red tags with ANOTHER red tag. That’s where you really make dreams come true.
Now, I was in the market for something specific, so I didn’t pick up any of these items. But, you get the sense of how I generally approach the jewelry section. I thought, “I’m looking for a long rose gold necklace. I’ll start in clearance.” Having not found what I was looking for, I moved over to the House of Harlow section. I really like her line of jewelry, and the prices at the Rack are quite good. All of those earrings and necklaces in the photo are House of Harlow.
At this point, Mariah Carey “Now that I know” is on and I start toe tapping and thinking, “huh, wow it’s been a long time since I’ve heard this song; oldie but a goodie…” Then, I tell myself not to succumb to tricky music tactics in stores…but this is totally my jam…okay, focus.
Then, voila! I find my winner! $75 marked down to $24.97.
Now, let’s compare how much House of Harlow there is at Rack (at about 50%-75% off), and the online House of Harlow sale section. Wah wah. Very limited choices (only about 8 items) and not great prices. Why? Apparently it’s all at Nordstrom Rack.
And, of course, here’s how I styled my find:
I’ll do a full post on this look in my next post🙂
So, what did you think of this blogging format, readers? Hopefully it’s helpful!

neon lemon lime


Summer is flying by, readers! I feel like it was just yesterday I was wondering when it would finally warm up, and now I’m wearing neon (lemon lime) and embracing the warmth (as much as I can, I mean, it’s REALLY warm and humid). Who knows where the time goes, indeed. Have a good week, readers!

Dress: Oasap available here (now on clearance for $20!)

Shrug: Nordstrom Rack (so long ago, cannot remember the price!)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Shoes: Juicy Couture via Kohl’s ($15 marked down from $75)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Aside from a black, white, or denim blazer, one item I wear endlessly is a shrug. It’s perfect for cold office air conditioning, and for offering some coverage when needed. I have shrugs in three basic colors: black, navy, and cream. You can’t go wrong with any of these colors and, if you don’t already, you’ll wear them all the time! White House Black Market normally has a good selection, as does Nordstrom Rack.

2) If you want to tone down neon (I personally love how bright it is!), you can add a neutral shirt underneath (denim would work), or layer a cardigan on top. You could also opt for neutral jewelry (versus the statement necklace I wore in this look) and shoes, and then your neon is definitely ready to go in almost any situation.

Anyone else embracing neon and summer? Have a good week readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!