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My Favorite Tank Top

June 19, 2017

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My favorite tank top is $26 and worth every penny.

A core item in my summer capsule wardrobe every year is a tank top.  I use tank tops to provide coverage for tops that are sheer or have crochet details and would otherwise showcase a bra.  I’ll also layer a tank top to prevent showing off more of the girls than I prefer when tops are cut too low in the front.  And on summer’s hottest days I’ll swap out my t-shirts and knit tops for a tank top as the layering piece paired with my cardigans and light weight jackets.

If you are thinking that it sounds like my tank tops become workhorses in the summer months you would be correct.  And my favorite tank top is this one, at a whopping $26 for ONE tank top!

Why would I spend so much on 1 tank top, when there are cheaper options available?

Because all tank tops are not the same.

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3 Ways To Restyle A Wedding Guest Dress

June 12, 2017

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The summer months are a popular time of year for weddings, parties, dates, and galas. This can only mean one thing, finding a dress for all of these special occasions!  But what are you supposed to do with your new dress after the special event?

For myself, the dress would typically be found inside it’s garment bag shoved to the back of my closet.  Or maybe even in a separate closet other than my daily closet.  Regardless of where it was stored, the simple fact remained, after the special event my new dress always sat unworn.

But not anymore.

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5 Hot Trends For Summer 2017

May 22, 2017

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The summer season is approaching fast, which means it’s time to assemble my summer capsule wardrobe.  But before I write my shopping list, first I want to know what the fashion trends are for 2017.  I’ve come across a few trend lists during my searching

The last link asks a very good question—would I really wear these trends?  Well, it really depends on the trend itself.  With multiple Summer Trend lists and Summer Must Have’s to consider, the first thing I like to do is create my personal list of my favorite trends for the season.  For Summer 2017, 5 trends have not only caught my eye, but have also been added to my summer capsule wardrobe:

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Big Sign, Little Saved

May 15, 2017

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That orange sign is a lot bigger than the white one.

I was in the store the other day when I stumbled upon this display.  The orange sign immediately caught my eye, especially the price listed on it—$1.00!  At first, I stopped in my tracks.  After all I can’t recall the last time I was in a store (that wasn’t a dollar store) and saw something advertised for $1.00.  My old shopaholic tendencies immediately resurfaced and I began to reach towards the display, eager to grab at least 1 or 2 of the Lip Smackers that were on sale.

Then I looked at the orange sign again, and my hand paused in mid-air.

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Different Day, Same Sale, Or Almost

November 17, 2016

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How long has this dress really been on sale?

It’s the middle of November and the holiday shopping season is approaching fast.  This is the time of year when retailers step up their promotion game and I won’t be able to go anywhere or watch anything without seeing an ad for a sale.

But are these sales really as “new” as they sound?

Not always.  This pink A-line dress is listed on the retailer’s website as a “new markdown” item.  But when you shop as much as me, you learn all of the strategies that retailers use to get customers to buy.

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It’s (Sort Of) On Sale

September 5, 2016

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It’s on sale….maybe…

I noticed this sign at a retailer over the weekend and shook my head.  At first glance, it sounded like everything was on sale for 40% off.  When you re-read the sign, you realize that it stated “almost everything”, which means that most items, but not all, will be on sale.  Ok no biggie right?  I’ll just look for the sale items, which should be the majority of those pieces in the store.

But…

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Sweater/Pullover Weather

October 29, 2015

 

Encouraging to own more, more, more.

Retailer’s encouraging to own more, more, more.

I recently stumbled upon this advertisement on a retailer’s page.  My first reaction was to agree with the statement, indeed one can never have too many.  The cold weather is quickly approaching my area and once it hits, we’ll have months of endless cold days.  One day after another, after another, after another.  When you know that the cold is going to hit and stay there for a while, the thought of using lots of pullovers sounds like a really good idea.  My fingers hovered over the link to look at the latest pullovers available for purchase.

Then I paused for a moment.

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“I Need This In My Life”

September 20, 2015

I was recently shopping for boots for an upcoming holiday when I heard this phrase:

“I need this in my life.”

Curious, I wandered closer to see what this magical item was that just HAD to be owned.  After all, if it was that special, maybe I should get it too?  What was the item in question?

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The Sale That Isn’t

March 8, 2015

Walking in the mall today, I stopped inside a store that had signs for 70% off, going out of business, everything must go, we are moving.  Eager to see what ‘good deals’ could be snagged, I wandered in.  The sales associate followed me around the store, chatting non stop about this promotion and that promotion to save 10% or %15 on the already marked down prices.

Yet when I looked around the store, only a small handful of items were at 70% off.  The majority of the items were 30% off or even full price.

Now wait just a minute, what’s going on here?

I went into a second store.

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