Green Sweater in the Pumpkin Patch

I have a pumpkin patch across the street from my apartment and it is so cute. Just a little small one. So I have a little buddy for this photo opt! Kale and I headed over to the pumpkin patch and did a fall photo shoot ūüôā

Sweater – Urban Outfitters; Leggings – BP Nordstrom (old); Tank – forever 21 (old) Boots – Loft; Necklace – Forever 21; Watch – Michael Kors (similar here).

Kale is wearing his cute bomber jacket from Gap and of course his speedy lightening McQueen sneakers.

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Gucci-Inspired Twirl – Hair Tutorial

This hairstyle is sleek and modern. Fresh side twists, with bedhead hair make for a super easy, but beautiful look. See how below!

For Gucci-Inspired Side Twirls: 

1. Part your hair down the middle (it is best if it is slept-on or day-old) and apply a dime-size amount of mousse throughout, then tousle dry using a blow dryer.

2. Section your hair into two halves, then continue to section off into two-inch pieces until all of your hair is divided.

3. With a curling iron, wrap each section at a 45-degree angle, going in different direction to make the curls look a bit messier.

4. Take the two front/top sections of your hair (that frame your forehead on each side) and twist them away from your face, securing each with an elastic band (clear is best).

5. Connect both sections together on the back of your head with bobby pins. Once secured, mess up the twist with your fingertips, and tease your hair for an effortless, just-rolled-out-of-bed finish.

How I Wore It:

 

*found on the Zoe Report

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20 Fab Fall Items Under $100

To continue our day of saving money, here are 20 great fall items under $100. Cure your shopping itch and don’t break the bank!!!

ASOS ‘A Wear Tan Leather Look’ Biker Jacket $87.95asos.com

J.Crew ‘Crystal Bow’ Cuff $85.00jcrew.com

Coincidence & Chance ‘Flecked Elbow Patch Sweater’ $59.00¬†urbanoutfitters.com¬†

Zara ‘Studded Mid Heel Ankle Boot’ ¬†$99.90zara.com

Pim & Larkin ‘Patterned Pencil Skirt’ $79.00piperlime.com

Madewell ‘Perfect Chambray Ex’Boyfriend’ Shirt $69.50madewell.com

Bob Basics ‘Popcorn Infinity Scarf’ $65.00shopbop.com

‘Pardon My French’ Sweater $22.80forever21.com

Baublebar ‘Cerulean Drop Necklace’ ¬†$28.00baublebar.com

Get $10 off here

Topshop ‘Sequin Skirt’ $96.00nordstrom.com

Tinley Road ‘Side Zip Coat’ $79.00piperlime.com

Steve Madden ‘Stud Love’ Hobo $98.00nordstrom.com

Forever 21 ‘Drawstring Harem Pants’ $14.50forever21.com

Ann Taylor ‘Graphic Maze Print’ Tee $48.00anntaylor.com

Zara ‘Diamante Eagle’ Necklace $39.90zara.com

Loft ‘Tweed Zip Pocket Swift Dress’ $89.50loft.com

Urban Outfitters ‘Bow Tights’ $14.00urbanoutfitters.com

ASOS ‘Sequin Robin’ Sweater $61.57asos.com

Mia ‘Calvary’ Boot $79.00piperlime.com

Victoria Secret ‘Maxi Shirtdress’ $88.00victoriasecret.com

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A Few Ways to Save $$$ Shopping

No matter what your budget is, everyone can benefit from saving money right? So here are a few tips from People StyleWatch Magazine that I found pretty helpful. I’ve also added a few things that I think are helpful to remember also…remember I’m a big shopper and I try to save anywhere I can ūüôā

1. Get More from Online Stores!

“Most sample-sale sites list the brands they’ll be selling in advance, so hunt around and figure out what you’d love to own. Set a price limit, then shop as soon as the sale goes live. If you see the right item at the right price, buy it!” – Lindsay Ginn, editor of brokeandbeautiful.com

“If the retailer has a live chat option, ask what coupons are available and start negotiating. you can save 5% or more, and you’ll often score free shipping.” – Robert Pagliarini, author and founder of richerlife.com

MY TIP: Sign up for emails from your favorite stores, because they often send coupons for online only discounts and sales!

2. Be Sure About Each Purchase!

“During your next big shopping trip, try on everything and instead of buying, take pictures of each item. Then go home, print the photos and create a post with a bull’s-eye. The center of the bull’s-eye is where the ‘I have to have this’ pieces go. The middle rings are the ‘I like this’ pieces, and the outer are the ‘Eh, maybe I can do without this’ pieces. After the poster is on your wall for about three weeks, narrow it down to what you really need. Usually, only a few pieces stay in the bull’s-eye.” -Robert Pagliarini

MY TIP: Try and make a list of the things that you want for sure each season, like brown riding boots, or a black leather jacket for fall. That way when you go shopping you know what you are looking for. A lot of times I like to shop around online for the things I like so I know what I am going to get before I go to the store. Then sometimes I will pick up a few extras I see at the store if it fits my outfits!

3. Shop Sales By Month!

Carmen Wong Ulrich suggests taking advantage of regular discounts during these months:

January: Winter clothes and accessories will be on megasale right after the holidays.

February: Valentine’s Day means discounts on jewelry and¬†lingerie.

March: Expect closeout sales on boots, coats, gloves, and scarves!

April & May: Around Easter, look for dress sales. Summer-preview sales on tees, shorts, and etc also start. If you want to get in shape, some sneakers and athletic gear will also be discounted.

June & July: You can get deals on swimsuits, sundresses, and all things summer. July is dump-everything-summer month, and sales are amazing. (They’re getting ready for fall.)

August: This month is about back-to-school, but also back-to-work gear. Blouses, skirts, fall shoes, and bags hit the stores, and you can find some decent initial promotions to get you shopping.

September: Fall pieces are out in full swing. Expect early promotions on jackets and boots. Check online for Labor Day deals and coupon codes.

October & November: You’ll see preview sales on winter clothing such as coats and boots.

December: All things holiday! Sales started very early last year; some of the biggest ones were in place by the 15th. Keep an eye out for deals with loyalty and rewards cards this year – retailers will lean on them more than ever.

MY TIP: My favorite sales are the preview sales every year…For example Nordstrom and Piperlime have big Fall preview sales in July/August each year, and piperlime does it again in the spring. They put their fall clothes on sale before they are available full price and then after that sale they go back to full price, so you should get them while they are discounted. Plus a lot of stores have been doing big sales BEFORE Christmas. Last year Anthropologie had 50% off all of their sale before Christmas! It was perfect for buying gifts (not to mention getting a few things for myself that I forgot to ask for).¬†

Also this is the perfect way to use your emails from stores. They ALWAYS announce holiday sales through their emails, so don’t forget to sign up at your favorite stores to get this reminder!

4. Try These Sites and Apps!

“The latest thing is points apps like CheckPoint and ShopKick: They let you rack up rewards good for gift cards and coupons when you scan merchandise bar codes. Also, if you don’t already, ‘friend’ brands on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for sales and promo codes.” – Carmen Wong Ulrich, author of The Real Cost of Living

“Type in your zip code at salelocator.com to get a list of sales near you. And visit freeshipping.org to see which¬†retailers¬†are currently offering sales and free shipping.” – Catey Hill, autho of Shoo, Jimmy Choo: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More

MY TIP: Visit retailmenot.com for coupon codes at almost any retailer. Check it before checking out anywhere online, you may find out about a coupon or sale you didn’t know about! Also make sure yo visit flash sale boutiques online such at ruelala.com, hautelook.com, gilt.com, or modnique.com to name a few. They have sales on designer apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags, etc at great prices!

5. Make the Most of Your Credit Cards!

“With store credit cards, you can get free shipping, rewards points, rewards on your birthday and more. But you must commit to paying off your bills. If you can’t, don’t use the card. Be honest with yourself!” – Kendal Perez, deals expert, hasselfreesavings.com

“I use one card for almost all of my purchases, from gas to jewelry to furniture, and use the points I rack up for travel. You can¬†also¬†use a cash-back card that acts as another discount on top of any deals you’ve already gotten.” – Carmen Wong Ulrich

MY TIP: I love that store credit cards off rewards points, but you have to pay off your card! One thing that a lot of stores do is allow you to make payments in their store (some stores, like Nordstrom even let you make it straight from your debit card now). This is great, because you can make your purchase on your store card to get the points and then pay it off right there in the store the same day and not worry about your bill!

To find great reward credit cards, visit plasticrewards.com

I hope all of these tips help!

*Found in People StyleWatch Magazine.

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First Ladies Duel! Shop Pink!

It’s a battle of the first ladies! WHO WORE IT BEST?¬†

Last night at the 2nd presidential debate, both of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney chose to forgo the traditional red, white, and blue ensembles in favor of basically identical bright pink colored dresses (breast cancer awareness anyone?) Michelle Obama donned a Michael Kors dress and jacket and Ann Romney chose and unknown sleeved, sheath dress. I think both looked fabulous! However I did love Ann’s jewelry and lipstick!


Wanna be like them? You can pick up these bright pink beauties below and get their style!

DKNY ‘Mesh-Top Ruffled Dress – neimanmarcus.com

McQ Alexander McQueen ‘Stretch Knit’ Dress – mytheresa.com

Amanda Uprichard ‘Silk V-Neck’ Dress – lordandtaylor.com

HUGO ‘Dark Pink Wool Dress Kacy’ Dress – stylebop.com

Emilio Pucci ‘Lipstick Punk Ruffled’ Dress – Stylebop.com

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Plaid and Polka Dots

I got to wear shorts up in Boise a little while ago  because it was still so warm! It was perfect fall weather, so I paired it with one of my favorite new sweaters from J.Crew!

Sweater – J.Crew (not available online – similar here); Shirt – Joe’s (old); Shorts – 7 for all Mankind (similar here); Shoes – Sabine (similar here); Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs (no longer available); Necklace – Tree of Life (from Soel); Ring – Michael Kors; Watch – Michael Kors (similar here)

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Party Shoes!

I love fun shoes!!! There’s not much else to say about it. Here are some great going out/party shoes for the upcoming holiday season! You can pair these with your little black dresses to “fun” them up or why not just pair them with an equally fun dress!¬†

Happy shopping!

Ted Baker London ‘Oaker’ Pump

Jimmy Choo ‘Quiet’ Glitter Pump

Badgley Mischka ‘Ginnie’ Pump

Diane von Furstenburg ‘Zia’ Glitter Sandal

Classiques ‘Sophie’ Pump

Via Spiga ‘Orla’ Pump

Badgley Mischka ‘Maribelle’ Pump

Valentino ‘Couture Bow Platform’ Pump

Steve Madden ‘Barbby’ Pump

*All found at Nordstrom.com

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Favorites Lately – Baublebar Gold Spike Strand Necklace and more!

Baublebar ‘Matte Gold Spike Strand’ – baublebar.com

Get $10 off here

‘Regalla’ Dress – BHLDN.com

B Brian Atwood ‘Artistic Suede and Patent Leather’ Ankle Boots – saksfifthavenue.com

MAC ‘Cut A Caper’ Lipstick (Saw this on pinterest and I hink I will be needing to pick this up!)

Storets ‘Leather Panel Punching Top’ – storets.com

Eos Lip Balm Smooth Spheres (so great and easy to use!)

Madewell ‘Sparkle Spike’ Necklace – madewell.com

Minusey ‘Embroidered Skinny Jeans’ – minusey.com

Something good to remember…

Yes, it’s Call Me Maybe girl, but I think Carly Rae Jepsen is so cute, and I watched her perform “This Kiss” on So You Think You Can Dance and it is just so catchy! Here she is performing it on Ellen.

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