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New Years Sale Shopping

Happy New Year, you guys! I don’t know if this is just wishful thinking but, it feels like we’re maybe, kinda, sorta, possibly getting closer to a place we can wear cute clothes again… Fingers and toes crossed! So, in the hopes of manifesting more social interactions (gosh, I miss people), I’m looking for some exciting things to pep up the old wardrobe. And what better than New Year’s sale shopping?

There are some CRAZY sale shopping savings happening right now (like up to 70% off!) So, consider this my cliff notes version (oh I really just dated myself – I believe they’re now called spark notes) to the sale stuff that’s out there and that might make a nice addition and help zhuzh up your looks.

There’s not a lot of rhyme or reason to these picks – just pieces that spoke to me. And in my experience, that’s the best way to shop a sale. It’s challenging to go in to a sale (or a thrift or consignment store for that matter) with a specific shopping list, because you’ll never quite know what you’ll find. For folks with shiny object syndrome like me, it’s a blast, and a treasure hunt in it’s truest form. But for those that like a purpose and are uncomfortable veering off course, sale shopping can be overwhelming. Thus, the handy, dandy cliff notes … and some tips.

Tips for Shopping a Sale

Just because it’s hard to shop a sale with a specific list, there can still be a plan of attack. Yes, have items in mind that you want and need to perk up your wardrobe. But if there is a piece that makes your heart soar, that’s not on your list, take time to consider it, thoughtfully.

How to Shop a Sale

Before you hit “add to cart”, ask yourself these questions:

Anthropologie, There’s a lot to Love right now

Back in June, I wandered into our local  Anthropologie and actually walked out with a big old bag of clothes! For myself that is! That doesn’t usually happen for me there. The Anthro aesthetic is somewhat girly and romantic and that’s not typically how I’d describe my vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of success there with my clients whose style falls in the elevated boho and feminine realm. But for me, personally, the pieces never really become part of my repertoire… Until now.

I’m not sure if they’ve changed or I have…I used to go into Anthro and everything I put on felt like I was wearing a costume. Again, I loved it on other people, but I felt like I couldn’t pull it off. In the last couple of seasons though, the collections feel a little more toned down and tailored. Some things even border on edgy. At the same time, my horizons are expanding. Adding details like color and patterns seems fresh these days. My inner boho has been set free!!

Basically, I’ve been living in (and loving) my haul from earlier this summer. The good news is many of the items are still available AND a lot are even on sale!! Stores are gearing up for fall with cashmere and cords, but there’s a lot of warmer weather still to be had, even for those of us that live in the snow belt!

Anthropologie Late Summer Haul (and Sale) Picks

Shop Your Closet.

Once upon a time (like 8 years ago) I (Elana) had way too much in my closet, but still felt the need to shop every time I had an event. I’d run out and buy something new. But, then I started working with Hallie (as a client – I fessed up to it all here). Hallie was like my knight in shining armor (well,  shining accessories) and rescued me. She taught me how to shop my own closet BEFORE going out to shop.  I was surprised to find out I had plenty of pieces that could be paired back to other pieces creating new and interesting outfits, but back then I had no idea how to do it. That’s how so many of our clients feel initially. Learning to shop my closet was a total game changer, and gone are the days that I shop every single time I have an event. 

Now that I work with Hallie, I get to help clients learn the art of shopping their own closets first!!

No need to shop the stores, shop your closet first!

Here’s the thing, and it’s key to learning to shop your closet…

Throw on jeans and a T-shirt.

The other day we were talking about how nice it is in the summer to be able to just throw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and leave the house. No coats, no boots, none of the extra layers. So nice, right? Then the conversation got a little deeper.  We went from talking about how nice it is to throw on jeans and a T-shirt, to where the heck to find good summer T-shirts that aren’t a fortune.  Let’s say T-shirts that are under $25. (Seriously, people when did T-shirts become so pricey?)  T-shirts that you don’t feel bad if you sweat in, get sunblock on, wear to your kids baseball game, get seat belt or kitchen counter holes in,  or dare to say it…dribble chocolate ice cream on. (Yes this just happened, and yes the T-shirt is permanently ruined.) In other words, T-shirts that won’t make you cry if you ruin them.

Do under $25 T-shirts really still exist?

So, where do these under $25 T-shirts hide now a days? The kind that are cute enough to throw on and not feel like a slob, but not so pricey that you feel guilty wearing to just run around on a Tuesday? And what makes these said T-shirts feel un-slob like? Well that’s easy, but finding them hasn’t been so easy. So, here’s the short list of what to look for, and we’ll give you the long list of where to find them. Problem solved. T-shirts under $25 that still feel put together and UN-slob like. Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s a few style tips to help with the UN-slob like thing…

T-Shirt Styling Tips…

Simple Spring Update. Add a Belt.

There’s a really easy way this spring to take what you already have and make it feel current. Ready for it….Tuck your shirt in, and add a belt.  In fact, chances are you already own at least a half a dozen belts that you’ve been storing in the archives waiting for this moment. Yes, people…belts are back and we’re seeing them everywhere, because, the proportions are changin’.

Why add a belt?

It doesn’t even have to be a huge investment to make things feel current. Like we said, the proportions are changing. (We even talked about this last summer in the mom jean post.)  The waist and rise of pants, and skirts have been on the rise for a while now. The days of plumber’s crack is gone, and in our humble opinion…good riddance, because this makes it super easy to achieve an hour glass figure, even if you don’t have one. It’s just about every girl’s dream to have an hour glass figure and with the rise of the rise, you too can. Like Hallie says, getting dressed is all just an optical illusion. So, tuck it in and add a belt to be current, while creating the ultimate hour glass figure.

To tuck or not to tuck.

The question becomes to tuck or not to tuck?  When the waist of your bottoms sits just at about your belly button the goal then is to create an hourglass figure. So, now’s the time to tuck in your top and add that belt.  A TWC style trick…After you’re tucked in and belted, reach your hands up over your head like you’re grabbing something you can’t reach. When you let your arms down you’ll find you have the perfect amount of blouse over. You’ll feel more fashionable, less stiff, and a lot less like your local UPS man.

The one downside to wearing a belt is that a once quick bathroom break now takes a good 5 minutes longer when you factor in having to tuck your shirt in and then buckle the belt. Oh the things we do in the name of fashion…

The Coolest Evening Bags for a Night Out.

Evening bags. The last puzzle piece.
Evening bags are often a void in our clients wardrobes when we first meet with them.  At one point I wasn’t any different – btw, it’s Elana writing this week.  When I first started working with Hallie, (meaning, as a client “worked” – if you didn’t know I started as a client, you can read about it here.) Anyway, back then,  I didn’t have an evening bag to my name. I would either stuff my pockets with my belongings or call my Mother-In-Law (whom is a very good sharer) in a panic begging to borrow one of hers. Hallie called my void, “a hole in my wardrobe”.  The problem was I would concentrate so much on the perfect outfit for the occasion that I’d forget the last piece to the puzzle, which was the essential evening bag. But, Hallie put a stop to that. She taught me that little bag made a big impact. The puzzle can’t be complete without the last piece, right? 

Bottom Line There are 3 Types of Evening Bags EVERY Girl Needs…