Today’s Deals and Steals

Every Monday I’m going to post sales, coupons, and other shopping promotionals. 

New York&Company: final day to take advantage of their 50% off everything event; however, you can take $50 off $100+ with promo code 1627 or $25 off $50 with promo code 1067; 70% off all redlines 

H&M: online only and today only take an additional 30% off sale items using promo code 3041

Charlotte Russe: $1 shipping NO MINIMUM also take $10 off $50 or $15 off $75; no code needed as discount will be applied to bag

Old Navy: in-store only, ends 04/28 take $15 off $50 with promo code SAVE; all active wear on sale up to 40% off; online only top secret discount code for up to 40% off, head to the website to find your code

6pm: up to 70% off different shoe styles until 04/29

The Loft: online only flash sale ends tonight using promo code BUSTAMOVE; in-store only 75% off full priced items and 50% off spring sweaters

Express: take an additional 30% off clearance items for an additional savings of up to 70%

GAP: 30% off using promo code SAVE online and in-stores offer ends 04/28; free 2 day shipping when you spend $75+ using promo code FREE offer ends 04/28

The Limited: buy one get one free full priced tops and sweaters; $29.90 and up pants, shorts, and crops; online only extra 30% off all sale items; free shipping on orders $125+

Make sure to check the terms and conditions and final days of discounts and sales with each retailer. 

–Nikki ❤️

Patience or Punishment? The Horror of Shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s 

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re as lucky as I am then your mom’s birthday is either on that big day or right after. This is how I ended up in Shopping Hell.

I thought it’d be a good idea to get a jump on the holiday and go out to the stores that normally get the nicer things. I went out to the Mt. Pleasant stores and was greeted by nearly the entire town. People were every where and it was extremely hard to get into the right head space for stores where you have to hunt for things. It was distracting and by distracting I mean there were so many people crowded around where I should’ve been looking that I was forced to look for things for myself.

I’m not making that up. It totally happened. Instead of looking for tunics and Capri pants–the old Southern lady uniform, I was in the active wear section looking for gym clothes. I even ended up in the Men’s section where I scored a pair of basketball shorts. They are awesome, btw.

Anyway, what I’ve realized with TJ Maxx and Marshall’s now–aside from the mental preparation it takes to shop these stores–is that they’re really offering high end brands at what should be considered bargain prices; but they really aren’t. Sure, I’d like to own a Balenciaga handbag, but with a $700 price tag I think I’ll pass.

The Mt. Pleasant store clearly gets all the fancy schmancy out of season/oops/phased out pieces because the West Ashley store ain’t hockin’ $127 Rag&Bone jeans. With those prices, wouldn’t it make more sense to just shop the designer directly? This is crazy to me. I believe that you have to invest in classic staple pieces and a good pair of jeans is hard to come by. But why invest it at a place that doesn’t cater to specific fits, cuts, or pieces? You certainly can’t count on them to carry that piece that fits you amazingly when you want to add to your wardrobe or you need to replace.

TJ Maxx and Marshall’s serve a purpose, but it’s not the smartest place to spend a $100+ on something that’s not furniture. Spending $100+ on several things, okay sure. 1 thing, though? 1 article of clothing? No. 

They have nice things, don’t get me wrong. I discovered some beautiful cropped blouses by a line called Philosophy–Republic Clothing that were very inexpensive. Eye catching, demure collarless cropped blouses that would look great with jeans or slacks. I pair my cropped tops with high waisted pants…for reasons that I would literally fight you about, so mind your business!

Let me just say this: I’m 5’5″, 125 lbs, 32″ bust, 24/25″ waist, and XS/S. I’m long and thin–my arms and legs are stupid long, so some things in a regular cut are too short and I’m screwed. 

All that was said to make this point: I saw this blouse and instantly fell in love.  

  
I grabbed an XS and a S and ran to the fitting room to try them on. The neck holes on these tops are not big hair or regular head size friendly. Took me a minute to get this on. The S was up first and once I got it over the head, the arms were the next struggle. It was hard to bend my arms or rest them comfortably in any position. 

I really wanted this blouse and my first thought was that it just runs small. This is not a juniors blouse, Ladies–I don’t venture to that dark side of the store. I grabbed a M, didn’t try it on, paid for it, and left. Tried it on when I got home and was literally swimming in fabric. 

Back to the store it goes. 😒

This is why I try not to shop stores like these! They’re hit-or-miss for me as they rarely have things in my size or the cut is all generic. If anyone out there has great success with these places, I’d love to share your story. I think we’d all like to know the science behind finding great pieces in a sea of regret. You can comment below or e-mail me at lookfabuless@gmail.com.

Btw, I still haven’t found anything for Mother’s Day/Mama’s Birthday 😩 I guess the search continues next week. 

–Nikki ❤️

Today’s Deals and Steals

Hey Y’all! Here’s a round up of sales and discount codes for some pretty big retailers:

New York and Company: All tops and sweaters are buy one get one free; get $70 off $150 using promo code 1425 or get $30 off $75 using promo code 1896

Old Navy/Banana Republic/Gap: take 40% off purchases using promo code SUNSHINE; free shipping on purchases over $50

Forever 21: 10% off $40+ in-store and online using promo code SPRING10; 15% off $50+ in-store and $70+ online using promo code SPRING15; 20% off $60+ in-stores and $100+ online using promo code SPRING20

H&M: buy 2 get 1 free basics online only 

Express: take an extra 30% off already reduced clearance for up to 70% off

The Limited: 50% off full price items; 60% off select full price items using promo code NIGHT

UrbanOG: 25% off all regular priced items using promo code 42015; free shipping on orders $50+

Happy Shopping and remember to check any exclusions or expiration dates of these offers with the individual retailer!

–Nikki ❤️

Wardrobe Building #101

Here’s a great piece of advice from one of my favorite stylists from one of my favorite shows. Denim is a neutral, it goes with everything, great to mix and match or to dress up or down.

Update

I didn’t think it was okay to leave this post at just a statement. I had to go back and find some cost effective examples.

Dressing up a denim shirt #1

Denim western shirt $22.90

Rose matelassé a-line skirt $32.90

Faux suede t-strap sandals $24.90
 Faux pearl collar necklace $7.90
Dressing up a denim shirt #2

Denim western shirt $22.90

Baroque sequins pencil skirt $27.90

Faux suede cutout mules $29.90

Chain collar necklace $5.90

Dressing down a denim shirt 

Denim western shirt $22.90

Texture-striped mini skirt $19.90

Pointed cutout-side flats $12.90
Layered Hello charm necklace $5.90

Dressing up a denim skirt #1

Denim a-line skirt $22.90

Classic woven blouse $17.90

Faux leather ankle strap sandals $29.90Faux pearl collar necklace $7.90

Dressing up a denim skirt #2

Denim pencil skirt $19.90

Collarless ruffled tattersall shirt $19.90

Faux leather strappy sandals $29.90

Dressing up a denim skirt #2.1

Denim pencil skirt $19.90

Stretch knit tank $3.90

Shawl collar dolman cardigan $14.90

Faux patent leather strappy sandals $29.90 Opulent faux gemstone necklace $10.11

Dressing down a denim skirt #1

Denim a-line skirt $22.90

Ribbed crop tee $5.90

Metallic crisscross sandals $17.90

 Layered Hello charm necklace $5.90

Dressing down a denim skirt #1.1

Denim a-line skirt $22.90

Classic v-neck tee $3.90

Stripped espadrille flats $17.90

Chain collar necklace $5.90

Dressing down a denim skirt #2

Denim pencil skirt $19.90

Stretch knit tank $3.90

Shawl collar dolman cardigan $14.90

Chained metallic t-strap sandals $12.90

Faux stone pendant necklace $6.90

Dressing down a denim skirt #2.1

Denim pencil skirt $19.90

Ribbed crop tee $5.90

Chained metallic t-strap sandals $12.90

Faux stone gem necklace $6.90

All of theses items are from Forever 21 and as promised are budget friendly! Now that you’ve got some ideas to play with, go out and find new staples for your wardrobes!

Happy shopping, Ladies!

–Nikki ❤️

LillyGate 2015

By now I’m sure everyone has heard of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration released in-stores and online today. And I’m sure if you’re on Twitter you were made privy of the #lillyfortarget hashtag that chronicled one of the worst brand rollouts ever! 

I was one of those angry tweeters giving play-by-play of LillyGate. I have no regrets–except that I didn’t get a darn thing!

I’d been stalking Target’s website ALL DAY, waiting for the line to go live. I’d found the perfect outfit for myself and to show off to you guys! I knew most girls would run to the shift dresses and jumpsuits and although I really wanted a shift dress, I went the palazzo pant route.

 

  Palazzo pant in Giraffeeey- $28

  Crochet crop top – $28

Pineapple sandals- $30

 (sorry, pics found on the fly–source Target)

It was speculated that the site would go live at midnight–no dice. Again, at 1 am–didn’t happen. Around 1:15 am a few items got leaked and the frenzy began and the site crashed. The chaos–the carnage–the Preppy Hunger Games was just beginning.

Target’s president, Jason Goldberger, was up doing e-crowd control. He said a few skus were leaked, but they still had items available as the launch hadn’t started. This was 2 am 😑. So, we waited.

AND WAITED.

3 am came and guess what? It still wasn’t live. Maybe about 3:15 am rolled around and the look book was gone and items were available for purchase in the worst layout ever. The site kept crashing and hysteria was at its highest levels! I tried to add those flipping pineapple sandals to my cart 10 times and got the 504 error every stinking time! 

Laptop up, iPhone in hand, going back and forth trying to find my THREE items for nearly 35 minutes and just when I thought victory was mine, I was brutally rebuffed! Crop top was in my cart, pineapple sandals FINALLY made it to the cart, found the palazzo pants and guess what? 

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.

That’s right, the main object of my desires was gone. I found a pair of palazzo pants in Boom Boom, but it wasn’t the same. Giraffeeey was an online exclusive, so it made no sense to go to the store at the crack of ridonculous after staying up so late. So, I gave it up. 😔

As of 8 am, Target’s online site is sold out of everything and my local stores have been massacred. You’d think Target would have found a better way to roll out these Designer + Target lines by now. Especially, after hearing the Missoni horror stories; but I think they do it on purpose. #lillyfortarget was the top trending topic of the day. 

If you’re super pressed to own a Lilly + Target piece, you can go to eBay where I hear they’re going for nearly 3x’s the price. But, at that rate it’d make more sense to just shop Lilly Pulitzer‘s regular line. 

The odds were not in my favor, Friends. I’m a little salty about it, but at least I’ll be able to tell my children and grandchildren about how I endured the Preppy Hunger Games aka LillyGate 2015.

If you were lucky enough to score pieces from Lilly + Target, I’d love to see your haul! Leave a comment or e-mail lookfabuless to be featured.

–Nikki ❤️