Today’s Deals and Steals

Here’s a list of retailers offering sales and coupons:

Alloy: save an extra 50% off sale items today only using code: S0GR8T

Charlotte Russe: app exclusive–shop the American Dream collection and get free shipping
Old Navy: today only get 30% off all adult apparel using code: ADULTS; get up to 40% in store
H&M: free shipping on purchases over $50 using code: 2976
The Limited: get an extra 50% off sale styles using code: NIGHT

New York&Company: everything 40% off; today only in store and online get $20 off purchases of $100 or more using code: 5489 or get $10 off purchases of $50 or more using code: 5490
UrbanOG: 25% off new arrivals using code: 51115
Express: 40% off select style dresses
(Ann Taylor) Loft: tees and tanks $10/$15/$20

Splurge:

Juicy Couture: 40% off all handbags using code: TOTELOVE40

As always check each retailer’s site for terms/conditions/exclusions and happy shopping!

–Nikki ❤️

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What I’m Wearing: Overalls and Oxfords

Guess what? Overalls are back! They’re what’s big for the current season and for summer and although this blog isn’t extremely big on trends as they’re here one minute and gone the next, it’s okay to make exceptions every once and awhile. 

When I think of overalls, I think back to my eighth grade year of middle school when Crucial Conflict and Tommy Hilfiger were big. When everyone wanted to be Aaliyah and FILA was as hot as Nike. When bubble down coats and wrap around sunglasses were a thing. When it was Tupac vs Biggie and you felt you didn’t have to pick one in the midst of the East Coast/West Coast beef because you were in the South and darn it you just liked their music.

We wore uniforms that year and I remember Crucial Conflict’s “Hay” video showed them all wearing overalls with one strap undone and the entire eighth grade class decided that one day when we could dress down, this would be our look. 

That was the last time I wore overalls–somewhere between 1995 and 1996. I’d been secretly pining for them to make a return and here I am nearly 19 years later trying to evolve my eighth grade look!

   

These overalls are from Abercrombie & Fitch and were on sale for $29! If you’ve ever been inside of an A&F then you’d know these were a steal (as the original price was around $98). I tried to casually dress it up with a boyfriend cardigan and tank–both from Target, totaling no more than $28. The tan and pink oxfords are also from Target and were $20. 

Today’s outfit cost around $80–that’s overalls, cardigan, tank, and shoes! 

My accessories are a mix from Juicy Couture (crown studs and adjustable dog tag lariat), Alex & Ani (bangles), and Forever 21 (pearl studs) and although they’re a bit more costly I get my money’s worth as they’re practical and worn almost daily.

Want to get in on this trend? 

Dressed up: Try pairing skinny overalls in a dark or black denim wash with a crisp white button down and a pair of heels. Add an oversized clutch and large hoop earrings. 

Dressed down: Try pairing boyfriend overalls with a cropped tee and a pair of low top sneakers. Add a crossbody bag and play up or down with arm and/or ear candy. 

If you’re ready to jump on the overalls trend, Hollister has theirs on sale for $20.98! Wanna show off how you’re rocking this trend? Just send pix and outfit details (where you purchased and how much) to lookfabuless@gmail.com 😉

–Nikki ❤️

Today’s Deals and Steals

Maybe I’ll do these on Sundays since my inbox is running over with sales and deals

The Limited: Fashion All Nighter now through noon on Monday –50% off jewelry, $50 and under dresses, and $15 cardigans; 40% full priced items online and in store

Express: After Party Sale online only 6pm ET to Midnight ET get an additional 40% off clearance items; buy one get one 50% off select style Portofino shirts

New York&Company: All dresses buy one get one 50% off; take $100 off $200 with promo code 7943, take $50 off $100 with promo code 7942, or take $25 off $50 with promo code 7941; free shipping on all orders tonight only; 2 day shipping only $10 now through Wednesday, May 6th

Forever 21: Free shipping–no minimum through 5/5/15

Alex&Ani: Take $5 off the bangle of the month–American Hero, honoring the men and women of the armed forces–using promo code SALUTE 

Charlotte Russe: Mystery Savings online only between 30-40% off, visit website for details

ASOS: Up to 60% off summer shoes

Loft (Ann Taylor): Take an extra 60% off all sale styles

Victoria’s Secret: Buy one bra get one 50% off–must be full priced and includes PINK, use promo code DOUBLEUP

Old Navy: Entire store on sale up to 50% off everything online only through  5/4/15; free 2 day shipping on all orders 

GAP/Banana Republic/Old Navy: 35% off your order using promo code LOVE 

As always, check each retailer for restrictions and exclusions and most importantly, happy shopping!

–Nikki ❤️

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 ❤️