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Friday, July 29, 2011

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

Yes, I am still alive!  I apologize for being MIA for the past 3 months but I've been busy with grad school.

There have been lots of good sales and cheap (but cute) clothing finds that I've come across since my last post.  I'll do my best to "show-n-tell" as many of my favorite, recently acquired items as I can in my next few posts.  Yesterday I went to shop LOFT's 50% off clearance racks because I had a birthday reward voucher that would have allowed me an additional 15% off of my purchase!  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with my store's selection and found nothing that I wanted to buy.  However I did spy a few newly arrived items that I will be keeping a close watch on for sale-clearance price... which I'm sure will not be for long.  I've learned to NEVER pay full price for anything at the LOFT.  Exercise a little patience and you can usually get the items you want for 30-50% off within a few weeks, either by a sale promotion or clearance mark-down.

I didn't have any luck at the LOFT but I did find a few cute and affordable things in Forever 21 to brighten up my wardrobe:

 Colorful Stripes top (Oatmeal/Taupe, Medium, $14.80)

 Summer Fun shorts (light blue, 27, $14.80)

Eyelet Adorned Woven top (Cream, Medium, $19.80)

Embellished Knit tank (rust, Small, $17.80)

Here are a couple of outfit ideas I came up with:

Outfit #1:  Colorful and Casual
 Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Forever 21
Sandals (pictured below):  Merona via Target
Belt (pictured below):  Kensie via TJMaxx

Merona Emeline Sandals (pewter, $15)
(currently out of stock on line but may still be available in local stores)

Kensie Skinny belt ($4 on clearance from TJMaxx)

Outfit #2:  Dressing Up Bright Stripes
Top:  Forever 21
Wide Leg Trouser Jeans:  Gap (link here)
Belt (pictured below):  Forever 21
Wedges (pictured below):  Guess via Ross Dress for Less

Forever 21 Wide belt
(bought a few months ago but may still be available in some stores; $4.80)

Guess Tavish Wedges via Ross Dress for Less
(bought a few months ago; mostly likely no longer available; don't remember price)

Outfit #3:  Dinner with Friends
Top:  Forever 21
Wide Leg Trouser Jeans:  Gap
Wedges:  Guess

Outfit #4:  Celebrate with Friends
Tank (detail pictured below):  Forever 21
Wide Leg Trouser Jeans:  Gap
Wedges:  Guess

Sequin/Bead Detail

It's surprising to see such beautiful detailing like this on a piece of Forever 21 clothing!

Well that's all I have for now.  Thanks for stopping by!


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