NEW WEBSITE!

•June 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Everyone…exciting news! This blog has a new home!

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Working Girl Wednesdays: Office Chic Handbag

•June 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

Hi Ladies!

Every week I’m going to bring you one office inspired piece.  This week, I want to discuss this handbag from Macy’s.

Normally $78.00, it is currently on sale for $45.99.  I like this bag because it is versatile, large enough to pack your lunch in, and still has some stylish details….all for under $50.  It’s a good synthetic (aka not leather) alternative to an expensive handbag.  If you are looking for a seasonless bag, try it in the black…but they also have it available in white which would be great for the spring and summer months!

Shop the Trend: One Shoulder Tops

•June 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This past weekend I went out Salsa Dancing (more on that soon) and out to a few bars.  There is one trend out there right now that is impossible to miss: one shoulder tops! I’ve scoured the shops to find the best ones to fit your budget, and your body type!

1. Perfect for slender or athletic body types, try this top from Macy’s, currently on sale for $23.99.  It accentuates both shoulders and also comes in black!

2. If you have a small bust, try adding ruffles! This top is actually the least expensive, from Kmart on sale for $7.49.  It comes in three other colors!

3. If you are busty or plus sized, try this one shoulder number from Fashion Bug, currently on sale for $14.05!  What I like about this one (besides the fact that it goes up to 3x) is that it has a small strap on the other side, so that you can still wear a regular bra with it.

4. Another top for small busts or just “average” sized girls, try this hot pink ruffled top from Forever 21 for $19.80.

5. Good for ALL body types, try this printed one shoulder top from JCPenney, on sale for $24.99.  The print and rouching details will hide any flaws you are self conscious about.  Add a wide belt to define a waist!

As for how to wear these tops, try them with dress pants and a cardigan or blazer for the office, dark jeans for a night out, or denim shorts for the weekend!

Do you have any one shoulder tops? Send pics and be featured on the SmartStyleTips blog as a smart stylin’ reader!

Leave your thoughts in the comments and be sure to follow me on Twitter!

Sale alert!

•June 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I went walking the mall for you know, blog research, and discovered that Charolotte Russe has a ton of tanks, both novelty and basic, on sale 2 for $10! If you liked my post about tanks, def go check it out!

Spurge, Deal, or Steal and Wear it 3 Ways!

•June 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

If you are looking for a fun and versatile pair of wedge sandals, look no further! I’ve found the look for less right here for you, with these black patent t-strap wedges!

Where to buy it:

1. Enzo Angiolini, $98.95, Zappos.com. This sandal sports a 4.5 inch heel with a 1 inch platform on the front.  It has a true patent leather upper, and also comes in red and yellow.  Available in sizes 5.5-10.5.

2. Gabriella Rocha Longs, $63.95, Zappos.com. Similar in style and color, this sandal has a 4 inch heel with 1 inch platform on the front.  However, it has a man-made upper (not true patent leather) and is available in size 5.5-12.  Also, this sandal comes in navy, plum, and white patent.

3. Audrey Brooke Getaway Wedge Sandal, $39.95, DSW. Extra $10 thru June 28th using code TAKE10 (online only!) makes this shoe only $29.95! 4.5 inch wedge with 1 inch platform on the front, man-made upper.  Available in sizes 5-12 in regular width and 7-12 in wide width, it comes in the largest size range of the three of these pairs.  Great deal on these! It also comes in purple and red!

I’ll be honest with you….I’m trying to save money and not spend, but this blog is making it very hard…I LOVE these wedges, especially in the purple.  I totally need them, right?! Perhaps after I make that car payment…

How to wear it:

These sandals transition great from office, to weekend, to date night.  Here’s how!

Office: You may recognize the cardigan wrap (1) from this post, it’s currently on sale at Macy’s for $20.00.  Pair it with a printed top, like this keyhole top from Old Navy(2) for $19.50 (or if you buy it online this weekend, you can get it for 30% off!) and a pair of black capris (3), like these, also from Old Navy, currently $26.50.

Weekend: Pair the printed top(2) with a pair of shorts(4).  These black cotton shorts also from Old Navy, $19.50.  A pair of denim shorts would work well here too.

Night Out: Cardigan wrap (1), printed top (2) and a pair of dark, skinny jeans (5).  These jeans again, from Old Navy, $29.50  (Diva Skinny Jeans in the “Rinse” wash, comes in short and long lengths as well!).

Hope this helps open your mind up to how easy it is to take a basic wedge sandal from day to night to weekend, giving you more BANG for your buck!  Also, if you fall in love with an item, it pays to shop around a bit to see if you can find something similar for less. You may notice here that there are a lot of basic items listed…be sure to check out my post about building your “inventory” of basic items that helps you transition from day to night!

Leave your love in the comments, and be sure to follow me on Twitter!

Work Must Have: Flowy Cardigan

•June 24, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’ve gotten requests for work attire that is affordable, versatile, and trendy.  Here is my first must-have piece, a flowy cardigan, like this one from Macy’s, currently on sale for $20.00.

Here is why I love this:

1.  Super lightweight fabric makes it okay in the summer (especially if your office blasts the AC).

2. Comes in three colors (all neutrals) and even petite sizes.

3. A top layering piece like this one helps pull together your outfit.

4. You can wear just about anything under it–cami, tank, short sleeve tee, blouse, and in the winter even a long sleeve knit top.  This is a big reason I like this–versatile pieces like this one really help you stretch your wardrobe and dollars.

5. So comfy and flowy you will feel like you are wrapping a blanket around you!

6.  Flattering on just about all body types,  even those of us who are more endowed than others (not me).

7.  Works great from day to night, office to the weekend….

There are a lot of similar styles out right now in the stores, so anything similar to this will work.  I have a few and I live in them!

What do you think? Would something like this work in your office? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

SALE ALERT!

•June 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

You’ve probably seen the commercials alerting you of the 30% off the entire store at Old Navy this weekend….but starting today, you can get the deal online!  What’s great about the Old Navy Website is that they have a lot of extended sizes and exclusive online-only styles.  It’s a great time to stock up on some tanks like the ones I talked about here!

 
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