Savings Spotlight: Kate Spade

Today I’m going to introduce a new series called the Savings Spotlight. I recently found some gems at a great deal and realized my readers must know about some of my favorite stores to find a bargain. Today I’m going to be talking about how I found Kate Spade at a discount!

So, you may be wondering where I find all of the gems pictured below and the answer is TJ Maxx! I was shocked each time to find these knick-knacks at a fraction of the cost! If you want to know what deals people are finding, always check #TJMAXX. I haven’t found it yet, but some people are spotting Kate Spade bow belts! I have three that I love and I found they really spice up any outfit. I’ve seen purses at TJ Maxx, but I have so many that I don’t need another pink Kate Spade, which I like to think is my signature bag. Don’t forget to check the jewelry section, as you can see this watch below that I spotted! If you’re wanting a discount on clothing, check your nearest outlet where I find my purses and the two dresses I own by Kate for 50-60% off of the retail price. Some pieces are barely a season old!

Image 1Large Planner $7.99 |  Paperweight $12.99 | Coffee Table Book $29.99 | Watch $69.99 (regular $198!)

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What treasures have you found at TJ Maxx?

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What to Wear for an Interview

Over Spring Break I had my interview for my first internship! Luckily, I got it and am counting down the days until I start (life of a video/broadcast nerd). I really believe that what you wear can help an employer form that crucial first impression as soon as you make eye contact. Here is the outfit that I wore, which I’m absolutely in love with. I was able to feel comfortable and confident as I walked into my panel interview.

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What I wore:

  • This dress is a recent purchase and is a J.CREW Factory favorite! The Kelly green is a beautiful pop of color, but isn’t over the top. J.CREW Factory is already discounted from the regular J.CREW and they have a lot of flash-sales that can cut the price even further!
  • This blazer is also a recent purchase from the Limited outlet, which was having a 60% off sale. Being short, it’s hard to find blazers that fit in the sleeves and waist. This is the perfect navy blazer that you can wear in the office or prep up an already classic weekend look.
  • My necklace is also J.CREW Factory. I got this a few birthday’s ago and luckily it’s still available!
  • These loafers are the most budget friendly piece of my outfit and they came from Target! They are so comfortable and a nice alternative to the flat.

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Did I mention it was sunny when I took these pictures?

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Oh and windy, it was just that kind of day!

I would love to hear what your go to office outfits are! I’m starting to build the ever important professional wardrobe.

How to Spring Clean your Closet

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This is the current picture of my closet in my apartment. It may look stuffed, but this is one of the main areas I have for storage. As you may have noticed by my suitcase, laundry hamper, studio lights and dish boxes. After organizing and doing a general Spring cleaning of my closet, I decided to share with you some helpful tips I learned along the way.

  • Don’t have “chill clothes”– I found this tip extremely helpful after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. We all have those pieces that we don’t love,  yet don’t want to get rid of that become workout or around the house clothing. I’m not saying you shouldn’t keep a pair of paint clothes, but don’t let a drawer overflow with clothes you don’t even want to wear out of the house. Also, don’t have things with stains or holes. I had a drawer full of undergarments that had a bad run-in with bleach (Good Job Kristen), and I still kept them! Needless to say, I felt like a million bucks when I replaced them.

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  • Try on everything/Take pictures– Whenever I go through my closet, I inevitably have a few pieces that I always reach for that aren’t very flattering. By trying on your clothes, you might find something you wanted to give away looks amazing on you and your go to outfit isn’t that special. If you’re on the fence on a particular item, try taking a picture in front of a full-length mirror. Everything seems to photograph differently than in person, and this guarantees you’ll look fabulous in every photo and can easily tell if the garment is flattering.

 

  • Keep Versatile pieces– If you want to get rid of something, just look around your closet and see if you can give it a new life by using it in a different way. Does the bottom of a blouse have lace that could double as a shirt extender? Could that sleeveless button up or short sleeve sweater be paired with a jean jacket to create a new look?

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  • Find Similar looks on Pinterest– Most people say that when they take an outfit idea from Pinterest, it doesn’t translate like in the photograph. That’s why I pin pieces that are very similar to pieces I already own. I may have gotten lucky and stumbled upon them or if I just got a jean vest I’ll type in the search, “How to style a jean vest?” Most likely you will be given endless options with a piece you already own.

 

  • Don’t save looks for a special occasion– This tip excludes formal dresses, but I once had a green shirt that I swore I would wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Spoiler, I never ended up wearing it year after year because I wanted to wear another, more stylish green outfit in my closet. If your only holding on to a piece for a holiday that you didn’t wear the previous season, then let it go! Holidays are special events, so wear clothing that make you feel like a million bucks.

 

  • Put a bin under your bed– This tip comes from DoItOnaDime and it’s genius! If you can’t decide whether to give up a garment, throw it in a tub under your bed and give yourself a month to wear anything in the tub. If you never go back to any of the items, you know they won’t be missed!

 

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  • Sell on Poshmark– Plato’s Closet never gave me much for my trendy clothes in great condition. Selling on Poshmark allows you to name your own prices. This app is great because they send you the shipping label and you can get credit toward new things of your own! They have Lily Pulitzer, JCrew, Forever 21 and hundreds of other brands. Sadly, they do take a 20% commission fee off your sale, but it’s calculated when you initially price it, so you can set it accordingly. If you want to earn $10 just for signing up, then try my code JMKBN.

 

It may sound like I’m advising you to keep things instead of getting rid of them. I believe in keeping clothes you will use, and always finding a new way to use a piece before giving it away or buying new. Have creativity with the pieces you truly love and discard the rest!

The idea for this post is from Shannon at Tommy John. I was approached with the idea for this post, which I loved! I didn’t receive any payment or free merchandise! I just wanted to make sure and disclose that to you! Happy cleaning!

The Hashtag Code

As I was surfing Pinterest, which I find myself doing too often, I found this awesome  template! I would highly recommend checking out Amanda! She posts custom wallpapers, planning templates, and the hashtag code below. We both agree with the importance of integrity and honesty to our amazing readers. Since I’ve been getting some offers from various companies, I thought it was a great time to post! Stay tune to see some of the collaborations I’ve been working on!  Just in case you didn’t get my cleverness, OAU is short for Overdressed and Underbudget.

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What are your thoughts on the #HashTagcode?

Weekend Update

This weekend was amazing! My favorite person, aka, my mom came into town! I still had some leftover giftcards for Christmas that I was dying to spend. My summer wardrobe is seriously lacking, so I found a few key pieces to switch things up! A tip I have is to try neutral colors! I wear a lot of black, grey and navy, so I can add a bold pop of color in my accessories. This guarantees more wear for each piece, without anyone suspecting me of being an outfit repeater (pretend this is in Kate’s voice from Lizzie McGuire).

 

The first place we stopped was Ann Taylor Loft. This is one of my all time favorite stores! The clothes are classic, feminine and have amazing quality. What more could a girl ask for? I needed a skirt for summer internships and I’m trying to build a professional wardrobe for when I graduate. I have wider hips, so pencil skirts aren’t always the most flattering. A good alternative is an a-line skirt, like this one with scallop detail! It’s almost at my knee, which makes it appropriate for an office setting. And if I happen to wear it on the weekend, then that’s just a bonus!

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Next, we stopped at a local boutique called RiffRaff. They have an great online site, so feel free to browse! I had a $25 giftcard, and this top originally $34, was on sale for $24! I said it was a top, but it was in the sale rack where they only had an XL, which makes this a dress on me. Another shopping tip, why not try on something on the sale rack that might be big? You never know, a tunic could become a flowy dress!

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It wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t go to Burlington coat factory! I needed black and navy flats (how have I been surviving without them?!). I found this pair of adorable navy loafers for $16 and the black DKNY flats for $34.99!

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I had to save the best for last…TJ Maxx! If you weren’t aware, I have a MAJOR obsession with all things Kate Spade. When I found this planner that was originally $36 and was marked down to $7.99, I nearly fainted!! They also had Lily Pulitzer, so get in your car and get to the nearest TJ Maxx!

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I hope you enjoyed my fab finds! What deals have you found recently?

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Monday:

To start the week I didn’t feel like styling my hair with heat, so I used my trusty sparkle headband! My budget saving tip on this outfit is to watch for Marley Lily flash sales, which is how I got this sweatshirt for $19.99! They happen often and if you sign up for their emails you’ll always be in the know!

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Tuesday:

As you will see, this is the week of stripes! This outfit is full of deals like this shirt I found at Old Navy for $4.99! They have a huge clearance rack in store and a lot of items are on sale online! Never forget to check the clearance rack because I found these Banana Republic cords for $10! High priced stores doesn’t mean high priced clearance!

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Wednesday:
On this brisk day I was feeling preppy as usual. A tip is to layer a sleeveless button up under a thicker sweater, so you won’t sweat the entire day! And don’t forget to check out Jcrew Factory for some awesome deals and they are always having 40% off sales, which is where I found this statement necklace.

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Thursday:

Looking back on this outfit, I noticed it has a nautical, preppy feel. And of course, again with the stripes! I thrifted both this shirt and Ann Taylor cardigan! The striped top was also half off, which made it $1.75!! Remember to check out your local thrift store. You can find quality pieces for amazing prices.

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Friday:

I had to end off the week with a fishtail braid and monogram earrings! I got so many compliments on this scarf, which I found in the men’s section of Forever 21 for $10. Forever 21 fueled my Tartan obsession once again!

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Chilly Outfit of the Day

Cold weather outfits are always a challenge because it’s subzero outside, but as soon as you step inside you feel like you’re in a furnace! That’s why I put together this lightly layered look.

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Scarf (Target)Piko (Similar)Leggings (Express)Crossbody (Micheal Kors)Kid’s Uggs

 

My budget saving tip of the week is to buy kid’s UGGS. They are making a comeback, so you might want to grab a pair because they are so comfy! Not only are the kid’s size a lot cheaper, but they fit me better as well! Also, I would like to note my new obsession with Piko tops! They are such nice quality and go with just about everything! Pikos are light enough to layer and wear year round, which is always a budget savvy diva’s best friend!

What’s your go to weather outfit?

New Year, New Outfit

When I was planning an outfit for this “photo shoot,” I pictured a layered button up and sweater combo, but the warmer weather messed with my plans. Instead, I had to wear a short sleeve shirt and was sweating to death in this scarf. Here is an outfit idea for those days when the weather isn’t going according to plan. Happy New Year!

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Shirt:Abercrombie & Fitch (similar), Scarf:Target, Jeans:Target (similar), Shoes: Coach (old), Purse:Kate Spade (mine was on super sale)

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Monogram Bracelet: My name necklace, Charm bracelet: Juicy Couture (old)

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Twas the week before finals OOTW

Monday: To kick off the week before finals, I started with a presentation! Dress for success right?

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Dress: Nordstrom’s Rack

Necklace: Bauble Bar at Nordstrom’s Rack

Sweater: Kohl’s

Boots: Kohl’s

Tights: Target

 

 

Tuesday: It was the one chilly day of the week so I had to bundle up!

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Sweatshirt: Target

Scarf: Lily for Target

Vest: Old Navy

Leggings: Express

Sperry Boots: Dillards (great Bean Boot knock off!)

 

 

Wednesday: Looking for apartments calls for a professional, yet comfy look! A quick tip, if you love layering, but not dying of sweat, opt for pieces that are pre-layered and sleeveless like this shirt!

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Blouse: Kohl’s

Jean jacket: Kohl’s

Necklace: Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21 (they were only $10!)

Shoes: Coach at Marshall’s

 

 

Thursday: It was a tacky sweater party and I had to be extra comfy to stuff my face with sugar cookies! This sweater was so inexpensive and I can wear it all season long!

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Sweater: Walmart

Leggings: Express

Boots: Kid’s UGG’s

 

 

Friday: This outfit was for a dinner with friends and exchange of Christmas presents. Which, of course required a monogram!

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Blouse: Abercrombie & Fitch

Monogram necklace: My Name Necklace

Leggings: Nike found at Nordstrom’s Rack

Loafers: Nordstrom’s Rack

 

 

Saturday: As shown by the mess in the background, I was packing to leave!

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Flannel: Thrifted

Short sleeve t-shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch

Necklace: J Crew Factory

Jeans: Target

Shoes: Nordstrom’s Rack

 

 

Sunday: Enjoying my last relaxing day before Finals week begins! Now to bring out the t-shirts and Nike Shorts…

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Sweater: Old Navy

Jacket: Kohl’s

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Coach at Marshall’s

Hat: B Unlimited

 

What is your go to outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Under $20 Gift Guide

As much as I wish I could get all my friends a little blue box from Tiffany’s, my budget would not allow it. So instead, I’ll just have to pick from my list of reasonable priced gifts under $20…

gifts under 20

  1. Adult Coloring Book
  2. NYX buttergloss set
  3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  4. Target Plaid Scarf
  5. Target Statement Necklace
  6. Mercury Glass Candle
  7. Jcrew Factory Jewelry Tray
  8. Sugar Paper Planner
  9. Forever 21 Basic Tee

What are you getting your friends and family for Christmas?