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Feb 10

Shop Your Closet Day…

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 in Shopping Spree, Wallet Wise

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This time of year buying the whole outfit doesn’t always make the most economical sense. Here in NYC there are at least 2 more months left of winter and sales are everywhere because spring lines are waiting in the wings to take over the shelves.  If you are anything like me, your closet is filled with in-style, out-of-style, premier designers, economy brands and a few staples. In attempt to be a fashion savyy dresser, the ultimate conundrum is where to spend your money and make the most of your closet.  

Since starting Mellow Mint, I collect images of well dressed people from magazines and clothing catalogues making note of items I think would look good on my body type, are trendy, and show different ways to wear something I already own. I stuffed these images in a drawer and did little with them, until yesterday. 

THE STORY: This weekend, there was a shoe sale 75% off winter shoes plus I had a $20 off coupon from TopButton.com my fashionista shopping sale site. Based on a positive experience this time of year in ‘08, I knew I was looking for a pair of boots. The dress code in NYC is boots and my current pair was getting a serious workout. I found a comfortable neutral light brown pair boots and suede tan wedges for spring. 

When I got home, my husband wanted to see what I bought and the buyer’s remorse set it. Did I really need these, were they excessive, necessary and did they add to my wardrobe. I tried the boots on with my skinny jeans and they didn’t look at hot as I hoped. I tried the wedges on and he said “not a fan”. I started looking through my closet and rifling around and quickly said, oh well I can return them and I hate all my clothes. 

THE SOLUTION: I came across my image collection and started pulling out a few items that matched the images. Little by little I started putting together combinations that I had not yet done this season. Keeping in mind the two new pairs of shoes, an article titled ‘Now & Later’ from LUCKY Magazine and another titled ‘25 days of outfits’. I designed 11 new outfits. I took notes to remind myself of these new outfits, but if you are interested in setting up an online catalogue of outfit options, explore Polyvore.

More Fun Links/ Video…

Polyvore
Suite101.com by Gill Hart
InStyle Spring ‘09 Fashion Trends
Lucy Magazine Style & Advice Section & Now & Later piece on the Today Show
Stacy London….Splurge or Save on the Today Show.
Stacy London… Answers Viewer’s Questions Part I and Answer’s Viewer’s Questions Part II on the Today Show.

Jan 23

Necklace Trends

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2009 in Favorite Finds, Gift Guide, Shopping Spree, Wallet Wise

Right now many retailers have great jewelry pieces on sale and ones that will look great through the spring and summer. Retailers are stressed about excessive inventory, so pick a weekend in February to visit your outlet malls and shop online TODAY! Since starting my research some great options have sold out already.

 

Check Your Jewelry Box!

Gold Chains in a variety of lengths (16, 18, 24 & 32 inch)

Long Pearls

Pendant Necklaces

Chunky Beads and Gems

Long Beaded Strands

 

Here are a few HOT finds and 100% are ON SALE NOW!

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Ann Taylor     Aldo          Adia Kibur         BCBG        Bop Bijoux 

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       BR          Blue Fly      J. Crew         Bergdorfs    Anthropologie

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    J. Crew           Blue Fly      Wendy Mink    Anthro             Bloomies

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AnnTaylor       BR               Blue Fly        Anthro             GS Lillian

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 Blue Fly        Wendy Mink     Wendy Mink     Ann Taylor      Blue Fly

 MOre More More…But Act Fast

How To Wear 

 

 

 

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