Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Fashion: Save $$ at GAP

Unfortunately, today in MN it is not looking or feeling at all like Spring...a bit more like November (especially since I had to dig out my boots & hat that I had so neatly tucked away!) ...So perhaps it's a great day to head to the MALL, because inside, the stores and merchandise DO remind us that it IS SPRING!!!

With spring, comes fresh floral prints, ballet flats & sandals of all styles, capris, and shorts. With GAP's Spring Collection, you don't need to have their GAP card or a "friends & family" coupon to get
40% off one regular priced item from the new collection!

All you need to do is mention
GLAMOUR40 at the checkout, and it's money saved!!

This "deal" is on
NOW and runs until April 30th. So it's even running long enough that you can go back multiple times and SAVE!!! Click HERE to read the "fine print." *It only applies IN STORE (not online or at any outlets or Factory stores). I just went in and purchased the legging jeans in grey. I own them in both black and the dark denim wash and LOVE THEM!! They are originally $69.50, but with the 40% discount, they were only $41.70--that's a great deal for jeans that I know I will wear a ton!!!

I want to go back to check out their slim crop pants in black (pictured right), as they look fabulous, and give that more dressy feel....perfect for early spring if you can't wear jeans to the office! And at only $49.50 regular price, they are a STEAL with the 40% off making them only $29.70!!! OR maybe it's time to try out the 70s feel of things and purchase a pair of the wide leg jeans...I'm loving the all white pair, or maybe the pair we wrote about last month??!! Whatever it may be, and perhaps more than one item--as it doesn't limit you to how many visits you make, or whether you visit multiple stores.....enjoy the discount!! HAPPY SPRING!!!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

For Japan with Love

This past Friday, March 18th, was Bloggers Day of Silence for Japan organized by two blogs, Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged.

If you have not already, please consider donating to the cause. The people of Japan need aid NOW, so go to the website For Japan with Love and donate today! The money goes directly to ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. Please consider donating what you can & encourage others to do so too!

Other ways to donate/get involved:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Cleaning!!!

Now that it's March, and hopefully SPRING is right around the corner, it's a great time to "clean out" and organize, anything and everything--especially your closet!

Perhaps you are one of those people, like me, who tends to "clean out" your closet several times a year, especially if you take your clothes to a consignment shop to make some extra cash! If you haven't done it, now is the time, and most places are eagerly accepting your spring/summer fashions. My favorite place is Elite Repeat in St. Paul, the owner is fabulous, and I have made so much money there over the years!!

So, you might be thinking: my closet IS organized, what really do I need to get rid of? Take a look at your much jewelry do you own that you never see, because you never open that jewelry box??!! Some of us tend to wear the same pieces over and over again, and rarely change it up. Now is the time to reorganize, clean up, and clear out!! Whether you hope to make room for the new pieces you're lusting after or just simplify, now is as good a time as ever!!

Take a look through what you have and what you know you want to keep. Put those pieces in a safe place, for now. Then look at what you rarely wear, or haven't worn in the last year.
Why haven't you worn it? Will you ever wear it?
With jewelry, it's easier to have pieces with sentimental or family value, and often you do want to hold on to those, even if you don't wear them often. Take that fabulous brooch from your great-grandmother and pin it on your wool winter coat. This way, it's always there when you pull out your coat to go out = instant fashion, and you're sure to get endless compliments, I sure do when I wear mine!!!

Also, it's important to think about the investment you've made in your jewelry. Do you really need to keep the pair of earrings you got for $3.00 a few months ago and have only worn a handful of times? Now is the time to think about investing in pieces that will LAST and will never go out of style! If you have a younger niece or friend's daughter who would appreciate the jewelry, pass it on to her--a great way to know that your pieces will still get worn, but allows you to focus on the BEST PIECES in your collection!!!

Once you've determined what you're keeping and what you're not, what should you do with these pieces??!! Here are a few suggestions:
  • Are they horribly outdated and/or in bad shape (but not broken)? If so...put them in a bag for Goodwill or another thrift store/donation/charity.
  • If they are broken beyond repair, they need to be thrown out....OR can you salvage any PARTS of these to add to something you have or use to create something new?
  • If they are still in great shape and are quality pieces that just "aren't you" or you don't wear anymore you have 2 choices: 1. host a "jewelry exchange party" OR 2. bring them to a consignment shop to re-sell and make some $$!! (Check out our first post for more info on consignment shops in the Twin Cities area!)
Hosting a jewelry exchange party can be a great excuse to get your girlfriends together for a fun evening. It doesn't take much to put one together, and you don't have to worry about "sizes" of all the girls invited, because jewelry comes in the universal "one size fits all"!!!

jewelry exchange
Put together a creative evite or send out an email to all your friends. The only requirement is that they show up with at least ONE piece of jewelry: in good condition and not outdated. They are allowed to leave with as many pieces as they want. The "left overs" can then be donated to a women's shelter or other charity. You just need a big enough space and some tables or areas to display the jewelry, a few options for drinks & snacks, and you've got yourself a fun party where everyone gets to leave with something!!

For those broken pieces of jewelry that you still love, but can't bear to throw away, take them apart and re-create something new! Whether it's adding another charm to an existing necklace, or creating a new piece, there are many ways to use jewelry besides just as an accessory: create a frame for a photo or a mirror that is covered in all the pieces of jewelry you still love, but don't wear or have parts that have broken beyond repair. Take apart earrings and make them charms on a bracelet or necklace. There are endless options, just be creative!!

Now, what to do with all the jewelry you have left, that you love and wear, or are going to try to wear more often??!! ORGANIZE IT!!!

There are SO many options these days for organizing and displaying your jewelry. Our post, back in August, showed you how to create a jewelry board or earring holder using basic and affordable materials from the craft store.....easy, simple, and a way to organize AND display your jewels! Here are a few images I've come across lately showing fabulous and unique ways to organize your jewelry:
  • An old, vintage tennis racquet to hang earrings (and/or other jewels)--my sister did this and I LOVE it!
  • An old, yet clean (& perhaps coated so that it won't rust onto your jewels?) garden rake hung on the back of a door for hanging your necklaces.
  • A large frame, with branches attached across to hang necklaces and bracelets from.
  • A box, with wooden spools and smaller boxes for all your jewels.

The options are endless...if you're not "crafty" you can find these things often made for you at craft/art fairs, vintage and antique stores, or events like the Junk Bonanza. Otherwise, all it takes is a little patience, a lot of creativity, and a few inexpensive materials, and you've created a functional way to store and display your beautiful & fabulous jewels! So get organizing!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Target's Designer Collaboration Collection Available Sunday!!!

As mentioned previously, Target's GO-International 5th Anniversary is here & to celebrate, they are bringing back 34 dresses from 17 of the past favorite designers. Here is a list of all the designers being featured in this limited edition dress collection:

  • Luella Bartley
  • Tara Jarmon
  • Paul & Joe (by Sophie Albou)
  • Behnaz Sarafpour
  • Proenza Schouler (by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez)
  • Libertine (by Johnson Hartig)
  • Alice Temperley
  • Erin Fetherston
  • Jovovich-Hawk (by Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk)
  • Rogan (by Rogan Gregory)
  • Richard Chai
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Thakoon (by Thakoon Panichgul)
  • Tracy Feith
  • Rodarte (by Laura and Kate Mulleavy)
  • Zac Posen
  • Tucker (by Gaby Basora)

After much anticipation of which dresses would be featured, they have finally released the collection!! This will hit stores & online this Sunday, March 13th until April 10th --- so be sure to grab one before they are gone!! (Might I suggest checking your local Target on Saturday evening, as some stores have been known to put merchandise out "early"!!!)

Without further they are!! Enjoy!!

From Left to Right: Rodarte Slip Dress in Peach $44.99, Behnaz Sarafpour Silk Georgette Lace Dress in Ivory $44.99, Proenza Schouler Bustier Dress in Purple $44.99, Jovovich-Hawk Floral Dress in Multicolor $39.99

From Left to Right: Jonathan Saunders Colorblock Dress with Belt in Dot Print $34.99, Rogan Leopard-Print Shift Dress in Black/White $39.99, Rodarte Lace-Print Dress in Black/Tan $39.99, Erin Fetherston Layered Dress in Black $44.99

From Left to Right: TuckerRuffle-Back Dress in Navy $39.99, Tara Jarmon Colorblock Dress in Royal Blue $29.99, Erin Fetherston Chiffon Dress in Bunny Print $39.99, Thakoon Printed Tie-Waist Dress in Black/White $39.99

From Left to Right: Luella Bartley Gathered Dress in Green/Navy Tartan $44.99, Libertine Striped Tunic in Green/Blue $24.99, Zac Posen Dress in Polka-Dot Print $39.99, Proenza Schouler Palm-Print Gauze Dress in Purple/Pink $39.99

From Left to Right: Richard Chai Tuxedo Dress in Navy $44.99, Thakoon Colorblock Shift Dress in Green/Blue $39.99, Luella Bartley Strapless Empire Dress in Hot Pink $39.99, Tracy Feith Dress in Hibiscus Print $39.99

From Left to Right: Jovovich-Hawk Lurex Mini Dress in Blue/Gold $34.99, Alice Temperley Voile Ruffle-Front Dress in Black $34.99, Tucker Button-Front Dress in Floral Print $34.99, Tracy Feith Strappy Dress in White $39.99

From Left to Right: Paul & Joe Button-Front Dress in Black $24.99, Thakoon Gathered Dress in Cyber Floral $39.99, Richard Chai Sweetheart Dress in Black $39.99, Libertine Woven Dress with Lace Trim in Black $29.99

From Left to Right: Tucker Signature Dress in Floral Print $39.99, Zac Posen Wrap Dress in Pink $44.99, Jovovich-Hawk Chiffon Dot Print Dress in Black/Tan $39.99, Alice Temperley Swiss Dot Chiffon Dress in Black $39.99

From Left to Right: Alice Temperley Crepe Dress in Black $44.99, Libertine Crepe Dress in Black $44.99
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