Adventures in Aubreyland

Friday, May 6, 2016

Accessorize Your Spring Sale at Opry Mills

Disclosure:  This post is in partnership with Opry Mills, my local mall.

Lately, I've found myself back at the mall after months of online shopping.  The warmer spring weather makes me crave some time outside the apartment, and now that winter is over I feel the urge to shop.  I love popping in and out of stores, finding the perfect additions to my closet.

So I was SUPER excited when one of the local Nashville malls, Opry Mills (the largest outlet and value retail shopping center in the state!), reached out to me about their first-ever, month-long Accessorize Your Spring Sale.

From Saturday, May 7th, through Tuesday, May 31st, you can find blow-out deals on accessories, on top of the everyday discounts of up to 70% off at the mall's retailers.  If you're looking to buy some new statement pieces like jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and more to add stylish accents to your spring outfits, you've got to visit them.  They've got over 200 brand-name retailers.

And as part of the Accessorize Your Spring Sale, I've been selected to surprise lucky shoppers next week at the mall with Accessory Ambush Makeovers!  I'll be at Opry Mills on May 12th in the evening, location TBD, but if you spot me I might select you as one of the lucky winners to join me for some fashion fun and styling with some of the seasons' hottest accessories.

I'm already loving the trends for this spring, which I'm hoping to incorporate into my ambush makeovers next week.

Florals:  I wasn't always a fan of floral, but I'm starting to fall back in love!  The trick is to be mindful of the size of the floral print; I especially love large floral dresses or pops of color via statement necklaces.  Men can wear florals too (seriously!) via a pocket square or tie or other pop to soften a look and add a bright spring pattern.  I always get compliments when I wear great florals.

Cobalt:  This is THE color these days.  I think a cobalt handbag or shoes are my favorite surprise pop of cobalt.  I love that you can wear it with both gold and silver accessories, or even both!  And it's definitely a trend that men can wear too, perfect with navy and grey pants or suits.

Stripes:  I've loved stripes for years, but you know that.  This spring, I'd challenge you to pait them with florals, dots, other stripes, as pattern mixing is all over Pinterest and looks really fun and unexpected.  And if you're smaller on top like me, horizontal stripes on the top balance out your bottom half.

Metallics:  I used to wear strictly silver, but now I'm loving gold!  Bronze and rose gold are great too.  You can mix metals with jewelry, and treat metallics as a neutral.  You can also find metallics in unexpected, even casual places, like sneakers!

I hope you get a chance to try out some of these trends, which you can add to your existing wardrobe to bring your whole closet up to date.

If you’re at Opry Mills shopping during the Accessorize Your Spring Sale, be sure to share your accessory finds on social media using #accessorize! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Budgeting Bloggers: April 2016

I had a couple of Poshmark sales that helped me budget-wise.  And since I was busy and traveling for much of the month, I didn't really shop other than my Stitch Fix!

  1. kate spade Tock Flats in nude (originally $178, paid $76 via Poshmark):  I had $20 in Poshmark credits, so these shoes ended up costing me $76 with shipping.  Brand new, mint condition, never worn!  Ever since I got the black ones (but really wanted to the tan ones) I'd become a little obsessed with finding them.
  2. Stitch Fix (originally $322, paid $237 with tax and a $25 credit):  I got two tops, a blazer, and two dresses.  Woohoo!   Click here for my recap of the items I kepyt
$254 spent -  $94 sold/earned = $160 total spent in April
$187 savings

Quarter Budget: $500 - $160 in April  = $340 left for May & June 

I've worn every item that I bought this month, at least once, and I bumped up my Stitch Fix to earlier to help me shop again for May.  Overall, a kind of boring recap here, but I have been window shopping for some things lately that I'll be happy to have the budget for later!

What did you buy this month?

Check out the rest of the Franish Budgeting Bloggers here!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Stitch Fix Review: 9th Fix

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!

I'm back with another Stitch Fix to review!  I wasn't sure what to expect in my Stitch Fix, because I kind of forgot about it (despite leaving a note for my stylist) since my last one was in February.  I did make a little chart for my stylist on my Pinterest board of what cardigans and colors I had in my closet, and she used it!  I also pin these blog post recaps for her to see, which I think helps her evaluate fit and style too.

I'd requested more tie-neck blouses, because I love how they look under blazers and cardigans... so they sent me two!  Woohoo!

The red blouse was made of a great material that I love, perfect for summer.  (I can already tell that the fabrics are getting lighter for spring!)  I wish it was a little longer in torso length, but I knew it was a keeper from the get-go.  The blue blouse (named for a Game of Thrones character!) wasn't my favorite cut, but under a cardigan I love it.  The print is great to match with multiple blouses.  This was probably my least favorite of the box, actually, just because of the cut making my upper arms look bigger.

My stylist also sent me a knit blazer, which I LOVED!  I wear knit blazers all the time for work, and this one is good for work or weekend.  I think it will be a great piece for summer.  I was worried the stripes would make me look wider, but then I stopped caring because it was a great piece.  I wore it the day after I got my box.

I also asked my stylist for wrap dresses, because you can't go wrong with them.  I got one sleeveless, and one long-sleeve.  Again, great pieces for work that I loved, in great prints!

I think that wrap dresses are officially my other office uniform now.  I have a bunch just from this year's shopping alone, but I really think they are timeless.  And honestly I do think I wear these more than I would if I bought one DVF dress; I feel like I can mix it up more and not repeat.  I now have a TON of dresses and the warmer weather is inspiring me to wear them more for sure.

So if you add up all of these pieces, the total comes to $322.  But, since I kept all five pieces, I got 25% off AND redeemed a $25 credit.  My total for all of it came to $237 with tax. which for better or worse comes to about $47 per item.  Overall, I'm happy with that for everything that I got.

In fact, because I haven't been as into shopping lately, I asked for my next fix to come in a month to tide me over.  We'll see how that one goes!  I probably need to do a closet inventory to see what I should get rid of, but we shall see whether I have time to get to that anytime soon.

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!

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