Save Vs. Splurge the Winter Edition

Okay everyone not going to lie here I loooove my designer items and my husband will be the first one to agree with that (haha sorry Mark!) Sometimes though these items can run you A LOT of money and I will be the first person to admit that I can usually totally tell the difference between a designer item and a copy/dupe of an item. That being said, most of the time I really don’t think its worth it to spend a ton on certain items. First on my list is clothing. I rarely think its worth it to spend a ton on designer clothing. There are so many cute options that resemble expensive designer pieces and are a quarter of the price. I personally wont spend tons of money on clothing because I know I wont get much use out of it. Bags and jewelry though are a whole other story…and shoes..sometimes haha! I really think its depends on the item and personal preference though.

I went through some of my favorite items I own and compiled a list below of the designer and duplicate option. Everything is directly linked! Let me know what you guys think!

# 1 Balmain Blazer / Lioness Blazer– Ok this one is a no brainer for me. I own two lioness blazers and I LOVE them. I get so many compliments on them and have been told so many times this looks exactly like the Balmain blazer and its only $80.

#2 Retrofete / Sequin Dress – For me I think its important to spend a little extra when it comes to sequins so both options aren’t exactly “cheap”. I feel that sometimes sequins can look a little cheap when the piece is not well made. Both of these dresses are extremely well made and great brands. I would choose either option with these depending on how much you want to spend!

#3 Valentino Flat / Studded Flats – I love both of these! Both are so perfect for work and can easily be dressed up or down.

#4 Canada Goose Jacket / Amazon Jacket – I own a Canada Goose jacket and they are VERY warm and worth every penny. That being said, if you don’t live somewhere cold its probably not worth the investment. This jacket from Amazon was on Oprah’s favorite things list and I have see so many people walking around in this coat in New York City. I have also heard so many good things and its also a quarter of the price.

#5 BlankNYC Jacket / Blank NYC Sale Jacket– so these are the exact same brand and almost identical jackets except one is double the price (the more expensive one is actually on sale right now for just under $100 but usually is closer to $200)

#6 David Yurman Cable Bracelet / Amazon Bracelet – I absolutely love DY Jewelry but recently, there are soo many amazing dupe options out there. I purchased a few of the amazon ones and I mix them with my David Yurman ones and you can barely tell the difference.

#7 Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots / Dolce Vita Boots – The Stuart Weitzman OTK boots are amazing and I wear mine all the time so I do think they are worth the investment. I also have a pair of Dolce Vita ones and I think these are amazing quality for the price as well. They are currently on sale for $108 down from $180.

Hope you guys enjoyed this and have an amazing week!

xoxo Tara

Unique Pieces From my Favorite Local Boutique

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I thought it would be fun to share a few unique pieces from my favorite local boutique. I love to shop local and support my community and its especially fun to work with clothing boutiques that have super fun and unique pieces! That is one of the reasons why I love Charolette’s Web. You are not going to go in and find the same things you see all over major department stores.

I am going to link a few of my favorite looks up for you guys! Even if you are not local to this New Jersey boutique you can order the items online and have them shipped to your home!

Please find all links to my outfits below!

Pearl Button Top | Black Coated Jean w/ Snake Print |

Snake Print leggings | Sleeveless Tank |

Sports Bra| Soft Sweatshirt (tied on waist)

Side Stripe Jeans | Faux Fur Vest | Gray Bell Sleeve |

Leopard Jacket | Leopard Sweater | Spanx Jeans |

Black Friday Sales!

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I wanted to start a list of some of my favorite Retailers that are having amazing Black Friday Sales. I know sometimes its worth it to wait until Christmas is closer for the sales but over the last few years I honestly think its so worth it to shop Black Friday/Cyber Monday and for most retailers the Sales that start on Friday run through to Cyber Monday.

SO I am going to start a list of some of my Favorites for everyone! I will also be updating this as more sales are announced!

Happy Shopping!

Amazon -various flash and lightening Deals throughout the weekend will be posting these on my Instagram story throughout the weekend!

Ebay – Various Black Friday Deals (saw some David Yurman up to 40% off!) also a ton of electronics

Abercrombie & Fitch – entire website is 50% off

Loft – 50% off with code FRIYAY

Madewell– 30% off Sitewide

Sam Edelman– Extra 30% off with code SAM2019

Banana Republic– 50% off

American Eagle- 40% off plus Free Shipping!

Express– 50% off Site wide

Gap– 50% off plus and extra 10%

Bloomingdales – $25 off every $150 OR $20 gift card for every $100 that you spend

JCrew Factory Store– 60% off Sitewide

THIS entire outfit as well as the one below are both from LOFT
American Eagle Soft Sweater
Jcrew Factory Top
Sam Edelman Boots sitewide Sale

Work Week Looks from Loft

Lately, I have been LOVING everything from Loft. They have been coming out with some of the cutest on trend business casual clothing. I have never loved dressing in business clothing. It is just something that was pretty difficult for me coming out of college. During college I was used to wearing jeans and leggings all day everyday and that was within my comfort zone. Fast forward a few years and I started to have to dress for a job in a business casual setting. I never felt 100% wearing dress pants, that kind of thing.

Loft has actually made me enjoy it! Their pants fit me SO well and they incorporate on trend prints and styles into all of their clothing. They are also having a huge 40% off sale right now so its the perfect time to stock up! I linked some of my favorite looks below!

Pants wearing a size 2 | Top wearing an XS Petite | Cardigan wearing an XS | Shoes (fit true to size) | Necklace (obsessed with this!) | Shoes | Sunglasses (these are my favorite!)
Top Wearing a size XS | Pants size 2 Petite (run a little large size down for a tighter fit) | Shoes | Hat | Necklace |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Happy Sale Day everyone! This sale is probably one of my absolute favorites of the year because all of the items that are on sale are new arrivals AND most of them are for the upcoming fall season. Usually with most sales its items that are already from last season and usually not new arrivals. So the fact that this sale is all items that start off as being on sale and then eventually go back to being full priced.

I will say though these items all sell out FAST. Before I was a cardholder it was really hard for me to get items I loved so I highly recommend becoming a card holder so you can shop the sale early. Non-Card holders will be able to shop next week! And you totally don’t have to use the card for the sale you just have to have the card. I was able to start shopping the sale on Wednesday so I’ve had a ton of time to go through everything and pick out a few of my favorites!

Some of the best items to get during the sale that I stock up on are basics- like the BP T-shirts found HERE and the Zella Leggings linked HERE! Some other items I get are beauty products that never go on sale and they also have and AMAZING selection of shoes this year which I was so excited about! I linked all my top picks and items I think will sell out super fast below!

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

Polka Dot Pants For Any Occasion

Old Navy Polka Dot Pants: HERE | ASOS White Top HERE | Steve Madde Wedges found HERE

I needed to share my new favorite pants with you guys! They are under $30 and are from a store I honestly haven’t shopped at in years! I picked these up to actually wear to work, which I still will, but I found these are SO versatile and can be dressed up for a business casual setting, but also styled for a date night out. Not to mention they are very flattering and comfortable. I was browsing there website before and also saw that Old Navy is having a 25% off site wide sale so certain pants you can get an additional % off!

I paired THESE pants with some clear strap slip on wedges and side note they are AMAZING. So incredibly comfortable for wedges of this height and they make my legs look wayyyy longer then they actually are. I linked them for you guys HERE. So they will defiantly be on major repeat for the rest of the summer. For my top I picked up THIS off the shoulder top a few months ago and have been wearing it with so much. It matches everything and is under $20.

I also plan on wearing these to the office with a white collared shirt and some nude flats. Perfect for those freezing office summer months – anyone else?! Anyway I will link everything up for you guys!

xoxo

Tara