Steal This Look: Lea Michele’s Retro Little Black Dress

Steal This Look: Lea Michele's Retro Little Black Dress

Holy smokes. I’m fairly certain that Lea Michele hit it out of the park in this retro Preen dress that she wore to the Giffoni Film Festival this past weekend in Italy. This look is about as timeless as it gets, and the dress and shoes are styles that look wonderful on almost all women. Full skirts help to both add curves and minimize curves, while emphasizing one’s waist.

This is an ensemble that can be worn to weddings (even as a bridesmaid!), cocktail parties, date nights and anything in-between. This is definitely a look I plan on replicating and having on hand just in case.

Want to steal Lea Michele’s retro little black dress for less? Here’s how we did it:

Lilian Dress from eShakti – $59.95

All clothing at eShakti can be made for women wearing sizes 0-36W. You can either choose a pre-made size, or for an extra $7.50 send them your measurements and have the dress cut specifically for your body.

Christian Siriano for Payless Kasino Pointed Toe Pump – normally $34.99, but currently on sale for $19

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Fab Finds for the Office Under $50

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up to the general public last week, and it’s an excellent opportunity to get a head start on your fall wardrobe AND save a little bit of money. What makes the #NSale (as it’s called on the Twitter) different is that Nordstrom marks down the apparel you’ll want this fall, before it’s even in-season.

Last week I shared some fab finds under $25, and yesterday on I shared 10 must-have items under $50. Today I thought I’d share a few fab finds for the office that can be picked up for less than $50.

I work from home now so it is a little different, but I used to spend all summer planning out my “back to work” fall wardrobe. It’s a little like going back to school each fall, and at least up here in Chicago I find that I get much more wear out of my fall and winter clothing since those seasons seem to last at least 3/4 of the year.

If you’re ready to think about your fall work wardrobe, here are just a few of the fab items I spotted from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Work Apparel


1. Caslon Belted French Terry Jacket – normally $69, now $45.90

2. Halogen Taylor Suiting Pants – normally $79, now $49.90

3. BaubleBar Drama Mixed Stone Statement Necklace – normally $58, now $37.90

4. Tildon Ruched Long-Sleeve Dress – normally $56, now $36.90

5. Bellatrix Pleat Neck Long Sleeve Blouse (regular and petite sizes) normally $68, now $44.90

6. Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt (regular and petite sizes) – normally $69, now $45.90

7. Halogen Moto Jacket – normally $69, now $45.90

8. Caslon Cable Knit Front Sweater – normally $59, now $38.90

9. Rebecca Minkoff Chic Happens Leather Pouch – normally $75, now $49.90

10. BP Expandable Zip Tote – normally $54, now $35.90


Sadly, no footwear is on sale for less than $50, but if you’re willing to splurge a bit, here are just a couple of pairs gorgeous designer shoes for less that you can pick up from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:


Fall Footwear Splurges from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Frye Phillip Riding Boot – normally $387.95, now $259.90

Tory Burch Eloise Ballet Flat – normally $265, now $179.90

Sam Edelman Zachary Cut Out Pump – normally $139.95, now $89.90

Dolce Vita Yazmina Leather Bootie – normally $259.95, now $169.90

Today Only: Save up to 75% at the Vera Bradley Online Outlet

Today only, July 21, 2014, you can shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale online and save up to 75% on select items! No coupons are needed and all items are priced as marked.

There are some INCREDIBLE deals to be found at this sale, so much that if you have any Vera lovers in your family I would recommend taking advantage of this sale to stock-up for birthdays and holidays. I was shocked at the low prices of some of these items, and am considering picking up an item or two for my mother in law, who loves her some Vera!

Here are just a few of the items I spotted:

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale


1. Cassidy Purse – originally $58, now $19.99

2. Clutch Wallet – originally $44, now $14.99

3. Travel Mug – originally $19, now $7.99

4. E-Reader Sleeve – originally $34, now $7.99

5. Carry It All Wristlet – originally $42, now $13.99

6. Chain Bag – originally $78, now $32.99

7. Large Laptop Tote – originally $88, now $34.99

Click here to check out the Vera Bradley Online Outlet Sale!

Etsy Monday: Items for Little Boys

Last week I wrote I wrote about how excited I was to purchase some hair accessories for my little girl. Since I have my daughter covered I figured it was a good time to hunt for some adorable items for my son. Searching items for little boys brought up a whole slew of adorableness. I want them all! My kids are spoiled already!

born to be wild onesie

I seriously laughed out loud when I saw this onesie. It’s a must have. Even the hubby got a chuckle!

I mentioned matching hair accessories for my daughter and me, so it’s only fitting that my husband and son match. I mean, we both have mini-me’s!

matching father and son outfit

Could this matching outfit be any cuter?! If only I could get my son to sit still long enough to take a picture like this. Sigh.

Their nursery is Star Wars and my son won’t let go of his Star Wars blanket. I’m totally buying these Star Wars baby shoes as we speak!

star wars baby shoes


Do you turn to Etsy for items for little boys?

Get the Burt’s Bees Summer Grab Bag for $25 – a $55 Value

Burt's Bees Summer Grab Bag

Oooh, it’s grab bag time at Burt’s Bees again! This time around you can grab the Burt’s Bees Summer Grab Bag for $25, and you’ll receive $55 worth of Burt’s Bees products!

The Burt’s Bees grab bags tend to be a really good deal. I picked one up a few years ago and was beyond happy with the contents of the bag that I received! The contents of each bag will vary. The Summer Grab Bag has 9 must-haves from Burt’s Bees and güd, including 8 full-size products.

If you’re interested in this, you’ll want to hurry to grab one because they tend to sell out quite quickly!

Click here to grab the Burt’s Bees Summer Grab Bag!

Get a Year of Birchbox for $99 + $25 Credit with this Gilt City Deal

Birchbox Discount via Gilt City

If you’ve been on the fence about subscribing to Birchbox, Gilt City has an awesome deal available that just might draw you in! With this offer you can get a year of Birchbox for $99 (normally $120) PLUS a $25 credit to use in the Birchbox Store!

This is one of the best Birchbox new subscriber promos I have ever seen! I was thinking about taking advantage of this one myself… except that it’s only valid for new subscribers or those who haven’t received a box within the past 3 months. Darn. Still, if you haven’t subscribed, this is an excellent way to do so and save a little bit on an annual subscription! That $25 credit could come in really handy, too. The Birchbox Store is one of my favorite online beauty destinations these days!

If you take advantage of this offer, be sure to check out our guide to making the most of a Birchbox subscription, which has some fun tricks for how to get your favorite beauty products for less.

Click here to grab this Birchbox offer from Gilt City!

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