Purple lace and tulle

I found this purple lace zip 3/4 length sleeve top and dusty purple pleated tulle skirt on sale at Rue 21. Only three dollars for each item! Whooo! This was a few months ago, so they are probably long gone now, but they always have sales racks with different price points on them, so they are always a good store to check out any time of the year. So, while everyone else is posting about the Nordstrom half-yearly sale, I’m over here telling you to go to the three dollar and five dollar bargain racks at Rue 21.

My mom and I went shopping earlier this week and we did indeed check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I thought everything was still too expensive for my budget over there. We saw absolutely nothing for sale under $40 in the clothing section. Maybe if you bought a small accessory, then you could find a good deal. But, if you’re a bargain shopper like me, hit the clearance racks at Rue 21. Summer clearance didn’t seem to be in full swing at the mall yet, but it was starting up and will really get going the second half of August.

After walking around the whole mall and finding nothing we wanted at prices we wanted to pay, my mom and I ended up at TJ Maxx, where I found three items, technically four, but someone snagged one we were looking at after we put it back. My clothes and shoes are being held ransom by my mother until my birthday when I will act totally surprised at my cool new clothing digs that I picked out for me. We do this almost every year for birthdays or Mother’s day. At least we know we’ll like what we get that way, right?  😉

 

Dappled light
Dappled light

 

Purple lace and tulle
Purple lace and tulle

 

Lace and tulle
Lace and tulle

 

Lace zip ruffle sleeve top + pleated tulle skirt
Lace zip ruffle sleeve top + pleated tulle skirt

 

Twirl
Twirl

 

Lace and velvet
Lace and velvet

 

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will never look ugly. ~ Roald Dahl
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will never look ugly. ~ Roald Dahl

 

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All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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Fuchsia Bow Tie Top + a non-sewing tip to shorten your skirt

I got this Jennifer Lopez fuchsia bow tie top after Christmas on the clearance racks at Kohl’s. For less than $5. As usual. Ha. It has been such a cold winter and spring, I just now got around to wearing it for the first time. The top is a bit of a wrap top in the front and I didn’t realize until I was out and about in it that it looked like it had come un-sewn for about an inch and kept trying to flop open a bit too far. I’ll have to try and sew that back up again so I’m not having to keep holding it closed or put the straps from the bow over that spot in the future.

 

Tortoise shell sunglasses

 

The denim skirt a friend gave me. And while it’s a really cute style with a back slit that I love, I didn’t like that it cut off right on the top of my knees. Knees being these weird knobby little things we don’t really want to draw the eyes to, I always think the hemline should either be an inch or so above the knees or just go ahead and fall right below them so we aren’t accentuating them. Amirite?

 

Denim skirt + fuchsia bow tie top

 

So, I used the old school trick I used to do in high school to make skirts shorter and rolled the hem up one turn at the top. Because of the heavy denim material and the pockets and slit on the back, any more than that wouldn’t have worked on this skirt. Since the top was pretty long, I just tucked a little in at the front and let it hang over the now bulky waistline so the roll up wasn’t noticeable.

 

Fuchsia Top

 

The phone case is a Kate Spade. Gorgeous, huh?

 

Bow tie top, denim skirt, kate spade phone case + silver metallic converse sneakers

 

The sunglasses are from TJ Maxx but came from American Eagle Outfitters. And the shoes are silver glitter Converse sneakers.

 

Casual style

 

Yep, chillin’ like a villian. (A friend said that on a Snapchat post recently. Now the phrase is stuck in my head. Hahaha.)

 

Purple-pink bow tie top + jean skirt

 

What tricks do you have to make your clothes fit or look better on you?

 

Denim back-split skirt

 

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All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

 

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