Shop ‘Till You Drop

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{American Eagle jeans & bracelets, J. Crew tee, Michael Kors watch & pink bracelet, Nine West sunnies, Sam Edelman boots, Steve Madden bag}

There’s no better way to celebrate 2013 and ring in the new year than to go shopping! I have always loved to shop, and the Fashion Square Mall in Arizona is one of the best places to shop in the country. They have every store you could possibly imagine (including Michael Kors & Anthropology, two of my all-time faves), so it’s never to hard to find something you like. I spent a decent amount of time in Anthro today, and can we just take a moment and appreciate the decor of the store? I love, love, love the atmosphere in there–it makes everything so appealing. I found a dress for my birthday, and I also found a dress with cheetas/lions/tigers on it, and cmon– that’s just plain awesome. Have a happy New Year!

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Back to School Shopping

Back to school shopping is one of the more exciting outings of the year. Knowing that you can actually buy more things than normal is exciting on its own, but throw in some great deals and some great shoes, and you are set for the year. Even if you are not going back to school yourself, you may be shopping with somebody who is, so here are some of my tips of the trade.

Know what you are looking for!
If you walk into the mall or shopping center with no clue what you are doing, you will have a tough time. As with all shopping, it is helpful to make a list of what you need and where you will go to gather all of those things. This way you can have the list with you while you are shopping and check things off as you go.

Avoid trendy items!
Yes, that neon skirt might be totally wearable right now, but in two months you will not be able to pull it off. Avoiding trendy items all together is a good way to make your money go farther, but one or two trendy items never hurt anyone. Just make sure you don’t come home with a bag full of on-trend articles.

Wear something comfortable and practical while shopping!
It does not make sense to wear heels and five hundred layers while shopping, does it? I always like to wear dresses when I am out perusing the stores because as much as the store may not like it, it is easy to slip on pants under or sweaters over. Below are some outfits that would be chic and smart for a day full of shopping.

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Pretty in Pink


Dress: JCrew, Shoes: Banana Republic, Sunnies: House of Harlow, Watch: Charming Charlie’s, Ring: Vintage, Necklace: Tiffany’s & Co.

For a bright sunny day, I decided to throw on a bright outfit of my own. The shirt dress is a classic, but the neon color makes it modern. To make sure that the dress had center stage, I added nude shoes. I would highly recommend getting a pair of neutral colored shoes. They can work with anything- bright outfits such as this, an all neutral outfit, or anything in-between. Then, adding bold accessories such as a chunky, gold watch, a gold, sparkly cocktail ring, and a sweet, silver necklace make the dress pop that much more.

When I went shopping to get this dress it stuck out to me in the store. But I still wasn’t sure if it was for me or not. Even when I tried it on, I was still unsure. Then all of a sudden, I just knew that it would have a new home in my closet. One of my helpful rules when shopping is: If you keep coming back to it again and again, just get it. Go with your gut. You can always return it or send it back. I mean, why not? You only live once!

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