How did I not know that Lululemon has a sale rack?

The other weekend I was home visiting my grandmother and had some time to kill. I popped over to Birkdale Village and saw they have a Lululemon store. Somehow I had missed that it had been in that shopping center for 3 years already. I just hadn’t noticed. I went in just to look around and see what was new, and then I saw the sale rack. It was pretty picked over, but I did find a great new pair of shorts.

These super light weight shorts were reduced from $68.00 to $49.00. They are my new favorite shorts and they go great with the black top I bought from Target. These Pace Perfect shorts are still on sale online! Get a pair before they are gone!

IKEA FOR LIFE

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been helping my brother pull together his first apartment on a shoestring budget and it has been going really well!

After buying a few basics for his kitchen and doing some basic rearranging, I went shopping! We have TJ Maxx to thank for the Kilim pillows. They were only $16.99 each! The tan Ralph Lauren pillow in the middle was something like $25.00.

Brother really needed a TV stand and additional storage for DVDs, games and knickknacks and I hit the jackpot at Ikea. The shelves are just shy of 6′. They just look small in the photo because my brother is a giant human being.
Bookcases: Finnby $29.99 | TV Stand: Lack $14.99 | Lighting: Maglehult $14.99

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I picked up a couple little tables (Lack $7.99) and a neat lamp (Hektar $54.99) at Ikea also.
Brother’s apartment is finally beginning to feel like a home!

BLOWING ROCK

A couple of weekends ago, I took a short trip to the little mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC. The town hasn’t changed much as a whole, but the shops have improved significantly and I really enjoyed sticking my head in every one of them. The air is cool there, which makes the flowers last so much longer and beautifully arranged planters and flower beds are everywhere.

I fell in love with a tiny store called Take Heart that happens to be in one of the oldest buildings in the town. They sell flowy tunics, night gowns and little rememberances. I purchased a super cute top ($29.50/could only find the yellow version online), white bon bon ($17.50/not pictured) earrings and a Lulie Wallace lunch pale ($17.50).

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Down the way, I popped in Finley House Couture and fell in love with these Susan Shaw earrings. Because I work at a resort built around Equestrian Sport, I had to have them.

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I also stopped in a quirky store called Mrs. Brumbles. It was full to the brim with victorian lamps, jeweled figurines and positively littered with funky jewelry. What really caught my eye were the small selection of shawls. They looked just like the cashmere poncho/shawls you would find in a really fine boutique, but they were acrylic and only $30! Of course I bought two… one pale green and one red. I don’t have photographs of them so I will have to post about them when I wear them next.

Blowing Rock is a super cute place with fun restaurants and the scent of fresh fudge billowing rom their centrally located Kilwins can be smelled all over town. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer and a very pleasant place to take a stroll. I’m going to be spending more time there in the summers now that I know how easy it is to get to!

STACKABLE JEWELRY BOX

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The speaker I purchased on Prime day turned out to be a dud and I had to return it.
Instead of replacing it, I took advantage of a sale at the Container Store and bought my dream jewelry box. I have been stalking their site for a while and am really excited about this order.

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This order should have cost $99.97, but the promotion took of $25.00!
I have also recently joined Ebates and I should be getting 4% cash back from my order.

THE AKOLA PROJECT

I believe I have established that my cabin has terrible lighting and I do the best I can with what I have. With that in mind, here is an all white get-up that was perfect to battle this summer humidity while still being comfortable in the sub zero temps of the average office in the summertime.

Linen Shirt: Old from Old Navy  | Jeans: J.Crew | Shoes: J.Crew | Necklace: The Akola Project

I ordered this super cute necklace from The Akola Project last week and LOVE IT.
They were having a major sale on their website and I snagged this $86.00 necklace for only $35.00! They are still on sale and come in a variety of colors. You can also choose between a star or a cross. Check them out now before the sale disappears!

BEST DRESSED

Knocked an item off of my July wish list!

Barbara Gerwit currently has a number of items on sale for the 4th of July.
This dress was originally $110.00 and was reduced to $44.00.
Because I signed up for their newsletter, I received an additional 15% off!
My end total with free shipping was only $37.40!

 

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NOW THAT’S A DEAL!
Check out their website to get a great deal on their sale items!

SHELLS ON SALE

As a child, I was confused by the concept of a shell. What my mother called a shell looked to me a whole lot like a tank top and I always wondered why my mother had so many “shells” in her closet.

I totally get it now!
They fit perfectly under a jacket and avoid the whole bunched up sleeve scenario. They are also a smart option for summer when it is blazing hot outside, but you need a jacket indoors to counter the blasting AC.

Now I am growing a shell collection of my own!
This week Ann Taylor marked everything on their website down by 40% and I picked up this classic shell in 3 colors. The promotion reduced each top from $39.50 to $23.70 each.