aquatalia booties $495 | treasure and bond bootie $79.90| free people dress $148 | goodnight macaroon dress $45| vince camuto purse $165 | rebecca minkoff purse $275

hello! and welcome to the new this or that series. shopping can be intimidating and sometimes we want to just buy the first thing we see so we can be done. well, by we i mean a group of people in which i’m not included. because i really do enjoy shopping and i enjoy finding a good deal. i’ll be the first to scoop up a dupe of something i want to give a try or, i will spend a good amount of time researching an item, reading reviews and checking on the quality before purchasing an investment piece. so if you’re one of those, “nope, don’t want to waste my time on shopping” kind of people, this will be your new favorite series.

every friday i’ll be rotating with a this or that or weekend sales post. so, get ready to save money!

first up we have the trending leopard print bootie. as you can see there is a whopping price difference. because this is a piece that would not be on an everyday rotation for me, i would hands down choose that. if leopard booties are something that you have had your eye on and will be your favorite purchase of the year, then make the splurge. but, before you do, make sure that if you’re going to drop some serious cash on these booties that they’re something you would wear next year during the season as well. i recommend only splurging on pieces that you know you will get good wear out of.

next on the docket we have the beloved free people dress that i’m sure you’ve seen many bloggers wearing vs a near identical dupe from goodnight macaroon. this one for me, is a toss up. i love free people. i love the oversized comfy fit, and i know my size in their product [ xs for reference ]. however, when you can cut the price more than half, i think when it comes down to it, i would again opt for the dupe. to be honest, i keep trying to find a significant difference to make me go for the free people dress because i love the brand that much, but i cannot. the sleeves are sinched the same way, the pattern is near identical and both are very similar lengths. the one thing i can say is this, the  free people dress does come in multiple colors, whereas the dupe only has 2 options. still, h e l lo savings!

use code “anniversary” to get the dupe down to $45. promotion ends 7/30. dress will go back to $75 after, which is still a huge savings in comparison.

last and certainly not least, we have two of my favorite brands, vince camuto and rebecca minkoff. i purchased this rebecca minkoff bag over a year ago and absolutely love it. i take it everywhere when traveling because i find crossbody bags to be most comfortable and easiest to tote around while on the go. that being said, vince camuto just came out with this near identical beauty. the major difference between the two would be the tassels. after looking at both bags, i would have to say i would choose that and go with the rebecca minkoff. i love how soft rebecca minkoff bags are, and the tassels are a huge draw for me. my style has always had a boho flair and this just fits me perfectly. [the tassels can be easily removed if they are not your things] for those that would choose the dupe, purchase quickly! it is currently a part of the nordstrom anniversary sale. the killer savings unfortunately disappear august 7th and this bag will go back up to $248.

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i’m sure you have heard about the nordstrom sale from 1238979384579 other bloggers by this point. but let me tell you, there’s a reason for that. it’s the perfect time to stock up on great fall pieces and staple items. all items are new fall pieces and prices go back up august 6th. before shopping the sale i always:

1.  set a budget. no need to go broke over here!

2.  write down what fall pieces you need and shop those first. allocate the bulk of your budget to necessities. jeans, basic pieces like white t-shirts and purses are usually my go-to’s. make sure to leave a little budget  wiggle room for number 3.

3.  try something new. find a piece or style that you have been wanting to try and step out of your comfort zone. allocate the remainder of your budget to steals you find that would go great with the pieces you found on your necessities list.

tip: building outfits will go a long way. by doing this you won’t buy a top, skirt or pair of shoes that you will never wear because you have nothing to match them with. that only results in additional purchases. so find versatile pieces that go with things already in your closet and statement pieces that you can easily pair with a nice pair of denim or heels that you already own.

the above collage is made of my favorite pieces in the sale and are ones that will sell out fast! i ordered all except for the lamp and drybar sprays because sadly they would not ship to an APO. [i’m currently living overseas with my husband who is serving in the military]. but had they shipped, i would have gotten two of those beautiful lamps for my nightstands and had 3 day old hair look fresh and smelling great. [i guess a girl can dream].

with that being said, there sadly is no overnight ship option and nordstrom has not made it’s way over to south korea yet, so for sizing and full details on all products check back in 10 days or head over to my instagram [click to follow me if you aren’t already 🙂 ] stories around for a try on haul where i can assure you, i will be brutally honest. the pieces i love stay and the pieces i don’t go! i’ll have everything just in time for the sale to open up to the public so hold tight. until then, shop my favorite picks above by clicking on the pictures or the coordinating numbers below and/or way way below where i’ve categorized items by $50 and under and $100 and under. you can also shop by going to “nordstrom sale 2017″ found on the top menu bar of my blog. and last but most definitely not least, be sure to check the bottom of the page for the awesome giveaway happening now!

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scarf: glint | jacket: free people | top: bp | beanie: similar | jeans: joe’s| shoes: sorel | cluth: clare v. | watch: daniel wellington | bracelts: kendra scott

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some days i find myself moving at 100 mph and on my busiest days i just want to be comfortable. i’ve come to realize lounge sweats aren’t appropriate for meetings [major bummer] so i’m always on the hunt for the next best. this look is great for running errands and attending casual meetings or hang outs with friends. swap out the distressed jeans with a nice black pair, and the shoes for a pair of heels and this look becomes office casual [for those of you with relaxed dress code rules.]

i’ve become slightly obsessed with these jeans that are incredibly comfortable and fit like a glove. they’ve easily moved up to my favorite pair. i’m actually real excited to pair them once it warms up outside! ripped jeans were my favorite thing back in my middle school abercrombie days. the part of me that still has a tight grip around my youth was elated when they started popping back up again! i can do without the scarves that turn into tube tops, seatbelt belt buckles and the over use of glitter as makeup. anyone else remember those days? oh to be a kid again!

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hope you all had the most wonderful thanksgiving and all of your bellies are full to your content! below are some black friday deals and steals! a lot is on sale and you don’t have to fight through long lines to buy it!!! i’ll make a post update for cyber monday specials. you can click on any of the store titles, [ they’re links that will take you directly there], or click on some of my favorite items from the sales below and shop them instantly. sizes go quickly so snag your favorites while you can.

 

happy shopping!

 

anthropologie

25% off entire purchase

code: “SHOPTOIT”

nordstrom

up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns

shopbop

spend $250+ save 15%
spend $500+ save 20%
spend $1000+ save 25%

code: BIG

jcrew

50% off purchase + free shipping on orders over $50 [ends 11/23/15, 30% off after]

code: SHIPGIFTS

katespade

up to 70% off

need an e-mail to enter sale, you can use mine:

email: j.eliastx@gmail.com     zipcode: 75219

*not all items shown are found in the 75% off sale

neiman marcus

take 20% off sale items for up to 50% off online

tory burch

spend $250, receive 30% off

code: THANKS

macys

extra 25% off clearance desinger handbags, 50% off select juniors clothing, 60% off select women’s coats, 505 off women’s sweaters, 70% off memory foam pillow & toppers

no code necessary

target

40% off women’s apparel and accessories, huge electronic savings, spend $75 or more and get 20% of your total on 1 shopping trip between december 4-13

amazon

30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches

code: 30BLACKFRI

 

 

other great sales with some awesome finds:

ann taylor

50% off everything

code: CELEBRATE

athleta

20% off entire purchase

code: WORKIT

express

50% off everything

no code necessary

gap

50 % off everything, restrictions apply

code: EARLY

freepeople

free standard shipping

revolve

up to 50% off women’s dresses and men’s shirts

river island

 20 % off everything

nike

extra 25% off clearance at nike.com

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