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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chippmunk Expert Shopper

Today I'm excited to be participating in the Chippmunk Expert Shopper Style Challenge - I was chosen along with my girls MarionTara & Shanna to put together summer looks for $150 or less using coupons we found on Chippmunk.  If you haven't heard of their site before, it is THE place for finding the best deal based on your budget.  There are more than 400 stores in their database and their promo codes are guaranteed to work.  I love that you can search for coupons either by choosing a department & entering the budget you have to work with or by looking up a specific store...they make it so easy!

I went for a summer casual look with lightweight layers and chic basics that would be easy to rework with other items in my closet.  When shopping on a budget, I think it's important to mix high & low pieces together so it only looks expensive.  For example, I splurged on this J. Crew shirt (though it was on sale, it's still more than I would normally spend) - the classic linen fabric helps elevate my distressed jeans.  I added a pop of color with the tote, some pattern with a gauzy scarf + a dose of texture with these cork wedges.  Here's the breakdown of my costs:

J. Crew Perfect Shirt - orig $88 ; 20% off with code LOOK20 = $70.40
Old Navy Paisley Scarf (similar) - orig $14.94 on sale for $12; 20% off with code ONSUMMER = $9.60
Gap 1969 Skinny Jeans - orig $69.95 on sale for $35.99; 40% off with code GAPSALE = $21.59
Dana Buchman Cork Wedges - orig $69.99 on sale for $29.99; 20% off with code SHOP20 = $23.99
Croft & Barrow Saffiano Tote - orig $59 on sale for $29.50; 20% off with code SHOP20 = $23.60

c/o Caravelle by Bulova watch (on sale here), c/o TJ Maxx bracelet (similar), Simply Vera Vera Wang aviators (similar), Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Sweetheart, Nails: Revlon Plum Seduction

And now for some exciting news - Chippmunk is giving away $750 in store gift cards!!  In round 1, five "Most Loved" people will win $100 each.  In Round 2, one of those winners will be chosen by my fellow bloggers & I to win an additional $250!  Just upload an image that conveys your own personal style to the Chippmunk Expert Shopper page, and share your tips for other budget minded shoppers.  Be sure to share your look with friends to get more "love"!  

In Round 1, “Most Loved” winners are determined by “love it” clicks.  Each Round 1 winner will receive a $100 gift card to their favorite store.  In Round 2, one of the five “Most Loved” winners will be chosen as the “Editor's Pick” by myself & my fellow bloggers to win the $250 grand prize.  To be considered for the grand prize, “Most Loved” winners will submit a description of what awesome steal they would create with $250 in the form of an image created with their outstanding outfit.  The contest closes at midnight PST on June 18th, and "Most Loved" winners will be announced on June 21st

Disclosure: My entire outfit (excluding the accessories mentioned above) was purchased using a gift card c/o Chippmunk.



Ashley said...

Love the jean shirt with the white pants! It's a very clean and classy look! I have never heard of this site before. Will be checking it out for sure! Thanks for sharing..

Sincerely Miss Ash

Sandy a la Mode said...

i really love that tote!!

Sandy a la Mode

Natali said...

Great scarf and wedges!

FootprintsIntheCity Inna said...

What a fun contest!
Such a cute outfit! I love the pop of color you added w/ the pink bag and lipstick! I love Revlon's lipstain's! This one your are wearing is so gorgeous! Will totally be going out and trying it!
Footprints in the City

Cake Couture said...

Love your aviators and white jeans! Perfect for Summer. You look so pretty.

Melissa Myers said...

Love this look! That's my kind of outfit!

Belle de Couture said...

Kim, you look super pretty! Love how your pink pout matches your tote just perfectly, and that chambray shirt is so great!


Amy Shaughnessy said...

This is so cute, summery and classic. I have that tote in cream. Didn't know it came in pink. Love it!


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Emma Finlayson said...

Love the outfit, especially the scarf. Perfect with a chambray shirt!!

xo Emma

Chelsea Islin said...

Great finds at great prices!! I've never heard of the site but I am definitely going to check it out!

Classy Chic & Chardonnay

Margo said...

Wow ~ that's some serious bargain shopping ~ and such a cute casual look. I especially love the scarf and those jeans look great on you!

Ladies in Navy said...

your outfit is perfect! and what a steal
kw ladies in navy

Dee said...

Love this looks - as usual very classy!


Rebecca said...

Lovely & chic summer look....great style job Kim!!!


Alyson said...

love this, and totally checking out those jeans... wish i saw them at 40% off! amazing find, and totally agree about investing in quality pieces to balance everything out.


Christina Heflin said...

Love this look, the bag adds the perfect pop of color to this outfit!

Kayla Gilbert said...

Love this look Kim! So breezy and classic! LOVE!


Kenzie Lee said...

Obsessed with this look, but even more excited to try out Chippmunk!

X Kenzie

Kristina said...

Your bag is so pretty, love the color!

Kristina does the Internets

Rachel Lynne said...

Love your shirt and tote! SO AMAZING :)

Marionberry Style said...

Such a fun summer look Kimberly! You look beautiful. And I totally agree with totally scored on those jeans!
Excited to team with you to share Chippmunk!
xo - Marion

Julie said...

I love the outfit you picked! That shirt is fantastic!

Style by Joules

Ashley Elizabeth said...

I love the pop of the pink tote!!

Adriele said...

Even in Summer I still love a scarf! Really adds some extra style to any outfit! Love!!!

Style-Delights said...

Love this scarf!! Never heard of Chipmunk, seems like a great place o find deals and sales! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Style-Delights Blog

smk053078 said...

Gorgeous as always. Love this classic & chic look you put together. It has been such a pleasure to work together on this project!

Chelsea said...

Love the outfit you put together and this is such a fabulous idea for a site! I find "popularity" type contests (where the winner is chosen based on likes) a little intimidating so I'll probably pass on this one but good luck to everyone else!

Chelsea & The City

Kacie Ellis said...

Chambray and white! I must copy this look!

Paige Whitney said...

Oh this outfit is just too cute! That scarf is adorable.
Rose & Pine

TaraMixandMatch said...

So happy to be working on this project with the outfit you came up with!

Erin said...

You look fabulous! I love the top and the scarf and that bag is amazing as well!


Erin @

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I absolutely love your outfit here! the bag, the sunglasses and the shoes are my favs. thanks for the tip for dressing to look like you invested in each piece... xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

Audrey said...

this is such a clean summer look...absolutely love it!

Alice Warren said...

You spent your $150 so well! Great outfit from head to toe.

I just uploaded a picture on chipmunk and keeping my fingers crossed :)


Barbara de mul said...

Love the shirt. Question: whereabouts do you live upstate ny? very curious as this was my travel route when i worked as a tour director two summers ago (back in europe now). i LOVE LOVE LOVE THE finger lakes area!
hope you answer, i'm a very curious person:)

Fashion Addict said...

Great outfit!

Kimberly said...

Hi Barbara,

The Finger Lakes are so beautiful - I wish we lived there! We are located in the Rochester area very near to Lake Ontario :)


dana dimitras said...

Very nice look!! :)

Do you want to follow each other, let me know?!

Ashleigh said...

I love how classic and simple this is!

Brooke Reagan said...

One of my favorites of your posts-- so fresh and feminine!

Brooke du jour