Penny Pincher Fashion March 2017 | Penny Pincher Fashion

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day To Night Dresses

I was recently being interviewed and was asked what was the one piece in my closet that I felt the best in.  My answer?  A floral print dress I've had for more than 3 years.  After we wrapped up, I kept thinking about that question - so I went & took a look in my closet and realized that the garment I have the least of are dresses.  Why on earth do I own so few if that is the one piece that makes me feel the most confident and beautiful?  So, I decided right then & there that I would make it my mission to purchase & wear more dresses in the coming year.

Ever since she first launched her brand, I've been in love with all the feminine pieces in the LC Lauren Conrad line - I even got to meet her in person at a conference a few years ago (she was just as flawlessly beautiful & gracious as you'd imagine).  So I was thrilled to discover that she just launched a new collection at Kohl's called the Dress Up Shop - it's full of pretty separates & dresses that are perfect for all your upcoming special occasions.  I tried on several of the pieces & this chiffon pleated skirt fit like a dream - it's fully lined and just the right length (there's also a dress version, which is super flattering!).  I did find that most of these styles ran a bit big, so I recommend sizing down when ordering online.

The breezy, lightweight fabric of this cold-shoulder dress will be ideal for those hot summer days when I want to throw on one piece & instantly look put-together.  The shape is so forgiving too - sometimes I don't want to wear something that is super fitted and clingy.  And you all know how obsessed I am with this blush bucket bag (last seen here) - it's a great on-trend piece at an affordable price!  I'd also style this dress with flat sandals & a straw hat for a more casual feel.  

What I'm wearing:

From the moment I put on this floral print maxi dress, I was completely smitten with it.  The ruffle detailing gives it such an soft, romantic feel & it really makes a statement!  This would be great for wearing to a wedding or special event this spring/summer.  I usually style my hair down, but when I'm dressing up for a special night out, sometimes it's nice to pull it off my face into a tousled ponytail - plus, it really shows off the elegant high neckline of this dress.

What I'm wearing:

Thank you to Kohl's for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Top Finds

There are so many Friends & Family and clearance sales happening right now, which makes it a great time to shop & save on some must-have spring pieces.  Today we're listing them out for you, along with our favorite markdowns. In addition to these highlighted below, you can also check my Sales Alerts page for more all the coupon codes & sale information you need to shop this weekend.  Now, let's get onto the good stuff!

Kate Spade has an extra 25% off all sale styles this weekend only with code SPICEITUP.  I've been lusting after this bag ever since I saw Alyson with it in Nashville - it would make a beautiful Mother's Day or graduation gift!  
Anthropologie has an extra 25% off all their sale items - love this floral print dress & these drop earrings.
Gap is having their Friends & Family sale - get 40% off your online purchase with code FFSALE + free shipping or get 50% off when you shop in store.  I shared this top on my Snapchat earlier in the week - it is so gorgeous in person and looks like an expensive designer find!  
LOFT is offering 40% off for cardmembers or 30% off with any payment method using code SPRING17 - I just picked up this lightweight knit & this one-shoulder top.
Target has B1G1 50% off select women's dresses, handbags & jewelry (I rounded up all of my top picks here).


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring In My Step

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I'm a big fan of JCPenney - they have really upped their fashion game over the last few years and I've found so many great pieces there for our entire family (my daughter loves the Arizona brand).  I've been a cardholder for a long time, but I recently signed up for their Rewards Program, where you earn points for every dollar you spend...which basically feels like you're getting paid to shop. 

Right now, they are having their Friends & Family sale (through March 26th), so it's a great time to stock up for the season - you can get 25% off with any payment method or get 30% off when you use your JCPenney card with code 8FORYOU.  I picked up this striped top, this ruffled blouse & this cargo jacket is also a great price!  If you're looking for denim cut-offs that aren't too short, these are my favorite - I bought them in white before our Mexico trip & loved them so much that I went back & bought another pair in blue (I found that they run true to size).  

Every woman needs a little lace dress for spring & I love that this one has 3/4-length sleeves, which makes it more versatile.  I paired it with casual pieces like a denim jacket & ankle-strap sandals, but you could easily dress it up with statements earrings & lace-up heels (a great option for Easter!).  More lace dresses to try include this bell-sleeve stylethis scalloped-hem shift this fit & flare.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Levi's Denim Jacket, c/o Ronni Nicole Lace Dress (wearing size 4), 
c/o Worthington Beckwith Pumps (also in red, black & nude), 

This look would be perfect for vacation - I'm wishing I had found these pants before Mexico because they are so lightweight & comfortable (anything with an elastic waist is a win in my book!).  The printed pattern gives them a chic laid-back vibe and the little ruffle detail on this sweater adds a feminine touch.  I can't get over these scalloped wedges - they are a near-identical dupe to a much more expensive designer version and they literally go with everything.  I'd also wear these pants with a fitted tank, metallic flat sandals & straw hat - so great for a day at the beach!

What I'm wearing:
c/o Liz Claiborne Ruffle Sleeve Sweater (wearing Small), c/o by&by Palazzo Pants (wearing Small), 
c/o CL by Laundry Brice Wedgesc/o Straw Studios Hyacinth Tote, c/o Bleu Tassel Hoop Earrings


Thank you to JCPenney & ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Q&A

Thanks so much to all of you who sent in suggestions for this month's Q&A - I had so many questions that I had to split it up.  So, if you don't see your topic featured here, rest assured that I have it set aside to include in the April edition. Keep sending those questions in!

1) We are doing some spring cleaning at our house and the next area we have to tackle is underneath our bathroom sinks.  Mine is an absolute nightmare and I need recommendations for storage ideas to corral all my hair & beauty products.

I'm a bit of a neat freak so nothing gets me quite as excited as a well organized cabinet.  You can find every option under the sun at The Container Store & all of them are fairly affordable - they even have a very similar style to the popular GLAMboxes for makeup storage (for much less!).  My friend Alyson also shared a great post (here) about how she revamped her own bathroom storage, including striking before & after photos.  Obviously, your needs will vary based on how large the area is under your sink, so I've included several different products below that will help you keep everything in its place.  

1) elfa Mesh Drawer Solution (perfect for lotions, eye creams & hair products)
4) Hair Tool Style Station (holds 1 curling iron, 1 blowdryer & 1 flat iron)
5) White Mesh Stacking Bins (great for hair brushes & larger items) // 6) Linus Handled Bin

2) We are heading to Hawaii for the first time for spring break & I have all of my outfits planned...but I'm having the hardest time finding a good one-piece swimsuit that isn't too expensive. Can you help steer me in the right direction?

ROW 1:  ONE (love this one too) // TWO (also in black & mint) // THREE (halter option here) // FOUR
ROW 2:  ONE // TWO // THREE (another pretty print here) // FOUR
ROW 3:  ONE (love this one too) // TWO // THREE (another option here) // FOUR

3) My husband & I recently made the switch to an organic whole-food based diet & we've never felt better.  It's made us realize that we want our entire family to eat more healthy...but our son is very resistant to change!  I'd like to find a way to replace some of his old favorites with cleaner options - can you share what kinds of foods you give your kids (specifically snacks & treats)?

Congratulations on making healthy lifestyle changes for your family - it's not easy!  When we made the switch 3 years ago, we found that our grocery budget increased quite a bit, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make to take better care of our bodies. Because we don't have a Whole Foods in my area, I end up ordering a lot of things on Amazon (signing up for Prime was one of the best decisions we've ever made). Obviously, these fall into the "sometime" category and the majority of what your kids eat should be a balanced diet of real, whole foods with lots of fruits & veggies.  That being said, these are brands that we have come to love and are things that made the transition a little easier for both my son & daughter.

UnReal Candy (like M&M's but better!) // YumEarth Organic Pops

4) I know this isn't your specific niche, but I would love to see a round-up of some budget-friendly plus-sized pieces for the season.  

You're right - this is not my area of expertise, but I did a little digging and was pleasantly surprised by the amazing selection I found!  Unfortunately, the options in store are not as vast as I'd hoped, so your best bet for finding a greater variety is to shop online.  The top affordable lines I found were Target Ava & Viv, Old Navy Plus, H&M+ and ASOS Curve (Mango Violeta also has gorgeous styles, but they are a bit more pricey).  Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly pieces for spring:


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Steals Under $30

It's hard to believe that yesterday was the first official day of spring when we still have piles of snow everywhere. But, we'll be getting into the 50's this week, which is basically a heat wave compared to where we've been!  With the weather warming up, I've been doing a little shopping to update my closet for spring & I've got my eye on feminine styles like pretty floral prints, embroidered details, ruffles & eyelet.  I scoured the new arrivals & sale racks at my favorite stores & created 9 outfits below using pieces that are all $30 or less!

EIGHT:  Embroidered Blouse (another option here) // Cargo Skirt



Monday, March 20, 2017

Saks Off 5th Friends & Family Sale

There's nothing quite like that rush of shopping a huge sale & finding exactly what you need, especially when you know you're getting an incredible deal on high-quality pieces that you will wear over and over again.  I firmly believe that there is ALWAYS a way to get what you want for less & I'm excited to be sharing some great spring finds with you today.   

Saks Off 5th is currently running their Friends & Family sale from now until April 4th - you can get up to 70% off select styles + an extra 20% off using code FRIENDS.  They have tons of amazing new arrivals from J Brand, Vince Camuto, Joie & so many more of my favorite brands.  I shopped their site & created two head-to-toe looks using pieces that would be perfect to mix & match with other items you already own.  Read on to get all my outfit details & see more of my top picks from the sale!

I don't know how it's possible, but I didn't previously have a white long-sleeve blouse in my closet - it's one of those basics that I wasn't actively searching for, but I've always needed.  I liked the lace detail on this one and that it's lightweight without being see-through.  This would be great for the office, worn with a pencil skirt or slim trousers...and it works equally well with denim for an easy day-to-evening look.  I styled it with a sleeveless trench (one of my favorite layering pieces for the season) and a stretchy denim skirt (love the button-front & raw hem of this one).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Cirana Sleeveless Trench (wearing an XS), c/o Kensie Lace Yoke Blouse (wearing an XS), 
c/o J Brand Denim Skirt (wearing size 27), c/o Nine West Mules (also in black), c/o Liebeskind Crossbody Bag

The colors of this tweed skirt & the classic a-line silhouette make it so versatile - I plan to wear it dressed down for the weekend with a basic tee, denim jacket & flat sandals.  But, I couldn't resist pairing it with a fun off-the-shoulder top & metallic crossbody for a dinner out with friends.  I also can't say enough good things about these sandals - there's extra cushioning in the insole (which makes them so comfortable), the sturdy block heel means they're easier to walk in and the cork texture gives them a spring-ready vibe.  I have a feeling I've found my go-to shoe for the coming season!  I also love this suede pairthese sleek wedges and, if you're really wanting a splurge-worthy pair, these Chloe sandals are 50% off (not in my budget, but they are so gorgeous!).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Ella Moss Top (cold shoulder option; long-sleeve option), 
c/o Saks Fifth Avenue Skirt (wearing a Small), 
c/o Kenneth Cole Cork Sandals (more colors here, here & here), 
c/o Vince Camuto Crossbody Bag (also in berry, black & cognac)


Thank you to Saks Off 5th & ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.