Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Office Fashion!

It was a wonderful Monday in the office today especially the outfits! Fresh hair and fun clothes.

Kelley is sporting her new short haircut. It is short and choppy in the back; a conservative version of Victoria Beckham's hair. A simple black tank and strappy wedge heels are perfect for this warm fall today. She finished her look with a light denim skirt with a slightly higher rise; the best thing of all? She made the skirt!!! I love when designers/sewers/create people wear their own creations.

Natalie is all bohemian with her A-line dress. The v-neck is a perfect compliment to her long hair (which is freshly low-lighted for a new do for fall). The brown boots are a cross between biker girl and boho chic. She can easily wear this look on cooler days with a pair of tights.

What office outfits have turned your head?

Fall is in Bloom?

It is almost the middle of October yet the hydrangeas in my front yard are in full bloom. While they were a little late they are still so beautiful.

Weekly CVS Coupon Trip 10/10 Edition

CVS is by far my favorite place to coupon. It takes planning but it is worth it. Today, I bought:

1- 9.9 oz M&M Pretzel
1-11.4 oz Twix Fun Size
1-11.1 oz Snickers Fun Size
1-10 oz Musketeer
1- Taster Choice Individual Packets 6 ct
1- Revlon Eyeshadow in matte peach
1- Revlon Eyeshadow Palette

After coupons and previous extra care bucks, my total out of pocket was $0.57. My savings 98%! I got some new make up and stocked up on Halloween King.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hello Fall!

Living in New England is a blessing during Fall. I love apple picking, fall foliage, and everything pumpkin. However, the weather hasn't felt like fall the past few weeks; it has been more similar to late spring. My favorite season to dress for is Autumn. Today, I have come to terms with the weather so here is my first official 'fall outfit'.

I pulled out of my closet my cowboyish type suede boots that I bought in Paris last year. I bought these for 5 euro when my previous boots wore so thin my feet would get wet in the rain and snow. I paired a plain black tee with dark wash skinny jeans. I love the look and feel of blazers and skinny jeans so I paired this outfit with a light weight tweed jacket. I topped it off with a pink scarf and simple dangle silver earrings. Comfortable enough to work in yet stylish enough to strut down the street for the daily Starbucks run.

Monday, October 3, 2011

CVS Trip 10/3/2011

I took my first CVS trip of October this morning. Don't forget to scan your Extra Care Rewards card at the red savings machine to print out your summer spending Extra Care Bucks (I got $7.50 woohoo!!)

My out of pocket expense was $4.15 and I saved $51.46! My loot:

1-Dove non-aerosol hairspray
1-Dove Revive Shampoo
1-Suave for Men 2 for 1
1-Suave Professionals Shampoo
2- Just the Basics Instant Coffees: clearance to $0.25 each!
1-Lance Nekot Crackers: clearance $0.25
1-Lance Toasty Cracker: clearance $0.25
1-Just the Basics Onion Soup Mix: clearance $0.25
1-Ricola Dual Action Drops
1-Ricola Drops
1-Dove Wild Rose Antiperspirant
1-Dove for Men Body Wash
1-Revlon Nail Top Coat
2-Irish Spring Deodorants: clearance $2.09 each
1- Diet Pepsi 20oz (I was thirsty, no coupon for this item)

I am $0.51 short of my ECB reward of spend $15 on dove products received $5ECB. Therefore, I plan on making another trip to CVS this week.

Remember scan your card at the machine for your Extra Bucks! Let me know what the red machine spits out for you!

Dsquared2 Squared Up Milan

Dsquared2 showed their Spring 2012 RTW Collection in Milan. The two Canadian brothers kept their tradition of provocative "Born in Canada, living in London, Made in Italy" alive while focusing on America. Their collection evoked American Tourist traveling abroad, it sort of reminds of Brad Paisley's song "American Saturday Night."

Without being too drastic, the punkish Barbie emerged while strutting down a runway of mud. The punk Barbie is a combo of hobo chic with fringe, denim, and fur with southern cowboy through plaid while remain true to the Spring 2012 color blocking. And, don't forget about the rain boots and Heineken beer bottles to round out the around the world trip in about 34 outfits.

I wish I could pull off even half of these outfits:

This one is my fave!

Dsquared2 is definitely on my radar and a duo that I want to continue to follow perhaps even draw inspiration from. I designed a collection based upon my 3 month stay in Paris, this collection brings it full circle. I might even push my collection further by expanding and challenging the norms of American and Parisian dress.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

CVS Coupon Trip 9/26

CVS is one of my favorite places to coupon. Before couponing, I hardly ever purchased food or health & beauty products, it was strictly prescriptions and the occasional greeting card. Since I started couponing in June, my shopping habits have changed. My first few CVS coupon trips I would do multiple transactions rolling Extra Care Bucks into the next one. Since I am a non-cash carrying person, I hated putting small amounts on my debit card. Therefore, I have changed my strategy, I lump it all into one transaction. Without initial ECBs the savings do not seem that great. It is the whole mantra that you need to spend money to save money. Ergo, after that initial transaction couponing at CVS has been fantastic. My trip on Sept. 26th was a goodie. I saved 91% not including the ECBs I received for my purchase (I count them when I use them, not when I get them). What did I buy you ask?

2- 15oz Softsoap Body Washes (A recent fave product of mine so yippie!) on sale: $3.00 each
1- Schick Quatro 4 ct refills- on sale: $8.99
1- Olay 2/1 Facial Cleansing Cloths- on sale: $3.99
2- Excedrin Migraine 8ct- on sale: $0.99 each
2- Zyrtec Allergy 3ct- clearance to $0.99 each
1- Nyquil/DayQuil Combo- clearance to $3.32

I had $9 in coupons and $12.99 in ECB that I redeemed. My total out of pocket including tax was $4.54 (not a bad price for the medicine alone). The Zyrtec and Nyquil/Dayquil were not my list of items to get but I always carry my coupons and check clearance at stores to get max savings. For example, I had an additional $1.00 off coupon for the Nyquil/Dayquil resulting in an oop price of $2.32, which was a fantastic deal especially because I have been suffering from a cold all week.

Let me know if you have any super coupon deals or even just a great clearance find!

Happy Couponing :)