pretty + cheap

best dress

I may not be as easy on the eyes as this gorgeous JCrew model, but how can you not love this elegant wool dress? I’m pretty sure it retails for about 180 dollars, but I only paid only 60 after sales/discounts (happy dance! happy dance!) Hands down, one of my best bargain finds… ever. I don’t see the dress online anymore, but JCrew is offering 30 percent off of a variety of other final sale items. Between this dress and my white coat, I have had unbelievable luck at JCrew this winter. It’s definitely worth checking out.

P.S. My red patent belt is from Target and the peep toe pumps are from Nordstrom Rack. Both on sale, obvi.

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winter white

Two weeks ago, after digging through racks of overpriced and/or unflattering winter coats at the mall, I walked into JCrew to drool over a cream-colored Italian wool jacket that I had been eyeing since September. When I slipped on the jacket, which, of course, fit perfectly, even my mother was sold. The only snag? A 298 dollar price tag. Let me tell you, I adore winter white. But when it comes to blowing a whole week’s paycheck on a luscious, cream colored jacket, I hesitate because– slob that I am– I know what a dirt magnet they can be. How could I resist, though, when the saleswoman informed me that all wool outerwear was 30 percent off and that I could receive an additional 20 percent off of a purchase of 100 dollars or more?

In the end, I gave in. I spent 167 dollars on the coat, but couldn’t have been happier with my purchase. My budget for a wool jacket was 200 dollars, and even after picking up a can of Scotchgard for 8 bucks, I still had a few dollars to spare. So if you’re looking for a new coat, a handbag or fabulous pair of pumps this holiday season, now might be a great time to take the plunge and try a fashion trend that you’ve been too scared to splurge on in the past– sparkles, patent leather, or perhaps (if you’re anything like me) a pretty albeit sometimes impractical winter white.

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Ramblings about having fun and looking fabulous on a budget.

Katie loves: Libraries, writing creative nonfiction, vegetarian cooking, interior design, getting crafty, and of course... bargain hunting!