8.30.2014

Labor Day Sale Top Picks {+ Selling one of my favorite items}

BaubleBar (Under $25)



 

Anthropologie



Nordstrom

 



Tory Burch (20-25% off with code LABORDAY14)



{Just click on the picture to purchase!} 
Above are some of my favorite items on major sale this weekend.  Be sure to check out yesterday's post for a full, updated list of all the great sales going on this weekend!  I did most of my shopping yesterday and got some amazing items, all for under $30 a piece.  Nothing makes me happier than a killer deal!

Speaking of a killer deal, I'm offering you all one today. 

 As much as it pains me, I have decided to part ways with one of my favorite purchases, my Tory Burch Robinson Dome Tote.  Why am I selling it if it's a favorite?  It just doesn't go with enough in my closet.  I adore the dark fall fashion tones, but the truth is my closet is full of bright and summery clothing that I'll be wearing year round in Florida.  I bought this in June and have maybe used it 5 times.  As much as I love just staring at it, I'd rather sell it and put money towards something I'll use every day!  This bag retailed at $550 (before tax) and is no longer available in stores.  I'm hoping to sell it for $320!  If you or someone you know is interested, email me at livingcolorfullyblog@gmail.com.

8.29.2014

Labor Day SALES. A Roundup with Coupon Codes!



Okay, don't hate me...but I might just have a list of the best Labor Day Sales (and coupon codes) for you today!  There are some that start during the weekend, so be sure to check back in to see what has been added.  I thought the July 4th sales were awesome...but these totally blow them out of the water!

Thank goodness it's payday.

J. Crew : 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31)

J. Crew Factory: 40-60% off store wide!

Nordstrom: 40% off clearance 

AnthropologieExtra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1

LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 12a EST - 9/1

Banana Republic Factory: 50%-70% Entire Store

Old Navy:  40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 - 9/1

ASOS: Up to 85% off with code HAVE10.

Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.

Nasty Gal:  30% off, 50% off, 60% off 

Too Faced:  Up to 70% off Too Faced cosmetics! Valid 8/27/14 - 9/3/14

BaubleBar:  Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now - 9/1

French Connection:  All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP

t + j Designs: $10 Sample sale on jewelry

Tory Burch: Up to 30% off

What's that sound?  Oh yeah, my bank account crying.  I'll be back over the weekend with some of the things that just happen to jump into my cart, and any other sales that don't start today!  

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

 



8.28.2014

The Great Planner Debate.

Nothing gets my wannabe organized heart going like the thought of a new planner.  I adore the sight of a clean, empty planner just waiting to be filled with assignments all the fun things I have planned for the year!  Then, one month later it is usually collecting dust somewhere.

That routine finally changed when I discovered some amazing planners.  I think pretty much every blogger in the blogosphere uses either the Erin Condren Life Planner, Emily Ley Simplified Planner, Whitney English Day Designer, or the Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade agendas.  Can I just say for a second that I love how Erin, Emily, and Whitney (we're on first name basis ;)) put their whole hearts into creating planners that focus on what matters most in life?  With each one their heart and soul is so apparent, and I love that.  So, which one should you use?

While we all know I love Lilly Pulitzer, I feel like her agendas are more geared towards younger college students.  I had one my senior year and loved it!  However, it doesn't have the detailed pages I need now, so I have chosen not to get that one.  Same with Kate.  Love her, but the Kate Spade agendas don't fit what I need as much (although the price is pretty amazing).

First up, Erin Condren Life Planner.  I purchased this planner 2 years ago and adored it.  It was the first planner I actually used consistantly!  I really like how the days are broken up in morning, afternoon, and evening.  At the time I used it, I was not in school so it was perfect for planning work and social gatherings.  Plus, the stickers are so fun!  However, now that I'm in school, volunteering, a part of Junior League, and hopefully working soon, I need more detail in my day.  I need to be intentional about prioritizing, so I know this one isn't for me at this point in my life.

That leaves...The Simplified Planner vs. The Day Designer. (cue dramatic music)

 Photos: www.emilyley.com

First, The Simplified Planner.  I absolutely adore Emily Ley.  Her heart, her passion, and her sweet little family completely captured my heart. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who teared up when she announced she was finally pregnant...with twins!) I use her Simplified Binder, goal sheets, and blog printouts for my blog organization and it has been invaluable.  This year I used the Simplified Planner and was sold for life.  Last years was the same stripe design above, but with bright blues, pinks, greens, and yellow against the brightest white pages.  It's gorgeous and inspiring.  I love that she has hourly outlines, to do lists, dinner, notes, and an inspirational quote for every single day.  Her focus is to make time for "what matters most," and her planner reflects that.  She also strives to find simplicity and coined the phrase of "Grace, not perfection," which has been my mantra this year!  There will also be a limited edition Weekly Planner this year.  I honestly could not say enough wonderful things about her or her planner.  Still, I kept hearing about...

The Day Designer, by Whitney English.
 Photos from the Day Designer's Instagram @daydesigner
This planner has the same philosophy as the SP.  Daily hourly breakdown, to do list, spot for dinner, and an inspirational quote.  However, this one also has a spot for "Top 3" to dos, and "Due."  Also, at the beginning of the planner are 8 pages of worksheets to really define your goals for the following year.  This is great if you are a business owner (or blogger!) and want to clearly map out how to work smart, not just hard.  Plus, this year she came out with 9 new covers to complement the classic black and white!

So...this year, for the sake of research of course, I chose the Day Designer!  I'm really excited to see how I like it compared to the SP.  Come 2016 I will really know for sure! :)  What got me was the Top 3 to dos for the day and front worksheets.  Once I have a job, school, this blog, JL, social life, and other projects I'm going to need to focus on prioritizing, and I think the DD will really help with that.  The worksheets will be great for honing in on where my blog will take me in the year to come!  The cover is stunning too.  Sadly, I couldn't find a picture since her shop is closed until September 15, but it's the rugby design (identical to the green and blue one in the large picture) but with mint and pale pink.  I think I really did get heart shaped eyeballs when I first saw it!

Phew, that was long!  So tell me, which planner do you swear by?

P.S. The Simplified Planner goes on sale September 3 and the Day Designer sells their second batch on September 15!

P.p.s. Some GREAT Labor Day Sales have already started!
Banana Republic Factory - 50%-70% off
BaubleBar - Styles starting at 50% off
LOFT- 50% off NEW Fall styles, and an additional 50% off summer styles!


8.27.2014

Easy Fall Style










 

Distressed Denim // White Silk Top (this is one is almost identical to the one I'm wearing, and $20 cheaper) // T + J Designs Necklace // Tory Burch Tote (this is the same tote in the square shape! Per usual, it's cheaper than the one shown!) // Leopard Flats (similar)

I love easy.  That's the best way to describe this fall outfit.  Soft denim + pop of color + pop of animal print = fall fashion perfection.  I love that this outfit is really just a top and jeans with a few extra pieces to make it look chic.  You could throw this together in 5 minutes and look like you tried! ;)  My favorite parts of this outfit are the jeans and shoes.  I swear to you these jeans are so comfortable.  I honestly feel like I'm wearing sweatpants...but I look way more put together!  

Then there are the shoes.  I used to be very against animal print.  It just wasn't my style.  However, I've been trying to broaden my horizons and experimenting with tiny pops of animal print!  My mom got me these for Christmas last year, and although I was hesitant before, I'm in love with them now!  They are basically a neutral, so adding them to any outfit gives it a little something extra.  I'm excited for it to get cool enough that I can wear closed toed shoes all day!


8.26.2014

Best Dressed From the Emmys. AKA Sarah Hyland

Of all the award shows the Emmys is usually the one I care about the least.  I didn't grow up with HBO and usually only watched one or two of the shows that were nominated.  We tuned in this year because we've recently become obsessed with Breaking Bad (just started season 5!) and I've always been in love with Modern Family.  I must say, the show did not disappoint!  Seth Meyers was really funny and I got to watch my favorite shows win pretty much everything.

However, my favorite part of every award show is the red carpet.  The dresses this year were amazing and I actually had to stop picking out my favorites because I loved them all so much.  Miss Heidi Klum was my favorite until Sarah Hyland came out.  Make it white and I'd get married in it!  Here are all my favorites!



 Love this dress, not crazy about the colors though. #trickortreat

 This is an awkward picture...but she was killing it.
The skirt.  The hair.  The makeup.  Perfect 10.

What do you think?  Did I miss any of your favorite looks?

8.25.2014

Monday Must Haves: Fun Fall Jackets {Well} Under $100

Fun Fall Jackets

1. Blush Moto // 2. Zip Cardigan // 3. Blush Swing Moto Jacket (OBSESSED!) // 4. Navy Jacket // 5. Draped French Terry Jacket // 6. White Knit Blazer // 7. Fabulous Goodnight Macaroon number that JUST sold out...like after I made this post :( this is similar!

If I can't say it here I can't say it anywhere...I'm having a little bit of FOMO about fall fashion.  Now do not get me wrong, I'm obsessed with summer and the South Florida heat...I just wish I could wear fabulous boots and a blanket scarf every once in awhile!  Thankfully, it does eventually get cool enough here for me to wear light fall jackets!  Plus, everyone is obsessed with AC so I freeze anyways.  So, I'm going to have to stock up now and watch until the temperature slowlyyy drops into the 60s.  
Today I gathered some fun fall jackets I've seen floating around Pinterest that I just adore.  What's even better, these are mostly in the $30-$70 range!  I truly think Number 3 is the cutest jacket I have ever seen and perfect for down here.  Even when it's "cold" I like to wear bright colors, and this would be the perfect addition to a fun SoFla fall outfit! Not that I'm holding my breath, it's going to be a real feel of 104 degrees today ;)

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8.22.2014

It's Hunter Season





Hunter Rain Boots // Favorite Denim in the World // Stitch Fix Top // Nordstrom Scarf: Sold out (similar, and cheaper!) // Purse: Sold out (similar, cheaper, and cuter, too) // David Yurman Ring (in Morganite) // Kate Spade Earrings

It might seem silly to be wearing Hunter Boots in the Sunshine State, but I guarantee you anyone who has lived through the rainy season down here will tell you that's a lie!  Like yesterday, for example.  It was brilliant sunshine all day...until the 1 hour Dom and I were both free and he was going to take my outfit pictures.  So, instead of the cute endless summer outfit I had planned, I switched gears to these beautiful boots!  It rained for the whole shoot, until the last picture when the sun came out!  I don't really need to tell y'all about Hunter Boots, but I'll just say that I adore mine, and the color is so perfect for fall.  Even if it's still 90 degrees here and I'm just wishing for fall. ;)

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