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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Romper: Charming Charlie Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Nordstrom Bracelet Charming Charlie and more | Necklace: Charming Charlie Ring: Bauble Bar Watch: Michael Kors | Purse: Charming Charlie

It is clear that I love styling myself and family. That is part of the reason that I started blogging! Blogging has been such an awesome outlet for me, as my life can be pretty centered around being mom and wife.  I have received so much support since I starting this blog, and already have grown such an engage dgroup of readers.  With having so many new readers I wanted to take the time to point out 10 fashion tips that mold my personal style.  My hope is that you will learn more of who I am, and what crazy lady you are following! ha! 

Taryn's Style Tips

1. Rompers are a women best friend: If you do not wear rompers you are missing out! Rompers are one of the most versatile items you can have in your closet.  After shoes I would go as far and say Rompers are one of my favorite items.  You can dress them up, down, and in between.  If you are tired of that old romper, throw a blazer over it, switch the accessories, and keep it moving! 

2. Leopard is considered a neutral: I have a serious love leopard as I have made clear many times.  If you are unfamiliar it started with my mom.  I blame her.  Leopard is her favorite, she wears it almost everyday and it consumes her home.  No really it does, she has a leopard bathroom, leopard furniture, office supplies.  Over the top! So it was natural that the love got passed down to me. haha! I denied it for a while, but decided to embrace, and I am glad I did. Leopard goes with so much, and can be the perfect pop to jazz up an outfit.  With Leopard the biggest tip I have is sometimes less is really more with Leopard.  I typically pick one piece of leopard on an outfit and will keep everything else subtle.  You don't want to be looking like you signed up to be the next Cheetah girl.  Keep it simple.  Not ready to make the dive and wear leopard clothing, accessorize with leopard.  I've done that with this leopard bag, and kept the rest of my outfit rather simple. 

3. Closet purging is vital: If you love clothing and shopping it is easy to get over run with you large clothing collection.  Seasonally set time aside to clean out your closet! Donate clothes or if it is a particular item with serious value sell it! I am the queen of hoping on Ebay to sell a purse that is dated to me, but someone else may love. Purging your closet allows you to know what is in your closet, and assess put new outfits together.  Don't miss awesome outfits in your closets that are hidden behind clothes from 5 years ago!

4.  Sometimes too many accessories is overkill: No, I am not crazy for saying this.  It is true! For the longest I was running out and buying new accessories anytime I needed an outfit grabbing the most cost efficient item H&M had.  And while I do still occasionally get my jewelry from H&M I am more thoughtful on what jewelry pieces I purchase.  Honestly, I had so much costume jewelry that half the time I wouldn't even remember what I owned.  And sometimes even went out an bought a similar item.  Lately I have been committing to growing my accessory collection with quality pieces, and following the principle less is more.  If you invest in some of your jewelry items, you may find that you will save more money instead of every weekend running out to buy a new necklace.  You always will get piece that last a long time. I can't tell you how many times I have thrown away a broken necklaces.

5. Stock up on a makeup palette for the every day woman: So I am not a makeup artist, and I do not know how to "beat a face" as the makeup artists say.  I wish I did, because I would be walking around looking flawless every day!! I seriously will watch Youtube videos on how to fill in my eyebrows, but I always feel like I end up looking like Bert from Sesame Street. Ugh! However, I realized that I needed makeup that could allow me to do basic looks and many different styles.  A few make up items that I can't go without, and I strongly recommend if you just need the basics.  Naked Eye Palette! It has like 10 different eye colors, and perfect for warm looks.  This palette allows me to stay in my lane and achieve many different eye looks. I use this palette almost daily. Next major items I can't go with our are a neutral lipstick (Hug me by Mac is a personal favorite) and bronzer.  Throw a little eye liner in that equation and that gets this busy mom looking like I applied some effort. 

6. High and Low: I use this method when putting together my outfits.  I will mix a higher price item with a cost efficient item all the time.  I think it balances out your look, and elevates your outfit.  I may pair a nicer handbag with a clearance rack at Target.  For me, this is how I save money but still have outfits that look like a million bucks. Make this concept your own, and it can be any price point that is relative to your budget. 

7. It is ok to step outside of the mom zone:  I feel so many times I put myself in this box with fashion that keeps me from wearing certain things.  Often I will say well I'm a mom, I can't wear that.  I will then put myself in check and say I am 29 and fabulous, I'm wearing that LBD or hot pants.!It is ok to glam it up, and show yourself you still go it.  I have to remind myself to put those mom jeans away sometimes, and live a little. 

8. Black Jeans are a must:  If you don't own black jeans or a nice black pants, run out and grab one today!  For me this is such a staple for my outfits at night.  It is so easy to put an outfit together for a night out based around black pants.  You can pair it with a colorful blouse, bodysuit, blazer, the list goes on.  Whenever I am having one of those days I don't know what to wear for date night that is a go to for me.  Just make sure you keep a rotation of them, faded black jeans is not a good look. Black pants dress up the outfit, but very versatile for different looks.

9. Switch the colors around:  For the longest I always wore black for almost everything (or if my weight was up!)  Which I still love black, don't get me wrong! However, I have opened the door to try to colors in my wardrobe, and it has allowed me to try a lot of different styles. Don't be afraid to try a new color that you never wear! It will freshen up your wardrobe, and give you a new sense of confidence. 

10. Get your staple shoes: I stand firm on this that whatever shoe is a pillar in your closet, invest in them.  It will save you the headache from going out to grab new ones regularly.  Actually this really applies to any outfit piece.  Find what makes your wardrobe tick, and consider investing in some nice pieces.  I've found investing in nice shoes (because I love them), allows me to not have to buy more of the same as frequently, and they are more comfortable. For me shoes are a major staple in my wardrobe, and I like quality shoes. 

Extra: Being a full-time working mom and wife requires so much of my time.  It is hard to always be able to put yourself together and take on the world.  Find easy attainable makeup and fashion looks that don't require a lot of energy, but still make you look amazing. 

These are just my style tips that mold me, there are definitely more but these are my standouts. Once I learned my style preferences is when I feel my style elevated.  I knew what looked good on me, and what did not. I learned what my closest was lacking and also what I really didn't need to purchase.  All the above items brought my styling together.  This will be different for every woman, but take the time to learn YOUR style.  I promise once you do, you will seriously wonder what you were doing before! Be the best version of you!.

Because I love sharing my looks with you all, and truly hate it when someone acts private about where they got their outfits.  I don't understand why it has to be a secret! Sharing is caring!! To make it easier for you to get the details on my looks you can now get my Instagram looks right to your inbox with 3 steps.

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Happy Styling!

Monday, July 25, 2016


Top: Bebe Jeans: Express | Shoes: Asos (sold out) almost exact here | Earrings: Kate Spade Bracelet Bauble Bar | Necklace: Bauble Bar (sold out) similar here Ring: Bauble Bar Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Aldo (sold out) similar here 

A night on the town always has me scratching my head on what to wear. Since I don't get a chance to go out much these days. Moving to Dallas I feel my going out life has plummeted haha, I think maybe because my core girlfriends are still in Michigan.  (insert sad face, and if there was a homesick emoji insert that too). I feel finding an outfit for going out is always the toughest.
Dresses in my opinion always feel like extra work, but jeans I never feel are dressy enough.  So it is a struggle to find a
happy medium. 

3 Principles
1. Picking pieces that can get multiple wears:  In the past I used to get an outfit that I probably would probably only wear once.  I try to avoid that at all costs unless it is a special night out or like my birthday.  Now when purchasing an outfit for a night out I always ask myself,  will I be able to wear this again? For me black pants, are always a staple in my going out wardrobe.  I can switch the top and the shoes, and my black pants look like a completely different outfit. 

If you are struggling picking an outfit, consider getting quality black pants. That way you can get many wears and they don't fade quickly. Express and Bebe have great styles that always fit me perfectly. Buying items that you can wear again, will save you the time from feeling like you have to run out and pick up a new outfit every time your girlfriend says let's go out. I say this all the time, but prioritize your events.  If it is not a big night, do not spend a lot of money on your outfit. My 30th birthday is coming up, so I may pay a little more for my dress and make it more of a statement piece. 

2. Comfort by all means necessary: In my early twenties I have fallen victim too many times of needing to take my heels off or having to suck in my stomach the entire night. ha! It would cause me not to feel fully comfortable in what I was wearing along with some achy feet.  And now I just do not leave the house in something that I don't feel 100% comfortable in.  I style my outfits based on whatever size I am at that current moment, and find something flattering where I don't have to be worrying about suck and tuck. Because I am a woman and my weight fluctuates, and if my weight is up you probably will not see me in a bodycon dress.  Style yourself realistically on what will play up your best features. 

 Another thing is if I am going out, I make it a point to wear my most comfortable heels.  I have mentioned before that I typically invest a little bit more in my heels, and I feel they are more comfortable.  There are some style heels I never wear because I know they won't feel good on my feet.  Case and point, peep toe heels always hurt my toes, and that is why I don't own one pair. Just personal preference. Test your heels out and break them in before you need to wear them, your feet will thank you later! 

3. Make sure it is hubby approved: While Rick does not dress me, and RARELY will be like But I still always first ask Rick his thoughts on whatever I plan to wear. In most cases the outfits I pick are always something I feel is appropriate, but still give him the respect to double check he is ok with that.  A lot of the time he will actually help me accessorize my outfit (even though I am sure he will deny that he does lol).   I love glamming it up, and Rick knows that so he definitely let's me live a bit. 

Other pieces that are also great going out staples are rompers, jumpsuits, and blazers.  All are easy to switch up different accessories and add a blazer to make the look completely different.  If you are choosing a dress, I recommend picking one without a print.  Lately, I have been liking just solid color dresses, it allows me to wear them again but styled differently. 

I have a slight love for animal print (inherited from my mom lol), so for me any form of animal print will get multiple wears.  Going out is fun, and the last thing you want to do is worry about your outfit.  Consider the principles I go by to help you style your next outfit.

Happy Styling!

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Cameron - Top: Childrens Place Bottoms: Children's Place  Shoes: Nike (sold out), similar here 
Calvin - Top: Children's Place | Shorts: Children's Place Shoes: Keen 

I can't believe I am seeing back to school items already. Geesh! I feel like school just let out.  It's so bittersweet for me.  On one hand I will be happy to get Cameron back in school, and on the other it just means that he is going to another grade up and closer to not being my little kid.  :( He is starting third grade in the fall, and I like to get a jump start early on school shopping.  I always like to beat the rush and before items get picked over.  Plus I have found that I find better deals on clothing in July versus August. 

Fortunately for me Cameron's school has a school supplies ordering system where you just pay a flat fee.  This will get him all the school supplies he needs to get going for the first day of school.  I like this concept as it gives me one less thing I have to run around for. Looking forward to only having to run out to get clothes and a backpack.  We are going with Pottery Barn Kids for the backpack this year.  I love their styles, and want to get a more durable backpack.  Last school year we had to get 2 due to them wearing down so quickly.  
Regardless, I have a boy that grows like weeds and it requires me to seasonally restock his wardrobe with clothing, undergarments, and shoes.  And since I have a toddler that is in the 100% percentile for height and weight you can imagine how quickly he grows out of things as well.  About 2 (3 if needed) times a year, I will just stock up on both boys.

We do one bulk shopping trip for the boys, and this will get them stocked up for a couple seasons.   This has helped with budgeting, so we are not every other week having to run out and buy something for them.  It has helped me stay organized on the items I purchased and what they still need.  I don't know how many times I have bought shirts for them close to something they already owned because I forgot.  Before we do the big shopping trip I take inventory of what the boys already have.  I check for holes and what still fits.  This helps me create my list for what each boy needs. We then will donate the items that no longer fit to make space for their new items.  

When we do our shopping we will knock out everything. Shirts, undies, socks, pants, coats, shoes.  activewear (Cameron), and of course his backpack. EVERYTHING! 

Here is a list of the stores I shop at when it is time to stock up on the boys, and what I purchase from each store. 

Children's Place
I would say I shop at Children's Place the most for the boys. I get the most bang for my buck.  Plus they have such a variety of clothing and always run deals for free shipping along half off items. Some of the items that are I almost always get from them are below:

Graphic tees- You can almost always get them for like 3-4 dollars.
Underwear- I am still at the point where I am not ready for Cameron to be in big guy plain style underwear. They offer in his size underwear that is still cool colors/patterns for his age.
Khakis- I get most of their khakis from here because they are are like $10 dollars. 
Sleepwear- Again, I am not ready for either of my boys to grow up quite yet. lol! So they both still wear pajama sets. They offer them in Cameron's size, and have the cheapest I have seen sleepwear.  

Be careful with purchasing jeans from CP, they don't last as long as others companies.  The knees always end up getting holes after a season.  However, they are so cheap that I still get them.  I snagged 3 pairs for Cameron for $7.99 each.  It may just be my rowdy 8-year old with this problem. 

This place is an all-time favorite.  They are consistently bringing cute items and vibrant colors for both boys. I would go as far to say that they have the cutest boy clothes (not every store caters to boy fashion) I frequently shop at.  I do not shop their as much as CP, only because the price point.  Gymboree does frequently have sales, and offers coupons with free shipping.  Join their mailing list if you like Gymboree but not the price point.  Even with the coupon it is still higher in price, but definitely worth it. Also, if you are looking a dressy look this is where I get all holiday and picture clothes for the boys. 
Old Navy
I love Old navy.  However, their kids items are not always cheapest when not on sale.  So wait until they have their kids items on sale.  Another thing, I still really love ON for Calvin, I am just not that into the fashion as much for Cameron, he's 8.  ON doesn't match his style quite as much, I do still get basic tees there for Cameron.  Again, I do not shop at Old Navy for the kids unless they are having a sale. Their regular price point is higher than other stores. 

Osh Kosh
Let me say I don't shop here a ton in the summer for the kids.  I prefer their Fall and Winter apparel.  I love their Osh Kosh sweat suits for Calvin.  When I go into Osh Kosh my main purpose is to get jeans.  They have quality and sturdy jeans.  Cameron almost weekly will come home with a hole in his jeans, and I realized that I had to get a sturdier type of jean. You will pay a little bit more compared to other stores, but it is worth it for rowdy boys. 

For the boys shoes I don't have one particular store I get their shoes from.  I like to get all the major colors for each of them.  I will get a black, red, blue, brown dress shoe, and gray.  Cameron wears orthotic inserts in his shoes, so I try to get shoes that offer the most support.  I focus on that first before I think of brand or price.  A few places I check is Finish line, Famous Footwear, and Stride Rite.  It is so hot in TX that I keep Calvin in Keen Sandals.  They are sturdy and supportive but let his feet breathe.  I love them! I will also be taking advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! They have kids shoes for majorly discounted price.  I have linked some of my favorites that are part of my back to school shopping list. 
Another place I frequently get clothes from for Cameron is Nike, he likes their sportswear.  With him in sports all year round I do like to stock up on athletic wear as well.  I don't necessarily shop at the Nike store, because sometimes other stores will have Nike gear at a more affordable price. 

I love putting my boys in cute clothes at an affordable price.  The age my boys are at right now I don't get them the most expensive shoes or clothes.  I just cannot justify it considering Cameron literally came home one day with a giant hole in his shoes that were bought less than a month ago.  They are just to rough with clothes.  It will be a rare finding when you see my boys in Polo or Jordans at this stage of the game.  Definitely do what fits your budget the best!
Regardless of your budget I recommend making a shopping list so nothing is forgotten or duplicated! If you feel like you always are running out getting a new item for the kids, consider migrating to condensing your shopping trips to one bulk purchase.  It has helped me organize their clothing and simplify my life.  

Good luck! 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Top: Express Shorts: Bebe Shoes: Vince Camuto (sold out) similar here and here | Earrings: Kendra Scott Bracelet Kendra Scott and Bauble Bar  | Necklace: Love Always Ring: BP Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff 

Oh how I love you date make my hubby and I very happy.  I love to have the opportunity to be able to get dressed up and cute, go out with the hubby without a child in site! While some of our dates don't involve being dressed up, I still try to make sure I put in a little extra effort for the hubby regardless of what we are doing. :) I swear having kids has drastically changed the amount of free time we have, and we don't always get the chance as much as we would like to get out.  That's why whenever we do we love it, and always have a blast! Rick is truly my best friend so it is nice to get back to just us and focus on our marriage and relationship. (Don't mean to be sappy lol, but it's true.) 

Once the kids came along date night took the back seat for a while, and we were really just in the role of mom and dad. Even more than wife and husband. And me taking the time to get dolled up really took even more of a backseat.  My identity became mom, and less of Taryn.  And while I LOVE being a mom, I realized that I had to also take time for me.  I was no longer getting my hair and nails done regularly, and I just felt in a general rut.  My best outfit was a t-shirt and shorts. Ugh! What I had to remember is taking a little time for me doesn't make me any of a mother.  I had to recognize that being a mom, is not the only thing that defined me.  I now regularly put some time aside for personal care.  Also coming to grips with the fact that Rick and I leaving the kids with a sitter was OK and helps strengthen our marriage, which in turn only makes the family life even better. 

We both got so busy with life's happenings that we let date night fall by the wayside.  Once we both realized we lost focus of us committed to regularly "dating" each other. And let me tell has completely rejuvenated us. We don't get to go out nearly as much as we would like, but we both make an effort to do it regularly and that is what counts.  It has been so great to unplug from parent mode, not talk about the kids, and just have fun as Taryn and Rick. 

I say all that to say, I use date nights to really spruce myself up.  And look cute for the hubby.  Truthfully, Rick would be happy even if I did get all dressed up, but I know he appreciates the effort.  Sometimes with having 2 kids, full-time job, I have to remind myself that I am 29 it is OK to glam it up and have some fun.  If there are cute shorts that show off those legs or a LBD in your closet, dust them off and step outside the box.  Have some fun, and put the parenting duties on the back burner for an evening. As I said date nights don't happen all the time, so I make sure I pick out something that I am comfortable in, and shoes that will provide some comfort for the entire evening.  I don't want anything putting a damper on our night. 

I have always been a fan of hot pants so I opted to pick a fun print and pop of color.  I kept my accessories somewhat simple because having a print and bright color I felt was busy enough. 

Don't know what to wear on your upcoming date night? Here are a few outfit ideas that never fail me. 

1. LBD - An all black dress will never disappoint. Don't feel comfortable with a mini dress length?  Definitely try out a Midi all black dress.  I rarely buy mini's anymore.  Because I love how Midi dresses fit my shape, and add more class to the outfit. 

2. Blouse and Jeans - I don't always get dressed up for date nights.  I will pair it with some distressed jeans and just a basic blouse.

3. Hot pants and blouse or bodysuit - I love some cute printed shorts and pairing it with a cute top.  I love wearing shorts, because it provides a little more comfort than a dress.  I am kinda obsessed with wearing bodysuits so I may pair one with cute shorts or a skirt instead of a blouse.

4. Maxi dress - Want to be casual but still look like you put some energy in?  Put on a cute maxi dress with some flat sandals! Here and here are some I already own that can be dressed up or down. 

5. Rompers - I am queen of rompers.  You will be able to dress a romper up and down if you want to get multiple wears out of your outfit. One time try lace up sandals, and next time pair it with flat gladiator sandals. 

Bottomline of it all is, have fun stepping out of your normal wardrobe routine for date night.  Your hubby or bf definitely deserve it! A few of our favorite places for date night is Top Golf, Improv Comedy club, Del Friscos.  Also consider doing a double date, it always fun adding another couple to the fun! Pick something fun with a upbeat atmosphere.  Often we try to go to something that will be an activity and dinner.  That way we get 2 dates in one! We rarely pick the movies, just because who wants to sit in a movie on the only opportunity we have without the kids? Not us.  It has to be a movie we have both been dying to see in order for us to choose that for date night.

If you have kids and childcare is hard to come by and don't want to impose on family.  See if your area has night childcare centers. Or consider  these options will be life savers! If you don't have kids yet enjoy these moments to connect with your hubby/bf, it won't be as easy once kids come along.  So take full advantage now! Can't get out of the house? No problem. Consider having date night in the house once the kids are sleep.  You can bring in dinner from a restaurant, and set up the table as if you are out on the town. Just really commit to making sure date night is regularly incorporated. 

Date night has 120% refreshed our marriage and allows us to have escape from the crazy parenting battles.  It has also been nice to ditch the normal mom wear, and jazz it up a bit it with an outfit I don't normally wear.  If you are looking to bring the spice back in your relationship, start simply with just a date night! 

Happy Styling! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Top: BP | Jeans: American Eagle Shoes: Jessica Simpson and here | Purse: Tory Burch (sold out, similar style here | Ring: BP | Watch: Michael Kors  Necklace: Charming Charlie (sold out) similar here | Earrings: Nordstrom Bracelet: J.Crew and Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Tory Burch

This is the perfect peplum top! I have always been a fan of peplum anything.  Let's be honest...this top is a go to whenever I feel like I didn't do enough crunches or ate too much pasta the night before. haha! I love them for that reason, I can count on peplum's to be an outfit I will be comfortable in regardless of what my weight is doing at the moment. Peplums always are flattering. 

This top is perfect for really all seasons! It is only $38 and comes in 2 other colors.  Personally, I gravitate to earth tones, but plan on getting the other 2 colors as well.  You can dress this up and down, and it is very comfortable. 

Summer is actually my least favorite season believe it or not, so I have my mindset already on Fall (my favorite season). This outfit will be a go-to as we start to transition to Fall! I will take earth tones, nice fall breeze, and football season any day of the week. 

Feeling bloated? Consider trying out peplums to give you a look that makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

Happy Styling!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Sweater Vest: Old Navy | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: American Eagle Shoes: Steve Madden sizes limited, here is almost exact with more size options| Purse: Tory Burch (sold out, similar style here | Ring: BP | Watch: Michael Kors  Necklace + Earrings: I purchased from Old Navy, they only carry their jewelry in store here and here are some close matches | Bracelet: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Tory Burch

It is no secret that I love a sale and getting an expensive item at a discounted price. It has saved my family quite a bit of money over the years.  This outfit for example shows that you can be fashionable at any price point.  My clothing and jewelry pictured cost me less that $100! I've noticed that I can get some deals that other people may miss, so I wanted to share how I save big!

Disclaimer: I have not tapped into being an extreme couponer with groceries or anything else.  I give those women some serious credit, and wish I had the energy plus skills to do that! Who wouldn't want to get $100 dollars in groceries and only pay pennies! For about five seconds I attempted to do it and after the first grocery visit I stopped. I forgot some coupons (held up the line looking for them), did not select the right items, and really didn't even make my money back that I spent on the newspaper. haha! So that began and ended rather quickly. I say all that to say, I will be sharing tips on finding CLOTHING only deals.  Let me break down a few strategies for saving on your next purchases.

There are many stores that I cannot wait until they have their seasonal sales.  I score big at sales, and wanted to share a few.
Nordstrom: This is really the only department store I shop at frequently.  They have a price point I feel comfortable with, and when they have a sale I can stock up on quality apparel at a great price.  If you like department shopping then keep your eyes open for their half yearly sale that just past about a month ago.  And most importantly their Anniversary sale which kicks off today! This is when I pick up some designer items for a fraction of the price.  No exaggerating when I say this is when I get most of my designer items. 

The Cardholder access starts the July 14th and open to all starts on the July 22nd. Items go quick so make a list of what you would like to snag, before it gets sold out! You will find designer items for 40% off and huge discounts on cosmetics. 

Tory Burch: I love Tory Burch.  And while sometimes I don't mind paying full price for an item, as the brand is great quality. Of course, I prefer to shop their items during TB's quarterly sales. You can snag items for about 30% to 40% off. Their semi-annual sale just ended where you could get 30% off sale items. If you don't like the price tag of Tory Burch, seriously consider picking up some items during their sales. 

Victoria's Secret:  Need undergarments? Mark your calendars for their Semi-annual sale.  I stock up on bra's and undies at that time. They typically have the sale in the Winter and Summer.  Keep in mind that the basic bra and underwear colors go quick, so if you want a basic black be ready to move fast. I occasionally will get Pink lounge wear too for every day wear at low prices!
Dilliards:  I do know a lot of people that take part in the awesome yearly sale. I have never been a fan of Dilliards, so I can't give you direct tips.  I think the reason why is because we didn't have one in Grand Rapids where I grew up, so it just never seemed natural to go to that department store.  However, if you like Dillards watch out for that, because I hear you can get some great deals there also. 

In general, the best time to be on the look out for all sales is toward the end of  a season.  With summer wrapping up soon, stores will start to have great deals.  It goes without saying, that of course Black Friday and Cyber Monday are amazing with scoring big on discount items.  Put a plan together with those shopping dates.  I will share more tips on that as we get closer.  

 I almost always shop online and when I do I first see if there is a coupon code before checking out.  I shop at the same stores for the most part so I know what stores offer coupons frequently. Here is a quick list of stores that I shop at that you should wait to purchase until you have a coupon.

NY and Company- They frequently have flash sales and coupon codes. If you are seeing something full price consider waiting because they always have sales.

Express- I never purchased anything from Express without having a coupon. I receive in the mail the coupon codes where you can purchase a certain threshold to get a tiered discount. I despise Express having $8.95 shipping so I typically wait until they have multiple items I am interested in to purchase over their $125.  

Charming Charlie- Every other day I am getting emails about coupons on jewelry.  Not to mention this store already has affordable jewelry. I just got in my inbox last week a coupon for JULY $10 off $60 + Free Std Shipping Use code: HOT160

Loft- I love shopping here for my every day looks.  They often have $50 off $100! The Loft also has the $8.95 shipping, so beware that will eat into your discount a bit.  SN: I don't know why I have this stigma with shipping costs. Seeing a store not offer free shipping will really have me considering not shopping there. LOL! Crazy I know, but its the truth!

Steve Madden- I love shoes the most and frequently shop at Steve Madden. Unless I need a shoe for an event I rarely shop full price.  They always have 15% or 20% with free shipping.  SM also moves their shoes over quickly to sale section giving it even more of a discount. Keep your eye out for their Midday steals sale! You will get shoes for half off! 

 Gap- I notice I shop here more in the fall an winter as I like more of their fall clothing.  They are pretty affordable with a their sales and coupons. I shop here a lot for Rick, and they always have affordable menswear as well. 

If there are stores you love consider joining the email list.  Yes, I know that will add some emails to your inbox, but that is where most of the coupon codes get delivered too.  Also, most companies will send something out for your birthday month as an added bonus.  Even if I don't have a coupon code for a particular store I always check Retail me not or others similar to make sure I am not missing out on anything. 

I am not going to pretend like I go to the outlet malls a lot, because I really don't.  I rarely go to any mall really, it is just not enjoyable for me. It's not how I find the best deals personally.  I like to browse on the couch with no crowds, no kids whining, and price compare. However, outlet malls you can save a ton! Whenever I do go which is every few months I find some great items.  The biggest tip is remember that not all stores or items at the outlet will offer a true deal.  Sometimes people run to the outlet mall and get items that are truly the same price as the regular store.  Be careful with that not falling into the trap of outlet stores. 

 Some of the stores that are a must for me when I go to the outlet is Katespade, Stride Rite, Nike (remember not all items in this store are a deal), Gap/Banana Republic Factory store,  Cole Haan (my husband loves their shoes), and Last Call.  Those are a few that come to mind that will have some great deals! Of course that will vary based on the outlet nearest to you. 

 I started using Ebates about 2 years ago.  I signed up not really thinking too much of it, but it has been a nice little perk to get sporadically.  Ebates is a program that allows you to get a percentage back for shopping at their partnered companies.  After you get an account (which is free), you then will shop at the online stores like you normally would.  However, this time you go to the store site through the ebates link, shop and check out just like normal.  Once you have completed your purchase you will typically get an email within 24 hours of the cash back you received from that purchase.

  It typically is never a ton, but does add up. Trust me! They pay out 4 times a year via Paypal or check.  So far my pay out have gotten me a handbags and shoes.  It's a nice little added bonus! One time we were switching to a new cable provider and checked out through ebates and got $50 just for that! So be looking for those added cashback deals.  Definitely something to consider! 

If you don't shop ever at affordable shops you are seriously missing out! More often than not there are clothing items that look almost identical as the designers and over half the cost.  You just need to know what stores to go to and what items are best to shop for at a bargain price. Here are some of my favorite cost friendly stores:

 Old Navy- Great for the entire family. However, for myself I don't shop everything from ON. I tend to stick with Dresses, shorts, and some blouses. Whenever I get pants for me, they don't tend to hold up well.  I feel online provides better deals than in-store.

 H&M- You can always find something.  However, just be careful with shopping there.  Sometimes the quality on all the items isn't the best. Example...they normally have 9.99 jeans that I stay away from.  They feel cheap and scratchy on my legs, and provide no shape for me. Same with jewelry, you get some really affordable jewelry but may not last that long. I do really like H&M for men as well, but just keep in mind if you have a huskier guy finding sizing is not the easiest. H&M is a store I like to physically go in, and take my time to browse around.  I will pay attention to the quality of the items as they have a huge range.  H&M gets crazy, so I go to a less busy mall locally and right when they open on Saturday. 

 Zara- Now let me say not all of their items are budget friendly.  However, they will frequently have hand bags that are pretty affordable. Zara also keeps their clothing items at a mixed price point. I normally can get pants for $40 and a top for about $30ish.  I haven't purchased an item from Zara that I did not love.  Some of my favorite items from Zara, is definitely Blazers.  If you want a blazer that is great quality with a nice fit.  Splurge on their blazers.

Shein- I just recently learned about this site and so far I am pleased, and definitely wanted to share.  I have gotten a few things from then, and have worn them all.  I always get leery of ordering from online boutiques with low prices.  However, I decided to give it a shot after I saw many bloggers order from them.  The prices are LOW, and recommend you browsing this site for trendy clothing items you may be interested in but not break the bank. 

A few other affordable online shops I visit is Boohoo(affordable plus they always have a coupon, Lulus, and Asos.  Over the years I have been working to build my wardrobe to have quality over quantity. I don't run out to all of the bargain stores that I used to just to grab something that won't last me. In the past I would shop with the price point being in the fore front, and sometimes left me with pieces not up to par. It's great to get a deal, but just make sure it will last.  I don't want a closet full of junk. I've found that it save me money in the long run because I don't have to every season run out to buy the same thing. Even budget-friendly brands can have great quality items.  

Start learning what brands offer the best deals but don't skimp on the quality. 
 This is where finding your wardrobe staples comes into play.  I recommend investing in your staple pieces, which for every women is different.  Flats are one of my staples, because I wear them the most on a daily basis.  Figure out the items you use and love most, and consider saving and putting money towards those items.  For the rest don't be afraid to shop a deal, sale rack, or apply that coupon code.  I am not above it and you shouldn't be either! 

There are of course many other stores with awesome deals.  The stores I listed are just the top ones I regularly shop at, but definitely not all! 
Hope you can find some great deals next time you shop!

Happy Styling!