Acoutrement

Gold Lace CuffSee I can sound fancy and French if I want to. Hell I can maybe even pronounce acoutrement correctly, but I’m writing and not talking so you’ll never be the wiser since you can’t hear me.

Anyway, let’s talk about Stella & Dot. Why? Well because I want to and I’m wearing this pretty fly gold cuff right now that I think everyone with a brain should own. Maybe not everyone. I think the sartorial flair might be lost on people like say…my brother. Now for all the ladies though…get you and your sassy pants right on over and check out my friend Joy’s page: http://www.stelladot.com/joyjohnson She’s the coolest for one thing and for another, a white t-shirt just looks way more awesome with some snazzy jewels.

The bracelet I’m wearing today is here
http://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/jewelry/bracelets/b173g
Host a party and you too can be the proud owner of this piece of finery at 50% off the retail price. Not too shabby eh?

I’m also wearing this garishly large necklace I got a while ago at Anthropologie. A similar can be found here:http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopsale-jewelryaccessories/26823302.jsp
The only difference is that mine has this (un)strategically placed disco ball hanging from one side.

Pile all that shit on and my t-shirt (dress in this case) is way less boring. Dannijo (www.dannijo.com) has some amazing pieces too, but not nearly as affordable as Stella & Dot or Anthropologie. I have to hand it to Mary Suki as well. Her jewelry is gorgeous. I will have her gold cuff one day. But to be honest, I’ve found some real gems (pun totally intended) at H&M and Forever 21 as well. Any one else have great recommendations for some affordable flair?

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Maison Martin Margiela (along with H&M)

MMM 130122Remember down there in sale I was raving about H&M’s collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela? Well today’s outfit is 2/3 from that collection. I’ve got on that savvy deconstructed jacket and the hitched up skirt along with a pair of those J.Crew sale shoes I mentioned earlier too. And yes, I’m fully aware that I don’t match perfectly, but that’s where my lack of concern plays in. I want to know how you guys would pair these pieces though. Comments!

Let’s talk SALE!

I’m not one of those girls who pays full price for much of anything. I just can’t see the point unless it’s something a. that I absolutely cannot live without, and b. is also reasonably priced to begin with. That being said, even though here in Atlanta we’re still awaiting the arrival of winter, the stores have moved on to spring and it’s end of season sale time EVERYWHERE!!! Here are a few, in my opinion, notable stores to check out.
1. Cole Haan-most comfortable shoes ever. And hey a ton of their killer shoes, boots, and bags are as much as 70% off
http://www.colehaan.com

2. H&M-I’m usually kind of ambiguous toward this mecca of designer knock-offs, but this winter they joined forces with Maison Martin Margiela, and that was a stroke of genius friends. And now all that cool shit is on sale! I’m talking $15-20 for items that were originally marked $129-199. Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of their deconstructed jackets. You’ll thank me later
http://www.hm.com/us/

3. Ann Taylor-yeah I know it’s kind of boring, but a good basic is often the key to any truly fantastic outfit. From what I hear it’s 60% off today.
http://www.anntaylor.com

4. Zara-another God send to the fashion forward with a limited budget. They have some great blazers and blouses now marked down significantly. I scored a black tuxedo and jacket and sequined, yes sequined all over, silk tuxedo jacket for a whopping $100! My advice? Go to Zara, and go now.
http://www.zara.com

5. J.Crew/Madewell-love their clothes, but since Jenna Lyon’s took over, the quality, and therefore the price point, have increased significantly. However, they do offer a pretty killer sale. Right now in stores it’s 50% of the lowest marked price…hence my new collection of shoes from there. (see “Vices”) The last I heard our beloved Madewell, the slightly less expensive but still equally awesome little sister of J.Crew, is offering 40% off their marked down prices.
http://www.jcrew.com http://www.madewell.com

6. Gap-some of my favorite t-shirts…soft, long enough for those of us who are not of average height, bliss. Pretty sure the super sale is still happening and you can pick up a bag of fun for 40% off the sale price. Chances are this rule, or one similar to it, applies to Banana Republic too since generally what’s good for one seems to be good for the other.
http://www.gap.com http://www.bananarepublic.com http://www.piperlime.com

7. Neiman Marcus-yep, that Neiman Marcus…the land of beautiful, wearable art. Remember they teamed up with Target at Christmas? All that stuff flew off the shelves after they marked it down to 75% off the original price. However, if you’re still pining away for one of those Marc Jacobs leather pouches or a Rodarte party dress, wander on over to Neiman’s where you’ll find a full supply of all that they offered at Target marked down to 75% off. Besides, who doesn’t need a faux fur vest?
http://www.neimanmarcus.com http://www.target.com

Anyone else know of any great sales at the moment???