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Outfit Reveal: “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge (Part 2)

Outfit Reveal

While I’m a true Summer girl at heart, I have to admit I love Fall fashion: the colours, the cozy fabrics, and the layering.  I knew that for this challenge, I wanted to create an outfit that encompassed all of these things.  My first stop upon arriving at Dixie Outlet Mall last Saturday morning was Winners.  I’m a huge fan of Winners and I always seem to find great deals at the Dixie Outlet Mall location.

At Winners, I scored this gorgeous pocketed red and black vest.  I loved that it was a little edgy and lumberjack-inspired, but in a girly way with its beautiful draping and cozy fabric.  This vest retails for $70.00, but I scored it for just $39.99! I love that you can wear it as a chic cape as well (shown below).

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The vest was the piece that inspired the rest of my outfit (I found it within 5 minutes of entering the mall!).  Since I styled a fun jumpsuit for the Spring challenge, I knew this time I wanted to purchase a classic dress: something that could be worn to work, an event, or a night on the town.  I found this Cynthia Rowley dress at Winners.  It’s a thick (and super forgiving) fabric, with a classy length, and pockets (need I say more!?).  Even better? This dress is an outfit in itself! It retails for $80.00, but I scored it for just $39.99.

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With the dress and vest purchased, my next stop was to grab a fun statement necklace (not a surprise if you know me well).  I wanted something colourful, but not something that would compete too much with the patterned vest.  I found this fun red statement necklace at Payless Shoe Source for just $4.00 (regular $19.99).

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On to Claire’s, where I purchased a pair of earrings, and a cute set of midi rings.  I knew I wanted to go with stud earrings, so as to not take away from the necklace-and-vest combo.  I decided to go with this set of earrings (which came with a third pair as well).  I thought it would be a cute touch to include a pair of leaf earrings: so very Fall inspired!  The rings were just a fun extra, and I loved that they were simple and understated.   The set of 2 rings, and the set of 3 earrings were both $2.00 each (regular $4.00 and $12.00, respectively).

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For a purse, I headed to Danier with the intention of purchasing a cute neutral clutch.  I spotted this chic over-the-shoulder bag (on sale!), and fell in the love with the tassel detail, and the fact that you can wear it multiple ways.  This leather bag retails for $129.00, but I scored it for just $47.99!

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Finally, my trip to Dixie Outlet Mall came full circle, and I finished back where I started: at Winners.  I purchased these super comfy open-back black booties that I’d eyed in the morning, and couldn’t get out of my mind.  These retail for $55.00, and I purchased them for $39.99.

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Overall, I spent $198.84 and saved a total of $194.03!  My Eagle shopping persona definitely held true as I made my way around the mall: I knew what I wanted, and I wouldn’t stop until I found it (I was there open-to-close!).  I’m super excited with my #DixieDeals, and am looking forward to wearing this outfit to work or a date (hayride or fall festival, anyone?).  What would you buy with $200.00 at Dixie Outlet Mall? Check back soon for a chance to win your own shopping spree!

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My Aldo #PerfectPair

Aldo Perfect Pair

Here’s my #PerfectPair, purchased at the Aldo A-List event I attended last night.  There were refreshments, snacks, goodie bags, 15% off your purchase, and of course, these gorgeous royal blue caged booties that just begged to leave with me (how could I possibly deny them a good home?).

In the style “Lavinia“, these “shooties” have a 4-inch heel, textile upper, leather lining, and zipper closure.  The regular retail price for these is $90.00 CDN, however with all discounts (50% off the regular price, plus 15% off at the A-List event), I scored these for just $38.25!

Have you scored a #PerfectPair lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Buying on a Budget: Neutral Open-Toe Booties

Budget Booties

When it comes to footwear, I’ll usually only ever splurge (or “invest”) in pairs that I will wear every day (such as my favourite leather pumps I mentioned here).  If I’m eyeing a pair of shoes that are more on the trendy “here-today-gone-tomorrow” side, I’ll do my best to find the most affordable version of them.  A lot of the time, a certain designer will kick-start a trend, and then lower-priced retailers will create their own versions (such as Payless Shoe Source).  If you’re only going to be wearing the shoes occasionally for a season or two, does it really matter if they don’t have a brand name marked on their soles?  Nope.  My advice: buy the more affordable version, save your money, and “invest” in some of the products mentioned in my bi-monthly favourites (shameless blog plug, I know).

I recently visited Kmart and spotted these “Anya” open toe, button back ankle booties.  The picture above shoes them as a dark brown, but in real life they are more of a camel colour (they also come in black).  Not only were these babies under $30.00, they also applied for the BOGO (buy one get one 50% off) promotion (which I took full advantage of).  They are comfortable, good quality (and vegan), and look extremely similar to Steve Madden’s version (Nonstp) which retail for over $100.00!