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When life gives you lemons…

I first learned of ILYMIX when I came about their account on Instagram, and was drawn to their pictures of beautiful, bold statement necklaces and earrings.  This one in particular stood out to me: it’s bright, fun, and kind of reminds me of something Kate Spade would release.  I love the adorable lemons and lemon slices paired with starfishes and pearls (I mean, it pretty much screams Summer).

I paired mine with a J.Crew Factory sweater, American Eagle jeggings, and Payless Shoe Source pumps (shown below).


I definitely recommend checking out ILYMIX.  Their products are reasonably priced, ship quickly, and are of good quality.  There are tons of other items on my wishlist, from sunglasses, to scarves, to bracelets (and how cute is this watermelon clutch!?).  If you’re interested in making a purchase, ILYMIX has generously offered to give my readers 20% off your purchase: just use the code Elyse20.  Happy shopping!

*Note: Necklace provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

Dixie Outlet Mall “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge (Part 2!)

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Who’s excited? This girl! Back in Spring, I participated in Dixie Outlet Mall‘s “She Who Hunts Finds” challenge (check out my final outfit here), and am thrilled to have been invited to participate again for Fall!  This season, there’s a fun twist on the challenge: not only do I need to create a fab Fall outfit by hunting down the greatest deals and saving as much money as possible, I also need to hunt with my wild-side animal shopping persona in mind.  So what exactly is an “animal shopping persona” and how do you learn what yours is, you ask?  Simply head over to www.dixiewildside.com to take the 1-minute quiz and learn what kind of deal huntress you really are when you hit the outlet mall (and be entered to win a $1000 shopping spree!).  And be sure to check out the fun interactive photo booth inside the mall from August 21st to September 6th for a chance to win a $250.00 gift card (there’s a draw every day)!

So what animal did I turn out to be?  The Eagle of course!  Here’s what my shopping persona says about me: “Soaring through the mall, you hunt efficiently.  You know what you love and you zero in on fresh finds.  You’re always first to swoop in on the best deals with the greatest of ease.I love it! I have to agree that shopping can bring out my competitive side: I know exactly what I want (most of the time of course), and I have to have it!

Keep an eye out for my outfit reveal in the coming weeks, and for a chance to win a $200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall shopping spree!

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My Outfit Reveal: Dixie Outlet Mall’s “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge

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After being challenged by Dixie Outlet Mall to put together a Spring outfit whilst saving as much money off of the suggested retail price as possible (read more about the challenge here), I immediately knew which direction I wanted to go: floral.  I mean, does anything else scream “Spring” quite as much as flowers do?! This outfit is extremely versatile (wear it to work, a night out, or even a Spring wedding), and I’m super excited to tell you all about it, and my experience at Dixie.  Let’s get started!

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Upon arriving at Dixie Outlet Mall, the first thing I began looking for was a fun, colourful, floral print.   As soon as I laid eyes on this gorgeous Vince Camuto jumpsuit at Winners, I knew it was meant to be. It is super comfy and lightweight, and I love the stunning, bright, waterprint-ish colors.

Suggested Retail: $80.00

I Paid: $49.99

Total Savings: $30.01

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Next up, I needed some shoes.  For a while, I debated between a nude sandal and a navy pump, but eventually spotted these awesome white statement heels from Aldo Outlet.  What I love about them is that, with this outfit they look a simple pair of white, pointed-toe pumps, but when worn later on with a skinny jean or shorter dress, you can see the edgy, studded detailing on the ankles.  I also love that the white shoe keeps the outfit bright and fresh.

Suggested Retail: $90.00

I Paid: $69.98

Total Savings: $20.02

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With the jumpsuit and shoes in hand, I now needed something to carry all my essentials (phone, wallet, lipstick, keys).  I knew I wanted something navy to play off of the colour-blocking around the neck of the jumpsuit.  I found this navy clutch at Nine West Shoe Studio, and was pleased to discover it was on major sale.  I love that it is large enough to carry all I need (and more).

Suggested Retail: $85.00

I Paid: $30.00

Total Savings: $55.00

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We all know that Spring equals sunshine, and this means a pair of chic sunglasses is essential.  I scored these white Roots aviator-style sunglasses from Winners.

Suggested Retail: $28.00

I Paid: $14.99

Total Savings: $13.01

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Next up: jewelry.  I found all I was looking for (and a lot more) at Ardene. They had almost all of their jewelry on sale: 10 items for $10.00!  I decided to go with 5 pieces for this outfit: a set of midi rings, 2 pairs of earrings, and 2 bracelets.  I wanted to keep the jewelry in the gold family to play off of the gold detailing on the neck of the jumpsuit.

Suggested Retail: $30.46

I Paid: $5.00

Total Savings: $25.46

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At the end of my shopping trip, I had just enough left to purchase this pretty lilac nail polish by Revlon from Cosmetics N’ More for Less.  As someone who loves makeup and beauty products, I probably could have spent the entire shopping trip in this store alone!  I love that this polish is subtle, but has a hint of color that ties into the lilac tones in the jumpsuit.

Suggested Retail: $8.97

I Paid: $2.00

Total Savings: $6.97

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I had so much fun participating in this challenge, and hope you like my Spring outfit as much as I do! In total, I saved $150.47 off of the suggested retail prices for the pieces I purchased.  All of the items I purchased were high quality, gorgeous pieces that I’ll be wearing all Spring and Summer long.  I highly recommend shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall, whether it be for yourself, or for a friend/family member.  There are many great deals to be had from a wide variety of stores, and she (or he) who hunts, is sure to leave with an armful of finds!

Interested in a deal-hunt of your own? Stay tuned for a giveaway that will allow you to do just that!

Deal Hunting at Dixie Outlet Mall: My Experience

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You know the saying, “like a kid in a candy store”?  When it comes to my recent shopping experience at Dixie Outlet Mall (to complete the She Who Hunts Finds Blogger Challenge), this seems like a pretty accurate metaphor.  There were over 130 stores to visit, and I took on nearly every single one of them.

Upon entering the mall, I was excited to spot one of my favourite stores, Aldo Outlet, and was even more excited to discover that many pairs of shoes were on sale for an additional 50% off!  More amazing deals were to be had at some my other favourites: Winners, Laura Outlet, Nine West Shoe Studio, and the Sears Outlet, where I purchased the amazing studded kitten heels pictured above for $14.99 (note: these are not part of my Blogger Challenge outfit; I just couldn’t help but share)!

What I love about Dixie Outlet Mall is that there is something to be found for everyone: men, women, kids, and beyond.  You can score amazing finds at extremely affordable prices, and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable (enclosed shopping = protection from the rain or snow!).

I thoroughly enjoyed my shopping experience, and couldn’t be more excited to share my final outfit reveal with you all; be sure to stay tuned over the next week or so!  And don’t forget, there may just be a giveaway in the near future (hint, hint!).

 

“She Who Hunts Finds”: Blogger Challenge at Dixie Outlet Mall

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In case the name of my blog doesn’t give it away, I live for the “find”: that feeling you get when you score a pair of shoes for a fraction of the regular retail price, or when you spot from afar the red “sale” sticker on a dress, and instantly your pace picks up (it counts as cardio, ladies).  Luckily, there’s a place for people like me and my fellow deal-hunters: Dixie Outlet Mall.

Located in Mississauga, Ontario (along the Queen Elizabeth Highway), Dixie Outlet Mall is one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centers, with over 130 stores.  Some of my personal favourites?  Winners, Nine West Shoe Studio, Danier Leather, Levi’s Outlet and Aldo Outlet.

I’ve frequented Dixie Outlet Mall for as long as I can remember, always ensuring no good #DixieDeals go un-hunted.  So, when I was contacted to participate in their “She Who Hunts Finds” challenge, I knew it was a match made in shopping-heaven (I also started counting down the sleeps, Christmas-style).

What’s the challenge you ask?  With a $200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall gift card in hand, purchase a fabulous Spring outfit and save as much money off the full retail price as possible.

Keep an eye out for my posts (blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) in the coming weeks to read all about my shopping experience at Dixie Outlet Mall, see my final outfit reveal, and enter for your chance to win your own $200.00 gift card! Don’t forget to follow Dixie Outlet Mall, too! (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)

Let the hunt begin…