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#DealOfTheDay: Jessica Simpson Leopard Pumps

I took my first trip to Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), a US retailer who recently opened its doors in Canada. As you may have guessed by the name, DSW is known for having designer shoes at warehouse prices.  The store I visited was quite large, had great selection, and was well organized.  The prices were reasonable, and as a deal hunter, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sale section at the back of the store, even with it having been recently opened.  It was there that I was able to score these Jessica Simpson “Venita 2” leopard pumps, (made of printed pony hair and stretch fabric, with a 4-inch heel), for just a fraction of the retail price.  Typically, these pumps sell for $130.00 CDN, however DSW had them marked down to $79.99, and then an additional 70% off, making these beauties just $23.88!  The elastic fabric makes these shoes surprisingly comfortable to wear, and the leopard print is perfect for Fall’s warmer color palette. Love!

#DealOfTheDay: Payless BOGO

With my birthday having just passed, I received my annual coupons from various stores, including one for 25% off my purchase at Payless Shoe Source. Right now, Payless is also having their BOGO event (buy one, get one 50% off), which you can combine with birthday coupons (or the survey coupon you receive on the bottom of your receipts).  While all the prices at Payless are reasonable, I always check out the clearance first.  I picked up the Ivy City Sandal (shown on right).  I don’t typically go for a chunky heel, but was drawn to their simple, classic look (they also come in royal blue).  For my second pair, I chose the Elektra Platform Espadrille in black (on left).  I love the way the modern, faux snake print upper contrasts with the beachy, casual, woven trim on the bottom.

So just how much did I score these for?  Both pairs of shoes were on clearance for just $21.00 CDN each.  This alone is already a great deal.  But, with the BOGO offer and my birthday coupon, my total came to just $23.62 plus tax!

Have you scored any #DealOfTheDay’s lately?  Let me know in the comments below!   

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.

The Best Deals are Just a Click Away: ShopSultry.com

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Let’s face it: the ability to shop online (in your yoga pants and no makeup) is great, but sometimes sorting through hundreds or thousands of items, searching for the best deals, can be a bit of a daunting task.  Enter ShopSultry.com, your online source for the best deals from top retailers (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, and more!).  Each item on the site is hand-curated to include only the most fashion-forward pieces at the greatest prices.  Some of my favourites? The Jessica Simpson “Chandra” Mules (shown above, top right), which are on sale at 61% off the regular price!  And how perfect for Fall is this gorgeous red Michael Kors “Bedford” Tote (shown above, bottom left), on for 40% off?!

Sultry adds new retailers each week, and shopping the collection is a breeze with the ability to sort by price, brand, store, or category.  Have a budget of $40.00 this week? I sorted by price and found hundreds of items at this price-point.  And be sure to check Sultry out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram while you’re at it.  Happy shopping!

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

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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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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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Have you bought your tickets yet?!

The What a Girl Wants event is almost here (Sunday, August 16th); have you bought your tickets yet?!  They’re selling fast so be sure to grab one before they’re gone!

Learn more about this awesome event by checking out my previous post.  In a nutshell: designer finds, wedding dresses, purses, shoes, and more for just $2.00!!  You do not want to miss this.

Be sure to say hello if you see me there!

May, June, and July Favourites!

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I’m a little late to the party on this one, but hey, better late than never, right?! Here’s what I’ve been loving for the months of May, June, and July!

1.  Alex and Ani “Zest for Life” Charm Bangle

I’ve blogged about my love of Alex and Ani bracelets before, and this newly released, limited-edition version is no exception.  Each Alex and Ani bracelet has a special meaning, and this particular one, called “Zest for Life“, is a “reminder that when life hands you lemons, you have the power to take positive action, sweeten the situation, and make lemonade.The power to create a desirable outcome is always within reach.” (Alexandani.com) Not only is the meaning super-positive, for each purchase of this bracelet, Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price to a charity benefiting childhood cancer patients and help fund pediatric cancer research.  I love that this bracelet stands for positivity and helps others, and so it was well worth the drive to the USA to pick one up.  Check out more about this bracelet, and where you can purchase Alex and Ani products here.

2.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Champagne Eye Shadow Primer

I love a product that multitasks.  Not only is this primer the perfect base for both shimmery and matte shadows, helping to bring out their pigmentation and last all day long, it’s also a gorgeous product to wear on it’s own (for those lazy mornings we all have now and again…or every day).  This product is crease-proof, waterproof, and lasts all day.

3.  Mark’s Work Warehouse Denver Hayes Romper in “Black”

I recently posted about my love of this romper on Instagram, and how I’d been searching for one with longer-length shorts for what seems like the entire Summer.  I want to be able to do normal human things (walk, bend over, sit down) without having to worry about showing off too much (if you know what I mean).  I wanted a romper that was classy, comfy, and fashionable, and this one from Mark’s Work Warehouse has it all.  Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s currently on clearance for only $14.88!?

4. Urban Decay Naked Smoky 

The Urban Decay Naked palettes never need much of an introduction (I’ve blogged about previous palettes here, here, and here).  As someone who lives for a good smoky eye, this newly released “Smoky” version is close to my heart.  With 12 gorgeous neutral, smoky toned shadows, not to mention the beautiful packaging, this palette is an essential for any makeup lover’s collection.  It even comes with a dual ended brush, and a lookbook to help you create 4 (of endless) looks using the palette.

5.  Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit

I’ve always tended to prefer face wash over wipes, however after receiving these as a gift, I decided to give them a try.  Needless to say (as they are in my favourites after all), I fell in love.  Not only do I use these to remove makeup, I also like to use them mid-day (especially on weekends when I don’t typically wear makeup) to remove oil and freshen up.  I love the fresh, grapefruit scent, and that they leave your skin feeling smooth and clean (no greasy residue).

What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!     

Michael Kors for $2.00?!

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Yep, you heard correctly: you can score these Michael Kors shoes for just $2.00.  Or, how about this Chanel purse, or these Ann Taylor pumps…all just $2.00 each!  So how does one score such amazing deals, you ask?  The answer is What a Girl Wants, an event taking place in Burlington, Ontario on August 16th, 2015.  Here, you’ll find thousands of new and upscale repeat clothing items  for the entire family, including shoes, purses, jewelry, and more!  Simply purchase your tickets online here for $21.00, show up on August 16th with a reusable bag in hand (you’ll probably need a large one!), and pay only $2.00 for each item (cash only)!  You’ll want to show up right when the sale starts: bright and early at 8:00 am, and you can browse some of the items in advance of the sale on the What a Girl Wants Facebook page.

And, what makes this sale even more exciting, is that all of the proceeds support Habitat for Humanity Halton.  Last year, this event raised $10,000.00 for the cause!

Even if you’re not able to attend the sale, now is a great time to clean out that closet of yours and donate!  What a Girl Wants is currently accepting men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories, and all items must be in excellent condition, and from a smoke-free home.  Have some items you’d like to donate? Check out the What a Girl Wants website for contact information.

Not able to attend but curious to know more?  Yours truly (that’s me!) will be attending the event and, of course, blogging about all the amazing finds to be had!

This event is truly one where fashion meets philanthropy; where you and your girlfriends can get together, haven fun, and make a difference.  I hope to see you there (be sure to stop by and say hi if you see me!).

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!