First thing’s first: Congrats go out to Kate Valenta! She is the winner of the color pop Stella and Dot single wrap Wanderlust bracelet! Hope you enjoy adding this arm candy to your summer ensembles Kate! Thanks again to Erin Moharita for the donation from your collection. The new Stella and Dot collection debuted this weekend, lots of great new styles! I'm looking forward to featuring a few in an upcoming blog post, stay tuned!

How have you all been handling this heat wave? I have to admit I’ve been living in tanks and shorts and not feeling very stylish.  But, while the heat has held me back, it hasn’t stopped me from my fall shopping. I studied the Nordstrom semi-annual sale catalog, hit up the big sale at Zara, and fell in love with a pair of shoes that hopefully will make it to my doorstep for my birthday.  (James, I hope you’re reading this they are in my ShopBop shopping cart!) July is a funny month for fashion. You will see sales on summer merchandise, promotions for new fall merchandise, and even some labels that bring in more summer styles at regular price. I get so easily caught up in sales that sometimes I’m guilty of a “but look at the original price, how can I put this back, it’s such a great deal” purchase. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I am learning that with my shopping addiction, it’s great to make a list of things or styles you like and use that list as your guide while all these great sales are going on.

For example:  Work out wear (Seen in featured image above.)

Check out Sherri and her adorable daughter Paige in colorful coordinating Asics after one of her Monday morning spin classes.

I then made fashionista Julie Durso pose for a couple candids because she always has the best work out gear! (She told me they were both Nike pants for any of you wondering)

Work out gear rarely goes on sale, and when it does sizes, styles, and coordinating pieces will be limited. Nordstom has a wide selection and a signature line called Zella, that has many styles that you can layer and wear on their own through the changing seasons. Make sure you check out their sale. Free shipping and returns always make online shopping less stressful. There are also a couple of pieces that caught my eye in the sale catalog. What do you think? Will they make it into your closet?

left to right:

KARMA grey ruffle back “Sibylla” jacket $58.90, “Kata” blk/violet printed tights $58.90

 NIKE “Epic” white crew $44.90, “Legend” capris $39.90

ZELLA “Trinity” jkt $64.90, “Live In” zebra print leggings $37.90

Fall clothing:

 I have a friend who stresses splurging on practical pieces and for the specialty pieces tends to search for a deal. I am guilty of both, but I tend to splurge on the unique pieces.  Try and figure out what you feel best in, will get the most wear out of, and gives you that extra confidence boost.  I like to get the most out of my clothing allowance by buying pieces I can mix and match and create more than just one outfit from.  I highly recommend checking out the sale going on right now at Zara. (While I’m a big fan of their website and shopping online, I have to say they had a bigger selection of sizes and styles at the store.  I was at the 666 5th Ave location near 52nd street)

This heat, while reminding me and everyone else on the East Coast, that fall clothing shopping shouldn’t be happening right now, made that fact a lie because it was one of those days where the shopping gods were smiling on me, and I successfully added 2 complete fall looks to my wardrobe for a great price! 

Left to right:

Zara tweed jkt $69.99, grey crew neck shirt tale top $14.99, Polka dot jeans $29.99

Zara mixed media sweater $39.99, moto pants $39.99

Hard to see the detail in these pics, but the striped tweed jacket on the left has frayed hems around the collar and cuffs, zippers on the sleeves, and hips, and closes asymmetrically. It also has a vegan leather lining in the collar. The jeans are as comfortable as a pair of my pajama pants! Totally not lying. They also have small tonal polka dots printed all over them which adds a fun, subtle pattern to a basic bottom.

The sweater on the left I am obsessed with.  It’s a mixed media design of wool, lace, and opaque georgette.  The moto pants are a coated stretch cotton with quilted knees and a mix of stretch knit cotton.  Not quite pajama pant comfort, but definitely more comfortable than the shoes are after a few hours. 

Would love to hear what you are hoping to add to your fall wardrobe. Happy shopping!