Bye Bye Summer?

bye bye summer

The media is saying good bye to summer with tons of articles, blogs, and TV specials, but I say hold on! It’s still over 85 degrees in many parts of the US.  It’s 88 degrees here in Glendale, and 85 by the beaches.  In fact we typically don’t see a cool down in Los Angeles until closer to Halloween.  Meanwhile department and online stores have cleared out mini skirts and tank tops to make room for wool sweaters and jeans.

Dear Department Store,

We can’t wear wool in California. Just stop it!

While finding summer clothing in September can prove to be challenging, the good news is that many summer items are already on sale.  If you’re in need of items to stay cool in, visit the sale section of your favorite online retailer.  It’s also a great time to buy a swim suit for the rest of this season, or for next season. Can’t find what you’re looking for online? Visit the nearest outlet mall.  Many stores send last season’s items off to the outlet locations, and mark them down sometimes up to 70%.

Don’t know where to start? These online retailers are offering great deals on summer fashions now:

Express: 40% off Clearance

J Crew: Extra 25% off Sale Items

Victoria’s Secret: Swim Suit Sale & Clearance Items

Forever 21: Tons of trendy styles on sale now

Zumiez: 60% off Labor Day Sale

LuLu’s: Plenty of summer dresses under $30

You can save on more than just clothing in September.  There is still plenty of time to have that summer BBQ you never got around to throwing.  Target and Walmart are both offering great deals on patio furniture, and plastic dishware, everything you need to have a great outdoor party with friends.

Target: Up to 50% off Patio Clearance Items

Walmart: Patio Clearance

Don’t be fooled by the media.  There is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard, take a dip in the pool, and rock a mini dress.  Take advantage of these great deals, and enjoy the heat while you can.

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Black Tie

black tie
I love a good black tie event, it means that I can dress up in formal attire. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many black tie events these days.

While online shopping at Lulus.com I got inspired by this cute black bow tie top. I love a good bodysuit, so I knew I had to have it. Body suits stays in place, unlike when attempting to tuck a regular top into your skirt or pants. It also smooths out your look, no special shapewear or undies needed. The fabric is pretty stretchy, so when ordering keep that in mind.  It’s a comfortable top, and the fit is great.

black bow tie top

I wore my bow tie bodysuit for the first time this weekend in Vegas. I paired it with the faux leather fit and flare Express skirt featured on my blog here.  You can purchase this sweet heart neckline, bow bodysuit at Lulus.com for just $37 plus shipping.  To view this top on their website or to order a top of your very own visit the site here.

Lulu's body suit

 

Minty Fresh

 

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My new obsession this month is with the color mint.  Whether it’s dark or light in hue, mint is a fabulous color.  It can highlight a great tan, or even compensate for a lack of one.  Three purchases this month have me really excited.  Check out my new buys:

meeshme.comIt all started with a trip to Las Vegas.  My boyfriend’s little sister flew from New Jersey to celebrate her 21st birthday.  She was having an amazing time, but learned a very important lesson the hard way, when visiting Vegas pack your hottest pair of comfortable shoes.  Sure Vegas is the city of excess, and we all want to look hot, but when in Vegas you want to party all night long, and that requires a comfortable pair of shoes.  I would never suggest wearing an frumpy pair of flats, but there are plenty of sexy styles that won’t kill your feet.  We took a trip to the Fashion Show Mall to find her a pair of shoes that she could dance in the rest of her trip.  Of course we had to stop by Aldo, and of course I had to find a pair of shoes I just had to have.

These mint leather sandals were too good to pass up.  The heel is low enough for me to be able to wear them whether I’m going out on date night or attending a conference.  The silver heel adds a bit of sex appeal, to an otherwise average shoe style.  The shoe is light, easy to walk in, and comfortable to wear.  The mint hue brought out the tan in my legs, which need a lot more sun light if you ask me.  You can find these shoes at your local Aldo store or online here for $80.

Once I had these shoes I needed something to wear with them.  I came across this skirt on Lulus.com.  The style is a little 1950’s which I think matches the style of the shoe perfectly.  The only issue I encountered when the skirt arrived was the tulle underlay.  It added a lot more volume to the skirt, which can be unflattering.  I simply cut the tulle from under the skirt (it came off very easily) and the skirt fell closer to my hips.  The color was described as mint, and it’s a very rich mint tone.  The skirt is high waisted, so a cropped t-shirt or tank works well with it.  I bought two different shirts from Express to go with this outfit.  You can find them here.  I purchased this skirt here at $45 with free shipping.

LulusbraceletThe bracelet is also from Lulus.com.  The light blue tone matched the soft mint tone of my Aldo heels, and the fake jewels add a little sparkle.  This bracelet can be found online here for just $16.  For my neck piece I found a pretty mint toned necklace at Express.  The necklace can be found here or in stores for $40, but buy one necklace at Express right now, and get the second for $9.50.

I hope you fall in love with mint this month like I did!