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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Happy Easter, y’all! I hope everyone had a beautiful Sunday celebrating one of my most favorite holidays.

This Easter weekend was a little rough for me, but what better holiday to have a rough weekend before than Easter? It is so full of joy, and hope, and expectation. And brunch and pretty dresses! No matter what’s going on in your life, it’s pretty hard not to have your spirits lifted on Easter.

And, it DID NOT RAIN in Nashville for Easter. This is remarkable for two reasons: 1) it rains all the time here. 2) Rain was forecasted all day. You never know the miracles that will occur on this blessed day.

I’m posting this picture with my friend Hannah because although it’s a little grainy for some reason, it was taken much earlier in the day and is therefore a much better picture of me than the official outfit picture below. So, keep this one in your mind, and then proceed with caution and a forgiving eye.

I debated off-the-shoulder for church. Is that appropriate? I still don’t know. But, I figured since it wasn’t a LOW off-the-shoulder, I had my hair down, and most of the time I was wearing a choir robe, I could get away with it. Judge if you must. But, I know you can’t/won’t judge me for the florals – or at least, you shouldn’t, because I gave a very clear disclaimer that I am obsessed!

I usually love to look out in the congregation at church on Easter and see all the pretty colors, but I sort of forgot this year. Plus, I did notice a lot of white being represented. Even my own dress is more neutral than the usual bright yellow or coral I tend to be drawn to for Easter.

So, since I didn’t pay attention to people’s outfits at church, show me yours! Did you buy something new specific for the occasion, or recycle an old faithful?

Whatever you wore, I hope it was a beautiful day.

The Day I Went Shopping

Y’all know how I’ve been complaining about this fashion rut I’ve been in lately?

I had a feeling that a good shopping trip would cure my blues and give me some renewed inspiration. But, after several failed attempts recently, I was very nervous that I might never have a good shopping trip again (perhaps a bit dramatic, but it was a legitimate concern!)

Well, I was fortunately wrong. So very, very wrong. This weekend I went shopping, and 5 hours later…was the proud owner of more new clothes than I have ever bought at one time in my entire life. I ended up with 23 new items (well, 2 of them were tights, which don’t really count. So, 21 new items) and paid a grand total of $102.00.

Are you guys caught up on New Girl? I don’t want to spoil anything, but when Allie meets Winston’s mom, they discover that they are both card-carrying DDS – deep discount shoppers. I should be in this group. Let me break it down for you:

My highest average spent per item was in TJ Maxx. I have always liked TJ Maxx, but it’s hard to find true steals there, since they never run sales and put very few things on clearance. So, I paid full price for both the pair of pants and the off-the-shoulder (this will be a theme in today’s post) top I bought, for a grand total of $37 (all prices include tax, unless otherwise noted.). However, I forgot to take a picture of these. I think I’m still a LITTLE on the fence, because, well, they were full-price, and that doesn’t fit in with my DDS creed!

Next highest total was at a consignment store. Y’all, this is why I so rarely shop at thrift/consignment stores. It’s only a little bit because I think thrift stores are dirty and smell bad and I don’t like the hunting through garbage aspect. It’s also very much because I can find new things for the same or less money. Nevertheless, the consignment store was my first stop before I knew I was going to hit pay dirt elsewhere, and I walked away with a cute dress, sweatshirt-top, and blouse for $33. Not bad.

Next up is Ross. This is like the poor man’s version of TJ Maxx; literally, and figuratively. I’ve never seen so much emphasis on loss prevention than at Ross, where you are greeted by a security guard wearing a jacket that says, well, “Loss Prevention.” It’s not a pleasant shopping experience, but of the three big discount clothing stores – TJs, Marshalls, and Ross, I’ve found Ross to have the best dress (and sometimes shoe) collection. So, I go in there for those two departments alone. This time, I think I found my Easter dress. I’m still trying to decide if off-the-shoulder is appropriate for church (I’ll wear my hair down, and have a choir robe on most of the time…feel free to weigh in). It was $10.99 (plus tax).

But here’s where it really starts getting good. I had a couple gift cards for JCPenney – one I knew had $25 on it; the other I’d recently found and could have had $2.93, for all I knew. Anyway, JCP had items on their deepest clearance level, PLUS an additional 25% off coupon. So, for $28, I got a skirt, two pairs of pants, and a pair of shorts. And, my other gift card also had $25, so not only were these items totally free for me, but I still have about $21 left over!

And yes, those are silver pants. Because why not?

And now for my shopping masterpiece, I present, Old Navy. I know they’re cheap clothes, so to say I got good deals there is not probably as exciting as finding the rose-printed LOFT sweatershirt pictured above for $7. But, I will still revel in my victory.

When I recently opened the Old Navy credit card, they immediately sent me an offer that if I used the card outside of their brand within the first 30 days, I’d receive a $30 rewards card. So, I did (and promptly paid it off, of course. Credit card companies probably don’t love me.). Then, a few weeks later, they sent another, similar offer. If I used the card twice outside of their brand, I would get $45 in rewards! So, I bought some gas and a water bottle, paid it off, and had $75 of Old Navy credit to my name.

Well, thanks to the never-ending sales at Old Navy, as well as a very well-stocked clearance section, I struck gold. 2 pairs of pants, 2 dresses, 1 tank top, a sweater, 4 shirts, and 2 pairs of tights later (so, that’s 12 items), my bill came to about $98.  By itself, that’s a pretty good deal for 12 items. But, after my rewards, the total I owed was $12 and some change. Y’all. Twelve dollars. That’s a dollar per item. For new clothing.

My favorite part is that I almost bought that hot pink sweater when it was new and probably like 30% off. I would have paid $25-30 for it. Instead, I paid $3.47! Or, you know, nothing, depending on how you attribute those rewards.

So…it was a good day. Also not pictured, the (also off-the-shoulder) blush, silky top I’d bought at Kohl’s earlier that day for $8.

I don’t anticipate I’ll go shopping again anytime soon; my wardrobe has been completely revitalized, and my wheels are turning thinking of all of the new outfits I can create! So, maybe my mojo is back, after all. Let’s all hope.

Are you a DDS? If so, what are some of your best finds? I get way too excited about good bargains (as evidenced by this very long post), so I’d love to hear your stories!

Easter Finery

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a joyful day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Easter has become one of my favorite holidays over the past few years. It is just such a happy day: good food, spring weather, friends and family, relatively little commercialism, bright colors – and genuine happiness because Jesus didn’t stay dead but rose again to save us all. What could be more worth celebrating?

Plus…Easter is an excuse to get a pretty new dress. As if I needed one – an excuse, or a new dress. This year, though, after much searching through stacks of polyester dresses (honestly, why is that fabric even in existence anymore), I came away empty handed. Almost.

My thought process while shopping is a bit all over the place and evolves as I walk. On Friday, I painted my nails yellow, in expectation that whatever I wore for Easter would have some yellow in it. So, when I found some white dresses, I immediately envisioned yellow accents, which led me to the shoe section in search of yellow heels.

Yellow heels were not to be found, but instead, these beautiful Steve Madden soft-pastel floral sandals cried out to me, begging to be bought. Naturally, I had to oblige, and although they wouldn’t match my yellow nails, I could still imagine how pretty they’d look with the white lace dresses I’d seen in the previous store.

So, back to TJ Maxx I went to try on about 5 white lace dresses…none of which were flattering for various reasons. C’est la vie. I still had my pretty shoes, though, and knew I could build something around them, and of course, the off-white dress I already owned was perfectly suitable.

I did miss getting my Easter dress this year, but I’m sure my bank account is fine with it, and no one at my new church knew the difference. And I kinda like this Easter shoes thing…maybe a new tradition?

1 - Easter dressAre you a new-Easter-dress person, or more practical? What’s your favorite thing about the Easter holiday? Let’s share pictures and stories and traditions!

Two-fer.

Moving can be fun.  Sure, it’s a lot of work, and no one likes living out of disheveled boxes for a couple weeks (I mean, maybe for you all it’s a couple days, but I’m being honest here).

But the fun part is opening said boxes and finding things you’d forgotten you owned – especially when one of those things is a brand new dress you bought at the end of the season and never had a chance to wear.

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I love getting new dresses for Easter, but this year I just didn’t have time.  So, I was thrilled to find this dress and have something perfectly spring-y and new.

I was even more thrilled to have a date dress to wear the very next night.  Now you guys know I don’t usually wear the same thing two days in a row – where’s the fun in that?  But, the whole box situation is cramping my style.  And he hadn’t seen it anyway.  So, I mixed up my accessories (the picture above is my date iteration; for Easter, I switched the belt and shoes – yellow belt, cream heels – and wore some colored bangles), and it felt pretty much new again.

A couple notes – you can’t really tell, but the top of this dress is sheer, and it’s very pretty and feminine.  I also love having clothing with every color of the rainbow.  Because who wouldn’t?  And, this cool lion bracelet was in my Easter basket (aka a gift bag b/c I’m old now).

Finally, I think Monday nights should be date nights more often.  Looking forward to it makes the whole day a lot more enjoyable.

(Selfie just because I felt pretty.)

Peach floral dress, yellow shoes

AX Paris sleeveless dress
$42 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Jane Norman gold jewelry
$17 – janenorman.co.uk

Kate Spade ring
katespade.com

Banana Republic gold bracelet
bananarepublic.gap.com

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