Best Places To Shop For Affordable Active Wear

Active Wear Under $50

AERIE

CURRENT SALE: 40-50% OFF

My favorite leggings from Aerie are the 7/8 leggings (pictured above). I love them more than 99% of the leggings in my closet and find them comparable to ALO leggings. I will go so far to say that I like them better than Zella leggings. The fit and quality is just THAT good. They run true to size. Here is the original and here is a bigger selection with more colors and patterns. Not active wear related but their swimsuit section this year is my favorite and is 50% off right now.

FOREVER 21

CURRENT SALE: FREE SHIPPING OVER $21

Forever 21 surprisingly has a great active wear selection. While I will say a lot of their selection is more about the cuteness factor than functionality, I love that they have implemented different categories such as high, medium and low impact wear depending on how intense your work outs are.

GAP

CURRENT SALE: 40% OFF WITH CODE BRANDNEW

While I have never personally tried out Gap’s active wear, it comes highly recommended by all of you! The prices below do not reflect the 40% off discount. Discount is applied after the code is used in cart. One of the features I like about the GAP activewear selection is that you can shop by intensity level.

NORDSTROM RACK

Nordstrom Rack is hands down the best place to get name brands that you love for less. Think brands that Nordstrom carries at a fraction of the cost. Some of my favorite brands to shop at the Rack are Zella, Nike, Outdoor Voices, North Face and Electric Yoga. These Zella leggings were one of the top sellers in 2018 and a great leggings if you are in search of a basic, everyday legging! Check out the reviews!

Active Wear Under $50

OLD NAVY

CURRENT SALE: 20% OFF APPLIED AT CHECKOUT

Old Navy has been and always will be one of my favorite affordable clothing options! Their active wear selection has come a long way and offers trendy options that are almost always on sale. I particularly love their graphic tanks and mesh leggings!

OUTDOOR VOICES

Outdoor Voices is a newer athletic brand to me which I solely found through Instagram. I know a million and one bloggers that swear by this brand! While I have heard great things about the quality and support, I love the color blocking patterns that this brand offers plus who doesn’t love a good matching set?! I suggest filtering by the lowest price or checking out their sale section. Retailers like Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook also carry Outdoor Voices from time to time at a major discount.

TARGET

I’ve accumulated so many active wear pieces (well clothing in general) over the years from Target because let’s be honest you can’t go in without buying something! After trying out several of their different brands, my favorite is JoyLab

VICTORIA’S SECRET

CURRENT SALE: SEMI ANNUAL SALE

You can always bank on Victoria’s Secret to have sexy active wear.. is that a thing?! Right now they are running a special where you can get an entire outfit (sports bra + leggings) for just $55. That’s a great deal considering most of the sports bras are $40-$50 and the leggings are usually upwards of $70! Also since it’s currently the semi annual sale, you can score pieces as low as $9.99!


Other notable mentions are Nordstrom, Revolve and Shopbop. While these retailers are usually on the higher end, they do have sales from time to time that are worth checking out! Also, with any retailer that offers a range of different brands and price points, I almost always start off my search by filtering the price points from lowest to highest. See more of my new arrival picks below!

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Top Ten From 2018

Top Ten Purchased Items


Each month during 2018 I shared the monthly top ten selling items purchased by all of you! This information is super helpful to me so I can plan out future content based on what you all are liking and buying and on the other hand what you don’t care for. Looking back at the top selling items from 2018, I think it’s safe to say you girls LOVE your designer dupes. Part of me thinks I should devote 100% of my time in 2019 to finding designer dupes because they are always the most requested from you ladies! See below for our favorite dupes and the top ten from 2018!

10. SIDE SLIT TEE

Cyber Monday Sales

Tee linked HERE. Very similar option with more sizing availability linked HERE.

9. FUNNEL NECK TOP

September Top Ten Purchases

Comes in 4 colors and linked HERE. Great basic, work appropriate top.

8. TIE WAIST WORK PANTS

Cyber Monday Sales

All of my working ladies LOVED these. They are currently BOGO 50% off.

7. PAJAMA SET

Cyber Monday Sales

One of the top purchases all year plus these Target pajamas make the perfect gift. Size up! They also come in a short set HERE. I found the short set ran true to size.

6. OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Cyber Monday Sales

Tan // Grey // Black
I am normally a size 7.5 and went with a size 38 in all 3 colors! Use the sizing chart online. They are currently 30% off if you buy 2 pairs.

5. BLANKNYC SUEDE SKIRT

4. SUNDAY RILEY UFO FACE OIL

This Sunday Riley oil that I swear by for hormonal acne has been a favorite of mine since 2017! I couldn’t believe y’all sold out Anthropologie’s stock a few weeks ago, placing it in the top 10 for the entire year! If you are just wanting to try the oil out, they have their smallest size bottle for just $40 here. It also comes in a trial kit here with 2 of my other favorite products (cleanser & lactic acid) if you are looking for an entire skincare system.

3. BLANKNYC SUEDE MOTO JACKET

2. HERMÉS & DAVID YURMAN BRACELET DUPES

October Top Ten

1. GUCCI BELT DUPES

September Top Ten Purchases

Cyber Monday Sales

The number one seller every single month are these Gucci dupe belts. They are getting harder and harder to come by as Amazon is cracking down on dupes. I’ve linked all above that are currently working. For size reference, the real belts come in two sizes, 0.8″ and 1.5″, so I suggest getting a dupe similar to those dimensions.

Top Ten Blog Posts


I spend a lot of time creating content for the blog and it’s always one of my favorite things to do at the end of the year to see which posts you ladies liked the most especially since it’s always eye opening to see how the analytics compare to how much time I spent on the posts. Sometimes they correlate and others they don’t. Sometimes I spend hours and hours on a post thinking you ladies will love it and then it’s a total flop. My goal for 2019 is to create more content that you ladies actually want to see by devoting my time creating the content that you request. You can bet to see a lot more dupes, try on sessions, and budget friendly finds! If there is anything else you want to see, let me know in the comments!

10. WEDDING DRESS CODES & STYLE GUIDE

Wedding Style Guide: Dress Codes, Etiquette and FAQ

Everything that you need to know about wedding dress codes and options to wear. Read post HERE.

9. MY SURGERY DIARIES

In 2017 I had two PAO hip surgeries. Read the post HERE.

8. LET’S TALK LASHES

Avon Lash Serum and Mascara

I tried a new lash serum to grow my natural lashes! Read the post HERE.

7. MINI DONUT RECIPE

This post is from 2016 but still one of my most visited! Read the post HERE.

6. FRIENDSGIVING: WHAT TO WEAR, HOW TO DECORATE, & HOSTESS GIFTS

Friendsgiving Ideas

Read the post HERE.

5. CHIC CHAT: FAQ

Blogging FAQ

I plan to do a lot more of these “chic chats” in 2019! Think of them as chit chats or girl talk will you ladies! Read the post HERE.

4. GIFT GUIDES

Gifts for the Homebody, Cozy gifts

Find over 20 gift guides HERE.

3. 50 FALL INSTAGRAM CAPTIONS

Fall Instagram Captions

Find the post HERE.

2. OLD NAVY TRY ON HAUL

Find the post HERE.

1. NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE TRY ON SESSION

Find the post HERE.

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AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES

Christmas

From my family to yours, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season! If you have gift cards that are burning a hole in your pocket or just want to treat yourself to some insanely good deals, here are the best places to shop!

ABERCROMBIE

40-60% OFF SELECT ITEMS

AMERICAN EAGLE

$40 OFF OF $150, $25OFF OF $100, $10OFF OF $50 WITH CODE NICELIST 

ANTRHOPOLOGIE

WINTER SALE // EXTRA 30% OFF OF SALE ITEMS

BACKCOUNTRY 

UP TO 30% OFF SELECT STYLES

BANANA REPUBLIC

40% OFF FULL PRICE ITEMS + 60% OFF SALE

DSW

UP TO 60% OFF

EXPRESS

50% OFF EVERYTHING

FOREVER21 

 50% OFF PARTY WEAR, OUTERWEAR AND ALL SALE

FRANCESCAS

BOGO 60% OFF EVERYTHING + UP TO 70% OFF CLEARANCE

GAP

40% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE FORYOU

GOODNIGHT MACAROON

40% OFF + FREE GIFT WITH A $300+ PURCHASE

H&M

20$ OFF $100 + FREE SHIPPING

HUNTER BOOTS 

WINTER SALE // UP TO 50% OFF

J.CREW

EXTRA 50% OFF SALE WITH CODE BIGGERSALE

J.CREW FACTORY

40-60% OFF FULL PRICE ITEMS + 50% OFF CLEARANCE WITH CODE YAYSALE

LOFT 

50% OFF WITH CODE LOVEIT

LORD & TAYLOR

EXTRA 50% OFF WEAR NOW STYLES WITH CODE DECEMBER 

MADEWELL 

EXTRA 40% OFF SALE STYLES

NORDSTROM

SELECT STYLES 50% OFF

NORDSTROM RACK

NAME BRAND FOR LESS

OLD NAVY

UP TO 75% OFF STOREWIDE // CHECK OUT MY TRY ON HAUL HERE.

QVC

MARKDOWNS ON BRANDS LIKE SPANX, GLOPRO & MORE

SHOPBOP

UP TO 70% OFF SALE

TARGET 

So many sales + FREE TWO DAY SHIPPING 

URBAN OUTFITTERS

EXTRA 30% OFF SALE ITEMS // CHECK OUT MY SELECTS HERE.

WALMART

UP TO 50% OFF CLEARANCE

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It’s About To Be An Amazon Christmas

**CLICK ANY IMAGE TO SHOP THE ITEM DIRECTLY**

**CLICK ANY IMAGE TO SHOP THE ITEM DIRECTLY**

T minus 4 days until Christmas! If you are riding the last minute struggle bus, don’t fret there is still (a little) time! See below for all of our favorite retailers’ shipping deadlines and their current sales. A lot of retailers offer in store pick up which is great so you don’t have to fight the crowds. If you need still need help finding the perfect gift see below for more gift guides I’ve done this season.

GIFTS FOR HER
GIFTS FOR HIM
GIFTS FOR PARENTS & IN LAWS
GIFTS FOR THE HOMEBODY
GIFTS FOR THE 9-5ERs
AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS PAJAMAS

RETAILER SHIPPING DEADLINES


ABERCROMBIE | 40-60% off select items | Last day for $5 express shipping

AMAZON | Amazon prime until 12/22

AMERICAN EAGLE | 40% off everything + an extra 10% off with code HOLLYJOLLY | Order by 12.20 at 1 PM EST for 12/24 delivery | Free 2 day shipping over $100 or order online and pick up in store

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | up to 50% off gifts | Free shipping until 12/20

BACKCOUNTRY | Free 2 day shipping over $50 until 12/20 at 11:59 MST

BLOOMINGDALES – Dec 20th

BAUBLEBAR | 30% off everything with code JOLLY

DSW | 20% off everything with code GETITDONE | Have until 12/19 at 4 pm EST for 2 day shipping and 12/20 at 4 pm EST for next day shipping

EXPRESS | 50% off everything | Order by 10 am 12/20 for 2 day shipping and 12/21 at 10 am for next day shipping

FOREVER21 | 50% off all sweaters, outerwear and more + FREE EXPRESS SHIPPING over $50

FRANCESCAS | BOGO 50% off everything // See my gift picks HERE | Order by 11:59 on 12/19 for express 3 day shipping

GAP | 45% off with code HOLIDAY | Last day for free delivery

HUNTER BOOTS | up to 40% off

J.CREW | buy more, save more. Up to 40% off with code MOREISMORE

J.CREW FACTORY | 50% off + 60% off clearance with code YAYCLEARANCE and an additional 20% off other items with code GIFTSHOP

LOFT | 50% off with code HOLIDAY | Order online and pick up in store

LORD & TAYLOR | extra 30-40% off with code GIFT | Use code RUSH for free shipping on orders until 12/20

MACY’S | SO many items are marked down site wide

MADEWELL | 25% off with code VERYMERRY | Order by 11 am 12/19 for $5 express shipping

NASTYGAL | up to 70% off everything

NORDSTROM | Select styles are 40% off + FREE shipping on select items until 12/20

NORDSTROM RACK | Best place to stock up on holiday gifts | Order by 9 pm PST on 12/21

OLD NAVY | up to 75% off store wide // Check out my HUGE try on haul here. | Order online and pick up in store

SAKS FIFTH AVE | Free shipping until 12/20 at 12 pm. Use code HOLRUSH

SEPHORA | So many gift sets!

SHOPBOP | 2 day Amazon Prime shipping so order by 12/21

STEVE MADDEN | 15-25% off + FREE TWO DAY SHIPPING with code JOY

TARGET | So many sales + FREE TWO DAY SHIPPING if ordered by 11:55 CST 12/20

T3 MICRO |  I love this wand

ULTA Beauty | Holiday gifts at every price point

URBAN OUTFITTERS | 30% off sweaters + SO many unique and funny guy gifts. Check out my selects HERE. I Order by 12/21 at 1 pm EST

WALMART | Best deals on electronics | Order by 2 pm on 12/20 or buy online and pick up in store

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Gourmet Food: Sugarfina // Popcorn

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Volcano Candles: Small ($18) // Large ($30)

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Chunky Knit Beanie + Scarf Set

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Holiday Earrings: Left // Right

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Beauty Gifts: Face Masks // Scrunchies // Jade Roller

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

Cozy Gifts: Fuzzy Socks // Candles

It seems like every year no matter how well I think I’m ahead of the game, Christmas sneaks up on me and I’m scrambling last minute to buy gifts! My house is conveniently located across the street from a Francesca’s and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it has saved me on many occasions. I can always count on Francesca’s for some of my favorite gift items such as the oh so popular Volcano candles. I don’t know a single girl who does not squeal when they open up a Volcano candle gift! It’s a fool proof gift for all ages. It’s seriously the gift that knows no bounds!

One of my favorite parts about Francesca’s gift selection is that they have funny and unique gifts which is always a safe bet to give someone who is extremely hard to buy for or that already has everything else! Whether you are looking for the cozy lover, beauty lover, the girl who has everything or your sister who is impossible to buy for, I promise you there is something for everyone at Francesca’s! Just a heads up that today is the last day for FREE standard shipping before expedited shipping costs start to occur. You have until 11:59 CST!

*Thank you Francesca’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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