Outfits

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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Day 1: Christmas Pajama Party

Christmas Pajama Party

Christmas Pajama Party

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Christmas Pajama Party

Christmas Pajama Party

HO HO HO! Happy December 1st! Santa Shelbi is back for another year of 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. It’s time to kick off the holidays by giving back to all of you for following along with me all year and also to spread some love and Christmas cheer!

A couple of weeks ago my girls and I got together for a pajama party which is code for photoshoots and of course breaks for Momma’s hot chocolate (recipe HERE)! I warned you that a lot of these cute sets would sell out on Black Friday and unfortunately I was right. I’m sad to report there are a few items pictured that are no longer in stock. That being said, there are still quite a few cute ones in stock and on major sale. My family always does matching pajamas every Christmas Eve and it’s one of my favorite family traditions and makes for some cute photos too (always a plus!). I linked even more holiday pajamas and cozy items HERE.

Don’t forget there will be 12 straight days of giveaways starting today on my Instagram and running through the 12th! All winners will be announced HERE on the 13th.

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Holiday Attire with Nordstrom

Holiday Party Style

Tis the season for holiday parties! This year instead of the traditional red and green outfits, I wanted to show you how to style other colors for the holiday season! The good thing about going this route is that all of these options can easily double as a NYE or date night outfit too! I’m styling four different holiday inspired outfits that could take you from a casual dinner date to a fancy party plus sharing all of my top holiday dressing picks from Nordstrom at the bottom of this post. I’ve made sure to include accessories too because no outfit is complete without them!

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JUMPSUIT // COAT (similar) // SHOES // EARRINGS (similar)

Photos by: BanAvenue

This jumpsuit would be perfect for a fancier holiday party or wedding especially if you plan to bust a move because this bad boy has some serious stretch! It is under $60 making it a total steal plus comes in black too. The straps are adjustable so if you are in between sizes or having a bigger chest, I would size up! I am wearing a small.

While my faux fur coat is from last year and no longer linkable, see below for some similar style options! I wear this coat on repeat in the winter for any sort of dressier occasion and always receive so many compliments! You can see other ways I styled it here and here.

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

BLOUSE // SKIRT // BOOTS (similar)

Every since getting a pair of over the knee boots, my go to outfit seems to be a blouse, skirt and boots! It’s dressy, a little sexy and still warm! I invested in this BlankNYC skirt during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year and this year because they are that good! I wear this one all of the time! It is a versatile piece you can dress up or down and I’d pay full price for it any day. See other ways that I styled it here, here, and here! If you are in between sizes, size up! Another favorite way of mine to style a skirt for the holidays is with a festive sweater such as this one. See below for some more of my skirt picks!

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

TOP // JEANS // SHOES

If you are heading somewhere more casual and jeans are appropriate, throw on a sparkly or festive top and call it a day! I paired this festive silver top with my favorite leopard heels that I wear almost any time I go out because they are so fun and comfortable too! They are a little pricey so here is a similar pair under $50!

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party Style

SWEATER // PANTS // SHOES

You are looking at my NYE outfit! I will be heading back to Chicago so something warm but still fun was my thought here. These bell bottom pants are even better in person! They sparkle and are super stretchy so busting a move won’t be a problem here! I would suggest sizing up as they run a little small. My fuzzy sweater is so comfortable, comes in several colors and is a great basic for holiday parties!

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

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Friendsgiving: What to Wear, Tablescape Decor & Hostess Gifts

Friendsgiving Ideas

Britt // Lauren // Jess // Dede

Over the past couple of years Friendsgiving has become a major celebration. And let me just say it is 100% a celebration that I can get behind, especially when good food, goof friends and good wine come together! While Thanksgiving is usually reserved for the traditional family and close friends, Friendsgiving is celebrated before or after with friends you wouldn’t normally be able to spend Thanksgiving Day with. Long story short it’s just an excuse to stuff your face surrounded by the best company and I love every bit of it.

If you are wanting to try out any new recipes, get your holiday decor out early or just host a fun event for your friends, Friendsgiving is a great option! Since the host is already offering up their home, it is always nice to have a potluck dinner. This is always my favorite because I get to try everyone’s favorite, family traditional meals. My family is pretty much known for our corn casserole contributions every year, so that is always what I bring. It helps that it’s the easiest dish to make and is always a real crowd pleaser.

My girls and I had our first Friendsgiving of the season yesterday and with so many of you attending one yourselves, I wanted to share all of the details from what to wear, some decor inspiration and little things you can bring for the hostess to say thank you! Personally, when any type of buffet is involved you can find me in stretchy pants and an oversized sweater because your girl likes second… and thirds but even if you are anti leggings, I think you will find several cute outfit ideas below for Friendsgiving or Turkey Day!

WHAT TO WEAR


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TABLESCAPE DECOR


Friendsgiving Ideas

Friendsgiving Ideas

Friendsgiving Ideas

Friendsgiving Ideas

Jess opened up her beautiful home for this year’s Friendsgiving and every detail was just perfect! Sharing a few pics for inspiration but if you want all of the details on how to create the perfect Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving tablescape, check out Jess’s blog!

HOSTESS GIFTS


Friendsgiving Ideas

Friendsgiving Ideas

Friendsgiving Ideas

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You usually can’t go wrong contributing beer or a bottle of wine, but if you do want to bring your host a little something extra, here are some of my go to gift ideas!

  • Candle- Is there really any girl that doesn’t want to burn the Capri Blue candle 24/7? I have yet to meet one so this gift is always much appreciated.
  • Gifts for the home- Chances are whoever is hosting likes to entertain often, give them something that will come in handy for all of those parties!
  • Holiday Decor- Someone who likes to entertain often will never say no to more decor!
  • Game- If your group is the gaming type, bring something that will really get the party going like a fun board game.

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

Photos by: @embrinskophotography

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