August Top Ten

We are back for another monthly round up of the most purchased items from the previous month. I always love these posts because I enjoy seeing which items you ladies loved the most and which ones took a back seat. I always want to make sure that I bring you the best content and sale round ups so looking over this data for trending items, categories and retailers helps me plan similar content for the next month and hopefully you enjoy seeing behind the scenes a little bit too!

To shop any of the below items, simply click on the picture and it will take you to the retailers site to purchase! Also, if you enjoy these types of post and are curious about how I obtain this data and track sales on the back end, scroll down to the bottom of this post for more information on that!

Top Ten Purchased Items


10. Walmart Peasant Top
The best $15 Free People dupe I’ve found in awhile. It comes in 7 colors and runs true to size. It does shrink in the wash so you might want to size up!

9. Walmart Moto Jacket
If you love the BLANKNYC moto jackets but not the price tag or if you live somewhere that doesn’t get that cold, this jacket is for you! It’s just $25, comes in two great neutral colors, and is made of a cotton material so it’s not too hot.

8. Old Navy Coat
If you love the look of the J Crew coats but not the price, this coat is a great alternative! I own the past two years versions of this coat and have loved each one. I always get my true size, an XS, but if you are planning to wear multiple layers underneath, I would size up. It also comes in black.

7. Old Navy Pocket Cardigan
This cardigan is SO good you won’t believe it is from Old Navy. It is the same style as the popular Madewell ones with the same soft feel too. It runs true to size and comes in several colors.

6. Sunglasses Organizer
If you are wanting to display your sunglasses in your room or laundry room, this is a great option! It fits either 10 or 12 pairs of sunglasses and is just $20!

5. Macbook Pro Laptop Case
$17 Macbook Pro laptop case comes with 4 pieces: a top case, bottom case, keyboard cover and screen protector. You have over 20 patterns to choose from. I got the pink marble and the quality is great!

4. Walmart Peasant Top
A great $15 work to weekend top. It’s peplum heel so adorable and it comes in 4 colors/patterns.

3. A&F Straight Jeans
I love these so much that I own them in two washes! They are a true denim with little stretch so if in between sizes, size up. I own a size 24 and 25 and love both fits.

2. SLIP Silk Pillowcase 
These rarely go on sale and this one is 50% off! If you aren’t familiar with silk pillowcases they have so many benefits for your hair and skin. The number one being that they allow you to go much longer in between hair washes! See more about the benefits in this blog post here.

1. BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket 
The number one seller by a landslide. It keeps selling out but it’s fully stocked right now! This jacket is a staple in my Fall/Winter wardrobe. It instantly makes any outfit chic! Even over a dress and sneakers! I got my true size (an XS), but if you are planning to wear sweaters underneath, size up!


And as a reminder on how I obtain the monthly top ten data…

I use an affiliate program called rewardStyle. This means that if you click on any link- whether it be from my Instagram, Liketoknow.it app or blog, that takes you to a product page on a retailer’s site and rewardStyle is able to track that it originated from me. Some affiliate programs will pay the influencer for every click that they generate from their site. RewardStyle pays per purchase made. This means that if you click on one of my links and then end up purchasing that item, I will get a small commission (usually between 7-12%).  Many bloggers use this same program as part of their revenue source.

Because I use this service I do have access to data analytics. This means I can track what items are clicked on and purchased. I cannot see who clicked on each link or what other items might have been purchased. For example, if you click on my silk pillowcase link and then purchase a swimsuit and a top in the same transaction, I will only be able to see that a purchase was made and that the pillowcase link is how you got to the retailer’s site.

These analytics are incredibly important to me because it allows me to see what all of you are liking. At the end of the day, this little blog business of mine is meant to be a resource for all of you so having the ability to track and measure each product’s success is invaluable. Coming from a Finance background, I tend to geek out over the analytics side of it as I find it incredibly intriguing what all of you are liking, buying and clicking on the most! It gets my gears turning because I genuinely want to bring you products that you are going to love and want to buy (at the right price point of course)!

Like I mentioned, this little blog is a full time business for me which means I am so appreciative when you choose to click and shop through my links – whether that be on Instagram or the blog. I have poured everything I have into being a resource for all of you so that hopefully it makes your life a little bit easier. I know that shopping through my links is an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. It is how I am able to continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. O and it allows me to pay my bills 🙂

All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a small cut since I am the one that referred you. Please know I am so thankful when you choose to shop through my links and give me credit for helping you score a great find!

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Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales

Happy Labor Day friends! Hope you are enjoying the long, holiday weekend with friends and family. If you want to shop, the sales are in full force!

ABERCROMBIE | 50% off site wide

AMAZON | Find all of my designer dupes here

AERIE | 40% off (our favorite leggings are the MOVE leggings)

AMERICAN EAGLE | 30% off jeans and joggers

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off  + additional 10% off full price styles with code LASTHURRAH

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | extra 50% off sale items

ASOS |20% off with code 20HUN

BANANA REPUBLIC | extra 10% off purchase + 40% off purchase with code BRSHIP

BAUBLEBAR | up to 80% off

DSW | 25% off of sandals // Find my selects here

EXPRESS | 40% off

FOREVER21 | 30% off everything. Free shipping on orders of $21+ with code FREESHIP21

FRANCESCAS | All full price items are buy one get one 50% off

GAP | 40% off everything with code DAYOFF

GOODNIGHT MACAROON40% off + free shipping with code LABOR19

H&M | extra 25% off sale with code 341.

J.CREW | extra 50% off sale styles + 40% off everything else with code SUNSET

J.CREW FACTORY | 50% off everything

LOFT | 40-50% with code LONGWEEKEND

LORD & TAYLOR | up to 40% off sitewide with code STOCKUP

MACY’S |Free shipping with $75 purchase

MADEWELL | free shipping and returns for insiders

NASTYGAL | 50% off everything

NORDSTROM | Select styles are  up to 50% off + FREE SHIPPING

NORDSTROM RACK | Extra 25% off clearance. See my picks here

OLD NAVY | 25% off applied at checkout // See my picks here

PIER ONE Up to 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING over $49 (my nightstands here)

POTTERY BARN | Buy more, save more! Up to 30% off sitewide with code SAVEMORE

SOLE SOCIETY| Up to 70% off select styles

STEVE MADDEN |

SSENSE | Designer items up to 50% off including Golden Goose

TARGET | Up to 30% off women’s clothes, 30% off sandals, 20% off one select indoor/ outdoor furniture, 30% off bedding and bath, 30% off indoor and outdoor rugs, BOGO 50% window treatments

T3 MICRO |  20% off with code FRIENDS19 (I love this wand and this curling iron)

ULTA | 20% off one qualifying item with code 716549

URBAN OUTFITTERS | extra 40% off sale styles

VICTORIA EMERSON| take 40% off everything

WAYFAIR | up to 70% off everything

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First Date Outfits + Stories

First Date Outfits

Having been single for the majority of the last few years, I have been on more first dates than I can count. Some good, some bad and some just down right awkward.  I certainly have quite the playbook of funny first date stories and I’m honestly not quite sure why I’ve been keeping them all to myself. Scroll to the bottom of this post to share in the laughs. In addition to funny first date stories, I also think I’ve perfected the first date outfit by now.

My requirements in a first date outfit are this. It has to show a little skin while still being modest. We’re out here trying to trap a husband not a one night stand kind of guy! It also has to be cute without being too over the top. This is mainly because I don’t want to look like I tried too hard. We don’t want anything going to their heads after all 😛

There is a 99.9% chance you will find me in all black on a first date or if I’m going out for any occasion for that matter. Black is the most slimming and flattering color so of course us girls opt to wear it when we want to look our best! Now how formal the date is will determine how dressy your outfit should be. I always err on the more casual side. If you are going out for drinks, then jeans or a casual skirt are the way to go. If homeboy is ballsy/fancy enough to take you to dinner, you better pull out that LBD (little black dress) you’ve been saving up. For shoes, I almost always wear heels because they elongate your legs and well because your girl just needs an excuse to rock the absurd amount of heels that I own. But you do you girl. If the date location is outside, it is more than okay to wear sandals or flats.

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

Now for the first date stories! After writing them out, I realized how many bad first dates I’ve been on so I narrowed it down to the top 5 worst/funniest.

Crawfish King– I knew this wasn’t going to turn out well from the moment he asked me to go get crawfish. I mean not the sexiest first date peeling and sucking on crawdaddy’s. Definitely not my best look anyway. Between the awkward convo, him telling me he had no job and was depressed, and then getting mad at me when I politely told him I had to head home (after 4 hours) there was no second date.

Margarita Man– After telling him I hated Mexican food and margaritas he insisted on Papasitos. Besides the fact that something obviously got lost in translation, while on the date he told me that he goes to Papasitos every single day of the week for their happy hour and has 3 large margaritas. Alone. Thank you, next.

Sushi PTSD– As much as I love sushi I usually try to steer clear of it on first dates as it’s not the easiest, most ladylike food to maneuver on a first date. He picked a hole in the wall sushi place that I had never heard of. I almost suggested another place but 1) I didn’t want to offend him and 2) thought it might be a hidden gem despite the fact I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Houston my entire life. WRONG. We were the only ones in the entire place. The sushi was horrible and chewy. Later that night I experienced my first case of food poisoning.

Mr. Workaholic – Met this guy on Hinge and got together for drinks. He had his laptop out the entire time we were there. We had one drink, he walked me to my car and then went in for the kiss. I went in for the hug 😳

Baseball Boy– He took me out to the ballgame! He got so drunk that he kept falling asleep during the game. I think he snoozed for at least 3 innings. Funny part of the story is that I hit if off with another guy sitting next to me while Baseball Boy was sleeping and he ended up asking me for my number! #score

First Date Outfits

 

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

MORE DATE NIGHT OUTFIT INSPO

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

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How to Wear Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

Leopard, plaid and now snakeskin are three prints that you can expect to see a lot of this season in the fashion industry and that includes work wear too! I was pleasantly surprised to find several leopard and plaid pieces at Walmart recently that were not only cute but affordable and office appropriate too!

If you work at a more conservative office, start small with prints for example wear a pair of leopard flats or possibly a leopard camisole under a solid blazer. Small pops of print are still professional while bringing a little bit of flare into the otherwise repetitive mix. If you are in a more relaxed environment and want to be a little more bold, purchase a statement piece. For example this could be a plaid blazer, a leopard pair of slacks or a snakeskin dress. The key to statement pieces is pairing them with a more muted, usually solid colored piece.

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

This peplum top is one of those great work to weekend tops that I fully plan on wearing with a leather jacket, jeans and a pair of strappy black heels.

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

SHOP THE TREND


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

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Where I Buy Affordable Denim

Abercrombie Denim

I try not to have favorites in the fashion industry since my job is to try everything once but there is one store that I constantly come back to for their quality, affordable denim and that’s Abercrombie. While I love a pair of designer denim just as much as the next person, I can honestly say I own more Abercrombie jeans than anything else in my closet. I know this for a fact because I just organized all of my jeans by designer and the Abercrombie stack had 3 times as many as any other brand!

Abercrombie has all of their jeans 50% off right now so I’m sharing a few of my favorite styles. For sizing reference, I am typically a 25 in Abercrombie jeans. They run true to size but if you are worried about the fit I would size up as I am a 24/25/0 in other brands and always wear a 25 here.

Abercrombie Denim

Abercrombie Denim

The Ultra High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans are my most worn pair of denim in my closet right now. They are so easy to throw on with a basic tee, bodysuit or casual top. These jeans do not have any stretch so if in between sizes, size up. They also come in several different washes and styles.

Abercrombie Denim

Abercrombie Denim

Abercrombie Denim

The Ultra High Rise Mom Jeans are another favorite of mine. This pair doesn’t have pockets on the back so they are very flattering on the rear. They also do not have any stretch so if you are in between sizes, size up! The belt is detachable and can be traded out. I am 5’4″ and in the regular length.

Abercrombie Denim

Abercrombie Denim

Abercrombie Denim

The Button Front High Rise Super Skinny Ankle Jeans are another favorite. These are my go to when I am going out because they have a ton of stretch and are very comfortable. My favorite way to wear them is with a bodysuit or lace cami. The jeans come in almost 20 different washes and styles if you aren’t interested in the black, distressed style.

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