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Tie it up with a bow

March 5, 2012
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I have a thing for tie blouses. If you look at my Pinterest style board, it is full of tie blouses and pleats. I’m a pretty simple girl. Of course, I’ve been trying to limit my shopping, so I can’t go crazy and buy them all, but I did pick up on that I am quite in love with.

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Top: Target (Jason Wu). Skirts: Zara. Tights: Target. Cardigan: Target. Shoes (not wearing in picture): Black wedges from DSW

The Jason Wu Target collection had a few tie blouses that I enjoyed, but I didn’t wake up at 5 am the day it was released to go get them. Lucky for me, on a non-clothing related trip to Target, I found this top and another blouse from the collection tucked away on a random clearance rack. It was a sign. I must buy them both. And I love them both.

Since the new year, I have really been limiting my shopping. I picked up the aforementioned tops and a few random items for the honeymoon, but I’ve been pretty good about not buying things. Then this weekend, I sort of fell off the wagon. But only slightly.

I got a Kohls gift card for Christmas. Now I haven’t really shopped at Kohls since high school, and I feel as though I sometimes think poorly of Kohls because all I can imagine in my head is the juniors clothes I wore in junior high (they were not really attractive). But I figured I might as well check out what they have. So on Leap Day they had a 29 percent off sale and I ended up picking up this dress, with the intention of wearing it to my bridal shower this weekend.

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It’s from the Simply Vera Wang collection and I’m in love with it. I love the color combo and I think it is perfect for a bridal shower as well as for work. After I bought that, I still had a bit of money left on my gift card, so I went in to an actual Kohls store this weekend while I was out running errands, and picked up two more blouses.

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The top is from their Apt 9 line (which had some really awesome tops) and the bottom is from the Daisy Fuentes line. I am obsessed with the bottom one. Such a unique blend of colors and a piece that I can wear to work and on the weekends.

After popping in to Home Goods (which is one of the most amazing stores ever) I went to TJ Maxx next door to look for shoes and ended up walking out with three pieces. They total $40 bucks! How could I not?

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The top is by Cynthia Rowley. The two dresses I am unsure of who they are by. But the middle one is pretty much my perfect dress as it encapsulates three of my favorite things: lace, taupe and navy blue.

I also picked up a dress at WalMart. Yes, you read this right. WALMART. I have a few dresses from their George line that I got in college and they are still cute and have held up nicely. I was just walking around the clothing section and saw this and had to have it.

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It’s royal blue (which is my wedding color) and is pleated. And it is so, so adorable on. It’s a little past my knees, but I can see myself wearing this constantly.

On my drive home from all this shopping, I decided that for ever piece I got, I’d take two pieces out of my closest. Not only did I do that, I did more. I got rid of every dress that was too short to wear to work. I got rid of every top where I couldn’t remember the last time I had worn it. It felt good. Now, I still need to get rid of a lot more, but I am making progress.

 

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