Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Lovin'

The Outfit:

.summer love.

Equipment blouse
$145 -
Paige Denim short shorts
$139 -
Madewell wedge shoes
$148 -
Fedora hat
$18 -
Ralph Lauren Collection leather belt
$180 -

My bargains of a similar outfit:
Forever 21 sheer stripe top, Paige denim shorts, Report brown sandals, generic fedora, hand-me-down brown belt, and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses for about...

Want to see how? Read below ;D

Nothing gets me going more than a bargain. When I get a good deal it's the equivalent of going to the gym for gym buffs-- it gets the endorphins going! I guess that makes me a shopping buff then? When I'm feeling down I do retail therapy; not just retail therapy but extreme bargaining retail therapy. I instantly feel better after a big bargain find.

Mmm... bargain-designer deal-shopping.

I've recently signed up on and absolutely love it. I went on a search on how I could create collages without buying PaintShopPro/PhotoShop/other photo apps. I used to have a copy of PaintShopPro when I was in high school and it literally made up a good 2 years of my life creating designs and images for my, then, website. I forgot how much this used to be a hobby of mine and now I'm picking it up again 10 years later, although I'm super rusty at it.

Any way, I created this collage on Polyvore and put together this outfit that I am showcasing in this post... but of course at bargain prices!

The jean shorts and sunglasses purchased are the actual brands on the collage.

In the end... similar outfit but on a Tina.Deal.

I bought this top while I was in Vegas at the Forever 21 in the Fashion Show Mall. I was attracted to the stripes and the color combo. It's a great summer shirt-- light, sheer, and fun colored!

Item 1 -- Striped sheer cap sleeve button up
From: Forever 21
Type of sale: Forever 21 everyday
Original/Purchased price: $11.80

These boyfriend jean shorts are called the Jimmy's by Paige denim. They are super comfortable and fit perfectly. They hug me! I love these Paige denim shorts. I would buy more of them if they were ever on sale again but at under $10 I'm not sure if I'll ever find this deal again!

Item 2 -- Boyfriend jean shorts
From: Nordstrom Rack
Brand: Paige
Type of sale: Clearance
Original price: $139.00
Purchased price: $9.80

I would say that brown sandals are an essential in your wardrobe. Especially brown strappy ones! They can easily go with summer casual outfits from dresses to jean shorts. Rather than having multiple colors of sandals, brown ones tend to go well with many color combinations so you can save money and buy just the essential brown sandal to pair with many of your outfits if you're on a tight budget. If you're going to invest in brown sandals and want quality ones that aren't too pricey I would suggest the brand Report. I have always been a fan of Report footwear because they are comfortable and most importantly you don't have to break into them! Bonus! I got lucky and bought these for under $15 since they usually retail at about $40+. I've seen Reports at DSW at around $30 as well.

Item 3 -- Brown strappy sandals
From: Ross
Brand: Report
Type of sale: Ross everyday
Original price: Compared to $45.00
Purchased price: $13.99

Re-showcasing the fedora from last summer!

Item 4 -- Fedora
Re-cap it here!

This item was actually a hand-me-down! I can't give any information since the belt was once owned by my sister and she did not want it anymore-- score! Any clothing/accessories/shoes I don't want anymore I always try to give it to family/friends. A free way to gain new items in your closet! They might be second hand items but they're new to you!

Item 5 -- Brown belt
Brand: Billabong
Purchased price: Free!

Now time for the accessories! Two great pieces at bargain prices. I didn't add the tote bag to the collage since it was just an addition to the outfit. I simply liked the cotton candy colored tote bag and that it was water resistant! I spilled water on the inside of it and it repelled! I was amazed yet I am usually easily amazed any way. You could wear any purse/handbag you please with this outfit... it's up to you! It was nice to have a canvas tote bag to bring to the pool. It holds the essentials you would bring along pool side and expands at the top with a pulling chord to tighten it. Also for more accessories add on some bracelets or fun earrings as you wish.

Item 6 -- Oversized sunglasses
From: Nordstrom Rack
Brand: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Type of sale: Nordstrom Rack everyday
Original price: $120.00
Purchased price: $34.95

Item 7 -- Canvas tote bag
From: Bloomingdale's
Brand: See by Chloe
Type of sale: Semi-Annual handbag sale
Original price: $95.00
Purchased price: $16.00

Side Note!
If you didn't see it on Facebook or Instagram see it here!
My awesome Rachel Zoe deal.
See it here from last seasons Rachel Zoe report website.

Oh yes, I'm a shopping genius!

Fashionably cheap,



  1. I miss Paint Shop Pro too!! And Paige jeans are the best.


  2. your blog is really great <3 I love it <3 may we can follow each other? :)

  3. Really love the outfit picks! Thanks for sharing these photos!

  4. Tanya- I know! I'm tempted to by PaintShopPro like on Amazon... but the version we used!

    Antonella- Thanks and yes, definitely!

    Joy- Thanks!!