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Recession Proof Style Made Easy

Seriously, I know that there is every type of shopping website out there these days and it makes it nearly impossible to choose one that has everything you want. I am not just talking beautiful items here ladies, I am talking about sales. Sales on shoes, sales on purses, sales at Gucci, sales at the Gap…. You are getting the idea.

When I found out about Shopittome.com, I went to sale (fashion) heaven. Shopping is truly a personal experience, but shopping on-line seems to take away that very important aspect. Not at this shopping site. When you join (for free:), you create your very own personalized shopping/style profile. This includes your sizes, what your are looking for specifically, brands you love and more! All of this personalized attention is for a good reason, Shopittome.com sends you e-mails (the frequencey is also a profile choice) about when your favorite items go on sale! So you love Nanette Lapore’s dresses this season? Check your size, style and designer choice and Shopittome.com will send you an e-mail when it goes on sale! Seriously people, I told you this was heaven. At an average of 40% savings, this site will have you rocking recession proof style.

Shopittome.com

Shop this Designer at Retail Prices


I love finding a new designer that rocks my fashion world. I am out here in Chicago, shopping in the burbs no less, but that is where my favorite insider fashion finds always appear!

You already know Target is a leader in recruiting great designers to create brilliant pieces at economical prices. Obviously their marketing team does a great job of letting us all know of that. Yet, what about all of the other “middle America” department stores trying to follow in their footsteps?

It is true that I have luke warm feelings at best for the shopping experience at Carson Pirie Scott…. That is until today! What the hell is going on there? And who is Victor Alfaro!?! He is my new favorite affordable (when shopping at Carson’s) designer, that’s who!

Check out this amazing outfit and other pieces just like it at the department store you forgot about….or never even heard of in the first place. Cashmere sweaters for $70? Hell yah! I love his basic designs with the opportunity for funk when styled correctly.

Please love your local department store for the hidden gems it may hold. Eyes open, wallets ready, your next great purchase is just a swipe of a credit card away!

Victor by Victor Alfaro at Carson Pirie Scott

Longer Tank Tops are your Friend


Every one of my clients owns many tank tops in neutral colors. If they didn’t own them when I got there, they certainly owned them once I left. They are one of the greatest foundation pieces any girl will ever own. You will hardly ever wear one alone, but you will layer one into your outfit almost every time!

For shorter shirts, they add length on the bottom to elongate your torso or cover up that pesky pant button. They eliminate the need for a belt to be through the loops which only adds to the probability of muffin top. Bad look. With a lace embellished tank, such as this one, you add a certain femininity to your look by having it slightly peep through. Not to mention it covers up any unnecessary cleavage!

Tank tops are the most simple way to add depth to your outfit by layering without really trying. So don’t try now ladies and go out and buy yourself a few:)

Banana Republic Lace Seamless Camisole

$34.00

The Cape Jacket


This is the perfect jacket for this time of year! It is a fun and playful way to set yourself apart from the fashion crowd. The cape has been around forever and might be seen as much more of a classic piece, but rock it out ladies by adding your own personal spin. Choose a fabric that is bold and stands out among the other sullen looks that surround you:) I know you can’t wear a hand bag over your shoulder so it may not be the most practical, but as an evening jacket it is perfect with a clutch. And, there is no need to spend a fortune on this unforgettable piece. It is a trend that comes and goes, but will continue to come back well into your grand daughter’s high fashion days…..

NY and Company Plaid Swing Cape
$89.95

Riding boots

I can certainly understand that in this time of recession you have to be thoughtful about what you buy. Time for investment pieces ladies! Shoes and bags are go-to pieces that, if chosen correctly, should stand the test of time. Save your pennies this season for an AMAZING pair of riding boots. This is not a style that is going anywhere. I would stick to a basic brown or black to really make this purchase last.

The ultimate brand in boots is none other than Frye. They may be a bit pricier than the others, but trust me, you will still be wearing these boots in twenty years! I am not exaggerating, I seriously have clients who own Frye boots from the 70′s. They are meant to look distressed which adds to their longevity.

Black Leather Frye Dorado Riding Boot
$458.00
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