Ahhh. Spring has finally sprung; the trees are blooming, the sunshine is returning and the warmer weather is on its way. It means that it’s time to enjoy long weekends & cottage trips. Today I’m sharing my long weekend style essentials and some of the cute #DixieDeals I picked up at the Dixie Outlet Mall. These pieces will definitely be in heavy rotation for me this season and into the summer.
Since things are still warming up a little, a cute jacket (pictured from Urban Planet, $30) is an absolute must. I love having a lightweight jacket that I can just throw on over anything to protect from the wind and rain when I’m out. It isn’t too heavy but adds that little layer of protection from the elements and inevitable mosquitos.
For cooler nights spent by a bonfire, you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater (sweater pictured from Dynamite, $2 – yes, $2). Wrap yourself up in a soft one to keep yourself warm when things get a little chilly. And if you’re like me and plan on spending your spring & summer going on adventures – there’s never been a better time than Canada’s 150th to get out and explore – grab a pair of sneakers (sneakers pictured from Urban Planet, $12) to keep your feet protected and comfortable.
Printed shorts (shorts pictured from GUESS, on sale for $32) are always a great option. Whether you go with a pattern or print (like these flamingos I’m so enamored with), they add a little personality to any outfit and they go great with a sweater. Pair them with a cute, loose tank (top pictured from Winners, $17) and you’ve got a perfect sunny day outfit.
Of course, if you’re planning on a weekend getaway you’ll need a cute bag that can hold everything you need. A large weekender bag (bag pictured from Call It Spring, on sale for $40) doubles as a purse and is great for packing your clothes, toiletries and anything else you need for a road trip, beach day or cottage escape.
(Because I’m a total goof)
What do you like to bring with you on a weekend getaway?
After the weather we’ve been having for the past couple of weeks in Toronto, I’m ready to call it a day and move down south. I may still have a few weeks to go until I can spend some time in the sunshine, but I decided to start getting ready early & give you a little warm weather inspo. I recently made a visit to Dixie Outlet Mall to pick up some Spring Break Essentials – let’s check them out!
Of course, when it comes to spring break, spending some quality time on the beach is always key. I love a good pair of jean shorts ($12 – for real – at Boathouse) for wearing to the beach; they’re comfortable and look cute over a bathing suit! A pair of cute shades is always a must-have as well. I managed to score an amazing deal on these heart-shaped sunnies (on sale for $6 at Aldo) that give me major Riverdale vibes.
Of course, a cute bathing suit is basically the uniform of spring break, and I fell in love with this one from Ardene (I picked up the matching set for only $9). It has this retro feel to it that I adore, and has a really great fit. Who knew you could pick up an amazing bathing suit at such a great price?
To finish off my casual daytime wear, I found these fantastic Montego Bay sandals from Payless ($15) that can be worn on the beach or out for drinks later on! The gold and white straps add a really nice feel to these.
When it comes to spring break essentials, I also like to pack a fun nighttime look that’s perfect for dinner along the beach or dancing all night with a margarita in hand. This romantic romper from Winners ($25, compared at $40) was the perfect choice for this; I can’t wait to wear it for drinks at my favourite spot in Costa Rica next month! And of course, the perfect outfit deserves the perfect shoes, so I decided to splurge a little with this gorgeous pair from Call It Spring ($60). They’re really light and the wedge makes them super comfortable, which makes wearing them for a few hours that much more bearable.
What do you bring along when you go on a spring break vacay?
Disclaimer: I am a Dixie Outlet Mall ambassador & this is a sponsored post, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! And yes, I practically live at the mall.
The holidays are pretty much here, which means it’s time to get glammed up for all of the celebrations and cocktail parties that are bound to be coming at you from every direction. I find that getting dressed up for the holidays can always be a bit of a challenge, as you’ve just about blown your budget from shopping for presents and don’t want to spend a lot on something new to wear.
Cue Dixie Outlet Mall, a fantastic shopping centre just outside of Toronto that brings together great looks at an even better price. With a fab selection of retailers ranging like Winners, Nine West, and GUESS to choose from, it’s easy to score some amazing deals to fit any style and budget!
Dixie Outlet Mall gave me a bit of a challenge this year – with a $100 gift card in my pocket, I had to put together a gorgeous head-to-toe holiday outfit that would be perfect for all of the parties I’m planning on going to this year. Normally, this might be a bit of a challenge, but I knew that the amazing deals at Dixie would make it easy – and I was right!
Of course, I had to start off at Winners – it’s one of my favourite stores and I know I can find gorgeous pieces there for a fraction of the price I would pay at different retailers. I fell hard for this stunning beaded romper (which came with a $50 price tag) and knew that I had to have it – it was so beautiful and definitely holiday appropriate!
I also picked up these gorgeous shimmery heels from Payless for $27 (keep an eye out for store newsletters – I saved an extra 20% off with a coupon on these beauties that were on sale!) and snagged this lovely bag from Call It Spring for only $21 on Black Friday, when it was an additional 40% off the already reduced price. Don’t you just love a good deal?
I love all of the pieces that I found, and can’t believe I was able to pull this all together for less than $100, but these killer deals made shopping a breeze!
Are you feeling up to the challenge? I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to Dixie Outlet Mall so that one of you can get glam for the holidays and try your own $100 shopping challenge! Want to take it on? Enter via the form below. Please note that this contest is best for GTA residents as the gift card must be picked up and spent at Dixie Outlet Mall.
Dixie Outlet Mall Shopping Challenge
When the holidays roll around, it’s definitely time to up your style game while sticking to a tight budget – this time of the year can definitely get to be pretty expensive! This year, I decided to do a little shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall to find exactly what I need for the holidays – 3 outfits that will have me covered throughout the week and a half I’m out celebrating, meeting with friends and family & eating too much turkey – without breaking the bank (I spent just over $150 on everything here thanks to some great sales and finds).
Sweater: Urban Planet | Pants: Urban Planet | Heels: Call It Spring
Outfit 1: Everyone needs a fun “ugly” Christmas sweater! I found this one at Urban Planet and fell in love — the light’s on the Christmas tree actually light up, making this a must have for me! I paired it with some black leggings and these shimmering heels from Call It Spring, which ended up going perfectly with all of the outfits I put together – gotta love a versatile shoe!
Stealing treats from the kitchen, in typical fashion. Dress: Winners | Heels: Call It Spring
Outfit 2: For my second outfit, I wanted to find a chic dress to wear to family get togethers & parties. I loved this LBD I found at Winners – the necklace detailing is so pretty and adds a nice dainty touch, while the thin sheer sections add a bit of edge to it!
My boyfriend thinks I look awkward in this photo, and he can deal with it. Dress: Winners | Purse: Call It Spring | Heels: Call It Spring
Outfit 3: For my last outfit (yes, I know it’s similar to the last – I’ve got a thing for LBDs), I wanted a more playful dress; something that can be worn for night’s out with my gal pals & NYE. I found this dress at Winners as well, and loved the crocheted details. The sheer paneling & skirt length that’s a bit shorter than my previous dress made it perfect for an evening out.
What will you be wearing this holiday season?
Also, I just had to share – Sir Poppers decided to join in on my photos:
He decided to play dead in the middle of it
I did it! As I mentioned previously, Dixie Outlet Mall asked me to take part in their newest She Who Hunts Finds shopping challenge. Last week I headed to the mall, armed with a $200 gift card, to see what I could find and to put together my perfect fall outfit. I had a great time checking out the deals at the different stores in the mall… You should have seen some of the deals! I was pretty blown away by the selection available and the great prices. By the end of the day, I managed to put together a killer outfit, with two top options for $200. Read on to see what I found, where I found it and what I managed to save!
Of course, I had to start off at one of my fave deal hunting stores, Winners! This was the perfect place to get started and to kick off my hunt. I managed to find the base of my outfit here, scoring two fab tops to spin my outfit around. I immediately grabbed this red plaid shirt ($25, suggested retail $40 – $15 savings) – it’s the perfect piece for the fall, bringing a casual vibe to my wardrobe. I then fell in love with this oversized sweater ($35, suggested retail $60 – $25 savings). It’s the perfect cozy sweater and I love that it’s a little versatile; it can be worn open or can be wrapped up at the neck for a warmer look. I knew I wanted a pair of jeans to go along with these and headed to Urban Planet to find a great deal on a pair. I snatched up these comfy skinny jeans ($25, suggested retail $30 – $5 savings) which when perfectly with the outfit I had in mind!
I wanted a cute bag to go along with this outfit and decided to stop by Payless when I saw a sign advertising deals on purses. This fringed crossbody ($17, suggested retail $37 – $20 savings) was super cute and an amazing deal! I also snatched up the perfect grey tank top ($3, full price – but at that price, do you even need a discount?) at Sirens to throw on under everything.
Now, since I had been so good and managed to save $65 I decided it was time to splurge a little. I’ve had my eye on these killer booties ($70) from Call It Spring and knew that this was the perfect chance to grab them – and they went perfectly with my outfit! I definitely don’t even mind that I paid full price for them since they’re the perfect booties to take me into fall.
What do you think of my Dixie Outlet Mall finds? Have you caught the shopping bug yet? Make sure you check back tomorrow for your chance to win a $200 Dixie Outlet Mall gift card!
PS. Thanks to Jenelle of Nelle Creations for taking these shot for me!