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?
I have to start this post off by making an exiting announcement: I’m now an ambassador for Dixie Outlet Mall! I’m sure you’ve seen my posts about Dixie in the past; it’s an outlet mall located in Mississauga (and right around the corner from me, so I do a lot of damage to my wallet there) that has a ton of great stores with amazing prices, which means putting together an outfit on a budget is a snap. Over the next few months, I’ll be serving up fashion inspo and sharing all the amazing #DixieDeals that I snag.
Moving on, my first task as an ambassador was putting together a killer Valentine’s Day date night outfit. To me, the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit is sweet with a hint of sexy, and this is exactly what I wanted when I set out to do a little shopping.
I knew I wanted to find something pretty in pink, and was thrilled when I found this pretty, flowy top at the Forever 21 outlet for only $10.50! After scoring that amazing deal, I knew that finding the rest of my outfit would be a breeze.
I also wanted to find a pink bag to go along with the outfit and knew that Winners would be a great stop to check out next. Of course, this is one of my favourite stores and the Dixie location always has a great selection of new clothing and bags up for grabs. I fell in love with this pink purse from Steve Madden, which was a steal at only $40. It was the perfect match for my top, and while there I found a cute lacy bra and panty set ($20 for both) that also makes a perfect pick for Valentine’s Day.
To finish the outfit off, I decided to head to Urban Planet, where I found these over the knee boots ($45 with a sale) and cute black mini skirt ($15). They add a sexy touch to a feminine outfit and think they fit in perfectly with the look!
What will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day?
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!