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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Best Memorial Day Sales for Summer 2015

Summer is almost here, and with that, the awesome sale season. Fortunately for shoppers, many retailers are starting their sales early. Here's a list of the best Memorial Day sales to help you kick off summer 2015 in style:

Asos - Get 20% off through May 25 off with code LONGWKND 
Club Monaco - Take an extra 30% off sale and clearance with code MEMORIALDAY
DvF - Get 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER30
Forever 21 - Save 30% now through May 25 on select items online and in store
Free People - Save up to 60% on apparel and accessories
Go Jane  - Save up to 60% off new arrivals
J.Crew Factory - Extra 50% off through May 25 (get outfit ideas here)
Macy's - Save up to 20% through May 25 off with code HOORAY
Nasty Gal - Save up to 70% off on apparel and accessories and save 40% off select styles with code HOTSTUFF
Nordstrom - Save up to 40% now through May 31 in the Nordstrom half-yearly sale
Old Navy - Up to 50% off. Get 20% off now through May 22, no code needed
Rag & Bone - Get up to 50% off (these sandals are my top pick)
Saks Fifth Avenue - Up to 55% off women's apparel through May 30
Shopbop - Save up to 70% off women's apparel and accessories 
Tilly's - Get 20% off through May 31 with code SPRING15
Topshop - Get 30% off key summer pieces through May 26

shop the best Memorial Day sales for summer 2015

A selection of my top sale picks pictured above:

MICHAEL Michael Kors wedges (other colors available), $89.90
David & Young white fedora hat, $9.98
Spitfire Yahoo cat-eye shades, $28
Kate Spade iPhone 5 and 5S case, $23.98
Steve Madden 'Evict' sandals (other colors available), $40.17 
La Regale 'Candy' crystal clutch (also in black or pink), $46.80
BP leopard print scarf, $8.98
Floral wedges (also in taupe), $23.31

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Red, White, and You

Memorial Day is just three short weeks away, and while the holiday may conjure ideas of barbecues, road trips, beach days, war memorials, and relaxation, there's also plenty of Americana-themed fashion to help you celebrate. Salute the stars and stripes in style and welcome the sunny days of summer by sporting Old Glory on a pair of sunglasses, a utilitarian backpack, or sporty sneakers. Below are twelve options I'm eyeing.

Americana fashion trend 2015, American flag fashion favorites

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1. American flag cargo backpack, $29.99
2. Eagle and flag graphic tank top, $12.99
3. Chuck Taylor washed flag sneakers, $59.95
4. Star print sunglasses case, $10
5. American flag headband, $6
6. Converse baseball hat (other colors available), $25
7. Americana light up star decoration (similar USA version in red or star version in red), $19.99
8. Round Americana sunglasses, $6.99
9. Oblong flag print scarf, $9.99
10. Vans 'Van Doren' sneakers, $54.95
11. American flag tote bag, $12
12. Mossimo mid-rise star print shorts, $19.99

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection Review

Fresh off the heels of the ultra feminine LC Lauren Conrad Cinderella collection, Lauren Conrad has launched another cute Disney collection at Kohl's. This one's inspired by the all-time favorite Minnie Mouse. Who doesn't love her? The Minnie Mouse collection by LC Lauren Conrad features fun polka dot graphics, oversized tees, and flirty dresses in a signature Minnie color palette of red, navy, grey, white, and black. I couldn't resist trying on a few items during a trip to Kohl's to look for more of my Milly favorites, which are proving harder to find due to the collection's popularity. 

The Minnie Mouse collection is currently 25% off and here's a peek at what the store had in stock.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection

Bows and polka dots lend a playful and youthful vibe to graphic print tees.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection bow graphic t-shirts

LC Lauren Conrad Disney Minnie Mouse Collection

Here's what I brought into the fitting room. For reference, I tried a size 2 or XS in everything.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection

The tees are super soft, lightweight (but not sheer) and oversized. I'd size down for a more tailored fit.

Below: the versions on the left and right have bows and unexpected shoulder cutout details. I tucked in the one in the middle for a better fit. It has a blush pink tulle bow and I think it would be adorable tucked into an A-line skirt. My top pick is the navy one on the right, since it works well with dark denim.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection T-shirts

Below: the open-back dress is very well tailored in the waist and bodice. Size up if you're curvy! It has a tie detail in the back and elastic in the waist. Unfortunately, there's no zipper, so putting it on takes some effort. The A-line shape is great, as is the tiny Minnie Mouse print. I still can't decide which colorway I prefer. I'm wearing studded ChloƩ boots, but both dresses would be great with black single sole pumps like this chic pair by Steve Madden.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection open back bow dress

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection open back dress with bow

A sneak peek of the polka dot soft shorts that I recently shared on my Facebook. The shorts run big, have a fun bow in the front, and two front pockets. There's a side zip, and they are really comfortable. They also come in navy. I like them styled with a crop top or blouse and simple ankle strap heels like this style by Steve Madden

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection polka dot soft shorts

*Update - I visited a second store with more pieces and tried on some looks.

Below: the polka dot top is a lightweight polyester (prone to static but not wrinkling). It runs big and I'm wearing XS. It's comfortable and easy to slip on over your head without undoing the button in the back of the neck. I'm wearing it several different ways to show its versatility. I also have on the polka dot shorts in XS. 

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Navy Polka Dot top and shorts

Below on the left is the Minnie Mouse crinkle print top (which runs big) with the bow shorts. The bow print navy top in the middle is the same style and fabric as on the left. Both tops have a crinkle texture made of soft, lightweight rayon. On the right is the same polka dot top as above, just in a more sheer red and white colorway. I prefer the navy version because of the sheer factor.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse polka dot Shorts

Below, a look at the crinkled navy bow print blouse in more detail. How pretty is the pleated detail on the sleeves? This is definitely a favorite of mine. I love it with denim, pleated skirts, or tailored shorts for summer.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse navy bow print crinkle Blouse

Here's the same blouse in a different print. I really love how the print is a hybrid of a floral and a miniature Minnie Mouse graphic. It looks like a floral until you really inspect it up close.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse crinkle Blouse

Here's a look at how I wore the red polka dot shorts today on The Key To Chic

LC Lauren Conrad red polka dot soft shorts with AG Jeans Robyn denim jacket and heels

If you love Minnie Mouse and polka dot prints, this collection is for you. I'm looking forward to seeing more as it lands in stores this month.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stylus at JCPenney Review

If you've been to JCPenney lately, you may have seen their new in-house brand called Stylus. It's replacing the JCP brand and it features bright prints, preppy basics, and bold colors for spring 2015. I took some time this week to browse the new arrivals and style some looks for this fitting room review. 

The Stylus Vibe

Think Joe Fresh and Uniqlo with a twist of J.Crew or Kate Spade. It's preppy basics with a colorful edge and a subtle nod to trends. Some of the Stylus details that caught my eye are the summery lemon prints (they are to spring/summer 2015 what the pineapple print was to spring/summer 2014), chic stripes (like this top), tropical florals, and vacation-ready playful graphics. Shorts in classic silhouettes and an array of colors rounded out the merchandise assortment.

Sizing for the Stylus brand runs true to the old JCP brand and to Joe Fresh. If you usually shop in the Junior's or MNG by Mango departments, then you'll find Stylus to run big. My store didn't carry anything smaller than a size small, and I found the shorts in size 2 to be too big for me. Note to JCP - in the future, I'd like to see extended sizing for plus and petites in stores.

Pricing was budget-friendly and competitve, with many items advertised on sale and under $30. I was armed with a 25% off coupon, so no complaints there.

Below, a look at the visual merchandising.

Stylus JCPenney Lemon Prints

Blouses are lightweight and have an easy fit.

Stylus JCPenneySignage

Stylus JCPenney Notes

Modern graphics adorn these chic blouses (currently on sale for $19.99) that could work for the office or the weekend.

Stylus JCPenney Shirts

This lemon print tee was a favorite, but they didn't carry my size. 

Stylus JCPenney Lemon T-Shirt

Stylus JCPenney Clothing

Tropical themes prevailed in some of the tees and tops.

Stylus CPenney Tropical Top

Stylus JCPenney Pineapple Tee

Fitting Room Favorites

Many items weren't available in my size (including this cute eyelet bomber jacket), so I tried on the smallest sizes they had (mostly small and 2).

From left to right below:

I'm mixing prints with this striped rayon tee (size small) and tropical print shorts (size 2). Both are comfortable and have an easy fit. I was surprised by the wrinkle resistant nature of the rayon top. I scrunched it up repeatedly to see if it would wrinkle, and the verdict is that it passed the test and would even be a suitcase-friendly item. As for the quality of the shorts, it appeared equal to the J.Crew shorts I own. The shorts are a top pick and they have front pockets with a medium weight construction in a soft cotton twill. 

The lemon print romper was a favorite. Full disclosure - I might be developing an obsession with lemon prints this season. Unfortunately, this one was too big in a size small. It's a better fit for someone with a longer torso. Bonus points for the two front pockets and an easy button closure in the back. 

I liked the white eyelet top, although the size small was too big. It also comes in a light pink. It's lightweight, boxy and slightly sheer but has fun textural details, making it an elevated and versatile basic.

Stylus JCPenney Spring 2015 lemon print romper and shorts

Below, I'm wearing the boxy floral top in a size small. It has an exposed white zipper up the back and an oversized fit. I love the pastel colors and tropical print but the fit was too big. The stretch twill shorts (on sale right now for $17.99) are a size 2, with plenty of room to spare in the waist. They come in many colors and are really soft with some structure. If they came in a smaller size, I would've bought a pair in white since they aren't too sheer like some white shorts can be.

The button front shirt has a pineapple print and is a size small with a relaxed fit and one chest pocket. It's lightweight without being sheer and very comfortable. I'm wearing it with the white denim roll-cuff shorts in a size 4. They have a 4" inseam, medium weight construction, and classic five pocket styling. I would've bought these if they has a size that fit me. 

The pineapple tee is a size small and a linen blend. It's ever so slightly sheer, soft, and comfortable. I paired it with the tropical print shorts from above.

Stylus JCPenney Spring 2015 shorts and tropical prints

Below, I paired the eyelet top with linen striped shorts in a small. The shorts have a drawstring waist and relaxed fit, making them feel almost too casual. 

The floral sleeveless top has a sporty vibe and oversized fit. I'm wearing a medium with chambray joggers in a small. Both are too roomy but very comfortable. The top is lightweight and made of polyester. The pants are super soft with zips at the ankles. I'd pass on both of these because I have similar items in my closet.

Stylus JCPenney Spring 2015 chambray joggers and striped shorts

So far, I'm pleased with the trend direction, array of prints, and pricing for Stylus. From the lack of smaller sizes in my store, it appears to be selling well.  I would've bought some pieces if the sizing was better for me, so I'll stalk the petite sizes online instead. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Stylus as we head into summer.

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