FabuLESS Back To School Cool!

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ASSIGNMENT:  Stretch the Back To School budget as far as possible.

PLAN: Buy the staples, on sale, and see how many ways they can be used to create totally different looks throughout the year.

Seems easy enough, right?  Well, it is…no need to take notes, we’ve done it all for you!

It’s all about the basics:  clothes that wear well, can be used in a multitude of ways and, hopefully, can be found on sale.  Easily done at the Outlets at The Dells – we jumped into Maurices, where jeggings and graphic t-shirts were 50% off.  So here’s the beginning:

Basics

Cute, right?  Comfy, easy to wear, easy to wash…brilliant.  But…it’s the first day, so we’ve got to do more than this.  Add some cute sandals, sparkly bracelets a scarf and she’s “first day” appropriate:

 

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Change the shoes to sneakers and throw on a denim vest?  LOVE this look:

Late Summer

 

Take away the scarf, add a motion pendant and a vest and we’ve got Boho-fabulousness happening:

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So, this takes us through fall, which is great.  But we can use these basics in winter as well.  boots,  super-cute socks and a great jacket.  Adorbs!

Winter

So, 1 pair of jeans.  1 t-shirt.  ENDLESS possibilities.  This is advanced math we can all enjoy!

EXTRA CREDIT: Go to outletsatthedells.com and download Back To School 20% coupons, available August 1 – 31!

FabuLESS Vacation Looks For Summer

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It’s vacation time! Time to pack the bags and enjoy some quality time with friends and family.  A new outfit for such an event is a must.  So research has been diligently completed and here are four fabuLESS summer outfits for under $100!

Bass Factory Outlet

Bass UseNothing says “vacation” and “summer” like linen.   Bass Factory Outlet has these easy linen skirts in right now.  Put them with a tank, or a fitted t-shirt for a causal look.  Here, it’s pulled together with a denim cropped shell and some adorable peep-toe espadrilles.  Easy, breezy and less than $100!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levi’s Outlet Store

White!  Head to to white!  It’s clean and simple and so completely perfect for summer vacation.  We found these cute skinny stretch denim capris at Levi’s Outlet Store. They feel as amazing as they look.  The cotton shell has an adorable gathered det
ail at the waist.  The entire look is under $50!

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Maurice’s

This outfit from Maurice’s, though.  A day at the beach, a trip to the zoo, a picnic at a park…this look translates across all vacation locations.  The gauzy sundress is layered with another sundress, used as a vest!  What a brilliant idea!  Lacy wedge sandals, shades and a statement necklace give the outfit polish while keeping it causal.  So pretty.  So vacation.  Maurices

Banana Republic Factory Store

Havana, here we come.  From Banana Republic Factory Store, this AMAZING sun dress.  The floral print is a statement unto itself; don’t get us started on the details across the back.  We added a woven tote and hat to polish the look.  Someone, please take us to the ocean so we can really show this off!  Banana

Looking for more AMAZING summer fashion finds?  Make sure to shop Outlets at The Dells during your next trip to Wisconsin Dells…you’ll be glad you did!

4 Things Your Mom Was Right About, Kind Of

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Moms:  our supporters, our sounding boards, our teachers.  We all have favorite lessons we learned at their knee.

“If you keep making that face, it will freeze like that.”  

“Life is hard.  Get a helmet.”

“You can’t have caffeine.  It will stunt your growth.”

“I’m the adult, so I can have cake for breakfast.  When  you’re an adult, you can make that choice, too.”

All these are very important, but the fashion rules our mothers imparted upon us still ring in our ears when we walk into a store:

“Never wear white pants before Memorial Day.”

White Pants

This is a rule even our moms no longer follow.  We wear white pants year-round now, but these, found at Apricot Lane Boutique, are perfect for spring and summer. They fit perfectly and can be dressed up or down.

 

“Petite people shouldn’t wear all over prints. It makes them look smaller”

FullSizeRenderPetites are just that, petite.  The pattern won’t add or detract from the scale of a body.  Take for example this dress from J Crew Factory.  This is a perfect dress to wear for brunch, the office or a special occasion.  The fit is perfect and the pattern brings a great interest to what could have been just a regular sheath dress.  We think she looks just perfect!

 

Buy good basic wardrobe pieces, then layer in the current trends.”

 

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On this, we agree 110%!  For instance, this look from Maurice’s:  the basis of the outfit are the jeans.  They’re well constructed and will last as long as the flares your mom still has in her closet.  The accessories we could use in a multitude of outfits as well; who doesn’t have a great pair of aviators in their car right now?  The trendy piece is the fringe tank.  It pulls all the wardrobe basics together and makes the look fashion forward and on trend.

“Accessories make the outfit.”

KayYes.  Absolutely. And maybe it’s not a “Mom” necklace, but then again….maybe it is.  These pieces are from Kay Jewelers Outlet, where you could purchase many, many other accessories to wear for just one outfit, or for everyday.  The point is, these are all special pieces that will make an outfit, because they are given and worn with love.

Here’s another “pearl” of wisdom we all heard, “Never buy full price when you can get it on sale.”  All of these pieces are on sale at Outlets at The Dells.  Make Mom proud and shop outlet prices today!  For more information on these items, or for up to date sales and events information, visit www.outletsatthedells.com.

Bye-Bye Boots, Hello Toes!

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To be honest, this wasn’t a long, hard winter.  It doesn’t seem to matter much, though….we want to jump out of our booties and into something fabuLESS that shows off our toes!  With summer just around the corner, it’s time to “spring clean” out the booties and make room for that “it” summer shoe!

If you’re like us, letting go of items in your closet is beyond hard.  First, who has time today to actually confront their closet properly?  It’s spring – we want to be outside enjoying, not inside, bleeding over closet organization.  Second, we hold onto pieces that aren’t really our favorites, out of some misguided loyalty to them.  A major part of letting go of the old to make way for the new is a proper mind set, according to Jill Annis, owner of Simply Organized, LLC.  “Don’t agonize or overthink the process.  That’s it, plain and simple.  It’s just stuff, not your first born child.”

So, you’ve gone through the closet and removed the “eh’s” from the “must-have’s” and cleared some space.  Brilliant!  But now there are empty spaces in your closet to fill.Here are just a couple of our faves:

 

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Love, love,  LOVE these strappy bits of goodness!  Wooden sandal from Bass Factory Outlet,  50% off retail.  These are only $49!
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Love, love,  LOVE these strappy bits of goodness!  Wooden sandal from Bass Factory Outlet,  50% off retail.  These are only $49!
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These will come home tonight, whether we have space or no.  Maurice’s made our day with wedge sandals.  Love the distressed edge detail, love the ribbons of color through the wedge, love how comfortable they are!  $39 and worth every penny.
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Hello, Fringe!  Where have you been hiding yourself!  These sandals are also from Maurice’s and a steal at $34.  Shorts, skirts, capris – we’re wearing these with everything this summer.  

Don’t forget to enter to win our organizational consult with Jill Annis of Simply Organized, LLC!  And don’t forget to use your 20% Spring Coupons; they’re valid through March 31.  Didn’t get your email?  No worries!  Click here for more coupons.