SO Much Pretty in Small Packages

Spring: as we contemplate spring break vacations, plan ahead for summer activities and pick out those perfect outfits for the kids to wear for the spring holidays, it’s easy to forget to think of ourselves.  But we all deserve a little something new for spring, so today, let’s talk about accessories.  There are so many terrific trends this spring that we can take just a pinch of, mix them in with pieces already in your closet and create something on trend.


It’s hard to walk by the COACH Outlet store right now without smiling…HUGE.  The windows are a riot of color and flowers, as if the bags themselves can will spring to come.  We took a bouquet of bags, wristlets and other treats back to the office.  How can you not smile when you see these?  img_2987-e1490474911866.jpg


So, if you like florals, but don’t want to commit to an all-over floral dress…think on a  bag like one of these:

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Or, a bangle.  Or shoes.  A little floral can go a long way in dressing up an office look, or basic denim.



So, you like flowers….in vases.  But not to wear.  What else can can we add to give your spring look a bit of “wow?”  Let’s talk sneakers:  it’s so nice out now, we’ll all be going for more walks, headed to the farmer’s markets, etc.  Why wear boring shoes when you do?  From Bass Factory Outlet, take a look at these cuties:

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I mean….lobsters?  Who doesn’t want to wear these everywhere, for everything?  These patterns are whimsical, fun, flirty.  Everything spring should be….and speaking of what spring should be.  It’s also time to pull the socks off and let those toes breathe.  Hence, the espadrille.  These gorgeous things were conveniently one aisle down in Bass Factory Outlet, but there are plenty of wedges and espadrilles around The Outlets right now as we all get packing for spring break. Love the colors (there’s even more than in the photo), love how they feel and LOVE how they’re on sale right now. IMG_2974


Not going to feel bad about this announcement:  Ladies, put away your statement necklaces.  At least, for spring.  Trust us, your necks will thank you for it (those things can get heavy!).  Say hello to the choker – yes, it’s back.  The spring 2017 version is delicate, with just a hint of sparkle for interest.  These are from Apricot Lane Boutique, which just became an outlet boutique, so you can expect to see significant savings on items here, like these chokers and the stackable bracelets, which we are also obsessed with right now.


So, there are lots, TONS of ways to make sure that everyone has what they need for spring break/summer camp/vacation and still get something for yourself to put a “spring” in your step for the season.  And these are some pretty fabuLESS ideas to choose from.

Spring Break – The Must Haves

February in Wisconsin:  Various shades of grey, a little ice,  a little snow.  And this year, two brilliant days of 60 degree weather, just to make sure that we really, really want spring to come.

So, what’s the best way to beat the end of winter blues?  A spring break trip to somewhere warm.  Let us help you pack your bags with some Spring Break Essentials.  You’ll be glad you did!

Love, love,  love this simple tulle skirt and tank together!  Either piece can be tileworn individually throughout spring and summer, but together it’s sweet and simple and fun.  Just like a spring break outfit should be:  easy.  Get looks like this at rue21, TORRID and Express Factory Outlet.


Have a new sswimuit yet?  If not, now is the time – yes, in February!  And although we can’t all wear this adorable bikini, there are elements of it that apply to body types:

DO look for a high-waisted bottom.  They’re timeless.

DO mix and match tops and bottoms.  Mixing solids and patterns can bring new life to a suit that you love so much you just can’t part with.

DO have fun with your look. You’re on vacation!

Get a look like this at PacSun, Hollister…heck just about everyone is getting in swimsuits for summer:  one-pieces, tankinis…there are a wealth of options for you!


Remember how we told you that classic jean styles were coming back and to put your skinnies away for a bit?  This is how to wear those distressed boyfriend jeans on vacation:  just pair them up with a great little top or sweater!  Again, the jeanslook is easy and simple.  Not feeling adventurous enough to pull off that cropped top?  That’s ok…you’re in good company.  A fitted t-shirt would work great as well, or a simple button down shirt layered with a
tank and tied off at the waist.  Get a look like this at Levis, maurices or GAP Outlet.










Let’s not forget the sundress:  talk about easy!  Throw it over your head and you’re done!  It’s a swim cover up, it’s a brunch dress and, with a strappy high heeled sandal, it’s ready for a romantic supper on the beach.  We love the ruffled detail of this dress and the high-low hemline.  You can find sundresses right now at LOFT Outlet, maurices, Apricot Lane Boutique and Banana Republic

So, in the end, simplicity and ease is key for spring break.  After all, you don’t want to be inside, thinking of what to wear in the sun, you want to be out in the sun!  Happy Spring Break shopping!


2017 – FabuLESS Fashion Trends

January: a clean slate.  Resolutions are created, plans set in motion, and lists are written down.  Whew!  It’s A LOT of work!  AND….one of those resolutions is sure to be “save more money,” because who doesn’t want to save money?

Trust us, we get it.  100%.  But….there’s also the fact that we’ve had nothing but grey weather for what seems like weeks, so retail therapy must be done.  Must.  Be.  Done.  And getting a great deal on something you can wear all year?  That’s just as good as sunshine to elevate a mood.  So let’s get down and dirty here and go over some must-have, gotta-have fashion trends for 2017.


Sneakers:  Time to put away your shiny white Converse and branch out!  Get yourself some shiny, animal print or sparkly sneakers for this year.  They bring a touch of whimsy to jeans, shorts, even skirts!  Get your sparkle shoes today at Journeys and SAVE big, so you can splurge a little.

Mules:  For the second year in a row and even bigger than ever, if you didn’t get some mules last year, do it.  Kitten heel, stacked heel, open toe or closed, these are great for work or play and look a-maz-ing.  Get them at Bass Factory Outlet, Famous Footwear, rue21….they’re everywhere right now.  mule


We can’t even believe we are saying it, but 2017 marks the end of the stretch skinny jean, ladies.  Denim is still in, but look to more classic styles (like these from Levis) to come back to the forefront for this year.



So many great things here, though:

Stripes:  It’s entirely possible that the striped shirt has now taken over the white shirt’s place in fashion.  And not just shirts, but stripes in dresses, pants, blouses….the list goes on and on.  They add interest without taking over, they can be mixed with other patterns…again, if you don’t have stripes, this is your year.  Look to Van Heusen, EXPRESS Factory, Banana Republic Factory Store, GAP and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.  You’re sure to find something on sale!

Business/Athletic?:  Yes, you read that correctly.  We linked business attire and athletic attire together.  Dressy joggers started becoming popular last year and are still strong this year.  Pair them with a button down and some heels and you’re ready for work!  Look for these at stores like Maurices, EXPRESS Factory Outlet and Old Navy Outlet.


So many possibilities for fashion this year.  Make sure you fulfill your “self-care” resolution and get yourself something on-trend.  You’ll fulfill that “saving money” resolution at the same time!




All The Glitters is FabuLESS

True or False:  There is a finite amount of occasions that call for sequined pants.  FALSE.

This is a hard opinion to shake, especially in the Midwest, where we tend to be a more pragmatic on our fashion choices.  Sturdy winter boots?   – “A Must!”  Sparkly sequined pants? – “Now, how on Earth are you going to get your money out of those? (voice supplied by our mothers)”

Well, we submit to you that we should wear our “fancy pants” as much as we like.  Sequined pants are not just for New Years Eve; they can be dressed up and down to suit the occasion/location.

apricot-lane-pants  So, these pants are legendary  at The Outlets.  This  particular pair are at Apricot Lane Boutique, but EXPRESS Factory Outlet has a pair similar to them, in black.  They’re leggings, so they’re stretchy (PLUS) and forgiving if you are going out (or in) for a big holiday dinner.  So, let’s dress them up for NYE:


sparkle-whiteThe jacket and the blouse lend a very dressy vibe to this look, but if you paired the same pant with a white blouse and denim jacket, it could go either dressy or casual.  Here’s another variation, this time in black:

black-sequinLove, love, LOVE the faux fur jacket with this.  But other than that, it’s just a pair of leggings and a white blouse….how easy is that?  And who doesn’t have a white blouse in their closet?

Not every day can be New Year’s Eve, though…so let’s illustrate the “casual fancy pant”:

sweater-pantsThis.  A comfy, oversize cable knit sweater with these leggings is:  brunch, movie night, bowling…..I mean really, just about anywhere.  And again, who doesn’t have a sweater like this?  And why would we save it just for our jeans?

2b394d24485a702e78fb7cf0a33f9b59-1 A graphic tee.  Is there anything it can’t go with?  With Converse and denim, it’s for every day.  With a leather jacket and pumps, it’s for work, or cocktails, or….the possibilities are endless, people.

So, you’ve bought the sequined pants because….because.  BUT, you bought them at Outlets at The Dells, so you saved a TON. And then, you wore them for more than just NYE.  How very fashion forward and budget minded of you!  Even your mother will be proud.


Holiday Glam On A Budget

The table the cleared.  The turkey is revisiting in leftover forms.  Thanksgiving sales have come and gone.  Your gift list is almost conquered, but now….what to wear for the office holiday party?  Or to New Year’s Eve?  Or both?!  Have no fear, we’re here to help.


You can’t get a lot more glamorous than this dress.  The mixed metal look of the sequins make this a look that is super on trend.  And the strong geometric print of this dress makes a statement all on it’s own.  All it needs is a pair of AMAZING black heels and you’re done!

Oh, one more thing:  NOTE the ponytail.  It’s perfect.  If you do a dress like this (look at Express, Apricot Lane Boutique and Banana Republic for a similar style), the ponytail just sets the whole thing off.


Yes, there are more sequins.  If it’s shiny, sparkly, or furry….it’s probably a good idea at this time of year.  But with this photo, we’re talking about color.  Don’t be afraid to make a statement with color: the more saturated, the better.  We’re featuring a gorgeous deep color, but there’s a whole world of color out there, people!  Don’t be afraid to choose a color that draws attention.  Another great thing about a strong color; it needs very little else to go along with it.  Pair this sequined top (again, this is something that you can find at Express, LOFT, Apricot Lane) with a pair of jeans and heels,  a simple pair of black trousers or a pencil skirt and you’re done!


This is how separates are done, everyone.  Just look at it:  that’s a high-necked sleeveless knit top, a skirt and a pair of heels. They aren’t hard to find, or to find for all body types.  We just saw a skirt almost like this at TORRID!  Pull them altogether and voila!  Instant holiday va-va-voom!    tAnd the best part of holiday shopping for gifts and party outfits is….SALES.  The month of December is full of hot sales on fabuLESS outfits for all occasions.  Treat yourself!



Lighting Up The Holidays in a FabuLESS Way!

The holidays are almost upon us and we can’t think of a more fabuLESS way to usher them in than a tree lighting concert!  So, for this one post, we are going to talk about the best look to attend a holiday concert in; i.e., the Holiday Tree Lighting Concert!

The concert is on Saturday, November 12 and features Ashley Argota, who plays the role Lou in Freeform (formerly ABC Family Channel) The Fosters.  Ashley has also been featured on the Disney Channel (How to Build a Better Boy) ,  and Knickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP.  But that’s not all!  This FREE concert will also have Andi & Alex, semi-finalists from The Voice performing!  With Santa on board to light the tree, autograph signing and giveaways and sales all day long, you’ll want to dress warm so you can see it all!


Tis’ the season to give and this year, we are partnering with SSM Health/St. Clare Hospital on The Bear Project.  The Bear Project comforts children who are in need of medical services by giving them a teddy bear to snuggle.  Bring a new Teddy Bear donation to the event and receive a voucher for a FREE Outlets at The Dells Moonlight Madness gift card.



So, dress for photos and autographs and Santa and come to The Outlets for the Tree Lighting concert!  For more information and a complete schedule of performers, visit

A Boot-iful Fall

Brrrr!  The first taste of fall has finally hit us….and we couldn’t be more EXCITED!!!  After a long summer of pretty spectacular flip flop weather, it’s always refreshing to not have to maintain perfectly polished toes.  And what better way that with…..BOOTS!  Tall ones, short ones, mid-calf:  they’re all a great addition to any fall and winter outfit.

Maurices has boots galore now:  we love these lace up wedges!  And pairing them up with a a cuffed skinny jean provides the perfect amount of “ankle cleavage,”  a term we just learned about!   If you wanted to ear your skinny jeans and your booties but didn’t know how:  This.  Is.  It.  maurices3












And if you’re looking for another “boot-iful” option for fall, check out these bits of suede loveliess, courtesy of Apricot Lane.  Love the cutout detail.  Love the stacked heel.

Follow Apricot Lane on Instagram for gorgeous boards like this!





Bass Factory Outlet shows the men’s side of the boot with this look, but their women’s boots are fantastic as well!  Note the cuff on the jean:  this fashion trend is not gender bass-cuffspecific.  Also note:  Bass Factory Outlet is extending their hours this weekend and offering an additional 15% off the in-store sale on your entire purchase!






But not all boots are short and for that, soo…what’s a girl to do?  Wear them like our Maurice’s model.  Tuck in your lmauriceseggings/skinny jeans and head out the door. It’s a great look for a girls night out.








So get yourselves some boots and let your toe nails go au naturale for a few months.  And if you wait until this weekend, you can swing into Customer Service and pick up and OUTCure coupon to save even more!  Coupons sell for $1 apiece or 6 for $5 and ALL PROCEEDS benefit groundbreaking cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.  What a boot-iful idea.  oad-outcure-22x28-printer