In Your Eyes . . .

If you're an 80s child, then you will definitely be able to appreciate this invitation suite (aptly named "Say Something") from one of my favorite web sites ... Minted --

(Images courtesy of Minted)

Simply Vera on sale at Kohl's

Select items from Vera Wang's line at Kohl's, Simply Vera, are on sale right now with discounts of 40-50% off. The sale is in effect from now until April 3.

J. Crew's sale is on sale

J.Crew is taking an extra 30% off their sale items (online only) when you enter code EXTRA30 at checkout. Offer is good up until 12 midnight on April 1st. They're also offering free shipping on orders of $150 or more.

I think I may have to pounce on some items.

Banana Republic's sale is on sale

For the next couple days, BR is taking an extra 20% off their already reduced sale items. Simply enter code EXTRA20 at checkout. This offer is online only and ends at midnight tomorrow night.

Answers for Summer B

Summer B wants me to answer some questions ... and when there's an opportunity for a fun little Q&A on a rainy day, you take it :)

1) What book are you reading?
Sadly, I am not reading a book right now. The last book I read was The Fixer Upper by one of my favorite authors -- Mary Kay Andrews.

(Image courtesy of Amazon)
Love all of her books.

2) Where do you wish you could be right now?
If I could literally be anywhere on this craptastic weather day, I would love to go back to my favorite oasis in Cabo. Best. Vacation. Ever.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

3) What does your mousepad look like?
I don't have one right now (going au naturelle) but my favorite mousepad of all time would have to be the one my bff bought me many moons ago.

(Image courtesy of emerchandise)

...I'm doin' fine, baby-- how you doin'?

4) If you wanted to and you could quit your job without consequence, what would you say?
Fortunately, I have a job that I absolutely love.

5) How will you make your dreams come true?
I can tell you how I won't be making my dreams come true ...

6) Favorite Halloween costume ever?
When I was a little Met ... and my sister was a little Strawberry Shortcake.

(Images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

7) Favorite song from back in the day?
Ooooh ... this is a tough one. But, if I had to pick one ...

8) One thing you could change about you?
My willpower ... can't seem to stick to an exercise plan or a diet. Ever.

BR extends their weekend sale

Remember that Banana Republic weekend sale I told you about? They've extended it one more day... you now have until midnight tonight to shop their sale.

Now that's what I call a long weekend.

$1 shipping at Bath & Body Works

From now through 11:59 p.m. EST tomorrow night (March 29th), Bath & Body Works is offering $1 shipping (to the contiguous U.S.) on orders of $25 or more when you enter code SHIP1 at checkout.

$15 Arty Cardis at Old Navy

Old Navy's deal of the week is that select styles of their cardigans are just $15. To tell you the truth, I wish all of their cardigans were $15 ... that'd really be impressive! Still a great deal, though.

Banana Republic's weekend sale

Banana Republic is having a great sale online this weekend -- They're taking 25% off all regular-priced styles when you enter code WEEKEND25 at checkout. Sale is for two days only -- this Saturday and Sunday.

They're also offering free shipping when you spend $150 or more and enter code BRSHIP150 at checkout.


30% off dresses at LOFT

Earlier this week, I blogged about how Ann Taylor is taking 30% off dresses. Now, their kid sister LOFT is taking 30% off their full-priced dresses, too, both in stores and online ... no code necessary.

Really, really makes me want to buy the breezy petals dress.

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

Offer is valid for a limited time only, so if you're in need of a spring dress and you see something you like, I suggest you pounce.

My Wedding Inspiration Board - March 26

I'm going shopping with a couple of my girls next weekend to look at bridesmaid dresses :) so I figured for this week's Inspiration Board, I would take a look at some of my favorites --

The 'Tyler' dress from Thread -- forget the wedding, I want this dress for myself! Love the 60s vibe.

(Image courtesy of Thread)

Ditto on the 'Marilyn' ... totally gorgeous.

This dress from Lela Rose with the flower at the shoulder is just too adorable.

(Image courtesy of Dessy)

I absolutely love that this dress from Dessy has pockets, a preppy bateau neckline, and rosettes at the waist ... awesome.

(Image courtesy of Dessy)

This strapless dress from Ann Taylor is pretty new ... I really love the tiers of ruffles ... so very feminine.

(Image courtesy of Ann Taylor)

The silk taffeta 'Blakely' dress from J. Crew reminds me a lot of my outfit for our engagement pictures ... and I just love how it has ruffles and still feels really preppy.

(Image courtesy of J. Crew)

Hopefully we can find some great dresses!

Old Navy has spring sale, too

This morning, I noticed that Old Navy hopped on the spring sale bandwagon, too -- they're also taking up to 40% off. They're also offering 15% off a $75 purchase and 20% off a $100 purchase when you enter code ONSAVEBIG at checkout.

This sale and these offers are online only, and they end March 28th.

Ultra Feminine pieces at Fred Flare

Fred Flare is supposed to be the place you go for a hamburger phone or bacon band-aids ... so how is it that they continue to stock some of the most feminine, flirty clothing I've seen in a long time? It's a beautiful mystery ... here are some of my favorite pieces they've added lately:

The cropped Whitney Ruffle Blazer -- looks totally J. Crew-esque and yet it's under $60!

The floral Watercolor Tube Dress -- the flowers almost have a hint of ikat to them, no?

The gingham I Heart You Dress -- that heart-shaped cut-out is completely adorable.

The Swan Lake Mini Skirt -- reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw's ensemble from the opening sequence of SATC ...

The voile lace Mariana Dress -- I just love lace overlays and the unfinished detail at the bottom.

(All images courtesy of Fred Flare)

DSW's online sale

DSW has a great sale going on right now, online only --

Take $10 off a $49 purchase
Take $15 off a $74 purchase
Take $20 off a $99 purchase

Simply enter code SAVE326 at checkout.

Offer ends March 29th. And as always, if you're a DSW Rewards member, you can get free shipping with a $35 purchase when you enter code SPRSHP at checkout.

Spring sale at the Gap & BR

Gap is doing the spring sale thang right now, with discounts of up to 40%. Ditto on Banana Republic, who's also got some major discounting going on.

Free shipping at Macy's

From now through Sunday, you can get free shipping on your $99 purchase at Macy's when you enter code HOTLIST at checkout .... this is of course named after their Hot List Sale.

30% off dresses at Ann Taylor

For a limited time, all full-priced dresses at Ann Taylor are 30% off ... this sale is happening both in stores and online when you enter code DRESS30 at checkout. Plus, you automatically get free shipping on any order of $150 or more.

LOFT Loungewear is on sale

Gap Body was one of the first brands to really step it up in the loungewear department, and now much to my enjoyment, LOFT has followed suit.

I love mixing some loungewear pieces into my regular wardrobe sometimes -- it makes me feel just a little bit more comfy and cozy ... and what I love about loungewear pieces is that many of them are being designed to look dressier than they are!

Case in point, this cowl neck pullover --

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

So check out their loungewear line, and in case you see anything you like, their full-priced loungewear pieces are 25% off right now, no code necessary.

Spring handbag sale at eBags

If you're looking to make a handbag purchase for spring, eBags is having a sale with discounts of up to 50% off ... enjoy!

Our Save The Dates

I previously posted a little sneak preview of our Save The Date card --

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista and Moog8008 Designs)

Well, the finished product arrived in the mail, so we put it together with the chocolate brown envelopes we ordered from Envelope Mall and the adorable Return address labels we ordered from Tiny Prints ... and we sent them on their way!

Anyway, seeing it once we put everything together and started to assemble them, I think they looked great!

We used another one of our engagement photos on the reverse, along with the URL of our wedding web site so our guests can get more information.

(Images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

I can't wait to get started on the invitations next!

Figure-flattering floral dresses . . .

... try saying that five times fast.

Real Simple is one of my favorite magazines, so naturally I love the Daily Finds on their web site -- like this collection of figure-flattering floral dresses, arranged by body type.

My favorite would of course be this 1960s-looking number from Urban Outfitters, perfect if you're busty.

(Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

We've got a china pattern!

previously blogged about some of the items we've already added to our gift registry. And at first, I was actually very much against registering for formal china. I figured, when am I ever going to use this stuff?

But the more I thought about it, and the more I pictured our life years from now, I started to realize that when it came time for my future husband & I to have our families over for the holidays, or to throw dinner parties, that we'd have no fancy dinnerware to speak of. And while I love the pattern we picked out for our everyday dishes, I know I would secretly wish for fancier dishes every time I set that table for company ...

So, my fiance and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond over the weekend, and carefully analyzed about 6 different china patterns before coming to a decision. What excited me the most was how involved my groom got in the decision-making process ... he also picked out this pattern :)

'June Lane' by Kate Spade -- 

(Image courtesy of Macy's)

Monday night prettiness

My wedding blog, A Recessionista Ties The Knot, has a new look tonight ... courtesy of Penny Lane Designs, who is also the talent behind the new look here :)


Discounts at Bath & Body Works

I don't know about you, but this time of year, I get obsessed with lotions and perfumes ... it's back to full-time leg shaving season haha, and it's the time of year when you start digging out from your winter funk and making sure your legs and toes and hands and nails look all pretty, right?

Anyway, Bath & Body Works has some good discounts going on this week to get you into great beauty shape for spring --

1) Free shipping on any order of $60 or more when you enter code FREESHIP60 at checkout

2) Their signature collection is buy 2 get 1 free or buy 3 get 2 free ... so you can stock up

3) Their anti-bac (a must-have in my purse at all times) is 4 for $15 or 6 for $20 ... so you can stay germ free and fresh


Sale on select spring sweaters at LOFT

Right now at LOFT, select spring sweaters are on sale for $20 (originally $40-$50). This offer is available for a limited time, so get it while the gettin's good.

My personal fave is the totally versatile v-neck cardigan in coastal fog --

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

Free shipping on J. Crew swimwear

For 3 days only, J. Crew is offering free shipping on their great mix & match collection of women's swimwear. sale on flats

If you're still searching for those perfect spring shoes, has a sale going on today only -- 30% off their favorite flats. Ends midnight tonight, no code necessary.

My Inspiration Board - March 19

I was a very bad wedding blogger and forgot all about my Inspiration Board last week! I'll blame it on an early case of spring fever :) Anyway, I've been scouring one of my favorite wedding resources, Etsy, for the perfect boutonnieres for the guys ... here are some of my favorites:

(Image courtesy of Etsy seller Pixel and Hank)

(Image courtesy of Etsy seller Peppermint Cloud)

(Image courtesy of Etsy seller Fruits of the Forest)

(Image courtesy of Etsy seller Tinkettle Barn)

(Image courtesy of Etsy seller Erica Cavanaugh)

NYC Recessionista's Favorite Beauty Products

I love beauty products ... funny thing is, I am not always a bargain shopper when it comes to this stuff. I love to experiment with different things from time to time and find new favorites. And if I find something that's really good, I will splurge on it a little.

So, I thought it would be fun to give y'all a glimpse of what's actually in my medicine cabinet and what's in my shower -- you'll notice it's an interesting mix of drugstore and high-end products.

Shower Gel --

I am on my third bottle of this stuff ... the smell is intoxicating. I literally want to drink it. But I won't.

(Image courtesy of

Face Products --

I know this stuff is a little on the expensive side, but I feel like nothing has ever made my skin look or feel better. I have extremely dry skin, and I love that you can search products by skin condition on Kiehl's web site.

Kiehl's Ultra Moisturizing Cream Cleanser, Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, and Ultra Facial Moisturizer

(Images courtesy of Kiehl's)

Deodorant --

I have tried several other deodorants, and this one is the only formula that keeps razor burn at bay. It's great stuff. And the smell is amazing, which is why I bought the matching body spray.

Dove Grapefruit & Lemongrass Deodorant and Body Spray

(Images courtesy of

Hair Products --

I tried this on a whim one day (I had been a fan of their Skin Relief moisturizer for the wintertime) and I'm now on my second bottle. Leaves my hair silky and shiny.

(Image courtesy of Aveeno)

With curly hair, you want to make sure your hair won't frizz the second you walk outside ... which is why I use this conditioner. It leaves my hair incredibly soft, without the poof.

I equally love their Spiral Style Curl Defining Spray Gel ... hands down makes the perfect spiral curls.

(Images courtesy of John Frieda)

Perfume --

I love all things citrusy ... you've probably noticed a pattern here already. This perfume is no exception ... it has the perfect clean scent. The main notes are lychee and pink grapefruit, so you can understand how.

(Image courtesy of Sephora)

Toothpaste --

This toothpaste has the greatest clean & minty taste to it ... and I love the retro-looking packaging.

(Image courtesy of C.O. Bigelow)

Body Products --

Every time I use these two products, I instantly feel like I'm 6 years only, and I'm on line at Lemon Ice King. Simply delicious.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon & Lime Body Wash and Body Souffle

(Images courtesy of Bath & Body Works)

A month of outfits

If you're ever standing in front of your closet in the morning, wondering which pieces to pair with each other to make an interesting outfit, you might want to check out Lucky's collection of a month's worth of outfits ... great ideas to inspire you!

H&M's Garden Collection

H&M recently released images of its new Garden Collection -- it's made with environmentally adapted materials like recycled polyester, organic cotton, and organic linen.

I'm on board with the cotton and the linen, but seeing as how I didn't enjoy polyester too much the first time around, I am not so sure I'd love it in a recycled state. Will have to check this collection out in stores and really look at it and feel it ... I've become somewhat of a fabric whore lately.

Gap Give and Get starts today

Don't forget ... the Gap Give & Get program starts today.

LOFT denim capris are on sale

Just in time for spring, LOFT is offering their denim capris for $29.50 (they're usually $54.50).

And, as I previously blogged about, their collectible tees are still 30% off at the moment.

J. Crew dresses are 20% off

For three days only, J. Crew is taking 20% off its selection of dresses. No code necessary, prices as marked. Offer is available online only, and it ends on Friday.

How long until May 28th?

Tribal jewelry at Forever 21

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I love Forever 21 and how they are always on-point when it comes to making the latest jewelry trends (among other things) available to the masses.

Well, lately I've noticed a lot of tribal and native american inspired jewelry, so I figured I'd round them up and show you my favorites --

(All images courtesy of Forever 21)

Umm ... LOVE.

Total grabby hands at this dress ... and it's under $100.

The L.L. Bean Signature Madras Shirt Dress

(Image courtesy of L. L. Bean)

Gap Give and Get Program

Gap, Inc. is doing their Give & Get Program again -- for 4 days only, from March 18th-21st, you can take 30% off .... and you can use the coupon as many times as you want during the 4-day period, at both Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. Plus, when you pick a charity, they'll give 5% of your purchases back to that cause.

Click here to print the barcode, which is for multiple uses, or click the link to pick your non-profit and then sign in using your Gap account to send the same coupon to your friends.

LOFT collectible tees are 30 percent off

LOFT is taking 30% off all their collectible tees, like this adorable number -- the beaded circle tee.

(Image courtesy of LOFT)