Fight the urge . . .

It's really hard for me to not buy everything on Madewell's new online store right now... darn it.

Alloy's 20% off sale

Alloy has extended its 20% off Memorial Day sale for two more days ... you can now take 20% off your entire order through Wednesday June 2nd ... simply enter code BEACH20 at checkout.

Personally, I'd use it to stock up on their effortless summer dresses--

The Heidi Eyelet Dress

The Gwen Floral Dress

The Amy Knit Dress

The Gia Floral Dress

The Halter Maxi Dress

(All images courtesy of Alloy)

Ann Taylor and LOFT sales end today

Just a friendly reminder or two ...

Today's the last day to take an extra 40% off all sale items at Ann Taylor, both in stores and online when you enter code SALE40 at checkout.

It's also the last day to take 40% off your entire purchase at LOFT, both in stores and online when you enter code 40SAVE at checkout.

Memorial Day Sale at

Sandals are also on sale at this Memorial Day Weekend ... lots and lots of styles (we're talking pages and pages) of shoes are 25% off.

Burlap for weddings

I am thinking we're definitely going to have to incorporate some burlap elements into our wedding ... I know I previously blogged about how much I love bunting with touches of burlap, but now I am thinking it would also look great on our tables ... just check out this table runner featured on Style Me Pretty.

(Image courtesy of Carrie Patterson Photography)

Burlap is such an inexpensive fabric to work with, but it adds a great texture!

We've already decided that we want to do chocolate brown tablecloths, with wooden bushel baskets of gala apples in them as the centerpieces, but I think layering it with a square of burlap for the baskets to rest on would just add that little something extra special to the tables, don't you think?

DSW's Buy Two Sale

This weekend, when you buy two or more items at DSW, you can get 25% off. This deal is only valid online when you log in through your Rewards membership and enter code 2FORU25 at checkout. Offer is good through June 1st.

Ann Taylor's sale is on sale

For a limited time, you can take an extra 40% off all sale items at Ann Taylor when you enter code SALE40 at checkout online. Offer is also good in stores.

Sandals from Sundance

Umm ... I know I've told you before how this is my favorite catalog ... but can I tell you how much I also love the cool, quirky collection of sandals they have at Sundance?

(Image courtesy of Sundance)

Gap Memorial Day Sale

This holiday weekend only at Gap, you can take 25% off your (online only) regular-price purchase of $75 or more when you enter code GAPSUMMER at checkout. And you can also get free shipping when you spend $100 or more. Offer is good through Monday May 31st at

H&M Memorial Day Sale

H&M is taking 20% off your entire purchase this Memorial Day Weekend ... simply click here to print out the coupon and go nuts :)

(Image courtesy of H&M)

Sale on sandals at Famous Footwear

All sandals are on sale at Famous Footwear -- some with discounts of up to 50% off. This includes flat sandals, wedges, espadrilles, and even strappy high heel sandals.

I love how, when you're scanning on their site, you can easily see what kind of discount you're looking at for each shoe (10%, 25%, 50% and so on) like so:

Crabtree & Evelyn Memorial Day Sale

This weekend only, Crabtree & Evelyn is offering free shipping on your order of $40 or more when you enter code SMILE40 at checkout.

Personally, I love their Citron collection ... anything with lemon in it can't be bad.

Ann Taylor extends sale by one more day

They've extended the Summer Style Event @ Ann Taylor that I previously told you about ... today is now your last day to take advantage of the BOGO situation they have going on over there :)

One-day Sale at Banana

Banana Republic is having a one-day sale --- all regular-priced items are 30% off when you enter code ONEDAY30 at checkout. You also get free shipping on orders of $100 or more. This offer is online only and it ends at 11:59 p.m. ET tonight.

Summer essentials for $25 and under

Be sure to check out these summer essentials from LOFT, all of which are $25 and under ...

You can't beat easy breezy pieces like this knit empire waist dress ... love the girly shoulder ties! ... and it's only $25!

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

NY Style for $15

Three cute items from NY and Company are just $15 each --

(All images courtesy of NY and Company)

NYCR Picks from the June 2010 Magazines

I noticed this month how skinny the magazines are getting ... do you ever notice how much they slim down in the months before September? I love that sense of anticipation before you get those September issues that will barely fit in your mailbox :)

Anyway, there were a bunch of goodies that I noticed in my magazines this month:

From Lucky:

This gold locket looks like a piece that could be passed down from generation to generation. I would love to put a childhood photo of my sister and I in there :)

(Image courtesy of JCPenney)

This new line of bras from Maidenform is absolutely genius -- bras that have such beautiful straps, you'll want them to peek out from underneath your tank top straps and sleeveless dresses this summer. It's not even available yet, but I would definitely sign up for the emails to be notified when it's available, because I'm sure it's going to sell out.

I love the cheery shade of this skinny belt, and of course the rosette.

(Image courtesy of Talbots)

This floral cotton dress is the perfect summer date night dress .... throw it on with some strappy sandals and a cardigan in case it gets chilly out later, and you're good to go. And it has pockets.

(Image courtesy of Tulle)

I saw someone wearing a sleeveless cardigan like this the other day, layered over this really boho maxi-dress and cinched with a belt ... it was brilliant.

(Image courtesy of Alternative Apparel)

From Glamour:

These crystal elastic bracelets are the perfect accessory for the summertime -- bright, easy to wear, and they're just enough of a pop of color to mix in with neutrals.

(Image courtesy of Zad)

The stitching on this sandal has such an American Indian flair to it, without being all crazy with fringe or beading.

(Image courtesy of Alloy)

I love that this animal print blouse can work double duty --- it's chic enough for work, but casual enough for the weekend ... just depends on how you dress it.

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

My obsession with all things rosettes continues with this skirt ... and the fact that it has a nice wide elastic waistband is frankly just icing on the cake.

(Image courtesy of B and Lu)

From Real Simple:

I am completely enamored by this calendar bracelet and I really, really want one ... ideally one with my upcoming wedding date on it.

(Image courtesy of Dalla Nonna)

These gladiator sandals are such a perfect complement to a really feminine outfit, like a floral print dress.

(Image courtesy of Zappos)

My Wedding Inspiration Board - May 21

For this week's Inspiration Board, I wanted to take a look at a few things that will undeniably be a part of our wedding, especially given where it's taking place and the time of year--

1) Windmills ... 

2) Weathervanes ... 

3) Apples ... 

4) Hayrides and pumpkins ... 

5) Farm animals ... 

(All images courtesy of Flickr)

We're taking these things and incorporating them into a few different aspects of our wedding -- the invitations, the decor, the tables, etc. .... and it makes it a lot more fun. High impact but low cost!

Online shopping . . . coming soon to Madewell?

I went to the Madewell web site tonight to see what was new, and found this page with a promising message--

(Image courtesy of Madewell)

Good lord ... Madewell fans have been waiting for this FOREVER.
Here's hoping they don't keep us waiting too much longer.

H&M Fashion Against AIDS

H&M has a great collaboration starting again today for their Fashion Against AIDS campaign -- they'll be donating 25% of sales to HIV / AIDS awareness projects when you shop from the special collection of merch.

I found a bridal shower dress!

My mom and sister are giving me little to no information about my bridal shower. My mom even says "Oh, you're getting a shower?!" whenever it comes up in conversation. I am totally fine with not knowing anything about it ... after all, that's one of the joys in being in a wedding party -- getting to torment the bride-to-be -- but I would at least like to know what weekend so that I don't show up in jeans looking like something the cat dragged in.

Well, hopefully I will at least have some idea of roughly when it's taking place, because I just found a great dress today :)

I went into LOFT this afternoon to take advantage of their Summer Style Event and I couldn't resist this dress when I saw it. It's the perfect mix of preppy and bohemian, which I love. The photo doesn't even do it justice, because the skirt is a beautiful textured metallic. Oh and I love me some pockets.

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

AND it was 30% off so I only paid like $60 for it! I guess I will be stowing this puppy in my overnight bag all summer just in case.

New Dresses at Forever 21

There's been an explosion of adorable dresses at Forever 21 all of a sudden!

Here are my faves:

(All images courtesy of Forever 21)

LOFT takes an extra 40% off sale

On top of their Summer Style Event tomorrow, LOFT is also now taking an extra 40% off their sale items and there's no code necessary! This is both in stores and online for a limited time.

The Knottie Diaries

You might have noticed that there's a new button on the right side of my blog ... well, I'm thrilled to announce that The Knot has asked me to be a blogger bride on on their site! I'll be part of The Knottie Diaries, a blog authored by a few brides-to-be as they each share their adventures in wedding planning.

I will still be blogging here at A Recessionista Ties The Knot, but starting tomorrow all of my posts will also be fed to the blog there, too. I'll be featured as 'The Recessionista Bride' over there.

I have been slightly obsessed with The Knot for a long time -- way before I was engaged for sure -- so this is a real honor to have been asked to contribute as a blogger for the next few months.

I'm so excited, and I can't wait to see my posts up there!


LOVE looking at this FabSugar photo feature and reminiscing about all of her amazing SATC outfits from over the years ... Friends and Family

For two days only, is offering 20% off your purchase of $100 or more in their Friends & Family sale ... simply enter code MYFRIEND at checkout. Offer ends May 20th.

The Summer Style Event at LOFT

Attention my NYC peeps ...

LOFT is having its Summer Style Event this Thursday, May 20th, from 3 - 8 p.m. ET at their Times Square store location (1459 Broadway). LOFT stylists will be on hand to help you put together your summer wardrobe, and they'll also be serving refreshments.

Plus, just on Thursday, they'll also take 30% off your full-priced purchase both in stores and online when you enter code MAYSTYLE at checkout.

I think I might have to make an appearance and check out their new arrivals.

Cute cardigan

I am totally digging the pleating and floral details on this cardigan from Kohl's ... and it's only $25!

(Image courtesy of Kohl's)

Banana Republic's After 5 Style Event

They've done it before and they're doing it again ... Banana Republic is having it's 'After 5' Style Event again tonight ... they're taking 30% off your order of $100 or more (when you use any one of your Gap, Inc. credit cards) both in stores and online when you enter code 30AFTER5 at checkout. The offer is available from 5 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. ET tonight.

And for any card members who miss out on tonight's sale, you can still take 25% off your $100 order from now until May 23rd when you enter code SUMMERLOVE at checkout.

The Summer Style Event at Ann Taylor

From now until May 25th, Ann Taylor is offering buy one, get one 50% off all of their full-priced styles, both in stores and online when you enter code SUMMER50 at checkout. And you automatically get free shipping on orders of $150 or more.

J. Crew's Insider Sale

From now until Thursday night, J. Crew is taking 20% off your order of $150 or more when you enter SUMMER at checkout.

I'm kind of digging the Jessie cotton dress, among other things.

(Image courtesy of J. Crew)

***Note that the discount doesn't apply to some of their specialty items / collections like the Timex watches, Fenton / Fallon for J. Crew, etc. but applies to their regular merch.

Free shipping at Kiehl's

Kiehl's is offering free ground shipping on orders of $35 or more when you enter HAPPYMAY at checkout. Offer ends May 24th.

If you haven't tried Kiehl's yet, then I can highly recommend some of their items.

Nashville bound . . .

Hi all, I am Nashville bound for work, but I should be blogging from there for the next couple days . . . hope everyone's enjoying their weekend!

I hate to say it, but . . .

I was walking through H&M tonight for the first time in a long while, and I *think* I might be outgrowing it. Lately for some reason I just feel too old to be shopping in there, like I used to feel when I would walk into Forever 21.

I am not sure when this transition happened, but it used to be one of my favorite places to go to get trendy pieces for cheap, and now I just feel totally blah whenever I go in there. Anyone else feeling like this?

Extra 30% off sale at LOFT

For a limited time only, LOFT is taking an extra 30% off their sale items right now, both in stores and online when you enter code SALE30 at checkout.

When I saw this sale, I definitely wanted to snag some of my favorite items when I saw this email ... here's what I just purchased:

NYCR Picks from the May 2010 Magazines

I have been so busy over the last month with work that I barely even had ample time to read through all my favorite magazines for this month! In fact, I am saving all of my June issues for my plane ride to Nashville this weekend for a work trip.

Anyway, the May issues of my regular reads were chock full of cute spring items ---

From Lucky Magazine:

This anchor link bracelet is exactly as they described it: "euro luxe" ... makes me want to hop a plane to Capri and sip bellinis on a boat.

(Image courtesy of Collection Bijoux)

I really do love Timex watches (so does my fiance!) and the T-Series Chronograph is a great example of their classic style.

(Image courtesy of Timex)

This striped shirtdress looks like such an easy piece to throw on, yet it doesn't look schlumpy.

(Image courtesy of LuLu's)

This CleanWell Hand Sanitizer has to be one of my favorite product discoveries of the last year. It smells like a creamsicle and cleans your hands without harsh, drying alcohol.

(Image courtesy of Bath & Body Works)

This straw tote is totally adorable ... love the shape, the navy, the nautical accents, and the preppy vibe.

(Image courtesy of eBags)

From Glamour Magazine:

When hair accessories look like vintage pieces of jewelry with a story to tell, I'm on board. This crystal hair comb fits the bill.

(Image courtesy of Jennifer Elizabeth)

I've had my eye on this ikat print one-shoulder dress for quite some time-- a great pick if you are pear-shaped!

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is probably one of my all-time favorite perfumes -- it has the perfect hint of Sicilian Lemons ... yum.

(Image courtesy of Sephora)

From Real Simple Magazine:

I love the pop of orange on these wedges ... and the cork gives them a real summery feel.

(Image courtesy of Avon)

I am slightly obsessed with this leaf ring -- I could totally see wearing it to my wedding.

(Image courtesy of Allison Daniel Designs)

I'm not usually a huge fan of madras but this blouse is totally Taos chic.

(Image courtesy of JCPenney)

I think that this is a serious statement bracelet, and I love that it's made out of tagua nuts.

(Image courtesy of The Andean Collection)