Why? Why Not!

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Here’s the big question about fashion for me: why? Isn’t it just kind of superficial, caring so much about how you look? Isn’t it a waste of money to always buy new clothes and keep up with all the current trends? Aren’t you just doing it to impress other people? Just, why?

I really did used to feel that way (and believe me, you could tell).  But then I realized, there’s a good reason why we care about something as frivolous as the clothes we put on our bodies day in and day out; it lets you define you.  It gives you the opportunity to be creative, to share a part of how you perceive yourself in that moment with the world, to set an expectation and simultaneously shatter it. Every day I am a million different things, and my outfits allow me to tell that story. If I am feeling casual and silly, or maybe sexy and ferocious, or perhaps cool and composed, my look can reflect that. I think that is a powerful thing and something worth a bit of time and effort.

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So, why? Why not! Why not experiment with that new style that you’ve been eyeing? Why not spend a few hours seeing how the widely different colors, textures and patterns in your closet can come together to create cohesion and beauty? Why not try on every damn item in the store? Life is a big, complicated journey and people are constantly clamoring to put you in a box and tell you who you are, so don’t let them! Throw on your favorite item, whatever it may be, and greet the day with shoulders back, head held high and the knowledge that you are walking out the door confident that only you can decide who you want to be.

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That’s why.

Dress Similar | Shirt | Shoes | Earrings Similar Color Similar Style | Lipstick (in Lovesick)

Commence the Labor Day Sale-a-thon!

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YES. Yes they are on sale, because Labor Day is next weekend and stores are getting a head start on the Labor Day sales. Check out my three favorite deals right now:

Target

Target’s early Labor Day sale is amazing. Basically everything is 25%, but most importantly all clothing, shoes, and accessories are 25% off with an additional 10% off with code LABORDAY. All clothing, shoes, and accessories, guys! I saw these bad boys in the store the other day, and I have to say, I am completely in shoe lust with them:

Sam & Libby Marley Booties

 

 

Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy

Of course the Gap family of stores wouldn’t let us down. All THREE are 40% off with free 2 day shipping on orders over $75 with code 2DAY. This one ends tomorrow, so check it out ASAP (and be prepared for them to bust out a new sale for the real deal next weekend). Best part? All three stores are starting to bust out their fall lineup, so I’ve pulled together a sample of awesome sweaters for you to peruse.

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J Crew Factory

J. Crew Factory is also on board the free shipping train, offering 25% off and free shipping for orders over $100. They have a whole bunch of great stuff right now (thanks, fall!), but how fun are these patterned d’Orsay pumps?? I think they’d be great to lighten up some heavier/darker fall styles.

Factory Textured d’Orsay Pumps

What are you guys loving on this week?