Category Archives: Frugal Fashionista

Fall’s Best Mini Skirt

It’s no secret that suede and corduroy mini skirts are everywhere this season. I love the trend, but didn’t want to necessarily break the bank on something I didn’t know would be a lasting trend. So when I came across this one at Gabes, I immediately snatched it up.

I also think this look would be perfect for Thanksgiving – classic colors and comfy but on-trend which is totally my Thanksgiving MO.

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Skirt: Express via Gabes (similar under $40) // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Booties: Burlington (similar)

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Friday Faves: Insta Round Up

Rather than share just link lovin’ this week, I thought I’d share some of my Instagram looks as of late as well as the #ootd’s I post on snap: (add me: annelw) and Instastories daily, too.

A lot of what I wear doesn’t make it to the blog, so here’s a look at what I’ve been wearing laetly:

 

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Dress (also seen here) & Necklace: Gabes, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW

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Cardigan: Gabes, Camisole: Express (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Booties: Burlington (similar here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lip: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugien’

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Vest: Forever 21, Sweater: Express: Jeans: Express via Gabes, Booties: Target (old, similar), Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke, Hat: H&M (similar here)

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Sweatshirt: Homage (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Tennies: Adidas via DSW, Bag: DSW

 

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Sweater: Old Navy (old, similar here), Skirt: F21 (old, similar here), Booties: Unaisa via DSW, Earrings: F21

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Dress: Old Navy, Booties: ShoeDazzle (old, similar here), Bracelet: F21

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Jacket: TJ Maxx (not sure about the brand), Tank: F21, Jeans: Target, Heels: DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Lip: NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Cruella’

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Tunic Tee: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Target, Boots: Unaisa via DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Sunnies: Target

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Sweater: H&M (purchased on clearance, similar here), Jeans: Gap Factory, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, Scarf: Forever 21

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Flannel: Old Navy, Jeans: Target, OTK Boots: Unaisa via DSW

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Sweater: Gabes, Button-Up: Gap, Jeans: Old Navy, Driving Shoe: DSW 

Have a great weekend!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Little Blue Jacket

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There’s been a LOT going on in the biker jacket game this season. From suede, to fur lined, to a multitude of colors – you can pretty much find anything out there right now.

I, of course, have to take part in the trend, too. While I haven’t found a suede moto jacket I love yet in the budg, I’ve had this pretty blue one for awhile and I continue to find myself reaching for it.

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jacket & necklace: Gabes // dress: Old Navy (similar) // booties: ShoeDazzle (similar)

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This is one of my BEST purchases from Gabes, ever. The fit is perfection, and I love the color – it goes with a TON (way more than you’d think!) I love it for date night or really any occasion.

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Dress accordingly, 

Annie Signoff

Lace-Up Back Sweater

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It’s no secret that lace-up everything is trending this year. While most trends tend to be in the front, I was so excited to find a sweater that laces up in the back, too.

I love an oversized, super cozy sweater I can wear with my favorite faux leather leggings and boots. The best part about this one? It’s SUPER affordable. That means you need it in your closet.

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sweater: Make Me Chic c/o // leggings: Target // Boots: Nine West (similar)

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Dress accordingly, 

Annie Signoff

A New Classic: Faux Leather Pleats

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I mentioned last week that when the ladies of Thread and I headed to the Cincinnati Premium Outlets a few weeks ago, I was on the hunt for a faux leather skirt. I knew I wanted to hit J.Crew Factory, because they never disappoint when it comes to classics (like this flannel). They came through for me yet again with a twist on classic pleats.

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sweater & necklace: Gabes (similar here & here) // skirt: J.Crew Factory (similar) // heels: BCBG via DSW (similar here, LOVE the ankle strap on these

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Don’t forget! You can still enter to win a $250 gift card to the Simon Outlets near you by doing the following:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag#cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered.

It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

The perfect OTK boot

If you caught yesterday’s post, you know I recently took a trip to the Cincinnati Premium Outlets with the ladies of Thread. While I didn’t share ’em yesterday, I think these black OTK boots are my favorite purchase (and best deal) from my shopping spree.

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dress & necklace: Gabes // boots: Nine West Outlet (similar here)// Lip: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugiuen’ 

I found this pretty cold-shoulder LBD on my recent trip to the grand opening of Gabes in Florence and I’ve styled it a ton of different ways already (earlier on with booties). I’m pretty sure this dress was under $15 – it doesn’t get better than that.

I love these suede OTK boots. The best part? They were marked down well under their original price – I knew I had to have them.

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Don’t forget! You can enter to win your own shopping spree at a Simon Outlet near you! Here’s how:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag#cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered.

It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

Can’t wait to see your looks!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Sweater [Dress] Weather

It’s officially here, you guys. Sweater weather.

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Dress: Make Me Chic c/o // Boots: Just Fab // Scarf: ASOS (last year – similar) // Lip: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugien’

I’ve been talking about the fact that I’ve been looking for a cream colored sweater dress for years, so when I got this one from Make Me Chic, I was so excited. I love styling it with my favorite OTK boots under – but it’ll be super cute with booties (and tights) too. It really is super cozy, you need it in your life, trust me.

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Fall Sweater Perfection

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Nothing says the perfect fall look like a cozy, lace-up sweater, destroyed denim and cognac booties. I love this army green one from SheIn – not only is it cozy, but it’s totally on-trend.

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Sweater: SheIn c/o // Denim: Target // Booties: Burlington (similar) // Lippie: Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Pure Hollywood’ 

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Dress accordingly, 

Annie Signoff

Fall Style with Gabes

If you know me at all, you probably know what a huge fan and advocate I am of shopping at Gabriel Brothers (aka Gabes).

If at this point you’re asking yourself what the hell is this place – let me enlighten you (and change your shopping world): Gabes is an extreme value fashion and home retailer and has been a first-choice for this frugal fashionista for years. They operate stores in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee. I was first introduced to the store by the original frugal fashionista; my mother, and have been an advocate of theirs for the better part of my life.

Still confused? Think: Steve Madden calf hair booties for under $30, and other name brands like Express, 7 For All Man Kind, Juicy, Nannette Lapore, Michael Kors, to name a few I’ve seen over the years.

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You can imagine my excitement when they asked me to check out their brand new store in Florence, KY and do some shopping! I was immediately impressed with the 50,000+ sq. ft. store. It was very clean, well-organized and bright. Plus, they had an amazing selection of on-trend pieces at legitimately unbeatable prices.

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Sweater & Jeans: Gabes – I didn’t recognize the brand on the turtleneck but the jeans are originally Express and I snagged ’em for under $20! // Heels: Target (last year – similar) // Bracelets: F21 // Lip: MAC ‘Rebel’ 

Whenever I hit stores with particularly large selections, I always try to make a list of specific pieces (or ideas) I want to add to my wardrobe. Dark wash denim can never be passed up (you can never have too many pairs of jeans, right!?) and I’d been wanting a cream sleeveless turtleneck for the fall, too!

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I’m super excited to have a few more looks from my day at the Florence Gabes to share with you coming next week! I HIGHLY recommend you check out the new store – it’s bomb.com!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

My new favorite top

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Have you ever stumbled upon something while you’re browsing a store and it’s the best thing ever? That’s what happened with this flowy white top. I popped into TJ Maxx one afternoon with Seth while putting off grocery shopping and found this top (and this dress, plus a few other things!) and knew I couldn’t NOT have it.

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top: TJ Maxx (similar) // shorts: Old Navy // heels: Charlotte Russe (similar)

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Can we also talk about how weird this weather is!? It’s October 17th and the high today is in the 80s. What the whaaaa!? I can’t complain too much, because it gives me the chance to continue to wear outfits like this one.

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff