Monday’s Impulsive Splurge on J.Crew

I never even visit the JCrew website because I pretty much love everything they have and can’t excuse spending that much money on any of it!

But this morning, while perusing one of my favorite fashion blogs, I spotted a silky chambray tunic that I couldn’t live without, regardless of the price.

And then I spotted some lightweight washed chambray pants that I also needed to own…

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Now of course, I don’t shop anywhere online without going through Ebates.com. Then I make sure I either find a coupon code to accommodate the items in my cart OR I wait until there is a sale or another promotion before I complete the checkout process on the items in my cart.

I kinda lucked out this time with J.Crew because right now they are having a Spring Sale. You can get 30% off all sale items and 50% off final sale items with coupon code FRESHSALE.

 

So here’s the breakdown…

Chambray Tunic: Originally $98.00 / on sale for $69.99 / $48.99 after coupon code

Chambray Pants: Originally $78.00 / on sale for $68.00 / $47.60 after coupon code

 

By shopping through Ebates I will get 3% cashback on my order ($2.89) which will help cover the $5 shipping fee I had to pay because my order did not exceed $150.

Because I don’t usually shop at J.Crew, I am unfamiliar with their returns process so I just hope everything fits perfect and meets my expectations!

I probably should have just waited till I went to Marshalls or TJ Maxx again to get some chambray pieces for my wardrobe, but I didn’t want to wait! And I absolutely fell in love with that damn chambray tunic…

Being 36 weeks pregnant, I could use just about ANYTHING to lift my spirits and make myself feel better and knowing I can wear that silky chambray tunic in a few weeks after the baby is born, pretty much made my day. #forthewin

 

FOUND: Best Sweatshirt on The Planet

I recently learned about the brand American Giant and I just had to share with you ladies! They have designed and produced the best sweatshirt on the planet. No joke.

American Giant is a San Francisco based apparel company that has taken the apparel world by storm through their strong commitment to making the absolute highest quality products that are both fairly priced and made right here in the USA. Their wide selection of quality products are sold strictly online with free shipping and free returns.

Last December their sweatshirt was named the greatest hoodie in the world, and they’ve been sold out ever since!

For the last several months, the design team and founder of the company have been working hard at conceptualizing and building a line of women’s premium basics that are both sexy, versatile, soft, and modern. Because of their innovation and attention to detail, their pieces are capable of being paired with both yoga pants or a pair of jeans and stilettos. These are the kind of pieces that will age beautifully and last forever. (They seriously come with a lifetime guarantee on all their products. Can’t get THAT at Walmart!)

best sweatshirt on the planet

I was lucky enough to receive the Womens Heavyweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt in Phantom Grey to review. I got a size small and it’s a little roomy on me being that I’m 5’2″ and 110lbs. Personally I like how it fits but had I wanted a more slim, figure-flattering fit I would have gone for the XS and I’m sure it would have been perfect.

As soon as it’s not a million degrees with 90% humidity and I can actually stand wearing anything other than my birthday suit, I will snap a pic and show you how well this sweatshirt fits me.

I am amazed by the high quality of the construction and fit. The heavy-weight material will definitely stand the test of time but it’s amazingly soft inside so it feels great against bare skin. I will never have to buy another sweatshirt for the rest of my life! This is definitely the best sweatshirt on the planet. I’m so glad I found it!

Click here to check out the hoodie I love and visit www.american-giant.com to find your own!

(Also, check out their women’s 4th of July Tee for $24.50)

American Giant provided me with the product for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that American Giant’s sweatshirts are awesome.

Del Sol Color Changing Nail Polish, Tees and More!

 

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Disclaimer: The Fashionable Housewife received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

I was fortunate to be able to review 2 Del Sol Products.  Del Sol Stores are found primary on Caribbean Islands and US coasts, however have started popping up in popular vacation destinations around the world.  If you have gone on a cruise ship, you probably know of Del Sol.

Founded in Utah in 1994, Del Sol opened their first cruise port shop in St. Thomas in 1997.  Del Sol is the world leading brand in color-changing items.  Del Sol is also “the number one promoted merchant onboard Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.”

Del Sol has a very unique product line.  Each of their products change colors in the sun.  For example, indoors your nail polish will be pink; outdoors it will change to purple.  So, make sure you like both colors.  T-Shirts indoors are black and white, however when you step outside on a sunny day your shirt will magically transform into beautiful vibrant colors.

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Nail Polish WITH Sun

 

 

 

 

Nail Polish without Sun

 

 

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Shirt without Sun

 

 

 

 

 

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Not into t-shirts or nail polish?  No Worries!  Del sol has a huge variety of color changing products for everyone!   Including hair accessories, sunglasses, necklaces, sandals, tote bags, and so much more!

Del Sol uses a proprietary technology call Spectrachrome.   Basically with organic dyes, Spectrachrome crystals activate when you get out into the sun.  When you get outside it generally take about 30 seconds to completely transform the color.

Can I wash it?  YES! You can wash Del Sol products with your regular wash.  Del Sol mentioned not to use any bleach, as it will ruin the color changing ability.

I really enjoyed reviewing the “Foxy” Nail Polish and the “Lady Pirate” women’s T-Shirt.   They are lots of fun and fantastic gifts for family & friends.    Check out my pictures on Out and About Cruise Planner’s Facebook site!

Next time you head to an island or hop on a cruise ship take a few minutes and go to the nearest Del Sol Store.  Not planning a trip soon?  Check out their website at delsol.com

Top Spring Trends Available at Marshalls Right Now!

Last week I posted about The Top Spring 2013 Trends You Need Right Now. If you haven’t had a chance to check out that post, do it now!

marshalls logoSpring is the perfect time to add a little fabulousness to your wardrobe and home. This seasons must-have trends like lace, peplum, sorbet colors like mint and coral, neon yellow and green, floral and tribal prints, and oxfords are all easy to find at prices you can afford in Marshalls.

It might seem like a daunting task to stay on-trend, especially if you are on a budget. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot to keep your wardrobe updated and current if you shop someplace like Marshalls.

Top 8 Spring Trends To Look For:

Top Spring 2013 Trends

Over the weekend, I headed to my two local Marshalls to scout out which hot, spring trends they had in store. I purchased all 8 of this season’s top trends for $99!

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I really had a great time searching for the best designer deals they had to offer and I really couldn’t believe some of the things I found! Check out the Current/Elliott jeans I found on the sale rack for $39! If they were my size, I definitely would have taken those babies home with me.

Here is what I bought…

FLORALS: I found the best of both worlds with this top. It’s a beautiful floral pattern AND a peplum style top. Originally $16.99 – got it on sale for $7.00.

floral print top from Marshalls for $7 #fabfound

 

PEPLUMS: I couldn’t resist this coral color and cute embossed floral print. Scored this one for only $12.99

peplum top from Marshalls for $12.99 #fabfound

 

STRIPES: Loving stripes right now and had to snag this cute layered/tiered tank top for $16.99

striped tank from Marshalls for $16.99 #fabfound

 

LACE: A delicate and feminine trend to embrace. I found this dusty pink button down top for just $12.99

lace tank at Marshalls for $12.99 #fabfound

 

TRIBAL: My mom found a tribal print dress on the clearance rack and called for me like it was an emergency! An excellent find on sale for just $7!

tribal print dress from Marshalls for just $7 #fabfound

 

OXFORDS: I immediately fell in love with these nude cut out oxfords. For only $20, they practically jumped into my cart all by themselves.

oxfords from Marshalls for $19.99 #fabfound

 

COLORED JEANS: You know how much I love mint green so I was delighted to find these jeans, in my size, for only $15! (originally $40)

mint jeans at Marshalls on sale for $15 #fabfound

 

NEON: I didn’t find any neon shoes in my size, but I did spot this neon leopard print button down top that was on sale for $7.

neon print top from Marshalls for $7 #fabfound


Now for the next couple weeks, I will show you how to style each of the top spring trends for UNDER $100 at Marshalls. Not only do they have insane deals that you just don’t see anywhere else, but they pack their stores with the most current and lust-worthy pieces at prices you can actually afford. Not just clothing and shoes either… Their handbag selection is to die for and the home decor department will make you want to redecorate every room in your house. (At least that’s what it does to me!)

DISCLOSURE: I received a $100 gift card to shop at Marshalls in order to review their spring selection of designer items available in their stores.   All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for writing this post (or any of the spring-themed posts I plan to write in the near future) about Marshalls.  

Outfit Ideas: What To Wear For Valentine’s Day

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are giving a pair of Tsubo Lindara Wedge Pumps worth $180! These things are goooorgeous and I know you’ll love them!!!

I’m wearing them with tights, a skirt I got for $6 at JC Penny and a cute sweater I got on sale from Zulily for $15! I’m hoping we can find a babysitter to watch the kids tonight so my husband and I can go out for dinner since we haven’t had a date night in MONTHS!

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Wondering what to wear for Valentine’s Day? This is one Outfit Idea that might work since it’s so darn cold out! Nice warm tights, cute heels, a skirt and a stylish sweater. I love this one because of the nice beadwork and see through mesh sleeves.

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RevengeIs Retro “Organic Tomato Soup” Tee

Super cute and a little retro? Check!

Made in the USA? Check!

On sale for an affordable price? Check!

Look no further than RevengeIs, a company that was conceived, born, and raised in the fine metropolitan city of Los Angeles. Their products are free-range, organic, vegetarian, and never given any antibiotics or hormones. Which is pretty easy to do… because they’re just t-shirts.

At RevengeIs… they believe that the best revenge is collective, positive action. Their current collections include “think green”, “wild things” (endangered species), and our favorite, “eat your veggies“.

Our favorite tee is the Organic Tomato Soup tank.

On sale for just $17.50 (regularly $38.00).

Designed and made in the USA, this racer back tank is made from 100% Siro Micro Modal (derived from sustainable beechwood), printed with water based inks and enhanced with gold foil. It’s just SUPER CUTE!

Picture this with jeans, a great fitted blazer and some ballet flats or tall leather boots for colder weather. Very cute and retro, but makes a statement! I can’t wait to wear this tee.

Get this tee on sale for just $17.50. Click here to purchase!

Today’s Outfit: Foxcroft Plaid & Gingham Check Shirt

First off, I am in love with this shirt from Foxcroft Collection! It’s a double layered button down that is very versatile for spring and summer! I’ve never had a shirt quite like this before and I’m really impressed with the styling and fit as well as the quality. It’s very well made! I also love that it’s long enough to wear as a tunic with some leggings or you can button it up and tuck it into jeans or a skirt. Or for a more casual look you can tie it at the waist, like so…

Cute, right?! It’s a great “weekend” shirt paired with distressed skinny jeans rolled up and some cute wedges (as shown above). You could also easily wear it with shorts either tucked in or tied at the waist. It could also double as your swimsuit cover up at the pool. (It’s also available in plus sizes!)

You can enter our Foxcroft Collection Giveaway for a chance to win a gorgeous blouse in your size choice! Two winners!! Enter now >>

I got these Ralph by Ralph Lauren Women’s 0RA4004 Aviator Sunglasses about a year ago and I was unsure how I would feel about aviator sunglasses at first… I mean, Carrie Bradshaw can pull off this look, but can I?! Well, I don’t even care. I put them on this Spring and haven’t taken them off since. I absolutely love them! They are one of the only pairs of sunglasses I own that actually block all of the sun, fit well, stay on and are comfortable. Looking “cool” is just a bonus.

I believe I originally got them from Frames Direct but you can also purchase them on Amazon.com, Macys.com, eBay.com and you can find them in Sears.

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