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The BEST Drugstore Beauty Buys

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There is something totally zen about perusing the aisles of a drugstore. I could literally spend hours walking up and down those aisles inspecting the latest and greatest in beauty products.

Back in the day, it was my local, NYC 9th Avenue Duane Reade. These days, I’m more of a WALGREENS girl. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the TARGET beauty department! All these assorted drugstore beauty destinations have worked diligently to clear my head (and my occasional hormonal breakouts) and stock my bathroom with an arsenal of effective beauty products that could rival any high-end luxury brand.

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Granny Chic: Cap-Toe Pumps

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It should be of no surprise that the sleeper shoe of the past two seasons come to us directly from the chicest of granny fashion: Chanel.

Women young and old flock to the French designer for a taste of the classic, refined and impeccably crafted. I’m pretty sure THESE SHOES check all of those boxes — for a fraction of the designer Chanel price.

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One Look, Three Budgets

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Money… money changes everything.

(Thank you, Cyndi Lauper & Sirius/XM 80’s Channel for getting that song stuck in my head.)

When we see celebrities, fashion editors and street style fashionistas, we’re often tempted to say that they can look as good as they do because of their unlimited funds. “Real” people could never pull that style off without taking a second mortgage on their home, or going without food for a few weeks.

You know what? That’s only partially true.

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Those Gucci Loafers

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Yes, THOSE.

You know the ones I’m talking about.

I’ve practically been drooling over them since I spotted them come down the runway last year. Ok, if we’re being honest I’ve been surprisingly into ALL things Gucci from the BELTS, to the LOAFERS and to this BAG that I just can’t get out of my head.

Ok, and THIS DRESS, too. Isn’t she a beauty!?

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Blue Button Down

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A blue button down may not be the most sartorially exciting piece in your closet, but man-oh-man… can it work!

I’m all about those versatile, crossover pieces in your wardrobe that you can take from day-to-night, work-to-dinner — essentially, never take off! No one does it better than the blue button down though. Next time you’re thinking about what to wear to that coffee date or casual outing, stop your panic and just meet me right back here.

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Shopbop Fall 2016 Sale Picks!

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Got your online shopping fingers limbered up and ready?

(You’re going to need them…)

SHOPBOP has started stocking it’s fall SALE department and there are some fashion finds that are just too good not to share. We here at THD (and by “we”, I mean ME!) love a good online sale and this one is ideal for filling in those fall style gaps. You know, those final pieces to complete your look for the season?

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Summer’s Best Bargain Buys

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Happy official start to summer… two days late!

These late sunsets are like a double edged sword. On the one hand, it’s so nice to be actually able to enjoy the extra daylight hours and really pack in the fun and activities. On the other hand, the longer days and warm weather make me want to be out and about and enjoy my summer vs. sitting home in front of my computer blogging.

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Summer Trends for LESS!

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One of the best things about summer (aside from patio drinking, extended daylight hours, beach time, etc.) is the fact that summer styles are inherently less expensive than their cold weather counterparts. Whether that’s due to less physical material, less expensive textiles, or just cheaper fabrication — I’m not sure, but I’m definitely not complaining.

This morning I want to tackle some of what are sure to be this season’s biggest trends and show you how to successfully score those summer trends for less! While the designer versions can provide the inspiration, I’ve picked budget friendly dupes (all UNDER $100) to keep your patio cocktail fund intact.

Cold Shoulder

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Have you scooped up an off the shoulder top or dress yet? TIBI is probably the brand that comes to mind when thinking about this summer friendly style. A quick PINTEREST search reveals hundreds of street-style shots of this simple, poplin off-the-shoulder top — called the ‘NEO. At close to $300, it’s not exactly a shirt I’d run out to purchase (although I do love it so!). Luckily for us, there are alternatives!

Fringe + Poms

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It should come as no surprise that fringe is still in play when it comes to summer style — is there anything more fun that a little swingy fringe for a night out? Well, actually… poms may give fringe a run for the money. I shared some of my favorite pom styles a few days back — you can read all about it HERE.

AQUAZZURA “WILD THING” might be the pioneer when it comes to nailing this trend — always imitated, never duplicated. However, if you’re not exactly in the mood to splurge on an $800 pair of shoes, I’ve got some amazing style dupes that will give you an identical look for way, way less!

Scalloped Bikini

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Have you guys heard of MARYSIA SWIM? I started following the brand a few years ago and was obsessed with this simple swimwear. What made it so special? It was the unique scalloped edging detail! Unfortunately, the price tag was not exactly ideal. I have this thing against spending a fortune on swimsuits that will just get faded, worn and stretched after a season of wear and tear. Luckily for all of us, other designers have jumped on the scalloped edge bandwagon and we now have less expensive alternatives to meet all of our summer trend needs!

Pleats & Ruffles

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For this summer’s iteration of the boho style, enter micro pleats and layers of ruffles. These floaty details will update any silhouette and help a dress or separates skim against the body without subtly masking any imperfections. The ruffles are a bit more traditional and feminine, while the structure of the micro pleats add a bit more modern edge — either option looks great, so pick the look that suits your personal style best!

Shirting Stripes

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First things first, stripes NEVER go out of style. They’re the most essential and versatile pattern you’ll find in a woman’s wardrobe. This summer, there’s been a collective movement by designers towards a vertical variety of striping inspired by traditional, men’s shirts. I’ve been seeing the thin, pale stripes make their way on everything from casual BOYFRIEND SHIRTS, to dresses and even wide leg trousers.

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How to Build A Designer Wardrobe Without Going Broke

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I could be that bad shopping influence and tell you that all of those amazing spring fashion pieces you’re pining over are MUST HAVES and totally investments that you’ll love forever.

I could tell you that you only live once and to seize the shopping moment — a.k.a. that $2000+ luxury designer handbag!

… OR I could tell you that it IS possible to score that designer wardrobe without regret (and going broke!) — as long as you have a good eye, a bit of patience and the Cleveland Consignment Shoppe. CLEVELAND CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE (CCS) is a unique destination for luxury resale shopping carrying all of the luxury and contemporary lines that shoppers crave, at a fraction of the price.

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If you’re not familiar with consignment shopping, its become a growing trend in retail since 2010. Women are thinking outside of the box when it comes to investing in their personal style and taking advantage of the amazing fashion and deals that can be found in the form of new or gently used, high-end, designer and contemporary consignment clothing and accessories.

I recently spent the morning with CSS owner Susie Vitale as she walked me through her store and explained how CSS came about in 2012 when she saw a gap in how women shop. She explained that while many women gather inspiration from the designer originals, they cannot justify the cost. Rather than settle on a lesser quality product, Susie decided to create a luxury shopping experience where women could score that dream piece without any financial regrets.

As we browsed her racks we created a challenge where in 1 hour I pull together 3 head-to-toe spring-ready looks using CLEVELAND CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE finds.

Challenge?! Hello… now you’re talking.

STELLA IN STELLA

For Look #1, I wanted to create a fun, cocktail party look that wouldn’t seem too heavy or wintery, but would keep me comfortable during this weird transitional period when technically it IS spring, but it’s still straight up freezing.

Enter, Stella.

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Not me, Stella, but Stella McCartney, Stella.

This dress just called to me from the hanger in all of it’s sparkly, new-with-tags glory. Yes, this Stella McCartney lurex bell-sleeve dress (size 38, $275) is NEW. To keep the dress from skewing too summery, I added a pair of sheer, black stockings and a patent peep-toe Saint Laurent platform heel (size 40, $245) — another CSS score.

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Once dressed, this outfit made me want to dance.  Which clearly I did — just ask my photographer!

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Later in the season, I would style this dress with minimal single strap nude sandals and a bare (spray tanned!) leg for a warm weather, evening look.

SUEDE LAYERS

This next look was definitely a more casual departure and a great way to incorporate some of your favorite summer tunics into the spring.

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For Look #2, one of the first pieces that I pulled was this soft Vince suede tunic (SOLD) — it was just very “me.” Another thing that is very “me” this time of year, is transparently pale skin. Rather than wear the suede tunic dress bare legged, I thought about layering it over my favorite pair of white skinny jeans and accenting it with a very on-trend, white bandana neck scarf. I completed the look with some of the most comfortable (like-new) tan Christian Louboutin cork sandals (size 38, $295) I have ever worn.

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Oh, and we can’t NOT mention this amazing Stella McCartney quilted denim “Falbella” bag ($725)— how perfect for summer is THIS? It was sitting pretty in one of CSS’s displays in pristine condition and at a major discount off the designer original price!

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Once the temperature rises, this tunic can be worn solo with a pair of casual, flat, grecian-inspired sandals for a comfortable and stylish summer look.

MOTO STRIPES

One of the most versatile spring staples is a good, lightweight trench coat. When I came across this little, swingy, Theory cropped jacket (size P, $55), I knew it would be a key piece for my final look! While we’re all familiar with the more traditional, long trench silhouette, this Theory version was just a bit less corporate and a whole lot more fun for a busy woman on the go.

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Now, I need to tell you about these jeans. They are the softest, most comfortable, figure flattering pair of denim I have tried on in a while. With moto details, these Etienne Marcel zip moto skinnies (Size 27, $75) are currently available in stores… but prepare to spend almost triple the CSS price!

Here are the jeans from the back — the obligatory bootie shot. The pockets and seaming are just so flattering!

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By now, you may have noticed the shoes. I was hesitant at first to try on these sky high YSL platform ankle strap heels (size 38.5, $339), but they are SO COMFORTABLE. I can’t say I’d run errands in them all day, but they are a great night out option with serious sex appeal. They were also in excellent, like-new condition and so flattering on the foot — who doesn’t want legs that look like they go on for miles?

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So there you have it.

Three designer spring transitional looks for less. Way, way, less… thanks to CLEVELAND CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE.

Since consignment shopping may be a slight departure from what you’re used to, let me give you a few takeaway tips:

  1. Come with a plan — the racks of clothing and accessories can be slightly overwhelming and it’s easy to get distracted. Have an idea of what kind of piece you’re looking for to help you focus your search.

  2. Be flexible! If you find a dream item that is a half size too big or too small, don’t hesitate to try it on! You might be surprised at how much fit varies across designers and walk away with a great purchase.

  3. Know your prices and come prepared to pull the trigger. If you’re a savvy shopper you might find an amazing diamond in the rough — a designer piece at a significant discount! Don’t let it go… because I guarantee someone else will come in and swoop it up.

  4. Stay in touch with your favorite consignment shop and keep on top of their new arrivals! Since consignment shopping is limited to the current inventory of sizes, Susie at CSS makes it as simple as possible for all of her customers, both local and nationwide, to stay in the know:

•  SUBSCRIBE to CSS email for new arrivals and exclusive promotions
•  Follow CSS on FACEBOOK for a first look at our new arrivals
•  Follow CSS on INSTAGRAM — @clevelandconsignmentshoppe
•  Text CONSIGNMENT to 49654 for exclusive offers
•  Call the store to buy — (216) 292-8778

Susie and her team are happy to send additional information, images and work with you personally if you are out of state and interested in any of the pieces featured in this post, or on any of their social media feeds!

So, which look was your favorite? Do you have any amazing consignment scores that you can share? Do tell in the comments below!

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(Disclaimer: While this post was sponsored by Cleveland Consignment Shoppe (CSS), all opinions remain my own. My readers and overall editorial integrity are the two most important aspects of The Heart’s Delight. Know that I will only promote or recommend products and services that I would personally use and/or purchase independently of this website.)