Passing Notes: Back to school shopping at The Outlets at Orange

imageOne of my favorite back to school traditions is picking out my first day of school dress. I was starting to think this was going to be the year that I didn’t have something to new to wear :(. However, I solved the problem by heading to The Outlets at Orange for a quick shopping trip. It is always best to hit an outlet mall on a holiday weekend, because stores usually offer extra discounts and incentives.

My first stop is always the Banana Republic outlet. I was greeted with huge signs that read “50% off entire store.” Music to my ears! And, I also had $20 worth of reward coupons. I ended up buying three dresses, a leopard wrap dress for $19.99, a navy shift with a lemon and lime pattern, and a navy blue fit and flare dress. I will be wearing these new frocks during the first week of school. Dresses are so easy! One piece, add a necklace, and you are ready to go! I also found three lightweight sweaters, gray with yellow polka dots, a leopard pattern, and a black and ivory striped “ciao” sweater. They look good on their own, but look even better layered with a denim work shirt. I also found two cute tank tops that will be great to layer with, one black with white hearts and the other is hot pink with a tiny bee print. They will be perfect with a pencil skirt and cardigan. Three dresses, three sweaters and two tops totaled $200. Now I need it to cool down so I can start wearing sweaters!

Next, I stopped by the Old Navy outlet. I am in love with all their graphic t-shirts. I wanted to buy them all, but settled on the black “j’adore” and white “holy chic” shirts.

My last stop was at the Ann Taylor factory store. They had the same deal as Banana, 50% off everything. I found this adorable black dress with tan polka dots for $20 and multi-strand pink necklace.

I really wanted to go to the Nordstrom Rack, as I have $200 in Nordstrom Notes, but I was all shopped out! Next time!

Homework: What is your favorite back to school tradition?

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Dress Code: Ready to head back to school!

imageI am so excited for this school year; I can’t contain my school spirit! Today, I’m wearing my favorite black, a-line skirt from Banana Republic with a raspberry and white striped, boat neck tank top from Ann Taylor. I topped the look with a charcoal gray leopard print cardigan and a flowered headband from Forever 21. My silver and bling necklace is also from Ann Taylor and my bow sunnies are Chanel.

Now I just need to find a first day of school dress!

Homework: Describe your perfect first day if school outfit.