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Print Blouse with Green Clutch

{Millenium blouse — Beall’s Outlet; Nine West clutch; necklace c/o INPINK}

My Official Blog Photographer ran off and left me this afternoon; something about running flower deliveries or changing the oil in the delivery van… In the interest of keeping our customers happy and our engine from exploding, we’ll grant him a pass.  

So before I jet off for a relaxing evening of dinner, drinks and girl talk with my favorite, Anne, I give you a headless camera-propped-precariously-on-a-box-atop-the-design-counter selfie to share this cute printed tunic I scooped up at a local outlet store for about $10 a few months ago. You’ll just have to imagine the rest: my Lucky Brand jeans tucked into the Bucco riding boots I’ve been wearing nonstop since they arrived in the mail from Hautelook, and a little beanie on my head to help disguise my fell-asleep-with-my-hair-wet bedhead. That just about covers it!

colorful new accessories, FTW

colorful leather accessories

I’ve become a much savvier shopper with my new budget. My mom-in-law gave me a Macy’s gift card for my birthday, and I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for. As opposed to my usual M.O. when blowing birthday cash: run around like a headless chicken, scooping up every super-clearance item I can get my grubby paws on, regardless of quality or style or heck, even size. 

I held on to that gift card for weeks, waiting for the Christmas sales to start so I could pounce. I needed a grown-lady wallet, to hold my grown-lady checkbook that I’ve been using in lieu of my debit card for the last several weeks after misplacing yet another debit card and thereby grounding myself from ACH-swiping privileges. It’s turned out to be a great thing, though. I give myself a weekly allowance of cash, use my checkbook for the grocery store and bills, and keep a credit card for emergencies. It’s cut my weekly spending by a lot.

Anywho, back to the wallet. I decided I’d let myself splurge on a quality one for once; something leather and “sophisticated,” as opposed to my usual plastic PVC with studs and/or glitter purchased from an outlet store or The Walmarts (although, we know great things can be found there.) I had $50 to put toward it, and hoped to run into some holiday specials in the accessories department.

Macy’s didn’t disappoint. I found several racks of beautiful wallets on sale for 30-40% off, and settled on this burnt orange leather all-in-one by Gianni Bernini. It’s fancy, with bells and whistles like a notepad, pen, and built-in calculator. Originally $68, on sale for 40% off. That gave me about 10 bucks to spare, so I did a quick sweep through the clearance bins and found this green Nine West clutch for $15. But wait! The clearance bin had a sign, proclaiming an additional 20% off the clearance price! I was right where I wanted to be, and headed to the checkout.

When I got there, a friendly lady rang up my purchases, while another friendly lady in line behind me commented on how much she loved the color of my picks. I was feeling good. My total with tax ended up around $56. Cool, I could fork up the additional $6 and take it out of my $100 for the month, no bigs. But wait! Friendly lady #1 had a coupon, and when she scanned it, it took another 25% off my entire purchase! Bringing my total to $42, and leaving 7 dollars and change on my gift card.

I’m getting pretty durn good at this budget shopping thing.

I bought stuff. let’s discuss.

Billabong tote bag

Last week, my friend Meg celebrated the 3-year anniversary of her boutique, m.marie. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to spend this month’s hundred bucks on some new things and support her.

Since giving myself a strict monthly budget, shopping has become more strategic — less compulsive snatching and spending. I went in with a plan: Resist the urge to buy a cute dress or top that I may wear once or twice, and instead look for items I can get lots of mileage from. Pants or denim (I love the Blank NY brand she carries), a great everyday carry-all bag, a unique piece of jewelry, or maybe a cute pair of shoes. While I usually like to stock up on lots of smaller-priced items on a shopping trip (like, ten $10 things) I’m realizing that it’s worth it to make investments on pieces you’ll use over and over again. Quality over quantity. A closet full of well-made basics that you can spice up with accessories, as opposed to twenty varieties of cheap tank tops and stacks of ill-fitting junior’s clearance skinny jeans because “more is better.” Follow me?

So after a blood orange and prosecco cocktail and a few trips around the shop, I settled on this graphic Billabong bag — perfect for toting back and forth to work every day with my Macbook and notebooks — and a pair of black suede lace-up wedges that were half off. My total was $92 and change, and I left excited about my purchases and so proud of Meghan for all of her success in her small business!

That leaves me with about $8 for the rest of the month. Just enough for a new Essie nail polish, or a replacement tin of Rosebud minted rose lip balm (I lost mine when my purse was stolen over the summer). But I think I’ll just let it ride, and wait for next month.

Who am I?!




{ Classic St Andrews Lady watch c/o Daniel Wellington. Order before the end of November and save 15% with the discount code “Pretty” }


{ LOFT sweater; DL 1961 skinnies; Amrita Singh handbag; Stampede boots c/o Wanted }

Well, I’ve spent the entire amount of time I allotted for writing this post reading Suri’s Burn Book, so uh… there’s that. Add to that an empty stomach that’s yet to have lunch (or breakfast, for that matter) and my brain is pretty much mushy-mush.

So um, this is what I wore today.

And that, my friends, is all I’ve got.

* It took at least three minutes of brain-dead staring at the screen to come up with that award winning post title… Today is Tuesday, right?

baubles and basics




{ necklace, bracelet & earrings c/o Lydell NYC; Sonoma button-down (Kohl’s, $14.99); Gap skinny jeans; Big Buddha bag (Hautelook); Nine West sandals; Tom Ford sunnies c/o RueLaLa }


Some days my favorite outfits are the really simple ones, accented by a few well-placed accessories. Said outfits are especially appealing on a Monday morning. Even more so when the Monday is a holiday, and all your banking friends are sleeping in while you schlep yourself to work…

It doesn’t get much easier than a classic white button-down and my favorite jeans. Today’s baubles come courtesy of Lydell NYC, a jewelry retailer with a great assortment of fashion pieces at affordable prices. If you’re spending today in the office like me, here’s a holiday perk for you: shop Lydell NYC today and take advantage of the Columbus Day sale — score 30% off the entire selection!  Just use the code FALLFUN at checkout.

Poetry in the Light



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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

I’ve shared my family’s experience with breast cancer, so I was honored when Echo Design asked me to style their beautiful Poetry in the Light scarf and share it with you all!

Echo designed the peony-print silk scarf in collaboration with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder. {Fun fact: Evelyn Lauder is credited as one of the creators and popularizers of the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer awareness!} The scarf’s peony design was inspired by one of Evelyn’s photographs, called “Poetry in the Light,” and was originally created as a gift for guests at the Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party.

Now the timeless beauty is available to ladies everywhere! It retails for $85, and Echo will donate $10 from the sale of every Poetry in the Light scarf to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It’s available for purchase at, and at select retailers.

I love fashion for a cause!

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation:

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. In October 2011, BCRF awarded $36.5 million to 187 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and China. With over 90 cents of every dollar donated currently being directed to breast cancer research and awareness programs, BCRF continues to remain one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country. BCRF holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, its tenth such designation since 2002. Additionally, BCRF is the only cancer organization designated as “A+” by CharityWatch. For more information about BCRF, visit

put a scarf on it.

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{ french laundry lightweight sweater (Beall’s Outlet, $12.99); Lucky Brand jeans, Big Buddha large clutch (Hautelook), Adrienne Vittadini scarf (Beall’s Outlet, $12.99), Jessica Simpson Landen pumps (2008) }

My hair has taken on a life of its own in the last several weeks. It feels like I woke up one morning and it grew five inches. After a quick count on my fingers, I realized it’s been more than six months since I had a trim; but I swear it feels like I was just sitting in that chair a few weeks ago.

It’s been all side-braids and top knots around here until I can get this mane of mine under control. My newest trick: tie a scarf on it, Serena Van der Woodsen style. {All those downtime hours spent on Gossip Girl Netflix marathons weren’t wasted after all}. Long rectangle silk scarves seem to work best.

Before I bid you adieu for the week, may I remind you of a little 100-winner jewelry giveaway that’s ending soon? Enter here!

Have a lovely weekend!

this is BIG: 100-winner INPINK Jewelry giveaway! {CLOSED}


So, I’m pretty ecstatic to share this huuuuuge giveaway with you guys!

A Pretty Penny is partnering up with INPINK — an on-trend online jewelry retailer that offers quality boutique jewelry at affordable prices — to offer 100 APP readers a $40 voucher to shop INPINK’s adorable selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. That’s a whole lot’a cute jewelry, my friends!


To enter:

“Like” INPINK on Facebook.

Then fill out this entry form, and tell us your favorite way to accessorize with jewelry. Stacking up an arm party, layering on necklaces, dressing up a t-shirt and jeans with chandelier earrings… whatever. Inquiring minds want to know: How do you style up your baubles?!

The deets:

  • – This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers.
  • – Only one entry per email address, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.
  • – All entries must be received by Wednesday October 3, 2012 at midnight EST.
  • – 100 winners will be selected at random, and will be contacted by INPINK via email to claim their prize!

{This giveaway is now closed.} 


Privacy Disclosure: Please note that, by entering this giveaway, you agree to share the email address provided in the entry form with A Pretty Penny and INPINK to receive special offers, promotions, and discounts in the future.  A Pretty Penny is not handling any fulfillment for this giveaway; INPINK will contact the winners and handle all prize disbursement. Good luck!

play with your food: artichoke stamped tote







Another fun project that Anne and I tackled during our crafting night, inspired by a recent fruit + veggie stamping post by A Beautiful Mess. I picked up a 3-pack of natural canvas tote bags a while ago to design some cute carry-alls. They were a bit smaller than I’d hoped, but they’re perfect as a lunch bag or for carrying my planner and a couple of notebooks back and forth from the shop.

For some reason, my artichoke didn’t look a thing like Elsie’s, but I really like the way the pattern turned out!

hear me rawrrr…


{ cheetah skinnies: Kohl’s clearance, $13.00 (similar) ; black tunic tank: Charlotte Russe; sandals: Sam Edelman via Hautelook; goldtone watch: Betsey Johnson (similar) ; flower ring: Stella & Dot (similar splurge) }

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Sometimes a girl’s gotta get a little wild and throw on some cheetah skinnies on a Friday. So go put on your party pants, and have a great weekend!



Mitred pleat-front dress c/o eShakti | ikat scarf: Adrienne Vittadini (Beall’s Outlet) | sunnies: Tom Ford c/o RueLaLa | embroidered leather handbag: Gianni Bini (A CUTE ALTERNATIVE) | leopard sandals: Castlefranco (SIMILAR

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Fit is always a challenge for me. I’m little, but curvy: 5’4″ with a 27″ waist and 37″ hips. This often leaves me perplexed and frustrated in the fitting room… I can wear anything from a 2 to a 6, depending on the garment and designer.  Petite sizes are the perfect length, but are often too narrow across my hips and derriere. Average sizes fit my curves but are too long. The ideal solution would be to bring everything I buy to a tailor and have it custom-fitted. Or take up sewing. But time and my bank account don’t allow for such extravagances, so I just make do.

eShakti contacted me a few months ago and offered to send me a piece of my choice from their dress collection, customized to fit my size and my style. I was intrigued; could this be an answer to my fit conundrum? I was surprised to find a really wide selection of apparel and super cute handbags. Each apparel item is available in ready-to-wear, but for a small fee of $7.50 any piece can be custom-fitted to order. You can specify your measurements, preferred hem length, and — on many pieces — color. {Psst, customization is free on your first order!}

It was nice to pick a dress I loved, skip the fitting room, plug in my measurements, and slip it on upon arrival and have it fit like a glove. A girl could get used to this made-to-order thing…


{help!} my vision depends on you.

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Fun fact: My vision stinks. I make up for it with uncanny hearing and a pretty good sniffer, but I digress. I’ve needed vision correction since high school, and  started wearing contacts before my wedding five years ago. It took me forever to get up the nerve to touch my eyeball, but once I got the hang of it, I never really went back to glasses. I’d like to give my eyes a break, and work some cute frames into my daily rotation.

I first heard about Warby Parker around the time I started the blog. I love everything about this progressive eyewear company; the vintage-meets-modern style, the affordability, and the “get a pair, give a pair” model {I have a lot of respect for influential brands that use their power to do good}. What’s even better: Warby Parker gives you a chance to try up to five pair of glasses for five days, no strings attached, so you can find the perfect fit for your style.

Maybe it’s because I have a secret wish to look as effortlessly cool as Naomi Davis, or I’m ready to let my inner geek flag fly… but I have a serious crush on the nerd glasses trend. I finally made it to the ophthalmologist last week to get an updated prescription and ordered a home try-on kit. These three — Ainsworth, Beckett, and Holt — are my favorites.

Since I can’t splurge on all three, I need your help to pick a pair! What’s a girl to do?

the start of summer



{a.n.a. colored roll cuff denim shorts and split neck peplum top c/o jcpenney; nicole by nicole miller Phoebe clutch c/o jcpenney; metallic wedges: J.Crew; arm party: WobiSobi and DIY macrame bracelets inspired by Honestly…WTF}


Dear Summer,

I know we’ve had a love/hate relationship over the years. Things have been strained between us. It’s my fault. I took advantage of you as a youngster in school, and grew to hate your oppressive heat and humidity as I got older. I didn’t take the time to appreciate all the good things you have to offer.

So this year, I’m vowing to appreciate you more. To keep the propane tank full and grill more al fresco dinners. To savor your long days and languid laziness. To turn of the television and tackle more Pinterest recipes and DIY projects instead. To read more books on the hammock on the back patio with great big glasses of iced tea. To spend less time at work and more time with family and friends. To enjoy more days outside and wear my bikinis unabashedly. Maybe even get a [safe] tan. And to dress myself in colors the Chiquita Banana lady would be proud of, all summer long.