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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beachlife & Penny Shoes

While I'm a City girl at heart, every so often we all need a getaway for a little R&R. Earlier this summer my husband booked us a room in Atlantic City on a whim. The five of us piled in the car with two of my niece's in tow. It's been a while since I've shared a look for less than $50 - and this one is especially good since my Chloe Estel fringed wedges retailed for $645 alone.

Head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: free from a friend's daughter's Bat Mitzvah LOL (cute swag, right?)
  • Cover-up: Old Navy, free (I went to an Old Navy and they gifted me a romper which I swapped for this in-store.)
  • Hat: Kooba, TJ Maxx, $12.99
  • Bracelet: A.V. Max, sample sale, $10
  • Shoes: Chloe, Nordstrom Rack, $0.01 (RV $645!)*

*For those of you new to my blog, you can find things for a penny at Nordstrom Rack. Penny items are pieces that should have been clearanced from the floor and pulled - but if you find them (some are actually marked $0.01 and some you have to hunt for) they typically sell them to you without too much of a hassle for a penny. I look for items that have been sitting around a while and make educated guesses. If you're familiar with your location's stock, it's pretty easy to do. Like any bargain hunting, it takes time and patience. And sometimes it's just dumb luck.

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As you know, the real star of the show is my daughter Ella. I'm proud to report that her Insta is at almost 3k! This was all shot back by the 4th of July - Justice was running a $3 promotion for all clearance tops so we scooped up this cute navy cold shouldered tee and floral headband for only $2. Once again, her sunnies were another $1 Dollar Tree find. We couldn't find any white shorts (she's particular about fit - wonder where she gets that from...) so she chopped a pair of white Gap capris which we had thrifted for about $1 a long time ago.

I have plenty of cute pics of her but I thought I'd share this one where she was literally attacked by seagulls LOL.

This is pretty much the only shot you'll see Ava in - when she's at the beach she takes playing in the sand very seriously. I don't even bother putting her in a cute suit at the beach because she just destroys them.

And because I don't give Akiva enough love - and because he woke up early to shoot me on the boardwalk, I wanted to share one with him and my niece Emma who I call the "Akiva Whisperer." She's just so sweet and kind and knows how to deal with his quirks. I love my boy but he doesn't always fit in - and she just gets him.

Back to Ella - Justice sent her this towel as a part of her #girlswithheart brand ambassador program. The bikini we picked up in Justice when they were running a $10 swimsuit promo. She usually has a hard time finding ones that the bottoms don't fall off (which is why we do a lot of mixing and matching) but these were ok. She's 10 years old and wearing a size 7 here. Typically with Justice she needs a 8/10 on top and a 7/8 on bottom. Ideally in swim she'd need a 8 on top and 6 on bottom though.

I probably have a dozen shots of Ella on the beach doing cartwheels, headstands, and leaping in the air but I'm just sharing my favorite. I don't typically feel mom-guilt but I feel a little bad that we never signed her up for gymnastics. It's really expensive around here - and we already sacrifice so much to send them to private school. I used to sign up my kids for a few after school programs and sports - but they have so much school work, and get home so late that during the school year that it was just too much. I didn't want to spend my life in one endless carpool. I have friends who spend their entire Sunday in their cars shuttling their kids around. Instead I make an effort to actually spend time with my kids. I figure they're gonna remember impromptu beach trips way more than some random little league practice.

But back to the fun stuff in shopping land. Fivestory was a disappointment - low stock and not that cheap. Most items were only 75% off retail - and nothing really drool-worthy. That said I did pick up a 90% off Edie Parker clutch and a pair of shoes that I'll have to share soon. I think I confused that sale with the Scoop sale - which the last one was epic, mostly because they went out of business. Today is the last day of Prabal Gurung which I heard got markdowns so you may want to hurry over. Nothing else really exciting to list from my picks from  previous weeks (which I relisted below).

Prabal Gurung
August 10, 8-7
247 West 37th Street, Suite 1501

August 8-13
T 9-8, W-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-4
150 Greene Street

Sachin & Babi
August 14-16, 9-6
132 West 36th Street, 9th Fl

Mahna Mahna Showroom
August 22-25, 11-6
134 Spring St, #304

Happy Shopping!




  1. Akiva sounds like me growing up, not really fitting in with too many people. That's so sweet of your niece to be so close with him! He'll always remember that! Thanks for the Nordstrom Rack tip too. I never knew of the $0.01 thing!

    1. I was the same - I didn't really have a best friend till 5th grade. Everyone else around me felt the same and I just didn't fit. I don't think people really got me till my 20s. And penny hunting is addictive - good luck!

  2. What a fab getaway for the summer. I cannot believe you scored those Chloe wedges for $0.01. I had to re-read that three times to be sure. You are so amazing in your bargain hunting ways! I love the coverup and it goes perfectly with those wedges. Congrats to your daughter for hitting so many followers! What a huge milestone and I am sure you all celebrated her success! xoxo, Christine

    1. LOL thanks Christine. Her goal is to hit 5k by the end of summer - fingers crossed!

  3. Love this beach look, absolutely gorgeous. Looks like you had fun.
    Lippie 💋

  4. Love the look! That Nordstrom Rack hack sounds amazing, I can't believe you got those wedges for such a low price!!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  5. Yay, congrats to your daughter hitting 3K! I didn't know that Nordstrom Rack had penny items!! It is such a lucky steal and I can't believe that this Chloe sandal is just a penny!! You have great luck girlie!

    xo Sheree

    1. Thanks! I actually have a pretty huge collection of penny shoes. Once of these days I'll make a youtube video :)

  6. Congratulations to your daughter! 3K is really good to gain in a short term, you are really doing a great job, who knows maybe she will be a next internet super star on IG very soon. Hearing that you can get pieces less than 0.01 at Nordstrom Rack makes me to not want to shop any more at all, because I feel like I am wasting my money. I love the wedges so!

    1. LOL once you know how little things can cost - it's REALLY hard to pay retail.

  7. Girl I still haven't found anything for a penny. Only the stuff you send my way haha! Love the beach look!

  8. How cute are your wedges and those sunnies are fabulous! Your little girl is such a blogger in training -- she is adorable and takes the cutest pics!

    xo, Jennifer

  9. What an amazing getaway and pictures! you look very lovely in this outfit on the beach. I adore those wedges and I cannot believe you scored them for $0.01. That is absolutely incredibly. I have always wanted to have them since I saw them for the very first time.

    happy Monday! xx. Gina

  10. Thanks for all your bargain tips!
    Unfortunately we don't have these stores in Australia but whenever I do come to the USA I definitely love to snag a bargain.
    Items for a penny wow that sounds amazing!
    Natalia k

    1. Thanks! There are lots of deals here in the States. My sister lives out of the country and is always shopping online and sending stuff to my house LOL

  11. Looks like you guys have a great time in the beach!!! Absolutely love your beach look and specially that hat with the pop of neon great for the summer. Congrats to your beautiful daughter Im sure she will keep growing more!!


  12. 1 cent shoes? Oh my gosh the best bargain ever!!! You look amazing and I never would have thought that this entire look cost less than $50! Your daughter is such a cutie- congrats to her on her Instagram following :)

    Rachel xx

  13. There is so much I love about this post!! But lets talk about your outfit! OMG- you are the queen of bargain shopping!! And those glasses - super cute!! It's so cute what a proud mum you are, and so you should be. What a gorgeous family. Thanks for sharing. J. x

  14. How pretty this place must be. I've only seen it on Boardwalk Empire series and I fell in love with it. And now reading your post I could imagine being there, walking along the shore. The view is absolutely fantastic. I hope you're having an amazing time. And how cute and relaxed this outfit is. Love the hat!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  15. Congrats to your daughter, hun!
    OMG, Chloe shoes for $0,01??? It can't be true, too good to be true haha!
    The place is so beautiful and you have an amazing family! Such a nice summer post.

  16. Hey Darling,
    Hows you?
    Such a Nice Summer Getaway:)
    You Beach Look is sooo Sweet and Adore the photos:)
    Everyone looks so Happy on the Photos:)
    Wish you Happy Week
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  17. I can't believe how you scored those Chloe wedges? This is unreal! Your photos look amazing and glad you had a fantastic time on your beach vacation. Such a perfect summer destination.

  18. We all need a beach day every now and then. Even if i Live in LA i NEVER get down tot he beach. How crazy is that?? I think I have been at the beach once this summer. You look absolutely stunning and that dress is SO CUTE. Perfect beach dress!

  19. This is literally so cute. so glad you and your family got to have a little getaway. Loving that hat. As usual you know how to add a colorful spin to any outfit

  20. Dear Michelle,

    Thank you for this informational and yet super stylish post! I’ve never heard about Nordstrom Rack. So, I definitely must check it out! Can’t believe that it’s possible to find trendy clothes and they are such a steal!


  21. OMG I can't believe these sunnies were a bar mitzvah gift - these look like designer sunglasses!!! I would totally rock them myself!

    Wow it's so cool that Emma has so many followers - what a great success for such young lady! I think being a daughter of a fashion blogger really helps as she inherited the great taste in clothes that her mother has!

  22. Love your beach outfit!! Especially that pair of sunny, omg, it's so cute!!! Love your platform sandals too, so the sands won't get onto your feet easily! Your straw hat is super cute too. Great outfit from head to toe!

    xx, Jessie

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  24. Love those shoes and I love the beach. So cute, great stylin.


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