Shopping: Lust vs. Must – Biker Zip Jeans

I love when a good lust vs. must falls in my lap. It’s been a while since I shared one of these but this biker-zip jeans one was too good to pass up.

I originally saw these zip detail jeans at J.Crew and I will confess to buying them BUT then I stumbled on this WAY cheaper pair at Old Navy, snagged them too. And after wearing them a couple times,  I think I prefer them. They fit really well and sit nicely on the hips, meaning not a lot of tugging/adjusting when sitting and standing. If I hadn’t already taken the J.Crew ones to be altered, I would probably return them.

When it comes to trendier pieces like this, I love sticking to lower cost options to test drive the trend. Then if it sticks around or you really fall in love with it, you can splurge on a pricier item. Gray denim and zip-detail denim are everywhere right now but if you’re not willing to shell out $100+ for a pair, check out these options below. I will say that the lusts are not super pricey just more than you might want to shell out for an item like this.

biker zip jeansLust: Sanctuary ‘Civilian’ Jeans | Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans: Biker Zip Edition |
Not Pictured but Also Awesome – J.Crew Sateen Toothpick Jeans with Zips (25% off now) 

Must: Old Navy The Rockstar Zip Pocket Super Skinny Jeans | ASOS Vila Zip Detail Jeans (originally $90 but marked down to $30)

More Zip-Details & Gray Options:

Shopping: Now & Later

If your inbox is anything like mine you’ve been inundated with sale emails lately. End of summer, pre-fall, friends and family – whatever they call it, stores have been handing out some big mark-downs to get you shopping. I’ve been trying to avoid the lure but it’s hard not to take a look.

I may not be in the majority when I say that I’m not ready for summer to be over – I love those long summer pool days, warm temperatures and all the fun outdoor activities that go along with them. That being said, I’m done buying the warm weather clothes that accompany the good times but I’m also not on the hunt for jackets, boots and other fall essentials just yet. It’s a little hard for me to want to buy cool weather gear when it’s a toasty 90 degrees outside (and don’t even get me started with how humid it is).

So when I’ve been browsing those sale racks (both in real life and online), I’ve kept my focus on looking for items that can work for now and later.I’ve rounded up a few things that you can easily work into your wardrobe now but that will work long into the fall months.

now & laterASOS Sheer Cut Out Dress | ASOS Heels (from top to bottom – 1 | 2 | 3 ) | 7 For All Mankind Pencil Skirt  (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE) |
Leith Oversized T-Shirt | French Connection Booties | Mother ‘The Looker’ Skinny Jeans (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE)
Most of the items on the list are pretty self-explanatory and all of them are under $200 (most are under $100). The only higher priced items are the denim and booties – which when you think about the cost per wear, end up not breaking the bank. I’m planning on investing in a great pair of booties again this fall because the last two pairs I’ve had, I’ve worn down to the point of total destruction. Seriously, I bought a pair two years ago that I wore so much that the top edges began unraveling.
I’ve also made sure to only include options that can be both dressed up and down. Like this dress could easily pair with a light jacket – like this one – and flat boots for day; pair it with a simple pair of heels and a blazer for work; or add strappy sandals for a night out.
And since I couldn’t help but do a little looking ahead, this faux leather jacket, with the waterfall front, is now firmly atop my wish list.

Shopping: Dandelion Summer Sale

Louisville pals – mark your calendar for this Saturday because it’s Dandelion’s Annual Summer Sale. It’s no secret that this St. Matthews boutique is my go-to for all gift-giving. Weddings, check. Bridal Showers, check check. Birthdays, check. Mother’s/Father’s/All Day’s, check. Even Baby Showers.

Seriously, their owner Andi does an amazing job stocking the store with a mix of goodies to fit nearly anyone. When I’m not buying a last minute gift (and even when I am), I usually stop in to check out the amazing jewelry section (love her selection of Loren Hope) or pick up a new candle (because my house could always use a little pick me up).

Come Saturday a huge chunk of the store will be seriously marked down to make room for fall merchandise. Last year, I bought a couple necklaces (one that was marked down from $210 to $30), some home decor fnds (think vases, baskets, etc) and some gifts to keep on hand for random occasions. I’m pretty stoked for this year’s sale because I’ve had my eye on a few things and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’re on sale.

I know that they selection will be great though. I stopped in a week or so ago and the gals there let me know that Andi’s had some stuff saved up and marked WAY down. They also sent over some pics of what you can expect to find on sale. I’ll be heading up there early – hope to see you there!

Dandelion Summer Sale
3729 Lexington Road 40207
August 1 – 2
10 am – 6 pm



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