Last Minute Shopping Guide

Anthropologie Camellia Dropwaist Dress

I spoke at a luncheon on Wednesday, and this is what I wore. I found this outfit on Tuesday, the day before. How’s that for last minute shopping?!?! It took me less than an hour door to door. Woot! Woot! I couldn’t believe it. I even surprised myself! Just in case you ever find yourself in a similar frenzied, eleventh hour situation (I know this never happens to you -ha!), I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips.

Let’s call it my “Last Minute Shopping Guide”.

Shop websites first, using store availability as your guide.

On Monday night I started to look at dresses on Anthropologie’s website. I started at Anthropologie because I like their dresses, and I knew they had the store availability feature. Other websites I know with this feature are Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Free People. If I’m missing a store, please comment below.

Let the location of your best bet, be your guide.

I found this pretty pink one and I knew it was my best bet. A few others at Anthropologie peeked my interest, so I knew it was a good starting point. Based on Anthropologie’s location, I scanned the other stores’ websites that were in the same retail center (Madewell, J. Crew, Free People ) for possibilities. In case Anthropologie failed, I had a few back-ups.

Don’t forget to shop for accessories to complete your look.

Once the dress worked, I headed to the accessories section in Anthropologie. I looked at necklaces, scarves, bracelets and earrings. You may have something at home but you can always return the accessories you purchase. In a last minute situation, it’s better to be prepared. In this case, I think the necklace really completes the look.

A steamer is essential!

When purchasing online or last minute, a steamer can save you. This dress was a wrinkled mess! I would have been way too nervous to try to iron it the day before. I’ve had quite a few ironing accidents, so a steamer is essential for last minute me. Plus, it quicker than ironing! I don’t know what I would do without my hand held mini steamer!

Well gals, I hope you don’t find yourself in a last minute pickle (I do all the time), but just in case you do, I hope this helps!

Outfit Links: Dress- Anthropologie, Sandals- Pedro Garcia, Necklace- Anthropologie, Earrings- Here for similar

Here were my other options:

2 Weekend Happies

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1st Happy: Are you guys planning on getting your nails done this weekend, or maybe doing them at home while the kids run around? Well, regardless, you might need some nail color inspiration! There is nothing that says fall to me more than a dark deep red. It’s one of the “it” lip colors this season (yes, think the red lip of the 90’s- read more here). So why not use it on your nails?!  I recently got a manicure, and I absolutely love this color (Tom Ford Bordeaux Lust)! But, there are lots of similar ones out there, too. It might still be quite warm in Houston, but at least my nails are ringing in the fall!

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2nd Happy: When my sister-in-law came over wearing this bag, I immediately thought it was the Frye bag we all fell in love with from the “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale” post. Well, guess what?!?! It’s not (but looks so very similar), and it’s half the price! Plus, it can be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag! More options, more value! Now, that’s a good splurge vs. steal!

Happy Weekend!

 
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