Nordstrom Sale

Don’t get me wrong I love the Nordstrom sale! Especially the shoes! But sometimes their prices are not that cheap! I took it upon myself to find alternatives to a lot of their bestsellers this year and link them on my Liketoknow.it !

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Amazon Fashion: Where do I begin?!

I have mixed feelings about clothing from Amazon and it’s because it really depends on the vendor!

Pro:Good deals on basics

Con: Copycat items are usually bad

Often I see products that are a copycat of an item we have in the boutique or of a designer piece. I usually say steer clear of these items. A copy is never the original! However, you can catch some great deals on basic cotton basic pieces to round out your closet.

Pro: Occasionally Prime Shipping

Con: Sometimes required to pay return international shipping

Among my concerns is the shipping time and return international shipping that often applies to specific vendors. This issue requires some trial and error as well as reading reviews to avoid it. I recently purchased multiple nursing maternity tops hoping to find something lightweight and comfortable. When it comes to maternity clothes you never really know your size until you try it on. There are very large ranges between brands and the reviews are often inaccurate. I was really disappointed that I was unable to return the stops that didn’t fit without paying international fees. Had Amazon listed this requirement or notified me in any way I wouldn’t have purchased them.

Pro: Pricing

Con: You get what you pay for

The average price of clothing on Amazon is $24. That’s a very affordable price point for most people. However, the quality varies greatly as there’s no consistency in vendors. If you find a tank top for $3, expect that the quality will be equate $1.50 because that’s usually how much it cost the wholesaler to make it.

Lastly, I want to say that I don’t look down upon Amazon fashion. I feel that you need to be selective and some trial and error is to be expected. I have personally posted a list of my fashion favorites that I have tried myself and found to be of good quality.

Shop my list here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/domenique.trupia

Spring Cleaning: Tackle Your Closet!

Spring Cleaning: Tackle Your Closet.

It’s a new season which means that it’s time to re-organize your closet! Although it may seem like a daunting task, if you keep the below tips in mind, you should have a sparkling new closet in no time. Here are 4 ways to tackle your closet for spring.

1)        Thin it out.

If you haven’t purged your closet in a while, it may now appear to be bursting at the seams. The most important part of spring cleaning is thinning your closet out and getting rid of what you no longer use. A great way to do this is to ask yourself when last you’ve worn the item, if it still fits and if you still like it. In doing so, you may just discover hidden gems that you forgot were there! Goodbye ugly, ill-fitting sweaters and hello pretty springtime dresses and tops!

2) Clean.

The next step is to give your closet a good once-over clean. After you have taken everything out, give it a good dust and wipe all surfaces down with a gentle detergent. Your killer heels, favorite t-shirts and pants will look great displayed in a clean closet!

3) Organize.

Now is the time to re-assess the arrangement of your closet. It may involve investing in some more hangars and some useful storage bins for odd items (such as socks, underwear and scarves). Make sure that you hang up as much as possible as this reduces the amount of wrinkles that occur. A shoe tree or shelf is also a brilliant way to display your shoes neatly and conveniently. If your closet is on the small side, consider using the back of the door for additional storage.

4) Fill ‘er up.

Once you have a good system for storing all your garments, you can begin to fill your closet up again. Be sure to place the items you use regularly (eg. work suits, favorite dresses and shirts) within easy reach and store items you don’t wear regularly toward the back of the closet. For instance, since the weather is now warmer, you would pack your winter coats, hats and gloves on one of the top shelves. 

How Montce Swim Changed the Swimwear Industry

I never would’ve guessed I would be modeling swimwear in my 30’s but here we are!

I was working on an article about the benefits of coconut water when I came up with the idea of a beach photo. I wasn’t too excited about wearing a bikini on film but I used this discomfort to motivate myself at the gym.

Then shopping day came. I tried on 50 bathing suits but none seemed to flatter my shape. Being petite and having a naturally high waist can be a difficult combo to flatter. When I came across Montce and their cheeky, modern designs I rushed to their store in Fort Lauderdale to try them on. I fell in love with their high-waisted sets that fit me so perfectly, flattered my waist, made me look taller and the smooth material was comfortable. Score! Since then I have purchase several more.

What keeps bringing me back is the unique designs. I have linked some their new styles that are truly distinctive compared to the rest of the swim industry. Montce was the first designer to carry high-waisted and high hip items. They have a large selection of custom fabrics and prints that you can’t find elsewhere.

Here are my tips: If you have a store near you check out the sale bins. The majority of the difference between the sale pieces and the new pieces is the color and fabrics. A lot of the sale pieces are just as beautiful.

  • All the tops come without padding. For a few dollars more you can add a thin pad. I like to add the padding for structure. and I feel like everything is more secure
  • The suits run small, sizing up is usually a good idea.
  • They have a variety of butt coverage styles. If you’re ordering online make sure you study the coverage chart before selecting. Their version of Brazilian bottom might be different than yours.

Here are some of my favorites from their newest collection with links!

Pampas Ruffle One Piece– Available on Intermix.com If you sign up for their emails you can get 15% off your order. It comes in petite!

Canary Stripe Tamarindo Ruffle Bikini: Available on Montce.com (click on the link) Sign up for their emails they have season sales!

Cabana Bikini: This is available on Revolve.com. Singing up for their emails will give you 10% off your first purchase. This pattern comes in several styles including high waisted.

What to wear to work

I have four jobs! Yes you read that correctly four. Being able to quickly transition between different offices, meetings and social events can be difficult to navigate. Not to mention I am not a morning person and like to throw on my clothes and run out the door, there is not time for debating tops! Since I wear a lab coat at two of my jobs I also need light weight, comfortable pieces that allow my skin to breathe, that doesn’t cut my circulation off when I sit at my desk and shoes that won’t hurt my feet after I walk 17k steps a day.

Here is my list of go to pieces!

Knee length skirts. They’re comfortable, light and appropriate. I prefer them high-waisted to create a long lean look. I’m petite and don’t want to look any shorter than I already am! Click on this link for my favorite skirt, it’s from Express

Favorite top: The slim-fit sleeveless portofino shirt from express. I have this shirt in 8 colors! It is the perfect length (covers the booty), it’s light weight and breathable and it comes in so many colors and patterns that you can find one to match anything!

Athelta Herringbone Mercer Tight (THEY’RE ON SALE!!) These pants are amazing! They look like work pants, they’re a heavier material with a very work appropriate herringbone pattern. Here’s the trick, they feel like yoga pants!!!! They stretch, they bend, don’t believe me order a pair! I have recommended these pants to many people and I have never heard a complaint. When you visit the Athleta website make sure you zoom in on the pattern so you can see what they really look like. The photo show is a little deceiving. In person they truly look just like tailored work pants. They come in Navy and Grey. I wear them both with my Black portofino shirt.

Do you want to look trendy and still be comfortable? This next shirt is for you! The Leopard Print Camp Shirt from Ann Taylor. This is what I love about Ann Taylor, they carry every size! Plus to petite. We all know animal prints are hot right now but it’s hard to find a print that’s really pretty. Sometimes the colors are too warm, too gold, too muted. This shirt is a perfect print. And they have 40% off sales all the time, so you can definitely score a deal!

Here’s my last staple: Full Length Align Pants from Lululemon. So you’re thinking I can’t wear workout pants to work. Well think again! These babies are matte. I buy them in black and they look just like any other legging pants. When paired with the shirts above, your booty is covered and no one can tell the difference. I wear them with my Toms flats and frolic comfortably around my office. These are a godsend on bloated days. They’re also high-waisted and give you support all day.

I found the PERFECT shirt dress!

I’ve always love the shirt dress look but could never find one that fit my petite size! They were either too blouse-y, too long, had no shape or the material was so stiff I couldn’t lift my arms! Luckily I found this stretchy, lightweight shirt dress with a waist flattering cinch tie that fits me perfectly! This shirt dress can be worn with sneakers for a casual day, flats for work or heels for a night out. The neutral color makes it season-less.

I paired this ‘pretty little shirt dress’ from Indigo Closet with their Sia Beaded earrings, a BCBG crossbody & Lulus Heels!

Use code: DOM30 for 30% off your order!

Pretty Little Shirt Dress

Florals are in.

I’ve always loved flowers. At a young age my grandmother taught me how to plant them and I would watch them grow every Spring. Cherry blossoms, iris’s, tulips and peonies were always my favorite. When I saw this dress with the Wisteria blooms I couldn’t resist!

I think trend will always have a home in my closet.

I’m wearing Midnight Blossom Dress By Indigo Closet http://www.shopindigocloset.com and @shopindigocloset on Instagram. I especially love this company because they are family owned and local.

Use code: DOM30 for 30% off your entire purchase. This discount code will never expire and can be used every time you purchase!