Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time to start again. I tend to bubble with enthusiasm at beginnings and wind down with a whimper at endings. And that’s kinda how I feel about end of season clearance sales. By the time clothing is marked down enough to get me to buy in, I’m already spent out and done. But honestly, there are some good buys to be had for the shopper who braves those disheveled clearance racks or scrolls through the motley clearance listings online. So today I’m sharing with you some transitional finds from the Dillard’s clearance sale.
Generally, by this time in a season, if I buy something on clearance that is clearly seasonal, I tuck it away with the tags still on it. I save it, so that it feels completely new when the appropriate season rolls around next year. Of course, you have to be careful with those purchases. You don’t want them to be so trendy that they feel like has-beens the next year.
But if I find separates on sale that will work during the transitional weeks between the waning season and the approaching one, I wear and enjoy them. Here in Arizona, as well as where I lived in Texas and Georgia, those transitional weeks can last indefinitely. It’s almost as though they’re a season in and unto themselves!
As September rolls in I’m tired of the clothes I began wearing as early as March. So a few new items bought on clearance can tide me over until I can pull my warmer fall clothes out of storage. I’m not suggesting spending a lot of money on these sale buys, but if it’s something you can enjoy wearing enthusiastically now and next spring, and you just love the item and you’ve got a few dollars in your wallet, go for it!
I bought one pair of embroidered jeans during the spring, and I’ve gotten quite a bit of wear out of them this summer. But when I saw these soft and faded jeans embroidered with pastel fireworks I was smitten. These Code Bleu jeans were on sale at Dillard’s when I bought them, but they a) don’t have them in the regular misses sizes online and b) don’t have the petite sizes marked down. But they are darling, and they feel really nice on. Very soft. I’ve culled the sale listings and found you a few other embroidered jeans that are on sale that you can look through in the widget below.
For some reason I really like the deconstructed collars, otherwise known as ripped collars. Don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I just like them. As long as they are over-ripped that is. Ha! I guess a little rip goes a long way!
This pale pink deconstructed tee by Lucky Brand works nicely with these jeans, I think. Yeah, there’s a little touch of embroidery on the neck of it, too. But while you certainly don’t want to overuse a style technique in a single outfit, I don’t think that little bit would qualify as overkill.
I like to think this jewelry set is a little bohemian looking. At least that’s what I was going for. Ha! I bought the necklace, bracelet and earrings at a conference a couple of years ago. It’s all Fashion & Compassion jewelry made by women who have faced times of despair and poverty, many from war torn and impoverished countries. Fashion & Compassion is a faith based organization that helps these women become artisans so that they can get on their feet, support themselves and their families and discover who God created them to be.
I just slipped on my denim espadrilles to complete this ensemble. Easy going and relaxed. That’s what this is. These espadrilles are marked down more than 50%, by the way, and they still have a pretty wide assortment of sizes. I think they’re a good buy for next spring or even to wear through the transitional weeks leading into fall.
Finally, I paired my crochet straw bag with this outfit. It’s casual and easy. I’ve really enjoyed using it this summer. I won mine from Talbots, but it’s finally on sale now, too. Hopefully, the price will be marked down even deeper eventually.
This is my kind of look really. I enjoy soft colors like these and gentle fabrics that feel good on and are easy on the eyes. And this is definitely the kind of clothing I could easily wear into October here in Arizona.
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Blessed for My Day
Yesterday my husband preached from Acts 23 where Paul faced a very daunting and discouraging situation. But in verse 11 we discovered that Paul was able to endure because the Lord stood by him. He was not alone. Not only that, but the Lord said to Paul, “Take courage…” In fact, several times through the gospels Jesus told people to take courage from Him. And in each case He was right there, working on their behalf. Today my prayer for you is that you “take courage.” Only the Lord can truly give you the courage to face the situations that some of you are enduring. You’re tired, the load is too heavy, others can’t carry it for you and you don’t know how much further you have to go on this trail. But this I know, the Lord is with you and He is at work on your behalf. Take courage, dear sister. The Lord is with you.
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” ~ Acts 23:11