Memorial Day Sales

Are you getting some shopping done this weekend? You know I am 🙂 I have been shopping online a lot more lately, but I am truly a go-to-the-mall-and-shop kind of girl. And I always like to know what sales are going on at the mall before I go so I know what stores I want to hit. Especially on a busy holiday weekend like Memorial Day, it is always a good idea to start your shopping trip with a game plan of what stores you want to go into and what items you may be looking for.

So, I compiled a major list of some amazing sales going on this weekend. I hope you find it helpful and I hope you get some great deals. You can just click on each store below and shop away!

Loft – 40% off EVERYTHING in stores and online with the code LONGWKND

Ann Taylor – 40% off your purchase in stores and online with the code SOREADY

Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase + an extra 10% off if you are a cardmember with the code BRSUMMER

Express – Up to 50% off Online and in most stores

Gap – Up to 50% off every single thing + Extra 20% off online (No Exclusions) + free shipping on all orders with the code PARTY

Old Navy – All tanks, tees, dresses, shorts, and swim are 50% off

J.Crew – 40% off your purchase with the code GETAWAY. Plus, up to 50% off women’s swim, shorts, tees, and more (online only).

J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, online only, AND an extra 50% off clearance in stores and online. Use code WINWIN

American Eagle – 25-60% off

Macy’s – Take an extra 20%, 15%, or 10% off select departments with the code MEMDAY

Wayfair – Up to 70% of Clearance

And I know you also stopped by the blog to see some pictures so here are the outfits that will be coming to my Instagram this weekend. (All of my outfit details will be linked when I post them to my feed and everything is ON SALEEEEEEE)

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Poshmark VS. ThredUp

About a year and a half ago, I discovered fashion bloggers on Instagram. I started following food bloggers on Instagram first because I love to cook and then somehow I came across fashion bloggers. After following some bloggers for a while, I decided to start my own fashion Instagram account because fashion is truly a passion of mine.

As my fashion blog grew, I started to accumulate more clothes and stuff. I knew that I needed to get rid of some of my older clothes to make room for the new ones. So, I decided to start selling some items on Poshmark. I found the process a little time consuming but very rewarding.

Poshmark:

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In order to sell on Poshmark, you need the mobile app. It is easy to take pictures or upload pictures of your items and then fill in some basic information about them like size, brand, selling price, etc. Once you have items listed on your Poshmark account, people can buy your items, offer you a lower price, or even bundle some of your items together for a discount. Once you have sold an item, Poshmark will send you a prepaid mailing label. You must put your item(s) in a box (I use a priority mail bag from my local USPS store for free) and tape on the label. Once the buyer has received and accepted the item(s), Poshmark will issue you the money. Poshmark keeps a certain fee from each item you sell. For sales under $15, Poshmark’s fee is a flat rate of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark’s fee is 20% of the listing price. You can apply the money you earn to make a purchase on Poshmark or you can have Poshmark directly issue you the money. I just directly deposit the money right into my bank account. It’s that simple!

I currently have 274 listings on Poshmark. I have sold 105 items and made over $1,000!!! It makes me feel so much better buying new clothes knowing that I earned money from old clothes that I don’t wear anymore.

ThredUp:

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I decided to give ThredUp a try because there were a lot of items listed on my Poshmark account that weren’t selling. I really wanted to clean out my closet so I ordered one of their clean out bags. It was totally free to get the bag, but I have to say it took a while for it to get to me (over 2 weeks). I filled the bag as much as I could with items I absolutely knew I would never wear again and would have donated if I didn’t sell them on Poshmark. I sent over 30 items in the bag and I think some of them were worth a decent amount of money. When I finally received an email that my ThredUp bag was processed (over 2 weeks later), I earned about $20 for the items in the bag. I was disappointed in the amount because I can sell two items on Poshmark and make the same amount of money. That upfront amount was for the items they accepted right away. I could still make more money from the items in the bag, but only if ThredUp is able to sell them. I have since made about $10 more from the rest of the items in the bag. The thing about ThredUp is that they give you a very very small percentage of their profits from the items they sell. They only give you 5% or 10% for the items they sell. In addition, the money that you earn from ThredUp can either be used towards items listed on their site or they will send you a Visa PrePaid card with the money on it.

Overall, I am happier selling items on Poshmark because I think it is more worthwhile for me at this time. But, I did decide to send another bag to ThredUp with items that better fit the upcoming season (shorts, bathing suits, sandals, etc.) and I am hoping for a little more luck this time. I guess we’ll see!

So, if you are interested in selling some of your clothes, I highly recommend both companies. Both of them will help you get rid of some of the items in your closet while earning a little extra money. If you are deciding which one better suits your needs, just remember that Poshmark will be a little more time consuming on your end, and you have the chance to earn more money. ThredUp is very easy. You just order a bag, put a bunch of stuff in it, and send it back, but you may not earn as much money.

And I will leave you with my motto for deciding whether or not to sell an item. When in doubt, sell it. Because honestly, if it’s out of your closet, it’s out of sight and out of mind.

MONDAY MUST HAVE – Striped Off The Shoulder Top 3 Ways

There were some crazy good sales this weekend and I definitely took advantage!!! I got this striped off the shoulder top from Loft and I am seriously obsessed with it.

I have always been hesitant about the off the shoulder trend because I feel like it can be restricting when doing everyday tasks. I hate the idea that I cannot comfortably lift my arms and that I have to constantly be pulling down the sleeves all day. But, this top makes any and all movements so easy! It actually stays off your shoulders and does not restrict you from moving your arms any way you want. This top is a must have if you want to join in on the this cute off the shoulder trend but not constantly be worried about it staying in place.

I wanted to show you how versatile this top could be so I decided to style it 3 ways.

The first is this white on white look, which I am super into lately. I think this look is sophisticated and classy. It would be perfect for a night out or a weekend BBQ. I just added these tassel earrings and some red lipstick to complete the outfit.

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Shop This Look: Top // Pants // Flats // Earrings // Lipstick

The second look has some fun pattern mixing. I love pairing stripes and florals together because it doesn’t seem to match but it matches perfectly. Does that make any sense? I just added some simple black pumps and a black bag to complete the outfit. This would be perfect for church, a baby or bridal shower, or for work.

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Shop This Look: Top // Skirt // Heels // Earrings // Bag

The third and final look is another great work look and also involves some pattern mixing. I am loving olive green lately so I paired this top with these green pants and some leopard wedges. Stripes and leopard also seem to look great together. Basically, this striped top is so versatile because it matches with so many things!

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Shop This Look: Top // Pants // Shoes // Earrings

In terms of sizing, I went with a small petite because that is what they had available in the store. I love how it fits. I would say it is true to size. It also comes in gray, which is really versatile too!

Thanks for stopping by Ms. Nafashion today! Have a great day!

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FRIDAY FAVORITE – Lilac Sweater

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If this winter/spring weather has taught me anything, it’s that I need more sweaters in my closet! It has been cold since November here in New Jersey and I am tired of wearing winter colors and winter sweaters. But, it’s so cold that I have to keep wearing sweaters. This beautiful light purple sweater has solved my problem!!!!! Now is the perfect time to stock up on spring sweaters so that you can dress like spring even if the weather doesn’t feel like spring.

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This is a thicker sweater, perfect for these cooler days. It has a boat neck neckline, which is really flattering. I paired it here with shorts, but I will be wearing it with pants for a little while longer. It would look great with white or regular jeans for an easy spring casual look. In terms of sizing, I went up to a small for a little looser fit. I like to roll up the sleeves and tuck it in a little. Loft is still doing their 40% off friends and family sale (use the code FRIENDS at checkout) so make sure you grab this great lilac sweater while it’s on sale!!!

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Shop This Look: Sweater // Shorts // Shoes // Earrings

Thanks for stopping by Ms. Nafashion today! Have a great weekend 🙂

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK – Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze

Happy Saturday friends!!!

I want to tell you the story that goes with this delicious blueberry cake. I was asked to bring a dessert to Easter a few weekends ago. I already knew that someone was bringing cookies and someone else was bringing brownies. So, I wanted to make sure I didn’t make anything similar to either of those. Plus, I wanted it to be something that everyone would like.

I was talking to my Aunt Sue the day before Easter and she told me that she makes this blueberry bundt cake and every time she makes it, everyone always tells her how delicious it is. I still didn’t have a plan for what I was going to make for Easter the next day, so I decided to go with her blueberry cake.

And, I have to say that this cake was such a hit!!! It is a delicious dessert, and it doesn’t seem that bad for you since it has fruit in it. I also ate it for breakfast the entire week after I made it. Again, it has fruit in it so it’s perfect for breakfast! I highly recommend this cake for any occasion you have coming up. It is the perfect cake to bring to a party when you don’t know what to make or if you have leftover blueberries in your fridge that you don’t know what to do with.

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze

3 cups unsifted all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup light brown sugar packed

1tbs flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup butter or margarine softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 cups blueberries washed

Glaze

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 to 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

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Lightly grease and flour 10 in. bundt pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift 3 cups flour with baking powder, soda and salt; set aside.

In small bowl, combine brown sugar with 1 tbs flour and the cinnamon; mix well.

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In large bowl of electric mixer, at medium speed, beat butter with granulated sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in three additions) alternately with sour cream (in two additions) beating until combined.

Turn one third of the batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.  Sprinkle with half the blueberries and half the brown sugar mixture. Repeat layering of remaining batter, blueberries and brown sugar mixture.

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Bake 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 min. Gently remove from pan.

For the glaze:

Mix confectioners sugar and lemon juice until smooth, drizzle over cake.

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Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe:

3 cups unsifted all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup light brown sugar packed

1tbs flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup butter or margarine softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 cups blueberries washed

Glaze

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 to 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
Lightly grease and flour 10 in. bundt pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift 3 cups flour with baking powder, soda and salt; set aside.

In small bowl, combine brown sugar with 1 tbs flour and the cinnamon; mix well.

In large bowl of electric mixer, at medium speed, beat butter with granulated sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in three additions) alternately with sour cream (in two additions) beating until combined.

Turn one third of the batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.  Sprinkle with half the blueberries and half the brown sugar mixture. Repeat layering of remaining batter, blueberries and brown sugar mixture.

Bake 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 min. Gently remove from pan.

For the glaze:

Mix confectioners sugar and lemon juice until smooth, drizzle over cake.

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK – Garlic & Lemon Pasta with Shrimp

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!!!

There are two main types of bloggers that I love to follow on Instagram. One is obviously fashion bloggers. But I also love following food bloggers. Some of my favorite food bloggers are: @whatsgabycooking, @gimmesomeoven, @pinchofyum, and @smittenkitchen. They post the most delicious looking food and if I see something that I would make, I instantly take a screenshot so I can print out the recipe.

I am in no means a food blogger, but I love to cook and bake. So, I thought I would try sharing a recipe of the week for those of you that share a love of cooking and/or baking.

My fiancé and I love to cook dinner together. We are both pretty good in the kitchen, but we don’t like to make anything super difficult or time consuming. We like food that is simple and delicious. Our go-to meal is always some king of pasta dish. Pasta is my favorite food. Rigatoni Bolognese is my actual favorite food, but any pasta will do. We made garlic and lemon pasta with shrimp last week for dinner and it was really delicious! I am so excited to share this meal as my first recipe of the week with you.

Before we get on to the recipe, I just want to let you know that when we make dinner, we don’t typically use a recipe or exact measurements. This recipe was just a written down description of what we did so I hope you find it useful.

Garlic & Lemon Pasta with Shrimp

IMG_4685Sauté three cloves of garlic in canola oil in a large frying pan.

Add a small container of sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.

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Add two small containers of grape tomatoes, halved. Add pinches of salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.Then, add some basil paste or dry basil.

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Put on water to boil for pasta. Cook pasta based on package instructions. We like the Spaghetti Rigati for our pasta recipes because the sauce really sticks to it.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of white wine, and juice from ½ of a lemon. Let cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

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Add in the shrimp.

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IMG_4696Once the shrimp is cooked, add the pasta and mix well.

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Enjoy!!!!!

A few notes:

  • feel free to eliminate the shrimp or substitute it for chicken instead
  • this made A LOT of pasta. It is definitely enough for 4 people. But, we always like to make extra so we have leftovers.

Please let me know if you make this dish! I would love to know your thoughts and comments.

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Want to print this recipe? Just copy and paste from the recipe below.

Garlic & Lemon Pasta with Shrimp

Sauté three cloves of garlic in canola oil in a large frying pan.

Add a small container of sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.

Add two small containers of grape tomatoes, halved. Add pinches of salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Then, add some basil paste or dry basil.

Put on water to boil for pasta. Cook pasta based on package instructions. We like the Spaghetti Rigati for our pasta recipes because the sauce really sticks to it.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of white wine, and juice from ½ of a lemon. Let cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add in the shrimp. Once the shrimp is cooked, add the pasta and mix well.

4/2 Try On Session

Make sure to check out my instagram stories for all the sizing info, but here are all of the links (except for 2 that are not online yet) for all the items I tried on.

Old Navy

They are currently doing 35% off your order (Online only. Today only.)

And, you can also Earn Super Cash. You get $10 for every $25 you spend. You can redeem 4/7 – 4/15. No minimum purchase.

Tiered Striped Swing Dress

Smocked Neck Striped Swing Top

Green Shorts

Striped Tunic Length Button Down

Pineapple Graphic Tee – not online yet

Fiesta Like There’s No Manana Tee

Linen Blend Shorts

Loft

50% off everything. Including Lou & Grey. Ends tonight.

Black & White Swing Dress

Cactus Tee

Frayed Hem White Jeans

Lou & Grey White Top

Gold Hoop Earrings

Floral Top – not online yet

Pink Cardigan

Polka Dot Shorts

Happy Shopping!!!!