5 Dresses to Get You Through the Holidays – For Less

As the holidays come to a close I know there are still a ton of holiday parties that you have yet to attend. If you’re like me and are a last minute shopper and/ or an indecisive person, you’re probably still shopping around for a perfect party dress. That’s why I’ve compiled a top 5 list of the best holiday dresses you can still get, for less!

I’m a huge fan of ModCloth, this coral dress with a silver belt would be great for the holiday and new years parties. Dress it up with some pumps and a sparkly clutch. Or dress it down with some silver flats and a cardigan over top. This dress could also work well in the spring for other events too!

ModCloth: $49.99

Lulu’s is another great site for dresses. I think that this long sleeve dress in burgundy with a peplum at the waist is perfect! You could even dress it up enough to wear it from work to a Christmas party. Plus the long sleeves with some tights underneath are great to face the winter cold in.

Lulu’s: $48.00

A sweater dress is also a great addition to your wardrobe for the winter season. Macy’s has a great collection including this cowl neck, ¾ length sleeve dress in pink. Sweater dresses can be hard to wear because they can sometimes be shapeless, but this one has a great belt to define your waist, and comes in a lighter material to help give shape.

Macy’s: $29.99

 

Another option from ModCloth is this long sleeve lace frock. With ¾ length sleeves that are sheer with a tie belt at the waist, this dress is great for family gatherings. I’d wear this dress with colorful flats to add a pop of color to the white and a gold or sparkle headband to add some glamour to the season.

 

ModCloth: $54.99

Lastly, this chiffon shirtdress from Old Navy is so adorable for so many occasions! Try it for a Christmas or New Years brunch with some riding boots or to wear out to a party with some heels and a sparkly belt. I love polka dots for 2013 so be sure to start the trend early!

Old Navy: $30.00

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

How to Be Comfortable Yet Chic for Less

Every now and then I have a Lazy Sunday, or Monday, or even Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday. But I think it’s important to not fall into a rut of lazy dressing. Believe it or not, there is a way to for comfortable yet chic.

For a casual weekend look that still appears to be put-together and tailored, try this outfit I created. Start with some fitted yoga pants that allow some room to move from Old Navy. Pair these pants with a simple yet higher quality v-neck from the Gap, coming in a variety of colors. A nice tailored athletic jacket can be great to wear for running errands, exercising or just day-to-day. So wear this jacket from the North Face over top then invest in a pair of Nike running shoes to finish off you look. These Nikes from JCPenny are a bargain and you will get a ton of wear out of them.

Old Navy Yoga Pants: $19.50; North Face Jacket: $99.00; Nike Shoes: $40.00; Gap V Neck: $24.95

Or for a less athletic look, try out this second outfit I’ve put together. A perfect pair of skinny jeans, from the Gap, is a reliable piece to always have in your closet. These legging jeans are great for a comfortable and lazy day because they have a more casual and relaxed fit. Pair them with a cozy waffle knit sweatshirt from Forever 21. The cream is a great option for a muted look or try the neon yellow for a more bold pop of color. Throw on a pair of gray converse shoes so you can move about being comfortable and in style. Not to mention, for a chillier day try throwing on a colored vest to add some easy color. I love this one in orange from Old Navy.

 

Gap Jeans: $69.95; Forever 21 Sweatshirt: $24.80; Converse: $55.00; Old Navy Vest: $14.97

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

15 Cyber Monday Deals & More From Fellow Fashion Bloggers…

This week on Canopi.me, they are holding their first MISSION. You can find the best Cyber Monday deals uncovered from fashion bloggers across the web.  While I’m pretty sure Cyber Monday is likely another marketing ploy to make us all feel as if we need to continue to shop after Black Friday. I still, unfortunately, can’t help but to look at them all! So in other words, I’m a sucker, but a budgeted sucker that is. And lets be honest that’s the best type of sucker to be outside of the ones with gum in the middle.

I have collected 15 Cyber Monday deals across the web for you to enjoy and shop from your own home or work desk… whichever. However if you want to see more Cyber Monday finds, go Canopi.me and click on Cyber Monday to look at the other deals fellow fashion bloggers uncovered!

 15 Cyber Monday Deals & More From Fellow Fashion Bloggers

1. Candie’s Embellished Boots @ Kohl’s + Extra 20% off with Promo Code:  CYBER20

Original: $99.00

Cyber Monday: $29.99

2. Unrestricted Avery Tall Wedge Boots @ Kohl’s + Extra 20% off with Promo Code:  CYBER20

Original: $29.99

Cyber Monday: $79.99

3. Gap, Banana Republic, & Old Navy – 30% Off Enter: CYBER

4. ShoeMint, IntiMint, & JewelMint

IntiMint: New customers receive 70% off their first item (no exclusions); Current customers receive 50% off their entire order (no exclusions)

JewelMint: New Customers receive 70% off first piece ; Current Customers receive 50% off their entire orderEarly release of 10 December styles that will be eligible for the above promotions

ShoeMint: New customers receive $40 off their first item purchased (shoes, boots or bags), $20 off each additional item (maximum of 3 items, excludes sale items)

5. DSW

$15 off $74

$30 off $149

$50 off $199

6. Magazines: ELLE, Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Marie Claire, @ Amazon.com

Original: $25 per year subscription

Cyber Monday: $5

7. JCP
FREE SHIPPING no minimum
Original: $799
Cyber Monday: $549
“For every $40 spent on BaubleBar, an online accessories shop, you will receive a free gift of your choosing from more than 200 items. Spend $80 and get two gifts; spend $120, get three gifts; spend $160, get four gifts, and so on. (There is no limit.)” – NYTimes Blog
10. Gilt Groupe
Gilt Groupe is introducing its “Free Fall” sale on Monday at 11:45 a.m., with items going on sale for about 5 to 10 minutes. Throughout that window of time, the items will keep dropping in price. There will be more sales that day starting at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.” – NY Times Blog
40% off site wide & FREE SHIPPING
30% off & FREE SHIPPING
50% off everything & FREE SHIPPING no minimum, Promo Code: YOURGIFT
40% off everything & FREE SHIPPING no minimum, Promo Code: ICE
FREE SHIPPING no minimum

**I am a part of the Windows Champions blogger program. As part of this partnership, I have been loaned a Windows 7 PC for an entire year and have the opportunity to learn about Windows and Microsoft products. I’m looking forward to sharing the inside scoop with fellow 20 somethings & fashion bloggers.**

Fashion Bloggers Uncover The Best of Cyber Monday on Canopi.me

There comes a time in every girls life where she has to make a decision… to fight or not to fight… for shoes. And last night at 2 a.m. my decision had been made. I weaved in and out of a storming crowd of women. You know the ones, you’ve seen them in the SNL skits right next to Oprah’s audience, and I’m pretty sure they were all there.

After discovering a pile of shoe boxes stacked 4 feet high, I turned the corner and victoriously started running in slow motion with 3 boxes of boots secured in my hands while Queen’s “We Are The Champions” played over the loud speaker. Alright, lets be real. Christmas music was playing over the loud speaker.

Luckily for you, Canopi saves you from having to make a decision. Instead fashion bloggers uncover the best Cyber Monday deals while you shop from the comfort of your own home minus all the crazies. Seems like a much more logical scenario, right?

On Sunday or Monday while your browsing the web stop by Canopi.me and click on Mission: Cyber Monday to see the top Cyber Monday posts featuring deals uncovered from fashion bloggers all across the web!

You get a deal and you get deal… Everyone gets a DEAL! Just call me the Oprah of the web.

Top 5 Target Buys For Fall For Less

If you think Target is sometimes a bit over whelming, I think everyone in the world agrees with you. Recently my local Target, got upgraded to a super store. One with a grocery section and everything else, I’m at the point where I literally cannot find anything because everything I could every want is there.

That’s why I narrowed down the top five fashion buys you want to snag from Target this fall. It’s best to get them before they’re gone.

First up, if you’re going to any holiday parties, weddings, or fancy functions try this simple strapless dress with subtle texture detailing. It comes in a variety of colors to match any occasion, all for only $34.99. Wear this dress with some black heels and a black shawl for a stunning look.

Strapless Dress - $34.99

 

For all these rainy fall days, grab a pair of these rain boots for the season. These would also work perfectly for the snowy days ahead. I love the bright colors they come in, so you’re sure to make a strand out impression by wearing them.

Rain boots – $29.99

 

Or for a stand out piece wear, this moto jacket with contrasting sleeves and body. Try it with some skinny jeans and boots for a simple day look or wear it over your favorite blouse or dressy top to add some edge to a night look.

Moto Jacket – $39.99

 

Also from Target, this satchel is absolutely perfect for holding everything you need. It’s the perfect size to carry some notebook and maybe an iPad or a tablet, but it’s still comfortable enough to carry all day. I love a good satchel and I think this one is a steal for how much use you will get out of it.

Satchel – $24.99

 

Finally, for the cold days coming up, throw on this knit infinity scarf. It’s versatile for many different looks and occasions but has that amazing winter cozy look that I love. I would wear this scarf with a striped or patterned knit dress and some leggings underneath paired with your favorite boots.

Knit Infinity Scarf – $19.99

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Best Fall Coats for Less!

With the cold quickly coming into Cincinnati these days, I’m falling for all of the adorable peacoats and winter coats that have been filling the racks. I’ve chosen my five favorites for you for this fall. A great coat pulls together any outfit quickly and is such an essential piece to any woman’s wardrobe.

My first and personal favorite is fro ModCloth for $69.99. This red coat is in a stunning red, which vibrantly reflects the colors of fall. With the unique high collar a scarf is unnecessary. The tie at the waist makes it flattering for many, different body types.

 

I love this weekender coat from Target for only $39.99! It comes in a variety of colors but I love black for a versatile coat for any weekend event. This coat is an easy piece to just throw on wherever you’re going and the hood is an added bonus, keeping the cold out!

Next, check out this double-breasted fleece coat from Forever 21. It comes in mustard and tan, both trendy colors that would make a great statement. This cozy coat could easily be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions. For $42.50, this coat is a reasonable buy which you will get a lot of wear out of.

This adorable peacoat form H&M is too cute to resist. I love the buttons and the piping and ruffle detail throughout the coat. The little details are what makes this coat so special. If you’re looking for a coat that stands out a little more, this is it! And plus it’s less than $50!

Lastly, a patterned coat is a really cool take on your basic peacoat. This houndstooth patterened coat from Forever 21 for $37.80 is a great patterned piece. This black and white coat in a smaller pattern won’t be too overwhelming so don’t be intimidated to take the risk.

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

LBD – 5 Under $50 – Little Black Dress Look for Less!

EVERY woman NEEDS a little black dress that she can go to at anytime in her closet! Simply said, a must have. Recently, I’ve been on the search for my perfect one and now I’ve found 5 little black dresses, all for under $50, for you and me!

This dress from Zappos is simple, chic and delightful. It would be great for a night out on the town with it’s simple straps and perfect v-neck. Irresistible, right?

If you’re going for a one-shouldered dress check out this one from Dillards, it’s such a steal and absolutely gorgeous. Add a pop of color to your little black dress, with some red or pink heels and a fun bauble necklace to add an extra punch. Or if you’re going for a more classic look go for basic silver and gold jewelry, such as a giant cuff to add some spark.

I am also in love with the black maxi dress, not so little in length. You can find it at Zappos too. This dress can easily be worn in many different ways, with cowboy boots peaking out underneath or with some simple flats or sandals for a day out running errands all around.

Or check out this steal from Macy’s, with the ruffles around the neck, this dress if perfect for any woman trying to bring the attention upwards. You can easily wear it on many different occasions from a wedding to a date night. Try it with heels or flats with your hair up to show off the gorgeous ruffles.

This one is strapless and cute straight from Forever 21. It’s the perfect flirty frock. The rosettes from head to toe add an extra dimension and distinction from your every day LBD. If you’re going for a little black dress people will notice go for this one for sure.

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Pre-Fashion Week: IFB Conference Day 2 (The New York Hipster Look #2)

I knew coming into fashion week from past years that I could pretty much get by with wearing whatever I wanted to. What I didn’t expect is to get a call all the way from my mother in Texas laughing and saying “What in the world is that thing on your head?” based on a previous posted photo. Strike One. By now, I’m quite used to this reaction when I attempt to pull this type of a slightly outrageous outfit off in the midwest, but I seriously didn’t expect the word to spread so quickly to Texas. Strike Two. Though I tried to explain my new found love for Hipsterism, my mother quickly informed me that she wasn’t fond of the 70’s… Strike Three. So I figured while NYC you can only do as New Yorkers would do and since there was no bagel in sight I decided to instead… “forget-ah-about-it!”

When you’re in New York your fashion choices are compared to the bum on the street and the cross dresser standing across from it, anything in between flies as socially acceptable. So I tested out that theory…

Headband (Forever21) Black Tank (Target) High/Low Mini Skirt (H&M) Denim Vest (Madewell) Lace Up Boots (MIA via Shoes.com)

Change in shoes below.

Today’s experience with Molly… Times Square.

Guest Blogger Panelist 2025 (Below)

Turns out the theory works…

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s live coverage from New York Fashion Week!

 

Pre-Fashion Week: IFB Conference Day 1″From Bagel to Baby to Blogger”

I went straight from vacation to NYC, and like any self-respecting person I started this adventure off with a stop at The Bagel Maven. If you haven’t yet experienced it. Let me just suggest the everything bagel which is completely worth the plane ticket. You think I’m exaggerating… but no, I’m serious. Once I got acquainted with my old stopping grounds, we (my sister-in-law/co-founder of Canopi… a.k.a assistant for the week) and I hiked down with stroller in hand (yes, there was a baby involved, that story comes tomorrow) to 82 Mercer Street where the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference was being held pre-fashion week.

Baby Molly (best accessory yet & not exactly amused by fashion bloggers)

To put this in other terms, imagine if a fashion blog exploded in real life. Picturing it? Yep, that’s what it looks like. Now imagine that, a stroller, the occasional baby spit up, and extremely high heels.

 

This is the same place where twice a year bloggers come together to discuss the business of blogging, networking, and of course indulge in some free swag. After all, we are bloggers?!

Day 1 Outfit (promise better photos to come)

You can’t miss the amount of high heels and this years orangey red lipstick. Yea… you should probably getcha some! Since I have a slight problem, known as me forgetting to pack my camera cord, I will instead be sharing with you some of the photos already taken from my phone today, and I promise to deliver much better ones when I return back to Cincinnati next week. Since today has been one fulfilled day from bagel to baby to blogger conference, I’m going to get some much needed Z’s!

Tune in tomorrow for a little explanation as to why we would bring a baby to a blogger conference. Not to mention, a showing of outfit #2 circa 2012 hipster!

 

 

Cut It Out For Less!

What’s in-fashion these days? Cutting it out of whatever you are wearing. Less is more when it comes to these peek-a-boo styled cut outs, seen everywhere lately. Even Michelle Obama has been trying out the trend at the London Olympics!

Strategically placed cut outs in whatever you are wearing can lead to a very interesting and fashion-forward look. Check out these cool pieces that I found!

First off, I love this cutout maxi dress from ASOS. If you’re not crazy about this trend yet, go for something along these lines (no pun intended). It is simple and still conservative with its cut-outs, but is also very trendy and unique. Wear this maxi dress with some simple flat sandals and you are all ready, set, to go. Sorry, too much Olympic watching…

Here’s another cutout dress from ASOS, this white and beaded frock could be dressed up or down for any occasion. While this dress has more cutouts than the last dress, I love how conservative and classy it stays even though most of the neck is missing. Wear it with some simple black pumps and your hair in a loose up-do to show off the cutouts.

For a cutout top, I love this neon sleeveless blouse from Delia’s. It’s super fun and the cutout in the back is just right. This top could easily be worn with a pair of white jeans and your go-to wedges for many different occasions. Don’t be afraid to cut it out of your wardrobe this year and make a statement with a little bit less!

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt