Take advantage of this before I change my mind.

Confession: I am a selfish child who hates to share.

When I find something I love, I keep it to myself… it’s horrible, I know, but it’s my nature.  Like, you know when babies are learning to eat real food and they kind of obsess about it 24/7 and HAVE to eat whatever you’re eating? Most people are all, “Here you go, baby! *gigglelaughsnort* I looove sharing my food with babies!”  Me? No. Maddie does that to me every day, and each time I have to hand over a bite of my delicious meal I feel like she’s taking a part of my soul along with it, covering it in drool and leaving it for me to clean up approximately 4 hours later. It makes my eye twitch a little. I only do it because I love her. And only give her the tiniest of bites because the rest is for me, dang it.  It’s an issue.

With that little nugget of information, you may now understand why it is taking every last ounce of strength in my selfish little body to write this post. It’s just that I’m sort of obsessed with this new online boutique I discovered a few weeks ago and I was seriously contemplating keeping it all to myself, BUT in the spirit of kindness, adorable dresses and discount codes, I feel it is my duty to share this with all of you.

(I’m almost saint-like, I know.)

Now, quick. Before I change my mind…

Twisted-Simplicity

Do you SEE the adorableness that is going on here? All the girlieness? All the RUFFLES? And the best part is how affordable all the items are. I die. Go check out Twisted Simplicity and check out the rest of the cuteness and RUFFLES! for yourself.

Twisted Simplicity is offering my readers a 10% discount when you use the code “mrspriss10”, available until February 15, 2010. Also, if you become a fan on their Facebook page, you’ll have a chance to win a $40 gift card.

You are welcome.

The Look for Less – Tina Fey

Tina, you are hilarious. Absolutely loved Baby Mama. And I’m digging the nautical-esque look you have going on here. Can I please copy this general idea, but spend about $2,000 less? Okay, thanks.

So, here’s another celebrity-inspired outfit for a fraction of what the original items cost. Let me know what you all think, and if you have enough time, explore Polyvore and try to beat my deal!

  • “The Sweetheart” Curvy Jean – Old Navy: $34.50
  • PPQ Stripe Top – Oli: $43.27 (I know I can do better than this… Disgraceful!)
  • Ruched Front Cardigan – Dorothy Perkins: $35.40
  • Strappy Knot Wedge – Go Jane: $15.99
  • Squared Corner Color Frames – House of Sunglasses: $9.99

I had to add the glasses… come on, it’s Tina. :)

Beyond the Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress is the one piece in a woman’s wardrobe she can always rely on to make her feel feminine, lovely, and irresistible… but it can be quite boring if worn all by it’s lonesome!

I’ve come up with a few different ways to change up that black dress using my new favorite toy, Polyvore.

Ladies’ Night

Bold, fun accessories are the easiest way to dress up any outfit. These hot red heels by Steve Madden and funky charm bracelet by Betsey Johnson make this completely appropriate for Girls’ Night Out. Just try not to attract TOO much attention. :)

High Tea

If you’re going out to Sunday brunch or having tea with Grammy, you might want to rethink that zebra print clutch. A more appropriate and sophisticated way to accessorize is with a cute jacket, dainty jewelry and lacey, feminine details. Don’t forget your hankie!

What are your tips and tricks for dressing up the plain old Little Black Dress?

Click on images for full details and links to individual items.

Playing Dress Up

We’ve all had those days where we’ve stood, staring blankly into our black hole-of-a-closet, searching desperately for something to wear but had no idea where to start. With the added pressure that comes from being late to work, having loads of errands to run, or my personal favorite – your handsome date is on his way to pick you up – a meltdown is inevitable.

I’ve found that by having a few neutral basics in your wardrobe you can save yourself some of the stress that goes into planning an outfit. Take the basic white t-shirt and jeans, for instance. Worn alone, you may look a bit blah… but by adding a few glamorous touches, you’ll step out of your house looking completely pulled together and fabulous.

Casual Friday

It’s Casual Friday at work, but you don’t want to look dumpy. What to do, what to do… Layer a graphic tank under your t-shirt and top it off with a cute jacket. A pop of color using great shoes, coordinating accessories, and a big fancy bag will have you looking amazing.

Running Errands

Now you have a ton of errands to run — now is not the time to break in those new heels. Cute and comfortable is the way to go! Adorable flats (oh, how I love animal print), minimal accessories, and a practical purse are essential for a day of walking and shopping.

Date Night

Finally, date night is here! Stress can cause bags under your eyes, which isn’t a good look, even for a beauty like you. Pull it together, love! An olive shrug and plum heels coordinate, without looking too matchy-matchy. Be a little fancy with gold and bronze accessories, including a clutch just big enough to hold your lipstick and keys (he’s paying, remember?).

A white tee and jeans doesn’t have to be boring. They can be used as a simple, effortless foundation and will save you so much hassle if you know what you’re doing. Try it out, my lovelies.