Thrifty Thursday’s – Off-Season Shopping

I’ve written a couple of posts now about off-season shopping; so, it should come to no surprise that I’m a big fan of it and therefore dedicating an entire new post to it! I love ‘off-season’ – or ‘end-of-the season’ – shopping for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that, for many seasonal items, it’s the only way I can sometimes afford to buy certain pieces. Admittedly, it can be difficult to purchase a wool sweater in the middle of the summer, in 90 degree weather with unbearable humidity. But, when fall and winter rolls around, boy will you be excited you only paid $5 for a $50 sweater when everyone else is paying retail out of necessity!

Here’s one of the sweaters I bought at the peak of summer this year. I only paid $5 for it at the Gap! Earlier this week, it was pretty chilly in the morning, so I was glad to have a new, warm and cozy sweater to throw on.

wpid-wp-1414714042426.jpegSweater: Gap, similar here // 7 for All Mankind Skinny Jeans: Fab’rik Boutique, here // Kate Spade Boots: Von Maur, similar here // Clutch: Forever 21, similar here.

Around that same time, I happened to visit the outlet mall and found a trench coat that was deeply discounted. I only paid $20 for it at the Banana Republic outlet. I styled it over my $5 sweater outfit and called it a day!  I also added a pair of Kate Spade rain boots that I purchased at Von Maur for $40 (also majorly discounted!!), and a $6 clutch – okay, maybe it’s a make-up bag – from Forever 21.  So, every piece in this outfit was purchased on clearance; except the jeans, which were a gift from Fab’rik Boutique!  Thank you, Fab’rik!!

wpid-wp-1414713946362.jpegSweater: Gap, similar here// Trench Coat: Banana Republic Outlet, similar here // 7 for All Mankind Skinny Jeans: Fab’rik Boutique, here // Kate Spade Boots: Von Maur, similar here // Clutch: Forever 21, similar here.

Here’s another piece I purchased on major clearance (jacket was originally $198 and I paid $15) from Ann Taylor. I paired it with a skirt and pair of wedges that had been sitting in my closet for over a year, and a $12 necklace I found on clearance at Banana Republic.  Moral of the story: Great outfits happen to those who wait for end-of-the season sales (or any clearance sale, really, haha)! 😉

wpid-wp-1414713928180.jpegBlazer: Ann Taylor, similar here // Top: Forever 21: similar here // Skirt: Phillip Lim for Target, here // Tassel Necklace: Banana Republic, similar here // Nude Wedges: Forever 21, similar here

Buying off-season is a great way to purchase items you know you will eventually want or need.  You do, however, end up having clothes around the house that aren’t currently in use. My hubby seems to see this as a problem. The solution I proposed: Build me a bigger closet! Just saying…problem solved. 💁

What are some items you have purchased off-season?? Comment below or tag me on Instagram when you wear them!

Until next time! Stay Chic!

Thrifty Thursday’s – Calypso St. Barth’s Friends and Family Sale

There’s a great sale going on at Calypso St. Barth, so I just had to share it with you!  It began yesterday, October 22nd, but will run through Sunday, October 26th so there is still plenty of time to shop! 🙂  I was actually at Calypso St. Barth for the launch of the Friends and Family sale last night, offering styling tips and helping pick out pieces for the fall.  It was so much fun!  So, I thought I would do the same for you in this post. But first, let me tell you about my outfit of the night (aka #ootn).  I wore a pair of Calypso St. Barth sequin pants (currently on sale!) that I purchased a while back for next to nothing during another one of their sales:

IMG_20141022_175105Outfit details: Calypso St. Barth Sequin Pants (here) // Altuzarra for Target jacket (here) // Paris Hilton Heels (similar here) // Vintage Gold Clutch (similar here) // Forever 21 Bracelet (similar here) // Kendra Scott Earrings (here).  Photo: Hubby.

In Birmingham, the launch of the Friends and Family sale also coincided with the Shop and Share event, hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham, with social media coverage by B-Metro magazine. IMG_3095Here I am with Heather of My Life Well Loved and Buffy York of The Style Gathering at the B-Metro Magazine step and repeat who were live-blogging during the Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop and Save event.  Photo: Buffy York.

I’ve shared my love for Calypso St. Barth with you all previously, and also mentioned how pricey the store can be.  I believe I also mentioned how amazing their sales can be too, though!  There are some fantastic items on sale now in stores, but also many that can be found online.  One of the things I like to do when shopping sales is to plan ahead and shop for the following year.  So, for example, there are some amazing summer items for sale at Calypso St Barth right now.  They are incredibly affordable after the Friends and Family, 25% off discount.  To save you some time, I’ve curated some outfit ideas for you!  Take a look at some of the “looks” I styled for you at three different price points:

1. Beach attire – Summer 2015: All under $30 before 25% off discount.

Calypso St. Barth - Summer 2015

Calypso St Barth cover up swimwear / Calypso St Barth tankini top / Calypso St Barth bandeau top / Calypso St Barth clothing / Tkees flip flops / Assorted TKEES Flip Flops | Calypso St. Barth

2.  The Cookout – Summer 2015 – All under $50 before 25% off discount.
Calypso - Summer Cookout

AG Adriano Goldschmied shorts / Leather sandals / Flora Bella woven purse / Vintage necklace / Isabel V-Neck Linen Tee | Calypso St. Barth

3.  Dinner Date – Summer 2015All under S100 before 25% off discount.
Dinner Date - Summer 2015

Calypso St Barth wrap dress / Summer sandals / Crossbody purse / Morra Designs dangle earrings / Element Dangle Necklace | Calypso St. Barth

Don’t you just want it all?!  If you want a personal shopping experience, feel free to contact my friend and Calypso St. Barth store manager, Brittany Jones (205.262.2996) at the Summit in Birmingham, AL.  She can order everything for you (personal shopper you say??) and have it shipped to you anywhere in the US!
Otherwise, feel free to order on your own, online, using promo code FRIENDS14.  Let me know if you end up getting anything from the sale!  I’d love to hear about your bargain finds!!  Finally, for those of you wondering, the winner of the denim giveaway was announced on Instagram two weeks ago.  Congratulations to Nancy Wander!!
Until next time!  Stay Chic!

Thrifty Thursday’s – A ‘Chic’ Giveaway with Fab’rik Boutique!

fabrik-exteriorImage credit:  The Homewood Star

Thrifty Thursday’s sometimes means that YOU get to be thrifty by scoring a free pair of jeans!! Let me tell you how. 🙂

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fab’rik Boutique in Homewood, AL.  Fab’rik invited a number of local bloggers to a Denim Dinner Party, and I was one of the lucky ones!   What’s a Denim Dinner Party you ask?  Well, in this case, it turned out that we were invited to check out the store’s well-curated inventory, try on Fab’rik’s selection of designer denim, AND select a pair of jeans to give away on our blogs!  How awesome is that?!  Take a look at the options:

Fabrik Denim Options

From left to right: Flying Monkey, Fab’rik, and Spanx jeans.  One of these pairs could be yours! (Photo: Fab’rik Boutique)

The dinner itself was not only decadent but elegantly displayed.  I was too busy checking out the store’s inventory to take any photos of the food unfortunately, so you get pictures of clothes and accessories instead. Take a look at some of the enticing things I found:


Fab’rik’s main display table, filled with a plethora of affordable goodies! (Photo:


Gorgeous statement necklaces! This one is only $42! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Chunky bracelets and statement rings?  They’ve got them! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


How fab are these bracelets?! Perfect for stacking. (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Very on-trend colored-stone, statement earrings. (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Isn’t this just super chic?! I love this coat.  I may need to go back for it! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


What a deal!  This white Jack coat is only $66!! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


I’m a lover of statement earrings and these were no exception! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Including this hat I LOVED.  How does it look?? (Photo: Chic in Academia)

The clothing selection was also on point.  Dresses, tops, pants, skirts…all well-known brands and with most things under $100, ranging from as low as $30 for a pair of shoes to $60-ish for a coat or dress.  Check out these booties I scored for just a little over $30:


Qupid Booties, Fab’rik Boutique (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Comfy enough to wear to a weekend play-date! (Photo: Chic in Academia)

IMG_20140929_213906And I also received a pair of Seven for All Mankind jeans (courtesy of Fab’rik, THANK YOU!!), which I LOVE!  Styled here with a red blazer and some leopard print booties.  (Photo: Chic in Academia)

Can you tell this is going to be my new, favorite place to shop?? 😉  You can find more of these items at Fab’rik, 1817 B 29th Avenue South, Homewood  Alabama,  35209, (205) 582-9447.  Fab’rik also has some items available online and can be found on their main website:

Now, for the good stuff!  To be entered to win a pair of these jeans in YOUR size, read the rules below!


A free pair of jeans will be perfect for Fall! (Photo: Fab’rik Boutique)

I will give the winner a voucher that can be used towards a pair of Flying Monkey, Fab’rik, or Spanx jeans (~ $100 retail value) OR, if you live out of state, I will personally select the jeans for you and mail them straight to your home (you pay for shipping)!  Sounds reasonable, right?  And exciting!


I will consult with these lovely ladies, including co-owner and store manager, Melissa Mistrot (middle) to select the pair of jeans that will best suit you!

Here are the rules to enter this giveaway (each method counts as one entry, so you can enter up to 4 times to win):

  1. Leave a comment below telling me why you would love to win a free pair of jeans from Fab’rik.  You must follow this blog via WordPress or via email to be considered.
  2. Repost the giveaway photo on Instagram, tag @chic_in_academia and @fabrikhomewood You must follow both accounts on Instagram, and use the hashtag #ChicFabrikgiveaway to be considered.
  3. Tweet about it!  “Giveaway with ChicInAcademia – Free Jeans! “.  You must follow Chic in Academia on Twitter to be considered.
  4. Pin it on Pinterest!  Pin any of the images above with the caption “Giveaway with ChicInAcademia – Free Jeans! “. Must follow Chic in Academia on Pinterest to be considered.

Good luck to everyone and as always, Stay Chic!