Meet and Greet Chic in Academia at The Impeccable Pig this Thursday!

One of the things I love the most about blogging/instagramming/tweeting/pinning is that I get to meet so many new people and end up making TONS of new friends!  The downside to doing so online is that you rarely get to meet them in person. That’s why I’m super excited to be hosting the Spring Soiree event with The Impeccable Pig in Mountain Brook this Thursday from 5-7pm!

Spring Soiree with Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

I’d love for you to come for some sips and apps, all while shopping with me!  Because you know, I’m super fun to shop with! 😛  Seriously though, there is a bigger cause here.  As noted in the flyer above, the event will help donate proceeds to Mitchell’s Place – an organization dedicated to “provide comprehensive, research-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment.”  Who doesn’t love a good cause AND an affordable shopping experience?!

I realize that it’s hard to get away on a school-night, so I’ll be live tweeting/facebook-ing/instagramming items from the store that you might be interested in.  If anything should strike your fancy, please feel free to let me know or call the store directly to order so that part of that purchase can help raise funds for Mitchell’s Place.  The store address is in the flyer above, and the number to the store is 205-874-7008.  That said, I hope you are able to stop by and keep me company in store that night!

Here are some of the items I’m currently obsessing over and hope to get my hands on this Thursday:

MorocanEarrings2, Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

Details: Moroccan Earrings, $68, here

TheSnakeskinTop_A, Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

Details: Snakeprint top, $52.00, here

SpringTimeKimono_A, Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

Details: Spring Time Kimono, $59.50, here

I hope you can make it out this Thursday, March 19, 2015!!  5-7pm.  Be there or be square!

Until next time!  Stay Chic!

The Zara Sale for the Professional Woman

Well, the sales keep on comin’!  If I were told that for the rest of my life I could only shop one store with an unlimited budget, it would likely be Zara.  For the professional woman, this is the relatively affordable mecca of work-appropriate clothing that is not only chic, but also great quality.  I LOVE ZARA.  LOVE.

So when my sister called me earlier today to alert me to the fact that some major sales were going down, I immediately took to the ‘internets’ as some would say, to scour the inventory.  She was not lying.  The selection and prices are amazing.  AH-MAZE-ING.

Here are a few of my faves:

Fitted Blazer with Pleated Sleeves, $39.99.  I am ALL about an amazing shoulder on a jacket.  I love this color of this one, but it also comes in black for those of you who are averse to color. :D

Fitted Blazer with Pleated Sleeves, $39.99. I am ALL about an amazing shoulder on a jacket. I love this color of this one, but it also comes in black for those of you who are averse to color. 😀

Checked Shift Dress, $49.99.  Okay, so this dress isn't super cheap, but it's half off and just perfect in terms of tailoring!  The color combo is gorgeous, and well let's face it, it's just simply a great lookin' dress.  Not gonna lie, I bought it.  You should buy it too and be dress twinsies. ;)

Checked Shift Dress, $49.99. Okay, so this dress isn’t super cheap, but it’s half off and just perfect in terms of tailoring! The color combo is gorgeous, and well let’s face it, it’s just simply a great lookin’ dress. Not gonna lie, I bought it. You should buy it too and we should be dress twinsies. 😉

Judge me all you want, but I think these trousers are über chic!  Paired with a sweater, a silk top and a blazer, you've got a comfy, chic outfit for most office environments.  Get them now and wear them until it gets to warm to sport them!

Judge me all you want, but I think these trousers are über chic! Paired with a sweater, a silk top and a blazer, you’ve got a comfy, chic outfit for most office environments. Get them now and wear them until it gets to warm to sport them!

Skirt with side zip, $22.99.  My bestie and I loved this skirt!  A little bit of sexy without crossing the line into trashy, haha.  Pair it with a button down or even a plain white t-shirt and call it day.

Skirt with side zip, $22.99. My bestie and I loved this skirt! A little bit of sexy without crossing the line into trashy, haha. Pair it with a button down or even a plain white t-shirt and call it day.

High Heel Leather Boot, $79.99.  In case you didn't already know, now is the time to buy boots!  These in particular are $100 off.  The heel is a good height, and chunky, so they are bound to be relatively comfy to wear.

High Heel Leather Boot, $79.99. In case you didn’t already know, now is the time to buy boots! These in particular are $100 off. The heel is a good height, and chunky, so they are bound to be relatively comfy to wear.

Pleated Dress with Flared Skirt, $49.99.  If you're tall and slim, this is the dress for you.  I'm obsessed with the color, but for a short curvy woman, this is not the beesneez.  So, I pass it along to you who can rock it!

Pleated Dress with Flared Skirt, $49.99. If you’re tall and slim, this is the dress for you. I’m obsessed with the color, but for a short curvy woman, this is not the beesneez. So, I pass it along to you who can rock it!

Faux Leather Obi Belt, $12.99.  In my opinion, everyone needs a great statement belt.  This one is a good neutral one to have, and I love that the size is adjustable, without having those horrid holes telling the wold whether you've gained or lost weight recently.  Ugh!

Faux Leather Obi Belt, $12.99. In my opinion, everyone needs a great statement belt. This one is a good neutral one to have, and I love that the size is adjustable, without having those horrid holes telling the wold whether you’ve gained or lost weight recently. Ugh!

Faux Fur Jacket, $25.99.  If you've been looking for a faux fur jacket, look no further!  I love the color of this one AND the price is literally unbeatable.  Even by Forever 21's standards!  BUY.BUY.BUY!!

Faux Fur Jacket, $25.99. If you’ve been looking for a faux fur jacket, look no further! I love the color of this one AND the price is literally unbeatable. Even by Forever 21’s standards! BUY.BUY.BUY!!

Printed Top with Shirt Collar, $29.99.  I'm in love with this top.  I think it's perfect for the office, for a date night, or even for brunch outing on the weekend.  Perfection all around!

Printed Top with Shirt Collar, $29.99. I’m in love with this top. I think it’s perfect for the office, for a date night, or even for brunch outing on the weekend. Perfection all around!

Mini City Bag, $25.99.  I'm a sucker for a great statement bag.  Add this to an all black outfit, and all white outfit, or even to the checked/plaid dress above, and you have a fantastic outfit.  My laptop would likely not fit in this bag (8 x 9 x 3"), but for the price, I say it's worth buying.

Mini City Bag, $25.99. I’m a sucker for a great statement bag. Add this to an all black outfit, and all white outfit, or even to the checked/plaid dress above, and you have a fantastic outfit. My laptop would likely not fit in this bag (8 x 9 x 3″), but for the price, I say it’s worth buying.

Let me know what you end up buying!!  I will post my pics on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, so make sure to follow along!

Thrifty Thursday’s – The Cape Coat

Cape coats are all the rage at the moment.  Actually, I would argue that they have been the best thing since sliced bread after seeing one on Pretty Little Liars, and most recently made popular again by my favorite leading lady…Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on ABC’s show, Scandal.  She’s amazing.  No lie.

Photos: Pinterest

I’ve been on the hunt for a cape coat for years now, but haven’t really found anything that I loved until just this year.  The first one I found was this NY & Company trench coat, currently on sale for $53.97 with an additional 30% off.

Photos: NYandCompany.com and Instagram

I may also add that cape coats are great for expectant mothers.  Just a little maternity fashion tip for my soon-to-be momma’s out there!

Most recently, I found a cape coat that is VERY much inspired by the Burberry cape coat that Kerri Washington wore on Scandal, which sent swarms of TV-watching fashionistas in search of something that would even come close to the perfection that was the Burberry coat.

burberry

Photo: Pinterest

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.13.05 PMIMG_20141113_162036Cape coat from H&M.  Photos: Chic in Academia

For some reason, this cape coat is not yet online, but can be found in some stores; call or visit your local store to inquire.  It retails $69.95 – just a fraction of the cost of the Burberry version, so definitely a thrifty version in my book!

If you need other or immediate options online, you’ll want to check out The Limited’s Scandal line.  Kerri Washington via Scandal recently collaborated with The Limited to create a line inspired by the show.  It’s fantastic.  Here are some of the pieces I’m head over heels for from that line, including a plaid cape coat and a white cape trench coat that may just have to be included on my Christmas list. (Hint, hint hubby!!)

So, what do you think??  Are you as obsessed as I am?! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments section below.  Finally, don’t forget to check out my daily outfit posts on Instagram, sources for outfit inspiration on Pinterest, and latest musings and retweets on Twitter. Happy shopping!!

Until next time!  Stay Chic!