The $30 Work Dress

Time and time again, you’re heard me rave about these shoes, and that bag, and this skirt, etc.  Often, they are pieces I have found at Target.  It is safe to say that a large proportion of my work wardrobe is comprised of pieces from Target.  Why?  Well, my local Target happens to be a Super Target.  I walk in and have the supermarket side of it to my right and the regular Target non-supermarket side to my left.  The non-supermarket side happens to carry clothing.  LOTS OF IT.  Some of it work-appropos.  So, I walk on over for a few and scope out the new merchandise before grocery shopping for the week.  I am usually gone for an hour or so, but long enough to get some shopping in!

In this case, I didn’t find these dresses in store, but rather online.  I signed up for the Target emails, and one morning a couple of weeks ago, I got one alerting me that women’s Merona clothing was all 40% off!  So, I took advantage and checked out the goods! That’s when I found this dress:


This one is a size 2 and fits like a glove.  Size 2-18 are available online.  It is thick-ish material, so it doesn’t show every detail of your undergarments, and comes in three different colors (i.e., black, grey, and navy)!  I LOVE IT.  Best of all, it is only $30, even at regular price!  It’s perfection.

I loved it so much, I got it in all three colors.  Hashtag: “oops, I did it again”.  LOL.  Anyway, make sure to read the reviews to get a better sense of what size to order.  I wear a zero in regular, a 2 in petites, so I suppose this dress runs on the smaller size…maybe.  At worst, you can order a couple sizes and keep the one that fits best.  Good luck!  I think you’ll be pretty happy with this one!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

The Perfect Work Pump



This past weekend, I picked up two pairs of shoes at Target.  A pair of nude and black patent leather heels.  I paid $8.98 per pair!!  And, lemme tell ya:  they are seriously the perfect work pump.  They are comfortable – even for a Target heel – and so very affordably priced!  It is therefore likely no surprise that they seem to be nearly sold out online, and getting close to being sold out in stores!  Mind you, online, they are still priced at $20.98 a pair, but it’s not a bad price to pay for a great shoe if you don’t happen to find the ones that are priced lower in stores.

Here are a few things I noted about the two pairs I got:

  1. They are generously sized.  If you have a narrow foot, you might want to go down a half-size.  Another reason to see if you can find them in stores…you’ll be able to try them on!
  2. The colors are a great shade of black and nude.  The nude is not too light, and the black is a “true” black.
  3. They are closed-toe, which makes them ideal for the office.
  4. The description online says they have a 3.5″ heel, but I find them to have a rather reasonable height, and definitely doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a 3.5″ heel…  Definitely try to find them in stores or order several sizes and return the ones that don’t fit.
  5. They come in black, nude, navy, and silver

There are still several sizes and colors available online, so hurry on up and grab a few pairs! They are buy one, get one 50% off, so you don’t have to feel guilty about buying more than one pair (discount applied during online checkout)!

Don’t forget:

  • Shop through Ebates to get a 2% rebate on your purchase
  • Use your Target Red Card to get an additional 5%
  • Don’t want to buy new shoes until you get rid of some you already own?  No problem!  Sell your old ones to ThredUp and make space for these new ones!

Happy Shopping, friends!!




Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!

Mixed Prints

It’s not uncommon for me to try something new.  After all, what is fashion about if not to try new things!  Today, I tried mixing a bold graphic print with a horizontal, black and white pencil skirt.  When mixing prints, black and white is a pretty easy palette to work with.  Here are the two items I decided to pair together:

Chic in Academia,

Asos Monkey Print Dress, $18.34,

Chic in Academia,

Women’s Striped Ponte Pencil Skirt, $22.99,

I tucked the dress under a pencil skirt (I also wore the dress backwards!), threw a statement belt and blazer over it and finished the look off with some red pumps.

Chic in Academia,

Chic in Academia,

Chic in Academia,

Chic in Academia,

Other outfit details: Earrings, Lisi Lerch // Blazer, Zara, similar here // Belt, Lotus Boutique, similar here // Sunglasses, Emblem Eyewear

Some photos shot by Styled by Ale and others by Chic in Academia.

What do you think??  Did I print-mix successfully?!  Be sure to leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought.  Also, follow me on Instagram to find out where I wore this outfit today!

Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!