The kind folks over at maurices sent me a gift card a little while ago – and it was like my birthday in June! (My birthday’s in December…so half-birthday??)
I headed down to my local maurices to check it out – which means a drive down to the airport, since that’s the closest one.
It was somewhat deserted (being in a sort of remote location and all), but packed to the gills with affordable, trendy merchandise.
Though a lot of the styles and cuts were a little too young for me (but probably perfect for your average teen/college student!) I did find a number of items that would work on someone of my *ahem* somewhat advanced chronology. There was a super-friendly sales staff member who was so helpful…I tried on a pair of jeans, found them too big, and so she brought 7 different pairs in similar washes and fits for me to try on! And not even a frown when I finally decided to forgo the jeans and purchase the satin dress I had tried on instead. (I did find the jeans ran extremely large…I finally fit into the 1/2 in one cut, which is insane considering I’m closer to a 6 in most brands, [between a 5 and a 7 in Junior’s sizing], and a 4 in brands that skew large, like Gap, Old Navy, and White House/Black Market. In another cut I was a 3/4, which is still skewing waaaay to large – so ladies of smaller sizes be forewarned!)
I finally settled on this lovely white, black, and grey strapless number (I do love me some colorblocking!), and found the cutest wing-shaped earring set for a mere $1.99 on the sale rack.
I also saw a mannequin outfitted with two of their key necklaces around her neck – thought, “what a great idea!” and scooped up two necklaces for myself. (Buy one, get the other 50% off – SCORE!) I’m totally into layering necklaces this summer.
Since it’s been unbearably cold here in Portland (it’s 51 degrees in June!!!! I’m still in my winter coat!!) I’ll probably wear the dress like this for now: over a long-sleeved top and boots to make it more casual. (Maybe over a tee shirt as it warms up.)
I don’t see any of the items I bought available on their website still, but you may find them at your local maurices…and here are a couple key necklaces they are selling that are similar to the ones I bought: here, here, and here.
Also, I am so excited to announce that maurices has partnered with me to do a giveaway here on Chic Steals! If any of you missed that promotion maurices was running over Memorial Day weekend [spend $60 and receive a free tote or sunglasses of your choice], well now here’s your chance to get a new tote…and just in time for the hot days of summer! (Even in Portland;-) Up for the giveaway is:
One patent-look white tote!
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*One comment per person, please. Multiple entries from the same person will be deleted.
Winner will be chosen by Random.org.
Entry period is for 7 days only, ending Monday, June 28, 12 PM PST.
Thank you so much, maurices – and happy start to the week to all!
Disclosure: maurice’s furnished me a gift card, which partially covered my purchases with them above. They are also providing the tote, which will be given away to one lucky winner. For more information regarding my disclosure policy, go here.
Yay, a giveaway! 🙂 I love the dress, shoes, necklaces…everything.
Hi Carly, I would love to win the bag! email@example.com
Love the layered necklaces!
(i'd love to enter the giveaway but unfortunately I live in Canada so I can't enter, so please don't count my comment as an entry)
I just wanted to say that you look really cute and the dress is gorgeous! the shoes are super cute too!
Hello honey… you look adorable! Good buys!!
[I'm in Aus so not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say “hello”]
Love the outfit, and the bag!
nice giveaway! We totally dont have a maurice around here.
Oh my goodness! This tote is absolutely adorable. I've never owned anything white- what a great way to step out of my box!
Thanks for the opportunity, Carly!
super cute, love your blog!
ooh how lovely! I am in love with white bags this year! i am totally in agreement about the weather….i live in seattle and while i like clouds, i am READY for some SUN PLEASE. =)
That is such an awsome bag!
That dress is darling! I'm into layering necklaces this summer too…especially vintage beaded necklaces.
Not sure if my email shows in my profile, so…
goody, giveaways! 🙂 the outfit is adorable, and i actually love it tons more as a “winter/even though its summer” outfit! too cute!
j'adore ta robe, qui te vas vraiment très très bien et tes chaussures sont magnifiques
I love that dress and the tote bag would go perfectly with it! So if I win, I may have to go buy the dress 🙂
Lovely dress!! I adore those wing earrings!!
That bag would be totally awesome if I was to win it… I have 2 say I would apply black and hott pink skulls to it or do a nautical theme perhaps w it… good luck 2 me and all!!! sincerly
firstname.lastname@example.org omg that dress and bag are so cute!!! thanks for this opportunity!!
My wife would love this!…my comment dissappeared, this is not a duplicate!
Fun giveaway and website! Glad I found your blog!
awesome giveaway Carly! 🙂
Awesome giveaway. cindyhinckley at msn.
Awesome giveaway! Hope I win:)
Very Cute pictures and Cute dress!
Ivorykeystease at yahoo dot com
Oh my! I love your dress!!! I wanted to make one similar to it but can't find a good pattern! You look great! (:
Ooh OOh me please…
Thank you for the opportunity!
lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com
I really love the dress and bag!!
kellysydow at yahoo dot com
That outfit is adorable and I love the key necklaces!
I never owned a white tote..this one looks fantastic!
shel704 at aol dot com
Super adorable tote! This looks like the perfect bag for the summer!
Thanks for such a fun giveaway!
Liberty_belle22 at yahoo dot com
I love white handbags! So chic!
treneebarker at hotmail dot com
Very cute outfit.
I'd also like to win the tote.
rakisha dot white @ gmail dot com
Man oh man how I would LOVEEE to win this giveway, holy moly is that white tote cute cute cute…
that dress is so cute! i wish there was a maurices near me. 🙁
count me in!
Oh I love that purse.
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
Love the tote! Enter me please
Pefect summer bag!
gingerpye at gmail dot com
Love this look! 🙂
kkondek at gmail.com
That's a really cute dress.
charisscharity at yahoo dot com
Love the tote! Merci!
The tote is gorgeous! I really need something white for those hot July and August days!
outofthemist @ gmail .com (remove spaces)
What a great giveaway! What a beautiful tote! Wow can I use this!
Wow, the dress is so pretty! Unfortunately we dont have a maurices where i live:-( So i've never been in the store before.
The tote is super cute!
That's an adorable outfit! Love how you put it together. Thank you for the chance to win!
Awesome! I've never even heard of Maurice's before! Thanks for the giveaway.
Very nice! I just bought my daughter a yellow/white sundress and chunky beaded jewelry to go with it. This tote would finish it off nicely! Thanks
hondaray6 at hotmail dot com
I'm in for the bag.
chickface (at) sbcglobal (dot) net
WOOOOOOOOO CARLY!! I love your blog! I check it religiously! I'm on it everyday!!!!!!!!!!!
Great Giveaway — love me some handbags! LOL!