dress, earrings, and necklaces: courtesy of maurice’s
nautical sandals: Abaete for Payless

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!)

Sorry – messy photos taken with my camera-phone.

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.

It’s a little wrinkly from being folded in my shopping bag. My real birthday wishlist item #1: a garment steamer!
I know these shoes don’t reeaaally match but I wanted something sandal-y and summer-y all the same.

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.)

long-sleeved top & heeled boots: Forever 21
I love how this dress has this surprise edgy zipper detail up the back.

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!
ARV: $14

Edit 6/29: Entry period is now over and winner has been chosen.  Thank you!
How to Enter?

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*Contest open to residents of the U.S. only. (apologies to my international readers)

Winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Entry period is for 7 days only, ending Monday, June 28, 12 PM PST.

Good luck!

Yes, this is now de riguer for all my photoshoots – running rings around Mom.

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.



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