Macy’s Backstage, the Place to Look for Your Fall Fashion this Year + A Giveaway

Can you believe that in just one week it is going to be fall? Summer always goes by way too quickly for my liking, but I do also love the fall, especially for the fashion.

I have been looking around various stores to see what some of the fall trends are that I want to rock this year, and I recently learned that Macy’s has a new outlet store called Macy’s Backstage! Think: TJ Maxx meets Home Goods and bam that’s Macy’s Backstage. They have the latest trends in all things fashion, beauty and even home decor.

I checked out the store at Annapolis Mall, and loved it so much that I am doing a giveaway with Macy’s Backstage, so you can see why I loved it so much. There will be two winners of a $50 gift card to Macy’s! You can enter on my Instagram at @Danieminor13.ย 

Here are some of the looks that I was able to find during my shopping trip there:

I am loving texture and patterns for this fall, and I was able to find that. They also carry all size ranges at affordable prices, which I of course, appreciated. #entryleveljobballin
I bought 7 pieces for $150, which you cannot beat anywhere!

I love knowing that when I walk into a store, they are going to carry plus size clothing that is on trend!

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Thrifty Thursday: Summer to Fall Bag!

So, Defining Danie reader’s, it’s been a while. I’ve missed you all! School has been more than hectic, which is why I haven’t blogged in what feels like a lifetime.

Look at this amazing purchase that I found. The bag was originally $45 and at Goodwill it was being sold for $17, and then I got the student discount and ended up getting the bag for $15!

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This week’s Thrifty Thursday is based on a bag I found a few weeks ago that was originally from Target. Orange can go for either summer or fall, but adding this scarf definitely adds more a fall-feel. The bag was brand new and I bought it from Goodwill in Kent, Ohio. Goodwill and Target have a partnership where the Goodwill sells the clothing/accessories not sold during the time that they were being sold in Target so they have another chance to be sold again. The clothing/accessories are sold for a cheaper price than they would be sold in Target.

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Although the oranges are not the same, the scarf and bag still complement one-another. The bag has more of a coral undertone and the scarf has a darker orange, magenta, yellow and various colors of taupe! I love the scarf, which I got for only $1.00!

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Take a look inside this bag! It even has the perfect compartment for pencils and lipstick. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the polka dots are a lovely touch.

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Incorporating thrifted items into your daily outfits is not hard at all! It was a coincidence that I was actually wearing was thrifted over the summer.

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to fall!

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Thrifty Thursday Feat. the WINNER of my Giveaway!

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This week’s Thrifty Thursday is super fall themed! My sister Payton, and two of my best friends Amanda and Dani (yes we have ย the same name lol) are here this weekend! We have been traveling all around, we have been all over Kent and the areas around! We just came back from a pumpkin patch and it was super adorable! Both of the outfits I’m showing in this Thrifty Thursday are perfect fall outfits!

This week I went to Value Discount Outlet in Akron, Ohio. This store has anything and everything you could ever want! I was in the store with my friend Marie (who was featured last week!) for 2 and a half hours!

The first item that I found is the black puffy vest from Old Navy! I have the same vest from last year, but in coral. Iย bought the scarf for $45.00 and this year I bought the black vest for $3.00!!! I saved $42 by buying this from VDO!

And next, I bought the adorable patterned shirt! I bought the shirt for $4! I really like this shirt’s material. It is a a nylon/spandex-y material! It is super comfortable.

I hope you like the last picture I posted! Haha!

I also bought one more item, but I want to save it for you for when it gets a little chillier out!

And now, the moment a lot of you have been waiting for! The winner of my first GIVEAWAY isย Abbie Burgess!!! Congratulations! What did Abbie win? She won:

Abbie will get to choose the colors that she wants for her monogrammed hat. I am so excited about my first giveaway!

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XO,

Danie

Thrifty Thursday featuring my first GIVEAWAY!

This week I decided I would check out the Goodwill in Kent, Ohio! I brought along my friend Marie. We had a ton of fun looking though all of the clothes! You can even see Marie found a cute new necklace (haha, she didn’t actually buy the Burger King necklace).

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I was on a hunt for cute cardigans and pullovers! The leaves have changed in Kent, Ohio and in the matter of only 3 weeks, I guarantee you it will feel like winter here (yes I have cried about this ๐Ÿ™ )! I also wanted to find more things to monogram and I convinced Marie that she needed to buy something to get monogrammed with me!

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We were searching for about 20 minutes before I found anything. This Goodwill is not the biggest, but, I always say if you search, you will find something! And, I succeeded! YAY! First thing I found was the animal print cardigan. I am super excited about this cardigan! it fit me so well and it was the most comfortable thing ever…and it is adorable! It looks better on then it does on a hanger!

Then while searching again I found this adorable black and white cardigan. In this picture it kind of looks like a bathrobe, but I promise it doesn’t in person! In person it makes me look so little! it is synched at the waist and the material is so soft. It is going to be so warm for these cold days we are having.

Then, Marie found this purple pullover for me! I love it! I want to monogram this, but I’m not sure what color to monogram it with? What color do you all think? HELP ME! (I am kind of thinking white?) And finally, this zip-up gray sweater! I do not ever want to take this gray sweater off. Honestly, it is the most comfortable sweater I have ever owned. In the picture it was hard to see the detail on it! I honestly do not even know if I want to monogram this just because it looks like a nicer sweater.

I am dropping off the sweaters tomorrow so, let me know!

Now, it is the GIVEAWAY part! I decided to do the Giveaway now because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I wanted to include the amazing book, “Make Mine a Double, a Mastectomy that is” by Beth Kaufman! ย photo-3

INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY:ย 

1) A $15 gift card so you can go out and do your own Thrifty Thursday!

2) A copy of Make Mine A Double

3) A monogrammed hat! I will get your initials after the drawing of the winner

4) A lipstick that will be similar to the color that I featured the other day in my blog post “Fall Makeup”ย 

How do you enter?ย 

You will enter by going on to my Facebook Page: Defining Danie and then go under the “More” tab and then click theย GIVEAWAY AND PROMOTIONย tab! Then you will enter there! You have until Friday, October 24th at 5:00 pm to enter!ย 

I wish you all good luck and I cannot wait to see who the winner is!

XO,

Danie

**The winner will be chosen through a random generator!**

Fall Makeup Look!

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I Instagrammed this photo the other day and it seemed really popular! A lot of people asked me what products I used to make this look successful. I decided that this was probably going to be my staple makeup look! It is so perfect for the Fall. It’s warm and simple!

Let’s get started! ย I am one of those weird people who does their Face makeup before my eye-makeup! I put the products in the order that I use them! I start with Benefit’s “Big Easy”, which is their version of a BB cream! It is my absolute FAVORITE items ever. I have oily skin and this BB cream does wonders for my skin. It dries with a powder finish. I use the color Medium, but now that we are moving closer to winter, I will be going down a shade to Light/Medium.

I do still use a powder after it though! I use Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” in the color Honey! It literally matches my skin tone perfectly!

Next, I continue to MAC’s paint pot, which is an eyeshadow primer. I use it in the color Painterly! One of the reasons that I love this primer so much is because I use this product for two things. In addition to using it as an eyeshadow primer, I use it as a concealer!

I then move on to contour my face! I use Benefit’s “Hoola” bronzer and The Balm’s highlighter “MaryLou”!

Who doesn’t love a cat-eye? I sure do love them! I do one probably 4 days out of the week! I love Stila’s liquid eyeliner and then I use a few coats of Revlon’s “Lash Express” mascara! If you need length, then this is the mascara for you! I have the volume… but I always need as much help as I can get with mascara!

And finally, I complete this look with Mary Kay’s “Mystic Plum” lipstick! HOLY CANNOLI, this is my favorite lipstick in the world. It completes almost every fall outfit that I wear!

I hope you all enjoyed this Fall Makeup look!

XO,

Danie

Thrifty Thursday Halloween Style!

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This past week I asked to be challenged to go out to find certain things while thrifting! One of the challenges was to go out and find a Halloween costume! So, I decided to go out and find a “Home-made” costume and one that was store-made. The items that I bought were only $14. If you were to go out and buy either of these costumes at a Halloween store I promise you will spend over $30. I personally think “Home-made” costumes are always so much cuter and original!

My “Home-made” costume if you couldn’t tell was inspired by Rosie the Riveter! I love her! Plus, her look is simple, and everyone will be able to tell what you are. I did add some of my own clothing in this. But, I bought the things that you also may have to go out to purchase! I bought the jean shirt and the “headband” for my first look! I looked all around Goodwill to see if they had Rosie’s signature red and white polka dotted headband but… I didn’t have any luck. So, I thought outside of the box and went to look in the men’s tie area and bought one that was super close to Rosie’s! Underneath of the jean shirt I just wore a basic V-neck and Jeans with combat boots! I feel like Rosie would wear these two things, especially because they were not the “norm” for women of her time.

Next, for my store bought costume I found this adorable lady bug costume! Please guess how much it was… If you guess $10, then you were correct. I was bummed that Goodwill did not have any antennas. ๐Ÿ™ย ย But I left the cute red headband on. But, if I were to wear this on Halloween I would go out and buy antennas to complete my look. On the back of the costume there are cute little wings!

I love both of these costumes but, I have to say that I love my Rosie the Riveter one a little bit more! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all will think about Thrifting your Halloween costumes this year, I promise it will save you an arm and a leg! I would love to see the costumes that you all find! Please share the pictures with me on Facebook on my page Defining Danie or on Twitter/Instagram @Danieminor13!

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks themed Thrifty Thursday!

XO,

Danie

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Thrifty Thursday!

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This week I had a BLAST thrifting at the Goodwill in Akron, Oh! Four of my friends tagged along! This week I was continuing with my Fall themed Thrifty Thursdays! As you can see in the first 3 pictures are the pullovers that I got monogrammed! I talked about them in my last post and I got to pick them up today. We had to rush to the store to pick them up. They closed at 6 and I walked in at 5:56! They turned out so amazing and I cannot wait to wear them.

This week I spent $11 for my 3 items! Tomorrow, I am going to put up a post of how to wear these items with items that you will already have in your closet! But, first the white sweater, I am in love with the detail on this sweater. And, let me tell you, this is the softest sweater I have ever owned. It will be perfect for the rest of this school year, considering that last year it snowed in Kent, Ohio until April ( I sometimes wish I went to school in Florida haha)! This sweater will be perfect with either jeans or leggings, so whatever my little heart pleases that day.

Next, the red shirt! The shirt is made out of a chiffon material, I know it is hard to tell from this picture, but hopefully in my pictures tomorrow you won’t be as hard to. This shirt fit me perfectly. I love when that happens, because that does not happen too often for me!

Finally, I know you are asking me Danie, what were you thinking buying this bedazzled sweater? LET ME JUST TELL YOU… I love this sweater and I love that it was 50% off today, making it $3! It fits me more like a sweater dress. I will show you all tomorrow how it looks on, because I honestly love it!

I cannot wait to show you all how to wear these pieces in tomorrow’s post! Check it out tomorrow! Also, if you already haven’t go like my Facebook page for the most recent updates about DefiningDanie.com!

Hope you all are doing fantastic!

XO,

Danie

Thrifty Thursday is getting Fall-y!

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As of yesterday it has become Fall at Kent State. Today the high was 64 degrees and it was raining *sigh*, summer has officially come to an end, so that means that my outfits have to change! My favorite thing in Fall is boots, sweaters and scarves! This week as you can see, Shawna came with me to thrift! We went to Value discount in Akron, Oh. Shawna and I both LOVE to shop so naturally we were thrifting for 2 and 1/2 hours! Haha!

My favorite purchase is the yellow linen jacket that you see in the first few pictures! It was $4 and is the most comfortable thing ever! It’s perfect jacket for fall because it is heavy enough for the cool mornings walking to class but also light enough that I’m not hot in the afternoons. The leggings are not from this round of thrifting, but they were thrifted! Then the shoes were from when I went to Moonlight Madness in August! I am SO excited to be able to wear them now that it won’t be too hot to wear them. Then the scarf is not thrifted either but it went so well with the outfit. Next outfit! I am in love with this shirt! It fits me perfectly and it would look really cute under a jean jacket or a sweater for those cold nights!

Next, I bought the sweater today! Shawna and I fought over this sweater for a good 30 minutes! Haha! If you are an avid reader of my blog you will remember that I was super excited about the shoes that I’m wearing with this outfit! I bought them probably about a month ago for only $5! I wish I could say that this scarf was also thrifted but it is not… I bought this scarf from Zara about two years ago and it is my FAVORITE scarf. The colors just went really well with the whole outfit. Finally, this yellow sweatshirt… I do not know why I love it so much! But, what I do know is that it is perfect for fall (what sweatshirt isn’t?) and it has parrots on it! Why wouldn’t I love it?

So, you’re asking how much money I spent total for these outfits today, probably $9?!

Shawna’s turn! Shawna LOVES the comfy yet cute look! She rocks the different fleece quarter zips! I am also in LOVE with her boots! She reminds me of a Native-American in them! ๐Ÿ™‚ The scarf that she is wearing the last picture is Lilly Pulitzer and has the most adorable elephants on them!

Shawna spent a total of $13 for the 3 fleece pullovers! I’m so proud of her :’)!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Thrifty Thursday!

XOXO,

Danie