Budget Shopping, Fashion

How to Prep for Black Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! We’re coming at you with a Monday edition of the blog, because we have a very important topic to discuss…Black Friday.

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Oh, Black Friday, you’re the sale of the year and your special day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to refresh our wardrobes. It’s easy to become enthralled by all the fabulous deals, though. If we’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly. Before we know it, we have a porch full of boxes and a closet that’s anything but rejuvenated. To avoid this undesirable outcome, let’s take some time to prepare. Don’t worry, it’s a painless process based on the one-in one-out rule (for a refresh on this rule, see the post here). Without further ado, let’s get into it!

First of all, let’s acknowledge that letting go of things is hard. To make the process easier, it’s important to “dignify the ending” (credit to Tero International, Inc.). What do we mean by this? It may be by thanking the item for its service as Marie Kondo suggests in her videos. It may be reminiscing about a particular memory or sharing a vision for the future of that item once it’s found a new home. It’s whatever you need to do to get closure and move on. I realize this may seem silly, but I promise it’s helpful.

Now that we know how to say goodbye to our beloved pieces, let’s get to cleaning out our closet.

Step 1: What brings you joy?

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Look through all your clothes and set aside anything that doesn’t bring you joy. This may be because it’s not your style anymore or because it doesn’t fit or because it’s damaged, etc. I’m talking serious joy here. You want to look into your closet and LOVE everything in it.

Step 2: Sort, sort, sort

Next up, let’s sort those items that don’t bring us joy. I sort my pieces into 3 bins:

  1. Purgatory: Things that I’m not quite ready to donate yet. These are items I want to see if I miss once they’re out of my closet.
  2. Donation: Things that will be donated.
  3. Trash: Items that are beyond repair and need to be tossed.

Step 3: Analysis

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Analysis, you ask? Yes, analysis. Don’t worry, we don’t have to make any graphs (unless you want to!) All we mean by analysis here is that we want to understand why certain items didn’t work well for us. That way we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Step 4: Make a list

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Now take stock of everything that has gone into one of the bins. Make a list of those items that you need to replace. Voila! You now have your Black Friday shopping list!

The Steps in Action

To prepare for Black Friday, I too, cleaned out my closet. I’d love to share my experience with you now.

First of all, I cleaned out my Purgatory closet. I dignified the ending of each item as I placed it into the donation bin. That really helped me let of go of those pieces.

Next, I went into my closet and pulled out items that don’t bring me joy. Some went to the Purgatory closet and others went straight into the donation bin.

Next up, I did some analysis.

I bought this blouse to wear under cardigans for work. It’s a nice material, but it just doesn’t work for me. Why? It seems to be the detail around the neckline. Apparently, I don’t need more volume in that area. Lesson learned. I need to look for blouses that don’t have any additional volume around the neckline and bust area.

Not pictured: purple, black, and brown tanks

Something else I noticed, was the number of Target brand tank tops that had holes in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target as much as the next gal. Sometimes, though, the quality isn’t the best. I wear tank tops nearly every day. It makes sense for me to invest in better quality tank tops since I wear them so often. Even though the item may initially be more expensive, the cost per wear will be low. Black Friday is the perfect time to find those quality pieces at an affordable price.

Something new I tried out this round was to pull out pieces I wasn’t sure how to style. I figured I would look for outfit inspiration before these items go into Purgatory or the Donation bin.

Finally, I made my list. Here it is:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

That’s it! My experience cleaning out my closet was satisfying and painless. I know yours will be too!

Are you ready to clean out your closet? In about one hour, you can thin out your closet, focus your Black Friday shopping, and make room for fresh, new, undamaged pieces that you LOVE!

Let’s hear from you! Will you be cleaning out your closet in preparation for Black Friday?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



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DIY, Fashion, Holidays

Work Appropriate Halloween Outfits

Welcome back to Talk Fabulous, lovelies!

Halloween is such a fun holiday in my book. The decorations, the food, the CANDY, and the costumes. Not all costumes are work appropriate, though, and not all offices share our love of this festive holiday. If your office fits into this category, have no fear! We have some subtle, work appropriate Halloween outfits you can rock at the office this year!

First up is the most subtle look of the bunch. If you don’t want to appear too over-the-top, simply wear orange and black. You can be festive yet still look professional.

Add some Halloween earrings, if you’re feeling extra daring.

If you’re looking for a work appropriate costume, may I suggest the Audrey Hepburn? Throw on a black dress, layer on the pearls, and don’t forget the classic Audrey Hepburn hair. Easy, classy, and office approved.

Need more ideas. Here’s a few fun ones straight from Pinterest:

There you have it! Several easy and quick work appropriate Halloween outfit ideas you can use this week!

What are your work appropriate Halloween outfit ideas?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!




A Pink Twist

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Fall is in full swing here in the Midwest. Hues of red, orange, and yellow are all around us. I love these fall colors as much as the next gal, but sometimes I like to switch it up.

We interrupt this regularly scheduled autumn color scheme to bring you this pop of pink! We all know how I love a good pop of pink! I mirrored the inspiration photo as closely as possible with the exception of the necklace. I love the multi-colored statement necklace in the inspiration pic. The only bold necklace I had that would work for this look, though, was this pink one. I’m not mad at it. In fact, I’m loving this look!

How do you keep things fresh during the seasons? Do you ever add an “off” season color to your outfit?

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!




Red is for Everyday

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!  We’re so happy you’re here!

Today, let’s talk about the color red.  Oh, how I love red!  I didn’t always have a love affair with this color, though.  My past self thought red was too bold and bright for me.  It was my grandma who bought me a red shirt and said every blonde-haired girl needs some red in their wardrobe.  She was right and I’ve never looked back.

I love the gray and maroon combo in the inspiration pic.  To switch it up a bit, I chose a classic red shirt to pair with the gray scarf.  I think either way looks fabulous!  I finished off my look with skinny jeans and some black ballet flats.  Which is your favorite?

That’s all for today!  Have a fabulous day, lovelies!


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Beauty, Fashion

How to Always Look Put Together

You know those women who always look flawless? Have you ever wondered how they do it? Ever wonder if you could do it too? Those questions have certainly floated through my mind.

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How do they look so cool, calm, and confident ALL.THE.TIME? I’ve scoured the internet to see if there was a secret behind their look. Turns out there is and it’s easier than you think.

Want to look put together every time you leave the house, so you too can appear cool, calm, and confident? If so, keep reading to find out all the juicy secrets!

Take care of your face

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The first thing people notice about you is your face. That makes total sense as we’re making eye contact with people we meet. There’s a few easy ways we can take care of our face.

Have a skincare routine

Keeping our faces clean gives us a great foundation for everything else. See my skincare routine here.


Protecting our face is important to make sure we keep that youthful looking glow.

Mascara and blush are your BFFs

Nothing opens up your eyes quicker and easier than mascara. If you need to look instantly more awake, this is the ticket. To add instant color and life to your face sweep on some blush.

Don’t forget your lips

Colored lip balms add moisture and color to your lips giving you a more lively look.

Fill in your brows

I’ve written several posts about the importance of filling in your brows (here and here). Your brows are the frame of your face, make sure it stands out!

Take care of your hair

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Our hair is the frame of our face. It makes sense that this is the next area that we need to pay close attention.

Clean hair is queen

This probably goes without saying, but we don’t want to walk around with grease balls on our heads! If you’re prone to grease (like me), dry shampoo is your best friend (see my favorites here). With a few spritzes, your hair will be back to its normal, clean self in no time!

Make sure you’re hair is dry

Just like we don’t want to walk around like grease balls, we also don’t want to walk in with wet hair. Nothing says lazy or I don’t care, like wet hair.

Style it

This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It may just be brushing it and spraying on some hairspray. The point here is that we appear to have spent hours on a style that may have only taken a few minutes.

Take care of your hands

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Research shows that the second thing people notice about women is their hands (credit Tero International, Inc.). This seemed odd to me at first. The more I thought about it, though, it makes sense. We are always pointing at things, using our phones, typing, and the like. Our hands are always on display. It makes sense that taking care of them will help us always look put together.


Make sure you use lotion and cuticle cream on a regular basis. This will help the hands stay soft and resist cracking due to dry weather.

Consider a mani

As hard as we may try taking care of our nails ourselves, there’s just no substitute for a manicure. You can’t believe the compliments I get after going to the salon. It’s crazy. The good thing is that manicures are relatively inexpensive. They clock in around $20. That’s not bad for having flawless nails in my book!

No chipped nail polish

Please, please, please immediately remove nail polish that’s chipped. Nothing looks messier and less put together than chipped nail polish. There’s some great options out there for long-wearing nail polish. Check out my previous posts on the subject here and here.

File and shape

Along with no chipped nail polish, make sure your nails are filed and nicely shaped. Again, having this done at the salon is a breeze, but you can do it at home too.


Nothing says lazy (and actually kinda gross) than dirty nails and hands. Keep a nail brush by your sink and you’ll never have to worry about this again!

Take care of your clothes

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The clothes we wear send a message to those we meet. Wearing the right clothes for the occasion at hand is always important. Beyond that, though, there are a few things we can do to make sure we always look put together.

Fit is key

Ill fitting clothes never conveys that we are put together. It’s vital that we make sure our clothes fit our bodies well. Never mind what that tag says, no one will see it. People will see a piece that doesn’t fit well a mile away, though!

Wear dark jeans

To me, nothing looks more chic than a dark pair of jeans. This is especially important for professional situations.

Add a completer piece

I’ve talked about completer pieces before (here). It bears repeating here, though. Completer pieces can elevate your look from okay to fabulous instantly. Completer pieces include items such as a scarf, a necklace, earrings, a blazer or cardigan, etc. If you take nothing else from this post, take this to heart.

Style your look

It’s easy to add a touch of style to any look and all for free! Cuff your jeans, roll your sleeves, etc. These little touches can add a ton to any outfit!

Scuff free shoes

Always make sure your shoes are scuff-free and polished. This may seem old school, but trust me, this makes a huge difference. Next time you’re at the shoe store, pick up a polish kit. You won’t regret it (and I promise it won’t take too much time to have your shoes looking fabulous)!

Have an emergency to-go kit

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This all sounds great, right? What about when we leave the house, though? What if we have a fashion emergency when we’re out and about? No worries! Enter the to-go kit! I have a to-go kit in my purse and one in my work briefcase. You can customize it to whatever meets your needs. Listed below are the items I consider essential in any to-go kit:

  • Brush and hair spray (maybe a hair tie and bobbie pins too!)
  • Powder and compact
  • Neutral lipstick (like this one)
  • Lint roller
  • Shoe shine travel kit
  • Sewing kit
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Those are all the secrets to always looking put together. Take care of your face, do your hair, pay attention to your hands and nails, consider your clothes, and have a to-go kit. That’s not so bad right? Everything is pretty quick and inexpensive. Nothing here is going to break the bank or have you taking 2 hours to get ready. Now we can all be one of those women who always looks put together!

Big thanks and credit to the folks at Tero International, Inc. and the ladies over at Wonder Forest blog for the idea for the this post!

What other suggestions do you have for always looking fabulous?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



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Fashion, Leggings

10 Ways to Wear Leggings this Fall

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Can you believe it’s almost officially fall? I know I can’t. Time has been flying by! September in the Midwest can be a bit of a rollercoaster. One day the crisp, cool fall breeze has us reaching for a jacket and the next we’ll want to jump in the pool to stay cool. It’s crazy!

Today, I’ve put together 10 outfit ideas featuring one of our favorite apparel items…leggings. Leggings are basically a girl’s BFF. They’re comfy, chic, and can be worn for nearly any occasion. What’s not to love about that, right? These outfit ideas aim to transition us nicely from warm, summer-like fall to the crisp, cool days of fall. Enjoy!

There we have it! 10 ways to wear leggings this fall!

What’s your favorite way to wear leggings?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



Big thanks to Candace over at Just Posted for the idea for this post. Check out her post here!

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10 Outfits to Jump Start Your Fall

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s September already! Where on earth did the summer go? As disappointing as it is to see summer passing by in the rear-view mirror, we can only move forward. So, fall here we come!

Today, I’ve put together 10 fall outfit ideas just for you! There’s a few things all these outfits have in common. First of all, there’s no boots making an appearance yet. I’m not ready for boot weather. Instead, you’ll find sandals, ballet flats, and pumps. Secondly, these outfits either have long pants or skirts or a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. The cooler temps call for covering up a bit more, but don’t be afraid to still show some skin. Lastly, all these looks contain fall colors. I never thought much about colors of the seasons living in the Midwest. We essentially have a specific wardrobe for spring, summer, fall, and winter. One of my sister-in-laws lives in Arizona and she mentioned something one day that made me realize colors for seasons is important. She said she needed to pull out her fall colored summer wear. Light bulb moment! Living in Arizona where the temperature is still sweltering in the early fall, you still need your shorts and tanks. Having those items in fall colors can help transition into the fall months even when the temperature isn’t quite ready yet.

Without further ado, let’s get into the outfit ideas!

Which outfit is your favorite?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



Beauty, Fashion

What I’ve Been Loving Lately

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

I don’t know about you, but I think the best product recommendations come from family and friends. In this day and age, we can add our favorite bloggers and YouTubers to that mix. I love reading and watching favorites posts and videos respectively. I wanted to share some things I’ve been loving lately with you! So, without further ado, in no particular order, let’s get into it!

Wet n Wild Gel Nail Polish

I love this nail polish! There’s a few reasons why. First of all, it’s a gel polish without the hassle of the UV light. What’s not to love about that, right? Secondly, it’s long lasting. Once applied, it lasts about a week. Another perk is that since this is a gel formula, it’s thick enough to easily touch up any chips that may form. That for me is a huge plus! They have so many beautiful colors to choose from as well. Check them all out here. My favorite color this summer has been MissyInPink. A great fall color option is Left Marooned. Both these colors look great on all skin tones, so you really can’t go wrong with either of them. If you’re looking for a nail polish that will wow you, check this out!

Bug Soother

I’ve been using Bug Soother for years. Check out my previous posts (here and here). It’s a powerful bug spray protecting against gnats, no-see-ums, sand fleas, black flies, and mosquitoes. I would add ticks to the list as well. Luckily, though, this strong bug repellent doesn’t have a buggy smell. It actually smells good with hints of lemon and vanilla. The effectiveness coupled with the great smell is why I love this product! I know you might be thinking, “Hey, Missy Ann! Summer’s almost over, why are you just telling us about this now?” Fall is a great time to go outdoors. Even though the temps are cooler, there are still bugs out and about. Combat them with Bug Soother! Find it here. Use the code: MissyAnnIA for 25% off your first order!

Natural Glow Lotion

Natural Glow Lotion has been on the market for awhile now. It’s had my heart from the beginning. Jergens was the first brand to come out with the Natural Glow Lotion. Since then, there have been several brands that came out with knock-off versions. I’ve found that the Dollar General brand, the Target brand, and the CVS brand work just as well as the original. The scent of the Jergens, though, is by far the best. I love this product, because it builds up a subtle color over time. This makes it nearly impossible to mess up, over apply, and it doesn’t leave that strange orange tinge to your skin. Again, this seems like more of summer product and it certainly is. However, we can continue using this into fall. Temps are getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stow away our skirts and shorts just yet. To keep that summer, sun-kissed glow, keep applying Natural Glow Lotion. If you haven’t tried this yet, I would highly recommend giving it a go! Find it here.

Silicone Bath Sponge

I first saw this recommended on the LIY blog. This blog post came at a timely point in my life. I had just bought another loofah after the one I had for only a couple months had fallen apart. The traditional loofahs I typically buy ring in around $1. The silicone bath sponge was $10. Normally, I would gravitate towards the $1 product, but in this case, I felt like the return on investment would be better with the bath sponge. It did take a little bit to get used to, but I’ve grown to love it. It holds up so well compared to typical loofahs. Plus, the silicone bath sponge dries out so no pesky bacteria can dwell in the loofah. I’ve found this does work better with body wash rather than bar soap, but that’s not a deal breaker. If you’re tired of buying traditional loofah after loofah after loofah, give these silicone bath sponges a shot. Find them here!

All things e.l.f.

By now, we all know I love when quality meets affordability. No brand does that better than e.l.f. Not all their products are a 10, but there’s so many that are fabulous! We can do nearly a full face of e.l.f. with the products I’ve picked out for my favorites today. First up, is the Flawless Finish Foundation (here). It’s perfectly named because it really leaves your skin looking flawless! Bonus points that they’ve recently expanded their shade range! Every foundation needs a concealer. Enter the camo concealer (here). Again, this is perfectly named because it truly camouflages any imperfections. If the color isn’t quite right, no fear. The Mix to Match Shade Adjuster is here to the rescue (here)! This product works wonders to perfectly adjust the shade of your foundation or concealer. It’s a must-have in any makeup collection! Now, let’s set everything with Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing powder (here). This keeps everything in place and softens the look of the skin. It’s a fabulous powder! For some color, e.l.f. blushes are everything (find my favorite here). They are bright, beautiful, and easy to apply. Speaking of bright and beautiful, not to mention comfortable, you can’t go wrong with e.l.f. lip products. I especially love their Tinted Lip Oil (here), Liquid Matte Lipstick (here), and their Essential Lip Stick (here). The e.l.f. brushes are also awesome. You can’t go wrong with any of these products. I highly recommend them!

That’s what I’ve been loving lately. Now, I would love to hear what you think! What have you been loving lately?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!




Must-Have Accessories You Need in Your Life

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk accessories. Accessories are awesome! They can instantly add interest to any outfit (as we talked about last week here). Accessories also have the ability to dress an outfit up or down depending on the occasion. This can really help us stretch the use of our clothes. Who doesn’t love that, right?!? Let’s dive right in and see those must-have accessories!


Yes! Necklaces are so fun! There’s three types of necklaces we all need in our collection…

#1: Delicate Necklace

Delicate necklaces are a great option when we want a little something without going super glam.

#2: Statement Necklace

A statement necklace is a great option when we want a bold look.

#3: On-Trend Necklace

Pendant necklaces are majorly on-trend right now.


Yes, more jewelry, this time in the shape of earrings. Again, there are three earring types we need in the our collections. Spoiler alert, they’re the same categories as the necklaces. Generally speaking, these are great types to have in, not only necklaces and earrings, but also for bracelets, rings, or any other jewelry category.

#1: Delicate Earrings

Again, delicate earrings are the perfect option when we want a little something without going overboard.

#2: Statement Earrings

Again, statement earrings do exactly what statement necklaces do, they add a serious statement!

#3: On-Trend Earrings

I’m seeing all things tassels these days, especially when it comes to earrings.


You know I couldn’t talk about accessories without mentioning scarves. I love me some scarves! Let’s take a look at the three types of scarves you need in your collection!

#1: Solid Scarf

Lately, I’ve been in love with wearing my scarves as shawls. This is a great way to wear scarves in the summer!

#2: Animal Print Scarf

We are fierce and fabulous and need an animal print scarf to portray just that!

#3: Multi-Colored Scarf

This is maybe one of my favorite scarves. It goes with EVERYTHING!


A killer pair of shoes are a must for our collections. I don’t know about you, but I just feel happy when I look down at a cute pair of shoes. Since it’s summer, I focused on summery shoes. But don’t forget a great pair of tall boots and a fabulous pair of ankle boots in the colder months.

#1: Pumps

A fabulous pair of pumps is a MUST in every girls’ closet!

#2: Ballet Flats

#3: Sandals

There you have it! A list of must-have accessories you need right now!

What are your favorite accessories? Feel free to share them with us in the comments down below!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



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How to Easily Add Interest to an Outfit

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

It seems like our lives are busier than ever these days. We’re running from here to there and everywhere in between. Whew! Any simplicity we can add to our hectic days is a huge plus. For many of us (myself included), we throw on some clothes and run out the door. Sometimes we don’t have the time or the energy to put much thought into our looks. We don’t want our outfits to be boring, though. How do we easily add interest to our outfits?

No worries! There are three easy ways we can quickly add interest to our looks. Let’s check it out!

#1: Add Prints

Adding any type of print will instantly make an outfit look more intriguing. Whether it be in a shirt, a scarf, a tank, a jacket, or the like, a print will elevate your look. Mixing prints will have an even bigger impact. Not sure how to mix prints? That’s okay, I wasn’t sure either. Check out my blog here about how I learned to mix it up.

#2: Add Jewelry

This is my favorite tip for adding appeal to a look. I love me some jewelry! Plus, it’s so easy to toss on some earrings, a necklace, and/or a bracelet when we’re running out the door. Taking the extra seconds to add jewelry, will be well worth the effort. You’ll look and feel more put-together. That can only help our confidence throughout our day!

#3: Add a Scarf

Adding a scarf can add interest to a look and FAST! I know, I know, it’s summer and all, so we may not be thinking scarves. There are plenty of great light-weight scarves out there that can easily be worn in the warmer months. Kimonos are also a great alternative to wearing a scarf in the summer. Check out my kimono posts here, here, and here.

How do you add interest to your outfits?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



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