December 19, 2012

Confession - I am a Style Snob Who Just Scored at Sears!

Did you read that twice?  It's actually not a typo, I did mean to write Sears. Now I'm going to admit a few things you might not know about me.  

-I've worked in the fashion industry for the last 10 years
-I tend to buy a new, amazing designer handbag every year
-I own way too many J.Crew silk blouses, cashmere sweaters and Tory Burch shoes
-I mix high and low, but am about as picky as they come when you're talking clothes

Sears #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection tuxedo jacket and printed top

Let's be honest, given the above information I might not seem like the kind of girl you would find checking out the racks at Sears.  But recently one of my blogger besties posted some pictures of herself in a super cute dress and I kind of got the urge to check it out myself.   Little did I know, I was in for a real surprise when I walked into Sears and immediately saw their new Kardashian Kollection clothing. 

Though I indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching them on TV, the Kardashian girls and I don't have a lot in common except for long dark hair and Southern California residency.  However, I must say that nearly all of their designs were adorable, fun and surprisingly well made!

Mommy Testers Sears #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection jackets

Normally I shy away from collections where celebrities or high end designers do a line for a department store because the designs are often watered down and the fabrication looks cheap. But I had a jaw-drop moment while raiding perusing the Kardashian line at Sears.  I decided I was going to try on a bunch of clothes and to make things extra interesting I put together a few looks and let my Instagram followers vote for their favorites.  
Mommy Testers Sears #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection printed top and pencil skirt

The first thing that caught my eye was this bright color blocked tuxedo style jacket.  Why?  Because I bought one not that long ago that cost about $280.  Gulp. Yes, guilty as charged.  Now obviously there were differences between the two when it came to fabrics, but not $230 worth because this Kardashian Kollection one only cost about $50 and as much as it pains me to say it,  I think I like it more than my break-the-bank version.

Mommy Testers Sears #searsstyle  #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection hat

I immediately fell in love with this cheeky print that came on both a shell with a Peter Pan collar and a tie-front blouse.  I tend to choose mostly solids and layer them up with fun jewelry and contrasting colors but something about this print just made me smile.  I liked that it worked with a bold jacket for cocktail hour with friends or a more serious pencil skirt for a meeting.

Mommy Testers Sears #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection metallic dress

The last look I went for at Sears was this metallic cocktail dress.  It was pretty cute, comfortable and "floaty" feeling but probably something I would save for a weekend in Cabo or a Summer night out.  While it wasn't my personal favorite for right now, I did learn that there is some Justin Beiber looking boy in Australia who loves it on Instagram.  Wonder what the husband would say :)  

Mommy Testers Sears #searsstyle  #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection sunglasses

Curious about which look I took home?  In the end I went for a happy marriage of outfits 1 and 2 which were the Instagram favorites.  Sorry Australian Justin Bieber!  I like the idea of being able to switch back and forth between a more polished looking skirt and my skinny jeans.  I've even got some coated black denim pants at home that would work with the jacket for an awesome New Years Eve outfit.  Now all I need is a babysitter!  

Mommy Testers Sears #searsstyle  #styleSurprise Kardashian Kollection tuxedo jacket and printed top

Before I left Sears I grabbed a pair of those Kardashian Kollection tortoise sunglasses because they look exactly like my $180 Tory Burch ones only I won't have to cry when Kayla gets her hands on them, which she has a tendency to do.  All together I left with the top, the tuxedo jacket, the skirt and the sunglasses for right around $100.  

I was expecting it to be more but I had printed this fabulous little coupon which was good for apparel and accessories - thanks Sears Santa for my #styleSurprise!  So I'm actually thinking about heading back and grabbing that metallic dress.  I now have a good excuse to do so because with my purchase I got 10,000 reward points from the Shop Your Way rewards program which means I get $10 toward any purchase I make.

Want some rewards points for yourself?  Feeling lucky? Sears is giving away a $5000 shopping spree through their Shop Your Way rewards program so you can find your own #styleSurprise.  If you win please let me know and I'll take you with me to buy some lottery tickets :)

Just so you know, I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Sears. #CBias #ad #searsStyle everything you see is my personal and incredibly picky opinion and I am still shocked at what I found at Sears!
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