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Cheap Chic: Valentine's Day Accessories & Attire

Valentine's Day Picks Under $50

If you're looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day attire and accessories, I've got you covered! I've rounded up some of my favorite accessories, clothing, and beauty products to prepare for February 14th. Check out my blog Life with Lyss for more inspiration!

1. Phone case: While this phone case would be cute year-round, now would be the perfect time to purchase it! I am a huge fan of clear cases, but the hearts on this one make it ten times better.

2. Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo: Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to rock that Pinterest-inspired outfit you wouldn't wear on a normal day. I am absolutely loving this pink midi skirt matched with the striped top. They're cute together, and can become closet staples for upcoming seasons.

3. Painting: Especially appropriate for Valentine's Day, this "Never forget you are loved" painting is cute AND affordable.

4. Bangle: If you're wearing a statement outfit for Valentine's Day, keep the jewelry to a minimum. Wearing a simple gold bangle can provide a little bit of sparkle without going over the top.

5. NYX Matte Lipstick: NYX is one of my favorite drug store brands. I own so many of their lipsticks, I had to recommend a color from their line. This hot pink is one of my favorites, but you could easily grab a more subtle shade. Check your local Target or Giant Eagle for this line!

6. The Kiss Lip Scrub: Self explanatory, but prepare for "the kiss" with a Lush Lip Scrub. Perfect for the day of love, and also perfect for every other day you need to exfoliate (especially with this cold weather!).

7. "I heart you" pillow: I had to throw in this little home decor piece. It's the perfect little something to add to the home in February (and year-round if you're anything like me!).

My Shop Hope's Boutique Fall Favorites, Plus 10% Off Coupon Code

Shop Hope's discount coupon code promo

Today's post is all about Shop Hope's, a boutique based out of Georgia with an amazing online selection. Hope's offers everything from sweaters to leggings, boots to necklaces, scarves to leg warmers, and just about everything else you can think of! Their selection is constantly changing with new arrivals M-F at noon and 5pm EST. In addition to the constant new arrivals, Hope's also always offers FREE shipping. I love being a rep for this amazing company, and today I'm highlighting some of my favorite pieces and collections.

Suddenly Everywhere: Black and Brown Bags (on a Budget)

Two Tone Bags on a Budget for Fall 2014

Now that it is officially fall, I am wearing boots almost every day. Most of my boots fall into two categories: black or brown. With black boots, I will typically wear gray, black, or maroon. With brown, I go for lighter colors like beige, white, or cream. One thing I always struggled with was a handbag. I never wanted to commit to one fall bag because it wouldn't match all my boots and outfits. However, I've noticed a trend on the shelves and I am in love: black and brown bags. It is so nice to be able to wear any color boots and know my bag is going to look great (I bought #4 from Target a few weeks ago, and I haven't use another bag since!).

1: Mossimo at Target Bag, $49.99

2: Calvin Klein Modena Satchel, $114.00

3: Sole Society at Nordstrom Faux Leather Tote, $54.95

4: Merona at Target Top Handle Bag, $39.99

5: Chaps at Kohl's 'Angelina' Bag, $47.40

Get more fall fashion inspiration on my blog, Life with Lyss!

3 Fall Combos to Try Right Now

3 Fall Combos to Try Now

If you're in a fall fashion rut, it's time to get inspired by remixing pieces you probably already own. Here are three fashion combos that I'm loving right now - each pairing takes wardrobe staples and combines them in simple yet stylishly effective ways, from your favorite chambray shirt to that summer dress you're not ready to part ways with just yet.

One Sweater, Two Ways Featuring the New Elie Tahari for Kohl's Collection

1 Sweater, 2 Looks featuring Elie Tahari for Kohl's

Last week, the Elie Tahari for Kohl's collection launched and I was lucky enough to go see the pieces offered and pick up a few items courtesy of a Kohl's gift card. The entire collection is inspired by New York City, which is made obvious through its cool, dark tones and city-sleek feel. While the line offers amazing coats, dresses, skirts, and tops, I cannot resist a good sweater! This NYC sweater immediately drew my attention. Because I love sweaters to be big and comfortable, I decided to go with a large for the oversized look. Today, I am showing two ways to style this simple sweater and make it your own.