Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall Expressed Through Polish

Now that Fall has finally set in, it is time to put the bright colors to rest for the next few months. What colors do you tend to buy more of in clothes and wish you could find a polish in the same color?
Have you checked out OPI or ESSIE this year? They are coming up with some great colors that will last!
You have you neutrals, spicy deep reds, deep oranges(Go Clemson) light pink and one can never go wrong with a gray.

Look at that army green!! And the Navy is back for the season! Try a new color not only on your toes, but also on your finger nails. We all love to get a mani-pedi. Have a girls night with some friends and pick out your new color for fall!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Effortless Fall Hairstyles

Tired of wearing your hair the same, boring way everyday? Don't have a lot of time to spend on fixing your locks? There are so many cute, different ways to style your hair that require little to no styling skills at all!

Take for instance this sweet little twist and pin! It's perfect for those days when you just want to hit the snooze button one more time but still want to look presentable for work or school! Start by parting your hair on the side. Then take a small section of hair from behind your left ear, twist and pin it to your neckline. Do the same for behind your right ear. Lastly, separate the rest of your hair equally and repeat!

I found this next little style floating around on pinterest, and it looks too easy NOT to try! The only supplies you need for this coil-style are bobby pins, a teasing comb, and hairspray!

I hope these styles gave you a little inspiration to try something new with your "do" ! Don't forget we are still hosting our Question of the Day contest on facebook every day until Halloween, when we will draw for a grand-prize winner of a $75 gift card! Visit for details! Also, to stay up-to-date on our new arrivals, follow us on twitter (@shopmcauleys) pictures are posted as soon as the boxes are opened!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10/25 Outfit of the Day

  McAuley's has always been known for showing you several different ways of wearing individual pieces in order to give you unique outfits, as well as the most possible use out of your purchases (therefore giving you the most for your money).  That concept is what led us to the Outfit of the Day!  Almost every day, we're posting a complete look and giving a one day only discount on some (if not all) of the pieces that make up the outfit.  Now that you know exactly what the purpose is behind the Outfit of the Day, I wanted to share today's look with you:
First of all, how cute is the back of this Aryn K top?? This little guy is 25% off right now as part of the Outfit of the Day
Ok, so you might need "sticky boobs" for this outfit, but we have some and they're 15% off today only!
One of the newest trends in denim is the skinny micro flare... We are loving how flattering this fit is (and they're pretty comfortable too!). Today, they're 15% off!
Get the rest of the look:
Just a side note.... All pieces of today's look are discounted until midnight tonight online with no promo code! You can also get the discount in store, but you've got to mention that you saw it online!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Arrivals!

We got in lots of new arrivals today! Unfortunately, we were a little short-staffed, so we didn't get to take pictures of everything on one of our employees yet. We've got a few new arrivals that will be posted to facebook tonight, but in the meantime, here are some of the items we didn't have a chance to photograph yet!

Just because this new dress from Envi has a little purple & orange in it doesn't mean that it has to be reserved for gamedays AT ALL! It's great for just about anything and can be dressed up or down. Here, we've shown it on our mannequin with our basic orange belt, but it comes with a sash of its own if you're not into belts.

Here's another dress from Envi... This one is a faux wrap style in a blue & grey leopard print that's very versatile.

You'll get to see how adorable this Sao Paulo skirt is tomorrow when we take a picture of it on Jennifer (She's Miss Aiken SC USA and will be competing in the Miss SC USA pageant next month -- click her name and you'll be taken to her facebook page).

Don't worry Clemson fans, we didn't forget about you!

We've got several more things that you'll just have to wait for, unless you're already following us on twitter! Our twitter followers get to see our newest arrivals as soon as the boxes are opened and items are steamed, and we stay close by the computer to answer your tweets as quickly as possible. So, if you're not already following us on twitter, be sure to check out @shopmcauleys

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Trend Three Ways: Animal Print

One trend that always seems to pop up during the fall season is animal prints!! It is one of my favorites because it is so easy to use animal prints to dress up an otherwise boring, plain outfit! Last week we got in a huge shipment of tights, including LEOPARD print tights! They are super adorable, and even the celebs like Kourtney Kardashian are loving the leopard print!

Another fun, yet easy way to wear the trend is by throwing on accessories like scarves. Not only do they keep your neck warm when it's cool out, but they add a little punch of fun! For some reason, animal print scarves have always made outfits look more upscale and expensive without the expensive price tag!

If you're a little more daring and like to be bold with your outfits, try going with an all-over animal print dress! The one shown below is a Laundry by Design piece that is flattering for virtually all skin colors and body types! It's also super comfy!

Don't forget that throughout the month of October, McAuley's is hosting a Question of the Day contest on facebook! There will be a daily $10 gift card winner along with a grand prize winner of $75 that will be announce on Halloween!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fun & Simple DIY Project!

Today I wanted to share with our readers a project that I completed a couple of weeks ago that was so much fun! I found an old picture frame at a local thrift store that had no glass or anything with it for only $2! I hate that I didn't take a before picture because it was truly hideous: gold paint that was chipping and turning green... completely gross-looking! I knew this piece had potential, it just needed a little primer, paint, and glaze! I had seen some picture on Etsy and different blogs about people turning old frames into earring holders by adding a piece of screen to the back of the frame. If you are like me and have entirely too many earrings and no where to store them, this will be the perfect DIY for you!

I definitely recommend using spray Kilz primer. It is so easy to spray your pieces instead on using a brush and trying to get in all the little nooks and crannies if your piece has lots of detail. You can get it for around $7 at Walmart or Lowe's, and there will be plenty left for several projects.

I started out by spraying my frame with 2 coats of this primer. It doesn't take too long to dry, only about an hour or so. Once it was completely dry, I started spraying on my color: Krylon Ocean Blue. I had seen a ton of projects in the blog world done in this color and knew I just had to try it! Krylon makes a ton of different spray paint colors. I found this one at Walmart for about $4 and there is plenty left to do about 5 more earring holders!

Once the paint was finished drying, I added a piece of screen that I found from an old door underneath my house. I measured the amount I would need and used gorilla glue to hold it in the back. If you have a staple gun you could probably use that too, but my frame was a bit fragile and I didn't want to risk cracking it.

The next step is completely optional: glazing your piece! I love the shabby-chic look that the glaze gives it. I used Valspar Tintable Glaze from Lowes with a coffee-bean colored tint added. The can of glaze is a little more expensive: about $15, but i used a tiny, tiny amount for this project and have so much left for future uses! I really just globbed it on the frame, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wiped away the excess with an old rag. You can leave as much or as little glaze on there as you would like, and it's really easy to add more! The glaze takes a little longer to dry. I would let it sit overnight before hanging it or displaying it however you choose! Here is the finished product! Sorry for the bad picture quality, I took it with my phone!

If you have any fun DIY projects you have completed lately, feel free to share them with us! We love seeing other forms of inspiration for future projects!