2/24/18

Everyday Outfits 2/24/18

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Hey friends! Just a quick Saturday post with a few outfits from the past week. I'm trying to shift some of these to the weekend so my Friday posts aren't quite so long. When possible, I'll try to add a few extra details on how things fit or where I wore them to add some context to each outfit. But sometimes it's just the basic where to buy and how it fits info!

Chenille Cardigan, Black Tee:
Chenille Cardigan (Option, Option) | Black Tee | Necklace | Jeans | Boots

Outfit Notes: My t-shirt, jeans and boots are true to size. My cardigan was from Target earlier this year but sold out now so I linked some options that could be styled the same way. My necklace comes as a two-layer set, but I separated the layers into two necklaces. I wore this outfit for an exciting day of sitting in the mechanic's shop while getting a new tire put on my car and an alignment. (Ha!) It was a cold day and I wanted to be warm and comfortable while waiting.

Grey V Neck Sweater, Black Jeans:

Outfit Notes: This sweater (as with most pieces in this line) runs a bit small, so I sized up to a Small and it's still pretty fitted. I tried wearing this with leggings first and while it was long enough to cover everything in the front, it wasn't long enough in the back so I switched to black jean leggings instead. Mine are true to size, as are my taupe over the knee boots.

Striped Tie Front Tee:
Striped Tee (c/o) | Jeans | Ankle Boots (in Taupe) | Necklace (c/o)

Outfit Notes: The full post for this outfit is here, but I always like to share the mirror selfie version as well for those who prefer this angle. All fit details are in the original post, but for quick reference I'm wearing a Small in this t-shirt. I wore this last weekend for a busy day of several different kids activities and a Target run. It's a lightweight tee and the temps were in the upper 60s that day so I kind of wished I had a jacket anytime I was outside for very long!



2/23/18

Striped Tie Front Top + TGIF

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I'm doing things a little different around here this week since life has been a little different than usual. On Fridays I usually share some mirror selfies of outfits I've worn the past week, but this week the kids have been out of school so I put them to work taking a few extra sets of outfit photos. They were thrilled with that plan! Ha, no, not at all really. They're pretty cooperative about taking pictures, but it's not exactly their favorite activity. But we compromised and I made sure they got to do plenty of the things they like in appreciation for their photography assistance.
Striped Tee (c/o) | Jeans | Ankle Boots (in Taupe) | Necklace (c/o) | Tory Burch Satchel (Budget Option) | Leather Earrings  (2.5" size) 

This striped tie-front tee c/o SheIn is a great throw-on-and-go piece that really doesn't need any accessorizing, and the tie front made it very low fuss throughout the day. I'm wearing a Small here and I think it's pretty true to size. It's a basic, lightweight t-shirt material so definitely Spring weather friendly. It also comes in six other color and stripe options that might suit your tastes better if gray stripes aren't for you. The only caveat is that I noticed in some of my photos if my arms were up a little bit, you could see my stomach in the center above the tie. I didn't realize that in real life, but if you want 100% coverage (or extra warmth) you may want to wear a cami underneath this.

My jeans are true to size and I'm wearing the Short length (I'm 5'4"). Even though they're called Low Rise, I don't really find them to be lower than my Express mid-rise jeans. Though I suppose if I had higher rise jeans I wouldn't have had the issue with the t-shirt I just described, so there's another option to consider.

Striped Tee (c/o) | Jeans | Ankle Boots (in Taupe) | Necklace (c/o) | Tory Burch Satchel (Budget Option) | Leather Earrings  (2.5" size)

My boots are a recent Target purchase. I got my normal size and after wearing them a bit I kind of wish I had tried a half size smaller before committing to them. They felt a little loose on my foot after walking around for awhile, but adding a neutral no-show sock made them fit much better. So that could be an issue if I want to wear them barefoot in the Spring. Or I may just try adding a padded foot insert. Sometimes that makes them a little more snug, which would be a good thing in this case. Plus they don't have a lot of foot cushion as it is so that would be a benefit anyway. Sorry, I know that's not the most helpful sizing information but I'm still in the process of figuring it out for myself since I've only worn them once!

I also wanted to mention that my leather earrings are only $10 in the 2.5" size I'm wearing. (Bigger sizes are a few bucks more, smaller ones are a little less). My color is Silver Gold Champagne, but this seller has a lot of other cute colors and prints (like leopard!). I was very happy with the service and quality, and the price is much more reasonable than another blogger-favorite shop that sells leather earrings.

T.G.I.F.
On Fridays I share a few little lifestyle tidbits to go along with my outfits. I use the T.G.I.F. acronym to share whatever random words and topics come to mind for each of the letters. Here's my list this week!

T- Top Clicks
I always love when other bloggers share their most-clicked or most-purchased items, and for awhile I've wanted to figure out a way to incorporate that into my own content in case you all are interested too. T.G.I.F. seems like the perfect random place for it, so I'm thinking T for Top Clicks can be a regular thing here (once a month or so? TBD).  So here are a few still-in-stock popular items from February:

Blush Cardigan (a.k.a. "Soft Impala" as seen in this post)
Camel Cashmere Cardigan (shown in outfits: here and here)
Lace Henley (shown in outfits: here in black and here in white)
Basic Cardigan (Comes in three other colors, "Mocha" shown in this post)
Cowl Neck Sweater (Limited sizes remain, worn here and here with similar options/more sizes)

G- Golf
If you need me this weekend, I'll probably be at the golf course. Not that I play golf myself, but I've signed my kids up for some lessons. (Thanks in part to this book by Scott Adams...see my full review here.) One of my good friends has taken lessons with her son, and I'm pretty inspired and impressed by that, but still not convinced it's for me. If any of you have taken up golf "later in life" (and for this conversation let's just say that means anytime after high school!), I'd love to hear about your experience!

I- I'm Dreading...
...going back to the grind next week. This week was a fun mini staycation for the kids, and it was nice to not feel rushed to get to/from school, stay on top of homework, etc. Spring Break can't come soon enough!

F- Family Movies
Finding movies that the whole family enjoys is such a challenge. Here are a few we've watched lately plus mini reviews:
Dunkirk - We watched this because of the good review in this article on Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn't a hit for us...the plot was too confusing (e.g. changing time frames without being told you were changing time frames) and there wasn't much chance to connect with the characters.
October Sky - This is an "old" movie but my kids ended up liking it despite their skepticism. I saw this when it came out so it wasn't new to me, but I can't believe that was 19 years ago already!
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - I let my kids choose a movie to see with some of their friends this week and this was their selection. I wasn't expecting to get much out of it myself but I ended up laughing so much! They gave it a different spin from the original (it wasn't a re-make) and it was a hit for us.

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Linking up with: JoLynne | ErikaAndreaNarci | CherylNina

2/22/18

Colorblock Sweater + Louis Vuitton Look for Less

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It figures that just as I've started talking more about Spring fashion on the blog, Winter has finally decided to arrive in San Diego. I thought we were opting out of that season entirely this year, but Mother Nature always gets the final say and she has other plans. Although it was a bright and sunny day when we took these photos, it was pretty chilly and I did need to layer a cami under this colorblock sweater. But it's still a nice medium weight that makes it a good Winter/Spring transition piece, and the pink/gray/white combo is always one of my favorites...although I usually pair them together with separates rather than getting them all in one piece like this!

My jeans are true to size and one of my all-time favorite pairs from Express (see a few more outfits with these here under #4). These boots are also due for a "multiple ways to wear post" too since I've had them for over a year and reach for them a lot. The product description says they have a 3" heel, but they do feel a little higher than that to me for some reason. I don't wear them if I have a lot of walking or standing on the agenda, but on this particular day I was only taking kids to haircuts and basketball practice, so they were fine for that since I was mostly driving and sitting.

This $20 SheIn Sweater is one of those "One-Size" pieces that will probably work best for XS-Medium. (It's currently sold out there but I found the exact sweater on Amazon.) If you're not too sure about the limited size selection, I found a few options from other retailers that could serve the same purpose as this sweater. They all cost just a bit more than my version, but at least would have a return-to-store option if it doesn't work out.

Brand Name vs. Budget Option: Louis Vuitton
One of my favorite designer handbags is the Louis Vuitton Croisette Damier Azur. I think it would be so cute for Spring and Summer, but the $1,650 price tag is not happening unless I win the lottery. I've been on the lookout for a good look for less option, but so far I haven't found one I like. But in my searching I've found some other Louis Vuitton "look for less" options that I wanted share. The first one has the print I like but for now, I'm holding off for a smaller option!
Middle RowLV Neverfull Monogram | Budget Option   

If you've seen any other good similar options to these or especially my #1 hard-to-find favorite, please let me know in the comments!


Linking up with: Carrie | JoLynne | Erika

2/21/18

Victorian Lace Top + Link Up

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One trend I've been seeing a lot lately (well, at least on blogs...not so much in real life) are Victorian-inspired tops with lace, ruffles and higher necklines. I've seen many that I thought were very pretty, but I wasn't quite sure about pulling off this style myself since I don't usually gravitate to things that fall into the "frilly" category. But I'm trying to take a few more fashion risks here and there, so I decided to try this top since I thought the lace detail was especially pretty and the $19 price tag makes for a budget friendly way to try the trend.

I'm wearing a small in this top, and that's what I usually wear in SheIn tops, but it runs closer to an XS in Express sizing. It's still available in sizes XS-L, and It does have a zipper up the back to get it on and off. Thankfully the zipper was smooth and easy to do on my own, so I didn't need any assistance getting dressed. I did need to wear a cami underneath though since the fabric is sheer and the lace parts are very see through. I expected that to be the case though, so no surprise for me there.

All in all I'm very happy with the top itself and I was especially pleased with the lace detail in person (it's soft and not itchy at all). But to be honest, I didn't feel entirely confident that I was pulling off this style when I wore it to Sunday brunch with the family. I think it was the shoulder ruffles in particular that made me feel extra frilly, but mercifully, my family didn't have any comments on this outfit and they usually speak their minds if they think I'm wearing something "interesting."

My jeans and nude stacked heel pumps both run true to size. At 5'4", I take the short length in Express jeans and these are the Supersoft style that are indeed super soft! A lot of times I think the dark wash looks almost look black in my indoor photos, so score one point for outdoor photos giving a better color read on these.

Just a short and sweet post today! After some extra posts last week for Book Reviews and President's Day sales, I needed to balance things out by spending a little less time on the computer for a couple of days. I hope you'll join us for Style on the Daily below, and enjoy the rest of your week!


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2/19/18

Six Ways to Wear: Blush Cardigan

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There's a storewide 40% off sale at Express and as I debated what to add to my shopping cart, I really tried to narrow down my selections to pieces that will work for now through Spring. We don't have a huge temperature swing for those seasons here, so for me it's more about the color palette and some lighter-weight fabrics.  One piece that I already have and recommend if you're also looking for "wear now and later" pieces is this blush cardigan (the color name on the website is Soft Impala...not exactly and everyday name for Blush or Pink!). It's currently under $30 and easy to dress up and down I've worn mine for almost every season at this point. It is a pretty lightweight cardigan so that might not be an option for every climate, but it does run true to size and has turned out to be a great addition to my closet.







The only one of these outfits that wasn't a real life outfit for me was #4 with the pencil skirt. I don't really have any events that would require an outfit along those lines, but I had all the pieces on hand so I put them together just to show the full spectrum of dressy-to-casual options for styling this blush cardigan.

President's Day Sale Picks:
I promised to update you all when I made my selections from the Express sale and I finally got around to placing an order this morning. Here's a little about why I chose each piece, plus the one that got away.

Express:

1. Lavender Tee: A lavender top has been on the top of my Spring wishlist for awhile, and after a lot of deliberating, I went with this long sleeve tee. It's a simple basic, but I love the color and out of the options I considered, I think it will work best for my climate.
2. Black/White Cover Up: I've been busy on Pinterest lately and I noticed that a lot of outfits I Pinned have a cardigan/cover up like this (see this board for some examples). It pairs easily with a lot of things I already own, so I hope it fits well. It also comes in a neutral shade I love, but I have plenty of neutral cardigans as it is.
3. Neutral Sweater: This looks lightweight enough to work through Spring here and the neutral color should pair easily with any color of denim. I usually favor v-necks but I'm trying to switch it up a bit so again, I'm hoping this will be a nice, staple, basic.
4. Square Neck Cami: Square necklines are trending for Spring, and I personally love the look. A white cami like this will layer with anything and seems like an easy, very budget friendly ($12 on sale) way to try the trend. This One Eleven Square neck cami was my first choice but it was already sold out in my size in white, though it does have plenty of other color options.
5. Lavender Sweater: This is "the one that got away," and it's probably my #1 favorite item at Express right now. The color is so pretty and on-trend. It has been on my wishlist for awhile and I was waiting for a sale, but now that it's here...I really think it's just too late in the season for me to be buying a chunky knit sweater. So I decided to get this t-shirt (#1 shown above) instead. That said, if you live in a colder climate, this sweater might be a better choice for you and they can probably both be styled the same way.

J. Crew:
I also ordered a couple of these camis from J. Crew that Rachelle recommended. They're 30% off plus free shipping with code SOGOOD. I do love a good cami and get plenty of use out of them, and these have adjustable straps which would be a huge advantage for me over my current options. The color isn't showing up that well here for some reason, but the one on the right is a charcoal/gray color, which is something that's been on my wishlist for ages so I hope it looks good and fits right in person.

There are lots of other great sales going on right now (I especially love some of the pieces in the Abercrombie 40% off sale) but I'm going to stay busy with the kids today while they're off school so I can avoid any more temptations. I think I've already made enough purchases for one holiday! We have some free movie passes to use up so if you've seen any good family-friendly movies in the theater lately let me know!

Linking up with: Rachelle | Carylee | Lindsey | JoLynne

2/18/18

Everyday Outfits 2/18/18

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Today I'm finishing up Part 2 of my Everyday Outfit recap for the week. I normally post these on Friday but had to rearrange things a bit this week. I kind of like breaking these up into smaller posts so I'm thinking about doing this a little more often. Maybe not Saturday + Sunday every weekend, but just three on Friday + TGIF, and the rest on Saturday or Sunday. Anyway, just thinking out loud on that, moving on with a few things I've worn in the past week or so that I haven't had a chance to post yet!

1. Black Lace Henley, Jeans

My lace henley and bag are the only current items in this outfit, and I'm wearing a Small in the henley. This brand tends to run a little smaller than Express, and I didn't even plan this but the next two sweaters I'm wearing are also from the same brand (Pattyboutik). They're all very well made and worth the money. I also have this lace henley in white (see it in this post) but I wanted the black for times when white isn't very practical. I actually wore this to a Super Bowl party, which is exactly the type of event where a white top would have undoubtedly had a drink or food spilled on it by the end of the night! My jeans are from Express and sold out, but I have this similar pair from Abercrombie in the darker wash and they fit true to size for me.

2. Camel Sweater, White Jeans, Cognac Boots
Camel Sweater (c/o) | White Jeans (40% off) | Similar Lucky Brand Boots | Tory Burch Bag (TB Option, Budget Option)

As mentioned above, I'm wearing a Small in this sweater. It comes in quite a few other colors and is definitely long enough to wear with leggings if you're similar to my height (5'4"). I wore this to Sunday brunch and wanted to make it look a little dressier so I thought the white jeans would be a nice contrast. I ended up feeling too dressy since we ended up at kind of a Sports Bar type place, but oh well. No one kicked me out so I'm sure it was fine! My jeans run true to size and are included in the Express 40% off sale.

3. Marled Cardigan, Gray Jeans:

I guess I could have called this post "Pattyboutik Favorites" since this sweater is yet another item from their Amazon store. I just find their pieces to be really good quality for the price, and this sweater in particular is really warm and comfortable. Again I'm wearing a Small in this and another pair of true-to-size Express Jeans. These didn't make my top five favorites jeans but they are a nice pair of jeans that have been a staple for me for a few years. I haven't been reaching for them as much lately and I'm not really sure why. I think they got buried a little in my closet and I kind of forgot about them, so I made up for it by wearing them twice in one week (see previous outfit here).

Just a short and sweet Sunday post today! See you back tomorrow with six ways to wear one of my favorite pieces from Express that's not a pair of jeans!




2/17/18

Everyday Outfits 2/17/18

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Hello and Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I'm sharing my Everyday Outfits from the past week or so since they didn't get posted on their usual day (Friday). There's a big storewide 40% off sale at Express so I opted to post my Five Favorite Jeans on sale for under $50 yesterday instead. But I still wanted to get these posted while many pieces are on sale rather than wait to post next week, so here it is...

1. Neutral Cowl Neck Sweater, Grey Jeans
Sweater (c/o) | Grey Jeans (40% off) | Leopard Pumps | Kate Spade Bag (Similar)

All pieces ran true to size.  I wore this for a day of blogging, errands (Target, Dry Cleaners, etc.), and taking kids to and from their after school activities. These leopard pumps have a low, stacked heel so they're pretty easy to walk in for simple errands. For another outfit option with this sweater see this post.
Sweater Options with additional sizes : Amazon, Charlotte Russe
Budget Options for Shoes: Amazon, Amazon Flats
Budget Handbag Option: Amazon

2. Camel Cashmere Cardigan, White Cami
Cardigan | Similar Cami | Black Jeans | Leopard Pumps | Necklace | Kate Spade Bag (Similar)

All pieces ran true to size. My cashmere cardigan (see another outfit option with this sweater here) was a birthday splurge, so I've linked some less expensive options below. My necklace comes as a two-layer piece, and I separated it into two pieces since I thought I'd get more use out of it that way. So far that seems to be working out well! This was my Valentine's Day outfit, which I celebrated with a morning and afternoon doctor's appointment for one of my kids. It seemed like that took the whole day with driving to/from different offices and eating some meals and snacks in between.
Budget Cardigan Options: Boohoo, AmazonAmazon
Budget Handbag Option: Amazon

3. Black Moto Jacket, White Tee
Jacket (c/o) | White Tee (c/o)| Jeans (40% off) | Boots (Only $23)

The full post with this outfit is here, but I always share the selfie version of my outfits too since some people prefer those. I'm wearing a Small in this $31 jacket and everything else ran true to size.
Budget T-Shirt Options: (Similar for less, Similar 3-Pack)

Just three for today since that's all I had time to put together. Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend!


Linking up with: Lindsey

2/16/18

Express Jean Favorites Under $50

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As expected, Express is running a storewide 40% off sale for President's Day weekend. When I look through my closet, it becomes obvious that jeans are my number one favorite thing to buy at Express. So today I'm sharing five of my very favorites since all of these are under $50 right now. The first three are new favorites that I've added to my collection in the last year and I highly recommend! The last two are closet staples that I've had for years and posted about probably hundreds of times, but I still love them so I can't leave them off a list of favorites. Sizing info is listed at the end of this post.

1. CHARCOAL JEANS:
ONE: Charcoal Jeans  | Shoes | Crossbody Bag (40% off) | Romwe Sweater (c/o)

TWO: Charcoal Jeans | Similar Cardigan | Similar Tee | Shoes | Charming Charlie Necklace

THREE: Charcoal Jeans | Tee (c/o) | Maurice's Jacket | Kate Spade Bag | Sole Society Shoes

2. CAMO JEANS:
ONE: Camo Jeans | Romwe Sweater (c/o) | Express Shoes | Kate Spade Bag


TWO: Camo Jeans | Necklace | Shoes (c/o) | Handbag (c/o) | Mavi Jacket | Express Tee |



THREE: Camo Jeans | Sweater (c/o) | Boots


3. LIGHTER WASH RIPPED KNEE JEANS:
ONE: Express Jeans | Lace Henley Top (c/o) | Boots (c/o)

TWO: Express Jeans | Black Crossbody | Romwe Sweater (c/o) | Express Boots

THREE: Express Jeans | Cardigan | Lace Cami | Lucky Brand Boots | Kate Spade Bag

4. DISTRESSED JEANS*

TWO: Express Jeans | Boots | Necklace | AE Camo Shirt | Kate Spade Bag

THREE: Express Jeans | Boots | Black Crossbody | Express Jacket | Express Tank

*I recently bought a newer/back up pair of these (shown far left in the image above) since the threading in the distressing was starting to wear out after a few years of wearing and laundering. This is why the distressing varies slightly between the same pair of jeans.

5. CLASSIC MID RISE JEANS
ONE: Express Jeans | Blazer (40% off) | Velvet Cami | Crossbody Bag (40% off) | OTK Boots (c/o)

TWO: Express Jeans | Burgundy CardiganNecklace | Shoes | Express Cami | SheIn Bag (c/o)

THREE: Express Jeans | Red Handbag (c/o) | Old Navy Plaid Shirt | Amazon Boots

For size reference, I'm 5'4" and wearing the Short length in my normal size for all five pairs of jeans.  At this point in my blogging journey, I generally just won't purchase a pair of jeans at all if my regular size doesn't work. It just makes things a lot easier to share with you all when the sizing is consistent! Also, for today's post I apologize for skipping the similar/budget options for the sold out pieces, I'm wearing, but it's just too time consuming for recaps with this many outfits in one post. 

I usually share an Everyday Outfit Recap on Friday but since I bumped that for this post, I may post those over the weekend since I have quite a bit of it prepped already and plenty of pieces will be on sale. If you like those posts, check back in here on the weekend or subscribe via email on my sidebar. On Monday I'm planning to share some favorites in a few other categories plus my wishlist or any purchases I happen to make over the weekend at Express or other retailers. I've done a bit of browsing but haven't made any final decisions yet since it's so overwhelming with all the sales! Let me know if you've already made some sale purchases or have current favorites that are worth checking out!

Linking up with: JoLynne | ErikaAndreaNarci