Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Budget

I spent less time researching this month, and more time online shopping. Whoops. Blame it on the birthday cash. And all those amazing sales.

1. J. Crew Factory pleated ponte dress: originally $90, on sale $40
2. J. Crew Factory lightweight long printed scarf: originally $40, on sale $10
3. J. Crew Factory ribbed cotton tank: originally $17, on sale $5
4. Gap painterly floral scarf: [seen here] originally $30, on sale $9
5. J. Crew Factory jeweled brooch bracelet: originally $40, on sale $9
6. J. Crew Factory thorn and crystal necklace: originally $37, on sale $10

= $83 (or $0 out of pocket c/o birthday money)

I checked off one item from my wishlist with the purchase of the blue dress. I'm so excited about it. Even though I don't need more accessories, I do enjoy a new piece or two every now and then. 

There are currently a few pairs of jeans in the mail, including this pair and this pair. I tried them on in store last fall and loved them, but ended up returning them because the regulars were too long, and the shorts were too short, and I was too lazy and cheap to have them hemmed. I'm rethinking that decision now. But I'm also wondering if I should wait until fall rolls around when there will be a great selection of jeans-- especially because it seems that bootcut jeans are making their way back into the limelight! 

There were some misses this month, too. The hunt for the perfect gray tee continues. This one was too tight (even when I sized up). I adore(d) this tee, but the "hand wash only" turned me off. I guess I should read the fine print before putting my order in and getting my hopes up. I also loved the way this top looked on me, but didn't see myself wearing it that much in the future.

I'm really considering spending some more of my birthday money on a pair of Birkenstocks. During my sophomore year of undergrad, I spent birthday money on a pair of Birkenstock clogs. I wore them nearly every day, until spring rolled around and I swapped them for my Adidas slides. The new found interest in Birks comes because of recent foot/arch issues... probably from wearing flat Target sandals with no arch support all summer long. I just can't decide between these or these. I have a soft spot for the latter pair because my Mom has been wearing them as house shoes since I can remember, but the former pair seems like it would actually go with my typical summer outfits. Thoughts?

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Monday, July 28, 2014

that scarf. this dress.

Do you ever get the "I have to have that"s when you go shopping? I find myself getting that feeling much less frequently than when I first started blogging, but it happened on a recent trip to Gap. The moment I spotted the painterly floral scarf (no longer available online), I knew it was going home with me. The shades of blues and purple coordinate so nicely with many things that are already in my closet (and some new additions, including this dress). 

Thanks to those of you who offered your opinion regarding this dress. I've decided to keep it (obviously). I originally thought I wanted a cobalt sheath dress, but I realized I never wear my sheath dresses for any occasion other than work. When I only teach three days a week, that doesn't amount to much opportunity for wear. This dress has already been out to lunch, to church, and downtown. Plus, I can still wear it if I gain or lose five pounds! What's most important to you when it comes to dresses?

Dress: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Scarf: Gap [option, option]
Bracelet: The Limited [option]
Sandals: via Target [exact]

[Linking up with MollyGina, and Inge & Claire]

Friday, July 25, 2014

if at first...

...you don't succeed, try, try again. I've mentioned in the past that I've had troubles styling my orange open knit top. I wasn't satisfied with the way I wore it last, so I thought I'd give it another shot. I like the way it looks with navy, so with Shorts Week (hosted by Andi and Ginny) coming to a close, I took my own advice, and I tried again. I'm much happier with the result this time. Although, that may have more to do with the fact that I can fit into these shorts again (hooray!) than it does with the outfit itself. I hope you have a great weekend!

which do you like more? blue tank tucked in (above) or peeking out (below)?

Top: (gifted) The Limited [option - lots of colors!]
Tank: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Shorts: (c/o Mom) The Limited [option, option]
Sandals: Mix No. 6 via DSW

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

beat the heat

How to beat the heat and dress in 100+ degree weather:

Step 1: Select a top. The shorter the sleeves, the better. I'd personally recommend letting your arms go commando and opting for a tank top. It's comfortable, it allows for ventilation, and no pit stains! (But seriously. Sweating is inevitable. Keep this in mind when selecting all the pieces in your outfit.)

Step 2: Throw on shorts or a skirt. The looser and lighter, the better. I've become a huge fan of linen and light cotton shorts over the past few summers. My linen shorts from LOFT are so light and comfortable, I sometimes forget they are there. A skirt would work, too, although absolutely no pencil skirts. Pencil skirts in 100+ degree weather results in instantaneous thigh sweating, and ain't no one got time for that!

Step 3: Open-toe footwear. Let those piggies breathe! I'd personally steer away from anything that comes close to resembling Jellies. I can see them melting into your skin. And, it's not 1996.

Tank: J. Crew Factory [exact
Shorts: LOFT [save, spend, splurge]
Sandals: Merona via Target [exact]

[Linking up with Andi and Ginny for Shorts Week]

Monday, July 21, 2014

military vest: completer piece

I won't go so far to say that the military vest is a must-have item for every woman's wardrobe, but I do love my Old Navy military vest (now $19 + 20% off with code FASHION). I put on my black shorts and a white tee to meet up with a friend, but I felt like the two were so boring together. I thought wearing my BC striped flats would add some interest, but I was still unsatisfied. It was too hot for a scarf or cardigan, so for a moment I thought I was out of luck. Then I remembered my military vest. I put it on, and then the outfit was complete. I guess that's why they call it a completer piece. What's your favorite completer piece?

Fedora: Target [save | spend | splurge]
Flutter Sleeve Tee: The Limited [similar]
Military Vest: Old Navy [this year's version]
5" Shorts: Old Navy [this year's version]
Flats: BC Footwear via Nordstrom Rack [exact]

[Linking up with Andi and Ginny for Shorts Week]
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