Friday, April 17, 2015

10 things v.2

1.  There is only one male Northern White Rhino left on earth. 
2. Poachers kill 96 elephants every day - that's one every 15 seconds. Recently an elephant killed one of these "professional game hunters".
3. The second teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 7 was released yesterday. I'm actually looking forward to the movie.
4. Just when I wanted LOFT to have another sale so I could try this mesh shell in a smaller size, they go and do just that (40% off w/code SHAREIT). Now should I also get this elephant tee? Or should I get the shorts instead? Or the scarf?
5. I hope to get some sleep this weekend. I'll be sure to do it in a bed rather sitting upright. Take note, monkeys.
6. I'm not a vegetarian, but I tried Chipotle's sofritas for the first time this week. I like it a lot. And after one too many negative experiences with under-cooked chicken and chewy steak, I may be a sofritan. Sofritite? Sofritanese?
7. I have two soccer games this weekend. (Chipotle is food of choice after soccer.) Hopefully they won't get rained out.
8. Speaking of shoes, I bought these sandals (in cognac) along with these espadrilles (as seen here) when Target had a BOGOHO promotion. While I've committed to the espadrilles, I'm still on the fence about the sandals. Thoughts?
9. If you missed out on Target's espadrilles, J. Crew Factory just came out with a very similar version of their own.
10. J. Crew Factory also just came out with a green version of my blue ponte dress. So tempting. Almost as tempting to pair that dress with a white sleeveless vest. Luckily for me, I already have one :)



Necklace: Forever 21 | option
Sweater: LOFT | last worn
Skirt: Old Navy | save, spend, splurge
Flats: Steve Madden | exact

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Make it Work: black trim blouse

After putting together January 2013's Budget Rewind, I realized I had done a terrible job of wearing my black trim blouse. (Two wears in two years? Oy.) I was trying to come up with a way to wear it recently, when I remembered some advice I've shared in the past: pair a neglected item with something you love and/or something new. (Good advice, wouldn't you say?)

I also wanted to challenge myself to wear my new vest/sleeveless blazer with something other than a sleeveless top. Mission accomplished! Is it bad that I'm contemplating getting this vest in black, too? Talk me out of it? 

[top ten remix items: sleeveless vest and leopard flats]



Vest/Sleeveless Blazer: Forever 21 | exact
Black Trim Blouse: The Limited | option
Watch & Belt: gifts c/o mom-in-law
Skinny Jeans: The Limited | option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option


[linking up with Alice]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

stripes and fireworks

We're halfway through April, which means we're also halfway through the Top Ten Remix challenge. I've managed to keep up with the challenge, especially if you count honorable mentions. I haven't worn all ten items yet because the weather is much cooler this month than I anticipated. Oh well. My split-back top is making its second appearance today though, just in time for Sarah's link up.

Don't be surprised if I wear this outfit again but replace the striped blazer for a black one. Or replace the firework necklace with a longer necklace. Don't you love when minor modifications can result in countless more outfit possibilities? 




Blazer: Shade Clothing | save, spend
Necklace: ShyBoutique | same style
Top: Old Navy | exact - save 30% w/code TAXDAY
Ankle Pants: The Limited | option
Flats: via Target | almost exact


[also linking up with The Pleated Poppy and White Coat Wardrobe]

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

review: LOFT tres jolie tee, tweed stripe sweatshirt, et. al

While I can easily resist LOFT flash sales, I can't resist free shipping. Originally my plan was just to order this graphic tee, but then... well... LOFT happened.


I was most excited about this graphic tee, and it turned out to be my least favorite item in this haul. Cons: The fit in the shoulders, the placement of the 's' (too off center and too close to my armpit), and the pulling between the words and the neckline. Pros: um... the length? I ordered this tee in a small, but I don't think that a medium would have fixed the problems. Ultimately, this tee did not live up to its message: it was not trรจs jolie. Bummer, because I had such great plans for it. (But realistically it's not like I need another graphic tee. Unless it's this one?)




I remember seeing this sweatshirt on another blogger and thinking that it would be a great addition to my closet. Nope. Just no. It is overly cropped (at least for my 5'7" self). Husband liked it until I raised my arms and the whole thing went up and revealed my belly. Sure, I could constantly pull it down and readjust it so that it would sit even with the bottom of my tank top, but not for the price I paid. Easy decision: return.




While I adore the Lou & Grey line, I somehow managed to only order one piece this time around: this striped sweatshirt. I loved it at first, but within a few minutes of moving around, the sleeves quickly wrinkled. Raising my arms revealed my tank top, which was a major drawback for me. Why can't clothes just stay in place when I move around? Whenever I try a top on, I pretend to write on a chalkboard to determine whether it would be classroom appropriate. I'm on the fence about this one. Are the drawbacks offset by the cuteness factor of the sweatshirt? Do I need another sweatshirt? What if it doesn't look like a sweatshirt? These are the questions that keep me up at night.



I saw a blue sleeveless top at Target, fell in love, and then had my heart broken because it was too too short. So when I saw this top, I thought it could serve as a replacement, and do much more. It's got this cute "mesh" detailing along the side in navy and the entire back is white. The top is popover style (doesn't button all the way down). I ordered a small, but I think I could have gotten away with an extra small. I felt like it was too frumpy (especially when tucked in), but my husband disagreed. I haven't yet decided whether to keep this one, exchange it for a smaller size [which would be a hassle as it is an online exclusive], or return it all together. 




And finally, the world's most perfect striped tank. Obviously meant to be paired with my new espadrilles and/or olive pants. Unless I get buyer's remorse in the next 45 days, this one is a keeper. I ordered a small, and probably could have gotten away with an extra small, but since I plan to wear it casually, I am fine with the looser fit. I love the length and that it is a silkier material. I rarely ever wear tops without a tank or cami underneath, but would probably forego it in this case (although I would wear a nude bra instead of black).


What do you think about these pieces? Did you take advantage of LOFT's recent sale? Or any other sales? I also have an order from Old Navy and J. Crew Factory on the way, so I'll try to get another review together in the next week. I'm intrigued to find out whether these sneakers and these pants work out, so stay tuned! I really do enjoy review posts, so feel free to include a link to your review post in your comment!


Items Reviewed:

Monday, April 13, 2015

lace baseball tee + military vest

When I first saw this lace baseball tee, I thought "that is so me!" ...so it should come as no surprise that it is one of the items on my Top Ten Remix. It is somewhat surprising is that I don't wear it more often. 

Speaking of surprises, the Kate Spade Cove Street Goldie came back to me. Last month, I found it in TJ Maxx, but wasn't sure about it, so I passed, only to regret that decision hours later. It was gone the next day. I came *this* close to paying double online, but I figured what's meant to be will always find a way. Long story short, when I saw it in store again, I bought it without hesitation, and now I just have to wait to take my comprehensive exams and it will officially be mine. (I'm treating it as my reward for passing comps, and won't use it until I do... which will hopefully be at the end of this semester.)

What kinds of things have surprised you lately?




Top: The Limited | option
Vest: Old Navy | option
Necklace (souvenir) | option
Pants: The Limited | exact
Flats: J. Lo via Kohl's | option


[linking up with Laura]
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