Thursday, October 30, 2014

sweatshirt tee, layered

Recently I came across this pin, and I could have sworn I first saw it sometime last year. Sure enough, the photo came from a post in 2013 {here}. I must have not thought anything of it when I saw it because I didn't have the short sleeve top to recreate the look. Fast forward to a year later when I have a short sleeve sweatshirt in my closet, and voila! A perfect outfit for office hours.

Sweatshirt Tee: J. Crew Factory | exact
Striped Shirt: The Limited | similar
Jeans: The Limited | similar
Flats: via Target | exact

[day 17 of the 21 day buffet: grey JCF sweatshirt t]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

review: Loft & Target sweaters

This is an informal (and non-sponsored) comparison and review of Target's Chunky Pullover Sweater (by Merona) vs. Loft's Zipside Tunic (by Lou & Grey). 

I've been looking for a sweater that meets the following criteria:
1) It must be long enough to cover my bum (or at least some of it).
2) It must be able to be worn both by itself and layered over a shirt.

And ideally..
3) it would be the kind of sweater I would just want to thrown on with a pair of jeans for running errands or getting coffee with a friend, and
4) it would be the kind of sweater I can wear with my exact stretch pants for teaching.

The Loft sweater (left) has more stretch and so it ends up fitting me better overall. (I ordered a XS for reference.) The Target sweater (right) makes me feel like my movement is slightly restricted in the shoulder and armpit area. (I got a M for reference.) But, the sleeves of the Target sweater seem slightly longer. (I'm 5'7".) When I tried the Loft sweater in store, I could have sworn the sleeves were longer, so I wonder if I can stretch out the sleeves. Ultimately not a big deal though, as I generally push my sleeves up.

The Loft sweater (left) definitely allows for more bum coverage than the Target sweater (right). However, as seen in the first collage, the Target sweater extends below the button of my jeans, so it's still a win. The Loft sweater has (functional) zippers on both sides.

Both sweaters layer to my liking. The shirt I used as an example is a baggier popover, so I would assume that both sweaters would work with any kind of shirt underneath.

Additional considerations? 
- The Loft sweater is hand-wash only. (I didn't even bother to check the status of the Target sweater since it's the kind of thing I'd throw in a cold cycle without thinking twice.) 
- The Loft sweater is speckled black, white, and grey, while the Target sweater is a solid grey.
- The Loft sweater is ultimately lighter and stretchier, but it's also more delicate. I've already found three threads coming undone.
- The Loft sweater was originally $60, I bought it on a 50% off promotion. The Target sweater was originally $25.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Budget

1. Gap v-neck tee: originally $20, on clearance $6.50
2. J. Crew Factory baseball cap: originally $37, on clearance $5
3. Target floral skirt: originally $18 - 25% cartwheel coupon = $13.50
4. Target slip on sneakers: originally $25 - 25% cartwheel coupon = $19

= $44

The grey tee was on my wishlist, as was the floral skirt, so hooray for that. The hat was an impulse purchase, but I've already worn it twice, so it's not the worst purchase I've ever made. The slip on sneakers were also somewhat impulsive, but they are the perfect weekend shoe. (I haven't documented those outfits but you're not missing much. It's just bootcut jeans, a "stylish" hoodie or sweatshirt, and the sneakers.)

What didn't work...
I had ordered this sweater from J. Crew Factory in navy, red currant, and pack green, but when they arrived, none of them had "long sleeves" as they were supposed to have, per website description. What a bummer. Plus they were all really wide at the bottom but super fitted at the top. Back they went. (Along with this vest and this tee.)

I also ordered this shirt (in red plaid) from Old Navy, but it made me look like a lumberjack. This top (in natural) from the Limited was too baggy, and this cardigan from Gap was also way too oversized. It's not really a loss on any of these items, as I honestly don't need any of them.

And what's currently in the mail...
I fell in love with this sweater during a recent trip to Loft. There was no way I was going to pay $60 for it, so I waited for it to go on sale online. In the mean time, I found this (cheaper) version from Target, so I'll wait to compare the two.

I'm also really excited about this jacket from Old Navy (a cross between their typical military jacket and J. Crew's field jacket). I've been on the hunt for the perfect military jacket and this one will hopefully fit the bill. 

And what I have my eye on for next month...
I feel terrible about shopping for myself during the holiday season, so I'm getting it all in while I don't feel too bad about it. (Hey, at least I'm honest.) I have been looking for the perfect pair of black booties for a few months now, and almost thought I had it narrowed down to this heel or this wedge, but when I eliminated the wedge, I realized the heel option offered no ankle support and I felt like it was an accident waiting to happen. In the mean time, I found this no-heel option and this chunky heel option. I'll mull them over in the following weeks.

How did you do this month?

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Monday, October 27, 2014


(Since when did 'twofer' become a real word?)

Today I'm bringing you two outfits, one from this weekend and one from today (for days 15 and 16 of the 21 day buffet - day 15: lace baseball tee, jcrew chinos; day 16: white jeans). My goal was to finish by the end of the month, and that may only happen if I bring you a second twofer this week.

Anyway, I wore this today:

Sweater: Old Navy | option
Necklace: Forever 21 | similar
Pants: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

and I wore this on Saturday:

Top: The Limited | exact
Necklace: via restaurant gift shop | option
Pants: J. Crew | similar style
Flats: via Target | option

Friday, October 24, 2014

can't concentrate

I don't have too many pieces in my closet that I got in high school, but this graphic tee is one of those pieces. I've always considered myself a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and in high school, I went through a phase where I felt I could get away with wearing jeans and tees all the time if they were fitted tees. 

This tee is too short to wear with jeans present day, but it's perfect for tucking into a skirt! After a conversation with Inge about this tee (admittedly, a long time ago), I decided today was the perfect day to wear this tee. It's a Friday, it's the last day of graphic tee week (co-hosted by Andi and Priya), and it's adorable. What more could you ask for? [Maybe a few more graphic tees...?]

 Tee: (old) Abercrombie & Fitch
Belt: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | option
Skirt: (gift) The Limited | similar, similar
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

[day 14 of the 21 day buffet: purple ponte skirt]

[Linking up with Andi and Molly]
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