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]

Friday, July 18, 2014

coral + floral

I wore this outfit recently when I visited with family, and again on a mini shopping excursion. It didn't cross my mind to pair the blue and white floral scarf with the coral tee until they managed to find themselves next to one another in my suitcase. I liked the combination so much, I wore it to make some returns and get away from the burden of research (by shopping!). Details of the trip below.

Scarf: H&M [option]
Tee: Gap [similar]
Earrings: The Limited [exact]
Belt: Old Navy [exact]
Pants: Apt. 9 via Kohl's [similar]
Sandals: via Target [exact]

As I said I would, I returned the swing tunic, but stayed to peruse J. Crew Factory's additional 60% off clearance items. I was tempted by so many things. I tried on this polka dot skirt, but it felt too juvenile on me. I couldn't see myself wearing it but a couple times a summer. I tried on this shirt (in french blue), but it didn't fit well. I also thought it was too similar to my new popover, even if it was only $12. The v-neck tees were the most tempting at $4 a pop, but the v was just too deep for me. I wouldn't likely wear it outside the house, and I don't need any more tees to wear around the house. I left empty handed.

After seeing these scallop shorts online, I really wanted to try them on in person. They didn't look cute on me. They reminded me of a pair of black pajama pants I once had that I cut up for a pirate-themed party. Immediate pass. I also tried on some jeans; I'm on a mission this fall to find one outstanding pair of jeans. The main criteria is that they can't be skinny, and need to be a medium to medium-dark wash. The real straight jeans looked awkward on my calves, and the perfect boot were too light (no dark washes in my size). I passed on both; the $12 price tag didn't sway me in the slightest. I did find an adorable scarf on clearance that I couldn't pass up, however. (I can't find it online, but I'm sure you'll see it on the blog soon).

With a birthday coupon in hand, I felt confident that I would find something at The Limited. And I did find a sleeveless top (which I can't find online) and a pair of jeans. I liked the jeans much more than the ones I tried on at Gap, but they weren't perfect. I think I'll have to give the Matchstick jeans from JCF another try.

It's been two weeks since my birthday, and I've barely picked into my birthday present funds. Do you have an easy time spending birthday money? Or do you prefer to save it?

[Linking up with Lauren]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

fresh as fresh can be

It's been a while since my husband and I have had a chance to sit down and enjoy a nice meal together. (He's been so busy lately with work.) We made a semi-impromptu date night out of Taco Tuesday by dressing up for the occasion. It was my entirely idea, as I've been wanting to have a reason to put on a skirt. 

With the recent cool front, I opted for my new summer sweater (now on sale!) and the Joe Fresh skirt my mom sent to me last month. I'm not entirely sure if these two pieces "go together", but I honestly didn't care. I was just so happy to have a reason to put on some make-up, enjoy the cooler weather, and spend some quality time with my husband. Is it just me, or does having a reason to get dressed up make you feel good?

Sweater: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Necklace: The Limited [option]
Skirt (c/o Mom): Joe Fresh via JCPenney [option]
Sandals: Merona via Target [exact]

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Mix & Match Fashion, and Because Shanna Said So]

Monday, July 14, 2014

prepped out

This popover and these shorts were purchased at the same time. I even tried them on together in the fitting room, but hadn't thought about wearing them together because it felt like something was missing. Once I realized that I needed a belt, I was excited to wear the three together. I just had to wait for the weather to cool down first. (90 degrees is not my idea of popover weather.)

Go figure that after taking these pictures, I untucked the shirt and liked how it looked just the same. Maybe it was the lighting in the fitting room that made me not love the two together at first. Speaking of lighting, I don't know what it's doing to my shirt in these photos. I'll try to get better photos next time!  

Both the popover and shorts are still available online, and the shorts also come in guava if yellow isn't your thing. Use code SHOPSHOP to get an extra 30% off AND free shipping!

Popover (c/o Mom): J. Crew Factory | exact
Shorts (c/o Mom): J. Crew Factory | exact
Bracelet: Kohl's, Ring: Charlotte Russe
Belt: Old Navy | exact
Sandals: via Payless | almost exact

[Linking up with Molly and Lauren]
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