Friday, March 11, 2016

Five x Friday

1. As if I needed any more reason to like Leonardo DiCaprio...
2. Want to reduce the chance of your child developing a peanut allergy? Expose them to peanuts at a young age! (Or so research suggests...)
3. Pocket penguin? Yes please!
4. It wouldn't be a true Five x Friday without bears.
5. ... and I want to make it an extra special Friday by giving you a double dose of bears :)



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

about a blazer

Once upon a time, I bought a bunch of blazers because I thought they were the bee's knees. But not long thereafter, I resented all my blazers because I would feel too constricted in them and get too hot in them on teaching days. On non-teaching days, I would avoid blazers because I felt too overdressed in them. Long story short: my blazers have been neglected over the years. 

Fast forward to this year when all I care about is being comfortable when I teach, and I have to try to figure out a way to balance comfort with some semblance of professionalism. So how do you make stretchy pants and a tank top work appropriate? Add a blazer! 

How do you like to style blazer? I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my daily outfits, so I'd love to hear your suggestions! 


Tank: LOFT  //  Blazer: The Limited  //  Necklace: Le Tote  //  
Ankle Pants: Old Navy  //  Flats: J. Crew Factory

Monday, March 7, 2016

grey dress + floral scarf

Is mixing prints still a thing? I never officially jumped on that wagon, but I can't say that I don't watch it go by and consider hopping on. But on this particular day (a couple weeks ago), stripes and floral was just what the doctor called for. 

Then again, if the doctor is calling for floral, I want a second opinion. I think I have developed allergies. Do you have allergies? They stink. I have been taking Claritin, and after three days, I finally am starting to feel better. I'm not sure if that's because the medicine is finally kicking in, or if it has just been less spring-y this weekend. I'm hoping for the former, because by the look of things, allergy season is going to be brutal this year.



Striped Tee: Gap  //  Scarf: LOFT  //  Dress: Old Navy  // 
Belt: The Limited  //  Tights: Gap  //  Flats: via Target

Thursday, March 3, 2016

elephlannel

Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway! The giveaway has closed and I have contacted the winner, so check your e-mail to see if you are the winner! If you didn't win this giveaway, don't forget that you can always try Le Tote at a discounted rate ($25 off) by joining using this link. (In return, I get $15 credit.) I just received another tote from Le Tote yesterday, and it is one of my favorites so far. Look forward to seeing some of the pieces on Instagram [ajourneyinstyle] in the near future and then on the blog in the later future. 

In the mean time, I'll leave you with a recent casual Friday look. It's a hodgepodge of some of my favorites: fuchsia loafers, elephant sweatshirt, and super soft and super comfortable skinny jeans. Do you dress more casually on Fridays? What are you planning on wearing tomorrow? 


Sweatshirt: J. Crew Factory | save, spendsplurge
Flannel Shirt: Old Navy | exact
Skinny Jeans: LOFT | exact
Loafers: Cole Haan (via ThredUp) | very similar

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Budget Rewind: February 2015





Good:
  • navy print scarf: $4.50 - Clearance scarves are my weakness. While I never need another scarf, $5 scarves are never a bad choice. It really doesn't take long to get your money's worth.
  • grey loafers: $16 - I barely wore these when I first got them and when I moved this summer, looked at them as a bad purchase. Now I'm wearing them far more frequently, and will likely get the cost-per-wear down to $1 by the time spring rolls around. It's the perfect flat for those warmer winter days.


Medium:
  • grey ankle pants: $10 - It was difficult to decide whether these should be a good purchase or a bad purchase, so I split the difference. They were a good purchase in the sense that they were only $10 and I have worn them 5 times. On the other hand, they're not a great fit, and I probably only purchased them because they were $10.  
  • white sweater: $10 - Again, somewhere between a good and bad purchase. It's slightly too small, which makes me not want to wear it, and when I do, I always wish it were bigger. But, again, it was only $10. I suspect I'll be taking this one to consignment next fall.
  • burgundy scarf: $4 - I had a burgundy infinity scarf on my wishlist, and I found one and bought it. Unfortunately after the first wear, I realized I would have preferred something more lightweight. But at $4, I feel like I have gotten my money's worth by now.


Bad:
  • striped sweater: $12.50 - I wore this sweater a few times before needing to wash it. At that point, I learned it was hand-wash only because it's linen. I tried hand-washing it and laying it flat to dry, but by the time it dried, it seemed warped. So I threw it in the dryer on the fluff cycle for 5-10 minutes. I'm convinced it shrunk, so I tugged at it. That only made it worse. I'll try to wear it again once the weather warms up, but it will probably find its way to the consignment shop next year.


Honorable Mention: 
  • white bag: I liked it in theory: small, neutral, not too casual, not too fancy. After sitting on my desk for a couple weeks, I realized I was never going to use it. It was just too small, so I returned it. I'm happy I did.

While this wasn't the best budget rewind to date, I'm still satisfied with what I bought and how much I spent. (Which makes sense, as I reported originally in that post that I was "mostly satisfied". 
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