Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Setting the bar high for dinner

Suede moto jacket, lace tee, american eagle jean legging, vince camuto astan booties
Jacket: Capulet (c/o Shopbop) (cheaper option here, budget option here) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Bag: Tory Burch | Top: Express | Bottoms: American Eagle | Booties: Vince Camuto "Astan"

On Monday, I shared the goodies I #FoundAtSimon during the St. Louis Premium Outlets Joy of Giving blogger event. If you missed it, you can catch yourself up here. I'm working a little backwards by sharing my outfit for the event after the fact. But, there were other fun things that happened that day that needed to be blogged! So let's get started!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Red-y: How to wear red

how to wear red, incorporating red into your outfits

Red is my favorite color, it always has been and always will be! I used to LOVE chocolate milk when I was a toddler. LOVE IT. But then when I was in kindergarten, I switched to regular white milk because at school white milk was served in a red carton and chocolate was served in a brown carton. I legit have not drank chocolate milk since. That's how deep my love for red goes. What's funny though is that I don't have a lot of red in my wardrobe. This post may make you think otherwise, but considering I've been blogging for almost 4 years now, you would think I would have accumulated more red outfits, especially since it is my favorite color! There's no real reason why red isn't more prominent in my closet, though I do feel that it can be tricky to style because it's such a statement color. If you're wanting to incorporate red into your holiday outfits, you've come to the right place because you can pull some inspiration from my post along with four other bloggers in this collaboration! Let's get started!
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Monday, December 5, 2016

The perfect coat that I #FoundAtSimon

J.Crew Factory plaid shirt, Express fringe mini skirt

And poof! Just like that, it's December and your Instagram feed is filled with Christmas trees, mugs being held in front of Christmas trees, and aerial views of mugs being held in bed with fluffy marshmallows and cozy knee high socks! Somewhere in the mix you will also get to see sparkly, fun holiday outfits! Enter this outfit! 

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Random roundup: the family visit

I know Thanksgiving is long gone and everyone is hyper-focused on Christmas, but I couldn't not post a recap of Thanksgiving week with my family in town along with everything we did and what I wore. This blog is my diary, so to speak, and it's nice to be able to read back on these things and reminisce! Anyhoo, let's get started!!!

My parents, sister, and nephew flew in around 7:30 on Tuesday evening. You can see that outfit in Wednesday's post here. We didn't have time for much that day obviously, other than dinner. I wanted to take them to Lu Lu Seafood. If you recall, we had a blogger event there last fall. After that event, I immediately told the husband that if my family ever came in to visit that we needed to take them there. It was right up their alley and reminded me of their favorite restaurant in SoCal they used to take us to that is now closed. My premonition was right, they loved it! Especially my nephew who went to town on the noodles!!

--- Thanksgiving night with my sister, brother, and his wifey --
Outfit details: American Eagle striped chambray (old) and American Eagle olive skinnies
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Settling back to normal

Express minus the leather moto jacket, papderdolls boutique dotted blanket scarf, American Eagle jeggings, Naturalizer Fortunate booties
Outfit details --- Sunnies: Quay "High Key" | Scarf: Paperdolls Boutique (c/o) | Jacket: Express "double peplum minus the leather" moto jacket | Bag: Tory Burch (sold out) | Top: Halogen (option, option) | Bottoms: American Eagle | Booties: Naturalizer (c/o) (also available here) ---

Yes, I'm still here, and no I haven't given up on blogging! My schedule has been wicked crazy over the last couple of weeks with a house full of guests and hosting Thanksgiving with both families and OMG let's just say it's been a lot of work! I was going to attempt to keep the blog on its normal schedule, but something had to give, and frankly, I didn't even have time for social media, much less proper blog posts. I'm a bit behind on life at the moment but I'm ready to settle back into normalcy! As normal as December can be anyway! Totally not complaining though because it was all worth the stress and scrambling! I'll recap more of my family's trip here in a roundup post on Friday.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Black Friday purchases

2016 Black Friday purchases

Oh my! I didn't plan to take so many days off from blogging, but my days were filled with family fun and any downtime I had was spent sleeping! It was so much fun but I am exhausted! My brother and his wifey are still here until tomorrow, so I do still have them to keep me from feeling homesick, but it's also much more manageable to host two people vs. 7 overnight guests in your house! Especially when one of them is a two year old!! Anyway, more about what we did in another post. For now, I wanted to recap everything I had my eye on for Black Friday as well as what I ultimately ended up buying! Let's start with my dressing room pics from Friday!

Express dressing room try on photos

Naturally, I had to start at Express. They've been taunting me all week with their sales after all. I grabbed a handful of things to try:

Express Striped Zip Front Rolled Sleeve Blouse: I have this top in yellow already, you can see it on me here. I love the length of it and how easy it is to throw on with heels for a date night ready look. The striped version really intrigued me. I decided against it for right now just because it doesn't feel too wintery for me and I'm craving more cooler weather pieces right now, but I still recommend it. I'm wearing a small.

Express One Eleven Deep V-Neck Lace-Up Tee: Speaking of duplicates, I have this in the wine color already which you can see on me here. It's so so so super soft, and although I scored the wine color, I had wanted it in black originally, they just didn't have my size. It was hard not to come home with this one, but I went ahead and decided not to just because I have so many lace-up tops and sweaters already. I'm kind of maxed out on this trend at the moment! But I do really love it.

Express Plush Jersey Off The Shoulder Sheath Dress: I'm such a fan of their plush material and was dying to try on this dress. I'm wearing a small, but it was a bit too fitted for my taste. They didn't have a medium for me to try, though I'm not sure that would have changed my mind about it because it was pretty see through also. I normally wear slips with my dresses (I have this is all 3 colors) to help combat the see-through issue, but with this being off the shoulder, I knew that would be a little trickier and just decided to pass for now, especially since they didn't have a medium in store.

Express Cozy V-Neck Long-Sleeve Trapeze Dress: This looked extra comfy on the hanger but I really hated the fit of it on me. It felt like a little girl's dress on me for some reason and just wasn't flattering at all.

Banana republic dressing room try on photos

Moving onto Banana, I couldn't resist shopping while everything was 50% off! I don't normally shop Banana super often, but when I do, I always wait for a good sale like this.

Banana Republic Beaded Sweatshirt: This sweater is gorgeous and I couldn't resist the beading. Unfortunately, it was so itchy, I couldn't stand having it on just for the couple minutes in the dressing room.

Banana Republic Striped Furry Sweatshirt: I might regret not getting this sweater because it's been so cold here lately that I've been craving a thick and chunky and cozy sweater just like this one! I just felt a little ridiculous wearing it. It's pretty muppet-like, so I went ahead and passed. I would love it for lounging, but it was too expensive for a wear-around-the-house-only sweater.

Banana Republic Floral Frayed Edge shirt: This top is darling. Despite what I said earlier about craving more cold-weather pieces, I couldn't resist this one. The frayed hem and the subtle floral print are so good together. I also really loved the fit! I could see this with some black skinnies and crushed velvet heels for a holiday party look!

Banana Republic sequin skirt (not seeing online): Hello, sequins! They had this on the mannequin as Jenna and I walked into the store, so I immediately had to go look for it. I am wearing a 2 in this photo, and it was ginormous. I sized down to a 0, but it was still a little big and didn't lay flat. Sadly, I had to put this back on the rack.

Buffalo plaid top over stripe tee with destroyed denim outfit
Button up: Express (option) | Tee: BP (similar) | Jeans: American Eagle Jegging Crop in Indigo Fray | Sneakers: Ash (leather version here) | Bag: Charming Charlie (c/o)

I guess I should have started with what I wore to shop! Ha! I drank a bit too much wine the night before, so I needed something that was pretty effortless. I went for easy layers because I knew it would be chilly outside, but I'd need to be dressing and undressing to try stuff on. I wanted shoes that were comfy to walk in but easy to slip on and off. Even though these have three buckles on them, there is a side zip, so they certainly fit my easy criteria!

We ended up only staying at the mall for a couple of hours because we were all pretty beat (my brother, sister, and sister in law came with me). The only other stores we ended up shopping were H&M and Dillard's. I managed to grab a few things online throughout the week though. Below you can see my H&M and Dillard's purchases along with everything I got online!

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Kendra Scott Berniece Collar Necklace in Navy Crackle Illusion: Oh yeah! I forgot to mention this one! November is the husband's birthday month, so I managed to convince him to go to the Kendra Scott store with me so I could use his 50% off birthday month discount. I couldn't figure out if I wanted this necklace or a simple pendant in the same Navy Crackle color. The husband was the one who told me I should go with the more expensive of the two in order to maximize the discount. Well, if you insist!

H&M solid olive-colored scarf (similar here): I couldn't find this scarf on H&M's website, but this one looks pretty darn close! (You can see my exact one in my flat lay here.) Mine retailed for $12.99 and wasn't part of their in store Black Friday promotions, but Jenna had a 20% off coupon that she let me use!

JCrew Factory Plaid classic button-down shirt in perfect fit: Oddly enough, I don't have a plaid shirt in this color combo yet, and felt like it was time that I needed one. I have a scarf in these colors and it goes with so many things, so I felt like this top should be equally as versatile.

JCrew Factory Patterned Schoolboy Blazer: JCrew and JCrew Factory blazers are my favorite. I only have a couple, but I love stocking up on them when they are on sale. Super excited to add another one to my collection.

Vince Camuto Astan Bootie: I have been wanting a pair of peep toe booties in a wine color and these were calling my name. They're gorgeous and you just can't beat the price! There is a closed toe version of this bootie, too, that Jenna was trying to taunt me with, but I ended up choosing the peep toes instead.

JCrew Factory Pleated hem tee: I don't have enough red in my wardrobe even though it's my favorite color, and no, it's not my fave color only because of the Cardinals! I loved the pleated hem detail and thought this was worth the try for the price!

Gap Long sleeved boatneck tee

Gap long sleeved boatneck tees: I have several of these boatneck tees in my closet already - navy, ivory, grey, and also pink seen here. They are so good. The perfect hip length, fitted but not tight where you feel self-conscious wearing them. I also find it a lot easier to layer boatneck tees under jackets because the neckline lays flat and it doesn't get all bunchy at the collar. They're seriously perfect on their own or as a base layer. For $12.50, I needed to grab some more! I take these in a small.

Express cut-out shoulder plaid circle hem sweater: I ordered this in the red plaid version. I love my camo one a lot, and while this style is just a little bit different, I couldn't resist the red plaid.

American Eagle Jegging Crop: I told you in last week's Black Friday cravings post how much I loved American Eagle's jeggings. I have this exact style in the indigo fray - they're the same pair I wore to Black Friday shop as seen in the selfie above! The length of these are perfect with booties so I decided to try this second wash that only has the frayed hem but no distressing otherwise.

American Eagle knit jegging in burgundy: I have a ton of burgundy and wine colored skinnies but the fit of all of them are just a bit off at the moment. I've been wanting to try the knit jeggings, so we will see how these go. I've seen them in person and they look crazy comfy, though the reviews are mixed. I'll keep you posted!

Gianni Bini Karetta Velvet Strappy Mary Janes: I promise these look much cuter in real life than they do in the stock photo. Crushed velvet is coming back with a vengeance and all of the crushed velvet shoes have me crushing hard! Ha! No pun intended. These were very affordable and I can see them with my new floral Banana Republic top for a fun holiday look. I can't wait to style them!!

And that's all! I honestly didn't think I did that much damage this year compared to past Black Fridays, but I guess I did! Whoops! With family here, I ended up just placing orders here and there. They certainly add up! We'll see how everything in transit ends up working out! Love shopping for cold weather stuff!!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday Bonanza + link up

Happy almost-long-weekend!!! Who am I kidding, I've been off since Friday, and have been very much enjoying the time off! But for those of you who are still working, I hope the next couple of days go by really fast for you. In the meantime, it's kind of hard to avoid the Black Friday sales coverage! There's nothing in particular that I have my eye on at the moment. I usually like the excitement of venturing off early Friday morning and seeing how shopping fate sets in! For those that need to prioritize your time and money, I wanted to round up some of my most favorite recent purchases to help jog some inspiration for you to reference during these impending (or already started!) sales! 

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