Monday, July 28, 2014

Manic Monday: Joe's 'Ali' Pump


A couple of Manic Mondays ago, I recapped you on my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases. These pumps were on order at the time, so now that I have them in my possession, I thought I'd follow up with my review! Unfortunately, it looks like only black is available online, and in limited sizes at that, but just in case you happen to run into these in real life - you will know how I feel about them.

And the fact is, I love them.

I've heard some people complain that they have a short toe box - and that definitely is the case. I do get a bit of toe cleavage, but it doesn't bother me. They come pretty high up on the ankle, and I was afraid the rubbing would cause blisters throughout the day - I went to work prepared with all my typical shoe aids, but I was pleasantly surprised that the shoes "softened" more and more as the day went on. I didn't have to doctor them or my feet at all! I was also afraid that the heel height would be too tall, but again, my feet were fine - even without ball of foot pads in them. I've been ordering a half size up on narrower shoes, but I was able to order my actual size in these, so I do feel they are true to size in terms of width. So all in all, a very successful Anniversary Sale purchase!

Bobeau soft pant Joe's Ali Pump
Bobeau soft pant Joe's Ali Pump
Bobeau soft pant Joe's Ali Pump
Necklaces: Express, Stella and Dot | Top: Francesca's (option) | Bracelet: ExpressBottoms: Bobeau (40% off!) | Shoes: Joe's 'Ali' Pump

For their maiden voyage, I decided to pair them with these soft pants. If you recall, I have another pair I bought from Express that I have worn here and here. When I wore them the second time, I realized they feel a little bit heavy for the summer and I was looking for another pair, more lightweight. These pants came highly recommended by some fellow fashionistas, including Renata, so I decided to try them out. And, I mean, they're $28 so what did I really have to lose?

I was really happy with these - they do run big, so I sized down. They claim to be high rise, but I didn't feel like they were any higher than my natural waist. Granted, I do feel my body is slightly on the high waisted side… This top was the perfect piece to pair with them, and will be the closest thing to a crop top that you guys will see me in! I'm really digging the sporty chicness of this outfit!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Random Roundup

Ahhh, Friday - everyone else breathing a sigh of relief today? Well, in the spirit of the Friday Randomosity that I seem to be throwing at you guys lately, I decided to do another round up of outfits that didn't quite make the blog and/or that I ended up tweaking when it came down to actually wearing them. I got a lot of great feedback the last time I did this here, so I promise to make this a recurring theme since it was well received. Like last time, I will only link to the stuff where the exact item is still available.

leopard stripes utility vest
Vest: JCrew FactoryTop: Express | Shorts: Express | Shoes: Steve Madden

Every time I see this picture, I feel like I should be holding a beer can, standing in the neighborhood and talking to the men on King of the Hill. Haha! And yet, I love everything about this outfit. Camo. Good. Stripes. Good. Leopard. Gooooooood. This was the outfit I wore to car shop in! Oh, speaking of car shopping outfits!

Cardinals baseball outfit
Cardinals Jersey: Jon Jay #19 | Tank: Express | Shorts: JCrew Factory | Bag: Kate Spade | Shoes: Skechers

By the time we decided to get the car, the finance manager was already gone for the day, so we had to come back and sign the paperwork the following morning. We had a Cardinals game to go to a 1pm, so we literally went to buy a car before the game. No big deal.

Bellatrix wrap top white jeans
Necklace: Francesca's | Top: Bellatrix (Nordstrom brand) | Skinnies: 7 for all Mankind | Sandals: Antonio Melani (Dillard's brand)

I love the weather in St. Louis because one day it can be hella humid and in the 90s and the next morning, we wake up to 60 degrees with a high of 78. That's exactly what happened the day I took this wrap top and my Mini Affair out for a spin, so I ditched the skirt for pants. And I don't know about you, but I feel like wedges look best with skinny pants or shorts - I don't like them as much with skirts or dresses. I "forgot" I had these olive wedges, so I decided to take advantage of them color coordinating with my top and wear them since I had pants on.

j crew factory chambray bailey 44 dress
Necklace: ExpressChambray: JCrew FactoryDress: Bailey 44 | Sandals: Alex Marie (Dillard's brand)

I love that a chambray can serve as an indoor denim jacket of sorts when you feel like your outfit needs just a little something. This is the same dress you saw me wearing here with my faux daughter aka first cousin once removed.

express striped dress
Glasses: Rough Justice | Scarf: Kate Spade | Dress: Express | Sandals: Isola

This is definitely what you could call my foolproof outfit. Anytime I am running late or feeling uninspired, I just grab one of my striped dresses and throw on a scarf. In the winter, I will layer this over opaque tights and riding boots and top it off with my moto jacket (as seen here.) I highly suggest finding similar dresses to throw on in a pinch. They're like ninja pajamas, I tell ya!

express heart portofino
Necklace: Express | Top: Express | Jeans: Express Rerock | Sandals: Sam Edelman

This is a modified version of the date night outfit I shared with you here wearing these amazing and wonderful Sam Edelman sandals. I realized the only other time I've worn this top to work was here, so I decided to switch the shorts for some cuffed jeans that I can wear to work. Yes, this is what I would call a "work" outfit. I'd say I'm pretty lucky for that.

shoe addict tee
Necklace: My Name NecklaceTop: Ily CoutureJeans: American Eagle | Sandals: Steve Madden

Another uniform of sorts - my weekend uniform consisting of anything + distressed jeans + leopard slip ons. I need a dressing room like this at home - so perfect for OOTD selfies.

striped top and leopard sandals
Top: J Crew Factory | Watch: D&G | Jeans: Delia's | Sandals: Sam Edelman (more sizes here)

This is a pretty lazy outfit, not gonna lie. But I always reach for this top when I want something a little bit better than tee. And stripes + a splash of leopard always makes me happy.

Express camo leggings
Tank: Spurs tee from Academy | Camo leggings: ExpressShoes: Nike

And last but not least is a little workout OOTD. And I was legit working out. I wasn't just wearing fitness wear for everywhere like apparently the entire country does per Gina's reconnaissance. I do love cute workout clothes just as much as I love cute real life clothes, so I had to throw this in for one last random selfie. :)

Hope this roundup was just as entertaining for you all as the first. My posting schedule has been a bit hectic the last couple of weeks because of busy weekends, but I'm looking forward to getting back into my normal routine! Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

After the fact


The title of this post is a double entendre of sorts. This was a random outfit I had thrown together one morning-- it wasn't premeditated or pre-photographed for the blog. But I loved it so much that I made the husband properly photograph it when we got home from work at the end of the day since the gym selfie didn't do it justice! You'll also see from my nail art below that this fell around the 4th of July week, so it's definitely a little late. I normally like to post pretty real time, but since we were traveling this past weekend, I didn't get to do my normal weekend photoshoot. So, here you go, a few weeks late!

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Earrings: Nickel & SuedeNecklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Kate Spade | Top: Express (option, option, option)  | Bracelets: Stella and dot (link, spike) | Bottoms: Express (option) | Shoes: Jeffrey Cambell (option)

This top is one of my all time faves. It's actually a knit, so it's very easy and comfortable to just throw on. It's also perfect to travel with, which is why this baby has left the country with me twice! 


Since I've paired it with pastels in the past, I loved the idea of pairing it with patriotic primary colors. The silhouette of this outfit makes me feel good, and I'm not kidding when I say this outfit is as easy as jeans and a tee shirt. I'm pretty sure when I ordered this top, it was one of those times when I wasn't even looking for anything in particular, I was just randomly shopping, came across this, and added it to my cart. I love buys like these that end up being wardrobe staples!


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