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Monday, August 4, 2014

Manic Monday: Pinspired to buy


Guys. Gina *made* me buy this cami. She's schooled me on the Barcelona cami a few times now - here, here,  and here just to wet your tastebuds. I remember seeing it in the store and just felt a little meh about it. I was afraid the fit would not be flattering on me, but at the time, I was too lazy to try it on. So, I just plugged my ears and went "lalalalalalalalala" any time Gina were to post about it.

But then the lace one came out and she had to show me all the wonderful ways to wear it.

And I caved. I'm so weak. But in my defense, it's $20, so the damage to my wallet was minimal.

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Necklace: Chloe + Isabel | Wallet: Chanel | Top: Express (other good options here and here) | Bracelet: Express | Ring: BCBG | Skirt: Kate Spade (option) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (budget version, swoon version)

Just to further show you the versatility of this tank, I decided to try and find a different way to style this from what Gina has already proven works. I loved the idea of tucking this top into a skirt, and since this skirt already had a black waistband, it was a perfect pairing - this really reads like a dress, and I always love when that happens.

I loved the fit of this so much that I ended up ordering a few others while they were on sale --- royal purple/turquoise, snakeskin, and I about died when I saw the faux leather version. Shut up. I added that one to my cart even faster than you can say "faux leather." I feel like this is the summer alternative to a portofino in that it's so versatile and collectible. Yet, I still wear my portofino in the summer, and I know I will wear these camis in the winter, just with more layers.


In other news, this is the second time in one week that you are seeing me in slingbacks  The truth is, I only have two pairs in my whole ginormous collection because I find that they are difficult to wear - the backstrap can incessantly slip off. Lucky for me, I found the two pairs in the whole universe that work perfect on my feet. And today's heels have a little story themselves - you can read how I acquired them here.

Happy Manic Monday, everyone! Hope you have a wonderful week!


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77 comments :

  1. Always so glam, dear. Love it! I added your Manic Monday badge to my page. Love your blog and link up!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  2. she made me buy the Barcelona tank too, cannot wait for mines to get here.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  3. Muahahaha! It won't be the last thing I make you buy. Part of it is I need you to have the same things so I can steal YOUR style ideas, much like with the Baroque Lace Tank. Hee hee. And of course, you did something totally different and unique with this top! I haven't tried it with colored bottoms but you blended it all so perfectly. Pretty! You even managed to sneak a dainty necklace in there too - I'm so copying that.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Glad you liked it! It's really a great tank and can go with lots and lots and lots! I felt like it needed just a splash of neck bling, and the C&I necklace was perfect. Thanks for noticing! <3

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  4. You and Gina are dangerous! Always showing great things that I then think I need. :)

    You look fabulous in this tank. I love the slingbacks on you.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Gina started it! Hahah!
      This tank is great and it's such a great price right now! Thanks for reading girl!

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  5. I too love that camisole - so fun & unique. Styled with that gorgeous skirt it looks like a color-blocked dress and your amazing heels are perfect with it.

    Always a pleasure stopping by here to link up each Monday. Check out my Snow Leopard Dress! Thanks.

    Have a Fantastic Week, Carylee!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love mixing old pieces with new pieces! Makes everything feel fresh and new!
      Hope you had a great week! I'm just catching up now!

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  6. OMGOSH! This TOTALLY looks like a dress! This is such a pretty look from head to toe! Gina can be pretty convincing huh? Good thing she did because this look is FAB!
    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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    1. Yep - she knows what she's talking about! So happy about this top!

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  7. Once again you nailed it! I love this combo!

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    1. Well that's sweet of you to say, girl, thanks!

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  8. At first glance, I thought it was a dress! Love it tucked into the skirt! Such a pretty look!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. I love that it looks like a dress - makes it easier to camouflage it as a different piece, which means I can wear it again soon! :)

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    1. Isn't it, though?! I just love it.

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  10. Adore this combo! You look so pretty!!

    Hope you had a great weekend, love!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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  11. Love the cami...ok, want one now!!!

    xo,
    Janise

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  12. Hahaha that girl Gina is so naughty but nice enough to recommend such a beautiful top....And how you styled it is phenomenal!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  13. Hahah I have almost purchased that a time or two, now. It is hard to read her blog every day and not want to go spend all my money at Express!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. For reals! She does have good taste though, which makes it extra harder to resist!

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  14. Love it on you!! I absolutely blame Gina as well for making me fall in love with racerback silk cami's!! Love how you colorblocked this one..gorgeous!
    xx

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    1. They really are great, so I can't be too mad at her :)
      Thank you!

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  15. Ahhh so tempting, I've been peeking at these tanks for a while now but felt kind of blahhhh about them in terms of styling...BUT there you go sharing another way to style them that just might make them worth the purchase!

    xxx
    Jasmin
    www.jasmindaily.com

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    1. Happy to enable! It really is a great top, and you just can't beat that price right now! I'm loving it!

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  16. Haha. Cute top :) As long as you get some serious wear out of it, it's all good ;-)

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  17. I love your colorful styling of the tank and Gina's black & white looks! I was worried about the bra-situation in this tank, but now I can envision it with a black blazer for work, in which case that whole area would be covered....

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    1. Yep - it will definitely be a great layering piece in the cooler months!

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  18. Ooh gina...good thing she's not a car salesman or we'd all be in really big trouble! :) I luv the tank, but I really love the skirt...so fabulous. I knew it was kate spade b4 i even looked. :)

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    1. I saw this...FYI. :P I don't think I'd be as convincing as a car salesman because I don't love cars as much as I love clothes!

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    2. Hahaha! Yes, I bet she would be a good car salesman!
      I wish the skirt were still available! I caught it on a surprise sale - it was such a great find!

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  19. Definitely cute and now I have to go look for that tank. Blogging is a dangerous world :)

    Lea
    http://highheeledstyle.com

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    1. Isn't it? I blog because I shop and I shop because I blog! Nasty circle!

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  20. Love how you styled the tank. It looks so good with that bright colored skirt. Love the skirt too! You and Gina are hilarious :-). ~Cynthia

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    1. Two peas and a pod we are sometimes! :)
      Thanks, Cynthia!

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  21. Lol, I'm wearing a top she convinced me to buy on the blog today. I really like this cami and it looks great with your skirt! That is such a cute story of how you got these shoes. They are so pretty!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  22. It is a very cute cami, I like the lace!

    Thanks for the link-up :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. I'm a sucker for lace anything lately!

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  23. Gina is apparently an enabler because she made me buy a barcelona cami too! I got mine in white, but obviously going back for more! I love the sexy little fit.

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    1. Yes, it's a great staple and the fit is perfect! Now I have 4. Oops!

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  24. I almost bought a barcelona cami this weekend, but I was good and didn't buy anything. I love this look. It does look like a dress which I really like.

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    1. You have strong will power, my friend!!

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  25. Those shoes are to die for. They compliment your outfit really well. Hope you're enjoying your Monday!

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    1. Thank you! I love them and need to wear them more!

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  26. I love the lace one and it looks AWESOME on you! Especially with that fun bright skirt!!

    Jessi
    http://www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

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    1. You know I love me some girly brights! I think I squealed when I realized these two pieces would pair well together!

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  27. Love your skirt and look.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  28. I have looked at that shirt a few times at Express. Absolutely obsessed with lace! Love it with the bright skirt!

    hiswifeourlife.blogspot.com

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    1. It's worth it, especially for the price right now! Can't wait to restyle it!

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  29. I have to admit I have been avoiding following the links to Gina's outfit details, because she sucks you in, Express really needs to put her in their payroll, I'm sure she will work for clothes, jeje. But seriously, this top looks great on you, I love it :)

    Natalia

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    1. Hahah! Yes, I agree with everything you said 100%! It's invigorating though to share shopping favorites with fellow shopaholics! Not sure why it's so gratifying when others buy the same pieces you like! Perhaps we'd feel differently if we all worked at the same place! Ha!
      Thank you!

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  30. Carylee, I am starting to have second thoughts about the Barcelona cami too!

    www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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  31. I am so smitten with your tank! Such a versatile piece.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  32. Beautiful cami and absolutely beautiful outfit. Love how you paired the cami with those gorgeous colors. Weeerrrrk it honey.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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    1. You always make me smile - thank you!

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  33. Wow I really need that gorgeous pink and orange dress in my life.

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  34. Gina is making us all go Express crazy haha- I started going to the store after almost 5 yrs when I started reading her blog :-)) Used to shop there all the time through grad school but then stopped. :) You look very girly and pretty in your outfit my dear. Love the skirt you paired the tank with. Have a fab Tuesday, XOXO, Elif
    http://theboxqueen.com

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    1. I've always loved Express, but she definitely fuels my fire for it! They are great for staples like this tank!
      Thanks, girl!

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  35. This cami is so cute, I am glad you get so much use out of it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. Definitely can't wait to wear this again and again! Thanks!

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  36. Glad to have found your blog. Adore your skirt by the way.
    xo,
    Cris

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by!

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