Friday, February 20, 2015

Random roundup: I caved

Yesterday, I brought you up to my speed about last weekend's festivities, so today I thought I would recap what I wore. But I can't really recap what I wore until I recap what I bought. Yes, you read that right.

I totally caved. 

I was only "allowed" to buy 1 thing this month but a) Express was having a 40% off sale, which included some new-to-the-season pieces b) there was no way I was going to go on our special weekend trip wearing things from my capsule (mentally, I could not do it) and c) Express was having a 40% off sale!! Yes, I'm weak, but I promise I'm not done with my capsule. I still have some other remixes up my sleeve, but here are some new pieces to act as an intermission of sorts. Let's start with the dressing room photos.

I'm a big fan of the partial tuck, so when I saw this tee, I was immediately drawn to it. I had visions of layering it over a long tank tunic and wearing with my skinniest leggings. The jeans, I "needed" because, if you haven't noticed, distressed jeans have taken over my closet. I needed a non-distressed pair, and these fit and feel amazing.

Knot front slub tee | Mid rise jean legging | Utility jacket (not online yet) | 24" striped suit jacket

Same base with the tee and jeans, but I layered these jackets over them. You know I can't get enough of my green anorak/military inspired jacket - but the one thing that I wished was that it were appropriate to wear indoors as well. I found this green one, and thought it was perfect for this purpose - it's definitely still fine to layer outerwear over this vs. the jacket I have now, which really is more of an outerwear piece itself.

I expressed my love for the black blazer last week, and needed another backup that was just as versatile. The fit is just like my black one, and will look great with rolled up sleeves.

I loved the colors of this plaid top! I picked it up immediately and got two compliments just walking around with it in my hand in store. It's the perfect plaid color combination for spring! Though, that won't stop me from wearing it now!

Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Scarf: H&M (enter Rafflecopter to win a similar one!) | Top: LOFT | Jacket: Express (not online yet) | Bottoms: ExpressShoes: Nike

Everything I ended up buying, coincidentally, ended up being perfect to pack for the weekend. Which is exactly what I needed because I certainly did not have time to spend hours figuring out what to put in my suitcase. This outfit above was easy to throw on, comfortable, but I still felt put together. I wore this for lunch Saturday when I was barely alive from the night before.

Jacket: ExpressNecklace: Stella and DotTop: ExpressTank: TargetWatch: La Mer (similar) | Leggings: ExpressBooties: Hinge (option, option)

This is what I decided to wear for Valentine's Day at the fancier Mexican restaurant. And I styled the tee just as I had pictured it in my head - over my tank tunic. I'm pretty sure I need it in different colors. I love the layered look and I also love that the tee is not baggy but not fitted either - hence, perfect to conceal my problem areas with leggings.

Necklace: Stella and Dot | Top: ExpressBottoms: Express | Booties: Hinge (optionoption)

And last but not least is my outfit to road trip it back home in. The jeans and top go together effortlessly - all I needed were my cognac booties to formally make it an outfit. I seriously cannot recommend these jeans enough. I always size up in their jeggings because of my hips. And the short length is perfect for my 5'-2" self. No hemming required!

I'm sorry to let you all down by shopping. Please don't think less of me. If there's one thing I've learned about this remix challenge is that everything is in moderation, right? I definitely needed to slow myself in spending, but to go cold turkey, or even one item a month really isn't reasonable. I need to figure out what that bare minimum balance is...

And since I've caved and failed my shopping ban, I figured misery loves company and I would let you guys all fail with me. Except, I'll give you the money to shop with! I've teamed up with some fellow bloggers to bring you this $600 Cash Giveaway! It was so much fun seeing what was new for the season and shopping for not-as-cold weather. I hope I've given you inspiration on how to spend your winnings! Good luck! 

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  1. Thank you for always enabling me, now I must have this tuck tee and plaid shirt lol.


  2. That military shirt/jacket will be MINE. I can't wait for that to come online because it looks perfect for my climate. I tend not to reach for my anorak one as much because of the length. And of course I don't think less of you for shopping! I think MORE of you for being honest about it here. :) Glad you love those mid-rise skinnies too!! For awhile I was not thrilled with the jeans selection at Express but it's safe to say that has changed!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  3. Love the knotted tee and the plaid shirt! I totally understand your reasons for make these "necessary" purchases!!
    xo, Lee

  4. OMG! I need these two pieces in my life, but I'm so trying not to shop for a couple more months! Sorry if you get this twice, my last one didn't seem to post.


  5. Ooo! I see why you caved! I saw this shirt online but didn't know how I felt about it but I LOVE it on you!!! So edgy and chic. I won't judge ;)


  6. I say at 40% off shop away ahaha! That plaid top is sooo cute, I love the colors of it!

  7. Oh!!! I LOVE the colors of the plaid top and you make that t-shirt hard not to want!! Love the way it gathers...very appealing to the eye!!!! I don't blame you for caving...to say "no shopping" wouldn't work for me either! Moderation is the theme of my life :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  8. You have been doing great with the no-shopping and the moderation is key! I'm loving both of those tops! Super cute!

    Doused In Pink

  9. You have not failed me, I still love you. ;) I had a shop my closet resolution too, and then my Birthday was approaching and... well yes, it all had to be put on pause. xoxo Great choices though, love them all!

  10. Just curious as to what size you purchased in the knotted shirt and the plaid shirt in? I have to purchase online as I am restricted by location and I know that Express can sometimes fit me quite large. Thanks! :)

    1. Both ran true to size for me! I'm usually a 4/6 and purchased smalls for both. I'm 5 foot 2 for reference!

    2. Also- I know of people havin to size down in the knotted tee. But it worked normal size for me!