Monday, June 15, 2015

Buying Lately

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was pretty jam packed. We had a charity car show that the husband's car club was hosting, and we both worked the show. Our day started with the alarm going off at 4:45am and we didn't get home until 5pm that afternoon. I was beat and ended up retiring at 9pm!

Yesterday was more low key. I planned to take blog photos, but it's been raining every day for an eternity now, and the one day it's dry longer than half an hour is the day we work the car show. So. What does a fashion blogger do when they can't take outfit photos? They flat lay! I figured I'd put together another "buying lately" post for you since it's been a few weeks. Lately, my favorite thing to do on a shopping mail day is to style my new pieces in flat lay form. It's a fun way to show you everything I've bought lately before you actually see it on me! If you already follow me on Instagram, some of these may look familiar, but I made sure to throw in some new ones for today also!

I wil treat this like a random roundup post and only link to the newly bought pieces and/or anything that is still available. Cue The Black Eyed Peas, and let's get it started!

Sunnies: Gucci | Necklace: Express | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Dress: Madewell | Bracelet: Banana RepublicSandals: DV Dolce Vita

So, the dress and the bracelet are the new pieces in this outfit. 

The dress: one of my shopping forum friends posted this dress in our Facebook group asking which color she should get, the black or white. I told her to get the ivory, so I could get the black version. :) I've been loving everything with a handmade vibe lately, which is why I fell in love. I did end up sizing down - I originally ordered a small, but after trying it on, I ordered an extra small for comparison. The XS worked better for me, and I am definitely not an extra small. So, size down!

The bracelet: I've been trying to up my bracelet and ring game lately because they're the two areas of my jewelry collection in which I'm lacking. Any time you can get an arm party look with only one piece, you can basically sign me up! You'll see that the one reviewer rated it low because it was too small, which is just a win for me and my small wrists! My wrist can sometimes look like a pencil in a trash can with some bracelets, so I liked that this one actually *fit* me.

Bag: Kate Spade | Top: JCrew FactoryNecklace: ILY Couture | Shorts: ExpressSandals: Jeffrey Campbell

It's almost officially summer, so my mind is on summer clothes. I've had my eye on these paisley shorts for some time, and when they dropped just under $20, I finally pulled the trigger. I ended up getting my true size, but I'm almost wishing I had sized up. I'm high waisted, so I tend to size up in my shorts so they hang lower on my waist and have a touch more of a relaxed fit. Regardless, I still love them, and they're keepers!

Tank: ExpressLeggings: Express

I love bright and obnoxious pieces when I work out, not going to lie. And since I've been trying to religiously work out lately, I'm always on the hunt to build my workout gear collection. These workout leggings were right up my alley. I sized up, but I normally like sizing up in my leggings. #helpswithmuffintoppage

And I've realized that in Pilates, muscle shirts are the best - they keep me cool but provide a nice and comfy barrier between my bare skin and the reformer. Otherwise there's either too much friction on my shoulder blades, or I'm all slippery from sweat. (TMI, sorry.) Old Navy has some muscle tees I really like, but this one from Express is even better because it's so crazy soft! I sized up for more of a loose fit.

Sunnies: Ray BanTop: ExpressBottoms: American EagleHeels: Louise et Cie

I mentioned buying this blush top back in this post here, but in order to give you a visual, I figured I'd go ahead and post the flat lay since I haven't worn it in real life yet -- not for any real reason except for the weather. Definitely size down in these shirts!

The sunnies are also new - I never thought Ray Bans would work for me because every time I tried them on, they never felt right on my face. The guy helping me was adamant that he could make adjustments to allow them to fit properly, and he was right! The hard part was deciding on the pink pair above or green, and I couldn't make up my mind, so I got both. But goodness, I haven't shut up about them to the husband. They make everything so crisp and clear, I'm obsessed!

Romper: American EagleBag: Kate Spade | Shoes: Vince Camuto (additional sizes here)

Remember that romper I posted about last year around Memorial Day? Well, when I saw this one pop up in American Eagle's Instagram feed, I decided I needed it. And when I saw it came in white, it was even more of a done deal. I don't even care if it is a bit on the PJ side, it's so soft and comfy, it NEEDED me as much as I needed it. I got my normal size, but if you're in between sizes, I would size down. It's definitely got a relaxed fit and is very forgiving.

And these espadrilles! Clearly, there is a flat espadrille trend right now, and I got bit with the bug. I tried on the Target version but they looked very wide and clumsy on me for some reason. So, I had it in my head that I needed a leather pair with a canvas captoe versus the other way around. I found this Vince Camuto version, but my size was never available. When I finally found a place that carried my size, I didn't hesitate. And they're just what I wanted - the leather is thin and soft and comfy. It fits like a second skin.

Bag: ExpressTop: JCrew Factory | Necklace: Purple PeridotShorts: ExpressWedges: Enzo Angiolino

Similar palette as the previous outfit, but a touch on the dressier side. Shorts and wedges are my favorite in the summer, and I've really been wanting a striped pair for awhile now. I'd been resisting these at Express, but it's hard to say no to a sale, amiright? I bought my normal Express size in these shorts.

Hat: Forever 21 | Camera: Nikon | Necklace: Stella and Dot | Jewelry Case: Amazon (option) | Passport Cover: Kate Spade | Scarf: Kate Spade | Ear buds: Skull Candy | Sunnies: Valentino | Flip Flops: American Eagle | Weekender bag: Lo and Sons (in Thistle)

I've realized that I needed a good weekender type bag for trips where a suitcase may be too much but my OG bag may not be enough. I've been really wanting this weekender from Lo and Sons because of how clever I think my OG is, but it's never been a high priority item.   It became a higher priority when it was 25% off though! I love it - so roomy and comfortable on my shoulder. I definitely recommend! And now I need a trip...

Necklace: CS Gems | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Dress: JCrew FactoryHeels: Saint Laurent

After I wore that dress to the wedding shower last weekend, I checked JCrew Factory's site to see if they had other colors. And they sure did! I've been so obsessed with anything navy lately, that this printed beauty made its way to my cart immediately. For me, this dress runs smaller than some of the other JCrew Factory stuff I own, so I went with a 6 instead of a 4.

Necklace: Purple Peridot | Tank: ExpressRings: Mindy Mae's Market, Nordstrom here, similar hereShorts: American EagleSandals: Sam Edelman

And last, but not least are one more pair of shorts and my new favorite tank. 

The shorts: I live in American Eagle shorts in the summer and I realized I didn't have a coral color yet and needed to change that! 

The tank: I talked about these tanks last week here. I ended up ordering a black and a white one because I really loved the way they fit. They really are a great alternative to a standard ribbed tank because of their easy fit. I ordered my normal Express size in these tanks.

The partial tuck doesn't work well with these because they're not quite long enough to stay tucked in for more than a second. So, I've been wearing them knotted like this just to give them a little extra shape. Someone asked me on Instagram how I tie it like this. It's definitely nothing new, but I figured I would share my secret just in case it helps someone else! I just use one of those teeny, clear, elastic hair ties!

Thanks for sticking with me on this photo heavy post! I thought there was a little something for everyone in this post - the athlete, the traveler, the casual, the dressy. Hope you found a little shopping inspiration! Have a great week!


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  1. I love this Madewell dress in the first pic! I can totally relate about the rain. I had to change my photo plan for the blog as well yesterday. Thanks for the Link Up! :)


  2. I like the plaid shirt in your pastel outfit flatlay! My sister gave me a bunch of plaid shirts she no longer wears, I haven't worn them yet as I've no idea how to style them really! I'll try find similar coloured pants and give that a whirl :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue

  3. Absolutely love that Madwell dress! There's a chance of rain every day this week :(
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  4. so many cute stuff, I'm dizzy. I adore that madewell dress.


  5. Hello, can I have one of each? Seriously, I love all of these outfits! I'm eyeing that Madewell dress and that American Eagle romper is so cute! I always wondered how bloggers take pictures with an all-white background. Do you have a background like that at home or do you Photoshop?

    1. Haha! Yes- I would totally share closets with you!

      And it's a combination of a white board and photo editing - I use Aviary to brighten and adjust color saturation. I have a 36x48 trifold presentation board that I got from Michael's. I place it on the floor next to the window in our office. Natural light is key, and sometimes if the conditions are just right, I don't have to make any photo edits at all! The office faces west, and I've found the most optimal time to do it is late morning/around noon when it is bright but the sun is not shining directly into the room.

      Jenna did a great post about it here:

      I learned a lot from that post!

  6. I love all your outfit ideas, especially the little striped romper paired with the orange bag and Vince Camuto shoes. Thank y ou so much for hosting! Make sure to stop on by the SHOE AND TELL Fashion Link Up on Style Nudge!


  7. OMG that was quite a haul - love everything!


  8. Some great closet additions, Carylee. I love how you styled everything, especially the first dress. The embroidery on it is beautiful and I love its Boho appeal. =)

  9. Oh man, so much cute stuff and so fun to see it in this format. It's a perfect way to show what you're buying lately. I was so tempted to get that bracelet this weekend but it was only 25% off and I know they can do better than that :)
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  10. Love how you tied things up! Great way to restyle a piece you already have!

  11. What a great post! But now I want to shop so my wallet is looking sad ;) I absolutely love your flatlays! I want to try doing some, but not sure if mine will look as great on our floor! It's a nice visual though, and I can really see every detail.

  12. I've been eying that Madewell dress. It's so cute for summer! But I think I just want your closet!
    xo Adri

  13. I wish I could go out and buy all of these! So cute for summer!

    Doused In Pink

  14. OMG with the rain! But I always love your flat lays, so I will not complain. :) So many good things here!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  15. I love everything! Madewell is one my favorite brands because the quality is so great. I really love those cute Express shorts and the leggings!

  16. Such great pieces. Can't wait to see how you style them.



  17. I always find your post to be impeccably detailed! You know I've been salivating over the romper and Vince espadrilles since you posted them on IG. I also love those paisley shorts for such a great price!


  18. These are all great pieces, Carylee! I especially love the Vince Camuto Espadrilles - those look so comfy for summer!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  19. I love every single one of these flat lays! But I really love that first black dress. So super cute!

  20. I love those VC espadrilles! Super cute!

    Her Heartland Soul

  21. I'm officially broke! I need to go shopping at express and American eagle.... Love everything in this post!

  22. I love all those outfit choices. All of them are great for the summer.


  23. I swear you have the best pieces from Express! I love how you styled the paisley shorts and I can't believe they are now under $20!! That is a STEAL! I can't wait to pick up some similar short once my June closet diet is over!!

    Feel Great Fashion

  24. I'm loving so many of these new additions to your closet! I'm loving the striped and paisley shorts.. plus love how you styled them both!

  25. Loving all your new purchases and how you styled them!

  26. Great outfits! Love the Banana Republic bracelet, patterned Express shorts and the Saint Laurent heels.

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Talk this week! Hope to see you next week also.

  27. I will take one of everything in this post! I love all the flat lays and how well you think out each and every outfit!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters