Friday, September 23, 2016

Buying lately

I haven't shared flat lays lately nor have I shared recent purchases lately. I've been trying to flay lay things I buy as soon as I get them because it helps remind me that I have them and I need to wear them! Plus, it's a good way for me to immediately share what I've bought on Instagram even if I do not wear the pieces right away. That point is especially valid right now since the weather won't make up its mind about summer or fall temps! A lot of the things I have been buying are certainly more appropriate for fall than for summer, though a lot of these pieces are great to help during this odd transition. Since I'm mixing and matching new pieces with existing stuff in my closet, I'm only linking to items that are still available. Let's get started!

outfit flat lay, floral bomber jacket
Jacket: New from Express | Ivory top: New from Gap | Necklace: Kendra Scott (old and gifted, but similar color option here) | Jeans: American Eagle Jegging Crop in Indigo Fray (old but still available here) | Heels: Sam Edelman "Darla" (old)

I have been on the fence about the bomber trend, but Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge has the cutest floral bomber that made me NEED one also! I sized way down on this one and got an XXS. It still fits pretty generously, so I can't imagine what a small would have actually fit like!

outfit flat lay, moto jacket and camo dress, vince camuto "katleen" bootie
Jacket: Express (old but still available here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Phara" (recently gifted) | Dress: New from Evereve | Booties: Newish Vince Camuto "Katleen"

I love dresses even more when the weather cools down because then you can add layers to make them even more fun! I loved this camo dress as soon as I saw it! It's lightweight and ridiculously soft. Like RIDICULOUSLY soft. I love the idea of throwing a moto jacket over it and calling it an outfit.

CS Gems floral off the shoulder blouse, kendra scott lizzie, joie avery sandal
Top: New from CS Gems | Necklace: New Kendra Scott "Lizzie" | Jeans: Newish from Express | Sandals: Joie "Avery"

A couple weekends ago, I went to a local fashion show event. CS Gems was there with their fall collection and I wanted all the things! Stacy from CS Gems was wearing this gorgeous floral off the shoulder top and I was excited to see it was for sale because it quickly came home with me!

Evereve stripe dress
Scarf: Old from Express | Vest: Old from Gap | Dress: New from Evereve | Booties: Old from Sole Society

I have a handful (ok more than a handful) of striped drop shoulder dresses that I got from Express years ago. I love them, but I haven't worn them a lot lately and I feel like it's because they're all a bit old, and also a bit short to wear bare legged to the office. I've never had a striped dress in olive before though, I've been on a constant lookout. When I saw this one, I thought it was perfect. When it arrived, my suspicions were confirmed! Just like the camo one, it's also t-shirt soft. It will be an amazing base layer in the cooler months.

Express military jacket outfit, CS Gems fringe top

Jacket: New from Express | Top: New from CS Gems | Leggings: Old from Nordstrom, but super similar version available hereBooties: Old from Sole Society

This is the time of year when my palette starts turning to olive and burgundy. Sorry not sorry. One more olive look before I leave you today. I bought this military jacket because the ones I currently have, I'm sure will be really big on me now, so naturally I needed a quick replacement. This one is a good fit, and I love that it has the drawstring to cinch the waist. It's maybe just a touch lighter than a denim jacket - it's more of a chino weight than it is an anorak weight. Definitely a good option if you are in the market for a military jacket!

The top was a no brainer purchase. It was another thing I picked up at the CS Gems pop up shop and it was only $10. It's so effortless and the fringe makes it so much fun!!


That's it for this Friday for you! Hope you have an extra fabulous weekend! Thanks for following along. Remember that you can always see my flat lays by following my #caryleeflatlay hashtag!


Linking up for:  Fashion Friday, Friday Favorites


  1. loving your new pieces specially the new dresses and bomber.


  2. Love all of your new purchases and the outfit inspiration is so helpful! Even if I don't have the exact pieces I can still picture it with some of my basics. :) Can't wait to see that bomber jacket on you!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. Totally recreating some of your looks for a blogtember challenge tomorrow!

  4. Oh that floral bomber is the real stand-out piece for me! It looks wonderful :) You've got a lot of great new things though, hope the weather cooperates to let you wear them soon!

    Hope you're having a great weekend :)

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  5. I am loving all things burgundy and olive! These are great!
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