Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Anthro Tag Sale Finds

I've been shopping at Anthropologie for a very, very long time now! When I first fell in love with the store, they very rarely had sales, so if you wanted something you were most likely going to pay full price. Now, it seems like they have sales on a fairly regular basis and then on top of the sales they offer an extra 20 to 40 percent off. I'm not sure if that speaks well of how they are doing as a company but as a consumer, I have to say that I love these sales! Last week, I placed an order with Anthropologie to take advantage of this sale and my order included this fun abstract skirt!

The way the skirt was styled on the Anthro website was with a vintage looking statement tee. While I didn't purchase the exact tee that the skirt was paired with on the website, I did find a tee that I already own from J. Crew that I think looks just as good, if not better! This tee is also supposed to look a little vintage, which, perhaps, gives the outfit a slight retro vibe. The tee also highlights different attractions in Italy, which reminds me of a trip I took there years ago in college. While I would have liked to have shot these pictures in Italy, sadly, that was not possible at the time, so I opted for a location that was decidedly less glamorous. Maybe one day I'll be able to go back to Italy and, if I do, this would definitely be the perfect tee to bring!

Skirt:Anthropologie here
Tee: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here
Bag: Clare V.  here

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rainbows x 2

In my opinion, you can never have too many rainbows! For this reason, I'm doubling down on rainbows with today's outfit that is comprised of a rainbow striped tee shirt dress and my trusty rainbow bag! I recently purchased this dress last week at J. Crew and I was very happy to have snagged it for a great price! While I know this is a summer dress and I should be featuring things for fall by now on my blog, it was over 100 degrees this weekend, so I think that should give me a pass! Also, there are a lot of great deals out there on summer clothing, so why not celebrate that before moving on to fall?

I debated whether or not to pair my dress with my rainbow bag or to take a subtler route (as if such a thing can exist with anything rainbow!) and opt for a yellow or pink bag. In the end, however, I figured why not go big or go home?  This rainbow bag, which I purchased during the summer, has quickly become one of my favorite bags because it always puts a smile on my face! So, if one rainbow item can do that, clearly two means double the smiles and double the happiness!

Dress: J. Crew here
Bag: Michael Kors here and similar here and here
Shoes: Old Navy similar here

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Seeing Spots

With fall right around the corner, I'm always looking for fun pieces that have an autumnal aesthetic yet are still lightweight and perfect for summer. These spot pants from Madewell definitely fit the bill! It was probably about 100 degrees outside on the day I wore them and, to be quite honest, I'm surprised that I don't look more sweaty in the pictures! Well, since these pants are loose fitting and lightweight, they were perfect for hot weather but I can easily see pairing them with a chunky sweater when things cool off a bit!

The other thing that I like about these pants is that the spotted print is definitely reminiscent of an animal print, be it cheetah or leopard, however, it's not too literal. They are, in my opinion, an abstract interpretation of the animal print trend, which I think makes them fun and fresh! To add to this vibe, I found some fun accessories, namely my tassel sandals and earrings, to pair with the pants for a pop of color. To be honest, this outfit doesn't really need too much color because that's been supplied by the wall in the background, which just happens to be one of my favorites! (It appears in a lot of my posts!) Like the wall, I am confident that these pants will soon become a favorite that I can return to time and time again!

Pants: Madewell here
Shirt: Target similar chambray shirt here
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bag: Clare V. here
Earrings: Walmart similar tassel earrings here

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Leaping Tigers and Leopard Spots

I must admit that I am guilty of buying just about any print that features tigers, lions, or leopards and there seems to be a lot of these types of prints coming out lately! I'm not sure why these prints are so popular these days; maybe it's because they are reminiscent of the style of prints put out over the last few years by Gucci or maybe it's a nostalgia for Siegfried and Roy but whatever it is, I love them! Last month, I added this tiger print skirt to my collection of "big cat" prints. I love this sumptuous, jewel tone print that features tigers leaping...oh my!

When I first purchased this skirt, I knew it would look fabulous with a mustard yellow top. I was originally going to pair this skirt with a mustard yellow cashmere sweater that I own but because it was over 100 degrees when these photos were taken, I opted for the next best thing, which was this yellow statement tee. I also debated about what to wear for a bag but then I realized that this skirt beckoned for another animal print item, so I reached for my trusty leopard print clutch! I have worn this bag countless times, too many too count, but it's always my go to bag for a pop of leopard and pattern mixing.

Skirt: J. Crew here
Tee: J. Crew yellow tee here
Bag: Clare V. here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Like a Colorful Mermaid

I'm always up for trying new things, especially when it comes to fashion! This smocked rainbow striped skirt is definitely up my alley in the color department but the silhouette, which can only be described as looking a bit like a mermaid's tail, is new to me. I ordered this skirt about a month or so ago when J. Crew released some of their new fall arrivals and I'm glad I did because it quickly sold out, however it does pop back up now and again, so it's worth trying to snag it by checking the website. (I find that things tend to pop back up on the website between 10:00 and 12:00pm at night, PST.)

One of the things that frustrated me when I ordered the skirt was that the reviews regarding the sizing seemed to indicate that it ran big. Since I ordered my normal size, I panicked that I made the wrong decision. For those of you who might have the opportunity to order the skirt and are wondering about sizing, I would offer the following advice: it does run a little big and there is some stretch to the fabric, so you can definitely size down, but I wouldn't exactly call it "big". In fact, I was quite happy with my regular size. Also, it does pucker a little bit on the sides, due to the smocking of the fabric, which may give the appearance of it being big. This didn't bother me too much and I think it can be eliminated to some extent by adjusting the fabric and pulling it up some at the sides.

Overall, I really love this skirt and find it to be a perfect seasonal transitional piece. I wore this outfit last month with a short sleeved sweater and these gingham yellow sandals for somewhat of a summer look. With the addition of a denim shirt or a heavy sweater, however, the skirt will definitely work for the upcoming fall months. So , while it's not exactly something I would go swimming in (like a mermaid would!), it is something that will help me to swim seamlessly through the seasons!

Skirt: J. Crew here
Sweater: Target similar style here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Necklace: J. Crew
Clutch: Clare V. here

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Three Day Weekend Look

It was really, really nice having a three day weekend this Labor Day to catch up on sleep and just relax! This colorful shape skirt and striped top is one of the looks that I wore over the weekend. The skirt is from a new designer I really like called Emily and Fin. I discovered this brand last year when I purchased one of their skirts from Anthropologie. I just discovered that the brand has their own website and they also sell many items through Modcloth. Emily and Fin's colorful and quirky designs are right up my alley and I'm looking forward to featuring some of my other pieces from them in the next month or so on my blog!

I'm starting to notice more and more bloggers featuring fall outfits on their blogs or Instagram. Be it plaid, sweaters or boots, the signs of fall are cropping up everywhere. Since it's pretty hot here, actually hotter than it's been all summer, I'm not going to be one of those aforementioned bloggers anytime soon, however, I am trying to find my own way to incorporate a fall aesthetic into my wardrobe. One easy way to do this is by wearing lighter fabrics but ones in more muted colors and fall tones. Take this skirt for example: while it's colorful, the rust tones do give it somewhat of an autumnal vibe. Also, these suede shoes are great for the transition between seasons!

Skirt: Emily and Fin here
Shirt: H&M similar striped tee here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: J. Crew similar cobalt blue bag here

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Dress that Calls for a Celebration!

This week I celebrated my birthday and while the actual day of my birthday didn't feel much like a celebration because I was at work, at least I was able to celebrate somewhat properly the weekend before! (To be fair, my husband did cook me a lovely dinner on my actual birthday!) The weekend celebration of my birthday included trying a new restaurant in town, finding this lovely park that features some gorgeous tiles, and then seeing a play afterwards. For this celebration, I wore this new striped maxi dress because it just feels like the type of thing one might wear to celebrate a birthday or any fun occasion!

Although this dress may appear to be more formal, it can definitely be dressed down a bit for a more casual look. The dress originally came with a wide blue belt that I ditched because it made the dress look more casual, however, I'd definitely add it for a less formal occasion. Also, if I were going the casual route with this dress, I might also add a denim jacket (because that's basically my solution for making anything casual!) and maybe even swap out the gold sandals for some espadrilles or even some white sneakers.  So, all in all, it's a pretty colorful and versatile dress! Also, in case you were wondering, the dinner and the show were great, so it was the perfect dress for the perfect evening!

Dress: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here
Earrings: Target here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar here

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