Thursday, September 29, 2016

REVIEW: Old Navy Dresses + 40% Off Online until TODAY!

Psssst!  Old Navy is having a 40% off sale ONLINE ONLY that ENDS TODAY! (11:59p ET, which means 8:59p PST--watch out for that.  Being on the west coast that always messes me up!)

People have asked why I haven't been linking to Old Navy as much lately.  Honestly?  The quality has been frustrating.  Items shrink or they're super thin or don't drape well.  I'd rather just pay $10 more for a better garment.  I know that's not what you want to hear, and as an Old Navy lover, it's not what I want to be saying!  So before you slap me for saying that, there ARE some decent quality pieces there, but they're usually pieces I don't need and am not personally shopping for, like jeans, blazers, plaid shirts, and jersey dresses.  I've got enough of those in my closet, but I feel that those kinds of pieces tend to be better at Old Navy than many of their 100% rayon tops.  Anyway, those two reasons are why I haven't linked there much.  I would if I found fantastic pieces!  

This week I checked out some fall dresses in store, so I thought I'd review them as well as highlight a few pieces online that seem fairly good.  Plus stuff is on major sale!  Here are pieces in my cart, and below are selfies of me in the dressing room reviewing some dresses.  

Almost ALL of these come in multiple colors or prints, so if you like the shape of it, click through to check out more colors!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine  |  ten

First of all, all the dresses I'm about to review are too short, so I ordered the Tall versions online to see how they'll work out.  I'm not hopeful, but it's worth a shot!

Long Sleeve Printed Dress - size S for black and M for white
What's weird about these is that though they are the same dress, the white has a very thin layer of lining while the black does not.  

The bust is fairly loose, even in Small.  Medium's definitely too big.  I am worried about this material shrinking in the wash, so I actually ordered a Medium Tall and a Small Tall in case they shrink.  That might work to help the top half being loose, but for fear of shrinking too much I wouldn't size down to XS.  

Though the sizing is weird, there's no lining in the black dress, and I fear them shrinking (gahhhhh these are the reasons I seldom link to Old Navy anymore!) I REALLY want this dress to work.  Especially in black.  I already have outfits in my head with my white puffy vest (which is also available again this season, on sale, and one of my favorite fall items from last year--see below), a solid colored crew neck sweater, or my maroon or tan sweater cardigans.  I'm crossing my fingers so hard that this ends up working!  

The bust is also big for this one, but not as bad as the last dress.  I think it could be really cute if it were longer on me, and maybe if the top half was taken in.  (Or if my chest grew haha!)  I didn't order this one online though because the tall is only available in the maroon print.  That print is actually veryyyy cute, but it's not what I'm looking for!

Puffer Vest - size S
I got this last year in white and navy, and looooooooove them!  I'm so glad they're back this year!  They have fleece lined pockets.  And they are puffy without being bulky.  They really flatter curves!

This pic above was from the dressing room last year.  This is available in black, navy, olive, and red online (and 40% off) and were available in white at my local store (but in-store isn't advertising the 40% off right now).  Currently only $18 with the 40% online sale but feels way more substantial than that.

Also, THIS top was a favorite through out the summer by many, many people and it's currently on sale for under $9!  Lastly, the white sleeveless dress above (Option 10) is only $12!  I know some of you have fall weather, but it's in the 80s here!  If it gets to the low 70s or high 60s you could wear that dress with a denim jacket or utility jacket and ankle boots!

If you've gotten really good Old Navy pieces recently, please let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adorable, Effortless Tops to Enhance Your Fall Wardrobe

While I love that my fall wardrobe is filled with plaid button ups and long sleeved striped tees, I’ve found myself craving, a *bit* more diversity this year.  

I’ve said it before, but when I’m trying to break out of my closet staples one of the first places I check is ModCloth.  They have SO MANY really unique and adorable tops, skirts, shoes, and accessories with great prints or special details.  Items at my other go-to stores hardly ever compare with how unique and fun the pieces at ModCloth are!

ModCloth asked me to collaborate to style some pieces for fall, and after looking at this season's inventory I was like ABSOLUTELY!  It was a no-brainer because I’m genuinely in love with many of the pieces they have available right now.  (See them HERE.)  

To add variety to my closet from all my button ups and striped tees, I started by browsing ModCloth for tops that were effortless to wear but weren’t plain.  Today I’m showing a few of them styled with jeans and booties because when I think of “effortless” pieces it means, “I’m in a rush, so I’m going to throw on jeans and I need a top that looks cute on its own.”  However, these tops could be mixed and matched with other pieces on days I’m able to put more thought into my outfit.

This solid top has the mix and match versatility of a plain top, but the really cute pom pom trim across the front and down the sleeves makes it far from boring.  That detail makes it much cuter than if I had worn a super plain navy long sleeve tee and elevates the whole outfit.  The top will work tucked into a pencil skirt or with black or grey slacks for work too!

For this fall casual look, I added this cream windowpane blanket scarf with fringe detail.  (Find it HERE.)  I reallyyyy like this cream colored accessory to contrast the darker colors I tend to wear in the fall and winter.  It makes the whole outfit so cute!

How I Tied the Scarf (quick version): I get asked often how I tie scarves, so here it is.  I fold the scarf in a triangle and put it in front of me with the middle point down.  Then I just cross the ends behind my neck and pull them to the front, underneath the triangular point.  From there it's just a matter of tucking the ends underneath (or tying them underneath) and fluffing and bunching out the part near the neck.

A lot of the boots I've shown here lately are on the more expensive side, but here is an option under $50!  The zippers on both sides gives them some character, and they are fairly easy to walk in.  I could foresee them doing the creasing thing I've talked about before, but that tends to happen with boots in this price range.  Cute option under $50 though!  Usually I'm 8.5/9 and got these in 9.  Find them HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing Medium)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (exact)
Boots: c/o ModCloth (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar, similar)

I've shown this outfit recently but wanted to come back to it to highlight the cute feather print top!  It is incredibly easy to wear because it's so loose and flowy.  I feel that I can move around in it to run a lot of errands or keep up with my toddler.  Like, I wore it for a morning at the children's museum with her.  But it's totally appropriate and cute for lunch with a friend.

This is the perfect "easy" top to pair with jeans, but it could also be tucked into a skirt for casual or work wear, depending on the skirt.  It's a little long for me, as most tops are (I have a short torso), so I tucked in the front as a temporary solution until I get it hemmed.  This is 100% rayon, and I've had material like this shrink upon washing, but this one didn't shrink in a noticeable way for me from hand washing and air drying.

A very similar top to this but in maroon and with a floral print is HERE.

Both this top and the one in the last outfit are on the higher end of my comfortable price range for tops, but I recognize that you are paying for the uniqueness of the designs, details, or prints.  Like I said, my other go-to stores don't carry anything like either of these tops!

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing Medium)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Boots: Target (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)

I only own a few sweaters, but all of them are shaped the same: standard crewnecks.  This is an adorable departure from my typical sweaters with a gathered front and crochet design!  It's on the thinner side for sweaters, which I personally appreciate someone in a warmer climate.  For those needing more warmth, I haven't tried it yet but I could imagine it layered over a white button up.  

I honestly love all 3 of these tops, but this one might be my favorite.  I think it's because I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, and I was pleasantly surprised!  I like it a lot for fall, but it'll also be a great option for December holidays.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing Medium)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Boots: Target (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

Here are several more effortless tops!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight
nine  |  ten  |  eleven  |  twelve

If you are looking for cute additions for your closet, seriously go check out ModCloth HERE and sift through all of those adorable tops, skirts, scarves, shoes, and accessories!

Huge thanks to ModCloth for collaborating on this post!
And for breathing fresh life into my closet.  :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

3 Ways to Wear a Maroon Cardigan

Maroon Cardigan Outfits

Last year I bought a maroon cardigan during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (middle pic above), but ughhhhh that thing had issues.  The knit was really loose and kept snagging, so I had to ditch it.  I was soooo glad that during this year's NSale back in July another better maroon cardigan was available!  

Maroon is one of my staple colors for the fall, so it was about time that I got a maroon cardigan.  I love having it to liven up my neutrals without being bright.  I often pair it with black, but also with grey or navy.  For colors, I love pairing it with blush and mustard.  Burnt orange would be really cute too.

I did 3 different casual looks with this cardigan to give you some ideas!

Maroon Cardigan Outfit
1.  Denim + Lighter Neutrals
I often pair maroon with black, so I love that this outfit incorporates lighter neutrals like white, taupe, and tan.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarexact sold out)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)

Maroon Cardigan Outfit
Maroon Cardigan Outfit
2.  Navy print + Neutrals
Another thing I like to do (specifically with my maroon jeans) is to pair maroon with a navy PRINTED top.  While I like maroon with navy, I don't usually love how maroon looks with a solid block of navy.  However, a printed top helps break up blocks of color and works really well!  (A couple examples with maroon jeans HERE and HERE.)

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similar, similar, exact--sold out)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: Zappos (exact, exact)
Shoes: Kohl's
Bag: c/o Sole Society (similar--sale for $24!)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar)

Maroon Cardigan Outfit
Maroon Cardigan Outfit
3.  Pop of Color + Mix of Neutrals
Here's an example of maroon plus mustard.  While streamlining the neutrals would have worked too, for some reason if I add another color I like a mix of neutrals.  An example of blush with this maroon cardigan would be HERE from Instagram.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: H&M (similar)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Jeans: Zappos (exactexact)
Boots: Famous Footwear (very similar--this year's version)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarexact sold out)
Scarf: ModCloth (almost exact)

The one I got in July from this year's NSale was recently sold out, BUT a new almost identical version is now available!  (Find HERE.)  The one I own and the new one appear identical, and they are from the same brand and have the same name.  But from the info on the product page it seems they are made of different material.  (You can compare the old HERE with the new HERE.)

Here are a few more, all under $50.  One is from Nordstrom and the rest are Old Navy or Target.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Big Guns

printed top + jeans + tan booties + leather bag
The Best Diaper Bag
Feather Print Top
The Best Diaper Bag
The Best Diaper Bag

I have LOVED Addie reaching that super interactive toddler stage.  I get a kick out of having conversations with her and hearing her tell stories (in partial sentence toddler speak, but stories nonetheless).  It also makes going to places like the children’s museum or zoo way more fun because she actually understands what’s happening.  For the last 6 months or so, our weekends have been filled with those kinds of activities!  

While I don’t love carrying a lot of stuff around, for some trips it’s inevitable with a toddler.  That's when I need to bring out the big guns--the diaper bags.  We have 3 Lily Jade bags that have taken us through Addie's birth and are still going strong 2 years later!  I failed to list them in yesterday's bag roundup because I only meant to focus on handbags, not specialty bags like luggage, beach bags, or diaper bags.  BUT, our diaper bags are so pretty and look like normal bags, so maybe they should be counted, eh?  On the other hand, they're really more for Addie and all her crap than me, haha!  

Even though we'd rather not bring Addie's excess toys around, at least our Lily Jade diaper bag can hold a lot while still enabling us to be hands free with the cross body strap.  Some of their other bags also have a backpack feature!  All the bags have a TON of pockets to keep everything organized thanks to a removable organizational insert that comes with every bag.  (See the organizer insert HERE.)  

The one I’m showing today is called the Rosie, which is newer in Lily Jade’s collection.  It's become my favorite because it's more structured than the other LJ bags I own.  If I ever needed to (and as I'm writing this I'm reminding myself that I could) I could carry my laptop in it alongside Addie's stuff.  And I'd still get the help of all the great pockets to organize Addie's stuff from mine.

The bags are pretty expensive because they are very well made and genuine leather.  But since they are basically “normal” bags, you’ll continue using them well beyond the child rearing days!

Fun fact: After we took these pics we went to the children’s museum.  We ran into some of our friends who were with another family we didn’t know.  The mom in that family was wearing a Lily Jade bag!  She had just had her 2nd kid, and since they didn’t need to buy as much baby gear like they did with kid #1, they opted to buy a beautiful Lily Jade bag instead!  

You can check out all of Lily Jade's super gorgeous bags HERE!  Also, they have really pretty lining, either a fun bright red or a new and sooooooooooo pretty turquoise!

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Boots: Target (exact
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)

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