Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grey Tee for the Win and Bringing Basics to Life

If anyone's been looking for a good grey tee, I'm kind of in love with this one!  Similar to how I'm always open to adding a good striped shirt to my closet, I'm starting to feel that way about grey tees.  I've got a couple with graphics, like my Home T and More Love Please tee, and I have a light heather grey one from Everlane (HERE).  But I saw the one above online (HERE) and had to try it!  I loved the heather grey, and it looked soft with a nice loose fit.  When I finally tried it on, I was not disappointed!  

It's the most expensive plain t-shirt I've ever bought, though it's not too far off from Everlane's prices.  I used to be willing to only pay like $3 to $8 MAX for a plain tee because I just thought they looked so plain and they only way I knew how to wear them was for working out.  But I'm finally convinced that a good texture like the heather grey on this shirt and a good drape make a freaking fantastic tee that is worth paying more than $8 for.  Took me a while to be convinced--I'm stubborn!

It's soft and pretty thin, which is nice for relaxed looks in warmer weather.  I'm normally S/M or 6/8 and wearing this in S.  Also, it's 30% off with free shipping HERE!

Benson and I decided to have a lunch date because with how busy we've been, how much I've been traveling, and how often we've been sick it's been a while since we went on a date.  I remembered saying in a past post that I needed to wear these blush lace up flats with white jeans and a grey tee next, so I was glad to materialize that for lunch!  I love that though all the pieces are basics, trendy shoes keep them fresh.  I guess there's the tip of the day: Wear an outfit full of basics and add one trendy and/or statement item.  Be it a pair of shoes, a statement necklace, a patterned scarf, or killer earrings, that one tiny element will bring your basics to life!  

BTW these shoes are BACK IN STOCK (HERE).  I'm normally 8.5-9 and wearing these in 9.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact, also exact for 30% off!)
Jacket: Old Navy (very similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (almost exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Amazon (exact)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memorial Day Packing List - 9 Pieces, 8 Outfits

A few people have asked for a Memorial Day packing list, so here's one with 9 pieces turned into 8 outfits!

I don't know what your Memorial Day plans usually consist of, but ours are pretty low key and relaxing.  They usually include a BBQ or two or three, so I created this list around that.  We never travel for Memorial Day, but I imagine if we did, our weekend would include a BBQ, a lot of lounging around either at someone's house or on the shore by the beach, and a couple dinners and brunches out.
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I chose 9 pieces, including 3 tops, a comfy jersey dress, two bottoms, and two types of flats.  As always, adapt the list to whatever your preferences are.  If you're not into the colors or patterns chosen, you can also use the generalized descriptions below each piece as a starting place.  Maybe orange red isn't your color--do a solid green top instead.  Maybe you don't like white jeans.  Try another color, or just dark wash jeans.  If it's warm where you are, do shorts instead of jeans.  

One top is a graphic tee or could be a plain tee.  The other two tops are nicer than t-shirts but not quite "blouse" status--the kinds that could be either casual or a little dressier.  Psstt...the orange red top is the same as the white lace tee I featured yesterday (HERE).  

The dress is cute and easy--and has pockets!  As you'll see below it can be casual with sneakers or dressed up for brunch with a statement necklace.  

Also, I didn't purposely pick a red, white, blue theme!  It was coincidental but worked out nicely!  You could also use this list for the 4th of July.  

Below are 8 outfit options:
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This list should give you ample options for a weekend of different types of activities.  If you need more options than this, adding just *one* more top that goes with the two bottoms and your shoes will add 2 more outfits.  

Happy planning!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How Do You Identify Timeless Pieces? + 15% Discount Code

How do you identify timeless clothes?  That has been an age old question for me.  Whenever I bought specific pieces deemed "timeless" by a list in a magazine they usually didn't last in my closet.  I actually didn't like them, they didn't fit my style, or I never needed to wear them with my lifestyle.  BUT, I think I've finally cracked that question thanks to this outfit and thanks to a lot of pondering about my favorite Daniel Wellington watches.  Haha!  

My Daniel Wellington watch (THIS ONE shown in 12 outfits HEREis my favorite watch to wear.  I was of course very excited to recently be given a second one with an even more classic face (HERE), which I'm wearing above.  These watches garner SO many compliments from both men and women.  The sleek, lightweight, and low profile design makes them super comfortable to wear, never feeling bulky or in the way.  I never hesitate to wear them.  They're totally versatile, working for dressier and casual occasions.  Plus, they come with interchangeable bands.  How cool is that?!  You can get a different color to match your outfits without buying a whole other watch!  The other band I got for this watch is a cool, sportier pink, white, and blue NATO band HERE.  

As I pondered why I consider Daniel Wellington watches timeless, I realized a few characteristics that not only apply to the watches but to every article of clothing I consider timeless.  When I think of "timeless" I think of something that has and will stay in my closet for years.  However while most "timeless" lists are based only on style or quality, those are only small pieces of a larger pie for me.  I don't plan to give you a list of specific pieces that I think are timeless, though this outfit is pretty much entirely made of some of mine if you're interested in that.  Rather, my epiphany was this list of characteristics.  Hopefully they're helpful for you!

Here goes:
  • Fit.  The piece fits really well.  If it doesn't, no matter what the style, it won't last in my closet.
  • Comfortable.  The piece is comfortable and I don't think about it when I wear it.  That keeps it from getting cut in my closet clean-outs.  
  • Wearable.  Not only is it comfortable, it actually makes sense for my lifestyle, aka I'll actually wear it often.
  • Versatile.  Works for a couple of different life activities, like not just a piece for working out or not just for being dressed up.  That way, if my lifestyle changes and strays from one kind of activity it likely still works for other activities in my life.  There are exceptions to this, like a LBD can be your go-to LBD for years, but generally this characteristic keeps things in my closet longer.
  • Classic design.  The color and features are simple and not based on a current trends.  What I said earlier was not supposed to communicate that I completely disregard design--classic design is definitely important for staying power.
  • Quality...or at least appearing like it's good quality.  :)  For me, quality isn't important for the sake of it lasting.  I mean, that's kind of important, but I have some really cheaply made things that have lasted years.  Rather, quality is important because for my stuff that looks cheap, I eventually outgrow them as I mature.  

YEP, all of this was derived from my DW watches!  When I think about any piece in my closet that's lasted through years of regular closet clean-outs, they all agree with the list above.  Sooooo, I think it's a winner, and now I know definitively what to look for when I'm trying to figure out if a piece will last in my closet or not!  What about you--how do you identify timeless pieces for yourself?  Does this list ring true for you?

Discount Code for Daniel Wellington: SPRINGAT
Lastly, you can use code SPRINGAT for 15% off your Daniel Wellington purchase until June 15th, 2016!  If you're looking for a FANTASTIC watch that will go with almost any outfit, make you look modern, yet will withstand years of ever-changing style trends, I highly, highly recommend one of these.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--normally S/M or 6/8, wearing 8)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (almost exact, slightly different cut)
Shoes: H&M (similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Clutch: c/o Gray Monroe (exact--only 4 left!)

Special thanks to Daniel Wellington for collaborating on this post and for inspiring epiphanies that help us build better wardrobes.  ;)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Instagram Outfits Roundup #5

Happy Friday, people!  I was away Mon-Weds on a work retreat and am grateful that my work lets me bring Addie to things sometimes, so she got to tag along.  Now I'm catching up on emails and life.  Still haven't unpacked my stuff, haha!

Anyway, it's time for another Instagram roundup!  I often post outfits on Instagram that might take weeks to make it to the blog or that might never make it to the blog.  Often things are sold out by the time I post here, so be sure to follow along @puttingmetogether if you want the quickest updates.  But if you're just looking for some outfit inspiration, waiting here for the roundups will do!

This one did make it to the blog HERE when I talked about how the addition of a statement necklace can magically turn a bunch of plain basics into a cute outfit.  

Shop the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar Target--sale for $11.48!)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Shoes: Zappos (exact updated version)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD

I've been wearing this outfit nonstop.  I've had this Everlane tee (HERE) for a while and go in and out of periods of high use and then ignoring it.  I'm currently back on the train, and I love this casual look.  Perfect for the upcoming weekend!

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Everlane (exact)
Jacket: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact updated version)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD

I partnered with White Plum for an Instagram-only post with a 30% discount code earlier this week (another reason to follow on IG!)  This top is SO perfect for summer!  Loose fit and lined with a cute back.  Unfortunately it's already sold out in everything except XS.  So sorry!  If I find similar ones I'll let you know.

These wedges are from Old Navy and are still available in smaller sizes.  Hopefully they'll get restocked again because they got restocked once already!

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o White Plum (exact)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Shoes: Old Navy (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel and Suede (exact in Medium)

Like I said in the white sneaker post (HERE), I really love these things.  They've totally become my go-to shoe.  Also, I recently did a navy gingham remix post (HERE), so yay for having both of them together--AND in an outfit that wasn't shown in either of those remixes.  Versatile pieces!

P.S. This top is on super sale for $29.50!  Normally size S/M and wearing S.

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos exact updated version
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)

This look was inspired by Pinterest HERE.  Purple and cognac--love it!  I love the simplicity of a tee and jeans, amped up with some wedges.  Gotta remember to do this more!

Shop for the Look:
Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Old Navy (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

Lastly, an outfit I wore to church a few weeks ago.  This dress feels like pajamas, which is always a plus!  It's from last year and was available again this year but is sold out now.  There's a similar one HERE that feels equally as comfy, but it's more of a swing dress whereas mine has some shape at the waist.  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

Hope you all have a great weekend!  
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