Friday, May 26, 2017

Instagram Outfits #23 + PMT Lately + Memorial Day Sales + Summer Style Help

Spring Outfits

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Here are some Instagram outfits, some Memorial Day sales (at the very bottom), what's been going on in my life lately, and some posts I'm thinking about for PMT.  


  • Memorial Day at Children's Hospital - This weekend we'll be preparing a meal for 150-200 families at the Children's Hospital. Several years ago, our good friends' oldest son was born at 7 months and spent the first couple of months out of the womb in the NICU at the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital. It was a scary time for our friends, but their son is now 5 years old, a ball of passionate energy, and thriving. Every year on Memorial Day weekend, to celebrate their son's birthday, they invite friends to cook a nice meal for other families who currently have children in the hospital. We have gone for the last few years and love it!
  • Interior Decorating - Our house is a hodgepodge of different styles as our tastes have changed over the years but we haven't known how to pull together a cohesive style--or even what our new style is.  It sounds a LOT like emails I get from people asking about how to build a cohesive wardrobe, but I haven't been able to translate that to interior style.  *crycrycry* We've tried a site where you can hire someone to do it for you virtually, but we didn't like what they did.  We're currently working through a system that a friend wrote on how to find your signature style. It's a slowww process for us because we're not solely focusing on it, but it's a frequent topic in our household these days!
  • Summer Wardrobe Plan (so far...) - Have I mentioned how much I hate summer clothes?  And how this section of my closet needs a LOT of work?  I'm still doing lots of shopping/trying to find the right pieces, but generally, here's the plan.  I'm looking for several basic shorts that I don't hate as my staples are lacking--like I said, this whole section of my wardrobe needs a ton of work.  I want several statement sandals, since I can't rely on layers in the summer to change up looks.  For tops, 2-4 of each of these: flowy cotton tanks, loose printed tees, and flowy tops like the red and black printed ones above.  When I wear shorts I just want flowy, flowy, flowy on top!  And then some jersey dresses of course!  I can make a collage of this soon, but for now see item examples through Memorial Day sales below.
  • Black Printed Top Remix (coming soon) In case it's not obvious, I'm a little obsessed with that red printed top. I'm planning on doing a remix with the black printed top, but more low key with just mirror selfies!  Catch the red top remix HERE.
  • Hair Post? - I loved hearing your responses about the makeup post!  I had several requests about doing a similar one for hair products.  I don't think I could pull together a tutorial with pics of how I curl it, but I can whip up a collage of products.  My hair routine is REALLYYYYYY simple though.  :)  


Here's what's been happening lately on Instagram (@puttingmetogether) and Facebook. Whether or not you follow on either of those, you can see the outfits as they're posted (instead of waiting for these roundups) here on the blog over on the righthand sidebar. If you click those images, you can also shop the outfits--no need to sign up for @liketoknow.it!

I post many outfits on Instagram that never make it to the blog apart from these roundups. And often by the time I post them here, the sales aren't happening or they're sold out. So, make sure to glance over to the righthand sidebar every once in a while!

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a short torso, and normally size S/M or 6/8. 

This is the black version of the red printed top I remixed last week HERE.  I couldn't say no to this one!  I love how lighter purpleish-grey heels lift the rest of the dark colors a bit.  These shoes are only $24.99 and with a shoe insert, they were surprisingly comfortable.  The heel height is very easy to walk in, and based on comfort and such a low price, I got this shoe in this color, red, and black!

BTW, this top is 40% off, making it only $25.20 right HERE!  The other colors of this top (the beautiful purple, the cute coral, the other print, solid navy) are also 40% off and can be found HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized way down to 4)
Shoes: H&M (exact--size 8.5)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)

I wore this on Sunday when it was super hot and I was leading worship at church.  I would have loved to wear shorts but didn't feel comfortable leading worship in them, but I couldn't wear a dress because I'd have had no place to attach my monitor pack (#girlproblems).  I went with a skirt and my current necklace of choice!

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Nordstrom (exact, also exact in more sizes)--wearing size S
Skirt: ASOS (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar--I wear size 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

Can you tell I'm loving this red top?  :D  Remixed on the blog 4 ways HERE!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--I wear size 28P, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--soooo comfy! I wear size 8.5)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)

I love this top in the summer, in beautiful springy weather, and even when it's overcast and chilly like it was on this day.  Cardigan and booties it was!
Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o White Plum (similarsimilar, similar)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down to 4)
Shoes: c/o Sole Society (exact--size 9)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)

I said on Instastories a while ago that my summer wardrobe is lacking and needs the most work.  When we have random hot days, I'm not prepared!  Especially when it's hot for several days in a row, I run out of things to wear.  I need to get my summer wardrobe plan together so badly, haha!  On this day I just defaulted to my comfy striped dress and tried to pull it together with a vest and heels instead of plain flat sandals.  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Target (similar)
Vest: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Shoes: Target (exact--size 8.5)

I love a good twist on a basic tee.  HEHE.  :D  A few of you asked about this top in my latest clothing review post so here it is.  It comes twisted like this and is available in 5 colors.  It has texture on it, but I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it without a cami underneath, at least in the white version.  I like to throw it on when I need to drop off Addie at daycare and then will be working from home for the day.  If I need to go out of the house again, it's easy to throw on a statement necklace and wedges like above!

I wear it in size S and it's pretty roomy.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing S)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down to 4)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Old navy (similar, similar)


There are some great Memorial Day sales happening!  However, before you go crazy shopping and get all the heart eyes at sale signs, I would REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU to spend like 15-30 minutes to come up with a plan for your summer style or at least any holes you're trying to fill in your closet!  I wish I had a summer style post/series all ready for you to help you shop more intentionally, but unfortunately I don't yet.  However, I wrote a guide on what I did to update my winter wardrobe and was so happy with my wardrobe that I'm doing the same with my summer style.  

It's here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2017/01/how-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-the-new-year.html, and I'd highly encourage you to use it to create a list for yourself if you're gonna shop the Memorial Day sales!

  • Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale - Up to 40% off through June 4.  Shop all their sale items HERE.
  • J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything!  Great basic pieces, and some basic pieces with subtle but special details to take them up just a notch.  They make "normal" basics really cute!  Shop everything HERE.
  • LOFT - 40% off everything.  Really cute tops, dresses, and shorts.  Shop them HERE.
  • ModCloth - Up to 30% off.  My favorite place for unique dresses, including nursing-friendly dresses, skirts, and unique tops.  Shop the sale HERE.

My general list looks like this, with examples in the widgets below each category.  Some are part of Memorial Day sales while others may not be.  If you can't see the widgets, click out of the Bloglovin' frame HERE.

  • Shorts: denim shorts, distressed medium wash shorts, white denim shorts, chambray shorts, olive shorts, colored shorts(?)

  • Dresses: a couple of solid jersey dresses--at least one with some more seaming or details; a couple of printed jersey or cotton casual dresses; maybe one semi-dressy dress?

  • Tops: 2-4 of each of these: flowy cotton tanks, loose printed tees (like striped or floral or anything), and flowy tops like the red and black printed ones above

  • Skirts: Haven't thought through this well yet.  But probably two solid casual skirts, 1-2 printed casual skirts

  • Sandals: a couple pairs of simple neutral sandals, a couple pairs of strappy neutral sandals, one pair of colorful sandals, one pair of leopard print sandals

Any fun plans for Memorial Day weekend?  Will you be shopping any sales, and if so, what's on your list?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

White + Blue + Cognac = Heart Eyes! (And this top is on major sale!)

This is probably my favorite outfit from the PMT Spring Style Challenge long, long ago.  Even though the challenge ended several weeks ago, I'm *just* getting around to photographing and posting this outfit.  But, it's been on repeat because I love it so much!  The contrast of the white and the blue topped off with cognac accents just totally gets me!

This is that white lace tee I've talked about so much, but in navy.  I got it in all three colors, and I have zerooooo regrets about the navy!  It's gorgeous, and it's on sale for only $27.50 thanks to their Memorial Day Sale!  Read my review and sizing info on it HERE.

Tons of other stuff at J.Crew Factory is on sale.  I've put this pair of denim shorts in my cart as well as this striped tie-front tee.  I really, really love some of their skirts.  This polka dot one is really cute, though it's too short for me.  This subtle striped skirt is also really cute, but I just ordered a skirt like that elsewhere and am waiting for it to arrive to try it!

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (exact, similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Everyday Makeup Routine

I'm excited to share my daily makeup routine!  I personally love seeing how other people do things, like curl their hair, do their makeup, or whatever.  So, though I am certainly no expert on makeup, I thought it'd be fun to share my makeup routine anyway!

I like my makeup to add that polish to my overall look, but I don't want to look really made up.  I still want to look normal, just polished, which is very similar to my clothing style and how I want to look cute and put together, but normal.  It's also similar to my clothing style in that I use a handful of products that are more expensive mixed with lots of drug store items.  (Basically like how I'll wear a pair of Old Navy jeans, a $30 top, and a $100+ pair of UGG wedges.)

I've been wanting to share it for a long time, but I didn't have a great method to do so as taking pictures of each step or doing a video didn't seem feasible.  It wasn't until I saw Fran post a nifty collage of her daily makeup routine that I finally had a handle on a way I could easily share mine.  Yayyyyy, thanks, Fran!

Time: Under 10 Minutes
It seems like a lot of steps, but it takes me under 10 minutes.  That's my limit, and even anything over 7 minutes makes me antsy and itching to be done!  Many times I'll skip bronzer, blush, and even the setting powder if I start getting antsy.  :P

My Skin Type
Honestly, I don't know what my skin type is, haha!  (Remember how I said I'm no expert on makeup.  Ummm, yep.  Evidence right there. :P )  I've been told I have combo skin, as I think my skin is mostly normal but more oily in the t-zone.
Everyday Makeup Routine

0.  Moisturizer.  It's not included in the collage above, but I apply moisturizer which helps my foundation have something to stick to.  Mine has SPF which adds a slightly stickier texture and helps my makeup stay better.  I stopped using primers because I didn't feel like they were helping, or they were too intense for my skin and gave me rashes or dry eczema-type spots.

1.  Make Up Forever HD Foundation
Is it weird that I start with my eyes only instead of foundation all over my face?  I've seen videos of people doing either.  I start with my eyes to give the rest of my face a few minutes to absorb the moisturizer, which helps my foundation stay on longer.  I also do this in case I get any eye product on my face--it's easier to clean it off of a blank slate.

I will talk more about this foundation in Step 8, but I use a Beauty Blender to dab foundation onto my eyelids to even out some discoloration.

2.  Anastasia Brow Powder
I'm not THAT picky about my eyebrows, but it's been ingrained in me ever since I started wearing makeup that eyebrows frame the face, so mine are always done!  I use a very small angled brush like THIS with Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown to extend my brows to start closer to my nose and fill in the rest of my brows a little more.  This thing has lasted me forever.  I've been using it for several years and STILL haven't hit the bottom of the pan.

3.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow
I love this palette!  I gave it a shot a couple years ago after reading about its versatility, and I never turned back.  It has a lot of pigment and goes on really smoothly.  I use a flat brush like THIS to dab Stark all over my lid and then sweep it on my brow bone.  Then I use a crease brush like THIS to sweep Cover into my crease and a little above.  Finally, I use the same crease brush to apply Primal to the outer corners of my eye for a bit more definition.   This products also goes a really long way.  I've been using the same palette everyday for two years!

4.  Maybelline Eyeliner
I've gone through lots and lots of drugstore eyeliners, and this eyeliner in Onyx is my current favorite.  I love how bold it is, though because of that I need to apply it gently by dotting along my lash line instead of drawing one firm, continuous line.  I go a little past the outer corners of my eyes.  Then, I use this angled brush to smooth it out and smudge it into my lash line more.  I only line my upper lash line and skip the bottom for my everyday routine.

One thing I dislike is that I have a hard time sharpening it without feeling like I'm wasting a lot of product.  Often times a lot of it ends up smushed in the sharpener.

5.  L'Oreal Mascara
I use a hefty two coats of this mascara and really try to get into the base of my lashes.  I've noticed when I'm lazy about the base, that eyeliner that I applied earlier will actually run down to my lower lids and give me raccoon eyes.  The mascara serves as a barrier.

While I like the L'Oreal mascara, I would love to have even thicker lashes and am open to trying some of the non-drugstore favorites like Better Than Sex Mascara or the They're Real mascara.  (The latter is linked to the travel size, which is cheaper to try.  That site also has free shipping and free returns!)

6.  Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector
I have dark circles under my eyes, and this under eye corrector was recommended to me by someone at Sephora.  I have tried quite a few different concealers and under eye correctors, from drug store products to It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (linked to travel size because it's cheaper).  The Bobbi Brown one is the best I've tried so far.  All the rest actually enhanced my dark circles, which I think is again because the colors don't work for my skin tone.  But the Bobbi Brown corrector comes in an array of colors, and the Peach really counters and conceals my dark circles while still looking like my skin.

I dab just two dots under each eye from the tube.  It starts out really orange, but that's why it counters my blueish dark circles so well!  Then I use my finger to dab it into my skin and blend it out.  I blend it more with a beauty blender when I apply the rest of my foundation.

I didn't love it at first because I couldn't get it to stay on, and I felt for such an expensive product it shouldn't budge.  Even when the Sephora makeup artist applied it, it didn't stay on.  However, I finally figured out how to get it to stay put for just $2.50 (see Step 9)!

7.  Maybelline Foundation Stick
I tried this because Rebecca from Mommy In Heels said she used it to provide additional coverage in specific spots.  I wanted to even out some discoloration around my nose, but I ended up really liking this product because it helps keep my foundation on the more oily parts of my skin.  I draw a few lines on and around my nose and chin.  I blend it out in Step 8 with the rest of my foundation.  I use this in Pure Beige, and though it's not a perfect match it doesn't matter because I'll go over it with Step 8.

8.  Make Up Forever HD Foundation
This is the first non-drugstore foundation I started using regularly.  The shades in drugstores usually aren't great matches for the yellow that's in my Asian skin and end up making me look cakey, dry, or like my skin is dull.  This Make Up Forever HD Foundation has a really wide range of colors.  It provides medium coverage and looks really natural with a bit of dewiness.  As far as drugstore brands go, I like L'Oreal's Infallible Glow Pro Foundation, but the shades aren't as great of a match as Make Up Forever is for me.

I apply this with a Beauty Blender and dab/press it into my skin, as opposed to simply swiping it across my face.  That way, my skin can absorb it so that it stays in place better.

Random note: I don't apply any foundation to my forehead.  I know, kinda weird!  I just really don't like foundation on my forehead for some reason!

I'm also interested in trying Tarte's Amazonian Clay (or free shipping version HERE).

9.  elf Under Eye Setting Powder
I heard great reviews about this from a lot of those "best drugstore makeup" posts, and it's the best $2.50 I've spent.  This setting powder keeps the Bobbi Brown concealer in place, whereas otherwise the concealer would slide off within just a couple hours.  It's finer, which works better with fine lines that are also under my eyes.  Soooo glad I started using this!

I pat a good amount onto my under eye with this Real Techniques brush.  I've heard great things about Real Techniques brushes (which I also linked to in the eyeshadow step) as really good brushes for how little you pay.

10.  Benefit Bronzer  //  Cheaper travel size HERE  // Ulta HERE
I love how this shade contours my face in a really warm and natural way.  Tons and tons of people love this, and I hear it's great on a variety of skin tones.  I apply it with this angled elf brush (only $4!) right under my cheekbones and a little up towards my temples.  I've heard elf brushes are really good for the price but that the ones with the black handles are much better than the regular ones with white handles, and for only $1-2 more.

11.  NYX Blush
This drugstore blush is really subtle, and it just adds a light flush to give my face some color.  I apply it along my cheekbones with this elf brush.

12.  NYC Setting Powder
I'm really interested in trying the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder or the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores silk powder, but for under $4, this NYC powder ain't too shabby.  I apply it with this big Real Techniques brush.

13.  elf Setting Spray
I'd heard great things about this as well, and for $3, I was willing to try it.  At first, I spritzed it on my face a few times, but I didn't really like doing that nor felt it was effective.  I saw a few beauty bloggers spray it onto their Beauty Blenders instead, and I've liked that much better.  This adds extra reinforcement for my makeup to stay in place longer, and for $3 it's totally worth it.  Often times I'll skip powder and just do this setting spray.

There it is!  Also, I never wear anything besides chapstick on my lips because it's hard for me to find colors that I like, but mostly I just don't like how it feels whenever I have anything else on my lips.  Can't stand it!

Here's a before and after!  In the picture on the right above, I'm not even wearing bronzer, blush, or powder.  And one of my eyebrows is bugging me, hahaha!  It was one of those quick days, and I wasn't precise or meticulous.  But, realistically that's kinda how many days are for me with everyday makeup!

Like I said, I'm still testing out a few different products, but for the most part I'm pretty happy with this routine!

And for fun, here's a picture of when a makeup artist at Sephora did my makeup (eek, no thanks) and my normal daily look!  On the left is from Sephora.  It took way longer than I have tolerance for.  (Remember my 7-10 minute limit?)  It's way too made up for my taste, and it took wayyyy longer than I have tolerance for.  Remember my 7-10 minute limit?  This took like 20-25 minutes.  Plus, whatever she did didn't really last through out the day!  Regardless, I love this side by side comparison because it shows how different makeup can make you look!

Hope you enjoyed this post!  :D  I'd love to hear how this compares to your daily routine.  Do you wear a lot more, or a lot less?  What are some of your must-have items or must-do steps?  Mine would be eyes.  Always eyes!  If I only have a few seconds (which is rare), I'll do my eyebrows and throw on some light eyeliner!

Friday, May 19, 2017

REVIEWS: Floral Tees from Amazon, Awesome Shorts, Totes and White Tassel Necklaces Side-by-Side

Hello, hello!  It's been a while since I've done one of these shopping review posts.  So many of you tell me that these are some of your favorite posts because besides showing you some great finds, they help you to be better shoppers as you hear someone's thought process about various pieces.  Here are some pieces I've been looking at lately!

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a short torso.  I'm normally size S/M or 6/8 on top and M or 6/8 on bottom. 

Top on LEFT (HERE- size S  //  Top on RIGHT--more below (HERE) - size S
Last week I posted about an old floral print tee that I've gotten lots of compliments on and has recently come back with full force.  I listed 8 options of this top in a bunch of different silhouettes from various retailers on Amazon.  (Post is HERE.) 

Even though you could try most/all with free shipping and free returns with Amazon Prime, I wished I'd had first-hand experience with at least one or two of them at the time I posted.  So, later I ended up ordering a couple to try.  And I'm SO glad I did because one of them is terrible!  Haha!

Let's talk about the one on the LEFT first--the terrible one.  OMG.  It was Option #1 in last week's post.  If you ordered this one, forgive me!  The print looks nothing like my original tee.  Plus the material feels like that kind of scuba stuff, and there is no drape to the fit.  Overall, definitely NOT what I was hoping for.  Again, please forgive me if you ordered this one!  

As for the one on the right, see below.

Floral Tee (HERE) - size S
This print is the same as my old tee--whew!  The material isn't as thick as mine, but it is veryyyy soft, though somewhat thin and a bit see-through, at least in this color.  It has a scoop hem on both front and back (or...what's it called?  Blanking right now!)  But you can see above I tucked it into and it was long enough to fold over and out neatly.  Personally, I felt the S clung to me in ways I didn't love.  I have yet to try the M, but since the shoulders and chest on the S fit me perfectly I worry the M may be too large in the chest.  

On the left above with the cardigan, I recreated a look that I recently posted on Instagram with my old tee (HERE) so you could see how it functions.  This tee is an ivory base, whereas I think my old tee actually has a peach background.  You can barely tell the difference, but I thought I'd note it.

If you don't have wider hips to navigate like I do, this might be worth checking out.  I tried this particular brand because someone in the PMT Style Challenge Facebook group has like 3 of these in different colors (is that correct, Rachel? :P) and they looked GREAT on her!  Not great on my hips though.  

Availability is limited, but this tee can be found HERE.  

Another REALLY good option is from ModCloth HERE and is available in most sizes from XS-4X. It is more expensive than the Amazon options, and reviews seem mixed, so proceed with wisdom and read reviews!

I actually want this same top in a simpler silhouette like above, so I'm going to continue searching.  The one I have has a LOT of material and billows in the wind--yikes!  It's also very difficult to pair it with a wide range of skirts because there is too much material in the back.  

Chambray Shorts (HERE- size 6
I featured these on Instagram a few weeks ago HERE but thought I'd do a formal review plus show them ON a person.

Let's start off by telling you how much I LOATHE shorts.  If you're not in that boat, then these aren't going to be the gem of the find they are for me.  But, if you have a lifelong war with shorts, TRY THESE!

These are chambray, so they are lighter weight and more flexible than denim tends to be for me.  They're also slightly nicer.  I wouldn't replace denim shorts with these because I like the look of cuffed or distressed denim shorts.  But, these are very comfortable so I couldn't not keep them!

Most importantly, the wide leg opening is kind to my bigger thighs!  And that is the majority of my lifelong war with shorts.  Well, they're either too short, or the leg opening isn't wide enough--and it's usually both problems at once.

I typically prefer 4" seams, or 5" with them rolled up once to be 4".  But here I'm wearing a 3" seam, which I normally avoid like the plague.  Once in a while, a 3" seam surprises me and doesn't fit like a 3" seam, and that's the case for me with these shorts.  Others commented the same on Instagram and Facebook when I posted the flat lay photo a couple weeks ago.  However, there is a 5" version of these shorts HERE.

My one con would be that they wrinkle sort of easily.  Like, you can see it above after just a few hours of wearing.  I often don't like compromising much on clothing purchases, but considering how much I HATE shorts, I'll deal with some wrinkles to be comfortable in the summer.

I'm wearing size 6, and they are roomy on me.  However, I think wearing a size 4 would be quite tight everywhere--on the rear and legs, and I think it would cause the 3" to really feel like 3".  No thanks!  Size 6 is perfect.

Oh, and they're $19.99!  See them here:  3" seam (HERE)  //  5" seam (HERE)

Leopard Print Wedges (HERE)  //  Other solid colors HERE - size 8.5
I want leopard print sandals exactly like these SO badly, but I want flats.  Even though these are wedges, not flats, and they are super expensive, I ordered them to try because Amanda from the PMT Style Challenge Facebook group has been rocking them.  Plus, they are UGG which I am 100% behind when it comes to their wedge sandals.  I've sung the praises of how comfortable UGG wedge sandals are multiple times in the past.

These did not disappoint!  Comfortable as expected.  Like, SO comfy, you guys.  And freaking adorable!  Yet, as much as I LOVE them and as cute as they are with that black dress above, I'm on the fence about them, leaning towards returning.  Though the wedge is very mild and very easy to walk in, I originally wanted leopard print flat sandals to wear very casually with shorts and a tee.  When I imagine wearing these wedges with shorts, I just know I'd feel too dressed up and ultimately never really wear them.  For how expensive they are, that didn't feel worth it.  I want to wear them with dresses also, but I can only wear these with solid dresses, of which I have few for the summer.

However, they come in several solid colors at various price points HERE.  I'm considering the Suntan and will think through my different dresses.  I also need to determine whether they'd be different enough from other tan wedges and lighter colored shoes I have.  If not, then I don't need them, no matter how comfy or cute they are!

But, if you're interested in a cute and versatile wedge, try these in Suntan (HERE)!  I'm normally size 8.5 to 9, almost always size 8.5 in UGG, and these fit me well in 8.5.

Cold Shoulder Top (HERE) - size M
This top looked really cute on a couple people in the PMT Style Challenge FB group, and since I'm now sort of on board with the cold shoulder trend, this looked like a cute option.  I especially loved that it was a super soft t-shirt material, which would look good for casual things.

As cute as this looked on others, I felt it didn't work with my wider hips.  It's not that noticeable in this picture, and I wish I could have captured the problem better.  Perhaps a large would have been even better, but I don't think I love or need it enough to go through the trouble of trying it, haha!  Again, it was so cute on others, so if hips aren't a problem for you, check this out!  It is sooo soft and would be really cute and stylish in the summer with white or navy shorts.

Note the back is open.  It folds over, but with movement and without a camisole underneath, some of your lower back and possibly the middle of your back will show.  Beware!

Tops (HERE) - size S
I already remixed the red one earlier this week (post is HERE), but here is the black one as well.  I went back and forth between red or black for Wednesday's remix post.  Ultimately I went with red because I don't have others like it in my closet.  So cute!

As for the black one, I'm still on the fence.  It is totally cute, and I have several styling ideas with it that made it very difficult to choose between this and the red one.  I'm just wondering if it fills a need in my closet.  I'm totally about having multiples of good items in my closet.  The more important part is figuring out if each has a specific PLACE or ROLE in my closet that would cause me to want to wear it as much as other tops.  Would I always hesitate with this one and opt for the red one or another similar printed top that I already own?  Typically I hang onto items like that for a little longer and see if I'm inclined to reach for them or see if I can usually talk myself out of it and wear something else.  If the latter, I reallyyyyy know I don't need to keep it around.

If I decide to return the black one, before I do, I'll take some mirror selfies of the styling ideas I had for it!

Reversible Totes (HERE)
If you follow me on Instastories you may have seen me talk about these two totes.  I've talked about the cognac/black tote (bag on the right) as one of my must-have closet staples.  I had mine for 2.5 years and it started to tear, so recently I bought a replacement, which is the one on the right above.

The updated version is even more durable than my previous one.  That is great news!  However, the color is not as vibrant as my old one was, and when I finally realized it, I was like, "Ahhhh, am I okay with that?"

I then saw the same tote in lighter tan (bag on the left above)...or maybe someone on Instastories told me about it?  Can't remember.  Anyway, I ordered that one to see, and here they are side by side.

Honestly, I can't choose between them.

The updated cognac one has not bothered me as much as I thought it would.  I only got bummed about it when I put it directly next to my old cognac bag.  Otherwise, I don't think I would have even noticed.

I really like the color of the tan one, but it's not saturated and vibrant either.  It's almost unnoticeable or doesn't really stand out in my outfits.  I don't know.  Visually, I can't really describe it and you all probably think I'm crazy.  But when I'm holding it in person, I just feel like no one would ever notice my tote, whereas with the cognac one people complimented it all the time.  What I'm feeling might be more of an intuitive sense rather than something that you can actually see from pictures.  Because in the pictures, I actually like the tan one better!

I *could* just reverse the tan one because it's cognac inside, but I kinda don't like how the tote looks reversed in general.

Anyway,  I think both are fine choice!  And I'm annoyed with myself that it's taking me so long to make a decision, haha!

Necklace on Left (HERE)  // Necklace on Right (HERE)
Lastly, the necklace on the left was one I've had for about a year(?) and announced was back in stock earlier this week.  Well, it's out of stock again!

The one on the right is from Etsy, and I wanted to compared them.  First though...fun fact is that the one on the right is made by someone I follow on Instagram, but I had no idea that she was the one behind the shop for this necklace!

The Nordstrom one is slightly bigger and makes more of an impact, IMO.  But the Etsy one is similar and does the job.

If you're wondering why I have both, it's because I lost the Nordstrom one for a few weeks, and I seriously mean it when I say I don't think I can live without this.  Okay, maybe exaggerating.  But I really, really missed it during the weeks I didn't have it--including at the rewardStyle conference--and wanted to wear it in soooo many outfits but couldn't.  In that time, I ordered the Etsy one since the Nordstrom one was sold out.  Later, I found my Nordstrom one, and now I have two!

Alright, that's all for this week.  Have a great weekend!
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