Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HUGE REVIEWS: Old Navy and Target Finds + Affordable Nordstrom Fun Tops

This month I posted recommendations from Old Navy (HERE), a list of Spring Wardrobe staples for tops (HERE), and fun tops for building your spring wardrobe (HERE).  I finally tried some of those items, so here are my reviews for them!

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a short torso.  Usually S/M or 6/8 in clothing and 8.5-9 in shoes.  

Let's start with Old Navy!  

Olive Shirt Dress - size Medium Petite
You probably don't know this since I hardly wear them, but I'm a sucker for shirt dresses.  Prior to blogging over 6 years ago, I had several shirt dresses...that I hardly ever wore!  The problem was that the ones I had were too professional looking, and I never, ever needed to wear them.

But, shirt dresses like this one are different!  Whereas my past ones were too structured, this one is more flowy and feels more casual.  I can imagine it with sandals, white low profile sneakers, or open toe heels or wedges and a colorful bracelet or statement earrings.  

This dress is pretty long, so I ordered it in PETITE for it to hit my knees.  Also, besides the skirt length being too long in Medium Regular, the drawstring waist was also too low for me in regular sizing, so all around petite was better for me.  

There are short slits on the side that you can't see that well in my pictures, and the front bottom of the dress also opens a tiny bit.  It has pockets, and to me, that never gets old.  Haha!  The waistband is elastic with a drawstring and is adjustable.  It also comes in black and can be found HERE in regular, tall, and petite sizing.

Peplum Tee - size M
I'm usually skeptical of peplum tees because they often make me look like I have a tummy, yet I still try them knowing not all peplum is the same.  This one was actually not terrible!  (Is that a high bar or what?  Haha.)  But honestly, I didn't analyze the fit too much because the material wasn't great--at least in white.  It has this kind of burnout look, kinda the way heather grey looks but in white.  I can't put a finger on it, but something about the neckline, fit, and the material makes the top half of this tee look like an undershirt.  It's also a little see through.  (I had a nude cami on.)  However, I think all of those gripes might be taken care of in black, and possibly coral!  I do like the lace detail on the hem.  Too bad this one didn't work out!

Coral Jeans - size 4
I have 4 pairs of these rockstar jeans now!  (Distressed, olive, maroon, and coral.)  This coral is somewhat faded--more faded in person than they look on my computer screen.  I sized way down as usual with this cut and they are stretchy and soft enough that it worked out!  As usual, they looked TOO tight on me at first, but loosened up after a few hours and didn't stretch beyond that after.  Shown above is near the beginning of wear, starting to loosen up.  

Pink Jeans - size 4
I was debating between this pair and the coral pair above, and the coral pair won.  The coral pair is a full-length pair while this pink pair only comes in ankle-length.  I actually really like this color, and it's very "in" right now.  Also, this pair is stretchy and very, very soft.  However, I didn't love the ankle length on me.  Because of how they bunched on me, they constantly looked like they needed to be pulled down and adjusted. 

Black Joggers - size S
I've wanted joggers for a while because Benson wears them everyday and looks sooo comfy in them, and sometimes I don't want to wear leggings (my usual comfy clothes bottom).  But often tapered joggers don't look good with my wide hips.  THESE ARE WINNERSSSSSSSSSS!  I'm so happy I found some that fit!

They are on the thin side, which you could either be sad about if you wanted cozier joggers or you could be happy about if you want lighter ones for spring.  They have pockets, a wide waistband with a drawstring, and a medium rise.  I don't know how well they'll hold up given that they are on the thin side, but given how joggers that are flattering on me seem elusive, I'll ride these out for as long as they'll let me!

They're almost sold out but may come back in stock, so keep checking.  Find them HERE.

These are not just a different color than the ones above, but they are a different pants altogether.  I actually tried these before I tried the black pair, and liked these a lot in medium.  But, through a conversation I had with someone on Instagram, I got curious about sizing and later ordered a small to compare because I looooved the black pair in small.  Turns out I don't love the grey pair in small.  

I think the rise on the grey pair vs. black pair are slightly different, with the black pair's being a little higher.  While I love how the legs fit in the small in grey, the crotch area is too tight and rides up--and that's without me even doing any sort of movement.  

(The way I found the black pair was that I went in-store to find the grey in small but couldn't.  I found the black pair instead and tried them on, but remembered that the grey pair didn't have a black option online--only navy.  I got confused, looked online, and saw that they were actually different pants.  So, I ordered grey in small online.)  

While the grey pair in medium is pretty good, I love the black pair more.  HOWEVER, unfortunately I've already worn it around the house and threw away the tag, so I can't return them.  I'm keeping both the black and grey pairs!  

These were entirely sold out just a couple days ago, but are fully back in stock now.  Find them HERE!

Nude Flats - size 9
I tried another pair of nude pointy toe flats from Nordstrom that were over double the price of these, but honestly, the two are somewhat comparable.  I mean, the Nordstrom pair is better than these, but not at all by double the price.  I'm still debating about these.  I have to walk around the house in them to see if they rub my toes or heels uncomfortably, but upon initial feel they are flexible, unlike many cheaper flats that are quite stiff.  Though don't get me wrong, they still feel like cheap flats from Old Navy, but I wanted to put them on your radar to try in case they sell out soon.

Alright, onto Nordstrom reviews!  

Utility Jacket - size S, could have gone XS
This hot Nordstrom item is ON SALE at 40% off, making it a little over $41!  I don't need to replace mine, but I tried this for any of you who are looking.  I'm wearing a small here, and if I could find it in store I would have tried the XS since this was pretty roomy on me.  Overall, it's fairly comfortable, though not super duper duper soft like some other utility jackets from Nordstrom I've tried.  However, this is probably more durable.  I like the elastic waist that cinches and creates definition.  I wish the sleeves had elastic, but they can be rolled.  The large snap button pockets are GREAT, and I use the ones on my utility jacket all the time.  That's why this piece is SO GOOD for moms--you always need pockets to hold stuff, whether to hold the kids or to hold the stuff they hand you.

Find this left in several sizes HERE.

Twist Front Tee - size S
I showed this twist front tee in the fun tops post (HERE) and wanted to give it a shot.  It's a lot of bunched fabric, but I still liked it!  It's more flattering than I thought it'd be from the side, too!  I need to give it some more time and wear it around the house to see how it'll be with lots of movement.  I don't love how long it is in the back, so I need to play with it and see if I can adjust it in a way that stays. 

I love how it's a normal tee with a twist.  No pun intended!  This grey is a bluish grey, which is not what I'm looking for.  I ordered the white to try, and the black is quite tempting!  It comes in white, black, peach, blush grey, and a deep red.  See them all HERE.  

Cross Front Tee - sizes S and M
This tee is extremely soft, but pretty thin.  On me it didn't float away from my body as much as it clung to and hugged my curves, and how thin it is made it worse.  I tried sizing up on the right, which I think is a better fit from the front, but from the side it looks too large.  No go for me, but seems to be fine on the less curvy models on the product page.  Comes in 4 colors HERE.

Moving on to Target!

Grey Crew Neck Tee - size M
While I LOVE my heather grey Madewell v-neck tee (THIS), I also want a grey crew neck tee so I can wear it with statement necklaces.  I was pleasantly surprised by this one!  I like the rolled cuffs and how the sleeves aren't super formfitting on my arms.  I also like that it's more like a dark heather grey, meaning there is some visual interest.  The curved hem surprisingly works for me whereas usually I'm not a fan.

I was ready to rip the tag off this thing, UNTIL I saw a lighter one from Old Navy with a color that is more similar to my Madewell one (HERE).  It's more plain, without a curved hem or rolled sleeves, but I want to at least try it first!  It also comes in white, so I might give that a shot too.  But, if you're looking for a darker grey tee, head to Target and check this one out!  Also comes in black HERE.

Utility Vest - size S
I don't need to replace my utility vest, but boy was this tempting.  It's very, very soft and lightweight, which also helped it hang nicely on me.  It also has a drawstring waist so you can adjust it to make it more flattering.  It also has 4 pockets, which is awesome.  One unique feature that I think is really cute is that it has a button closure instead of a zipper.  Overall, very cute, and super affordable.

If you head into Target looking for it, don't mistake it for THIS other utility vest.  I've heard from several people that it's a little thicker, but also stiffer.  I think it's also a great option, but if you're looking for the soft one, find the one with the button closure.

I've got PLENTY more things to review, but that's all for today!  What are you shopping for currently?  I'll keep my eye out when I'm browsing for other things!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Wardrobe: Fun Tops and Jackets

Last week I wrote about my spring staples for tops and linked to tons of outfits I've worn with them.  I also said that I like my closet to be a mix of staples and fun, current pieces because it keeps my wardrobe feeling fresh by only buying a few new pieces every season.  The staples stay in my closet year after year, and I just rotate in a few fun, current, or trendy pieces for that season.  (Catch the last post on spring staples for tops HERE.)

These are fun statement pieces or ones with special detail that, combined with your staples, make the outfit more interesting.  They can be on trend or not--it really doesn't matter.  You can have great personal style without being on trend!  That said, a lot of pieces I'm showing today *are* kinda trendy because 1) that's just what's in stores currently, and 2) even though I don't participate in a ton of trends or usually am slow to, I actually love a lot of what's popular these days.

Here are a few tops you can add this spring!  Imagine them paired with a denim jacket, utility vest and jacket, or moto jacket.

Blush Colored Anything
Like I said a couple days ago, blush colored anything is really popular, and I'm definitely not sad about it!  I'm seeing it even more than last year, like not just in tops but also in jackets, flats, sneakers, and pants.  I'll feature blush shoes and pants when we get to those categories in later weeks, but for now we'll stick to tops.

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

Any of these pieces would freshen up your style, and I'd go through my favorites but I really like them all!  The bottom row of blush completer pieces are all SO cute!

Suede Moto Jackets
I've worn faux leather moto jackets for a while, but I'm loving the suede ones!  In the last post I talked about how items sometimes get more attention some years than others and are really "in" during the high-attention years, but it doesn't mean when there's less attention on them that they are "out" and shouldn't be worn.  I think a tan or grey suede moto jacket (in a neutral color, at least) may be one of those kinds of items.  Now, a blush one...I don't know about its longevity, but they sure are pretty!
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five

I really like Option 4 (HERE), but I'd prefer a style more like the others.  I love Option 1 (HERE), and while it's not as cheap as some of the others listed here, I think it looks great and is not as expensive as others I didn't show that are far, far, FAR more expensive.

Twisted and Cross Front Tees
I love these two twists (har har) on a normal tee!  The twist front tees will still work with necklaces but kick up the normal tee a notch.  The cross front tees are harder to wear with necklaces, but because the cross front provides that detail, you don't even need a necklace.  That's great news for times you don't want to deal with one, like when you're running out the door or when you're going to be really active and would be annoyed with a necklace on.

All the tops below come in multiple colors.

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

Feminine Details: Bell Sleeves, Lace Cutout, Ruffles
I love cutout tops, and Old Navy has a few different tops with cutouts in fun, bright colors!  As far as ruffles and bell sleeves, while I wouldn't consider my style very girly, I actually love some of the pieces below!

Most tops below come in other colors except for options 6, 7, and 8.
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

Flowy Tops + Cold Shoulder Tops
Loose, flowy blouses will always be in my wardrobe because they're comfy, easy to move around in, and usually have enough detail in them to help you look pulled together without having to add many extras.

The cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops are everywhere this season.  While I think they look really cute, this is a trend I've been very, very slow to try.  Haven't even tried one of these on in the dressing room!  No matter how cute they look, I have some practical questions about them.  Like, do the shoulders always ride up when you move around?  I could find that out in the dressing room, but I have other questions about how much I'll *really* wear one of these and the purpose it'd serve in my wardrobe compared to other pieces I own.  Like, a lot of them seem too cute for my everyday activities, or too impractical if the sleeves do ride up with lots of movement, (not to mention having to wear a strapless bra for the off-shoulder ones) and I'd probably only wear them for dressier occasions.  But then, if it's only for dressy occasions, is it worth it?  Or would I rather pick other tops over these for dressier occasions?  Eh, we'll see.  I need to give one a shot first, but like I said, I'm in no rush.  There are plenty of other springy pieces that I love to keep me occupied!

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

Next up is spring staples for the bottom half + dresses!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Mini Capsule: 8 Pieces to 8 Outfits + $250 Giveaway!

Spring Trip Packing Capsule Wardrobe
I know many of you are already shopping for spring, so today I'm excited to partner with thredUP to bring you a spring getaway capsule wardrobe!  (And to offer first-time users 40% off your order with code PMT40, AND offer you a $250 giveaway!  Info at bottom of post.)

If you're the kind of person who likes to have fun with a few new things but doesn't want to spend a lot, thredUP will be an awesome resource for you.  If you haven't heard of thredUP, it's a fantastic online shop that buys and sells like-new and new-with-tags items at a fraction of the retail price.  They carry brands like J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Target, Old Navy, Lucky Brand, and Anthropologie, as well as higher end brands like Paige Denim and Coach--all for up to 90% retail.  I love that it's all online because sifting through a bunch of racks overwhelms me!  I'd much rather shop from the comfort of my couch.  :)  Also, if you're doing a closet clean out, look into thredUP as they could also buy your gently used items.

To show you the kinds of great pieces you can find at thredUP, I put together a mini spring capsule wardrobe with a few I found!
What to Pack for Vacation: Spring Getaway Trip

thredUP has an enormous inventory, so thankfully their filter system is awesome.  I typically only search "new with tags" and "like new" items and then filter by item type and sizing.  You can add other filters like color, price, brand type, and even more specific filters within the categories.  Above, 5 of the 8 clothing items are from thredUP (all but the white jeans, distressed jeans, and white camisole), and they are all excellent quality and feel brand new!

Here are the 8 pieces in 8 outfits!

I didn't intentionally choose a color scheme while shopping, but it all worked out so well together.  Blue, white, grey, and blush!  

Outfit #1: Flowy Printed Blouse + White Jeans
These types of blouses are really easy to wear and make for effortlessly put-together outfits in the spring.  The blue blouse above is NYDJ and originally $119, but I found it at thredUP for just $14.90!

Outfit #2: Colored Top + Jeans
I love that this top is shaped like a t-shirt but is a little more flowy than a typical cotton tee and looks a bit nicer.  It's a LOFT top that I got last year from thredUP and it's become one of my spring and summer go-to's.

Outfit #3: White Top + Skirt
The neutral top could be a solid cotton tee, a blousy camisole like this one, or some other solid neutral blouse, depending on how dressy or casual you want to be.

Outfit #4: Colored Top + Skirt
One of my favorite things to shop for at thredUP is skirts.  They have soooo many of them.  This time around I found 7 REALLY CUTE skirts.  One of them was this seersucker pencil skirt from Banana Republic that is adorable for spring!  It retails at $118, but it was $12 at thredUP!

Outfit #5: Flowy Printed Blouse + Jeans
For a second look with this blouse, I paired it with jeans and sandals for a dressed down look.

Outfit #6: Statement Jacket + White Cami + Jeans
I rely a lot on lightweight jackets in the spring, and thredUP has a ton of them.  A statement jacket like this stylishly pulls together two basics.  This jacket is also from thredUP and is Club Monaco.  I've never owned anything from Club Monaco because it's soooo expensive (this retails at $225), but with thredUP I have the joy of owning this high quality, adorably chic piece.  And it was only $28!!!!  CRAZY!

Outfit #7: Skirt + Flowy Printed Blouse
This outfit might not work depending on the patterns of your skirt and blouse.  Two things I've learned about pattern mixing are: 1) When the colors are the same among the pieces it helps it feel cohesive, and 2) It helps to have one pattern that's smaller or more subtle while the other is more dominant.  This combo does both of those things!

Outfit #8: Colored Top + White Jeans 
Lastly, I love this light color palette of white, greys, and blush.  I found this jacket on thredUP a couple of months ago when I was looking for a replacement tan faux leather jacket.  thredUP was actually the first place I searched for my replacement jacket.  None of the tan ones worked out, but this grey one did!  This is Mossimo and would have retailed at around $39.99, but I got it for $16.  As with all the other items I got, this looked brand new when it arrived!  

(All thredUP items featured above are c/o thredUP with the exception of the grey faux leather Mossimo jacket.)

Spring Trip Packing Capsule Wardrobe
$250 Giveaway!
thredUP is giving away $250 credit to one lucky person!  To enter, go check out thredUP HERE, then come back and leave a comment with a link to your favorite thredUP item.  Good luck!  

40% Off Code for New Customers: PMT40
Anyone who hasn't tried thredUP yet gets an additional perk!  They are offering the first 100 people 40% off your order with code PMT40!  It applies only to new customers and is valid up to a $50 discount.

Go browse all the goodies they have to offer HERE!

Huge thanks to thredUP for sponsoring this post!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blush + Olive

I'd never really been into pastels, softer colors, or softer neutrals, but over the last few years my love for softer pinks and blush has slowly grown.  It started about two years ago when I bought a pair of light pink heels (seen HERE).  A few short months later, during a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I got the top in today's post and my affinity towards blush grew even more.  For the last year and a half since then I've added a couple more pale pink pieces, and my love for it is growing strong--stronger, even!  Thankfully, it's still "in" again this season because that means tons of blush and light pink pieces are available.  :D

Blush goes with quite a few colors, but one of my favorite combos is with olive.  I did it in today's outfit and shortly after in another outfit on Instagram HERE.  For today's outfit, I finished the look with leopard print flats to add more interest to a bunch of solids pieces.  This outfit and the one I linked to on Instagram were on repeat for most of last week!

I'd wanted a replacement pair of olive jeans ever since before I was pregnant.  (So, we're talking YEARS.)  Due to pausing the search because of getting pregnant, not wanting to spend a ton of money on them, and simply not being able to find the right pair, years have passed and I hadn't found a replacement.  Until now!  I discovered these jeans from Old Navy that are the same cut as the distressed jeans I've been wearing a ton, and I couldn't order them fast enough!  They actually sold out completely shortly after I bought them but have since been restocked.  (Whew!)

The color is slightly faded or muted, so they'd be better for casual outfits.  Sometimes when olive jeans are really dark and have a smooth texture they might be able to pass for business casual pants, but that would not be the case with these Old Navy jeans.

They have some stretch, but are not as stretchy as the distressed pair and don't bag out as much.  I sized down two sizes in these again, normally size 6/8 down to a 4.  I'm quite happy that I finally found them since they can be worn in the fall, winter, and spring!  Find them HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--in other colors, similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similarsimilar, similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (similar)

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