Monday, April 27, 2015

Navy, Khaki, and Red for Work

I've decided this is my new work outfit.  It's simple, not terribly boring, but overall decently put together.  (Maybe minus the wrinkles.  Bah.)  And it's comfortable and nursing friendly.  So, bam.  Three birds with one stone!  

I always forget that I love navy and tan together.  Like, a whole lot.  You could also do this look with black shoes, which I quickly snapped a pic of and will show a side-by-side of some other day.  However, I'm partial to a pop of color.  Red shoes?  Yes, please!

Lastly, I've been wearing this watch any chance I can get.  When I was a kid I wore a watch so much that I got a crazy, like crazy, strong watch tan.  If I wasn't wearing a watch, you would have thought I had a white watch on.  What can I say?  I tan easily.  Let's not even start with how bad my sock tan was!

Anyway!  I haven't had a watch for a while, but this Daniel Wellington one is perfect.  It's sleek and streamline, but by no means boring.  It's faced with crystals which adds a great feminine detail, though I can never capture that in pics because of the light outside.  (You can see them on the DW site.)  If you're in the market for a watch, you can get 15% off any DW watch with code puttingmetogether until April 30th!

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

Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar
Pants: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Gap (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact--cognac/black)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off code puttingmetogether until April 30th)
Bracelet: Guess c/o Zappos (exact)

*Nursing friendly

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shopping Adventures - White Jeans, Petite Jeans, and Designer Skinny Jeans--Whaaaat?

High five if you also despise shopping for jeans!  Why is it such a horrible process?  Ugh.

My white jeans were already a little too big for me, but because I've lost a couple of extra pounds they're really, really too big for me now.  And not in a way that is worth tailoring.  When LOFT had a recent sale I took the opp to try their white jeans.  I'm a huge fan of their Modern Skinny cut, so I thought, "Why not?"

However, jeans often tend to be too long on me, so even though I'm 5'6" I threw a pair of petite jeans into my order too.  For funsies.  Here are the results!

This is LOFT's regular Modern Skinny cut.  I'm normally size 6/8 and I usually wear 6 in Modern Skinny.  There's also a Curvy Skinny version in white, if you have a smaller waist and wider hips.

For some reason both the black and white versions of Modern Skinny jeans seem to be longer on me than the normal skinny blue jeans.  You can see the bunching at the ankles.  I could get them hemmed, but what is hard to tell in this pic is that there's also a little extra room around the waist.

Overall, the jeans are a very bright white, not cream-ish or off-white.  The material seems sturdy, while there is a little stretch so that they're comfortable.  In my opinion, they are pretty good in the sense of not being see-through.  I don't think you can get away with totally brightly colored underwear out in the sunshine, but they're thick enough that you might be able to get pretty darn close.  Nude or neutral underwear would definitely be fine.  

Then I tried the petite Modern Skinny fit in size 6.  I think they look way better!  However, I'm desiring like 1/2 inch longer on the leg.  Or...do you think they're fine as is?  I'm still contemplating and need some second opinions!  

It feels strange to order petite, but hey, it kinda works!  

Next up...I had some credit for Zappos, so I decided to go all out and try some designer jeans.  One of our very brand-conscious guy friends swears by designer jeans feeling and fitting so much better than cheaper jeans.  While I usually roll my eyes at him about his brand snobbiness he made me very curious to experience the difference for myself with designer jeans.  Actually, I honestly don't know what counts as designer jeans because I'm not cool enough to know the difference, but anything over $100 is designer in my mind!  :P

I tried DL1961 Emma Leggings which are technically jeggings I guess, but they feel thick enough to be normal jeans.  Just softer and stretchier.  Or is the softness because they're so expensive and "designer"?  No idea, but OMG they are wonderful!

They're extremely flattering on the rear and really all over.  They make you look slim and trim!  And they hold their shape through out the day!  This wash has somewhat of a faded vintage feel to it (slightly), which I'm not sure is what I was looking for.  I'll probably try the "bloom" darker wash instead.

I'm wearing these in 29, even though Nordstrom's True Fit size thingy told me I'd be 28.  Seriously guys, they fit like a glove.  Like, they magically mold to your body in the most flattering way.  Okay, I'm not sure if that'll be the case for you, but it's definitely true for me!  Some other reviewers both on Zappos' and Nordstrom's site say the same thing though!

Do any of you wear expensive jeans?  What differences have you noticed?  This is only my first pair of $100+ jeans, so I don't have much data to compare with my normal under $50 jeans.  But, so far so good!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shopping Help: Spring Flats

Okay okay okay, it's true.  I've been wearing a lot of heels lately.  I already told you how that's been happening (aka AirPufs).  But I know a good insole does not fix all the problems that come with heels.  So today I've got a bunch of super cute flats for ya!

There were approximately one billion really cute options out, and while I tried to pare the list down, I'm sneaking into the text portion below the ones that didn't make it into this collage.  Because cute things shouldn't be kept hidden!  ;)

All are from Target, Old Navy, Forever 21, and H&M.   Top 3 rows come in multiple colors.  
Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine
ten  |  eleven  |  twelve

Row 1: Sandals - Option 1  |  Option 2  |  Option 3
I have more tan sandals than I need, but I'd love to add a colorful pair!  Option 1 comes in 6 colors, however a white pair like #3 would also be darling.

Row 2: Solid Flats - Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6
Tried and true standard flats.  Option 5 looks similar to my blue suede pumps but the non-heel version (score!).  However, it also comes in magenta which I would loooove as well.  Option 6 is leather, and the mint color is gorgeous! 

Row 3: Cutouts or Lace Flats - Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
Like I said, I've been loving cutouts.  I've had this pair of cutout wedges for several years, and I get asked about them often.  Lucky me, cutout stuff is back in this year!  Option 7 is a classy loafer style that comes in 5 neutrals - beige, tan, black, navy, and white.  Option 8 is a simpler look that comes in silver or the beautiful blush color shown above.  Or, find the black, white, or brown versions HERE.  
I also found a ton of lace flats!  Option 9 is from Target, while there's another pair of lace flats from H&M.

Row 4: Patterns and Prints - Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
I'll take one of each please.  (Except I already have one like #12.  See them HERE.  :D )  Those polka dots are SO CUTE!  How adorable would they be with a chambray dress, or even white shorts with a chambray top?  Too cute.

I'd also love a floral pair!  Option 11 is also from Target, or there's an H&M pair with an even lighter floral print.  Both are really cute.

Time to bust out the happy flats?
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