Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Holy Chic

One of my staff asked during a video chat, "Does your shirt say, '...Holy....Chic?'"  Yes, yes it does, I said with a chuckle.  "That really suits you," he said.  Not sure whether that was a compliment or what, but I'll take it as one!  Especially compared to what the guy at Chipotle said about it when his female coworker said she liked my top.  He said, "I don't get it..." and when she explained it to him he rolled his eyes and said, "That's dumb,"--right in front of me!  Thanks, buddy.  I was actually fine with that and laughed it off because, whatever, it's a shirt.  BUT THEN he started attacking Target--and that's when he jumped onto my bad list.  You can dislike my Old Navy top, but if you mess with Target, I will CUT you!

Anyway, let's forget about the Target-bashing Chipotle worker and focus on this oversized drapey cardigan.  I've been looking for something exactly like this since last winter, and I think this one is the winner.  I love the marled texture, hood, and especially the zippered pockets so that I can tuck away my cell phone and not worry about it falling out.  Booyah.

I bought the cardigan discounted and with credit from Le Tote.  It's also on Amazon, but for full price.  Or check out one of the much more affordable options below!

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

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Old Navy (exact)
Cardigan: Le Tote (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: c/o Denizen (exact, similar)
Shoes: TOMS via Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)


  1. Don't you just love it when people talk like that. I remember the first time I did a half tuck on a blouse that I wore to a family Christmas party. I felt super confident until my cousin said, oh, your shirt came untucked in the bathroom. When I to her that it was meant to be styled that way she gave me the most puzzled look like I had lost my mind.

    And, as you said, on to the drapey cardigan. This is really pretty and looks like it can go both dressy and casual. It is great when you find something that you have been looking for a long time.


  2. I like that cardigan! Perfect grey color!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
    A $300 Kate Spade giftcard giveaway on the blog

  3. I think the shirt is cute! And I love the cardigan.

  4. Nine Thirty to FiveWednesday, October 29, 2014

    LOVE this whole outfit and want to buy it ALL. Perfect weekend outfit and you look adorable as always. - Paloma @ NinethirtytoFive

  5. Sigh.. some men will just never understand fashion. And how awesome Target is. My husband still doesn't get how I can spend hours in Target. That's fine.. just don't bother me while I'm there, thanks! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. I always think it is funny how thrifty you and most of the commentors
    think you are! Don't get me wrong....I love your blog and your taste in
    clothing. But it is quite obvious that I grew up way poorer than you and
    know that your definition of thrifty is not the average person's idea. For instance, I would never in a million years purchase clothes full price from Target, Forever 21, Old Navy, etc. unless it was a dress to attend a wedding or a staple item for interviews. Or undergarments, of course. As I type this, I am currently wearing your #4 cardigan that I purchased for $4 brand new with tags from a consignment store. And the sheer amount of clothing you buy! You make a big fuss about having a re-mixable wardrobe so that you can be trendy and stylish on a budget....but you are still testing out things like Golden Tote, getting pieces you don't need. And before you criticize me saying..."oh, but you must have a really great thrift store in your neighborhood...." blah blah blah, I'm from Central Wisconsin, a town with a population under 700. The nearest actual "city" is 45 minute drive away and is still only about 30,000 people. The trick is, that I don't buy new clothes every month. But I do stop and browse a store or two ever month. I have the items I need and still feel that I am stylish and not stuck in the "basic jeans, cute top" rut that you described. Purchasing new items happens very rarely. Yet, over time I've built a wardrobe very similar to yours in both quality and quantity...but at half the price and double to time. Your blog just feels frivolous. $29.99+tax at Target for the #4 gray sweater? No. That's what lazy, money to burn people pay.

  7. As I said, I do think this is a cool blog. Just not practical or as thrifty as people say it is. Sorry for the rant. But I live with a person who is like this except since I know her in person, I can see how uppity she is about clothes and money and brands. And I'm transferring some of that attitude in my head to you, and that isn't fair.

  8. Wow Christine -- I actually agree that this blog is fantastic and you can
    take from it what you would like. I ever understand why people don't just keep
    their negativity to themselves! If you don't like it or you think it is
    "frivolous"... then why read it?? There are plenty of other blogs out there and
    I am actually quite surprised that you think this one is frivolous compared to
    some others out there!! I come here for style outift ideas and I am able to mix
    up my own wardrobe by pairing my regular items in new ways or ways I might not
    have though of myself. We all are able to purchase clothing within our means... don't know why you need to attack and be negative.

  9. That's such a cute tee & you look adorable in it!! I've been loving grey this season so I really like all of these cardigan choices.

  10. Clearly a case of jealousy and projection. You are downright disrespectful calling her lazy. Then you have the nerve to tell her what she does not need. If this blog is not for you then exit to the left. She has the right to show what she wants on this blog and to buy what she wants if she can afford it. Stop projecting your personal issues on her. Your negativity is not welcomed here.

  11. Wow, just because you are bitter about someone you live with does not make this reaction okay. Giving your opinion or a different perspective is one thing -- attacking her in such an immature and rude way is not acceptable. As you obviously know, everything is relative. For Audrey's income/lifestyle/etc. she is probably very thrifty. For example, I make six figures, but because of how I was raised I still shop at Target and look for good deals. For someone who makes millions of dollars, shopping at Nordstrom might be thrifty. And as you have shared, shopping consignment stores is thrifty to you. All in all, this blog is definitely practical and stores like Forever 21 and Old Navy are considered budget-friendly to most.

    By the way, she has a brand-new baby and a blog to run. Thrifting does not have to be her thing, and she is clearly not lazy.

    Get over yourself.

  12. Now I want this cardigan. It's so beautifully draped. It's going to sit in my amazon cart until a good deal comes my way. The chipotle worker wishes he could be as cool as Target is.

  13. I think Audrey does a wonderful job of showing how she remixes and re-wears her clothes, and I think that's why so many of us come back again and again to see what she's wearing. If anything, that's the opposite of being lazy, since everyone can think of 1 cute way of wearing something, but Audrey shows us 20 ways. I don't think she's ever maintained that she's thrifty - she just wears "affordable" clothing from stores most of us can afford to shop at. Very rarely do I see anything over $50. None of us know her financial situation, but I'm confident that Audrey very much lives within her own means. Judging someone for spending more than you, and the difference between those two being less than $20, isn't really necessary in this situation, or at least it isn't worthy of such accusations. I totally understand being frustrated sometimes, and you should totally be proud of your own thriftiness, but projecting that onto Audrey was unnecessary.

  14. This makes me feel better! I bought that same shirt a few weeks ago and had to explain it to my husband. But once he got it, he liked the shirt. :)

  15. Hi Christine,

    Kudos to you for creating a great wardrobe in a very thrifty way. It’s quite impressive, and you should certainly be proud. I think what is considered affordable is relative, and like you’ve pointed out, what you consider affordable may be different from what someone else considers affordable. I don’t pride myself in being thrifty. I know there are far thriftier people out there. I just shop within the budget that my family and I have set and what I’m comfortable with, which leads me to Target, Old Navy, and Forever 21, and I try to buy pieces that I can use in different ways. Being thrifty is not the goal of this blog. It is to help women feel like they have a better handle on creating their personal style and also to help them utilize their wardrobes, regardless of how expensive or inexpensive their items are.

    As to the reference to Golden Tote, just to clarify I did not purchase those clothes. They were given to me by the company to review the service, as I wrote in the blog post, and as indicated with a “c/o” in any post whenever I’m given clothes. I recognize that it is a perk to receive free clothes to review on blogs, and I am very grateful for it. Sometimes I keep the clothes while sometimes I sell them, give them away, or actually offer to send them back to the company after I review them.

    Thank you for chiming in with your experience. If the content I post on here are not helpful for you then I would be happy to point you other bloggers who focus on thrifty finds.

  16. What is it with Chipotle workers? I don't think I've ever met one who doesn't come across as cranky. ... which is funny because I'm pretty sure I watched a documentary where the owner/founder prided himself in their happy employees. Anyway. I really like this outfit. Holy Chic, you are super chic. The tee suits you perfectly :)

  17. HappinessatmidlifeWednesday, October 29, 2014

    What a funny story - your tee is cute and so is this whole outfit.


    P.S. Hope you will stop by and join TBT Fashion link up.

  18. Haha! I've tried it on and walked by it stroking it longingly like a weirdo (as well as the "fabulous" one) so many times, and finally got it when it went on sale for like $5. Couldn't pass that one up!

  19. Thanks, Kate! :D

    And my friend was a manager at Chipotle and she was NOT having it. Not sure what that's about, but at least the female employee was chipper.

  20. Thanks, Marta! I've been loving grey this season as well. And black! Apparently neutrals are in the air.

  21. LOL! Target is my Disneyland! My husband actually enjoys going to Target too, but he gets lost in wayyyyyy different things than I do. He likes to stand in the hardware section...o_O. I say I'll meet him back over by the shoes! Or the clothes. Or the gift wrap. Or office supplies. Or home goods. You know the drill. ;)

  22. OHmigosh. The first time I did a half tuck, I was walking out the door with my friend and she turned to me and said, "OH! Your shirt is doing something weird..." and pulled my shirt out for me thinking I had accidentally left it tucked in coming out of the bathroom. You and I are just too cool for school. That's all. ;)

  23. Running4Zippys SMEWednesday, October 29, 2014

    I love the cardigan, but I canʻt afford to splurge on it when we are expecting in Feb... maybe I will... it is sitting in my amazon cart right now because I am not a member of Golden Tote

  24. I happen to love your tee....so cute!

  25. beautiful cardigan!


  26. Cute cardi. Love the tee. And, yes, nobody messes with Target.

  27. love that cardi! fun and chic :)


    C's Evolution of Style

  28. OMG I am roflmao. Mess with Target and I WILL cute you. You are so funny. (But I believe you.)

  29. Love this look!

    xo - Sheila

  30. love the H & M cardi...SO cute!! Thanks for all the links...I am actually on the hunt for a gray cardi!

    Any chance we'll see updates of your cute baby??? :)

  31. Hey Megan! Baby pics won't be a regular part of the blog, at least not anytime soon. I post pics of her on a Instagram though!

  32. I love this look!! I just styled this tee with another blogger on Monday. I paired mine with a striped blazer and she wore a maxi! It is such a cute tee!! You always look chic so it is perfect for you!! Susan

  33. OOOO, great cardigan! I see its from Le Tote, did you keep it or are you sending it back?


  34. I was given some credit there, so I kept this one.

  35. Holy cow, that cardigan is so much fun! I love the hood, and the color is perfect as well - I hope it's as cozy and soft as it looks!!!

  36. lol too funny! I never could figure out the half tuck thing, I am def not cool enough for that! Thanks for your awesome blog and kudos for keeping it up after baby! I'm a 44 year old mom of two teenagers and I love to read your blog and the comments-you have awesome supporters!

  37. Haha, thanks Janine! I'm really grateful for some amazing readers as well. Yourself included! I may not respond to every comment, but I totally recognize regular commenters, and I definitely know your name and want to thank you for saying hello and chiming in too! :)

  38. Maybe I missed this in the post/comments, but does that cardigan run true to size? Thanks!

  39. Hi! I normally wear S/M and I got it in Medium.


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