May Obsessions

Happy Friday my friends!!

How is it already Memorial Day weekend? How are we here at the start of summer?? I’m struggling with how fast time is flying by, this time next year little man will be graduating pre-school and heading off to Kindergarten (assuming, we don’t redshirt him which may be an option pending how the next year goes with some of his developmental challenges we’ve been working through).

Anyhow, I digress. Last month I had a blast sharing what I was loving, so I figured I’d make it a monthly thing on the last Friday of the month! Here are my five current loves/obsessions:

  1. These Old Navy sandals. At first I wasn’t so sure. But then I started wearing them, and now I’m obsessed. They’re the perfect dress up, dress down summer sandal and are pretty comfortable to boot. Bless you Old Navy, you’ve been ON POINT for shoes lately.
  2. This pretty peplum back Pleione top. I bought it in red and black (florals) and kept the black floral. Red’s not prominent in my wardrobe but I just didn’t see myself wearing it as much. It does a run big (but narrow in the shoulders and sleeves) I could have gone either way with the Medium or small but chose the small because the medium kind of drowned me in the bodice. Solid colors are on sale so check those out (I love the magenta!).
  3. This Athleta tank. Which is my new favorite workout top, and currently on sale! It’s perfect for my strength days, my running days and my yoga workouts. I have it in white, but clearly, need it in more colors.
  4. All of the Polar Water summer flavors. Like…all of them. If you can get your hands on some of these bad boys, please do. They are FANTASTIC.
  5. This dress. Times a million. I have it in black as a short sleeve but recently got navy in the tank style. It’s super flattering, comfortable and just the perfect summer basic.

Three things I’m lusting over…

This eyelet top. Perfect flirty summer top. Would be cute with some pink or olive pants for a date night or with colored or patterned shorts for a summer day trip to the beach or a winery.

Collared sweatshirt t-shirt? Uhhh yes, please. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted the white one, BUT since I’ve stained in some way, shape or form almost every pretty white top I have, I’d probably get the black/olive one or the grey/navy one.

I love me some lace yolk tops. This one at Nordstrom is on sale and super pretty. I think the pink though white is super versatile too! Old Navy also has a dress and tank option that are both really pretty and perfect for summer.

 

What are you currently loving and lusting over? 

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May Stitch Fix Reveal

Happy Tuesday y’all!

It’s been a busy week/weekend – we just got back from a whirlwind 24 hours in Boston and nearly 20 hours in the car over 48 hours. Do not recommend driving to Boston for such a short visit but was significantly cheaper than flying so…you do what you gotta do.

A couple weeks ago, I got my May Stitch Fix. Since I’ve been reading up a lot on how to make fixes better and giving more productive feedback about fit and style, my fixes have improved. My issue with Stitch Fix is still prices largely, but it’s always a fun package to receive so I’m going to keep on keeping on with them.

Top: Skies are Blue Leann Lace Blouse | Bottom: Liverpool Anita Skinny pant (petite)

I have these pants in burgundy and a pair in navy (that I only recently realized are not petite length thus…way too long) and they are so comfortable and flattering. I noticed that my favorite Ann Taylor skinny ponte pants are getting worn in the legs, so I mentioned I was looking for a replacement pair of black pants for work – they delivered. Huge win, these pants are most flattering and comfortable. Keep!

The top, I wanted to love. It was a touch too big for me, but I loved the color and style generally but when it came to deciding factor, it was a $58 shirt which is a lot for me to spend on one top (especially since I was getting the pants for definite). I passed on the shirt, but style wise it was on point. Returned. 

Top: Blu Pepper Kenward V-Neck Top

I was very ehhhh on this one. I wasn’t in love with the color, and the crochet like detail on the collar was not-exactly work friendly for me. Though the style/shape of the top was okay, I didn’t really love it at all. Returned. 

stitch fix scuba dress

Dress: Wisp Mere Lasercut Scuba Dress

Generally, I like A-line dresses. I love ponte style fabrics – I find them flattering and comfortable. I requested to see what they had and they came back with a cute black and white dress in scuba like fabric. It was….okay. The dress itself was comfortable, but a little bit dressier than I was looking for. I wavered back and forth but ultimately, I just wasn’t in love with the dress as much as I wanted to be for the price tag. Returned. 

Skirt: Le Lis Maura Zip Pocket Detail Skirt

Skirts are SO hit or miss for me. They’re either too high waisted or they sit wrong and flaunt my mom-gut that I’m still working on getting rid of. This skirt, unfortunately, was no different really. The print was cute, but the way it fell was just…nope, it was too high and the pockets were too awkward. I disliked it so much, I forgot to take a picture. I promise…you’re not missing much.  Returned. 

I’d give this month’s fix a 3.5 of 5. Reading up on how to get the most out of your fix has really helped as has joining a couple of styling groups on facebook to see what others are getting to give yourself ideas as well.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?  What was your experience like? 

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April Loves

April is one of my favorite month’s thanks to my birthday. Originally this post full of everything I’m loving lately was scheduled for last week but I just didn’t finish it and have been crazy busy with a work trip to Texas and family in town for Easter since then 🙂 It’s been a busy week to say the least.

So in honor of my birthday last week,  I’m starting a monthly loves post with the five things I’m loving the crap out of.

april loves

  1. 3-week yoga retreat workouts. 30 minute yoga workouts are always a win.
  2. Peep toe cut-out booties. So many heart eye emojis here.
  3. Peplum hem tanks. Dress up, dress down. I have four now.
  4. Old Navy Maxi dress. Because every closet needs a black maxi dress.
  5. Bell sleeve sweater. Not only is it soft, but it’s flattering and perfect for spring. The pink is super pretty but I really, really might need black in my closet too. I originally saw this top on Audrey’s blog – she posted this one too many times and I decided I had to have it 🙂

What are you loving this month?

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Lustworthy: BaubleBar for Target

I’ve got a thing for statement jewelry.  I have a few pieces that are “dainty” and sentimental but really, my chunky, statement necklaces are what I grab most days. So I super pumped to see that #targetdoesitagain with their latest partnership with Baublebar – one of my favorite jewelry joints.

They have a great variety of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings – I don’t wear earrings much, and bracelets aren’t really my jam (except for the one I picked – this one is perfectly dainty and not bulky)  but the necklaces are ON POINT. See my favorites below! Baublebar for Target

(Top Row L-R: One, Two, Three,
Bottom row L-R: Four, Five, Six)

Seriously loving these pieces from the statement colors to the pears to the bling – this line is everything for me and I’m in serious love and want all of the pieces.

Have you checked out the Baublebar line for Target yet? What are your favorite pieces?

{FTA disclosure: All opinions here are my own. This post has no affiliation with Target or Baublebar and is not sponsored. This post may contain affiliate links that provide some extra $$ in my pocket if you click and make a purchase}

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What I wore: Winter Gray

Happy new year folks!

Already my resolutions/intentions are off to a terrible start. No blogging last week but total writers/block.

That being said! I’m back! Happy 2017! Again!

jcrew tippi sweater

[pants | shoes | sweater | button down (similar) | necklace ]

tippi sweater

I’m absolutely in love with the Tippi sweater. It’s super versatile, I want it in all of the colors. (i have two currently. I also love the Charley sweater from JCrew Factory which has since been discontinued but can be found on Poshmark.)

{Near duplicate outfit here! See, multiple colors.}

FTC disclosure: Some links may be affiliate links and may provide compensation from clicks or purchases. All opinions are mine and mine alone. Thanks in advance for supporting my little blog habit! 

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What I Wore: Holiday Party Girly

I am the WORST wanna-be style bloggers ever. I had the CUTEST outfit for my holiday party a couple of weeks ago and alas, I did NOT get a picture of it. Not one. So Much FAIL.

 

[Skirt | Top | Necklace | Shoes (old, similar) ]

These shoes y’all. I have had these shoes for FOREVER, they’re Steve Maddens and I love them. They desperately need new inserts but I wear them two, maybe three times per year because they’re my holiday shoes. I usually trip and near break my ankle at least once each time I wear them (true story), and this year was NO different. But every time I wear them I feel fun, flirty and festive – which is how any girl should feel around the holidays.

My outfit was inspired by this pin – I DESPERATELY wanted to try a tulle skirt. For no other reason than I wanted to try something different and I really don’t get that many opportunities to dress up throughout the year so, I wanted to get a little girlier than I normally do.

Another “fun” fact: if you’re going to shop at Charlotte Russe (which is where, after scavenging many retail establishments in the greater Annapolis area, I finally found a tulle skirt), be prepared to size up at least 1 to 2 sizes from where you normally are. Don’t take it personally. Their size 8 is more like a size 4. Vanity sizing is disgusting my friends.

All of this and of course I forgot to snap a picture. I’ll get better at this whole blogging thing again I promise – its a new years resolution.

What’s your favorite festive party wear?

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OOTD: Gingham and Camel

When you’re stuck in a blogging rut my friends, find an OOTD post that you’ve been meaning to post for 3 weeks but haven’t taken the time to write up. Voila! Insta-blog! AMIRITE?

Anyhooo, One of my favorite fall looks is gingham and/or plaid. Put it together with navy and camel – two neutral staples in my closet and you’ve got a winning combo! Usually, Friday’s are casual days, but earlier this month a business meeting up near Philly had me dressed up during a normally, dress down day.

{shirt – J.Crew Factory | Pants – J.Crew Factory | Shoes – J.Crew (consigned), Similar | Cardigan – JCrew Factory, Old; Similar | Necklace – Loft Factory, old; Similar}

And y’all…those shoes. What I call my power shoes because leopard heels? Rawr. Those are JCrew heels that I found on consignment for $20. There is nothing I love more than a fantastic deal – which is why I’ve been loving Poshmark and Amazon lately for shopping. And those pants? Six months ago were too tight. Now? They’re too loose. #winning.

What’s your favorite look that leaves you feeling confident? 

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In My #Inbound16 Suitcase

I tend to be an over packer. Like serious over-packer. I was gone for five days and I think I packed nine tops, four bottoms and four pairs of shoes. So, taking a lesson from some of the inspiration I used to pack  for this particular trip (this post, this one and this post mainly), I’m sharing my best packing tips and what I loved in my #inbound16 suitcase.

 

inbound suitcase

Tops:
Blazer (Gap – old, similar) | sweater | tunicbutton down | ruffle hem sweatshirt (LOFT, similar) | striped tee | Striped Peplum top (similar..ish) | pintuck popover |

Pants: 
Black Ponte Pants | Jeans |

Shoes:
booties (Old Navy, similar) | Flats | leopard flats (Madewell via Poshmark – similar)

Not pictured: this fantastic sweater which I wore home on Saturday with these leggings (which are back this year and on sale for 40% off!!) and these riding boots.

Lessons for dressing for a conference – from conference room to the cocktail hour 

Plan, plan, plan. Seriously. I had an idea what I wanted to wear but really, I suppose I didn’t need to bring ALL of my favorite fall wear. I did some pinning, but if I stuck to my outfits and did a little more suitcase capsule planning, I might have been better off and been less likely to over pack.

Dress comfortably. This goes without saying, but heels are out. I didn’t end up wearing my booties so I could have left those. I did pack my riding boots – but I wore them on my way home from CT not at the conference as I suspected. We didn’t go back to our hotel rooms between conference/keynotes/dinners/going out – a luxury I had during my first Inbound experience so dressing business casual was a good thing.

Check the weather. I forgot my jacket, y’all. I lived in Boston for five years, just because it’s in the 60’s and I don’t need a jacket in Maryland, doesn’t mean I should leave my jacket behind. I totally did this as I rushed out the door on Tuesday morning. WHOOPS. You see, my suitcase didn’t have room for my blazer, so I just wore that. Except, it was like 10 – 15 degrees colder in Boston than in Maryland. Dress for the weather where you’re going homies. Don’t forget a jacket when going to New England in November. Rookie mistake.

I loved inbound – that’s a separate post for another day but between the fantastic people watching and the incredible speakers and breakout sessions, if you’re in marketing, this is one conference you don’t want to miss.

What are your favorite packing hacks?

 

 

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OOTD: Stripes and Peplum Love

If there’s one thing you can probably gather from my outfits, it’s that I have a strong love of neutrals (ah-hem black, white, navy) and stripes.

So when I picked up this black and white ruffle hem top it was love at first wear.

ruffle hem top

[Peplum Top (similar)| Pants (similar) | Shoes | necklace (similar)]

ruffle hem OOTD

It’s just one of those classic looks – stripes, peplum. And let’s all be on the same page here, there is NOTHING that doesn’t go with black pants. Nothing. Black ponte pants? My go to. I think I need another pair of these because I wear them so frequently. I don’t know if this falls under a signature style but if I had one? Stripes and black pants might just be it.

What is your signature style? Do you have go to pieces in YOUR closet?

 

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What I Wore: Black and White

I’m a big lover of neutrals. Like, seriously give me a wardrobe of black and white and navy with a splash of blush, olive and burgundy and – oh wait. That is my wardrobe. Throw in some stripes and plaid and polka dots and you’ve pretty much got my closet.

That’s why I love, love, loved the simplicity of this outfit. And I love getting dressed up for work

black and white striped

Striped shirt (Similar) | Skirt | Flats | Necklace (similar)

This skirt is one of my favorites. Hands down. I have it in three versions (tan linen, camel wool and black) and love all three equally. I also may have just ordered it in turquoise. #sorrynotsorry.

Also, this striped shirt (though I couldn’t find the exact) comes in a few  different colors and totally feels more expensive than the $12 I paid for it. That is #winning.

Many thanks to two of my favorite bloggers Anne and Katie for inspiring this outfit – they both rock the stripes and the skirts on the regular and I finally was like “oh wait. I should put these two together!” I did and it’s a new favorite in my work outfit rotations.

Happy fall. Happy neutrals.

What’s your favorite fall skirt? 

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