What I Wore: Lusting over Loft

Lately, I’ve been all about Ann Taylor Loft. One weekend, when I stole away during naptime, I managed to pick up quite possibly the comfiest pair of ponte pants. Bonus, they’re not quite leggings so I can get away with them at work.

The past couple of days have been more fall like so I’ve been putting aside the dresses and reaching for pants and silky shirts that I was too afraid to wear over the summer because…pit stains. Need I say more? I actually snagged the top at Uptown Cheapskate in Annapolis, I recently purged a whole bunch of workout gear and had some time while it was being checked out and managed to find this gem. I rarely like to browse and sift through racks but I’m really glad I did because I got this for the perfect price of $7. WIN!

And the pants? Well they’re an added win and I recently picked them up at a Loft sale. Super comfy. There’s a more tailored looking pair from Ann Taylor that I’m eyeing but I loathe paying full price so I’m waiting (and should have gotten them this past weekend on sale but didn’t. Fail.)

Happy Fall!

 

Shirt (Lush | Similar ) Pants (Loft | Similar) Shoes (Tory Burch)

What are your favorite seasonal transition outfits? 

 

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What I Wore: Camel and Stripes

I’m lusting for fall weather that I know is right around the corner. So the other day when I saw morning temperatures were only in the 60’s, I grabbed the latest cardigan I picked up on our most recent outlet jaunt.

I had happy hour plans that night so I wanted to be sure I would be comfortable. That was the great thing about this outfit – it totally took me from office to happy hour without much effort. The sweater, tank combo was perfect for casual Friday and the tank, necklace, sandal combo was great for casual happy hour at Greene Turtle.

Another plus? I can totally make this a more business casual outfit by trading out the jeans for black pants or a pencil skirt. Win!

Tank: JCrew Factory (Old. Similar) | Jeans (Old Navy) | Sandals (Target, Similar) | Sweater (JCrew Factory) | Necklace (JCrew Factory, Similar)

 

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What I Wore: Camel and Tan

I picked up a new bag this week and I’m in love. Since starting my new job, I’ve been looking for a new bag, something with a bit of spunk without breaking the bank. Earlier this week, I found it on a lunchtime trip to Target.

black and camel outfit

Excuse the wrinkles. It was the end of the day.

Pants | Tee | Necklace, (JCrew Factory, sold out – similar) | Sandals, Loft (sold out, similar) | Bag (other fun satchels: here, here, herehere and here)

merona satchel

I wanted a bag smaller than the standard tote bag (this is similar to what I was using, which i picked up when I first went back to work in February 2014), and this satchel is the perfect size where I can carry the necessities (kindle, wallet, notebook for blog topics/ideas, makeup) but small enough that I won’t accumulate a bunch of crap – which I often do.

Also, about this tshirt, I know it looks like garbage because…selfie. Which I’m bad at taking. But seriously? It’s the basic crew neck tee from Loft, and oh em gee, they’re the softest, best quality tee shirts I’ve found in a very long time. And they’re cheap as you know what (Especially right meow with their 50% off “everything” sale – code GET50).

Happy Thursday folks!

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Lilly for Target Love

So I never really blogged about my disappointment with how the whole Lilly for Target ish went down. I was up, out the door by a little after 7am on Pink Sunday, and in line at our target by 7:30am. I got in the doors by 8:05 because they were only releasing so many women in at a time and within that five minutes, everything was gone. Racks emptied.

I hovered, came out with a couple pairs of shorts for my friend’s daughter, a pair of sandals and a beach blanket traded to me at check out.

So to eBay I went. And Facebook B/S/T groups. I’ve picked up a couple of cute things – but none as loved as my crochet tank top and my pineapple sandals (that are probably 1/2 size too small). This particular top was a unicorn for me – nearly impossible to find. It was on my original wish list back when the look book first came out. I finally found it on eBay for a not so ridiculous price as a Buy It Now (versus a straight auction which I lost 3 of before calling those attempts futile).
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(Top: Lilly for Target, similar | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Necklace: Loft, similar )

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Huge, huge fan. Looks great with jeans or dressed up. This weekend? I’ll try it with my Palazzo pants (which I need to get hemmed).

What is your unicorn piece of any brand? Any pieces that are long gone that you’re still lusting over?

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What I Wore: Falling Back In Love with Loft

Recently, I’ve fallen back in love with Ann Taylor Loft. I don’t know why I discredited it – their petite section is on point. I think I just wasn’t in love with what they were putting out. I snagged a lovely camel colored cardigan that I lived in this past winter, but then a couple weeks ago, after seeing this one shirt make the rounds on various blogs, I went in with Little Man after a mommy/son date (i know shopping really only benefits me but he gets chick-fil-a nuggets out of the deal so I consider it win/win) and knew this top was a winner.

Silky shirts sometimes just don’t work on me. Often I feel like they just fall shapeless (which may be the point? I don’t know. I’m sometimes style-stupid) and just don’t like right on me but this one? Was right on. It’s super comfortable and super light weight – a perfect transition top. Thanks for the inspiration Fran!

Top (Loft) | Leggings (lululemon, similar) | necklace (JCrew, similar) | Shoes (Tory Burch)

 Also this weekend I picked up this skirt, this sweater (a new move from my usual crew neck cardigans) and a new pair of sandals from Target. With birthday weekend this weekend, I’m making my wish list to be posted this week. I struggled the other day to get dressed for work when I realized it’s officially transition weather, time to bust out the summer wardrobe I suppose?

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What I Wore: Rainy Friday

Happy Rainy(ish) Friday!

rainy day outfit

sweater | jeans | tank (similar) | shoes (similar) | necklace

It’s finally starting to get warm around these parts so originally I thought I’d wear a dress. Then rain was in the forecast and I’m just not into wearing dresses in the rain. SO jeans it is!

I’m feeling a little frumpy in my wardrobe lately, so I’m making some strategic purchases that are what i call “working mom” friendly – multi-purpose tops that are classy, versatile and comfortable. I work in a pretty casual environment but I still like to look my best because of that whole “dress for the job you want not the job you have” thing. So I don’t like to dress like I did in my 20’s but dang, these sweaters are so flipping versatile.

In addition to you know, a little bit o’ shopping, training for my half (which the past two weeks thanks to the stomach flu, travel and just…exhaustion has been lackluster) Little Man turned two. How did that happen?! Time flies when you’re having fun apparently?

What are your spring wardrobe staples? Have you busted out the warm weather wear yet?

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Dinner in St. Michaels

Welcome back to the real world kids.

I got the chance to skip Monday at work kind of – we had a company retreat over in St. Michaels where we stayed overnight Sunday. A few of us got massages at the 5 Gables Inn and Spa where we all stayed. After, a colleague and I checked out Gina’s (a delicious little eatery that Hubs and I checked out a couple years ago on our last trip to St. Michaels), and the St. Michaels Winery and then we had a team dinner at Ava’s – a delicious little pizzeria on the main drag in St. Michaels.

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Dessert at Ava’s.

Wine tasting at the St. Michaels Vineyard.

It was unseasonably warm for January on Sunday night. Since I didn’t know where we were going when I packed, so I packed pseudo-dressy-ish. Thankfully, I didn’t feel overdressed at all, I was warm (enough) – until my colleagues opened the window in our private room (BRRRR) and we had to walk back after a rain.

dinner outfit

Sweater (Gap)
Pants  (Old Navy)
Shoes (Gap, old – similar)
Scarf (Old Navy – similar)

Of course, I came and remembered I had to register for the St. Michaels Half before the price went up. I’m excited to actually train for a race again – and I’m hoping to schedule a mid-late summer metric or full century so I simultaneously train for a long road race and a long bike race just to see if it’s doable and if I like the long bike ride distances. You know, in hopes that I’ll have the desire to do a half ironman next summer.

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Fashionable Friday

So i don’t often do “style” posts – read…by often I mean never. But I’ve been following so many fashion bloggers lately trying to get some inspiration for my fall “style” that I’m going to try to throw my hat in the ring to do the every-so-often style post. Mind you, I will not be joining the ranks of fashion/style blogger extraordinaire. Lately, my status as blogger in general has been wavering. BUT I’m trying my friends. I’m trying. I promise.

Anyhow! So here’s this week’s attempt at a “What I wore” post….

top// H&M ; pants// Old Navy;  Shoes; Jack Rogers; Belt// JCrew Factory (similar)

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Maternity Favorites

I’m now in the seventh month of pregnancy (!!!!! – I keep wanting to say things like ‘of being knocked up’ or ‘being preggo’ but I really hate that terminology outside of joking with the hubs) and I’m pretty sure my pregnancy wardrobe is just about complete. How long I’ll be able to wear my favorite lululemon leggings aside, I’ve got a replacement set that should be arriving today. I figured since there’s so many bloggers out there expecting (see I almost typed knocked up again!), I’d share my favorites and where I got my inspiration from because let me tell you….maternity fashion is a learned skill and if you don’t try, you may think that you’re destined for frumpy garb from the likes of Motherhood Maternity – a store that made me stabby with the many shades of emerald and fuschia they carry(ied).

OK, that was snobby and I know some people really like Motherhood but I found their clothes ill-fitting and frumpy looking and over priced for the quality. Yes I know that not everyone shops at JCrew but jeez. Give us more than long sleeve ruched t-shirts and oversized sweaters if you call yourself a maternity store.

I’m not a fashion blogger by any means so don’t take what I say as “fashion know how” necessarily, I do try to put myself together and be classy though, and I don’t wear pearls with t-shirts so I consider that all a big win.

maternity must haves

1. Target 2. Gap 3. Gap 4. Gap 5. Gap 6. Gap 7. lululemon

Color me unoriginal with the Gap stuff, BUT I’m not a guru with Polyvore, and they didn’t have my favorite H&M tops on there – one of which you can see in my 29 week update. Gap happens to be my favorite maternity line since it’s inexpensive (seriously, they run 30% deals every other day, you never have to pay full price with them). Old Navy would be but I find that they need to put a little more effort into their maternity line, they have some super cute non-maternity clothes but their “new additions” look an awfully lot like their old ones but in short sleeve. Their dresses are too long, and their shirts too blah. Old navy, fail.

Maternity pieces I was not a fan of? Some of the Liz Lange line at target – mainly this top and this dress which I wanted to love oh so badly but they were just…ill fitting. Really, just bad. Not fit for a pregnant woman. Maybe the same as a shrunken muu-muu. Without the stretch. The quality of Motherhood Maternity, I find to be shameful for the price. I am pleased to say that for all of my maternity pieces I’ve bought, I have not paid full price. I have two sweaters, one pair of jeans, and six-seven tops. I’ve been able to use a lot of my longer cardigans/sweaters, and my lululemon cool racerback tanks make for good tanks underneath sweaters that might otherwise be a smidgen short.

Shoes? My feet haven’t swelled yet, but given I work at a Physical Therapy clinic heels are out. Wamp wamp. I do wear flats (though those are looked down upon by my therapist as well – mostly because they’re bad for my back/posture/feet/whatever…), and my Sperry’s. Weekends, I usually wear my uggs, and leggings. Seriously, I will wear leggings until I can not wear leggings any longer. Yes I’ve ordered legit maternity leggings. Yes, I’ll share my review when I try them out.

My tips for buying maternity gear

  • Get things on sale. With all the sales out there – especially with Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft and H&M there’s no reason to ever really pay full price. I mean, with ATL, their maternity clothes are so expensive that even on sale, they’re still way out of my budget but if you’re willing, you know the quality is there so go for it!
  • Read reviews. I always read reviews on sizing, most are true to pre-pregnancy size – so if you were a size small before pregnancy, you’ll probably be size small after.
  • Read blogs. I was inspired by a few bloggers – Jaclyn has some great posts about maternity wear, and so does Julie (another longtime fave). Also, check out Hellobee (I love their message boards!!) – they are a great resource for all things maternity and such!
  • Check out the consignment shops. This I haven’t done nearly as much as I should, but I did browse a couple of shops, and just didn’t see much in my size that I liked.
  • Hand-me downs. A friend of mine in the league offered up her maternity clothes to borrow, as did a friend of mine. Unfortunately, sizing is so hit or miss and nothing really fit me (fail) but if you have a friend who’s the same size you, take that to the bank!
  • Make do with what you have. I wore my beloved Jackie Cardigans by JCrew until they looked far too small. I bought a bella band to make my regular jeans work as long as possible. There are some tops and sweaters that I can still wear while layering, it’s all about being creative.

Like I said I’m no fashionista, but I do like to look put together and think I have a little bit o’ style. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy and over-sized, in fact, I find it to be just the opposite. I love my baby bump and I adore styles that are classic and let me flaunt it. Don’t feel like you have to give up your style just because you’re pregnant.

 

What are YOUR favorite maternity must-haves in your wardrobe? 

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Sluggish

We ran again this morning, since when I got home yesterday, I crawled into bed and finished the book I was reading. Whoops. Post work runs are…not ideal apparently since we definitely did not make it out to the Fleet Feet running group I had planned on going to. Whoopsy daisy.

What I wore Wednesday

Ready to run!

Top: run swiftly by lululemon
Shorts: Speed shorts by lululemon
sneaks:  Newtons

Again, don’t mind my mess. I just haven’t had the energy to clean up. I’ll do that tonight though. Hubs is going to an open house for a company up in Beltsville so I’m on my own tonight (woo hoo! PARRTTYYY…or not).

I do however, clean up real nice.

top: JCrew Outlet
skirt: express
shoes: Payless
necklace: ebay

My run this morning was so sluggish. I couldn’t tell if it was the humidity, the fact that my legs felt like lead and my calves were super tight, or if it was just because I was super restless sleeping last night or a combination since none of those really help have a great morning run. But we managed to fit in a nice 4.25 miler in about 45 minutes.  Pretty sure while hubs is gone tonight I’ll be a. doing a yoga podcast, b. cleaning up the bedroom and c. catching up on my bad television that he hates oh so much. Somewhere in there, there will be a mini date with my foam roller. Hopefully that’ll help some of the tension in my calves and IT bands.

I just can’t let this bad run define my training this week. Each week is full of success (completing all my workouts!) or hurdles (soreness or sleeping in) but as a runner, one thing I’ve learned the most is that you can’t let those hurdles take over and bring you down. You just have to pick yourself up and keep going.

When I was a hurdler in high school on our track team, I struggled a lot. I was never really fast and couldn’t figure the 4 step out (4 steps between each hurdle alternating lead legs). I had somehow taught myself how to hurdle in middle school and was okay at it but I used only my right leg to go over the hurdles and never learned how to alternate despite my coach pushing me hard by my senior year. My mom still remembers when I raced my first home meet freshman year and I fell. I got back up but man that race did me in and for a while, I was afraid to hurdle.

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Eventually, I got over it and realized I’m not going to go anywhere if I don’t just do that…get over it. Which is really, what you have to do as a runner. When you don’t PR, when you have a tough run or when you mentally just get down on yourself. You just have to get over it. And keep moving forward. Setbacks don’t define you and they don’t equal failure

How do you handle tough days or bad training runs? 

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