What I Wore: Navy & White

Back in March, I left the agency life. I got lucky with an in-house gig for a company that was similar to one of my former clients. As time went on, the commute was a lot (usually 45 – 60 minutes one way), and I wasn’t feeling satisfied. Like something wasn’t fitting quite right and my unhappiness was seeping into home – which is never a good development especially with a stubborn, sometimes trying 3 year old in the mix and a husband who didn’t deserve any of my grumpy mood swings. 

Somehow, an amazing opportunity showed up that was more in my wheelhouse. I started about a week and a half ago, and I’ve gotta say, I’m super jazzed to pull out my business casual attire and feel like I’m going to a big girl job again. The bonus for the blog here? I get to post more like this. Maybe one day I’ll get hubs to take pictures OR get a photographer pal of mine to do some styled shoots….maybe. 

navy and white outfit
Top: Exact | Pants: Exact | Shoes: Similar, Similar | Necklace: Similar

The shoes, I have to talk about the shoes. I found these babies at one of my favorite Annapolis consignment shops, Uptown Cheapskate and nearly peed my pants when I tried them on. The shop itself skews younger and trendier than I usually am but I’ve found a few gems there like a Lush roll tab tunic, a pair of Stuart Weitzman flats, and of course, these JCrew Leopard Print beauts.

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Another consignment gem in the Annapolis area is Savvy Consignment in Severna Park where I found a super cute JCrew Silk tank and a like new clare cardigan both for about $25. This shop has racks of JCrew, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and other high-end brands – definitely worth a browse if you’re looking for quality pieces on the cheap. 

What is your favorite consignment store find? Any other amazing consignment shops in the area I should check out? 

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July Stitch Fix Review

The July Stitch Fix is in. I have mixed thoughts. Nothing was REALLY my style. I wasn’t wild about anything. The prices were okay. I did keep one shirt because it was completely different than anything i have, the price wasn’t break the bank after my styling fee credit and the style itself is one I wear often.

 

Daniel Rainn | Minal Sleeveless V-Neck Blouse

This style top looked better when I tucked it in, but it still wasn’t quite right. I didn’t LOVE the color and the fit was just…okay. Not exactly the most flattering.

Verdict: return

Kut From the Kloth | Siena Cropped Pant

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The pants themselves, from a fabric standpoint, were super comfy. Unfortunately, cropped pants that aren’t tapered or fitted, just don’t look good on me. I’m short so anything above the ankle just kind of cuts my legs in a weird spot which is exactly what these pants did.

Verdict: return

Market & Spruce | Char Geo Print Maxi Skirt

Ugh. What is it with the maxi length? I just got a maxi dress last time, that ah-hem I still haven’t found a place to wear it to yet. I didn’t need a maxi skirt sent to me again this month. I don’t like busy prints. If my stylist actually looked at my pinterest board, she’d probably see that i like gingham and stripes and polka dots. Not weird geo-prints. I like neutrals – my palatte in my closet is best described as navy, black, white, tan, ballet pink and red-orange. With the occasional olive or maroon thrown in for the fall/winter months. But yeah, no geo prints and really, not any jewel tones like…magenta. Ugh.

Verdict: Return

Street Level | Rio Crossbody Bag

Cute bag. Not in a color that goes with anything in my closet. And not nearly big enough for me. I didn’t get a clear picture that wasn’t blurry – silly non-photog skills showing through. 

Verdict: Return

Papermoon | Holden Scoop Neck Blouse

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Like I said, normally, I don’t go for busy prints. I’m a simple girl. But this one i kind of liked. Especially once it was tucked in with the black pants. This is a top I could throw on with some cute shorts, a pencil skirt or a pair of black skinnies. Multipurpose is always a win.

Verdict: Keep

All in all, I’d give this fix a 2 out of 5. I didn’t feel it was personalized. I didn’t really think it was tailored to me. However, I will say, while I’m good at giving feedback, I’m not great at leaving my stylist notes saying what I’m specifically looking for – so I think for my next one which should be in September, I’ll let her know some colors I’m looking for, and what gaps I’m looking to fill in my fall wardrobe. Nope, not giving up on Stitch Fix quite yet – getting my fix box is just too much fun.

 

Have you tried Stitch Fix? If you haven’t, I’d love for you to use my referral link!

 

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Unboxed: May Stitch Fix Review

Happy May! Happier now that the sun is out, but at least after a long week last week, I came home Thursday to a couple of fun packages including my latest Stitch Fix box!

May Stitch Fix

Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Shorts (by Dear John) 

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I loved these so much. They were so comfy, so flattering, but, they were way over budget. $68 for a pair of shorts? When I can get similar looking shorts for a third of the price at JCrew or Old Navy? Nothx.

Verdict: Return

 

 Juli Lasercut Detail Blouse (by Market & Spruce) 

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Oh my word. Pink and navy polka dots – need I say more? I kept this looker – i loved the detail, the shape (though it’s not super stretchy but that’s okay), and the price was juuuusstttt right. A little high, but I had some credit so it worked out.

Verdict: Keep

 

Elaine Ikat Print Pocket-front Knit Shirt (by Market & Spruce) 

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Though super soft and flowy – just how I like my t-shirts, I wasn’t crazy about the print (ikat), and it just felt kind of blah and I felt kind of blah in it. The fabric was nice but I couldn’t see myself wearing it outside of home despite the styling card suggestion.

Verdict: Return

Carlita Knit Maxi dress (by Loveappella) 

stitchfix loveappella knit maxi dress

My new favorite. If it would stop raining one of these weekends, I’d be able to wear it. It’s unlike anything i own print wise, and maxi dresses are super versatile in the summer. Though I can’t wear dresses to work (i’d get laughed off the farm, let’s be honest), it’s perfect for weekends and beach trips and MNO’s.

Verdict: Keep

Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace (by Romolo) 

I’ve been missing a long statement kind of necklace – i loved the simplicity of this one, and the weight of it told me that it wasn’t just another cheap-o necklace that I could do without. I’ll share a picture later, but I assure you, it’s super pretty. 

Verdict: Keep

All in all, this was one of my favorite boxes – so I won’t be cancelling Stitch Fix just yet (much to Hubs’s chagrin). If you’re interested in trying Stitch Fix, use this link (referral) and let me know what you think! I love seeing what others get to inspire pins to help my own stylist out!

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What I wore: Girls Night Out

Tuesday night I had a lady date to celebrate a pal’s birthday. I don’t usually stay in work clothes for a night out unless it’s a work straight to happy hour type thing, usually I’m all about comfort – give me ponte pants/leggings or give me death but the other night was different.

But I was really digging this outfit. I loved the simplicity of it and kind of wanted to show it off. Also – there was a rush to get home, get E settled and head out to meet my pal – the desire to get out the door was stronger than the desire to change my clothes and try on six different outfits which I knew I would inevitably do.

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{Pants | Top (similar) | Flats (Similar– SAVE!) }

Sorry for the serious lack of posts – the struggle between training well for a race, being a FT Working parent and the need for solo time to decompress is a fickle balance and one that, a year and a half after going back to work, I’m still working to figure out. I do love these easy what I wore type posts though – my issue is I never remember to take a picture until I’m home or changing into my running clothes. No bueno!

That all being said – stay tuned for some fun ideas I have in the works. And as always… find me on twitter, facebook, and instagram. I’m still relatively active most days!

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My first Stitch Fix

It was about time I jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon.

Friday afternoon, the box arrived. The glorious box!

Then came the disappointment. Maybe I put my sizes in wrong. The styles themselves were not horrible. A pair of black skinny, high waisted pants that wouldn’t even fit over my thighs – the style itself was adorable. If only it had fit. Medium petite? I’m anywhere from a 6 to an 8 to a 10 depending on the brand and the style of pants. Hmmmph, no big. I wouldn’t have spent $100 on a pair of black pants anyhow (because…Loft. Need I say more?)

Then the dress that was just a touch too tight. Design? Super cute. Sizing? Not so much.

(don’t mind the blurriness)

Or the pop over top that I loved but the fabric had no give and I was worried my boobs might pop a button if I bent over the wrong way plus it pulled in an unflattering way over my midsection. The very midsection that I’m incredibly self-conscious about.

Finally the other top which was cute. Flowy. But I’m not big into prints. Or at least not geometric prints. Was this geometric or animal? Who knew.

I did keep the necklace. That was really pretty and I loved it and after the $20 styling fee, it was only $8. #winning.

On the plus side, the pants I’m wearing above are an amazingly comfortable pair of Loft Ponte Pants. Highly recommend!

Have you tried StitchFix yet? If not, it’s worth checking out. I updated my style profile and my sizes going up a size in most things so I make sure everything fits next time. The style was about 85% on point, the size was like… not on point at all, but overall I came away with some great outfit ideas thanks to their style cards, and a pretty statement necklace – since I didn’t have to deal with the mall, I consider the experiment a success!

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Casual Tuesday

After a weekend of travel and bundling up, I tried to put a little effort into my outfit today – even though there was only 2 of us in the office for most of the day – with the grey weather and the next two days gearing up to be sleet and snow and rain and more snow, I decided it was time to bring a little brightness to my wardrobe.

I took advantage of the tax free shopping in Vermont as well as the spring line at Old Navy to get some springy looking clothes. I figure if I will it to be spring it will be right? Maybe?

 

Casual Tuesday

The sweater is a little more red than pink in that picture but…whatever.

Pants – Old Navy| T-shirt – JCrew (similar) | necklace – JCrew (similar) | Cardigan – Old Navy | Flats – Tory Burch

 I think I need more in this poppy/coral color. I’ll be revisiting Old Navy soon. They had some really cute spring finds. Kind of hard to shop for spring when you’re about to get 6″ of snow and nearly slip out trying to get into your car because of all the stupid ice.

What did the outfit look like on me?

Pardon my selfie-ing.

What do you wear for casual days at work?

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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’m not really a fashion blogger, but lately I’ve been aspiring to show off a bit more of my “style” in my pitch to be more of a lifestyle blogger.

It’s going to take some time because well…working mom…with not a lot of time (or energy?) to  model beautiful outfit posts and then post them. Working mom blogger problems. Thats a bigger issue because working moms who blog regularly? I don’t know how they do it. I mean…I wrote half of this post while catching up on The Voice after a toddler dinner time meltdown, waiting for hubs to get home. Gifts to wrap, floors to vacuum, bathrooms to clean, trash to take out and I’m blogging but feel like I shouldn’t be.

I digress.

Yesterday (hi scheduled post. what of it.) I took a couple hours off in the morning to hit up my semi-annual dentist appointment. Before my mid morning appointment, I hit up Pure Barre before my dentist appointment, and then headed into the office. Thankfully, I work in a casual work environment and didn’t have any client meetings, so I opted for the “leggings as pants” look. Don’t judge me.

Either way, it was comfortable and had….a touch of class. Maybe. I don’t know statement necklaces and JCrew sweaters class anything up right? And those boots? I picked them up last weekend in Columbia and I love love LOVE them. Comfortable, fashionable and versatile. Love them.

 

pure barre to the office

Leggings (similar)  | Boots | Tank | Necklace | Sweater

The key? Dry shampoo, deodorant, and make up before I left Pure Barre – although thinking about it as I type I don’t remember if I actually put make up on. Maybe mascara? Maybeee??

My trick – because i pull similar looks off often on days without meetings – nice shoes. Nice sweater. Layering tanks.  I’ve also pulled this look off with chambray shirts, flannel shirts…

I’ll try to get some pictures this weekend to do the whole outfit modeling thing. (Read: I’m super insecure with my body right meow and don’t want to take pictures because I haven’t been working out as much. Real Life with Working Moms without enough time)

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Friday Fives: Fall Favorites

There’s a crispness in the air friends. After spending last weekend in the beautiful lake region of NH watching two of my favorite people get hitched, I’m loving this pseudo-fall like weather.  The cooler mornings, the pretty trees…you  know fall like stuff. AND we’re going pumpkin picking this weekend with little man, so that’ll be fun! I still need to hunt down his costume, I’m not a 100% sold on what I bought at the wee-sale.

Anyhoozle, onto my favorite things at the moment!

 

1. My Bobeau Wraps

Seriously, these are the most comfortable things EVER. Go get one. Or two. Or three (I have three. But i’m dying for the camel one.)

2. Shakeology

So I became a coach mostly for the discount. But mostly because I REALLY like the product. I did the 3 day refresh before the wedding we went to earlier this month and had decent results (down 4.5 lbs). I’ve since gained 2 back but I’m trying to get myself back into my routine. It’s been really challenging with the darker mornings – you know, everyday struggles but I’m getting there. At least I’ve effectively kicked my soda habit (WAHOO!)

3. My new Mom-mobile

Last week, I picked up a new Honda CRV. I call it my happy mom-mobile. No, it’s not a minivan (or family fun bus as Liz would call it) but it’s bigger for me. Our 2001 Ford Taurus was about to gulp down another $1,000 in repairs and as Hubs just got a new job, and we just paid off our other car, we made the plunge so that we don’t need to be a pseudo-one-car family anymore. We were trading off the Ford depending on who was on drop-off or pick-up duties with Little Man.

4. Zucchini Muffins

I made some delicious zucchini muffins a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING. I have some zucchini that i need to use this weekend so I’m thinking of this bread (maybe muffins?) or something similarly inspired. Cue pinterest.

5. Leggings and Boots.

I don’t care what anyone says. Leggings and boots and long sweaters are my fall uniform. Nothing says fall more than a cozy sweater, a nice pair of leggings and some cognac colored boots. Forgive me but leggings can be pants any day (as long as your butt is covered).

 

What are you currently loving this fall?

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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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