Did you know that besides Halloween today is also "I Don't Care How I Look, I am Tired and My Feet Really Hurt Day a.k.a. IDCHLTMFRHD? Well, for me it is. I don't even care that I look like I may be hididng a baby bump and just to clarify, I am definitely not.
One of the first things I did today was buy some new black shoes that I can wear all day and some booties that have a thicker heel to wear with my new dress (post coming next week) once my poor feet recover!
Since, I don't work tomorrow I thought I would get in the Halloween Spirit today! I love this crew neck cardigan from Banana Republic. It was hard to find a good quality cotton crew neck and this one did not disappoint! I added my black Bouquet Sash Belt and some textured tights from Target for a subtle touch of fun. I am so happy to be able to stay home tomorrow with my family to enjoy Halloween but sometimes I do miss the days of dressing up and going out to celebrate. Any body have any spooktacular plans?
I had blogged about this dress before here and my feelings have not changed. I just love this dress and now that it is on sale for just $34.99 I am considering ordering the mulberry color as well. I realized I had never shared an IRL pic so what better excuse then to pull it out and transition it into more of a fall look.
Yesterday I wore an outfit I just loved but I couldn't find my camera as I ran out the door to fill out my final paperwork and get my schedule. When I saw how many hours I was lucky enough to receive, I proceeded to uncontrollably sob the whole way home so I figured that picture of me would not be too great. *don't fret if you are applying for a seasonal position, I actually accepted a full time temporary position for an employee who is on a leave of absence*
Today, I am pulled back together and trying to keep in perspective that this is temporary and I will see my kids again and they won't be emotionally scarred forever. This is the cardigan and pencil skirt that I picked up at Target, it is part of the Merona collection and the quality is amazing for the low price! For fun I added a silver ruffle top to mix with the gold accents.
p.s. Gigi, I am trying to get those sale dates for you, I did see the hint!! :o)
Pencil Skirt and Cardigan from the Merona Collection for Target
Today is all about Halloween preparation for me. We are having a big Halloween Party at the church that I needed to set up for and then I am running the kids to the Pumpkin Patch for corn mazes and hay rides just to run back home, make my share of "mummy dogs", get into costume and head on out to the party!
So, I have on a basic striped cowl neck with a pair of jeans. I felt pretty boring so I seized another opportunity to wear my beloved bubble necklace from J. Crew. I had been worried I would never wear such a bold statement piece but I find it suprisingly versatile!
Here is the IRL photo of the Moto Jacket at Target. It is a think jersey knit (like a sweatshirt) where the Banana Republic jacket is a very nice sweater knit. I have to admit though, I did like the Target version better on. This is a size Medium and it was comfortable but I probably could have sized down to a small for a more fitted look.
The Marissa Skinny pants are everything for me that the J Crew Minnies weren't. They fit TTS and are very flattering. I will let you know if they stretch out througout the day.
And the Military Ruffle Jacket was to die for on and it was selling out FAST. I sized down to a 4 in this jacket. They didn't have a 6 and the 8 was too big and lost the corseted shape. The SA called this her pirate jacket. I can't wait to wear it!
Today I was officially hired at Macy's for a part-time temporary job, thank-you, thank-you. I haven't had a "paying job" in over two years and I thought with my husband switching careers it was a good time for me to step up and take some of the pressure off of him and getting an employee discount definitely is a perk!
I knew I didn't want to go back to working as a Paralegal so I thought hmm....retail please. Plus, with all seasonal jobs out there it is a great way to test the waters to see if I can fit a part time job into my life. I am trying to ignore the fact that I will be away from the kids and I have pretty much kidnapped my mom and am not letting her go home until after the holidays but shhhhh.....she doesn't know that yet.
Anyways, on to the fun stuff. My final interview outfit. I love any opportunity to wear the favorite item I have ever purchased from Anthropologie (and maybe just my favorite purchase of all time), the Boyer Cream Cardigan. I had stalked this cardi for months and when I finally decided to go online to buy it, it turned out it had just gone on sale and I grabbed it quick and it sold out shortly after. Isn't that one of the the best feelings?
I purchased this top from Shade Clothing a while back on clearance. They had a maternity and non-maternity version of this cute top (or at least that is what I thought). Unfortunately, months later as the weather is cooling I have realized that I ended up with the maternity version.....oops.
So hopefully my loss will be somebodies gain. I am offering this top FREE to the first expectant mother who wants it. It is a size Small, in the color pictured.
Proof that the silk tiered cami can be functional and dressed down for everyday use. The more I play around with this top (which I scored for just $19.99 in store) the more I love it and it's versatility! My mom is in town visiting (yay) and we are running on a mega grocery shopping trip. So, I threw on a pair of comfy jeans, a cardigan (newly aquired from another JCA) and my new silk tiered cami. Then, as I was reading some of my favorite blogs this morning, I saw that Ema has added a belt with this cami and I am sold. Back to my closet to find my patent super skinny belt and I am now complete!
I love Moth's Sweaters and this top is one of my favorites. It has such a vintage feel without the smell of mothballs! You can still find this sweater occasionally on eBay, it also comes in a pretty salmon color.
Here is part two of my J. Crew trip. I tried on a few other pieces that I didn't get a photo of. It is so quiet in the dressing room and I feel like a hoodlum taking pictures in the dressing room and I get nervous every time the camera beeps. I am a goob.
I had always liked this cami and how this version kept all the tiers symmetrical and straight across. However, I didn't $88 like it. But guess what ladies, in store this cami was in the sale section in this color, deep aubergine and the toffee for just $19.99. Online it still shows as the $88.Here it is in a great black and white print (paired with the Maya cardigan) that I really liked but this was only marked down to $49.99. I stuck with the bright melon.
I had low expectations for this shirt but I ended up being pleasantly suprised. The side zipper didn't bother me at all, it flowed so well I didn't notice it until I specifically looked for it. This is in a size 6 and the fit is just right, the fabric is soft which kept it from being as boxy as some of the other camis. I passed on it for this trip but I will be keeping an eye out for it to go on sale, especially in the wild blackberry colorway!
Here it is with the Ruffled Celosia Cardigan in Bright melon. I expected to love this cardigan, I knew for sure I would take it home but it didn't ended up "wowing me" and the fit seemed a little big when it was buttoned up. This is a medium but I think a small would have worked better.
Most of the new arrivals hadn't made it to our store yet but I can't wait until they do!
Here is what I wore today running around. It is hard to tell from the picture but these are my new blue cords- they are so comfy and soft. The collar of the shirt is also hard to see but the victorian ruffling kept the outfit from being too blah. Hope you all had great days!
So, I took that jacket back. It was a great jacket, I loved it but it did not make me want to pray for cold weather. So I headed far, far away to J. Crew and I am so glad I did, they did not disappoint. Here is the first part of my trip.
This top is beautiful on. The fit is so flattering and it is a very classic piece. It fits TTS and it can easily be used dressed up or down. That being said, I have a hard time spending $98 on a top that is not a statement piece. As soon as it drops under $60, I will grab it. If it never makes it to the sale section, I will be very sad and it may haunt me forever.
Ribbon Front Bow Top.
I had missed out on this one online after it went on sale but luckily that had one in the store. It is a fun top, pretty boxy but paired with a jacket or cardigan it has a fun element. I ended up having to size down to a 4 (they didn't have a 6 or 8) so it has a slight pull above my chest but for $19.99 I couldn't pass it up.
I paired it with a pair of black minnies which you definitely have to size down on. The 8's were fitted throught the leg and thigh but the waist was huge. The 6 fit much better but these pants were just not for me. I had high hopes but in the end I passed.
Stretch Wool Noir Shift Dress
I was suprised to still see some hanging in the sale section. i know some JCA's had issues with the fit, but for me it fit beautifully and I love the blue/black combination. I think this was a 6 but it could have been an 8. If I worked somewhere that would give me more occasion to wear it, it would be hanging in my closet now.
I was so happy to find this dress hanging all by its lonesome self and I was even happier to see it was a size 8, cha-ching! This dress is so fun and bouncy, with the navy and cream print will go well with so many colors. A size 6 might have fit a little snugger in the chest but the 8 was still good. I paired it here with the delightful Merino Maya Cardigan (Medium) in color code SGU which I think is Sweet Guava.
Me loveth. Me didn't buy. Me now see it is sold out online, uh oh. I usually would have walked by this sweater without looking but after seeing it on GiGi I made a point to seek it out and it is just lovely on. Simple and pretty, soft and flattering. This is a medium.
And you thought I was exaggerating about bringing green back to my life. I just love this green tulle skirt by Lulumari, which is a small Los Angeles based fashion line. It is a vibrant jewel toned green that really stands out (much brighter and darker then the picture looks) with unique detailing. You can sometimes snag their clothing online at Lulus, Anthropologie and eBay.
First off, let me say that I blame my husband for the shopping disaster that was today. He told me I should find one great item to splurge on so I was determined to do that and was destined for failure. Cardinal rule of shopping, if you have something pictured in your mind......you will not be able to find it. There were a lot of cute things, just not "that thing".
First stop, Anthropologie. A lot of the great jackets and sweaters I have been hoping to try on were not there but no worries, there were lots of dresses and Anthropologie does dresses so well!
The first three were too short for dressing room pictures but they were so adorable on making it so disappointing. The 36" measurement on the Bold Boutineirre (not pictured) and the Grand Crudress obviously did not take into account the "poof" of the dress which made it at least two inches shorter. When you are tall, that makes it a mini dress. The Color Drenched Dress is beautiful on, but very "mini".
Here are the one's I can show you.
This is the Sideswept Sweater Dress in a Medium. The fit is a little off. The draping is really loose on the upper body but the overall fit of the dress was nice and the length of the sleeves and the dress itself was perfect. It had a matching full slip (versus lining) but the length was about four inches shorter then the dress. In the end, it didn't wow me even on sale.
I loved the Reed Shirtdress. This is a size 6, an 8 would have been better. This dress was adorable and felt like a 50's throw back. The website doesn't make it look as full but it could just be my hips......I had all sorts of visions of this orange-red paired with navy blue but yet again, too short for me. Had it been a little longer, my shopping day would have been done right then and there. I had been eyeing this shirt online and I was so exited to see it in the store. In all fairness, this shirt was cuter then this pic gives it credit. The fit was a little off but this is a small and a medium would have worked better. I liked this top but again, because of my husband (he loves how I am blaming him for all this) I passed.
I tried on a few more tops but the only other pic I have is of this blouse which seems to be sold out online but still had some in the sale section. Cute but not cute enough for today's mission.
I don't think I have ever walked out of Anthropologie empty handed, definitely a HUGE disappointment. So many cute things online, nothing in store that fit the bill.
Express, The Limited and Ann Taylor.....blah. Next stop The Gap.
This is the schoolboy blazer and the pintucked tie neck shirt . I did like this top but it is more casual then it appears on the website and it is really long and is two toned. For $59.50 I had to pass but if it goes on sale I may grab it.
Here is the shrunken schoolboy blazer again paired with a dress. The jacket is an 8 and is loose through the waist, a size 6 would work better. I just didn't love it enough. I have a Level 99 denim blazer from Anthropologie that is similar plus I felt like I had worked at a yacht club in my teen tears and was trying to wear the jacket again even though it didn't fit. Maybe if it were longer. The dress on the other hand, was adorable but I will wait for it to go on sale. Now that I am looking online, I don't see it anywhere and wish I had taken a better picture of it by itself. At Banana Republic, I really liked this knit jacket but that was about it. I don't see it online but it came in gray or black and it fits TTS, I am wearing a Medium and it ran about $98. If it weren't for the over sized collar I may have taken it home but it was a little awkward so I have to think more on this one. I also felt like the band placement created a "pooch belly" feel with the way it hit but I think the black color would help.
So what did I get? I picked up this Mac and Jac coat which is really cute but I am feeling unsatisfied which means I may need to return it and head to J. Crew next week.
I have been in Anthropologie withdrawals the last few weeks and this dress Gigi picked up, pushed me over the edge so, where do you think I am headed? Where we live we have a lot of great places to shop but the part I hate is that Ann Taylor Loft is at one mall about 15 minutes away, Anthropologie is at another that is about 20 minutes away but in the opposite direction and J. Crew is at yet a different mall which is 30 minutes away. What I would give to have all three in one spot! Then again, I may never leave if that were the case.
My goal today is not to be sidetracked by cute tanks, tops and sale prices but to instead focus on one fabulous splurge item. Let's see how I do.......
p.s. I am convinced that my new silk brulee tank is missing a bottom ruffle
Tonight I am hosting a nickel auction and I can't wait. For those of you who aren't familiar with a nickel auction, we get a whole lot of gals together and auction off items from our closets, garages, etc. usually starting at, you guessed it, a nickel! You may not want to do this for your more expensive items but it is such a fun way to get rid of some things while picking up a few great bargains!
So, after over a month of carefully planning out every one's looks for our family pictures the results are in. Here are a few of my favorite group shots (that just happen to show off our outfits)!
I really love how they don't look like your typical family picture (the photographer had a great eye) and how the looks aren't the same for each of us but they all complimentary. Of course I could also sit here and pick at the fact that I should have worn my hair down and had more color by my face but I'll spare you the self-criticism :o)