Outfit Recap + Friday Favorites 10/20/16

Welcome to another Friday recap of recent outfits and favorite things. Ready, set, go....

Outfit Recap:

Plaid Shirt: Express (Similar Option w/ more Sizes) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Watch: c/o Fossil | Bracelets: Express | Booties: Target | Ring: Nordstrom

I wore this outfit to the Fallbrook Harvest Faire last weekend and it was perfect for the moderate temps and activities (lots of walking, pony rides, hay ride, food, petting zoo etc.) If you're in the San Diego area I highly recommend the festival. Fallbrook is just outside San Diego but felt like a different state entirely. It had a nice small town feel and wasn't too crowded (unlike festivals here in San Diego) so we got to enjoy everything without waiting in long lines, etc.

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Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) | Choker Necklace: Amazon | Druzy Pendant: Kendra Scott | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Bag: Amazon

I shared more details about this top when I tried it on in this post, but the outdoor lighting gives a much better look at the actual color and marled fabric. No regrets with this purchase!

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Top: ShoeDazzle | Layering Cami: TargetLeggings: ExpressNecklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: Amazon | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Shoes: Express (Similar) | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift, Similar)

The last time I wore this top I wore it tucked in with shorts (second outfit here) so it didn't show just how long it is. It's probably the longest top I own, and as you can see from the front view it covers everything and then some in leggings. I'm 5'4", but I think even ladies who are quite a bit taller than me would have good coverage with this.

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Top: Express (Current) | Jeans: Nordstrom (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra ScottShoes: Amazon (Similar) | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Ring: Express (Similar) | Bag: Amazon

These striped t-shirts make such easy outfits, and I'm really glad Express brought them back this year! As I mentioned in this post, the new versions seem to have one additional stripe at the neckline compared to last year (my version) but still the same fit, hemline, stripe width, spacing etc.

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Recent Favorites:

1. Mascara Primer:
A couple of weeks ago, Laura (you might recognize her from our Fall Collaboration Series) mentioned this product on her Instagram story and said it was the best for creating thick, full lashes. I have never used a mascara primer...I just figured it would be the same as adding additional coats of mascara? But I decided to give it a go and wow, I'm hooked. It's like 3 coats of mascara in one, then I apply one coat of my current favorite everyday mascara (Maybelline the Falsies) and boom. Thick, full lashes with no clumps!
Buy it on Amazon or in store at Target, Rite Aid, CVS etc.

2. Favorite Questions of the Week: Pinterest Issues
I had good intentions of making this Q&A segment a weekly thing but looks like the last one happened a month ago. Regardless, if there's a question that comes up in the comments here or on Instagram that may be helpful to more than just one reader I'll keep trying to add them here! I had two questions related to Pinterest this month so I'll answer them both here.

Question: Millie asked, "Where is your Pin button? I have tried every one on this page and I can't pin your outfits."

Answer: I have no idea why that disappeared off my blog. I did have some computer issues not long ago and everything was off after that. But I figured out how to get it back, so you should be able to hover over any image and see the red "P Save" button. Just click that to Pin. The only exception would be a handful of images throughout the blog that I have deliberately blocked from being Pinned since they're more personal in nature and I don't think they belong on Pinterest.

Question: Sheryl asked, "How do you add a Pin-It Button to your images?"

Answer: Funny you should ask since I just had to go through the process of re-adding mine! Go here for the tutorial I used to add the Pin Hover button back to my images. On the flip side, if you're a blogger like me who has a few images here and there that you want to share with your readers but don't want all over Pinterest, here is a good tutorial on keeping those blog-only.

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And that's all for today! Another week in the books and I'm very much looking forward to the weekend. Hope you all have a great one and see you back next week!

Linking up with:
ErikaAndreaNarci |JoLynne |  Lindsey | Alison


Outfit Update + New Camo and Stripes

Once again just playing a little catch-up on outfit posts since I like to make sure everything that I post on Instagram finds a place here so I can give full details of exact vs. similar and any other noteworthy details for each look that are too lengthy for an Instagram caption!

Jacket: Express (Similar) | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Express | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Shoes: Express | Watch: Fossil (Similar) |  Ring: Nordstrom | Bracelets: Express (Similar)

My camo jacket is only a few months old from Express but it quickly sold out. I'm surprised they haven't re-released the same version or a new one since it seems more useful in Fall than Summer. But I did find a really good similar option (look, style, and price) from the same brand as the olive drape jacket I'm wearing in Outfit One here. My olive drape jacket runs the same as Express sizing if not a touch smaller, so hopefully their camo jacket runs the same since there aren't any reviews at this point.

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Tee: Express (3/4 Sleeve Version of Same) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Express | Watch: Fossil | Bag: c/o Danielle Nicole (Similar) | Ring: Stella & DotNails: Essie "Model Clicks"

Not too much to say about this look! Several pieces are sold out so I did the best I could with similar items and similar prices. I do love this silver layered choker necklace, and if you missed my round-up of my favorite choker necklaces (the ones I own and also the ones on my wish list) you can find it here.

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Jacket: BB Dakota | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: ExpressShoes: Amazon (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Ring: Nordstrom

The exact jeans I'm wearing in this photo are the Supersoft Midrise jeans from Express. Unfortunately they are sold out, but I linked to a High Rise pair in the same Supersoft fabric that looks identical in terms of color. In my experience from jeans I own or have tried on at Express, High Rise is about 2" higher than mid-rise and sits right at my belly button.

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Tee: Express (Current) | Necklace: Kendra Scott (Maroon Jade) | Shorts: Target (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon "Natural" | Watch: Fossil (Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Bracelet: Forever 21 (Similar)

I wore this a couple of weeks ago and never got around to posting it anywhere. (And with temps expected to climb back up to the 90s here this week, I'll probably be wearing something similar again this week!) I purchased this striped London Tee (as well as the black striped version) last Fall, and they just re-released both of these for 2016. It looks like the new white version has black stripes (whereas mine are dark navy) and both colors have one extra stripe at the neckline. But if you missed these last Fall, they're a great staple and it's worth getting the updated version.

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I'll be back on Friday with four more outfits and few other things to share so I hope you'll stop by then!

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Favorite Fall Trend: The Choker Necklace

Welcome to the final week of our "Ten Take on Fall" collaboration series! Each week, ten bloggers from across the U.S. and Canada share their take on three different fall fashion themes.  This week, each of the bloggers below are sharing their favorite Fall 2016:

(See direct links to each blog at the end of this post)

Most of us will this week will be picking a favorite from this Stylecaster list of the top twelve trends for Fall 2016. This Fall there is one trend I'm loving in particular and that's the choker necklace. I feel like it allows me to keep my same overall basic style but give it a more current look just by changing one piece. I've purchased a few that you may have noticed in recent outfits:

One: Gold + Neutrals
Jacket: Nordstrom (Very Similar under $50!) | Tee: Nordstrom Rack (Similar) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Express (In Store Only, Option) | Bag: Danielle Nicole | Shoes: Amazon |  Front view of this outfit here(About halfway down the page or search olive drape jacket.)

This was the first choker necklace I purchased for Fall, and unfortunately it's sold out online, but you may find it in store. If not, the Target option I linked to is only $15 and while it's not exactly a dupe, it does use neutral suede with gold leaf detail, so at least it's a reasonably priced option!

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Two: Silver
Cami: Express | Cardigan: Express (Similar) | Necklace: ExpressJeans: Express (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | (Front view of this outfit here)

Once I started wearing my gold choker I knew I wanted a silver option since I'm an equal opportunity metal employer. I love the layered look and triangle details of this one from Express and don't have anything negative to say about the purchase!

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Three: Basic Black
Jacket: Nordstrom | Cami: Express (Current) | Jeans: Express | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Amazon | Ring: Nordstrom | (Front view of this outfit here)

This $8.00 choker from Amazon was my most recent purchase, and this style seems to be the kind I see the most frequently on my Instagram feed. An associate at Express actually complimented me on it when I went in store and she asked me if it was from their store. Ha! What are the odds?

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Four: The Choker Tee

On Sunday I shared a full review on my new choker tee, but here's another look at that piece since it's relevant to today's topic
Tee: Express | Jeans: Nordstrom (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon (Similar) | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Ring: Kendra Scott | Bag: c/o Fossil

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Finally, here's the front view of these four outfits:

The Wishlist

Affordable Options:
I have a few chokers on my wishlist, and most of them are under $25. I guess I'm especially drawn to the layered variety, and here's a peek at a few I'd love to add to my collection in the near future:

Splurge Options:
It's no secret that I love Kendra Scott jewelry, but it's more of a splurge item for me. All of the pieces below are from the Kendra Scott Winter collection, and I immediately wanted this choker set when I saw it in their marketing materials. Unfortunately the three separate necklaces adds up to one pricey neck party. But. It's a wishlist so it's okay to wish!
Top Necklace: Kendra Scott ($75)| Middle Necklace: Kendra Scott ($130) | Bottom Necklace: Kendra Scott ($75) (Pretty sure it's this one but they weren't labeled.) |  Earrings: Kendra Scott ($295) (These are too big for me so they're not on my wishlist, but linked for the curious and/or those who have $300 to spend on earrings!)

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If you missed any of my previous posts in our Ten Take on Fall Series, you can get caught up with these links:

Summer Staples Repurposed For Fall
Warm Climate, Fall Style

Make sure to use the links below to stop by each blogger in this series and see which trends they're loving this Fall! Throughout the series we haven't shared our posts with each other in advance so it's always been a fun surprise to see who chose the same items or stands alone each week!

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Blush Choker Tee + How to Style Pink

I wanted to post a little follow up on one of my recent sale purchases so anyone who might be on the fence about this item can get a little more detail and decide if it's for them before the current sale ends! In my other sale posts (here and here) I talked about this pink choker tee and now that it's here and I've had a chance to wear it, I have a little (lot?) more to say!

Here's how I wore this for the first time (or on its maiden voyage as Carylee would say!)
Tee: Express | Jeans: Nordstrom (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon (Similar) | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Ring: Kendra Scott | Bag: c/o Fossil

Things to note: This is made of a very thin t-shirt material. Thinner than a London tee and much thinner than the plush jersey London tee. I don't mind that because it's still pretty warm here, so I was comfortable in this by itself with temps in the high 70s yesterday. If you live somewhere cooler you may want to layer it, and I have a few options for that below. One of the reviews commented about it being a bit difficult to get on your head due to the tight choker neckline and yes, that's true. Not at all impossible but a little delicate if you don't want to rip the shirt and/or ruin your hair. (I opted to mess up my hair and had to fix it a little after putting this on.) The third thing to note is that it is a rather deep v-neck, also similar to a London tee. Depending on how much modesty/coverage you need, it will either be too deep or you'll want a cami. I didn't want to wear a cami because I felt like it took away from the neckline (plus I didn't want the extra warmth.) But I did have to adjust it back up throughout the day. The pros (cute, different from anything else I own, easy to dress up or down, layer, style multiple ways, etc.) still outweighed the cons for me, and I'm really happy with this purchase.

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For layering and alternate styling options, I rounded up some of the ways I've styled my pink Barcelona Cami since its a similar color:

Light Olive/Taupe Jacket:
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: J Crew (Gift, Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon | Bracelet: Express

Neutral Cardigan:
Sweater: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar) | Three Layer Necklace: CCO (Sold Out, Similar) | Long Necklace: Express | Bag: Tory Burch

Grey Cardigan:
Sweater: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Nails: Essie "Model Clicks"

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And now I'm off for some Sunday Family time! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with:
ErikaAndreaNarci |JoLynne |  Lindsey | Alison | Amy Ann


40% Off Fall Favorites

It's Saturday and I am up way too early. Somehow I forgot to shut off my weekday alarm on my phone, and once it went off I couldn't go back to sleep. So why not blog a little and feel like I did something productive with my extra time? With the current sale I decided to do a roundup of my recent purchases from Express that are still in stock and have been getting put to good use lately.

1. Olive Jeans
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bracelet: Banana Republic | Bag: Amazon (Similar)

I purchased these pants before there were any reviews online, and it's probably a good thing otherwise I wouldn't have purchased them! The reviews are terrible (rips, fading, etc.) , and I guess I have been lucky because I haven't had any of those issues. I've grown to like these more each time I wear them because I think they're really flattering and a nice change from blue jeans...but still neutral. I've already worn them several times!

2. Portofino Shirt in Berry
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: Amazon 
Shoes: Sole Society

Obviously this color is perfect for fall, and the Portofino shirt a great year-round staple for me because it's easy to dress up or down, layer with a sweater/jacket, or wear on its own. Here are the three ways I've worn this color so far!

Outfit Two Details:
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Danielle Nicole (Similar)

Outfit Three Details:
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Booties: Forever 21 | Bag: Amazon

Here are a few past posts for more ideas on styling this shirt in any color and how to style it with everything from shorts to skirts to leggins:of outfit inspiration
3. London Tees
Tee: Express | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon | Necklace: J Crew (Similar) | Nails: Essie "Model Clicks"

I have to tell you, this Fall Express raised the prices on these shirts to $39.90 (they used to be more like $25-30 for plush jersey?) and even though they are favorites of mine, I won't be paying $40 for a t-shirt. (Sounds like a Macklemore song, doesn't it?) But they've started including the One Eleven Collection in their sales and promotions lately, so paying $24 during the 40% Off Sale is worth it! Here's a front view of the outfit above, plus the second color I just purchased and another outfit I've worn with the original London Tee:

Outfit Two Details:
Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Choker: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon

Outfit Three Details:
Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shoes: Forever 21

Growing Wishlist:

I shared my in-store sale purchases here...and then I saw a couple of additional items online (thanks in part to social media, of course, like the jacket that Tracy found) that I hadn't seen in store, so my wishlist grew a little bit and I might be placing one more order before the sale ends. There's also a really perfect date night/girl's night out top (available in three colors but I bought black) that I purchased awhile back and that I think a lot of you will love, but I haven't had the chance to wear it yet! So feel free to scroll through my wishlist + unblogged recent purchases below!

Happy shopping and happy Saturday!