3/29/17

What's Up Wednesday March

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Today I'm joining What's Up Wednesday for an end of the month, behind-the-blog life update. You can view the prompt questions for this post here, or just read on to find out what's been going on around here lately!

What I'm wearing:
On Monday I talked about my go-to formula for attending semi-dressy school events (see it here), and this is my go-to formula for days when I don't want to fuss around much with coordinating different outfit pieces. I start with a basic black-on-black top + bottom, then I add practically any jacket or cardigan I own and voilĂ ! An outfit.
Sweater: Gap | Cami: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Shoes: Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks

Front View:
Sweater: Gap | Cami: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Shoes: Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks

What I'm eating:
Last month I tried out two new recipes, and they were both a hit with my family.

First, I made MMMMM Brownies.

A couple of weeks ago we had a neighborhood garage sale and my son wanted to bake brownies to sell while there were lots of people milling around the neighborhood. I didn't have a mix on hand and I didn't want to run to the store early on a Saturday just for that. So I found this recipe on Allrecipes and went for it because I had all the ingredients at home. I was really impressed! Normally I use Ghiradelli box mix, and this recipe was more dense and fudgey in comparison to those. So if you like a thick, rich brownie this is a great recipe and one I'll be making again.

Next I made Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies:

When our Girl Scout Do-Si-Dos ran out, my son was craving a similar cookie so I decided to try a homemade version. These were excellent and another big hit, especially with the kids. The filling tastes exactly like the filling in Nutter Butters, only slightly better in my opinion because it's more creamy. The cookie part is soft and chewy (a pretty standard Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie if you ask me) but the combination with the filling is excellent and this recipe is another new family favorite.

What I'm loving:
It's too soon I'm loving this brand since it's very new-to-me and I don't like to rush to judgments, but I will say I'm loving this new top from Abercrombie that I shared last week on Instagram, and I'm re-evaluating my opinion on the brand in general.
Top: Abercrombie  (see fit notes below front view photo) | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Similar)

A couple of notes about this top: First, reviews said it ran small and to order a size up, so I went with that recommendation and bought a Small (normally I order an XS in Express tops). It's pretty wide and flowy, and I would have been tempted to get an XS. But the main reason for sizing up is the arm/under arm area. It runs a little snug there so I think if went any smaller than this it would restrict my arm movement. Second, the top opens wide and deep in the front when it's untied, so you'll either need to wear a cami, tie the ties together, or sew an extra stitch above the button to stay covered.

I found this top while preparing my White Cold Shoulder and Peasant Tops round-up post and since it looked exactly like what I wanted and was on sale that day, I decided to give it a chance. This is my first ever purchase from Abercrombie. I really didn't have a high opinion of the brand before, nor did I consider myself part of their target demographic. But since they fired their controversial CEO back in December 2015, they've been trying to revitalize their brand. My friend Erin helped me re-consider the brand in general because she's worn a few of their pieces on her Instagram, and lately I've noticed more bloggers wearing pieces from them as well. They carry a lot more classic items than I expected, and they have frequent promotions that bring the price point for most pieces to under $50. I ordered a few more items myself that you'll be seeing on the blog in the near future!

And to be clear this content is in no way sponsored by Abercrombie! It often seems suspicious when a blogger suddenly loves a brand that she's never worn before, so I wanted to assure you that this purchase truly was 100% my own independent choice to explore a new brand.

Front View:
Top: Abercrombie | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Similar)


What I've been up to:
I'm testing for my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in less than two months, and the past month has involved some very intense training and a lot of memorization. I've had many moments of feeling overwhelmed because it just seems like too much to remember, but slowly things are starting to "stick" to my brain and I'm starting to feel a little better about my decision to do this sooner rather than later.

What I'm dreading:
My washing machine is currently broken. The repair part won't be in until early next week, so I'm dreading dealing with the laundry situation in my home in the interim. If I miss some posts this week it's because I'll be sitting at the coin-up laundromat instead of at home blogging while the laundry runs!

What I'm watching:
Dancing with the Stars is the one and only TV show I watch regularly, and a new season just started so I'll be tuning in for that. My DVR failed to record the first episode so I missed that, but I'll be watching the second episode this week and I'm looking forward to picking my early favorites.

What I'm Reading:
Some months I can't seem to pick any good books, and other months I get on a roll. This month it was the latter and I read several books that I would recommend to others with similar tastes!

March Book Reviews

1. The Life We Bury
Recommend! This is a story about a college student who sets out to write a biography of a dying man in a retirement home as part of a school assignment. He finds out the man he is assigned to profile is a convicted murderer, but there is so much more to his story and there are plenty of holes in the original murder case. I really enjoyed the character development in this and the "whodunit" factor.

2. The Girl Before
Recommend! Thanks to The Cape on the Corner for recommending this to me in my book reviews last month! This gets compared to books like, "Gone Girl" and I do think people who enjoyed that will enjoy this. It's about a rental house with a very unique architectural design, and the owner requires the tenants to meet some very strict lifestyle requirements in order to live there. It was especially interesting for me to read this on the heels of my Spring Cleaning and house de-cluttering because the tenants of the house have to be very committed to minimalist living and there's a lot of discussion of de-cluttering and the impact on your life. On top of that, there are also interesting romantic relationship dynamics and murder mystery elements to keep you in suspense and turning the pages. (Actually the relationship/murder stuff is more central to the plot of the book than the house itself, but the house is a big part of what makes the storyline unique.)

3. Before the Fall
Recommend! Kristi recommended this to me, and it's about a mysterious private plane crash. Some very high profile individuals were on board the flight and didn't survive, so the story takes you into each of their backgrounds leading up to the flight and makes you question whether the crash was actually an accident or not.

4. Swear on this Life
Recommend...if you're in the mood for a lighter, non-suspenseful read! I chose this book in part because it takes place in San Diego, and I enjoy reading books where I'm familiar with the setting. Although now that I've read the book, I can tell you that most of it is about the childhood of the main characters, which did not take place in San Diego! Regardless of the location, the story was about a girl who starts a reading a book only to discover that the book is about her own childhood, and it's written from her POV. But it was actually written by her childhood friend/love interest. The book forces her to analyze various parts of her life and she has to decide whether to reconnect with the author. The story was fun, entertaining and held my interest. It wasn't deep, thought-provoking or suspenseful, but it was well done for something more along the lines of chick-lit/romance.

As always, if you've read something you think I'd enjoy, please let me know in the comments! In the meantime I'll be making my way down this list of recommendations by Tracy, starting with The Guest Room. I'm currently about 35% into that book and so far it's very interesting!

What I'm doing this weekend:
I'll be hanging out with Noelle this Saturday at a Stella & Dot trunk show! I don't know how much time I will get to actually visit with her since she will be busy doing her thing as the stylist for the show, but some visiting is always better than none!

What I'm looking forward to next month:
Spring Break! We have a fun family trip planned for Spring Break next month and I'll share a bit more about that in future posts since I'll probably need to use the blog to motivate myself to get organized in packing and planning for the trip anyway.

What else is new:
Last month I talked about my plans to do Microblading on my eyebrows. My appointment was scheduled for this coming Friday....but as of now it's canceled. For one it's not the best time for me to spend the money on that due to our upcoming Spring Break travel expenses. For another thing, my husband and kids think I am absolutely crazy to consider doing it. They're afraid I'm going to hate it and be miserable, and they don't see the need at all. I am a little bit worried about how I will like it or if it will be a difficult adjustment, although not much because I've only seen great results. But for both of those reasons I'm willing to wait a little longer and think about it a little more before I do it!

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And that's it from here! Thanks for reading and I'll see you back here on Friday!



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3/27/17

Grey Blazer + Goal Getting

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I hope you all had a fun and fulfilling weekend! Mine was really nice having my mom in town. We didn't do the touristy stuff that we've done on some of her past visits, partly because we've already done it before! We did see Beauty & the Beast, which was perfect for a Mother-Daughter date. And she joined right in with our everyday family life and got in lots of quality visiting time.

On another note, it's Performance Season at school lately, and I've established a go-to outfit formula for all of the recent events: Blazer, knit tee or tank, jeans, and comfortable heels. I used this formula for two school orchestra concerts (first outfit in this post and the second outfit in this post), and recently again as shown below for the 4th Grade play.

Outfit:
Blazer: Express | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar) | Necklace: LOFT (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Ring (below): Kendra Scott | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Outfit Notes:
This grey blazer seemed like it would be a good addition to my closet since I love my grey moto jackets and grey cardigan, but I do have events (just like this) where neither one of those seems like the right piece to finish the outfit. A moto jacket felt too edgy and a cardigan felt too casual for me, so the blazer was perfect. I have a few Express blazers (two of them in this exact 24-inch, one-button style) and they each have a nice amount of stretch to them. That makes them pretty comfortable and easy to move in, and in general they're really nice quality for the price (especially when you watch for the sales). For size reference, normally I wear an XS in tops and all of my Express blazers are a 0. This one is as well, but if I wanted to close the front button I would need to size up to a 2. I don't ever button my blazers, so I kept the smaller size since I prefer the more fitted look at the waist and I can still move comfortably.

And once again it's the Target maternity tank! I wear a Small in this because it gives me some extra length in the torso (which I especially need when I'm wearing it with leggings) and is only a tiny bit bigger everywhere else than the XS. I sometimes wonder if pregnant women can even wear these past their second trimester- they just don't seem long enough!

Front View:
Blazer: Express | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar) | Necklace: LOFT (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Ring: Kendra Scott | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Monday Motivation: Write On and Goal-Getting
Before I get on with today's topic, I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who commented on my post about Priorities last week! There were so many thoughtful and supportive comments and I really wanted to reply individually to each of you, but didn't have a chance for all of the reasons stated in my post! But it felt great that so many of you related to my thoughts and had such encouraging words and great perspective.

I started this series as a way to stay motivated and accountable for my New Year's Goals and Values (originally posted here). Two months into this series and I can honestly say it is doing that and then some! Throughout the week, the thought of, "What am I going to write for Monday Motivation next week?" will randomly pop into my head, and that thought leads me to, "well I better do something worthwhile with my life so I have something to write about!" Writing here on the blog has been the best personal accountability tool for me, and it's the last benefit I ever expected to get out of blogging!

As part of my Personal Growth value this year I've read/listened to a number of books on psychology and personal development, and the power of writing things down comes up frequently.  If you don't want to read an entire book on the subject, just Google, "the power of writing down your goals" and you'll find plenty of articles supporting this point (e.g. here is a good one that's a very quick read). One even claims that people who write down their goals have an 80% higher chance of achieving them! (Here is that article, although they don't credit their source for those stats so take it for what it's worth.)

So I'm going to keep on writing here about goals, motivation and accountability with the hope that it shapes me into a better person week by week and month by month. I am pretty sure that posting on a public forum keeps me more accountable than if I simply wrote this in a journal, but I don't have any proof of that. But if you have a blog or a Facebook or Instagram and you need motivation and accountability in some area of your life...why not write about it?  Share it and see what happens. Or just feel free check in here in the comments and share. I love reading about other people's goals because they often inspire me in some way, just like Carrie's goal series last year inspired mine this year.

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That does it for today, but my book reviews and more are coming up on Wednesday. I have a few great books to recommend this month so don't miss it!


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3/25/17

Outfit Recap 3/25/17

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Welcome to my weekend outfit recap! These posts are just a back-to-basics way of sharing of outfits I wore each week with links to current or similar options if my exact item is sold out. I'm switching up the formatting a bit today based on some reader feedback and skipping the recap of this week's outfit posts here in the interest of time.

Outfit Recap: 


Camo Jacket, Grey Cami
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Express | (Outfit Inspired by Erin)

Black Marled Knit Jacket, Grey Jeans:
Jacket: Express | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Target (Similar) | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) | Bag: c/o Amazon

Black Plaid Shirt, Light Jeans:
Top: Express (Similar in exact style) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Shoes: Amazon | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It" | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: c/o Amazon

White Cardi, Grey Tank:
Cardigan: Gap | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: LOFT (Similar) | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Top View for Jewelry + Accessory Details:

Camo Jacket, Grey Cami:
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Express | (Outfit Inspired by Erin)

Black Marled Knit Jacket, Black Tank, Grey Jeans:
Jacket: Express | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Target (Similar) | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) | Bag: c/o Amazon | Ring: c/o Megan Auman | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Black Plaid Shirt, Light Jeans:
Top: Express (Similar in exact style) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Shoes: Amazon | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It" | Bag: c/o Amazon

White Cardi, Grey Tank:
Cardigan: Gap | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: LOFT (Similar) | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Enjoy your weekend and I'll be back with another post on Monday!



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3/24/17

Grey V Neck Tee, Frayed Hem Jeans

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I hope you all had a good week! I am hoping mine was filled with a lot of fun visiting and memory-making with my mom in town but since I'm preparing this in advance I suppose I can't say for sure! But that was the plan at least! I had a lot of rushed mornings prior to my mom's visit, and that meant I went for easy, basic outfits like this...with a hefty dose of jewelry to make me feel like I tried!

Outfit:
Tee: Nordstrom "Heather Pewter" | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot | Bracelets: c/o Charmed StacksNails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Outfit Notes:

This t-shirt is one of my favorites for wearing on its own (as opposed to layering with a jacket or sweater) and I just recently wore the striped version of this style (see it here) in the same simple manner. As much as t-shirts are an easy basic, the right fit makes all the difference in the styling and the overall look of the outfit, and for me, these are just perfect on their own.

These jeans are also a favorite! I love the dark wash with slight distressing but no visible skin. (I try to stay away from too much distressing on my jeans because it embarrasses one of my kids. True story.) They're comfortable (like most Express jean leggings) but I also feel like they're extra slimming and give some nice shaping, which gives them about ten bonus points if we're keeping score.

Front View
Tee: Nordstrom "Heather Pewter" | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot | Bracelets: c/o Charmed StacksNails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"

Friday Favorites: Blush Pink Bags for Spring
My blush pink satchel bag is probably my very favorite bag. Just a quick glance at my Instagram feed will show how often I use it. It just works well with a lot of my clothes, and of course I'm reaching for it even more often now that Spring is officially here. Just changing my bag and shoes makes it easy for me to make my basic outfits feel seasonally appropriate.

Since the exact color of my bag has been sold out for over a year, I'm always looking for similar options to share every time I show my bag on the blog. Right now there are quite a few options that would serve the same function as my bag at the same price point. I believe my bag was $40 originally, so all of the options below are $40 or less! Exact prices and retailers are listed for your convenience.

Blush Pink Bag on a Budget:
Blush Pink Bags on a Budget

Top RowTarget - $40 | Target  -$40

Bottom Row: Amazon - $33 | Amazon - $40 (Same brand as mine, also comes in a slightly more pink shade) | Amazon  - $33 (Same brand/style as my favorite grey satchel shown here)

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This week was all about simplicity and basics in everything from my outfits to my posts! Next week should be a little more diverse so I hope to see you back then!


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3/22/17

Blush Cardigan + Black Skirt

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As promised on Monday (to myself, mostly!), just another simple outfit post today. I'm scheduling this one several days in advance, and judging by the forecast, by the time this post goes live this outfit won't make a lot of sense for the predicted rain. But it was 80° and sunny when I wore it so I promise it did make sense in real life at the time!

Cardigan: Target "Light Purple" | Tank: Target | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Gold Gunmetal" | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon | Skirt: Express (SimilarLonger Similar Style) | Sunless Tan: Amazon

This is my second time wearing this cardigan from Target (previously shown here) and it really is the perfect weight for warmer days. I have a feeling I'll be using it often in the summer. I kept the color scheme for my outfit very similar to the last time I wore it (even using the same bag and necklace) but what can I say? I just like these colors together!

And yes I did just wear this skirt last week. I guess I'm making up for lost time from all the long winter months this skirt sat in my closet unworn. It's been a great addition to my closet, and I would like to add a couple of other colors in a similar (soft, comfortable, not too long or too short) style, but that is easier said than done. This one from Gap still looks to be the closest current option to mine, although a bit longer which might not be a bad thing.  The light grey option would have worked nicely with this outfit as well, so I think it's just a matter of time before I order that one. [Updated to add: Rachelle just let me know this morning about another very similar option from H&M. This actually looks more similar to mine than the Gap version. It's only $12.99 and comes in black and grey!]

My grey satchel has also been getting lots of use since it's such a great neutral and a great medium size. The shipping time was a full two weeks, so not short by any means, but worth the wait, especially considering it's only $33.

Since we've had consistently warm weather for a couple of weeks, I also started incorporating this $14 sunless tanner into my routine for a bit more color on my legs. I use Jergens Natural Glow year round, but when I know I'll have more skin on display, I add this one in about twice a week for a darker "tan."

Front View:
Cardigan: Target "Light Purple" | Tank: Target | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Gold Gunmetal" | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: Amazon | Skirt: Express (Similar) | Sunless Tan: Amazon

As a quick update on my dress reviews last week, when I got both of the Old Navy dresses in my size...they were still just a bit too much on my frame. I felt like the navy floral option fit a bit smaller than either the black or white. So I guess Dress Quest 2017 will continue on, hopefully with some eventual success!

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3/20/17

Grey Cozy Cover Up + Monday Motivation

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This week I'm getting ready for my mom to come to town and spend some quality time with my family, and in the interest of being fully present with her time here, I'm planning to keep my blog posts on the short side this week. So let's just dive right in with today's outfit!

Outfit: 
Sweater/Jacket: Express | Cami: Express (White Sold Out, Similar) | Jeans: Express | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott (Gold/Gunmetal) | Ring: Stella & Dot | Watch: Fossil

Outfit Notes:

This is my second time posting this grey jacket/sweater-thing, and I still struggle with what to call it. They label and categorize it as a jacket but I just can't get on board with that! It's not structured enough and doesn't have any buttons or zippers for closure. But regardless of the name, it's incredibly comfortable and I throw it on as lounge wear all the time (but I don't bother to post those non-outfits on the blog!). I've also shown how I wear it as a cover-up over fitness apparel (see it here in my All Things Fitness reference post), but I wanted to try wearing it as part of a normal outfit and I was happy with how it worked out!

My eco-friendly jeans are a new favorite and I really love the light wash for Spring. They run true to size, and I posted three additional outfits with these here.

And finally, my no-fail white Barcelona cami! When in doubt, I can always make an outfit with this cami plus pretty much any jacket or cardigan I own and some jeans. I have a round-up of twelve outfits for all four seasons with this piece in this post.

Front View: 
Sweater/Jacket: Express | Cami: Express (White Sold Out, Similar) | Jeans: Express | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott (Gold/Gunmetal) | Ring: Stella & Dot | Watch: Fossil (Similar)


Monday Motivation: Priorities

When my blogging friends are going through a tough time in life or just have a little too much on their plate due to one circumstance or another, I am the first one to tell them not to stress themselves out so much over missing a post here and there. The blog will be there when they get back, their followers won't shun them over a couple of missed days, most people are very understanding that life can get a little hectic at times, etc. I don't think any readers have ever been unable to carry on with their day due to the lack of a post from a particular blogger. And yet when it comes to my own blog, I have a hard time taking my own advice and keeping this perspective!

Something that really hit home with me when I read The 5 Love Languages recently was the importance of giving loved ones our undivided attention, not just, "I'm listening while I look at photos on Instagram/fold laundry/wash dishes, etc." As I mentioned in the intro, my mom will be in town visiting this week and I really want to make quality time with her my top priority. For me to do that, blogging and social media simply have to take a backseat and be a bit less consistent. So all that is to say I'm more motivated to be a good daughter this week than to be a good blogger, so I appreciate your understanding as I try to keep my life priorities in order!


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3/18/17

Weekly Outfit Recap 3/18/17

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Welcome to my weekend outfit recap! These posts are just a very simple recap of outfits I wore and links to current or similar options if my exact item is sold out. If the outfit was featured in a blog post I'll link you to that as well as I usually offer more info on fit, sizing etc. of pieces I'm wearing in those.

Once again I'm including my top-view outdoor photos as well for a better look at the jewelry and accessories.

Weekly Outfit Recap:

Black Strappy-Shoulder Top, Light Grey Jeans:
Top: Amazon | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: Amazon | Sandals: Forever 21 (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot

Front View: 
Top: Amazon | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: Amazon | Sandals: Forever 21 (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot

Mixed Media Peplum Top:
Top: Express (Pretty Option w/ Lace, Similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes:  Amazon | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Watch: c/o Fossil | Ring: Stella & Dot 

Front View:
Top: Express (Pretty Option w/ Lace, Similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes:  Amazon | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Watch: c/o Fossil | Ring: Stella & Dot 

White Portofino, Jeans:
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Target | Top Necklace: Kendra Scott "Harper" (Gift) | Bottom Necklace: Kendra Scott "Debra" (Gift) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: c/o Amazon | Earrings: Kendra Scott (Rose Quartz/Gold) | Nails: OPI Let's Be Friends

Front View:
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Target | Top Necklace: Kendra Scott "Harper" (Gift) | Bottom Necklace: Kendra Scott "Debra" (Gift) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: c/o Amazon | Earrings: Kendra Scott (Rose Quartz/Gold) | Nails: OPI Let's Be Friends

Striped Tee, Jeans:
Top: Nordstrom | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Shoes: Amazon "Natural" | Short Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Long Necklace: Express | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift, Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Nails: OPI Let's Be Friends (Similar) | Full post: here

Front View:
Top: Nordstrom | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Shoes: Amazon "Natural" | Short Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Long Necklace: Express | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift, Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Nails: OPI Let's Be Friends (Similar) | Full post: here

Faux LBD, Olive Cardigan:
Sweater: Gap | Tank: Target | Skirt: Express (Similar) | Sandals: Amazon | Necklace: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed StacksRing: c/o Kendra Scott (Daisy Ring with White Druzy via Color Bar) | Nails: Sally Hansen "Creme de la Creme"

Front View:
Sweater: Gap | Tank: Target | Skirt: Express (Similar) | Sandals: Amazon | Necklace: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed StacksRing: c/o Kendra Scott (Daisy Ring with White Druzy via Color Bar) | Nails: Sally Hansen "Creme de la Creme"

White Cold Shoulder Top, Jean Shorts:
Top: Macy's (Similar) | Shorts: Guess (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Fossil | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (Daisy Ring via Color Bar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Full post with lots of lacy white top options (cold shoulder and regular): here

Front View:
Top: Macy's (Similar) | Shorts: Guess (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Fossil | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (Daisy Ring via Color Bar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Full post with lots of lacy white top options (cold shoulder and regular): here


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!


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3/17/17

White Cold Shoulder and Peasant Tops under $100

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I wasn't really an early adopter of the cold shoulder trend, and when I finally found this top at the end of last summer, I wore it like it was going out of style...because I was kind of worried that the trend was only going to last the summer! Well it's back in full force this Spring and I took advantage of an 80 degree day to pull this top back out of hibernation!


Top: Macy's (Similar) | Shorts: Guess (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Fossil | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (Daisy Ring via Color Bar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks

Outfit Notes:
I don't have a lot to share in terms of fit for my top and shorts since I'm linking to similar options for both. But scroll down in this post for a huge round-up of similar white tops with lace detail (with or without cold shoulders) that are perfect for Spring, under $100, and could be styled in the same way as this top.

These boots are very affordable (under $30) and run true to size for me. They are really similar to another taupe pair I have, but in person these are slightly more beige and I do find that subtle difference makes it worth having both since they each seem to work better with different color palettes.

This crossbody bag c/o Fossil (I'm linking to the exact bag on Amazon only because it's no longer available on the Fossil site but Amazon still has it) might be my favorite crossbody bag. It's just the right compact size, the tassel detail is really cute, and it has an exterior compartment that fits my iPhone for easy access, which comes in so handy, especially since the front has the flap (which would make it harder to get to my phone if I had to store it in there).

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Friday Favorites: White Spring Tops under $100

Since my top is sold out, I rounded up eight options that are currently available in most sizes, have similar cold shoulder white top options from a variety of retailers. I also listed the current price for each option because nobody has time to be clicking on links for things out of their budget!

Cold Shoulder:
White Cold Shoulder Tops
Top Row: Charming Charlie ($22) | Macy's ($28) | Nordstrom  ($69)| Express ($60)
Bottom RowWHBM ($88) | NY & Co ($30) |  Forever 21 ($35) | Bailey 44 ($70)

If cold shoulders aren't your thing for whatever reason, here are a few white peasant tops (also under $100) that will give a similar look and can be styled in the same way as my cold shoulder top. I also ordered the first one below for myself because sometimes the cold shoulder detail is just too cold or just doesn't feel appropriate for certain events.

Covered Shoulders:
White Lace Peasant Tops
Top Row: Abercrombie ($60) | Revolve ($60) M/L | Amazon ($65) | Shopbop ($85) 
Bottom Row: Nordstrom ($78) | Express ($40) | Nordstrom Rack ($40) | Revolve ($60)

I listed the current price of each top but many of them have frequent sales and promotions so the price or inventory may change by the time this post goes live since that's just how things go with retail stores.

Have a great weekend and oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Obviously I don't do much to celebrate that myself! If you check in here on the weekend I should have my weekly outfit recap posted by Sunday, then on Monday check back in for some Monday Motivation to get the week off to a positive start!


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