8/26/16

Outfits on the Daily + Flashback Friday 8/26/16

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I'm still wearing summer clothes full-time (although I have noticed the slightest drop in temperatures), but I realize most people (including myself) aren't really shopping for a lot of new summer pieces and are planning ahead for fall instead. So today I'm trying something new for my Outfit Recap to see if I can make it more useful for those planning ahead. I'm sharing each outfit I wore this week, plus a past outfit (hence the Flashback Friday title) where I styled the key piece of the outfit for fall weather.

Outfit Recap:

ONE: 

Denim Shirt for Summer
Top: Express | Shorts: J Crew Factory | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: Amazon | Bracelet: Forever 21 (Similar) | Watch: c/o Fossil | Ring: Express (Similar)

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Denim Shirt for Fall (ish...I'd swap the sandals for leopard booties or cognac peep toe booties)
Top: Express | Jeans: ExpressNecklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Bag: c/o Danielle Nicole (Similar) | Bracelets: Express | Watch: Fossil | Sandals: Nordstrom

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TWO: 

Black Tank Dress for Summer
Top: Express | Dress: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra ScottBag: Danielle Nicole | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Ring: Nordstrom

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Black Tank Dress for Fall:

Top: Express | Dress: Express (Similar) | Jacket: Express (Current) |Necklace: Bloomingdales (Gift, Similar) |  Bag: Tory Burch (Similar) | Boots: Target (Similar) | Ring: Kendra Scott (Similar)

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Front View:
Individual versions of front view outfits (summer version only) available: here

THREE: 

Striped Cami for Summer:
Top: Express (Similar) | Shorts: Old Navy (Similar) | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Ring: Nordstrom

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Striped Cami for Fall:
Top: Express (Similar) | Jacket: Express (Similar) | Short Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Stella & Dot | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Sandals: Target (Similar) | Bag: Amazon (Similar)

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FOUR: 

Grey Tee for Summer:
Tee: Nordstrom | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Budget Dupe) | Shorts: J Crew Factory | Sandals: Target | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks (Gift with Purchase) | Ring: Nordstrom

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Grey Tee for Fall:
Jacket: Express (Current) | Tee: Old Navy (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bag: Amazon (Similar) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: LOFT (Similar)


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Front View:
Individual versions of front view outfits (summer version only) available: here

I hope today's format was helpful! A retail shopping goes, most exact items from last year are no longer available but I did my best to find similar options at a similar price to what I originally paid. 

Twice as many outfits to post means I didn't have time left to share any additional favorites, but one of my favorite shirts is still 40% off as I shared on Wednesday. The Free Shipping Promo ended but the deals on Jeans and Portofino shirts is still on so get the full scoop on styling options and fit notes here. And finally, there are just a few days left in the Macbook + Kate Spade Giveaway so don't forget to enter here! Have a great weekend!


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8/24/16

Free Shipping + 40% Off Portofino Shirts and Jeans

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Alright, I know I said in Tuesday's post that I wouldn't be posting again until Friday, but then an email came in from Express saying they have Free Shipping on ALL orders today, plus 40% off Portofino Shirts and Jeans! That's a post-worthy sale so I'm making it a quick one today to share some references and favorites. It's so nice when you can buy just the 1-2 items you want and not have to try to meet a certain amount to use a Coupon Code or spend $8 for shipping!

I've built a good collection of these shirts over the years so I don't buy them as often as I used to, but they did come out with a new Berry color that I picked up for fall. I'm also wearing it with one of my staple pairs of jeans that are also 40% off.
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Ring: Nordstrom | Bag: Amazon | Front view for this outfit: Here

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Here's a quick look at some of my other favorite solid colors, with all current options available here.
(Jeans in these outfits are also Express, black here, white here. Zip pocket jeans sold out.)

More Info + Outfits with Portofino Shirts:

For more outfit ideas with Portofino Shirts or to decide which color would work best with your style, check out some of these past posts:

Outfit Ideas for by Color for Portofino Shirts

Outfit Ideas for Black, White and Striped Portofino Shirts

Round-up of some my favorite outfits with Portofino Shirts

Portofino Shirts paired with every outfit piece from Skirts to Jeans to Shorts to Leggings

More Info on Jeans:

For a breakdown of the different types of jeans at Express (e.g. Performance Stretch vs. Jean Leggings vs. Supersoft) check out my review and explanation in This Post.

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Like I said, just short and sweet today but free shipping + 40% off is a deal worth posting!


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8/23/16

Summer Survival: Date Night Style

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Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Survival Series. This week we're dishing on our Summer Night Out Style. Summer is my favorite for Date Night because I don't have to pile on layers or a coat over a fun outfit! And yes, even in San Diego our nights get pretty chilly so this is still an issue here!

For the most part, my summer date night outfits use the same basic pieces (e,g. Portofino Shirts and Barcelona Camis) as my everyday outfits. The main difference is in the type of shoes and accessories I wear. I can't function in high heels for errands and trekking my kids around on weekdays, but "car to bar" is no problem! Here are four examples of my typical date night outfits:

ONE:
Top: Express  (Color Options Vary) | Shorts: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Bracelet: Banana Republic (Gift, Option) | Leopard Clutch: Express (Similar)

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TWO:
Top: Express | Necklace: Express (Option) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Bracelets: Express (Option) | Bag: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon

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THREE:

Top: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Leopard Clutch: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Zara (Option)

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FOUR: (Same outfit formula as Two and Three plus a blazer if it gets chilly)
Blazer: Express | Cami: Express | Jeans: ExpressNecklace: Express (Gift, Similar) | Bag: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Aldo (Similar Style with multiple color options) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: LOFT

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Front View:

To see what ladies in other parts of the country wear for their summer night out, follow through our coast-to-coast blog hop by heading north to Pennsylvania for JoLynne's take on this week's theme. Or simply use the links below to meet each blogger in this series!


Last week was a busy one on the blog (e.g. hope you entered the Back-to-School Giveaway for a Macbook + Kate Spade handbag) and in real life (you might have caught some snippets on Snapchat or my Instagram stories if you're following there), and I have a lot of content planned for next week as well! So I'm sticking to just Tuesday/Friday posts this week to adjust to the new school schedule and prep for next week. Hope you all have a great week and see you back on Friday!


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8/19/16

Outfits on the Daily 8/19/16

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It's been a busy week here with the start of a new school year and new after-school to boot! Not to mention the four posts here this week (vs. my usual 2-3) and it's no surprise I'm planning to keep this one short and sweet! Just an outfit recap and a couple of quick favorites to share this Friday, so here we go....

Outfit Recap:

Navy Plaid Shirt + Jean Shorts:
Top: Express (Same Item, Similar Print) | Shorts: Target (Similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bracelets: Express | Watch: Fossil | Ring: Nordstrom

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Teal Cami + White Shorts:

Top: Express | Shorts: Target (Similar) | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Bag: Jessica Simpson | Bracelet: Sage K & Co

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Black Tee + Olive Shorts:
Top: Nordstrom Rack | Shorts: Express (Similar) | Necklace: J Crew  | Sandals: Nordstrom | Bag: Amazon

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Berry Cami + Distressed Jean Shorts:
Top: Express | Shorts: Nordstrom Rack | Necklace: J Crew (Gift, Similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Shoes: Forever 21 | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift) | Bracelets: Express | Watch: c/o Fossil

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Front View:
Individual Front View Outfits Here

Friday Favorites:

Favorite Magazine Article:

I rarely read magazines these days, but I randomly decided to flip through this month's Marie Claire with Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover:
Image Credit: Marie Claire

They had a very interesting article this month (page 171) on Fashion Blogging that I think most of my blogger friends would enjoy, and probably most regular blog readers too! It mainly highlights the top tier bloggers and I can't really relate to their lifestyle, but it had fascinating industry info nonetheless and I was struck by one comparison of blogging to this generation's California Gold Rush. I think there's a bit of truth to that and I can see the correlation!
Image Credit: Marie Claire

So if you'll be relaxing poolside this weekend and need an easy read, I recommend grabbing the latest Marie Claire for this article. (And the Sarah Jessica Parker piece was good, too!)

Favorite $40 Jeans...Again!
Last weekend, Express had all of their jeans on sale for $39.90. And this week...they'e doing it again! I shared my current, most-sizes-in-stock favorites last week so feel free to check out that post for my personal recommendations. I was initially leaning toward the pull-on jean leggings, but when I finally placed an order I opted for these instead:

The two reviews on them are not very good, so it's a gamble as to whether they work out. But I have nothing like this in my closet, whereas I have plenty of jeans, so why not at least try them when the price is lowest?

Fall Feature

The lovely ladies over at The Blended Blog invited me to take part in their Fall Favorites series, so to learn a little more about me and some of my favorites head on over to this post!

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And that's it for today! Have a great weekend and I'll see you back on Tuesday for week four of our end of Summer Survival series!


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8/18/16

Fall Friend-ly Favorites

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One of the very first friends I made though blogging is probably no stranger to you if you've been reading my blog for awhile. Of course, I'm talking about Carylee of More Pieces of Me, and it just so happens to be her birthday today! With her birthday this month I've been thinking about all the things she's "made" me buy, and today I wanted to share the top two recent Carylee-enabled purchases that also make it to "must-have" list for fall.

1. "Better than Uggs" Boots
I always thought these boots were cute when Carylee wore them, but what finally pushed me to click purchase was seeing four ways she styled them here. I have plenty of similar outfit pieces to hers so I knew for sure I'd be able to work them into my wardrobe. To top it off, she swore they were soooo comfy and, "like socially acceptable Uggs." Sold. And now I own three pair! (Taupe and Grey as shown here, plus a black pair that doesn't make it into many outfit photos, but does get worn a lot in the winter two and from dance classes.) They ran true to size for me and are easily my favorite boots purchase of 2016.

Taupe Boots:
Jacket: Maurice's (Option) | Tee: Express | Criscross Bralette: Forever 21 (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Budget Dupe) | Boots: Amazon

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Grey Boots:
Jacket: Express | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: ExpressNecklace: Express (Gift, Similar) | Boots: Amazon (Only one pair left in size 7...if that's your size, buy now and thank me later!)| Bag: Amazon (Similar)

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2. The Softest Plaid Shirt
Backstory: I owned the original version of this shirt back in 2014 (see it in this post) and I loved how soft and comfortable it was, but my kids weren't a fan of the print. (They thought it looked too manly.) So I felt uncomfortable in it and stopped wearing it. Meanwhile Express didn't stop making it in a bunch of other prints, and people like Carylee (see four ways she wore her blue plaid here) and Rachelle collected them and styled them in so many ways that I finally gave them a second chance. And I'm so glad I did! I've been able to get plenty of use out of them even through the summer, often taking Carylee's style tip to wear them like a cardigan (see how she does it here)

Plaid Shirt: Express | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Ring: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Bag: c/o Danielle Nicole (Similar)

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Plaid Shirt: Express (Similar) | Tank: Target | Shorts: Old Navy (Similar) | Sandals: TargetShort Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: LOFT (Similar) | Bracelets: Nordstrom (Similar) | Watch: Fossil | Ring: Kendra Scott (Similar) | Bag: Danielle Nicole (Similar)

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Front View for All Outfits:

I think I'm set at three pairs of the "Better than Uggs" boots, but I will keep my eyes on the Express Labor Day sale for possibly getting another print option of the plaid shirts. I am hoping they'll come out with some new fall color combos in addition to some of their current options, like these:

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Having friendships in blogging is one of the main things that keeps me going and keeps me sane, so happy birthday to one of of the very first friends I ever made through blogging! I'm so glad we've had the chance to meet in real life (go here and here for some recaps of those meet-ups) and I'm definitely not mad about some of the great purchases you've helped me make!


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