Friday Favorites 3/13/15

Welcome to my Friday Favorites! I have my usual outfit recap today plus a few other favorites to share. And a Target giveaway if you make it all the way to the end!

Outfit Recap

This week I'll switch things up (because why not?) and start with the Insta-view and item details followed by the front-view of each outfit.

 Jacket: Express / Striped Cami: Express / Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express (Similar) / Shoes: Steve MaddenBracelet: Express / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"

Blouse: Express / Necklace: Target (Similar) / Hip Zip Jeans: Express (Identical) / Shoes: TargetBracelet: Express / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"

Jacket: Gap / Cami: Express / White Skinnies: Express / Necklace: Express (Similar) / Flats: DSW / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"

And here's how it all looks from the front (i.e. the way most people see it):
Express outfits, express clothing blog

(I did change necklaces in the third look between the two pictures for no particular reason. The tassel necklace in the front-view photos is from Target and no longer available.)

Re-stocked Favorites: 

A couple of my favorite pieces from Express (that you've seen plenty of times here if you're a regular reader) were recently re-stocked or re-issued so if you missed out the first time around...they're baaaaack!

1. Striped Fitted Bateau Neck Sweater. Mine is two years old and it's been a great staple and transitional weather piece.

Just this year they brought it back in a few different color options. I checked it out in store and although I didn't take pictures, it is definitely the same fabric, fit and feel as my "old" version. The only difference I can see is that on the models the bateau neckline looks slightly higher and mine has a bit more of a scoop.

2. The Contrast Piping Portofino in Black with Ivory Piping is back now too:
Express Contrast Piping Portofino outfit
Center Image: Cropped Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole Society (Similar)
Right Image: Jeans: Express (Similar) / Sandals: Target (Similar)


I used to love reading. And then I started a blog and just couldn't find the time for it anymore. After a year and a half I feel like I've finally gotten my blog/time management under somewhat better control, so this year I made a goal to read one book a month. (And big thanks to my bibliophile friend Kristen for keeping me motivated on this!)

I really enjoyed the last two books I read, so I thought I'd pass long the recommendations for those of you who enjoy reading regularly or might be looking for good book to take on a Spring Break trip.

Both of these books hooked me in very quickly and I couldn't wait to see how they ended. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say I give them both two thumbs up! (And I can definitely see The Girl on the Train becoming a movie...)

Target Giveaway:

Finally, I've teamed up with a great group of ladies to giveaway a $400 Target gift card to one lucky winner. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time.


Prize: $400 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/10 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
* * *

If Target's not your thing (....I can't imagine this but to each their own!) you can still enter to win $800 to Nordstrom HERE. Have a great weekend and see you back here on Monday!

Shop the Post:

Linking up with:
Friday Favorites: ErikaAndrea and Narci / Fashion Friday/ Dawn Lucy / Rachelle & Charnele
Alison Lindsey 



  1. Express needs to have a sale like yesterday I want my new portofinos damn it and I need that stripe cami and stripe sweater too (I love it!). Whenever I see this black shirt on you I want it! Have a great weekend!


  2. The Girl on the Train!!!!! I read it in a day and a half. It was so good. I also love Big Little Lies. I had read The Husband's Secret last year too. I actully ended up reading all of her books over the last 6 months. To the outfits. I saw that striped cami on the shopping trip with my sister this past weekend and almost got it. I am going to wait until it gets a little bit warmer and then I'm sure there will be another pattern I want. I was really disappointed that my Express had zero jackets. I really wanted to try on a few. I tried on the keyhole dress on but the waist was very high - like under my boobs. It looked like a maternity dress and I don't need that. Ha! Have a great weekend!

  3. Loving the stripes on that barcelona! And I adore how you always make neutral pieces come together and make an eye-catching outfit (i.e. the gray moto jacket outfit)! Oh my gosh, can I tell you that I have not read anything since starting blogging either ;-( I seriously just can't seem to find the time, even tho I truly LOVE reading! I need to make that more of a priority again!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  4. Lovely looks Gina! I love your pointy flats and your striped tee!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  5. I actually both of those books on my "to read" list right now! I've been trying to find more time to read lately too. I'm usually good for 2-3 books a month, right now. This month I have been slacking big time. lol! I started one a few days ago, so at least there's one for the month! I love that contrast piping black and white top. I have the opposite one, white with black. I love it! I have been wearing my striped top constantly too

  6. Okay I'm obsessed with that striped cami! I still want the contrast piping portofino too. I've discovered I have a thing with contrast piping... Have a great weekend!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  7. Love the pink and black! And, a big fan of white, gray, and black. I am waiting for a good Express sale, too. I wish the striped sweater came in long sleeve, rather than 3/4. Have a great weekend!

    Daily Style Finds

  8. I love that striped cami! So cute! Now that I am coming to the end of my pregnancy, I am starting to get excited for summer fashion again!! I am going to check out your book recommendations, I just finished "Confess" by Colleen Hoover and it was amazing (she's my favorite author ever). Thanks for sharing! xo

  9. I feel like you have a very minimalistic wardrobe. You've found a formula that works for you and you always look amazing! Jeans, cute tank or portofino shirt, moto jacket, long necklace and shoes. Perfection. You make me want to get a moto jacket in every color too!

  10. Yay! Thank you for letting me know that stripe sweater is online! I tried looking for it in my store, but couldn't find it. I just ordered it :) I mean, because you could never have too many stripes!!
    Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

  11. Girl you better werk in those stripes! I love the new striped barcelona cami. Reminds me of a yummy candy cane haha

  12. So fun to have you join in the Fun Fashion Friday link up party! Hope to see you back again! Love all your looks and I might need that striped boat neck sweater!
    Dawn Lucy

  13. I've recently read (well, listen to...I do audio books while I'm on the treadmill) and I really liked both of those as well. Girl on the Train made me want to put down the second glass of wine though.

  14. I need that striped cami in my closet! Thank you for the book suggestions! I'm adding both of them to my reading list! Have a great weekend Gina!

    Doused In Pink

  15. You are the master of the effortless chic jeans looks! Love them!!! Have a great weekend!
    Red Reticule | Three Faces of a Woman

  16. I love the jacket and shoes in the third out. Also the contrast piping portofina is fab too! Also I definetely need to work on my time management. I wish I had time to read *sigh* - culturedmisprint.blogspot.com

  17. I like that grey jacket very much! :) there's a similar one in store here I was desperate to try on, and when I did get around to it I was sad to find it was sold out in my size :( Should have snapped it up quicker I think!

    Away From The Blue

  18. All are cute but Im really loving the white pants grey blazer and black tank. My kinda colours lol

  19. I almost purchased that striped cami you are wearing, because they were on sale at Express a couple of days ago and ended up leaving it after reminding myself I wasn't supposed to be shopping! LOL. I love your insta-view pics!


  20. I was so excited to see that the Express contrast piping portofinos are back - they're SO cute!

    MY BLOG: ♥♥♥ Ella Pretty ♥♥♥

  21. Love your pink blouse. But all the outfits look very great.

    Mrs in London | lifestyle | fashion | travel

  22. haha 'the way most people see it' made me laugh. i really like that piping portofino, super cute.
    and yay reading!! glad i could help! both of those are on my list, the girl on the train doesn't really sound like my kind of book but everyone and their dog is recommending it so i am gonna read it after the book i'm currently reading :)

  23. I'm obsessed with my horizontal striped top at the moment. It goes perfectly with almost everything.

  24. absolutely love all of these looks!! xoxo



Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I sincerely appreciate each and every one and always do my best to answer questions promptly!