7/31/15

Outfits on the Daily + Favorites

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Happy Friday! My first week as a twice-a-week blogger was a little odd and a little enjoyable. For once I felt like I was actually able to keep up with everything blog and non-blog related, and I guess I'm just not used to that feeling yet but I like it! I have my usual outfit recap today along with some fashion and non-fashion Friday Favorites to share.

1. Outfit Recap
Sweater: Express / Cami: Express Necklace: Old Navy (Similar but $$) / Shorts: J Crew / Sandals: Macy's (Similar) / Bracelet: Banana Republic (Gift from Carylee) / Sunglasses: Nordstrom (Similar) /  Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"

The bracelet in the outfit above was a complete surprise gift from Carylee. It's not my birthday or our anniversary or anything! I guess I left just one too many strong hints on her blog about how much I loved this bracelet that she wore that she decided to get me my own. Next time she wears her Louboutins I'll be sure to try the same technique and see if those end up at my door too!
Bracelet: Banana Republic / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"


Top: Express / Shorts: J Crew Factory / Necklace: Express / Bracelet: "Farrah" c/o Zinnia West
Sandals: Nordstrom / Bag: Saks off 5th / Watch: Fossil (Same style, different face color)

Top: Express / Shorts: Old Navy (Similar) / Necklace: Express (Similar) / Red Clutch: Stella & Dot (Similar) / Sandals: Vince Camuto "Luciah" (Similar)

Cami: Express / Necklace: Express (Similar) / Shoes: DV Safia on clearance at Lord & Taylor / Bracelets: Express (Similar) / Bag: Express (Similar) / Pedicure color in all pics today (and practically all summer): Essie "Big Spender" (Nordstrom)

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2. Favorite Bargain Bag
In my post last Friday I was carrying this bag in two of my outfits. It's a recent Amazon purchase, comes in four colors and is a great bargain at $37! (Once again, credit to Skye and Carylee for helping me find this one. Give them an item description and a budget and they will find something!) You might remember Tatiana from my Coffee Date with her, but she ordered this after seeing it my post last week and thanks to Amazon Prime already had it in an outfit picture (below) this week. She did a better job of capturing the detail and size perspective of the bag than I did, so I wanted to share her photo along with both of our recommendations on this since she loves it as much as I do!


Bag: Amazon / Pic: @tatisbonilla 

3. Fitting Room Snaps + Reviews
Snapchat continues to be my new favorite social media, and please don't feel bad if you don't "get it" at first. It's not intuitive at all, and it helps a lot if you have a friend or two to help you learn like I did (Thanks Caryl & Rachelle!). I'm not the most active Snapper, but I did share some Express fitting room snaps this week and wanted to post them here for Non-Snappers who missed them. (The lighting was sooo hard to work with but you get the idea)

Windowpane Barcelona Cami: I just noticed that Express recently expanded their sizing on these camis to include XXS and XL (online at least - I did not notice them in store). I wasn't sure if this would affect my sizing but I tried on an XS above (which is what I always get) and it still seems to work. I didn't get this (yet) because I already have the previous version of a windowpane Barcelona.

Black Military Dress: I don't own any dresses but I saw this one online and liked it a lot so I decided to at least try it in store. It runs in sizes XS-L and I'm wearing an XS above. The material is thicker (you shouldn't need a slip, hooray) and a little shinier than a regular Portofino shirt, so it felt a little "dressy" to me, but I think it could still be dressed up or down with different shoes. It's also a lot longer on me (I'm 5'4") than the online model, so that was also a plus for me. I didn't buy it but I'm still thinking about it and debating how much I would really use it.

Striped Barcelona Cami: Rachelle texted me when she first spotted this cami in store and initially I wasn't drawn to it and didn't think it would look good on me. I was also on a shopping restriction so I tried to forget about it. But...it grew on me and once I tried it on I started thinking thinking of all the different outfit possibilities for it so I got it. And I'm sure you'll be seeing it popping up in my Instagram #OOTD any day now. (This also has the expanded XXS-XL sizing and I went with my usual XS.) 

3. Favorite News Feed: The Skimm
I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time keeping up with global news. I usually know the major headlines, but the full story (especially when it comes to politics and economics) always gets convoluted. I heard about The Skimm from several people (e.g. Megan) and finally decided to try it. It really is everything everyone said. It's a Monday-Friday daily news email with just the major, global-impact stories highlighted and explained in easy to understand language, peppered with lots of pop culture references and sarcastic humor (my favorite). Since starting it I find myself having discussions with people on topics like the Greek economic bailout and thinking I must sound a lot smarter than when the only news story I could talk about was which Real Housewife flipped a table. And I like that. So I highly recommend it, and you're welcome to use my referral link if you choose. (I don't make any money from that, though I could potentially win a coffee mug or a t-shirt!)

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Thanks for checking out my favorites today! In my next post (coming up on Tuesday)  I'll be answering some Infrequently Asked Questions, so if there's anything you want me to answer and include in that post, make sure to leave a comment below!



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30 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to see the stripe cami on you, it is even prettier in person. We have similar taste in jewelry so I looooove the bracelet Caryl got you, I may get it and change the clasp myself. As always loving all these cute outfits.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  2. I am so glad you got that striped cami. It looks great on you. I'm still hoping they'll make those camis in a slightly longer length as well some day. I'm also glad I inspired you once for a change. I was just reading the Skimm's email and thinking how glad I was to have discovered it. Have a great weekend!

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  3. GOOD NEWS!!! The Banana Republic bracelet is on sale for 50% off making it $26.99!!!! I think I might need it :)

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    1. Oooh!! Thank you for the sale alert!! That is very good news and I think you would love it since it has that antique gold look. :)

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  4. Right after you posted that purse, I immediately put it in my cart! It's so cute, but I've been holding myself back from purchasing it. I really love it though and it's such a good deal, so any day now I know I'll order it :) I love that dress on you and can't believe you don't own any! I might have to check that one out after a similar dress from J Crew didn't work out. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Well, take your time on the bag and hopefully it won't sell out in the color you want! It's such a great everyday bag though. And yes- the dress would look great on you so you should at least try that on!

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  5. Hahaha! My Loubies! Well you know I would so get you some if I could! I'm a selfish giver because I love feeling warm and fuzzy when you like the things :) I love this roundup of looks! I wish I could wear shorts to work! And that new striped cami looks great on you! Annnnd I love you in a dress! But you could basically wear anything. So.
    Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. Haha, no, I cannot wear anything. I've just learned what does NOT work for me so I rarely try those things on! And if I do I don't post them here, that's for sure! I'm still waiting for your b-day wishlist!

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  6. What a steal on those shoes! And I agree with the majority on the cami--it looks great on you and I feel like the colors are somewhat unique. I haven't bought a Barcelona yet because I feel kinda naked in a cami. I'd definitely have to get one of those sweaters as a cover up!! :)

    Kristi

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    1. I agree about those colors!! It's quite different than anything I have, and I also feel like it will work equally well for summer and fall by adding a jacket/sweater. I understand about feeling bare, though! Kimonos are really cute with them as a cover up too. :)

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  7. Happy Friday Gina! I too have found Skimm within the last year or so and love it. It's a great source of important news without having to actually look at a newspaper! Have a great weekend!

    Missy D.

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    1. High five to another Skimmer! Glad we are on the same page with that too and hope you have a great weekend, Missy!

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  8. So glad the two posts per week is working out for you! I was wondering how it was going. I feel like your outfits this week were extra good! But then you know I always love it when you wear that striped portofino. I love both of those red bags. That nail color with your new bracelet (yay! so sweet of Carylee) is really good. I need to check out the Skimm. I have heard good things and I can never seem to keep up with the news...

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks so much Amy Ann! I think you would really like the Skimm. :)

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  9. You should totally get that dress. It doesn't seem too dressy and I bet you would get a lot of wear out of it. I really love the outfits this week. You always look so polished and put together. I've been a little lacking in that department lately. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy! I think if it's still on my mind by Labor Day I will get it for that sale. And/or if I have some events/activities where I think "that dress would be great for this." We shall see!

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  10. Love the striped Express top!! So glad I found ya through the link up!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  11. Obsessed with all your outfits, especially the pink shorts/white top combo. You are adorable!

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  12. i love the skimm! i have been getting it for ages. sometimes i get busy at work and don't read it for a week and i hate not knowing what's going on. i don't watch the news or read the news anywhere else online, so i really like it.
    that bag is GORGEOUS. I want it.

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  13. I love the Skimm too! It's the only way I can keep up with what's going on. That stripe cami is so cute! Have a great weekend Gina!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  14. Those pink shorts are perfection!

    http://www.ourlifeisbeautiful.com/2015/07/marathon-training.html

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  15. I really like the cami on you and glad you picked it up. Can't wait to see how you styled it. I just signed up on Snapchat and have no clue how to use it. One of these days, I will figure it out.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

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  16. Over the summer, I've had much more time on my hands, and have been posting every 4-5 days. When school starts up again in a few weeks, I'll definitely have to go back to once a week!

    I love seeing your outfits, they're always so put together, and have such a clear "theme". Let me know how the Louboutins plan goes! (:

    Angelina Is

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  17. I love your button up shirts! I've been wanting to stock up on just about every color for fall!
    -Hannah
    www.sweeterthanserenity.com

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  18. That stripe express blouse I need to just buy already! You always wear it so well and I just find myself wanting it more and more!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  19. I just found your blog via a linkup!! I love it! SUCH a great concept for a blog! I love express -they are my go to for affordable work clothes. I actually have a "currently shopping" post up on my blog right now with dressing room snaps of outfits from my favourite stores right now and I definitely included some from express!!

    Xo
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

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  20. Your new posting schedule has brightened up my Tuesday mornings!

    I enjoyed the behind the scenes answers. I appreciate the manicure pics all the more, now knowing the maintenance that goes into them.

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    1. Aw, thank you Sara! What a nice thing to say!! I am glad the Tuesday schedule is working for you. It's been nice for me to truly enjoy my FULL weekend without stressing about having content for Monday. It's kind of life changing!

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