Outfits + 40% off Sale Favorites at Express 10/9/15

It's Friday so that means it's time for another recap of outfits and observations for the week. Plus there's a 40% off sale at Express right now (on select items) so I'm sharing my tried-and-true favorites in each category along with my sale purchases.

Outfit Recap

As Seen on Instagram:
Jacket: Express / Top: Express / Necklace: Kendra Scott (c/o) / Ring: Kendra Scott (c/o) / Jeans: Express (Similar) / Shoes: Target (Similar) / Bag: Amazon

Sweater: Express (This Year's Version) / Top: Express / Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole SocietyBag: Express / Ring: Kendra Scott

Top: Express / Multi-Chain Necklace: Express / Pendant: Express / Ring: Kendra Scott / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: Express

Jacket: Express (Similar) / Necklace: Express / Tee: Old Navy / Jeans: Express / Booties: Forever 21 / Bag: Tory Burch (Similar) / Ring: Target

Front View:

When I shared the burgundy jacket outfit on Instagram I got a few, "You bought the jacket!" comments. I passed on it during the Labor Day Sale (see my purchases here) because I wanted tops and accessories I could wear right away..and the jacket wasn't even included in the sale. When October rolled around I had a new Express Next Reward and Coupon and a dozen ideas in my head for how I was going to wear the jacket so yes, I got it. Expect a "Four Ways to Wear" post for this jacket in the near future!

Big Sale:

Just in case you didn't get an email, text message or alert on your Express App, here's the scoop on the sale:

As the banner says, all Sweaters, Outerwear, Jeans are 40% off. I also browsed some other categories and it looks like Handbags and Jewelry are 30% off. There's also a coupon code on the website for $25 off $100 in case you want something that's not included in the sale, but you can't use the coupon on the items that are already 40% off. (I tried...and if anyone else tries and is able to do so please let me know!)

Update! A few of you commented below that you were able to use your coupons on top of the 40% deal. Please refer to the comments section for details! I tried it and it worked!

Here are some of my personal favorites in each sale category:

Outerwear: (Minus the) Leather Jacket: (These don't go on sale very often!)
Exact Jacket: Here

Exact Sweaters: One / Two / Three / Four 

London Sweaters:
These were a staple for me last winter and while I haven't brought them out of my closet yet this Fall, they are back in stock now at Express with a few different color options for this year. The grey and beige I have on below look about the same as what's available now.
Neutral & Gray Sweater: Here / Black: Here 

Exact Jeans: One / Two / Three / Four

What I Ordered:

You know I can't resist a good sale at Express, and I always try to order ASAP so my sizes don't sell out. I bought the following four items online yesterday and I haven't tried them in person so I can't add any helpful insight on fit, fabric, etc. But if they end up in my outfits at some point at least this way everyone else has the chance to get them at the same price as me right now!
Sale purchases 10-8-15
Grey Cover Up /  Medium Jean Legging /  Tuck Stitch Cover Up / Dark Distressed Jean Legging

What's Snappening:

I'm a chronic trend observer and every week I share a few trends I noticed on my Snapchat feed, so here's what I saw this week:

1. Fall Baking
This week I noticed lots of people baking fall-themed goods like Apple Pie and Apple Cinnamon Muffins. I'm always up for trying out baking trends, and this week on Snapchat I shared the pumpkin bread I made. For about ten years I used the extremely popular Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe from Allrecipes, but last year I decided to switch it up and try the Starbucks copycat version found here. It's become my new go-to! I don't know if I think it's really better than Downeast Maine but I just needed a change after so many years. And the spices are just different enough between the two to make it taste "new" to me.
Image: Source

2. Workouts

I guess this is a good way to help offset all the Fall Baking, but sharing your workout in one way or another is definitely a popular Snapchat theme. As for the workouts themselves I see a huge variety! Crossfit, Pilates, Barre, Flywheel, Jogging, Body Pump, Yoga...you name it! I think that's the surprise for me in all this is that there isn't one workout trend that really dominates my feed.

Image: Source

I'm inconsistent at best about Snapping my workouts but I do love this trend because it always gives me a little more motivation. 

Workout Recap:

And on the subject of my workouts, I had a request last week to share my weekly workouts, and that's easy enough for me to do so I will try to remember to add it in here on Fridays for those who are interested. Here what I did this past week:

Saturday: Cardio Kickboxing & Martial Arts Class (1 hour each) at a local studio
Sunday: 2 Dance Classes at a local studio (1 hour each)
Monday: Cathe Friedrich Lift it HiiT it Legs DVD (Amazon)
Tuesday: Cathe Cardio & Weights DVD: Timesaver Step Premix (Amazon)
Wednesday: Cathe Lift it Hit It Chest, Triceps Shoulders DVD (Amazon)
Thursday: Eoin Finn The Pursuit of Happy Hips: "All Downhill" Premix (Amazon)
Friday: Cathe Lift it Hit It Back, Biceps, Shoulders (Amazon)

Friday's workout is actually what I'll be doing right around the time you're reading this post, but since my M/W/F workouts are weights DVDs that come in a series (by either Cathe Friedrich or Amy Bento), I already know what I'll be doing barring any illness or emergencies. 

If you're new here and missed my original posts about my workouts and eating habits, you can find them here and here. The main difference between then (June 2014) and now is that my weekend workouts are now outside the house! I do love working out at home for the convenience factor and I wasn't really seeking a change. I just happened upon both my Saturday and Sunday workouts and decided to give them a try since they were drop-in/no commitment, and now I really love them too just for the variety and social aspects. 
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Whew! Big sales make for pretty long posts! Thanks for reading if you made it this far, and now it's time to go out and enjoy the weekend.

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  1. Whaaat I didn't know about this sale, I don't really need anything but they have this cute cardi I lov.

  2. So glad you got the jacket! It looks so great on you! And darn sales...I just spent a bunch on running stuff so I really shouldn't buy more..but I need some new black jeans and that cascading sweater and a new jacket....

  3. I was able to use my coupon mailer in addition to the 40% off sale.... So 40% off, plus $40 off, plus $30 in next credit. I call that a win!

    1. Holy crap, YES, that is a huge, win!! Thanks for letting me (and everyone else) know about the coupons! That makes for amazing prices!

  4. I recently discovered how much I like their jeans and will have to check out the sale! I just got coupons in the mail too! Thanks for sharing!

    Doused In Pink

  5. Loving the burgundy jacket on you! So glad you got it. I have a faux burgundy moto one coming my way, and I am excited! Such a great piece for fall. I need to check out the sweaters you shared. It's a great shape. And pumpkin bread.... might need to try that recipe! I love it. Thanks for your kind words on my post today.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. I really wish I didn't have to wear a cami under the London sweater. I always get envious seeing you and Erin wear yours, but I hate that imperative second layer. Oh! But perhaps the One Eleven bralettes solve that for me.... Hrrrmm. Can't wait to see how else you're styling the wine Moto jacket!! Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

  7. I'm super excited about this sale, I have some Next credit I should cash in. And still loving that green jacket <3

    Happy Friday!

    Green Fashionista

  8. As usual, SO many cute outfits! Love all of these!

  9. i really wish i could find a class or something that i could do on the weekends... i used to do body pump at home, but it is literally only offered at one location here and that is like $80 a month and right now i pay $10 so it's a bit of a jump. plus i wouldn't mind doing something different, like kickboxing or something... but not dance. haha. no, not me. but anyway, i love when people snap their workouts as well, it's very motivating! i would snap my workouts more if i you know, actually worked out more.
    i'm trying to behave this month, so no 40% shopping for me! black friday though, watch out!
    have a good weekend chook!

  10. I think Express's fall collection is SO beautiful. I am seroiusly in love with all of it. I've limited myself to just a dress so far but gosh i want everything haah!

  11. I used the $75 off $200 coupon on the 40% items. The coupon was invalid if I was logged into my account, but valid if I purchased as a guest. Went with guest! -Susan

    1. Thank you so much for reporting back on that!! But DANG that two of you were able to get the coupons to work and I wasn't! Boo. I am tempted to try placing my order again with your technique and just return the duplicate, more expensive order!!

  12. Gosh, 40% off and I had no idea! Time to go shopping!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  13. My mom is visiting this weekend so I'm sure we will be stopping in at Express among a million other stores. There isn't a mall close to where I grew up so it's always a marathon shopping expedition when my mom or sister visits. And you got that wine bag from Express. I seriously want that!

  14. So many amazing outfits!! I love express, their clothes is amazing. Especially the jeans!
    Happy weekend beautiful.
    Xox, Raysa

  15. I knew it would be dangerous to look at this post with the 40% off sale going on, haha...I want that wine jacket too, along with everything else from their fall collection! Oooh, that pumpkin bread sounds amazing, yum :)


  16. Ok, as soon as I can get back into my car I'm ordering another pair of Jean leggings! I also have a coupon handy so I'll try it! I want the Barcelona in the wine color you have. Thank you so much for bringing this up Gina!

    1. I hope the jeans work out for you! Mine got here pretty quickly and I'm loving them already!

  17. You convinced me-I ordered the minus the leather jacket. I need some new outer wear and this looked too good to pass up.

    1. I'm so glad! I think it's a great piece and I hope you love it!

  18. I just love that burgundy jacket! It's a gorgeous color and looks great on you!

    Fizz and Frosting

  19. I just happened to be on the Express site last night lurking and got a few goodies myself...then I saw this grey cardigan you posted and it looks like I'm going back to the site! Damn you Gina! LOL I didn't get a chance to work out this week because I've been down and out with the flu and had to finally stay home from work a couple days to allow my body to rest! Hope you have a great weekend girl! Your post are getting me more and more interested in Snap Chat. I tried Periscope and literally didn't last 48 hours before I uninstalled it. LOL


    1. Ah, I hope you're feeling better soon! I still haven't tried Periscope but I might post some Snapchat pros and cons! Love that idea! Sorry for making you shop again...but the prices are SO good!

  20. I must have missed the Instagram picture of you with the jacket. It's really pretty and I can't wait to see the four ways post. As before, I really do enjoy reading your fitness-related posts as well and I want to check out some of your DVDs. I work out a lot at home too, but I also enjoy the social aspect of classes, so I'm glad you found something convenient. Four hours on the weekends is impressive.

    1. It's a pretty recent thing to have that kind of time on the weekend away from kids + family. It wouldn't have worked when my kids were younger but now it's my "hobby time/me time" and I really enjoy it!

  21. SO much awesome in this post. I love the last two outfits you wore this week. :)


  22. Great post and great sale. I didn't buy anything because my budget is so tight. Still have a couple of items from Express I must get. By the way, I notice you work out pretty much every day, no wonder you always look great.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

    1. Yes, I do love to work out and try to every day unless I'm sick or traveling. It just makes me feel good! And good for you for sticking to your budget!!

  23. That wine moto jacket is seriously calling my name!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  24. Your outfits have me seriously craving fall weather! Its still in the 90s where Im at :( As a new reader [found you through thinking out loud!] I just want to say that I love your casual right dressed up style! Im a basics kind of gal, so your style really speaks to me! And that moto jacket? I DIE!


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