Everyday Outfits + TGIF 3/9/18 | On the Daily EXPRESS


Everyday Outfits + TGIF 3/9/18

Hello friends and happy Friday! Thanks to all of your motivating words on Monday's post I'm happy to report that I followed through and made a doctor's appointment this week. They were able to get me in this week as well and the appointment was not nearly as bad as I feared. And I really liked my new health care provider, which makes it a lot easier for me to go back for future appointments. Aside from the doctor's appointment this week, I had the usual slew of errands and family activities, so here's what I wore to get it all done.

Outfit Recap:

Gray Striped Sweater:
Sweater (c/o) | Jeans | Boots (c/o Amazon) 

Outfit Notes: I wanted to post this sweater ASAP when it arrived because it's low inventory but the perfect piece for Spring. It's soft, medium weight (not too thick or thin) and fits true to size. I'm wearing a Small here and it fits as expected. I had a shortage of stripes in my wardrobe and now I'm making up for lost time!

Neutral Relaxed Fit Sweater:

Outfit Notes: When my 10-year-old saw me wearing this, he said, "A lot of moms wear tops like that." Hm...I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but if other moms like comfortable, neutral tops then I can't blame them for wearing pieces like this neutral, relaxed fit sweater. The color name is Soft Alabaster, and other than that I'm not sure which color name best describes it! It's somewhere in the taupe-y/beige family. It's true to size for Express and I'm wearing XS here. One thing to note is that with the wide neckline, your bra straps will be showing unless you 1) wear a strapless bra, 2) constantly adjust the top, or 3) wear a lace bralette underneath and deliberately show the lace straps. I opted for #1 this time but might try #3 next time. All other pieces ran true to size.

Neutral Cardigan, White Lace Tank:
Similar CardiganSimilar Cardigan | Lace Tank (c/o) | Jeans | Boots (c/o Amazon)

Outfit Notes: My exact cardigan is from Abercrombie last Spring, but it's a pretty easy item to duplicate so I've linked a couple of budget-friendly options above. I love this lace tank (or rather, "crochet overlay tank" if we're going by the product description) as a pretty substitute for my usual basic tee or camisole. I'm wearing a Small (it only comes in Small - XL), , but if it came in XS I would probably prefer that size. Normally pieces from this line run small, but this piece runs more like Express/Gap/LOFT sizing, so I don't recommend sizing up from that.

On Fridays I like to share a few random things to go along with my outfits. I use the acronym T.G.I.F. to share any words and topics come to mind for each of the letters. Here's my list this week!

T- Toes
I took a poll on Instagram a few weeks back to see whether most people polish their toenails year round or take a break in the winter when no one's really looking at them anyway. The results were split almost 50/50. I usually paint mine year round, but this Winter, I decided to give them a break. It was not pretty, and I just re-painted them with OPI Non-Stop White. It's funny, I've always liked white pedicures on other people but didn't lie them on myself. However, after bare toenails for awhile just about anything looks good!

G- Get the look for less
In the spirit of sharing more of the designer dupes/designer inspired items with you all that I share on Instagram, here are a few options to get the look of Jeffrey Campbell booties (top row) for less!
Middle Row: One | Two | Three
Bottom Row: One | Two | Three
I- In Search Of...
A silver version of the J. Crew Coin Necklace that I wear all the time (e.g. outfit two above). At least once a week I find myself wishing I had a simple, long silver medallion pendant. But I've searched high and low to no avail. If you've seen a good silver option, let me know!

F- Fail
My order from the Shopbop Sale last week was a Fail. Womp womp. I ordered the Rebecca Minkoff Small Darren Messenger Bag in Bianco (a true white) and it was just too small.
I could just barely fit my wallet (and it's a small wallet) and sunglasses in it, and that just doesn't cut it for my everyday lifestyle. It was really cute and I loved the look, but I listened to my practical side and returned it. Sadly, the sale is over now, but on the plus side, one of the other bags I was considering, the Rebecca Minkoff Regan in Almond is now 40% off. I have it in plum so I know for sure it will fit all my stuff. I just have to wait and see if it's still in stock once my return is processed. In my past experience with Shopbop, it takes about 1-2 weeks from the time I send back the item.

On another note, earlier this week I shared this article on my Instagram story about a 26 year old who racked up $10K in debt trying to become Instagram famous. It prompted a lot of great feedback and sidebar discussions over there, so I definitely want to bring some of that discussion here, too. I'll be chatting more about it in my Monday Motivation segment, but in the meantime you read it here and maybe make it a conversation piece at some of your social events this weekend!

Linking up with: JoLynne | ErikaAndreaNarci | Lindsey



  1. I'm happy you went to the doctor and got that out of the way. Sorry your shopbop order didn't work out. Again cute looks this week.


    1. Thanks Rachelle! I was bummed about the order too, but c'est la vie. :) There will always be another sale and another bag.

  2. Cheers to you for not only making your appointment but going through with it - yay YOU! Years ago (you know I'm old) when I counselled oncology patients we used this acronym for FEAR and I remind myself of it often. F - future E-events A-appearing R-real. It really is what fear is and most of the time the reality isn't nearly as daunting as we thought.
    Your outfits this week were great, I love a slouchy sweater. Also love what your 10 year old said about other moms. Whem my oldest son (20) was just a little younger we were shopping together. I grabbed a pair of cropped cargo pants and he said "NO WAY. Put those down, all the frumpy moms wear those!" Ha! I did put them down though and whenever I see them at Kohl's I laugh at the memory.
    Have a great weekend Gina - I can't wait for my brush/blow dryer to arrive!

    1. Thanks Kellyann! I love that FEAR acronym! :) TOO funny about the cargo pants! Kids are more observant than we give them credit for sometimes! Hope you like the hair dryer! I am going to test mine out today so we'll have to compare notes.

  3. 10K in debt?! That is nuts! Now they are famous for an entirely different reason. Your 10 year old cracked me up! I think that outfit looks put together and cute! Much better than sweatpants (or even pajama pants) I sometimes see!

    1. So true, Laura! She's probably gained a bunch of followers thank to the press coverage and now she's really famous! And true about the mom outfits. :) Athleisure seems like what I see most wearing so I was surprised by his comment!

  4. Wow your son has a discerning eye! All of these looks are so casually chic. I don't think mom dressing today is like the past. Today moms and college students more or less dress the same so it is all good!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    1. Thanks so much! I know a lot of times things like "Mom jeans" have an insult implied, but in his case I don't think he meant it that way (thankfully). It was just a simple observation!

  5. That 2nd sweater looks really nice on you. I found it on the website and would never have ordered it without your picture. Low Armhole Wedge Sweater? Who names these things!? I’m also super curious what your kid meant by his comment. 🤣

    1. I know! The name threw me off at first too! It's a strange name choice. But in reality, it's just like a dolman sleeve. The arm hole is very wide so it does drop down lower than a typical arm hole. But still...
      And regarding the "Moms wear that type of top" comment...he said it in a very matter of fact way. No disdain or insult meant by it! In his case he's mainly around other women who are moms (at school) so I guess he just sees a lot of them wearing a similar style.

  6. The neutral sweater is my fave of this roundup! Funny about the commentary that a lot of moms wear tops like that! Ha! And I was in the "paint toes year round" camp. I feel like i have man-looking feet otherwise. Also, I don't wear shoes in Pilates, so that keeps me pretty accountable for my feet year round! Though admittedly, I go longer between pedis in the winter than I do in the summer...
    Caryl | morepiecesofme.com


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