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4/13/18

Everyday Outfits + Friday Four 4/13/18

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Happy Friday the 13th! I am not superstitious in the slightest, yet I can't help notice the date and think, "oooh...it's Friday the 13th!" At any rate, I'm back from our Spring Break trip to Zion National Park and the dust is still settling. It will be nice to have a couple of days over the weekend to get fully caught up on life and laundry before we go back to the grind on Monday. Here's a quick recap of some outfits from the past couple of weeks, though I'm skipping the vacation/travel outfits since they'll make more sense in a separate trip recap post.

White Cardigan, Henley Tank:

My white cardigan runs true to size for Express sizing, and the henley tank runs a little smaller/like Junior's sizing (I'm wearing a Small in the tank). My jeans and shoes are both true to size. I wore this to take my car in to get the brake pads replaced, then out for a couple of errands when it was finished. Pretty exciting life I lead, eh? 

Striped Hoodie, Jean Shorts:

I am absolutely loving this striped hoodie. It's so soft and comfortable. I think it runs true to size, and I'm wearing a Small here. I first shared it in this post in an outfit with leggings if you want to see the length of the top. I've had two people message me that they bought this after I posted it, and they loved it too. Which is always a relief when you rave about something! I wore this around the house yesterday to get unpacked and caught up on laundry and grocery shopping. I changed to leggings to run errands, but since you've already seen this top with leggings I didn't want to re-post that.

And as you can see I finally got a pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals. I planned to get these in the Shopbop Sale (still going on....see my favorites here) but unfortunately some colors like the ones I'm wearing were exempt from the sale. I still felt these would be the best color option for me since the neutral shade goes with anything, so thanks to my ongoing partnership with Shopbop I was still able to get them. But I do apologize if you were hoping for this color to go on sale as well and were disappointed by the exclusion. I do see them included in promotions from other retailers occasionally so I'll try to keep you posted on that. Reviews were mixed on the sizing between normal size and half size up, but I went with my normal size and they fit perfectly. Do they live up to the hype? I'm leaning towards, "not exactly but I like them anyway." It's similar to how I feel about Kendra Scott jewelry: rather pricey for what it is, but I can't help liking it anyway so I'll make sure to wear it a lot to bring down the cost per wear. They're both the perfect type of thing to request as a Mother's Day/Birthday Gift or Extra Special Reward to yourself. I've looked around a lot for similar styles alternatives before getting these, but I never found much that was truly "similar." However, when I posted about these on Monday I did have a reader tip me off to this style from Cato Fashions. That's the most similar I've seen and even at full price they're only $26. They only come in full sizes, but she wears a 7.5 and the 8 worked well for her.
Thanks to Elizabeth for the photo of her Cato Sandals 

Camo Jacket, Grey Jeans:

I am 95% sure I have worn this exact outfit combo of camo jacket, white tee, grey jeans before, but I didn't feel like looking for a link to an old post to prove it. All I know is that it worked and I repeated it for a day of doctor appointments, errands and driving kids around to their activities. Last summer, I had a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Rodillo dupe sandals like this. I got rid of them in a closet clean out last Fall thinking that I was over them and wouldn't want to wear them again this year. WRONG. Luckily I was able to find this pair (under $25!) to replace them. They're comfortable and true to size, so let's hope I learned my lesson and don't get rid of them again in the fall! My camo jacket is long gone from Express, but here are a few current options from other retailers.

More Camo Jacket Options:
1. Old Navy  | 2. Abercrombie | 3. JCP | 4. Rails

Friday Four:
Back in December, I started doing a TGIF series where I share four random things inspired by the letters in TGIF. I always found a way to share whatever four things I wanted to share and just bent the letters to fit the narrative. But honestly, sometimes all the mental gymnastics I did to accommodate the four letters would give me a headache throughout the week. So for now I'm just going to forego TGIF but stick with sharing four random things since I'm used to that format now.

1. Behind the Blog...For the past four years, I've used Polyvore to create lots of blog content like the camo jacket display above or any of my book collages for my book review posts. Last week as I was prepping posts for vacation I used Polyvore on Wednesday, then on Thursday...POOF! Gone. It's been sold to another brand and they don't offer the same function at all. It's just a shopping site...you can no longer make product collages. I was able to get by on Canva for the few things I had left to create for this week, but in the meantime I'm shopping around for alternatives and dreading having to learn a new system. My sixth grader is currently learning Photoshop Elements in school so that's my leading contender since I'll have an in-house tutor! But if any of my blogger friends want to make a recommendation for collage creation software I'm all ears!

2. Coming up on the blog...next week I'm planning to put together a trip recap from our Spring Break to Zion National Park for those of you who find those kinds of posts interesting or useful. We had such a great time and I'm really excited to share the experience with you all.

3. Weekend Plans...a.k.a. coming up in real life! This weekend my brother is in town for a dental conference. He doesn't have a lot of free time but we're planning to meet him for dinner tonight so I'm looking forward to that.

4. Into vs. Over...Remember when People Style Watch (R.I.P.) had the What's In vs. What's Out segment? I always loved that. I don't consider myself the arbiter of in vs. out, but I know I go in phases of being into something and then over it. Case in point, before blogs existed, I was a lot more into fashion magazines. Now I'm over them. Last Spring/Summer I was into Ruffle Hem and Peplum tanks and tops. This year...I'm kind of over them and more into fitted tanks like the henley tank above. It's possible that stance will change again by summer, but I haven't been tempted by any this Spring.

That's it from here today! I'd love to hear if you all are into and over the same things and what exciting things you have going on in your neck of the woods!


Linking up with: JoLynne | ErikaAndreaNarci | Laura

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20 comments:

  1. Oh yea I've heard of Ssense acquiring polyvore but i was under the impression that they wouldn't cancel it. Photoshop is great, also Affinity is like photoshop and only $50. I do think you need a mac not sure if they have a windows version. Anyway I tried it this week and it's very easy to do basic collages and they have a course suite that is only $29.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thanks for the feedback on Photoshop and Affinity! I am a PC user so it sounds like that will make a difference on certain programs. And if ssense has any kind of polyvore-esque feature I cannot find it at all. Polyvore sent an email saying "if you want your old stuff, just email us." Womp womp.

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  2. I always appreciate honest feedback and commentary. I feel the same way about a pair of shoes that have been all over the blog world lately, I ordered them and I'm like "whaaaaat?" I am going to do a post next week on that. I know we all have our own opinions but sometimes the hype that gets created is not warranted and I wonder if maybe it's fear that keeps us from being honest? Not sure. I love the TB sandals and think they're super stylish as well as timeless. I know they wouldn't work for me because the footbed isn't padded enough but at least they're leather. I'm sure the cost per wear will make them worth it.
    I need to investigate photoshop. I've never been able to make a photo collage of products and I've hunted around for options.
    Can't wait to hear about your trip!! Have a great weekend Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh I can't wait to see which shoes didn't work out for you! And I guess we'll see how Photoshop works out for me in the next few weeks as I attempt to figure it all out! Eek.

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  3. It's such a bummer when something you've been using is gone all of a sudden!! I've used Canva occasionally (even for the collage of Kellyann and myself), and it's easy!!
    I love the camo jackets, but have yet to pull the trigger. Maybe soon!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Glad to hear Canva has been working for you! I do like it and think they have a TON of great, free options.

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  4. These outfits are so cute. I really like the striped turtleneck, it looks so stylish.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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  5. i am the same, not superstitious, but definitely notice the date!
    i really like that henley tank! i want all of them.
    lol yes i agree about the mental gymnastics with the TGIF letters. It's too hard sometimes!
    omg i just learned about polyvore, very sad. it's how i did all my packing posts, i am so sad.

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    1. Well...you can email them and ask for your creations to be emailed to you. But that doesn't exactly help with creating new content! Argh.

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  6. Love the millers on you and the color is perfect! I’m currently eyeing some Hermes sandal lookalikes from a few different brands but I haven’t pulled the trigger! I think I may order a pair of soludos espadrilles from the Shopbop sale but that’s about all I’m letting myself do! I need a shopping break lol! And I can’t wait for your thoughts on Zion! We want to go back and do that entire trip over again :)

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    1. I can see why you would want to do the trip again! The whole time we were there we kept saying, "Next time we're here we'll do ____." It's such a great place. And at least the Hermes sandals have quite a few affordable dupe options! I just haven't found many at all for the TB sandals.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Tory Burch sandal! I love the color you chose! I have a few things I don't think were completely worth the price, but I know I will wear enough to make them worth it. I've been working on canva for most of my photos and collages lately and have been liking it so far! It hasn't been too hard to learn!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not alone in falling victim to the occasional overpriced item! And thanks for the feedback on Canva! Good to hear that it's working for you!

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  8. I love your Friday posts so I'm glad you're still sharing 4 things even if it doesn't follow the TGIF acronym (which would be hard to always stick with those letters I think!). I keep hearing about Canva and have seen really great graphics other bloggers have made with it--plus it's free, right? I need to give it a try! If you find a good replacement that works I'd love to hear!

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    1. Thanks so much for the nice comment, Shea! I appreciate the feedback about my Friday posts. :) So far Canva has been working well, but I still think I want to give Photoshop Elements a try since it seems to be a blogger favorite.

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  9. Oh sorry to hear about no more polyvore! I use Canva for most of my blog graphics and it's so easy - I wish I'd used it years ago!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! :) We are having a quiet one to help us recover from being unwell this week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Glad to hear you are liking Canva! So far I'm really liking it too... there are just a few things Polyvore could do that it couldn't, so I may still have to look in to Photoshop Elements.

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  10. Still shocked and sad about Polyvore! Gosh I remember using that before I even blogged! Ah well. Not sure what I’m going to use though admittedly, I haven’t done a collage in awhile. Also- your layers in this roundup are great! Glad you are liking (or at least satisfied) by the Millers!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. Yeah...I do like them! There's just no way I can tell anyone they "need them" or that they're necessarily worth the price. :)

      And so far Canva is working out well *if* the product already comes on a white background. If not...I think I'm going to need Photoshop for sure.

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