4/18/18

Striped Cardigan + Starbucks Lately

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Well, Spring Break is officially over here and it's the first full week back to reality. I can't say the kids were excited to go back to school, but they do like seeing their friends so at least they have an upside. I'm feeling the post-vacation blues myself (and that's not a pun on my outfit today!) and already thinking about where we can go for Spring Break next year. But I also know I just need to practice contentment with the good things I already have in life rather than living for that Next Big Thing.

At the time I'm writing this, my striped cardigan is marked down to only $22. It's true to size, and I've worn the olive version of this exact style here. These have been perfect to throw on for our warmer Spring days. We're having a mix of high temps anywhere from the Upper 60s to Mid 80s lately so I think we're fully done with winter weather here. If you're still having a lot of cold weather you could easily layer this cardigan with long sleeve top and different shoes.

These taupe espadrilles were one of my purchases from the last Target BOGO 50% off shoes sale. They ran true to size for me and while they're reasonably comfortable, I do feel kind of Clydesdale-Clompy walking around in these. I don't normally wear platform wedges like these so I think I'm just not used to it. I'll be interested to see if I get more used to the style after wearing them a few more times! I do love the neutral color and they way they lengthen the leg.

My Target tank and Express jeans are from past seasons, but I linked to some current options for very similar styles. My Kendra Scott necklace is a custom color bar creation. You can purchase this exact style by using the "create your own" option. Mine is the Teo Style with Rhodium as the Metal and Iridescent Druzy for the Stone. It has an adjustable slider for the length which I absolutely love since I can wear it as a long or short necklace depending on my outfit.

Starbucks Lately:
Since I'm carrying a Starbucks cup in these pics, I figured why not share a few of my favorites Starbucks drinks lately? I'm not a big fan of their hot beverages, though I do love the Medicine Ball when I'm sick. But now that it's warming up I've been going a little more often for their iced beverages. Plus, almost all of my favorites are drinks I tried thanks to other people sharing their favorites, so I might as well pay it forward.

1. Iced Coffee with 2% Milk and...almost any flavor. Vanilla, Toffee Nut and lately Cinnamon Dolce have been my usual choices for this. I do love White Mocha but try not to get it as often because it costs more and it has more calories. But still, almost any Iced Coffee drink costs a lot less than an iced latte of the same flavor but still tastes good to me.

2. Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato: I don't think this is a permanent addition to the menu, but I've been enjoying it while they have it. A Grande size has 190 calories so again, not as much of a calorie-bomb as other drinks, although it is pricey. I did try the hot version of this too and actually liked.

3. Iced Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato: Another seasonal drink (I think?) with possibly the longest drink name ever? I tried this one after Lisa posted about it and now I'm a fan. It's listed as 210 calories for a Grande (although the hot version of the same drink is only 180, go figure) and even still, it tastes more like a 400 calorie drink.

That's what's in my cup lately, but I'm always up for trying something new. If you have any Starbucks favorites I should try let me know in the comments! Also, if you go to Starbucks even just once a month and don't have the Mobile App, you're missing out! I love skipping the line and having my order ready right when I walk in. Or if the drive through line isn't long I'll pick it up that way, but either way it makes the process a lot faster. Plus you can earn rewards (free food or drinks) for your purchases, and that ends up being how I try most of their newer menu items so I don't feel like I wasted money if I don't like it. By the way, none of this is Sponsored content. I just feel like every retailer has an app and I don't like putting a lot of stuff on my phone unless it's actually useful and worthwhile. For me, this one has definitely been worth having!


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34 comments:

  1. Such a nice casual outfit - I really like your striped cardigan! I'd love to add one to my wardrobe for winter :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far. We have some cooler weather at last so it's starting to feel a little more like autumn :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica! You guys are cooling down and we're warming up, so we're probably meeting in the middle right now. :)

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  2. It' s always a little bittersweet to return to reality after vacation. We just planned our Summer vacation and I am so excited. Of course it had to be shorter than I'd like because our oldest son is taking classes this Summer.
    Your Clydesdale Clompy cracks me up! I know the feeling, a few of my platform wedges have given me a similar feeling. I think it was because they were kind of heavy and I had to adjust. The shoes look great on you though so that's the best part!
    I have the Starbuck's app and never use it - I need to get better about grabbing a coffee every now and then, I'm always so paranoid about the calories even though they have some great options! Treating myself to a yummy drink every now and then is actually a goal of mine which is why I got the app. I'm failing miserably!
    Happy Wednesday!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Okay, glad I'm not alone on that clompy feeling! But it's kind of worth it for the leg-elongating benefits. And I do feel better when I can keep the Starbucks calorie-count under 200. There are some drinks that sound amazing but then I look at the calories and decide I'm better off not trying them because ignorance is bliss. :)

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  3. Hope you had a great vacay, loved seeing your stories on IG! This is such a classic cute cardi on you! Hope you have been well Gia and sorry for being MIA around the blog lately.
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    1. Thank you Marta! It's great to see you back!

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  4. Love this cardi so much in blue and I'm so tempted to get it but I know I shouldn't. I have more than enough work clothes and I wouldn't wear it much casually. Sorry about the post vacation blues, your spring break looked epic.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Well now we're even. LOL. I wanted the pink one after you posted it but made myself stick to just these two. ;)

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  5. I'm a little addicted to the Starbucks app and it's especially handy for customizing a complex order. I'm a sucker for their little challenges, like 'Order 5 drinks after 2 p.m. 6 times and earn 75 bonus points." I feel a bit of accomplishment when they tell me "You did it! Congratulations!" knowing that I was suckered into their marketing ploy.

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    1. LOL! That totally happens to me. I get those "Join the Challenge!" emails and I'm like, "Okay, Starbucks. Challenge ACCEPTED! I'll show you how I rise to the challenge." Which really just means... Bye, Money!

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  6. It's always hard to get back to reality again after a vacation, I totally get it. And this is such a great casual spring look. I have similar pieces so I think I'm going to recreate this look soon! I love once it starts getting warm enough for iced coffee, so that's my favorite thing to order lately. I usually get it with vanilla, but I've never tried toffee nut... but I think I need to go make that happen NOW!

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    1. Definitely try toffee nut! It's also nice that they have that one year round...I hate getting attached to flavors that go out of season. Although I'm doing it right now anyway! LOL.

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  7. I'm trying to be content in the moment, but I'm just craving summer now! I'm also craving a Starbucks too :-D I always go for iced coffee with cream and stevia!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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    1. Summer is my favorite season so I'm with you on that!

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  8. So laughing about the Clydesdale comment! I am sure you will get used to wearing them. :) Thanks for sharing about the Starbuck's app. Going to download it right now.

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    1. The rewards alone make it worth it for me! Plus the convenience of pre-ordering or even just paying with the app is easier than cash/credit on the times when I don't happen to pre-order.

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  9. That striped cardigan is just the cutest. I'm always shocked at how many calories are in those coffee drinks. What in the world is in them to add up that much?

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    1. Probably just four thousand grams of sugar. :/ I've done well at cutting back on sugar this year but not so well on cutting it out of coffee!

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  10. Love the cardi, and I always feel like I'm clomping around anytime I've got a platform or wedge on. Or a slide when I'm going down stairs, so loud!
    Have you tried the new cold foam iced cappuccinos? I just tried one today, it was good!
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

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    1. Oh and it is only 60 calories!

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    2. What??!! No, I haven't even heard of that drink but now I know what I'll be trying today! Thanks for the tip!

      And glad to know I'm not alone in feeling clompy! Why don't people talk about this issue more often?! LOL.

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  11. I don't often go to Starbucks so when I do it's always such a treat for me! I more of a steamer or frappacino girl since I don't do coffee. I think I need to try more of their different milks when I get my drinks! Some of your combos sound so good!

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    1. Oh Frappuccinos are so good but I try to save them as a treat for really hot summer days. I do sometimes switch up my milk options for iced coffee - White Mocha with Coconut milk is a good combo!

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  12. It's so hard to be content, but such an important thing to remember. I love how you described yourself as feeling "Clydesdale Clompy" Too funny and I get it. I feel that way in a lot of heels. I'm so happy you like the Starbucks drink and thanks so much for the shoutout! Hope you're having a great week!!! XO

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  13. Just a note about SBX- my fav is a grande decaf skinny mocha with whip. ( I feel the skinny makes up for the whip!) I always order the decaf because caffeine is dehydrating and decaf is not. As a treat, I order a hot salted caramel mocha . It is not decaf and some SBX don't keep the salted caramel in stock, but it is so good ! Also, an occasional Grande double java frap is such a naughty delight!

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much for these drink ideas! I am definitely on board with having some save (lower calorie) and occasional splurge options at Starbucks. The salted caramel mocha sounds delish!

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  14. I absolutely LOVE these jeans! I am all about distressed pants and these ones are so good!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thanks Ruth! These are one of my favorite denim purchases from last year. :)

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  15. I totally have this cardigan in pink - it's such a great spring piece!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    https://www.avecamber.com
    https://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

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  16. Such a great casual look! Love the almondmilk macchiato too!

    xx Leah / www.leahbehr.com

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  17. I need to try you iced coffee rec's- and the lower-cal options are perfect! I don't like to spend a full meal's worth of calories in a beverage, either!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  18. I haven't gotten on the iced coffee bit yet....I need to find something with low cal and go for it. :)

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  19. Such a cute casual look dear. You really can't go wrong with the basics. Love that you chose distressed jeans for the outfit too, it adds such a fun character to the whole look!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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