J.Crew Factory New Arrivals: Spring 2020

Hi friends! Wow – it’s been a moment since I’ve updated here! The last 2 weeks have been an absolute whirl-wind. Since the first week of March, I worked 14 out of 16 days through this past week. In the midst of working a ton, this viral pandemic hit the States and WOW, things went crazy fast! As most of you know I’m a retail pharmacist for a big corporate chain company, and it’s been an emotional and physical toll since the panic began. Unfortunately, blogging had to come to a halt. Work days went from really busy, to chaotic… and then the worst part was I started to get sick last week, ugh. I have no clue if I had/have this virus (I’m not sick enough to test… per our health department), but unfortunately it just doesn’t matter now. Since I do not have a positive (or negative) test, my respiratory symptoms are insignificant and I’m back to work after a couple days off. We are all just in a really unfortunate situation with this pandemic, and after all of the frustrations this past week, I quickly decided I’m going to make the best out of this – and concentrate on things that make me happy. You know, like blogging! 🙂

So here we are, and I was incredibly happy to see J.Crew Factory secretly dropped quite a few new arrivals without a big announcement – and I’m pretty darn elated about all the news items!  I think I’ve mentioned in the past – I’ve missed their old prints and really cute tried and true items (like their printed sidewalk skirts and boardwalk shorts). While they didn’t have those included in their new arrivals this time, they released quite a few adorable printed tops – and a new scalloped skirt that is a little nicer than their linen sidewalk skirt! See a couple outfit ideas below!

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J.Crew Factory New Arrivals Spring 2020

bulldog sweater | white sneakers | necklace | earrings | scallop skirt | cherry printed top | sandals

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals Spring 2020

floral top | scallop flats | scallop sandals | earrings | denim | tie front tee | bracelets

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals Spring 2020

crab tee | floral shorts | striped sweater | scallop skirt

-stay happy and healthy friends! xoxo, Kecia

Instagram Lately + Weekly Top 5

Hi everyone! Another week has gone by and time for an Instagram roundup and top 5 from the last week!

Weekly Top 5

dotted ruffle top | scallop shorts | earrings | skirt | striped tee

Instagram Lately

Old Navy long sleeve shirt, Express denim, Converse sneakers, Victoria Emerson bracelet

button down shirt | denim | sneakers | bracelet

J.Crew Factory long sleeve tee, LOFT skirt, Sole Society Hadlee loafers

skirt | long sleeve tee | loafers (similar option) | bracelets

Express romper, BP sunglasses, Sam Edelman sandals, Victoria Emerson bracelet

romper | sandals (option) | sunglasses | bracelet | earrings

Caslon tie knot tee, AE jeans, Universal Thread Clara mules

tie knot tee | jeans (very similar) | espadrilles | necklace (old) – option | bracelet

J.Crew painted dot ruffle top, Vince Camuto sandals, Amazon earrings, AE denim

ruffle top | earrings | jeans | sandals (also here)

J.Crew artist tee, Victoria Emerson bracelet, AE denim, Universal Thread mules

artist tee | jeans (old) – option, option | mules | bracelet

Old Navy striped sweatshirt, Old Navy chambray shirt, AE denim, Vince Camuto booties, Amazon earrings

sweatshirt | chambray shirt | jeans (very similar) | booties | earrings

J.Crew Factory scallop sweater, J.Crew Factory denim, Express snakeskin loafers

scallop sweater | jeans | necklace (old) – option | loafers

Banana Republic cotton sweater, J.Crew gingham shirt, LOFT denim skirt, Amazon earrings, Merona pumps

sweater | gingham shirt | skirt | earrings

J.Crew Love

As much as I love J.Crew Factory, the real J.Crew has had my heart lately! I used a ton of their new arrivals in my ‘neon explosion’ post the other day, and I can’t tell you how many items are on my wish list! I wanted to create a few outfits for you below using items I’ve already purchased and items I’m coveting!

The lace top:

Between eyelet and lace, you know both are going to be popular in the spring/summer months! I instantly fell in love with this pretty lace top. It comes in 4 color options and I ordered the white yesterday – I plan to style it with bright colors shorts or like shown here, with light wash jeans and statement sandals.

J.Crew Spring 2020 New Arrivals

lace top | bag | sandals | earrings | denim

 The Burnout Tee:

I live for fun tees pretty much year round – I ordered this pink tee, but it comes in 4 other color options (I love the blue also) – and it comes as a tank top option as well! Since I have similar Tretorn sneakers like below, I thought camo would be a really fun way to dress up this tee. Otherwise, it’ll be my go-to in white or blue denim!

J.Crew Spring 2020 New Arrivals

burnout tee | sweatshirt | sunglasses | leggings | sneakers

The Printed Skirt:

Is this skirt too much fun? I’m quite obsessed with it! And I love the way it appears to match perfectly with this graphic tee! And J.Crew apparently had that in mind also – I created this outfit on my own, then went back to get links and pictures to make the blog graphic, only to notice they matched them together in one of their own catalog photos! #hiremeplease

J.Crew Spring 2020 New Arrivals

earrings | skirt | flats | graphic tee | cardigan

Do you have any new favorites from J.Crew? Please share! I think they might be my go-to this summer!

-xoxo, Kecia

On Trend: Neon Explosion

Who said neon won’t come back around?! What a fun trend, say 6-7 years ago? I’m thinking circa 2013-2014? And.. it’s back! I went to Pinterest to check out some the old photos of bloggers back in this time – what do you think?! I love that some things are the same ~ the long hair, big sunglasses, tie-front tops, slouchy front tucks, and those scallop shorts! However, hardly anyone wears high heels anymore (I mean, the block heel is way better and way more comfy – get it!), and the sneaker trend has taken over the world. Big necklaces are out (…. I’m guilty and still have quite a few of mine. Can’t let go. Lol.) and I still have the same pink Rebecca Minkoff bag in the middle photo! So I guess, it’s only fair that the neon trend makes it way back into the fashion world. And honestly, I’m okay with that! It’s fun, it’s unique, and who can’t be happy wearing such a fun/bold color?! So, let’s take a look at a couple of my favorite retailers and see what’s out there!

Spring 2020 Neon TrendSpring 2020 Neon Trend

Nordstrom

I might as well start with the mothership. Always at the top of the trend-setter line and has the best options ~ I actually ordered the sneakers below – they are on sale!

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

blazer | clutch | earrings | sneakers | sweater | handbag

J.Crew

My second favorite haunt ~ I ordered the burnout tee (to go with the sneakers above!) and just received the chino shorts in the mail (in pink)… also on sale!

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

burnout tee | long sleeve tee | sweater | earrings | shorts | sneakers

Recreations

And if you love the blogger-inspired photos from above, let’s recreate some of the looks!

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

sweater | espadrilles | tote | sunglasses | denim

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

earrings | belt | shorts | gingham top | mules

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

mint green sweater | earrings | bag | chambray shirt | sneakers | skirt | sandals

Spring 2020 Neon Trend

top | bracelet | shoes | sunglasses | skirt

And that’s a wrap! What do you think of the return of the neon trend? Favorite new item? I think I’m partial to the sneakers and accessories, but can’t pass up a fun new pair of shorts or skirt!

-xoxo, Kecia

Instagram Lately + Weekly Top 5

Hi friends! It’s time for another Instagram Roundup! I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers lately have started a “Friday favorites”, “Monday must-haves”… you name it! I don’t want to steal their creative names, but I really liked the idea behind it. I thought I would put my own spin on something similar and instead post my top 5 coveted items of the week on the blog. Whether that be the most purchased, most clicks or engagement, etc.! I know a lot of my readers are bargain hunters or wait for a good sale (I do too!), so I like to take into account the interest an item receives along with purchases. See below for the top items of the week + Instagram outfits!

J.Crew Factory Lucky Day tee, J.Crew Factory scallop sweater, Caslon striped tee, Tretorn sneakers, J.Crew Factory button sweatshirt

green tee | sneakers | striped top | scallop sweater | button sweatshirt

Instagram Lately:

J.Crew Factory scallop sweater, J.Crew Factory striped button down shirt, J.Crew Factory pearl earrings, Sam Edelman leopard flats, Express jeans

sweater: J.Crew Factory | top: Old Navy (my color is old – similar option)

jeans: Express | flats: Sam Edelman | earrings: J.Crew Factory

J.Crew striped boatneck tee, AE jeans, Sam Edelman espadrilles

top: J.Crew | belt: J.Crew Factory (old) – option | jeans: AE

shoes: Sam Edelman | bracelets: J.Crew Factory

Universal Thread puff sleeve tee, Universal Thread woven mules, Amazon earrings, LOFT distressed denim, Universal Thread belt

tee: Universal Thread | belt: Universal Thread | mules: Universal Thread

earrings: Amazon | jeans: LOFT (old) – similar | booties: Vince Camuto

Old Navy striped button down camp shirt, AE jeans, Sam Edelman espadrilles, Kendra Scott necklace

top: Old Navy | jeans: AE (old) – option | flats: Sam Edelman

sunglasses: Prive Rivaux | necklace: Kendra Scott

Amazon bodysuit, Amazon skirt, Old Navy distressed denim jacket, Vince Camuto wedge sandals, A New Day woven earrings

bodysuit: Amazon | skirt: Amazon | jacket: Old Navy

sandals: Vince Camuto (new version) | earrings: A New Day (old) – option, option

Caslon camo tee, Old Navy shorts, Steve Madden Gills sneakers

tee: Caslon | shorts: Old Navy | sneakers: Steve Madden (here, here, and here)

J.Crew Factory button sweatshirt, AE jeans, A New Day leopard sneakers, Old Navy striped tee

sweatshirt: J. Crew Factory | top: Old Navy | jeans: AE (old) – option | sneakers: A New Day

J.Crew boatneck tee, striped bow sandals, AE jeans, J.Crew Factory bracelets

jeans: AE (old) – option | top: J.Crew | sandals: Target (old) – option | bracelets: J.Crew Factory

Banana Republic crewneck sweater, Old Navy belt, AE jeans, Sam Edelman espadrilles

sweater: Banana Republic | jeans: AE | belt: Old Navy (old) – option | flats: Sam Edelman

Sam Edelman: Spring New Arrivals

Hi guys! So many fun new spring arrivals are hitting stores, and I want to share them all with you, but truly what is the best new item to hit stores?! Well, in my opinion – the shoes! 😍 There are a lot of great shoe brands these days, and my feet can take a beating in anything from $20 Old Navy flats to $250 Tory Burch fancies. When it comes to my favorite in-between brand, that is always on trend, always comfortable, and always fit true to size? That would be Sam Edelman! Their price point usually runs $100-$130, sometimes a little less and sometimes a little more.

Sam Edelman New Arrivals

The slide sandal:

solid colors | leopard

These are at the top of my wish list! I love how comfortable they look! I need a new pair of leopard sandals, so I think that will be my top pick, but I honestly love all of the color options. They also come in black, gold, and yellow.

Sam Edelman slide sandal

The studded gladiator sandal:

no heel | heel

Studded sandals are still a hot trend this year and not going anywhere fast! I love the return of the gladiator ~ certainly a fun way to dress up denim shorts and a tee! I can’t decide which one I like better – what do you think? Heel or no heel? Both are different and unique!

Sam Edelman gladiator sandals

The woven mule:

all color options

This is a new take on an old favorite! I’ve had the original woven mule (here) for several years and it’s definitely my go to “shoe” in the spring and summer months (aside from sandals). I love that this years version is more structured and still classy!

Sam Edelman woven nule

The espadrille:

solid colors | leopard

You’ve probably seen me wearing the white espadrilles a lot lately – they are my new favorite right now! They are comfortable right out of the box, fit TTS, and can’t say enough good things about them!

Sam Edelman espadrille flats

The sneaker:

2 color options here

You know the Golden Goose trend that is so hot right now? Well, these are a great alternative! I’m still unsure how I feel about the naturally dirty sneaker look, but I feel like this Sam Edelman option is a little cleaner. And without the $500 price tag ha!

Sam Edelman sneaker

Hope this helps with your shoe selection this Spring!  Happy shopping!

-xoxo Kecia

R+Co

Happy Tuesday friends! One step closer to Friday! Today I’m sharing a few hair styling products I was given the opportunity to try out. The company is called R+Co and I was actually pretty excited for this collaboration – my hair stylist is based out of Brian Goetz salon in downtown Sarasota (highly recommend if you ever need a cut or style while visiting Siesta Key!) and they actually sell these products. My stylist uses them whenever I go in for a a cut or color and they smell SO good!

I made sure to use R+Co products over a period of several days and washes to ensure I still liked them as much as on day 1 as day 3! I’m happy to report, I love them all!

R+Co

What I tried:

1). Sunset Blvd. shampoo + conditioner

This shampoo/conditioner set is specifically designed with blondes in mind. My hair is artificially colored (lol… did you know?!). My natural hair color is something like a light brunette/dirty blonde. It’s actually probably gray haha – I truly have no idea because I’ve been coloring my hair since high school! I’ve colored my hair to a variation of white blonde to blonde with darker highlights and everything in between. When my hair is really blonde like it is now, it tends to grab on to any minerals in the water, and can turn into a ‘brassy’ color overtime. The Sunset Blvd. shampoo/conditioner set is designed to off-set the brassiness and keep that blonde bright and shiny!

While I used this product for 3 different washes (I only wash my hair every few days) and can be used safely everyday, I think in my case I would want to use a moisturizing product in between washes. Overall these products did their job, and I felt like my hair was brighter and without the brass, but I also tend to get somewhat dry without using a deep moisturizing conditioner (probably from all of the color treatments over the years). Overall, a great shampoo/conditioner for blondes, weather for everyday use or as needed!

R+Co

2) Trophy Shine texture spray

This product was my absolute favorite!!! I’ve tried so many texture sprays over the years and this one takes the cake! It truly did everything a texture spray is supposed to do after styling, and the added ‘shine’ factor is awesome as well! Critical reviews on Nordstrom’s website say they needed to use a little hairspray after – I needed the same, but since I live in humidville Florida, I always have to hairspray after settling my curls and styling. I would never want a texture spray to do the same job as a hair spray, otherwise my hair would feel like a brick! Another positive – this texture spray smells amazing! Like the beach!

3) Blow out balm

I loved this product also – I’ve used a variety of ‘does it all’ type products over the years – my favorite being ‘It’s a 10’. I would say this blow out balm is very similar. The one thing I like about it is that it’s a balm, and not a spray. I always feel like sprays don’t cover your entire hair shaft, even after brushing through. With a balm, I can control the product more easily with my hands when applying. This product was highly rated on Nordstrom’s website also!

Parting thoughts:

I truly do recommend giving R+Co products a try! (honest opinion!) I will definitely be a return customer, and can’t wait to try out more product –

visit their website here: R+Co

-xoxo Kecia

 

Casual Outfit: Off Shoulder Top + High Waisted Denim

Hi friends! Today I partnered with Express to show you some awesome spring new arrivals! Off shoulder tops are always a huge hit spring/summer and a beautiful way to dress up an outfit while staying comfortable with denim. My top comes in array of prints and colors, all linked below. Right now all tops and bottoms are buy one, get one for $19.90 at Express! A great way to stock up on spring new arrivals!

Express off shoulder top, Express high waisted denim, Vince Camuto shooties, Sole Society Destin crossbody bag

My jeans are high-waisted and an easy way to style all of the ‘cropped’ shirts in style right now. I’m short waisted and don’t have the belly peek out too much with the shorter tops, but I can tell you I’m so much more comfortable with denim that comes up higher these days! And if you are taller and/or have a long waist, love all of these new tops, then you definitely want to wear high waisted jeans ~ and they always have that awesome slimming effect as well!

Express off shoulder top, Express high waisted denim, Vince Camuto shooties, Sole Society Destin crossbody bag

I’m wearing my normal size (small) in the shirt. I actually styled it as more of a ‘square’ neckline versus off-shoulder which I liked better. I think it looks great both ways, just maybe personal preference on which way you style it.

I always go up one size in ‘legging’ or ‘jegging’ jeans. I usually wear a size 28/6 in most denim brands, but I’m wearing a size 8-short here. There is one review stating the jeans are too tight, which I could see if you don’t size up they would be very unforgiving. The material is the ‘denim perfect’ line which is a thicker material and meant to hug you in all the right places — that it does! I love that it’s a thicker material for white denim also. I can’t stand the white jeans that are too thin and risk showing lumps, bumps, or… underwear ha! The waist is forgiving and very stretchy. If I had one critical thing to say is I wish the ‘short’ inseam was shorter. I can wear the inseam down with booties, but did need to roll up the hem for sandals. (I’m 5’2″ for reference).

Express off shoulder top, Express high waisted denim, Vince Camuto shooties, Sole Society Destin crossbody bag

And lastly, if you are looking for a cute pair of dressy sandals – check these out! Super easy to walk in, comfortable, and fit TTS. Also, can’t beat the price for a great pair of shoes!

Express off shoulder top, Express high waisted denim, Vince Camuto shooties, Sole Society Destin crossbody bag

top: Express | denim: Express | sandals: Vince Camuto (also here)

bag: Sole Society (old) – love this one! | earrings: Sugarfix (old) – love these | bracelets: J.Crew Factory

Other color/print options for my top:

black and white dotted

navy blue and white dotted

snakeskin

leopard

solid colors here and here

J.Crew Factory ~ New Arrivals!

J.Crew Factory new arrivals are (finally) here! I felt like I waited forever and ever for these! They seem to skip over January and try to clearance out holiday styles, which fair enough – but c’mon guys this girl waits for the new every month! I think the thing I love the most about JCF is that A) they always have the most fun with colors and prints and B) they seem to always bring back the tried and true pieces you wear every year. My absolute favorites are the linen sidewalk skirt and graphic tees. I have close to 10 colors/prints in each style and every year I try to part with the oldies, but struggle. I still have the fox and elephant graphic collector tee from years ago with all the metallics and I still can’t let them go!

I put together 4 outfit inspirations using all the new goodies! I actually ran to our local outlet mall yesterday and told myself I could pick out 1-2 items (ha!). Saved by lack of sizing available in store and lipstick on the shirt I had picked out, I ended coming home with the pink scalloped sweater below and faux pearl hoop earrings that I think pair wonderfully. So, I guess I did (unintentionally) well! However, my wish list is deep online and I can’t decide what I will order next. My only saving grace was the cold front that blew us away today in south Florida, and this 40 degree weather has me putting my nose up to shorts and skirts at the moment! 🙂

J.Crew Factory February 2020 New Arrivals

scallop sweater | button down shirt | faux pearl earrings | leopard flats | tote | white denim

J.Crew Factory February 2020 New Arrivals

hair clips | denim jacket | puff sleeve tee | white sneakers | tweed skirt | necklace

J.Crew Factory February 2020 New Arrivals

striped top | bracelets | scalloped skirt | necklace | printed sweatshirt | flats

J.Crew Factory February 2020 New Arrivals

sweatshirt | graphic tee | gingham sneakers | socks | earrings | denim

Instagram Lately

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update from Instagram ~ these outfits are all from the last few weeks, and our weather has been anywhere from lows in the 40s to high of 85! So here is a quite a mix of fall-like to summer-like weather outfits. 🙂

New and notable items:

White sneakers by Tretorn ~ less than $100 and I now want more! I’ve worn Nike, New Balance, and Adidas sneakers to work in the past, and it doesn’t seem to matter if I wear sneakers or flats…after working 8-13 hours on my feet, they hurt. However, these Tretorn sneakers are like little clouds on my feet and I love them!

These leopard espadrilles are back for the upcoming spring season, and they are worth every penny of the $28 price tag!

Express sweater, Old Navy olive skinny jeans, Tretorn sneakers, House of Harlow necklace

sweater: Express (old) – option, option | jeans: Old Navy (old) – option, option

sneakers: Tretorn | necklace: House of Harlow (old) – option

Caslon tie knot tee, Universal Thread leopard espadrilles, AE crop black leggings, Express bracelet, BP round sunglasses

tee: Caslon | jeans: AE | bracelet: Express

shoes: Universal Thread | sunglasses: BP

Amazon striped sweater, Universal Thread bag, Sam Edelman woven mules, Baublebar earrings, Amazon bag

sweater: Amazon | shorts: Universal Thread | bag: Amazon

mules: Sam Edelman | earrings: Baublebar

BP twist hem tee, AE jeans, Universal Thread espadrilles, Rebecca Minkoff bag

tee: BP | jeans: AE | mules: Universal Thread | necklace (old) – option

bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old) – option

J.Crew pointelle sweater, J.Crew Factory ditsy floral top, Old Navy red ballet flats

sweater: J.Crew, also here | top: J.Crew Factory | jeans: J.Crew Factory (old) – new option

necklace: J.Crew Factory (old) – option | flats: Old Navy (old) – option

Either sweater, AE dream jean leggings, Vince Camuto booties

sweater: Leith | jeans: AE | booties: Vince Camuto | earrings: Kendra Scott

J.Crew Factory striped tee, J.Crew Factory floral scarf, Kate Spade flats, AE jeans

striped tee: J.Crew Factory | scarf: J.Crew Factory (old) – option

jeans: Express | flats: Kate Spade

LOFT ruffle sleeve sweater, Banana Republic skirt, Tretorn sneakers, Amazon faux leather earrings

sweater: LOFT (old) – option,  option | skirt: Banana Republic

earrings: Amazon | sneakers: Tretorn

J.Crew hot pink sweater, Joe's Icon Ankle skinny jeans, Sam Edelman leopard flats, Kendra Scott necklace

sweater: J.Crew (also here) | jeans: Joe’s | bracelet: JCF

flats: Sam Edelman | necklace: Kendra Scott (old) – new option

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