Monday Mood

I hope you all had a good weekend! Mine was lazy, lazy. My husband and I are on a stay-cation this week, but it’s also his birthday week – so I’m kind of letting him run the show. Which means we sleep late and might do this, or might do that, or who knows haha! So my day started in this comfy, crazy soft tee and shorts working on my Poshmark closet – do you guys sell clothes there? I’ve only just started. Poshmark claims to be a very “social” page, so I searched (aka googled lol) what that really means yesterday. I recommend doing the same! I found some great algorithms that help you get share your “closet” to other Poshers! Apparently it works, because I had several offers and bundles (where buyers can put items from your closet together into a bundle and make an offer) just over night. Before that, I was maybe selling one item a week. Not enough to even really bother with it. I’ve sold things on eBay for the last 15 years (*secret: I’ve always been a huge shopaholic. Since I was like 12 haha). I figured out really quick in my early 20s when I slowly started to take over my parents burden that I needed to sell to buy new. So, I’ve sold on eBay for a long, long time.  But over the last couple of years they’ve burned their bridge with me. Poshmark requires the buyer to accept the item right away within a few days and they can only return for quality, not if it doesn’t fit perfectly. Versus eBay I think gives the buyer 45 days? And will let them return for any reason. Craziness.

So anyway, I’ve been pretty happy with my Poshmark experience! But if you want to be a great Posher, search for the “Once a Day and Done, 30 Minute Method” – that’s what I’m doing and it works!

American Eagle tee, Express shorts

burnout tee | my shorts are old, but I highly recommend these!

In other news, it was chilly this morning! Finally! I put this flatlay together yesterday, because I was pretty excited to get 2 new pairs of running shorts in the mail – and new running shoes!  I stopped running for the most part the last 6 weeks or so because it got really hot and muggy down here. I’ve had some issues with my left hip/knee hurting, so I didn’t want to push it in the heat and also with my old running shoes. I was due for some new ones, and decided to go with a pair of Nikes. I usually always run in Brooks or Asics, but these Nike Pegasus have had great reviews in the past, and are the appropriate “type” of shoe for my foot, so I figured why not? I love the way they look also! They come in a couple others colors and are on sale! And ya’ll have heard me rave about the running shorts below. I like them better than Nike Tempo shorts. They are less “blousey” and fit better for some reason. And you can’t be the $17 price tag that is usually always at a discount also!

Nike Pegasus 35, Old Navy Active running shorts, Old Navy Active Jacket

jacket | running shoes | running shorts

Laid Back Florals

Hi ya’ll! It’s been a minute! I was trying to re-organize blog posts to be more convenient with work this past week. I would eventually like to utilize my blog space for true blog outfit posts (outdoor photos), trends, sales to talk about, etc… and use Instagram more so for quick outfit creations, like flatlays and #ootd prompts, so I’m not over-loading the blog so much. I love creating outfits, and constantly have ideas – some better than others ha! – but trying to keep up posting 3x per day constantly and driving Instagram ended up being too much. You really gotta make this a full-time job lol!  So anyway, I  just decided it’s easier to post when I have time – sometimes once a day, sometimes 3x a day – who knows, but I’ll keep it on all platforms at the same time. Whether flatlay, #ootd, or outfit post – hopefully you like something I share! 😁

Today’s flatlay is geared more toward my southern girls – an outfit we can actually wear right now ha! We are still seeing record highs in the south, but *crossing fingers* we have a cool down next week. And when I say “cool down”, I mean 80/65 haha. So perfect weather for the outfit below! I’m not one to wear a short peplum tank like this by itself, but throw a chunky cardigan over top (you know, to make me feel less like I’m 12 and more like I’m 36 lol), and I love it! I would say you probably need to be 5’5″ or shorter for length-wise comfort on the tank. I’m 5’2″ and it still fell well below my mid-rise jeans (more so if you go hi-rise), but could see it fitting uncomfortably short if you are taller. But hey, you own what makes you feel good! This chunky cardigan is really soft and was a no-brainer for me to pair with the tank. It’s a little over-sized, but I took my regular size still. I also took my regular size in the tank top.

Express denim, American Eagle floral tank, American Eagle cardigan, Universal Thread sandals

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: American Eagle

cardigan: American Eagle

jeans: Express

sandals: Target (designer version on super sale here)

 

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a wonderful week ~ I’m excited to have the weekend off work again! I might head back into my local LOFT store ~ after scooping up some closet basics last week, they went and released some really cute items this week! Check out this leopard sweater – it’s different and I love the spin on an old print!

Below is another roundup of daily outfits this past week.

All in Favor Twist Wrap front blouse, J.Crew Factory denim, Merona pumps

blouse – Nordstrom | jeans – J.Crew Factory | pumps – similar | necklace – similar

I still really like this wrap front blouse. It now comes in 7 beautiful prints. I did size down one based on reviews, and for my short waist, it works fine. However I would recommend your regular size if you have a long torso. I don’t find that it runs overly big.

Old Navy plaid dress

dress – Old Navy | pumps – similar | belt – GAP | necklace – similar

A plaid dress for fall. I’ve been on the hunt for one and fell in love with the simplicity of this dress and the pretty burgundy color. I sized down one. It comes in 3 other colors if red isn’t your thing. 🙂

Old Navy active jacket, Old Navy 7/8 Mesh Leggings, Nike Tanjun sneakers

jacket – Old Navy | leggings – Old Navy | sneakers – Nike

You might recognize this outfit from a flatlay a couple weeks ago – I can now tell you these sneakers are pharmacist approved! I was only able to get away with wearing the jacket to the freezing cold store, but can’t wait to put it to the running test outside! I took my regular size in the jacket. Originally I had purchased a size up, but didn’t like the bulkiness for running. I think it could go either way if you are only going to use it for everyday activities.

J.Crew Factory leopard sweater, LOFT leggings, Accessory Concierge necklace

sweater – J.Crew Factory | pants – LOFT | necklace – Accessory Concierge | pumps – similar

This sweater is a lot of fun. Just another spin on leopard/cheetah prints. I paired it first with burgundy pants, and now with olive. It’s slim enough to tuck into a skirt also.

 

Work Look: Fall Bloom Skirt

So many floral patterns out this fall season. September saw the release of big floral, almost “chunky” like patterns, and now tiny bloom patterns are the trend. I personally love them both, but this skirt caught my eye (now on sale), because it’s got a color scheme that works year round. It reminds me of a mix of fall & spring with the dark base ~ and then a swirl of blues, pinks, neutrals, and greens.

J.Crew Factory floral pleated mini skirt, J.Crew Factory bell sleeve sweater, Sole Society cutout pumps, Sole Society bow bag, J.Crew Factory blue crystal necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

skirt: J.Crew Factory

sweater (old): pretty bow option, option, turtleneck option

bag: Sole Society, option, option

pumps (old): option, option, option

 

Lazy Day

Just wanted to pop in for a quick #ootd! Today has been a lazy, lazy day. Thinking of everyone that might read my blog that is in the path of hurricane Michael. It’s been on my news all day – after Irma last year, I feel like I’m right there with you – and we evacuated! The ‘not knowing’ is the worst.  The aftermath. The “what will I come home to?”…. or if you stayed, “what happens when it’s here”? Ugh. We live far south of the path of the hurricane, but have had ‘feeder bands’ of rain and wind blow through all day. It feels like a weird warm fall day back in Indiana lol. Breezy, cloudy, and meh. So I got dressed. In the outfit below. And went to Target and Starbucks. Basic and I loved it. 😆

Express One Eleven Twist Hem Tee, A New Day curved hem cardigan, Tory Burch Miller sandals, LOFT denim, Kendra Scott necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tee: Express (very similar color here)

jeans: LOFT

cardigan: Target

sandals: Tory Burch (also here)

 

Buffalo Plaid: 4 Ways

The buffalo plaid shirt I shared from Old Navy last week (here) was so popular, I thought I’d share 4 ways to style this pretty blue buffalo version!  The Old Navy top has a ruffle peplum hem, so a little less versatile. The blue plaid below is just a regular style button down and can be styled numerous ways with jeans and skirts. Here are a few ideas I had below ~ 2 causal + 2 work options. Hope your week is off to a good start!

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Casual Style #1:

Banana Republic buffalo plaid Dillon shirt, LOFT denim, Purple Peridot leopard clutch, A New Day studded mules

shirt: Banana Republic (petite option here)

jeans: LOFT

mules: Target

bracelet (old): option

clutch (old): option

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Casual Style #2:

Banana Republic buffalo plaid Dillon shirt, Steve Madden Lancaster booties

shirt: Banana Republic (petite option here)

necklace: Kendra Scott

booties: Steve Madden

jeans: Free People

tee (old): option

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Work Style #1:

Banana Republic Dillon buffalo plaid shirt, J.Crew Factory wool sidewalk skirt, Sugarfix Baublebar earrings, Merona pumps

shirt: Banana Republic (petite option here)

earrings: Target

skirt: J.Crew Factory

pumps (old): option

bracelet (old): option

necklace (old): option

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Work Style #2:

Banana Republic buffalo plaid Dillon shirt, Joe's Jeans Vixen, Sam Edelman Lorraine leopard loafers, Sole Society Girard bag

shirt: Banana Republic (petite option here)

earrings: Target

loafers: Sam Edelman

bag (old): option

jeans: Joe’s

Fall Look: Mauve Ruffles

Free People mauve ruffle top

Free People. Quickly becoming one of my most favorite brands. They just kind of fit my lifestyle. I dress up(ish) for work, and then want all the comfort with a little bit of style for my days off. Free People fits that perfectly.  I’ve had my eye on several of their thermals, but since the weather is still hella hot I’ve been holding off.

However, this top caught my eye a couple weeks ago and the beautiful mauve color was perfect and it had to come home with me! It has thumbholes also which I love ~ kind of like fake mittens. 😂

 I do recommend going down one size. I also have to wear this one with a bralette (or camisole), but I think depending on your cup size you could get away without either. I honestly just pop my bralette over my regular bra and it feels the same as wearing a camisole with a bra shelf. And if mauve isn’t your color, it comes in tons of solid colors and a couple striped options also!

Free People ruffle thermal top

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: Free People (also in stripes!)

jeans: J.Crew Factory

booties: Target

clutch (old): option

earrings: Target

 

LOFT Fitting Room Snapshots – 40% off!

Right now everything at LOFT is 40% off! It’s been awhile since I’ve walked into a LOFT and thought “oooo” – I’ve actually had better luck at their outlet store. However, soo many things caught my eye online lately, that I had to go check them out in person. Below are some fitting room snapshots of what I tried on, what I kept, and what I put back. Spoiler alert: Too many things came home with me. 🙂

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These jeans and this sweater both made their way into my closet. The sweater is actually pretty thin, so perfect for our “fall” weather down here, but could easily be layered under a jacket or vest. It’s also incredibly soft and I loved the mixed media ruffle hem. The jeans were a random surprise – I’ve been looking for more distressed jeans, but ones that aren’t too over the top (like holes every 3 inches) – these were perfect! I purchased petite in both items. Fit TTS.

jeans | sweater | mules

And I thought I needed to wash my mirror! 😝

This skirt was the reason I went in store. I can’t resist a good windowpane/plaid print, and this is one that will be a closet staple for years to come. I have last years print in black/red (buttons down the side – soon to make a blog appearance!), but wanted a white/black version. My red/black skirt is hard to mix more than just gray, black, white, etc. – this white/black skirt will be easier to mix with not only neutral tops, but colors like maroon, olive, red, etc. Fits TTS.

I grabbed the tee just because I thought it was adorable, but I didn’t bring it home. It’s super cute, but I was spending enough already!

skirt | tee

Both this sweater and olive pants came home with me. The sweater was another item I had on my wish list and went to check out. It did not disappoint! I love, love the cuffs and the black/white stripes are just prefect. I wanted it to tuck into a couple of my corduroy skirts, but when I saw these olive pants, I picked those up heading to the dressing room. I’m still on the hunt for new olive jeans, but these pants are a beautiful color. Again – closet staple for work. Fits TTS. I purchased petite in the pants and regular size in the sweater.

sweater | pants

Last, but not least, these are two items that did not come home with me. Now – I picked them up together thinking they would pair well. They did not. The sweater was too long and oversized for the skirt. I tried tucking it in, but it was just too bulky. However, individually these are both beautiful items. The sweater is meant to be untucked, with a curved hem, and would look fantastic with leggings. It comes in a quite a few colors. The reason I didn’t bring it home is that I think it has acrylic in it, or a touch of wool, which is way too much for Florida right now.

The skirt on the other hand, is quite thin, and although that would be perfect for Florida, I just purchased those Old Navy plaid pants and decided the print was too similar. So, if you’re looking for a skirt alternative to plaid pants – here it is! The skirt has a touch of pink and blue stripes.

sweater | skirt

Friday Roundup

Hi guys! So if you saw my Instagram feed from last night, you know this week hasn’t gone as planned! From taking a couple days off earlier in the week, and then we lost Internet for over a day due to construction cutting wires, I’m way behind lol! Thankfully my wheels had already been turning earlier in the week when I was thinking about changing things up on the blog a little and I was planning on turning Fridays into either a “flatlay comes to life” post or “Friday roundup” or the past week’s outfits.

You also know how entirely hot Florida still is, and the forecast is showing high 80s during the day 2 weeks out! 😩 If we are going out to dinner or somewhere I know will be chilly, I’ve gotten away with a light cardigan and booties, but for the most part I’m still in full summer gear! That being said, work is the one place I can wear all the fall clothes to my heart’s content! My co-workers like it freezing and keep the air blasting at 69 degrees. Since I usually work 4 days per week, I figured that would be a perfect amount of photos to take for daily outfits and round them up for Friday’s post.

Anyway, so here goes this week’s outfit posts! You will probably recognize several of them from flatlays!

skirt – LOFT | top – Old Navy | necklace (old) – option | pumps (old) – option

I was pretty excited to put this outfit together after making a flatlay – I still love this skirt so much from last fall and was happy to see it brought back to the Outlet store! It matches perfectly with this lightweight blouse, but can be paired with so many things. My favorite from last fall was a striped turtleneck tee – which I plan to re-do for this year!

A New Day belted cardigan, Old Navy plaid pants, Old Navy pumps, J.crew Factory lace top

top: J.Crew Factory | cardigan: Target | pants: Old Navy | pumps (old): option

I feel pretty profesh in this outfit ~ all while having fun with the print & color! The belt can be removed on the cardigan also. I played around with it tied and removed, and ended up liking it better tied. I left it loose so I wouldn’t get too terribly warm, but could easily be worn more like a cardigan jacket and tied tightly.

J.Crew Factory bow sweater, J.Crew Factory wool sidewalk skirt

sweater: J.Crew Factory | skirt: J.Crew Factory | earrings: Target | pumps (old): option

Still love this pretty bow sweater! There are only a few sizes left in each color, but definitely worth it on sale if your size is left in stock. I’m wearing my normal size, but probably could have sized down one also for a more fitted look.

Lucky Brand sweater, Joe's Jeans, J.Crew Factory leopard necklace

sweater: Lucky Brand | jeans: Joe’s | necklace: J.Crew Factory | pumps (old): option | belt: GAP

Another flatlay outfit I was happy to bring to life! This waffle knit sweater is really soft and the tie bell sleeves add an elevated detail to a regular sweater.

Fall Look: Buffalo Plaid

#ootd:

LOFT lace shell top, Accessory Concierge necklace, Hinge ruffle cardigan, Sole Society bag, Vince Camuto booties, Express denim

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top (old): option

cardigan (old): option

necklace: Accessory Concierge

jeans: Express

booties: Vince Camuto

bag (old): option

 

Fall Look: Buffalo Plaid

Is this one step too far into fall already? I mean, it’s October, so all holiday plaids are fair game… right? 😁 I just love buffalo plaid, and the traditional red/black print gets me every year! I usually go for a flannel shirt or maybe vest version, but fell in love with this peplum shirt. I do recommend sizing down one – it’s low cut enough also that I will probably wear with a camisole underneath (it’s pretty flowy so you won’t feel constricted). I paired it here with traditional cognac & black detail (with a pop of leopard), but think it would look nice with dark blue jeans also.

Old Navy buffalo plaid peplum shirt, Ann Taylor leggings, Merona pumps, Kendra Scott filigree necklace, Sugarfix earrings, Purple Peridot clutch

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: Old Navy

leggings: Ann Taylor (mine are from last season)

earrings: Sugarfix

necklace: Kendra Scott

clutch (old): similar

pumps (old): similar

 

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