J.Crew Factory: New Arrivals August 2019

Hi friends! J.Crew Factory released a handful of new arrivals yesterday, and be still my heart! 😍 Honestly, other than a corduroy skirt (here) all of my favorites were tops! All 6 tops below were added to my wish list. You can get an extra 20% off $100 if you are a rewards member – that’s unusual for new arrivals and worth the purchase! I haven’t had a chance to create visual outfits yet – hopefully this weekend – outfit inspiration is always the best! ❤️

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals August 2019

snakeskin top | flannel shirt | button-up shirt

dalmation sweater | le weekend sweatshirt | button sweatshirt

Flatlay: Twist Hem Top (New Version)

Do ya’ll remember my favorite Amazon find of the summer? It was this woven twist-hem tank!  I originally posted about it here as a flatlay and later as an #ootd photo (shown below). I received so many compliments and even layered it under a long cardigan for work with flats.

The best news is it now comes in a long sleeve version! Quite a few color options are available and most are Prime eligible. This is definitely a perfect top for Florida winters and for layering up north. And if you’re a shorty like me, it will work with leggings as well. 😆

Amazon twist hem top, Free People denim, Universal Thread booties, J.Crew Factory necklace, A New Day bag

twist hem top: Amazon | jeans: Free People (old) – similar | booties: Universal Thread

necklace: J.Crew Factory | bag: A New Day

Sleeveless version:

Amazon twist hem woven tank

top: Amazon | jeans: Express | sandals: Vince Camuto

necklace: Kendra Scott (old) – newest version | bracelet: Express

Chambray Shirt: 4 Ways

Hi guys! Today’s blog post is all about chambray! I sold my only chambray shirt a couple years ago – it was actually from J.Crew (non-factory), and I always hated it. It was stiff, kind of scratchy, and had this strange western vibe lol. I finally replaced it with this Old Navy tried and true, been around forever, season after season, version! I don’t know what took me so long, maybe because chambray was really beaten into the blogger outfits years ago? Well, I’m feeling it again and it’s certainly had a refresh in the latest outfits popping up, so I thought I’d give styling it a try with current trends! And don’t mind my co-worker… he starts out chewing on his bone, then decides I’m boring and falls fast asleep by outfit #2, and then jumps up on the bed and starts snoring by outfit #4. 😂

chambray shirt

Old Navy chambray shirt

Outfit #1:

Jean on jean. This combination has been around for quite awhile and I love the fresh vibe using leopard accessories. A leopard belt would work also. You could also wear a darker chambray shirt (here) and a light wash jean as well.

Old Navy chambray shirt, Express jeans, Sam Edelman leopard loafers

 jeans: Express | shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #2:

Chambray + patterned skirt. My exact skirt is old, but about any pattern would work! Think of chambray as a neutral. You can find the newest version of my skirt here.

Old Navy chambray shirt, LOFT floral jacquard skirt, Sam Edelman flats

skirt options: here, here, here | shoes (old): option

Outfit #3:

Colored jeans + printed shoes. I switched out the leopard for snakeskin here, but either would work! Also, any pair of colored jeans are an option – olive, mauve, marigold, you name it!

Old Navy chambray shirt, Express jeans, Steve Madden snakeskin mules

jeans (old): burgundy option, lots of color here | mules (old): great option here

Outfit #4:

This outfit is for all my Florida girls! Wear the chambray and beat the heat. 😎 Another jean on jean look, but wearing a printed tee underneath for a pop of interest.

Old Navy chambray shirt, J.Crew artist tee, AE denim shorts, Steve Madden sandals

tee: J.Crew | shorts: AE | sandals (old): newest option

And last but not least – my sleepy co-worker who couldn’t even wake up for a photo op!

I hope this blog post helped you guys have a renewed interest in chambray with your own closet! Let me know what outfit combinations are your favorite this year. 💗

-xoxo, Kecia

Flatlay: Casual Cool Leopard

Can you tell I’m trying to sneak in all the fall transition pieces that still work in this Florida heat?! 😎 My tee is on clearance for $10 with code FLOWERPOWER + an extra 15% off at J.Crew Factory! All new arrivals are also on sale and the 15% on top is included! I’m finally ordering the leopard woven collar sweater from yesterday’s wish list post, which is now almost sold out argh.  My jeans are a couple years old from LOFT, but I linked a similar pair from Nordstrom that just have the raw hem (mine are a step hem which is probably going out of style ha).

J.Crew Factory leopard tee, LOFT raw hem burgundy jeans, Adidas Superstar sneakers

tee: J.Crew Factory | jeans: LOFT (old) – great option | sneakers: Adidas

sunglasses: BP – newest version | bracelet: Amazon

Another way I’ve styled this tee:

J.Crew Factory studio printed tee, Ann Taylor denim skirt, Sam Edelman scallop sandals, Amazon earrings

denim skirt: Ann Taylor (old) – very similar | sandals: Sam Edelman | earrings: Amazon

Target Fall Shoe Sale

Guys, today is the last day to save 20% on all shoes from Target! Use code SHOES20. They have some great options for pre and early fall months before the weather dips – especially if you live in Florida! I’ve been looking for 2 new pairs of open toed booties to replace older pairs in my closet, and these are perfect! I also have always wanted a pair of leopard sneakers and these are a fraction of the cost you’d pay for a designer version like Kate Spade. And who can say no to a pair of pink mules (which also comes in several other color options including leopard)?! 😍 I took my regular size 6 in all four pairs, but if you tend to swing between sizes I would go down 1/2 size.

leopard sneakers | taupe booties | pink mules | cognac booties

Target Fall Shoes 2019

Fall Flatlays

Hi guys! I wanted to round up and share a few flatlays I’ve posted on Instagram! I’ve picked up a few new items that will transition you right into fall, and some are older pieces I’ve re-created new ideas based on inspiration photos I’ve seen lately. Hopefully you are enjoying all the new color combinations and prints available this year – I know I am! 💕

A New Plaid:

This is one of my new favorite tops!  I just love the cobalt blue/burgundy combination. A perfect transition piece, especially since it’s a linen-blend and perfect for the heat still! My clutch color is old, but I’ll link the same clutch in new colors – and also a similar clutch in the burgundy color.

Old Navy plaid tank, Expres jeans, Trask mules, Sole Society clutch, Kendra Scott necklace

top: Old Navy | jeans: Express | mules (my color is sold out): Trask

 necklace: Kendra Scott | clutch: Sole Society (similar option here)

Camo Sweater:

I first saw this camo sweater in store and fell in love. I just love the camo print matched with the white stripes. It has a wide neck, so you can wear it off-shoulder or somewhat on (which is how I would style it). The texture, fit, and colors are the prefect mix. I also had a little fun and mixed the camo with my new favorite snakeskin bag — love it!

Express camo sweater, AE jeans, Steve Madden greece sandals, A New Day bag

sweater: Express | jeans: AE (old) – option | bag: Target

sandals: Steve Madden | earrings: Amazon

Fall Neutrals:

I saw this rust cardigan in store in recently and instantly fell in love with the color. I have this same style of cardigan in 4-5 other colors – it’s by far my most worn cardigan to work. I’m always freezing, and since this is longer it keeps me extra warm even though it’s lightweight itself. It’s been sold out online for awhile, but the same color is made in a different style (linked below). My top is older, but I’ll link a leopard top I love ever more that would also match perfectly with this rust color.

A New Day cardigan, A New Day leopard top, Vince Camuto booties, Express jeans, Amazon earrings

cardigan: Target (other option here) | top: Target (old) – love this option

jeans: Express | earrings: Amazon | booties: Vince Camuto

A Fresh Gingham Style:

I’m always on the hunt for new ways to style this gingham shirt that I’ve owned for years, and is still available! That’s when you know you’ve got a good closet staple. I recently saw a J.Crew catalog ad featuring a similar shirt, blue blazer, and light colored jeans. They used silver shoes which was a bit much for me, so I switched out for a white mule – and added the leopard necklace, because, well – duh. 😆

J.Crew crinkle gingham, Old Navy cardigan, Old Navy jeans, Merona mules, J.Crew Factory necklace

shirt: J.Crew | jeans: Old Navy | necklace: J.Crew Factory

mules: Target (old) – very similar | cardigan: Old Navy (old) – option, option

Another Leopard Tee:

Alright, I know, I know. Another leopard tee you ask? Well, yeah. I mean… this one is different! It’s gray and black – so, definitely required for my closet. 😉 Now I need to find ways to style it! What do you think of the olive jacket? My exact jacket is old, but I found a very similar option with the raw hem!

Old Navy leopard tee, Caslon jacket, Joe's jeans, Sam Edelman scallop sandals, Kendra Scott earrings

tee: Old Navy | jeans: Joe’s (old) – very similar | jacket: Nordstrom (old) – option, option

sandals: Sam Edelman | earrings: Kendra Scott

Leopard, Marigold, & Black:

Based on another catalog photo, this time from Sole Society, I loved the way they matched a leopard top with a marigold bag and black accessories! I pulled out an old leopard top of my own to re-create the look. I used a denim that has a slight gray cast to pull in the black booties more easily. Everything in this photo is older (I found one link for my booties, almost sold out), but I found near identical pieces you can use to re-create the same look yourself. LOFT has a very similar print available now also.

LOFT leopard tank, Vigoss jeans, Sole Society crossbody bag, sole Society Ferris booties, BP necklace

top: LOFT (old) – option, option, option | jeans: Vigoss (old) – option, option

bag: Sole Society (old) – option, option | booties: Sole Society (new version here)

Just Because:

Every fall I have the itch to create a flatlay or outfit with olive jeans and a ton of neutral accessories. You might recognize the white tee from earlier this summer. I created a similar outfit with the same jeans and sandals. Basically you just up the ante for a fall look and add some layering pieces.

tee: Bobeau | cardigan: Target (old) – option | necklace: Accessory Concierge (old) – similar

booties: Target (old) – love these | jeans: Old Navy

Fall Work Outfit Ideas

Hi friends! Well, I never intended to take this long to post back on the blog. I was really trying to keep it up with Instagram and keep the spaces somewhat separate, reserve true blog posts for this space only, but when it comes down to it, I’m pretty sure I could write about a good flatlay as much as I could a regular outfit! So, here we are. 🙂 If you’ve been following me for the past few years, you know I always try this or that with the blog and never quite know where the wind is going to blow from month to month –  ha!

Fall Work Outfit Ideas

So today I wanted to share a few outfits I put together – some pieces are old, some are new – some you might recognize from last fall that I’ve held on to. All are relative to this year’s fall season. The top color/print trends I’ve noticed right now are 1) snakeskin 2) leopard 3) varying shades of rust/marigold – and the shades in between (almost kind of a burnt orange color). Leopard is always a tried and true fall print, however I really love that snakeskin is having a moment (in small doses anyway!). Plaid is always, always hot in the fall so expect to see some new prints and shades hit the blog soon!

Outfit #1:

A mock neck top is always a go-to for early fall. You can still pull it off in the warmer months with the AC blasting, or if your area cools down early then you are comfortable without feeling claustrophobic like with a turtleneck. My top below I picked up at H&M for only $13! It comes in 4 color options – check out the vibrant bright red color for more of a summer color – it tucks in perfectly to a work skirt like below. I paired it with a dark skirt and leopard pumps for a true fall look, but bring out the caramel, ivory, and black for even more fall looks!

H&M ribbed mock neck top, Ann Taylor chambray belted skirt, A New Day leopard pumps

top: H&M | skirt: Ann Taylor (old) – another option | pumps: Target | earrings: Amazon

Outfit #2:

I was so happy when I saw Old Navy brought back these plaid pants! I picked these up last fall and they were probably my most worn work pant in my closet. The coloring is hard to see, but it’s a blend of black, white, and a lavender/orchid color. It pairs well with almost anything to the point you would never really know the purple color is in the pattern. I paired them with a summer tee, to carry over the warm weather into fall.

LOFT peplum tee, Old Navy plaid pixie pants

pants: Old Navy | tee: LOFT | necklace: Kendra Scott | pumps (old): option

Outfit #3:

You can’t have at least one fall outfit without a good camel colored sweater! I’ve had the sweater I’m wearing for years and years. It’s merino wool and works in every season. I paired it here with a mini corduroy skirt and pink flats for a little fall transition, but heck there are so many color options to be had! The best merino sweater I know of is the Tippi sweater from J.Crew. It always comes in a ton of color options, including at least one camel version!

Banana Republic merino wool sweater, J.Crew Factory corduroy skirt, Steve Madden crocodile feather loafers

sweater (old): very similar option | skirt: JCF (old) – similar option

 flats: Steve Madden (newer colors here) | earrings: Amazon | neckerchief: Old Navy

Outfit #4:

And last, but not least lets go with the snakeskin accessory! So, as mentioned above – I can only handle the snakeskin in small or muted doses. I love the accessories – I have a new Target bag (here) that I’m carrying everywhere these days. On my wish list is a snakeskin belt (like this one). I paired my old snakeskin flats with olive and white to start out with, but I intend to keep playing with outfits! Check out the snakeskin flat option below – I own these same Express loafers in a camel color and I wore them to death last year! For the price, they are very good quality.

Old Navy tank top, J.Crew Factory Clare cardigan, LOFT olive pants, Me Too snakeskin flats

flats (old): love this option | tank: Old Navy (old) – option | cardigan: JCF

pants: LOFT – newest version | necklace: JCF | belt (old) – option

When It’s Still Hot: Fall Transition

Alright ya’ll, I’m getting really excited for fall clothes over here! But… it’s still 110 degrees outside. Boo. However, when the temps are still high and you start to see the jewel-tone colors released and start thinking fall, just work with your closet a little! The biggest thing with fall transition when it’s still hot out, is of course wearing lightweight material, but also using white or a light tone as your base. When I think of true fall colors, I want to wear an olive top with black jeans and booties, or say more of a merlot color with dark denim. Keep thinking olive and merlot… but with a lighter base to match. And you can still throw in a small dose of leopard and snakeskin to stay trendy.

Below I created 4 summer friendly outfits using my favorite fall transition colors (merlot, rust, olive, marigold… or a variation there of ha).  Hope your week is going well!

Fall Transition Outfits

Outfit #1:

I fell in love with this sweater tank in store before it even available online. It’s long and perfect for skinny pants or jeans. I’ve already styled it with distressed denim and open toe booties as well. It’s incredibly soft, only $15, and comes in 3 color options. Fits TTS.

A New Day sweater tank, Old Navy pixie gingham pants, A New Day pendant necklace

OUTFIT DETAILS:

sweater tank | pants | necklace

Outfit #2:

One of my new favorite colors is this rust color ~ almost pumpkin! I paired a rust striped tee with this fall cardigan and summer denim skirt for a summer-friendly and fall-coloring inspired outfit. Paired with a turquoise necklace and leopard shoes and you have a great fall transition outfit.

A New Day rust striped tee, A New Day cardigan, LOFT skirt

OUTFIT DETAILS:

tee (old) – newest version | cardigan | skirt | pumps | necklace (old) – option, option

Outfit #3:

These rompers I tell ya, are one of my favorite summer purchases from Amazon (I also have this one in navy blue)! They are incredibly casual, but serve their purpose for a casual summer look that involves anything outside. I wore this romper the other night to dinner at the beach and brought my jacket for the sea breeze that kicks up when the storms roll in. Otherwise it’s perfect as a swimsuit coverup or anything outside basically!

Amazon romper, Old Navy denim jacket, Sam Edelman Gunner sandals

OUTFIT DETAILS:

romper | jacket | sandals

Outfit #4:

Disclaimer: my top is old. I know, stinks ~ it’s like several years old. But I love it so much it never makes it to the Poshmark pile and I don’t think it will anytime soon unless I grow some more (it is a little tight in the armpit area ha!). However, I thought to wear it because LOFT just released their latest version and I’m in love with the new lace tank just as much as this one! The new tank is a different type of lace – more traditional, but also more versatile. My tank isn’t great for tucking into skirts and such, whereas the new version appears more streamlined and can be worn tucked in or out.

Mustard and marigold are always top choices for fall. There are about 15 variations of the same color, but they all work the same in my opinion and pair well with a lot of color combinations. I paired my tank with white denim to keep summer alive and a simple berry colored pendant necklace to bring in fall with the marigold color.

LOFT lace top, AE white jeans, Vince Camuto sandals

OUTFIT DETAILS:

tank (old) – option | denim | sandals | necklace

-xoxo, Kecia

Instagram Lately: July 2019 Part II

Hi guys! I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was pretty relaxing. I had a series of long work shifts back to back this past week and come Friday I was exhausted. I basically hibernated the last 3 days aside from a few errands, and also ran to our local mall to scope out some new arrivals! I mostly do all of my shopping online, but it’s sometimes nice to run in store and see things in person. Check out the flatlay below of my new snakeskin print Target bag! I’m in love! And only $35. That was my big purchase for my shopping trip. 😆

A New Day bag

bag on left | bag on right | belt on wish list

Express jeans, A New Day floral top, A New Day cardigan, Accessory Concierge earrings, Sole Society taupe flats

jeans | floral top | cardigan | flats | earrings

A New Day tank top, Express denim, Universal Thread open toe booties, A New day necklace, Amazon earrings

sweater tank | jeans | necklace | booties | earrings

J.Crew Factory eyelet top, Kate Spade flats, AE jeans, J.Crew Factory necklace, Amazon earrings

eyelet top | jeans | flats (old) – option | necklace | earrings

Amazon tank top, AE plaid top, AE denim shorts, Steve Madden sandals

top | plaid shirt | shorts | sandals (old) – option

J.Crew Factory button down ditzy floral top,  A New Day cardigan, Steve Madden feather loafers, LOFT denim skirt

floral shirt | skirt | cardigan | loafers | earrings

A New day tank top, J.Crew Factory scallop shirts, Sam Edelman gunner sandals, Kendra Scott necklace, A New Day earrings, Express bracelet

tank top | shorts | necklace (old) – option | bracelet | sandals | earrings

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