Flatlay: Turquoise Cardigan

#Outfit of the Day:

J.Crew linen tee, Old Navy chino striped shorts, Steve Madden Greece Sandals, Baublebar necklace, J.Crew Factory bracelet

tee: J.Crew | shorts: Old Navy (old) – option, option | sandals: Steve Madden

necklace: Baublebar (old) – completely different, but love this option!

 bracelet: J.Crew Factory (old) – option

Flatlay of the Day:

I love that the “greece” slide sandal trend is still popular this season! Check out the option listed for my cardigan below – it’s from Target and the source of my inspiration for this flatlay! I loved the look so much I almost ran out and grabbed the cardigan yesterday… and then realized I had a plain version in my closet that is almost identical. 🙊

A New Day spotted top, AE jeans, Steve Madden Greece sandals, Mar Y Sol clutch, A New Day woven earrings, GAP boyfriend cardigan

jeans: AE | top: Target (another option) | clutch: Mar Y Sol | earrings: Target

sandals: Steve Madden | cardigan: GAP (old) – option

Catch Up Post

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share a few outfits that I took maybe a month ago? Maybe longer? And never made it to the blog and/or Instagram. I did post the outfit below with the rust tank to the blog and not Insta – (original post here with more sizing details). The others were archived on my phone and figured it was time for a catch-up post!

Outfit #1:

Original post here. See post for sizing details.

J.Crew Embroidered Tank, AE legging white denim, Sam Edelman leopard sandals, A New Day woven straw bag, Sugarfix by Baublebar earrings

tank: J.Crew | jeans: AE | sandals: Sam Edelman

 bag: Target (old) – option | earrings: Target | bracelet: Kate Spade

Outfit #2:

My striped midi skirt from the last, oh I dunno 2 or 3 years?! is back in stock! It’s been a closet favorite of mine for quite a while. The elastic waist allows for all the good days… and bad (food) days. 😁 My color is navy blue/white, but also now comes in a black/white striped option! I linked my cardigan below – the exact color is old, but both the green and peach colors would work to create the same type of look! If you are looking for a similar turquoise cardigan, Land’s End has a nice cotton cardigan similar to mine that comes in a very similar color here.

J.Crew Factory striped midi skirt, Old Navy tank top, J.Crew Factory clare cardigan, J.Crew Factory necklace, Kate Spade scallop flats

skirt: J.Crew Factory | cardigan: J.Crew Factory (similar option) | top: Old Navy

necklace: J.Crew Factory | flats: Kate Spade (old) – love this option! | bracelet: J.Crew Factory

Outfit #3:

Guys, I freeeeeze to death at work, my technicians make it so cold! Like Alaska. I always joke I’m going to turn the air back so it at least feels like Colorado lol. So on days I’m outnumbered with the air conditioning, I opt for a boyfriend cardigan and pants. Chinos are my favorite thing to wear in the summer and I couldn’t say no to more stripes! These chinos are a version of my other favorite work pant – the Old Navy Pixie!

J.Crew boyfriend cardigan, LOFT lace shell top, Old Navy striped chinos, Kendra Scott necklace, Banana Republic flats

pants: Old Navy | lace top: LOFT (old) – option | cardigan: J.Crew (old) – option

flats: Banana Republic (old) – option | necklace: Kendra Scott

Work Flatlay: Striped Skirt

Ann Taylor striped wrap skirt, LOFT lace cap sleeve tee, Accessory Concierge necklace, Sole Society pumps

Do you prefer horizontal or vertical stripes? Does it matter? I know the golden rule used to be, “don’t ever wear horizontal stripes, they will make you look wider.” However, in the wave of feminism and progressive movements, the one thing I do try to embrace is “if it feels good and you like the way you look in it, then go for it.”  Confidence and being comfortable in your own skin is where it matters. I started this blog to create confidence and better style in the workplace – because let me tell you, if I don’t have on a pop of color, print, or some other interesting piece on, I’m not myself – and therefore not confident and comfortable. You have to love yourself… and for me that’s also goes for what I’m wearing – even in a t-shirt and jeans!

source: Pinterest (left to right) Cute and Little, Style By Joules, Kendi Everyday

So after all that ‘love thyself’ chatter, really all I’m saying is… I love this skirt, horizontal stripes and all! I’ve also been all about affordable and quality pieces lately. That $15 dress from Target yesterday? Yup, it fits the bill. I say if you can get $1-2 per wash out of a piece then it was worth the investment (i.e. the Target dress should last 7-15 washes). I’m looking for the same in my work wardrobe. Now ya’ll know, my workplace has gone from professional dress to casual, so I don’t wear skirts quite as much as I used to. And that’s where affordable becomes important to me. And also closet staples.

I owned a stretchy knit (horizontal striped) pencil skirt from Old Navy for years. They still sell the same skirt in black/white stripes here. I loved that skirt! I ended up selling it when the dress code changed at work last year because pencil skirts were just too uncomfortable for me. I moved to a different location that is much busier, and when I need to move around quite a bit, I want a skirt that moves with me lol! A-line skirts have become my new best friend after I let my precious pencil skirts go to the Poshmark pile.

I was excited to replace my beloved Old Navy skirt with this A-line wrap striped skirt from Ann Taylor. The material is the same as the ON version – “ponte knit” or “scuba” material – because it has quite a bit of stretch. It’s also more structured, so shouldn’t wrinkle and keeps its shape at work (and wards off the hot bodies that love the air conditioning lol!). The wrap adds interest also, and I don’t see stripes or wrap skirts going out of style anytime soon (if ever!) so this should add easily to the closet staple section of your closet.

It’s also on sale + an extra 40% off! So way more affordable than regular AT pricing. Also, if you have ShopRunner, it’s free 2 day shipping.

Sizing: I went with my regular size (non-petite). The regular length is 20″ and that’s a perfect work friendly length for my 5’2″ frame. The waist does not have stretch, so if you are in between sizes I would go up one size.

Ann Taylor striped wrap skirt, LOFT lace cap sleeve tee, Accessory Concierge necklace, Sole Society pumps

SHOP THIS LOOK:

skirt: Ann Taylor | top: LOFT (old) – option

necklace: Accessory Concierge (old) – option | pumps: Sole Society (old) – option, cute flat option

Casual Look: Summer Dress

Well, hi friends! So after my blog post yesterday about our new addition Reid, I feel refreshed and ready to take things on again. He was such a good boy yesterday also! Since I brought Reid home just over a week ago, I’ve only had one day off work to spend with him. It was my husband’s light work week, but my heavy work week (60 hours) and he got way more bonding time then I did. However, I spent the entire day with him on Monday and sucked up all the puppy kisses! I also taught him “come” and “sit” – so that was fun! We’ve been working mostly on behavior during walks and to ignore other dogs and creating a positive environment. He was so good yesterday. Proud rescue mom here!

That all said, I’m ready to get back to talking about style! Today’s casual outfit isn’t an original outfit creation or groundbreaking trend, just an easy summer dress that you can throw on any day of the week! Since we are in full summer-mode in Florida already, I’m always on the hunt for lightweight and easy.

A New Day tank dress, Tory Burch sandals, A New Day bag

My dress is only $14.99 and comes in 4 color options. I love the blue color also! I had picked up this cute bag already and loved how it was styled together with this dress on Target’s website. So, why not do the same?!

😁 Check out the earrings also – only $10! #targetforthewin

My bag is a crossbody with removable straps. I love the tortoise shell ring handle and it’s the perfect size to fit all your necessities. The bag also comes in an awesome printed pattern in a completely different look!

Old Navy jean jacket, A New Day tank dress, A New Day bag

Outfit Details:

dress: Target (fits tts) | bag: Target | earrings: Target | sandals: Tory Burch | jacket: Old Navy

Thanks for stopping by! 

-xoxo Kecia

Welcome Home Reid!

Adoption photo – how did you not get adopted for almost 3 months?!

After a lot of heartache and sadness, we decided to fill our home again with little paws running on the hard floor, kisses on our face, and the unconditional love only a dog owner would understand. Welcome home, Reid!

A few days after Eddie had passed, I decided to look at what Rat Terrier pups were available in our state for adoption. One of the first puppies that popped up is a pair shown below. Brothers from the same litter, Rat Terrier mixes, out of Fort Lauderdale. I instantly fell in love with the dog on the right, but thought how crazy would it be if we could adopt both brothers together? I talked to my husband, sat on it for a few days, and decided it was the right thing to do. My grief for Eddie and Lucky wasn’t going to go away, but the emptiness in our home needed to be filled. So I applied.

Reid (on the right) and his litter mate, Rossi.

And then we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally several days later the adoption agency sent us an email saying both dogs were ‘pending.’ Then the next day I got an email that one of the brothers was adopted (the mostly black brother on the left). I immediately e-mailed them back inquiring about the remaining pup and if he was still available. No response. I figured it just wasn’t meant to be. Too soon. Bad timing. I applied to adopt a couple other dogs that I just kind of wanted to find out more information on, but wasn’t necessarily in love with. I knew it would just ‘adopting a dog’ of sorts. Both of those were adopted.

Puppy picture!

I pretty much decided at that point it was just bad timing and too soon. However, I was pretty bummed about it. I really, really wanted to bring this puppy home to us. So, I decided to be annoying and I re-applied. Haha. I figured, worst case I would just annoy the people working out of the rescue. I mean, c’mon – at least send an email response!

And days passed, still no response. My husband and I resorted to that maybe we weren’t ‘adopters’ and better suited for a breeder. I hated that idea, but I know there is a purpose for both. But I guess it was meant to be because last Friday evening, I randomly received an e-mail from the rescue group that Reid was still available and the first adopter didn’t work out! I was jumping for joy!

It all went so fast from there – I was off work for the entire weekend, so I had a FaceTime ‘interview’ so they could see my home on Saturday, approved Saturday evening, and drove 3 hours to Miami area by myself on Sunday to adopt this pup!

On our ride home. He’s a great traveler! Quiet the entire 3 hour drive home.

So, here we are – with our new pup, Reid! I actually kept his foster name. Him and his litter mates (there were 4 total that were rescued, it’s unknown what happened or if there was a larger litter) were all named after Criminal Minds characters. I liked it.

He’s 6 months old. Rat Terrier and assumed Italian Greyhound mix. He’s pretty big now, 30 lbs, and growing. His litter was picked up by a rescue in Alabama found stranded at 4-5 weeks of age without mom. They somehow were put in touch with the Fort Lauderdale rescue group and transported to foster this past December. I guess behavior-wise they were horrible. Aggressive with each other and other dogs, feisty, and out of control without mom around. Their foster mom did a fantastic job with them. Reid is pretty independent and a little stubborn, but he really just wants please. He loves his people and craves affection when he’s a good boy. Which he really is a good boy. He sleeps a lot – I think (or hope) growing again – but when he plays, it’s a safe play. He doesn’t chew, doesn’t bite, and I would say 100% potty trained.

Our only issue is socialization. He’s pretty good on walks (he had never been on a leash to walk before we brought him home), learning to sit, and behave when we see other dogs, but he’s timid of strangers. He also growled and struck out during a meet and greet with an older, larger dog at the dog park (he was fine with the little dogs). The first adopter didn’t work out because their “senior dog was too stressed”, so I kind of wonder if that dog didn’t lash out at him creating some fear.

Taken today – 5/13/19

However, we adore him and are willing to work through any issues he may have! I really love that the newer training methods are ‘positive reinforcement’ and not negative. He really responds well to positivity.

A dog trainer is scheduled to come our house this Wednesday for a training session, so hopefully she can provide us some exercises and how to create confidence and stability.

He’s so different from Eddie & Lucky, but also shares so many of the same traits. I miss them dearly still, and have fresh tears every time I think of them (like now! Lol), but I can say that Reid has definitely filled in a piece of my life that has been empty for almost a month now. I think they would approve. 💗

I wanted a Corgi.

Another absence on the blog. I feel like I’ve had those frequently throughout the last year. Life has been full of ups and downs, especially in 2019. And to think it’s almost halfway over! For those that have followed this blog for awhile, either know me personally and knew what my absence was due to… others that don’t know me personally might have speculated. And I hope that this blog post brings closure. Brings peace. It’s been 11 days. We lost Eddie, our 2nd rat terrier on April 18th. We lost his sister (litter mate) on January 26th earlier this year (I posted what was hopefully a one time post for a very long time here). The Great Dane shown in the photo below – we gave to a friend years ago when no apartment complex in the town we moved to for pharmacy school would take 3 dogs, nor a Great Dane. We lied for as long as we could that we had “one terrier” and “a lab mix” – LOL. Our friend back in Indiana stepped forward who had another Great Dane and saw my worries on Facebook, and said they would take her if we wanted. I think she probably had the best life a Great Dane could ask for. She also passed away a couple of weeks ago (with our friend back home in Indiana).

So, why the title “I wanted a Corgi?” Well, that’s exactly how it started. I grew up with dogs. My mom had an older Doberman and an older cat when I was born. When I was about 5 years old, the cat passed away (peacefully in his sleep – why can’t they all go that way?!) and as things go in the 1980’s, we went to the local pet store to find a kitten. However, no kitten came home with us. We came home with a little mixed mutt puppy and I named him Tommy (after a kid I had a crush on in Kindergarten no doubt – ha!). He looked like a black Pomeranian. Hyper as could be, an ankle biter, and my best bud for over 17 years. He passed away when I was 22 years old. I was right in the height of my horse show career, and almost every horse trainer you knew had a Corgi. I mean, have you ever seen a Corgi shake their bum? They are pretty darn cute – you gotta admit! So, I decided I would slowly start to look for a Corgi puppy.

I went to a horse show over Thanksgiving weekend in Illinois back in 2004. There were several litters of puppies there and I was determined to find that Corgi pup! My trainer came back to the stalls and told me there was a litter of “rat terriers” I should go check out. I’m pretty sure I said something like “What is that“? 😂 Back then, the Rat Terrier breed wasn’t recognized by AKC or any other breed association. They have evolved over the years through breeding of the fox terrier, beagle, jack russell, and whippets to name a few.

Well, I agreed to go look at the puppies. It was a huge litter – maybe 10-12 puppies? All tri-color (black/white/tan)… all male… except one. One was all white with brown ears. A family had bred the litter and had an 8 year old daughter who said “That one is named Brown Ear”. I said, “He has a cone head. I don’t know if I want that one.” My horse trainer convinced me to pick him up. And that was that. I held Brown Ear in my arms and knew right then he was mine, and I was his. We later changed his name to Eddie because he looked so much like the Jack Russell from the sitcom Frazier, and also since he came from a horse show he was reminiscent of “Mr Ed.” It was the perfect name.

Eddie sleeping through my classes at the horse show. He was just a baby.

So, I came home with a Rat Terrier and not a Corgi. I made the best decision. I loved Eddie so much that I called the breeder a few months later to see if any puppies were left. The only female in the litter that was sold before the horse show where I found Eddie was up for sale (see previous post here).

Eddie truly lived a great life. Him and Lucky. A dog that was ball obsessed. Give him a tennis ball and he’s your best friend. He loved to swim, he loved to leap through the air, he loved life. But mostly he loved tennis balls haha.

Eddie leaping into the river in Grayling, MI to fetch a tennis ball.

His life came to an end rather suddenly, just like Lucky’s. And we fought so hard for him. I hate that we had to give up the fight. He had been battling cancerous soft tissue skin tumors for the last several years. We had 3 of them removed that I can specifically remember, but others were removed before we moved to Florida. Last summer, 2018, he started to randomly have muscle spasms in his back leg. He would at random ‘kick out’ like a camel kick of sorts. However, they were so at random and would occur maybe once every 2-3 weeks that our vet didn’t think much of it. After we lost Lucky in January, they suddenly became more frequent. We took him back to the vet who was worried he was suffering from a herniated/bulging disc or possible ACL tear. We took X-rays and his spine was perfect, especially for a 14 year old dog. She said X-rays aren’t always conclusive though and really an MRI should be performed. However, because of his age, she felt an MRI was unwarranted because surgery wasn’t likely a possibility, so we should try medicinal therapy first.

Eddie & Lucky snoozing. Twinsies.

We immediately started Adequan (glucosamine) injections, laser therapy, and we were referred to a physical therapy vet. Before our first appointment with the physical therapy vet, Eddie suffered a “pain spell” on our nightly walk. He all of a sudden started panting, his back became weak, and he was having an incredibly hard time walking. We rushed him to the ER vet who still felt it could possibly be an ACL tear and also did not think an MRI was warranted. When we met with the physical therapy vet a week later, she truly felt it was back pain and disc related. We started him on muscle relaxant, nerve pain medication, and an anti-inflammatory. He seemed to get better as the weeks went by, but we were very careful to not let him jump on the bed, we only went for very short walks multiple times per day, and played with him on the floor without throwing any balls (we would take it from him and give it right back haha).

Looking back, did we make the right choice? Should we have had the MRI sooner? I struggle with the answer, because knowing what we know now, they may have taken his life much sooner.

Fast forward to April 17th, 2019. My husband was at home for the day. About 1:30pm he took Eddie outside to potty. He started to act funny in his back end, so my husband was worried he was having one of his pain spells (he continued to have the pain spells intermittently even with medication. Thankfully they were short lived and would last anywhere from 10-40 minutes). He brought Eddie inside immediately when all of a sudden Eddie lost complete use of his back legs. My husband called me (I was at work) and I told him, don’t even think about it, just get him to the ER vet. He could have torn the disc completely.

He raced him to the ER vet whom said what we were expecting – that it was likely the disc(s) were slipped further than they were prior. Again, it was impossible to say without an MRI. Eddie was in SO much pain guys, so much. He was howling on the way to the ER vet. My husband called me on the trip and it was all I could bear to be stuck at work and not be there with him. I told the ER vet that we wanted to move forward with an MRI. I needed to know. Something didn’t feel right. Even if he wasn’t a surgical candidate, I still needed answers.

Eddie’s ambulance. A legit ambulance! Who knew?!

The next morning, April 18th, Eddie was transported via ambulance to the only neurologist locally. The entire staff was amazing. We sat with Eddie on the office floor for 2 hours weighing all of our options and got the opinions of both neurology vets – a husband and wife team – whom said even IF it’s a disc problem, surgery is still an option. He could be walking in 2 days. Age is just a number. However, it could be his cancer spread to the spine. It could be he had a stroke. But we won’t know without the MRI.

Eddie in the neurology office. The whole time I was cuddling him and petting him while I had the chance. And then I took a picture. I felt hope at this point, but I think deep down I knew this could be the last day I would see him.

At this point we were hopeful. We moved forward with the MRI. Little did we know, the results were not what we were expecting. The neurology vet’s office called us back 2 hours later. Eddie was not a surgical candidate and we needed to come back for a consult.

The neurologist sat us down in his office and we proceeded to go through each and every MRI slide. Eddie’s spine was perfect. There was no slipped disc. No herniated or bulging disc. Cartilage was good. No breaks. No bone spurs. Nothing. That’s where the neurologist said he had to go through each and every organ to find out the answer.

And that’s where we found it. His heart. Eddie had a clot in his aorta. The largest artery in the body. 80% occluded. 80%! The clot was huge. It was also very long. The MRI showed Eddie’s back legs were incredibly inflamed. Essentially he wasn’t getting enough circulation to his legs, which created an immense amount of pain and muscle breakdown due to lack of oxygen and build up of toxins. So, a clot? Ok. What kind of clot busters do we have for dogs? Can we remove it? Can we place a stent? What do we do?

The neurologist said we needed to get him back to critical care. His kidneys weren’t perfusing, causing the muscle breakdown and also pancreatitis. Step 1. He said at that point we can start treatment. He still felt hopeful at this point. He said ‘the only thing you can’t come back from is euthanasia.’ That stuck with me.

We transported him back via ambulance to the ER vet. My husband and I still held out hope this was all going to be okay. We waited for the vet to admit him again and call us with a treatment plan. We got the call about 2 hours later. The critical care vet was very grave. She gave us a list of options (mind you – there are no dog specific related treatment options – we would need to have a prescription filled at our local pharmacy, pick it up and take back to the vet office). And all 3 options – heparin, low molecular weight heparin (Lovenox), and oral anticogulant (Xarelto) did not have safe monitoring parameters in dogs. So, basically, Eddie could bleed out. Also, we don’t know why he is clotting. So even if we treat the one clot and he does well for a couple weeks, the same scenario could happen again. And the likely culprit was cancer. However, the chemotherapy had stopped working the year prior, so we were out of chemotherapy options as well.

I think I almost hit the floor at this point. I just knew. I knew it was time. That moment when you have fought so hard for him, and he’s fought so hard for you. I could tell my husband didn’t want to give up, especially after the neurology vet had been so hopeful. But I knew it wasn’t giving up. It was our gift to Eddie. He was in so much pain. He had a Fentanyl patch on his neck to control the pain. A pain reliever only recommended for terminally ill and cancer patients.

Eddie in 2017 when we evacuated from Hurricane Irma and went to a state park in Georgia.

And so this is where we said goodbye. I hope Eddie recognized us that night when we went back to the ER hospital for the last time and I held him til he took his last breath. I hope he’s in peace now and pain-free. I’m not a religious person, but if there is one place I want to believe there is a heaven, is for dogs. His death has been incredibly hard. I cried on and off for days. 11 days later and I’m doing better, but daily tasks are sometimes still hard. Our house is so quiet now that it’s dog free. So sterile. It’s horrible. Lucky’s death was sudden also, but if you read her story, you know that although she went into heart failure, she also had a liver mass the size of a melon growing inside her small tummy. The decision was easier (not easy… but easier…) for her as she was truly suffering. After doing my own research on aortic clots in dogs, I do feel more at peace with our decision with Eddie. Aortic clots are incredibly rare (one article I read said they only occur in 0.0005% of dogs!), and only recent studies since 2016 have published retrospective studies of dogs with known aortic clots since 2010 and treatment methods. Xarelto was only used from treatment starting in 2016. Eddie would have been a science experiment of sorts if we had moved forward with treatment. And I would have hated myself forever had he died from bleeding out internally due to our desperation of keeping him here with us.

I created a memorial in our house below for both dogs. It’s nothing huge, but it sits right on the wall next to my side of the bed in our master bedroom. I wake up and see them every morning. I pinned their most recent set of collars in a shadow box and painted their paw prints with the colors we used most for all their harnesses, collars, and backpacks. Their individual ashes are in each little box. The ER vet provided those services for us, and I highly recommend the private cremation and paw print for your own pet – it has brought a lot of peace having both with me.

So, I’ll end this blog post by saying I wanted a Corgi, but ended up with two of the most fun-loving, high-spirited, and best little dogs I could have ever wished for. And if you’ve made it to the end of this blog post, thank you. It helps me to write these things out. A diary of sorts. A glimpse into my life, and one of the biggest parts of my life.

We plan to now rescue a dog or two in the near or far future. I figure it will happen when it’s meant to be. I actually found a pair of rat terrier brothers to adopt about 3 hours from where we live. I applied for adoption, and received an email the next day that one of the dogs was already adopted, but I’m waiting to hear back about the other. I’ve also inquired to other rescue organizations about other dogs, but waiting for responses. Apparently adopting a dog isn’t an easy process, but it could be it’s not the right time for us either. I’m letting fate take it’s course. Eddie and Lucky were both unexpected, and a life gift I will never forget. I expect our next dog(s) will happen in a similar manner.

Thank you friends, for all the love & support if we’ve already spoken about Eddie in days prior.  Eddie has received more cards at our house then I think we received Christmas cards from friends & family this year haha! All from his team of medical staff and caretakers. He was well loved.💗

Blogging will probably be a little slower coming up the month of May, but I have more determination and inspiration than I’ve ever had to hopefully make this space part of my ‘career’ and not just a hobby in the future. I have a lot of older posts from 2-3 weeks ago that never made it to the blog that I will start to post over the next few days, and then pick back up next week or the week after.

-xoxo Kecia

Casual Outfit: Embroidered Tank

I’ve been on a total J.Crew kick lately! Every other day they seem to have a good sale (30-50% off) and their items have been priced better than the Factory store! This embroidered tank is another new arrival ~ I fell in love with this rich rustic mahogany color (also comes in 3 other color options). The straps are not adjustable, but thankfully it didn’t matter on my short frame. It does seem to run a tad large in the bodice area. However, it’s 100% cotton, so I’m expecting it to shrink and the fit will be perfect thereafter (I’m wearing a size small). I would say if you are not busty then go down one size. I love how this color matches perfectly with leopard and white also! ❤️

J.Crew Embroidered Tank, AE legging white denim, Sam Edelman leopard sandals, A New Day woven straw bag, Sugarfix by Baublebar earrings

top: J.Crew | jeans: AE | sandals: Sam Edelman | bag: Target (old) – $15 option!

bracelet: Kate Spade | earrings: Sugarfix (old) – almost identical

Instagram Lately

Hi everyone! I’m posting a late Tuesday night Instagram Lately update – been a little behind (as always) this week. Our dog, Eddie, had another surgery on Friday and so between husband and I we’ve been babysitting and making sure he gets the best care he can possibly get while recovering. The surgery was removal of a cancerous mass on his side and opposite cheek, so this surgery has been a little more rough than the last one in December (removal of a mass on his leg) since it’s uncomfortable for him to sleep. And if ya’ll have never brought home a dog recovering from anesthesia, you are lucky LOL! The first night is always the best. 🙂 Thankfully we all survived the weekend, his pain seems to be at minimal and he’s sleeping much better. However, my fried little brain had to work all weekend and come yesterday I didn’t know if I could dress myself for the day, let alone blog about it! 😂

I figured I’d kick the week off with Instagram pictures and finish it off with some mirror photos documenting some outfits I’ve worn lately! I hope you all have a fantastic week! ❤️

Current Sales:

  • LOFTFriends & Family sale! 40% off your purchase with code FRIENDS
  • Nordstrom: Spring sale through April 22nd!
  • Old Navy: 20% off your purchase (no code needed)
  • Target: BOGO 50% off shoes!

Outfit #1:

Although we are having warm summer days already, our nights can be cool. I love having a thermal top like this that’s weekend and evening ready to throw on and head out the door! It’s currently on sale for $19 and comes in 4 color options.

A New Day tie knot thermal top, Old Navy white denim, LOFT loafers

top: Target | shorts: Old Navy | bag: Sole Society (my version is older)

loafers: LOFT (old) – option | earrings: Kendra Scott

Outfit #2:

I wore this scallop top with white denim the other day on the blog, however it’s so easy to dress up also! I love that gingham pants are so popular right now and this top paired really well them. My exact top is almost sold out, but check out this new arrival from Old Navy – almost the exact same color and beautiful detail!

Old Navy gingham pants, &.layered scallop blouse, Kate Spade Nicole flats

top: Nordstrom (almost sold out) – beautiful option | gingham pants: Old Navy

belt (old): option | flats: Kate Spade (old) – option | bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old) – option

Outfit #3:

I love when stores come out with newer versions of an old favorite! My skirt really isn’t that old, from this past late winter season/early spring, and LOFT re-released it in the same pattern but with a cute button detail! I loved it paired in the ad photo with a plain white tee, so I followed suit in a short sleeve sweater.

LOFT fringe skirt, LOFT short sleeve sweater top

skirt: LOFT | sweater: LOFT (mine is older)

flats: Kate Spade (exact are old) – newer version | necklace: Target

Outfit #4:

Sometimes you just gotta wear a festive floral shirt to work. Easy, comfortable, and a no-brainer to wear.

Express floral portofino shirt, AE jeans, white skinny belt, white loafers

top: Express | jeans: AE | belt (old): option | loafers: ALDO

Outfit #5:

Love, love, love this tie back tank! Such a great early summer release! I purchased my normal size because I want to keep the back closed and not loose, but if you are longer waisted I would go up one size. Since I’m shorter, I can tie the top a little higher up and tighter without feeling weird since I’m a midget. 😝 Also, it comes in a ton of color options!

J.Crew tie back tank top, AE denim shorts, Steve Madden Porter Slide Sandals

top: J.Crew | shorts: AE | bag: Sole Society (old) – option

sandals: Steve Madden  | earrings: Baublebar (old) – option

  Outfit #6:

This linen tank top was hands down on my favorite items last summer! I somehow put a small hole in mine (probably from wearing it every single day lol), and had to throw it away. I was ecstatic when Banana re-released it and in a ton of different colors! Solids and stripes.

sizing: So, here’s the deal with sizing on this top. Last year I purchased a regular XS, but I felt like it shrunk to be just a little tighter than I liked. This year I went with a regular S, I’ve already washed it once, and would say it shrunk a tiny bit, but not as much as last year so that’s good. It’s 100% linen. I would say you could go either way with sizing. I’m only 5’2″ and felt like regular sizing was fine. It was a little long on me but in that comfy oversized way.

Banana Republic striped linen tie knot tank, Old Navy sandals, Old Navy white denim shorts, Steve Madden clutch, Sugarfix earrings

top: Banana Republic | shorts: Old Navy | sandals: Old Navy

earrings: Sugarfix (old) – option | clutch: Steve Madden (old) – option

Outfit #7:

Just another great linen option for spring! I think this week was the ‘linen’ week! 😂 The ruffle back comes just to the top of my denim in the back (no skin showing). Comes in several color options and fits TTS.

J.Crew ruffle back tank, AG 11 Year Swapmeet denim, Steve Madden slide sandals, Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag

top: J.Crew | jeans: AG | sandals: Steve Madden

bag: Rebecca Minkoff | earrings: Baublebar (old) – option

Saturday Sales

Hi guys! The Nordstrom Spring Sale is in full swing! There are some fantastic buys available right now! Wear-now items if you live up north where it’s still a bit chilly, or wear-later items if you are looking for closet staples like the coveted Tory Burch Miller sandal! I picked out my favorites from the sale using some of my most-loved brands – Vigoss denim, Caslon tops, Kendra Scott & Baublebar jewelry, Vince & Sam Edelman shoes, and Sole Society, Madewell, and Rebecca Minkoff bags ~ I used items to create outfit inspiration below!

Happy Weekend! 💗

Nordstrom Spring Sale

Ouffit #1:

Nordstrom Spring Sale

top | necklace | bag | denim | sandals

Outfit #2:

Nordstrom Spring Sale

top | earrings | clutch | denim | sandals

Outfit #3:

Nordstrom Spring Sale

sweater | earrings | denim | bag | sandals

Other Notable Sale Items:

Casual Look: Linen Tee + Button-Fly Jeans

Ahh, the wind. The only morning I had to take a few photos was of course a day before storms and rain blew in along with 25 mph winds. So, this top is not really this wrinkled nor fits stuck to your body in the front, that would be the wind! Lol. These were the best photo of the bunch. I saw a catalog photo (not even sure which advertiser!) featuring a top in a similar color to this one with leopard accessories and knew I had to try it out! I thought it really added fun detail! I’m excited to try it again using a different color scheme (leopard and olive perhaps?).

And I love, love that I found a pair of button-fly jeans in a light wash that are affordable! I’m afraid this trend won’t last forever, so I didn’t want to spend a ton to buy them, and thankfully Old Navy to the rescue! I have collected quite a few of Old Navy denim in my closet the last few years and I’m honestly pretty impressed. I have $250 jeans in my closet and $25 jeans LOL, and somedays I truly can’t tell a difference. I wear whichever pair based on the look I’m going for and these are definitely going to be a summer go-to pair!

J.Crew peach linen tee, Old Navy button high waisted denim, Steve Madden slide sandals, Baublebar Sugarfix tassel earrings, Leopard Clutch

J.Crew peach linen tee, Old Navy button high waisted denim, Steve Madden slide sandals, Baublebar Sugarfix tassel earrings, Leopard Clutch

J.Crew peach linen tee, Old Navy button high waisted denim, Steve Madden slide sandals, Baublebar Sugarfix tassel earrings, Leopard Clutch

J.Crew peach linen tee, Old Navy button high waisted denim, Steve Madden slide sandals, Baublebar Sugarfix tassel earrings, Leopard Clutch

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: J.Crew | jeans: Old Navy | sandals: Steve Madden | earrings: Target | clutch (old): option

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