Leopard In Spring

What a week:

Hi guys! Whew – I just finished a whirlwind of a work stretch! I was originally scheduled 7 days in a row starting last Tuesday, which amounted to ~65 hours in the week. Another pharmacist was looking to pick up hours in our district, so I happily gave up my shift last Wednesday. I figured, hey I can do this now. Then the stomach bug took my husband down this past Friday and our dog got really sore on one of his back legs on Sunday, so we ran him to the ER vet (after losing Lucky a few weeks ago I’m overly paranoid!). Unfortunately, that vet thinks he may have a partial ACL tear in his leg, which honestly stinks. He’s been depressed (he’s eating, just overly cranky) after losing Lucky. We started a couple supplements to help his overall wellness, and tried acupuncture last week to no avail. He wasn’t having the needles (I don’t blame him!). Anyway, back to the vet we go later on today for a referral to an orthopedic vet. Husband is doing better. I think I got a slight version of whatever stomach bug took him down, and after all that work I’m BEAT. I cancelled my trip to see the horses today, and decided a nice quiet day up until the vet appointment this afternoon is just what I needed.

I missed out on all the President’s Day sales, but honestly guys – they were just normal sales.  And I’ve noticed when they throw the normal sales at you that happen all the time anyway, that means they are getting ready to release better stuff the next week and then they usually have a better sale + free shipping LOL! So anyway, I guess of all the good holiday sale weekends, this was as good as any to work through.

So, I sat down this morning and thought about what to write about here on the blog for spring. You’ve probably noticed I tried last week focusing my time here more on creating actual blog written posts. Not outfit posts, and I saved the roundups for the end of the week. I tried so hard for so long just to become an ‘outfit blog’, but honestly that gets boring after awhile. I love styling outfits and creating new color combinations, but hey if I’m going to make my blog different, then why not write about it? So anyway, I hope you guys are enjoying the posts with more of a “visual” look with verbiage in between.

Leopard in Spring:

I mentioned awhile ago I’ve seen leopard pop up in stores more-so lately then in the fall. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around buying a new leopard top or sweater, but ahh it’s wearing on me. The accessories are getting me the most! In today’s blog post I wanted to share with you all the new leopard items for spring! Some stores have put their own spin on items, like lightweight tops, or different colors then brown/black which make the print more ‘spring-like.’ Like I said…. it’s growing on me! But, I guess if you stare at something long enough that happens?

Since the accessories are my favorite (fun, but not over-done?), I picked out my favorites below! And one leopard top. 🙂Leopard Spring 2019 Trends

belt | scarf | drop earrings | tie-neck scarf | blouse

hoop earringsloafers | bag | sandals

How to style each piece? Go crazy and call it Kimmy Gibler style! Or… make it the best part of your outfit and wear a simple white top and blue denim/black pants. Or pull out a bold top like teal or poppy red for spring and wear it opposite of the leopard piece (i.e. leopard earrings with white top and colored flats…. or bold sweater with white/blue jeans and leopard flats). How to style the tie-neck scarf?  Don’t wear it around your neck! Tie it around your wrist and make it a bracelet. 🙂

Flatlay Friday

It’s time for another flatlay Friday on the blog! Below is my roundup from Instagram for the week. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Outfit #1:

A New Day striped ruffle tee, J.Crew Factory button high waist denim, Old Navy loafers, A New Day floral drop earrings, Sole Society crossbody bag

striped top: Target | denim: J.Crew Factory | earrings: Target

loafers: Old Navy (similar) | bag: Sole Society (old) – similar

Outfit #2:

Caslon sweater, J.Crew Factory scallop button front skirt, Rebecca Minkoff white bag, Accessory Concierge necklace, Vince Camuto booties

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

necklace: Accessory Concierge (sold out) – option

bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old) – option | booties: Vince Camuto (similar)

Outfit #3:

LOFT tie front button down top, Old Navy gray denim, Vans sneakers, Sole Society crossbody bag, A New Day hoop earrings

top: LOFT | denim: Old Navy | sneakers: Vans

bag: Sole Society (old) – newest version | earrings: Target

Outfit #4:

Caslon top, Old Navy denim jacket, Sugarfix necklace, Express denim, Universal Thread sandals

top: Caslon | jacket: Old Navy | necklace: Sugarfix | booties: Target | jeans: Express

Outfit #5:

AQUA peplum top, AE jeans, Vans sneakers, Baublebar earrings, A New Day clutch

top: AQUA | jeans: AE | sneakers: Vans | clutch: Target (old) – option | earrings: Baublebar (old) – option

Option #5:

LOFT plaid skirt, J.Crew Factory bell sleeve sweater, LOFT floral scarf, Kate Spade bag, Merona pumps

sweater: JCF | skirt: LOFT | scarf: LOFT

bag: Kate Spade (cute new version) | pumps (old) – option

Instagram Lately

Hi guys! Today’s another ’roundup’ day sharing #ootd photos for the week!

My outfit below was what I wore to work earlier this week. I saw a Sole Society ad while back with a white sweater, polka dot scarf, and light blue bag which provided the inspiration! I actually pulled this polka dot tank out from my Poshmark pile. I even deleted the listing to boot! I love when that happens. I usually base my Poshmark listings on fit, duplicates in my closet, or if I’ve lost interest in the item. In this case, I had a similar polka dot tank which I sold awhile back, so I happily re-shopped my closet. 😁

My tank is obviously old, but check out the J.Crew Factory version linked below – it’s a new arrival and very similar!

Old Navy polka dot tank, Old Navy cardigan, J.Crew Factory skinny jeans, Vans sneakers, A New Day satchel, Baublebar earrings

tank: Old Navy (old) – similar | cardigan: Old Navy | jeans: J.Crew Factory (old wash) – very similar

bag: Target | sneakers: Vans | earrings: Baublebar (old) – option

This outfit I wore yesterday when it turned -768236 below zero again and rained all day. Summer can’t get here fast enough! However, I was pretty excited to wear this new tie front thermal top. These thermal tops have been super popular all winter long and I can’t believe I’ve held out this long! Mine is only $20, comes in 4 colors, and is super soft and perfect for cool days.

A New Day tie front thermal top, Old Navy denim, Steve Madden booties

thermal top: Target | jeans: Old Navy | boots: Steve Madden (old) – new style

Spring New Arrivals ~ Under $50

Continuing this week’s theme of all things spring and getting you ready for spring break or if you live down south – just warmer weather (finally!). I say this as I’m stuck inside all day due to rain and a low in the 40s tonight. Brrr. Ready for this Florida weather to get here!

I picked out some of my favorite spring new arrivals at Nordstrom for today’s blog post. Nordstrom has 3 in house brands that are my ‘tried and true’ go-to for trendy, quality pieces. Their .bp, Caslon, and Halogen lines are my favorite. BP is technically their junior line and is sometimes hit or miss with quality and fit. The line is designed for a slender junior type fit, and so I usually stick with tees and basic pieces. Caslon is a little more expensive, but still affordable price point with most pieces ranging from $35-70. Halogen is the most expensive with a lot of work friendly pieces available and tends to start around $50. Both tops below are under $50! The polka dot top is Caslon and striped top is Halogen. Both come in other color/print options.

The earrings are both a trendy option. Fans and hoop designs will be big this spring/summer. I love the floral texture on the pink earrings! Both earring pairs come in other color options. Leopard seems to be holding strong this spring also! I’ve seen leopard tops in lighter weight material pop up in a lot of stores, and while I’m not sure I can get on the full leopard train during spring….. it IS a neutral, so I will embrace my accessories. 🙂 The sandals listed below seemed to sell out really fast! I made this graphic last weekend, and just like that they’re gone! I linked the sandals in a darker color still available. Seach ‘coconuts’ on Nordstrom’s website, or click on the brand link after looking at the sandals below – they come in a ton of different design/color options. All extremely affordable and seem to get 4/5 star reviews. Check out these slides – They are only $30 and come in 12 colors! Reviews are hit and miss. Some people loved them, some said the fit was off and hurt their feet. For $30 I think I might try these once we are officially into sandal weather!

Spring New Arrivals Under $50

polka dot top | necklacedenim | striped top

fan earrings | hoop earrings

leopard mules | sandals

Swim @ Old Navy

This week on the blog I’m featuring a lot of new spring arrivals ~ and I of course had to include swimsuits! I live in Venice, FL which is in Sarasota County and you might be familiar with a little beach called Siesta Key. One of the top destinations for spring break and vacations! I feel like I need to start taking advantage of this and show you how I shop best – for summer style of course! 😉

I’m always on the lookout for new swimsuits. We haven’t been able to go to the beach for quite some time because of the effects of Red Tide, but it’s finally starting to clear. We actually ran to dinner last night on Venice Beach, but the wait at our fave restaurant was 75 minutes! Everyone else down here must be thinking the same thing as us!

That being said, I haven’t purchased a new swimsuit since we moved down here (3 years ago). However, I’m feeling the beach again finally and excited to spend some time there this spring/summer. Old Navy has released some of the cutest (and affordable) swimsuits lately. I saw the seersucker (top left) version in store a couple weeks and now I regret not going back for it. I now have the seersucker and blue swimsuits in my shopping cart ‘wish list’. And today I noticed they are 25% off (no code required).

Where do you shop for swimsuits? Most of mine are from J.Crew Factory. If you have a favorite brand please share!

Old Navy swimsuits

seersucker | green bikini (top and bottom) | black gingham

yellow gingham bikini (top and bottom) | blue | floral bikini (top and bottom)

*Nearly all swim suits come in multiple color options, prints, etc – mix & match prints and solid color bottoms also!

Target Spring Accessories Under $40

A New Day satchel, A New Day clutch, Sugarfix Baublebar jewelry

Hi friends! In today’s blog post, I wanted to share some fun spring accessories new to Target! As you know, I’m a huge fan of bright and fun jewelry.  I do have some classic Kendra Scott (like the Rayne or Elisa necklaces) in my closet that I’ll have for years, but when it comes to ‘baubles’ I do most of my shopping at Baublebar… and Target!  I can trust both to always carry trendy and fun accessories. And now that Target carries Baublebar’s more affordable Sugarfix line, I’ve become a huge fan of their accessories!

I’ve also lately become more environmental friendly. You might know I’m a vegetarian, my husband drives a Tesla, and we just installed Tesla solar on our house. So yup, we are one of those people. 🙂 And I’m all about it! That being said, I’ve taken notice on attempting not to purchase as many leather products. Since my feet already hate me from brutal 13 hour work shifts standing, it’s harder for me to give up a well tailored leather shoe. Not to say I don’t have have plenty of “pleather” flats in my closet from Target and Old Navy (and honestly I like some of them as much as my Tory Burch flats), but it’s really hit or miss there. So, therefore that leaves me with vegan leather bags. I’ve really grown to love my ‘finds’ at both Target and Sole Society. Lately they have become my go-to for bags! I know a lot of girls would snub their nose and scoff at the idea, but I know it makes my heart (and my wallet) feel good.

And of course I have to share my new finds with you guys, especially if I love them and think you will also!

All items below were recently purchased from the newest line at Target! The bags are from the “A New Day” line, and all jewelry is from the Sugarfix Baublebar line, except the mint floral earrings are from A New Day. Right now Target has a coupon available online for $10 off $40 off all women’s accessories and clothes!

The bag comes in 3 color options (I really like the black color also – it has a wrapped scarf look to the handle – very pretty!). ~ $35

The clutch is only $20 and also comes in 3 other color options.

The fringe drop earrings, bracelet, and long necklace all come in other color options. The most expensive is $17. The long necklace got poor ratings – it is very lightweight, however that didn’t both me at all since I do not like my jewelry to be constricting. And it’s not an $80 Kendra, so for $17 + discount I’m not sure what the reviewers expected lol! It didn’t bother me at all and every item is sitting happily in my closet. 🙂

A New Day satchel, A New Day clutch, Sugarfix Baublebar jewelry

blue satchel | clutch (other colors here)

fringe drop earrings (other colors here)| necklace | bracelet | necklace | floral earrings

Casual Outfit: Gray Peplum

I’m always on the hunt for cute, casual tops that transition from work to weekend. Peplum tops are one of the best way to do that. The cute ruffle detail dresses up an otherwise average knit tee, and I’m always been a huge fan of the way they hide any extra tacos you might have fit in the night before! 😆

My peplum below is a new brand I’ve not tried in the past. It’s called “AQUA” and an exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. I would compare this line to a mix between Nordstrom’s Halogen and Caslon line. A mix of dressy and casual and affordable pricing. This top comes in 2 colors – gray and black – and is currently 30% off ($27). It’s very stretchy and a really soft knit. I ordered my regular size (small) and would say it fit perfectly. The v-neck did not feel too low either.

AQUA gray peplum top, Joe's jeans, Tory Burch sandals, Baublebar earrings

AQUA gray peplum top, Joe's jeans, Tory Burch sandals, Baublebar earrings

AQUA gray peplum top, Joe's jeans, Tory Burch sandals, Baublebar earrings

tee: AQUA | jeans: Joe’s | sandals: Tory Burch | earrings: Baublebar | bracelet: Sugarfix

Flatlay: Rust in Color

Spring colors are starting to pop up in stores everywhere and one unlikely color I’ve noticed lately is this rusty orange. Certainly not one I would expect to be popular during spring, but I like it! I’ve seen quite a few tops with rust as the base color and then usually with a white pattern like polka dots. I wasn’t quite drawn to those as I was to just a simple striped tee like the one I have below. I have a few sandals in my closet that are a similar cognac color and love that they are an easy match for this tee. I picked a dark colored skirt to complete the outfit and brightened it up with a bag of a lighter hue. Tee and skirt fit TTS.

size tip: I’m 5’2″, ~130 lb. and normally wear an XS/S on top and 28/6P on bottom.

A New Day striped tee, LOFT denim skirt, Baublebar earrings, Sole Society perforated sandals, A New Day satchel

tee: Target | skirt: LOFT | earrings: Baublebar | bag: Target | sandals: Sole Society (old) – option

Casual Outfit: Faux Wrap Top

Happy Tuesday! I don’t know why though, Tuesday is just not Monday so it’s only a little better! 😆 Today’s outfit is featuring this awesome faux wrap top. I was immediately attracted to this spring ‘pink honey’ color, however it comes in 8 colors!  I didn’t even know what to do with myself with that many color options ha! However, it matched my new floral scarf from LOFT perfectly, so it was a no-brainer. I’m wearing a size small-petite in the top, which is my normal size for this brand. I originally ordered a size down per the brand recommendation, but found the XSP size to be too short in the arms. It’s 100% cotton, so I would be hesitant to size down. My normal size ended up fitting darn near perfect, with just a little extra room in case it shrinks.

size tip: I’m 5’2″, ~130 lb. and normally wear a size XS/S on top and 28/6P on bottom.

Caslon faux wrap top, Joe's icon ankle jeans, LOFT scarf, Vince Camuto booties

Caslon faux wrap top, Joe's icon ankle jeans, LOFT scarf, Vince Camuto booties

Caslon faux wrap top, Joe's icon ankle jeans, LOFT scarf, Vince Camuto booties

Caslon faux wrap top, Joe's icon ankle jeans, LOFT scarf, Vince Camuto booties

Top: Caslon | scarf: LOFT | jeans: Joe’s | booties: Vince Camuto (newer option here)

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