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

Flatlay: Camp Shirt

Hi guys, I hope this post finds you well! I first and foremost want to thank each and every one of you that reached out to me after my last blog post. All the sweet comments, texts, and messages meant the world & I know so many of us share a love for our sweet pets. 💙 A lot of you asked how Eddie is doing – so far, he seems to be doing just fine. He suffers from his own health issues (and I’m sorry here if I sound like a broken record and repeating myself) including a soft tissue cancer that has been removed twice after chemotherapy stopped working and possible neurological issues. I am likely doting and loving on him far more than he could ever want (my husband says I ‘Elmira’ him 😝), but I want to show him all the love since we will never know when his last day with us will be.

That being said, things go on and while my closet appeared to be a dark hole the last week, this weekend I got out of the house for awhile and my brain started firing and thinking about outfits again! Today’s flatlay is featuring this camp shirt. A relaxed, and somewhat boxy fit, this style of shirt has returned this year and I’m pretty happy about it!  Long sleeve camp shirts have been popular for years ~ I’ve owned many for work ~ and I love this newest trend with short sleeves. Last fall my favorite option was from Target (newest version here), which is a little more casual. The black shirt shown in today’s flatlay was made to be slightly more classy and work friendly. It comes in 5 color options. Fits TTS (I purchased a size small).

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

Banana Republic black camp shirt, AE distressed jeans, A New Day clutch, Sole Society Ferris sandals, Baublebar earrings

shirt: Banana Republic | jeans: AE | earrings: Baublebar

clutch: Target | sandals: Sole Society (similar in black)

Flatlay: Bow Sleeve Sweater

I just love new spins on old trends!  Open shoulder tops were all the rage the last few years, I still have a couple of favorites in my closet, and now the designers have to go and re-invent new ways to keep the trend alive! I’m pretty ok with that. 🙂 I fell in love with this open sleeve, bow detail sweater. I’ve been looking for tops lately that are trendy, but not in that over the top way. I feel like this sweater is classy enough for work and casual. Oh, and it comes in 7 color options! I picked the blue (because, well for some reason I’m all about blue lately. Lol), but all the colors are pretty – the pink is my second favorite! Happy almost weekend friends!

Cece bow sleeve sweater, Joe's Hennie Crop Ankle Jeans, Kate Spade ballet flats, Sole Society bow bag, Baublebar heart earrings

sweater: Cece | jeans: Joe’s | earrings: Baublebar

 bag: Sole Society (old) – option | flats: Kate Spade (old): option

Flatlay: Olive Skirt + Ivory Sweater

Hi friends! Today’s look was supposed to be another blog outfit post, but guys lemme tell you… sometimes it just doesn’t quite work out (ugh). My husband and I tried twice to get the look right. The first time was Monday night, except the sun was setting too fast and I don’t know where are all traffic came from where we normally takes pictures, but cars were lined up at a nearby traffic light staring. I know bloggers take photos all day long in the middle of roads, crowds, you name it – but our photo place is right outside of our neighborhood and I shouldn’t be embarrassed, but I am. I rarely talk about my blog to people I know in person. I suppose it’s a self conscious thing, and also the fact once I told my dad about the blog and he was so confused. LOL. I never mentioned it again! Anyway, Monday was a fail. Tuesday we tried again. Went to a different spot, but the sun was at an angle not quite behind my husband taking the pictures so again the lighting was pretty bad. Not only that, but somehow my shirt was incredibly wrinkled, I ripped it in the back bending over to fix my shoes (!!) and I’m not quite sure what my stance was, but I looked like I needed to pee! 😂

Anyway, I gave up after all that. I love putting together flatlays, in my pajamas, gym clothes, and no lighting issues or neighbors to stare at me. 🙂 So, here you go!

Today’s outfit is featuring this incredibly soft and stretchy sweater. Definitely one of my favorites this winter. My previous look using this sweater (here) was a casual outfit, so I wanted to put together a work look as well. Lately my husband and I have been cutting back on expenses, I really need to get some debt paid down, so I’m going to make it a point to try and mix old items in my closet (like this skirt) with new items more often. I’ve fallen in love with using ShopLook to make visual outfits for you guys (like with my Saturday/Sunday sales/wish list posts) and I want to try to get into a habit of doing the same with items I find online to help you all create similar looks! Hope that helps! See below for all the details.

LOFT button olive skirt, Old Navy ribbed cable knit ivory sweater, Vince Camuto booties, .bp floral scarf, Baublebar earrings

sweater: Old Navy | skirt: LOFT (old) – similar

scarf (old) – option | booties: Vince Camuto | earrings: Baublebar

 

Outfit below using same & similar items:

scarf: Treasure & Bond | skirt: Banana Republic

A (Not-So) Cable Knit Sweater

Today I wanted to feature this incredibly soft cable knit sweater. You know how cable knit sweaters are all the rage every year, but tend to be a stiffer material that really isn’t that comfortable? Perfect for layering I suppose, but what if you just want to wear the sweater without the layering? And who wants to put a sweater on that requires a struggle because of how stiff it is! Well, I purchased my first cable knit sweater since we’ve moved down south friends!

This sweater is super soft, stretchy, comfy, no itch, and full price only $37 (today on sale for $30… $26 with a store card!) , and comes in 5 colors! I can’t do a lot of layering down south most days, so wearing it alone on cool days, or maybe with a lightweight tee underneath is perfect. I chose this lightweight gingham shirt for the flatlay, but any button down would work (chambray would be perfect!).

If you look closely, the white color does have a somewhat asymmetrical pattern. I actually really liked it because it’s ‘different’, but I know that’s not for everyone. All of the other colors options are a normal rib print. I picked up a size small in the sweater which fits perfectly weather wearing alone or for layering. Booties, shirt, and jeans all fit tts.

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

Old Navy sweater, J.Crew gingham shirt, J.Crew Factory necklace, J.Crew Factory button high waist jeans, Vince Camuto booties

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

necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar) | booties: Vince Camuto

Friday Flatlays

Hello friends! As you’ve seen, I’ve been posting a lot of new outfit photos this week on blog. I’ve stepped away from flatlays and concentrated more so on showing you what the outfits actually look like! I hope that’s actually a good thing. 🙂

I’ve still put together several flatlays over the last week, I’ve just shared them Instagram each day and figured it would be nice to get back to “Flatlay Fridays” on the blog! I used to do this months ago (years ago? lol who knows), and I enjoyed doing this weekly roundup. I didn’t get to take many #ootd photos this past week, but I’m thinking of dedicating Thursday to ‘daily outfits’ of some sort also. It really all just comes down to work (meh). Thankfully I think our 12-13 hour work days are coming to an end for the next few months, so I’ll have a couple hours each day for the blog. Which excites me always!

Outfit #1:

Banana Republic ribbed sweater, J.Crew Factory sidewalk skirt, J.Crew Factory necklace, Sam Edelman velvet flats, Kate Spade bag

Sweater: Banana Republic | Skirt: J.Crew Factory | Necklace: J.Crew Factory

flats: Sam Edelman | bag (old): option

Outfit #2:

Merona curved hem cardigan, Sole Society clutch, Merona pumps, Kendra Scott Rayne necklace, Joe's Jeans

cardigan: Target | top (old): option | necklace: Kendra Scott | clutch (old): option

Jeans: Joes’s | pumps (old): option

Outfit #3:

top: Good Luck Gem | jeans: J.Crew Factory | earrings: Target | mules (old): option | bag: Sole Society

Outfit #4:

H&M sweater, Old Navy Rockstart jeans, Sole Society bag, Vince Camuto booties

sweater (old): option | jeans: Old Navy | booties (old): option | bag (old): option

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)

 

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

 

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

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