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)

New Arrival: Target Sweaters

Just a quick post today to share a couple new arrivals from Target! I picked up these 2 sweaters recently and couldn’t wait to share them. I wore the exact outfit below yesterday. It was super comfy for 50 degree weather. This cross-front pullover sweater is fleece lined and pretty warm. I’m wearing a size small. It fits me fairly long in the back and perfect as a tunic. It also comes in 3 plain color options ~ burgundy, white, and black. Only $20. The cross-front design is really popular and trendy right now.

A New Day Cross Front Sweater

sweater: Target (other colors here) | leggings: Nordstrom | mules: Target

The second sweater is also tunic length, but a little lighter weight. Still really soft in texture, but definitely more of a sweater (not fleece). I just changed into it real quick for a picture, but I normally would probably style this sweater with regular jeans and booties or sneakers. It also comes in a blue/white striped version and honestly I couldn’t decide between the two! I decided on the gray since I have so much blue in my closet right now. Since it’s pretty different from the sweater fleece above, and has the peach color detail, it was different enough to warrant the gray color. 🙂

I’m wearing a size small and would say it fits TTS. Mules also fit TTS. Only $18.

A New Day striped tunic sweater

sweater: Target | other items same as above

Casual Look: Bow Neck Sweater

Excuse me while I indulge in all things pink until February 15th?! 😍 My sweater comes in 3 colors and this ‘pink flamingo’ color was in my shopping cart online before I could think twice! This same sweater was released last fall in a short sleeve version. I originally ordered a plain jane heather gray color and decided I couldn’t style it in a fun way and ended up returning it. I’ve regretted it ever since. When I saw J.Crew Factory had released the same sweater in a 3/4 length sleeve and in this fun pink color, I knew it must be mine! I actually wore this sweater pretty much out of the bag for this blog photo. As you can see in the stock photo, the bow is tied a little looser or differently than mine. I only messed with it a little before leaving it as-is for the photo. I think because I was worried about cleavage showing and the bow tied up higher was comfortable for me. I think I like the stock photo look better though, so I’ll play around with tying it and see if I can feature this again different in a flatlay or #ootd photo soon.

Instantly I knew I wanted to style this pink color with leopard. Always my go-to when I want a little classy… and a little sassy. 😝 Just as easily as a pair of dark wash jeans, the sweater could pair with black jeans/work pants as well. A fun option would also be light color gray pants and printed flats/pumps. I have an old ivory pencil skirt I may try for a work look also. Endless options!

Hope you all are having a great week so far!

J.Crew Factory pink tie neck sweater, Joe's Icon Ankle Jeans Selma, A New Day leopard pumps, Sole Society tote

J.Crew Factory pink tie neck sweater, Joe's Icon Ankle Jeans Selma, A New Day leopard pumps, Sole Society tote

J.Crew Factory pink tie neck sweater, Joe's Icon Ankle Jeans Selma, A New Day leopard pumps, Sole Society tote

J.Crew Factory pink tie neck sweater, Joe's Icon Ankle Jeans Selma, A New Day leopard pumps, Sole Society tote

sweater: J.Crew Factory | jeans: Joe’s | pumps: Target | bag: Sole Society (old) – option

bracelet: J.Crew Factory | earrings: Target (old) – option | sunglasses: Prive Revaux

Casual Look: Holiday Leftovers

Ohhh, it’s Monday again. Meh. 😑

My husband and I had a nice relaxing weekend. One of our dogs had surgery a little over a week ago to remove a cancerous tumor that returned on his leg. I guess to avoid a circulation issue, the vet has it wrapped from his paw all the way up his leg to the shoulder area with a tie going up over his back. He’s been very good about it and we haven’t had any issues with him chewing on the bandage, but between our work schedules, dog sitter, and plans outside of work we’ve tried to stay close to home and not be gone for very long in order to keep an eye on him. So our weekend consisted of a short trip to the park near home, a Target run (spring new arrivals are coming in!), couch time, and that’s about it!  I actually quite enjoyed the quiet weekend. I hope you had a good weekend also!

I only work 4 days this week, so I actually shouldn’t complain about it being Monday ha! But I have a dental cleaning appointment so that kind of ruins the whole day. 😝

I named today’s outfit ‘holiday leftovers.’ Spring new arrivals are starting to hit stores which is really exciting – I love the fresh, bright colors! But until then I’m trying to come up with ways to style holiday favorites into the new year. My top is a tie-neck (in the back) sleeveless shell.  It has a velvet dot pattern and ruffle hem around the neck. I wore it the first time with leggings and holiday red earrings (original flatlay post here). I’ve also tucked it into a skirt for work. I decided to go casual for today’s post and dress it down a bit. Camel and black have been one of my go-to color combinations this fall/winter and so it was easy to come up with this outfit.

LOFT velvet tie neck shell, camel cardigan, AG jeans, A new Day mules, Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody bag

LOFT velvet tie neck shell, camel cardigan, AG jeans, A new Day mules, Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody bag

LOFT velvet tie neck shell, camel cardigan, AG jeans, A new Day mules, Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody bag

LOFT velvet tie neck shell, camel cardigan, AG jeans, A new Day mules, Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody bag

top: LOFT | cardigan: The Limited (old) – great option | jeans: AG | mules: Target (another option)

bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old) – very similar | bracelet: Banana Republic (old) – option

Casual Look: Mock Neck Sweater

I love the freckled detail on this sweater. The mock neck is different than what I’m used to. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it because it it’s almost like an oval shape if that makes sense? And I’m sure everyone’s shoulder/neck alignment will make it fall in a different way, but it’s just different than the norm circular shape. However, I grew to really like it and glad I picked up this sweater. It comes in 6 color options, but this gray color was by far my favorite. It has dark gray/charcoal and cognac detail speckled throughout the knit texture, so it was easy to pair with these cognac booties. The sweater full price is only $40, but currently on sale for less than $30. My booties are $35, and my bag only $40! Aside from my jeans, a very affordable outfit!

Everything I’m wearing fits TTS (I’m wearing a regular/small in the sweater).

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

Old Navy Mock Neck Rib Knit Sweater, Joe's Jeans Icon Ankle, A New Day satchel, A New Day booties

Old Navy Mock Neck Rib Knit Sweater, Joe's Jeans Icon Ankle, A New Day satchel, A New Day booties

Old Navy Mock Neck Rib Knit Sweater, Joe's Jeans Icon Ankle, A New Day satchel, A New Day booties

sweater: Old Navy | booties: Target | bag: Target | denim: Joe’s | earrings: Sugarfix | sunglasses: Prive Revaux

Happy Holidays!

I’m taking a few days off from the blog to rest, recoup (from work… not the blog lol!), and spend time with friends & family (and fur babies!) ~ I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday! See you in a few days! ❤️

Work Look: Black & Camel

#ootd:

Old Navy tartan plaid tunic shirt, Ann Taylor size zip leggings black, Sam Edelman leopard flats, Sole Society girard tote, The Limited pearl necklace

plaid shirt: Old Navy (old) – option, option | leggings: Ann Taylor | flats: Sam Edelman

necklace: The Limited (old) – option | bag: Sole Society (old) – option

Flatlay of the Day:

Banana Republic Dillon Floral Blouse, LOFT cardigan, Ann Taylor skinny ankle pants, Kendra Scott Rayne, Merona pumps

shirt: Banana Republic | cardigan: LOFT (old) – option | necklace: Kendra Scott

pants: Ann Taylor – newest version | pumps (old) – option

Work Look: Black & Camel:

Today’s outfit is actually a flatlay come to life from a couple weeks ago! I switched out the necklace from the red earrings, but otherwise everything else is the same. Funny story. I think I mentioned weeks, maybe a couple months ago, that “we don’t wear tights in Florida.” I think I might fully retract that statement. 😂 While we mostly still have hi temps in the 70s, we certainly are getting our fair share of cooler weather with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s – maybe my skin has just thinned too much down here, but those temps for are good enough for tights in my book lol! I actually think I’m going to pick some up this week as I really thought I’d be wearing more skirts this winter, but every time I try my legs are freezing! So, imagine this outfit with tights on ha!

Back to the outfit – camel & black is one of my favorite “dress up and go” looks. You know I love leopard, so a nice trendy scarf completes the outfit. J.Crew Factory is one of my favorite places to pick up wool skirts. This was my one wool skirt purchase this season so far, so I apologize if you get sick of it. ☺️ I used to buy their pencil skirt versions every year, but just can’t justify wearing those anymore, especially with how busy work has been lately. I gotta be able to run (literally, ugh).

My sweater is one of the most versatile pieces I own. It’s a little fitted, but not in that uncomfortable way that I wouldn’t wear it with jeans or pants also. It’s just so easy to tuck into skirts, comes in a bazillion colors also, that I buy one every year to pair with my wool skirts.

J.Crew Factory ruffle camel skirt, Banana Republic fitted ribbed sweater, Express leopard scarf

J.Crew Factory ruffle camel skirt, Banana Republic fitted ribbed sweater, Express leopard scarf

skirt: JCF (pencil skirt option) | sweater: Banana Republic | necklace: JCF

scarf: Express – very similar | pumps (old) – option

New Brand

#ootd:

Old Navy quilted vest, Old Navy Rockstar denim, Old Navy sweater, Vince Cameo booties, Kate Spade bag

vest: Old Navy | denim: Old Navy | sweater: Old Navy

booties: Vince Camuto | earrings: Sugarfix | bag: Kate Spade

Flatlay of the Day:

J.Crew Factory tartan plaid ruffle top, Joe's Jeans, Tory Burch gold flats, Leopard Clutch, Baublebar Sugarfix earrings

plaid top: JCF | jeans: Joe’s | flats: Tory Burch | earrings: Sugarfix | clutch: Purple Peridot (old) – option

New Brand:

I wanted to kick this week off with a new clothing brand (to me)! The blouse I’m wearing is by a brand called “CeCe.” I’ve only really seen the name at Nordstrom, but noticed both Macy’s and Dillards carry it also. I guess CeCe must be a department store brand then? I’m not sure, but after looking at all of “her” items, I fell in love with it! The line is reasonably affordable (I would compare to Ann Taylor pricing or maybe Halogen at Nordstrom). I really liked that all the items are not only somewhat trendy, but classy also. Since my workplace changed our dress code a few months ago to “business casual”, I’ve been looking for tops that somewhat go with everything; whether jeans or skirt, or even on the weekend, I can make it work. I used to have a “work closet” and “casual closet” and now I really need to mesh everything together. I still have casual tank tops and Free People tops I know I’ll never wear to work, but I want those items to stay few and far between.

So this is my first top by CeCe and I really like it! It runs tts and ever though the sleeves are puffed, they are not too tight. They actually fit perfectly. Definitely a nice surprise. I ordered this top from Nordstrom (free shipping + free returns), but it’s also available at Macy’s here. See the bottom of the post for my top 3 CeCe tops on my wish list!

I also have a new pair of jeans on! They were my Christmas present to myself. 🙂 I don’t buy premium often, but these jeans are butter and I know I’ll wear them all the time. They fit tts.

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

CeCe puff sleeve top, Joe's Jeans Icon Ankle Skinny Selma, Vince Camuto booties, J.Crew Factory citron necklace

CeCe puff sleeve top, Joe's Jeans Icon Ankle Skinny Selma, Vince Camuto booties, J.Crew Factory citron necklace

puff sleeve top: CeCe | jeans: Joe’s | booties: Vince Camuto | necklace: JCF (old)

CeCe Favorites on my Wish List:

1 / 2 / 3

Casual Look: Athleisure

#ootd:

Banana Republic merino wool sweater aqua, J.Crew Factory Venice Wash denim, J.Crew Factory necklace, Express loafers, Sole Society Destin satchel

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater: Banana Republic (very similar $20 option)

jeans: J.Crew Factory (old) – similar

shoes: Express

bag: Sole Society (option)

necklace: J.Crew Factory (old) – option

Flatlay of the Day:

Banana Republic taupe poet sleeve blouse, Joe's icon ankle jeans Selma, A New Day leopard pumps, Bow skinny belt, Kendra Scott Rayne necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: Banana Republic

jeans: Joe’s

pumps: Target

necklace: Kendra Scott

belt (old): option

Casual Look: Athleisure

I don’t post athleisure outfits too often, but I realized the other day – I really should! If I’m not working, working out, or riding the horses, I literally spend the rest of my time in outfits just like below. Usually because my off days are spent running errands to the grocery, Target, or other essentials (Target is always an essential lol).

 I can’t recommend these leggings enough. They are usually always on sale for less than $20 and wash really well. I’ve washed and worn them numerous times and never had an issue. I’m wearing a size medium/regular. My long sleeve top is also a new favorite. I’m wearing a size small. A little oversized, but in that perfect way. It comes in 3 colors and the gray is now on my wish list!

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

GAP long sleeve thermal, Old Navy 7/8 leggings, Nike Tanjun sneakers, Vera Bradley tote

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: GAP

leggings: Old Navy

bag: Vera Bradley

sneakers: Nike

Casual Look: Rib Knit Dress

#ootd:

LOFT bow sleeve sweater, Joe's Jeans, J.Crew Factory leopard necklace, Tory Burch gold flats

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater: LOFT (old) – new similar version

jeans: Joe’s

flats: Tory Burch

necklace: J.Crew Factory

Flatlay of the Day:

LOFT pink dotted top, LOFT pants, Kendra Scott necklace, Sugarfix earrings, Merona pumps

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: LOFT

pants: LOFT

necklace: Kendra Scott

earrings: Sugarfix

pumps (old): option

Casual Look: Rib Knit Dress

Hi everyone! We had a busy weekend and it rained almost the whole day yesterday, so I had to push blog photos to Monday afternoon. I used my phone instead of my camera and feel like all my faces are in the photos are kind of comical. 😂 I don’t know why but I look like I’m scared of the camera or something lol! Ahh, oh well.

Anyway, I’ve been waiting and waiting to get this dress. I tried it on in store probably 2 months ago. It runs $100 brand new and I really don’t spend that much on clothes. I finally was able to scoop it up online on sale – prices have changed a little since my purchase, but I’ve found it discounted in several spots in various sizes (see below). It comes in a coral and beige color also.

As far as styling goes, I went with the norm bootie route. Open-toes for Florida. I would wear knee high or tights with closed toe booties up north.  I’m considering wearing this dress to a February wedding that is going to be a casual outdoor wedding. Since our weather can be anywhere from 30-80 degrees depending on Mother Nature’s attitude (lol), I may wear it with knee hight boots and a long cardigan over top.

I’m wearing a size small and would say it fits TTS.

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

Free People Lottie Dress, Universal Thread open toe booties, Baublebar necklace

The dress is a thick enough knit that I think depending on your comfort level would not require spanx or any “slimming” material underneath. If I end up wearing this to the wedding I will probably wear a boy-short shapewear to smooth out any uncomfortable spots in my stomach.

Free People Lottie Dress, Universal Thread open toe booties, Baublebar necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

dress: Free People – here (on sale), here, here

booties: Target

necklace: Baublebar

bracelet: J.Crew Factory

cuff bracelet: Nordstrom (old) – option