New Arrivals: J.Crew Factory

I feel like I’ve been waiting for these new arrivals for weeks! You can always tell J.Crew Factory is about ready to release something new when everything goes on clearance. Their early fall and early spring new arrivals are always my favorite and these did not disappoint! My favorites from this new release (in no particular order) are the eyelet peplum top, leopard tie-neck blouse, crinkle jersey t-shirt, and camo graphic tee. I used graphics below to style all 4 pieces. Also notable are the d’Orsay leopard flats – these were hot last year! The denim below are also on my wish list (the wash looks awesome!), and one of the sweater blazers which I think will be an awesome alternative to a coat in Florida! Enjoy!

Outfit #1:

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals July 2019

eyelet peplum blouse | denim | earrings | bag | flats

Outfit #2:

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals July 2019

leopard tie-neck blouse | sweater blazer | earrings | skirt | flats

Outfit #3:

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals July 2019crinkle jersey tee | cardigan | necklace | skirt | bag | flats

Outfit #4:

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals July 2019

camo tee | sweater blazer | scarf | slippers | joggers

In Review: Express Jeans

Hi everyone! I’ve really wanted to get back to the heart of blogging lately and have been thinking about my purpose for the blog. So many of us have turned into (or were always) ‘outfit blogs’ where we just post our daily outfits… I’m guilty of that! I love putting outfits together, especially with prints, textures, and colors. Sometimes it’s ‘blog worthy’, and sometimes it’s just an #ootd photo. More often then not it’s just a new arrival find that I just can’t wait to share! All of its blog-able, and I love a great mixture of all posts. However, I can share those posts easily on Instagram, Facebook, or the LikeToKnow.it App. So, why blog? I love writing and talking about clothes, so I really want to expand this space a little and make it worth your read also! Recently, I’ve tried to push out all of my posts when I drop them – no matter what the platform and outfit – at the same time. However, it’s taxing when you work full-time outside of the blog. I *hope* soon, I will be able to go down to part-time with my regular job. And that excites me so much, because I will have so much more creative energy for the blog! And so my goal right now is to create meaningful posts that will help you with your closet (and shopping), with weekly #ootd round-up posts mixed in. I hope the below post is helpful. ☺️

Express Jean Review

Today’s blog post is all about Express jeans. Recently Express re-vamped their jean line a bit and now have the ‘denim perfect’ version available. I’ve always been a huge fan of Express jeans since they come in a variety of inseam options – tall, regular, short, and petite. Their price point is in the middle, and I feel like on sale, they are a really great jean for the price. I have all types in my closet – $150+ premium AG/Joe’s/7 jeans to clearance Old Navy. Honestly, if they are in my closet, it’s because I love them – and they all serve their purpose.

So, about the jeans. My birthday was in June, and I had a whopping $75 in rewards plus coupons! Since fall is coming, I really wanted new pairs of jeans, especially pairs that I can wear in and out of work. I purchased 3 pairs ~ going left to right: all 3 are mid-rise and ‘short’ inseam (I’m 5’2″). I normally wear a 28/6 in denim, but since these are more of a ‘legging’, I go up one size (to an 8 short). The darker wash on the left are a regular skinny jean and the 2 pairs on the right are the denim perfect line. I picked out plain tops and sandals using the same necklace for each photo to keep it simple and focus on the denim.

Mid-Rise Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

These jeans fit like a glove. No joke. I do not have a thigh gap, never had a thigh gap, but I’m pretty sure these jeans almost create a thigh gap. 😂 They are a thick, more stiff material than the denim perfect line. When I first put them on, I do have to pull at my knees a little to get it all situated. However, they fit really well. And hug all the right spots. Of the 3 pairs of jeans I purchased, these are my favorite! Crazy since they are probably the least comfortable. But the fit is incomparable for my body type. And the color is amazing. The short length is still just a tad long on me, but perfect for work loafers and especially fall booties. I usually just roll jeans up once or twice with sandals.

Express jeans, Sanctuary twist hem top, Old Navy sandals, A New Day necklace

Express jeans, Sanctuary twist hem top, Old Navy sandals, A New Day necklace

Express jeans, Sanctuary twist hem top, Old Navy sandals, A New Day necklace

OUTFIT DETAILS:

jeans: Express | top: Sanctuary | sandals: Old Navy | necklace: Target

 

Mid-Rise Denim Perfect Light Wash Leggings

These jeans are the bees knees. Truly! So soft and stretchy and buttery feeling. The wash is light, yes, but it’s also somewhat acid-wash. It’s like summery with a touch of bad ass. So these are a part of the denim perfect line which is why they are so much more soft than other Express jeans. While they don’t hug the curves like the pair above, they are really comfortable. Express doesn’t list the percentage of spandex added, but I’m guessing quite a bit more than the regular skinny jean. The length and basic fit of the jean is the same as above, just different material. Again, perfect length for work or fall booties.

A New Day tank top, Express denim, Sam Edelman Gunner sandals, A New Day necklace

A New Day tank top, Express denim, Sam Edelman Gunner sandals, A New Day necklace

A New Day tank top, Express denim, Sam Edelman Gunner sandals, A New Day necklace

OUTFIT DETAILS:

jeans: Express | top: Target | sandals: Sam Edelman | necklace: Target

 

Mid-Rise Denim Perfect Raw Hem Ankle Leggings

This is the 2nd pair of the ‘denim perfect’ Express line I purchased. They are a raw-hem and ankle length. I still purchased a short inseam length, so they would fit perfectly with sandals for summer (since they are more a relaxed look). The fit is similar (or the same) as both jeans above in the hips and legs, albeit a shorter inseam for a cropped look. The material is not quite as soft as light wash pair, but not near as stiff and definitely has more spandex then the first pair posted above. Definitely my favorite pair of relaxed denim for days off work. I love a good distressed pair of denim, but I like that these are just a tad relaxed and not over done. I’ve actually worn these with a dressy sandal and nicer top for a date night look and loved that also!

Gibson muscle tank, Express jeans, Tory Burch Miller sandals, A New Day necklace

Gibson muscle tank, Express jeans, Tory Burch Miller sandals, A New Day necklace

Gibson muscle tank, Express jeans, Tory Burch Miller sandals, A New Day necklace

OUTFIT DETAILS:

jeans: Express | top: Nordstrom | sandals: Tory Burch | necklace: Target

Overall Impression:

I love all 3 pairs of these jeans and so happy I ventured back into Express jeans! The first pair of mid-rise jeans are my favorite since hello, my butt and legs look 10 years younger! 😂 However, the stretch and comfort of the denim perfect line is incomparable. I highly recommend all 3 pairs and they will all serve different purposes in your closet.

Was this helpful? Should I write more reviews like this? Please leave a comment below if this helped you in any way! I really want this blog to thrive and would appreciate all critique, good or bad. 😚

-xoxo, Kecia

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try-Ons

Hi everyone! I was pleasantly surprised my Nordstrom sale order came quick this year! I think last year I had the never-ending “order pending” on my account until things either slowly shipped or were eventually cancelled. Everything came as expected, and I’m keeping all four of my items!…..4! That’s it (ha!) Ok, I have a couple items on my wish list, but I haven’t decided if I’ll order them now or play a little roulette and see if they are still in stock in a couple weeks. So… stay tuned! But, until then – here were my top picks and I why I’m keeping them.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

#1 (….& #2):

Bp sweater, Express jeans, Steve Madden feather studded loafers, Sale 2019

My top 2 favorite picks (of the 4) are this lightweight, soft as butter sweater and Steve Madden studded loafers. Both fit TTS. The sweater is as expected for a BP line sweater ~ I have numerous in my closet and this is definitely one of my favorites with how soft it is! The fit isn’t cropped, but I would say shorter. A front tuck might be in order if you have a long waist (I’m very short waisted). Not quite a dolman sleeve, but certainly a looser fit.

My top-down photo below depicts a better representation of the color & knit of the sweater. I should have waited to take photos – I started too early this morning and didn’t have great lighting in our master bedroom yet. However, if plum isn’t your color – there are 4-5 other color options available (colors are selling out fast – but keep checking back, Nordstrom always restocks things as they are returned…. especially once all these bloggers shill things they don’t actually like and return them later this week…😏 #anotherstory).

BP sweater, Express jeans, Steve Madden studded feather loafers, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

As stated above, the shoes run true-to-size. They are extremely comfortable and I like wearing mine to work just as much as an expensive pair of Tory Burch Minnie flats. This is actually my 3rd pair! I have the overly-coveted snakeskin print on my wish list,  just haven’t decided if I should be like everyone else. Should I? 😙

Steve Madden studded loafers, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

OUTFIT DETAILS:

sweater | loafersjeans | earrings

#3:

I have been wanting one of these twist hem tops for a very long time. I have no idea what took me so long to purchase, but I’m very happy I did (especially since they are on sale!). They run large (I sized down one size). Extremely soft and very comfortable. I think you could easily dress this top up with jeans and booties just as easy as I did styling it for “athleisure” here. The reason I put this top as my #3 (versus #1/2) is because of the length. I think some other colors do come in petite sizing, however this leopard print does not. Since I’m only 5’2″, it’s very much a tunic length on me. Not a huge deal, I’m keeping it for sure! But, it does limit when I wear it to most likely with leggings or booties with a heel.

Gibson leopard twist hem top, Old Navy 7/8 leggings, Nike sneakers

Gibson leopard twist hem top, Old Navy 7/8 leggings, Nike sneakers

OUTFIT DETAILS:

top | leggings (newest version) | sneakers

#4:

And last, but not least this striped v-neck tee. Ok, let’s start with the positives. The striped print/raw edges are on point (solid colors available also). It’s certainly worth the $16 for a trendy tee that you can layer with anything in the fall/winter months. The back drapes perfectly and has a slight hi-low hem which will look awesome under a sweater or with skinny jeans/booties. It’s lightweight, so honestly perfect for summer even now in the AC, which is why I paired it with shorts instead of pants. I ordered my normal size (small). The armholes and length are perfect.

Now, the negative. The v-neck is really low. Like cleavage low if I pull it down in the front. So ya gotta be careful or the girls are going to be waving! I don’t think I would size down because then the arm holes would be too tight. I could wear it with a camisole or lace bralette, but I think that might be a little uncomfortable in Florida. So, I’m definitely keeping it, but may try to shrink a little in the dryer after washing and see if that doesn’t help. Reviews say it runs ‘slightly large’, so I would say if you are an A/B cup and more slender, go down one size. I carry weight in my arms which is why I don’t think sizing down would help a lot.

Anyway, that’s why this pick was “last, but not least” because of the wide v-neck and fit, but it’s still a great pick for only $16!

BP striped raw edge tee, AE midi denim shorts, Steve Madden spiky sandals

OUTFIT DETAILS:

tee | shorts | sandals

Instagram Lately: July 2019

Hi guys! So, this week’s blogging was a little old school. I’ve been trying to push all my outfits on the blog at the time of creation on to all platforms at once. However, it gets overwhelming when I’m working long hours. I have so many outfit ideas, I’ll wear a work outfit and then change later into a casual outfit (or vice versa), and then I have flatlays – I’m a mess! 😂 So anyway, here’s what you missed on Instagram this week! Lots of #ootd photos and flatlays. Hope your week is wrapping up okay!

Old Navy coral top, Old Navy olive shorts, Tory Burch Miller sandals, Express bracelet, Amazon Fashion earrings

top: Old Navy | shorts: Old Navy | earrings: Amazon

sandals: Tory Burch | bracelet: Express | belt: GAP (old) – option

LOFT polka dot blouse, Joe's jeans, Old Navy flats, BP necklace

top: LOFT | jeans: Joe’s (option) | flats: Old Navy (old) – option, option

necklace: BP (old) – option | bracelet: Kate Spade

J.Crew Factory eyelet ruffle tee, AE white skinny leggings, Vince Cameo sandals, Sole Society crossbody bag, J.Crew Factory necklace

tee: J.Crew Factory | jeans: AE | sandals: Vince Camuto

necklace: J.Crew Factory | bag: Sole Society (old) – option

LOFT sweater tee, Ann Taylor denim, Merona sandals, Amazon earrings and bracelet

sweater: LOFT (similar option) | jeans: Ann Taylor (old) – option | earrings: Amazon

sandals: Target (old) – option | bracelet: Amazon

LOFT cheetah sweatshirt, Express denim, Amazon faux leather earrings, Sole Society destin bag, Steve Madden feather loafers

top: LOFT | denim: Express (old) – option, option | earrings: Amazon

flats: Steve Madden | bag: Sole Society (old) – newest version

J.Crew Factory floral tie knot tee, AE denim shorts, Steve Madden sandals, Amazon faux leather earrings

top: J.Crew Factory | shorts: AE | earrings: Amazon

sandals: Steve Madden (old) – option

Work Outfit: Green & Mustard

If you follow me on Insta, you’ll see I styled this top with red flats earlier this week ~ I saw Pinterest inspiration styling green and mustard together with polka dots and decided to try it for myself! A little louder outfit then I’m used to, but still loved the result! My top is currently 50% off! You do need a nude bra with this blouse. Not champagne, not white, but straight up nude. Reviews suggest a nude bra will not work, but I don’t think those reviewers wore an actual nude bra lol. I usually wear a cardigan anyway, so I stayed comfortable all day at work like this. I’m wearing petite sizing, but think regular or petite sizes would have worked.

LOFT polka dot blouse, Joe's jeans, Old Navy mustard flats, Banana Republic green cardigan

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: LOFT | jeans: Joe’s | flats: Old Navy

cardigan: Banana Republic (old) – NSale option | necklace: BP (old) – new arrival option

Casual Outfit: Eyelet Top

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t posted on the NSale since this past Friday. I had a nice weekend somewhat “uncharging” and staying away from social media, and when I came back my entire IG page was filled with Nordstrom sale items. I really do love the Nordstrom sale, but this year just felt like of “blah.” I’m excited about the few items I ordered, and will definitely do a roundup/re-styling post of the things I keep, but for some reason this year feels different. Maybe because I live in Florida now and our ‘fall’ is at least 4 months away? Who knows, but I’m happy to get back to our regularly scheduled summer it’s-hot-as-hell out outfits!😂

One more thought – did ya’ll find anything good on Amazon? Electronics, yes. But, fashion wise? I was hoping to let you know all of my cute finds lately were on a super sale deal, but… no. They weren’t. I felt like they were pushing t-shirts for a $1 off lol. So anyway, Prime Day was a bust for me. I quickly sailed away from that ship haha! I hope you guys found some great electronics and maybe house-hold item deals. We have Ring cameras set up around our house for security (and to spy on our puppy haha), and it was a good deal! (regularly $180, on sale for $125).

…Now to the outfit! So this eyelet top is really cute. It’s a cotton material, so perfect for summer months. The sleeves are elastic, but thankfully have a ton of stretch. My arms carry a little weight to them and I struggle with elastic sleeves normally – thankfully not with this top. I loved pairing the lavender color with an old citron yellow necklace. Everything else I’m wearing is old, but I’ll link similar options below. Top fits TTS.

J.Crew Factory eyelet tee, Vigoss Chelsea skinny jeans, Sam Edelman woven mules, J.Crew Factory citron necklace

J.Crew Factory eyelet tee, Vigoss Chelsea skinny jeans, Sam Edelman woven mules, J.Crew Factory citron necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: J.Crew Factory | jeans: Vigoss ‘Chelsea’ (old) – very similar

necklace: J.Crew Factory (old) – option | mules: Sam Edelman (old) – almost identical

Casual Outfit: Pink, Leopard, & Pop of Red

Hi friends! I’ve been wanting to pair a light pink sweater or top with white denim and leopard accessories for awhile now. It wasn’t until I picked up this sweater the other day and noticed the model online had red earrings on that I was like, oh wow – that’s it! That’s the outfit I was looking for. I love when outfit details come together like that ~ It was the pop of red inspiration I was waiting for to complete the outfit I guess!

I wore a leopard belt to keep the accessories toned down, but it would be really easy to wear leopard flats or sandals also. My sweater is currently on super sale + an extra 60% off! It fits TTS. The material is definitely lightweight and made for summer, so a nude bra is required.

J.Crew Factory scallop sweater, Joe's Jeans, Vince Camuto sandals, Baublebar earrings

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater: J.Crew Factory | jeans: Joe’s (old) – option | sandals: Vince Camuto

earrings: Baublebar | belt: Express (old) – option

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

Well, hi friends! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Definitely the most exciting sale of the year for myself ~ I love fall clothes, all of the colors, and basically ‘sweater weather’ fashion.. which is probably comical considering where I live. I keep telling my husband we just need to move somewhere in between the midwest and Florida, so I can at least wear sweaters in October with the rest of the world, but maybe I won’t freeze in the dead of winter either! He keeps giving me a ‘look.’ Sigh. So here we are. The best sale of the year, and for the 3rd year in a row, I am very picky about what I purchase since Florida doesn’t experience fall weather until usually November (if I’m lucky).

I think the best part about the sale, is almost everything included is very much a closet staple. Lots of cardigans, booties, scarfs, basic striped tees. Since Nordstrom is generally the mothership for trends and fashion, you can feel confident that whatever purchased will usually hold strong in your closet for years to come. I think every BP long cardigan I’ve purchased over the years is still in my closet, and still relevant!

So, today is the first day Nordstrom cardholders can shop (the sale actually started July 9th for those with an open bank account 😆). Everyone can shop the sale without a Nordy card starting July 19th. And as always, Nordstrom always offers free shipping + free returns.

Since today was day 1 (and literally hour 1 as I write this post… the sale didn’t open up til 12:30 pm this year. Unusual, but worked for me since I had the day off work!), I picked out my favorites and placed an order. Here they are:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

Gibson Fleece Pullover | BP Raw Edge Pocket Tee | BP Lightweight Sweater | Steve Madden loafers

Basically a pish posh of things that don’t really work together, but fill gaps in my closet and I truly think I will wear. I’m trying to shop smart there year, eh! 😬 There are other items that I’m going to add to my wish list, and will think about as the sale carries on over the next few weeks. I usually pick my favorites, and as the sale goes on I start to piece outfits together using items in my closet and place another order if items are still available. I will definitely keep sharing my outfit creations for you!

For today’s post, I wanted to do just that – here are my outfit creations using the pieces I purchased above and other items available currently in the NSale. Enjoy!

Outfit #1:

Gibson fleece pullover, Zella leggings, Kate Spade stud earrings, Adidas Running sneakers, Rebecca Minkoff croc embossed bag

Gibson fleece pullover – I was instantly drawn to this awesome leopard print! This pullover has been incredibly popular for years on Nordstrom’s website (1,200 almost 5 star reviews!). Every year I mean to order at least one color, but I just never have. Maybe I’ve just never been in love with the color options available, but I wasn’t going to let this awesome print pass me by! There are 4 other colors options available if this is a little too wild for your taste, including a plain grey option. Size down (runs large according to Nordstrom’s website).

Zella leggings – The Zella brand is a Nordstrom exclusive. I’ve never owned a pair of their leggings since I have a Fabletics membership, but they are very well received. The NSale is a great way to try them out to see if they would work for you.

Kate Spade earrings – I have a couple pairs of these stud earrings. Always a great closet staple.

Rebecca Minkoff croc embossed bag – Rebecca Minkoff handbags are one of my favorite for a semi-designer brand. They are more affordable then Tory Burch and very good quality. All RM bags I have in my closet look brand new. I picked this bag out as a completer piece because not only is the croc-embossed print going to be a hot trend this fall, so is this rustic-reddish color.

Adidas running sneakers – These sneakers are amazing! They also come in a white/copper color which I love also!

Outfit #2:

BP raw edge tee, Caslon utility pants, Halogen snakeskin belt, Kendra Scott necklace, Kendra Scott earrings, Sam Edelman scallop flats

BP raw edge pocket tee – This tee is only $16. I’ve had various versions of this tee over the years and passed up on the black/white striped version from last year and regretted it ever since. It’s one of the best basic tops you can have in your closet for a fall staple wardrobe.

Caslon utility pants – One of the first outfit ideas that came to mind for this tee was to pair with olive colored utility pants I already have in my closet. I was happy to see the NSale included a pair similar to mine from the Caslon brand which are very similar to mine. They also come in camo print!

Sam Edelman flats – These flats are on my wish list. Every year I purchase at least one pair of the Sam Edelman flats included in the NSale, and they never disappoint! I still have every pair from the last few years I’ve purchased and they are comfortable all day at work. Usually I go for the crazy color options, but this year I really just need a nice closet staple color.

Kendra Scott necklace – So many wonderful Kendra Scott pieces are included in the sale! Crazily enough, I do not own a black necklace – how is that possible?! So this black necklace is also on my wish list.

Halogen snakeskin print belt – Croc/Snakeskin prints are going to be hot hot this fall! Instead of spicing up the outfit with a pop of color, I liked adding the print instead.

Kendra Scott earrings – Just a beautiful pair of Kendra Scott earrings included in this years sale.

 Outfit #3:

BP lightweight sweater – BP is one of Nordstrom’s more affordable lines. I usually pick up one of their cardigans every sale and also a pullover. I fell in love with this plum color! I don’t own anything like this sweater in my closet and since it’s listed as “lightweight” I’m hoping it will be perfect for a Florida winter.

Wit & Wisdom denim – If you’re looking for an affordable pair of denim, you can’t go wrong with these! Highly rated reviews.

 Baublebar earrings – A great jewelry fall staple that will go with almost everything in your closet.

Sole Society bag – This one sold out before I could even finish my post! I’ll keep checking for an active link as returns/re-stocks come in. It’s a great bag for the price!

Sam Edelman booties – I have the taupe color on my wish list of these booties – I love both colors, but have a similar pair (also from a previous NSale year) still in my closet and plan to wear them with this outfit.

Outfit #4:

Caslon sleeveless top – Also on my wish list! Love this blouse for work. Runs large, order one size down.

BP cardigan – This marigold color is awesome and would fit into any fall wardrobe.

Articles of Society denim – Another great brand that makes affordable denim. I have several pairs in my closet.

Kendra Scott earrings

Steve Madden loafers – These loafers were at the top of my “need to buy now” list. I have a taupe color from a couple years ago that are starting to wear out and I absolutely love them. I do not own any gray flats for work and the studded detail made me love them that much more! You might remember the studded mules from last NSale – those are still a closet favorite!

Casual Outfit: Leopard Tee

I hope you all are having a great start to your week! I had a work meeting all day today, and I don’t know why sitting in an office type environment getting “talked at” is so exhausting, but I’m exhausted! I wanted to get this post up before bed tonight since I work a 12 hour shift tomorrow, but this will be a post of a few words. 🙂

Leopard print is still going very strong right back into the fall months! I think snakeskin print is going to give the leopard a run for it’s money though! This cutie tee is on sale for $10 and a great option for the summer months. I would wear this same outfit to work, except would sub out the sandals for flats and throw on a cardigan over top. I wore brick red earrings for a pop of color and love the combination!

Sizing: Tee and skirt fit TTS.

J.Crew Factory leopard tee, Ann Taylor denim skirt, Sam Edelman sandals, Amazon faux leather earrings

J.Crew Factory leopard tee, Ann Taylor denim skirt, Sam Edelman sandals, Amazon faux leather earrings

J.Crew Factory leopard tee, Ann Taylor denim skirt, Sam Edelman sandals, Amazon faux leather earrings

tee: J.Crew Factory | skirt: Ann Taylor | sandals: Sam Edelman

earrings: Amazon | bracelet: Amazon

Flatlay: Ribbed Tie-Knot Tank

Do you guys remember the tie knot thermal top that Target released earlier this year during winter/early spring months?! (on the blog here and here) – I love that top! I was so excited when I happened to come across the same top in a tank top version for the summer! Woo-hoo! It comes in 4 colors and $15. Now, it does fit a little big if you are chesty. I purchased my normal size and was “oh, hello!” in the mirror! 😂 I exchanged for one size smaller and fits much better. I’m short waisted, so comfortable in whatever shorts and jeans I throw on, but if you have a longer waist it’s probably best fitted with high waisted jeans/shorts.

A New Day Tie Knot Tank Top, AG Jeans, A New Day earrings, A New Day bag, Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tank: Target | jeans: AG | sandals: Sam Edelman | earrings: Target | bag: Target