Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

Every year, Pantone releases their ‘color of the year’ based on analysis of current trends, which then influences product color released in stores. This year, the big pick goes to ‘Living Coral!’ Always a spring favorite, I’m pretty excited about this one! Lots of coral color has been released in stores recently, and I wanted to share my favorite finds here on the blog. Below are a few outfit inspirations using my favorite coral color options available!

Outfit #1:

Caslon v-neck peplum tee, Kut From the Kloth denim, Cult Gaia bag, Gorjana Power necklace, Baublebar earrings, Vince Camuto wedge sandals

peplum top | denim | clutch | earrings | necklace | sandals

Outfit #2:

Banana Republic chunky striped sweater, Articles of Society denim, Kendra Scott filigree necklace, J.Crew Factory bracelet, Sole Society leopard bag, Sam Edelman pumps

sweater | denim | necklace | bracelet | bag | pumps

Outfit #3:

Banana Republic striped tee, J.Crew Factory denim skirt, Vans sneakers, Street Level bag, Baublebar earrings, Quay sunglasses

tee | bag | sneakers | earrings | sunglasses | skirt

Floral Peplum Top

Sharing a couple new items today that I’m in love with! I’ve been wishy washy about high waisted jeans since they became so popular last year. I have one pair in my closet and have struggled styling them appropriately. I carry a lot of of my extra weight right in my stomach area so they aren’t as flattering for me as others have described. 😂 However, the one pair I own I sized up. I figured I’d need the extra room in the waist. They stretch out a little throughout the day and already fit me a little bit in the legs, so end up looking like a saggy boyfriend jean.  This time I decided to give the high-waist jean another try when I saw this pair online – and I’m so glad I did!

Banana Republic floral peplum, Old Navy button high waisted denim, A New Day mules

I ordered my normal size in the jeans and I love, love the way they look with a short waisted peplum top! I have a couple shorter length tops in my closet and they just don’t look right with mid-rise jeans. I knew a higher waist would fix that and glad I took the chance with a new pair. It’s like it opened a whole new way to style clothes in my closet lol!

I sized down in the floral top – I was worried the v-neck would be too low for work. I think I could have gone either way (size down or normal size), the top is a wrap top (true wrap, not faux), but has an interior tie knot, a snap on the front, and a tie on the outside on the side. I never felt uncomfortable wearing it.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

top: Banana Republic | denim: Old Navy | mules (old): similar, similar

earrings: Target | Bracelet: Target

(similar jeans without the button front)

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