what i wish i was wearing #6

Surprise! More printed shorts!  Okay, not really a surprise.  I love, love, love printed shorts this year.  To the point I’ve had to restrain myself because I will search eBay for old-school J. Crew prints and have to think “self, do you really love those?” and thankfully this has worked (so far).  I do have many others on my “wish list”, but waiting for the right sale. I mean, we’re moving to south Florida, so it’s justified I collect shorts… right?

I did order these shorts in a petite size (and sized up, but I think I could have ordered my regular size; they run a little big). They come in regular sizes, but sometimes that 4″ inseam looks a little goofy on me with my short stature.  Either way — they are currently on sale + 40% off, so even the obnoxious shipping fee isn’t so bad. 🙂

Shop this look:

Shorts:  Ann Taylor – same (40% off!)
Top:  Banana Republic –  same (sale + extra 50% off!)
Sandals:  Jack Rogers – same  
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Toe Nail Polish:  Essie – Sunday Funday
Necklace:  Old Navy (really, really old) 

blue shoes

I love to pop a little color in a relatively plain outfit.  These shoes are perfect for just that (and they come in a bazillion different colors).  p.s. it’s the weekend – finally!  Happy Friday ya’ll!

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Sweater:  J. Crew Factory (old) – windowpane cardigan
Pants:  LOFT (old) – updated version
Shoes:  Michael Kors – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same

pixie pants

Old Navy’s pixie pants are some of my favorite ankle pants year round!  I tend to put them away during Jan/Feb here in Ohio because they aren’t the warmest, but their prints are so fun for fall and spring!  I only have a couple pairs, but they are so affordable it’s easy to pick them up when good prints come out. They also come in solid colors.

The pants I wore today are from last year, but they have a very similar print out (link below).  I find they run true to size and also come in petite and tall lengths.

Shop this look:

Pants:  Old Navy (old) – very similar
Sweater:  J. Crew – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Shoes:  Me Too – same

sunday sales

Below are some great sales going on this weekend online and in stores!  Some of my favorites listed below (click on the each picture to take you directly to the item):

LOFT

  • 40% off everything – online & in stores
  • use promo code LOFTCASH for an extra $25 off!
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J. Crew Factory

  • 30% off everything ONLINE with promo code HEYSPRING
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Nordstrom
  • Select items 40% off
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GAP

  • Friends and Family event – in stores and online!
  • 40% off online with promo code SAVE
  • 50% off in stores on up to 5 items!
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Banana Republic

  • 30% off online – promo code BRBUY
  • LUXE card members:  50% off in stores on up to 5 items!
    • Promo code sent via e-mail for 40% off everything
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Old Navy

  • 35% off online — no promo code needed!
  • Not applicable to all items (I tried to use it on pixie pants and didn’t work)
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The Limited

  • 50% off full priced items in stores & online – no promo code needed!
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Ann Taylor

  • 40% off everything – promo code FRIENDS40

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spring fever

Since we are moving to a much warmer and humid climate in the near future, I’m trying to be “smart” about my recent purchases (I use that term lightly 😛 ).  But really, I’m trying to invest in lighter-weight pieces that I can most definitely start to wear here in Ohio and bring with me to Florida and still be able to use.

This GAP tunic was a no brainer!  It’s got a tropical-like pattern, it’s loose, and light-weight.  I love that it’s a tunic also!  It does run slightly large — I purchased an XS and could have used a size down. However, it’s 100% cotton and although I haven’t washed it yet, I’m crossing my fingers and toes it shrinks down a little. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the tunic runs a little long in the back also, especially for someone who is a midget like myself. Again, hopefully it shrinks!

Shop this look:

Tunic:  GAP – same
Jeans:  Old Navy – same
Necklace:  Kendra Scott – same
Watch:  Fossil – same
Handbag:  Kate Spade – same
Shoes:  Minnetonka – same

target top

I recently posted a grey and white polka dot top (blog post here) that I received many requests for!  I posted a link to a similar top because I couldn’t find it on Target’s website (I purchased it in store), but alas!  They have finally listed it online — along with 2 other pretty colors and also a solid pink color.  This is my 4th “crepe shell” from Target and I wear them quite frequently.  They are sleeveless and pair great with a cardigan and comfortable for spring/summer.  And holla for affordable!

Click each picture below for a direct link to each top.  Happy Friday ya’ll!
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comfort

This outfit is my idea of what being comfy and relaxing all day (short of putting on pajama or yoga pants) and still being “dressed” looks like.  The top didn’t photo very well, but I swear it’s super soft and comfy!  The denim are “boyfriend jeans”, so a relaxed fit without constriction of a normal skinny jean.

Shop this look:

Top:  GAP – same
Jeans:  Nordstrom –  same
Shoes:  Target – same

nordstrom

So let’s talk about Nordstrom.  I didn’t grow up with one nearby, so it wasn’t until the last few years that I really started to notice the wide range and quality of products they carry.  I assumed they were like every other high-end department store and I couldn’t afford most items because they were all designer brands.  Recently I started purchasing a few items here and there when a sale would occur, or I would see an item another blogger had represented and would try it also.  And here lies the beginning of a addiction new opportunity to explore other brands. 🙂

I’ve purchased 3 pairs of Vigoss brand jeans (carried at other department stores, but I’ve only seen styles I like at Nordsrom) and also purchased a few BP brand tops and Halogen skirts.  All very affordable! They also just started carrying a select few items from Madewell — J. Crew’s top line! (not so affordable) So you know I gotta check those out. 🙂

Shown below are some of my top picks for affordable, great quality brands that Nordstrom carries.

Top row:  Pleione
Middle row:  Halogen
Bottom row:  Vigoss

(click on each link to take you straight to the item).
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polka dot party

Loving this sweater from Ann Taylor!  I’ve been wanting a black and white polka dot pullover sweater for awhile now and finally pulled the plug during a random 60% off flash sale a couple weeks ago.

Ann Taylor is a hard store for me.  We don’t have any local stores here in northwest Ohio and their free shipping is somewhat ridiculous — you have to spend $175!  And for this college student, that’s rarely going to happen.  I justified spending the $8.95 on shipping this time since I got such a great deal on the sweater, but probably won’t happen again for awhile (although when they have sales — they really are good! You can get a lot for $175).

That being said, their quality of clothes is also very good.  I notice a big difference between their lower end store, LOFT (which you all know I love! — much more budget friendly!) in the quality of fabrics. We do have an AT in the new Sarasota, FL mall though, so I’m very excited to pick up some classic work pieces when I don’t have to worry about spending money on shipping (such a mind-warp!).

Shop this look:

Sweater:  Ann Taylor – same
Pants:  Express – same
Belt: Target – same
Necklace:  Ann Taylor (old)
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Shoes:  Tory Burch – same

a big thank you

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has viewed, commented, and liked my posts!  My biggest portal for starting this little blog is Instagram and I reached 500 followers a few days ago!  While that may seem like a small number to some (the bloggers that do this for a living (crazy!) have > 10k followers!), it’s a huge number to me! 🙂 Many of you are strangers and I love that I now have “IG friends” just by posting outfits! Silly when you think about it!

On another note — many of you may have noticed I haven’t been posting outfits quite as often as I was when I started a couple of months ago.  While I know I should have waited to start this blog after we had moved – I was just too excited to wait!

So now that we are getting closer and closer to graduation on May 2nd, things are getting really damn busy.  For the next 2 months, I am driving an hour each way to my rotation site, which = 10 hour work days. And when I work at my regular job on the weekends, the weeks get even longer!  But, to add fuel to the fire – we aren’t taking anything with us to Florida except clothes & accessories we want to keep and our 2 little pups.  Thus, in my spare time now, we are organizing everything (or it feels that way) to get ready for garage sales when it finally warms up and also selling anything small on eBay.  And our scheduled “move” date is now exactly 2 months away!  OH EM GEEE!!!

What does this mean for the blog?  Well, I’m not stopping!  That’s for sure! 🙂 I just won’t have time to do “daily”posts anymore.   I really want to be able to show you guys quality posts also and items I’ve found in stores that I feel are worth purchasing and keeping – not necessarily something you buy, wear once, and toss to the back of your closet.

  
Photo credit:  Style & Story Creative

So, hold tight!  I’m super excited about the future of this blog.  A) Once we get down to Florida, I’m hoping we can take the pictures outside, and make everything much more aesthetic looking (you know, like a “real” blog lol) versus taking a random picture against a blank wall on carpet in my rental home (but you gotta start somewhere, right?)  B) We are planning on purchasing a home by the end of the year and I have a ton of excitement built up on decorating a new home from scratch!  I hope to share the entire process here 🙂

Again, thank you for all of your support!  I appreciate it more than you know!