bold poppy

Happy Monday ya’ll!  I finally had a relaxing weekend – it was much needed! I hope you had a good weekend too. 🙂

I chose happy colors today — I’m really going to try and incorporate one bright and cheery color into my daily outfits until spring arrives.  Today’s color = poppy red. 
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Sweater:  Old Navy – same
Blouse:  LOFT – same
Pants:  LOFT (old) – similar
Shoes:  Tory Burch – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Necklace:  J. Crew Factory (old) – similar

sunday wish list #5: old navy

Guys, you gotta check out Old Navy’s style spring preview event.  It ends today.  The whole store is 30% off — or if you use your ON/GAP/BR card it’s 40% off!  I will only purchase stuff from Old Navy if it’s at least 30% off since the quality of their clothes is sometimes sketchy – but lately I’ve been very happy with my purchases!  And their spring line is super cute!

I’ve already picked up a few items in store, but ordered a few more.  Below are my top picks:

(Pictures with links also shown below).

#1:  slub-knit tee  This top comes 8 different colors — I ordered the blue floral option online — I think it will pair super cute with a pair of shorts or pencil skirt this spring!

#2:  v-neck cardigan This cardigan also comes in a slew of colors!  I have several from last season and even though they are on the thin side, I haven’t had a problem washing them.  They are perfect for those warm spring/summer days where you need something to take the chill out of the air inside.

#3:  mesh-knit sweater  I purchased the navy-blue striped color yesterday in store — oh it’s super cute!  You will need to layer with a cami underneath, but will be perfect this spring with shorts or cropped pants.  

#4:  moccasins  These aren’t normally something I would purchase, but my husband pointed out he loved the mint color — so I said I’d “try” them.  And alas, they are now in my closet.  I gotta say – they are actually pretty comfy!  I’m not sure I could wear them all day at work on my feet (will update on that), but for an everyday flat, totally worth the price!

#5:  pixie shorts  The “pixie” line for Old Navy is relatively new.  I don’t remember them having a short version last year.  They have their “twill” shorts, which are a little thinner and cheaper. I have one pair and they are okay.  I tried on 2 pairs of this new pixie line yesterday and LOVE them!  I have several pairs of J. Crew Factory shorts which are very similar, and I like the Old Navy ones better!  They are a little thicker and lay nicer.  They are the PERFECT length also.  I feel like sometimes 3″ inseams are a little too short for me nowadays… and 4-5″ is sometimes too long.  These are 3.5″ — so I bought 2 pairs yesterday and ordered the pink pair online. 🙂  One of the colors I purchased was a dark gray color (not online), so check out in store if you’re looking for that color!

#6:  denim shorts  I have a few pair of ON denim shorts from last year (also 3.5″ inseam) and I wore them all the time last summer.  I didn’t see them in store — I ordered the color shown below for this coming season.  The only drawback — the cuff is able to be rolled up and down (which is nice), but after washing I had to iron them cuffed again to stay in place and look neat & tidy (or maybe that’s my OCD….)

#7  blazer  I’ve had this blazer for awhile — but had to share it again, it’s one of my most “clicked on” items (yes — I’m watching what you like/disklike!  :P)  And it really is a staple.  It can be dressed up or down, with jeans or work pants, and extremely versatile.  Can’t beat the price either!

#8:  dress  I saw this dress hanging in the store.  It comes in two colors — the other one is this lovely white with blue polka dots.  I don’t really NEED any dresses, especially ones that aren’t very versatile.  But you know how when you see something in the store and can’t stop thinking about it when you get home?  That’s when you know you HAVE to have it.  Or at least try it. I can’t wait to feature it on the blog!  

#9:  plaid shirt  I feel like this speaks for itself.  It’s plaid. It’s lightweight. It’s cute.  I love it.  The end. 🙂

So anyway, that was my Old Navy overhaul yesterday and this morning!  I probably won’t purchase anything more from them this season — and I honestly might end up returning some items.  Since we are moving to FL in 2 months (OMG), I’m okay purchasing summer stuff since I know I will use it over and over for awhile.  I’ve started the whole sad process of selling all of my warm sweaters and things I’ve only touched a couple of times this season.  I know it’s unlikely I’ll use them again, but I get stupidly attached to my clothes — *sigh*

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what i wish i was wearing #5: gingham shirt

I picked up this gingham shirt at Target a few weeks ago when they dropped their spring line.  I have a navy blue and black gingham shirt, but have been wanting to incorporate this same pattern into my wardrobe with spring colors.  It’s very soft and will be perfect for spring. I do recommend sizing up, I purchased my regular size in button-down shirts from Target and it was a little tight through the shoulders and looked strange in the back when I would lift my arms up.

Right now Target currently has a great sale going on (although their prices are already reasonable, it always helps to save!). Save 20% when you spend $75.

See below for some of my favorite picks from their spring line (click on the picture for a link)!

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Top:  Target – same
Jeans:  LOFT (old) – similarsimilar
Tank:  Old Navy – same
Necklace:  J. Crew Factory (old) – similar stylesimilar style
Shoes:  Old Navy – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Handbag:  Target (old) – similarloveMichael Kors
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spring colors

I can’t wait anymore — I’m vetoing winter!  Today is the last day (hopefully) that it’s supposed to be less than 20 degrees (I probably just jinxed us).  I’ve been wearing pretty dark and drab colors lately.  Lots of black, navy blue, with a little pattern mixing here and there.  Until now I couldn’t bring myself to wear pretty spring colors because it felt a little awkward, but I’m passed that feeling.  🙂

So here is a bright and cheery spring colored outfit!  This sweater cardigan is surprisingly pretty thick and warm, so a great transition piece.

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Cardigan:  LOFT – same ($24!)
Top:  Express – same
Jeans:  Nordstrom – same
Shoes:  Target – same
Watch:  Charming Charlie (old) – try thistry this

Late Night

Whew – long day!  Can you see the sleepiness in my eyes?  This pic was taken this morning before it was even daylight out… hence the weird shadows.

About the outfit.  A) I looove the pattern of this shirt.  As you know, I’m a huge fan of portofino shirts from Express and this one is no different.  B) What is the cardigan doing on my arms? I dunno.  Bad blogger moment.  I didn’t even notice til I had left the house and then fixed it by pulling the cardigan sleeves down and folding back.  Buuuttt, too late for pictures.  Oops. 🙂

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Shirt:  Express – same
Cardigan:  LOFT (old) – same style ($16!)
Pants:  Banana Republic – same (40% off for card members)
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Shoes:  Me Too – same

Stripes & Leopard

Another day, another IG style challenge. 🙂 Today’s challenge was stripes + leopard.  I was pleasantly surprised with how this outfit turned out.  I have a ton of stripes in my closet and quite a few animal prints, but wasn’t sure how close I wanted to wear the two prints (within the outfit).  I decided to go with a more “safe” option since I’m required to be dressed “professionally” (I feel like that term is relative these days), and wore leopard flats + striped top.  I completed the outfit with a red belt, but feel like any colored belt would work.  My belt is old, but I linked several other Target belts below that I would have picked also.

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Top:  Old Navy (old) – similarsleeveless
Pants:  Express – same
Shoes:  Lucky Brand – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Bracelet:  J. Crew Factory – same
Scarf (not pictured):  Express – same
Belt:  Target (old) – cobaltorangesimilar red

Copy Cat

Today’s outfit is a copy cat of one of my favorite bloggers, Hello Gorgeous!  I pinned one of her outfits eons ago and today seemed like a great day to pull old pieces out of my closet and piece them together like hers.  And that’s what I love most about blogging – inspiration!  Of course my outfit isn’t the exact replica, but that’s the whole point – using her outfit to inspire me to use clothes out of my own closet.  What did we possibly do in life before Pinterest?

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Top:  Express (old) – similarsimilar
Pants:  LOFT – same
Boots:  Vince Camuto – same ,similar
Necklace:  LOFT  (old) 
Watch:  Michael Kors – same

Doubles Day

I’ve been a very lazy blogger this weekend.  I’m currently finishing up my 7th month (out of 9) of clinical rotations for school and I’m so ready to be done.  I’ve also been sick + it’s still cold + still snowing = I’m lazy 🙂  Soo, to make up for it, today I was able to get a couple blog photos done for a “what I wish I was wearing” post.  I usually do a wish list on Sunday, but nothing really came up super exciting this week and thought 2 blog photos would be better.  Soo, about these outfits…

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Shirt:  J. Crew – same
Jeans:  Old Navy – same
Necklace:  Kendra Scott – same
Handbag:  Kate Spade – same
Watch:  Fossil – same
Shoes:  Minnetonka:  same

I think I love stripes just as much as I love all things plaid (maybe more).  I have several other tops I’ve picked up over the last few months in spring colors that I’m dying to share with you as soon as the weather gets better.  These 2 tops are super comfy and will be great for spring/summer!  The red striped top is longer in the back and would also look super cute with black leggings.

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Top:  J. Crew Factory – same
Jeans:  Old Navy – same
Necklace:  J. Crew Factory – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same
Shoes:  Tory Burch (old) – similar

Crazy For Plaid

I’m slightly too obsessed with plaid. I see a plaid shirt (or plaid anything for that matter) and deem it must be mine!  This plaid shirt was no different.  Banana Republic has actually had it on their site for awhile now, but I patiently waited for the sale + extra 40% off (it pays to be patient with some of these companies!), so it ended up being very affordable.  I’m so happy I purchased it though; they call it their “soft wash” shirt and it truly is very soft and comfy to wear.

(clickable links provided below).
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Top:  Banana Republic –  same
Jeans:  Nordstrom (old) – similarsimilarsimilar
Shoes:  Lucky Brand – same
Necklace: Kendra Scott – same
Watch:  Fossil – same
Handbag:  Kate Spade – same