Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lilac & a Bold Bauble

Tee- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Sandals- J. Crew / Necklace- J. Crew (on super sale!) / Sunglasses- Ray Ban 

There are times you pick your outfit and then find a few great accessories to go with it. And then there are times you become totally fixated on a bold accessory and plan your entire outfit around it. This was definitely one of those times. I've wanted this necklace ever since it came out back in the spring, but I wasn't willing to drop the money on its $138 price tag. J. Crew has been having some crazy sales recently so I kept an eye on this piece hoping it would get down to a reasonable price. Once it hit $89 with an additional 50% off I couldn't say no! The mix of colors make it surprisingly versatile, and I'm excited to find new ways to style it!

Well, it may only be Thursday, but I'm already in full weekend mode. I'm heading to the Jay Z and Beyonce concert tonight which should be ***Flawless (see what I did there?), and then Denny and I are checking out wedding venues this weekend. I've realized by way of internet searching that I'm incredibly picky so I'm a little anxious that I won't like anything, but hopefully that's not the case! Truthfully, I just want to get the venue locked down so I don't have to do anything else for a few months and can finally have an answer to the "When's the wedding??!" question. (I don't know, okay?? I don't know!!) Sooo... here's hoping I like something!

What are you ladies up to this weekend?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My One Nordstrom Anniversary Steal

Blazer- Loft (similar) / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Sandals- Tory Burch / Bag- Marc Jacobs (Anniversary sale price) / Necklace- J. Crew

I don't know how I did it, but I exhibited some self-control at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year. There were a lot of pieces that caught my eye, but I knew the one hole I really wanted to fill in my wardrobe was a basic black bag. I've been a fan of the Marc Jacobs designs forever, but I didn't necessarily want to shell out the money (especially given my other bag purchases this year...). This bag is small enough that it's easy to carry day-to-day, but it fits all of my essentials. If I was only going to buy one thing at the sale, I'm glad this was it!

Okay but let's be real the sale is going on for another 2 weeks so I can't promise the damage is done. I'm still thinking of this, this, and this...

Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Bag Skirt

Top- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Skirt- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Belt- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch / Bag- J. Crew (similar) / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban / Bangles- Charming Charlie

I've heard this skirt affectionately referred to as the "paper bag" skirt. I'm assuming this has something to do with the crinkling at the top, but I really have no idea. And, when it's this cute, I really don't care! I tried this style a few years back and didn't love it, but I think the fit must be different or I've lost weight since then... Yes. Yes, it must be the second one :)

This skirt has recently been on mega-clearance for about $25. It's no longer available online but check stores!

Happy Shopping!

PS- Linking up with  Mix It MondaysManic Monday, and Let It Shine!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Oldie But a Goodie

Shirtdress- Gap (another great option) / Bag- Kate Spade / Sandals- J. Crew / Earrings- J. Crew Factory 

Apparently, my ankle is triple-jointed in that last picture. Seriously, what is happening? Isn't it amazing the things you capture on film when you spend so much time taking pictures of yourself? Perhaps some things are better left unseen... 

I found this dress last summer in Gap's clearance section for the bargain price of $10. Yes, seriously, $10. I couldn't believe it either. I love a simple shirtdress, and the green gingham is such a fun pattern. 

Do you have any great pieces in your closet that were a ridiculous steal?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Navy Simplicity

Top- J. Crew (similar) / Shorts- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

I love a simple navy and white outfit. No muss, no fuss. (Also, what kind of word is muss? Or did I just get the saying wrong....?) I'll also say it for the millionth time- these shorts are one of the greatest purchases ever. Elastic waistband. Head over to J. Crew to score them on massive sale!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pops of Pink

 Top- Gap (old) / Denim- Loft (old) / Sandals- Target (similar) / Necklace- Etsy (similar) / Bag- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray Ban 

The keyword of this weekend was: family. I spent Friday afternoon shopping with my mom (hurray Nordstrom sale!), Friday night going to dinner and a movie with my brothers and Denny, and all day Saturday at Arlington Race Track where my parents finally met the future in-laws. Thankfully, all went well, but I'm exhausted. Yesterday was exactly one month since Denny and I got engaged, and I feel like I've been going, going, going every weekend since. Don't get me wrong- I've loved spending time with tons of friends and family, and you have to take advantage of summers in Chicago, but I'll be excited when next weekend winds down a bit. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Little Dash of Neon

Sweater- J. Crew (on sale!) / Shorts- J. Crew / Sandals- J. Crew / Bag- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

I stayed up ridiculously late last night (aka 11:30) researching wedding venues, and, let me say, this shit is hard! I've spent about a month just processing basking in the engagement, but yesterday the universe intervened with a not-so-subtle hint from my mother ("You need to book a church now!") and a much-better-received engagement present from a friend (thanks Steph!). It's not that I'm not excited- it's that I know once it starts it won't stop until it's all said and done. It's an exciting yet scary process. I'd be happy eloping tomorrow and jetting off to the Caribbean, but let's just say our families would not be so happy.  While I'm still hoping for a smaller wedding, I'm coming around to the idea of a more traditional one. I mean, picking out flowers and tasting cake can't be that bad, right?

Was there anything you found particularly helpful when planning nuptials for yourself or someone else? Seriously people I need all the help I can get. 

Happy Shopping! 


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