Monday, November 10, 2014

The White Sweater

Sweater- J. Crew / Cords- Gap (similar) / Scarf- Zara (similar) / Flats- Tory Burch 

I've been looking for a great white sweater for, oh, 3 years now. Unfortunately, having a large chest doesn't always work well with a light color and bulky knit. I absolutely love the look of cable knit, but after trying on a bunch from all over (Old Navy, Madewell, Gap), I finally had to concede that white cable knit and I may never be friends. (It's devastating, I know.) Recently, I saw this one on the clearance rack and decided to give it a shot. Now I may not take it off the rest of the winter. It's just so cozy, and I just love the look of white in winter. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I successfully managed to have another low-key weekend (you know you're getting old when "low-key" equals "success"). I know with the holidays coming up things will start to get crazy so I'm trying to hunker down and enjoy the down time while also saving some money. 

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Accidental Repeat

Pairing this blue flannel with these blue cords seemed like a natural choice. So natural, in fact, and that I realized I wore this exact same outfit one year ago. So much for originality. 

Anyone have any good plans for the weekend? After last weekend in which I literally only got off my couch once, I've decided to be a little more productive and social- lunch with grandma, a babysitting gig with some of my favorite kiddos, and a staycation at a local hotel with Denny are all on the agenda.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy shopping! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I'm Running Out of Titles

Sweatshirt- J. Crew / Pants- Gap / Shoes- Sperry / Watch- Michael Kors 

I've never been particularly creative with titles, but now I'm even starting to run out of my go-to basic outfit titles. You can only use "Stripes and Camo" so many times. I really should start writing my posts on weekends when I have some remaining brain capacity left, but I never seem to get around to it. (My tv watching schedule is really packed.) So sorry for the lack of creativity and inspiration around here! I guess I won't be winning a Pulitzer any time soon. 

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Leopard Coat-ing

Coat- Banana Republic (similar) / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Booties- Old Navy (similar)

I'm always looking for ways to make this coat a little more casual. Don't get me wrong- I love dressing it up, but I don't dress up that often in my day-to-day life. So then it would never get worn!

I came down with a very bizarre 12 hour flu bug last Thursday, and, while I no longer had a fever, I decided to lay low most of the weekend. I felt bad not seeing Denny but let's be real- I am the QUEEN of loving a weekend with no plans. I'm sure there could be something said for being social and going to  a Halloween party, but I was beyond pleased with my Target trip, 13 episodes of Criminal Minds, and 7:45pm Friday night bed time weekend. 

... Maybe I should try seeing a friend next weekend. 

Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 2014 Budget

J. Crew Factory Classic Plaid Button-Down: Originally $64.50 + clearance price + 30% off = $30
J. Crew Painter Tee with Zips: Originally $49.50 + 30% off = $38
J. Crew Factory Funnelneck Sweatshirt: Originally $88 + 50% off = $44
J. Crew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest (similar): $100 via eBay
J. Crew Golden Plate and Crystal Earrings: Originally $35 + mark down + 30% off= $12
Kate Spade Cedar Street Lacey Wallet: Originally $178 + 25% off = $134

Total: $354
eBay sales: $143

Total: $211

This month I finally nabbed a few pieces that I had been hoping would go on sale. The wait paid off, and I was able to get almost everything on a discount. I say almost because the one thing I ended up spending more than the original price on? This damn vest. I had it in my online shopping cart for months but never pulled the trigger, and then it sold out. I wavered on getting it via eBay since I knew I'd be paying more, but I managed to make enough off my own eBay sales this month that I could justify it. I'm really glad I did because I've been wearing it constantly! As you can see above, I gravitated towards navy and red pieces this month, and the vest is a great pairing with both. It's also been perfect for our mild October weather here in Chicago.

I also crossed an item off my list that's been there forever- a new wallet. My Target one served me well for a few years, but it didn't hold very much and was on its last legs. Thanks to the Kate Spade Friends & Family sale I was able to grab this adorable leopard-print one that will work well with my bags. Because what kind of monster doesn't match their wallet to their bag?

How did you do this month?

Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chambray, Red & Leopard

Vest- J. Crew / Chambray- J. Crew / Skinnies- Gap / Scarf- J. Crew Factory / Booties- Old Navy / Watch- Michael Kors

I'm trying to come up with something witty to write about this outfit, but I'm too busy stressing out about all the work I have due this week. Come October, I'm ready for a break, but instead I seem to be drowning in meetings, reports, and progress reports. Sigh. I guess you have to take the good parts of the job with the bad. 

Hope everyone else's week is a little less stressful!

Happy Shopping! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Funnelneck Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt- J. Crew Factory / Denim- J. Crew / Flats- Tory Burch / Earrings- J. Crew 

I guess there are more flattering outfits I could have worn in a blog post, but I'm so in love with this sweatshirt I don't even care. Here's my dirty little secret- when I get home from work during the week, I immediately change into leggings and a cozy knit. All that outfit planning and fashion stuff? Totally out the window. Now that the weather outside is dull and gray by the time I get home there's nothing I want to throw on more than a sweatshirt. The funnelneck on this one makes it just stylish enough that I don't feel like a total bum, but I can also take a very fulfilling nap in it. The best of both worlds?

Today I'm spending a few hours at a handwriting course to help best teach my kiddos how to improve their handwriting. I've been an occupational therapist for a full year now, but it's amazing how much you don't actually learn in school. I've taught myself a lot of the basics, but I'm pretty excited to find some new techniques and activities to make handwriting the not-most-boring-thing-in-the-world. (Have I mentioned most kids hate handwriting?) Plus, it only means 3 hours until the weekend instead of my usual 8-hour school day. 

Happy Shopping!


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