Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Just Couldn't Help Myself

Sweatshirt- J. Crew / Denim- Old Navy / Boots- Tory Burch (similar) / Scarf- Zara (via ebay)

I'd say the majority of items in my closet were purchased on a discount. Between store rewards, frequent sales, and good old fashioned waiting-until-it's-marked-down, I don't like to pay full price for anything. But, every once in awhile, an item comes along that I want in my closet, no matter the price (well, within reason). This Zara tartan scarf was definitely one of those items. I totally missed the bandwagon the first time around, and it was impossible to find it in store. I periodically checked eBay over the next few months, and, of course, the cheapest one was still 3x the original price. I finally caved earlier this month and bought the cheapest one I could find (spoiler alert: still not cheap). I don't regret it though because I absolutely love it. The pattern is so great, and I can't wait to wrap myself in it throughout the winter. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Florals

Sweatshirt- J. Crew / Denim- Old Navy / Bag- Tory Burch / Boots- Tory Burch (similar) / Bracelet- J. Crew

Thanks to the rapidly dropping temps during the last week my dressing inspiration has returned! I know I'm a horrible Chicagoan by welcoming the cooler temps with open arms, but my layer-loving self can't help it. I posted another look with this sweatshirt a couple weeks ago and asked all you lovely ladies for help styling it. I got some amazing ideas (thank you!)... so of course this look completely ignored all of them and is totally boring. I blame the fact that I spent my weekend living out of a suitcase in Milwaukee. I'm definitely planning on using some of the ideas soon though! 

I spent my weekend being the epitome of the crazy cat lady. Denny had to be in Stevens Point, WI at a conference all weekend so I spent my time watching chick flicks, online shopping, and eating chocolate for dinner with the cats. It was pretty great.

How was your weekend?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I Refuse to Post Any Other Pictures of This Outfit

Tank- J. Crew / Skirt- J. Crew Factory / Belt- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch 

Have you ever worn an outfit, and then looked at pictures and thought "What the hell was I thinking?" Yeah, that's pretty much what happened here. It seemed to work in person, but I was not feeling it once I saw the pictures. I love both pieces individually, but the tank is long and looks much better with pants. The skirt has a basic a-line shape and looks better with a more fitted top. This is definitely a time where two rights made a wrong... Okay that is not a saying, but I'm using it anyway. 

Have you ever regretted an outfit after seeing it in pictures?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer Staple

Top- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Bag- Marc Jacobs / Sandals- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

I assumed I'd already posted this look since I found myself wearing it all the time this summer, but I guess not! The white jean trend continues, and this tank was honestly the perfect piece for so many occasions over the last few months. The bright color makes it a great focus piece, and the thick straps mean I can wear a real bra (at this point I refuse to believe that a good strapless bra for larger chests actually exists). I'm hoping to take it through the fall by layering it under jackets and open blouses.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I fulfilled my duties as the significant other of a Notre Dame fan by attending my one game of the season. And, by "game," I mean I tailgated and then went and found bar food once the game actually started. As an alumni of a total nerd school, I never quite perfected the whole tailgating thing, but let's just say that being in bed by 10 and sleeping for twelve hours is a great remedy for that...

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

White After Labor Day

Sweatshirt- J. Crew (old) (similar) / Denim- Loft / Flats- Target / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

As promised, today features another look with white denim. Labor day, shmaber day. (That's a thing, right?) 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Top- Target (old) / Denim- Loft / Sandals- J. Crew / Bag- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

I've hit that point in the year where I just. can't. wear. summer. clothes. any. more. Cool-weather clothes offer unlimited options- add a scarf, throw on a coat, layer up. But the summer? I can't justify having a huge wardrobe when Chicago summers are only 3 months long (if we're lucky) so aside from switching up my bag and shoes I'm all out of ideas. Get ready to see a slew of outfits featuring white jeans and a mix of tops until cool-weather inspiration strikes...

How do you mix up your summer wardrobe?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Budget 2014

Target Leopard flats: originally $24.99= on sale for $19.99 
J. Crew Posey bracelet: originally $78 + 25% off= $58.50 + $50 rewards= $8.50

Total spent: $28.49
eBay sales= $73.96

Final total: +$45.47

Ohhh August. You've been so full of ups and downs. For every trip to DC to visit an old roommate, there have been 5 days of pure chaos adjusting to a new school year. With everything going on, I just didn't think much about shopping. I checked out a few of the new fall arrivals from my favorite stores, but I didn't feel compelled to buy very much. Once the school year got underway last week, I barely had time to breathe, let alone shop. I'm still eyeing a few pieces from my "Early Fall Wishlist" post so maybe I'll add this skirt and this dress to my closet in September. I also ordered these pants today during the big J. Crew sale, but it's my first foray into J. Crew pants so I'm not sure how they'll work out. 

While I didn't buy very much this month, I've been wearing the crap out of what I did buy. These shoes have proven perfect for work and play, and the bracelet has added a nice pop of color to my summer wardrobe. So there you have it- a small but useful purchasing month!

How did you do this month?

Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!

Happy Shopping!


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