A Review of Some Recent Purchases

Halogen Sweatshirt– When I saw this blue sweatshirt I immediately felt I had to have it, despite 20 other sweatshirts sitting in my closet. I love the bright blue color and the cute little tie detail on the sleeves. I ordered the sweatshirt in a size small and was so disappointed. The small was too big, somewhat shocking, and looked very boxy on me. I ordered the x-small, but it too didn’t fit right. The fit was better, but overall it was not a flattering look on me. Sadly, I returned both and have had to pass on this item. Side note, I first saw this sweatshirt on Simply Lauren Rose. She looked so cute in it and paired her sweatshirt with dark skinny jeans and booties for a more finished look and less lounge around the house. I’m so jealous; I really wanted this top to work out.

Funnel Neck – You guys, I love this top so much that I bought it in the navy and white stripe, wore it twice and then immediately ordered the gray. While I like the gray, I think I like the navy and white more. The navy funnel neck is a waffle material and because of that, I feel, it holds it’s shape a little better. The gray is more of a thin sweatshirt style, but is still very warm. I love bumming around in one of these on the weekends with leggings or changing into one when I get home from work. The funnel neck is also great for layering. Typically, I wear mine with a tank or short sleeve tee underneath. When I go the slacker route and wear one of the funnel necks out to run errands, when it was colder, I paired them with leggings and one of J. Crew’s zip up exersion vests, and my new balance sneakers.  Great buy, in my opinion, and highly recommended. J. Crew factory has been doing a lot of sales lately, and recently these bad boys were 40-50% off.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – I’m not a “make-up person” so to speak, by make-up person I mean one who wanders around Sephora endlessly looking at products, wanting to try them all or watching youtube videos on make-up. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with people who do this, I am just not one of them. I tend to take a very natural and simplistic approach when it comes to my make-up because by the end of the day, I’ve rubbed most of it off anyways by running my hands over my face in exasperation or exhaustion or my dog has licked it off giving me his sweet doggie kisses. I’ve been thinking about bronzer since my sister got married and decided to go for it. I did a little bit of research online and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder seemed to be highly recommended, and at a $44 price point it wasn’t terrible either. I got the natural color and have been pleasantly surprised. I really like the bronzer. I was worried the bronzer would give me a fake tan appearance or cause my face to look a lot darker than the rest of me causing a neon fake bronzer sign to appear above my head. I was so happy to see that the bronzing powder did none of this. In fact, it gives me the perfect amount of color without causing me to look like I have a fake tan. I have added the bronzer into my morning make-up routine and haven’t regretted it yet. 5 stars, my friend. Invest.

Urban Decay Naked Color Corrector – I cannot for the life of me remember what made me buy this, either an ad in a magazine or another blogger perhaps, but either way, this stuff really does work. I got the Pink because the description stated “Pink: disguises dark circles, particularly on fair skin tones, and works well as a highlighter to create a lifted appearance.” I have dark circles under my eyes courtesy of my love of being a night owl combined with being the mom of an almost 2 year old, thus I don’t get much sleep. The color corrector helps A LOT with my dark circles. I still use concealer on top of the color corrector along with Clinique  powder to set everything.

Free People Top– now on sale, runs big. I wanted to like this shirt. Online the blue is such a beautiful color and I love the embroidery around the buttons. I ordered this and quickly found it runs very, very large and the blue is more drab in person. I didn’t even bother trying a smaller size and just returned it. bummer

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What’s in My Shopping Cart

It’s been so long since I’ve done a What’s in my Shopping Cart post, I thought I’d share a few of the items I have sitting in my cart on various sites. I’ve actually ordered a few of the items and I’ll share my thoughts once they arrive : ) Happy Tuesday!

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Blue Tie Sleeve / Gray Peplum / Gold Necklace / Black Dress / Silver Earrings  / Stripe Funnel Neck / Stripe Waffle Sweats / Stripe TopBangle – on sale! / Color Corrector / Black Top / Bronzer

Summer Whites

white dresses

wave dress / flower smocked dress / tunic dress

lace dress / flutter sleeve dress / tassel dress 

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with white dresses. I love them, but with my fair skin I feel they aren’t always the best option for me and it’s really hard to find a light weight white dress that isn’t see through. I recently discovered these 6 cute white dresses and couldn’t help myself. In particular I have my eye on the wave dress and the flower smocked dress. All would look cute with a jean jacket for work, which can easily be removed for happy hour at your favorite bar.

Happy shopping!

 

Gingham

Whether it’s tops, shorts, home goods, or accessories, I love me some gingham. This past week I was wasting time on the J. Crew website when I came across these adorable green gingham shorts. I knew I had to have them. Luckily I had ordered a jacket that I was returning and decided to do an exchange instead. These shorts are linen and have an elastic tie waist that can be tightened using ties that are on the side. However, these shorts run very large and I went down a size (x-small). If you happen to love the style of these shorts but not the pattern, fear not! they come in solid colors too.  I also snagged this gingham shirt in aqua. It’s on sale with an additional 30% off using the code SHOPNOW.

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                                  red top/ stripe shorts/ tortoise necklace/ gingham clutch/ sandals                                                        white top/ gingham shorts /  gold necklace / gold sandals                                              gingham button down/ white shorts / necklace / bag / shoes

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung! Well not officially, but the last few days sure have felt like it. And to be honest, while I’m all for this weather, I can put off Spring a little longer so I don’t have to deal with allergies. Walking outside and seeing my car covered in a fine yellow powder feels like a death sentence for me.

We’ve had beautiful weather that is perfect for literally any type of clothing, jeans, pants, shorts, sweaters, tees, one can easily mix and match to feel very comfortable while out and about. J. Crew has some released some cute clothes and there are a few things I have my eye on. I decided to create an outfit with new items that I’d love to be wearing on a Saturday around town with my boys (John, Wallace, and Otis). I hope everyone else is having weather as nice as us. Happy Hump Day!

 

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                                   Bag / Cashmere Tee / Crystal Floral Necklace /                                                                                                  Tee (similar) / Ruffle Shorts / Sandals

Red + Gray

We are currently snowed in, which isn’t too bad because I can hang out in sweatpants all day. However being stuck indoors can create other issues like pigging out on junk food and cabin fever. In an effort to fight boredom I was going through my closet and I came up with a what I’d be wearing if I weren’t pregnant outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying being pregnant, except for the swelling and struggle of finding maternity clothes I really like, but at the same time I can’t wait for Wallace to get here so we can finally meet him. To those of you fighting the snow, please be safe and enjoy your time indoors. 🙂

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Cashmere Turtle Neck / Watch / Scarf (last year similar linked) / Light Gray Tee / Bag / Skirt (limited selection of colors left) / Boots / Brown Tights

 

Maternity Wear

One thing  I have struggled with since becoming pregnant is finding maternity that I actually like. I’ve always been picky when it comes to my clothes, so it’s really no surprise I’m picky when it comes to my maternity clothes as well.  After countless hours of shopping I finally decided the best thing to do is just buy a maternity item or two as I find them and deem them worthy of my closet. I have a few tops, sweaters, pants, and dresses that will get me through two weeks no problem. I’m constantly on the hunt for a few more items, particularly pants, but I’m really in no rush. I know as my bump continues to grow I may have to alter what I’m looking for. Plus I’ll be pregnant through winter and early spring so I may be adding more spring dresses later in my pregnancy. Below are a few of my favorite items I own and a few that I’m thinking about purchasing. If you have any  recommendations on maternity pants, not jeans, I’d love to hear them. I can only seem to find cropped pants, which I don’t like, or pants made from fabric that feels really cheap.

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Row 1 Left to Right: Green top / navy & pink topPink top / White top/ Plaid top

Row 2 Left to Right: Black lace dress / Black dress / Gray Henley dress / Gray dress with trim / Red pants / pants

I own the black lace dress, green top, pink and navy topred pants and plaid top and LOVE them. all are easy to wear and care for and are high quality. The fabric feels great. I also just ordered this top and these jeans. I’m counting down the days until they come because I can’t wait to try them out.