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Wit and Wisdom jeans

29 Oct

When I met with the personal shopper at Nordstrom over the summer, she picked out these jeans for me:

Wit and Wisdom skinny jeans–$64 at Nordstrom.com

They probably aren’t the jeans that would have caught my eye, if shopping alone, but I tried them on just to be nice, since she was the expert and all. They fit like a glove and are super comfortable. I’m the type who, as soon as humanly-possible after returning home, changes back into the standard house uniform of yoga pants, sports bra and t-shirt (meow!). However, when I’m wearing these jeans, I’ve caught myself still wearing them at home…hours after having returned home!

They’ve got a ton of stretch and feel like you’re wearing leggings instead of stiff denim. They also seem to be universally flattering. I recommended them to a friend, (who has a different body type than my own) and she loves them as well. The rise is slightly higher than many of the denim options out there–just high enough to cover your junk, but not so high as to be classified as “mom jeans.” The best thing is that the price is certainly right and, if you get lucky and catch them during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, you can score them for less than $40 a pop, like I did! Another great perk is that they run at least one full size large, so you get to stroke your ego a bit by sporting jeans in a much smaller-size than you usually wear.

Have you ever given Wit and Wisdom denim a shot?

Things I’m Loving Now

11 Sep

Fall is upon us, people! Let’s get excited!  If you want to showcase your autumnal enthusiasm, might I recommend this polish?

Fall Sparkles

Fall Sparkles

This is OPI “DS Indulgence” which I randomly picked at a pedicure and fell in love with.  It has just the perfect amount of sparkle without being gloppy or over the top with glitter and is a little more orange than the photo shows.  I love it.

As Labor Day is behind us now, I decided it was time to bring out my new beauty, purchased during the most recent Kate Spade surprise sale:

Hello, my pretty.

Hello, my pretty.

I’m currently 21 weeks pregnant, and I’m trying to navigate the exact opposite seasons than I experienced during my first pregnancy.  Last time I was at my largest during the summer, so I wore a ton of skirts and dresses.  This time I needed some serious work pants, and I caught a Gap friends and family sale (that included maternity!) recently and had some success.  I picked up these and these.  I highly recommend both of these pants in terms of quality and fit, especially because they come in both ankle and long.  Last time around I made do with a pair of black full panel pants from Target, and while they did the job, the panel and the length were both too long.  Which probably  means I just needed a tailor, but I never got around to that.  Plus they attracted pet hair like whoa.  Anyway, these pants are super fantastic.

I’m also thinking I’ll have to layer to get the most out of my wardrobe this fall and winter.  Key in this endeavor is comfortable pieces in bright/interesting colors, like this top, which I just picked up on sale at Old Navy:

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I wore this to work today with black pants and a long silver necklace and I think it worked out pretty well.  I’m also in love with this dress, which is easy to throw a cardigan over and I will probably pair with tights and boots this fall/winter if I ever find any black boots FOR THE LOVE. I have a similar one in black, also purchased at the Gap F&F sale.  They are both very “Hi! Here is my belly!” clingy, but, they are in dark colors and I’m trying to embrace the belly this time around as much as possible.  I mean, there’s really no avoiding it, right?

I know I’ve mentioned my problem with gold shoes, but I found these Born gold flats in the clearance rack at Macy’s this summer (I think I got them for 40% off of the sale price of $45) and they were the only pair and they were in my size so be quiet, I had to have them.  They are SO comfy and I will likely wear them a lot this fall.  Maybe even with conservative tunics and leggings if I am brave enough to try that at work.

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Have you scored anything you are loving lately?

Denim shorts–an update

3 Sep

Yes, I know that it’s September 3rd now. Labor Day is behind us and many of you are beginning to think of wearing tights, boots and turtlenecks very soon but I hate unfinished business, so I wanted to fill you in on my denim shorts saga.

I ended up with these from Nordstrom.

$69 at Nordstrom

$69 at Nordstrom

I’ve been very pleased with them so far. The fit is just what I wanted and the rinse is good too. I tried on every pair that American Eagle had and nothing really “blew my skirt up,” so I was really happy to find these at Nordstrom. I’m hoping that they’ll continue to carry me through our warm Texas fall.

Advice needed – too big boots

7 Feb

I have been in need of some new boots for a long time. You can only cover up so many scuffs and nicks with a black Sharpie and the heel was starting to wear out. I probably could have gotten the heel fixed but the cracked and peeling pleather that is conveniently covered by my jeans was really the tipping point. I needed new boots. Bad.

But I was too lazy to shop in store for a new pair. Well to be honest, I glanced around when I’d go to the mall. But I didn’t need knee high boots, and I didn’t need booties with metallic spikes on the stiletto heel.  So needless to say, I wasn’t seeing what I wanted in the stores, and I turned to the internet. When I saw these Naturalizer Boots on sale online, I went ahead and bought them. Depending on shoe brands, I wear an 8.5 or a 9, and they only had a 9, so I went with it. They felt ok when I tried them on so I promptly threw away all the paperwork. And I even wore them out to dinner that night. But when I wore them for a full day, I realized that they were indeed a tad too big, so I spent the whole day cranky that my boots were loose and were eating my socks.

I did wear them once successfully and comfortably with 2 pairs of socks (a thin dress sock, topped with an athletic crew sock), but ended up rubbing holes in the outer sock layer, and throwing a pair of socks away every time I wear the boots isn’t an option.

So what do I do? Is there anything that will help me with the size issue?

Black Boots – Finally! (I hope)

2 Jan

It is now January and I have been searching for the right pair of black boots since September.  Has anyone else had this problem this year?  I probably have only myself to blame, given my general aversion to obvious trends and anything blingy.  I just found most of the black boots out there were either too motorcycle-y, too riding-y, or too blingy.  I don’t mind a little metal detail usually, but I always try to get the most bang for my buck out of my purchases, so I wanted the boots to be work-appropriate as well.  YES, I AM FRUGAL AND BORING.

I am not lying when I say I have been looking EVERYWHERE.  In stores, on-line, on people in public places.  I couldn’t even find a pair of Fryes I liked.  (I KNOW.)  I actually ordered a pair of seemingly perfect Nine West boots, only to find the zipper to be too. . .prominent.  It went all the way up the back and was exposed metal.  The boots were still cute, but I couldn’t get past the thought that they were slightly over the street-walker line, and therefore not appropriate for my work place.

I love my brown boots.  LOVE them.  I have had them about three years now and I still wear them all the time in the winter and get compliments on them constantly.  They are a cognac color, have just enough heel and the perfect toe shape, and were around $100.  They are by Arturo Chiang, which is only sold a few places (Dillards, Amazon, Piperlime.)  So I checked out that brand and think I have finally found the right pair.  I ordered them this weekend (on sale for $89!), so we’ll see next week if I’m right.

Arturo Chiang "Sam"

Arturo Chiang “Sam”

What black boots have you loved this year?

 

Black Friday Awesomeness at Banana Republic Outlet

7 Dec

We spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s family every year, and on Black Friday, the women go shopping. Even though we never went at midnight or even the crack of dawn, we used to be a lot more hardcore about it. During the drive to the mall, we’d strategize about where to park, which route to take, meeting points if we got separated, and what kind of items everyone was looking for. Once at the mall, we would all bob and weave to optimize coverage. If I knew that a cousin was looking for a striped sweater, I grabbed anything that she might like or fit, and we would converge at the fitting rooms. We split up and combined orders to get the best bang out of our coupons, and after a few hours, we felt very accomplished, indeed.

In the past few years, though, the intensity has gone down, and a few of us just wander around for a while before going out for lunch. Maybe we buy things, maybe not. We don’t fight crowds any more, though. The checkout line at Old Navy was so bad this year that when my sister-in-law said, “Does anybody really want anything here?”, we just shook our heads and left. Ah, we can’t hack it any more.

Nonetheless, I managed to find some great deals at the Banana Republic outlet.

Banana Republic outlet sweater, Shade tee underneath, Target skinny jeans, Enzo Angiolini (via Piperlime) boots

Banana Republic outlet sweater, Shade tee underneath, Target skinny jeans, Enzo Angiolini (via Piperlime) boots

My SIL and I both got these sweater-sweatshirt-y thingies, and I love mine. It’s nice enough to pass as a put-together sweater, but it feels like a beloved hoodie. I love the shawl collar, the big buttons at the neckline, and the pockets. I probably should have gotten mine in a different color because I have a lot of teal already, but whatever, teal speaks to me. Best of all, it was marked down to $15 (originally $50)!

Gap outlet sweater, Anthropologie skirt, Banana Republic outlet belt, J. Crew necklace, Forever 21 leggings, Enzo Angiolini boots (via Piperlime)

Gap outlet sweater, Anthropologie skirt, Banana Republic outlet belt, J. Crew amber necklace, Forever 21 gray leggings, Enzo Angiolini (via Piperlime) boots

For a while now, when I’ve needed a chunky belt, I’ve been borrowing my husband’s brown belt and looping it all around to get rid of the extra length as necessary. I just couldn’t find a thick-ish, plain brown belt that I liked and wasn’t over $30. Sorry, but no, I am not paying that much for a belt. And then finally, it occurred to me that I should just look for, duh, a men’s belt. At the outlet, I spied a rack of men’s belts in the clearance section on a day when all clearance items had an additional 40% off. Yes! So I scored this brown belt for a whopping $6 (originally $30).

Banana Republic outlet dress, LOFT cardigan, Anthro belt, Target gray tights, Naturalizer boots

Banana Republic outlet dress, LOFT cardigan, Anthropologie belt, Target gray tights, Naturalizer boots

I’ve been looking for a green dress for maybe 5 years because green is my favorite color, and it seems wrong that I don’t have a go-to dress in it. But nothing has really come up as The One, so the search has been on the back burner. But on Black Friday, in the clearance section, I found a green, sleeveless dress in a stretchy polyester knit, and it was my size. My hypothetical ideal green dress wasn’t so slinky, but then I tried this one on, and, wow. I could imagine wearing it with heels and sparkly jewelry at a wedding, with flat metallic sandals and big earrings for a summer date, with flats and a cardigan at the office, and even pumps and a blazer at work event. The cowl neck wasn’t so cowl-y that I couldn’t layer over it and create a fake green skirt. It came with a belt of the same material, but I could imagine pairing different belts with it instead. And the dress was so green! There was no way I was leaving without it. That’s when I examined the price tag. Originally $70, the dress had been marked down to $23, but with the extra 40% off, it was … FOURTEEN DOLLARS. Woo!

Yay or Nay: Patterned Tights

4 Dec

I’ve seen this trend around the office lately and I am unsettled by it.

Tights with subtler patterns, like these polka dots, are less jarring for me. Though I think if you’re wearing white tights with dots, you might look like an over-grown 3 year old.

Polka dot tightswhite tights

But I’ve seen wild patterned tights and leggings on legs around the office. One pair had olive patterning on a beige-toned background and it did look a lot like the wearer had gangrene.

Peacock Tightsfloral tights

My taste in clothing tends towards the boring. Most of my pants/tights/skirts/leggings are dark neutrals– there’s a lot of black, gray, and brown in there, and certainly nothing bolder than navy.

Am I being too stodgy and boring? Is patterned hosiery a good way to integrate some color into my shades-of-dull wardrobe?

Gap Grey and White Sweater

28 Nov

I went shopping on Black Friday. I wasn’t specifically “Black Friday” shopping, but lucky for me, I still scored a deal.

I got this sweater from The Gap. I wish I could remember exactly how much it was, but I think it was originally around $50 and I got it, 60% off plus an additional 20% off. I can’t even point you to it on The Gap’s website because what I think it is (the Boyfriend Pullover Sweater) even is out of stock.  What a horrible fashion blogger.

Anyway, my whole point is, if you find this sweater, buy it. Everything about the shirt is really nice. It’s not scratchy, the v-neck isn’t too deep, the sleeves are plenty long, and it’s not too short or too long. Sizing seems a little big, though admittedly, I haven’t shopped at The Gap in a while so I’m not completely familiar with their sizing. I normally wear a medium in tops, but I got this in a small, and it’s still roomy.

 

Black Friday: In the store or on your couch?

27 Nov

Do you go shopping on Black Friday? I do not. I went one year only for a friend, she needed something specific for her daughter and had to work. I was able to wander around a bit after I picked up what she needed and it didn’t really seem worth it to me. There was nothing that was that great of a deal to get out of bed early for.

I did buy one thing on this Black Friday but I did it from the comfort of my couch. These pants from Express. They were 50% off and I needed another pair of pants.

That was the only shopping I did for me but I wasn’t done yet.

Since Amazon was having free shipping, I did some Christmas shopping for the boys. Just a reminder, I have two boys. A four-year old and a twenty month old. I need to stay away from anything that can be used as a weapon.

That’s more difficult than you think.

So far I’ve got this:

Binoculars for Luke.

A little wagon for Gavin:

When I was searching for the binoculars, these popped up and I knew right away they would be a hit. I couldn’t resist.

Legos Walkie Talkies

And the last thing I picked up…..get ready…..

FLASHLIGHTS!

My boys are obsessed with flashlights.

I think both of their stockings will be stuffed with batteries!

I still have a few more to get for each of them and I think I have to get off the couch and actually go in the store.

Do you like shopping online or in the store?

What do you think about buying toys online? This is my first year buying toys online and I think it will be nice they are already in a box.

28 shopping days left!

Non-Rolling, Pinchy, Binding, or Baggy Tights

20 Nov

Tights are wonderful. Pair them with boots and a sweater-dress and you have one of my go-to winter outfits. But there are some pitfalls, right?
Too-tight waistbands that leave you with muffin-top, waistbands that won’t stay put and slide or roll until they’re halfway down your butt, usually pulling your undies down with them. Tights that bind, tights that bag, leaving those weird wrinkles at your ankles…good tights are awesome. Bad tights make me want to cry.


I’ve been on a quest, trying several different kinds and brands, but I have 2 to tell you about today that are pretty wonderful..

First, Commando tights. At $36 a pair, these are an investment, but well worth it in my mind. They have a no-line waist that stays put and they don’t pinch, bind, or bag.
Also great and at a smaller price tag are the Assets by Sarah Blakely tights, usually available at Target. Less than half the price of the Commando tights, these are less painful if you run or snag them, but they’re comfortable and work under everything.

What are your suggestions for tights that don’t make you hate your life?