Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dressing Room Diaries

Oh hey there, happy hump day!! I'm coming at you today with a bunch of snaps from the fitting room (and a few from my bedroom ;). I always mean to post fitting room pictures, but then I only end up taking photos of the things I actually buy which kind of defeats the point (and makes the whole monthly budget post thing a little less interesting). So this weekend when I was out and about I made sure to take a few more pictures so I can share a few reviews with you.

 

LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell // Wearing size medium

Okay, so first up is this pretty shell from LOFT. I've had this on my wishlist for a while now, but forgot to order it during my last major LOFT haul. In person, it felt a little... blah? Like, it's still pretty, but between how sheer it is and the odd sleeves, it just wasn't really for me. Verdict: rejected.

 


Here's another blouse I was excited about online, but just didn't quite work on my body. I actually like the peplum from the side, but from the front it's somehow making me too square. Plus this one was also super sheer. Verdict: rejected.

 

LOFT Striped Bell Sleeve Blouse (I couldn't find this online but here's a similar blouse, there were tons in store though if you like it) // Wearing size large

Omg it's amazing how bad this is on me. I always want volume to work on me, but with curves it really doesn't work. The cross back tie is super cute though, if this had worked on my body type it might have gone home with me! Verdict: rejected.

 


I wanted to like this sweater because the striped detail was so cute, but I can't imagine when in my life I'd like to really show off that muffin top so this one was rejected. It does come in a ton of other (non-striped) colors too. I'm wondering if in a bigger size the side ties wouldn't be an issue, but I actually really like the drape in the front. Verdict: rejected.

 


I basically had to try this sweater on after waxing poetically about it last week. My store only had this color option in stock so I decided to try it on even though I'm not crazy about this color combo. I overheard a clerk telling someone else that they sold out of the yellow version immediately, so I'm not holding my breath that I'll be able to get my hands on it. 

The reviews said to size up in this sweater, and man did they mean it! I initially thought the large wouldn't work at all, but twisting it around a bit made it much less gapey. I'm actually amazed that it doesn't really gape! I would want the XL though since this is a little tight. Verdict: kept on the wishlist.

 


I thought this would be cute. It definitely is not on me - looks more like hospital scrubs! I do really like the little striped piping on the sleeves, and I'm obviously happy with this type of sleeve, but in white in this really stiff fabric just did not work. Verdict: rejected.

 


I thought this top was just beautiful - I really love the detailing and the cut. It also was nice and thick, so you wouldn't need a cami underneath. My store didn't have it in a size large though, and I think sizing down might improve the fit. It also felt a little too similar to this blouse I just got though, so I decided to leave it behind. It's going to live on in my wishlist though ;) Verdict: added to wishlist. 

 


Who doesn't need another striped top, right? Unless it's huge and too long and unflattering. I really thought it looked like I was trying on one of Jeff's dress shirts in this. Rolling the sleeves helped, but not much. It's supposed to be a boyfriend fit and a tunic, but it's just too oversized to be flattering. Verdict: rejected.

 


Ummm, so I thought this would be cute on me, and not crazy shaped. I love the bow details on the sleeves, but besides that this just was a terrible fit on me. If you don't have curves or have a longer torso, it may work for you! Verdict: rejected.

 


I almost didn't grab this to try on, but I'm so glad I did! The structure, the ruffles, and the back are all so pretty! This blouse actually zips up the back, which gives it such a flattering fit. I've also tried on a lot of ruffles lately since they're everywhere, and these ones actually  work on me! This one definitely came home with me, I can't wait to wear it with jeans or a pretty skirt. Verdict: buy!

 


This skirt is so cute, I love the print and the cut is really flattering. Nothing like a little stomach ruffle to hide a food baby!! It also was really comfortable. There was seriously nothing wrong with this, I just couldn't picture where I'd wear it. I rarely dress up for work, so I have very little reason to buy a pencil skirt, no matter how cute it is. Verdict: added to wishlist

 


When this came in the mail, I was initially disappointed that the colors didn't quite match the website - online it looks almost gray instead of really blue. But then I tried it on, and yeah, I had to keep it. The fit is perfect, it doesn't gape, and the pink and blue design on the front is so cute. I'm definitely going to be pairing it with some white denim in the near future! Verdict: keep! 

 


I didn't want to like this. It's way more than I'd usually spend on a cover-up so I was kind of hoping I could see it, decide I didn't like it, and send it back. Nope. I love the detailing - the little tassel ties and the pom poms on the placard are so cute! And the detail stitching isn't actually white like I thought, it's a metallic silver which is so freaking adorable! I also love that this covers more than a lot of my cover-ups, but will still fold down really small in my suitcase. Verdict: keep! 



So, I found a lot more rejects than keepers, but that's probably a good thing since I'm already pushing the limits on my budget this month!



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Heat Wave!


Tee - LOFT / Jeans - Old Navy / Booties (super similar, I also love this pair that has the cutest bow in the back!) - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Necklace (similar) - Madewell

Oh hey there, happy Tuesday (aka, my Monday ;)!! I had yesterday off of work for President's Day, and as usual, I had big plans of accomplishing a lot, but ended up crossing one thing off the list and then spent the rest of the day shopping - whoops! I tried on a lot but only managed to buy one thing, but I took a lot of fitting room snaps so I think a little review is in order for tomorrow. At least I made it out of the house yesterday - the last time I had a three day weekend I ended up spending all of my Monday on the couch. I'm nothing if not an excellent couch potato.

Of course, I basically had to go outside, because Chicago has been in the middle of a heat wave the past few days. Like a no coat, windows open kind of heat wave. It's absolutely nuts for this time of year in Chicago. I basically had to pull out some of my warmer weather pieces, like these white jeans. Usually they wait at least another month to make their first appearance of the year! I actually only have one pair of white jeans in my closet right now but I'm thinking I need a backup - maybe this pair that claims to resist stains. Because if you're wearing white jeans, it's basically a given that you'll spill something on yourself. Or that a strange dog will jump on you and leave muddy footprints behind, or that a guy will hit you with his bike tire, both things that have killed my white jeans in the past. RIP.

I also was excited to wear this bell-sleeved tee again, except this time without a jacket! That is, until I drove up to my parents' house where it was 10 degrees cooler, and then my sister made fun of me for not selecting a weather-appropriate ensemble. Whoops. This tee has quickly become a favorite in my closet - the blush pink is so pretty, plus it's really easy to wear. I saw a ton of them in stores yesterday, and discovered it also comes in black and olive, in case pink isn't your thing ;)






  
Tee - LOFT / Jeans - Old Navy / Booties (super similar, I also love this pair that has the cutest bow in the back!) - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Necklace (similar) - Madewell

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Monday, February 20, 2017

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Enjoyed the crazy warm weather by grilling out and hanging out on the deck with Jeff on Friday night. Seriously, you know that whole global warming thing? Because it was freaking 65 degrees on Friday, and then on Saturday we hit 70! That's literally unheard of in Chicago for February, we broke a 140 year old record. I'm worried for the planet, but we still had to enjoy the weather so...
...We ended up inviting people over for an impromptu roof party on Saturday, because who can say no to drinking a bottle of rosé in the sunshine, especially in February?! It was seriously so gorgeous out. A couple of our friends stayed late, so we ended up at O'Shaughnessy's - definitely our favorite bar in Ravenswood!!
...Saw that this embroidered tunic that's been on my wishlist for months went on sale for half off at Vineyard Vines (use code WINTER17 for an extra 30% off sale prices) so I had to order it, fingers crossed it fits!
...Chopped off what feels like all of my hair, but in looking at before/after photos it appears to just be one inch. But, it's that important inch between being able to put my hair in a regular ponytail and only being able to gather it at the nape of my neck. But I think I like it ;)
...Drove out to the suburbs for another volunteer training for Destination Imagination, and then headed over to my parents' house to grill out for dinner. Enjoying the weather seems to be the theme of this weekend, huh?

I hope you had a good one! I have today off of work, so my weekend is still going ;) Hopefully I can cross a lot off the to-do list today!!



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, and cheers to the three day weekend to those of you who get one!! I don't know what my deal is, but my favorite find this week is definitely the sequined yellow cardigan. I don't usually go for yellow and I rarely wear sequins in my day-to-day life, but for some reason this guy is just calling to me. I can picture wearing it buttoned up with my favorite pleated leather skirt for work, or unbuttoned with a tee shirt and boyfriend jeans for the weekend. It definitely isn't in the budget this month, but I'm hoping to be able to afford it in March - or that the birthday fairy brings it to me at the end of the month. You guys, I'm turning thirty! And all I want for my birthday is sequins. There's something wrong with this picture ;)

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Cutest LBD


Dress (sizes keep popping in and out of stock so keep checking! I also love this one and this one) - Felicity & Coco / Heels (these are surprisingly comfortable, I also want them in black!) - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar / Clutch (similar and budget option) - Target (this is the insert from another bag)

How did we get to Thursday again?! I swear, the weeks go by so fast these days - not that I'm complaining that we're almost at the weekend. I get Monday off of work for President's Day (which was a surprise to me - I just realized it haha ;) which means three day weekend!! Jeff doesn't get the day off so I'm planning on using it for a lot of me time - hopefully a barre class, a mani pedi, and a little organizing are on the menu.

I think part of the reason why this week felt so short was because of Valentine's Day. Jeff usually works from home most weeknights (and I'm usually busy freelancing or blogging!) so our weeknights usually follow a pretty standard routine. It was so fun to break up that routine with a mid-week date night!

Let me tell you, I heard so many people complaining this year about how they didn't want to go out to dinner for Valentine's Day because of the crowds and the prices, but that was not the reality I experienced. Seriously, the restaurant we went to wasn't even full (and you usually need reservations even on a weeknight!) and didn't have a fancy special menu. Maybe all of the Valentine's Day haters out there helped us out because we ended up having a great night (thanks in part to that bottle of wine we shared ;)

I don't usually dress up for Valentine's Day - Chicago is seriously so casual that I really only ever see people dressed up for New Year's. I decided to go for it this year though, because, you know, dressing up is fun. Plus, I managed to snag this pretty bell-sleeve dress on sale - it was initially sold out, but I stalked it obsessively enough to notice when my size was available again and jumped on it. The dress is really just a simple black shift, but the pretty lace-trimmed sleeves make it! Paired with some pretty blush accessories (would you believe that the clutch is actually the insert from one of my work bags?!) and I was Valentine's ready. Well, my hair helps too ;)










Dress (sizes keep popping in and out of stock so keep checking! I also love this one and this one) - Felicity & Coco / Heels (these are surprisingly comfortable, I also want them in black!) - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar / Clutch (similar and budget option) - Target (this is the insert from another bag)

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