Factory fix

I’m visiting my parents on the coast (of Mississippi) this week while the kiddos go to a sea camp and learn how to be “Coast rats”.  With no cleaning, cooking, or dog-walking to do for the first time in…..FOREVER!! I figured I’d take advantage of the extra time to myself and hit the outlet malls.  As always, my first stop was the J. Crew Factory to get my fix.  Y’all. I don’t think I’ve ever walked into one of these and walked out empty-handed. It’s just that good.  And right now, they are offering an additional 50% off of all clearance items with code SUPERCLEAR, making them ridiculously great deals. Here’s my roundup of my faves:

Blue check skirt // Blue tank // Yellow Necklace // Gold Slides

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First up is this bright blue buffalo check sidewalk skirt with a gathered waist for only $22.49. It’s a linen-cotton material and oh-so-comfy and lightweight, making it a truly perfect option for an outdoor event like a company picnic, wedding shower, bridal lunch, etc. I’m wearing a size 0 because it ran sorta big, so definitely size up for a better fit. The top runs TTS and is a super-soft garment dyed tank that could just as easily be paired with jean shorts. At $9.99, I’d grab one in a couple of colors if I were you! I couldn’t find the exact necklace online, so I linked one in the same yellow color but in a different style. The gold Boardwalk slides aren’t on clearance, but at $29.50, they’re still a great deal in my opinion and will quickly become your go-to sandals.

Clearly I can’t get enough of this blue and yellow combo because oops! I did it again with this blue linen embroidered dress and yellow necklace.  This could work as a coverup or a dress, and the fit and length are perfect for either! The clearance price for the dress is $29.99 and it runs TTS.

Blue linen floral dress // Yellow necklace // Gold slides

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This sunny-colored fringe tank has been on my wish list for a while thanks to its thick straps that conceal bra straps and fun fringe details.  It’s under $20 right now and I’m wearing a small, so I’d say it runs TTS.  It also comes in several other colors, but I love how the yellow looks with these madras shorts that are now only $14.99. They are the 5″ length, which seems to be the most popular, and a super-soft pre-washed cotton material that will have you grabbing for them over and over again.

Yellow fringe tank // Madras shorts // Gold slides

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I’m also crushing on this little white embroidered dress (which comes in navy too)  and think it would be perfect for date night, lunch with a friend, or even as a coverup. I’m all about multi-functional clothing and this one certainly is! The material is thick enough not to show anything underneath and the length is perfect at right above the knee. It’s currently on sale for $44.99 and I’m wearing a small.

White embroidered dress // Yellow necklace // Gold slides

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I’m not sure whether this is a coverup or a dress or to be left to one’s imagination, but I absolutely loved the fit and versatility of it.  The orange (Cerise) color was so fun, but it also came in white, and since it’s fully lined, it’s a great option too! I dressed it up with this navy chain link necklace and the same gold slides for a look that could take you from the pool to a restaurant and everywhere in between! At only $14.99, this is a must-buy in my book!

Orange gauze dress // Navy link necklace // Gold Slides

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So now that I’ve gotten my J. Crew Factory fix, it’s your turn! Don’t miss out on their great clearance items that are 50% off right now, but going fast!

 

 

Red white and swoon

My neighborhood is pretty dang awesome. I can say that because it was like that long before my family moved in and will likely be that way long after.  For example, this Independence Day, we’ll all dress up in our patriotic attire, decorate our wagons, strollers, and bikes, and parade behind a firetruck down to the neighborhood clubhouse. Once we’re there, we’ll play games, swim, and eat grilled hot dogs and hamburgers like a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue. It really is idyllic.

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So when it came time to plan my outfit for the big day this year, I was thrilled to see so many fun and patriotic options at none other than Charming Charlie. If you’ve been reading my blog all along, you know I’ve been “Charmed by Charlie” before, and this time was no exception. Their prices are fantastic, they run wonderful promotions, and their items are always fresh and stylish and a little bit whimsical.

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I mean, how cute is this navy and white striped tank? I’m wearing a small, so I’d say it was TTS, and it’s only $19. But the best part? The back! Look at that bow detail!! You could wear it alone, over a swimsuit, or even over a cute lace bralette. Either way, it’s comfy, easy, and super cute!

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And that red star purse? Who cares if I’m going to a pool party? I’m bringing this purse come hell or high water! It’s just too cute to leave at home. It’s vegan leather, features a crossbody strap, and is just the right size for all of my necessities. I also found some other great accessories that really helped complete this fun and festive outfit.

The red, white, and blue ball earrings, known as “The Austin”, are only $12 and really round out this outfit, especially if you are wearing it beyond the pool. The straw fedora with the red, white, and blue band is $15 and let’s be honest, is it really a pool party without a fedora? I think not. That means for the whole outfit, we’re talking less than $60. So, if you want to go out with a bang this 4th, check out Charming Charlie’s “Americana” line and have your friends “Red, White, and Swoon” over your outfit! Happy 4th y’all!

 

Love Loft

To know Loft is to love Loft. Between their stylish clothes, multiple size options, and constant sales, what’s not to love? I stopped in the other day to see what was new and it took more willpower than I’d like to admit to walk away without half the store. Right now, all sale items are 40% off! Here are just a few of the items on sale that are worth sharing…..

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The one-shoulder eyelet top is a summer staple and at $23, there’s no reason not to scoop it up! I’m wearing a small, but I would have preferred an XS. Either way, the elastic under the arm made me feel comfortable and I wasn’t worried about any slippage, so if you have to size up, no biggie. The tie front coral shorts were also pretty darn cute and super comfy to boot.  They are also on sale for $23 and I am wearing a 2, but could have used a 0 in my opinion, thanks to the elastic waist and the tie-front detail.

Next up, are two super cute dresses that have totally different looks but are equally great!  This Cabana shift dress didn’t seem like anything special on the rack, but I loved it on! It was a great length, very comfortable, and would have been fabulous styled with the right jewelry and shoes.  The sale price on this is $47 and I’m wearing an XXSP, which was fine, but I totally could have sized up to an XSP.  I’m 5′ 4”, so I’m probably on the tall end of petite, but the length on this one worked for me, but keep that in mind if you are any taller.

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I also really loved this romantic Flora dress. It’s not my usual look, but I found it very flattering and I could see myself grabbing it for church, a day wedding, a baby shower, or something similar. I love the girly details like the flutter sleeves, pleats, and midi length. Sometimes it’s nice to depart from your typical style, and this was proof in point for me! I’m wearing a 0, so I think it’s true to size.

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While not on the sale rack, per se, these cute “Lemonade” print items are currently on “special sale” and they are, get this, 50% off!  The mixed media sleeveless top is $22 and the Riviera striped shorts are $24 and I absolutely love the stripe and lemon print combo together! I’m wearing an XS in the top and a 0 in the shorts, so I think they’re both true to size.

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And this lemon print halter dress is just perfection…..fresh, classy, flattering…..it’s everything and at $44, it’s also a no-brainer! I’m wearing a size 2, but would have liked to try on a 0. I had a little more room than I wanted, but that also made it super comfy, so that’s something to think about of course.

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Do you love Loft like I do? Check out their sales in stores and online because there’s so much to love!

A lesson in Anthropologie

Anthropologie is sort of an anomaly in my book…..it’s got the feel of a boutique with the convenience of a national store.  I love that when you buy something there, as is true with a boutique, you won’t see it on everyone you know. But because it’s a huge retailer, it provides you with the option of online ordering. The prices aren’t cheap, that’s for sure. But the quality and unique nature of their items is what keeps me coming back.

I stopped by yesterday to scope out what was on their sale racks, which were an additional 25% off, and found several gems I’m happy to share here. First up is this cute summer shorts and top combo. The high rise side-button shorts have a great stretch to them, are the perfect length, and I love the coral and navy color combo.  They are $37 with the sale and I’m wearing a size 2, so I think they run true to size. The tie-front navy top is also a winner with it’s cute bow-front detail and the back is just as interesting. I’m wearing an XS and could have probably still sized down and it’s under $30 with the sale.

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I also found several cute summer dresses on the sale rack that are worth mentioning. My favorite is this Kalyn Halter dress. The top is a thick white knit material and the bottom is a striped textile weave in super cute colors. It ran a little small in my opinion….I’m wearing a 2 but would have felt a little more comfortable in a size 4 I think. All in all though, at $75, this is a great dress for a summer party!

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I also really loved this teal tunic dress for $75. With it’s super comfy material and great details like front pockets and shirt tail hem, it was easy to picture this dress styled in so many ways…..dressed up with some heels and a long necklace or down with sandals as pictured below. Either way, it was coming home with me 😉  I’m wearing an XS so I’d say it runs TTS.

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Lastly, is this navy floral peasant dress. I’m not usually one to sport the bohemian look, but this one spoke to me with it’s off the shoulder sleeves and tiny floral eyelet pattern.  I loved it with sandals, but could really dig it with some platform wedges or even cowboy boots! I’m wearing a size 2, making it true to size, and it is on sale for a steal at $30!

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So, the lesson for today is how to make upscale fashion affordable at Anthropologie and there are four key things you’ll want to make note of:

  1. Shop their sale racks online and in person
  2. Sign up for email alerts so that you know when they are having additional promotions. For example, they will feature an extra 25% off of regular priced dresses, tops, or bottoms and the only way to know is to sign up to stay informed.
  3. Join Anthroperks and be the first to shop sales, get invited to special events, and even get a special discount for your birthday
  4. As an Anthroperks member, you can also get free shipping when you buy $150 or more. As long as you have a store nearby, you can return whatever sizes and items don’t work for free.

Class dismissed!

Bosom buddies

So strapless bras, in my experience, have been sort of a necessary evil for me. We all hate them, but we have to have them, especially during the summer months when strappy tops and dresses are on repeat. About two years ago, I bought this bra on the recommendation from another blogger, and it’s been my saving grace time and time again.

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It creates a smooth appearance, keeps the girls locked and loaded, and is pretty comfy to boot.   My only complaint, if there was one, would be the price. $65 for a bra isn’t that big of a deal since it does the job and does it well, but still…..I always hesitate when recommending it for that reason.

Fastforward to several weeks ago when I finally admitted I needed another strapless bra in my wardrobe. There’s only so much laundry this busy mama can do and about half of my closet requires a strapless bra now that it’s so warm.  I did some online research, read lots of reviews, and ordered multiple bras to try at home to see if I could find a cheaper alternative that was just as great as my trusty Red Carpet Convertible bra by Wacoal.  Good news people!  Mission accomplished!  Meet my new best friend….

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The B Enticing strapless bra by Wacoal’s b. tempt’d line is every bit as supportive as the Red Carpet one I’ve been using for the past two years.  In fact, I kind of like it better and here’s why. First off, it has a wide hook and eye closure on the side under your arms so you don’t have any weird lumps down your back.  This, my friends, is pure genius!  The uninterrupted lace band this creates on your back just begs to be shown off! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner, I wonder?

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Second, I love the pretty lace overlay, which is way better than the plain Jane material on the Red Carpet bra.  And it’s subtle so as not to create any strange bumps under your shirt.  Who doesn’t love pretty lingerie, right? And at $44, it’s about 30% less than the Red Carpet Convertible bra, making it an all-around great deal.  So, if you don’t have a strapless bra that you love, and chances are you don’t if you are in the vast majority, make this bra your next purchase!  You and the girls will both be happy, trust me!

 

 

Check please!

I love a good check……it’s classic and fresh all at the same time and practically goes with everything. What’s not to love? The other day I snagged this cute lil’ thang at Marshall’s (surprise! not!) for $12.99 and have been thinking about all the fun ways I can wear it: with white jeans like below……

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paired with denim shorts, on top of colorful skinny cropped jeans, with white shorts, over a great solid-colored pencil skirt……the options are endless! So I’ve pulled together some similar shirts from various online stores that are all affordable (under $30!), fresh and fashionable, just like my trusty new find.

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  1.  V-Neck bow-tie gingham top – $11.00
  2. Gingham peplum cami top – $11.00
  3. Split bow back button up gingham top – $26.99
  4. V-neck gingham peplum top – $28.00

Whichever one you choose, just remember to say, “check please”!

Slide into style

Gold slides are all the rage this summer and when something so effortless is considered en vogue, I’m an automatic fan.  I love that you can throw them on with shorts or glam them up with a dress for an easy-breezy look with lots of style. But there are so many to choose from–who can pick? Here are my faves to date….

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  1. Cammila gold cross slide – $26.98
  2. Report Farrel slide – $30.00
  3. Steve Madden Getdown slide – $40.16
  4. Lina strappy slide – $15.99
  5. Prudence by Mad Love Birkenstock dupe – $22.99
  6. Nine West Deasia slide – $34.41
  7. Boardwalk sandal – $29.50

Top tees

If you haven’t been in an H&M in a while, you might be surprised to find how much it has evolved. It used to be my go-to store for a night out on the town or a special occasion and was definitely a place I didn’t want or need to spend much money since everything was so trendy. But I popped in the other day on a whim and was shocked to find several t-shirts that were anything but basic.

This heather grey tee has a black and white gingham shirttail, which really dresses it up, and is a great background for a fun necklace. I’ve paired it here with my favorite white cropped skinny jeans for a lunch date with a friend. I’m wearing a small and it fit well in my opinion, but I am a little concerned about how it will do after a wash so am considering exchanging it for a medium. I can’t seem to find it online but they had plenty in the store so if you are interested, definitely head to your nearest H&M. It’s a must-try!

cropped skinny jeans // multi-strand necklace // rose gold sandals

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Next I tried on these two pink tops with ruffles—one on the sleeves and one on the waist. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more, so I just got them both. Problem solved! I’m wearing a small in both so I’d say they run true to size. Unfortunately, I can’t find the bell sleeve one online, but they had it in store so you can try your luck there for sure!

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And last, but not least, the dupe to one of my favorite tees from Nordstrom (the B.P. twist front tee). I found this great blush color in the store, but only white is available online. At only $12.99, compared to the B.P. one that is $22, this jersey tie top is a great value and will soon become a staple in your closet with both shorts and jeans. I’m wearing a medium, so definitely size up!

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Stripes today and always

I’ve never met a striped shirt I didn’t like (or have to have) but the blue and white variation is my newest obsession.  I keep thinking that I have enough only to see one more I just can’t live without. So in honor of Memorial Day, I’m highlighting some of my favorite blue and white striped tops of the summer because there is nothing more classic or patriotic than stripes…..okay, maybe stars, but you get where I’m going with this, right?

I wore this cute striped top to a baby shower a week ago and it was a Marshall’s find for $12.99 that I just couldn’t leave the store without. I love the cold shoulder style and the white contrast on the neckline, meaning I didn’t need a necklace and my tassel earrings became the focus.

Similar cold shoulder top // White cropped jeans // cage block heels //

pink tassel earrings

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I also picked up this great top with a tie front waist the other day at Marshall’s and while it was a bit more at $24.99, still a steal in my book. I love that although it’s blue and white striped like the first top, it feels like a totally different look. And that’s the thing about blue and white stripes. Depending on the cut of the shirt, the variation in the stripes, or even the fabric, they can feel completely unique, allowing you to buy several without feeling like you are always on repeat.

Similar tie-front top // similar coral jeans (40% off w/ code VACAY) // rose gold Birkenstock dupes from Target

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And here are some other blue and white striped tops you won’t want to miss in a variety of styles and cuts. Pick one or choose them all for a timeless look that is very on-trend right now!

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  1. Off the shoulder ruffle stripe top – $14
  2. Cold shoulder stripe top – $29.75
  3. Striped placket shirt – $29.99
  4. Striped one shoulder top – $34.99
  5. Pinstripe peplum top – $23.99
  6. One shoulder stripe top with bows – $39

Who What Wear have I been?

I don’t know where I’ve been but I totally missed the memo on the new “Who What Wear” line at Target. But the other day, I was strolling through the aisles just relishing one of my last kid-free days before summer break when my eye caught a glimpse of some of the most stylish pieces I’d seen in a loooong time at Target. Unfortunately, it looked like most were plus sizes, but I did manage to find one smaller size in this top and shorts combo.

I’m wearing an XS in both and they fit well, but they aren’t listed online anymore, so I’m guessing it’s either sold out or an in-store purchase only. But that did give me an idea…..when I got home, I checked out the online selection and was thrilled to find much more in my size. I quickly ordered a few items and when they came in, I was not disappointed.

Bell sleeve white crochet top dress // red gingham wedges

I love the classic lines but trendy details that these pieces offer. It’s effortless and chic and totally affordable. Plus, it seems really well-made for the price. The dresses were lined, the seams were finished nicely, and they did not skimp on the details. I will say that most of the items had more of a modest cut, which is kind of refreshing for Target, but may be an issue on petite sizes or anyone on the short size. I’m 5′ 4″ and I felt like I could have used a hem on both the dresses, but they were still “fine” by most standards. For reference, I’m wearing an XS in everything and had more than enough room.

Chambray tie sleeve shift // red gingham wedges

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Birdcage skirt // cognac wedge espadrilles

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So if you haven’t checked out Target’s new “Who What Wear” line, my advice is to head online for the best selection.  Nothing I chose was over $35 plus there’s free shipping with purchases of $35 or more.  You can always return it to your local Target store if it doesn’t work, so order multiple sizes if you are unsure what might work best for you.