Category Archives: Fashion

lazy chic {workwear wednesday}

This outfit is what I call ‘lazy chic’. Lazy because when I woke up to go to work early this morning, I just wanted something quick and easy to throw on that still made me feel professional and put-together. Sleek black maxi dress plus my tried and true J. Crew field jacket FTW!

What’s happened in the last few weeks:

  • Mom is doing her weekly infusions; she’s having some reactions but seems to be alright.
  • I went to Vegas last week for my first ever marketing conference. I got to spend time with one of my best friends, ate lots of amazing food, and learned a lot. But I was so ready to come home. Vegas is overwhelming!
  • Wes took down our ailing back deck (it was a big one) due to the termite infestation {don’t even get me started}. I’m looking forward to having a nice patio and maybe even a screened-in porch.
  • Spring is everywhere! Our azaleas are blooming and they are so beautiful, I wanted to include them in my pictures.

If you like Workwear Wednesday, head on over to Justine’s blog to see what’s she’s wearing this week.

misook maxi dress, j crew field jacket, melissa shoes

misook maxi dress, j crew field jacket, melissa shoes

misook maxi dress, j crew field jacket, melissa shoes

What about y’all? What is your go-to “lazy chic” outfit?
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Outfit deets:
Dress: Misook, consignment
Jacket: J. Crew Field Jacket, thrifted
Necklace: thrifted Mignon Faget belt buckle that I turned into a necklace
Shoes: Melissa, ebay

my worst purchases of 2016

#1:  Brooks Brothers Supima cotton five-pocket jeans, $62 on sale (plus $15 for tailoring) – no longer avail.

I was really excited about these made in the USA jeans. When they arrived I tried them on immediately and they fit well. After wearing once, they got so loose, they almost fell off. Additionally, the indigo dye got over everything. It was super annoying (even though we expect at least a little bit of this). I took them into Brooks Brothers for tailoring, figuring out that they know their products best so they’d tailor them nicely. Well, they did a bad job tailoring (the tailor never even took measurements or made markings on the fabric and the actual sewing is SO messy, as if done my a small child), even though taking in the waist isn’t that difficult. So much so that when I picked up the jeans, the waist was sooo small.

Verdict: I’ve lost a few pounds so the waist fits well and I’m keeping them but I still regret spending $77 on the jeans. I will not be buying Brooks Brothers jeans or using their tailoring services again.

vintage Doncaster blazer, Halogen polka dot shirt, Brooks Brothers jeans, Frye Jackie Rivet short boots

#2: GAP denim jeggings, $13.57 from ThredUp

These pants were a hot mess from the get-go. They were loose and sloppy-looking even though they were new. I washed them over and over again but couldn’t stop the dye from getting all over EVERYTHING, including my hands, shoes, and tops. After wearing them for an hour or two, they became baggy and loose. I’m glad I only paid $13ish for these jeggings because if I had paid the full GAP price, I would have been mad. These pants made me really rethink buying GAP jeans because the quality was so bad.

Verdict: I ended up donating them.

GAP jeggings / image from ThredUp
Photo courtesy of ThredUp

#3: LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse, $46 – no longer avail.

I loved the print and look of this shirt but it never really fit me well. I was clearly between two sizes. Because of my slightly chubby arms, I had to size up even though my waist is a bit on the slimmer side. So that means it was super loose in the waist area and the sleeves were too long – it just looked not great. I can’t really believe I spent $46 on this shirt. It’s okay but it’s definitely not worth that much.

Verdict: Now that I’ve lost weight the shirt actually looks comically large on me. I plan on consigning it, because I only wore it maybe twice and it’s a nice shirt.

LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse
Photo courtesy of LOFT

#4: NYDJ Briella Roll-Cuff Jean Short, $28 (on sale at Amazon)

I had such high hopes for these shorts. When I first put them on, they felt really good and looked really good. However, after a few hours on, they got so loose. Then after wearing them once, the stitching on the pockets began to unravel. Everything about these shorts screams “meh” and the quality is not at all what I would expect from NYDJ. I needed them for a trip this summer so I just kept them and wore them all summer (saggy butt and all) but I doubt they still fit now. Also I was disappointed that they’re made in China and not in the US like many of NYDJ’s other products. Thumbs down.

Verdict: I’ll try them again in the spring and see if they’re worth fixing up (I still really like how high-waisted they are). Maybe for $15 I can get them hemmed and get the waist taken in. If not then they will be donated and I won’t be buying any more of the NYDJ not made in the USA stuff.

nydj-briella-roll-cuff-jean-short
photo courtesy of Amazon

 

What do you think? Do you have any regrettable purchases from the last year? Tell us about them in the comments?

current fall favorites {workwear wednesday}

This workwear wednesday’s been a tough one after yesterday’s disappointing news, but we’ll persevere and unite. Because that’s what we do…

Meanwhile, here are some of my current favorite fall staples:
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Isn’t my new headband/earwarmer AWESOME? My awesome friend and coworker Nicole made it just for me. If you like it, you should check out her Etsy store and request a custom project – she can make one just like it for you!

Don’t forget to check out what Justine is featuring on her blog for workwear wednesday !

Outfit Details:
Top: Lands’ End, thrifted
Earwarmer: See above!
Skirt: Etcetera, thrifted
Boots: Born, thrifted
Tights: old

october 2016 budget

Y’all, I went a little crazy with my makeup purchases this month. I know I should just stay away from Sephora. I went in the store to get ONE thing–new eyebrow stuff–and ended up spending $100.

Here’s what I got:

I also got some clothes and shoes (duh, I love this stuff).


Thrifted:

  • Miz Mooz Michelle shoes $2
  • Ralph Lauren burgundy corduroy jacket $4
  • Gap plaid button down $3.59
  • J Crew blue skinnies $3.59
  • Michael Stars long sleeved top $3.59
  • Drew cut-out blouse $3.59

New:

  • Express portofino shirt $21 clearance
  • North face venture jacket $75 REI on sale
  • NYDJ jeans $15 Nordstrom rack clearance

Total spent on makeup: $100
Total spent on clothes: $131.36

How did you to do this month?

As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

5 reasons to shop local

I’m sure I’m not the only one to espouse the benefits of shopping local. I’ve noticed that recently I prefer shopping locally at a store (and even thrifting!) than buying items online, even though I know sometimes it’s necessary. Here are my 5 reasons why I think you should shop local:

  1. Your money goes to support a local family instead of a corporation. That family uses the money from their store to take care of their kids, support the local community, and grow their business.
  2. You get to see and touch the items before you buy. For me, I have a hard time fitting in clothes and/or shoes unless I already know the cut or the brand. At a local boutique, you can try out new brands, styles, and cuts without having to deal with mailing back returns. You can use all your senses from sight to smell to pick a favorite piece to take home (think luscious leather bag!).
  3. You get personal attention. If you need help picking out that perfect gift for Mom, stopping by a local boutique is a good way to find something with the help of an expert. They’ll spend the time to help you find what you’re looking for.
  4. You might make new friends. I know this sounds a bit unusual, but take it from my personal experience that when you frequent a small local shop, you tend to see the same folks there and eventually you get to know each other. You might even make a few new friends!
  5. You might find a trendy surprise! Local boutiques often get unusual, handmade, vintage, or hard-to-find pieces. So if you’re looking for that trendy yet one-of-a-kind of piece of jewelry, purse, or dress, check out your local boutique!

Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina

I’ve hopefully convinced you that shopping local is the best. Now let me introduce y’all to a great local shop that I had the pleasure of visiting last night. Peachy Keen {yes you can shop online!} is a trendy local boutique in Cary, North Carolina that shares a space with an amazing fine jewelry consignment shop, Joint Venture Jewelry.  I’ve sort of known the lovely family that owns the shop for a while, as they sold my hubby and I my gorgeous engagement ring back in 2008. So when I was invited to a VIP event at Peachy Keen, I was excited to check out the new space (they had moved a few years back).

Peachy Keen has a lovely selection of Liebeskind Berlin bags, lovely clothes (even Johnny Was), jeans, shoes, and jewelry. I had no idea that I’d be coming home with two pairs of Melissa shoes for myself and a lovely Hobo International wallet for my mom’s birthday–all on sale.

Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl - Shoes Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl -- Melissa Harmonic Sandals

If you’re local to the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary), go check out Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary. If you’re not local, you can still shop online.
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And if you are local, I’d like to invite you to some upcoming events in Cary, NC:

  • Joint Venture Jewelry’s 18th Anniversary Winesday Party 
    • August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Joint Venture Jewelry
    • Joint Venture Jewelry is inviting Triangle residents to celebrate its 18th Anniversary in style! Come sip wine and sparkle! There will be a special wine tasting as well as storewide sales and exclusive offers.
    • Visit www.jointventurejewelry.com for more information.
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Keen’s 4th Birthday Party
    • August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Triangle residents are invited to come celebrate the milestone with fabulous sales, a tasty food truck and trendy trunk shows including Paige Denim!
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show 
    • September 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Shop for a cause at Peachy Keen! Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. with live music, a braid bar, tasty food and Peachy Keen models showing off the hottest fall fashions. All benefits go toward Headbands of Hope and Duke Children’s Hospital.