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Shorts: Revolve (also here) // Shirt: Loft (sold out); Similar // Bag: Sole Society

When I first started blogging I featured SO many extremely affordable pieces of clothing.  While I loved those pieces at the time, I currently own about 10% of them.  Why? Because I was so excited about the inexpensive prices and great ‘deals’ I was getting that I overlooked the quality and ended up with lots of items that only lasted through a few washes.  I also was much more into trends than I am now, trends that didn’t last or ones that I no longer loved the following season.  Don’t get me wrong, I still buy certain trend items but I am much more picky about my selections and try to think about what I will wear long term.

If you’ve been reading along for the past few months you’ve probably (maybe?) noticed that I am all about buying staple pieces lately.  Basically, I’m realizing that donating clothes every few months is ridiculous, especially when I’m donating items I’ve barely worn.  A lot of times those items are ones that I bought on sale and I just couldn’t pass them up for the price.  Nowadays, when I try something that is discounted or on sale I try my best to disregard the price and ask myself “If this were $100 would I buy it?”  I am no longer purchasing pieces because of the prices, I’m purchasing them because I love them. I can’t live without them.  They complete me.  We were meant to be together.   Okay, a tad dramatic there but I hope you’re catching my drift.  That being said, I purchased these shorts for over $100!! WHAT?! Who am I?  Last year I would have NEVER paid that much for a pair of shorts, let alone admit it.  I also spent last Summer continuously wearing whichever shorts in my closet I hated the least.  Finding a pair of shorts that fit just right is a struggle.  I’ve tried SO many over the past few months, none which were worthy of purchasing.  I had my eyes on these for a few weeks and continuously read any reviews I could find about them before pulling the trigger.  I knew I could have them delivered with no shipping cost and no return shipping cost so I had nothing to lose…and everything to gain! The shorts fit perfect and I quickly decided that I will be wearing these non-stop this Summer.

The skin bearing months of Summer are tough ones.  There’s no denying that it’s a bit tougher to hide parts of our bodies that we feel insecure about.  We can’t just throw on some dark slimming skinny jeans and an oversized sweater and call it day.  My lower body is definitely an area that I struggle with and if a pair of $100 shorts make me feel more comfortable for a few months then heck yes they are worth it!  They also come in a darker wash which you better believe I will be buying if they ever go on sale.

Now it’s back to working for the weekend.  We are so close! Happy Friday Eve, friends!

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Photos by Brittany Hill Photography

 

Cardigan: Gap // Tee: Madewell (best t-shirt!)/ Jeans: Gap // Sneakers: Old; love this pair! // Bag: Kate Spade Outlet; Similar

If you haven’t caught on by now let me spell it out for you- I L-O-V-E CARDIGANS.  I have more cardigans in my closet than I do shoes, jeans, shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses.  I can basically have a cardi party every day of the month without re-wearing any of them.  So… you’d think since I have so many I would chill out on buying more? You’re WRONG.  I CAN’T STOP.  I could be addicted to worse things, right?

I was instantly sold on this one because it is 100% cotton.  As I’ve mentioned I am very picky about itchy fabrics (I’m talking about you, wool) so when I find a sweater that is 100% cotton I do a quick happy dance and reach for my wallet.  I am loving the neutral color, ribbed texture and length of this one.  It also comes in blush and navy- I am so tempted to get another. I paired this one with my new white denim for a casual Spring look and it will definitely be tagging along with me for all those chilly Spring and Summer nights.

I am so excited for some warmer temps that are coming this weekend.  My bestie will be in town for her bridal shower and I cannot wait to hang with all my favorite gal pals!  It’s officially wedding season and I don’t hate it!  Hope you all have some fun plans brewing.

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gap-poplin-shirtJeans: Gap // Shirt: Gap // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bag: Similar 

If you had told 17 year old Hollister-jean-wearing-Jessica that she would be wearing straight leg jeans before her 30’s she would have laughed/cringed/cried.   Following my distressed Hollister jean phase I turned to skinny jeans.  While at times tight and restricting, they’ve been by my side through the Freshman 15, my post college days, the recent years of my slowing metabolism and everything in between.  Yes, my jeans and I have our own little love story.  I have a few boyfriend jeans sprinkled in the mix but straight leg ‘mom jeans’ never made the cut…until now. I started my hunt for a relaxed fit, mid to high rise jean a few weeks ago and soon realized that all the boyfriend/girlfriend/mom jeans were just not working for my shape.  Every jean that was supposed to have a ‘relaxed’ fit either fit my thighs like leggings or flattened my butt to nonexistence.  I decided to try on this straight leg pair because I clearly needed to look for something different.  I was SO pleasantly surprised by them.  It was the slightly relaxed fit I was looking for without being too sloppy, a comfortable mid-rise, and the perfect width for a leg opening.  Gap has really been speaking to me lately, probably because I’ve been stocking up on lots of timeless wardrobe staples.  I picked up this striped popover along with another blue and white striped shirt a few weeks ago.  I’ll take all the blue & white stripes that I can get!

Is this week dragging for anyone else?  March and April are always a struggle for me because there are no holidays for which we get off of work. C’mon MDW, I’m waiting for ya!  Its pretty pathetic that I have such a hard time working a consistent 5 day work week.  And with that, it’s bedtime for this chick/grandma.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Jeans: Madewell // Shirt: Similar // Coat: Ralph Lauren; similar option // Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale!) // Bag: Similar (love the tassel on this one!)

I have been all about adding more ‘wardrobes staples’ to my closet in the past few months.  I guess I have finally realized it is WAY too sad cleaning out my closet every few months and realizing how many ‘trendy’ items I have purchased that barely see the light of day.  I really hate knowing that I have wasted money on items that will only be worn for a season or two.  Thats not to say I won’t still buy some trendy pieces, but I always make sure that I am spending a lot less on them.  I have finally kicked the mindset that it’s silly to spend a lot on simple items like a white t-shirt, a classic cable-knit sweater or a pair of nude pumps because they aren’t ‘fun.’  That thought is RIDICULOUS because those are some of the exact items I SHOULD be splurging on considering they will never go out of style.

This camel coat is something I know I will have for years.  The simple and classic silhouette makes it easy to style.  I paired this with yet another staple, a simple white button down.  This is another piece I have learned to purchase carefully as I have bought so many affordable options that wrinkle with wear and do not hold their shape.  Wrinkled clothes are just the worst!  Who wants to sit around an iron something after every wear? NOT ME!

I hope you are all having an awesome weekend.  We are having a super lazy day…as in I’ve already taken two naps and have barely moved from the bed.  Yesterday was spent getting new brakes on my care (thrilling, I know) and scouting out some more wedding venues.  We may have found the one (eeeeks FINALLY) which I’ll share more about once it is all finalized!

 

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Jeans: Madewell // Shirt: Loft (old); Similar // Sweater: Gap // Shoes: Similar (I have these in biege) // Bag: Kate Spade (outlet find!) love this one

Did I really go more than a month without blogging?!  I’m not sure how that happened because I honestly haven’t been TOO busy.  With the start of the new year I have taken some time to step back and start brainstorming some new ideas for my space here on the world wide web so I hope to have some fresh new content and fun series coming soon! Being that its been awhile I figured I’d catch you up on my not so exciting life because you are all dying to know what’s new with me, right?!

My office moved to a new location which just so happens to be next to a pretty awesome mall.  This is great news for my closet and dangerous news for my wallet.  ‘Lunch’ breaks have a whole new meaning.  If my coworkers ask what I had for lunch the most accurate response would be ‘some Nordstrom with a side of Loft and Banana Republic.’  I’m kind of hungry these days.

I have looked at not one, not two, not three but wedding FOUR venues.  It only took me 6 months andddddd I don’t think any of them are ‘the one.’  OY.  I am really excited to see two others that are close by, one with an industrial look to it and it’s sort of a blank slate which is awesome.  I don’t know exactly what I am looking for but I do know that I don’t want your typical ballroom wedding.  Hopefully I’ll have a venue picked in the next few weeks and then off to bhldn I go!

My fitness talk has sort of completely dwindled on here but I wanted to update you guys.  I haven’t talked about fitness mostly because I have felt a bit uncomfortable giving advice or stating my opinions when I don’t have any fitness certifications.  I felt like every post involving fitness had to have some disclaimer stating that I am not a professional.  It’s a bit silly and I really would like to start incorporating more fitness/nutrition chat on the blog I’m just not sure of how but I do have some ideas brewing.  Anyways, back to the update…I have restarted BBG.  If you’ve been reading for awhile you know I am a big fan of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide.  It’s a routine that really works for me.  The workouts are never more than 45 minutes and I can do the resistance circuits from home with a few pieces of equipment!  Working out is not so bad when you can watch The Affair or Grey’s Anatomy while you’re at it.

And lastly, tomorrow I am going skiing for my first.time.ever.  Pray for me!  Haha just kidding…sort of.  I am not all that coordinated so it should be interesting.   Jeremy is planning on teaching me so there’s a good chance that one of us (ahem Jeremy) will lose our (his) patience.  We are driving up to the Berkshires today, fueling up on something yummy for dinner and hitting the slopes tomorrow!

Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!