OOTD, whale sweater edition

I’m really into this whale print sweater. It’s such a weird thing that I just had to buy it (at J. Crew, and it was on sale!) as soon as I saw it.


Of course, I got coffee splatters on my white pants as soon as I got to work >_____>, but they were still fine when I took these pictures! And it did wash out in the end!




Sweater: J. Crew (looks like it’s sold out, this one is similar) | Pants: White House Black Market (they only have the ankle length ones at this point) | Flats: J. Crew (sold out, these are similar and on sale!) | Bracelet: Forever21, old | Earrings: Groupon Goods



Hope everyone is enjoying some warmer weather where you are! It’s been pretty nice here recently and spring is finally starting to happen.


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OOTD(s), flat shoes edition

This past weekend, I stubbed my toe so hard that it was red and swollen for days afterward. It was  very painful. In fact, it’s still a little sore today on Thursday. So I’ve been stuck in boring flat shoes for the past few days.




Mint polka dot blazer – Kohl’s (old, this one from Modcloth is similar but in white and gray) | Tee – J. Crew Factory | Skirt – Express (this one from Kohl’s is fairly similar) | Shoes – Kohl’s (old, and fairly unique)!) | Jewelry – Target, Groupon Goods, etc.


And another outfit!




Shirt and scarf – Kohl’s (similar) | Pants – J. Crew (similar) | Shoes – Can’t remember, but these from Target are similar | Bracelet – Vintage



Lighting’s a little off but here’s a makeup picture!


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Sparkly flats OOTD

This is an outfit I wore earlier this week and am just now getting around to blogging, but it’s not like it much matters because it’s been just that cold and gray every day that I could have worn this outfit last week, or two weeks ago, or this coming week, and it would be fine every time. Ugh, where are you spring?!




My sweater is from New York & Company, but it’s a few years old and I don’t think they sell it any more. This one from Express is similar in style, and this one from Tommy Hilfiger (at Macy’s) is similar in color but is cable-knit. I have no idea where the shirt is from, but it’s probably H&M. I like the way their button-front shirts fit as they aren’t too big through the waist. Khaki pants and sparkly shoes are both J. Crew. Here’s a similar pair of pants;  and sadly, the shoes are no longer available and I can’t find anything else just like them on their website.


Makeup pic:



I’m obsessed with this eye shadow color — it’s DiorShow Fusion Mono in Hypnotique. It’s such an interesting color because it manages to be both a plummy purple and a brownish-gray taupe. It also wears like iron — seriously, if I had taken a makeup picture at 6 when I got back from work I think it would have looked nearly the same!


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OOTD from a few days ago(!)

Here’s an outfit post from this past weekend. I wore this outfit to go out running errands — Whole Foods, gas station, Home Depot, etc. I also stopped by Ulta for a few things on the last day of the 20% off coupon!






My chambray top and ponte pants are both J. Crew Factory; it doesn’t look like the pants are available any more but these pants from Madewell are similar. Boots are old. I wear these a lot! And my necklace is a knockoff from Groupon Goods, hah.


Nothing too special on the makeup front either, but I can’t recommend BareMinerals READY eyeshadow enough. I own two of their duos (The Enlightenment and The Showstopper) and wear them both on a regular basis. There’s no fallout under your eyes, no creasing, and very little fading over time. And the colors look the same on your eyes as they do in the pan! I’m wearing the lighter shade of The Enlightenment in these pictures and it’s honestly a color I could wear every day.


Do you have any makeup you could easily reach for every day? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a note in the comments!


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January purchase round-up

Here are my clothes/beauty purchases from January 2014. Can’t believe we’re already one month into the new year! I hope that February brings some higher temperatures because I am so bored of wearing pants, sweaters, and flats/boots every single day. But I’d rather not freeze all day at work so long pants it is, I guess. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to wear all my new stuff in OOTD posts soon!

From Banana Republic I ordered:

“Anna” Merino Wool cardigan in black — I generally get a size XS in most BR stuff, but I read some reviews that suggested to size up if you’re between sizes and want to wear their cardigan with a long sleeved top underneath so I ordered the S instead. I think it was the right decision, as when I tried it on I noticed there would be enough room through the back, shoulders, and upper arms to accommodate a long sleeved shirt. But at the same time, it didn’t seem to be too big through the waist.

Extra-fine Merino Wool Vee in Orange — I ordered this in an XS but I am not sure if I love the fit. Maybe I should have sized up here too. But more than that, I wasn’t happy with the quality, the fabric is thinner than you would expect and it’s basically see-through through the chest. Yikes! This one may go back to the store, I don’t know yet.

Gemma Geo-Print Wrap Dress — I also ordered this in an XS. The fit is appropriate. I think the S would have been far too big through the waist. I have a faux-wrap dress from Kohl’s in a size S and I end up having to pull it extra across my waist or else it gaps through the chest, which is so not a good look. I will say when I tried it on it was longer than the photo, which is fine by me, I don’t like my dresses to be much above the knee anyway.

From J. Crew I ordered these items:

Boy Shirt in bird print — This is super cute in person. The print isn’t “in your face” but it’s definitely noticeable up close. I ordered a size 2 and it fit perfectly, just like the rest of the J. Crew size 2 shirts that I own. The fabric is quite thin so I imagine I’ll have to be somewhat careful washing it, but on the plus side, the silk/cotton blend doesn’t seem like it will get extremely wrinkly.

Kiki glitter ballet flats — I ordered these in the dark blue color, but it looks like they’re out. I got the 8.5 (marked as 8H on the website, but when you get the box it says 8.5 … stop being so difficult J. Crew!) and though I haven’t worn them out, have just tried them on, they seemed to fit well.

I also made a special trip to TJ Maxx this month to pick up a new purse, and ended up with this Michael Kors tote in a gorgeous medium green.

It’s a very good size inside, very roomy but yet the bag itself is not heavy which is awesome.

Side note, I love TJ Maxx for purses. Between TJ Maxx and the outlets, I own 2 Kate Spades, a Coach, and a Michael Kors, all of which I’ve bought since 2010, and I haven’t paid full price for any of it. I’m so spoiled, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pay full retail for a handbag ever again unless it was something high-end and even then, RueLaLa and Gilt sometimes have deals anyway.

Also, sunglasses. I don’t remember the brand on these but it’s nothing special. They were about $10. My old pair broke, and my backup pair was starting to leave red marks on the bridge of my nose!

I also bought 5 nail polishes, 2 from Butter London which I bought on Hautelook and 3 from Zoya through their “3 free” promo. I haven’t had a chance to use them apart from Fishwife which I reviewed a few posts ago.

Whew! I think I need to go on a spending freeze next month … Aw who am I kidding, I already spent $60 at Ulta today, lol. But maybe after that?

What did you guys haul this month? Any good purchases?

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