Friday, May 31, 2013

What I Bought - May 2013

Can you all believe tomorrow is June 1st?  This year is zipping by.  We joined a gym so I had to buy workout gear (bathing suit included for the water aerobics classes - yes, yes I did buy swim shorts like an 80 year old woman. And I had to buy sneakers because the heel literally ripped out of my other pair, I wish I could say they ripped because I worked out so hard, but sadly they were just old).  Here's what I bought:
1. Target Cherokee Boy's Short-Sleeve Tee - $3.98 (on sale in store)
2. Nike Dual Fusion Trainer Print - $74.99 (on sale at Kohl's) - I LOVE these!
3. Nike Solid Swim Shorts - $22.99 (on sale at Kohl's)
4.  Coldwater Creek Swingy Maxi (I got mine in black) - $51.96 (on sale)
5. Nike Tankini Top (not pictured) - $22.99 (on sale at Kohl's)

Total = $176.91
-$51.96 (Coldwater Creek gift card)
Total spent out of pocket = $124.95

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

What I'm Loving - Lobsters!

I love lobsters, and I'm not talking food here.  I love lobster motifs, especially this time of year!  I've had a few lobster loving posts around here through the years, so this isn't a new "thing" for me evidently.  Anyway, in my endless web surfing I've come across a lot of cute lobster stuff lately.  Here are some of my favorites!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 5-29-2013

Just a few outfits this week - and for some reason the pictures are super crappy.  Oh well, better luck next time.  Here are the details:
Left:  Sweater - F21 thrifted
Shoes - MaxStudio
Necklace - giveaway win from ages ago

Right:  Tee - Target
Shoes - Thrifted
Necklace - Birthday gift

And here's a super bad picture taken in the full length mirror of the outfit I wore to Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago (I owe you all a recap, don't I? Yes, yes I do. In the meantime, Ricci Explains it all did a great "10 Things I Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp" post if you want to check it out).  
Please ignore the mess in the background, it was laundry day.
Shoes - MaxStudio

I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW and Shanna for Random Wednesday today!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Take - Gucci Spring 2013

I love this outfit on Gucci designer Frida Giannini (who was pregnant at the time), I love the printed top with statement necklace grounded by the denim.  In fact I really liked the whole Gucci Spring 2013 collection

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

L.L.Bean Tote Bag - Sale Alert

1.  Hunter's Tote Bag, Zip-Top - $23.20 on sale
2. Open-Top Boat and Tote Bag - starting at $16.76 on sale
 I am a L.L.Bean tote bag addict.  They are the most useful, durable, affordable and chic bags to haul your stuff.  And *bonus* the original Boat and Tote bags are still made in Maine!  You can choose from several colors (I'm partial to the red) and you can have it monogrammed if you want!  I adore the camo print Hunter's Tote, I've had mine for years and I get compliments on it all the time (I've heard through the grapevine that Michael Kors swears by the exact same bag).  And right now they are all 20% off through May 29th!  It's the perfect time to stock up on these American classics!
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Monday, May 13, 2013

My Take - Rochas Fall 2013

One day my best friend emailed me about how much she loved this necklace from Rochas Fall 2013 runway show.  I quickly did a search and came up with some much more affordable alternatives.  I really love this necklace because it's easily dressed up or down, so versatile.  Enjoy!
1.  J.Crew - $98
2.  Givenchy - $75
3.  BaubleBar - $34 
4.  Charter Club - $48
5.  Blu Bijoux - $32
6.  Ann Taylor - $75
7.  J.Crew Factory - $32.50

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Gap vs. Tory Burch - Get A Jump On Fall!

Loved all the beetle/scarab motifs in Tory Burch's Fall 2013 collection (see my Fall 2013 Pinterest board with all my picks).  Imagine how delighted was I when I stumbled upon this lady bug print shirt from the Gap available right now!

What do you think, are you on board with the beetle trend?

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pattern - Leopard vs. Cheetah

You know I don't get all preachy on here, but I'm going to get a little preachy today.  I'm not trying to be hateful, I'm just trying to be helpful.  I'm a fabric designer, a designer that deals with a lot of prints and patterns.  And this makes me so anal about terminology , I'm anal because getting a placement depends on the proper communication of what is desired by a customer.  Or on a more practical level, what I'm looking for when I go shopping for clothes/shoes/home furnishings.  Lately there have been a slew of missteps when it comes to what is labeled as "leopard print".  I'll see things that are obviously not leopard print being labeled as "leopard print" (like one snakeskin print jacket recently - really?) but more often than not I'll see a cheetah print being labeled as "leopard".  While they are similar, they are not alike.  A quick big cat lesson:

First up - the leopard (snoozing in a tree - aren't cats all the same on some level? They love to get their nap on.)
Leopards have the distinctive spots that are known as "rosettes".  Tan ground, black spots surrounding a darker brown spot.

 Next is the jaguar - has the same rosette spots as a leopard
Basically, interchangeable with a leopard print.  Work it, you jaguar, you!  Meow!

Lastly - the cheetah (aka the fastest land animal)
The cheetah has a tan ground with just black spots - I would say like an almost irregular polka dot.  None of that third color rosette stuff.

Here are some examples of the patterns out in the retail world:

 While I love them both, I'm a bit partial to the leopard because of that third color that adds a little more depth and sophistication.  Now both of these patterns can be used as neutrals and make for outstanding additions to your wardrobe (I always encourage everyone to own a pair of leopard shoes).

What do you think?  Do you prefer Leopard or Cheetah?

Images of the cats via National Geographic

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Take - Reed Krakoff Spring 2013

Yay!  First "My Take" in a long time (too long).  I picked this outfit from Reed Krakoff's Spring 2013 collection because it's super cute and I could visualize wearing it, and of course, recreating it on a budget!
1. Baseball shirt - similar from Forever 21 - $9
2. Shorts - similar from Old Navy - here $23 and here $27
3. Vince Camuto clutch

I'm finally able to limp along with the new Shopstyle, but I created this look over a month ago and it disappeared, so I had to try and figure out what I had used.  The next one will be better with the exact links, etc.  It's always something...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Best Dressed - Met Ball 2013

Well, last night was the "Oscars" of fashion, the annual Met Ball gala for the Costume Institute.  This year's exhibition is "PUNK: Chaos to Couture".  From the pictures I've seen of the exhibit, it looks pretty weak, I feel like we've seen this before with the McQueen and the Anglophile shows of years past.  Time to do something completely different next year, please.  The red carpet looks were pretty weak too, not many brought the punk and those who did seemed a bit forced and random.  Anyway, here are the looks I liked (punk or not punk):
Naomie Harris in Donna Karan Atelier with an Edie Parker clutch (obsessed with these clutches) - hands down my favorite look of the night.

Jessica Pare in Jason Wu (with Jason Wu)

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

Honorable mention for actually bringing a punk vibe (in a high fashion way) - Sarah Jessica Parker in custom Giles, Philip Treacy headpiece and custom Louboutin shoes

What do you think?  Did you have any favorites?

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Friday, May 3, 2013

What I Bought - April 2013

Here are the goodies I brought home this month.  This is a pretty typical month for me.
1. Prabal Gurung for Target dress - $10.48 on clearance at my store
2. Merona basic tee from Target - $6 on sale
3. Covergirl nail polish in Forever Fawn - $5
4. Flower nail polish in Eye of the Tiger Lily - $5

Total out of pocket for April = $26.48

Go forth and shop responsibly!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

What I Bought - March 2013

Not much this month (this is way more typical than last month's gift card purchases):
I wanted to like these flats but I just wasn't 100% so they went back. Still on the hunt for the perfect pointy toe, black flat.

Total out of pocket for March - $20

Go forth and shop responsibly!
See you tomorrow for April's purchases.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I Bought - February 2013

I thought I would start rounding up my clothing purchases on the blog each month.  I love when other bloggers do this, so I thought I would jump in and do it too!  I'm going to hit you with three months over the next three days (and get caught up).  Now, first a little about the "B" word - Budget!  I don't have a set monthly budget for clothes specifically.  I have a very strict food/household goods budget that I stick to.  I'm so militant about staying within my means (nothing is worth the stress of consumer debt).  I don't work outside the home (I work part-time from my home and when I do have to go to the mill I have a company uniform I wear).  So really my needs are slim (meanwhile, my wants are out of control - ha!).  I like to keep things simple and basic and I can't stand a crammed closet.  I generally buy good quality items that I know will last a while.  Therefore, I rarely spend more than $100 a month on clothes/beauty items.  This month was an exception because I won a gift card to Coldwater Creek!  Here's what I got in February:

Top from R to L:
Broken-in straight khakis from Gap - $40 (20% off promotion)
Winter Wonderland cardigan from Coldwater Creek - $49.54 (on sale - no longer available)

Middle R to L:
Indigo Dream ankle jeans from Coldwater Creek - $53.06 (on sale) - LOVE these, so soft!

Castaway shell from Coldwater Creek - $41.96 (on sale - no longer available)
Necklace from Coldwater Creek - $27.99 (on sale - no longer available)

Total = $377.84
-$337.84 (Coldwater Creek gift card)
Grand total spent out of pocket = $40

Go forth and shop responsibly!  
See you tomorrow for March's purchases!

What I Wore Wednesday 5-1-2013

One outfit this week.  It's a bright and cheerful one though!

Tee - J.Crew outlet
Pants - Gap
Shoes - Max Studio
Bag - Momentum Textiles trade show swag

Here's a better look at the bag from a few contract trade shows ago.  I ran across it in my closet and thought it was perfect for this time of year.  And bonus, I didn't spend a dime on it! 

I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW and Shanna for Random Wednesday today!

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