Posts tagged: ~shopping
Worn to: work, out for tacos
We’ve got some really warm weather projected for this week, so I pulled out my summer jersey dresses this morning! I like having a few inexpensive (trendy optional) jersey dresses for those few hot days when a lightweight dress just feels the most comfortable. Ideally I’ll refresh the small collection each year because they have a rather short shelf life, passing one/two on and adding one/two new ones. Although this year I have purchased a jersey dress, that one is a much higher quality and will last much longer in my wardrobe. I hadn’t come up with this refreshing plan early enough to have dresses to pass on yet, but next year I will most definitely pass a couple on.
On to the (new) sandals! I don’t have ANY flat sandals (and few heeled for that matter) because I find them hard to shop for; I rarely see pairs that I’m unequivocally drawn to, I’m on Team Heels (they are more comfortable than flats for me), and we don’t have a lot of very warm weather anyway. So! I was excited to recently come across these cute little minty sandals which I was immediately smitten with, and my friend Christine even picked up the same pair in blush/rose gold. I’ve been on the hunt for the right pair of nude gladiator sandals for a couple years now, maybe this will be the year *crosses fingers*
Behind the outfit:
Even though I don’t repeat often, my favorite topper for this dress is my white blazer so today I just went with the tried-and-true combo! I wanted to continue the very soft, muted color palette, making a nude or almost-nude shoe a must. I’d normally wear heels with this, but I’m really feeling flats with skirts/dresses these days (especially after Friday’s successful pencil skirt+loafers experiment). Since it’s so warm, it made for the perfect opportunity to debut the minty sandals (plus I’m loving the mint with my coral-red tootsies!).
I thought about leaving my hair down, and while I normally like the very high contrast from that, today I was enjoying the soft colors. So I decided to pull half of it back in a little poof instead; it’s less severe than my usual high pony, but still keeps enough hair out of my face. Generally I prefer just leaving my hair down for adding softness, but I still enjoy this much girlier ‘do from time to time ^^ I also added these long dangly earrings I bought at the LA meetup way back in October, which I think work best with either hair down or hair half up.
UPDATE: A bit more on the up-do! How to do it ^^
To style this, I tease/hair spray the crown and gently comb the hair on top to smooth, then pull the sides back into a loose half-pony and secure with a clear elastic. Then I push it in and up a little to make the poof and use two bobby pins right below the elastic to hold the volume in place. The photo below shows it a bit, couldn’t find a better one that shows it straight on.
Backlogged post, added 02.15.2013.
Part one: A fabulous shopping tip I learned from Angie
During the October Seattle YLF meet up while in H&M, Angie spotted a necklace she loved on a mannequin. Instead of looking around the store for it (and in this case, probably wouldn’t have found it), she simply took it off the mannequin and bought it and wore it out, just like that. What a revelation! It had never even occurred to me that I could do this, but of course stores are using those displays to sell stuff anyway! This little tip has stuck with me (thank you Angie!), and I have since scored a couple of my favorite necklaces and even a top with this. Of course, some stores will prefer that you ask a sales associate before you strip their mannequins. So ladies, don’t let the fact that something you love is only on one mannequin stop you from getting it.
Part two: My Perfect Neon Lime Necklace
I have been looking for My Perfect Neon Lime Necklace for, ohhh, I’d say about 1-1.5 years now (yes, I am that picky about it; so hard to find good neon that doesn’t look cheap). On Monday I stopped by Ann Taylor for some online returns, and as I was walking out there it was: THE neon necklace I had been looking for. Seriously, if I’d designed it myself, it would look just like this, in exactly this color. AND it had a matching bracelet! It was nowhere else in the store, so I immediately purchased both the necklace and the bracelet right off the mannequin. My goodness, without having seen Angie do this back in October I’d simply have left the store and lamented for a loooong time afterwards not seeing those pieces “available” in the store. I didn’t ask the SA if I could take Ms. Mannequin’s jewels, but at least I left her her neon lime skinny belt ^^
So here’s my new necklace, thanks to Angie’s fab shopping tip! I was perfectly happy with how neon it was INside (#1), but when I took it OUTtside (#2)? It GLOWS in the sun, ladies! Lights right up the most amazing shade of neon lime because the back of each piece is mirrored but clear (#3). Ahhhhh, I am in neon heaven!
Backlogged post, added 02.13.2013.
Here are my YLF Seattle Spring 2012 swap finds, as well as what Kikii and Cristin came home with. Click photos to view photoset with enlarged images!
The best part about getting items through the swap is that if, after experimenting, I find an item doesn’t work for me? I can bring it back to the next swap! Most of the pieces I got I can wear right away, but I did take a few pieces that were still around at the end of the day that will need some alterations before I can wear them (those in photo #5 above). I’m also debating about whether to take in the two tweed pencil skirts for a more conventional fit, but I am rather liking the way they look sitting lower on my hips like this (almost like a boyfriend pencil skirt?).
I’m most excited for the sheath, the faded denim jacket, and the long silky cargo shorts!
Backlogged post, added 02.12.2013.
So this month I wanted to work on rounding out some colors that weren’t well represented in my collection. And of course, add more sparklies. What can I say, I have the magpie gene! I DID try to be a bit more discerning about which sparklies I bought, looking for arrangements that are a bit more unique. I did OK with that; I ended up with a couple of near-duplicates (seriously, I don’t know how Serious Polish Ladies keep their vast collections straight in their heads while shopping), but overall managed to stick to unique-to-my-collection polishes.
Click HERE to see photos of the polishes I bought this month.
In addition to the polishes I also picked up a very basic, intro-level stamping set. Hoping to give that a try soon! I didn’t buy any stamping polish, I’m just banking on some of my thicker crème polishes working well enough but we’ll see.
I’ve also continued using my (now much larger) polish collection to make pretty jewelry (no new previews yet, sorry!), though I did slack a bit on my own manicures. Still working, albeit very slowly, on getting things together for my Etsy shop and am still hoping to get that up and running sometime soon. (Might have to put it off until fall, since Summer is full of outdoor activities and little time for computers and crafting.)
Feeling pretty good about where my collection is at, both for my own nails and for my crafting. I’m planning to try and cut back next month, but ummm we’ll see how that goes, eh?
Worn to: shopping @ outlets with Christine, dinner @ Joe’s w/Darrin, Ian, Jeff, and Christine
Dress: Banana Republic (outlet)
Jacket: GAP (thrifted)
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret
Oxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21
Today I went with a friend up to the outlet mall for a seasonal update of her work wardrobe, and we got her lots of great stuff! (I also got a few more spring purchases to round out my seasonal items: a striped summer dress, a floral pencil skirt, a sleeveless blouse, two summer sweaters, linen shorts, flat sandals, and two necklaces.) I love acting as a friend’s shopper, something I’ve done a few times usually for single occasions. Today was the largest wardrobe chunk I’ve helped a friend shop for, and I have to say I really enjoyed the whole process. We chatted for a bit a couple weeks ago regarding what she felt she needed, the styles she’s interested in, and the constraints of her work wardrobe. So when we went today we both had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for, and I was able to direct her to the best stores right up front; the two stores that I’d suggested as the best options (LOFT and Ann Taylor) initially got a bit of the stink eye, but we definitely found the most stuff at those two stores. And of course I did my best to be stubborn on only allowing items that fit and flattered. It was super fun to get to play pro stylist for a day!
Behind the outfit:
Comfortable, flexible, and easy to move-in/change-out-of was the order of the day. When I shop for myself, I like to wear pants because that’s what I’m wearing most of the time; whenever I shop in a skirt, I end up with shirts the wrong lengths. So my usual shopping uniform is a jeans, a tee, comfortable walking shoes, and a cross body bag.
Since I wasn’t planning on really “shopping” for myself, I decided that leggings would be best for today so that I could easily pop something on or off without using the dressing room if needed, and thus could focus more easily on helping my friend with HER trials. I have a severe lack of tunics, or dresses short enough to wear as tunics, so I was quite happy that I’d rediscovered this tee dress just a few days ago. Definitely still need a topper so I went with my denim jacket for super casualization (also the sleeves stay up nicely), though I did take it off a few times while shopping; in those cases I used my purse and strap to hold it so my hands could stay free. I decided to wear my oxfords as the comfy walking shoes because they play up the arty aspect of the outfit. And because I was happy to see the sun, my bright Kate Spade bag was an easy choice.
Worn to: bank, work
Blouse: Splendid (via Nordstrom)
Flats: Report (via Nordstrom Rack)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: Pieces (via ASOS)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Coach (gift)
Shades: Forever 21
Over the last two months I’ve been slowly buying (and returning a LOT of) new pieces for spring, filling in some of the holes for my warm weather wardrobe as well as picking up a couple of the trends I was most interested in for this season. I haven’t had a lot of time to shop in person, which I personally much prefer to online shopping; all of the new things have been sitting in boxes in my craft room while I sorted through what to keep and what to return, and this weekend I finally finished all that and moved the new goodies into my closet!
I made sure not to buy much that’s only good for summer, since we have very limited actual warm weather and I’m already pretty set in that department. I also told myself NO MORE TEES which I managed to stick to, so I’m quite proud of myself for that one. Later this month I’m going shopping with a friend to help her find spring/summer work clothing, and hopefully while out I’ll find a couple pieces to round out the rest of the holes I’m missing (blouses, blouses, blouses!!). So, yeah! I’m excited to finally be wearing the new stuff!
On that note, this top is one of those new stuffs. I have been referring to it as my mullet shirt because it’s woven in front, and knit in the back/sleeves ^^ Super, super comfortable! I tried several of this type of mixed-media shirts and this was the only one that worked for me. I wish it wasn’t black but it does fill my black blouse wardrobe hole, and I love that it’s not a conventional button-up.
Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit was actually formed around the statement necklace, also new. I’ve been looking for a good statement necklace just like this for quite a while now, and when I saw this one on ASOS I knew I just had to order it. I had my fingers crossed that the metal and stones wouldn’t look cheap (always a gamble with this style of jewelry unless you can afford the really good stuff), and happily they look great! So for today I wanted a simple outfit that would showcase the necklace.
Since the necklace is set in gold, I wanted something dark to wear underneath it to really let it POP to the max (light would just blend in with the gold, and then only the stones pop which is a more subdued effect). I don’t wear a lot of black in spring/summer, and even less of it on the top half; since I’ve been wearing my hair long for the last couple years, it just blends and I feel like a wall of darkness. So, I put my hair up to solve that little issue and enjoyed wearing this new blouse.
With the top half so dark, I chose light gray jeans to lighten the look (I’m waiting for the white jeans I ordered to come back to me in another size or I’d have gone with those!). I rather liked the earthy vibe of the top half, so I chose to debut my new loafers, which you may recognize from my March “loafers” guest post on Bella Remixes. Found these while shopping with my sister, and I actually tried quite hard to get her to buy them because they were soooo cute on her but she wasn’t feeling them; I couldn’t get them out of my head, and ultimately went back and bought them for myself!
I went with my gold purse to echo the necklace and add in another warm tone to the otherwise cool outfit. And for jewelry I added my pearl earrings and white watch because the outfit still felt dark and I wanted at least a little bit of cream/white (my skin didn’t feel like enough). I’m pleased with how springy this turned out, despite my misgivings about wearing the black top!
(As an aside, I wore the light pink lip butter with this outfit and am still not feeling it. Definitely going to look for a warmer pink!)
Soooo over the course of the month I have scooped up lots of pretty polishes, rounding out my collection quite nicely. Lots. I debated whether to post or not, but hey since I posted the initial spree I may as well come clean eh?
Click HERE to see photos of the polishes I bought this month.
And I thought I went on a polish spree at the end of last month! Nearly all of these are drugstore brands; I made good use of buy-one-get-one-half-off sales with most of these, and all of the polishes in photo #6 were purchased with an Amazon gift card. I have been using them to make pretty jewelry and, of course, on my nails, so I am quite happy to have added these lovelies to my collection.
Needless to say, however, my organization strategy of put-all-the-polish-in-one-drawer from earlier in the month no longer works as the drawer was almost full even then! So I have since split the polish across two drawers: One has all of the opaque shades, anything that can be worn on its own; the other has all of the transparent shades and toppers, anything that needs to be layered with other polish. And within each drawer, the polishes are grouped by color family. This is an immensely more useful system! I am having zero troubles finding exactly which polish I am looking for.
My apparent desire to purchase any sparkly polish that crosses my path has abated a bit now that my collection is pretty well-covered. But I have to say, I don’t know how the gals who have several of these Cubes full of polishes keep their vast collections straight while shopping. My memory just isn’t that good!
WELL I may or may not have gone on a serious nail polish spree this week (you probably noticed that I hit up Walgreens, like, every single day…). It started because I had hopes of finding a Wet n Wild glitter collection from this past October, and by chance the first Walgreens I stopped by had three of them. So then I thought HEY maybe I can find the rest! I didn’t, but I would buy a few more pretty polishes from each stop.
Most of my polishes were purchased in the last few years, after starting my wardrobe overhaul; I threw away almost all of the older polishes I had back then, except for a dozen or so sentimental polishes. I did actually take stock of what I had last weekend and determine a few holes and wants prior to the spree, so I don’t feel I bought anything that duplicates what I’ve already got. The major hole: glitters and fun toppers!! I’ve had this idea that I should stick to creme and shimmer finish polishes so my nails would look more sophisticated and thus fit with my style better, so that’s really all that I had in my collection. But you know what? *looks around* I ADORE GLITTER AND SPARKLIES. Sophisticated shmophisticated! Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with the polishes I already have, but the new polishes I bought will massively expand my manicure options!
So the result of this week is that I have nearly doubled the size of my collection, and I don’t regret it one bit! I’ve posted photos of both the new and original polishes (new on top, original on bottom), along with their names. I’ll warn you that it’s a sizable amount, but small compared to ladies who are super really into nail polish ^^
My original collection, which has now doubled in size. Click here to see both my new polishes and my original collection!
Worn to: YLF meetup: Starbucks, Anthropologie, Aerosoles, H&M, Banana Republic, lunch @ Sazerac, Nordstrom