Archive for September 11, 2012

Shopping Lust

Fall stuff is showing up, and there’s a good but of it I want.  Here’s what I found just so far today (mind you, I’m at work, so this isn’t even a real deep dive…)

I am head over heals in love with the colors in this top.  I usually avoid horizontal stripes, but this might get me to make some exceptions.  That blue is very on-trend right now and looks fantastic on me, so this may be a must-have!  (Nordstroms, $98)

One thing to know about me is that I will take a cardigan over a jacket EVERY time.  I love the softness of a cardi and hate the ridgedness of most jackets.  So I’m always on the lookout for cute, stylish cardigans that have some pop to them.  So far I’ve found three I love this season.

J.Jill has a lovely color-block cardigan that will carry me through the winter with some color.  It again has the advantage of being easy to pair up with black pants and a tee, while not being bland.  $129

I am weighing that choice with this one from Evans‘ Clements Ribeiro collection.  ($99.50)  The colors are fun and the pattern is interesting, but I haven’t ordered anything from Evans and am therefore a little unsure of the sizing and shapes.

I took a look at Navabi and fell for this crinkle-look cardigan mostly because of the wonderful colors!  However they no longer have my size, so I may have to pass on this.  As the most expensive of the three at $159.90, that might not be an entirely bad thing.

In terms of Pants, while I live and die by black trousers I am seriously considering a pair of colored jeans in either a red or an olive.  The trick is finding a bootcut or at LEAST a straight leg.  These NYDJ at Nordstroms might go with the top above, or I might get them in olive and find a bright red pair.

I don’t have a lot of call to dress up, but for a going out dress I am considering this Red dress from Nordstroms ($68).  I’m not entirely sold on the high-low hemline, since everytime I see one my brain yells out MULLET.  But the world needs more strong women in red dresses, and if the hem doesn’t look good (or when the style runs it’s course) I can always get the back taken up.

The final item on this post is something I MUST HAVE, even if I have to hit my husband over the head and just buy it.  This Kate Spade purse ($358) will be mine.  This is a big deal, because I NEVER buy purses this expensive.  (As my husband points out, I get bored and want a new bag all too often.)  So if anyone knows of a coupon or discount that will get the price down (so he will yell a bit less) that would be a good thing…

OOTD: September 9th, 2012

It’s over 100 out and I’m heading out to a nice restaurant with a friend.    Here’s an example of a trend I adore: some sort of breezy chiffon poncho I can toss over a simple cotton tank and jeans that hides all the figure flaws the tank exposes.

I found the poncho on clearance at Avenue for $10; it’s a greyish white with two shades of plum and black.  I paired it with a plum Faded Glory tank in 2x from Wal-Mart and my favorite go-to jeans, a 22W from JCP St. Johns Bay in pure dark wash.  These jeans are ridiculously fabulous for the price ($25).  They fit me flawlessly, are comfy and hold their shape remarkably well.  The demin looks and feels similar to a premium denim.  I love them, and I wish I had bought a backup pair.  These are pretty close and on clearance for $17, though, so I just may have to have them.

Now if i just had Rebecca’s Naturalizer Glee Strappy Sandals in Jungle Orchid my feet would match!!!  but alas I had to struggle by with Volatile Trixxy Flips.

Lately there have been a slew of premium flip flops, and it has not been  unusual for them to be $75-100. At first I balked, but 1) I live in a warm climate, 2) they are super comfy, and 3) I would pay that for sandals.   Given that the fit/finish of the shoe and quality of the rubber is far superior, I’ve gotten over my mental block about the price.

Finally, I paired the top with a long necklace from Chico’s, pretty sure from their collection last Spring ~$40 and a chunky magenta bangle I have had in my collection for years.