J. McLaughlin is known for their beautiful prints and this dress is no exception. Truthfully, I didn’t love it at first, but as soon as I put it on, I thought it was gorgeous. I have another dress this similar style, and I love it. Their Catalina Cloth fabric not only feels great, but also washes so well. Even though I don’t travel a ton for work, I usually pack J. McLaughlin dresses because they don’t wrinkle! They fold and unfold perfectly.
Of course the number one reason I even eyed it? It is on sale! Over half off! This is the time of year I typically score some great J. McLaughlin pieces (as well as my hubs…they have great men’s stuff).
I’m a sucker for feminine Ted Baker dresses, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even more of a sucker for them when I’m in Amsterdam at the Ted Baker store who’s having a sale, the price is lower in Euros to begin with, and I can get tax back. I absolutely love the color combination and details of this dress.
For work, I am always looking for good long sleeve dresses because most offices are freezing! There’s nothing worse than sitting in a two-hour meeting literally shaking because you are so cold. The fabric of this dress has a nice weight to it too, which is an added benefit.
As a side note…I always appreciate everyone visiting the blog and hopefully getting some fashion inspiration. To those who have left negative comments, just stop. It’s unnecessary, and it’s hurtful. This blog is here for fun and inspiration for women…nothing more.
First, I want to say that I’m here. I’m just fine. 🙂 My full-time career is managing employee benefit communications for clients, and this is the busiest time of year for me. So my time has to be devoted to my clients and less to my blog. So the next few months, posts will definitely be sporadic. So bear with me (and thank you for caring!).
Labor Day weekend we did get away for a few days to Ft. Walton Beach in Florida. Of course I had purchased a few things online at Lilly’s huge sale, but I went to the store in Mirmar Beach to see what they had left. I picked up this great skirt for about $35. I would much rather throw on a skirt or dress than shorts, so this is perfect for me. Cotton and comfy – so easy to throw on with just a white t-shirt! And look, I can even jump in it, LOL.
The girl got a few things at the sale too, including these super cute shorts and tank top. She loves her Lilly just like her momma! ❤ This shot is something we always try to do at the beach. I think we started it when she was probably 7 or so. I love taking photos like this so you can go back and compare how she’s growing up.
As you can probably tell from some of my posts lately, I scored big time when Lilly had their end of season clearance sale last fall. This Sophie UPF 50+ shift dress was one of those scores! I’m usually not a huge fan of shift dresses, but this one is so soft and comfortable…and I think it looks good…that I wanted to add it to my closet. Has the cutest little buttons up the three-quarter sleeves. Also love the fact you can dress it up or down. I wore this to work, so I paired it with some fun wedges, but I wore this the other day and I put it with my Jack Rogers Lauren sandals.
They have this dress in a ton of fun prints this season! Here it is in a navy blue pattern, white and a lighter ocean blue, mostly pink with greens and some blue, pink and blue with a pop of orange, and plain blue.
You’ve seen these Schutz Juliana cage wedges numerous times, and I don’t understand why they don’t make these anymore – or I just can’t find them online. Here they are as a heel. They just go so well with everything, and I didn’t know how much I loved having a white sandal!
And who doesn’t love Kendra Scott earrings?! Oh the gorgeous colors! I love these Danielle earrings!
Happy Monday, everyone!
Y’all know I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts. But I got these beauties during Lilly’s major sale last fall, and I was excited to bust them out last weekend. Our weather has been great in the ATL – feels like early summer! So I thought I would dress like it. I love this great Lilly t-shirt I picked up during the sale as well. I have a feeling both of these pieces are going to get a lot of use this spring and summer. I’ve never been shy to wear prints or color. I’m loving Lilly Pulitzer more and more!
And I got my hair cut last weekend too. I am loving it super short again! There’s nothing better than a fresh cut either…and when my hair girl styles it 🙂
I love Henri Bendel. The jewelry, the handbags, the huge mugs, the travel gear…everything is so well made. Well, it’s time to snag some great items during their Semi-Annual Sale! If you are like me and try to shop some Christmas items early, I may go ahead and pick up a few things for my momma!
I have this in cobalt blue, which they are sold out of, but this is a great bracelet that gives you the layered look in one piece.
I have this and wear it constantly! It’s a great layering bracelet.
I wear this all the time! You can wear it as pictured above or flip it so the colored side is on top for more of a pop.
My mom has these and they are gorgeous on!
What a great layering necklace! And you can’t beat this price.
Again, I wear this ALL the time. I have it in this blue and in white. There are still a lot of cute colors left. To me, this is a must have bracelet.
They come out with different color combinations of these all the time. One year, I got my mom these for Christmas, and she loves them. Perfect for traveling.
This is the perfect beach bag. It’s huge! It even has the water resistant coated lining.
There are SO many great things on sale…it’s worth your while to take a few minutes to look around. Happy shopping, fashionistas!
If you follow me on Instagram, you noticed this super fun dress last week! I love the print! I noticed today that it’s on super sale for $66.90 if you wanted to get one for yourself 🙂 Click here! They also have it in two solid colors and another print. If you travel a lot, J.McLaughlin fabrics are perfect as they never wrinkle for me. Perfect for when you are on the go!
And I can’t get enough of these Schutz wedges I bought when I was in NYC. I didn’t realize how much I needed white shoes in my closet! I can’t seem to find them online, but that caged look comes in many different colors…love these in natural.
Who doesn’t love a good Anthro sale?! This girl certainly does!! When I got the email this morning, and saw some of my favorite recent dresses on super sale, I just had to share!
Far Left: Maeve Elysian Maxi Dress – $49.95 (multiple colors)
Left: Mia Dress – $39.95
Right: Azores Halter Dress – $49.95 (two color options)
Far Right: Maeve Crosswise Dress – $49.95
And I can’t forget about the dotted linen dress I posted a couple of weeks back:
Happy shopping, my fellow fashionistas!!
I am in workout gear during some point of my day seven days a week. So … I own a lot of workout gear. I’ve always loved lucy and have written about it a few times on the blog. It washes like a charm. I still have pants that I’ve had for almost three years and they still have their same stretch and haven’t pilled at all. People constantly ask “Is it really worth the money? Isn’t all workout gear the same?” In my opinion, no, it isn’t.
I think lucy is completely worth the money. But you know what’s great right now? They are having an additional 30% off their sale items! This is the perfect time to pick up some new workout gear if you’ve been waiting for the price points to drop.
My favorite pants are definitely the Hatha, Ultimate X-Training, and Perfect Core. I like that these three styles have a higher rise. No one (or at least this girl!) doesn’t want to do squats and have their arse show. They have perfect stretch, hold everything in, and are thick enough not to show any trouble areas.
As far as tops go, I love the Crossbank Tanks. I really don’t like working out in t-shirts or tank tops, so these are my go-to top for working out. It is medium support and I wear it for everything – lifting, barre, yoga, Zumba. This is a staple tank for them, so they always have it is great colors and prints each season.
I also love a good pullover. They are so versatile – workout in them, throw them on to go to the gym, keep you warm on a chilly morning jog, or just wear it around the house. The Keep The Pace Half Zip is one of my favs. I’ve gotten all of mine during these sales…and I have four of them. (Don’t judge me!) Again, they always have these in great colors!
So happy workout gear shopping, everyone! Grab them while you can!
The other night I had to watch Nashville on ABC Demand, which subjects you to commercials. Ugh. The commercial I kept seeing was for JC Penney’s spring looks. And I have to admit it made me want to visit my local store and check some things out. There are tons of gorgeous prints that caught my eye, and after I looked online, the prices are ridiculously affordable. Here’s some things I would love to go try on!
Worthington Colorblock Tee
Worthington Striped Shift Dress
Worthington V Neck Print Fit and Flare Dress
Bisou Bisou Floral Print Bodycon Dress
The added bonus? Everything is on sale! Have you shopped at JC Penney lately?
I have been on a maxi kick lately, especially if I can wear them to work! I love the fact I can dress casual to work. I had a long 7.5 years of dressing corporate five days a week. Yuck. Let’s not do that again. My jeans would be mad at me.
My hubby actually picked this dress out. I walked right by it, and he pulled it off the rack and said that I had to try it on. Don’t you love when your guy thinks you would look beautiful in something? Makes me feel so good.
And he was right. This was a beautiful print – look at the minty plus blush plus green plus pops of blue in the butterflies. ❤ And I didn’t have to wear a heel/wedge with it! I’m telling you. At 5’8″ tall, it’s amazing how long some maxis are on me. Love when they hit just right.
And who doesn’t love an Anthro sale?! I know I do! Check out the Maravilla Maxi dress on sale right now.
Dress – Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi; Sandals – Sam Edelman Gigi; Bracelets – Stella & Dot; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – a local art show
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
When I was in Chicago last weekend, I made a style appointment at the Banana Republic on Michigan Ave. It’s a free service – and what a great way to get style tips from people who work in this industry every day. Not to mention this store is the most amazing BR I’ve ever been in!!
I had a wonderful girl help me. Although she really didn’t teach me much that I didn’t already know – it was awesome having someone pull a ton of stuff for me to try on! I was looking for spring and summer items, as well as some things I could take on an upcoming trip.
Another thing that was so great – it was like the whole store was on sale with another 40% off of sale items! Ahhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaahhhhh! So let’s see what she pulled for me!
Here’s the first round of things we pulled.
I love stripes. This dress also has a great opening in the back. A nice thick fabric…good for an end-of-winter/transitioning-to-spring dress.
These shorts are fabulous – a great jacquard fabric. I can’t find them online, but they had the navy color and a great mint color. Sadly, the mint wasn’t in my size 😦 And the striped shirt is very comfortable and would go with so much.
While I love peplum tops, this one just made my girls look absolutely gigantic. I love how it made my waist look tiny, but it was just a little too much. It’s kind of comical comparing this top on me versus the model online!
Bummed I couldn’t find either one of these below online – this great blouse or these shorts. The blouse is a great mint color; it is pretty sheer, so a cami is definitely needed. And these shorts are all around great – print, fabric, and fit. They are elastic waist and not tight around the legs at all.
I have never been a huge white denim fan, but I’m becoming one. And these have just the right amount of detail with the navy piping. Sizing is a little crazy…the stylist actually brought me in four pairs of the same size because she said they can all be cut differently. And she was right! Now, let’s move on to this top…what cute detail! It’s polyester and zips up the back.
I can’t find this top online either, but it’s a great flowy top and has gold buttons up the back. I love cute details like that. And it looks so good with these white jeans!
Again, love the details on the top. This was online, but I think it sold out because now I can’t find it. It’s flowy and fun – I can see it with black shorts and wedges to dress it up a little.
Then…she brought me a few more things that were all on the sales rack!
I was hesitant to try this dress on, but I can see wearing it in the spring and fall. Love clothes that I can wear in multiple seasons. I love the hunter green color, even though they only have the turquoise one online.
I absolutely LOVE the color of this dress – and the fabric. But on me, it bunched a little around my thighs. Not because it was tight, the fabric just laid on me wrong.
Like I said, I’m drawn to stripes, BUT…the size 6 was a little big around my waist, and I think if I tried on a 4, it would have been too tight around the girls. I didn’t know if I loved the black pleats either. But, the fabric was nice and it was really comfortable.
A dress with pockets? Yes, yes, yes! And this was a great price. But it laid a little funny on my chest. It kind of stuck out a little. It was a great tweed that wasn’t itchy at all.
If you are close to a Banana Republic, I suggest you try and get in there before the 26th. It is an additional 40% off of the sale price! Another reason to get in the store? I find they actually mark items down further than they are online. For instance, some of these pieces I bought above were cheaper in the store – and I probably wouldn’t have purchased them if they were the price online.
Keep checking back to the blog to see what pieces I purchased and which ones I passed on!
I love little details in clothing. For instance, this looks like a pretty general sweater from the front…
But then when I turn around…
BAM! There’s an adorable zipper down the back! I got this sweater from Banana Republic for a ridiculously good deal online the day after Christmas. They have a few other colors available, too. BR is having an additional 40% off right now – so it’s the perfect time to score this versatile piece.
It also happened to go very well with the statement necklace I got at J. Crew (yet again awesome after Christmas sale). And for some other cute detail – this Henri Bendel wrap bracelet. Who doesn’t love the little HB bows?!
I love my lucy workout gear. Love. It. It washes so well (but no dry!), and I’ve never had a problem with any of the fabric pilling or being too see-through. So if you have always been hesitant to spend the money to try lucy, now’s the time with their extra 30% off of sale.
One tip – I always size down on my pants. I am a stickler about my pants falling down when I do box jumps or even Zumba, so I size down. But, their sports bra tanks are true to size. BUT…you can return your sale items. They are NOT final sale. So if it doesn’t work, send it back.