Fall Fashion from Target

Earlier this week I made a quick trip to Target-just kidding, there is no such thing as a quick trip to Target for me.  What I really meant to say was, earlier this week I spent an hour and half at Target perusing every aisle, and left with more than the three items I intended on purchasing. Does this happen to anyone else?  I know I can’t be alone.  What really got me this time was how much clothing they have out for fall.  My local store always tends to carry what seems like much more clothing and accessories than other stores-so it was extra packed with items.  I left the store so inspired for the upcoming season, I had to share!

Target Fall Womens clothes

I was really surprised by how many different styles of sweaters there were.  We aren’t  just talking about your basic cardigans, they had big over-sized pullovers, boyfriend cardigans, and even dusters.  Each and every one looked so comfortable and came in a large variety of colors.  I was immediately drawn to the deep oranges, mustards and rich maroons.  I wasn’t able to find all of the items I saw, making it hard to link specifics, so you might check your store for more styles.  Here are few of my favorites that I was able to find online:

  • 1. Ava & Viv Ribbed Cardigan $29.99- I love the duster length of this cardigan.  It would be great for pairing with leggings and a white tee for a lazy day or with denim and a blouse for a more put-together daytime look.  On a nice day it could even be worn as a light jacket.
  • 2. Mossimo Supply Co. Multi-Colored Cardigan $24.99-This sweater screams “Fall”. The colors would be perfect to wear with a great pair of leather boots and the pattern will add a little something to a simple outfit.
  • 3. Mossimo Supply Co. Grey Cardigan $24.99- This cardigan is what I consider “boyfriend” style-its cut a little boxier and longer than your traditional cardigan.  I love the grey color for a more neutral look, and the yellow for that perfect autumn pop of color.

In addition to sweaters, there were also some really great vests.  In the past few years I’ve really come around to wearing all different styles of vests (puffer, sweater, athletic..).  They really help achieve a layered, put-together look all while being practical.  One type of vest that was missing from my collection was a cargo or utility vest.  I ended up purchases the following two items:

  • 4. Mossimo Cargo Vest: I think this cargo vest will go great with a variety of long        sleeved shirts underneath, but I’m most excited to try it out with other black pieces for a chic all black outfit.
  • 5. Ava & Viv Utility Vest $29.99: I knew I had to have this item from the moment I saw it. Just check out Pinterest for over a dozen different ways to style a green vest like this-so cute!  I also like this dressier version and the longer trench one too!

As for tops, there were just so many great shirts and blouses, that it was almost overwhelming!  However, my top picks were these two plaid button downs that would be great on their own or layered with some of the above sweaters and vests.

  • 1. Yarn-Dye Plaid Button Front Shirt $34.99- You can’t go wrong with black and white, its a no-brainer.  This shirt looks great on it’s own, but would look even better with a black puffer vest.  I own this one, and can’t wait to try the two together!
  • 2. Ava & Viv Plaid Button Down Shirt $24,99-Again, I was drawn to this shirt because it would look great with a vest.  While the first shirt is a bit lighter of a material, this one is a softer, more traditional plaid material.

Now, on to shoes.  Target has really stepped up their shoe game over the past few years and this upcoming season is no exception.  I love shopping for flats at Target because they are almost always under $30.o0.  While I’m all for investing in a great quality pair of shoes, I also like to have a more affordable option for trying out trends.  I’ve narrowed my favorites down to four pair, but there were seriously so many awesome pairs!  Also, if you use the Cartwheel app shoes are 10% off until August 13th.

Target Womens Flats

  • 1. Merona Blossom Ankle Strap Ballet Flats $19.99- These quilted shoes are so cute, especially with the addition of the ankle strap.  The black and tan combo is so chic and remind me of Chanel.
  • 2. Journee Collection Kim Patent Round Toe Flats $29.99- I stumbled upon these shoes while linking the other pairs and couldn’t help but to include them in the post. They come in four solid colors, and unfortunately are only sold online.  I am planning on ordering the red and black.  If you’ve lusted after a pair of these designer shoes, but couldn’t the stomach the price, then these might be a great pair to try!
  • 3. Merona Poppy d’Orsay Pointed Toe Flats $22.99 – d’Orsay flats have been popular for a while now, yet this was the first time I’ve actually tried a pair on!  They were pretty comfortable for a pointed toe and the burgundy shade was beautiful in person.
  • 4. Mossimo Supply Co. Kady Pointed Toe Lace Up Ballet Flats $24.99-  If you followed the Nordstrom sale, almost everyone (myself included) had a pair of lace-up shoes on their must-have list.  If you missed out on that deal, or just love the look, check these out-for $24.99 it’s worth trying out the trend!

Target was also brimming with handbags and accessories.  At this point, I had been in the store for quite a while and needed to get to going, so I only took a quick once-over this section, but found plenty I was lusting over.

Target Womens Handbags

  • 1. Faux Leather Maya Crossbody Camera Handbag $24.99-This crossbody is the perfect size for taking to concerts, sporting events and other outdoor activities.
  • 2. Mossimo Black Faux Leather Crossbody Handbag $34.99- I’ve been thinking about this bag since I left the store.  While I’ve already purchased a handbag for fall, it’s on the more practical/everyday side, and this bag would be perfect for dressier/going out occasions.  I like that it still has a lot of room on the inside for being a crossbody and is a gorgeous “bordeaux” color.
  • 3. Mossimo Black Faux Leather Tote Handbag $39.99- Last. is this tote with nice clean lines.  It would make a great work bag, or add structure to any daytime outfit.

Well, there they are, my current top picks from Target,  I’m hoping to pick up a few more of these items as we transition from summer to fall. (As if I need any more excuses to go to Target!)  What were your favorite items?  Is your Target already putting out a lot of fall items?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!

What’s in My Bag

What's in my bag

TGIF!  The weekend is upon us and I can’t wait to get out of the house and spend some time exploring the city these next couple of days.  I have a long-time friend coming to visit and I’m excited to show her around our new neighborhood.  Because I know we will spend a majority of our day out and about I will be packing my purse with the essentials I need to get me through the day. Keep reading to see what I keep in my bag.

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Nordstrom Sale Picks Part 2

Nordstrom Sale pt. 2

In my last post I shared my top beauty and accessory picks for The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Early Access started Thursday, July 14th for cardholders and will run until August 8th.  Non-cardholders can start shopping the sale Friday, July 22nd. Today, I will be sharing my personal top picks for clothing.  I’ve included pieces that range across women and plus-size categories.  As I mentioned before, I take this time to look for pieces that will transition my wardrobe into the fall season.

  1. Columbia ‘Surburbanizer’ Front Zip Hooded Jacket $69.90 ($100.00 after sale): This jacket looks to be the best of both worlds-both stylish and functional.  The water-resistant material will be great for the rainy and overcast days ahead.
  2. NYDJ ‘Ami’ Stretch Skinny Jeans (Marseilles) $95.90 ($144.00 after sale): I’ve tried several pairs of NYDJ jeans on in the past, and they are always so comfortable and flattering.  Their steep price tag usually means I end up passing, however with a price reduction of almost fifty dollars may have me reconsidering!
  3. Foxcroft Plaid Shirt $56.90 ($86.00 after sale): Foxcroft shirts are excellent quality and never seem to wrinkle!  I love that they are offered in plus sizes, as in button down shirts I have to size up in order to get the right fit.  This plaid is perfect on its own or would look great layered with a vest or sweater come winter!
  4. Barefoot Dreams Drape Front Cardigan $62.90 ($94.00 after sale): I can already imagine myself slipping into leggings, a comfy tee and this perfectly soft sweater! Dress it up or down, either way you are bound to be comfortable and in style.
  5. Caslon Drape Front Utility Jacket $51.90 ($78.00 after sale): This looks like the perfect light-weight jacket that can be worn throughout the year.  I love the way the model is wearing it with a striped tee and white jeans-so easy.  I can see many possible outfit combinations with this jacket.
  6. BP. Cargo Anorak Jacket $44.90 ($68.00 after sale): Another great versatile jacket that will work with almost anything in your closet.  Plus, for right around forty-five dollars, you can’t go wrong!
  7. Trouve Side Slit Sweater $45.90 ($69.00 after sale): I purchased a very similar sweater (both in color and cut) like this last fall and I got so much use out of it,  I wished I had bought it in more colors.  The longer length is great for wearing with leggings or for a half tuck with jeans.
  8. Lush Deep-V Neck Tee $15.90 (24.00 after sale): Who doesn’t need a great basic tee? At this price you can afford to pick up multiple colors-I’m really liking the grape leaf and Tandoori Spice shades.
  9. Dreamers by Debut Cowl Neck Boxy Pullover $29.90 (45.00 after sale): In the past, I have loved the fit of Boxy sweaters and I think a cowl neck is so classic for the fall and winter.  This is another item I can see being dressed up or down depending on your own personal taste.

And that’s a wrap!  My top nine clothing picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  What items are you looking at?  Any suggestions?

 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

It’s the sale everyone is talking about, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Early access started Thursday, July 14th for cardholders and runs until August 8th.  Non-cardholders can start shopping the sale on July 22nd.  The is a great time to pick up some great deals on items that are rarely discounted, as well as exclusive pieces and gift sets.

I’m already looking towards fall and trying to pick some versatile pieces that will work with my existing wardrobe.  There are so many great clothing items on sale, it’s almost overwhelming.  And until, I can get to the store to see a few in person ( I prefer to try-on most of my clothing) I will save my picks for clothing for another post.  For today, I’m sharing my top picks for beauty and accessories.

  1. NARS ‘Nordstrom ‘s Best Cheek Palette’ $65.00 ($124.00 value): This palette is a great value and perfect for travel.  I don’t own a lot of NARS products, but I love the items I have, so this will be a great way to try out a lot of their popular  shades.
  2. Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana Black Set’ $100.00 ($160.00 value): This is a total splurge item for me, but I absolutely adore this scent.  I spray it every time I go into Sephora but have yet to bite the bullet and buy it already.  I love that this scent isn’t floral or overly-feminine, its very warm and has a strong vanilla tone.
  3. Kendra Scott ‘Elton’ Station Cuff Bracelet $35.90-42.90 ($55.00-65.00 after sale): I really enjoy Kendra Scott jewelry and I think this bracelet would be great on it’s own or stacked with other bracelets.  The beautiful rose gold and jewel tones make a stellar combination!
  4.   Diptyque Scented Candle Set $55.00 ($75.00 value): Another total splurge item-part of me says $55.00 for candles is absolutely ludicrous and the other part is dying to see what all the hype on social media is about.  No doubt, these candles would make a beautiful and luxurious addition to any room.  There are also a lot of great DIYs on Pinterest for re-purposing the jars when the candle is done.
  5. Halogen ‘Owen’ Calf Hair Pointy Toe Ghilllie Flat $59.90 (89.95 after sale): I’ve been wanting to try the lace-up flat trend for awhile now, and I think these calf hair flats are just the pair to begin!  I don’t wear a lot of prints, but I love to be a little more adventurous with my shoes.  If this print isn’t your style, the same shoe comes in several other colors.
  6. B.P. Geo Pattern Square Scarf $18.90 (29.00 after sale): Scarves are a great accessory for the fall and winter months.  They help create a cute layered look and can make a big impact on simple outfit.  Not to mention they are functional-especially if you live in the Midwest like me!  I love the colors and pattern of this square B.P. scarf-and at this price, you won’t break the bank.

Has anyone made any purchases yet?  What items are eyeing?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to look for my top clothing picks coming soon.  Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

 

7.14.16 OOTD: A Pop of Coral

coral peplum top with white denim
Top: Banana Republic (on sale) | Denim: Dressbarn | Sandals: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: Michael Kors (similar)

Remember when I declared my love of peplum tops in my last post?  I wasn’t kidding. Today’s outfit of the day features one of my favorite tops from Banana Republic in a beautiful shade of coral.

I love the way the color really pops, especially when paired with white bottoms.  These distressed boyfriend jeans are my favorite (and pretty much only) pair of white denim at the moment.  For accessories I chose to keep things fairly simple, wearing a crocheted pearl necklace (handmade by my great-grandmother) and a gold and silver tone watch.

I’m breaking in my new Tory Burch sandals I scored last week.  I love how the neutral cognac  color seems to go with everything.  What are your favorite go-to shoes?  Let me know in the comments below.  Happy Thursday-we’re almost to the weekend!  And as always, thanks for reading.

7.11.16 OOTD

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Denim: DENIZEN/Target| Blouse: LOFT | Sandals: Tory Burch | Necklace: LOFT Outlet

If you haven’t noticed, I’m totally head-over-heels for peplum tops.  Anytime I spot one while out shopping, it always makes its way into my pile of items to try-on.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I find that the cut of most peplum hems is extremely flattering for my body type.  It helps balance out my mid-section and adds a feminine flair, without being too over-the-top.  I picked up this top last week, when LOFT was having a 50% off full-price styles sale.  My only complaint is that it currently only comes in one color.  I would love to own this blouse in several colors!

I’m excited to try this top with a pair of white or cream denim (still can’t find the right pair, as I mentioned here).  In the meantime these dark cropped pair of jeans by DENIZEN from Target are perfect for running around this summer.  They have a lot of stretch and give, making them super comfortable and easy to wear while out walking around.  The ankle length hits me just right, and when cuffed give them the perfect summery vibe.

I recently retired my favorite pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals (they looked so sad, I couldn’t even bring myself to include them in ootd photos !), and replaced them with this fun perforated version.  Since, I wore my Miller sandals so much, I decided it was worth the investment to purchase the new pair in both brown and  black.  My local Tory Burch Outlet was running a promotion where shoes were 40% off and an additional 20% off select styles.  So, in the end, I was able to buy two pairs for just under the amount I would have paid for one pair at full-price!

What other good sales have people been shopping?  Anyone excited for the annual Nordstrom Sale?  Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

 

Chambray All Day: 7.5.16 OOTD

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Top: LOFT | Denim: D. Jeans | Flats: Tory Burch | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Loft Outlet | Bracelets: David Yurman, Fossil, LOFT

Today’s OOTD features one of my most worn outfit combinations-denim on denim.  I remember trying out the chambray trend years ago and being a bit self-conscious that I looked more like Jay Leno than all the cute bloggers on Pinterest, but since then I have fully embraced the look.  And, by fully embraced, I mean I wear some form of this look on a weekly basis.

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