Friday, June 27, 2014

What I Bought This Month- May Pt II and June Mini Haul

I told you guys last month that I was going to put myself on a shopping ban for June and July. Well...I did shop a bit. JustFab had a two for $40 promo going on and I had been lusting after these pink heels for a while, so I decided to pick them up, along with these tan mules that I think will make a great transition shoe from summer to fall. And then...the Zara sale happened...I don't think I have to explain why that one is hard to resist. I bought a couple of things that had been on my wishlist, but ended up only keeping two, the blue floral top, and striped tank. So I didn't go crazy. I didn't even spend half of my normal shopping budget, and I only placed two online orders this month. I'm going to count that as progress. The rest of what's pictured above is from my May shopping "spree."

I've had a lot going on recently, so I haven't been thinking about clothes and shopping as much. You know that one thing your mind always wanders to when you are bored? For me, that is shopping, hands down. Less free time=less shopping, which meant less blog posts since I didn't have a bunch of awesome new outfits I wanted to show you (and fewer comment replies...sorry guys...), and I even posted less on Instagram. To be honest, it felt really good not to be so clothes obsessed, though I have been feeling like all of my outfits are super boring. I need to work on remixing my closet into not just okay outfits, but one's I feel are blog-worthy. That's my goal for July (along with continuing the "shopping ban").

Here are the details:

1. Pink Bikini (Old Navy, top, bottom)- I've been wearing the same black bikini bottoms for years with mismatched tops, so figured it was finally time to get a matching one again.

2. Chambray Shorts (Forever 21, sold out)

3. Floral Tank (Forever 21)- worn here.

4. White Sandals (Mindy Mae's Market, sold out)- worn here.

5. Tulip Skirt (Asos)- I really like that this is a non-typical pencil skirt shape. So far I've only worn it work, but I have plans to wear it for a night out coming up. Worn here.

6. Floral Shorts (Nordstrom, sold out)- worn here.

7. White Skirt (Sosie)- I bought this skirt because it was on sale for less than $8. I can see why now, since its pretty sheer and hard to wear. I'm going to try it with a slip and see if I can make it work.

8. Denim Shorts (Old Navy)- I am in love with these shorts. I got them two sizes up to compensate for the two inch inseam. Worn here.

9. Denim Skirt (Old Navy)- I've bought several pieces this summer to wear as swimsuit cover ups or easy things to throw on after the pool. I really like the distressing on this skirt!

10. Tan Mule (JustFab)- Perfect for the summer to fall transition, even if it is months away.

11. Floral Skirt (Asos)- Apparently I've been on a blue floral print kick lately! Worn here.

12. White Dress (Old Navy)- The only thing I would change about this dress is the level of sheerness. Other than that, it's basically the perfect white dress for summer. Worn here.

13. Pink Dress (Nordstrom, sold out)- worn here.

14. Floral Top (Zara, sold out)- This top has a fun tulip back, and it sold out fast during the Zara sale! I'm glad I picked it up.

15. Mesh Crochet Top (Forever 21)- worn here.

16. Striped Tie Tank (Zara)- Another swim cover-up piece. I think it'll be perfect for the 4th of July.

17. Crop Top (Forever 21)- And yet another swim cover-up! I don't really see myself wearing crop tops in any other setting.

18. White Tee (Everlane)- This is the softest t-shirt I have ever bought! I want to pick up a couple more of these in different colors and styles.

19. Pink Sandals (JustFab)- These are the shoes that made it really hard to resist placing a JustFab order during the two for $40 promo. So fun!

See my previous hauls here: January | February | March | April | May

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Wedding with eShakti

Dress- c/o eShakti, Heels- Guilty Soles (similar here, here), Clutch- Francesca's (similar), Earring- Target (similar)

I was really excited when eShakti contacted me about reviewing one of their items, and I decided to pick out a dress to wear for summer weddings. I've been loving blue lately, so this one seemed like the perfect choice. If you haven't purchased from eShakti before, I'll explain a little about the process. eShakti creates custom pieces based on your body measurements, and allows you to choose certain small details (hem length, pockets/no pockets, add sleeves, etc) when ordering. I chose to input my measurements so the dress would be perfectly fitted, but you can order in standard sizes as well. I placed an order with them previously for this yellow floral dress that I love. One little tip- make sure to get your measurements as exact as possible, or have someone help you. I did very quick measurements and ended up with a dress that was a little more fitted in the waist than I would have liked. Still, I do like the end result and felt like it fit my body better than if I had purchased this dress in a standard size. If you have any events coming up this summer and want a dress that fits like a glove, I definitely recommend checking out eShakti.

I normally don't match my dress to my shoes, but I loved the monochrome look of pairing cobalt heels with this dress. Another thing I normally don't do is attempt an updo 30 minutes before needing to leave for an event! I really wanted to wear my hair up since it is SO hot out, so I quickly search YouTube and found this easy how-to video for a cute bohemian updo. It took me two tries to get it right, but it was fairly easy to recreate.

A couple things I learned after wearing this dress:
1. I need to invest in a steamer. Trying to iron the wrinkles out of this dress using a wet washcloth as a buffer was a pain!
2. I need a tan. It seems that no matter what amount of Jergen's gradual tanning lotion I apply, I am still going to look like a ghost.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Work Wear: Neutrals

Top- Forever 21, Skirt- Nordstrom (similar), Heels- Zara, Bag- Mango (similar), Bracelet- similar, Sunglasses- Target

I've been living in this skirt for work and church lately...much like all my other white articles of clothing. Thankfully, this skirt is not see-through like my white dress from Tuesday's post! I've liked pairing it with darker colors up top, but this cream lace top was just screaming for me to create an all neutral outfit. I almost traded my nude bag for a blue one, but I decided this look didn't need a pop of color. Sometimes (though for me, very rarely) less color is more!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Little White Dress

Dress- Old Navy, Sandals- Mindy Mae's Market, Bag- Francesca's, Sunglasses- Target, Watch- Fossil

I've worn this dress two Saturdays in a row. I really love it. Except that... its too sheer to wear without a slip! And my slip is this old polyester number that makes it impossible to stay cool. I've got to get a better one. Until then, I'm still going to wear this dress regardless. I feel like a little white dress is the definition of summer style!

Do any of you often find white tops and dress to be too sheer to wear? What's your secret?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chino Shorts

Tank- Forever 21, Shorts- J.Crew Factory, Sandals- Old Navy, Sunglasses- Forever 21 (similar), Earrings- Modcloth, Watch- Fossil

Tanks and shorts are necessities in the Texas heat (which is already rearing its ugly head!). I'm a huge fan of colored and printed bottoms for any occasion and any time of year, but colorful shorts seem especially fun during summertime. I love J.Crew chino shorts since they come in so many colors, patterns and inseams. My favorite are the 4"- not too long and not too short. I also love that you can get different colors at the factory store, though they are basically the exact same short as the regular store styles. The only color I wouldn't recommend? White. They are unwearably see-through, so I tried out a white pair from Old Navy instead.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Black Maxi

Tank- Old Navy, Skirt- Forever 21 (similar), Sandals- Lulu's (same here), Necklace- Baublebar, Hat- Forever 21, Sunglasses- Forever 21, Bag- David Jones

During Memorial Day weekend, I found myself in Old Navy (living across the street from the mall, sometimes that just happens). They had some really great deals going on, but I was trying my best to refrain. One of the pieces I wanted to pick up was this black jersey maxi dress. I could picture it going so well with my new $7 Forever 21 fedora, but I paused for just a second before I grabbed it off the rack. I realized that I have a perfectly good black maxi skirt and tank top that I could use to easily create the same look. Phew. It's amazing what a little bit of creativity can save when it comes to clothes shopping (...but really, pairing a tank and maxi dress isn't a revolutionary combo, it's just that I love the thrill of new clothes so I rarely stop and think of what I already have!).

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fit in Clouds

I'm the girl who wears four inch wedges to a softball field, or stacked heeled sandals for three hours at the mall. I love wearing heels, but there have been many days when my feet have hated me by the time I took them off for the day. This happens especially when I get a new pair of heels and want to wear them immediately without considering the consequences. I rarely even think to grab a bandaid or two in case I start to get blisters, let alone to grab a pair of flats just in case I need them.

I was really excited when Fit in Clouds contacted me about reviewing their foldable flats because I knew they were a product I could get a lot of use out of. I've seen other foldable flats going for over $250! That is way too high a price to pay, even for something with a great convenience factor. Fit in Clouds flats ring up between $20 and $32, and they have a good variety of colors and styles. I choose the black and gold patent pairs, knowing that they would match best with the rest of my closet.

Fit in Clouds flats come in a drawstring bag that really is small enough to fit in your purse. I've started carrying a pair in my day-to-day handbag so that I can change into them if I need to run errands after work. If there is one place I really hate wearing heels, its the grocery store, so these flats are great to have on days I need to run in on my way home.

Other occasions I know these flats will come in handy are nights out, weddings, or basically any time you will be on your feet a lot in fun stilettos that aren't quite as comfy as they are cute. My Fit in Clouds flats actually fit inside my pink clutch, which made me really excited! I've worn my nude Zara heels out several times, and plan to wear them to an upcoming wedding. It's nice to know I can carry my Fit in Clouds flats to change in to at the end of the night when my feet can't take any more.

As for the comfort factor? These flats are super comfortable. I almost feel like I'm walking barefoot in them. I normally wear a 6.5, so I went with a medium in both pairs. The gold pair was a little bigger than the black, so I could have used a small, but they are still wearable.

I definitely recommend checking out Fit in Clouds if you wear a lot of heels, or even if you don't. Carrying foldable flats is a really easy way to avoid the annoyance of uncomfortable shoes. They are a great value for something that can save you from the reality that sometimes, our cutest shoes just aren't that practical. Now, whenever your friends question your choice of wearing your four inch stilettos for a night out, you can laugh off their concerns knowing that you have the safety net of your Fit In Clouds flats tucked away in your purse.