Thursday, October 23, 2014

OOTW: 10/9-10/10/14

Top: Boden | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew Factory | Shorts: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Buy this (cause it's on sale!): Uniqlo Ultra Light Down. Really guys--this is good stuff. Uniqlo is having a 2-year anniversary sale right now and is offering free shipping with no minimum, a $5 coupon when you spend $100, and right now there are tons of promotionally priced items including the Ultra Light Down. (not sure how long the free shipping will last though.....)

I bought the Quilted Down Jacket in navy: ($59.50 on sale)


and the Printed Down Vest: ($39.50 on sale)

This stuff is crazy light-weight, and I actually like the look/feel/wear of it better than the ever-popular J Crew Excursion vest. They pack down into these itty-bitty carrying bags, and take up no space in a bag or glove compartment. Obviously I'm not going to get a chance to wear any of it for awhile yet since temps are still in the 80's here, but I've learned to buy when I can at Uniqlo because colors and sizes often sell out fast. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year?!

I've found I'm normally a sz. small at Uniqlo and I took a sz. small in the Ultra Light Down (I'm usually a sz. XS or sz. 2 at J Crew). And just like Boden, they list actual garment measurements for each and every item (click the 'fit guide' in the item page).

And if Down outerwear isn't your thing, Uniqlo's got some awesome the Flannel shirtsCashmere sweaters, or extra fine Merino Wool sweaters.

Buy it. Now! You'll thank me!

(no affiliate links used or compensation provided from Uniqlo. 
I just really love the brand!)

Monday, October 20, 2014

OOTW: 10/7-10/8/14 & a Sven Clogs Review

Top: J Crew | Skirt: Self-made | Belt: Lands End Canvas | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew (sim) | Pants: Banana Republic Factory | Belt: J Crew | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Currently Obsessed: with my new clogs from Sven Clogs! It seems one is either a lover or a hater of clogs. Clearly, I'm a lover. Comfortable. Practical. Height without instability. Oddly cute in a quirky sort of way. And in the case of Sven clogs, hand-made to order in Minnesota (which is my beloved home state, so I may be a little biased there). Oh, and I can wear them for over 6 hours of non-stop standing on me feet. Um, yes please. 

I've shared my love for clogs, Sven clogs in particular, in the past. But most of my clogs belong in my summer shoe wardrobe, so one of the things on my fall Want List was a more "fall-ish" looking clog. I follow Sven's instagram, so when they introduced the peep-toe halter it went to the top of my list. 

It took me almost three days to settle on a leather and color because there were 78 colors/leather options to chose from, but I finally settled on the NuBuc in Cedar which is a warm, reddish brown.  I'm usually a sz. 8.5 in most brands of shoes, and the sz. 39 is what works best for me in clogs.

I'm not going to lie, Sven clogs aren't cheap. More than I'd normally spend on a pair of shoes. I planned and saved up eBay sales money for this purchase. But I've never regretted a purchase from Sven's. They're hand-made to your specifications, choosing heel-height, wood base color, and leather color. Plus, they're one of the friendliest most accommodating companies I've ever bought from (must be that "Minnesota nice" people always talk about).  

Which is why I immediately went back and ordered this same style in black leather.
What can I say, when I like something I really like it. 

(This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really like Sven clogs.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OOTW: 9/30 - 10/2/14

Top, Pants, and Shoes: randoms via TJ Maxx (guess I'm a Maxxinista!) | Necklace: J Crew | Bag: vintage LV

Sweater: Ann Taylor Factory | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew Factory | Skirt: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: vintage LV

Bummed that: I ended up having to return much of the Boden order I made a few weeks ago. Things were either too short or too wide for me. Bummer. Of course now prices have gone back up again, so I'll have to wait for another sale to make a re-order. {sigh}

On that note: I'm eagerly waiting the Columbus day sale orders I placed: from J Crew the Toothpick jeans, the Funnel sweatshirt and New Balance shoes , from J Crew Factory the puffer vest in black, and the navy contrast sweatshirt, from Uniqlo more flannel shirts and this beyond cute plaid puffer vest, and Onitsuka Tiger shoes from Amazon. They should all be at my doorstep any day now. Hurry Mr. Brown Shorts! (And now it makes me feel a little better that I'm returning most of my Boden order!)

Regretting: that Husband convinced me to watch the Conjuring with him. Right now. At this moment. And it's freaking the hell out of me. I hate scary movies.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Re-posting this from last year because I just can't with Columbus Day....... #sorrynotsorry #rethinkcolumbusday #indigenouspeoplesday

A note from the author: 
All of the information in this essay came from A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself. 

Also, Columbus Day is technically on October 12th, but the day shifts every year in the US in order to land on a weekday. This year it falls on Monday, the 14th. 

It's also worth noting that early in life, Bartolomé de las Casas advocated the use of African slaves as substitutes for the natives in the Americas. Eventually, however, he retracted those views and came to see all forms of slavery as being equally wrong.

source: The Oatmeal

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

OOTW 9/23-9/25/14

Cardi: Lands End Canvas | Dress: Joe Fresh | Boots: J Crew (old) (sim) | Bag: vintage LV

Tee: Talbots | Pants: J Crew | Scarf: Groop Dealz | Shoes: Chocolat Blu | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew Factory | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Lands End | Belt: J Crew | Bag: vintage LV

Shopping For: of all things--Bento Boxes. Child is one of those "super special snowflakes" that has to eat a packed lunch from home, mostly because he's vegetarian and because I'm one of those moms who insist on 'organic only' (I know. It even sounds annoying and helicopter-y to me. Whatevs.) So anyway, I'm finding it overwhelming picking a cute/practical/kid-tough Bento Box. So far I have my eye on this frog one, this one from OXO, or this iPlay one from Kohls.

Feeling: incredibly sore. I did a major squats/lunges session yesterday and today I can barely move. Sitting is a near impossibility. But its one of those "hurts so good" type of things. No pain, no gain, right?

Really Wanting: an afternoon cup of coffee. I usually limit myself to just two cups of coffee in the morning and then cut myself off. And I know if I drink coffee anytime after lunch it always gives me the jitters, but mmmm....... warm, rich, snuggly, coffee.

Bye now. Heading for the kitchen and the coffee maker. Y'all have yourself a great weekend!