Monday, March 23, 2015

Outfits of the Week: 3/17 to 3/18/15

(This was my St. Patrick's Day outfit, and the top actually has little 4-leaf clovers all over it.)

Top: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

(Don't mind the derpy pose here. I think I was trying to show the hi-low dolphin hem of the top.)

Top: H&M | Pants: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Trotters | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

Currently watching: Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I love a good historical drama series, and this one looks promising despite the blood (think the 300). I haven't gotten very far into it (there are 4 seasons) but the shirtless gladiators are enough to overlook the special effects blood that's in almost every scene.

Currently Frustrated: by Boden. I don't buy much from Boden during the fall/winter because I just have no real reason to invest in heavy winter attire. But I always buy a few pieces from their spring/summer line, as I did again this year. But I can't speak to what I ordered because I haven't received anything yet! I placed a sizable order on Feb. 25th, and it still hasn't arrived! 
We're going on almost a month-long shipping time here. I've almost forgotten what I ordered at this point. Even when I'm ordering random things from China or Korea parcels will arrive within 3 weeks. Don't get me wrong, I love Boden, but their long shipping times are starting to get ridiculous and making me question ordering from them in the future. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Outfits of the Week: 3/5 and 3/10/15

Sweater: Banana Republic | Top: Gap | Pants: J Crew | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: LV

Top: H & M | Jeans: J Crew | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: J Crew

These outfits were worn only days apart, and yet one looks like winter and the other like late spring. Texas = bipolar weather

Either way, I was excited to break out my clog sandals this past week. I have such a love for clogs, (and a big collection to prove it!) and while the calendar barely says spring, since I live in tropical Texas I'm starting sandal season early. Seasonal appropriateness be damned. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Outfits of the Week: 3/3 to 3/4/15

Sweater: J Crew | Pants: J Crew (sim) | Shoes: GH Bass (sim) | Bag: Kate Spade (sim)

Top: Lands End | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Sam Edeleman  (sim) | Bag: LV

Banana Republic started another great sale today: 50% off all sale styles! (use code BRSPRING)

In the past, I was never really drawn to BR; something about it felt dull and boring, and shapeless to me. But lately I've been loving everything! I don't know if I'm in the middle of a style evolution or if I'm just becoming dull and boring myself, but recently I've really been craving more subdued neutrals and softer, looser shapes. I'm kind of over my tees, cardis, and structured button-downs, and pencil skirts in all those bright colors and patterns. Basic. 

The top outfit is more the "old me," and the bottom outfit is more of the look that I'm striving for. 

I think it also has something to do with me slowing pulling away from J Crew. Even at their best, "old-school" J Crew isn't speaking to me right now. Maybe the transitioning of the seasons change that for me. It's been so dark and dreary for the past few months here. Can you get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in tropical Texas? With just clothes?

Regardless, I've been checking BR for promos and new items going on sale like I used to a J Crew. 
Here are a few of my picks from the sale section right now: 

Remember, BRSPRING will get you 50% off, and there is free shipping (and returns) for orders over $50-- thats $50 before the promo is entered!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Outfits of the Week: 2/26/ to 2/28/15

Sweater: Lands End | Pants: Ann Taylor  | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

Sweater: Lands End Canvas (sim) | Top: Kate Spade  | Jeans: J Crew | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Kate Spade(sim)

Spring Break has officially started for me! And I'm not the least bit ashamed to admit that after I got Child up and ready for school, I went back to bed and slept until 11am. All kinds of awesome.

I plan to spend the week:
1. doing some ebay listings to bring down the pile of  'to sell' that's been building up, (ebay store link)
2. reading some pleasure books in my 'to read' pile,
3. finishing up the hundred or so exams in my 'to grade' stack.
4. tackling some sewing projects in my 'to sew' basket....hemming some pants, sewing some skirts, and making some new snuggle sacks for Iddy Biddy.

Not super lofty or exciting goals, but apparently I've reached an age where spring break is more to catch up on boring chores and less on catching up on alcohol-induced fun. Boo to being (almost) middle-aged.

It's supposed to be cold and rainy all week down here, so glad all my projects are indoors and that I wasn't so aspirational as to plan a beach trip. I almost feel bad for all those students planning trips to South Padre Island. I hope they brought warm rain jackets to cover up their teeny bikinis!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Outfits of the Week: 2/19-2/25/15

Top: Joe Fresh | Jeans: J Crew (sim from BR)| Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Shoes: Nine West

Top: H&M | Pants: Banana Republic | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Shoes: Nine West

Sweater: J Crew Factory | Pants: Ralph Lauren | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Shoes: Aerosoles

Just Finished: giving Iddy Biddy a bath. And she was NOT happy. 
 The poor thing is 'quilling' right now--it's where baby hedgehogs loose their baby quills and get new adult ones. The process can be painful and is itchy and uncomfortable as it leads to really dry skin. The poor thing has been scratching non-stop.
I ordered her some really mild organic olive oil soap and some organic coconut oil to give her a little soak. Ouff. It was rough. Hedgehogs apparently do not enjoy the water. And worse, I think I might have over-done it on the oil. She was looking a leeettle greasy afterwards. I don't think it should bother her in any way--it's not like hedgehogs lick themselves clean or anything. Just just a bit slippery at the moment. 

Becoming a Bad Habit: browsing the tops in the sale section at ASOS. I mentioned earlier that I've been trying to expand/revamp my wardrobe to get rid of my more basic, boring J Crew tees/cardis/button-downs and add in more pretty work-appropriate blouses and tops. ASOS has been a great source for me to find pretty tops at reasonable prices. Plus, I love their free shipping (orders over $40) and free returns!
I've been forcing myself to be ruthless with returns lately (J Crew's awful final sale and expensive return shipping had gotten me into a habit of keeping everything I order, even if I wasn't in love with it) so I appreciate being able to return those less than perfect pieces with no penalty.

Some of my current faves (many of which have already found their way to my closet):