Fashion
July 22, 2017

The Not Cover Up Cover Up From Target

If anyone is petite like me, then you may have had a hard time finding the right pool or beach cover up before.

History

A few years ago I got this dress from Target and the first Summer I had it, I wore it as a dress. But, the second Summer I had it, I started to wear it as a cover up. That cover up lasted a few years but this year, I was on the hunt for a new one. The cover ups in the stores like Nordstrom and South Moon Under, while are all in style and pretty, were all generally quite large and too loose on me.

Now

Then, I remembered! Why not try again with the dress and make another not cover up cover up? I started this hunt back early in the season, like April or May, so the good news is that the one I found at Target (XS) and am wearing is now on sale! #whodoesntloveasale

Target woven dress cover up

modeling the cover up on the beach – yup, my face has a weird smile

This not cover up cover up dress is a guaze material (100% rayon), making it perfectly light weight for the beach or pool. It has adjustable straps and comes in black or coral. It is the perfect length and looseness for my 5’1 frame. Did I mention it’s on sale!?

Target woven slip dress
You can even do a few yoga poses in it? ūüėČ

Target woven slip dressLast Tips

A few other similar versions of this cover up I found are by Elan. I will confess, I own the Elan Slip Dress Cover Up in white (in a Small, the smallest size it came in) but it was big on me and then I washed it and shrank to a better size. So, it does fit better then before but the straps do fall off of me quite a bit, even with them on the tightest setting. The Target one is so similar and fits so much better though!

Happy shopping!

 

Fashion
July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – A Few Quick Outfits

Happy Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

This post will be quick since I’m headed out of town but last night I was trying on some of my purchases and wanted to share now that the sale is open to everyone.

rag & bone jeans, Halogen top

What I’m Wearing

The Top

I actually really love this top by Halogen. The problem is I want it in the next size up and it’s sold out! So for now, I’m going to keep it. ¬†This top is a round neck, thicker cotton pullover with lace details and a cold shoulder. Since it doesn’t even show up online now, try this¬†one¬†instead. It’s also a cold shoulder, but with a ruffle instead of lace. Plus a great price!

The Jeans

The jeans are a high rise pair in a dark wash by Rag & Bone. The material is actually something they’ve called “tech” for its mix of fabrics that create the softness. I’m on the fence about this pair because they are actually quite high in the waist for me so I don’t always feel it’s flattering with certain tops because you can see some of the jeans through them. They are really soft though and have a unfinished hem. I have them tucked under because they’re so long, by the way. They run true to size.

The Shoes

My shoes in the all pics are these Toms booties¬†in a gray. They’re really comfortable and perfect for the gray pair I’ve been wanting since last Fall/Winter. However, they ran big. ¬†Like a half size so for my little size 5 foot, that’s too big and I can’t go smaller. Ugh! ūüôĀ But, I highly recommend them and they come in some other colors, too.

Gibson top, Current/Elliott jeansWhat I’m Wearing

The Top

The top is a super soft fleece by Gibson and comes in a bunch of different colors and even comes in petite. This top, however, I ended up sizing up for the looser fit and got the small.

The Jeans

The Jeans are high rise Current/Elliott with a raw step hem. They are really comfortable and a medium to light wash. I got them in my regular size, a 26. Nothing bad to report on them.

Free People top, AG jeans

What I’m Wearing

The Top

The top I’m wearing is by Free People. It’s is a bit thick but not heavy with a slight dolman sleeve. I went up a size in this sweater so it hit a bit below the hip instead of at my hip. It is comfortable and perfect for the Fall! And it comes in 2 other colors.

The Jeans

The¬†jeans are my favorite and are by AG. They’re a medium to dark wash, with some whiskering at the hips. Oh, and they’re not high rise! They also have an unfinished hem and need to be shortened (i.e. also tucked under in the picture).

Random

A few last random list of items to consider….this tee from Current/Elliot I just ordered last night. I have to decide which one to keep but how could I compare until I have both in person. ūüôā This is the other one I already bought. The price of both are steep but the latter has a sparkle to it that really makes it fun. And for the former, I just like the darker color for Fall and the ruffle sleeve.

This tee by James Perse I got for my husband and he loves it. He loves how soft it is and the collar makes it a little nicer then your average crew neck style.

This letter necklace is perfect for everyday and would make a great gift, too!

See my other posts about shopping the sale here and here.

Happy shopping!

Fashion
July 16, 2017

More Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

Hi again. Sorry I didn’t get to post more of my picks from the Nordstrom sale yesterday but I have them today. Ha! These picks are from both in the store and looking online.

Purses/Handbags – I really am not in the market for a new purse so I didn’t spend too much time in this department. And ¬†honestly, I didn’t see that many that had me swooning. I did like 2 Rebecca Minkoff bags. The first one below (in black), is a hobo style and a great option because it’s really versatile with the dual strap. The long strap can be removed. I currently use this tote and they have an updated version of it included in the sale. Both are similar in that they are pebbled leather (which I’m a fan of), light weight and fit a lot. This new version though, unlike mine, has a zipper and front pocket. There is also a version of the hobo that comes in suede – see it here. Meanwhile, I was distracted with the pretty purple one in the bottom picture (Oddly, I’m not seeing the purple version online, wonder if that means it’s sold out already). ¬†It’s a little small for what I need for an evening out but if you don’t need glasses to drive at night like I do, I’d go for it because the color is really pretty! I also know that people that love Madewell totes so if you’ve been considering one, this is a good time to get it! Also, for Tory Burch lovers, I’d go for this one because it’s a classic tote style. And last, for those backpack lovers, again, Rebecca Minkoff has a great option here. If metallic isn’t your thing, there is a regular leather version here, it’s just not a part of the sale. Unless there was one that is also sold out and so not showing up online…..

Coats/Jackets – ¬†So far, all I have bought is the North Face fleece seen below here. See Thursday’s post¬†here¬†for more about it. Also, spotted was this option that is a real leather jacket by Halogen and one by Topshop and a good faux leather version to consider is this¬†one, by Blanknyc. Or, if you want to splurge, go for this one by Mackage. This ruffle hem military coat by Free People is adorable for a Fall day.

Girls Clothes/Shoes (I have 2 daughters who are about 6 and 9 so I’m no good on boys clothes) –¬†¬†I’m finding that the Anniversary sale is a good time to get the girls athletic clothes since they tend to be on the more expensive side when they’re not on sale. In the category of athletic clothes is the Zella legging. It comes in a bunch of patterns and prints this year, my favorite being the ombre style and this pattern. There was a cute hooded tee and long sleeve tee¬†that coordinated with the different patterns. Surprisingly, this year there were so many options for jeans for big girls (i.e. size 7-14, which my older daughter just makes it into since she’s small for her age and quite thin). My favorite was this pair by AG that I’m still considering for my older daughter. They’re a bit expensive for how often she wears jeans but since the style is very skinny, they may fit her well. ¬†I thought this tee and this¬†tee¬†were great options as well in general. ¬†Both of my daughters are dying for high top sneakers. You can’t go wrong with¬†this¬†pair from Steve Madden or this pair by Skechers for the younger girls. The sparkly Pumas are still popular and as my older daughter likes to point out, they don’t have mesh toes like other sneakers making them a good option to wear when it rains. #shessowise. I liked this style of the Pumas as well just not the color.

Lounge/PJ/Undergarments – If you’re fan of Hanky Panky, it’s always a good time to stock up on their signature¬†thongs¬†(the boy shorts are pretty great, too). If you’re fan of regular underwear, the Natori ‘Bliss’ are the way to go. And I always say buying a bra can be the most un-fun thing to buy but for practical purposes, this sale is the best time to get one. Personally, I wear Natori and this is a good everyday one to have and the ‘Feathers’ style is flattering on every body type plus it has a bit more sex appeal. For PJ’s (my secret favorite clothes to buy) I love this comfy long sleeve Make + Model¬†top¬†(I got the black and white-ish one last year at the sale last year and wear it all the time) and I also have the pants. And you’ll want this Barefoot Dreams ‘Circle’ Cardigan in your closet whether it’s to wear as a “house coat” (which is how I¬†wear constantly when I’m at home in the winter) or just to throw on to go out, it is AMAZINGLY soft. I also saw these pants by Chaser online that look amazingly comfortable, similar to the Make + Model pair, and this The Laundry Room top in the store. And finally, you can’t go wrong with PJ Salvage pajamas.

Make Up – Bought this Jouer set of lip gloss to try because it was 2 for $25 and am considering this set by Charlotte Tilbury. It’s so pretty and comes with the little brush, too!

That’s all I have time for unfortunately. Happy shopping!

Fall/ Fashion
July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks #NSale 2017

Yeah, it’s my favorite day – the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I was lucky enough to get to Nordstrom today to shop the sale with early access. ¬†It has been a tradition for many years now that I am there on the first day of the sale. I blame my mom for this. Ha! Anyway, it was fun to be there today. I really do love the energy in the store the first few days¬†and the rush from getting all these new clothes in 1 day. There’s nothing like it! Oh, it doesn’t hurt either that my birthday is a week away. #birthdaypresents

That being said, let’s get to the good stuff. I like to preface my shopping habits by saying that I really try to be AS practical as possible when deciding what I buy because otherwise the spending can get totally out of control. Especially when you’re shopping for kids and/or a husband as well as yourself. I always think of the saying “There’s only so much to go around” when I can’t decide whether to get an item or not.

So, once the kids were settled and off to camp, I got my coffee and headed to the mall. Full disclosure today – I need to wash my hair but who has time to straighten your hair when there is shopping to be done?! Just in case you’re looking at the pics below thinking, what is going on with her hair? ūüėČ

Without further ado….below are my initial picks from my first day of shopping in the store:

Jeans – there are quite a few to pick from. Last year I wasn’t really in the market for any but over this past year, I’ve decided I’ve grown tired of some of my old ones so new jeans were first on my mind. And shockingly, I got 2 pairs! The first pair I bought online were by AG and picked them up in the store because I knew they’d be perfect (which they were). ¬†A good blue with slight distressing but no holes. What I didn’t expect was to like this pair by¬†Current/Elliott as much as I did. They are a high rise, while a favorite of many, just not usually mine. ¬†Got them, too, though because the high rise wasn’t too tight for this short-waisted girl with an occasional bad back, and I liked the cut off bottoms. Otherwise, I’m considering this rag & bone pair to replace an old pair of dark wash jeans I have. They’re also high rise so we’ll see. Not sure I need THREE new pairs of jeans in one sale though. FYI, all of these I got in my regular denim size.

I know some people don’t have the budget for the jeans above and rave about the Articles of Society brand so if that’s more your budget, check¬†these¬†out instead, this pair by Vigoss, or this pair by Blanknyc¬†(I do love Blanknyc jeans).

Tops – ¬†First, I headed to the TBD department (where I got the jeans above, by the way, and proceeded to wear them both in pics below). If you don’t already own one of the drapey jackets by Blanknyc, then this version by Cupcakes and Cashmere is perfect (it shows up as much more purple in the photo online then it is, very odd). It’s super soft, a pretty dark gray and fits almost identical to the Blanknyc version. ¬†Other items I tried on were this faintly sparkly¬†tee and this adorable Madewell¬†tee (got them both, the latter was totally unexpected for my usual style), this top¬†(eh), this sweater¬†(got it in blue, tried on XS, bought S!), and this cold shoulder top (didn’t love, it was tight in the arms), this sweater (too much!) and this¬†amazing Rails top (still debating but the fit was great). Everything I tried on was an XS except where I noted above. By the way, pretty sure this top by Free People will be a big seller but I didn’t try it on because the long back doesn’t work for my petite frame.

Other tops I saw were in the Point of View department. I didn’t try any on here but I saw a bunch that seem like good options like this Pleione cold shoulder¬†top, this one¬†(love the combo of ruffles and sweatshirt), this Gibson cozy top¬†and this Halogen¬†one, too. Love this¬†cashmere sweater for its sweet side detail but for now, I put it in my cart online to think about. I’ll make it to BP and Top Shop tomorrow, hopefully.

A few designer tops I liked were by Vince like this sweater (classic and simple) and this cold shoulder version.

Dresses – I rarely wear dresses except for the Jewish holidays in the Fall so it’s not often that I buy one but I did love the cut out shoulder on this one. ¬†And this sheath style seems like an easy YES.

Active – It’s been a few years since I’ve bought a jacket during the Anniversary sale so it seemed like a good time to remedy that. I went for this one¬†by The North Face¬†because I don’t have a white jacket and I think the weight of it seems perfect for Fall and wearing to the gym and in general. And I love the detailing in the back at the waist. I also decided to grab this simple black tank (it seems I’m always stocking up on on black and white exercise tops). This¬†Zella tee my mom and I both agreed was really cute with the sheer mesh shoulder. If you’re a big Adidas fan, then I’d try these¬†classic leggings. And for all those Zella lovers out there, hopefully you grabbed a cool pair like this¬†one or this one. ¬†I ordered this pair of Alo “Elevate” legging¬†online this morning but was also considering this¬†‘Airbrushed’ version. I’ve never owned a pair of Alo before so I guessed about my size and went up one size from my usual since they seem really tight. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about this brand out there so I figured this was a good time to grab one of these expensive leggings.

The North Face jacket

Shoes¬†– ¬†Shoes are always a hard category to narrow down choices for because there are so many different categories to consider. For heels, I loved this Sam Edelman pair. I’m in between sizes with Sam Edelman so the strap is perfect for me. Plus, I find the d’Orsay style to be comfortable and universally flattering. I went ahead and bought them. Louise et Cie had this pair of velvet heels that could be a good update to a wardrobe since it’s a classic style. So sad this pair of Kate Spade shoes doesn’t come in my size but it is the perfect combination of cute meets casual and I believe they were selling out! ¬†If you’re in the market for sneakers, I can’t say enough about the Nike Juevante. This style is perfect for Fall/Winter since its a thicker material then the regular version. I have 2 pairs and love the sock style without the tongue. This¬†ankle wrap flat or this ballet flat with grommets by AGL were my main picks for flats. If bows are your thing, go for¬†this pair of Sam Edelman flats. For booties, consider this pair by Hinge, this¬†pair by Sarto by Franco Sarto, or this pair by Sam Edelman, which are touted as “convertible.” They also still have the popular ‘Margo fringe bootie’ by rag & bone available. Hunter updated their shorter rain boot¬†and the taller version by adding some back straps. If casual slip on sneakers are your got to, (and if Vince actually fit me), I’d try this pair in blue for fun (assuming you already have black shoes in a similar style) or for something different, this embroidered by pair by Rebecca Minkoff. And I was oddly drawn to this pair of shoes by Gentle Souls. The velvet is intriguing but I’d go for a regular version instead for practicality (sadly, these don’t come small enough for my baby feet. Ugh!!). As for boots, not too much new out there but I do like this pair by Ugg that aren’t the usual Ugg style.

I am running out of steam for the night to highlight more items so I’ll try to do another post over the weekend with handbags, the lingerie/lounge department, beauty and more.

Food
July 7, 2017

HelloFresh Trial and Meal #1

HelloFresh is just one of the well known companies out there that offers a meal kit subscription service. After recently having the opportunity to do a trial with the company, I am finally sharing my thoughts about it and whether I found it worthwhile for my family. Read on to see how the first recipe in my trial was.

While I’m not usually in need of a meal kit delivery service, there are occasionally times that it is ideal to have everything ready to go and to just follow a recipe. When I went to go pick out my 3 meals for the week, I found it interesting that they offered a “FIT” line of meals, described as “Quick and nutritious meals under or around 650 calories per serving.” Since I aim to make and eat healthier dinners for my husband and I, this was a perfect option to me, i.e. no need to sacrifice health for ease. I went ahead and created my account, updated my food preferences under my profile, and then, selected the 3 meals for the week:

  1. Lean Green Steak Machine
  2. Chicken Sausage Pizzas
  3. Presto Pesto Panko Chicken.

Presentation: When the box came, I have to say that the way it was came was so well done. Very neat, organized, clear packaging, and big recipe cards with pictures and easy to follow directions.

Each meal had its own box with ingredients, minus the chicken and steak

Below the top 3 boxes was this divider – pretty clever, right?

Everything that was inside the big box

Today I am just reviewing my first of the 3 meals, Lean Green Steak Machine. Here’s the recipe card for it:

Ok, on to the ingredients and the recipe…..

All the ingredients that were inside the smaller box

Here’s an abbreviated version of the recipe I followed:

Step 1 – Prep the vegetables for the succotash. That’s red onion, zucchini, asparagus, and lemon zest.

Step 2 – Chop the chives and mint for the herb dressing for the steak

the finished dressing

Step 3 – Start cooking the succotash

Step 4 – Move on to the steak

Step 5 – All done, plate the food!

Verdict on the Recipe:¬†The ingredients seemed fresh and the taste of the steak and sauce were delicious. But the quantity of steak was just not enough for 2 people at all. I wasn’t in love with the succotash because I don’t love peas and neither does my husband. To be honest, he ended up eating something else entirely and I ate what you see on the plate above. Hard to say whether I’d pick this recipe again, or at least I’d make sure I had extra steak at the very least. Also, I wish the succotash came with a vegetable other then peas but oh well. But, keep in mind, there are so many recipe options to choose from, especially if you aren’t choosing from the ‘Fit’ menu like I was. Plenty of them sound delicious!

What I loved was the Recipe Card because:

  1. How well it spelled out, along the side of the recipe card, what items you’ll need to go with the recipe, i.e. zester, small bowl, 2 large pans, paper towel and olive oil, so you can prep before the prep. ūüôā
  2. Quantity of each ingredient listed along the side as well.
  3. Wine suggestion that pairs well with the recipe.
  4. Clear directions to follow, ie. SUPER IMPORTANT!

Worthwhile for my family: Unfortunately, I don’t think so. The cheapest plan, called the ‘Classic’ costs, for 2 people, 3 meals a week about $60/month. For our family and my current schedule where I am often home enough to pre-plan dinner or am home around dinner time to make a meal for my husband and I before it gets too late, it just doesn’t make sense. Sadly, I can’t factor my kids in because they just don’t eat enough of the foods offered in the recipes.

I’ll be posting my review of another one of the recipes in the next week or so.

Have you tried a meal delivery company before and if so, which one? Let me know which ones you’ve had success with since I may think about trying another company at some time. Meanwhile, if you want to try HelloFresh, click here¬†to try it for free like I did!

Happy eating!

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