Fashion
December 8, 2017

Holiday Wish List – Lounge Wear at Nordstrom

It’s been another crazy week here but I wanted to get this post out because I know everyone is right in the middle of holiday shopping and what better gift idea then lounge wear? If you have someone in your family who is all about being comfortable and stylish, then they will definitely appreciate any of the items I mention below.

I included items I’ve already owned for at least a year but are still popular and currently available in the stores and some new items I saw (and some I tried on) when I was at Nordstrom’s private holiday shopping event this past Sunday night. How ironic, of course, that I am writing this while sitting on my couch in my lounge wear? Ha!

Make + Model

My favorite ‘classic’ lounge wear items are by Make + Model from Nordstrom. I don’t say this just because I love Nordstrom but because I have multiple items from the Make + Model line from a year or two ago that they still carry and there’s a reason for that – they’re comfortable, well made, in style, and priced reasonably enough (notice how I said that – reasonably enough. Not cheap, just reasonable, lol). For tops, I love the Brushed Hacci tops. They are a really soft material that are not too hot or too cold, making them perfect for lounging in. I also find they layer well over a tank top (I usually de-layer when I get in to bed and sleep in just a tank top so I know this from experience). There are also the Make + Model Jogger Pants (which I have) that are in the same material as the hacci tops, or the Best Boyfriend Version which are the looser pant version. Oh, and if you don’t want a classic style of top, go for this Make + Model fuzzy sweater. It’s so fun and cozy looking!

Hanging out in my Make + Model jogger pants as I write this

Junk Food

I also love the Junk Food brand lounge tops. Most people know Junk Food for their sports and kitschy tops but I’m finding they really make great lounge tops, too. I got my first Junk Food top last holiday season, the ‘I Hate Mornings’ top below, and it quickly became a favorite for throwing on with leggings on a Sunday, or even as pajamas when I travel. Then, my daughters got me the gray top below for Mother’s Day. I also love that top for not only lounging in, but for layering over my gym tank top. These tops are just soo comfortable! A slightly similar material to the Make + Model tops but baggier and longer. Also, know that these style tops ran big and were still a bit roomy in the XS.

Junk Food Lounge Top and Junk Food ‘I Hate Mornings’ Top (these ran big so XS in both)

Wearing the Junk Food top as a layer to the gym recently

Alternative Apparel

Me in the distressed hoodie from last Winter

The Alternative Apparel distressed hoodie I’m wearing above is from last Winter. Last year’s version ran really small. It ran so small that while I am wearing the small, it fit more like an XS. Unfortunately, I waited too long to order it and it was either a small or a large. So, small it was! But, really I wanted the medium. And guess what? This sweatshirt was no where else to be found, trust me, I looked!  Fast forward to Sunday at the Nordstrom holiday shopping event and I was so excited to see that they were now carrying it, plus some coordinating distressed jogger pants!

Of course I grabbed one to try on. This year’s version seems to be a bit more true to size, so I grabbed a small to try on and felt it was the right size. This hoodie is just as comfortable as last year’s version, let me tell you! It was tempting not to buy another one. And the jogger sweat pants weren’t too bad either. I really liked how they had the same distressing. Also, they had a slightly different version of this sweatshirt in what they call the ‘Cutout Sweatshirt’ that has the elbows cutout. So, if you don’t want a hood, it’s a good thought.

Alternative Apparel hoodie (size up), matching distressed sweatpants (TTS)

Showing the hoodie with normal leggings (wearing these Alo leggings)

Other Junk Food Tops

So, there were other Junk Food lounge tops they had in store I really liked. Like seriously liked. And then I couldn’t decide which I really wanted and then felt guilty since I didn’t need any…..Sigh. #toomanychoices

Champagne top | Happy Place | Stay-Cation |Champagne Diet (not pictured but available online)

I did try on the  Junk Food Stay-Cation Top though. These all seem to run differently then the ones I have, meaning they are more true to size. Less big and baggy but still plenty comfortable! I tried on a small. I also love the little embroidered stars. Such a cute detail!

Other Lounge Wear Items

Below are some other lounge wear tops, bottoms, a few pairs of slippers and socks I saw, too, that would also make great gifts. No pom pom socks for me though – once you have puppies, they’re a nightmare and guaranteed to last a short time. Ha!

So, there you have it. My little wrap up of my favorite lounge wear from Nordstrom!

Happy shopping!

 

Fashion/ Gym
December 1, 2017

New Gym Clothes – Leggings, Tanks and More!

Boy have I been on a gym clothes buying kick the past 6 months. I started off feeling guilty about it but then it dawned on me, I go to the gym an average of 4x a week so why should I feel guilty? I wear these clothes A LOT. But honestly, I had gotten bored of the clothes I had, not a good excuse I realize, just honest. Ha! Or maybe I was just waiting for some new trends to really inspire me and that finally happened.

So, whether you actually go to the gym like me or just wear the clothes, I wanted to share my recent purchases since any of them can be worn not just to the gym but also to run around doing errands in or just hanging out in. Besides, the holiday season is here so maybe they’ll give you some present ideas. OR, the holidays will be over before we know it and we’ll have those extra lbs to work off. And maybe, just maybe, new gym clothes will make going to the gym that much better. 😊

Leggings/Bottoms, Top to Bottom:

Alo Airbrush High Waist Glossy Legging (Small) – Glossy leggings are in! I love the look of them for the gym but also how it can be worn as an updated legging for every day. I originally bought the pair I linked but now there is also a midi length version of the legging. For a petite gal like me, midi is a great length! It is essentially a full length pair without having to them shortened. Also, Alo leggings can be expensive but this pair are less then $90. Score! Similar pairs are this Athleta shine tight and Lululemon sheen tight. Sizing: I size up in Alo.

Terez Heathered Camo Tall Band Legging (XS) – Gosh I love Terez. I bought my first pair last year in this fun sparkle print (mine are the cropped version) and the material just feels amazing on. Plus, they wear well and I can comfortably sweat in them without feeling hot.  The camo is a great print but relatively tame compared to some of their other prints. Ha! I’m in love with the rose camo version that is out now!! And, I’ve mentioned the blue with the stars I have, too. I don’t typically wear them to the gym but they definitely can be. I just decided to designate them as a fun printed legging for the weekends. Sizing: These run true to size.

Athleta High Rise Ripple Chaturanga™ Tight (XS) – I originally tried these on in the early Fall in the navy but just couldn’t decide at the time. But, then, I tried them on again in early November and decided to go with it! The pattern is kind of hard to see, which is good/bad depending on how much you love pattern. 😀 I like that it is subtle and not too busy to make it feel obvious. They are comfortable and definitely easy to move in. And they come in black, too! Sizing: These run true to size.

Chaturanga Tight

Lululemon Align Crop 21″ (size 4) – I bought my first pair of these amazingly soft crops back in early Summer in navy for yoga. And then I loved them so much I went and bought another pair in black. The material is like butter, making them amazing for yoga. I really don’t enjoy high rise much but these were the first pair I tried that I could tolerate the rise. After these I’ve bought more but these are the ones that made me converts. They now also come in a pant, i.e. full length, version. Sizing: True to size for Lululemon.

Lululemon Pace Rival Crop (size 4) – Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a runner. Dare I say I kind of hate it? 🙄In any case, I’d always stayed away from leggings, or crops, that have the back pocket, UNTIL I tried these on. The material, again, is just amazing. But what I really do like about these are the pockets along the legs. It is really nice to have a pair of leggings with a pocket for those random times I go out for a walk and want somewhere to put my phone. Or I’m just out with the kids somewhere that having a pocket in a legging is ideal. Sizing: True to size for Lululemon.

Tanks/Tops,  Top to Bottom

Athleta Twist Back Muscle Tank (XS) – When I went back to Athleta in early November and tried on the Chaturanga tights, I grabbed this tank to try on. I have wanted a tank that ties in the back but hadn’t seen a version I felt compelled to buy. I didn’t like the idea of actually have a tie on my lower back, especially for yoga where you end up on your back, because I pictured the knot digging in and hurting. This tank, though, the tie is a twist and doesn’t stick out at all making it very comfortable for all types of exercising. It does need to be worn with a high waist though or it may show a little belly when you lift your arms. Sizing: True to size.

Lululemon Sculpt Tank II (SE) (Size 4) – I originally bought this tank in white but again, I liked it so much I later went and got it in the black, too. These tanks are a comfortable light material that lays perfectly against the belly and have the right amount of cleavage coverage, too. And the panels along the back are also great, especially for yoga. Or any high intensity sweaty work out. Also, I love that it is easy to layer over, too. Sizing: True to size for Lululemon.

Sculpt Tank, Terez Camo Legging, Nike Juvenate

Lululemon Essential Tank (Size 4) – I originally wanted the black and white version, or what they call ‘Tiger Space Dye Black’ but it was sold out in the stores and online at the time in my size. So, I went with my next choice, the blue. However, that color is now sold out and the available color is a ‘heathered black’, which is actually a great color. The back of this tank is kind of cool, which was partially what drew me to it. But, mainly, I loved the neck and the looseness of it. Perfect for keeping cool in yoga but also great for all other works outs as well. Sizing: True to size for Lululemon.

Great face, huh? Wearing the Lululemon Essential Tank and Align Crop

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback (Size 4) – This is definitely one of the brand’s most popular tanks and I understand why. It is so comfortable, particularly for a fitted tank! I like to have various options in my closet between loose and fitted and it’d been awhile since I’d bought a more fitted tank. This one, particularly the color (called ‘slate/white’), was exactly what I was looking for. Sizing: True to size for Lululemon.

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Tank

Other Hoodies, Jackets, Bras, Tops I Bought

Lululemon Energy Bra (size 4) – I ended up with this bra somewhat by accident but I’m loving it. The cut, material and fit are all great. As a petite girl with a medium bust, it fits me perfectly! (I wear a 32/34C).

Athleta Fully Focused Bra (Size XS) – I already owned this in white and then bought it in  gray and white striped once they updated it slightly in the strap area, and so recently, I bought the newer version in white. And it is definitely a good improvement but slight, basically it keeps the straps from flipping over in the back. This bra is comfortable, wears well, and the straps in the back add some visual interest.

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie IV in Viola (size 4) – This hoodie has been around for awhile and every year or so, they update it. I’ve actually tried it on in the past and never liked it enough to buy it. So whatever tweaks they have made this time, they finally worked for me! I like the length, the color (it does come in other colors, too), it’s not too tight along my sides and the thumb holes in the sleeves aren’t too tight, either. Perfection!

Early morning dog walk with my coffee, hoodie and my Uggs and I’m good to go!

Athleta Cozy Karma Pullover (XS) – All I can say is I love this pullover and would almost dare to call it dreamy! The style of it with the faux cross over, high neck and pockets just make it amazing. Plus, there is fleece inside the neck and the zipper makes taking it off and on very easy. Just perfection on a cold day. The pink color is really pretty and comes with a rose gold zipper! Sizing: True to size.

Zella Zelfusion Reflective Quilted Jacket (XS) – This jacket, by far, has gotten the most wear since I’ve bought it only a few weeks ago. Similar to the other pullover and hoodie above, I just could live in it. And it really truly is a jacket but I just feel so cozy when I wear it that I could almost justify wearing it around the house. Ha! Dare I say it is actually better made then some The North Face versions out there that are similar?!

Zella jacket and Alo Glossy Legging

Alo ‘Glimpse’ Pullover (XS) – Last but not least is this pullover top I got. The high slits on the side are very in style but honestly, it’s really soft and comfortable to wear, which is why buying it was an easy decision for me. Plus, it can be worn with anything, not just to the gym. Sizing: True to size.

Fashion
November 22, 2017

Pre Black Friday Sales & My Wish List

If you’re like me, you’ve started to do some Black Friday shopping because, well, the stores are having the sales!

For a quick post, I thought I’d share what I’ve already purchased from some of the Pre Black Friday sales for both myself and my daughters and what I am planning to check out on Black Friday.

The Low Down On What Has Been Ordered

Gap – Bought myself the faux fur parka to try. Debated between that and the 2 in 1 parka. I’m worried it may be too big and heavy for my petite frame but figured it’s cute, I don’t own one, so why not try. If you haven’t gotten one of their ColdControl Max Puffer Jacket (or vest) but been thinking about it – now is the time. Can almost guarantee the stock will be low by this weekend. Also, their softspun knits, like this tunic, are amazing (I actually remember being in the car last year ordering a softspun top on our way to family in Raleigh). Right now, everything is 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY.

Softspun Tunic

Old Navy – You can’t go wrong with sweaters and cold weather accessories for everyone in the family here but for now, I just got my daughter a leather jacket because she needs it for a talent show and because she wants it. #mompushover. Everything is 40% off, discount is automatic. Each day this week different items are 50% off.

Old Navy Leather Jacket

Children’s Place – Ordered some cold weather accessories for my girls – think hat, head wrap and and  a sparkly tiger shirt (everything is 50-75% off and free shipping!!) and they have some really cut fingerless gloves, too!

Nordstrom – Ok so Nordstrom is not having a sale (although a lot of items are reduced) but I decided to get some items now anyway in case stock gets low because the private holiday shopping events (varies by store location) are coming up and some items may go fast. I have ordered:

  • The North Face Pom Pom Hat – really cute but I particularly liked the cream color
  • Ugg Fingerless gloves – Saw these in person and they are cute and comfortable! I went for the gray and am really excited about them!
  • Girls Jack Rogers boots – These are for my older daughter who doesn’t want Uggs. Think LL Bean/Sorel style but girlier. The daisy’s around the lace holes just add the right amount of detail. These also come in a pretty metallic but my daughter picked the classic colors. Go figure.
  • Nike Air Max Thea Sneakers (Knit) – Been debating about these in the metallic silver and then black when they went on sale. Couldn’t get my size and still hunting for an updated gray sneaker so when these were added to the site recently, I went for them. Really hoping they fit.

Note: A lot of Madewell sweaters are also reduced at Nordstrom right now. So many of my favorites (see below) you can get here, too! Also, these Zella moto leggings that were a part of the anniversary sale and have a ton of good reviews were re-stocked and are reduced!

The Low Down On What I May Buy, i.e. My Wish List

Bloomingdales – This is a great time to grab a sweater from their Aqua Cashmere line (I have this drape front cardigan and this cold shoulder one). One of the best cashmere lines I’ve experienced out there. Sized right, priced right, and wears well. Also, this a great time to snag a new purse or wallet. Bloomingdales has an amazing selection of Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff (I mention one in my Thanksgiving post that I love). Personally, I also love tees by Wilt. They’re not the cheapest but they are definitely good quality and a bit thicker, which make them great for the Winter. They are a bit big/loose so make sure to size down if you’re not sure. This Wilt tee is on my “wish list.” I recently bought a pair of rag & bone jeans. No, they don’t have a raw hem, distressing, or a high waist because I was looking for a pair that didn’t have any of those for a change. Crazy, right?! I love the blue and how tight the leg is, making them great for shoving in tall boots and Uggs. And I’m short waisted so I’m finding I really don’t love a high waist. So, check those out, and any other denim, too, for that matter. If you need a new dress or top for the holiday’s, you’re pretty sure to find a great one here. Take $25 off every $100 right now, exclusions apply.

Madewell –  Think sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters. And maybe a necklace or turtleneck, too. 😉There are some I already love that I’ve mentioned in this post but I recently saw this cable one added to the site and I also love this boxy cotton turtleneck because it comes in a bunch of colors and is loose. Everything is 25% off in store and online right now with code DONTSTRESS.

Madewell sweater

My favorite sweater this Fall

Loft – I did a post back in October when Loft had it’s Friends & Family sale (find it here) and a lot of those items you can snag now with a discount. Of course, there are new items to love, too, like this ribbed blouson sweater (chenille version that is similar) and these velvet leggings, which seem like a no brainer to be comfy and dressed up. Everything is 40% off  with code GIFTITUP.

Shopbop – There’s so much to love at this site it’s almost overwhelming. But when they have a sale, it’s worth checking out. Right now they are having a Buy More Save More promotion with code MORE17. A few items on my “wish list” are this velvet cold shoulder top (perfect for a holiday party!), these Terez exercise leggings (love the splatter!), this Z Supply cold shoulder tee and kind of “wild” about this Wildfox sweater.

Pura Vida Bracelets – MY FAVORITE every day bracelets. I’ve mentioned them a bunch on my Instagram but they’re just simple adjustable bracelets that are made well and come in all kinds of styles and colors. You can’t go wrong and it’s best to buy a few at a time. Just sayin’. Heads Up, they are having a black Friday promotion that starts Thursday – 50% off and Free Shipping.

Happy shopping and of course, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃🦃

Note – I am not going to have another post with more Black Friday sales because I feel another post would be overkill. 

Fashion/ Travel
November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas 2017

Thanksgiving, the start of the season of eating and family. And hopefully giving. But on this blog, I’ll be honest, it’s easier to focus on the less important aspect of the holiday yet one of the most important aspects of the holiday season – WHAT TO WEAR! Because we all know, it matters a lot what you wear whether you admit it or not.  To make things easier, I put the outfit ideas in to 3 different categories  – Travel, Hanging Out and Dinner.

Thanksgiving Travel Outfit or Lounging

I realized, like me, a lot of people travel for the holiday. So whether you’ll be in a car for a few hours or on an airplane, it’s always nice to plan ahead of what you’ll be wearing. Comfort is always ideal and thankfully, comfy is still in! Thought here is a comfortable shoe (in case you’ll be waiting in long TSA lines), sweater that can be layered over a tank, and more then a simple legging, i.e. moto style or glossing legging. Even if you are not traveling but just spending the day lounging at home with/without family and friends and just want to be comfy before the big meal, these options would also work. Note: The gray theme was totally an accident! 😊

 

Thanksgiving Hanging Out (i.e. couch sitting but pulled together)

Some people’s Thanksgiving mainly revolves around sitting around, eating, and watching the parade and then football, basically relaxing with family and friends. Now I know people have different interpretations of casual but I think it’s easier to focus on an outfit you’d want to wear to actually be around other people in. Thought here is jeans and a fun top and some cute jewelry.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit #1 (i.e. casual dinner with some couch sitting)

Now some of us like to  look a bit more pulled together for the actual Thanksgiving meal but the idea is understated dressy. Like jeans and a nice top or sweater.

Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit #2 (dressier dinner with minimal couch sitting)

Some people actually enjoy getting more dressed up for Thanksgiving. If you’re lucky (or unlucky 🤔) to be in this boat, try a blouse with some details, dark bottoms, shiny jewelry and you’re good to go! Just make sure the pants are comfortable enough in the waist or the top is loose enough for all the food you’ll be inhaling. Ha!

Hope this post provides a little inspiration! And no matter what you wear, remember to be thankful to have food on the table and family and friends to spend the holiday with!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall/ Fashion
November 13, 2017

Fall Sweaters to Love

Madewell and Target

Shoes Pictures: Black Booties | Black Slip On Sneakers or hereBeige Booties (on sale!) | Gray Sneaker Shoe 

Hey there! I’m happy to say that it has finally cooled off enough here outside DC to officially break out sweaters and warmer tops. Although, the temperatures dipped way faster then I think any of us expected, I know, for me, it is a welcome change. Bring it on cold!

With the cold temperatures on my mind, I pulled together a quick post on my new favorite sweaters in my closet. Have you seen the new Target brand ‘A New Day’? It is a line of clothes in trendy new styles plus materials that I’m finding to be comfortable, soft and well made. Plus, I’m really loving some sweaters from Madewell right now, too. Read on to see what my favorites are.

From Target

Ruffle V Sweater (Left) – This reminds me of the Velvet by Graham and Spencer top I mentioned in a previous post. That one was fleece lined and $118. This one is definitely a sweater but has the same vibe. Could work for every day or dressed up for a dinner date on a cold night. Or even a family event like Thanksgiving!

 Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sweater (Right) – Ruffles and could shoulder make a perfect combination for an evening out. This sweater is similar material to the Ruffle V Sweater where that it is warm but not heavy and definitely not itchy.

Target sweaters

Embroidered Top (top right in first picture) – So this sweater isn’t a real sweater, it’s more like a thick top.  I also mentioned embroidery as a popular trend in the same post as the Velvet by Graham and Spencer and linked a Madewell sweatshirt with embroidery but this version from Target is really similar! Except it’s not a sweatshirt and it has a zipper down the back to give it a little extra detail and it is $25! I must note though, I sized up from my normal XS to a Medium in this one to get the fit I wanted.

From Madewell

Madewell Sweater (bottom right in top picture) – Boy was this sweater hard to find in the cream! But I couldn’t resist it! I saw it in the store but decided I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on getting it just yet. BUT, then, here I was running to the store a few days later (on a very warm day, might I add) to get it in the cream and my size (XS) after realizing that it was sold out online. Don’t get me wrong, the pink is pretty, too, I just felt the cream would go with more of my clothes. I love the details of it (fringe at the bottom) and hope that the style will last at least a few years since it’s not overly trendy.

Wearing the sweater here:

Other similar sweaters from Madewell I saw in the store and online I like are here:
 

I know these sweaters will be on rotation quite a bit this Winter. As the weather continues to be cold, I will definitely do another post with other warm sweaters. But for now, happy shopping! And stay warm!

 

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