Dress Code: Shades of blue…

imageFor the first day of school, I had to show my school spirit by wearing school colors, light blue and navy blue. I was lucky and found this navy blue sleeveless fit and flare pleated dress last weekend at the Banana Republic for about $20. I added a $12 light blue cardigan from the J. Crew outlet and two blingy necklaces. The flower necklace is from the J. Crew factory website and the rhinestone necklace is from the Banana Republic outlet. They look great individually, but look even better layered together. I finished the outfit with my navy suede Cole Hahn wedges. Good thing the wedges have Nike Air technology built in. According to my FitBit, I walked over 7 miles during the school day!

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Dress Code: I ❤️ this “heart” shirt!

imageI found this black and white heart print shirt at the Banana Republic outlet last weekend. It was too cute to pass up, and it was a deal at $20. Today, I wore it with a black denim pencil skirt from Ann Taylor. Since the top is sleeveless, I needed to add a cardigan to make it work appropriate. I bought this beautiful blue cardigan at the J. Crew outlet for only $12. Super bargain! I knew this shirt would be great to layer with a cardigan for work, and I also think it will look super cute with my white boyfriend jeans on the weekend. I’m really trying to pick out pieces that can do double duty for work and play.

Homework: What is your best double-duty purchase?

Dress Code: Navy and pink, a lovely combination… I think!

imageI recently bought these navy blue khaki pants at Gap for $20. I knew I wanted to wear them with something fun, so I shopped in my closet and found this navy, linen tunic from J. Crew to go with my new pants. I love that it has a tiny gold chain detail around the edges. It’s pretty sheer, so I needed to wear a camisole underneath it. I chose a white one from Old Navy. I love the contrast between navy and white. Next comes the bling! This blue and pink statement necklace from the J. Crew factory website was the perfect match to my party fuchsia Tory Burch Reva flats. The only other accessory was my orange Dooney and Bourke vintage tote bag. I felt like I belonged on a cruise ship!

Homework: What is your favorite color to wear with navy blue?

Field Trip: Lesson planning for a trip to the outlets

imageI’m headed out to do a little outlet shopping this week with two of my college sorority sisters. We have a reunion coming up soon, so we thought it would be fun to shop for some new outfits. Now, I’m sure you have figured out by now, that I wouldn’t just show up at the outlets without doing some prep work, or what I like to call R and D (research and development). First, I went online and printed out maps of the outlets. Where we are going there are two separate outlets that are right next store to one another. It’s important to look at all the choices and come up with a plan of attack. I started by highlighting the stores I want to visit. For this particular trip, I don’t really need anything specific, I’m looking for some good deals. I have a budget in mind, and will do my best to stick to it! I will for sure start out at the Banana Republic outlet. I’m hoping to find some summer work dresses that I can wear during the first weeks of school when it’s still really hot. Once I know how much of my budget is spent on basics at Banana, then I can move on to Kate Spade and Tory Burch. I definitely hope to find something fun! Kate Spade usually has great deals on jewelry and Tory has amazing shoes and bags. Also on the list is Coach, Burberry, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Michael Kors, and Joe’s Jeans. All my favorite brands! Who knows what I will find!

In preparation for this shopping excursion, I cleaned out my closet and made a trip to Crossroads Trading Company to sell some clothes that no longer fit (too big, yay!). I made $70 selling things that I would have normally donated without thinking about the money making potential. It only took about a half an hour and I have an extra $70 to spend at the outlets.

Homework: How do you prepare for an outlet shopping trip

Dress Code: Stripes, pink, and polka dots

imageI loved how this outfit came together. I found this striped top on the clearance rack at Target for $10. It has an exposed zipper on the back and a neon yellow tab attached to the zipper. I knew it would look perfect with my Ann Taylor polka dot skirt that I picked up at the outlet mall on the way to Vegas. My pink and blue statement necklace from the J. Crew factory website and my pink C. Wonder flats were all I needed to complete the look. The dots and stripes created some visual interest and the necklace and shoes provided the pop of color. Done and done!

Homework: Have you tried mixing patterns?

Dress Code: An all-star baby shower!

imageOn Saturday, I attended an amazing Angels’ themed baby show at my friend Steiny’s house. She thought of every detail to make the party perfect. It was really hot, so I wore my favorite Gap camo khakis and an orange sleeveless t-shirt from Banana Republic, layered over a white camisole. I added my super bling statement necklace from the J.Crew Factory website, my new camo clutch from C. Wonder, and my Coach wedges to complete the look.

imageThere were so many fun details at the party. She served hot dogs in authentic tin foil bags and had a make-your-own nacho bar with fruit kabobs and individual veggie and dip cups. Everything was delicious and I’m sure it was all calorie free!

imageSteiny’s boss, Colleen, who is also a fan of this blog, made adorable flower arrangements in popcorn containers. Peanuts and baseballs were used in vases and mason jars filled with red vines were scattered around the tables. A cute clothes line was in the backyard featuring rally monkeys and Angels’ onesies.

imageThe cake was super cute and had several different flavors and fillings, something for everyone! I love frosting and I completely enjoyed my piece of chocolate cake with raspberry filling. She also had an adorable cupcake tree stacked with Angel cupcakes. Boxes of Cracker Jacks were the party favors.

imageSteiny assigned us all jobs. Colleen did the flowers, Rebecca, also a fan of the blog, was the photographer, Patty was in charge of hot dogs and cutting the cake, and Vicky supervised the present opening and merchandised the gifts. I was responsible for the one shower game we played. I knew I wanted to play a celebrity baby name game, so I turned to Pinterest and found a free printable that I downloaded and copied.

What a fun day! It was also Steiny’s birthday. Happy birthday, Kathy! You are a one in a million friend and I’m so glad I was included in this event. You know you went to a fun party when you need a nap afterwards!

Homework: What is your favorite party theme?

Dress Code: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

imageI was so excited to debut this outfit today!  I found these Kelly green pants at The Gap this weekend on super sale for $12.  I paired it with this great floral chambray  shirt from Old Navy.  It was also $12, and clearly meant to be mine. It was a boot camp morning, hence, the messy topknot and statement necklace. This sparkly necklace creates a diversion and draws attention away from my hot mess hair. I found this gem of a necklace on J.Crew’s factory outlet website for $30. I have found some great deals on this website, it is worth checking out on a regular basis. The kids at school loved my green pants!

Homework: Describe your favorite sale outfit.