Monday, July 29, 2013

Outfit Of The Day: Crop Top

After finally having lost a little bit of my pregnancy weight, I felt confident enough to tie a little knot in my tee to create a slight crop top. Pairing it with my Chairs Canvas Wrap Skirt created a fun look for a night out.

What I'm Wearing:
Initial necklace (short) from Urban Outfitters 
Quatrefoil necklace (long) from Banana Republic

I found these shoes perusing the clearance section at Target. I'd been wanting a pair of gladiator sandals for a while and I thought these were adorable. And they were $8 on clearance so I thought they were a steal! They are actually girl's sandals that were misplaced in the women's section, but I found a size 5 to fit perfectly (I am usually a size 7 in women's). So I've learned to also start shopping in the kid's section for good deals - kid's sizes are already cheaper, but when you get them on sale, it's even better!

This initial necklace was my ONLY Black Friday purchase last year. I remember showing up to the Town Center around 4 am hoping to score some great deals, but a lot of my favorite stores weren't even doing any special promotions. Urban Outfitters delivered with their additional 50% off sale, but this necklace was the only thing I could find. And it happened to be the very last one, on sale for only $2.50, AND it has my son's initial - it was meant to be.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Carole Middleton in Orla Kiely

Carole Middleton paid a visit to her royal grandbaby today and I was so excited to see her wearing Orla Kiely! She looks fabulous in this SS12 Dancing Girls Tea Dress!
Orla Kiely Silk Crepe Dancing Girls Scallop Shirt Dress

Orla Kiely SS12 lookbook
Orla Kiely Silk Dancing Girls Sundress
Orla Kiely Silk Dancing Girls Top
This print is absolutely lovely and adorable and a closeup reveals that it's aptly named :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Orla Kiely Flower Girl Jeanie Bag

Anthropologie just released a 20th anniversary archival collection and it got me thinking about the one that got away. You know, that one blouse or that one purse that you just couldn't afford years ago because you were a struggling college student (pretty much me throughout the early 2000s). But sometimes, as luck would have it, you'd find that same item you were lusting after on eBay (or, if you were really lucky, at Goodwill) for a price you could actually afford. This was the case for me with the Orla Kiely Flower Girl Jeanie Bag. I first spotted this purse in a boutique in Amelia Island a couple years ago. It was beautiful and quirky, pretty much exactly what I look for in anything I buy, but I just couldn't afford it at the time (I tried to convince my husband that it was indeed a household expense, but to no avail). I stalked this bag on the website and eBay, and although it appeared from time to time, it was still just too expensive. However, one day, while perusing Orla Kiely's Past Season collection, I found the one.

Orla Kiely Flower Girl Jeanie Bag in Cobalt
I purchased this bag for $177 (originally $298). Still a pretty hefty price tag, but with the help of some gift money, I was able to make this bag mine.

It's a thin bag, but good for holding a laptop and some papers or books.

There's a zip closure.

And a button closure.

The inside is divided by a center zippered compartment and lined in Orla Kiely's signature stem print in a brown cotton.

One side houses a couple pockets and an attached keychain.

The other side has a zippered pocket.

I was pleasantly surprised that the center pocket was lined in the same coated cotton print as the outside.

The bag also has a detachable shoulder strap.

As with most of Orla Kiely's bags, there's a leather exterior pocket that can hold virtually nothing. I found that the only time I ever used one was when my husband and I were in New York and I needed a place to put my metro card for easy access.

The bottom of the bag has no "feet".

And it also came with its own dust bag for storing away when not in use. However, I don't think I'll be using the dust bag that often. Since this purse can be worn as a crossbody bag and has a briefcase shape to it (not to mention how spacious it is), I plan to use this bag as my everyday work bag. The bright blue color will be a great pick-me-up as I make my way to work every morning :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Outfit Of The Day: Birthday Blues

Hello everyone! I know it's been awhile since I've posted an OOTD (sorry!) so here's a quick post on the outfit I wore last night to celebrate my husband's 31st birthday. We went out to dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille so I wanted to keep it casual, but a little dressy so I accessorized with some high heels and a couple fun necklaces. Hope y'all are enjoying your Friday!

What I'm Wearing:
Gap Belt
Necklace (short) from J. Crew Factory
Necklace (long) by Dominique Cohen for Target

Nail polish color: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint