Madewell Outfits Roundup

Hey There. I’m just going to jump right in here and start talking about the fabulous store that is Madewell. I first heard about Madewell about five years ago from a co-worker who called it J. Crew’s little sister, but I would have to say, Madewell is really the boho little sis to J. Crew’s preppy older sis. I love both of these brands and their petite/XXS/00 sizing that they often offer. As I get along in my thirties, I find both brands to offer really stylish, flattering pieces and quality. Also, a friendly tidbit…if you are an AMEX cardholder and you get the monthly promotions they do, Madewell often is a brand that takes part in these promotions, such as spend $125, get $25 back. Here are just a few of the pieces I loved on my last shopping trip to Madewell.

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XXS Ballet Wrap Top

This little mushroom colored top is ribbed and fitted with a wrap around tie. Wear a tank underneath for work or no tank for some va va voom date night-ness.

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XXS Garden Party Top

I love the fit of this Fall floral print top. It’s roomy and would look so cute with some denim and cognac colored booties. We are still in shorts out hear in San Diego because it’s been in the 80’s. #readyforsomecoolerweather

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XXS Tie Front Tee

This little top is so different in color and style than anything in my closet. I loved the mustard yellow for Fall and the little tie front detail.

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00 Dress * Wedges

This dress is the same print as the earlier top. The fit is so flattering. It has a tie waist, with the bow looking best in the front believe it or not. The sleeves have this gorgeous flow to them and the neckline plunges. It is such a stunner but in a casual, girl next store kind of way.

Do you love Madewell? Any thoughts or recommendations on their denim? Haven’t tried their denim yet. Have a lovely Tuesday!!

My 4 Favorite Blogs to Follow

Happy Friday! We made it! It’s been one of those calmer weeks around here, which I like and would not trade for anything. For today’s Friday favorites, I wanted to share a few of the blogs that I really love and follow on a regular basis. You’ll see a common theme here, as they are all blogs with a mix of fitness, food and fashion; lifestyle blogs that have some variety to them. So without further ado, here are my favorite blogging ladies and I’d love to hear of any bloggers that you are loving right now too.

The Hungry Runner Girl

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While I’m not an avid runner, I love this gal’s blog and read it almost daily. The Hungry Runner Girl is Janae, a Utah mom of three young kiddos. I don’t know how she does it, but she blogs every day. The topic of running takes a prominent spot on the blog, but she also talks a ton about food, family and products she’s using. You feel like you’re one of her good friends giving you a glimpse into her daily life all while being genuine and transparent. She ALMOST motivates me to start running again half marathons again, but then I remember how much I don’t enjoy running long distances. We’ll see. If you are a runner or just want some food tips, this is a great blog to check out.

Honey We’re Home 

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I have to say Megan’s blog, Honey We’re Home, is my favorite spot to go to for fashion, beauty and fitness tips. She’s a Texas mama of two, in her early forties and is as fit and cute as can be. If you are part of the short girl club, you will love her petite friendly outfits (she’s 5’1”). Her style is casual, classic and feminine and I love that she tests out so many outfits for us petite ladies. She also gives great beauty tutorials on hair, makeup and skincare that are easy to follow. She taught me how to use a curling wand and I am forever grateful. Her blog also features some little snippets on organization, fitness and home decor all with her down to earth realness and positivity.

The Fitnesissta 

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Gina just celebrated ten years of blogging over at The Fitnessista and what a talented, high-achiever she is. Her blog is heavily fitness and healthy food focused, but she also touches on fashion, makeup and what’s going on in her life. She’s a mom, a military wife, an aerobics instructor and most recently a podcaster (haven’t checked out the podcast yet, but I’m sure it’s awesome). I really enjoy her recipes, workout suggestions and life recaps and look forward to listening to her podcast real soon.

Hi Sugarplum!

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Last but certainly not least, is Cassie’s blog, Hi Sugarplum! I just started following Cassie a few months ago and since then she’s partnered with Nordstrom and launched a line of clothing and accessories with Gibson. Her style is casual, kinda Southern, kinda preppy and 100% adorable. If you need outfit and home decor inspiration, this is your gal to follow.

I’d love to hear about the blogs or insta accounts you are inspired by and following- please share!! Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Target Fitting Room Finds

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! I hope you have some fun plans in store for the three day weekend. I do plan on doing some relaxing and a little shopping which started yesterday with a trip to my beloved Target. They got a flurry of new warm weather dresses in and I tried on a few during a quick lunch time shopping trip.

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XS Xhilaration Dress * Wedges 

This was by far my favorite dress of the bunch. It’s a beautiful teal blue with black and brown detail on the bottom. The upper portion is fitted and flares a bit at the waist. The straps are adjustable and the back has a gorgeous crochet detail which I failed to get a pic of. This is the XS and hits just above the knee on me. Would be okay for a casual work outfit if partnered with a jean jacket. I linked up two of the same cut of dress, but they don’t have this specific pattern online yet.

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XS Xhilaration Dress Wedges 

This was a fun, lightweight one and on the sexier side. It ties at the chest and has a little triangle cut out. It’s super lightweight so it would make a perfect vacation dress or bathing suit coverup.

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Maxi Dress XS Wedges 

Another one I really loved but it was about two inches too long even with my wedges on. This off the shoulder maxi is adorable and is an interesting rust orange color. There is a slit up the center and it’s smocked across the chest and half sleeves. Perfect for date night or a trip to Mexico!! It comes in a black floral print as well, but I think this orange is so different.

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I ended up buying this maxi dress from Knox Rose. It is great for errands or to dress up and even wear to work. It’s really a wrap style dress which you can’t tell from the pic and has a fun hem that is higher in some places. I really like the tied waist to accentuate the waistline and it is beyond comfy. It’s not online yet so check your local Target if they carry the Knox Rose line. I’m wearing XS.

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Top Olive XS * Top Blush XSWedges 

I really liked this boho top from Knox Rose. It’s a very feminine green and pale coral. I love it with my favorite pair of white jeans from American Eagle. The top is super lightweight without being see-through. A great casual piece with the fun tassel details. The green is almost sold out online so I linked up the blush/navy version as well which looks really cute too.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country, protecting our freedom- we appreciate you and honor you!

 

Tuesday Target Finds

Top of the morning to you this Tuesday. Bringing you some Target fitting room finds including a fun little shamrock tee just in time for St. Patty’s Day coming up. We honestly don’t usually do anything for St. Patrick’s Day besides wear green but it might be fun to make some Irish Soda Bread. We’ll see.

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Shamrock Tee XS

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Striped Top XS

I thought this little striped top’s neckline makes it perfect for date night. No necklace needed….just some heels and black leggings or denim. It also is loose around the waist so it’s forgiving for tummy areas.

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Lace Dress XS

If you are not afraid of some bold color, this lace dress would be perfect to wear to a spring wedding or Easter Sunday. It is so feminine and cheerful. It’s a vibrant coral and I would wear nude pumps with it to lengthen the legs and pull it all together. It also comes in a bright yellow.

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Off the shoulder smock dress XS

And last but not least, this little off the shoulder smocked top dress. It is really lightweight and so comfortable. It’s more of a deep purple/blue which is so pretty. It comes in a solid maroon too and I just love it for a hot summer day (someday soon!) with wedges or flip flops.

Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday!!

Off the Shoulder Smocked Dress

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Dress XS

Happy President’s Day Monday. I hope that you are off from work today and doing something fun….like taking advantage of all the great sales today or just sleeping in. Whatever floats your boat. Despite the fact that the  rest of the country seems to be deluged in snow, we have had gorgeous weather here in San Diego. Getting a kickstart on Spring, I wanted to share this off the shoulder dress I picked up from Target. It’s no longer in stores but is still available online with an extra 20% off of the $24.99 price tag! That goes for all of Xhilaration brand so get your shopping on.

It’s cute for a day date or brunch and is even comfortable enough to run errands in with some flip flops. It has a smocked top which is nice and fitted which flares out just a bit from the gathered waist down. AND it has pockets!!!

Definitely go check out the extra 20% off Xhilaration right now at Target! They offer free shipping on orders $35 and up. Have a beautiful Monday and I hope you remember today how beautiful you are!!

 

What I’m Buying…President’s Day Sales

Happy Sunday. Hopefully you are enjoying a long President’s Day weekend. My company did not get the memo that this a holiday weekend so I will be back at it tomorrow.  I’ve been squeezing in some online shopping as the deals have been too hard to pass up so I thought I’d share a few of my purchases and crushes with you all.

I really love American Eagle Outfitters prices and the fact that almost all their styles come in XXS and 00. Also their clearance prices are ridiculously affordable. Below I’ve linked the styles I snapped up and I’ll make sure to do a try on post/story too.

Peplum top  * Wrap dress * Shift Dress * Hoodie

American Eagle President’s Day Sale Highlights:

Express has really been stepping up their petite friendly game lately. Everything is 40% off on their site for the President’s Day weekend. I was able to get a few dress and some 00 jeggings. I have not tried their denim before and for under $50, I thought it was worth a shot.

Express President’s Day Sale Highlights:

 

Have a wonderful Sunday and hope you are enjoying a long weekend!

 

Leather and Lace Outfit

We made it to Friday!!! I remember when I worked in retail, Friday celebrating meant nothing to me so I apologize if your Friday is just getting your work week started. I actually picked up some extra work projects so I will be working from home this weekend and catching up on some gardening and pre-Spring cleaning. Any big plans so I can live vicariously through you?

I wanted to take a second to share my Valentine’s Day date night outfit. Let me just start off by saying I never, ever thought I would wear leather leggings. I was paranoid I would look like catwoman or a biker babe. Something possessed me to buy these faux leather leggings from Nordstrom’s about a year ago and it turns out, I love them and did not turn into catwoman.

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Lace Top XS * Faux Leather Leggings (currently sold out)* Heels

They are just the perfect amount of edgy and sexy for date night and I think what’s so fun is that they are way outside what I usually would wear. For V-day, I paired them with this lace top from Target. It’s so feminine and I can wear it to work with dress pants or bootcut jeans and heels.

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Lace Top XS * Faux Leather Leggings (currently sold out) * Heels

I will try to do another post on leather legging outfits as they are really versatile and great for date night or a party. Unfortunately, this specific pair is sold out at Nordstrom right now, but will try to update when they restock as the price is under $25, they wash well and fit like a glove.

Lesson learned….step outside of your comfort zone and try something! You might love it and even if you don’t, what’s the worst that can happen?! Be bold and try something new!

Have a happy weekend!

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