Monday, July 6, 2015

Retail vs. Factory

To follow up from yesterday's post about wearing things that I have not worn due to my weight gain, this top is another one that I purchase and never worn.  

The fabric of this top is polyester and probably not the best thing to wear in the summer heat but it works for the office when air conditioning keeps me cool all day.   

Many stores that have retail and factory stores will carry similar items drawn from successful prints from the retail stores and make it with more inexpensive fabric for the factory version.  Some stores may tweak the design/cut a bit also for the factory version.  J Crew is notorious for doing popular prints from their retail stores to the factory stores.  This is good for me when I miss out on a print that I like and still be able to buy it later if I wanted to.  

I have finally come to the realization that if the fabric is silk or another higher quality material, it pays to buy the retail version when there are sales.  I have no idea why I pay a higher price polyester when I know I can wait a few months and may be able to pick it up in the factory versions.  I am also holding out on buying cotton tees from retail stores since they are mostly likely reproduce in factory with little change that I can see.  

I know some will shop the factory version because of the price point but if you are patient  (or a stalker like me), you can buy retail versions at factory pricing.  

How do you decide to shop retail or factory items?

J Crew Top, Loft Gingham Pants, Pattern Mixing, Fashion over 40, OC Blogger

Pattern Mixing, Loft Gingham Pants, Over 40 Fashion, OC Blogger
Outfit Details:
J Crew Top Cute Option
Loft Gingham Pants (worn herehere, & hereCurrent Version
Banana Republic Wedges Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
WHBM Bracelets Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, layered necklace


Sunday, July 5, 2015

How to Dress Like a Football Player

I hope you had wonderful weekend and for those that celebrate 4th of July had a wonderful time.  We had a great time spending the day with family and friends.  I am tired today but just gonna suck it up and work through the week.  Days like these, I wished I was in education so that I would have the summer off.  Then I remember i would not survive teaching 30 kids in a class since I do not have patience or planning skills to be a great teacher. 

So I bought this top a long time ago and this is the first time and last time I am wearing it.  I remember when I purchased it, it was something I saw on the mannequin and thought it was so cute and didn't bother trying it on since I was in a hurry.  

Somehow, I never got around to wearing it because every time I try it on it felt too boxy.  So the other day, I finally decided to give it a try and after seeing these pictures and wearing it for the day, it went straight to the donate pile.  

When I first saw these pictures, the first thing that came to mind was that I look like a football player with lots of padding.  I learned a few things with this top and that is the combination of these items: boxy cut, wide stripes and a wide neckline will make me look like a football player.

On a positive note, I completed the Whole30 program in June and have lost a few pounds that I've been carrying for way too long.  I feel better about myself, have more energy and my my skin looks better.  With these results, I have decided to continue eating this way as long as I can.  I am not craving for sugar or junk food which is a huge step for me.  I still have a long ways to go but I am moving in the right direction.  Which leads me to the skirt I am wearing.  This was my first pencil skirt from J Crew that got me hooked on their pencil skirts.  I bought this skirt when I was much lighter and so glad that I can wear it again.


Pattern mixing, Gap Stripe top, J Crew Pencil Skirt, Fashion over 40, Fashion blogger

Rocksbox, Gap Stripe Top, Tory Burche Bombe Tote

Outfit Details:
Gap Stripe Top Similar
J Crew Pencil Skirt (worn herehereherehereherehere & hereSimilar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar
Slate Spectrum Necklace c/o Rocksbox Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Ann Taylor Heels Similar

Jewelry, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleOn the Daily ExpressA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle NudgeMichelle's Paige and Rhea's Musings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Polka Dot Dress

For most Americans, today starts a long weekend of backyard BBQs, swimming, fireworks and fun times with friends and family.  As a banker, I don't have tomorrow off but I am sure the office will be a ghost town and I will be able to catch up.  

If you are celebrating, what are your plans?  We are heading over to a friend's house and their city allows fireworks.  It's fun to be able to set off your own fireworks even if they are not as grand as the ones professionals have.

Here's my last look wearing red, white and blue - a perfect festive outfit for a night out.



Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Dress (worn here & hereSimilar
Gap Scarf  Similar
Elle's Denim Jacket Similar
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Pave Ring Same
Gucci Clutch Similar via ebay
WHBM Suede Lace Up Heels Similar





Here's a throw back to how I wore this in Jan of 2014 when I wore this for a cooler day.  Original post here.


Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  



Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Shopaholic Version of an Ice Cream Truck

As a kid, I don't think there's a sweeter sound than the music of an ice cream truck.  That was when everyone stops whatever they are doing and run home to grab some money for a nice ice cream treat.

I can't for the life of me remember what type of ice cream I ordered but I am sure it's something to do with chocolate.  These days, I still love ice cream and love anything coffee flavor even though I don't drink coffee.  What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

We don't have ice cream trucks in my neighborhood but now we have delivery trucks which is now music to my ears.  Since I do most of my shopping online, it's when my purchases are delivered.  I must say, I do still get excited like a kid when I see a delivery truck.





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Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Sweater 
J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Color Block Stripe  (last worn here)
J Crew Factory Isabella Pumps Same in Navy & White
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Pave Ring Same



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ruffles & Gingham

I am dedicating this week America's birthday coming up Saturday.  All my posts this week will be in red, white and blue.  

For today, I am wearing the skirt that caused me to break my no shopping June diet.  I have been lusting after this gingham skirt which is way out of my budget.  Since I know I won't be spending this kind of money for a skirt, I had in the back of my mind that I would still like to have a gingham midi skirt.  So when The Limited had this skirt at 50% off, I knew I had to snatch it up.  I am lusting after this dress too but they are out of my size so hopefully it will be restocked.  

Yay or nay on this skirt?  I love it but it does remind me just a hint of of picnic table-ish.



Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Factory Blouse (last worn hereSimilar
The Limited Skirt Pleated Gingham Midi Skirt Same
WHBM Lace up Suede Heels Similar
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Same on Clearance
BaubleBar  Baguette Stretch Gem Bracelet Same
Loren Hope Carly Bracelet in Silver c/o Rocksbox Same


Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleOn the Daily ExpressA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle NudgeMichelle's Paige and Rhea's Musings.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Pink Moto Jacket

Wearing black and white is always a go for me.  You don't really have to think about it much and just about mix any patterns with it.  Today, I am added a pop of pink to add some interest to my outfit.  I always love moto jackets since they add a nice edge to an outfit even if the color is very cotton candy sweet.


WHBM Moto Jacket (worn here & hereSimilar
Loft Windowpane Fluid Tank  Similar
Ann Taylor Textured Floral Flounce Skirt Same on Clearance
J Crew Factory Floral Drop Necklace Similar
Nine West Heels Similar


Here's a throw back to February of this year when I first bought this jacket (original post here).  I think both outfit are sweet and the cut of the moto jacket adds a bit of edge to it.



Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  


Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sequin Polka Dots

I remember before blogging, I would not touch anything sequins with a 10 foot pole.  I thought they were too gaudy and flashy and so in appropriate for work.  I think I was associating sequin looks with more a night out of town that would be a tight gold sequins dress or something extremely matronly in navy with sequins. 

Flash forward to present day, I own a few items in sequins and wear them day or night or work or play.  I've had this sequins top for sometime and have worn it several times to work and no one has called me a disco ball (well not in front of my face any ways) or anything remotely to say it's too flashy.  

So yes, you can wear a sequins blouse to the office.  Just keep the cut office appropriate and if it feels to sparkly, add a blazer and you are good to go!



J Crew Factory Sequins Top (worn here & here)  Sequin Top Options here
Boden Skirt (worn here & hereSimilar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
Ivanka Trump Floria Heels Similar
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Same on Clearance



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