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August Shopping Summary

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I didn’t do my usual shopping summary post earlier this month because mainly, other than keeping this top from Le Tote and getting these sandals courtesy of Shopbop, I spent all my money in August on workout clothes.

And, yes, I spent money. Look, Old Navy had a 50% off sale on activewear and when you workout 6 days a week you get tired of wearing the same things over and over again. So, I bought some new stuff.

I also got an awesome new pair of Nikes from the Nike Decathlon event.

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These are now my go-to lifting shoes. They don’t have enough support for me for running, but otherwise they’re awesome.

As for what I bought from Old Navy, I’ve already worn all of it and love all of it.  old-navy-activewear

Strappy tank | Keyhole back tank | Sports bra | Crops

I’m aware that I bought nothing in color. Actually, I did buy a pink top but it was too small. I highly recommend sizing up a bit in the keyhole top and sizing down in the strappy tank.

Speaking of working out, my goal 5K is one week from tomorrow! Ahh!

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  • Monday 9/5 – Rest
  • Tuesday 9/6 – Upper body strength and 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 9/7 – 40 minute tempo run and length strength workout
  • Thursday 9/8 – Upper body strength workout
  • Friday 9/9 – Leg strength workout
  • Saturday 9/10 – 3 mile run
  • Sunday 9/11 – 7 mile run
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I said I’d never wear leggings

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Those of you that have been around this space for awhile know that I am very anti-leggings. They are not pants. I will not wear them to work. I feel weird wearing them unless I’m working out.

But then I got this pair from Moonfish and I might be changing my tune. At least regarding wearing them in public.

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Scarf – c/o Moonfish | Tee – Target (same) | Leggings – c/o Moonfish | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s via Zappos (same

Moonfish is a pop-up shop that collaborates with small business in Chicago creating a mutually beneficial relationship. People come into shop the clothing and accessories curated by Moonfish’s mama, Sarah, and they get exposed to unique art galleries, furniture stores and more.

I met with Sarah a few weeks ago to chat about Moonfish. Her goal is to provide one stop shopping, especially for women who get overwhelmed with all the options in a regular store. She picks items that work well for just about any wardrobe, but focuses on comfortable, simple clothes that you can change up with accessories.

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The prices are in the $30-$70 range which is perfect for me! I believe both the leggings and the scarf I’m wearing are less than $50. The scarf is now my go-to at work when the office is chilly and the leggings? Well, let’s just say that they are substantial enough that I almost consider them pants. They’re really not THAT much different than my old Gap skinny pants  or my Old Navy jeggings when you think about it. Except these have a nice, wide waistband and a little bit of texture to them. And they’re nice and thick. Perfect for pairing with boots and scarves this winter!

Interested in getting your own scarf, leggings, or other items at Moonfish? Because Sarah focuses personal attention for each customer, you can book an appointment now on the website to visit the current pop-up shop located at KSI Art Gallery, 3414 Main Street, Skokie, Illinois.

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Can’t make it to this pop-up shop? Like the Moonfish page on Facebook or join the mailing list so you can be the first to know about the next one!

I was not compensated for this post other than with the gift of two scarves and a pair of leggings. All opinions are my own. 

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July Shopping Summary

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Leggings – Onzie c/o Shopbop (sold out but these are similar and adorable) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same, seen here)

If you follow anyone via social media who occasionally blogs about clothes you probably saw about 1000 posts dealing with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the past two weeks. But you didn’t see one from me.

Why?

Because I’m still sticking to my not spending my own money on clothes challenge! Both items above I got courtesy of my partnership with Shopbop and were paid for by my monthly Shopbop stipend.

And while, yes, I certainly “window shopped” the Nordstrom sale, I honestly didn’t feel like I HAD to buy something. And since I wasn’t buying I didn’t feel like it would make sense for me to blog about it. Although I’m sure the affiliate link income would have been nice.

Speaking of which, those links above do not earn me any money per-click but they do let Shopbop know that people are visiting their site because I’m talking about it. Which in turn allows me to continue my partnership with them. Also, I’m bummed that those leggings sold out before I posted about them here. I did share them on Twitter and Facebook when they were still in stock, though, so definitely follow me there for more up-to-the-minute announcements of things I love.

To be honest, though, I did almost break down and buy a few things. Mostly for the gym. Like this shirt from Jekyll & Hyde Apparel, this top from Old Navy or these shorts, as recommended by my personal trainer.

But, I have other things I want to save my money for so I stuck to my guns and didn’t bust out my credit card. Although, it was tempting!

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June Shopping Summary

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Jeans | Shoes | Dress

Once again it’s time to fess up about how I did with shopping and sticking to my only buying things with gift cards and store credit plan.

And you know what? I did it! The jeans were purchased with my Shopbop credit and the dress and shoes were bought with a gift card I got from doing surveys.

Actually, the shoes I bought were pink and on super clearance which is why I don’t have a picture of the exact pair.

The jeans were like the fourth pair I’ve ordered and I actually had to buy these in two sizes to try. I really, really dislike buying jeans. But these were the best I’ve tried on so far even though the waist still gaps a bit and, weirdly, the button is on the opposite side from all my pants. I suppose, though, that will be a nice workout for my brain!

The dress was kind of an impulse purchase when it was 95 degrees outside and I wanted something I could wear out to dinner. Funnily enough, I personally wouldn’t consider this dress work appropriate but I actually saw a girl in my office wearing it in the olive color with a denim jacket over it. I think I’ll stick to wearing it outside of work, though.

 

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May Shopping Summary

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Library Stamp Tee | Leggings (30% off this weekend!) | Tanks (on sale!) | Workout Top (30% off this weekend)

So, in my quest to not spend money out of my bank account, I failed a little bit when I went to Target after having three drinks. This is what happens when I have to walk home past Target after going out for dinner and alcoholic beverages and I’m left to my own devices! I also bought underwear but you’re not getting pictures of that. For shame.

The tee is something I’ve admired on Jen for years and when I saw Out of Print was having a sale I couldn’t resist any longer. I still had a Visa gift card with money on it from doing a survey so that’s what I used to buy the tee.

Earlier this month I ordered these jeans with my Shopbop credit but they were WAY too big so I ended up returning then. After reading some reviews, I decided to try these and these (both on sale) instead. As I write this, they haven’t arrived so I don’t know if I’m keeping either of them.

I’m also considering ordering these shorts since I have a $50 Express gift card and I want another pair of denim shorts. And these are 40% off.

And then there are these Bucketfeet shoes. You guys. They are ADORABLE. Especially for a dog lover. Do I dare splurge?

Overall, though, I’m in this funk where I want to ditch everything in my closet and stick to simple items. That probably wouldn’t make for a very interesting blog, though, now would it?

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April Shopping Summary

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Hey guys! It’s time, once again, to take a look at items that joined my closet this month. Once again I was able to only purchase items either with store credit or with dollars I earned from doing survey stuff. I’m doing really well this year!

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Jeans | Top | Black Jeans | Purse

I fully admit it’s silly to pay money for jeans with holes in them, but I keep seeing the look on people online and in real life and, well, I like it. So, since I had some Old Navy cash and there was a sale I scooped these up after seeing them on Bri. They’re lighter in person and tighter on my calves and ankles than pictures but nothing I can’t handle. They’re just the right amount of destroyed and for the price I really couldn’t beat it. I haven’t worn them on the blog yet but I am actually wearing them as I type this post.

The top (seen here) was also a good price thanks to my Le Tote membership and I still have some credit left from being an ambassador (and people signing up using my referral link). Speaking of which, I have three more free Tote codes to give away! Leave me a comment if you’re interested. Anyway, this top will be a replacement for one that I’m taking to the consignment shop.

The black jeans (seen here) are also something I’ve seen on almost every blogger under the sun. I purchased them during the last Shopbop sale since my current black jeans are fading. These are also tighter in the ankle than I was expecting and they don’t conform to my shape like everyone said they would, but it’s not worth returning. Now I just hope I can keep them from fading.

Finally, the purse was something that Le Tote recommended to me and I decided to give it a try. It has pockets on both sides which is perfect since I need quick access to my phone and my work ID. We just changed offices and now we have to use our ID to get into the building. I hate having to dig for it so having it easily accessible via the pocket is perfect. I have two purses I’ll be taking to consignment, too, now that I have this one!

Also, during the Shopbop sale I ordered these booties but, alas, they didn’t work out. The sizing was odd and they just felt too big around my ankles. So, I’ll just stick to my TOMS Cheetah wedges when I need a pair of tan booties. I’m wearing those today, too. In fact, two of my coworkers like them so much they ordered pairs for themselves!

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There’s no need to miss out during swimsuit season

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Head’s up that this post was sponsored by Target. If you would prefer to skip it, that’s your call. But believe me when I saw there are some pretty awesome photos in here. Moving on….

I saw a post on Facebook from a grad school friend a few days ago that read “I need to buy a swimsuit. I feel like this calls for a tranquilizer of some sort.”

And this made me sad. Because I don’t think buying a swimsuit needs to be a traumatizing as we make it out to be. Will every suit look amazing on you? No. But that’s no reason to avoid swimsuit shopping.

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Target has SO MANY amazing swimsuits right now that there’s got to be something for you there. And Target is challenging women to try something out of their comfort zone as part of their #NOFOMO campaign (that’s “no fear of missing out” for the uninitiated). For some people that’s just putting on a swimsuit. For others, like me, that meant trying on styles of swimsuit I wouldn’t normally pick.

And then taking pictures in public.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in this weird position where I’m trying to put on weight. As a result, I’m not 100% comfortable in my own skin. So while in the past I would have stuck to my rules of a buying a halter top bikini with bottoms that had embellished sides, I decide to break out of my comfort zone and try a monokini.

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But, let me honest: I’ve never once seen someone in a swimsuit of any kind and though “oh man, she shouldn’t be wearing that.” Instead, I tend to think, “go you for rocking that swimsuit!” Because you know how you get a bikini body? You buy a bikini and put it on your body. Done.

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Am I 100% happy with my body right now? Nope. I mean, I’m probably 90% happy. But clearly I’m not going to let that stop me. So, don’t let it stop you. Try on those swimsuits. Try on something you wouldn’t normally pick. Find a color or a pattern that makes you happy. And then rock that baby at the pool, the beach, your backyard, or on a bridge in Chicago. Believe me when I say that you might feel self-concious at first but you won’t feel that way for long.

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Try it yourself! Pick up a suit at Target, take a picture, and share it on social media with the hashtag #NOFOMO and you’ll find yourself in some good company.

This post was sponsored by Target as part of my partnership with Rakuten Marketing. However, I did spend my own hard-earned cash on this swimsuit and all opinions are my own. So there’s that.

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My Top 5 Favorite Shopbop Purchases [on sale!]

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Yes, you’re going to see about 100 Shopbop sale posts today. Why? Because those of us that partner with Shopbop really love doing so and when they ask us to post about the sale we want to give back. As I’ve said in the past, their customer service is amazing and I’ve purchased some of my favorite items of all time from them.

And just what are those items, exactly? I’m going to tell you. Some of them are sold out but I’m sure you can find something similar that you love from their current selection. Especially since almost everything is 25% off until April 7th!

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So, let’s move on to my favorite Shopbop purchases!

1. Tretorn Polka Dot Sneakers

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2. Velvet Jacket

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3. Club Monaco Faux Leather Leggings

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4. Sam Edelman Boots

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5. Koral Activewear Leggings

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And what am I planning to buy during this sale that I hope will become a new favorite? I think I’m going to splurge on a pair of the Paige Denim ultra skinny jeans in black. They’ve gotten great reviews from both Audrey and Bri and my current pair of black jeans are fading. Plus 25% off premium denim? Perfect timing.

 

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March Shopping Summary

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Sweater (seen here)| Necklace | Earrings | Leggings

Once again I’ve managed to add items to my closet without dipping into my bank account! How, you ask?

Well, the sweater, necklace and earrings were all purchased from Le Tote where I have credit from being an ambassador and from people using the code ERIN25 to get $25 off their first month.

These AMAZING leggings were purchased using dollars I earned from this here blog, thanks to you guys clicking on my affiliate links.

And speaking of these leggings, I’ll be talking about them and the company in a Fitness Friday post soon. Not because it’s sponsored. Nope. Just because I think it’s an awesome concept.

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February Shopping Summary

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Jacket | Scarf | Earrings | Sports Bra

Welcome to what ended up in my closet in February. Just a few more things than in January. But,  my out of pocket costs for all of this totaled less than $30 so I think I’m doing pretty well at sticking to my “no shopping except for with store credit” thing.

I’ve been looking for an olive utility jacket for at least three years but every time I tried one on I felt like a box. This one from Shopbop finally fit the bill! And it was only $18 after my Shopbop credit.

Interesting story about this jacket, though. It came right before I left on my trip to Florida and I knew right away I was going to wear it. It came with the sleeves rolled up and on my way to the airport I finally rolled down the sleeves….and noticed one of the buttons was missing! I immediately got on my phone and emailed Shopbop customer service asking for a replacement and sent them a picture of the missing button. They responded before I was even on my plane! And less then five days later I had a new jacket and was able to ship the damaged one back for free. How’s that for customer service?? Which is why you should definitely check out the sale they’re having this week (details at the bottom of this post).

The scarf and earrings are both from Le Tote where I have credit for being an ambassador and from when people sign up using code ERIN25 (which gets you $25 off your first month). Believe it or not, I actually didn’t have any silver studs! And I think I mentioned that I kept thinking about the scarf after I got it in a previous Tote so I just decided to order it. Now its soft, furry goodness is all mine!

Influenster sent me a 40% off coupon to try Target’s new C9 bras. Some of my bras are over 5 years old so it’s about time I started replacing them. I already wore this one and love it. And it was only $10 after the coupon. I see more of these in my future.

Right now I’m debating whether or not to keep this sweater that’s in my current Tote. It’s more fitted on me than pictured, but I’ve already worn it three times. I just don’t know how I feel about using that much credit on something that’s 100% acrylic. I just worry that it will pill. Thoughts?

Also, I keep hearing rumors that one of the colors for spring is “rose quartz”. Aka “blush”. Since one of my blush tops is on injured reserve, I might keep my eye out for a replacement. I have some money from doing a focus group on grocery shopping and store brands that’s in the form of a Visa gift card that I could use. Plus, Shopbop‘s got a sale this week! It ends on March 5th, though, so I’d better get hopping!

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