On Friday I went to the gym on my lunch break. I was wearing my light chambray popover top I bought 4 years ago from Old Navy. I crossed my arms over my chest in order to take my top off over my head when RIIIIIIP!
I’d hulked out of my shirt. Again. A huge hole ripped in the back of the shirt just below my left shoulder blade and it got bigger every time I moved my arm.
Sadly, because this shirt is four years old, I have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to replace. I already checked Old Navy and J. Crew Factory, two spots where I’d seen light chambray popovers in the past. Alas, no luck. Plus, this one is unique because it has a v-neck but no “stand-up” collar. So, it’s not really a mandarin collar, either.
I searched my trusty ShopStyle and found a few that MIGHT be a replacement.
Now I just have to decide which one to try. Because I’m probably not going to stop lifting weights any time soon. So shirts are just going to have to get replaced when my lats explode out of the back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
So, let’s move on to my favorite Shopbop purchases!
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.