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.
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!
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!
Last year when Jason and I went to the Chicago Auto Show I remember being really impressed with a few of the outfits that the Product Specialists were wearing. Jason commented that I should do a blog post all about what the Chicago Auto Show Product Specialist wear. So, when we went to the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, I did!
Several of the product specialists were a little confused by my request to take a photo so that I could recreate their outfits on my blog. I gave them a business card and, once I explained that it was going to be positive press, most were happy to pose and share where their outfits were from.
First up, we have the Fiat product specialist who was showcasing the Fiat 124 Spider. I didn’t get a chance to ask her who made her dress, but with my super Google-fu I was able to find it online. I couldn’t find her exact shoes, though, but I found some that are close!
I tried to focus on product specialists who were wearing “uniforms” that included items I would love to have in my own closet. The KIA specialists had a nice black, white and red pallet that included this neat zip-front top from BCBG.
One thing I noticed was that the uniforms tended to consist of either a leather jacket, blouse and pants or a dress. A few brands had their staff in more casual clothes but most stuck to one of these two formulas. GMC was no exception. I complimented her on her Halogen jacket and she said that sadly she had to give it back after the show.
The product specialists for Chevy were super excited to share with me that their pants were from The Limited! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the exact pair online, but I got close. The jacket was also a tough one to find. They said the brand was Chelsea28, which is a Nordstrom brand. However, I wasn’t able to find it on the Nordstrom website.
Finally we have the outfit that I remember admiring at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The product specialists from Buick had these amazing leather navy jackets. Turns out their from Vince, the same brand as my new purse. Serious drool action going on here.
We did have a “one that got away” moment and we didn’t get a chance to photograph the Ford product specialists. They were wearing blue and black dresses like this with black shrugs.
And, it occurred to me afterward that I should have taken a photo of the men manning the Volkswagen area. They had on snappy sport coats, button-down shirts and ties with dark jeans.
Jason commented that finding and photographing the product specialists was kind of like hunting big game. We had a blast doing it! Plus, I got to find out how to recreate their awesome outfits. So, even if you’re not a huge car buff, I can still recommend going to the Chicago Auto Show to check out the fashion!
Hey, remember when I said I was going to cut way back on shopping?
Yep. I did it! The only thing I “bought” in January were the Club Monaco faux leather leggings and I say “bought” because I got them c/o Shopbop credit for having their widget on my blog.
I’d be wanting to replace my current Vince Camuto faux leather pants because they’ve always been slightly too big in the waist. Although these don’t have pockets like I originally wanted, they are ponte material in the back so they fit better than full faux leather leggings. And, the most important thing, they fit in the waist!
So, that’s it. And because I didn’t buy myself anything else I was able to buy Jason a really cool birthday present.
The Vince Camuto pants will be going to the consignment shop shortly, along with several pairs of jeans and a few other things. But I won’t be using that money to buy anything, I swear!
The leggings and the tee may not have made the blog in outfits, but I wear them all the time. All the time. And I fully admit to having a mea culpa moment with jeggings. I poo-pooed them but, dang, they’re comfortable. Especially when you struggle finding jeans that fit your legs and your waist.
I probably could have gone through all my 2015 outfits and found the items I wore the most often (and I might still do that) but in terms of items that I feel awesome in when I wear them, these four pieces are it. And my white blazer. I suppose I shouldn’t forget that! In fact, it’s probably my most worn item of 2015!
I bought this cardigan because I wanted something that was more comfortable than wearing a gray blazer but would give a similar look to an outfit. Sadly, this cardigan is WAY too casual to serve that purpose. It’s thin and tends to cling instead of just hanging nice and straight. I’ve worn it to work in a few (unphotographed) outfits but always feel like I’m tugging or adjusting it. However, I do wear it around the house so I suppose it’s not a total loss.
The vest, though, I wore once (again, unphotographed) and decided it wasn’t what I wanted. I actually ended up replacing it with a more tailored one. The original one was, again, just too casual. It was unlined and actually had an almost-racerback. Weird. It also had a tie in the back that reminded me just a tad too much of how I dressed in high school. Anyway, I have it listed on Poshmark and, once spring is closer, if it hasn’t sold I’ll take to the consignment shop.
Overall, though, out of all the things I bought in 2015 to only have two that I regret? I think that means I made good purchasing decisions.
Not pictured: navy & red polka dot scarf (similar) | white topaz earrings (similar) | plaid wool scarf (similar)
Believe it or not, this is all that I added to my closet this month. And all of them were Christmas gifts!
One of my 2016 goals is to try and pay off my credit cards and, to do that, I need to stop buying things. Well, at least I need to stop buying clothes. I have credit at Shopbop and at Le Tote if I really want something.
Side note: Le Tote is raising their prices after the first of the year so this is your last chance to lock-in the under $50 per month pricing! Use code ERIN25 to get your first month for 50% off.
Anyway, to be honest, I don’t really need anything right now. In fact, I should probably be purging my closet and whittling it down to the items I really wear and not just hang onto things on the off-chance I might be able to create an outfit with them some day.
I have a lot of outfits saved on my Pinterest boards but lately I’ve been gravitating toward neutrals and simple outfits. I just have this weird fear that if I get rid of something then I’ll have a desire to wear it and it will be gone. Am I alone in this?
Regardless, there’s still no need for much shopping right now. I’ve got what I need. And the credit card balance to show for it. Time to get to work on that! So, uh, if you could click on my little affiliate links and help me out that would be nice, too 🙂 Yes, I just said that. Only kind of shamelessly.