My goal for this summer was to cut down on spending money on clothes so that I could spend money on other stuff (tri gear, yummy dinners, etc). Valerie tempted me with this dress and I added a few jeans and denim shorts to my order (to get free shipping). Sadly, none of those items fit. But! When I went to return them LOFT had their Riviera shorts on sale for under $15 a pair and they only had my size. Perfect! I’m still on the hunt for more denim shorts but in the mean time these olive and navy ones will work.
I was also very blessed this month to get three different opportunities to shop with someone else’s money. And, interestingly enough, I ended up with shoes all three times. The black sandals and the silver sandals are replacements for other pairs I’ve had for years and that were falling apart. The gray and navy pair, though, were something I got as part of a Brandbacker campaign. I’ll write more about those in another post, but basically it’s one pair of shoes with interchangeable ankle straps! Fun, right?
The white sweatshirt was a last-minute purchase at Old Navy. I’m actually on vacation this week and wanted something comfy to wear around the house where we’re staying. My family likes to keep the temperature super cold so when everyone is shorts and t-shirts I’m in pants and a sweatshirt. This one is turning out to be perfect.
I also have a current Le Tote box that includes this top. I think I’m going to keep it and, with my credit, it will only be $3! And, because I would be remiss in my ambassador duties if I didn’t tell you, you can try Le Tote yourself for half off your first month with code ERIN25.
When I was packing for my work trip to Ontario, I tried to keep the number of shoes I was taking to a minimum. Sandals, flats, casual and, of course, my workout sneaks. I decided to wear the sandals on the plane because they went with my black maxi dress.
What I didn’t realize was that the elastic strap on my sandals is about to give way on one of the buckles! Also, unbuckling them to go through the security line at the airport and then putting them back on afterward was kind of annoying.
I bought those sandals back in April of 2012 and considering they were $21 from Old Navy, aren’t real leather, and I’ve worn them every summer since, I feel like they outperformed their initial construction! However, I’m at the point now where when items like this start to fall apart I want to replace them with real leather goods that will, hopefully, last just as long, if not longer.
So, I turned to the cash back shopping site Splender to help offset the cost of the sandal upgrade.
Don’t forget to use code ERIN25 for 50% off your first month of Le Tote! Or code looplooksxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox.
Splender collates deals and coupons from over 800 online shopping sites, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, and more. You can browse by store or by deal and when you find one you like you just click the Shop Now button. After that you shop normally and anything you buy at that store you earn cash back. At Nordstrom, for example, it’s currently 4%.
Which is why I ordered these lovely Seychelles sandals. They have a zipper in the back so if I have to take them off in a security line in the future I can just unzip and slide them off!
I also debated about ordering this Trouve pair but, sadly, they were out of my size.
I was also lusting after these Frye sandals which, in all actuality, are the closest in look to my original pair. I found them in my size at Lord and Taylor which has a 6% cashback incentive via Splender but even with stacking the coupon codes and deals listed by Splender they were still more than I wanted to pay. I might regret that decision, though. And, if so, I’ll return the Seychelles ones and go back to Splender to buy the Fryes!
Splender is free to join and there are no ads, which is nice. You get your cash back via a commission that the store pays Splender. If you’re curious about how it all works, they have a fun YouTube video that explains it.
When I was searching for replacement sandals, I used Splender’s “Stores” function to filter all their stores by Shoes and Accessories and then scrolled through the alphabetical list until I a store caught my eye. The only thing I found a bit annoying was that sometimes they don’t have ALL the offers listed on the store’s listing on Splender. For example, when I clicked on Lord and Taylor it didn’t list that on that particular day they were having an extra 15% off sale on all full-priced items. Also, the Free Shipping filter doesn’t filter out stores that only have free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount.
In a perfect world, I’d like to also be able to search by item (i.e. black sandals) and find stores that sell that item instead of just browsing at every store in the list. But, hey, I suppose it’s similar to hunting for what you want in the mall, too!
Overall, I liked that I could browse so many stores in one place and that it’s basically no extra work for me to earn a little extra money just for doing what I like to do: shop!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Admittedly, I’m still on the fence about keeping the top from The Limited. I mean, it’s always nice to have a simple white top with a bit of interest and I got it on sale so it’s not like it’s some weird thing I might never wear. But, still, do I need it?
The dress I’ve already worn several times and every time I wear it Jason tells me how nice I look. In fact, the first time I wore it he asked me to keep it. Can’t let my husband down! And here’s the interesting thing about that dress: last year I would have felt super uncomfortable in it. But with all the strength training I’ve been doing it looks great.
And the blazer I kept because I decided it fit my lifestyle right now better than my dressier red blazer. I’ll be taking the older one to consignment most likely,
As for my gifted items, I love my new Bucketfeet and have worn them several times even though they’ve only made it to the blog once. The bag I haven’t had a chance to use because I normally carry a backpack and a small purse to work. However, I’m going on a trip for work later this month and I think it will be perfect for using as a carryon.
I plan to devote a whole post (soon!) to my new Mira fitness tracker. Ironically, I was just commenting to Kim that I never wear my Fitbit when I got the opportunity to receive the Mira. So, I plan to do a post comparing the two and why I’m wearing the Mira even if I don’t feel like I need it to remind me to be active.
I’d been wanting a gray striped tee since I saw Jen from Librarian for Life and Style wear hers several different ways. This one was on sale from J. Crew and I decided not to pass it up.
The unpictured denim shorts were a much-needed addition to my closet since all of my other shorts are too big. I won’t be wearing them to work but they were a staple in last year’s summer casual wardrobe.
The pants were because I fell in love with a similar pair from Old Navy that, sadly, didn’t fit me. After ordering these from The Limited in three different sizes I finally found ones that worked!
The shoes, though? I’ve been wanting some colored ballet flats and these blue ones have been calling my name from Shopbop for months and months. I finally bit the bullet and spent my Shopbop credit (plus $4) on them and I’m happy to say they fit perfectly the first time. How often does that happen?
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m thinking about going on a spending freeze for the summer and only mixing it up with items from Le Tote. As an ambassador I’ll get purchase credit with them so if I really fall in love with something I can buy it that way.
Since I’m training for my first triathlon I’ve been spending my money on things like swim lessons and a wet suit. There are a few other things I’d like to buy, too, so I think I’ll need to use my money on those! What do you think? Should I do a triathlon fashion post?
Okay, guys, in full disclosure I probably forgot something that I bought in April. I did a LOT of online shopping this month. Mostly because I didn’t have time to go to stores. Of course, in order to hit the minimum for shipping I ended up ordering more than I wanted and still need to return most of it.
I also had grand plans of doing a little fashion show and showing you what I bought but wasn’t keeping and getting your thoughts but life just got in the way. So, just know that I bought this jacket and this one and I don’t think I’m keeping either of them. I really want to love moto jackets and military jackets but every time I put either type on I feel…off. Not sure what’s up with that.
Anyway, on to what I did end up keeping. So far.
Old Navy Pants – $25 (on sale) – I ordered these and when they came they were too big. So I have the next size down on order now. Fingers crossed they fit both my waist AND my thighs. #athleticthighproblems
Nine West Wedges via Macy’s – $61 (on sale) – I first saw these on Bri and, as mentioned when I wore them here, they were a replacement for a pair that was falling apart.
Kate Spade Flats c/o Shopbop – I’ve been wanting a pair of pointed toe black flats and decided the bow on these was too cute to pass up. They’re a bit tight in the toe width so I might try the sock and hairdryer trick on them.
The Limited Cardigan – $25 (on sale) – This was a “filler” item when I was ordering these shorts (which are too big. Grrr.) and I decided to keep it to replace my original white cardigan from The Limited which is approaching 10 years old and starting to show its age a bit. Also, I’m planning to try on a smaller size of the shorts if I can find one in stores.
French Connection top via Bloomingdale’s – $54 (on sale) – Yes, in the end I ordered this top from Bloomingdale’s. I wanted one size down and they had it on sale for cheaper than Le Tote. I’m super excited to wear it more this summer!
Ann Taylor Sweater – $35 (on sale) – I’ve been wanting a loose fit mesh-type white sweater to wear this spring and I think this one fits the bill. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find one! Although this one from LOFT is pretty cute, too.
Old Navy Dress – $20 (on sale) – Here’s the thing: I needed a new swimsuit coverup. Mine is old and stained. But mine was a convertible jersey dress just like this one! Of course, it hit me at the knee and wasn’t a maxi. Still, I couldn’t find anything to replace it until I saw this one. I think it’s going to be perfect. I can tie a knot in the hem if I need it shorter and it can be worn as a dress or a skirt. Score!
Ann Taylor Scarf – $20 (on sale) – Another one of those items where I saw an outfit and thought “I need a white scarf in my life!” And then I promptly ordered this one and another one. I debated long and hard about which one to keep (and honestly thought about keeping them both) but in the end this one won out because it’s more pure white and the other one was more off-white. I thought I’d get more use out of the pure white one.
Rocksbox Perry Street Necklace – free w/credit – And, yes, I decided to keep the necklace, too. Thanks to you guys using code looplooksxoxo and getting a free month of jewelry from Rocksbox I get credit to spend with them. So, uh, thanks and keep it up!
Tretorn Sneakers c/o Shopbop – You guys. I am IN LOVE with these shoes. I’ve worn them three times and I want to wear them every day. They are super comfortable because they actually have some arch support. Also, as far as shoes go, I think the price is totally reasonable. And they’re cute. So, yeah, winners all around. I might just have to order them in pink, too.
And, of course, this doesn’t include the sweater, skirt or top I got from the clothing swap.
AND I ALMOST FORGOT! I’m sitting here wearing my new favorite shirt and I just realized I forgot to include it in the original post.
This shirt is AMAZING. It’s super soft, perfectly long and slouchy, and completely accurate. Oh, and she donates 20% of the proceeds to a local animal shelter. I kind of want to buy like three more of the exact same shirt to have them as backups in case something happens to this one.
Overall, I think I added some good items to my closet and stayed away from too many impulse purchases even with all the extra things I ordered. Now, if I can just get a chance to actually return some of this stuff and reclaim my dining room table from the clutter!
As you probably know, I have a Shopbop widget on my blog and, because of this, I get a shopping credit with them every month. I recently placed a big order BEFORE I learned about the Friends and Family sale going on now. Bummer because I could have gotten 25% off!
Ends at 3AM Central Time on Friday, April 10th
What did I order? Well, two pairs of shoes to start. Sadly, neither of them worked out. So, now they are on their way to being returned and I doubt they’ll make it back in time for me to take advantage of the 25% off sale!
But, you can! And if you order any of these shoes over which I am currently lusting I will be insanely jealous.
Clearly I’m on a sneakers and flats kick right now. Jason wanted to know why I’m buying yet MORE shoes and I said it’s because I’m trying to replace many of my heels with flats.
Annoyingly, I seem to be in-between sizes right now. I used to wear a 7.5 but apparently my feet have SHRUNK! Who knew that was a thing? Anyway, shoes are currently very difficult for me to purchase since they’re usually too loose in the heel width if they fit length-wise or too tight length-wise if they fit in the heel. Thankfully Shopbop has free return shipping!
And, if you’re curious, here are the direct links to the shoes pictured above. Although, if you buy the last one in whatever size I want to order (probably a 7 or a 7.5) I will be very sad.
Also, if anyone has some adorable cognac brown leather ballet flats that they swear by, I’d love to know about it! I just tried some from Banana Republic but I was in-between their sizes. Too bad because they were otherwise perfect.
I’ve discovered something interesting about myself and shopping. I have a lot more willpower at the beginning of the month but when end of the month sales hit I tend to lose control.
Except this month, of course, when Le Tote had a killer sale on items, many of which I’d already gotten in a Le Tote box and knew that I liked. But I swore that was going to be it. And then LOFT also had a killer sale and I placed an order. Much of which is getting returned but I did end up keeping two items.
Trading Trunk necklace via Le Tote (same) – $12 on sale (seen here and here)
JOA shirt via Le Tote (same) – $27 on sale (seen here and here)
Olive + Oak sweater via Le Tote (same) – $23 (seen here)
I’ve been wanting a red skirt for AGES and I liked that this one wasn’t a pencil skirt. I have visions of wearing it with a t-shirt and my denim jacket this summer and then with tights and a sweater in the winter.
And the sweater. I know, I know, I already owned basically the same thing. But here’s the deal: the neck on that sweater is just a tad too wide to wear over a collared shirt. And the neck on this LOFT sweater isn’t. So, I’ve decided to get rid of the older one and keep this newer one. I almost returned the LOFT one but then I realized it will be more versatile.
However, I originally ordered it because I’m on the hunt for a lightweight white sweater to wear this spring. Sadly, this is not it. I’ve almost ordered this one from J. Crew Factory a few times but the price and the fact that it’s a boatneck are deterring me. So, I’m open to suggestions!
Second thing’s second, I told myself earlier in 2015 that after January (aka after my birthday) I was going to try to cut back on shopping. Good thing that it’s so cold that trying to look cute is the last thing on my mind! I literally bought four things in February (and got two items to review) and they were (almost) all comfy basics.
If you’re looking for a white blazer for spring (I FINALLY found one!) then you might want to try one from Capulet, a brand Shopbop just started carrying.
Or maybe some fun earrings? Anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I love star shaped things so of course I love these.
And since allegedly spring will be here soon, why not browse the sandals section? If you order some it means warm weather will get here faster. At least that’s what I’m telling myself to justify drooling over these simple but classy sandals.
I’m also already thinking about swimsuits. Wishful thinking, yes? But this white one from CM Cia Maritima is beautiful and may just be my reward for all the hard work I’ve been doing in the gym since October.
The Shopbop sales starts TODAY and ends on Sunday, March 8th at 4:00 AM Eastern Time. Anyone want to go in with me??
*Sadly, this sale excludes Stuart Weitzman. You know how some women drool over the Tiffany’s window? I l drool over the Stuart Weitzman window on Michigan Ave.
Some interesting notes about my purchases (and gifts!) in January. Remember my red pants? Well, I never did get them tailored. Instead I replaced them with this pair from The Limited when they were on a crazy sale.
And while I was shopping online, I added those sequined pants to my cart. I figured for under $25, why not? Turns out they fit great and now I just need an excuse to wear them!
Also, I finally broke down and bought some camo print pants. I feel like such a sell out. I had to admit to myself that I couldn’t stop thinking about owning a pair even though I feel a bit conflicted about owning camo print when I have nothing to do with the military. What are your thoughts on camo?
When I visited my dad this month he offered to take me shopping. I took advantage of it and purchased a few staples that I’d been wanting. Specifically the Brooks Brothers no-iron shirt and those silver Sperrys. I was able to wear the shoes while in Florida but I need it to warm up a bit here in Chicago before I can really break them in!
Some interesting sizing notes: I bought both the red pants and the camo pants in tall/long lengths. I am 5’4″ but have a 30″ inseam. Both pants fit me much better in the longer length. Weird, right? Also, I bought the Sperrys almost a full size smaller than I normally wear! Apparently my feet are shrinking. Also weird.
Every December I try really hard not to buy things for myself. But, you know, it’s difficult when ALL THE THINGS are on sale. That pink blazer was particularly difficult for me to hold off on. But I did and I got it as a gift from my mom which made it worth it.
I took quite a few things to a local consignment shop, sold a shirt on eBay, and donated some additional items to score a discount at a local boutique where I bought some Christmas gifts.
I also got a new coat from my mom as an early gift. She let me pick it out and since Macy’s had coats on a crazy sale I actually end up getting two because I couldn’t decide.
Jason told me I had too many coats so I actually ended up getting rid of THREE older ones! One went to the consignment shop, one was donated to a coat drive, and the other went to Goodwill. Spreading the coat love all around. I’m currently wearing the Michael Kors one and have the Anne Klein hanging in the closet as a back-up.
With my birthday coming up in two weeks I’m sure I’ll be getting a few more gifts (especially since my dad already said he’d take me shopping) but, honestly, right now I can’t figure out what I want! Such a first world problem to have, right?