16 February 2018

Save or Splurge: Springs Most Popular Items

SAVE: Espadrille Wedges // Straw Bag // Ark Bag // Taupe Bag // Taupe Booties // White Sandals //Black Sunglasses // Grey Slides
SPLURGE: Espadrille Wedges // Straw Bag // Ark Bag // Taupe Bag // Taupe Booties // White Sandals //Black Sunglasses // Grey Slides

How is it already Friday? This week has really flown by and am I excited to have the day off. I will be doing my BBG workout, take the pups for a walk, run errands and later grab dinner with my friends! Today's post is super fun for me to put together. It is a save or splurge, which is showing you exact look-alike of this springs most popular items. It's so crazy how much this espadrille that is only $79 which you could apply coupons too looks exactly like this espadrille that will cost you $190.

Personally, I own 6 of the look-alike items and am very pleased with them. Doing this, I am on trend but am saving thousands of dollars. One of my favorite items from above is this ark bag. I bought it earlier this year for my trip and did not expect it to be high quality because of the price. I was so wrong! This thing traveled so well and is really nicely made. Cannot believe anyone would spend the $160 the designer item because they have got to be the exact same thing. Are there any save or splurge items you have been loving lately?

14 February 2018

Herringbone Tweed

J.Crew Factory City Coat J.Crew Tissue turtleneck T-shirt (less expensive option here) J.Crew Factory Herringbone Jumper | J.Crew Factory Opaque Tights J.Crew Factory Suede Block Heel Bootie (another option here)Merona purse, old (similar here)Karen Walker The Number One Sunglasses | Photography by: Hannah Jean

Today feels like a Monday, it's so weird. Monday I started up my BBG workouts again. I should have never stopped working out because I am so sore. Like yesterday it was hard to walk. Today feels much better so I am going to do the cardio and arms & ab workout tonight since I didn't do the cardio yesterday. Once I get better about doing these workouts and aren't so sore, I really wanna take a workout class or do something different. I have heard Orange Theory is amazing and would also like to give a spinning or barre class a try. Any recommendations or suggestions?

Yesterday I posted this Universal Thread Try-On and also did an Instagram story featuring videos of all those products as well as other spring goodies! I will have the rest of the try-on videos posted tonight, but I added those videos to the highlights section so they can be watched later on. I am making a trip today to get all those items that didn't work for me returned. That is the only downside of shopping online. 

12 February 2018

Universal Thread at Target: My Honest Review + Try-On

If you don't already know, Target just came out with a new collection called Universal Thread. I have been looking forward to this new collection because of the prices and how much it looks like Madewell. There was a ton of great options to choose from but I just bought my favorites to try out. I felt a little disappointed after trying everything on, but I think this collection will get better over time. I feel like the shoes, bags, and accessories are amazing, but the clothing items need a little work especially because the fit on most things was weird. Let me know in the comments below if you have bought anything from the collection or have any thoughts about it. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have! 

{My Sizes}
Tops: I usually wear a size 4/6 or small, sometimes medium depending on if I want a looser fit or it to be longer.
Dresses: 4/6 or size small. I will size up to a medium for length. 
Bottoms: Size 6 fits me the best or a 27/28.
Shoes: 9.5 is my true size, but a size 10 fits the better in boots. 
Item: Universal Thread  Women's Tie Front Striped Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt  (Keeping??) 
Sizing: TTS! I ordered the small. 
Thoughts: When I saw this picture I knew I had to have it. It looks like something Madewell would sell and I love the front tie. The front tie style is going to be huge this spring and summer so this was the perfect time to try it out with an affordable top. I really like the way this fits, but I don't know if this is my style. I am going to keep it around to see if I wear it. If I don't wear it in the next 30 days, I will send it back. I highly recommend this, it would also be great for layering under the denim dress pictured below. 
Price: $19.99
Item: Universal Thread  Women's Cross Back Tank Top  (Returning) 
Sizing: TTS. I ordered a medium and felt like it was the perfect fit. If I wanted it tighter the small would have been best.
Thoughts: This is getting returned, but this would have been a better option or any of the other colors. Online it did not look see-through so that is disappointing. I would usually wear a nude or white cami if something was see-through, but this is a cami so I am not going to layer another cami under it haha. Anyways, if I bought any other color it would have worked for the price, but I am not going to waste my time trying to figure that one out. If you want to buy this as an easy staple piece, just don't order the white color. 
Price: $9.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Ruffle Sleeve Stripe T-Shirt (Keeping??) 
Sizing: TTS!  I bought a size small and it fits perfectly.
Thoughts: I love how unique this is and the stripes! I felt like it could be worn on its own and was a great layering piece that could be worn under dresses (see photos of it styled that way below) or with a jacket. The only problem I am having with this is the boxy crop shape. I am not really a fan of cropped tops and in this picture, I am wearing high waisted denim. I think I may keep it, I am still just unsure. 
Price: $17.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's High-Rise Raw Hem Straight Jeans (Returning) 
Sizing: Ran a size large. I ordered a size 6 and felt these were too big in the waist and leg area. 
Thoughts: I hate these pants on me. I was really excited to try out the two-tone stripe side pants that have been a huge trend lately and will be all spring and summer. I thought for the price it would be great to try. They are super unflattering on me and I hate the length. If there was a short option that might have worked better, but they also fit weird in the crotch area. I don't know, all the jeans I tried at Target just didn't work for me. 
Price: $27.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Meena Slip on Sneakers (Exchanging) 
Sizing: Ran a half size too big. I ordered a 9.5 but need a 9. 
Thoughts: $24.99 for shoes is an amazing deal! I loved the color and how they would match with anything. I don't own any slide type shoes so I wanted to give these a go. I highly recommend, especially in the black color. 
Price: $24.99
Item: Universal Thread  Women's Button Front Apron Denim Dress (Returning) 
Sizing: This fits TTS. I ordered a size 6 and it is perfect! 
Thoughts: This reminded me so much of something I would find at Madewell! I thought this one was high quality and worth the $27.99 price tag. I liked that you could layer shirt like I did in the picture, but decided this dress just wasn't for me. Even though I like it right now, I know it would most likely sit in my closet. If I change my mind, I will consider buying it again. If you know you'll wear a denim dress or want to try out this trend, I highly recommend! 
Price: $27.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Button Front Midi Dress (Exchanging) 
Sizing: Ran small. If you have a chest size up one size. Pictured is a size small and although the straps are adjustable, the buttons are pulling.
Thoughts: One of my favorite pieces for the collection. I feel like this is worth the price and is a beautiful one. Even though this isn't my size, I will for sure be exchanging it! I love that the straps are adjustable, it has pockets and is a great linen feeling material. It will look great with a white tee under or a jacket over. I highly recommend this one! 
Price: $27.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Edwina Fashion Boots (Keeping!) 
Sizing: Ran a half size large so size down a half size. I ordered my regular 9.5 but they were huge! The 9's fit me way better but feel a little snug on my right foot width wise. I have worn them around the house and they seem ok. 
Thoughts: I am so in love with these. The price is amazing and they look exactly like this pair but without the $150 price tag. I am so excited to wear these in the spring with white jeans, dresses or skirts. 
Price: $34.99

Not pictured:
So the items below I tried on in store and wanted to share. I didn't take any photos because of the terrible lighting. None of these items came home with me, but I wanted to share how they fit on and my thoughts on each piece. 
Item: Universal Thread Women's V-Neck Stripe Short Sleeve T-Shirt 
Sizing: I tried on the size small and this was huge and boxy! I didn't even bother trying on the xs because I didn't love the shirt that much. 
Thoughts: For this price, this is a great piece to own as an easy item to style. It would look great with pink colored denim and a cardigan.
Price: $12.99
Sizing: TTS. I tried the size small and it fits great.
Thoughts: This is the same shirt as the front tie stripe top above. I thought the white color would be a great option to have but I didn't like this one in person. It was a weird material and also was slightly see through. 
Price: $19.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Tunic Pullover 
Sizing: Ran TTS but could size down if you wanted a tighter fit. I tried the small.
Thoughts: Not me, but I thought it was great for the price. I could see this with shorts or colored denim! 
Price: $24.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's High-Rise Raw Hem Skinny Jeans 
Sizing: TTS? The size 6 worked, but a 4 might have been better. The regular length on these was good. I am 5'5. I think online you can order different lengths.  
Thoughts: I really wanted to love these because they would have saved me a fortune. I have been looking for a pair of colored denim like this everywhere but after trying them on they fit really weird and the color pink looked like I was nude against my skin tone. Like I mentioned above, Target jeans just fit me weird, especially in the crotch area. 
Price: $27.99
Sizing: Ran a half size large so size down a half size. I ordered my regular 9.5 but they were huge! The 9's fit me way better but feel a little snug on my right foot width wise. I have worn them around the house and they seem ok. 
Thoughts: This was another pair I really wanted to love but they just didn't look good on. They reminded me of Khloe Kardashians clothing line Good American with the destruction at the bottom. They were very cropped on me so they were awkward. If they were length option I might consider trying them out, because the price is awesome and so is the color. 
Price: $24.99
Item: Universal Thread Women's Rowan Small Tote Bag
Thoughts: I did not buy this bag simply because I already own the Madewell version in the pink suede. This bag is an exact replica and for the price, I felt like it was worth it. It comes in 5 different colors and I have thought about buying the green color, but I don't need it right now. I highly recommend this bag! 
Price: $24.99

09 February 2018

Dressing Up Leather Leggings

J.Crew Factory City Coat Anthropologie tie front top (similar here) | BP. leather leggings (almost identical pair but better here)J.Crew plaid heels (similar hereJ.Crew Velvet Foldover Clutch Karen Walker The Number One Sunglasses | Photography by: Hannah Jean

Ugh, leather leggings. Seriously a staple in any gals wardrobe. I love the fact that they can easily be dressed up like the above photos for a date night or casual which you can see in this post here. Since I talked a lot about my love for leather leggings in that older post, I won't gush too much about them. Right now, I feel like all I wear is jeans. I am getting so sick of just wearing jeans. Usually, in the summer, I wear a ton of dresses but I don't do that in the winter because in Michigan I would freeze, so I only wear dresses on the occasion, like here. So that is where leather leggings come into play. They are so easy to style and really are a classic piece to own.

I have been doing a ton of shopping lately. The reason for that is I wanted to buy more affordable clothing pieces. With that being said, I have done my research and am giving some new retailers I usually wouldn't shop at, a try. I received a lot of my packages (I have been waiting so patiently) last night but have yet to try them on. My hope for this is to discover some new pieces I love and need to share with you all about. Everything is giving me major spring vibes and I seriously cannot wait for the changing of the seasons. I swear when I start shopping for spring clothes, the weather gets worse. For example, there is a major winter storm happening right now. So well I am trying on all my spring clothing pretending I could go outside in my wedges without a coat on, there are about 6-9inchs of snow on the ground. Stay warm out there! 

07 February 2018

The Tartan Dress I Can't Stop Wearing!

J.Crew tartan dress (similar printed dress and similar style dress)J.Crew Factory Opaque Tights Kate Spade Yasmin Scalloped Block Heel Pumps Tory Burch York Buckle Tote Karen Walker The Number One Sunglasses | Photography by: Hannah Jean

So, these photos were taken back in December and I never got around to posting this look till now and of course, this dress cannot be found anywhere. The title of this post is beyond true, I literally wore this dress 4 different times in a 2 week period. I wore it for Christmas card photos (see the shot below), to work, and holiday parties. When I went to J.Crew to look for a dress for Christmas card photos all I knew was I wanted to have matching outfits with my boyfriend Eric. This dress spotted my eye and I knew I had to give it a try! I sized up because this dress fit super snug in the shoulder area and I knew with the waist tie, I could tie it tighter. It is a tighter dress which is nice. I cannot wait to wear it again this year. If you want to get your hands on this dress, check Poshmark or eBay! I found Eric a tartan button down and a navy pullover to coordinate our outfits. Even Chance our pup had a matching green leash. 

These Christmas cards were done by amazing photographer Hannah Jean! We woke up on a Sunday morning and froze our butts off to get these shots! It seriously was so cold, like I was chattering my teeth and shaking. Chance, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do but play in the snow, so he didn't really stay still and look at the camera the way I thought he would. Oh well! We were able to be speedy quick and get everything done in 15 min. I was so excited to have these shots because I feel like Eric and I never take photos together anymore. I am looking forward to doing another photoshoot in the Spring when the weather is nicer. Is it a thing to send out Easter cards? Just asking for a friend...


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