Friday, August 16, 2019

Might As Well Jump!

I posted earlier this season that I was finally finding some jumpsuits that worked for me, and that I was officially Team Jumpsuit after having previously boycotted them. Since Walmart has upped their game, I am also now Team Walmart after having previously boycotted them too! I stopped in there the other day and found this jumpsuit........ for $16.96!!!
I am drawn to patterns like this, and in my opinion this piece rivals anything you might find at Anthropologie! It is so easy and comfy, and the colors will transition well into Fall! The top is very modest and does not show a bra. It also has pockets!
I tried as hard as I could to match another necklace to this, but once again this wood beaded one from Anthropologie won out, blending well with the orange and purple colors. Who knew I wore so much orange and purple? Certainly not me!
Jean Jacket : TJ Maxx
Latigo Sandals : Anthropologie
Wood Beaded Necklace : Anthropologie
Sunglasses : Target


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Twelve Dolla Holla

I saw this skirt on clearance at TJ Maxx for $12, and it was a no brainer! It's my favorite color palette (peacock colors) and in trendy tie dye. Maxi length to make a statement, elastic waistband for comfort, and not quite a pleat but a fabric where you don't have to worry about wrinkles. What more could you want?
I paired it with a simple white tee and jean jacket (a no fail combo - anytime you are in doubt do a solid color top with a jean jacket). I had an Anthro statement necklace that matched great, and my go to brown sandals. For a vacation I could see this with a tank top. I am also envisioning it with a graphic tee. Love finds like this!


 
Flint & Moss Skirt : TJ Maxx
Massini Tee : Meijer
Gap Jean Jacket : Consignment Shop
Equatorial Fringed Bib Necklace : Anthropologie
XOXO Ambridge Sandals : Shoe Mall



Friday, August 2, 2019

July Reads

Another month has flown on by, and I completed 4 books. I was hoping to have a 5th completed before the month ended, but I started one book only to be derailed into abandoning it for the time being to start reading something else. I don't do that often - I usually see a book through unless I really hate it. We take our week long cabin vacation in July, and I always look forward to reading there! In fact, I finished Little Fires Everywhere on the drive up, read The Peacock Summer while there, and got about half way through Burial Rites. So, I did the majority of my reading this month on vacation. Let's talk about the books!

Little Fires Everywhere by: Celeste Ng
I have to admit, seeing that Netflix is turning this into a series (with Reese Witherspoon no less, who has already been successful in bringing Big Little Lies to HBO) is what prompted me to finally rent this book from the library. I would describe the plot as "slow burn", but it will still keep your interest. It focuses on the relationship between two women and their children - one woman is the picture of suburbia perfection (Elena), the other is a carefree artist (Mia) who doesn't stay in one place for too long. This truly brings to light the curiosity we have when someone doesn't live the same way that we do or the way we might think is "right". Elena let's Mia's lifestyle grate on her so much that she starts digging into her past. Without giving any spoilers away, Elena and Mia's actions affect their kids in ways they do not realize.

The Peacock Summer by: Hannah Richell
My lovely friend Sarah gave me this copy, knowing my love of peacocks.
I really enjoy these type of books where there is a long history that younger family members are navigating through. The story focuses on Lillian and her Granddaughter Maggie, both coming together at the end of Lillian's life. Lillian's abusive relationship comes to the surface, along with her true love that she gave up. Both women are rooted to the vast family estate which is now in shambles - I love when a place becomes an important "character" too. Lovely ending and the way the peacocks were woven in was charming! 
 
Burial Rites by: Hannah Kent        
    This has been on my "to read" list, as I knew of friends who raved about it. I found it at our local thrift shop and was thrilled! This is a heavy story that will stay with you for a while - so not really a typical Summer vacation read - but I couldn't wait so I went ahead. Whew, it did not disappoint. It is based on the true story of the last women who was beheaded in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. It is so interesting to me to learn about how people lived (or should I say survived) in the past and in such brutal places. Hannah does a great job at describing the land, the clothes, the homes, the food, everything! All along, I felt there was more (or a reason) to what Agnes was accused of. I even held hope that her life would be spared. My only complaint about this book is it ended very ubruptly, but then when I thought about it perhaps it was a symbol of how quick Agne's death was.
 
And Then She Was Gone by: Lisa Jewell
This was another thrift store find, and I picked it up because I like these fast moving thrillers. I thought I had read this author before, but now see that I haven't, so that goes to show the pros and/or cons when a genre tends to have similar covers or titles. This was fricking twisted!!! Wow! Definitely fits the bill of suspense that you won't want to put down. The main character, Ellie, is rebuilding her life 10 years after her 15 year old daughter went missing. She meets a new love interest but she can't put her finger on why something is off. I don't want to give any spoilers but there was a point in the beginning of the story where I had my suspicions about one of the characters being involved in the daughters disappearance and I was not wrong. However, I would have never guessed what that character actually did!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tie Dyed

Tie dye has come back as a huge trend, and I am liking it! I wasn't too keen on getting anything with all colors of the rainbow though or anything bordering on neon. When I saw this peplum style tee, I knew it would be a good choice! It came in a pale pink too, but the pattern is more pronounced on the blue. It's on sale at Meijer for about $15!
What do we wear with tie dye? Birkenstocks of course! These brown suede ones were a consignment shop find from a few years ago. I am also really getting into fabric covered headbands.... and with that, I think I am totally re-wearing everything I wore in high school!
Tie Dye Peplum Tee : Meijer
Mossimo Jeans : Target (old)
Birkenstocks

Monday, July 29, 2019

Top Heavy

 When coming up with the title of this post, I was thinking about how I have purchased several tops lately. Or maybe I was inspired by these poofy sleeves. At any rate, this was another extra 50% off sale top I bought at Anthropologie. I love the mixed media pattern, and that it can be worn with so many colors. I am taking my black Old Navy Power Straight jeans for a spin today, and I am in love with this style! This Anthro necklace continues to match so much which one does not really expect when buying an orange and purple accessory!
 Maeve "Catania" Top : Anthropologie
Rampage Sandals : Meijer (old)
Necklace : Anthropologie (old)
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Classic Colors

My favorite kind of top is a swingy / flowy / peplum style! This top says it's an online exclusive, so I was glad to find what looked like all of the sizes in the sale room of my local Anthro. I thought it was cute when I saw it online, but in that way where you think something is cute online but might be disappointed in real life. I am here to say this top does not disappoint! Especially since the sale is currently an extra 50% off (which makes this 50% off of $29.95).
Both the stripe and peplum material are such good quality! I thought the diagonal cut on the sides of the stripe fabric was interesting too. I knew I wanted to pair it with dark denim - can't beat a classic red, white and blue combo! This would be great for a milder weather 4th of July look. I think I might try the top with olive pants next time!
These jeans are my new favorite style from Old Navy - the high rise power straights. I found them in the early Spring when I needed a jean refresh and they checked all the boxes of what I was looking for : real denim (I was getting a bit tired of stretchy jeans), high rise, something a little different from a skinny jean, and reasonable price. I have this dark wash, a light wash, and I just ordered a black pair! I had been eyeing these Franco Sarto sandals all Summer too (you can find them on other sites as well) and so glad I finally got them. They are like a dressy Birkenstock if that makes sense!
Elias Striped Top : Anthropologie
Franco Sarto Gannon Sandals: Anthropologie


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Match Set

 Matching separates seem to be coming more and more trendy, although usually a retailer will carry the matching pieces at the same time, right? Imagine my surprise while browsing Anthros new arrivals and I came across this sleeveless blouse in a cute stamp print that matches the skirt I bought.......................... last year??? Anthro has been known to reissue vintage prints, but with this one being so recent I can't help to think they had an excess of the fabric! I'm not complaining though, and wouldn't mind if they continued to do this. It immediately peaked my excitement about this skirt again. 
 I first styled this skirt last year with a white tee and dark denim jacket. When pairing it with the matching top, I used a belt to break up the pattern and it truly looks like a dress! I am looking forward to wearing the top with some dark denim jeans and throwing a cardigan over it in white or peach.
Porridge Skirt : Anthropologie (last year)
Porridge Courier Tunic : Anthropologie
Sandals : Target (old)
Belt : Kohl's