All My Faves

Happy last Friday before all the craziness begins! Although while my husband and I were out last weekend I felt like it had already begun. Honestly the stores were packed and parking spaces were few and far between. Thank you retailers for totally spoiling Black Friday, we now have Black November. That’s a total buzzkill for me! Anyway, I have a nice little round up of faves to share today so enjoy!

Favorite #1: As cliche as it may sound, I am grateful for the many blessings in my life. Although this little space of mine on the internet may not garnish tons of attention and brands aren’t reaching out to me I have been rewarded in far greater ways. Honestly I have made some great friendships with other bloggers to the point that when things are happening in my life I find myself reaching out to them. Crazy, huh? Maybe not, I’m not the only one feeling that way.
I received the sweetest little package from my sweet friend Andrea over at Living on Cloud Nine. You may be tired of hearing about it but she really is the sweetest person and a good friend. She helped me out a lot when I needed it most and I am delighted to have her as well my other gal pals in my life!

Favorite #2: This super easy, delicious recipe for Saucy Cranberry Meatballs. So easy and so delicious. Three ingredients and they cook in the crock pot! My son Collin took one bite and said, “Yes! Make these again!”

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Favorite #3: Cooler weather in Florida means wearing most of our typical wardrobe just a little differently. I wore this wrap dress first back in September and then again this week to an important appointment.  By wearing a cami underneath as well as my black boots it transitioned well.  Don’t have a wrap dress yet?  I got you covered, this one is under $40,here’s a great petite version, and this one comes in plus sizes.

Favorite #4: The laughter and joy of children. My 20 month old niece came to visit and I took her to the park in our neighborhood. Seeing the joy on her face as she went down the slide and climbed on the equipment along with her deep, belly laughs was probably my absolute favorite for the entire week. She also enjoys chasing my sweet dog Sophie around with the same excitement. While Sophie may not be nearly as excited she tolerates all the love so well. Indulge me and enjoy these pictures!


Favorite #5: Gifts of kindness. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that my principal “gifted” our staff with jeans days through Winter break. This gift was better than if she had wrapped a present for each of us individually. Little things like that make a difference. This reminds me that simple gifts are often the best. Here’s what I wore on Tuesday compliments of a school bathroom selfie. Backstory – I hope you appreciate my smile in the picture, I had just finished a social skills group with 9 kindergarten and first grade student and they ran me ragged, lol! I think the radio on my hip makes a nice addition, don’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there ya have it, five of my favorites from this week.  What do your weekend plans include?  Travel?  Movies?  I am hoping to see Wonder, it looks so good!

Make today great my friends and remember, people don’t care what you know they want to know that you care!

xo,

Kellyann

Shop wrap dresses, including petite and plus sized options!
Fashion Union Plus Wrap Dress In Velvet Leopard Burnout • $64
24/7 COMFORT APPAREL 24/7 Comfort Apparel Peacock Pretty And Brilliant Faux Wrap Dress • 24/7 Comfort Apparel • $37.89
Petite Women’s Karen Kane Cascade Faux Wrap Dress • Karen Kane • $64.80
Women’s Anne Klein Animal Print Faux Wrap Dress • Anne Klein • $71.40
Women’s Soprano Ruffle Wrap Dress • Soprano • $45
Charter Club Faux-Wrap Dress, Created for Macy’s • Charter Club • $39.99

Flare Up


I had a flare up of the Monday blues this week. No particular reason just tired and anxious for this last full week of school to be over! Thanks to Irma we have school next Monday but then we begin our Thanksgiving break! And my college boy comes home! In any case, now that I can shop my whole closet for what to wear each day I find that somedays I am overwhelmed by the choices. I just felt like being comfortable and that called for jeans. I decided to rebel a little (wink, wink Mary) because Mondays are not in fact jeans days. Little did I know my principal sent an email over the weekend granting us jeans days through December! So much for taking a walk on the wild side and rebelling!

What started out as just a comfortable, kind of meh outfit actually garnered quite a few compliments! Who knew? Apparently everyone enjoys a good flare jean from time to time! As you can see the weather was kind of dreary and the wind was picking up but that didn’t stop the picture taking! It’s gotten a little difficult with the time change, this getting dark so early business is not a blogger’s friend. I think you can tell I’m tired too – thank goodness for sunglasses, lol!

So my jeans are old from American Eagle. Like years old. But so good. Skinny jeans are fabulous but there’s just something about a flare jean that skinnies just can’t deliver. Maybe it’s that they’re fitted through the butt and thigh and then flare below the knee. Maybe it’s because they lend themselves so beautifully to the boho trend. If comfort weren’t an issue I’d probably love wearing a pair of leather flip flops with these jeans but my middle aged feet won’t have that so my comfy wedges won the footwear battle.

So here’s the skinny on the flares #witty, they’re fun, they’re comfortable, and they do nice things for your legs. Now who doesn’t want that?! You can wear any top you like with your flares. I chose an old top from Target, the Knox Rose brand is one of my favorites! I just love the boho vibe. This one is similar. But I love this all over lace top , this velvet bell sleeve blouse, and this one. If you’re looking for a pair of flares take a look at this pair, this pair, and this pair. They are all under $30!

So, the nest time the Monday blues flare up for you fight back with something fabulous! I find the best way to feel good is to look good! Now tell me, do you own any flares? How do you wear your flares? Do you wish I would stop typing the word ‘flares’ okay, I will. Bye for now and thank you for stopping by, it means so much to me. Drop me a line in the comment section below!

xo,
Kellyann

Your Opinion Counts

Opinions, we all have them. Sometimes it’s our opinion that helps someone else make a decision. From what to buy to what doctor to see to what to order on a menu the list goes on and on as to how our opinion influences others. It’s basically what a blog is all about. Think about it, I buy and try and then write about it and then you may buy and try for yourself!

Are you a person with strong opinions? Do others often value your opinion by asking for your input? Would you like to get free stuff? Wait, what? Free stuff? Yes, that’s right. All through Influenster .

It’s super easy to get started just click here and complete your profile. The profile is basically a list of questions about you and your lifestyle. Then sit back and wait for your Voxbox to arrive! Once it does you’ll get information as to how you can try out the products and share your opinions. You get to keep the products and there is absolutely no fee involved!

I’ve received two Voxboxes so far. Here’s the first:

You can see the box is filled with a little bit of this and that which makes it so fun! I was able to try things that were new to me and a few I really liked and would purchase on my own. I really loved this:


I had been looking for a hair mask that wouldn’t weigh down my fine hair. This mask by Eva NYC smells delicious and rinses out so well without weighing my hair down. My hair felt smoother and looked shinier after using it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have used some Origins products in the past and this did not disappoint. If you’re familiar with the brand you know the products are top notch and as they say, “powered by nature”. I used the serum in place of my usual one for two weeks. While I liked it just fine I prefer my Vichy Life Serum . It’s less expensive and I love the scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This product was new to me, Fit Tea offers a line of detox products and I was thrilled to get the 14 day detox for free! It was easy enough to use and at first I was a bit skeptical but after drinking it (on an empty stomach) each morning I understand how it works. I’ll spare you the details but lets just say if you suffer from irregularity you should buy this. It will in fact get rid of any bloat you may have.  This is a product I will definitely purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed the chocolate mint Balance bar and would consider purchasing these myself. Honestly I don’t eat many bars but this one had a good taste and good nutrition.

I also received Welch’s fruit roll ups. I have never in my life eaten a fruit roll up so I gave them to my son Collin. He enjoyed them!

And now the second one (and I should mention if you look closely at the photos of the first box and now the second you’ll get a sneak peek of my new kitchen counter tops): Yes, that’s my second box. It had only one item – Hefty Microwave Strong plates. These babies will be headed to work with me. So far I have used them once and the plate held up very well in the microwave.

I should mention the more active you are on social media the better. There are lots of Voxboxes that include great items, like cosmetics and hair products. Admittedly I am not very active on social media, clearly I’ll need to up my game but it is something I struggle with. I always feel like I have nothing to say!

So are you ready to share your opinions in exchange for free products? If so, check out Influenster and get started!

XO,
Kellyann

Stop, Drop, Shop

What in the world am I doing posting on a Sunday?  This does not normally occur so you know it must be important, ha! But really I want you to stop what you’re doing, drop whatever you’ve got going on, and shop this . No, I mean it. You will not find a better gift for yourself or another woman at this price point.

I own this infinity scarf and it is the perfect accessory. For starters it has fringe! It is an infinity scarf so it styles itself – no fussing, no mussing, no playing with it all day to get it just right. It comes in 3 colors and is under $10!!!! Oh yeah, and shipping is free because it’s from Nordstrom!

Honestly this scarf is a fabulous buy. It would make a great hostess gift, teacher gift (because teachers have enough #1 Teacher mugs – trust me), gift for your hair dresser, babysitter, etc., etc.. Oh an YOU! It would make a great gift for YOU!

So what are you waiting for? Stop, drop, shop now! Go get it! You can thank me later.

See ya back here tomorrow friends!
xo,
Kellyann

P.S. Thought you might also like to check out some booties that are all on sale!
Women’s Toms Deia Zip Bootie • Toms • $73.46
Women’s Dolce Vita ‘Sutton’ Bootie • Dolce Vita • $79.90
Women’s Sole Society Vixen Bootie • Sole Society • $59.90
Lucky Brand Basel Zip Up Booties • Lucky Brand • $45.15
A New Day Women’s Bridget Mod Booties • $34.99

The Long and Short of It

Today I have two new dresses to share with you. The best part? They are both adorable and super affordable. That’s because I bought them both online from Shein. I’ve shared some pieces I’ve purchased from them before here on the blog. It’s worth noting that I love buying trendy pieces that don’t break the bank while I don’t mind spending a little more on pieces I’ll wear for more than one season. Are you like that? Then check out Shein! So one dress is kinda long and the other is super short, at least by my standards. Without further adieu I give you the long and short of it!

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If you haven’t noticed I have an affinity for all things gingham and wine lately. I really need to quit because it’s almost full on addiction requiring a 12 step program. My name is Kellyann and I am addicted to wine and gingham. Ok, the first part of that sentence actually could qualify me for a 12 step program but I digress.

This dress is only $15 and comes in 4 colors! Of course I chose wine. Take a look at the sleeves though! Seriously, so pretty! I ordered a medium, should have gotten a small but I think I like it a little bigger and a little longer. With a dress that’s loose like this one I like boots that hug my legs. Loose boots look schlumpy with something so loose fitting.

Dress number 2 is only $14 and comes in blue or black gingham. I ordered a medium in it and you can see how short it is. Even though it’s short on me I decided to keep it as well. I am obsessed with the sleeves and of course the gingham print. It’s lightweight so I can wear it all year, it will be perfect with sandals!

This leopard clutch is divine and under $40! If you buy one accessory this year make it this one, you’ll wear it with everything. The quality is magnificent and the price can’t be beat.  It holds a lot too – it’s a fold over clutch so there’s plenty of room for everything your heart desires!

Thinking of ordering from Shein? Here are a few tips. Read the reviews on the items you are considering. Also check out the measurements and whip out the tape measure if needed. This has saved me from making mistakes a few times. All that said and yet I have two dresses in the same size that fit me differently. Sometimes that happens and in this case I am okay with it. Are you ready to give Shein a try?

Make this Friday a good one friends!

xo,

Kellyann

Shop accessories:
Chain-Link Statement Necklace • BaubleBar • $48
Women’s Baublebar Cosma Tassel Pendant Necklace • BaubleBar • $34.80
Women’s Baublebar Panthera Fringe Pendant Necklace • BaubleBar • $34.80
Women’s Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace • Kendra Scott • $80–90

Shop boots:
Women’s Nine West Carrara Knee High Pointy Toe Boot • Nine West • $83.96
Aerosoles Tax Record Tall Boots Women’s Shoes • Aerosoles • $159
Women’s Bp. Fab Nara Over The Knee Boot • BP • $89.95
Women’s Sam Edelman Camellia Tall Boot • Sam Edelman • $134.96
Women’s Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot • Steve Madden • $99.90

Thanksgiving Day Style

Perhaps it’s just me (influenced by the 86 degree weather) but it most certainly is hard to believe Thanksgiving Day is just 15 days from today.  Are your plans set?  How about your menu?  More importantly, what are you gonna wear?   Not sure yet?  No worries.  I have you covered.  Actually not just me but a whole team of fabulous bloggers!

I am planning to wear this beautiful new dress from Old Navy. Remember when I bought it a few weeks ago? It’s casual enough to be comfortable and not fussy but pretty enough for the occasion. I definitely won’t shy away from picture taking in this beauty.

For size reference I am wearing a medium. I chose to wear my peep toe booties because they are super comfortable and look great with the dress.

Way back in 1999 we hosted Thanksgiving and while I paid attention to the food and the table decor I completely ignored myself.  In fact, and I shudder when I think about it, I wore a light cream colored tee shirt and heather gray athletic shorts with sneakers!  Talk about blase!  When the pictures came back (because back then they had to be developed) I couldn’t believe how bad I looked! Ha!  Seriously, it was Nolan’s first Thanksgiving and I looked like I showed up to clean the house.  I made a vow to dress better.

Our plans always include eating with our family and extended family.  We’ve hosted up to 30 people at my house!  My sister sometimes hosts and I am hoping this year that we’ll be headed to her house – approximately 4 miles from mine!

The weather is usually pretty comfortable.  In the sun it’s super hot but as it sets it gets cooler.  The weather should definitely play a role in outfit selection.  There are few things worse than showing up dressed for the wrong temperature.  Thanksgiving should be about spending time with family and eating delicious food – not worrying about what you wear.  But take it from me, when you look back at those pictures you’ll want to love how you look!

I am thrilled to be participating in this multi-blogger holiday collaboration created by the energetic Ada .  In fact I was ecstatic when I received her email invitation! I am hoping you’ll enjoy the series and will take a minute to check out some of the other bloggers. We’ll be bringing you all kinds of holiday style inspiration over the next several weeks so please follow along!

 

Read on to see everyone’s Thanksgiving plans and stop by these fabulous ladies’ blogs, today, also.
Michelle: “On Thanksgiving, it’s all about food, family & comfort! Adding a vest to jeans & a blouse is the perfect way to make a casual outfit appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner!”
 
Chrissy: “Every year our family of six hops in our minivan and travels to central Illinois to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. I chose this outfit because I love the colors, as well as the reminder to be thankful.”
 
Kristin: “Living overseas makes it hard to be home for Thanksgiving, so this year my husband and I will attend a casual Friendsgiving. This red flannel has been in my closet FOREVER and I love it for Thanksgiving because it’s as traditionally ‘fall’ as you can get!”
 
Shelbee: “This year for Thanksgiving, we are joining our best friends at their house and decided we might want to dress up just for the fun of dressing up.  I chose a black knit long sleeve dress with lots of stretch to accommodate for food intake.  My favorite red paisley blazer to add some color and tall black boots with a modest heel.  A statement necklace completes the outfit.  Comfortable, chic, and fun!”
 
Monica: “Hey y’all!  The Thanksgiving holiday will be here sooner than we think!  I wanted to show one of the many outfits that I’ll be choosing from on Thanksgiving.  Over the past few years I’ve loved the whole casual vibes for Thanksgiving.  I also make sure to find outfit that will hide the food baby I’ll have after eating on Thanksgiving!  Since the fiance and I go to two different places on Thanksgiving we eat double.  With that being said, I love this top because the sleeves are such a statement that no one will be looking at your stomach.  Plus, it’s a super cute top.  The pants are really comfy and have stretch to them, so you won’t have to worry about your pants not being able to expand, these will expand with you lol.  Check out more looks like this one on my blog Jersey Girl, Texan Heart.  As always, thank you to Ada for hosting this awesome collab!​”
 
Linda: “ I love dressing up but I always need to be comfortable enough to serve and get everything ready for our guests. This Old Navy Tunic is a fav that can be dressed up or down at will.  With fun leggings and OTK boots I am fall appropriate.  Adding the pearls seemed to dress it up slightly.”
 
Lee: “Hi, I’m Lee and my blog is Wine & Couture.  This year I am hosting, for the first time, Thanksgiving Dinner at my home.  I am excited to decorate and have family over to share good food with.”
 
Kellyann: “Our Thanksgiving plans include dinner with our family.  We usually eat outside and don’t expect cold weather so this dress and booties are perfect!”
 
Ada: “My Thanksgiving plans are laid-back. Some of my family members work till the afternoon. But we will get together, have a bigger meal than usual, talk, drink coffee and love on each-other. I chose a semi-dressy outfit this year consisting of a thick, brick-red skirt (it has the cutest pockets) with a forest green+navy plaid shirt and some fun sparkly white booties to glam it up. Also, I chose a long coatigan (cardigan sweater) as a topper.”
 
Whitney: “This year I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and boyfriend at my sister’s new home in Colorado Springs.  I usually want to be comfortable (obviously) but a little bit dressed-up and festive, so this year I’m wearing an on trend velvet top in fall colors.”
Jennie: “We are looking forward to having our four sons, daughter-in-law, and dogs together under one roof again for Thanksgiving! My autumnal colored shift dress is not only stylish with its bell sleeves, but also works well with leggings for a comfortable look that will disquise my holiday food baby!”

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Kellyann

Faux Leather Leggings

Nordstrom is having their Fall sale and it ends on the 12th. While there are lots of goodies to shop today I want to be extremely bossy and tell you to stop what you’re doing and get these faux leather leggings that are now only $18.90! I bought them last year and love them! The funny thing is I was super excited that I got them for the regular price of $29. I wore them all last Winter – to cocktail parties, dinner out, shopping, etc.. They run a little big, I bought them in an XS.

I wore them yesterday to the movies with slip on sneakers, a tee, and a gingham shirt over top.  Casual and comfortable!
By changing my top and adding my open toe booties and my favorite clutch I am ready for anything!

For fun here’s a little throwback to how I wore them to work last January when it was actually cold:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what I love about them. They are so comfortable and the fabric is breathable. I have tried faux leather leggings in the past and they were so hot – seriously sweltering. I felt like I was wrapped in a Ziploc bag and thrown in the microwave! But my friends these are the complete opposite.

Another reason to get these now is because they are so versatile. You can dress them up with heels or down with slip on sneakers and all things in between.  You’ll be seeing these again from me for sure!

You can’t afford to miss out on these faux leather leggings. They’ll be great for the holidays!

I kept this short and sweet so you can shop, now get to it!

xo,
Kellyann

Wondering what to wear on top? Check these out:
Women’s Caslon Long Sleeve Side Tie Tee • Caslon • $23.40
Women’s Bobeau Double Ruffle Sleeve Top • Bobeau • $29.40
Women’s Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top • Gibson • $49
Women’s Leith Bell Sleeve Top • Leith • $26.98
Women’s Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top • Gibson • $32.83
Women’s Free People Londontown Thermal Tee • Free People • $40.80
Women’s Bobeau Butter High/low Top • Bobeau • $42

Cutting the Mustard

To reach the required standards; come up to expectations. Why that’s what the old saying “cutting the mustard” means. Have you heard it before? It’s what popped into my head when I started planning this post. Mustard is one of those colors that not everyone can wear, or can they? I’ll be the first to admit it is not a color I reach for any other time of the year but Fall. My coloring doesn’t lend well to having it up near my face but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it layered as a cardigan or as pants.

Last week we were fortunate to have a few days of cool temperatures so I busted out my old mustard cardigan. I have had this cardigan for several years now. In the past I’ve worn it with my blue and white gingham blouse and I loved the way it looked. When I wore it last week (a day I was obviously going rogue as far as the common thread challenge goes) I decided to keep the blouse simple and add color with my pants and scarf. The colors in the scarf work better close to my face than the color of the cardigan. You might wonder why I’d even want a cardigan in a color that isn’t flattering on me. There probably isn’t a really good answer except it looks good with so many other colors and just kind of screams Fall to me.If you are wondering what to pair mustard with just think of how it appears in nature; the color of the leaves and other greenery for starters. Mustard also pairs nicely with leopard, but then again doesn’t everything pair nicely with leopard? Why yes, yes it does! Did you notice my favorite leopard cuff? I think an infinity scarf is always a good idea- no fuss, no muss, they style themselves!
Well friends, that about does it for me today. We are nearing the finish line of our kitchen renovation and these last few steps have been the hardest. We had the interior of our home painted and replaced the tile around our fireplace. Every room in the house has been disturbed by this process so there is literally no clean, neat organized space and it is driving me CRAZY! Thank goodness we shot these photos last week! I am hoping to share photos of all of this madness soon, it really is coming together beautifully and I am extremely grateful that we’re doing this!

Make it a great weekend friends!

xo,
Kellyann

Shop similar pieces:
Tall Leggings in Sateen Five Pocket in Marisa Fit • LOFT • $59.99–69.50
Skinny Brushed Corduroy Pants in Curvy • LOFT • $59.50
Skinny Sanded Sateen Cargo Pants • LOFT • $79.50
Classic Boyfriend Cardigan • LOFT • $49.50
Pointelle Open Cardigan • LOFT • $59.50
Plaid Infinity Scarf • LOFT • $39.50
Junior Women’s Bp. ‘Heritage’ Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $24
Women’s Bp. Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $19
Women’s Bp. Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $19

Common Threads Wrap Up

Well, I did it.  Like Sinatra, my way, but I did it.  I have never participated in a style challenge before so this was a big deal for me.  Incorporating the same 5 pieces into each outfit worn for a month seemed pretty reasonable unlike other challenges that are more restrictive.  I know I am not cut out to ever do a capsule wardrobe, I am way too much of a mood dresser for that business!  Here’s a little recap of the last few days of the challenge!

I wore this on Friday shopping during the day and then out for happy hour with friends. The temperature was actually cool enough all day to keep the scarf on. A cargo vest is the perfect piece to add a little extra style to an otherwise plain outfit. Personally I love wearing mine because it hides back fat! Yup, I said it. If I’m wearing a tee or other knit top it’s pretty much a guarantee that there will be some type of bulge near my bra straps, the vest takes care of that! I have been chomping at the bit to wear my new camo scarf (similar). My skinny jeans and open toe booties kept me comfortable all day and night!
On Saturday night we went to dinner with Nolan and his girlfriend and then to our nephew’s annual haunt. The haunt did not disappoint and as always I am impressed by the creativity of these young people. I tried a selfie in our kitchen and then had to take a bathroom selfie of my ensemble du jour!  Hopefully you get the idea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose my skinny cargo pants. It was warmer Saturday night and rainy so I chose an OTS top and this stacked stone necklace.

Sunday we said goodbye to Nolan – boo! Another cool front blew in so I was able to bundle up (Florida style – ha!) for an afternoon of grocery shopping and lunch out at the gas station! Yes, you read that right we picked up subs from Wawa. I had never had their subs before but they were good and we’re fancy like that! While the venue for our lunch date wasn’t a winner (necessarily) I thought my outfit was!  Sticking with the challenge I wore my gingham bell sleeve top from Loft but this time I wore it with a black duster and jeans. I loved the result and wearing the top layered like this kept me warm.

Monday meant back to work and another chance to wear my new camo scarf (similar). This time with my cargo pants, a blush colored button up shirt, booties, and a shearling vest. By most standards it wouldn’t be necessary to whip out a shearling vest but once it dips below 75 it’s fare game for all outerwear. We’re all like, “Hey, it’s freezing, let’s light a fire! Turn on the seat warmers, crank up the electric blanket!” Not even kidding! I’ve come to the conclusion our homes are not insulated properly. I should also add I am not complaining because I LOVE it cold!!!!!

So that’s it friends. How I ended October with the Common Threads Challenge. While it was fun mixing and matching my 5 pieces I am ready to move on and retire them for a bit. How about you? Would you ever commit to a clothing challenge?

Thanks for stopping by, I am looking forward to seeing you back here on Friday! Until then, make it a great one!
xo,
Kellyann

Shop similar pieces here:
Women’s Lucky Brand Bremma Bootie • Lucky Brand • $99.95
Women’s Toms Deia Zip Bootie • Toms • $73.46
Double Zero Tan Shearling Vest • Double Zero • $39
Faux Shearling Vest • Saks Fifth Avenue • $69.99
Marc New York Long Sleeve Hooded Duster • Andrew Marc • $39.97
FOREVER 21 Jersey Knit Draped Duster Cardigan • Forever 21 • $12

Shop With Me

Welcome to the last Monday of October and with it the promise of a fresh start for a new week.  For me, after a long weekend, I am hoping to return to work refreshed.  My weekend was a wonderful one with our oldest home from school, a little shopping, happy hour with our best friends, and family time.  Our kitchen reno is nearing the finish line too.  Today the painter comes to begin painting the interior of our home, tomorrow appliances arrive, and possibly granite at the end of the week.  We still have cabinetry to be delivered but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your kindness, I appreciate the supportive comments from this community.  What started as a fashion/style blog has become a place to share and connect and the experience has been cathartic.  Thank you, for real!

On Friday I made my way to Old Navy.  I had placed an online order a few weeks ago and unfortunately everything I ordered was TOO SMALL.  In fact, the three dresses I ordered were so short and tight I felt like the Hulk in them.  While vanity sizing is alive and well at some retailers, I’m lookin’ at you Loft, at Old Navy the reality hit me like a smack in the face.  This right here?  Is the reason one should NEVER let the number on a clothing tag dictate self worth.

Seems I was mostly dress obsessed at Old Navy, take a look at what I tried on. Although I wasn’t really looking for a jacket I could hardly pass up this one. I wanted the cognac color but they didn’t have it in my size so I tried the wine color in a medium. It was too big. It is perfect for my climate so later that day I stopped in another Old Navy and found it! Score! It’s a bit pricey by my Old Navy standards but I did have $20 of Super Cash which made it more affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dress was such a disappointment. I tried it on in both a small and a medium and they were equally horrible. Bottom line this cut is not for my body type. However, the dress is lined and seems well made, and it should be because the price tag said $54! Whaaaaat? Hello, Old Navy, yeah, $54 is unacceptable for a polyester dress even if it is lined. Please adjust the price accordingly, if I’m paying $54 for a dress I better not be standing on a cement floor in the fitting room. For $54 I better be at Gap or Banana with carpeting and higher quality hangers, just sayin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the cut of this dress. I’m wearing a medium. Wear it now with sandals or booties and when it gets cooler with boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparently I not only enjoy drinking wine I like wearing it as well. This dress is versatile and flattering. I look forward to wearing it for Fall and Winter with boots and scarves. I think a long cardigan or duster would be great too – stay tuned! I am wearing a medium.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next dress was one I had originally ordered in solid black in a small. It was way too short! In my store I couldn’t find a solid black so I ended up getting the black floral in a medium. I love the bright colors and the cut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My love for plaid shirts in pretty colors runs deep and I love this style from Old Navy. The shirts are soft, relaxed fit, and wash well. I was drawn to the colors in this one, it’s green and has a hot pink stripe running through it. Again, I am wearing a medium. LOVE this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally I tried on a pair of french terry joggers in heather grey, size medium. Although I didn’t buy them that day I’ll be back to get them. See? I show some restraint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw lots of other goodies at Old Navy but for some reason I was on the hunt for Fall dresses. If you’re in the market for dresses I highly suggest you take a look. Thanks for coming along with me and I hope you found my experience helpful. I always find it more helpful to see clothes on real women rather than the models online.
On Wednesday I’ll be back with a wrap up post on the Common Threads Challenge. Can you believe it will be November 1? Oh my word, the year is coming quickly to a close. The good news? So is this post! See ya Wednesday friends and as always thank you for stopping by. I am participating in some link ups – check the top right corner on this page to see where and with who!
xo,
Kellyann