The Shopping Bag Lately

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends! I know it is often referred to as a Hallmark holiday but I hope you’ll still do something fun and sweet. It’s a nice diversion from everyday life and what’s not to love about a holiday that focuses on love and sweet treats! So enjoy the ones you love today and everyday!

You may be thinking bloggers buy things all the time, right? I know I sure think that way and if you ask my husband he’d say I live that way as well, whatever. I thought it might be nice to see what I bought recently – like in the last week!

My love for Old Navy runs deep. From time to time I hear people say their clothes don’t last long and they don’t fit women’s bodies properly. To that I say I have purchased a number of tops from other retailers that bloggers link to all the time – not naming any Names (subtle, yes? that haven’t worn well either. Small holes in tops or items shrinking and I know I paid more than I would at Old Navy. On top of that I’m pretty obsessed with Old Navy denim.

Shopping online seems a lot easier to me because I don’t have hunt for my size and I love trying things on at home. Turns out that’s a bad habit of mine – buying in store without trying on first – it results in lots of returns on my part. I found some cute tops I couldn’t bear to pass up so in my cart they went and on my doorstep they arrived! Take a look!

Gosh I love this gingham shirt! First of all, gingham, hello, one of my absolute favorite patterns and second it has a cute heart on it! It’s also a good weight of cotton- not too sturdy but not paper thin either. I ordered a small, it doesn’t fit me well so back it will go but a tear may be shed if they don’t have a medium. It appears to be sold out online so I’m mentally preparing myself to say goodbye…

I only wore it for picture purposes so you can see the price tag dangling under the arm. Yes, my husband called me Minnie Pearl because, mmmm hmmm hysterical. I’d love to see them add more colors for Spring! Hello, hot pink! I wore my white denim because I just love how crisp and fresh navy and white look together!
This next top I bought in 2 colors yet only photographed one. It’s a lightweight jersey material that does not wrinkle and is so comfortable! The blue with white stripes will look great with all kinds of colors like pink, red, olive, and of course white. I also ordered it in white with a black stripe to replace a top with a hole in it from you kNow where. P.S. I’m totally not bashing the store just saying that because something costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. The bell sleeve is cute and basically gives what would normally be a plain tee a little sass! This top would be great casually or dressed up for work. Take another look!
My favorite piece from this order is this long cardi . Old Navy long cardis are the best for gals like me living on the sun. They’re lightweight and wear well, you also can’t beat the price!
You may not have known this but Old Navy and Gap offer free returns too – you just need to print the label. I’ll return my gingham shirt in the store so I can hopefully find a medium. I may return the blue and white striped top as well because I really only need the white one but I’m not sure right now.
In addition to the Old Navy order, I stopped in TJ Maxx last week. Big mistake. I left $100 later. What brought me in? I was looking for Valentine’s gifts. Here’s what I got:
The rationale behind these choices: the white shirt is a replacement for one I’ve had for years. The blue pants are something I’ve been looking for, I love the color and they’ll go with a lot of tops I own. Of course I didn’t try them on and they are too small so they’ll be going back. The sneakers were a great deal at $34.99 and they are soooooooo comfortable!
I did find a Valentine’s gift for Collin, he needed a water bottle for school. So he’ll get this, some candy, and a little spending money. We don’t do a lot for our boys for Valentine’s just a little something. I did send a box last week to Nolan and his roommates with candy, homemade crack brownies (recipe here), and decorations for them to have fun with because they are crazy silly. I’ll leave you with a picture of one of Nolan’s roommates thanking me for the package! Now isn’t that a nice way to end a post on Valentine’s Day – you are loved!

XO,
Kellyann

41 Comments

  1. February 14, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Ooh this was a fun post!! And I wonder if I can guess the Name of retailer you didn’t name…rhymes with fordstrom? If so, I have had the same experience. I pay more but don’t really feel like I’m getting more. I do shop there on occasion but I just don’t love it as much as others for many of the same reasons you’ve said. Hope you’re able to get the gingham shirt in the size you want. And that striped cardi- LOVE!!! Adding that one to my wishlist!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 9:24 am

      Thanks Gina! Yup, you guessed it! I love a lot of things about that retailer but it’s not the be all end all for me! I wish the striped cardi came in some other other colors. Although looking at what I’ve been buying it seems I’m on a blue binge!
      I appreciate your comment so much!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. Andrea Nine
    February 14, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Awww such a sweet mama! Yep, boys were thrilled to get the care packages. LOVING your cute finds! Blue is such a great color and that gingham will be so versatile! Hope some extra sweetness comes your way today my gorgeous friend! Fingers crossed they have a medium. Do you get the cardis there in small or medium? I need some new longer ones, love the large stripe! Have the sweetest heart day you beauty!

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Thanks my darling friend!!! I get the cardis in small and yes, I am hoping they have the shirt in medium but I may have waited too long! I’m so lazy lately, lol!
      I’m sure Mr. Nine has some wonderful goodies up his sleeve for you! Have a LOVEly day!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. February 14, 2018 / 10:05 am

    I love everything you show today! It all is perfect for spring transitioning! Happy Valentine’s Day! Cheryl

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! It certainly feels like late Spring here, our temps are in the 80s, crazy for the middle of February!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. jodie
    February 14, 2018 / 10:18 am

    We need to get together and go shopping together, Kellyann!! You find the best items!!
    Happy Valentines Day
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Yes Jodie that would be FUN! I always love what you’re wearing. Of course your mom and her fabulous sewing skills certainly play a role in your marvelous stylings!!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Oh thanks Courtney! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks Whitney! White jeans can be tough but lately there have been some really good ones, especially now that the higher rise is back- if I never see a muffin top again it will be too soon, ha! I hope you find some you like!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. February 14, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Oh keep the striped top! It looks so good on you! and those sneakers are fabulous, I would love to have them too!

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Nancy! The sneakers are so comfortable I swear I want to wear them everyday!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. Chrissy
    February 14, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Kellyann, you look beautiful in all these tops! I love how you styled each one from gingham to stripes girl, you’re doing it right! hahahah. I am so corny and I don’t care. Anyway, your boys are so blessed to call you mamma! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day my friend!

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Thank Chrissy, you are so sweet my friend! I am blessed to know you. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with all the love you deserve from those precious boys!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  7. February 14, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    You had me cracking up with all your refereNces to a certaiN store! πŸ˜‰ I agree though. Just because something costs more doesn’t mean better quality. I’ve found lots of great items at Target, Old Navy, and other stores for mere dollars! I love the striped cardigan! It’s such a great piece! I’ve been all about cardigans lately!
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    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks Laura! I have friends who refuse to buy anything at Old Navy or Target – isn’t that crazy? So silly. The stried cardigan is my favorite and I’ve already worn it once. I love long cardigans, they make everything better!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. February 14, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    I absolutely love gingham and pearls!!!

    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Deena!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. February 14, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you sweet friend! I love all of these tops and that striped cardigan is a definite must have! I swear by those aluminum bottles for keeping beverages er, wine cold! Have a great day!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod
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    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Blaire, I hope you all have a great day, you’re getting sushi, right? My son requested chicken parmesan and now the stinker isn’t even sure he’ll be home from volleyball practice and then robotics! Ugh!!! Yes, I love the cardi, already wore it once. Definitely a keeper.
      I know I’ll inherit this aluminum bottle from him – so it’s really a gift for me – hee hee, I am terrible!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  10. February 14, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Oh I was shopping alongside you in this post. Yes, I πŸ’Ÿ this post … but I πŸ’ž you more! See, you’re going all smashing-British and I’m going all Yee-ha Yankee Doodle! The cardi looks fantastic on you, please tell me it’s a keeper! Valentine’s hugs to you and Bri, xx
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    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Oh yes my love the cardi stays! I actually just got back from the store and I returned the gingham shirt and striped top as well as the blue pants to TJ Maxx. They didn’t have a larger size so boo! I do love the cardi though, it was my very favorite. It would be fun if you were actually shopping with me – maybe someday.
      Is Valentine’s Day another made up American holiday or do you smart Brits celebrate as well? If you do I hope you and TP go someplace fabulous for dinner and if not then I still hope you and TP go someplace fabulous for dinner, ha!
      Enjoy my love!!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. February 14, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I had to laugh at your post today! I buy from many places, including Gap and Nordstrom, but my latest love is Target! They are SO many cute things and have added some fun Target lines! Check them out, too. I love your gingham–hope you can get a replacement! My son is 25 and I still buy him a little something for V-day! Have a nice Valentine’s Day!
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    • Kellyann
      February 14, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks Darlene! I love Target!!! Wait till you see next Tuesday’s post – I got the best dress from clearance at Target and it is so well made! Target is really stepping up their game, the quality and selection rival higher priced retailers. I’m all about a bargain my friend!
      I think it’s sweet to give our grown up boys treats, I’ll probably keep doing it until their married, lol!
      Have a wonderful day!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  12. February 14, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. Where do I even begin. First you are the bombmom.com (whatever that isπŸ˜‚) I think this is the first year I haven’t done at least a little something for our kids. I’m soooooo lame. I’ll make up for it at Easter! Now let’s talk clothes. Love the gingham shirt. I didn’t think it looked to small, but I’ll trust you. (that’s big of me, right?) I didn’t realize ON and Gap had free online returns. Where have I been???? But I do try to return in store just to be nice…lol. The bell sleeve top is darling and oh my, the cardi is darling. I love you in navy. Hope you’ve had a great day sweet friend. Lots of love coming your way from the West Coast!!! XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      February 15, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! I always liked it when my mom had a little something waiting for us on V-day so I guess that’s what keeps me doing it for the boys.
      The gingham top was a little tight across the chest, I hate when shirts gape at the button across my chest and that’s what it did. When I went to the store yesterday of course they were out of them! Ugh! Please re-stock Old Navy, please!
      We had a nice V-day until we heard about the mass shooting in South Florida. Holy cow, this needs to stop. I am heartsick for those families. Terribly sad I’ll tell ya.
      Praying for a better day! Thanks so much sweet friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 15, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Thanks so much!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  13. February 15, 2018 / 1:42 am

    Oh how I love that gingham top! I can’t find it online or in the store but I’m hoping they restock it. I too love Old Navy and buy so many things there. I’m the same- I hate trying things on at the store, but then I end up having to go back for returns. This was a fun post and I love what you purchased!
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    • Kellyann
      February 15, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Thanks Lana,I hope they restock too. I returned it yesterday at the store and there was no sight of anything gingham – I was so bummed but also proud of myself for returning something I love because the fit wasn’t right. In the past I would have kept it and made it work! Ha, I’m no Tim Gunn!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  14. February 16, 2018 / 4:14 am

    Delightful to give Valentines gifts to your loved one’s and friends. x Love the outfits, white jeans are so welcoming – with the weather here being wet and windy I have to pick my days to wear them. Wore them the other day and my grandson was sick down them – he’d eaten spaghetti bolognaise!! Enough said. Jacqui
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    • Kellyann
      February 16, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Oh bless your sweet heart Jacqui! And your grandson’s too – that is terrible! I hope you’re able to get them cleaned. It’s so hot here at the moment that before long it will be too hot for long pants and it will be shorts and dresses only. Oh how I do not like the heat yet here I sit, oh well!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 16, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thanks Maria, I love gingham! My pearls are costume, I would love to have a strand of real ones too, what a wonderful gift that would be!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  15. February 16, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I love Old Navy ! They always have cute pieces not just for my girls but for me too! I love the gingham top for spring!

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  16. February 18, 2018 / 8:51 am

    I just love all the blue and white. It looks so crisp and clean. btw – I also purchased the little blue top with bell sleeves. Can’t wait to wear it!
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    • Kellyann
      February 18, 2018 / 9:27 am

      Thanks Carrie, there is just something about blue and white that really says Spring and Summer. Can’t wait to see how you wear your blue top!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  17. February 19, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Fun, I enjoyed seeing your cute buys for Spring. i am ready for it, as the bare trees and grey do nothing for me! love the striped top, really all of your choices look so good with white jeans. i bought a bunch of tops that i needed for Spring from ;loft during this weekend’s sale.
    you look great!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com
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    • Kellyann
      February 19, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Jess! It’s been so hot here lately (85 degrees) it’s almost too warm for anything but a dress. I’m hoping this heat wave ends soon and we get at least a few days that feel like Spring. Oh well, a girl can hope!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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