Trying too Hard?

There are so many sales going on right now and if you’re like me you are finding them hard to resist. It’s so tempting though, you see something you like and the sale price is a fraction of the original cost. In the past I’ve been known to buy something just because it was a good deal; sometimes unsure of how I’d wear it but I’d tell myself for the cost it would be worth it. Whether or not it looked good on me or worked with other pieces in my wardrobe was irrelevant – I left the store knowing I got a good deal and that’s all that mattered. Eventually many of these pieces ended up in my donate pile. Leaving me to wonder, am I trying too hard to make sale pieces work?

A few weeks ago when Loft ran a huge sale I purchased two pieces. I purchased a blouse and an off the shoulder sweater. The blouse was something I had looked at a few times so when the price dropped I could hardly say no. The off the shoulder sweater was another piece I wanted to add to my closet. I couldn’t wait for them to arrive! When they finally did arrive I was unsure about them and once again found myself asking, “Am I trying too hard?”

First up the blouse. I love the color, the fabric, the fit, and of course the price. It was originally $69 and I paid $20! Whaaaat?? Crazy good sale.But now that I’m working from home I’m wondering if I need a nice blouse like this regardless of the price. The sleeves are gorgeous but dang those are some big bells! When I have it on I feel like I’m holding pom poms – ya know, I’m finally a cheerleader (I never made the squad btw)!Here’s why I’m thinking of keeping it though: even though it’s on the dressy side and my life has taken a much more casual turn, it looks good with denim. So it is versatile – I can dress it up or down. I am wearing it with denim leggings by Hue. Super comfortable! My open toe booties work in my warm climate but if it were just a little cooler I’d wear regular booties. So the big bells stay! At least I think!

The off the shoulder sweater was a different story. When I tried it on I immediately started sweating. It’s pretty warm! My immediate thought was no way but now I’m starting to warm up to it (hahahaha).  Maybe because we’ve had a few cooler days, maybe because I’m too lazy to take it back, maybe because it was only $20. Not sure, am I trying too hard to convince myself to keep it? I’ll admit I actually like it in the photos. It works fine with my leggings and as long as it’s cool outside it’s comfortable. I guess I’m on the fence about the stripes – are they weird? I love stripes but they don’t always look so good on me.This is why I never get rid of receipts nor cut tags off of clothing until I actually wear it. I change my mind!
So help me decide, do they stay or do they go? Am I trying too hard? Do you see my little dog Sophie in the photos? Random, I know. What can I say? Perhaps I need more help than just making clothing decisions?
Thanks for stopping by friends, I’ll see you back here on Friday!

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XO,
Kellyann

56 Comments

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks Nancy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      Thank you Maria! Bell sleeves are everywhere and most of the time I have no problem with them, these seem a little large. Could be an issue as I’m not the most graceful gal, lol! Best of luck with your red dress, I hope you love it!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  1. January 17, 2018 / 6:46 am

    I agree…I don’t know what it is about a fabulous sale price that reels us in. I’ve done the same thing, pick something up on crazy sale then turn around and donate it because I was too lazy to return it. I have gotten a little better about it though. Both pieces are pretty, but if you don’t love them I say take them back and get something you do love.
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Yes Debbie, so right. My lifestyle has changed with my job change. I just need my mind to get on board with the more casual, laid back vibe. I am a girl who loves to get dressed up!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. Cathy
    January 17, 2018 / 6:54 am

    I love both on you but if the sweater is too warm, send it back💕💕💕

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks Cathy! You’re right!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. Jaymie Ashcraft
    January 17, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I really like the pink top!!! The sleeves are so fun!!
    Jaymie

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks Jaymie, they are fun but soooooo big!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. Andrea
    January 17, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Beautiful pieces you’ve picked. I have ordered from the Loft sale 3 times and have loved almost everything. It looks like The Loft exploded in my closet but man, they have some really good deals…I am with you, so hard to resist!! Both tops are so beautiful on you, the color of her first one is so pretty and the softness of the sweater is so cozy and elegant! YOU are a BABE I tell ya, have a GREAT day!

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      You’re so sweet Andrea! I have had to just step away from the Loft sales – they are killing me! And then of course all the other stores are getting new clothes too. Oh man, I need to win the Lotto!!!Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. Dawn
    January 17, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Kellyann,
    Keep the pink top. The color is wonderful on you. Good luck with your new career.
    Dawn

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks Dawn! I do love the pink top! Thanks for the well wishes with the new career path!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. Connie D Martin
    January 17, 2018 / 9:23 am

    They pieces look beautiful on you. My first thought was “keep them.” But knowing you live in a warmer climate does make it a harder choice. Have you tried wearing a light weight vest over the bell sleeve blouse for a more casual look which might fit into your lifestyle? It is just a curious thought.

    Whatever your choice, rest assured they both look wonderful on you. And just like you. I am guilty of making purchases simply because I could not resist the great price. Isn’t it funny how there is so much more to worry about this year besides the dramatic changing weather, it is all the wonderful sales going on!!!!!!!,,,,

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Oh yes Connie, the sales seem to keep January from becoming too depressing with the crazy weather and the let down that the holidays are over! Adding a vest to the pink blouse is a great idea! I appreciate your comment!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  7. January 17, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Both pieces are so cute, but I understand what you are saying about the need and the heat! 🙂

    I don’t work outside the home but regularly give in to the great sales online at Loft. I have quite a few nice blouses and there’s just no need. My lifestyle is more like, “Hey I look great in this long sleeve tshirt.”. They just aren’t as fun though!

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      Yup Stacey, seems like you and I are in the same boat! I’ll need to adjust my focus or I’ll have a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. January 17, 2018 / 9:37 am

    The bell sleeved top is my favorite and I laughed at your pom pom comment.
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks Laura, glad I could make you laugh!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. January 17, 2018 / 9:48 am

    I have had a major wardrobe shift now that I’m not in the classroom—sooo many pieces just aren’t practical anymore. It’s kinda sad but also exciting for my denim who get a new life!
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Yes Deena, that is exactly where I am! I’ll be wearing more denim but I have a closet full of clothes I just can’t see myself wearing any longer. I’ll give it a few months and then re-evaluate. I may be headed towards a major overhaul of the closet!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  10. January 17, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Both of these tops are super cute on you, and you really got a great deal on them. That pink top would be so perfect for a Valentine’s date night! I love a good sale especially at the loft.
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Loft is always having a great sale, they’re killing any ideas I had of not spending in January, lol!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. jodie
    January 17, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I definitely love the pink blouse and I bet you’ll get a ton of wear from it, Kellyann. I always look at pieces and think how I could change them if the styles change. And I bet if/when the bell sleeves go away, you could just unseam that part of the sleeve and have a “normal” 3/4 length shirt!! That’s why I’d keep that one!!
    XOOX
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Well, Jodie, if I was giving an “Innovative Thinking” award today you’d be the recipient! I hadn’t thought of that but what a spectacular idea! I’ll need to remember that for all of the rest of my bell sleeves. Someday they’ll be out of style and what a great way to add new life to an old piece!
      Happy Wednesday!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks Carrie! Yes, open toe booties would be great for you in the Spring! I’ll bet you can find a heck of a deal now.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  12. January 17, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    Okay friend…you asked so here’s my opinion. Take the bell sleeves back. YES, it’s gorgeous and looks beautiful on, but how often will you get to wear it (and honestly, I’m hoping bell sleeves are going to go away before next winter) I love bell sleeves, but they draaag through everything you reach for and are a pain. (not that it stops me from wearing them. lol) I love the sweater and I think you’d get more use out of it. You could wear it just to sit around the house and work and feel pretty doing it. I bet now you’re even more confused than you were before. YES, we are definitely twins separated at birth. How many times to I wear things out with tags still intact? Most of the time. HAHAHA! Hope you are having the best week. Can you believe it’s already Wednesday???? Love ya’ girl! XO
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      You are right! The problem with wearing it around the house is those dang sleeves – I tend to have my hands in the sink and the washing machine so they’d get in the way! I appreciate your feedback – just what I needed to hear.
      Heck yes to Wednesday, why can’t Monday be a holiday every week??? Lol
      xo,
      Kellyann

  13. January 17, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I like the bell sleeved blouse! It’s really fun! The off the shoulder sweater is cute too! I tend to avoid those though just because strapless bras aren’t fun to wear and the constant adjusting isn’t practical for my life right now.
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Thanks Laura! Yes, you’re right strapless bras are not always easy. That’s another negative for the sweater that I hadn’t even considered.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  14. January 17, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    You are surely the most gorgeous beauty this side of the Pecos and BOTH outfits are KEEPERS. End of. Love your cheerleader bit, but rara pompoms are not where those sleeves are at! BTW I would have chosen you for the team! Get what you mean about the trying too hard bit, I think we’re all guilty of having done that at some time, we need to discipline ourselves to ask questions of the garment with an objective head. Hugs, hun, x. P.s. are you hiding bra straps under your hair in the bardot? That’s what I do :-).
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    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Well you are certainly good for my ego sista! Nope, not hiding bra straps, wearing a strapless bra that does some major lifting! I’ll probably end up keeping both but I am hoping to develop a little more wisdom when it comes to making good shopping choices. Of course that’s a work in progress. Thanks so much sweet friend!
      Hugs!
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

  15. Connie K
    January 17, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I think both look great! May I ask a personal question? What brand strapless bra do you wear? I’m large busted and I would love to wear off the shoulder but I haven’t found the right bra. Thanks!

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      I’m laughing Connie because there was a part of me thinking maybe I should talk about my bra???!!! No question too personal when you share your life on the internet, lol. Mine is from Nordstrom and the brand is Chantelle. I am wearing a 34 DDD. I went there last Summer and had them fit me. I hope that helps!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 18, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks Carrie! I do love the color of the blouse and the sleeves are really something!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  16. January 18, 2018 / 2:25 am

    I think they both look great on you. I have a love/hate relationship with bell sleeves, and have been known to bind them up with a rubber band when I’m at the computer or in the kitchen :). I should share that as a real life hack – ha ha! I have a different take on the work at home wardrobe, since I’ve been doing it for so long. Get dressed up a few days a week, even if it’s just for yourself! I used to wear sweats every day because I figured no one was going to see me. But I missed all my clothes, and I feel so much better when I dress up a little bit!
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    • Kellyann
      January 18, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      Lana, you are reading my mind! I think I am going to dress up a few days a week just for me! I think it helps me feel more professional, especially when I have to call parents. I’m also afraid if i wear sweatpants everyday I’ll gain weight and then I won’t be able to zip my real pants – ha!
      Yes, you should totally share your real life hack with banding the bell sleeves!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  17. Diane
    January 18, 2018 / 9:49 am

    I LOVE the striped sweater! BUT, to me it has more of a classic look while the bell/flared sleeves are something I would tire of easily… bell sleeves would end up in the back of my closet after a few wears. However, the striped one being off the shoulder would be a problem for me since I have never found a strapless bra that stays up. LOL

    • Kellyann
      January 18, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks for weighing in Diane. This is such a tough call. I don’t always love wearing a strapless bra but I did find a good one from Nordstrom last year – it’s made by Chantelle, have you ever tried that brand? I am leaning towards bringing them both back but I sure do love the pink top so I may shed a tear! Someone suggested I keep the pink one and when bell sleeves become a no-no I could have the sleeves cut off and make it a 3/4 sleeve blouse! Kind of a cool idea!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  18. January 19, 2018 / 4:45 am

    I’ve made sale mistakes too but this year bought just classics as investment pieces. I think a question is how long are bell sleeves here for and will you get 20 dollars wear in that time. However fun pieces like this that aren’t going to hang around are best bought in the sales. Will those sleeves annoy you? Can you eat in them or cook in them or clean the toilet in them. I have a blouse with them and use elastic bands to hold the sleeves up but even then would only wear it for drinks with friends and not food.

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    • Kellyann
      January 19, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Oh Anna, I had pretty much convinced myself I was going to keep the blouse but you have raised some good questions. The answer to all of which is “no”! I should return the darn thing. I got a good tip about having the sleeves hemmed once the bell trend goes out of style but I’ll need to put it on again and see if it’s only a blouse for sitting in – ha!
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  19. January 19, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I’m sure those sleeves would get in the way for me and I keep wondering if that trend will end. I don’t want too many of those hanging in my closet when it does. I have to ask myself for anything- can I wear it three ways, right now with everything else in the closet and then what is the cost per wear? If I wear a $20 shirt once, and a $40 shirt, twice, they cost the same in my book. I used to buy stuff just because it was on clearance, but now I’m willing to pay a little more if I know I will actually wear it.

    • Kellyann
      January 19, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      You are so right Fonda. Jodie gave me a good suggestion the other day about getting the sleeves hemmed when the bell trend dies out. Pretty genius! With my job change my shopping habits will change too, hopefully I can start making wiser choices.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  20. January 19, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I’m so with you on all those sales! I keep saying I’m going to have a cash jar just for the end of the year savings. Maybe this is the year to get it started! I like both the bell sleeve top and the sweater on you! And I understand that it’s difficult to invest in more dressy things when most days you need to be casual. That’s where I live and I truly believe the blog keeps me somewhat balanced – that and church. Now if your sweater is too hot for the climate you live…go ahead send it back. You know you’ll find lots of other cute options! Man, it does look cute on you though. Anyway, I struggle with trying to hard as well and I give you full permission to call me out it looks like I am! Have a fabulous weekend Kellyann…prayed for you and your job transition this morning! 🙂
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    • Kellyann
      January 19, 2018 / 4:20 pm

      Oh Chrissy – THANK YOU for the prayers sweet friend! I feel them, let me tell you. I have felt God’s presence in every single step of this journey from the beginning in fact. I almost didn’t even apply, but I am loving every minute of it and I feel so much more peace. It’s incredible.
      Now back to the superficial – ha- I think I am going to try to “dress up” a few days a week so I can feel put together and professional. We used to go to church on Saturday nights and it’s super casual but we have decided to change to Sundays so I can possibly get a little more dressed for that. In all honesty Florida is pretty casual.
      I think I am going to return the sweater but I may keep the blouse, I do love it!
      Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 21, 2018 / 6:59 pm

      Oh yes, not just anyone can wear open toe booties in the Winter! Ha!
      Thanks for the link up Patti!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  21. January 22, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    KellyAnn I LOVE that striped sweater!! I need it in my life and closet, haha! We’d love for you to join our link up today!

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    • Kellyann
      January 22, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Adriele!!! Ugh, I started working early today, I’m headed to link up with you!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  22. January 23, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Kellyann, that pink blouse is superb! And it honestly screams your name. That sweater is pretty great, too. I actually have not purchased a single thing in the New Year. I know we are only a few weeks in but that is really great for me. I can’t say it was an exercise of self-restraint as much as it was a lack of funds, but still! I have so much in my closet that I have yet to wear once, so I will be shopping my closet for a while (plus I do still receive gifted items which satisfies my shopping urges). Great post, my friend!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge!

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    • Kellyann
      January 23, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks friend! Listen, if I was receiving gifted items I wouldn’t be spending ANY money! Honestly now that I am working from home I don’t need anything which can be a potential problem with the blog. I decided to return the sweater and I’m keeping the blouse (I think) ha! I love it and it is so me but I’m gonna have to force myself to wear it.
      Thanks for making my day!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  23. January 25, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Hi Kellyann!
    first, i love your peep toe shoes! I am getting a pair of taupe shoes for spring. I love the neutral and they go with everything. I know what you mean about the sales, and i have restrained myself, as i really need Spring stuff. I did buy a coat for $75 on Mango that i couldnt resist.. but thats it. LOVE the pink top. i have a few shirts like this with the large sleeves and I also am at home . I just buy what i like and will wear them out when we go for drinks. I have been careful in my purchases as I feel like buying quality over quantity and have gotten rid of bags of stuff to Goodwill, leaving clothes i know i wear in my closet. i say keep the pink:-)
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
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    • Kellyann
      January 25, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks Jess! Great news, I decided to keep the pink! I do love it and the quality is so good. I am just going to make myself wear it, I just couldn’t bear to return it. In fact I bought some camo pants and it looks great with them, giving me a more casual way to wear it. My desire to shop smartly is a work in progress!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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