My Camo Fixation

I’m not sure why this was the year that I became really, really into camouflage prints.

Yes, they’re trendy now, but they’ve been trendy in the past and I’ve never succumbed.

And since I have not magically morphed into someone inclined to participate in activities such as hunting (ok, maybe urban hunting, which is shopping in my vocabulary), this predilection is entirely new.

It started with these pants:

I ordered these pants after spying them in a Nordstrom ad. The muted print is nice and surprisingly neutral. I’ve been wearing them at least twice per week since they arrived. Another blog suggested pairing them with a striped blue and white button down, which I think would look cute. I have two of those exact shirts, but both have idled in my to-be-drycleaned pile for too long to admit, so I’ve mostly been wearing the pants with a light pink or gray tee, sometimes with an oatmeal colored cotton sweater from the Gap. I haven’t paired them yet with the velvet bee mules. but seeing this picture above reminds me to try this soon.

Around the same time that I ordered the pants, I received notice that my next Stitch Fix was being styled, and I quickly added a request for camo bottoms. While there weren’t any available (which, in retrospect was good since I had these pants on order by the time I got the Fix), this jacket arrived instead:

This camo bomber has proven to be incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it a few times already as a light layer over my favorite Target find of the summer, this dress:

The fabric in the jacket is really soft (Tencel?) and I like the cute zippered pocket detail on the arm:

While two pieces of camo in my wardrobe would have sufficed, I also added these sweatpants:

Alas, these are now sold out, but the cute online boutique that sells them has a lot of other comfy lounge pants in stock.

My final two items were from my recent Gap splurge, where I had a bunch of Gap Cash that was burning a hole in my pocket.

 

I promise not to wear this all at once.

Tucker Dress Inspiration

Did you see this photo last week?

The title from Mashable says it all:

Insane wildfire photo perfectly sums up America in 2017

Golfing at the country club while the forest burns behind you. Yep.

And this is exactly how I felt about myself yesterday as I sat on the sofa shoveling ice cream into my mouth while remotely tracking two of my friends who were competing in the Ironman Wisconsin.

She just completed mile 62 of the bike portion? Wow! Slurp. Slurp.

Her half marathon time is better than mine, even after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112. Wow! She’s so amazing! Slurp. Slurp.

I was so impressed that two of my friends had done the work required for an Ironman and were now fearlessly competing. That was awesome. 

The correct thing to do here would have been to become insanely motivated and head out for a sweat session of my own, running in solidarity, but I did none of that.

I stayed on the couch.

Argh.

Earlier this year, I set a personal goal to train for and set a PR in a fall marathon. I had my sights set on the Twin Cities Marathon (October 8th), with the secret dream to stay in good enough shape to consider tacking on the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon in January. These are both races I’ve done before and love.

Through the end of July, I kept up with my training fairly well. At that point I was commuting up to three hours a day, but I still found time to get in the weeknight runs as well as the longer ones on the weekends. In the week before we moved, I completed a 15 miler. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it.

And then came the move.

The first week, I missed three training runs during the weekdays but was able to complete my longer run (13.1 miles, it was a drop-back week) on Saturday.

The second week, I missed the weekday runs and the long run. I started to panic. I didn’t know routes, directions or water stops in my new neighborhood. I doubted the safety of running alone. It was hot.

I fell apart.

I made the lame excuse-ridden decision that this was not my year, and called it quits on the marathon plans, but I really let myself down.

Compounding that is the fact that while I changed my exercise patterns, I sure as heck didn’t change my eating. Frankly, the move has opened up a Pandora’s Box of great new restaurants to try in person or via delivery. There is even a liquor store that delivers through Amazon Prime’s two hour service to my house, which just sounds like the most dangerous thing ever. (I haven’t sunk quite that far).

Which brings me to the title of this post: Tucker Dress Inspiration.

Tucker is a NYC-based company that makes feminine, pretty clothes.

They are also very expensive.

While I love to spend money, it is hard even for me to justify buying a blouse that is almost $300.

Except – I have a work conference coming up next month, and the combination of my lifestyle factors (M&Ms, I’m looking at you) and job switch (moving from all suits/all the time to more business casual or even – yikes! – scrubs) has left me with limited wardrobe options.

And of course I want to look good.

These dresses from Tucker caught my eye:

The top one is called The Market Dress in Black Tire Track.

It’s silk and retails for $375.

The bottom is a fun Russian Dolls print.

The style is called “Abigail’s Party Dress” and it retails for $355. Tucker’s website styled it well for fall with black tights and boots. It looks adorable.

The real kicker? Both of these look like they *may* be forgiving of my recent indulgences.

I might have to find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Crew Berry Print

I am absolutely loving this new J. Crew berry print, which is featured on everything from shoes to swimsuits to dresses.

This bandana – a bargain at $12.50 – is an easy way to dip your toe into this trend.

This sweater, though, is what’s really my jam (bad pun intended):

Check out the cute striped back:

Shoes are also well represented:

It’s hard to decide which pair is better, but if forced to choose one, I’d take the flats.

It might be a bit much for one outfit, but I would definitely consider pairing this necklace with any of the above:

Because for me, a bit too much is usually the right amount.

Happy weekend!

 

 

 

 

The Shoes Everyone’s Wearing

Two catalogs arrived in my mailbox on the same day last week: Athleta and MPG.

Both sell athleisure wear, and both showed almost all of their models in the same few pairs of shoes.

A little more research showed that these styles are everywhere.

The primary look is black or dark gray sneakers like these:

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(Top: New Balance, Bottom: Nike Juvenate).

I like the pop of red on this Saucony pair:

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The second look is slip-on sneakers, especially with a thick platform sole:

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(1. Bernie Mev Mid-Dynasty, 2. Vince, 3. Ash, 4. Vans).

I bought the Ash pair over two years ago and they’ve been champs. They are supremely comfortable and I often get complimented when wearing them.

Two bonus styles that I’ve been seeing a lot: Golden Goose and Allbirds sneakers.

Despite their similar avian-related names and the fact that both make athletic shoes, these companies are quite different.

Based on price alone, I don’t think anyone would actually try to work out in Golden Goose Deluxe Brand shoes. They start at $400.

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These are $460 (!!!!)

As a company, Allbirds is unique. They currently make one style of wool sneakers in a limited selection of colors (four for women).

Here they are in Natural Gray:

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I’m curious to try these Allbirds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Style – New Wardrobe Additions with Maximum Versatility

Earlier this week I posted about the Stitch Fix delivery that I received last weekend, which contained some pieces for fall.

I’m in a transition period right now (a lot more about this later), so I haven’t been expanding my wardrobe lately at the usual frenetic pace.

However, Chelsea boots were #1 on my Just Want Now list for Fall ’16.

After *a lot* of browsing, I ordered this Treasure and Bond pair from Nordstrom.

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At $119, these are extremely well-priced for boots. The quality is excellent and they are comfortable from the get-go. I wore them to work last week with tights and a striped dress. I love how Chelsea boots can be dressed up or down, look great with jeans or a tights/skirt combo, and are all-day walkable. Their versatility makes them standouts for travel, especially when packing space is tight and you want to limit shoes.

And of course I found a striped shirt from Splendid that I loved and had to make mine:

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How cute are those buttons up the back? This is also supremely versatile and perfect for a travel capsule wardrobe.

Splendid was having a sale when I ordered the striped top, and I added this witty spectacles tee to my order (It’s still available and on sale). The tiny eyeglasses print is adorable.

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Y-necklaces are not new and are probably even trending out, but I recently saw someone wearing one and still liked how it looked. Again, much looking, but I finally settled on this Kendra Scott number:

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These aren’t new to my wardrobe (I’ve had them for at least a year), but I also just put these M.M. LaFleur Foster pants into heightened rotation:

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One great perk for these pants: they have internal buttons inside the bottom so you can adjust the length from cropped to full. Seriously, how cool is that? This also makes them the perfect pair of pants for travel, because you can mix them up.

Did I mention that they also look great with striped tops, Y-necklaces and Chelsea boots? 

 

 

 

 

Fall Stitch Fix

This was waiting for me when I got home from running errands on Saturday:

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Yay. 

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Ok, I’m starting with my favorite item, this striped Pixley shirt with faux leather elbow patches.

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This was probably a no-brainer pick for my stylist; it’s so up my alley that of course I love it. Mine.

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I’d pinned this Loveappella cowl neck sweater to my Stitch Fix Pinterest page, so this was something I was happy to discover in the box. The color is olive-ish. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s cute when on and the fit is perfect.

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I don’t have too much to say about these Mavi skinny jeans. They’re skinny jeans. They fit. They’re soft.

Ok, I’m on the fence about the last two items. At first glance, neither tripped my trigger.

The first is this big square scarf in a washed-out yellow and blue plaid. The colors photographed better than they look; I’d describe the yellow as maize. It reminds me of uncooked corn on the cob. The blues are also quite faded. It’s not really me.

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Yeah, I don’t iron. Even for photos.

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This jacket puzzled me:

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The cargo style is on trend, and the fabric is washed and quite soft. I already have a mossy brown J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket that I adore, but recently I’ve browsed several similar cargo-style jackets in charcoal gray that are seemingly ubiquitous right now. So, when I saw this in the box, I was excited. And I thought it was charcoal gray, when it’s actually a faded navy.

Here’s the strange part: when I tried the jacket on I saw that the lining under the zipper area was ripped and pilled. I found myself wondering if the jacket was used. The fabric clearly seems washed and faded, which I assumed was part of how it was made, but the shabby quality of the front placket took the concept of distressing to a new level. Maybe someone else wore, washed, re-tagged and returned this?

I’m wearing everything except the cowl neck sweater in this photo:

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Overall, this Fix was ok.

The striped shirt is cool (but I have a million); ditto the cowl neck sweater. The jeans fit (and I recently have been working out a lot and could use a new slimmer pair), the possibly-second-hand jacket is stylish and priced well ($88 full price but roughly $60 if I take the 20% buy-it-all discount), and the scarf is just meh but it’s definitely not something I already have in my closet.

What do you think?

 

 

 

Old Navy Fall Edit

I always forget about Old Navy.

Even though there’s a store only five minutes away from my house, I probably venture there less than once a year, and my kids are the usual recipients of the bounty.

And I have mixed feelings about Old Navy.

Yes, they have amazing deals on basics (tees, flip flops) and fast fashion.

Yes, you can walk out with two overflowing bags for less than $100.

Yes, everything falls apart after about four months.

And I’ve said it before, but when a fleece jacket costs $12, it makes me nervous that someone is being exploited somewhere to make that possible.

Having said that (and pushing my doubts aside and convictions down), if you’re in the market for a few fall wardrobe additions, these pieces caught my eye:

An extra long cardigan in charcoal gray. This is a perfect layer to keep at the office.

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A cowl neck poncho in a versatile taupe color. I’m a huge fan of ponchos over slim pants.

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A tee with faux leather details.

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A colorful scarf that would look great with all the plaid being shown right now.

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And speaking of plaid: Red and pink scarves.

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A faux suede crossbody bag that seriously echoes Clare V.

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And from their activewear line, these compression crop pants in purple and teal.

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Do you shop at Old Navy? What do you think are their best deals?