Last Five

Songs I downloaded on iTunes- Dance video edition.

  1. You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones feat. RAYE.

2. Instruction by Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato.

3. If I’m Lucky by Jason DeRulo.

4. Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars.

5. Look But Don’t Touch by the Empire Cast.

Bonus: Pony by Party Pupils.

If you’re wondering how I waste time on YouTube- this is it. The above are just the tip of the iceberg…

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Where I Got That

I’ve noticed that I tend to go to the same stores for the same items. Do you do that too? There are always exceptions, but often when I need a blouse I go here, when I want a new jacket I go there. You know what I mean?

Gap: I think I’m a little old for the Gap but I love it for tees, tanks, shorts, and sometimes jeans. Basically weekend wear. They usually have some cute but comfortable casual shirts, and they’re always on sale.

Ann Taylor: I buy a lot of blouses for work from Ann Taylor. I like them because they’re work appropriate but usually machine washable. It doesn’t hurt that they often have sales. I also buy an assortment of pencil skirts and the occasional sheath dress or dress pant.

Loft: I’ll buy inexpensive, washable sweaters and tops from Loft. Sometimes I’ll get a pair of pants, but their shorts don’t fit me. The sweaters aren’t the best quality but if I get them on sale I’m ok if they only last a season or two. They have solid good looking long cardigans this season! I also like their Lou and Grey line for comfy attire.

Banana Republic: Banana is my spot for dress pants. I also get a bunch of dresses and the occasional blazer or blouse there as well. It’s mainly work attire for me. I’m not really into their jeans, and their sweaters are often too pricey or too fussy.

JCrew: I have four pairs of the same jeans in different washes from JCrew. I also love a JCrew suit and the occasional work dress. I try to wait for the 30% off sales.

JCrew Factory: This is my go to for shorts and washable summer sweaters and cardigans. I’m buying less and less from Factory these days because I don’t think the quality is that great, but sometimes you don’t need the fanciest version.

Anthropologie: I’ll get the occasional statement piece from Anthro, but I often only get earrings and scarves there. I think it’s more my style to wear a really classic neutral outfit with interesting accessories.

Nordstrom: Coats are my favorite thing. I usually buy them from Nordstrom along with shoes and a special occasion dress from time to time.

Lands End: Lands End is great option for sweaters and sporty outerwear. As chic as the new athleisure brands are, Lands End athletic outerwear options are a lot more affordable and functional. An oldie, but a goodie.

So those are the heavy hitters, but you know I’m always keeping my eyes open on all the department stores, some newer places like South Moon Under, shoes spots like DSW and Nine West, and all of the athletic apparel spots!

What are your standby brands/ stores?

Fall Purge

I took Labor Day as a chance to do a little closet clean out. After reaching for a sweater a little earlier than intended a couple weeks ago, I realized I need to do a sweater inventory and purge. I also finally took the leap and ordered a Thred Up “clean out kit” to purge some of the nicer items that I haven’t worn that much. And since I ordered some new underwear, I trashed a few things there as well. Here’s the whole rundown:

Before

Donated:

  • 10 sweaters that are past their prime
  • 5 tees/tanks that I didn’t wear this summer
  • 3 shorts that I didn’t wear this summer
  • 2 pairs of worn out dress pants
  • 1 pair of navy khakis that I haven’t worn in at least 5 years (but kept telling myself I should have 1 pair of khakis)
After (I promise there are fewer)

Trashed:

  • 4 worn out undershirts
  • 12 pairs of underwear

Sent to Thred Up:

  • 2 blazers that are just too big but in great condition
  • 4 dresses that I wore a couple times but just never fit right
  • 2 skirts that I wore maybe twice but are too big and not worth getting tailored

Now my wicker chest of sweaters is organized and ready to go for the season. I also have a reminder of what I have and what I might be on the lookout to replace this fall. I don’t expect a ton of cash from the Thred Up load, but it seemed like a win-win to get those things out of the closet and have the possibility of cash. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with a closet purge!