Hits and Misses

August is my birthday month, so I was a little impulsive with the shopping. On the plus side, I’ve been trying a lot of things on prior to purchase to make sure they actually fit, and returning things that I don’t absolutely love. As you can tell from the selections below, I seem to be working on a grey scale right now. I think I’ve been focusing on season-less items as the summer stuff goes on sale, but I can’t wait to get into sweater season!


This sweatshirt from Nike is everything. I bought it during the Nordstrom half yearly sale. I love the different logo placement, and the slight crop makes it super trendy. It works really well with high rise jeans and leggings.

I love these shoes. I needed new black booties with a chunky heel. I love these because they have a heel but they aren’t sky high so I can walk in them all day. They also are a little more interesting than the typical basic bootie. I will be wearing these all fall and winter.

This skirt from Ann Taylor surprised me. I usually only buy pencil skirts, but I tried it on in the store and it looked really cute. It reminded me of Cher’s plaid suit in Clueless. And I thought it would be kind of short, but it’s definitely long enough for work.

This sweater is the best. I think I can wear it with or without an undershirt, depending how I’m feeling. Gray is my favorite color to wear. I know what you’re thinking- I live dangerously.

Everyone should probably get this jumpsuit from Anthro. I think this is actually my first jumpsuit. I plan on wearing it to every semi-formal occasion for at least the next six months. Now I just need some cover-up options. I want a kimono or blazer that isn’t too bohemian or too boxy.


I really wanted to like these brand new crepe pants from JCrew. They are a great drapey fabric that’s machine washable! They seem like they would be really comfy and work appropriate (the back of the waist is elastic). When I tried them on, however, they were very high rise, the leg was an awkward width, and the hem was awkwardly high. Nope.

I want to get into the bodysuit trend, and I really wanted to like this one. My problem was the bottom. It felt like I was wearing a one piece bathing suit, and you could see the lines through my jeans. Maybe I should have sized up, but they didn’t have that size on the rack.

I thought this Gap shirt would be an easy to pair with jeans. I’m sure I got it on sale too. Turns out this color does absolutely nothing for me. It really brings out the pink undertones in my skin. Not optimal. Return.

Try ruching, they say. Ruching is always flattering, they say. While it can be flattering for some, for me it seems to magnify the problem areas. This one was just pulling in all the wrong places. No thanks.

Next on my list are wraps, kimonos, or blazers to go with the jumpsuit, and I’m starting to keep an eye out for sweaters!

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