Memorial Day Weekend Sales Roundup

Here are the deals I’ve seen so far:

  1. Banana Republic is 40% off everything- no exclusions- code BRSUMMER. I tried this on a couple weeks ago and I think I need it.
  2. Gap is up to 50% off prices as marked with an extra 20% off with the code MORE, how cute is this?
  3. Ann Taylor is 40% off everything and 50% off sale with the code SUMMER. I live for a unique white blouse.
  4. Loft is 40% off with the code VACAY. I can never have too many shorts.
  5. Anthropologie is extra 40% off sale. I need this.
  6. JCrew is 30% off with the code SWEET. I tried this blouse on and I need two.
  7. JCrew Factory is 40% off new arrivals, prices as marked. So trendy and cute.
  8. Athleta is 20% off solid swim suits with the code DIVEIN. Who doesn’t need an extra black bikini bottom?
  9. Boden is 30% off with the code 3Z9V. How have a lived without this.
  10. The Nordstrom half yearly sale is on! I need this trench.

I  cannot live without this.

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Spring Dress Trends: Pro/Con

There are certain patterns and fabrics that surface every spring. As usual, we’re seeing the typical lace, gingham, and nautical stripes but each with a 2017 twist. And get those shoulders ready, because they are front and center this year. I have seen the below trends all over every single store this season!

Spagetti Strap Triangle Top Lace Overlay

Pro: Even though it’s a standard lace overlay, it seems really fresh, and it’s a little sexier than the typical lace sheath (above from Anthro)

Con: Are there any? I guess it’s a little skimpy on top, so that might limit you if you’re looking for a more modest look

Verdict: I’m not sure if it will work for my body type but I love it a lot

Black and White Thin Stripe

Pro: Classic that is versatile, ageless, and timeless. It will be a workhorse (above from Banana)

Con: Definitely nothing new or interesting

Verdict: I’m thinking about it, there are some really cute off the shoulder versions out there…

One Shoulder Ruffle

Pro: Cute, feminine cut that is different than what you have in your closet right now (above from JCrew)

Con: Definitely a distinctive look that might look dated in a couple years, you might need parties with different friend groups to get the most out a dress like this

Verdict: A solid maybe if I find an occasion

Oversized Gingham

Pro: New take on a classic spring pattern (above from Ann Taylor)

Con: A very specific preppy look that probably only works at a daytime event

Verdict: Not really my style

Chunky Eyelet Lace

Pro: A fun variation on lace that can be dressed up or down (above from JCrew)

Con: I think eyelet is very season specific, it can really only do spring and some summer, it won’t be your biggest workhorse

Verdict: I’m willing

Off the Shoulder

Pro: Everywhere this year, so you can find the version of this trend that works for you whether it’s a shift, sheath, maxi, or jumpsuit (above from Loft)

Con: You have to have a reliable and comfortable strapless bra

Verdict: I’m all in

Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Pro: Jumpsuits are everything, and how comfortable does this look (above from Anthro)

Con: It’s not a great all-day look because every trip to the restroom is a lengthy event

Verdict: I especially want the one above

What dress trends are you trying this year?

Hits and Misses

Usually I focus on shopping for two occasions: going to work, and working out. I recently realized that I don’t have much that fits in those rare in between times, when I’m not at work or the gym… My default has always been jeans and a tee shirt, and sometimes you need something a little cuter for brunch or a party. Here are some of the recent hits and misses I’ve had at the stores.

Hits

Well if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I was on the fence about the whole off-the-shoulder trend, but guess what? It turns out my collar bone is fantastic! I ordered this top from the Gap and I think it’s fabulous. The sleeves are kind of full and the fabric is kind of stiff but I think that will soften up with a wash or two. I think this will be perfect for weekend events with shorts or white jeans. I’m definitely on the lookout for more cute casual tops.

I ordered this dress from Banana Republic because I thought it would work for work and weekend if needed. It is super comfortable to wear to work, so it was definitely a win.

I am obsessed with JCrew’s lookout high rise jeans. A bunch of my jeans are a little too big at the moment, but I know what size works for me in this style, so I thought I should expand my collection. I bought a couple lighter wash jeans last summer and a pair of rinse wash lookout high rise in the fall. But I realized that I needed something between rinse and light wash. Enter the Meyer wash. I now have four of this cut of jeans, and I think my denim wardrobe is complete.

Misses

I thought this top from the Gap looked really cute, and it would be a really versatile summer top. When I got in the mail, however, it was basically 100% see through. Not a good look. Plus it was pretty stiff and boxy. Side note- since off the shoulder is so big right now, they need to work on the strapless layering cami to put underneath. I’ve shopped around and haven’t seen much besides some really intense shape wear. Return.

Colored denim is kind of trendy right now, and I though pink jeans would be fun. I got these on sale at Ann Taylor, but I don’t love them. They fit poorly and the pink color had a brown undertone which made almost look like a terra cotta in person. Not the shade I was looking for. Return.

I thought this dress from the Gap would be perfect to throw on for a weekend lunch or party. The top was really cute and flattering, but the skirt stuck out in a weird way. It was a weird A-line silhouette instead of hanging straight down. Also, it was a teeny bit shorter than I wanted it to be.