10/16/17

Olive Ruffle Hem Jacket + Monday Motivation

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Well, I am not feeling ready for another Monday at all, but Mondays are a mandatory part of life so here we go again! I spent a good part of the weekend doing a seasonal closet sorting and managed to get my husband and kids to go through theirs, too. It wasn't anybody's favorite weekend activity and it doesn't have me feeling rested and ready to take on a new week, but it felt good to be productive. I'm sharing a little more about the struggle to stay on top of everything in my Monday Motivation series today, but first, let's talk clothes.


This outfit might look very familiar from this post...the only difference is I'm wearing jeans here instead of shorts. The pictures were actually from the same day, just taken at different times when I alternated shorts/pants as the weather fluctuated throughout the day.

Fit Notes: My jacket runs true-to-size with a roomy/boxy fit. My jeans are from Express earlier this year and I'm sorry to see they are already sold out. I'll keep an eye out for a re-stock, but in the meantime this pair looks fairly similar and reasonably priced. My bag looks to be sold out in my color, but the black (which I also own) is still available.

Monday Motivation: Balancing it all...or not
Lately I've been feeling like I am never going to be caught up on things around the house. Despite the fact that we did a good closet cleaning this weekend, staying on top of the other stuff like pictures (we take so many in this day and age with our smartphones always in hand, and blogging on top of that takes it to a ridiculous level), files, mail, paperwork, and de-cluttering is exhausting if not impossible to keep up on all of it. It's the whole "shoveling snow in a snowstorm" feeling. I love a clean, organized space, but wow is it a time consuming and never-ending project!

I'm also finding that two of my New Year Goals/Values this year (posted here) tend to conflict with each other. It's tough to strike a balance between effective time management (including productivity) and building strong relationships. If I'm killing it on the domestic front and staying caught up on household chores, paperwork, picture sorting etc., it probably means I'm not spending much quality time with friends and family!

I wish I had some solutions or helpful hints to share here but unfortunately that's not the case today. Maybe this week I just needed to commiserate because I'm pretty sure everyone can relate to this in some way. I am motivated to keep trying and making what little progress I can rather than give up entirely, but I can't help wishing for a better solution and a point where I truly feel caught up. How do you all stay on top of things? Or how do you stay at peace when staying on top isn't an option anymore?  As always, I'm very much looking forward to your feedback on this one!

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10/13/17

Everyday Outfits 10/13/17

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Hello and happy Friday! It's been another typical week here with the exception of Wednesday night. We attended a Cow by Bear dinner party, which I'd never heard of prior to the invitation. Basically a bear (i.e. a person in a bear costume) cooks dinner for a small group in a location that feels more like a private home than a restaurant. After the experience I still don't understand the purpose of the bear costume, but it was a fun evening and the food was delicious regardless! I didn't take pictures of what I wore to that because I was rushing out the door, but here are my everyday outfits from this week. Express is having a storewide 40% off sale again this weekend, so I've noted the pieces that are part of the promotion.

Outfit Recap:
All pieces run true-to-size unless otherwise noted.

Rust Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami | Necklace (c/o) | Shoes (On Sale) | Similar Jeans (Same Brand-On Sale) | Tory Burch Handbag (Sold Out, Shop Designer Leopard Handbags)

Fit Notes: My rust cardigan is TTS. Normally I wear an XS in cardigans at Express but I'm wearing a Small in this since it doesn't come in XS. It's a little roomy but since it's not a piece that needs to be especially fitted I didn't mind the sizing. I ordered a half-size down in these taupe mules.

Olive Moto Jacket, White Tee:
Tee (c/o Shopbop) | Jeans (On Sale) | Bag (On Clearance) | Shoes | Jacket Options Below

My olive moto jacket above is from Nordstrom last year (sold out). I didn't find one that I thought was a perfect dupe so I opted to show you a few similar options at multiple price points that could easily be styled the same way:
One ($33) | Two ($45 - On Sale) | Three ($98) | Four ($198)

Striped Tee, Burgundy Cardigan:
Tee | Cardigan | Jeans (40% Off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Bracelet 

Fit Notes: This burgundy cardigan is very comfortable and more of a sweatshirt material than a sweater material. It's very casual/borderline loungewear! It doesn't come in XS so I ordered a Small, and if fits like I would expect a Small to fit. The sleeves on this are actually too long for me and kind of wide at the wrists, but I loved the color and comfort so I just decided I'd keep it and either roll them or push them up a bit. With very casual pieces like this I am a little more forgiving of fit issues like this, especially when they make up for it in comfort. 

Black Cardi, Grey Lace Up Top:
Cardigan | Top (On Sale) | Shorts | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o)

Fit Notes: Everything including the shoes runs true to size so not much to add on this!

Burgundy Cami, Light Grey Cardigan:

Fit Notes: Everything ran true to size except for the shoes. I took a half-size down.

Camel Moto Jacket
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet (Full outfit post Here)

Fit Notes: This jacket runs small so thanks to the reviews I ordered one size up. I'm wearing a Small here. I'm also wearing a half-size down in these taupe booties.

Burgundy Ruffle Hem Top
Top | Jeans (On Sale) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet | 
(Full outfit post here)

Fit Notes: This top is only $14 and runs true to size. It's an amazing dupe of this one at a fraction of the cost. I also struggled a bit to get an accurate color representation on this top. The color name is burgundy, but it looks totally different in the mirror selfie vs. Instagram/outdoor (below) vs. the full outfit post. It's not a true burgundy to me...more of a brick-berry-red hybrid I guess.

Instagram View:
Here's the top view of these outfits with the angle I typically share on Instagram. I like to put these in here too when I can since they often give a better look at jewelry and bags.

Rust Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami | Necklace (c/o) | Shoes (On Sale) | Similar Jeans (Same Brand-On Sale) | Tory Burch Handbag (Sold Out, Shop Designer Leopard Handbags)

Olive Moto Jacket, White Tee:
Tee (c/o Shopbop) | Jeans (On Sale) | Bag (On Clearance) | Shoes | Similar Necklace

Similar Jacket Options:
One ($33) | Two ($45 - On Sale) | Three ($98) | Four ($198)

Striped Tee, Burgundy Cardigan:
Tee | Cardigan | Jeans (40% Off) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Bracelet 

Black Cardi, Grey Lace Up Top:
Cardigan | Top (On Sale) | Shorts | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Bracelet

Burgundy Cami, Light Grey Cardigan:

Camel Moto Jacket:
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet | Similar Ring | (Full outfit post Here)

Burgundy Ruffle Hem Top
Top | Jeans (On Sale) | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet | 
(Full outfit post here)

Wow, that felt like a lot of outfits this week! I usually don't have seven outfits worth sharing in a week either because I didn't like them or I didn't like the pictures! Hopefully it gives you a lot of sale shopping inspo! I just got my Express order in from the Columbus Day sale and I already returned a few pieces that didn't work out. But there were a few I liked and although I doubt I'll be able to get them into a post over the weekend, I may try to share them on my Instagram story so follow along there for the scoop! Have a great weekend!

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10/11/17

Camel Moto Jacket + Black on Black

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One of my favorite no-brainer outfit combos is black-on-black with any kind of contrasting outer layer. I've done casual versions of this for travel (e.g my Utah trip with leggings and an oversized plaid shirt as my outer layer), and today I'm sharing a slightly-more-dressy-but-still-comfy version with a camel moto jacket, black tee, and black jeans.
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | Tee | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Bracelet

This jacket is very lightweight (perfect for California Fall weather), soft and comfortable. Reviewers advised that it ran small so I took their advice and ordered one size up. It's still fitted (which I wanted) but not tight so I'm glad I went a size up and would recommend doing the same. 
Jacket (c/o SheIn) | TeeNecklace (c/o) | Bracelet | Nails "Beyond the Pale Pink"

Charming Charlie was kind enough to send me a gift card this month and I used it to try this necklace from their Premium Collection. Normally their jewelry is under $25, so this price point is slightly higher ($39 for this exact necklace), but still lower than some of my other jewelry favorites like Kendra Scott and Stella & Dot, so I wanted to see for myself if it was worth a little extra since I really liked this piece and several other designs. My honest opinion is yes, this is definitely higher quality than their regular line and worth paying a little more. The chain is thicker, sturdier, and better quality material. They use semi-precious stones in this line (including this necklace) an those look a little nicer in person too. They do have frequent email and mailer coupons so it's worth keeping an eye out for those to bring the price down a little more. 

The stone in my necklace is beautiful in person but it blends in with black background of my t-shirt.  You can see it a little better in the stock photo (#3 below), along with some of my other favorites from this collection. 

1. Link Necklace | 2. Silver Pendant | 3. Gold Pendant | 4. Deco Ring | 5. Bangles 

Last but not least, I wanted to share a few Brand Name and Budget Friendly options for outer layers that would work well for Fall with the same black-on-black base layer. Not to mention they're just great neutral pieces so they could be styled plenty of other ways too!

1. Shop Cupcakes & Cashmere (Dixie Jacket - 40% off) | 2. Shop BB Dakota (Henry Coat)
3. Budget Sweater Coat $33 | 4. Budget Camel Trench $46-52
5. Shop James Jeans Jackets (Classic Motorcycle Jacket) | 6. Budget Grey Sweater Coat $20-25

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10/10/17

October Book Reviews

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Welcome to my October Book Reviews! As usual I had some hits and misses, some fiction and non-fiction, so here's what I read along with my thoughts on each book (minus spoilers)!

Fiction:

I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
Suspense lovers you will want to check this one out! A woman observes some high school girls on a train acting "inappropriately" with some men they just met and debates whether to step in or mind her own business. She chooses the latter but regrets her decision the next day when she learns one of the girls on the train has gone missing. Family secrets begin to come to light among the remaining friends, their families and even the train-ride witness as police investigate the case and try to find the missing girl. I don't have any complaints on this book. It was an easy, entertaining read that held my interest well and kept me guessing until the end!

The Alibi by Sandra Brown
I read and loved Mean Streak by Sandra Brown (reviewed here) but this one and "Sting" (reviewed here) just fell flat for me and I could have stopped reading in the middle and not cared. In this book, two people meet and have a one night stand, but the woman disappears from the man's bed in the morning so he thinks he'll never see her again even though she is the most amazing woman he's ever met (yes, I'm rolling my eyes here). Shortly after, the man who is a lawyer by trade, discovers that the woman he slept with is now the lead suspect in a murder case he will have to prosecute. He's also effectively her alibi because they were together at approximately the same time the murder took place. I liked the idea of the plot, but the chemistry between the main characters just didn't work for me. Nor was I able to accept that this man was willing to throw caution to the wind and put his career at risk over a one night stand. I think this will be my last Sandra Brown...at least unless I get a recommendation from another reader I trust for a specific book.

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
Funny, I just realized that this book and the previous one have a couple of things in common. First, they are both the third book I've read by the author. Second, they both start off with a one-night stand between two people who just met. That's where the similarities end, though. In this romance, Charlotte and Adam are unable to reconnect after their one night stand due to a variety of misunderstandings, even though they both wanted to get to know each other better. Charlotte moves on to Seth, who seems almost too good to be true. I can't say much beyond that without spoiling too much of the plot, but some tragedy comes into play and complicates things for everyone. I picked this up because I wanted something easy to get into that I could zip through in a couple of days, and this delivered exactly that. It had fun references to contemporary pop culture (it came out in August 2017 and takes place in the current day). Part of the story also took place in San Diego so that was fun for me also. Since this is the second book I've read by Carlino with San Diego as part of the setting, I had to look up her bio to find out that she does in fact live here! I'll have to keep a look out to for a local book signing or something. Anyway, if you enjoy contemporary romantic fiction I do recommend this one.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
I have enjoyed all of Colleen Hoover's books that I've read (some more than others but that's to be expected!) so I was very much looking forward to Without Merit, which just came out on October 3. Ultimately I did enjoy this book, but for anyone familiar with this author I think it's worth knowing in advance that this one is different than her usual fare.  Colleen's books are usually heavy on the romance, whereas in this book Family Drama was the main course and romance was just a side dish. This is a story of a family with a lot of secrets, and a unique dynamic, not to mention unique names, such as Merit, the main character. Merit knows a lot of the secrets that her family members are keeping from each other and and it creates a lot of unhappiness for her, along with her ongoing frustration over their peculiar lifestyle arrangements (e.g. her mother lives in the basement of her house where she lives with her dad and current stepmom). Along the way, Merit makes a new friend who helps her start to see that her perspective is more narrow than she realized. For me, the character development was good and the whole quirky family was entertaining and engaging. I could easily see spinoff books happening for some of the other characters in this story. I don't think this will stand out as one of my favorites (and I suspect a lot of Colleen's fans might be disappointed in this one), but it was still a fun read, and if there were spinoff books I would read those too!

Nonfiction: (*Audiobooks):

Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness by Ajahn Brahm (Audible Version)
The book is a collection of short stories and allegories designed to help the reader (slash listener) develop a more positive, "big picture" perspective on life.  Rachelle recommended this book and it's really very sweet. There are some stories that gave me peace and I find myself reflecting on a lot. A few I'm sure I've already forgotten, and I can see myself listening to the whole thing again in a couple of years. I'm also making my husband and kids start listening to it anytime we have a slightly longer car ride somewhere.  It's provided us with some laughs together and reminders that we all need, plus it's given us some good discussion topics after we listen to each story and discuss what we learned or how we felt about that particular lesson. I think most people would enjoy this and relate to the stories, regardless of spiritual or religious leanings.

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Generally I'm interested in social psychology, but this one was tough to get through. It read a lot like a textbook and didn't hold my interest 50% of the time. The book itself is about the moral judgments we make about other people, whether these are innate or learned, and it explains why "morality blinds and binds." (i.e. it blinds us to the flaws in our own beliefs, but also binds us to others who share our beliefs.) It also talks about the importance of those binds for the success of humanity, despite the blinding flaws. I was tempted to give up this book 2/3 of the way through but I'm glad I finished it because the last few chapters ended up being the most interesting to me, particularly the section about religion and the author's "hive switch" theory. It also had a quote about happiness that I especially liked, and I talked more in depth about that in this post. That particular quote also made me go on to read The Happiness Hypothesis by the same author since I wanted to dive deeper into that topic. I wouldn't recommend this one to most people unless you have a strong natural interest in new theories and studies about human psychology and morality.

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
This book is essentially the ultimate study and analysis of happiness. If you are up for deep-diving into the tested, studied and analyzed facts and theories of what really makes people happy, then this is the best and most thorough book I've read so far on this topic. This article about the Economics of Happiness quotes extensively from the book and serves as a good summary of the book, so if that interests you and makes you want to learn more, definitely get the book because it goes deeper into every topic. There are a few books I've read this year (especially by Malcolm Gladwell) that I know I want to read again every 1-2 years because I learned so much and it's impossible to retain everything, and this will be one of those books for me. Unfortunately I do have to say that the narrator for this was not my cup of tea. At all. Jonathan Haidt narrated the previous book himself, and I wish he'd done so for this one because the narrator's voice didn't do the topic justice. His tone was like a grandfatherly news anchor and it wasn't very engaging, especially compared to Jonathan's own narration, which was dynamic and more engaging. Kind of funny that I found the content of this book more interesting despite the drab narration, and the previous book a little boring despite the preferable narrator!

Millionaire Influencer by Yuli Ziv
This was another good recommendation by Rachelle. (By the way, she mainly posts her current reads and reviews in her weekly newsletter so sign up for that if you're interested in getting her recommendations.) This book is written for bloggers/Instagrammers etc. who have been at it awhile but haven't taken their platform(s) to the next level. (Sound familiar?) This book contained very practical advice and if anything, I wouldn't say it inspired me so much as gave me an extra dose of contentment with my current level of being a non-mega-blogger. Their trips and brand collaborations all look amazing and envy-worthy, but the way the author broke it down on a business level was a good reminder of the fact that nothing comes for free. She recommends making your blog/digital platform #1 priority for a full year (scaling back on other activities, your full-time job, family time etc. if necessary) along with several other specific steps if you want to go "next level." I know I prefer a more balanced lifestyle approach and more personal time/privacy than she advises, so after reading I'd say odds are not in my favor for becoming the next millionaire influencer.
*This is not available in audiobook format so I read the e-book version.

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And that's it for my reviews this month! But I have a question for you all! Does anyone know what happened to the Amazon Prime Book Deals? In July I posted the steps for Prime Members to access their free pre-release book each month, but when I went to access my book for this month, I found that the menu options have changed and I can no longer find Kindle Books/Kindle First. I can only get to Prime Reading, and it's not the same. I can't find any news on the discontinuation of this benefit either, but I'm sad if it's gone so soon after I only recently discovered it! If any of you have found it elsewhere or know what happened to it I'd love to hear about it!


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10/9/17

Ruffle Trim Tops + Monday Motivation

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One of my shopping objectives this year was to stop buying the items I like in every single color option. I did a post a couple of years back where I counted all of my Portofino Shirts and that was kind of a wake up call for me! Having more than a dozen of any one item felt excessive, and I've tried to learn from that and not make the same mistake again. That said, I haven't set an exact limit on multiples, but two colors is pretty reasonable, right? I liked the black version of this ruffle hem top so much (posted here) I decided to get the burgundy version as well. Luckily these are the only two colors so I can't even be tempted to buy more!

Top | Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet

The top runs true to size (I'm wearing an XS here) and it's a very low-fuss piece. No tucking in required, machine-wash friendly. I have avoided a lot of the trumpet sleeve, ruffle sleeve and bell sleeve tops that are trending right now because the ones I've owned in the past have been kind of impractical. They tend get to accidentally get dipped into food, the sink...you name it. With this length it's not a problem at all, and the best part is it's only $14 with free shipping! It's almost identical to this top from Nordstrom (shown in green below) but at a fraction of the cost.

If you're interested in this style of top but have a different color/print/retailer preference, I rounded up a little quasi-rainbow of alternates:
1. Shop English Factory Tops (Top with Ruffle Details)
2. Shop Cupcakes and Cashmere Tops (Katlyn Top)
3. Express (Currently 40% off )
4. Express 
5. Lark & Ro (2-Day Shipping
6. Nordstrom Top $49

Last week I also talked about the medallion necklace trend, and this is one of the pieces I ordered. I liked that it was smaller and I liked the layered look, but I will say after wearing it a full day, this version did tend to get tangled a lot. I might end up just removing the shorter layer since I had to adjust this a lot throughout the day and that gets annoying!
Top | Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Watch | Bracelet

Monday Motivation: Parenting Goals and Progress
Most of the time I feel like I'm doing okay on the parenting front. Not the world's best but certainly not the worst. Then I have some weeks like last week that make me think I'm on the low end of "okay." I forgot to pick up my child at school one day (in my defense the schedule was unusual that day but still...it's on me to know these things), forgot to check some homework, lost my patience more than once, etc. I also read this article about nine things parents should do to raise successful kids and wouldn't you know I'm falling short there, too. I'm not a complete failure, but there's room for improvement in several categories (e.g. eating dinner as a family is essentially a holiday event at our house).

I'm not telling you all this to be a downer by any means. It's really the opposite. I think I can do a little better in some areas and I want push myself instead of settling. I started Monday Motivation to keep myself accountable in areas where I want to improve in life, and parenting is a big one for me so I didn't want to ignore it here. And if you're not a parent, I'm sure you can relate regardless because there are other important relationships in your life as a wife, sister, daughter or friend that may require a little evaluation and improvement from time-to-time too!

Incidentally, one of the nine things parents should do per this article is "make your kids do work." I don't know if they had "blog photography" in mind as work when they wrote that, but I'm going to go ahead and count it. This post and last week's both feature photography by my ten year old! It's tough to find time to get together consistently with my blogger friends, and an actual photographer would be too expensive. My husband's work schedule eliminates him from the running, so my kids got the job by default! Raising the next generation of Instagram Boyfriends was not one of my parenting goals, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up that way!

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you're planning to take advantage of some of the huge holiday sales going on right now, I rounded up some of my current favorites and my wishlist items in my weekend posts for both Express and Abercrombie. Lots of great stuff for Fall - I can't wait to get my orders in!

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10/8/17

Abercrombie 40% Off Sale Favorites

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The sales this weekend are just too good! I had to stop in today and share a few of my current favorites at Abercrombie plus the items on my wishlist for now and later! For reference all of my Abercrombie pieces here ran true to size and I took the same size as I normally do at Express.

V-Neck Sweater:
Sweater (40% off) | Necklace (c/o) | Similar Shorts | Pearl Sandals | Similar Bag (c/o Amazon)

This sweater is the only thing I haven't posted on the blog yet so far, and it's a really great basic piece! It's soft, comfortable, and true to size with a relaxed fit. It comes in several other colors, and the ones below still have a good selection of sizes. I would eventually like to the grey striped one too!
All colors of this sweater here

Peplum Cami:
Burgundy Cami (40% off) | Sweater (Current w/ more Inventory) | Jeans (c/o) | Top NecklaceLower Necklace | Shoes | Bag (c/o) | Bracelet 

Full post/front view of this outfit here.

Plaid Shirt:
Plaid Shirt (40% off) | (Similar) | Shoes | Necklace (c/o) | Bag | Similar Watch | Bracelet (c/o)

Front view of this outfit in this post.

Lace Cami:
Sweater (c/o) | Cami (On Sale- $17!) | Similar Shorts | Shoes | Bag (c/o) | Similar Necklace

This cami is selling out pretty quickly, and as of right now Navy is the only color fully stocked in all sizes. It's easily worth the $17 though! Front view of this outfit in this post.

T-Shirts:
Tee (On Sale- $11) | Jeans | Bag (c/o) | Shoes | Earrings | NecklaceBracelets (Get 10% off any order w/ code: onthedailyx)

I'm wearing the Light Pink color of this t-shirt above, and it's a great basic to wear on its own or layered with a jacket. I own this in several other colors, including the White Stripe and Burgundy version that are still in stock. Front view of this outfit is here.

Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for a new post!
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10/7/17

Express 40% off Sale Picks + Current Favorites

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Happy Saturday! Have you already shopped the Express sale? I'm still trying to narrow down my shopping cart. Several of the pieces on my list from this post are still on the list since I still think it might be a little too soon for me to be purchasing many truly cold weather pieces. It's supposed to get to 90 here today! That's unusually warm even for here, but it still makes it hard to order something like a cowl neck sweater. I may end up going with more options from the shoes and accessories categories since I can wear those now and in the coming months. After my current picks I'll share a few Express favorites that I currently own.

Tops, Sweaters, Jackets:

Shoes & Bags:

Current Favorites:

1. Taupe Booties
I bought these Taupe Booties at Express a couple of years ago and they are definite closet staple. They match easily with everything and have held up very well. I've noticed they re-release them every fall, then once they sell out they're gone again until next fall. I do wear a cushioned foot insole in mine (this one) and with that they're very comfortable for lots of walking. When I bought mine, they didn't come in half sizes so I bought a 7 (I normally wear a 7.5) and it fits perfectly. Here are a few different outfits I've worn with these taupe booties:
All outfits worn with these shoes.
Outfit One:
Similar Top | Similar Shorts | Necklace | Bag (c/o Fossil) | Shoes

Outfit Two:
Similar Jacket | Tank | Jeans | Shoes | Similar Necklace | Bag

Outfit Three:
Identical Jacket (Same brand as mine | Lace Cami | Jeans  | Shoes | Bag | Earrings (Gunmetal/Black) 

2. Tops:
While I have some long-time classic favorite tops like the Portofino Shirt and Barcelona Cami (you can access dozens of posts about those from the Categories Menu up top), I do have a few new-to-me favorites this season. The pink cami below is one of them, and I liked it enough to get it in white and black, too. The other two tops shown below are more seasonal/trend favorites. I try not to get too many of those but it's fun to have a couple of options in that category each season. All tops below fit true to size.
Just the Tops: One | Two | Three

Outfit One:
Sweater | Cami | Similar Necklace Similar Necklace c/o | Jeans | Shoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o)

Outfit Two: 
Top | Jeans | Similar Shoes

Outfit Three: 
Top | Necklace | Jeans | Shoes | Bag (c/o)

3. Jeans

I recapped all of my current favorite jeans at Express in this recent post, but all of the jeans in today's post are also from Express and part of the 40% off sale. All of them ran true to size for me. For reference I'm 5'4" and always prefer the short length if it's available. I can also buy jeans that are considered "ankle jeans" (like the pair in Outfit One under "Tops" in this post) and they end up being normal length on me! 

That's it from here! Let me know if you picked up something that you're loving from the Express Sale!

10/6/17

Everyday Outfits 10/6/17

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Hello and happy Friday! This week was pretty routine here. It seems like it took about a month to get used to the new school schedule, but we're finally there. It's busy but manageable (most of the time), vs. the beginning of the school year when it felt overwhelming. As usual I'm sharing outfit selfies from the past week with a few notes on sizing and fit. I also saw that Express is having a storewide 40% off this weekend! In these outfits my jeans, white cami and two of pairs of shoes shown (one exact, one with a current version) are all are included in the 40% off promotion.
Outfit Recap

Olive Ruffle Hem Jacket, Shorts:
Jacket (c/o) | Tank | Similar ShortsShoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o)
Fit Notes:
I paid close attention to the measurements with this shirt-jacket (c/o SheIn) and went with an XS. (See all my tips and strategies for sizing and shopping at SheIn here.) It's classified as a jacket and I'm wearing it as such, but it feels more like a shirt. It's plenty roomy with a kind of boxy fit (hard to tell with my arms at my sides like this), so definitely do not size up here.

Grey Cardigan, Pink Cami
Cardigan | Pink Peplum Cami (c/o) | Jeans (40% off) | Similar Boots (40% off) | Bag | Earrings

Fit Notes:
I really wanted to Fall-ify this peplum cami because I love it and wanted to get more use out of it. But it's really hard to deny the Spring/Summer vibe of this particular shade of pink. Oh well. I'm wearing a Small since they didn't carry an XS, but it's a stretchy fabric so I still recommend ordering your true size if that's an option. Size up to a Small only if you wear an XS.

I'm wearing the "Light Gray" version of this cardigan (true to size). My grey booties pictured are a couple of years old from Express, and they currently have this pair as part of the 40% off sale. Reviewers noted that they appear more taupe online but are actually grey in person, most likely a similar shade to mine.

Camo Tee, Jeans
Tee (c/o) | Jeans (40% off) | Shoes (40% off) | Bag (c/o) | Earrings (c/o)

Fit Notes:
This camo tee (c/o Shopbop) is true-to-size with a relaxed fit. You can see the length (it's pretty long) untucked in this post, as well as the white and charcoal grey t-shirts that come in the 3-pack with this.

I had to go down a half size in these shoes. I love the neutral color and how easy they are to throw on and go, but I have to be honest and say they aren't as comfortable as I hoped. Not terrible, but even a trip to Target in them is uncomfortable by the end. I might try some ball of foot pads in them and see if that helps a bit, because I do love the look and convenience of them.

Burgundy Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami (40% off)| Jeans (40% off) | Shoes | Bag (c/o) | Necklace | Earrings 

I shared the full view of this outfit here, but for quick reference I'm wearing a Small in this Cardigan (it doesn't come in XS). Also be sure to select the long version of this, since they also have a shorter option of multiple colors. I'm also loving this Soft V-Neck Cami that's part of the 40% off sale. I also have it in pink (shown here) and black (fitting room review here) and it ran true to size for me.

Instagram View: 
Here's the top view of these four outfits with the angle I typically share on Instagram. I like to put these in here too when I can since they often give a better look at jewelry and bags.

Olive Ruffle Hem Jacket, Shorts:
Jacket (c/o) | Tank | Similar ShortsShoes (c/o) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace | Bracelet (c/o)


Light Gray Cardigan, Pink Peplum Cami:
Cardigan | Pink Peplum Cami (c/o) | Jeans (40% off) | Similar Boots | Bag | Earrings | Necklace (c/o)


Camo Tee, Jeans:
Tee (c/o) | Jeans (40% off) | Shoes (40% off) | Bag (c/o) | Necklace | Bracelets (Get 10% off any order with code: onthedailyx. Contact shop owners for a custom set if you don't see a similar one in stock!)


Burgundy Cardigan, White Cami:
Cardigan (c/o) | Cami (40% off)| Jeans (40% off) | Shoes | Bag (c/o) | Necklace

I'll be sharing some of the items on my Express wishlist in my Saturday Shopping post tomorrow! A lot of my wishlist items from this post are still on the list since I didn't end up ordering them once I found out they were only 20% off that weekend. This time around they are included in the 40% off promo so the prices are looking much better!


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