Just give me all the gingham

I have gone crazy for gingham! Lane Bryant has been having quite a few gingham pieces show up in their store and none of them really screamed for me to take it home.  Low and behold, they come out with some online exclusive pieces that I absolutely fall in love with!  Now, I like to try my clothes on and I hate returning things so I’m not really an online shopper.  I held out on buying these pieces for a while but would still stalk lanebryant.com daily just to make sure they were still there.  Then the 40% off and spring sale came and sizes started disappearing.  I had to act fast and get the three pieces that I had been lusting after and I have not been disappointed.  I selected a size and kept my fingers crossed that everything would fit.  And it did!  I could have gone down a size on the dress, but once I added a belt…it was perfect.

I purchased my very first bikini!  It’s a high waisted one.  (I’m not that confident….yet!)  But I was surprisingly very emotional about it.  I always look at 2 piece suits and really love the way that they look, but have always been to scared to get one.  Well, I purchased the top as part of their online exclusive and the bottoms I got off the clearance rack at the outlet for $5.98!  That made the entire outfit less than $50. The shoes are Rebecca Minkoff from last year. (Gingham Flounce Bikini Tolt-In Bandeau Bra $41.02)

The next gingham piece is the Gingham shell with belt $26.69.  I absolutely love this top.  I tried it on in the store and when I walk out of the dressing room to show one of my favorite store managers…people wanted to know where that top was in the store.   Sorry, online only.  Kind of a bummer for them.  I paired it with a white skort also from Lane Bryant but many many years old.

The final piece from Lane Bryant is the Off the shoulder shirtdress ($40.04).  I have a beach trip coming up and I just pictured myself wearing this dress while walking on the beach.  It’s so pretty, flowy and summery.  I could not pass it up. I’m so excited to see if it makes me feel as good on the beach as it did in my imagination. This dress has a thin lining which is pretty soft and comfortable.  I also love the tie detail on the sleeves. The gold belt is from Lane Bryant and does not come with the dress. The sandals are from Guess last year.

The final piece is a gorgeous off the shoulder shirt that I bought from Saks off 5th.  It’s by a brand called BeachLunchLounge which I absolutely love!  This is my first piece from them, but I know that I am going to buy more because I have been eyeing some of it for a few months now. It was $34.99 and I just paired it with my denim boyfriend fit distressed capri’s from Torrid.

As you can see, the trend that I have fallen in love with this year is gingham and I continue my love for the off the shoulder trend that picked up steam last year. I believe I blogged about that for several pieces I purchased back then.

I hope you enjoy the looks!  Talk to you all soon.

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Henri Bendel Sip & Shop with Everyday Runway (Parker Simmons)

Recently, I went to an event at Henri Bendel that was hosted by the blogger Everyday Runway.  I have been trying to get out more and socialize.  So after remembering last minute that I had RSVP’d to the event, I turned my car around and raced down to Lenox Mall.  I was completely unprepared for this event since I had completely forgotten about it!  I was not remotely dressed in anything that I wanted to be seen at a social event in!  I was somewhat horrified, but I sucked it up and showed my face anyway.  Parker Simmons of Everyday Runway was such a great hostess.  I enjoyed chatting with her about all of the Henri Bendel items.  We also chatted about some boutique favorites such as Trapp Candles which are my favorite. I browsed the store and purchased a cute mug that caught my eye almost immediately.  I love mugs, glasses and random water bottles.  Anyway, I stayed for about 45 minutes, then made my exit.

The next morning, I got a phone call that I had actually won the drawing for the purse that they were giving away.  I was so excited.  I never win anything really so it was a shock.  I almost did not even bother entering, but am glad I did.  I believe the purse is called the Whitney Crossbody Tote.  I love the color. It is going to be perfect with so many of my spring looks.

All in all, I had a wonderful time and look forward to getting out to more social events.

Talk to you all soon….