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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Trends: Off the shoulder top

I’m really enjoying the trend of of the shoulder tops.  I know it is not necessarily new, but I have always shied away from it in the past because I have larger breasts.  In the last few years though, I have begun to broaden my horizons and not be afraid to try out the new trends.  I have discovered the strapless bra from Lane Bryant which has allowed me to wear many tops that I would have considered to not be an option for me.  So, here I am sharing a picture of two ways that I have worn the Chambray off the shoulder top from Lane Bryant.  Enjoy!

Outfit #1 – Chambray off the shoulder top (Lane Bryant) paired with Dark Sea Blue drapey skirt (Old Navy)

Outfit #2 – Chambray off the shoulder top (Lane Bryant) paired with Flowy Lace Shorts (Torrid)

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3 days in outfits

This was fun to do last week, so I am doing it again.  Here are three outfits from last week.  All of the clothes are from Lane Bryant.  The yellow shoes are an old classic that I purchased from Boston Store in Wisconsin about three years ago.  The strappy sandals with the flowers on top are also a classic from a few years ago. I believe they are Aerosoles, but unfortunately I believe they are past their prime.  The sandals with the gold details were featured on my blog last year.  They are from Lane Bryant.  Hope you all enjoy!

Talk to you all soon!

A few outfits from last week

Here are a few outfits from last week. Everything is from Lane Bryant except the striped dress.  That was purchased from Saks off Fifth.  The black flat sandals are Nine West.  The wedge sandals are Reaction by Kenneth Cole.  The summer weather had me feeling very flirty, so dresses/skirts were worn three of the five work days.

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Casual Friday

Lane Bryant recently had a massive clearance sale where there were quite a few items that were $6.99.  I didn’t find a ton of things, but I did get this sweater.  The color of this sweater is beautiful and I thought it would be a great color to wear on Halloween.  The cuffed jeans are a few years old from Lane Bryant and I purchased to booties from a local boutique.

Talk to you all soon.

New clothing buys

Over the past few weeks, I have made a few purchases at some really good sales, and some not so great sales, but I felt that I had to have the item. You know…immediate gratification and all. In the pictures, the black and white dress and the brown multi-colored dress are both from Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant has been having a great clearance sale while they prepare their inventory for fall. The black and white dress is actually from the Lane Collection which is now called 6th & Lane. I purchased both of these dresses for under $25 each.

The black skirt with LONG slits on both sides and the Love Never Fades tee are from Old Navy. I love Old Navy and had not been in there all summer. The skirt was $29.99, and I believe the tee was $16.99. The skirt was a little pricey, but I thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe and I have worn it quite a bit since I purchased it. I’m really going to miss the summer. I am always most comfortable in my clothes during the summer, so here comes my challenging time which is fall.

Talk to you all soon!

Calvin Klein Skirt (OOTD)

I bought a new skirt from Belk for 60% off this weekend.  I originally planned on wearing this skirt as a dress because it’s so long, so I figured that people may not know the difference.  I changed my mind this morning after I found a pretty yellow flower necklace at Charming Charlies.  So, I decided to wear a yellow tank and a white, knit shrug jacket instead.   I got the shrug from Belk at 75% off.  I was out getting bargains last Friday.  Anyway, here is today’s work attire.