Dressing Room Diaries (at Gap)

I think it’s becoming pretty clear that I often like to spend my lunch breaks shopping and browsing the latest and greatest that some of my fave retailers have to offer.  Before kids, I used to love nothing more than spending all day Saturday or Sunday shopping & browsing.  Fast forward 4 years and I don’t exactly have time to do that (except over lunch).  Anyways, on a recent outing I hit the Gap and had a little try on sesh.  I picked things to try on that were neutral and could easily be mixed into your current wardrobe and last for a couple of seasons.  I looked specifically for office appropriate looks.

Happy Monday!

Starting with this soft spun flutter sleeve cotton top.  They didn’t have my size so this is too big (FIT TIP – size down.  I’m wearing a S here).  This would be great for layering under a jacket with jeans.  You could also dress this up with the ponte zip dressier leggings I have on.  Throw on a nice pair of heels and you’re set.

STYLE TIP – This shirt is kind of sheer, throw on a cami underneath

Softspun flutter sleeve top

Zip ponte legging

Why didn’t I buy this denim RUFFLE sleeve jacket?  I’m trying to be good, but this is sooo cute.  Keep it more casual by throwing it on over the cotton tee shown above.

FIT TIP:  TTS (I’m wearing an XS)

Denim Ruffle Jacket

Or wear it over this ruffle blouse for a slightly dressier look.

Swiss dot cascade ruffle top

This swiss dot cascade ruffle top is great.

FIT TIP:  TTS (I’m wearing an XS)

This black swing dress is the perfect LBD to add to your closet.  I threw the denim ruffle jacket over it, but you could easily pair it with a cardigan too.  This dress would be perfect with booties, tall boots or a pair of heels for a more dressed up look.

FIT TIP:  TTS (I’m wearing an XS)

Black Long Sleeve Swing Dress 

Lastly, I’m sharing this black and white plaid longer tunic button up.  I have it paired with the side zip ponte pants.  You could throw on a pair of boots or heels with this.

FIT TIP:  TTS (I’m wearing an XS)

Plaid pintuck long sleeve shirt

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Under $30 Gift Guide for her

The Holidays are upon us and that means a lot of gift giving.  This particular guide is to help you with those one-off gifts that you buy for your hair stylist, teachers and office exchanges.  Everything listed here is under $30 and I think there truly is something for everyone on this list.

Happy Shopping, friends!

1.)  These adorable little lotion bars are from a local company in STL called Lark Skin Co.  Lisa, the owner of Lark, creates simple and effective organic beauty products.  These lotion bars come in a cute little tin and smell delightful!  Throw one in your purse or stash it on your desk, they are great for a gal on the go.

 

 

Lark Skin Co Lavendar + Mint Lotion Bar

$12

 

2.)  Everyone always needs an extra pair of gloves. I’m mad for plaid, so I couldn’t resist sharing these adorable plaid bow gloves.

Francesca’s Tiffani Plaid Bow Gloves

$24

3.)  Bauble Bar has the best and brightest accessories.  I can’t get enough of their cute pops of colors, and this necklace would be perfect for the stylish gal on your list.   This necklace comes in 5 colors and it’s under $25.

BaubleBar Guadeloupe Pom Pom Necklace

$22

4.)  Everyone loves a candle, right? K Hall Candle company has the best smelling candles – particularly this milk scent.  Amazing.

K. Hall Designs Milk Jar Candle

$26

5.)  Coffee mugs are another go-to easy gift because you can combine it with a Starbucks gift card or some nice gourmet coffee from Trader Joe’s or such.  These Astrology mugs from Target are perfectly priced.

 

Target Threshold Astrology Coffee Mugs

$6

6.)  This rose gold passport holder is great for the girl that loves to travel or maybe travels for her job.  Under $20 and gets great reviews.

 

J Crew Factory Leather Passport Case

$15

7.)  Poms are everywhere right now, and what better place for them than on a hat!  This neutral one would work for everyone.

J Crew Factory Cozy Marled Pom Pom Hat

$18

8.)  I love this geo desk coaster for the creative type of gal on your list.  It would look super cute on her desk!

Anthropologie Silvered Geo Desk Coaster

$18

9.)  Give her something personalized with one of these metallic initial keychains from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie Monogram Keychain

$18

10.)  Last but not least, who doesn’t like some pampering.  These Essie Gel Couture manicure sets are awesome.  They last forever too and the manicure holds up well.

Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Set

$19

 

What’s on your shopping list?  I want to hear!

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How to host a virtual baby shower

You guys, this was by far one of the coolest and most special things I’ve ever been a part of.  My dear friend/college roommate lives in London and is expecting her first baby in December.  As much as we would’ve all loved to travel abroad to see her, that just wasn’t feasible haha.  Enter the virtual baby shower idea!  Myself and another gal pal got the wheels in motion for this and it just snowballed into amazing-ness from there.  We all have friends/family that live near and far and throwing a virtual baby shower is a great option!

STEP 1:  Send an invitation to attendees

In our case we decided to surprise the mom to be so we worked with her husband and he was great at keeping a secret.  I whipped up an invitation using Canva (a free online tool that allows you to design all sorts of fun things – including invitations). I then attached it to an email that I sent to the guests (+ dad to be).  The email had additional details around gift collection (we sent them an Amazon gift card via email), plus info on how to join the Facebook Messenger Video Chat.  The tutorial linked here was super easy to follow.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you can only see up to 6 people.  Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

STEP 2:  Shop for party decorations + treats

I grabbed a pink pom pom banner from Target + pink paper plates.  I bought two of each of these and sent one set to the UK so they could have the same matching party decs we had at our house! A few of the other attendees bought the same banner too.

Trader Joe’s is ALWAYS my go to for fresh flowers and they didn’t disappoint with these beautiful pink roses (30 of them for $10)! Say what?! I was able to make two vases full. Their sparkling pink lemonade is delish, and how cute are the pink and white shortbread sprinkle cookies?!  These are all great options for a girly party of any kind.

I snagged these cute (and yummy) strawberry cupcakes from the bakery at my local grocery store ($1.25 / ea) and then just displayed them on a little cake platter.

STEP 3:  Celebrate!

Let the shower begin!  Our call lasted about 45 min and we only had a few bad moments where the reception wasn’t great.  It was so fun to surprise the mom-to-be and still give her a memorable shower experience even from afar.  Technology is simply amazing!

 

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Sweater Faves

There are SO many great options right now for sweaters!  Bright colors, bold prints, fun textures and little details too.  I pulled together a few of my faves based on some of these criteria so you can shop easier based on what fits your own style.  Happy Shopping and Happy FRIDAY!

Bright Colors

I’m loving this bright yellow for a cold dreary winter day!  The price is great too.  ASOS has free shipping when you spend $40 and always free returns.  Shop without fear, friends!

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ASOS Sweater in Fluffy Yarn with Crew Neck // $35

I love this pretty orange / rust color for these fall months.  It’s a color that really looks great on everyone.  And you can pair it with brown or black (and leopard too)!

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Madewell Tier-Sleeve Pullover Sweater // $88

Fun Sleeves

I can’t get enough of this sweater from Forever 21.  The sleeves are AMAZE and it comes in Small – X-Large. And hello, it’s $20!


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Forever 21 Chunky Ribbed Knit Trumpet Sleeved Sweater // $20

Target’s new brands this season have some really fun pieces…like this red sweater with awesome sleeves.  It comes in ivory too and it’s under $30!

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Target A New Day Bishop Sleeve Pullover // $28

I’ve got a thing with sleeves.  This one is similar to the Target one, but longer if you’re looking for a tunic type of option.  It would be a great one to add to your Xmas list.

 

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Nordstrom Topshop Balloon Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater // $75

Unique Details

Little pearl embellishments are popping up everywhere and I think they are the perfect addition to a little sweater.  It’s subtle, but I like it.  This one is a good option for jeans OR black pants if you need to be a little dressier at work.

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H&M Knit Beaded Sweater // $50

Ruffles are my jam right now.  And this cute sweater has the perfect amount.  It’s part of the Nordy fall sale too! This is a pretty shade of gray and comes in S – L.

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Nordstrom BLANKNYC Ruffle Yoke Sweater // $47

I love the back cut out detail on this sweater.  I personally would wear a little tank under it, but it’s fun nonetheless.

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Jack by BB Dakota Percival Open Panel Back Sweater // $41

Funky Prints

I couldn’t avoid some leopard print, and it’s a cardi so it’s so easy to wear!  Another Target goodie!

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Target Mossimo Leopard Print Cardigan // $30

I also couldn’t resist some fun floral embroidery AND better yet this is a part of the Nordstrom Fall Sale going on right now.  Get it while it lasts!  This one is sitting in my cart but I’m trying to resist the urge.  But it’s so cute!

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Nordstrom Woven Heart Ruffle Sleeve Embroidered Sweater // $32

 

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Gray Open Shoulder Sweater

So let me start by saying the sweater I’m wearing here is apparently SOLD OUT on Nordstrom.com…I bought it over the summer in the Anniversary Sale so I suppose that’s why.  I’m linking a few similar ones for you here.

Happy Friday Eve, ladies!

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A few similar options for you. . .

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Forever 21 Marled Open Shoulder Sweater // $28

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Shein Open Shoulder Sweater // $13

 

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Gap A-Line Cold Shoulder Pullover // $30

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