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6/6/18

Summer Office-Style Inspo: Pintucked Ruffles & Pearl Buttons

Classic, timeless pieces with feminine details continue to be my staples for work wear. These are pieces that I reach for time and again, and that have me feeling my best when it comes to looking professional and polished for the office.

Today I'm mixing pieces from one of my favorite retailers for office wear, Ann Taylor. If you've been following my blog for some time, you know that I have shopped and styled several pieces from AT fairly regularly over the years. I've been a longtime AT shopper; their styles seem to suit me best, and I can always count on finding that perfect piece to incorporate into my work wardrobe.
I admit I own far too many ruffled blouses to count, especially shells. I love how versatile they are, allowing me to wear them alone during hot, Summer days, or to be worn layered under a cardigan or blazer in the frigid, air-conditioned office. They're definitely a staple in my wardrobe. 

This pintucked ruffle-bib blouse caught my eye online because of its beautiful periwinkle-blue shade. It's not a color I see too often, so seeing it with the ruffled details and ties at the neck, I knew that it would be a keeper. It's such an elegant, sweet blouse, and looks great tucked and untucked. It's easy to wash with no special dry-cleaning required, so that's also a bonus! (This ruffle blouse in the same color is also worth a glance!)
The show-stopper piece that I had to have, though, is this button pencil skirt. And it's why I'm such a loyal AT shopper: this skirt is nothing short of amazing. The fit, the style, the details -- they're perfection in my book. The color is black, despite it photographing a navy-blue here due to the bright lighting. The pearl buttons down the side are my favorite detail and really dress up this basic pencil-skirt style. It reminds me of something the ladies of the 1930s-40s would wear with their buttoned skirts and blouses, white gloves, pinned hair and hat, and pocketbook. It's an ultra-feminine look from a bygone fashion era that I continue to draw inspiration from daily.

A classy skirt like this can be worn an infinite number of ways and will look just as incredible for years to come. (Be sure to see this button skirt, too.)
 
I draped an open, tweed blazer over my shoulders for more coverage, which works well for the office. This is an older, legacy piece from Ann Taylor that I still reach for often. It adds an element of 'chic' to any outfit, from jeans and a top to a dressier, office look like this one. The ivory and black colors are a classic combo, and the tweed, open-front style of this jacket is very reminiscent of Chanel. I like pairing ivory/white and black with a pop of color, and think the structure of the jacket frames the periwinkle blouse nicely. 

To elongate my legs and keep the overall look streamlined, I kept with nude, patent accessories to finish the look. The right nude accessories can really make any outfit look sharp. For me, this means a simple, structured bag and  a pair of closed-toe pumps with a sleek shape. This "formula" never fails. It looks polished, pretty, and professional in any work environment.

ANN TAYLOR SALE + PIECES I'M LOVING

Get an extra 60% off all sale items until 9pm tonight, PST! (No code is needed; discount will be automatically applied at check-out.) 

Now's the time to snag your favorite pieces at a major discount, but hurry, the sale ends soon! 

Here are a few Ann Taylor pieces I'm currently loving (some on sale, some not):


OUTFIT DETAILS:

Ann Taylor Open Tweed Jacket (xxsp) - old (similar here) //
Arcadia Nude Patent Dome Satchel - old (similar here) //
Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here)

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Summer outfits like this one help me look and feel my best when it comes to dressing for the office, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. 

What are some of your favorite office styles during Summer?

As always, thank you for reading! 

XO,
Sara

This post was in no way sponsored by Ann Taylor or Ann, Inc.; I am only sharing pieces and outfits I love that were created from my own, personal collection and wardrobe.


6/2/18

Minty Stripes: Flattering Fit & Flare Dress for $40!

And just like that, it's already June. Can you believe it? How are we already almost half-way through the year? At least Summer is right around the corner! Bring on all the fun, summertime events -- grad ceremonies, parties, weddings, bridal and baby showers, brunches.... 

With several of these already on the horizon, I started shopping for dresses early before all the good ones in my size sold out, and happened on this petite, fit-and-flare dress for only $40!
Isn't it precious? It looks even better in-person! 

I love the stripes! The mint and ivory colors are fresh and summery, and play nicely off the subtle, metallic stripes that alternate between them. They add just the right amount of shimmer to elevate it your typical fit-and-flare dress, making it perfect for upcoming special events! (Outdoor weddings or brunch dates, anyone?) 
This darling, little number is packed full of pretty details! My favorites:

 - the chevron paneling down the front of the bodice 
- the feminine pleats of the skirt
 - the attached belt that pulls everything together

Yes, the belt comes with the dress! And it's a decent-quality one, too! Wear it as-is or swap out the belt for another one to change up the look. The small belt loops will keep it secure. (For wider belts, just tuck the belt loops under or remove them altogether.)  
This dress is super flattering! I'm wearing size 2p, and it fits nicely with a little room to spare in the waist/hips. Flattering and comfy is my holy-grail combo when it comes to fit! Normally, I would order a 0p, but the 2p is the smallest size available for this dress. That said, I think it still looks lovely. The length is also ideal, hitting just above the knee. I'm 5'2 and the dress length is approximately 37", for reference.  

It's easy to get on and off, zipping smoothly up the back. I find that some dresses at this price point tend to skimp on decent zippers, causing them to get stuck or break in the fabric (such a pain!) but I'm happy to see that this one feels durable. The only caveat: the dress itself is unlined. You'll need to wear a half-slip skirt and nude or light-colored undergarments for modesty.
The only other thing that would've made this dress any sweeter is pockets! But for all its other perks, it's still definitely a keeper! I love how ladylike it is! 

It works great for the office, too -- it's polished, pretty, yet still professional. For shoulder coverage in more conservative workplaces or for meetings, I add a crisp, white blazer and then belt it, like I've done in the past here
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Chanel classic flap - vintage (similar Chanel here; affordable dupes here & here) //


You can't go wrong with a versatile dress like this one, especially for the price!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 

XO,
Sara



5/27/18

Summertime Stripes + Memorial Day Weekend Sales


Easy-breezy sundresses that are cute, comfy and lightweight are definitely my Spring and Summer go-tos. Case in point: this darling, cotton dress with its fresh summertime stripes in blue and white. I just can't get enough of it! 

This button-down dress from Abercrombie & Fitch has easily been one of my favorite finds in recent months, and I'm so excited to finally be sharing it with you in this blog post, especially now that it's on sale!
Thanks to all the amazing Memorial Day sales, this dress is now marked down to only $35! (No code needed.) I absolutely adore it and highly recommend it. I have already worn it an embarrassing number of times!

 I immediately fell in love with its simple-sweet design and all the little details that make it special: the button-down detailing, the front patch pockets, the sweetheart neckline, and the adjustable straps. It hits all the right style notes and makes dressing for hot-weather days really fast and effortless.

The buttons aren't functional, taking away any worrisome gaping, thank goodness. The back of the dress has stretchy smocking, too, allowing you to just slip it on and go.

This dress comes in other colors, lengths, and sizing options, too. I was thrilled to see a blush-pink color in this same style, and of course added it to my cart along with this striped one. If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall me featuring it a few months ago just before my trip to Cancún. (See it on me here.) It's equally adorable and was perfect for the warm, tropical climate. It packs nicely, too, with little to no wrinkling if you roll it up in your suitcase!

As far as sizing goes, I'd say it runs true-to-size to slightly small. I sized up to a Small for comfort and also opted for the Tall version for more length. I'm 5'2" and it hits a few inches above my knees. Any shorter, and I'd probably wear it less since it would be a true mini dress on me, and would limit the number of places I'd be able to wear it. Depending on your personal fit preference, though, you're safe ordering your true size and then choosing between the regular, petite, or tall options for less or more length as needed.

The dress holds its own without a lot of accessories, but I added a few feminine ones like a blush ring-handle tote, my favorite Ray-bans, gold hoop earrings, and nude ankle-tie sandals. I also tied an ivory cardigan around my waist to lend it a slightly more casual vibe while also giving me an extra layer of warmth for when it gets chilly. 

The styling options are virtually endless for this dress since it can easily be dressed up or down with a few quick accessory swaps. For a dressier look, go with a cropped cardigan or blazer, statement earrings, and heels. For a casual look, go with a denim jacket, minimal or dainty jewelry, espadrille wedges or flat sandals. 


Since this dress comes in so many pretty options, I wanted to share them all in one spot for you. Scroll through to see all my favorite button-down dresses from Abercrombie -- all on sale!

MY FAVORITE A&F BUTTON-DOWN DRESSES



OUTFIT DETAILS:
Abercrombie & Fitch Button-Down Dress (sz Small-Tall) - on sale for $35 //
Ann Taylor Cardigan (sz XXSP) - on sale for $42 w/ code GETSTYLED //
T.J. Maxx Blush Ring-Handle Tote - sold out (similar here & here) //
Lord & Taylor 18k Gold Hoop Earrings - sold out (similar here on sale for $28) //
Nude Ankle-Tie Sandals - old from Ann Taylor (similar here, here, here) //
Ray-Ban Aviators - gradient blue, 55mm (small) - perfect for petite faces! //


MEMORIAL DAY SALES I'M SHOPPING
(Updated Sunday, 5/27/18)

Now, onto the Memorial Day sales!
While there are several sales happening right now, these are the only noteworthy ones I'm actually shopping:


ANN TAYLOR -  40% off full-price items + extra 60% off sale items with code GETSTYLED

ANTHROPOLOGIE - Extra 40% off sale items + 20% off full-price furniture and decor (no code needed)

BANANA REPUBLIC - 40% off everything with code BRSUMMER + FREE shipping on orders of $50+ and FREE 3-5 day shipping on all orders of $100+ with code BRSHIP

EXPRESS - Up to 50% off everything (no code needed)

FOREVER 21 - Extra 30% of sale items with code EXTRA30

GAP - 40% off everything with code MEMDAY + extra 10% off and FREE shipping with code BEST

LOFT - 40% off full-price items + extra 50% off sale items + FREE shipping with code SURPRISE

LORD & TAYLOR - 20% off orders up to $199.99, 25% off orders of $200+ with code GIVE

NORDSTROM - Up to 40% off select styles as marked for half-yearly sale + FREE shipping/returns every day (no minimum)

NORDSTROM RACK - Extra 25% off all clearance items for clear-the-rack sale (prices as marked)

OLD NAVY - 20% off your entire order (discount applied at check-out), 50% off all dresses, shorts, swim, tees, tanks (no code needed) + FREE shipping on orders of $50+

TALBOTS - Extra 40% off 1 item, extra  50% off 2+ items (no code needed)

TARGET - 20% off select clothing, shoes, and more with code MEMORIAL

SALE ITEMS I OWN & LOVE
(all less than $80!)

Same dress from this post (in blush) - now $35

Shoulder-tie dress in white (also in fuchsia and navy) - now $25 //
Lilac bow suede mules - now $24

Gingham ribbon sandals - now $78 //
Orchid floral sandals - now $24 //
Lilac bow suede mules - now $24 //
Yellow suede bow espadrilles - only $28

Mustard lace-up dress (also in plus sizes) - now $20 //
Tan espadrilles - now $79 //
Gold filigree hoop earrings - only $4


Belted fit & flare dress (2P) - now $40
{This full look coming to the blog soon!}

Scalloped tote - only $49

Ruffled white swimsuit (XS) - now $32
{featured on the blog here & here}

Scallop-trim shell (XXSP) - now $8 (sizes very limited - act fast!)

Button-down cami (S) - only $15

Lace-up tassel sandals - now $65 (sizes very limited - act fast!)

Embroidered dress (XS) - now $20

Floral fit & flare dress (XS) - now $20

Gold filigree hoop earrings - only $4 //
Floral pajama top worn as a blouse (XS) - now $12
{This full look coming to the blog soon!}

I hope you're all having a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! We're doing a little grilling at our house today and I've got my eye on the shrimp skewers. ;-)

XO,
Sara






5/1/18

Gifts for Mom - A Mother's Day Gift Guide


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How on earth is it already May?! Mother's Day is already a short two weeks away, which means it's time to start prepping and shopping for all the special mommas in your life! (And maybe pick up a thing or two for yourself, too. Don't worry, your secret is safe with me. 😉)

Today I'm rounding up so many pretty picks that would make the perfect Mother's Day gifts! With all the selfless love, care, and support our mothers and mother-figures have given us over the years -- yes, even at our worst -- it's so important to give back to them and to let them know how much we truly love, respect, and appreciate them and all their countless sacrifices! I've chosen gifts from all different categories to help you with some ideas -- fashion, home, beauty, and more -- all at varying price points for every budget.

Pictured in the collage above are some of my top picks. All the colorful prints and feminine details are so darling and perfectly gift-worthy! These are all gifts that caught my eye (and a few that I already own and love!) Several of these can be bundled together, too, for a unique and personal touch that shows the extra thought you put into it. I've talked about this before in previous gift guide posts, but some of the best and most memorable gifts I've received from friends and family have been those that have been bundled within each other, like gifts within a gift. For example, a darling bag like this one that is stuffed with a lipstick set, perfume, candle, earrings, or cute pouch and finished with a pretty scarf or ribbon tied around it in a bow. What gal wouldn't love to receive such a sweet gift tailored to her?

The "Home Is Where Your Mom Is" dish towel is possibly one of the most precious towels I've ever seen -- I know my heart would explode if my babies gifted this to me! Or this "Best Mom Ever" scarf...100% silk and so stinkin' cute! 💗

Also, the flutter-sleeved floral robe is such a beauty! It comes in a pretty blush floral print, too! I think this would be such a lovely gift for all mommas or any mommas-to-be, too; it's something she can feel extra pretty in, especially on those rough days when just getting dressed is a tiresome feat. Get her a matching garment bag and sleep mask for the ultimate lounge set and I'm sure she'll love you to the moon and back!

I'm really crushing on all the beautiful silk scarves this season, too, like the lilac toile one above and this whimsical picnic one, too! Mom can wear them around her neck, in her hair, or tied to a cute Summer bag.

One of the coolest gifts I came across is this heart-shaped portable charger! It's simple and sweet with its gold-heart design but it's also super practical and something every mom-on-the-go could use daily! Few things are more aggravating than your cell phone dying when you're out and about and need it the most. (We've all been there. The worst.) I love that you can just attach this cutie to your bag or clutch and have one less thing to worry about! It gives your phone just enough "juice" until you can get home or get to a charger to fully charge it.

I'm rounding up all my Mother's Day Gift Ideas for you below!
Have fun browsing, and I hope you're able to find that perfect gift you've been searching for!

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS


XO,

Sara
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