Fitting Room Review: Loft

We are in our final week of summer break and I am beginning to think about my school wardrobe!  It is always fun going back to school, I feel like I gain a whole new section in my closet.  I have noticed my last two shopping trips have switched to school related items and pieces for fall!  This morning was cooler and overcast and had me dreaming of fall layers!

On Thursday, I took a mommy day and did a little shopping at Loft.  I didn’t make it anywhere else, but I found plenty due to the fabulous Loft girls at my local store!  Here are the items that I tried on and came home with me!

Outfit Details|| Top: Loft || Pants:  Loft

This Lou & Grey top I think was my favorite purchase.  Like most Lou & Grey items, this tunic is incredibily soft and comfortable!  I have last year’s winter version that is long sleeved.  I wore it constantly, and was excited to see that they had a short sleeve version for this season.  I find most Lou & Grey items run a size large.  This top was no different,  I ended up sizing down to an x-small.

Most of the items I was trying on didn’t look great with the shorts I had worn that day.  So I grabbed a pair of bi-stretch kick crop pants in Julie fit.  TIP:  if you have patterned bottoms on or go shopping in a dress grab a neutral pair of bottoms to try clothes on with.  This will help decision making so much easier!  I ended up falling in love with the fit and have been thinking about them ever since I left.  These pants  may have to come home with me on the next 40% off sale!  These pants fit true to size for me.  I am normally a size 4 in the Julie fit and they were perfect!

Outfit Details|| Top:  Loft || Pants:  Loft

I am a sucker for just about anything Leopard print, and this top was no exception.  I loved the heavier material that helped give it a shape rather than just being boxy.  This top will be a perfect top to wear alone or layer later as the temps begin to drop.  This top was true to size and I got a small.  It is also currently 40% off!  How cute will this look with my new Sam Edelman black flats from the #Nsale?  Speaking of leopard did you see the leopard dress I got during my last Loft visit? Check out the blog post here.

Outfit Details|| Top:  Loft 

I am still trying to get used to documenting everything for the blog, so In my excitement, I forgot to take pictures of most of my purchases!  Some of my favorite IG ladies were asking to see what I got so I tried to capture them.  The quality of the picutures isn’t the best, but you can get an idea!

This sweater tunic is perfect!  It is currently $15 and comes in cream, black, navy and a gorgeous blue!  Unfortunately, my store did not have my size in the blue so I got the cream knowing it would go with just about everything!  This top runs large, and I sized down to an x-small.  Can you picture this with skinnies, booties, and a scarf!  Can you tell I am dreaming of fall?

Outfit Details || Dress:  Loft

This dress caught my eye when it first came out, but I thought to myself do I really need another stripped dress.  I was able to resist up until this last visit.  It was on sale with an additional 50% off which made it $27.  The only size they had was x-small so I figured I might as well try!  It fit perfectly!  I love how soft the fabric is and how comfortable the entire dress feels.  This dress is another piece I can imagine with boots and layered with a scarf or a cardi!  I didn’t realize when I bought it that it can also be worn off the shoulder!  Score another way to change up a perfect dress!

Outfit Details || Dress:  Loft 

Where to begin with this dress…..It is Lou & Grey, a swing dress, and the most comfortable thing in my closet to date!  It fits true to size, and I got a size small.  The color is hard to see in the picture but it is a charcoal grey.  Surprisingly, I do not have anything in this color so it was a must!  It also comes in black.  If you do not have a swing dress yet you need one in your closet!  The fit is perfect, like most swing dresses!  I have the perfect red plaid scarf I cannot wait to wear with this!

Outfit Details || Top: Loft

This top almost did not come home with me.  At the time I thought do I really need another white top?  The fit and and the detailing on the neckline won me over!  This top is an online exclusive and fits beautifully!  I loved how it came in at the waist and hit right above my hips.  Luckily, this top made the cut!  I ended up ruining a few of my favorite white tops in the wash that very afternoon!  This top comes in four colors including black, a blush, and a merlot.  It is also currently 40% off!

What was your favorite item from this shopping trip?  What are some of your favorite transitional pieces that you’ve bought lately?

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5 Easy Tips to Look Great in the Heat

Summer is one of my favorite seasons! I love being outside! Warm summer days, call for hanging out at a barbecue or relaxing by the pool. Most of my days are spent running around, and at the baseball diamond. I can’t lie they are also spent at the pool! (Thankfully, I have amazing parents who live two doors down with a fabulous pool!)

The past week we have had heat advisories and temps in the high 90’s. There is nothing worse than sweating and feeling like the clothes you put on that day are making you even more miserable! Some days, I try to put on as little clothing as possible, but still look modest. To make sure that I am comfortable in the heat, yet still feel confident about my clothes, I keep the following 5 rules in mind when I am getting dressed!

Outfit Details|| Necklace: Kendra Scott || Top: Target (similiar) || Shorts: Loft || Shoes: Macy’s

1. Wear lightweight clothing. 


Outfit Details|| Earrings: Charming Charlie || Top: Loft (sold out) || Shorts: Loft (old) || Shoes: Amazon

2.  Put hair up or a hat on!

Outfit Details|| Earrings: Kendra Scott || Necklace: Modern and Chic (use code ‘SHOPAHOLIC’ to receive 20% off entire purchase || Romper: Loft || Shoes: Similar

3.  Wear minimal accessories.   

Outfit Details|| Necklace: Old || Top: Old|| Shorts: JCrew Factory || Shoes: Amazon

4.  Wear lighter colored clothing.

Outfit Details|| Neckalce: Kendra Scott || Romper: Loft

5.  Make sure you are comfortable!  Take a test outside before you leave!

 What are your tricks for still looking cute, but not melting in the heat?

Bella Chic: Jewelry with a Purpose

I absolutely love the necklace, and company I am featuring today! I received this necklace as a gift from Bella Chic, but all opinions are my own. Bella Chic is a company that supports the work of local artisans who handcraft each item. Each piece is handmade by women in Columbia. The best part is, that portions of profits are donated to charities that support women when they need it most. All of their jewelry is versatile and can be worn casually or even dressed up.

Outfit Details || Top: Target (exact) || Shorts: Loft (exact) || Necklace: Bella Chic (exact)

The Perlas del Amazonas necklace is made of multiple bombona seeds, filling four separate entwined strings and crocheted together.  This bombona seed “bunch” is connected to a single row of acai berries along each arm of the necklace, and completed in the back with a single acai berry clasp to allow easy on and off.

Outfit Details|| Dress: Jcrew Factory (old) || Sandals: Michael Kors via Macy’s (exact) ||

As you can see the necklace is very versatile. I love the easy on and off, and never worry about it unexpectedly coming undone! This piece is unique and stands out in its beauty! During the summer, I tend to stay away from statement necklaces. They can be heavy and add extra weight in hot temps. This necklace is lightweight enough to stand up to high temperatures and humid weather.  If you get a chance check out Bella Chic, there are so many gorgeous pieces!

Outfit Details|| Dress: Gap Factory (old) || Shoes: Clarks (old) ||


Instagram Week in Review: July 24, 2016

This week has been super busy! To read more about our week, check out  this week’s Top 5 Moments.  This week’s looks included lots of comfy outfits that I call my ‘mom uniform’!  Also had a great Ladies Night Out at Lane201!  Lane201 is having a sale this weekend using code ‘weekend15’.   Many of these looks from Loft are on sale right now using code vacay!  Which is your favorite look?

Outfit Details|| Top:  Loft (exact) || Skirt:  Loft (similiar) || Shoes:  Target (exact) || Necklace:  Target (exact) ||

This was this week’s look for church!  Love dressing up and still being comfortable!  Spent the entire day in this outfit as we ran errands.

Outfit Details|| Top:  Loft (similiar) || Shorts:  Loft (old) || Shoes:  Gap Factory (similiar) || Necklace: Kendra Scott (exact) ||

This look was for our trip to the Columbus Zoo with one of my IG bestie’s @stylishprofessor and her son! I knew we were going to walk a ton and it was going to be extremely hot!  Comfy casual was definitely needed!


Outfit Details || Top:  Loft (old)  || Shorts:  Loft (exact) || Shoes: Jessica Simpson (exact) || Necklace: Kendra Scott (exact) || Earrings:  Kendra Scott (exact) ||

Another comfy casual look for baseball on Wednesday.  This is the epitome of my mom uniform.  Check out my post about how to dress your body here.

Outfit Details|| Top:  Lane201 (exact) || Shorts:  Loft (exact) || Shoes:  Amazon (exact) || Necklace:  Loft (exact) ||

Loving the soft colors of this look!  Wore this out to dinner with my grandma Wednesday evening.  The back of this top is even more adorable then the front!

Outfit Details|| Romper:  Loft (exact) (simliar) || Necklace:  Kendra Scott (exact) || Earrings:  Kendra Scott (exact) ||

Friday was extremely hot and called for as little as possible!  This romper was the perfect thing!

Outfit Details || Top: Lane201 (exact) || Watch: Kate Spade (exact) || Shorts: Loft (exact) \\  Jewelery & Shoes:  Old||

Thursday evening’s look for Ladies Night out!  If you haven’t checked out Lane201 yet you need to!  They are having 15% off this weekend!

Outfit Details|| Dress: Loft || Necklace:  Kendra Scott (exact) ||

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Fitting Room Reviews: Loft & Target

Disclaimer:  I have not received any type of compensation from Loft for this post.  All opinions are my own.  This post does contain affiliate links.

As most of you know, I LOVE Loft  clothing!  In my opinion, there isn’t much not to love!  Their clothes are perfect for my lifestyle.  Many of Loft’s clothes, I find transition very well from season to season, and from work to play!  Since school is getting ready to start soon for us (blink back the tears), I have started to shift my shopping from ‘mom wear’ to ‘school wear.’  One requirement I have of everything that I purchase is that it MUST be comfortable.  Here are a few items that I tried on the last few trips.

Loft is currently having a sale.  If you use your loft card you can receive 40% off, if you do not have a Loft card it is 30% off using code: VACAY.

Outfit Details:
Outfit Details||  Top:  sold out || Pants:  exact ||

I absolutely loved the feel and pattern of these pants.  Unfortunately, the fit was not for me!  They were a bit to long and sat lower on my waist.  These fit tts.  The manager that day had these on and looked awesome!  She is shorter than me, with a shorter torso.  Wish these fit well, because I loved them!

Outfit Details || Top:  exact || Shorts: old ||

This top came home with me!  I loved the fit, and color!  To help vary my closet, I have been trying to buy items that are in hues that I do not already own.  This color is gorgeous in person.  It is more plum in real life, even thought it says grey in the description online.  Usually I am not a fan of peplums, but the longer ones are in my opinion perfect!  I sized up to a medium on this top for a little more flowy feel.


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Outfit Details|| Top:  exact ||

This top also came home with me!  I’ve already worn it a few times!  It is currently 60% the sale price.  It is a fun and flirty top that can be dressed up or worn casually!  This top fits tts, I bought a small.

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Outfit Details|| Dress:  exact ||

This flounce dress is absolutely perfect and now resides in my closet!  I am obsessed with the lighter leopard coloring.  This dress does fit narrow through the hip and thighs.  I feel like though it runs tts, I bought a small.  When I tried on a medium there was to much fabric through my midsection.  I cannot wait to wear it the first week of school.

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Outfit Details|| Top:  exact || Shorts: Old ||

Polka dots are a staple in any closet!  This top with the ruffle and lightweight material are perfect for hot summer days.  This is one of the many tops I saw that could transition from weekend to work easily!  This top will be perfect with shorts, dress pants, and skirts!  It fits tts, I bought a small.  I tried on the medium and again it was just to big.


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Outfit Details|| Top:  exact || Cardigan:  exact ||

This outfit is one that I will have to recreate!  It was not planned when I grabbed these items to try on!  I love to pattern mix and these patterns work perfectly together with the cardigan!  Blush is a staple in my closet and when I saw this cardigan I knew it was an essential addition.  In my opinion, you can never have to many cardigans!  The fit of this cardigan is perfect.  My store did not have a small, so I tried on a medium.  The medium fit well, even though I think I could have gotten a small.  I figure it will be good for layering in the fall!


Edited to add:  This post was written this morning, but I didn’t have a chance to post it before we left to run errands.  During our weekly trip to Target, I feel in love with two pairs of shoes.  I decided to add them to this post.


These shoes caught my eye as I was chasing Will to the toy department at Target.  He was looking for his Dad and brother, after he made the horrible mistake (his words) of waiting at Starbucks with me.  Will didn’t realize we would have to stop at the accessories and clothing before we made it back to the videos and toys.  These chambray beauties, lace up and fit beautifully!  They were super comfy and there were no pinching!


Next up are these gorgeous leopard flats.  The picture do not do these shoes justice!  The buckles are just enough to add some interest to the shoes!  they are comfortable and will look great with pants or a dress!    Neither pair came home with me, but I will be going back this week to get both!  Fingers crossed they are on sale!


What is on your shopping list?