Monday, August 24, 2015

Bloggers Who Budget: Fall Trends for Less

Top: J.Crew Factory sweater (available in 4 colors, only $29.50)

Jeans: DL1961 distressed white denim 
(get them for under $100 using code JESSICA30 for 30% off your entire purchase until 8/31!)

Shoes: Jack Rogers sandals (the platinum color is perfection!)

Necklaces: Arthur & Livingston (teal beads) + Swell Caroline (tassel)

With 1 month of Summer left, I fully plan on taking advantage with some outdoor adventures & plenty of dinners made on the grill; however, I am also looking to the season ahead by taking advantage of these crazy end of season sales to stock up on transitional pieces. 

I love the shape of this J.Crew Factory sweater, & at only $29.50, I think it is totally justifiable to stock up in all 4 available colors!

Be sure to check out how the other fabulous Bloggers Who Budget are scoring Fall Trends for Less!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

weekend reading: 08.22.15

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This weekend why don't you :: throwback your style!
shop the button front skirt look: brown suede, classic dark denim, 90s light wash 

{what you might have missed on Here&Now}

{1.} The power of the white button down

{2.} Prepping for relaxed weekend styles

{3.} Bringing sexy back with these boyfriend jeans

{4.} Vera Bradley is a whole new bag - sporting one of my new favorites in this colorful teacher outfit

{5.} 2 more teacher style outfits: a bright orange skirt suit set + talking about how to establish a high quality wardrobe

{posts I'm loving around the internets}

{1.} Taking a peek behind the blog: how one blogger has turned her site into a business

{2.} How to build a versatile wardrobe while you are still in school

{3.} The best photography apps you should be using & how to use them! 

{4.} A new Nashville blog that shows you how to live like the locals

{5.} Blogger crush: Writes Like A Girl. I love her writing style & unique take on style! 

{what I'm shopping now}

{1.} The most perfect cross body tote from local pro-Conscious Consumerism company Live Fashionable. 

{2.} Take 30% off the J.Crew sale section - I'm loving this sweater that comes in every color of the rainbow (starting at only $39.99!) & this chunky open cardigan (that I already have & LOVE!)

{3.} 40% off all outerwear at J.Crew Factory - that means the ever popular quilted vest is only $58! (I already have it in cream & black… dreaming of red next!)

{4.} Back to school means a new planner - drooling over these new styles from A Beautiful Mess & my co-worker lives & dies by her Passion Planner. What is your planner preference? 

{5.} Thinking about selling some stuff on Thread Flip - have you used it? Any feedback is appreciated! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

off duty style

I always wanted a job where I could wear pencil skirts & button downs, & I am so very thankful for my role as a teacher & the wardrobe that comes with the territory, but I can't always be "on duty" in my professional gear. In my down time I wear many hats - pug mom, wife, friend, Nashvillian, couch potato, adventure seeker, to name a few - & I need my style to be both comfortable & chic to face what is lined up on my iCal next!

One of my style + comfort secrets? Half of the time, I'm actually wearing a sports bra! I like having the girls under control, but I hate feeling constricted. Hanes has always been my go-to sports bra source (see this pro sports bra post from 2013), but their new updated styles are giving me total heart eyes!

I also have a confession: I have long been staunchly anti leggings as pants, but I might have to take back that stance after meeting these Hanes leggings. They are the perfect base for my style now & I know they will continue to be favorites straight into Fall. I like that they are long, heavy enough fabric to not be see through, & high rise - so I feel fully covered. Even this time of year I am living in a neutral foundation (including these basic Hanes tanks that I have been stealing from my husband for years!), adding accessories with lightweight scarves & slouchy layers (blame the Southern AC blast!). I am totally a Summer girl, but the prospect of adding my boot collection to the mix already makes me seriously giddy!
My down time silhouette? Long tunics, skinny pants/leggings & fun accessories to add color & personality. Style AND comfort are important to me, & I refuse to have to sacrifice either. How do you maintain your style even when you are not fully done up?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls & the content + opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

shades of blue

{ What I Wore: Chicwish dress* // Nisolo sandals (now on sale!) // "Totes Adorbs" tote ℅ My Kind of Lovely // J.Crew belt (from the men's section) }

*fit tip: this dress is super cute, but runs small. Size up!

Yes, I know that every blogger under the sun got this dress over the Summer, but I just couldn't keep myself off the bandwagon! I had a Napolean Dynamite "I want that" moment, & had to have it! (if you don't have the movie memorized like the 9th grade version of myself did, check out this gif)

I have worn this dress probably 5 times already, & it has yet to not draw compliments (possible the most confusing sentence I've ever written) - basically, people like it, & everyone thinks that it is legit embroidered, but you know it is screen printed because you got it for a STEAL!

So yea, I endorse this dress. Just remember to size up. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

weekend boyfriend

Here&Now: Gap Factory sexy boyfriend jeans

Here&Now: Gap Factory new boyfriend jeans
I think one of the main reasons I could never live with one of those drastic 20 piece wardrobe situations is because there are too many sides to my style! There is the girlie, sporty, teacher  weekend-ing, date-night flirty, and stolen from the boys sides of my - basically I am the human equivalent of the 20 sided die. The only issue - finding style that fit all of my moods without bursting my budget.

I have loved adding new pieces to polish off my weekday work outfits, but I also want to look put together on the weekends! One of my secret weekend warriors? The boyfriend jean. This is a piece that I can't stop wearing & I greatly appreciate how truly versatile it is, meaning no one notices if I wear them Friday, Saturday & Sunday (no judging!).

Gap Factory has a new line of boyfriend jeans called the "sexy boyfriend fit" - these are not the baggy mom jeans that you might associate with "boyfriend" jeans… no buddy! This borrowed-from-the-boys style can totally work on any age/shape, and can swing to either end of the spectrum, from more feminine to more masculine, depending on your mood. I personally love wearing this relaxed fit rolled up at the ankles with patterned flats.

I went for more of a medium wash with minimal distressing, but I'm also drooling over the light wash/high distressed pair & this sleek dark indigo pair!

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Here&Now: Gap Factory boyfriend jeans for Fall
This is the time to stock up on transitional pieces that you can rock now, straight into Fall! And as an added bonus to the already incredible values at Gap Factory, sign up for Gap Factory emails at & you can get 15% off of your entire purchase. 

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This post was sponsored by Gap Factory, but all reviews & opinions are my own.