Monday, February 11, 2019

late winter try-on session!

After taking January almost completely off from shopping (I bought one winter coat on mega sale) I was itching to do some late winter shopping.  The stores are beginning to populate with spring finds, but my goal was to find a few fresh pieces for my wardrobe that would be ideal for the transition from winter to spring. Meaning something fun and fresh to wear now that would also work when the temps start warming to above 50 as well... t-shirts, shorts and tanks will come as we get closer to spring break.

Here are the items I purchased... keep in mind that since I do about 95% of my shopping online everything here is subject to approval.  I try things on... maybe make a few outfits out of each piece and then determine if I like it or not and if there is room in my closet for it.  If I already own something similar or if I don't TOTALLY LOVE it - it gets returned.  So not everything you see here is something I will be keeping.  And if you will remember I have a pretty straight forward and strict intention for making decisions this year (you can read all about it here) so new clothing pieces are going to have to REALLY win me over to stick around in 2019.  I always get asked to share if I kept an item or not and to be honest... usually at the time I post this I still don't have an answer.  Sometimes I know right away if something doesn't work (usually I won't feature it here because it's just that awful) but sometimes it takes a week or so for me to decide.  SO if you see it later on the blog or Instagram you will know for sure I kept it! If you never see it again that means it was a "no" for me... for whatever reason, but not always because I didn't like it... sometimes I just realized I didn't NEED it.  So I am sure that answer is as clear as mud, then, huh!?!?

Also if you want to see the items "in action" - head over to my Instagram Stories today where I will show videos of each item - but go quickly! The stories expire after 24 hours!

(above) I was obsessed with this heart sweater from the moment I saw it while shopping in Madewell over Christmas break. They didn't have it in my size in store and since I mostly didn't shop in January I never went back for it. But I couldn't stop thinking about it... which is always a good sign. I absolutely LOVE it... not just because it's almost Valentine's Day but also because I am obsessed with anything with hearts.  This sweater is super soft and I love the balloon sleeves. This sweater runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here. (also wearing: jeans, sneakers)

above: If you are a spring sweater lover like me then you will LOVE this sweater.  It's like a thermal knit, but in light as air sweater form and it feels like heaven on!  This is a great sweater for layering now with blazers, moto jackets, denim jackets, etc and it will be fabulous this spring with sandals and/or shorts. I also love the casual high/low hem. I style it into a super cute spring outfit on my Instagram Stories today - so be sure to check that out! This runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here. (also wearing: jeanssneakers)

above: Sweatshirts are literally the BEST right now.  They seem to come in all shapes, sizes, colors and silhouettes and can be either dressed up or dressed down. This grey v-neck sweatshirt is super soft with a gorgeous v-neck both in front and in back (seen below). I love this paired with jeans for a casual everyday mom look and I think it would be equally as fun for throwing over a workout tank after the gym. The double v-necks are so feminine. It runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here, but you could also size up for a roomier/oversized fit. (also wearing: jeanssneakers)

above: It may be breaking my "will transition to spring" rule here - but this chunky knit turtleneck sweater is so amazing I couldn't resist. It's super soft without being itchy, has a great high/low hem and I love it both with black jeans or blue jeans or even leggings would be great. It runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here. (also wearing: jeansclogs - see Instagram Stories for my review on these clogs)

above: I popped into Aerie to try some swimsuits recently (I fell in love with this bikini top and this bikini bottom, I bought both in size medium) and couldn't leave the store without this crazy soft sweatshirt. I am obsessed with olive green lately and I love this sweatshirt for wearing with leggings, it's super cute with white jeans and would be great for chilly summer nights too.  This sweatshirt runs big, I am wearing a size small here for an oversized fit. (also wearing: jeanssneakers)

above: I am a sucker for a good cardigan (always) and was looking for a new black cardigan specifically to get me through the end of winter. Again, this may not be ideal for spring... but I KNOW it will get a lot of wear before then. This cardigan is very soft and warm and I love the dramatic long length. It's going to be great for layering and works with jeans or leggings alike.  If you are looking for something more spring-like - it's also available in pink or grey and other colors.  This cardigan runs big, I am wearing a size XS here and could've even gone down to an XXS. (also wearing: jeans, loafers, tie-front top - see below)

above: This tie-front top is the PERFECT winter to spring piece.  It's a lightweight sweater/t-shirt combo (be sure to see my Instagram Stories for a more up-close look) that is perfect for layering now with a cardigan, a leather jacket or a blazer and will be super cute on it's own for spring. This top runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here

above: This is another fun cardigan but this time it's much more suited for spring. This heather pink cardigan looks more peachy pink in real life and is super soft. Since it's not too long it's great for wearing with jeans or leggings now and shorts and dresses in the spring. I found this ran a little big, so I am wearing a size XS here. (also wearing: jeanssneakers, t-shirt - see below)

above: This adorable heart embroidered t-shirt is SO cute! I love a good t-shirt and this one is darling for layering with cardigans now and wearing on it's own for later... you can see the heart in more detail on my instagram stories. This t-shirt runs true to size, I am wearing a size small here.

above: Last but certainly not least is this awesome split hem sweatshirt. It's hard to describe the fabric on this - it's definitely a sweatshirt but has a more pebbled finish.  Either way it's super cozy and the split hem is fun and edgy. I plan on wearing this with jeans and leggings for a casual look or over my workout clothes for before and after barre. I am smitten. This runs a little big, I am in a size small here but could've also gone down to an XS - I like the oversized fit, but you can decided what works best for you. (also wearing: jeanssneakers)

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