trenchcoat and polka dots

It’s funny what you find in your closet when you go digging around preparing to move.  I got this trenchcoat when I was in law school in 2007.  These grey pants must have been in my closet since college but I never wear them because they’re “dry clean only” and I’m cheap.  But today I decided to be adventurous, or about as adventurous and grey and black can get, and take these older pieces out for a spin. I paired them with this new polka dot shirt and wedges for a fun business casual look for work.

Trench Coat: London Fog // Blouse: Forever 21 // Pants: BCBG // Wedges: Payless

Linking up for Thursday Thoughts!
Do you ever find clothes from 100 years ago stuck in your closet?

Derby Days

This post has me very excited!  In just a few weeks, I’ll be headed on a girls’ trip down to the Kentucky Derby!  I was invited by a friend of mine to join her and her girlfriends from college on a road trip for a once in a lifetime experience.  Of course, I jumped at the chance to get dressed up, wear a ridiculous hat, and sip booze outdoors with some great company.
  I picked up a bright eyelet dress just for the occasion and tomorrow my girlfriend is coming over for a Derby hat making party.  While we could just look around stores or order them online, making hats will be much more fun and a great excuse for a party!  Plus, we have General Admission tickets ($40 is an easier pill to swallow) so our homemade hats should fit in just fine with the crowd.  Had we forked over the $400 each for actual seats where we might rub shoulders with the rich and famous, it would be a different story.
The countdown is on–23 days until it’s Mint Julep time!

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby by sassyinsequins featuring essie nail polish

Have you ever been to the Derby?  Any tips for a Derby virgin?

Andplusalso, I’m linking up with Jaime and Jamie and Adriana for:

forever 21 jeans

I’m linking up again with Whitney from Along the Lines of Style (and Fran from Franishfor the 5 Days, 5 Ways challenge.  Today is casual Friday and I chose to highlight my Forever 21 skinny jeans.  I’m absolutely obsessed with these $10.80 jeans.  Yes, you read that right.  

 I started wearing these jeans years ago and they’ve held up surprisingly well for the price. I still have pairs that are over 2 years old and in great condition.  They’re super soft and versatile (of course, because they’re jeans).  Today I broke out my new gold glitter Payless flats that I picked up yesterday. I had a tiring morning at physical therapy for my knee so I threw on a comfy tunic from Old Navy and a new statement necklace, also from Payless.

Jeans: Forever 21 // Tunic: Old Navy // Necklace: Payless (similar) // Flats: Payless
Close up of my glitter flats!

Here are 4 other ways in which I wear my jeans casually. Of course I realize that it looks like I only wear my jeans with a white shirt or mustard cardigan based on my pictures.  I swear I wear these jeans with more than just that, but, as I just said, it was a rough day at physical therapy so I might have slacked *just a bit* on finding good pics.  Sorry.  

I can almost promise you that any pair of jeans I wear in this blog are from Forever 21.  They’re skinny enough to wear with flats and boots but not so skinny that you feel like you’re wearing leggings.  They come in different washes and they wear well. I have them in every color they come out with, they’re that awesome.

Where are your favorite jeans from?

weekend wrapup

This was a weekend filled with family and Target packages.  
My shoes arrived from my Target order last week (when shoes were buy one, get one 50% off).  I had bought the girls’ glitter flats in silver in store but ordered them online in gold.  Although they’re both cute, I decided to return both pairs.  The aforementioned wide toe box makes them look a bit too juvenile for me.  For not much more money, my leopard Payless Dexter flex flats are about 100% more comfortable. Payless makes them in both a gold glitter flat and a tan and black Chanel knockoff.  They’re currently on sale for $19.99, which is too good to pass up.
I also got my black espadrille wedges that I had tried on in store and wrote about here.  They’re super comfy and look great.  I walked around my house in them for a few minutes before my knee started to hurt so I think it’ll be a few more weeks before I wear them (which is just fine because I woke up to snow today).  
I had also ordered an E.L.F. blush from Target.  I had used an E.L.F. blush that was a dupe for Nars Orgasm and thought that the color I ordered online was the same one.  But when I got it in the mail, I realized I had ordered “Tickled Pink” instead of “Twinkle Pink” (which was unavailable from even though I had bought it in store and currently sold out online).  The color isn’t right so I will be exchanging that in store.

Twinkle Pink, perfect Nars Orgasm dupe

I’m still waiting on the fringe bikini bottoms I ordered to match that fringe bikini top that, when I ordered it last week, was only sold in stores.  Of course now I can buy it online.  Why must you do these things to me, Target?  Why can’t you sell both the top and the bottom online at the same time as when I place my order?!  

I got to spend some much needed time with my parents, brother, sister in law, nephew and baby niece this weekend.  My niece stole the show in her adorable outfits, complete with matching hair barrettes.  This budding fashionista is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen (completely unbiased!). 
How was your weekend?

right on target

This morning, while everyone was running Shamrock races and guzzling down green beer, I was in the deserted aisles of my local Target (as I had already celebrated St. Paddy’s Day last weekend when the weather was nice and not cold like today!).

Aside from the usual Sunday Target shopping list, I had seen an advertisement that shoes were buy one, get one 50% off.  Unfortunately, that must have been only online, or my local Target didn’t get the memo, because all shoes were full price.  That didn’t stop me from trying several pairs and going home to buy them.  

I was pleasantly surprised at the cute shoes that Target had in store.  I’ve never bought shoes at Target, but after hearing some good reviews, I thought I’d give them a shot.  I tried on these simple black wedge espadrilles.  The straps are elastic, which made them pretty comfortable.  The style is great for anything from work pants to jeans to dresses and skirts.  I paraded around the store in them for a while before snapping a picture of the box so I could go home and buy them through ebates*  with a Target e-gift card that I had (see explanation below).  

I loved these black heels but thought that a high stiletto might be pushing it for someone who just had knee surgery.  I was pretty impressed at the trendy style and think they’d be a good pair of fun shoes for the summer.

I picked up these adorable plastic bow sandals for the pool this summer.  Yes, they’re kids’ shoes.  Even though I’m a 7.5 or an 8 in women’s shoes, I find that I sometimes can wear kids shoes because of the width.  Kids’ shoes are generally wider than adults’ shoes, which is great for my fat toes.  
Target (in stores only)
In keeping with the kids’ shoes theme, I fell in love with these glittered girls’ flats.  The roomy toe box in the size 6 was perfect and I couldn’t resist a little sparkle.  However, I found them online in gold after taking the silver ones home so I ordered them through ebates* too!  One pair of glitter flats is enough though, so I’ll decide which I like better when the gold come and return the unnecessary pair.


*For those of you not in the know, ebates is a great website that gives you cash back every time you buy something through their website.  There’s no catch, I swear!  If you want to check it out or sign up, please use my referral link here! I earned 2% cash back for my Target purchases online today.  It might not be much, but it adds up!

These boys’ faded red canvas slip ons also caught my eye but I didn’t think I’d get enough use out of them to justify the purchase and closet space.  What do you think??

I’m no stranger to buying little boys’ shoes for myself.  Like the girls’ shoes, the toe box is wider is good for my feet.  Last year I played flag football in boys’ cleats.  It doesn’t hurt that they’re cheaper!
These girls gladiator sandals were almost too cute to pass up…but again, I wasn’t sure how much use they would get and I thought it was getting a bit creepy that I was buying kids shoes for myself.  Aren’t they cute though?!

After Target, I went to Old Navy, but I’ll post my purchase from there another day because I bought something for an event that deserves it’s own post!

Do you shop for clothes or shoes at Target?