fall additions

9.17 fall additions

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ah, fall. my favorite season. it’s also my favorite season to dress for – I love a good knit. I always spend the most on clothing in the fall, and this year is no exception, although it was a bit more tempered by the fact that I’m still on the job hunt. all in all, I’m really pleased with the handful of things I’ve purchased so far. I’m particularly digging that blazer cardigan from j.crew factory (it’s 100% cotton, thick, and well-made) and the michael kors loafers (like butter on my feet…I might need them in black, too). have you picked up anything for the new season?

I’ll be sharing pics of our apartment soon, now that we’ve settled in a bit. have a good week!

*these links will take you to my personal thirty-one website. I make no money from clicking through the link, only if you were to place an order through me. just fyi. :)

nordstrom anniversary sale picks


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you’ve probably heard by now that nordstrom’s anniversary sale is already underway for cardholders, and it opens to the public this friday. I’ve been able to shop the early access because I do have a nordstrom debit card. because there are so many things included in this sale, it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed with the selection from the get-go. because this sale happens at roughly the same time every year (mid-july to early august), I try to do a cleaning out of my closet before, both to do some necessary cleaning & organizing, as well as to see what my closet needs for the upcoming season. the best part of the #nsale for me is that it’s on fall/winter clothing, for multiple reasons. one, f/w clothing tends to be more expensive because of the materials used and how much of it – think wool, thick cotton, etc. secondly, the fall & winter start early and last forever in chicago. except for the warm days of deep summer, my colder weather clothing items are constantly in use from september to march (and even into june with the lighter, more versatile pieces). knowing that these will be hardworking pieces in my closet, I’m ok with spending a little bit more money on individual pieces than I normally would.

for this year’s sale, I knew right away what I needed: some dressier separates that would work well for my psych clinical rotation this fall. instead of our usual scrubs, we’ll be expected to dress in business casual attire while we’re on the floor. I’m desperately in need of some basic dress pants, so I ordered #4 and am eyeing #5 as well. I also needed a pair of dressy flats that were comfortable & practical enough for a hospital setting, but also had some things going for it in the style department. these ticked off all of those boxes (bonus that they look like the pair of flats the model is wearing in #5!). I can’t wait to try them on – cross fingers they fit! I also needed to pick up some dressier tops. I selected pieces that could be layered, such as a sleeveless shell & an open cardigan (bought it in cream, which looks to be sold out). I’ve talked before about how blazers don’t really work for me. I’ve found better luck over the years with clean, streamlined knit pieces that function like a blazer but are more accommodating and comfortable. I’m eyeing this piece, too – I know, I know, I just told you how blazers don’t work for me and then I tell you I’m eyeing one…but I was intrigued by the open front & knit material. if it works out, it would be a slightly more structured option than the cardigan but still with some give because of the fabric. I’m hoping it will stick around a little bit so I can try on the 4 pieces I ordered to see if they work out first.

the last three things are purely in the “want” category. the scarf would be perfect for fall, and it’s really tempting me even though I really don’t need another one. I tried out a free sample set of the living proof shampoo & conditioner I received with a sephora order, and they really helped keep my hair smooth and in control and not oily. I’m just about finished with the samples but have been eking out every last squeeze because I wasn’t thrilled about the price. this set is a good deal & will lessen the sting some. the shampoo & conditioner alone would be $50, so I’d be getting those + a full-size dry shampoo for $5 less. and lastly, I’ve been meaning to give these leggings a try as they’ve gotten rave reviews. my current pair of lounge leggings have seen better days, and these may be a good replacement.

are there any pieces you’ve picked up or currently eyeing from the #nsale?

in stores now | lilly pulitzer for target

lillypulitzerokay, I lied. this collection isn’t actually in stores now. it won’t be in stores & online until april 19, but if you haven’t already discovered it for yourself, the lookbook is live, & there are so many good things. I have to preview this collection now because I have a feeling it will be quite popular.

it’s perfect vacation beach wear for women & kids, plus some really adorable housewares to boot. I wasn’t sure how well I was going to like this collection since a lot of lilly pulitzer’s line is just a little too out there for me (girl who loves grey, remember?), but I was happily surprised to see really great options that are just the right amount of summer cheer without being overly matronly or kitschy. these are my top picks, but it was hard to whittle it down to a reasonable number. I’m really into pineapples, so those sandals & that juicer are calling my name, that bikini set is sweet & would look great under that blue cover-up, and how adorable are those swizzle sticks?

anything catch your fancy?

in stores now | banana republic


all the new spring arrivals are always so pretty! just before a new season starts, I always check out my go-to stores and go through their new collections. I edit it down to my top 12 choices or so and keep them in my virtual cart so that they’re all in one place, making it easy for me to check back now & again to see if anything has gone on sale. it’s a great way to stay on task & budget – I don’t bother looking at anything other than my top picks. I figured it would be a fun little series on the blog that could also be helpful to some of you. first up: banana republic. they’ve really stepped up their game in the last couple of seasons, and I’m loving their clean, modern offerings.

I’m all set for spring, but I’m eyeing these shorts, these jeans, & this crossbody for the summer.

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wish list wednesday


A roundup of what I’m currently wanting, which from the looks of it is a great coat, some shoes, a skirt in a fantastic color, some bling, and a lady-like bag. You know, the usual.

My trusty peacoat just bit the dust, so I’m looking for a dressy winter coat alternative, in something other than black. But now the question is: navy, grey (of course), or army green? I’m leaning towards the green (those buttons!) or the funnel neck grey (that neckline + belt!).

I’m content to let the coats, skirt, and shoes sit in my virtual shopping cart for now, but I’m itching to click, click, click on the necklace. I love that it feels a little antique and old-world yet modern all at the same time.

As for the bag, that one’s clicked and processed and awaiting shipment. It also came in black, but grey won out again. I did a serious edit of my handbags a couple of months ago in anticipation of our move and I realized that I didn’t have a bag that would be suitable for an interview or business meeting. This normally wouldn’t be a problem but as my grad school search is ramping up, it would be good to have something appropriate. This one has open and zippered compartments galore, including a padded one for a laptop and iPad. I wanted something streamlined in design, in a classic color, and in a durable material without costing too much. For under $100 after taxes, this one will do nicely.

one BaubleBar necklace | two Zara grey pumps | three J.Crew skirt | four Zara bag | five Zara navy pumps | six J.Crew boots | seven J.Crew coat | eight H&M grey coat | nine H&M army green coat | ten H&M funnel neck grey goat