Things That I've Bought and Liked
I'm pretty sure this is what Mindy Kaling used to call shopping posts on her old and wonderfully hilarious blog "things that I bought and I like..." or something like that. No perks, no paid advertising here - it's just pouring out, the baby and dogs are asleep and the husband is watching golf. So you're getting this...
From Ann Taylor, this polka dot dress feels so summery and light. I've worn it to a casual evening reception on a work trip as well as for our family photos on the beach last weekend. Tiered ruffles have never been my thing, but I've been on a kick lately of trying on things in the store that I normally would not - and here it paid off. I bought it and this black puff sleeve dress on a Friday $50 off all dresses sale. The black dress is so comfortable, I swear it feels like jammies. I wish it was lined but for the $48 I paid I suppose I can't be too picky. It also makes it more breathable in the Austin heat. So far I've worn it to a couple of work lunches and it's a winner.
Also from Ann - I purchased this cascade ruffled top. It's pretty thin, so wear it with nude undergarments. I like to wear it half tucked in in the front like a cool girl and with this top that looks easy to pull off since it's very fluttery. Great with jeans.
An Hermes scarf. I know guys. It's frivolous but I'm a grown up lady and decided that it was time. In a moment of "weekend in New York" frivilosity I splurged on the Flowers of South Africa design and don't regret it.
Finally, I just grabbed a tan schoolboy blazer from the J.Crew Mercantile store for 30% plus an additional 20% off with those stamp cards they give you. Haven't worn it yet but am pretty sure it will be a fall staple. Also snagged these sunglasses for under $10 in store. I have a 2 year old so I can't have nice sunglasses right now - I'm pretty sure she's stolen my last two pairs.