What a week it was. I had 3 days of running errands back to back. My plan was to stay home all week to get some things done, but we all know how well those 'best laid plans' work. I was happy to just stay home today.
Let's take a break from grocery shopping & give you a small peek into my life. You all must wonder about all that shopping I do. Firstly (for the newbies), let me explain why I shop so much. I'm a pretty simple girl. I don't ask for much. I've always asked for gcs to my favorite store for every occasion. I asked for those gcs when they were discounted or had bonus offers. That gives me more value for my money. Then I'd wait for the semi-annual or flash sales & shop till I drop. No or very little OOP for me & lots of free money (bonus offers) to boot. Plus retailers love me. They're constantly sending me coupons & rewards to spend at their stores. I don't get sucked into spending more than I have to though. I'm a little disciplined in that area. You give me free money, I'm going to spend that free money only. If I have to pay any tax or $1 OOP (some force you to spend at least 1c over the Q value), then so be it. However, I'm not going to empty my wallet, because you lured me in with a reward.
As most of you know, WHBM is my go-to store. I shop it's sister stores too. There are a few other retailers I like too. My style is very simple. I'm a 'less is more' kinda girl. I mainly stick to solids, but my outfits will always contain a 'surprise' item. Something that makes you pay attention. You don't have to be over the top to look good. My 'statement maker' is usually a pair of nice shoes. I'm a shoes girl. Heels & boots is my thing. I absolutely love pretty shoes and people always compliment me on my shoes. Again, it's not over the top. I just have an eye for fashion, having been raised with it. Years ago, my childhood BFF's (we grew up together and knew each other inside out. we were really close & did most things together), told me that I judged men by their shoes. They said that every time a guy showed interest in me, I would check out his shoes (I still can't believe I did that, but they thought it was hilarious...lol). I was totally oblivious to it, until they pointed it out to me. I stopped doing that long ago though.
I also prefer wearing pants. I don't know why, but I feel very comfortable in pants. I do love a nice dress too. Like HP, I prefer form fitting/figure hugging (sheath or shift) dresses and they have to be knee length. I rarely wear skirts. I have a tiny waist & big behind, so it's not easy finding skirts that fit both of those. I wore lots of skirts when I worked before, because I always wore suits to work.
My outfits are all mix & match. I can mix & match 90% of my wardrobe (not gonna lie. I have an extensive wardrobe). Think of men. They can wear the same suit all week long and just add a different shirt and/or tie to it and it will look like they're wearing a different outfit every day. I dress in a similar fashion. I won't wear the same suit 2 days in a row (people notice when women do this), but I like to mix things up. Let's take a look at some of my recent purchases.
This jacket caught my eye immediately. Not just because of the color, but because of that interesting lining. I'm loving these new knit blazers (I'm not into knit fabric. I prefer a more tailored blazer), because of the surprise sleeves. This was $22 after discount. The jeans below was the same price. I had lots of $20 bonus cards (can only use one per order/item).
This jeans is just fabulous! I don't normally wear printed jeans, but I fell in love with this design. I especially love the dark wash. This jeans hugs in all the right places. Definitely a winner.
Another favorite of mine is their reversible camisoles. You get 2 different looks for the price of 1.
Here's the first look with the blazer. I can either wear this jeans or a plain (no print jeans, cause I still don't like to mix prints. I told y'all I keep things simple). I added a white cami, so that the sleeves are the main focus. I don't want anything to distract from that.
Look number 2. Add reversible cami and different shoes. Heck yes, I have turquoise boots...lol. They are sexy and so comfortable.
Here's a closer look at the shoes. This is my absolute favorite pair (I have lots of shoes. I'm not saying how many, but I'm a shoes girl). I love the rich color and moc croc print. This is a simple pump, but it speaks volumes. I could wear a plain white outfit and throw in the shoes to kick things up a notch.
Then I can ditch the jacket and just flip that cami. It can be worn with both blue or white jeans.
Here's the blue shirt I posted before. This can be worn with blue or white jeans or navy dress pants. I'm a suit girl. I love a professional look. That is totally me. I'll also wear a blazer with jeans any day.
Here it is with jeans and blue boots. It can also be worn without the blazer. Do you see how I can use one or 2 pairs of jeans to create different outfits? You can switch up a whole outfit by just changing your shoes too.
I mentioned before that I love simple blouses. As you can see, these are all just plain blouses with a surprise sleeve design. I can wear a plain black or navy suit with any of these (I have black blouses like this too). Then when you remove your jacket, people will notice the blouse design. Surprise!!!...lol
I wore the blue blouse once and didn't realise (I don't know why) that you can see through the laser cut holes. Duh!.I only noticed when I got home. Thankfully, it wasn't too showy, because I wore a nude bra underneath. Note to self. Add a cami in future.
More reversible camis. I took a pic of the other side, but it turned out blurry. You can see at the top of the camis what the other side looks like. The bottom one is just a plain pink. I would never wear these camis to church or work though. They are too low cut. I just added it to the blazer below, because it's easier to photograph. I'll always wear a blouse to church or work. I like to keep things classy. I once had a colleague who came to work in a white spaghetti strap cami or tank top with NO bra. I worked in the corporate world, so this was a big No No. We couldn't believe our eyes. A manager called her to his office to talk about her attire. I don't know what she was thinking. At another job men weren't allowed to wear white socks. It was company policy. I completely agree with that, because white socks sticking out from your suit pants, is cringe worthy.
Most of you know that blue is my favorite color, but I wear lots of black & white too. It's so versatile. I love it, because you can match it to every other color. As a teen, I only wore black & white. My poor mother learned the hard way that if she bought me anything in another color, I wouldn't wear it...lol. That phase didn't last long though.
I love a black suit. Here's how I can wear one pair of black dress pants many different ways. With black blazer and any color shirt/blouse.
Or add this to black pants. Another one of my favorites. I love these contrast blazers. I have it in white & black too. I bought mine about 5 years ago for about $30-40. They now sell the exact same blazer (same style as my white one) for around $200!! I put a lot of mileage on those poor shoes. They're just simple black striped shoes, but I love them.
Or how about black & white houndstooth blazer with black pants. Those shoes are cute, but the heel is still a bit too low for me. I feel more comfortable in 4" heels. I'm just average height.
This is my normal style. However, date night or a night out, is a whole different kettle of fish. That's when I bring out the sexy stuff. I still like to keep things 'classy sexy' (I made up that term...lol).
Now you know a teensy bit more about me. Back to our regular scheduled programming next week...lol
Have a great weekend peeps!
Sitting here, battling insomnia, at 4:30 a.m. and was happy to see a post from you. This kind of post is my favourite. The jeans with those turquoise boots would look amazing. Love all the shoes you showed but those boots are gorgeous! I haven't worn heels of any type in years. I am a Blundstones type of girl and work in a field that does not allow for high heels, unfortunately. I have always loved the look of jeans with high heels and would totally wear them. Guess I could outside of work, lol.ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting this. Gives us some great ideas for mixing and matching.
Oh no. I suffered from insomnia for years, so I feel your pain. I hope you managed to get some more sleep. Thank you Theresa! Those turquoise boots are one of my favorites. I had to google Blundstone...lol Both DS & I actually have boots like that too (Frye ones). I love that Chelsea style. It's one of my favorite pairs of boots. It's my 'wear everywhere' boots.Delete
Wear the heels my dear. Even if you just wear it with jeans once in a while. Sometimes a girl just wants to feel good. When you look good, you feel great :)
Broke a bone in my foot running, & can't wear heels. I can wear wedges, though, so I have a few pair of those. Love the reversible camis & the blazers! Super cute.ReplyDelete
Thank you HP! I'm so sorry to hear about your foot. I hope it heals fast.Delete
Love all the shoes! I haven't worn heels in years. I am just a jeans and sweater kind of girl myself, but there are days that I would love to look more polished, but have no idea where to even start. Great post.ReplyDelete
Thank you Rachel! I've been rocking sweats for the past 3 years, due to pandemic weight gain. I'm trying to fit into all my nice clothes again. I might have to write a post to give you an idea of how to get started.Delete
Good Morning my friend. Thanks for the peek into your wardrobe. Gorgeous!! I love all of the clothes and shoes. I'm a shoe person as well. It always blows my mind how much we have in common. Food, shopping and clothes. I think we were separated at birth. Have a great Saturday.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Lori! Isn't it crazy how alike we are? We are definitely cosmic twins. It's rare for me to find someone so in tune with me, because I'm extremely picky. I'm so thankful to have your friendship! You too, have a wonderful weekend my friend.Delete
That was so interesting to read! We source WHBM here too for Bailey’s shops. It’s always a good seller. You have a very classy style and this was such a fun read!ReplyDelete
Thank you Belinda! It's a very popular brand & pretty pricey too. I don't sell my WHBM clothes, because I buy timeless pieces and the quality's great too.Delete
Well when I am not in bib overalls my style is a very tailored Jackie O. But mostly bibs. I love the expression butt crack of dawn,ReplyDelete
Is this Kim?, cause I know Kim loves that expression...lol. I absolutely love a tailored look. It's so classy.Delete
I loved heels back in the day. Now it's flats for the very few times I dress up. I do have booties for date nights in the winter. I'm a long sweater over a sleeveless shell girl. I wish scarves would come back into style. I love them. I'm going to check out your shells, so pretty.ReplyDelete