08 January 2014

Currently ... Early January

navy floral

Some stuff that I'm currently loving:

The seemingly perpetual additional 40% off sale items at J.Crew. I did end up biting and got this bag. Then this necklace and striped tee. And then this bag just yesterday. So thanks, J.Crew, my closet is fuller now and I am done shopping for January. And probably February as well for good measure.

Uglies. Pretties. Specials. I apparently have a thing for YA sci-fi novels about dystopian post-apocalyptic nations (Hunger Games, Divergant), so this trilogy was right up my alley. Currently on book two. Some of the storyline is a little eyeball rolling, but once you realize what's going on, the concept is kind of fascinating.

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This recent cold spell had given me a reason to work from home for a few days. Which may mean spending more time than necessary in my jammies, stuffing my face and cuddling with the pup between conference calls!

I did not know there was a thing called under-eye corrector until a few days again but now I've scored some and my mind is a bit blown. Blown as in I finally found something to actually cover the dark circle under my eyes. And blown as in why do I need a product to go under my concealer to make sure it actually conceals something? But in the spirit of keeping this post all love-y - yay for corrector!

Queso. Especially this recipe for a "revved up" version. Too easy to make and too good to eat. I made this for the first time on New Year's day, it was consumed quickly, and I already plan on doing it all over again this week. Like, tonight. (Edit: I actually made this for dinner last night. I used it as a dip but also ate it with a spoon #noregrets).

What are you currently loving?

navy floral

navy floral

Coat: hand-me-down (worn here though excuse the crazy hair from the outfit post - sim, sim)
Sweater: J.Crew shawl collar pullover (worn here - sim, sim, as dress)
Dress: Lands' End pattern fit and flare (worn here - same in solid, sim scoop, sim)
Tights: Target (sim)
Scarf: NYC street vendor (sim, infinity)
Necklace: Emerson Fry (worn here - sim)
Rings: F21 shooting star knuckle, fancy beetle (sim) & c/o JewelMint (sim)
Boots: Schuler & Sons via Anthropologie studded strap (worn here - sim, lower heel, pricey)
Bag: Fossil austin (worn here - same in canvas, sim, simpler)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy & Mix and Match Fashion.

76 comments:

  1. Lovely outfit. I love how the colors worked out. Very appealing. Great score on those items.
    k at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogpsot.com

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  2. That necklace that you bought from J. Crew is to die for! And that price! Please post an outfit with the necklace soon.
    Tracy Its Mostly About Fashion

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! Kind of figuring out how to wear it - I love how it looks on everyone else, but on me, I feel like it's kind of huge!

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    2. I bought the same one and find it works best with a simple, solid top and nothing else too cray cray. It demands center stage, no?

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  3. LOVE the dress and the boots so much! Good sales are so hard to resist, I totally feel your "pain". :-)

    Choo Choo
    http://choochooli.blogspot.com

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  4. January is so dull, we need some sparkle to liven it up! Love your layers. :)

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  5. Love the outfit and LOVE, LOVE the booties. I just missed out on those and am kicking myself for it! (if you ever sell, I am first in line! ;)
    I am loving like the 2 warm sweaters that I own from my move to MI from VA.
    And the fun things I got at the anthro tag sale
    And the fact that at -3 degrees this am, it feels warmer in my house than it did the last 2 days, which is insane.
    If it is going to be this cold out, at least we have tons of snow, so it is so pretty out. Ugly, dead brown cold is so much worse than pretty, fluffy white snow cold.

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    1. One good/bad thing about winters in the SE - no snow, loads of rain, bleh.

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  6. I love how you layered a cozy sweater over the dress to make it winter friendly! I so wish I could work from home especially on these freezing cold days...it is hard to get out of my warm bed.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    $50 PayPal Giveaway!

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    1. Ooh, I could have worked from bed, awesome laziness, haha ...

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  7. very cute outfit. Love your boots! I didn't know about undereye corrector until last year and that has pretty much changed my makeup routine. It makes such a huge difference. Doesn't matter how much I spent on high end concealer, it doesn't cover my dark circles. With the corrector, it helps so much with neutralizing the darkness and makes concealing a breeze.

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  8. Loving the promise of SPRING via that floral dress!!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  9. Great look! Loving the sweater over the dress - a great combo!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  10. I love all of the layering you have going on. Yet some pattern and color to spice things up! :)
    All of your shopping sounds so fun!
    I've had to work from home since last Thursday and with our weather, was practically snowed in during that time as well. I'm back @ work today and actually thankful...I was getting a serious case of cabin fever!!!!!

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    1. If only I could go to the office in lounge pants and Uggs ... ;o)

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  11. I love this outfit. Very much my style, especially with the retro inspired coat.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I love this coat, I kind of feel like a big kid in it!

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  12. I have been OBSESSED with queso this pregnancy. Which also might explain my inability to shop since I fear I have had way too much queso. I love this sweater and skirt combo!

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    1. I actually saw on MSN that there may be a Velveeta shortage for a few weeks. We must be the cause of it, haha.

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  13. I love your bag! So gorgeous.

    That series is great. However, book four is AWFUL. A real waste of time and money. I highly recommend just sticking to books one through three if you want to think back on the series with any sort of fondness.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I read the summary for book four and it sounded like of wonky, plus it's like a totally different story, right?

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  14. Currently loving your floral dress, L! :) Also, loving the J Crew Claremont bag. Would love to see it in a future outfit post, pls!

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    1. Absolutely! I have the Claremont purse and tote and looooooove both!

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  15. Oh my, that dress is cute!! I also am in love with under-eye concealer (light skin + dark bags = perpetually looking exhausted), and I don't even care that I have to layer it with foundation, I am just SO THRILLED that it makes me look like a normal human instead of part-zombie!!

    xox

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    1. I know what you mean, girl. I hate it when people look at me and tell me "you look tired." Gee, thanks, that's what I was going for - haggard. ;o}

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  16. That bag is just lovely Lisa - and you look so great in this outfit! Congrats on all the good sale purchases!

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  17. they've been having some fabulous sales lisa. you scored some great items.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  18. I love your layering and that is such a pretty dress!

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  19. Love your booties.

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    dawn

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  20. I love your dress, the pattern is gorgeous and makes me wish for warmer weather!

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  21. I know what you mean about the J.Crew sale, I couldn't believe my eyes when the handful of things I bought ended up being super, super cheap. Like, cheaper than H&M. I scored that cute boiled wool baseball cap on with the blue brim, on a total whim, and now it cheers me up on the way to and from my crappy job. :)

    Love this outfit, by the way. It's a tad more relaxed than what I'm used to seeing from you, but I think it's cool. Love the bits of burgundy playing off each other!

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    1. I know, I'm sure I bought a few things "just because" they were so cheap ... bad shopper!

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  22. we must be on the same wave length b/c i just posted my current faves too. =) and yes, I too purchased a some items from the jcrew 40% off sale! can't wait to get them!

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  23. I love dystopian YA literature. The Uglies trilogy was one of the first in this style out there. Enjoy!

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  24. love the composition of the last photo! Such a great idea! I'd love if you'd check out my blog! www.Folio-V.com

    xx victoria

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  25. Love the florals and I'm loving that today is my last day of work and I will be jetsetting to Indonesia tomorrow!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  26. This is such a cute outfit Lisa! I agree that the 40 percent off sale featured over the last few weeks was very hard to resist at J. Crew. I'm glad you were able to pick up some good deals!

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  27. LOVE that dress! I can't resist anything with navy and pink.
    J.Crew has been tempting me too with all their perpetual sales...they're making it very hard for me to stick to my budget.

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    1. Now that's there's not addtl % off retail items, it makes it much easier to say no! ;o)

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  28. I can't wait to see how you will style that necklace. It is so fabulous!
    Stay warm!!
    xo,cynthia

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    1. I'm still trying to figure it out. My BF likes it, but the necklace is so large ... very big ...

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  29. THAT DRESS! LOVE! It's been too chilly here to spot a dress, but this is pure inspiration, once it warms up!

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  30. that floral dress is a dream and love the booties.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  31. Hey There!
    That trilogy sounds interesting...I wasn't a big fan of how the hunger books were written, but i love the concept. I would extend the queso category to all things made with sugar (except dark chocolate) and any BBQd meat. :) On a side note, that green outfit in the previous post is my absolute favorite! I hope you tweeted it to jcrew, because i could totally see it in their catalog!

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    1. The third book of Hunger Games was so vastly different from the first two, it was a bit of a downer, IMO (though I know it needed to be, revolution and war are no joke) ... and honestly I only read the first two books of the Divergent trilogy because the reviews on the third book were so bad! I've heard good things about the Uglies trilogy, so I am going to keep chugging so far!

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  32. LOVE those boots! Anthro always has such cute shoes (and clothes) but it hurts the wallet after a while :P

    Show and Pastell

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    1. I know! I usually wait for sale and hope what I want makes it!

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  33. The new purses are adorable! I am tempted with the 40% off coats, shoes & bag sale right now but I will do my best to not step into a J Crew and be tempted.

    I love this outfit of the floral dress with the cozy sweater.

    BTW - I got the beautiful necklace and devoured the kisses!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  34. Pretty dress! Lands' End has come such a long way over the years... love their recent collections. I'll have to check out that corrector. I currently use Benefit Erase Paste and love it but need all the help I can get for my night owl circles!

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    1. I think almost every gal probably has 2-3 different concealers going on in their drawers at home, haha.

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  35. Such a beautiful printed dress! Love the grey top with it, and the bright pink scarf :)

    Away From The Blue

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  36. I am intrigued by your comments on undereye corrector. I have quite deep dark undereye circles unaffected by sleep or stress -- I've had them all my life and have been using concealer since middle school. My questions about the corrector are a) does it just lighten the coloration under your eyes so as to help the concealer that goes on top to a more thorough job? and b) does it get cakey or increase the appearance of fine lines? This is my issue with any undereye product really -- I have fine lines under my eyes that of course are also increasing with age, and I would have some concern that adding another product (especially a thick one) under my eyes would produce a crepey look that might be more problematic than the darkness of the circles. Thanks!

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    1. I was told the corrector works like a primer to "even out" the undereye area, then the concealer goes on over it to really be able to conceal. I've only used the corrector (I got the Bobbi Brown kind) for a few days now, but it works really well to cover up my dark circles (I haven't found anything perfect yet though) - its creamy and I put it on with my finger so I find it blends really well and doesn't settle into the creases. The corrector is a bit thicker than the Bobbi Brown concealer I've been using, so I've actually just been putting on corrector and them some powder foundation over it to "set" it all. So far so good!

      (I also got Make Up For Ever concealer and it REALLY covers up undereye dark circles, but it kind of settles into the fine lines, so I need to play around with application to see if I can get it to work. And I've tried the Bare Minerals powder concealer but that's really difficult to keep from creasing, IMO).

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks -- that is quite helpful and something I might think about checking out. I use Dior concealer presently and am generally quite happy with it -- it does not settle into the fine lines, but it also isn't as potent somehow as the Prescriptives brand concealer I used years ago.

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    3. Update: I tried the Bobbi Brown corrector then concealer this morning and honestly didn't notice much of a different between just the correct and the corrector/concealer combo. I'm going to play a bit more, but just the corrector may be a winner for me ... at least until I find another better product, haha.

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  37. cute outfit and I love the print on the dress! ahh if only wearing dresses here in winter is an option :D

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  38. The booties look great with the dress, very modern and winter friendly.

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  39. Love the sweater over this pretty dress. You've got all the essentials. sweater+dress+tights+boots. Perfection.
    Stopping by from the link-up :)
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  40. You find so many pretty clothing items in print! I love how you wore the sweater over the dress to winterize it. I have a similar sweater I was thinking about getting rid of, but I need to try it this way first! All your rings are beautiful!

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    1. It's always easier to keep something in your closet than to have to buy a new one later! (I am so not a closet minimalist, haha ...)

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  41. love the outfit. i live for the corrector, concealer and other products that help me look more awake! lol.

    adorable, Lisa! xo

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  42. I love that dress so much every time you wear it (okay, I just mean last time and this time) and click over to the LE site and stare at it in my shopping cart before deciding I don't need another dress. I am, however, bummed that your color is sold out and the new florals are pretty but not as pretty as yours. I looked to see if I could find the exact dress on ebay and a bunch of secondhand stores with no luck, so.... hint hint, if you want to get rid of yours :)

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    1. Haha, I'll def let you know, Kimmie, thanks!

      (Some Sears stores also carry LE, so you may luck out if you ever visit Sears ... shopping enablers enabling enablers ... ;o)

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  43. Another of your lovable outfits! That dress is just what I would wear myself! And you have chosen the perfect accessories...

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  44. I love this look. And your rings. Plural. Pretty :)

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  45. Lisa, I love this floral, so pretty and warm. Love the pop of red, and congrats on all of the J.Crew sale buys! I also love your rings!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/2014/01/stay-warm-in-a-sapphire-blue-gress/

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  46. I hadn't thought about wearing a sweater over a skirt (not counting cardigans) like that... love it! I need to try it!

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  47. I love this outfit of yours! So adorable!
    Thank you for checking out my blog. I am following you! :)

    http://shuconnie.blogspot.com/

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  48. That dress looks so pretty and I love how you styled it. You made Lands End look like Anthropologie!
    Great job,

    Stacey

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  49. I love the print on that dress, so cheerful. I have a couple of sweaters with that neckline and you are making me try them with one of my Spring Dresses and Boots. Love everything you purchased at J.Crew especially those Bags. That store is way too expensive for me though. And thanks for suggesting a new book for me. I'd love to read the series albeit in English not in Albanian. Sometimes things are lost in translation so I'd like to be able to read the original.

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