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Shopping: Fall Jackets

Shopping: Fall Jackets

If you follow my Instagram stories you’ll know that I recently bought a new jacket, that is perfect for fall. I was especially excited that I bought it from one of my favorite stores, the Loft Outlet and that it was on sale! What was originally a moto-style jacket for $119.00 went down to $27.88! Yes you read that right! I had thrown out my faux leather jacket during the spring due to so much wear and literal tear, and was in need of a new one. The Loft is like Target for me, when I go into those stores there’s a 99% chance I’m walking out with clothes. You can read about pieces from Target that I’ve bought here, here and here.  Check out my try on stories on my Instagram to see me trying out the latest Who What Wear for Target collections among others as well. And be sure to tune into my IG stories EVERY TUESDAY for my Fashion Tip Tuesday series, in where I previously gave a tip about shopping at the Loft and finding sales there.

The jacket I bought from the Loft Outlet fits like a glove. Its perfect for fall, with pockets deep enough to put things in and extremely stylish to boot. Its also classic enough to last me seasons of cold weather to come but it’s grey, so it steps out of the traditional black, that a moto style is usually made in. Here are similar options for you to add to your outerwear wardrobe. The post includes affiliate links.

Dark Greys

Light Greys

Greys with print or texture

 

And of course if you really want a traditional moto style….

You can’t go wrong with this style. It can be a staple year round and in diffrent colors like grey it can feel fresh. Stay tuned to my Instagram to see me in the one I bought from the Loft Outlet. Do you have a moto style jacket? Is it in the traditional black, or in a different color or print? Let me know in the comments and on social media.-T.S.

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5 Ways to Wear the Robe Top Trend

Robe Trend

Currently trending is the daytime pajama look. Done correctly the trend is sophisticated, sexy and even office appropriate.  Not to mention it is extremely comfortable! On a recent trip to H&M, like any good bargain hunter I found myself browsing the sale rack. And lo and behold I found a robe top that I loved and was also obsessed with the price (originally $50, paid $7.69). Now the trick to buying trends at fast fashion stores like H&M is to ensure the garment has a few things. Here are a few tips on buying trends at fast fashion stores that will ensure a long life in your closet. * This post has Shopstyle affiliate links within it. Upon you clicking or buying from my link I receive a percentage of the final sale.

  1. Cut: The cut should be classic, if its a very bold print. You also want to make sure its not too short or long on you. Buying a trend that doesn’t go with your proportions will make you look odd.
  2. Color/Print: The color should be neutral if the cut is what is making it trendy. A classic color like black will make the trend more wearable throughout seasons and years.
  3. Fabric: The fabric should not be too thin, the thinner the fabric the faster it takes on abrasion from wearing and washing. Making the fabric pron to deterring and breaking down. You can also look at the fabric content and wash care instructions on the tag to help you decide.
  4. Trims: Buttons, linings, pockets and zippers should be working perfectly. All these items are considered trimming in the fashion industry, and you should pay attention to how they look and work on any garment. Why buy a garment when the zipper doesn’t close properly?

So with those tips in mind, don’t be afraid of fast fashion, because they CAN have a long life in your closet. Another reason to continue your use of fast fashion are programs like H&M Conscious were you can bring in any garments you don’t want and receive %15 off your next purchase. Through the program old garments get resold, reused or recycled through various programs and industries that collaborate with H&M. Fashion is still a big component to the pollution problem. Although with the help of programs, designers and by being self-educated on how to buy and take care of fast fashion items this problem can be remedied.

Here are 5 ways to wear the robe top trend:

  1. Black on Black: For this look I went with a simple black dress, but added a pop of color with Aldo pumps. I would also do an all black look and wear black pumps or sandals.

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2.Casual Party/ Event or Office Day: I paired the robe jacket with this black and white Victoria Beckham x Target collection dress to keep the look in the same color family. Flats make the look perfect for a casual event. I’d wear this to the office as well, just add heels if you want to pump up the look. For this look I tied the belt with a bow in the back for sleeker look.

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3.Office Appropriate: Keeping the robe closed and pairing it with a knee length skirt makes the trend office appropriate. The robe acts as a blazer but in a more relaxed form for this look. Add a blouse and pumps to pull the outfit together.

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4. Casual for Everyday Wear: In this look I picked my favorite Target jeans and a camisole that has a lingerie feel because of the black lace. The lingerie/lounge wear is accented in both the blouse and robe top, but the belt adds a waist and creates structure in the look.

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5.Classic With a Pop of Color: An office jogger like the one I have on adds structure yet keeps the outfit relaxed. A classic t-shirt or cami underneath in a neutral like black, white or tan makes the pop of color and the robe stand out. For this look I also tied the belt in the back with a bow.

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If you want to test out the complete sleepwear look for daytime make sure the top and bottom are a matching set. Pair it with pumps and clean accessories to pull off the look. Which one of my looks do you like the most? Have you tried this trend yet? Would you dare?- T.S.

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My Office Space

Do you have an office space in your home? I find that other bloggers and vloggers or people that work from home normally do. Or if they don’t they probably have a designated spot where they can focus on their tasks. At the current moment I don’t have my own place, so it was imperative that I find a space that I could focus on my blogging, vlogging and editorial work. At first that place was in someone else’s bedroom with the door shut, which worked for a little while and still works if I truly need it. Although I knew that if only for the sake of not throwing my back out and not reactivating some neck and shoulders issues I had, I needed to create an office space. I started to research desks and chairs, via Pinterest of course. I knew what kind of style I was going for thanks to the limited space in the apartment and my personal aesthetic. I have always been in love with the industrial, clean, luxurious and antique design aesthetics.  I watch so much HGTV that I also had a certain vision on what I might be looking for. I’m also a bargain hunter! I make sure to find a deal, coupon, discount, sale or special code before I make big purchases. Purchasing my office space items were no exception, I wanted deals! So with that in mind I began my hunt. My hunt and my overall obsession with Target lead me to the store one day. Reliable Target came through when I saw my desk in the store. The only problem was I wasn’t too happy with the price. As I left the store I knew I would check the website to see if there was a price difference. Unfortunatly there was not, but armed with the name of the desk and the manufacturer I went on a google hunt for that exact desk.

Lo and behold when I simply googled the name of the desk the website Blinq popped up with a picture of the desk! Now I know this desk was meant for me because there were only a few left in stock and it was cheaper! Much less than what it cost at Target. I made sure there weren’t any huge issues with the desk since it was considered a resell from Target for having imperfections. Satisfied with its description I put it in my cart, with only a few left I had to act fast. Although I wasn’t to keen on paying taxes plus shipping and handling so off I went to find a coupon code. The final price for my desk was $95.19, the original price on the website was $109.99. My desk is made of faux wood and metal, so I don’t have to tell you how difficult it was for two women to get it up three flights of stairs. We got inventive on how to get it up and thank god we’re pretty strong because it was HEAVY! The set up was pretty easy and I put it together myself, the desk is perfect except for a few scew holes that were not placed in the correct postion. Revealing why it was placed on the Blinq website in the first place. Which didn’t bother me at all, as it didn’t affect the stability of the desk or how it looks. And best of all it has a charging station within the desk that allows my wires to have a home and charge my computer as I work. It has four charging slots including two prong outlets, two usb outlets and two well sized drawers. It was a great purchase!

Name and Manufacture of by desk: Loring Writing Desk in Vintage Oak by Project 62

 

 

 

 

Next on my search list was a chair. I knew I wanted something that would be comfortable and that had a vintage feel. I also originally wanted a chair with arms, but couldn’t find a well priced option. Lastly I knew that I wanted the chair to be in a veveteen fabric and have a curved back, hugging the body. So my hunt continued on every website I could think of, with no luck I turned to looking at what Home Goods and TJMaxx had to offer. This hunt took me a little longer as I would find potential chairs but didn’t fall in love with any of them. Until one weekend on a random trip to TJMaxx I found it! The deep blue color is what I fell for first, although I wasn’t completely in love. So I walked a away to stroll the store, if you go to TJMaxx you know if you like something you should grab it! But I needed to think about it. As we came back around the chair was still there and a man was sitting in it! So I thought if its gone by the third time I walked around, it wasn’t for me. By the third time I came back around, it was still there! I tested it again, I loved the curved form, the velveteen fabric and the royal blue color. Price? Originally $200 but I paid $99.99. It fit perfectly in the back seat of the car and is lightweight, with polished gold legs and wheels. On another trip to Home Goods I found a fluffy pillow in the a blue/green color that went perfectly with the chair! Exactly what I wanted to add more comfort and texture to my little office space. The pillow not only supports my back but my nerves when I need to squeeze it as I try to figure something out for the millionth time!

 

 

Finally my decorative pieces and desk accessories were the next items I added to my office space. I found a modern yet vintage feeling lamp at Home Goods just as I was ready to leave the store. On a different trip to Home Goods I found some encouraging word art that I look up to when I’m tired and need a push to get my work done. For now they also serve as my backdrop for my Youtube videos. I use old magazines to add inspiration and color to my space and have also found a spot for my camera, which also has a charging home thanks to my desk. Stationary is also a staple on my desk as I’m always writing something down. I love traditional stationary as opposed to taking motes on my phone or computer. Having it written down for me to always see helps me remember what I have to do. I’m also just partial to the feel of writing something down. Ever since I started my blog each year I get a new planner and I keep the old ones, to look back on. The stationary not only helps keep me organized, but gives me a place to write down my goals, achievements and lessons learned along the way.

 

 

 

Here are the points I kept in mind when hunting for my office space.

  • Space: My space is limited so I needed a narrow desk. I also needed a chair that didn’t take up much space. Consider your space options by measuring your potential office space before your search.
  • Price: Since I bargain hunt I knew I would look for deals.  If you’re looking for furniture make sure to search in store and online. Compare and write down prices. Make sure to look for the best deals on sites like Blinq.
  • Aesthetic: Whether you go for a mix of aesthetics like I did or stick to one, pick colors, materials, fabrics and products that will bring you comfort and inspiration.
  • Reliability: Make sure your desk is well made, as you will be using it daily. Choose a material that won’t warp, break or chip such as wood, metal, steel or even slate and marble!

I plan to get a rug in the future, perhaps to add more texture to the space. I love all my purchases, as I know that when ever I get my own place they will fit well and go with my aesthetic. Do you have an office space? How was the process on finding or creating your office space? I will have a separate post on where you can find similar looking office furniture.

T.S.