Last Call: Winter Coats

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! January is almost over, which means we only have a couple months of winter left, which means Spring! Which then means Summer! Not that I’m counting down the days or anything… except, OK, yes I am. Summer and me, you guys, we are friends. We get along. Summer and me, we have a great relationship. So, it’s no surprise that I’m excited for it to get back into my life.

But until then, I will finish using my snowboarding season pass – gotsta get my money’s worth – and I will keep drinking as much hot chocolate as my tummy will let me and I will keep washing my car after every snowstorm and I will keep my winter coats in the forefront of my closet. As should you… as should you.

So (and my summer-loving self is saying, ‘thankfully!’), this is the last call for winter coats. A winter coats roundup of sorts. And if you’re in the market for a new winter coat, now’s just about the best time that you could be looking! Winter coats and jackets are starting to go on sale to make way for all the spring items that stores are getting in stock, but it’s still cold enough in most places that there is still a good variety to choose from. And the best part (or worst part, depending on how you look at winter) is that you still have a couple months to wear them, depending on where you are. But then, they won’t be so worn that you can’t get use out of them next year too.

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A couple of things you may want to remember when shopping for winter coats at this time of year:

1) Search for a sale. If you find a coat you like, but it’s not quite on sale yet, either search somewhere else for a similar one or just wait for the one you like to go on sale. Odds are it is on sale somewhere or it will go on sale soon. After all, like I said above, spring is quickly approaching (yay!) and stores are going to want to get rid of their winter coats sooner or later.

2) Keep in mind the season… after all, it is still winter for just a bit longer. Try to find jackets that are versatile enough that you can wear them to finish off this winter season, but that maybe you can keep wearing into spring – you know, maybe something that’s not too dark or too heavy – and that you can, again, wear when winter inevitably makes it way back into your life.

Below, quite a few options of winter coats – several of them are on sale or clearance – to get you started. We aim to please, mostly is what this post is.

(Also, let it be written, let it be known that my love for the Target clearance section surpasses my love for most other things. Just to throw that out there.)

Denim

Dark (Clearance) // Light // Dark (Splurge)

Wool

Gray (Sale) // Maroon (Clearance) // Hooded // Melange // Blue (Sale)

Trench

 

Tan (Clearance) // Tan // Red (Sale)

Stripes

Black & Grey (Clearance) // Red

Rain

Blue // White (Splurge)

Quilted

Navy // Teal (Splurge)

Plaid

Red (Clearance) // Black (Splurge/Sale)

Peacoat

Red (Clearance) // Grey // Striped (Sale)

Parka

Maroon (Clearance) // Red (Splurge/Sale) // Blue // Green

Military

Green // Blue (Super sale!)

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Fur-trimmed Black // Funnel-neck Black (Splurge)

Leather

 

Black // Pink // White

Random

Leopard // Biker // Blazer // Camo // Floral

 

6 Days Last Minute Gifts – Leatherette Leggings

6 Days Last Minute Gifts – Leatherette Leggings

Last Minute Gifts - Leatherette Leggings

 

If you need a last minute gift for the fashionista in your life, our friend Shannen insists that these leatherette leggings are the perfect gift.  We tend to agree.

Remember when Erika put out the idea of pairing a tartan sweater and leather pants for your holiday party?

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Well, one of our favorite readers, Marilee, asked about some leather stretch pants for a stretch comfy waistband for the holidays.  She may have been half kidding (Although leather sweat pants would be awesome.  Nearly as awesome as Kanye’s leather jogging pants) Nevertheless, we deliver.  And by we, I mean Shannen.

Shannen says, ” Perfect way to get the look without the knee wrinkles caused by waxed jeans or leather pants!!”

Just remember, they are leatherette leggings when you pick your top.  There are rules people.

You can pick up some leatherette leggings for yourself at Nordstrom (the store that has everything good) for the price of $44.99 and look smashing at your holiday parties this weekend.  Oh, and give one as a gift too.

Winter Coats

This post comes to you by reader request. We had a request to see, specifically, “cute jackets”. So, I did some shopping my research of winter coats and have compiled some of my findings here, so as to assist you in all your winter coat-searching endeavors. These coats below are all my favorites of the coats that I found. Some of them, I love the “splurge” option more. Others, I actually like the “save” option more. In fact, I actually own one of the “save” option. I got mine on Super Sale at H&M.

Speaking of H&M. You guys, H&M is ab. so. lutely. killing it in winter coats right now. KILLING it. Seriously. If you find a coat you like from H&M below, definitely check in the store location closest to you to see if it’s on what they’re calling “holiday deal” in the store. I got my new favorite winter coat from them just a few days ago — originally $69.95, super sale in store $19.95. Yep. I saved a whole $50. I mean!

So, anyway. For the purposes of this post, the “save” options are all under $100, while the “splurge” options are all over $100. The categories of winter coats we have for you are as follows:

Coats

Wool – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Leopard – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Faux leather – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Drawstring waist – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Faux fur – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Peacoat – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Tribal – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Trench – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Fur-lined parka – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Quilted sleeves – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Asymmetrical zipper – 1) Splurge 2) Save // Plaid – 1) Splurge 2) Save

Wool coats. A good wool coat has recently moved to the top of my wishlist. I’m dying over the leather-trimmed “splurge” option above. Seriously, if the thought of spending that much on a coat didn’t give me heartburn, it’d already be in my closet. Maybe one day, self.

Leopard. I love leopard print, as long as you don’t look like a common street… Snooki when you wear it. I promise, there are ways to wear leopard and still look classy.

Leather. In the case of this post, both options are faux leather. But they both are amazing. I own a faux leather jacket, and just know, they are definitely worth the money spent.

Drawstring waist. The elbow patches on the “splurge” option are killing me. I love them so much. Like, put this coat on, and pretend you’re in the Hamptons, playing croquet and eating Maine lobster. Or, actually go to the Hamptons and do those things while wearing this coat. I almost think this coat requires it. Also, the “save” option is the one I bought. I love love loooove it.

Faux Fur. I don’t particularly like faux fur coats. At least not on me. But, some people can pull them off just grandly. If you’re one of those people, options above.

Peacoat. There is nothing quite like a good peacoat. I have the H&M option below from last season and I love it. I can wear it with anything. Also, that Michael Kors version has me drooling. Gold-zippered pockets, for the win!

Tribal. Tribal print is very trendy right now. Both of these coats play off that trend in a definite chic way, which I think is difficult to pull off with such a bold print. These winter coats are both definitely tribal done right.

Trench. Definitely a classic. When I think of trench coats, I think of Burberry. But, after finding these two non-Burberry options, I’ve realized that only thinking Burberry is a bit close-minded.

Fur-lined parka. So even though I’m not huge into the actual faux fur coats, I love the fur-lined hoods. And parkas are just so practical! That maroon one is turning into the heart-for-eyes iPhone emoji.

Quilted sleeves. I didn’t realize this was a trend, and I guess I’m not sure that it actually is or not. But I’m going to claim it as one and keep going. I found several options of quilted sleeves in my research. And I kind of am really, really loving them. What a unique way to mix textures and prints!

Asymmetrical zippers. Uhm. Did you see those coats? I’m pretty sure they speak for themselves.

Plaid. Plaid is a huge trend right now. HUGE. It’s everywhere. I’ve seen plaid pants (love), plaid shirts (double love), plaid scarves (sooo much love), plaid dresses (not sure I could pull that off, but still love), plaid skirts (loooove), and now! Plaid jackets. Both of the options I’ve got here, seriously. I just wish my wallet was fuller. I’d get them both. Insert hashtag FirstWorldProblems here.

So enjoy these options. Let us know what you think of these and leave some links in the comments of any coats you’re loving this winter! Also, check out our “Wear” board on Pinterest, because we are in the process of pinning some amazing coats, including but not limited to the coats in this post. Erika, over and out.

How to Wear Boots with Skinny Calves

I have skinny legs! I don’t say this to try to brag or get attention — I actually hate being the center of attention. It gives me anxiety. So, yeah. Most times I’m OK with my legs. I’ve come to terms with the fact that that’s just the way it is for me. It means less surface area when I have to shave, and what could be bad about that? Other times I really, really take issue with the whole thing. For example, when I have to listen to someone saying, “Your legs are toothpicks!” C’mon. How am I supposed to respond to that? “Uhm… thanks?” Also, when I’m trying to find a good pair of jeans. A lot of times, jeans just are baggy in my calf area. Finding jeans that fit just-right has been a lifelong struggle for me. Darn my toothpick legs. AND also, when I’m trying to find a good pair of boots.

I love boots. And from reading the responses on some of our recent fall posts, most people love boots the most about fall! Most times when I try to wear boots, my ankles or my calves just slosh around inside, like putting a single rose inside large vase. Or like a straw in a 32 oz cup without a lid to hold it in place. It’s not cute, I tell you.

But! I have solutions. And I want to share them with my fellow skinny-legged friends out there who also struggle with the dilemma of loving boots.

Calves

Uggs — Here’s the thing. I know a lot of people who have very strong feelings about Uggs. And a lot of those feelings aren’t great. I get it… they’re not the most beautiful of boots. But they are comfortable and warm and very practical in snowy weather, I have found. Which I guess is kind of the point of boots, isn’t it? So, since I love my Uggs and because they are as practical and comfortable and warm as a man should be, I am going to include them on my list. When I first started shopping around for a pair of boots like Uggs, I was looking in places like Target and Costco. Because, budget. I didn’t want to spend the ridiculous amount that Uggs cost on a pair of boots that aren’t all that cute anyway and that was more than likely going to get ruined in the snow.

But what I found was, as a skinny-calved shopper, that the Target and Costco brands really aren’t made as well. And by that, I mean, the fur lining isn’t as thick and the boots are much wider as actual Uggs. That is a no-go for a skinny-calver like me. So, I splurged and got me some real-life Uggs and I have been so happy!

So, solution #1 = splurge on the brand name.

P1000736 Now, I understand sometimes you may not want or may not be able to splurge on the brand name, and that is just fine! Brand names, shmrand names, is what I say. Why pay more for what you can get just as good of for less, right? And for that, I have a solution also. Socks! Get you a pair of knee-highs and roll them down around the opening of the boot. It adds thickness around your calf and it hides the fact that maybe your skinny calves look a bit ridiculous right now.

Solution #2 = Socks! Of the thick and knee-high variety.

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Ankle boots/booties — Super trendy right now. And I love the way they look! I bought myself a pair of ankle boots last season (when I found them on super sale at Forever 21, shhh with my secrets!) and it was really love at first sight. But when I got home and tried them on, the opening was just too big for my ankles and I couldn’t make them look good. The best way I have found to make my ankles look not so ridiculous in the wide opening is to avoid skinny jeans when I wear them, and wear something like boyfriend jeans instead. And cuff the jeans so the bottom of your jeans just barely hits the top of the shoe. It sort of works to hide the fact that your ankles are hangin’ out all willy nilly somewhere inside those jeans and wide boots.

Solution #3 = Boyfriend/baggier jeans, cuffed.

Side note, I may or may not still feel a little bit ridiculous in these when I wear them, but I get compliments on them every time. So definitely, invest in some ankle boots. Odds are people will love your trendy boots so much they won’t even notice your tiny ankles.

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Knee-high boots — Ah, my first love. I remember the first pair of boots I had. They were knee-highs. They were tie-up and had some fur on ’em. They were totally 2005, but I loved them! Thankfully, knee-high boot fashion has come a long way since then.

There are tons of styles of knee-high boots to choose from, but I have riding-style boots, so that’s what I’m focusing on here. Shopping for knee-highs can be pretty intimidating if you have skinny calves, but don’t give up! I found these amazing knee-high boots that have a slit in the back, so it’s like the boot is saying, “Look at me, I am made to look wider at the top which gives you an excuse to wear them with your skinny calves!”

Solution #4 = Get boots that give a good excuse to have skinny legs, like a slit in the back. If all else fails, see Solution #2 and just add knee-high socks.

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Rain boots — I think rain boots might be the worst boot for us skinny-calved folk. For years, I was afraid of buying and/or wearing a pair of rain boots because of how ridiculous I thought I looked in them. Then, I found a pair of slim-fit Hunters. And my life has never been the same. They literally hug my calves! They are perfect. They’re so good I can’t even think of anything else to say about them.

Solution #5 = Find boots that have “slim” in the name. Solution #1 also applies here (I had to get brand name Hunter Wellies to get the exact fit I wanted).

I forgot to take a picture of them for the post, so you get just a random picture of me wearing them.

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Combat boots — I have several ways of wearing combat boots. 1) Laced only halfway up, with socks. 2) Laced halfway up, with cuffed jeans. 3) Laced all the way up, with cuffed jeans. 4) Laced all the way up, with jeans tucked in. 5) (Not pictured) Laced all the way up, with socks.

The beauty of the combat boots is that you can wear them sooo many ways and no one will ever be able to tell you have the skinny calf. It’s brilliant. I have combats in black and brown because I love them so much.

So, solution #6 is just = Combat Boots! Mixed with all the other solutions already written 🙂

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Fall Basics

It’s possible you are wondering what items exactly you need in your closet for this fall. If so, this post is for you. If not, well, stick around anyway. Because who doesn’t love imagining their closet is bigger/fuller than it actually is?

I have oh so generously put together a list for all you wonderful readers of what I think are the perfect fall basics that every female should have in her closet. I myself have at least one of every single one of these items (only some of them are the exact ones listed below), and let me just bear witness to you that these fall basics are just that—basics that get rotated through every single fall outfit I put on my body. I always include at least 1 of these items into my fall outfits (example—I always at least wear a cardigan or a pair of boots); but usually, I manage to include 4 at a time (a cardigan over a plaid, with a scarf and boots; or a sweater with a jacket, beanie, and boots). See what I’m saying? Basics. Fall basics!

On the first row, we have the tops. You need to have at least one cardigan, one sweater, and one button up (I prefer a good plaid or gingham, myself). You can mix and match these basics with just about anything. Wear a cardigan over your favorite tee or the sweater over your favorite tank. Or pair these with each other! Wear the cardigan over the plaid. Wear the sweater over the plaid. Wear the sweater or the plaid by themselves. The possibilities are just about endless. And, as a cardigan hoarder, I have to say, probably get cardigans in every color if you can manage it. I have so many cardigans it should be embarrassing. But, as Socrates once said, “You can never hard too many cardigans.” Or, wait….

The second row is probably my favorite. Everyone needs to have a good jacket. My favorite fall jackets are the three I’ve included here. A double-breasted peacoat, a utility jacket, and a leather jacket (or in my case, faux-leather). I use my peacoat for fancier outings, perhaps a date night. I use my leather jackets (I have one black and one tan) for fun nights out that aren’t quite so fancy. And I use my utility coat for everything else. Seriously. Everything. I am always cold, so I bring this thing with me everywhere. The colors I included below are colors I am currently lusting after, but you could buy these in just about any color. I mentioned my black and tan leather jackets already. My peacoat is an olive green color. And my utility jacket is grey, but I wouldn’t say no to a green or tan one also.

Third row, we have accessories. Tights, scarves, and hats, oh my! Get yourself a good pair of tights—they keep your legs warm and you don’t have to shave if you wear them! Win, win—am I right, ladies? Scarves. Another thing I have way too many off. I think Socrates said something about these too, once. Then again, maybe not? But either way, you can’t have too many. And if you think you can’t pull off a scarf. You’re wrong. Just… that’s all there is to it. Anyone can wear a scarf. Also, hats. I love floppy felt hats for fall, but also beanies would work.

And last but not least, we have boots. I don’t really wear much else in the fall. I hate having cold feet, so they go into hiding as soon as the air gets that faint hint of a chill. But really, it’s not a bad thing, what with all the cute boots you can find everywhere! I say, have a pair of boots at every height: ankle, calf, and knee. Since it’s not quite snowing yet (hopefully), a pair of rain boots is a must. I have a pair of dark green Hunters that I love and can pair with just about anything. These black ones (below) would also be on my list if I thought I had any chance of the husband buying me another pair. (If rain boots aren’t your thing, you can never go wrong with a pair of riding boots. Same height as the rain boots and just as cute…) For the calf-height boots, these Steve Madden combat boots…? *Drool* I have these exact pair and they haven’t come off my feet since I bought them. (OK, yes, I take them off to sleep, smart aleck.) I think I’ve mentioned before, but Steve knows what we girls like on our feet. He just knows! Comfort and cute and practical all in one shoe? Dreams do come true, my friends. And as far as ankle boots go, how perfect is that black bootie with the buckles? I’m pretty sure I would only ever take off my Steve combat boots if I knew I had those bad boys to put on next.

And the best thing about ALL these items? They are great as fall basics, but they transition into working as basics for winter too! Although I may not love being cold all the time, I love luuuuurve being able to dress in all the cute warm clothes. So, do yourself a favor—pick some of your favorites below; go shopping; come back and tell us what you get and how you wear it and how. much. you love it!

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Cardigan // Sweater // Plaid

Peacoat // Utility Jacket // Leather Bomber Jacket

Tights // Scarf // Hat

Ankle Boots // Combat Boots // Rain Boots

Fall Fashion Trends – Thursday Wishlist

Lazy post, comin’ atcha today. I just got back from my trip to DC late last night. It was just grand! And let’s hear it for the awesome posts from Tracey and Sarah while I was gone! But now, it’s my turn again. And well, piles of laundry and dishes and grocery shopping and such things have dictated that my post today is a lazy one. While contemplating the fall fashion trends, I put together a quick outfit wishlist of things I have my eye on. I mean, my birthday is this month. A girl can dream right. And with fall right around the corner, I’m drooling over these boots and the sweater. And, well, basically, everything here. How perfect are these boots for a late summer/early fall outfit?! What are some of your favorite pieces for the transition between summer and fall? Are there any specific fall fashion trends you have your eye on?

Fall Fashion Trends Wishlist

1. J. Crew Collection Denim Jacket

2. J. Crew Confetti Donegal Sweater

3. Ray Ban Sunnies

4. Anthropologie Tegan Cut Out Heels

5. Anthropologie Stacked Stripes Ponte Skirt

6. Steve Madden Bdroplet Handbag

 

Not Just a Target Shirt, part II

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to introduce this post. I’ve written and deleted and written and deleted about 17 times now. Nothing has been good enough. It’s 7 o’clock on a Friday evening. My part-time job has been just about full time the past two weeks and my bum is oh so tired of this here computer seat it’s currently occupying*. I have severe writer’s block. I want to eat, but need to cook it first. (My inner dialogue sounds very much like “Ha! Yeah, right. Cook… Psh.” right now.) My energy is kaput. The man of this house is in the garage doin’ man stuff… fixin’ his bike or something. I dunno. He’s probably gonna want to eat too, I think. Rats. All I want is to curl up on the couch with something sugary and fattening (did I mention I’m sugar-free right now? Ugh.), and a Dirty Doctor Pepper, and a good redbox.

BUT! I love you guys. And I love Target. And I promised last night (via Instagram) that I’d be posting today. So, a-good-post-introduction be darned, I’m going to crank this thang out, even if it kills me.

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(Image courtesy of Google)

Remember, part 1 of this series? Last time, I did everything via the interwebs—found all the clothes on Target’s website. This time around, I actually went into the store, picked a few of my favorite tops, and then everything else to go along with them all. Pretty sure the fitting room attendant hated me when I told her I had “waaaay more than 6 items.” (Sorry, Betty!) But, it was soooo worth it! I am craving every single one of these items. ALL of them. I could get months of outfits JUST from these pieces. AND LET IT BE KNOW: I walked out of the store empty-handed. I am convinced that is a feat worthy of at least a couple pats on the back (see Ryan’s Hey Girl meme, up there^). My husband gave me two high fives when I told him. TWO!

I’ll be back though. Erika needs some of those cardigans in her life. And probably the palazzo pants too.

All accessories are my own.

Outift 1 – Tee and cardi. My go-to. There is nothing more comfortable, more versatile, more classic. And then pair a good set of harem pants that combo and you’ve got comfort to the max. Seriously. I wasn’t a fan of the harem trend until I saw these bad boys and tried them on. They are comfy and cute and trendily acceptable! Win win win for this outfit. This cardigan will probably be in my closet in the not-too-distant future!

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Outfit 2 – Harem pants continued into this outfit, but paired with a super trendy, super cute, black-and-white, printed peplum top.

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Outfit 3 – The peplum carries over into this next outfit. I saw these studded jeans and I HAD to add them to my pile. How cute are they! NJATS3 outfit3

Outfit 4 – One trend I haven’t had the lady balls to buy yet, but that I just looove is camo.  I’m super afraid that it’s going to be one of those trends, where I’ll buy a piece and within just a few months it’ll be outdated. BUT for now, it’s perfect! And if you DO have the lady-balls that I lack, then you should definitely give in to this trend. You can dress it up with some heels, or dress it down with some cut-off, distressed shorts. In the look below, I went for more of an edgy look by pairing it with the studded denim and a faux leather jacket. I seriously crave this entire outfit so hard.NJATS4 outfit4

Outfit 5 – MY FAVORITE! I seriously am obsessed with this look. Know, I hated the palazzo pants trend that I saw popping up different places. I thought it was a little tacky to be honest. So if that’s what you think about the outfit below, I don’t blame you. BUT, go to Target. Try these pants on. You, too, will change your mind. These pants were THE single most comfortable pants I’ve ever had on. And they are frickin’ adorable. I am probably headed to Target tomorrow to buy these. Paired with a slightly oversized black tee. It’s the perfect look. Ob. Sessed.

(Not sure why the picture below made the shirt look grey… it was black. I promise.)

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Outfit 6 – FAVORITE with a twist. My favorite outfit from above, with an added chambray, you know, since we’ll be heading into fall soon and you may get a bit chilly. Now this outfit is perfect, made better!

NJATS6 outfit6Outfit 7 – Here it is again… my go-to! Cardigan, plain tee, and jeans. Black jeans in this case. Which are reversible and turn into camo jeans. Uhm, what? Yes. Please. Love it. After I tried it on, this cardigan walked around the store with me while I picked up the rest of what I needed. I managed to stick it back where it belonged on the shelf right before I checked out. But I’ll be back tomorrow, because it’s on sale this week. And I have a coupon for 15% off. Yeah. It’s THAT good.

NJATS7 outfit7Outfit 8 – I figured I needed at least one outfit that wasn’t just pants. And then I found this amazing skirt. It has POCKETS. And not just any pockets. Stud-lined pockets. With a graphic tee and my new favorite cardigan for chilly nights? So. much. yes.  So oh, hi! Are you still reading? Get up and go to Target and get this skirt! Or anything from this post. OR anything from Target, really! You can’t go wrong.

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*Please note, I am by no means complaining about how many hours I’ve had to work. I am very, very grateful to have a job that I enjoy and that I am [relatively] good at. I really am pretty darn lucky. In mentioning the hours I’ve worked, I was hoping to just relay how exhausted I feel right now.

Extra! Extra! H&M Opens US Online Store!

Something amazing happened yesterday. Something I’ve been waiting for a very a long time.

I wasn’t always a lover of clothes and fashion. Growing up, my mom always picked out my outfits for me. If they were cute, great. If not, whatever. And for my first couple years of high school, my family was living in South Africa and I still didn’t give a hoot about fashion. I mean, I lived in Africa. I had more important things on my mind, like my family’s next safari vacation. Hellooooo! Then, between my sophomore and junior year, my family had to move back to the States. I was devastated to be leaving Africa, but that’s a story for another day.

We found ourselves in Northern Virginia, and I was so intensely bitter about that move, that I tried everything I could think of to make myself happy. And that is when I really discovered clothes. I discovered that, in my new high school, if you weren’t wearing American Eagle or Hollister or Abercrombie, you might as well have just eaten in the bathroom by yourself at lunch. (Yeah, my high school experience was eerily similar to Cady Heron’s. OMG Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white!)

So, anyway, back to… South Africa. Virginia. Clothes. And more specifically, H&M. What a discovery H&M was! I lived 10 minutes from it, and I didn’t even realize that some people didn’t have H&M in their lives until 2 years later when my family again moved… this time to Utah. And lo and behold, there was NO H&M in Utah. Say whaaaaaa? But it’s ok, I can just shop online. Except, uhm, nope. There was no such thing as shopping at H&M online. For the next 6 years, I managed to get by on just a few H&M shopping trips: every time I passed through Vegas, every time I was in Scottsdale, one time when I was in Seattle.

But yesterday, you guys! Yesterday, H&M finally opened the very long-awaited (at least by me) U.S. online store! And I already am coveting about 89% of the things I’ve seen on there. I managed to pick a few of my favorites for you gals and your guys, and I have included them below. (Getting it down to just these few items was rough, trust me.)

But honestly — wallets be warned — if you haven’t been to the website yet, just go now!

And if you want to thank me for the heads up on your new wardrobes, my wish list is below. I kid, I kid.  Oh, and also, my birthday is next month ; ) Jokes.

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Not Just A Target Shirt — Lemon Edition

Target. Oh, Target. The modern girl’s (and guy’s) quintessential shopping experience. Who doesn’t love Target! Notice, that’s not a question. Because, the answer if it were would be, of course, nobody. But we all know that. And we know you’d be lying if you said you didn’t, so don’t even bother. I go to Target, a loooot. I go when I actually have a reason to go. And I go when I have nothing else to do… I just like to hang out. Should I be embarrassed to admit that I like hanging out in that white tiled, red carpeted, red-and-khaki’d, “Can I help you find something?”, popcorn-and-icee, deal-finding, best-clearance-items-ever utopia of a store? Probably. But I’m not. Because, well, just because. And because, I know you all like to do it too. We’re all only human

Side note. I met my husband because of Target. Hello! How could I not have just a deep, deep affinity for Target? My matchmaker of a store. Just, yes. And maybe one day I’ll tell you kids that story.

So. A couple weeks ago, Tracey and I were G-chatting it up (unrelated. who doesn’t love gmail too!) about this here blog. Do you remember this post, about pastels and neons? Tracey and I were G-discussing, as follows:

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Tracey, by the way, I’m still waiting for that picture.

But seriously. There really is NO such thing. Cue my new series: “Not Just A Target Shirt”! You guys, I am excited about this one. At first, I thought, make an outfit guide using “just” a Target shirt. But then I decided, why stop there, and I’ll take it one step further and make the outfit guide using only Target items. And after coming up with the first four guides below, I am convinced that I never need to shop anywhere else, ever. So, below are my first four “Not Just a Target Shirt” guides, using the 4 cutest yellow (we’re following a lemon theme here, guys!) shirts I could find. And trust me, getting it down to just these 4 wasn’t easy.

The best part is that none of any of these items were over $50. The other best part is, they are all available either online or in the store, and most pieces are available in both places. The other best part is, it’s Target so if you get something and decide it doesn’t work or fit, their return policy is the bees knees. The other best part is, I would wear every single one of these outfits. In fact, I want to buy everything here. All of it. This series just may break my wallet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

(I’m not including any links to the items like I normally do, on account of I’m lazy, mostly. But rest assured, you can find them all on target.com or in your local store).

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This is a perfect outfit for day or night, running errands or going on a hot date. Dress it up a bit by adding heels or wedges instead of sandals. I love the leather detailing on the cardigan. I would tuck the tank into the maxi and let the cardi just hang out over it. For a summer/fall look, roll the sleeves of the cardigan up and add some arm candy.

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I am loving denim jackets right now. Perfect for summer and fall. I would wear the pants rolled up/cuffed so you’d be able to see the cute ankle strap of the wedges.

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I think I am going to head to Target this afternoon and buy this entire outfit. Because, do you see it?! Except the belt and the shorts… I already have those. I mean, really.

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Yes. Yes. Yes. Again, cuff the jeans so you can see the entire adorableness of the leopard bootie. And that dinosaur necklace?! I DIE. And, as always, a little (or a lot) of arm candy never hurt any outfit. At least that I’m aware.

Lemon Clothes

Lemon week = lemon-inspired outfits. Naturally.

I don’t have much to say about this one. Yellow is so bright and happy and sunny and summery. Why wouldn’t you want to own/wear clothing that is all those things? I myself own a yellow purse, multiple yellow shirts, a yellow scarf, yellow pants, and a yellow cardigan. (Is the word “yellow” starting to look odd to anyone else?) The best part about yellow clothing is all the different shades it comes in — light, dark, mustard, neon, etc. — so even if you’re blonde, you can make at least something work! Here are some items to help you feel inspired to begin (or continue, as the case may be) incorporating the aforementioned yellow happiness and sunniness into your own closet, be it summer or winter.

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Sweater // T-shirt

Purse // Dress

Jeans [on sale!] // Skirt // Shoes