Target’s A New Day

As most are already aware, Target’s main clothing brands, Merona and Mossimo, are being discontinued and replaced with new brands, including A New Day. The line’s items have been trickling into stores over the past week or so, and the full line was released online today. I took some time to browse through the clothing, shoes, and accessories and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. I thought I’d put together a quick list of the items that caught my eye and that I’d like to try out in the near future:

twill dress //ponte fit + flare dress // quilted jacket // camera crossbody bag 

pleat front top //crepe blouse // pleated short sleeve blouse // peplum tee 

The full line is available online here. Which pieces caught your eye?


wishlist, august 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve compiled one of these wishlist posts, mostly because I wasn’t all that interested in shopping for most of 2017. But now it seems things have changed—as usual, I am delighted by all the fall offerings popping up in stores. Accordingly, I’ve got a few items I’d like to add to my closet in the next few months. Details below!

gray suede moto jacket

I would have liked to have snagged this jacket from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but alas, it was one of those items that seemed to sell out well before we plebeian non-cardholders gained access to the sale. There seem to be a few similar items out there (like this jacket), so I’m hoping I can find something before the cooler weather hits.

navy bag

I wear navy blue with some regularity these days, and it would be nice to have a bag that coordinated. In the past, I’ve carried an adequate Target bag, but I’ve got my eye on this Cole Haan tote. I’m not sure I’m ready to drop that much money on a bag that won’t necessarily get constant use though.

black knit blazer

I used to own a wonderfully versatile black ponte blazer (see it here), but as with most Target items, it started to deteriorate after about a year of wear. Ever since then, I’ve been making do with a wool Schoolboy blazer from J.Crew, but that’s really not ideal for the weather during most of the year in Alabama. I’m hoping to give this knit blazer a try as a lighter weight option with a slightly more casual feel. If it works out, I might consider getting some other colors too…

gray dress

My beloved gray quilted dress was recently relegated to the donate pile, as it had some pilling. I’d love to find a similar replacement that could easily be layered. Clearly, I’m on a gray kick lately!

shopping list–march 2017

It’s been two months since I last posted a “shopping list,” but thus far I’ve managed to purchase only one of the three items on that list. I’m still hoping that the bag in that post will go on sale and the earrings will no longer be backordered at some point. I’ve also identified a few other items that might be nice to have in my wardrobe.


black flats 

I’ve mentioned this in my last few budget posts: I’m in need of comfy, all-purpose, preferably genuine leather, black flats. My current pair (seen here) is by Dr. Scholl’s, but the leather is quite stiff, and they fit my foot awkwardly. This search is proving to be more difficult than anticipated, as I am picky about toe shape too. I want them to be pointed toe, but not too pointy, if that makes any sense. I’m considering this pair currently–just waiting for a good promo!

blush blouse

This time last year, I also was in search of a top in this hue. I ended up finding a blush tee that I like (see it here), but it’s a bit sheer and casual. I’m hoping to find a more versatile blouse that could be worn with jeans or skirts. The trouble is, I’m not totally sold on ruffles or bell sleeves, which seem to be details incorporated into every blush blouse I’ve seen lately. Suggestions for where to look for more basic silhouettes are welcome!

trench coat

Technically, I own a trench coat already (seen here), but I never seem to reach for it. I think it’s because I’d rather have something more classic: double-breasted, tortoise or brown buttons. I’m planning on selling my old one, as it’s really a nice coat, just not working for me. I might trade it in for this one or this one.

What are you lusting after lately?

shopping list–january 2017

Every two months or so, I compile a few wishlist items for my wardrobe in an effort to guide my spending. I’d like to think that this strategy helps me shop for items that fulfill a specific “need” in my closet rather than for just pieces that happen to strike my fancy.

For this rendition, I don’t have a whole lot in mind, given that we are still recovering from the excess of the holiday season. That being said, the following are a few accessories that would be nice to have sometime in 2017.


black crossbody bag 

We actually traveled quite a bit this past fall: a Labor Day trip to Massachusetts, a wedding weekend in Chicago, and an extended stay in Maryland for Thanksgiving. I didn’t particularly want to lug around my diaper bag everywhere for all those excursions, so I used my tan crossbody bag. I thoroughly enjoyed the convenience, but I kept wishing I had the same bag in black. Enter: this foldover crossbody bag from BP. It comes in a few other fun colors too for those of you who are less boring than I am!

pearl stud earrings

By far, the most worn piece of jewelry in my possession is my pair of pearl stud earrings. Clearly, pearls are pretty timeless, so it’s no wonder that they’re my go-to earrings. I’ve been thinking it might be nice to change it up now and then with a slightly larger pair with a hint of embellishment. I like these Kate Spade ones, so I might grab them the next time there’s a sale going on.

leather sneakers

Keds recently sent me a birthday coupon, and I’ve been perusing their site quite a bit as a result. I’m very tempted by these simple, leather sneakers. I kind of love all four colors, but I’m leaning toward the cognac or black. They would be so perfect paired with jeans or even one of my many pairs of ankle pants!

What’s on your wishlist these days?