wishlist, november 2017

Hello again, blog friends! It’s been awhile since my last post–I found that I needed a bit of time away from the camera after the Common Threads Challenge came to a close. I’m back to taking outfit photos though, so stay tuned for those in the coming week, but today I wanted to share my annual birthday/Christmas wishlist. This year is a “milestone birthday” for me, so I feel like I should be asking for something “big,” but I can’t say that I really have my heart set on anything in particular. That being said, there a few moderately priced items that have struck my fancy lately…

little black dress Truthfully, I already own two black dresses (here and here), but both are sleeveless. I would love to have one with sleeves so that it would be better suited to the cooler months. I had bookmarked this one, but it appears to be sold out for good. I also like this one with a covered button detail on the shoulder, but the reviews are only mediocre. This fit and flare style would be flattering, but it’s not all that interesting. I’d love to find one in time for the holiday season!

black and tan watch In case you haven’t noticed, I wear black and tan together…a lot. I also tend to wear a watch on a daily basis, which presents the dilemma: which color watch to wear? I know; it’s such a stressful decision. I’ve been thinking it might be nice to have a watch with both black and tan together, particularly one with a trendy black dial. This unisex one is appealing, and I’ve also considered making my own on the Wristology website. If I wanted to go the price route, I love this Daniel Wellington beauty.

camel coat The camel coat currently in my closet is from Gap, circa 2004, and I stole it from my sister’s closet about 10 years ago. It has served me well over the past several years, but it’s starting to show its age. So, I’ve admitted it’s time for a replacement, and I really like this J.Crew Factory option. My mom has it in the green color (and she looks beautiful in it!), so I’m familiar with the quality and cut. It’s expensive at full price, but of course JCF has crazy good sales, particularly at this time of year!

What are you asking Santa for this year?


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?