old navy review, volume 2

It’s been almost two years since my last “try-on” post, and I happened to have just bought a new full-length mirror for our bedroom…so how about another?

I’m not always a fan of Old Navy’s offerings, but this spring, they’ve had a few items worth trying. They recently had a 40% off promo for cardholders, so I ordered the items you see below.

trench coat in clay mate, $35 (size small)

I mentioned in my most recent shopping list post that I’m in search of a new trench coat. I spotted this one for such a steal, I had to try it. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly what I’m looking for–it’s not waterproof (just regular cotton), and the fit leaves something to be desired. Still, it’s a decent quality coat for the price. I also like the striped lining.

Verdict: return


relaxed peplum-hem top in black, $11 (size small)

I just completed another closet purge, and one of the items I banished was my black peplum top. It wasn’t a perfect fit when I bought it, and now that I’ve lost weight and stopped breastfeeding, it’s just all kinds of wonky. Plus, the heavy material limited its use. So now I have that hole in my closet. I like this one with lace trim (that you can’t see in these grainy iPhone photos), but the material is what ruined it for me. It’s pretty scratchy, and I know myself: if it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it.

Verdict: return
relaxed peplum-hem tee in white stripe, $12 (size small)

Honestly, the last thing I need is another striped tee, but this one is a little bit different, right? It’s pretty lightweight, so I can see myself wearing this well into spring, despite the long sleeves. This particular color/pattern is sold out online, but you might be able to snag one in stores (for just $7, no less!). My only concern is that the sleeves are a bit tight considering I usually end up rolling up my sleeves during the day. Whether I keep this depends on how the rest of my spending goes this month.

Verdict: maybe


crew-neck tee dress in red stripe, $11 (size small)

I added this to my order because my current red striped dress has shrunk a bit over the past few washes, making it a bit too short for work. I’d love to find a replacement…but sadly, I don’t think this is it. I had read the reviews indicating that this dress runs small, but I veer toward in extra-small in Old Navy’s sizing, so I thought a small would be safe. It fits, but it’s definitely more “body-con” than any of my other tee-shirt dresses. I also think the tall sizing might have been better to get a bit of added length. Finally, the color is not the true, cherry red I want–it leans toward orange-y red.

Verdict: return

So this order turned out to be a bit of a bust, but at least it gave me something to blog about. What would you keep?

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?

February 2017 Budget

Somehow, the end of February is already upon us, which means it’s time for another budget update. I promise that some day I will buy something other than jeans and flats…but that day is not today. Details below!


the keepers

blue ankle pants {Loft} $35 ($69.50 + 50% off promotion) Remember my beloved cobalt blue ankle pants? I wore those pants all the time during my internship year and continued to do so since then. Sadly, they’re showing their age these days, and are a bit too big to be professional anymore, so I bought these as a replacement. I think this makes my fifth pair of the Essential Skinny Pants? I managed to get some sort of greasy stain on them the first time I wore them (#momlife), but Shout Wipes came to the rescue. So they get bonus points for durability. *PS These are now in the sale section, so you could get them for even cheaper than I did!

nude scalloped flats {Sam & Libby via Target} $24 ($24.99 + 5% off REDcard discount) I never did manage to find the leather version of these that were released last fall. If I ever happen upon a pair, I would snap them up in a hurry, but this synthetic version that Target introduced for spring will do for now. I just really needed a pair of round-toe, go-with-everything flats. These are comfy and match my skin tone pretty perfectly (no really, I’m that pale).

black turtleneck {Mossimo via Target) $13 ($19.99 on clearance for $13.98 + 5% REDcard discount) I recently came to the realization that I have very few solid color, long-sleeve tops. No wonder I have trouble layering in the winter. This flowy turtleneck gets good reviews, so I tried it out. I like the fit and the stretchy material. I’ve worn it once thus far, and I’m not sure I’ll get many more wears before the weather warms up. Minor drawback: Seth says it makes me “look Amish.” I guess he’s not into turtlenecks. *This has also been further discounted since I bought it–get it now for less than 10 bucks!

medium wash skinny jeans {Gap} $26 ($69.95 + 50% off promotion + extra 10% off with GapCard + $5 rewards) I tend to gravitate toward dark washes for my jeans, but I’ve recently been pinning a few looks with medium wash pairs, so I thought it might be nice to have some variety in my denim. It didn’t hurt that I had some rewards cash burning a hole in my pocket. When I tried them on (Instagram snap here), I was a little worried that they were a bit too skinny, but I think they’ll end up just fine. I won’t be wearing them to work anytime soon though.

boyfriend jeans {Gap} $27 ($69.95 on clearance for $29.99 + extra 10% off with GapCard) I have been struggling to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that fit properly ever since my favorite Loft pair became too big. It’s hard to tell from trying on for five minutes whether a pair of boyfriend jeans will end up stretching so much that they stop being “fetchingly oversized” and start being a potato sack. I’m hoping this pair will actually stay up on my waist with wear…

black leather sneakers {Keds via Stage} $22 ($65.00 marked down to $22.49) I wasn’t kidding last month when I said I wanted these sneakers in another color! I wear the cognac ones pretty much every weekend, so I went hunting for a good deal on the black pair. I’d never heard of this store before, but they happened to have these sneakers for 65% off (!!), so I ordered them. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of buying multiples of things I love.

the returns

I made a few returns this month. First, I tried that turtleneck above in a blush pink color, but when it arrived, it was a drab shade of pink that was really not flattering on my skin tone. I’ve also been hunting for a classic pair of black leather flats since my current pair is just plain uncomfortable. I tried this beautiful pair of Frye Regina flats in both a 9M (too small) and a 9.5M (too big). There seemed to be a big difference between the two sizes, and for $80 it wasn’t something I was willing to overlook. The search continues…

the extras

No extras to report this month, as Seth and I decided not to exchange Valentine’s gifts this year. Well, really, we just forgot. Whomp, whomp.

February total: $148

2017 total: $250

Remaining budget: $1750

My purchases this month weren’t all that exciting, I’ll admit–but I think they all fulfill some level of “need” in my wardrobe right now. I’ve worn everything already, which is usually a pretty good indicator that I’ll get my money’s worth out of the purchases. That being said, I promise to stop buying jeans for a while. Between last month’s haul and these two pairs, I should be set in the denim department for a while!

My spending thus far in 2017 has been pretty moderate, but I have a feeling that that will change in March. I’ve already got in an order at Loft for a few ruffled shirts (this one and this one), and I’m thinking of trying these flats. I’m also still eyeing this bag, and I might as well throw in these earrings while I’m ordering…

What did you buy in February? 

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January 2017 Budget

As I was typing the title for this post, I actually wrote “January 2015 Budget”–I’m only two years behind reality. Anyway, January tends to be a boring shopping month for me, as I don’t want to spend much after the holiday frenzy, and I’m typically in a mood to buy only basics (check out last year’s re-cap here). Evidently, this year is no different in that I bought a few pairs of jeans and a few classic accessories. More details below!


the keepers

gold mesh band watch {BP via Nordstrom} $2 ($25 + 50% off sale + $10 rewards) You may recall in one of my recent wish list posts that I was enticed by this lovely Skagen gold watch. I had a hunch that Santa was not going to leave it under the tree, so I decided to buy myself a nice looking dupe. I’ve bought a similar watch by BP before (see here) and was satisfied with the quality, so I knew I wasn’t buying something that would fall apart on me. I’ve already worn it 4 times in 3 weeks, so we’re already down to less than a dollar per wear.

cognac leather sneakers {Keds via DSW} $35 ($60 + $10 off promo + $15 rewards) These sneakers were an item in my most recent wish list post, and I was all set to order them from the Keds website with my 15% off birthday coupon until I noticed that DSW also carries them. Add in a few promos and rewards cash, and I got them for almost 50% off. I’ve also worn these several times already, and I am seriously contemplating buying them in black as well. Love them!

ankle skinny jeans {BP via Nordstrom Rack} $10 ($68 marked down to $10) Guys, I’m still struggling with pants. Although I quit breastfeeding over two months ago, I don’t seem to be gaining the weight back yet. I know–it’s a nice problem to have–except that none of my pants fit, including my favorite pair of jeans! I’m still not convinced that my current weight is my “permanent” weight, so I decided to buy a few pairs of relatively inexpensive jeans to get me through the next few months. This pair in particular felt like pajamas when I tried them on, so they were obviously coming home with me.

dark wash skinny jeans {Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack} $20 ($64 on clearance for $20) I read good things about this brand of jeans on another blog, and Nordstrom + Nordstrom Rack carry a variety of their styles, so I tried these out for size. They’re maybe an inch longer than I would like, but a tiny cuff solves that problem.

black raw edge skinny jeans {Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack} $35 ($59 marked down to $35) I was initially not a fan of this “raw edge” nonsense–I mean, doesn’t it look like they forgot something? But then I tried these on in store, and they fit like a glove, including the length. Hmm. So, I’m giving them a shot. I can always cuff them a bit to hide that frayed hem. Here’s hoping I don’t regret the decision to keep these.

the returns

I have quite a few returns this month. First, I tried these boots from DSW, and while I loved the way they fit and the soft suede, the “taupe” color was just…off. They had an almost pink undertone to them, making them impossible to match or coordinate with anything in my closet; I had really wanted something closer to gray. I also have been trying to hunt down these flats in the nude color, and Whitney was nice enough to track down a pair in her city and mail them to me, but as it turns out, they’re just a smidge too small. I’m very particular about the way my shoes fit the older I get, so I returned them as well. Finally, I tried these boyfriend jeans by Kut from the Kloth, but the fit was not right–perfect in the thighs and bum, but too big in the waist. They were $43, so I wasn’t willing to accept a sub-par fit.

the extras

I used some remaining birthday/Christmas money to buy a few things left on my wishlist, specifically, these earrings (used my 50% off birthday discount!), these flats, and a classic peacoat (in gray).

January total: $102

2017 total: $102

Remaining budget: $1898

Considering the fact that I’ve already worn most of the items I purchased this month, I’d say that I’m off to a good start in my shopping for 2017. The jeans were definitely necessary purchases–it got to the point that my only options for weekend wear were leggings and/or dresses. I hope it’s not just my consumerist side telling me that every woman needs a few pairs of jeans that fit.

Looking ahead, I am still eyeing the remaining items on my current wish list. These understated earrings have also struck my fancy, and I’m in need of some all-purpose black leather flats (my old ones are still plain uncomfortable after many opportunities to be “broken in”). I’m considering this pair–they’re pricey, but they might be worth it given how often I wear flats these days.

What did you buy in January?

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