Market Morning & Tips for Shopping At Loft

I could probably sleep through an explosion of fireworks in my backyard if I felt like it. Which makes weekend mornings like this one quite rare for me. We got up bright and early, or more around 10 am, and sleepily wandered down to the Farmers Market. In a compromise to waking up before noon I just rolled out and went. No time spent fussing about my looks.

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For off-the-cuff stylish looks, I have always dreamt of the perfect basic striped shirt. Pintrest has completely convinced me that they are possibly the most offhandedly stylish piece in a wardrobe. So I was pretty psyched to finally acquire one. This isn’t the basic stripe piece I had in my head, but I could not believe how awesome the lace shoulder add-ons were. I had a brilliant day browsing the sale racks at LOFT a few weeks ago and this was not the only steal I fell in love with. The stripes caught my eye, but the weight of the shirt material is what prompted me to try it on. I am quite over the paperthin pieces that seem to be all I can find in most clothing retailers.

The past few months I have window shopped the LOFT weekly emails, but this was my first foray into the store. I was worried about being able to find clothes that would easily fit my small frame. I have had a decent amount of bad luck previously with labels who’s main client base is middle-aged. Walking-in I completely loved their fresh and lightly colored spring collection. The feel is certainly along the lines I’ve been feeling for spring. I tried on a lot of clothes (which I always recommend, you won’t know how great it is until you try it on!) Below are some tips I picked up:

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Tips for Shopping at LOFT:

  1. Pay attention to their sale patterns
    • I chose to go shopping when they were having a 50% on everything promotion. Since I’ve been signed up for their emails, I knew that 40% on everything was a common promotion, so this week was outside the norm. The great part was that the 40% still applied to sale merch. This meant I got a really great deal overall.
  2. Shop Petite
    • If you’re 5′ 4″ and shorter, OR taller but with a short torso or legs you should be checking out the petite section. Sorry to those who don’t have this option! I found that the petite sale selection was nearly untouched and that’s where I snagged this striped top. The great thing is if you really need the shorter proportions, they have nearly all of their items available in petite online. Online returns to the store are really easy, so get thee to the webz!
  3. Try a classic bottom & top piece for fit
    • I’m a firm believer in ignoring size labels. Lately, every fashion house will fit you differently and you need to be aware of those nuances. Thankfully I found LOFT to have uniform sizing in all the styles I tried on. I recommend the first two pieces you grab for are a classic top and a classic bottom in two or three sizes. Choose whatever your go-to piece for each body part is; I picked an adorable white pencil skirt and a lightly embellished t-shirt. You’ll never see them on this blog because I didn’t buy them,  this fitting should be quick and easy so don’t worry about hunting for pieces you like.
  4. Think twice about the sale section
    • I noticed that a number of “sale” items had only been discounted 10%. Always check yourself that you’re purchasing something because you truly love it, and not just because it’s on sale. That “sale” can often be used as a gimmick, and 10% is one of the worst tricks I’ve seen. As a marketer and bargainess, I am both amazed and appalled by their audacity.
  5. Talk with the sales people
    • I prefer to be in my own bubble when shopping so I did not do this tip when I visited. After talking to friends about my awesome experience at LOFT I got the resounding reply that they are always alerted to great deals by the sales girls. They’ll also have the best idea about how a piece of clothing will fit, but I recommend asking about a piece before you try it on. You’ll get a more honest idea or some helpful styling suggestions.

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I carried my camera around the little market for most of the morning, but was pretty psyched to convince M to take it and snap a few pictures for me. I just got a 35 mm f/2.0 lens that doesn’t autofocus with my body, so it’s no easy tech for a non-photog to pick up. I think he did pretty good for his first time. I know I won’t want to give up the camera reigns for this blog, but I’m hoping that eventually my photography love will rub off on him a bit. Overtime at least. And probably by force.

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Top: Loft

Pants: H&M [Also Worn Here]

Shoes: Steve Madden/DSW

Tote: Le Motto by SheSheBonBon

 

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How To: Turn Heels Into Booties

Sometimes I’m a little weird, and this outfit tip falls into that category. Nearly all the time, I cannot stand wearing shoes without some form of sock. Feet in general just kinda creep me out, and I’ve found that socks are the perfect cover, transforming them into cute cottony appendages. Normally high heels were exempt from this weirdness, but ever since I worked at DSW, I have learned the value of wearing a sock with a pair of high heels. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

The most inconspicuous option for this would be no-show socks, like these. I’ve found no-show socks popping up at most major clothing or shoe retails, and most recently I ran into some awesome ones at my local Target. If you don’t want anyone seeing your socks while in heels they should just barely cover your toes and hold on at the back of your heel. You’ll usually still see a bit of the sock band just outside the shoe edge so try looking for lace edged versions so they look a bit cuter.

Advantages for Wearing Socks with High Heels:

  • Feet don’t slip around nearly as much
  • Can add extra cushion on ball of foot or heel
  • Prevents excessively sweaty feet (perfect for cheap plastic high heels)
  • Added warmth

That final pro is what brings me to today’s outfit tip:

OUTFIT TIP: To fake the look of a cute pair of booties, choose a pair of heels and wear them with low cut socks in the same color.

The heels in this picture are my classic black pumps from Target and I’m wearing them with a pair of All-Star low-cut socks make for converse. These socks are  pretty thick, so it helped cushion my foot snugly into the heels and kept the top of my feet warm when the weather really wasn’t. For this look you want the low-cut, NOT the no-show. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

Blazer: Plato’s Closet

Blouse: Target

Moto Jeans: H&M

Heels: Target

Socks: Converse All Star low cut from DSW

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Had to include the cat squishing photo. Cozmo can’t handle not being constantly pet. Silly kitty.

xx Amy

Halloween: Everyday Angel

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Today was a lovely and wonderfully relaxing day. Halloween is one of my favorite holiday so I made sure to enjoy everything I could. I still had to go to work as usual, bright and early in the morning, but there is no way I was gonna miss dressing up. Every year I want to spend hours upon hours making super intricate and amazing costumes, but rarely do I have even the time to think up the intricate idea to then spend forever creating. This year I had a slightly more intricate goddess costume for our Halloween party but for work I wanted to still keep it appropriate. I just happen to have ended up collecting blazers and I thought that with this white one (not pictured) I could easily put together this costume.

I think it is so simple to create fun costumes out of just the regular clothes in your closet. Like with this one, I thought of a theme, angelic white, and quickly I could just pull out a collection of white clothes and see what worked. This idea could be done for so many other themes as well. In the simple colors I could imagine a devil, cat, hunter just off the top of my head. But you’re costume isn’t complete with out the unusual accessory. I made this halo out of some simple gold wire from Joanne’s and a little bit of fluffy white yarn. The wire was a size 20 so I didn’t even need any special tools to bend it into its shape, and it’s been perfect all day. As I write i’m still wearing it, though I’ve changed out of my angelic whites.

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As the sun started to go down I sat myself up on our front steps with a bowl of candy, a magazine, and my camera. I kept taking photos to keep my remote active, but didn’t manage to capture any wonderful pictures of the few trick-or-treater’s we got. I did snag this awesome one of the boyfriend, though he is much too tall to fit into my camera frame.

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[Cardigan: Plato’s] [Top: Thrifted] [Skirt: Estate Sale] [Tights: Target] [Pumps: Target]

What was your Halloween costume this year?

This post was submitted as part of IFB Project #119

xxAmy

Silver Pumps and Midi Skirt 

Lace in the Fall

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For me, one the the worst parts of the fall and everything getting colder is the sun. Not itself, but how I can look out the window and see a beautiful green lawn and a bright sunny day, yet find out that it is actually in the 50s. That’s just deceptive! Luckily we’ve had some of our probably last warmer days and I’ve enjoyed sitting in the sun, basking. It’s especially wonderful now that I’m already covered up, so I don’t have to deal with sunscreen. I also don’t over heat so I an just bask forever. I swear I’m a lizard by the way.

I love this lace top and didn’t have many chances to wear it this summer. I always felt a little too exposed in the see-through lace and the butterfly back, so it is the perfect piece to bring into my fall layers. This is the perfect flannel shirt that I thrifted last winter. I could wear it all the time, it has the perfect soft, flexible, and fit, and of couse SNAPS! Who doesn’t love snaps. I always feel like a super hero getting undressed. I went on a wonderful thrifting weekend with some of my working girls and hit gold with this exact top in a yellow plaid. It’s in my hamper right now and I cannot wait to start wearing it, constantly.

My favorite part of this outfit is by far the open back detail. Besides for these pictures, I didn’t actually ever take off my flannel. I loved just knowing that I had a bit of intrigue and surprise under there. No matter how much I’m influenced by others, I love to get dressed just for myself. I really don’t care what people think of my outfit if it makes me happy, and it is such a mood booster to feel like you’re just rockin’ what you’re wearing. PinkLaceOpenBackTankPeaceNecklacePlaidLaceBlackDSWBoots

Flannel: Thrifted
Top: Plato’s
Pants: H&M
Shoes: DSW (Old)

Will you still wear your see-through pieces in the colder months?

 

 

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Olive Blazers: Work Style

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I’m pretty excited to share with you my first attempt at work-style. This was all pulled together from clothing that I just happened to have already in my wardrobe, but I’ve actually worn it once before to my sorority’s founder’s day brunch. I found this blazer while thrifting and it is such a great quality, It’s a bit of an older fit, but it makes me feel so classic. My ideal way to wear the blazer would be open over skinny jeans, big heels, and a relaxed shirt, but that isn’t very work friendly.

I mentioned back in my Drinking Skirt post about how much I loved this Target top, and I barely managed to tuck the crop top into this skirt. I’m not the biggest fan of the wide black band on the skirt, so the couple other times I’ve worn it I’ve tucked it inwards. Before now, I’ve felt that this skirt is a little longer than I would like, so tucking in the band also helped shorten it. In an office environment I figured it would be better to err on the longer side. The skirt turned out to be perfect for sitting at my desk, being productive and such. I’m a little odd but my favorite way to sit in a chair is criss-cross-applesauce. Something about pulling my legs under me just helps straighten me out (Weird, I know). I just suddenly have better posture and overall feel much more energized, at least until I have to move again, then major knee pain.  So far I’ve found some difficulties with this sitting position and work clothes, so that makes this flowy skirt pretty much my dream sitting skirt.

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[Top: Target] [Blazer: Thrifted] [Skirt: Target] [Heels: DSW]

It got a little too cold while taking these pictures. By the end my fingers felt pretty close to numb.

How does your work style change from summer to winter?

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