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Life lately + reviews and sale updates

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Life lately + reviews and sale updates

Hello hello! I’ve been MIA due to a crazy busy month at work, but wanted to share some quick updates & reviews from my Instagram. Nick & I are now on a last-minute getaway for some much-appreciated R&R;, so feel free to follow along via IG!

Mossimo vest (check in stores; my review), Gap sweater (old)
Loft petite jeans, Halogen pumps (similar), Sole Society weekender (currently sold out)

First up, a few readers mentioned that this vest was on sale at various Targets (seems like pricing differs store to store), marked down to as low as a mere $10! Readers also suggested downloading the free Target Cartwheel app for an extra discount on sale items. I got my vest for full price at $35 and already thought that was a steal for such a versatile layering piece. While on the note of Tarzhay, I also scoped out this season’s version of my beloved Threshold bar cart that you see in almost every selfie pic. The current version has a glass vs wooden top shelf so unfortunately you can’t DIY add an under-shelf wine glass holder, but I thought the new look was very elegant in-person. There are so many uses for this cart – I’ve relocated Nick’s whiskies to the bottom shelf and took over the top as a vanity table ; )

H&M; cardiganBR petite sloan pants in navy, Manolo BB pumps (old color)
Ann taylor silk camp shirt (last season’s color), Prada bag, LOFT scarf (old)

Here is a very basic work outfit I wore incorporating the H&m; cardigan that I posted about recently. I like that it serves as a subtle base print that’s easy to build other prints on top of. For any newer readers – I commute to work during winter in boots or wellies then change into heels at my desk.

“En creme” maxi dress (item # 1029329 at Nordstrom)

Trying on this dress really whetted my appetite for a warm-weather getaway. I had been eying it on Nordstrom’s site for a while but was hindered by the harsh reality of what was going on outside my window. I finally ordered it after seeing sizes start to sell out despite being in the midst of winter…
en creme dressAs mentioned on IG, this dress cut for someone taller so the neckline, armholes, and overall bodice was a bit gapping on me and exposed my bust at places. Also the length was long, but that’s expected of a non-petite maxi dress and a hem job is easy. The typical solution for the other issues is to have a tailor raise the shoulder straps which shifts everything up. Material is a lightweight poly and is partially lined down to the thighs. I have seen several size pop-backs last week (link is here FYI but currently no stock) and you can check in stores using the item # above if interested.

Bp tunic sweater in navy marl, xs (4 colors, check in-stores too for sizes), J.brand jeans
Bp ankle boots (runs small), Coach court bag from eBay (buy new)

My friend was looking for a tunic sweater similar to my Kenneth Cole one to wear with leggings. I suggested trying this since it had good online reviews plus was on super sale. It was a keeper for her and I tried it on as well…it’s an acrylic blend typical of most of my scarves but was so surprisingly soft. This is an XS and is a few inches longer in the back.
 The snow gods have been relentless this year! We were spoiled by a garage spot at our past apt, and were not quite prepared for the perils of winter street parking in Boston. Can you spot my car? Of course after we laboriously shoveled this out, a plow truck came barreling through and bouldered a wall of snow/ice against our car, so driving is now once again a lost cause.
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Boden rain mac (see my old review for sizing info), F21 hat, rain boots (review)

I broke out this Boden rainy day Mac jacket on one of our many snow days. It is a raincoat and not a winter jacket, but I wanted something waterproof with a hood that day so layered up with thick sweaters underneath. It’s one of the cutest functional pieces I own so had to share about their newest navy stripe pattern option. Also I have been getting a lot of questions lately about if Hunter boots are warm in the snow. No, no they are not…they are non-insulated rubber boots. I wear them to keep my feet and legs dry and because my commute is rarely in non-shoveled snow. My friend wears hers for extended periods of time in winter and uses re-heatable toe warmer packets inside (the ones made for outdoor sports/activities). I started my search for snow boots too late this winter and couldn’t find my size in styles I want…will have to start well in advance this fall!
 Leaving you guys with this snapshot of one of my favorite cold day pastimes…curling up on my
chair with a piping hot bowl of “dressed up” ramen! A few of you asked for this recipe but all it is is a package of instant ramen + some fresh toppings. Not healthy but it’s a guilty pleasure from childhood. My favorites from the Asian mart have to be Mama brand tom yum, Nissin brand tonkotsu and of course Shin ramyum for a spicy option. Fellow instant ramen junkies…what are your favorites?

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