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Layering Tips for Days When You Can’t Get Dressed

Happy New Year!

This time of year always makes me feel a little ‘blah’ about everything (see last year’s post on the winter drearies), and even though I live in a more mild city now, I’ve been looking to Pinterest for some layering inspiration. I thought I’d go back and look at some of my past layered looks and share the love! None of this is probably going to be anything you haven’t seen on a million other blogs, but sometimes it’s nice to get some visuals as well as yet another perspective from a stranger on the internet.

quirky britches layering tips
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We’ll start off with an easy one…

layering summer tank and chunky cardigan

I’ve never been one to shy away from wearing something that’s not quite seasonally appropriate, and when I’m really in a slump, sometimes getting out my brightest, summery-est tank does wonders. Simply layer on a chunky cardigan that is seasonally appropriate, and suddenly your easy breezy tank is winterized!

layering sweater and oxford

For a preppier look, this layering trick is also pretty simple. Instead of just wearing a sweater, slip one on over an oxford shirt. The pop of collar, sleeve, and hem just add interest to your outfit. Plus warmth. Are you sensing a theme here?

Layering chambray sweater vest

On this particular day, I started off with our old friend: the sweater layered over the chambray oxford; however, because this particular chambray isn’t very long, I felt like it needed something more to take the focus off the awkward length. I added this vest, and it was perfect for a warmer fall day!

layering tee oxford cardiganSometimes I don’t mind layering a short-sleeve tee over an oxford, but this particular tee is more cropped and boxy; therefore, it just didn’t look right. I belted it at the waist, and it looked better, but still not quite right. Adding a cardigan was the ticket. Did I need the tee in order to create a cute outfit? Absolutely not, but oxford and cardigan? Been there, done that, bought the layered on the t-shirt. I guess I was just wanting more that day, and that’s what makes layering so fun!

Layering Cropped Sweatshirt TunicMore Examples: 1 // 2 // 3

Headless mirror selfies aren’t always the most glamorous pictures for blogs, but I had to include one of my favorites: layering a cropped sweater, sweatshirt, or even just crop top over a longer, more tunic-like top. Bonus points for cinching that waist with a belt. You can also knot a tank or tee at the waist.

layering oxford tee blazer

Very similar to the oxford + tee + cardigan, but this look has more structure. You can wear it casually with jeans or even with a pencil skirt to bring something unexpected yet still polished to the office.

Finally, one of my crazier get ups…

layering skirt sweatshirt belt

Now, if you want to get really creative, you can start layering items on the wrong parts of your body. When I first posted this outfit, I very unsure about it, and I even asked you guys what you thought. I even pondered deleting the post, but it ultimately has become one of my most re-pinned outfits on Pinterest, and, as a result, a great traffic driver. Crazy, huh? I’m going to be honest though, for that post, I published the most flattering pictures. The sweatshirt was rather bulky, so it probably wasn’t the most flattering choice. In retrospect, I would choose a sweatshirt that’s a bit more fitted.

So, like I said, nothing earth shattering, but hopefully at least one of these layering examples will help you on a day when you’re sitting at your computer, in a towel, avoiding your closet. Not that I’ve been there or anything.

What’s your favorite layering trick?

Budgeting Bloggers // November 2014

It’s that time again, and man, was I a good girl!

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What I Bought

1. J. Crew Factory Leather-Sleeve Tee // $26.39 (orig. $68, on clearance for $32.99 + extra 20% off clearance)

2. Toms Herringbone Desert Wedges // $89

3. J. Crew Perfect Boyfriend Flannel in ‘Rock Salt’ // $34.50 (orig. $69.50)

Total Spent: $149.89 (orig. $226.50) – $94.92 in Poshmark earnings = $53.97

Savings = $76.71 + $94.92


Thoughts

In terms of quantity, a pretty good month for me! The price of the wedges was steep for me, but I decided to transfer over some Poshmark earnings to cover them so I didn’t feel so bad about dropping the dough so close to Christmas. They really are my current favorite shoes, so I know I’m going to get my money’s worth over the cold months. These were the only thing I had planned on purchasing for myself this month, but a J. Crew Factory sale email had me Christmas shopping for Brett. I then stumbled upon the flannel shirt I had been wanting for a year, and THEN when I saw that the leather-sleeve top would only be $26 after an additional discount, I caved. Again, this month, I bought quite a few things from Stitch Fix, but I haven’t been adding those purchases because I’m still trying conceptualize some sort of separate post. It’ll happen one day. 


Do you own any of the above purchases? I seriously can’t recommend the wedges enough!

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other amazing budgeting goddesses!

All the Things 05 // Ankle Boots (Splurge vs Save)

Fall always has me wanting ALL the ankle boots…

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SHOPPING LIST

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1.  the reid boot // Madewell

3.  Calf Hair Ankle Boots  // J. Crew

5.  ‘Pacific’ Wraparound Strap Bootie // Sam Edelman via Nordstrom

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2.  Ava Ankle Boot // Target

4.  ‘I Get a Click Out of You’ Bootie // Modcloth

6.  ‘Kona’ Bootie // Bella Vita via Nordstrom


Which pair is your favorite? Are you loving ankle boots right now as  much as I am??

Budgeting Bloggers // October 2014

Time for another Budgeting Bloggers post! As with most things on QB these days, it’s been awhile, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy putting these posts together.

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What I Bought

1. Merona Knit Shift Dress // $12.49 (orig. $24.99 – on clearance)

2. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – multicolored // $8.49 (orig. $16.99 – on clearance)

3. Mossimo Texture Moto Vest // $22.39 (orig. $27.99 – 20% off Cartwheel deal)

4. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – blue // $16.99

5. Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan // $15 (orig. $19.99 – sale)

6. Merona Leopard Tassle Flats // $21.99

7. Mossimo T-shirt Dress // $9.98 (orig. $19.99 – on clearance)

8. Seychelles Sophia flats // $13 (orig. $78 – amazing score on Poshmark!)

Total Spent = $120 (orig. $227)

Savings = $107


Thoughts

Pretty typical month for me. Most items were bought on a whim on random Target trips, and of course I had to hop on the plaid scarf bandwagon this year since I missed out last year. None of the items I purchased were necessity with the exception of the mustard cardigan and leopard loafers, two items I’ve been wanting for awhile now. The real score of the month was the Seychelles flats! I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much experience with buying on Poshmark because my objective is to purge and make money, not shop; however, I saw the flats for $15 and thought maybe. When I got a notification one evening (after a few pumpkin ales, I will admit) that they had dropped to $13, I pulled the trigger. I’m not sure how much I’ll wear them before spring (though we’ve had some pretty gorgeous days here this week), but I just couldn’t resist. Other than what’s listed above, the only other items I’ve purchased have been from Stitch Fix, but that’s for another post.


What about you? Are you loving mustard this season like I (always) am? Have you hopped aboard the Plaid Scarf Express, too?? 

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other fab budgeting wizards!

Budgeting Bloggers // July 2014

So it seems what I saved in June, I definitely made up for in July…

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What I Bought

1. Mossimo Sharkbite Tank // $16.99

2. JustFab Grazia Pump // $39.95

3. Mossimo Kacie Peep Toe Bootie // $29.99 (orig. $34.99 + $5.00 Target mobile coupon)

4. Lucky B Boutique Striped High-Waisted Flare Skirt // $32 (orig. $34, used giftcard – see Lucky B necklace below)

5. Forever21 Ditsy Floral Headwrap // $3.80

6. Mossimo Rolled Cuff Tee // $17.99

7. JustFab Marina d’Orsay Flats // $0 (orig. $39.99 – I had a credit from months ago)

8. GAP Colorblock Stripe Sleeveless Shirt // $9.99 (orig. $45.95, on sale for $19.99 + 50% off)

9. JustFab Brayden Bootie // $0 (orig. $39.99 – BOGO promo with Grazia pumps) ** I’m selling another pair of these in my Poshmark closet – If you’re an 8, check it out!

10. Xhilaration Zip Back Tank // $16.99

11. Another Mossimo Rolled Cuff Tee (in hot coral) // $17.99 (not pictured)

12. Lucky B Boutique Green Linked Epoxy Statement Necklace // $0 (orig. $12, used giftcard) (no longer available – here’s something similar)

13. GAP High-Rise Skinny Jeans // $7.79 (tag doesn’t have orig. price, but GAP jeans are usually around $60 – these jeans had a $12.97 sticker + 40% off) (not pictured, and I can’t find them at all online)

14. Another Forever21 headwrap // $3.80 (I can’t find the exact one, but here are all their adorable headwraps)

15. JustFab Arleigh Sandal Heels // $39.95 (I did not include these in my collage because I’m trying to sell them in my Poshmark closet. They’re too big, they don’t have the size I need, and I can’t return them. These are a 7.5, but run way big, so if you’re a size 8, check them out – brand new!!)

16. Forever21 Studded Black Flats // $4.98 (orig. $24.80, on sale for $9.99 + 50% off) (cannot find these anywhere online, but they’re Valentino inspired – here’s the real deal)

Subtotal = $242

BUT THERE’S MORE!

I’ve talked about working out and being healthy before (here and here), but now that I’m in one of the most health conscious cities in the country AND I have a Vegas vacation/wedding at the end of September, I’ve really buckled down. I started a P90x/T25 hybrid on Monday July 21, and so far I’ve been going strong! In order to motivate myself, I decided to purchase some new workout clothes because obviously intrinsic motivation does not work for me. I decided to make my fitness purchases into a separate collage because I may have gone a little overboard this month.

July Fitness Purchases

What I Bought

1. C9 by Champion Jersey Short w/ Mesh Insert // $12.99 (of course now they’re on sale for $9.74)

2. Jockey Bike Short in black // $7.99 (orig. $22) (got mine at Marshall’s)

3. Kyodane Herringbone Design Capri Yoga Pants // $19.99 (orig. $22.99) (I got these at Marshall’s, and I can’t find them anywhere online except Ebay)

4. Blogilates Side Scrunch Booty Shorts // $21.50 (I’m not a huge fan of the cheesy saying on the back, but I love wearing these shorts!)

5. Blogilats Twist N Shout Crop Sweater // $23 (orig. $29.50)

6. C9 by Champion Sports Bra // $5.99 (orig. $12.99) (This is not the same bra I purchased; I found mind at Marshall’s – same brand and similar style)

7. Jockey Bike Short in grey // $7.99 (orig. $22) (got mine at Marhsall’s) (not pictured)

Subtotal = $99


Subtotal 1 ($242) + Subtotal 2 ($99) + Stitch Fix purchases ($102) 

Total spent in July = $443 (orig. $695)

Savings = $252


Final thoughts: Though I scored some major savings, my only thoughts are, “Girl, you need to reel it in!” I spent waaaay too much for our current financial state (ie: my unemployment…but I got a job, so yay!). Looks like August will have to be another dry month.

 

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers! Check out the other lovely ladies!

 

Getting my [Stitch] Fix #1

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If you read any other fashion blogs, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Stitch Fix, as its popularity has been doing nothing but growing. If not, here’s the rundown: Upon signing up, you will fill out a style profile, in which you disclose your lifestyle, sizes, likes, dislikes, and any particular clothing items or accessories that you may be looking for. Each Fix is $20, and you choose which date each month you’d like to receive it. Don’t want it each month? No problem. This is not a subscription service that is recurring every month (unless you want it that way); you pay nothing until you tell Stitch Fix you want it!

Once you’ve scheduled your Fix, a real life human stylist will read over your style profile as well as anything else you’ve included (Pinterest board, Linked In profile, your own blog, etc). The stylist will learn about you and your preferences and will then hand pick five items for you. These five items are then shipped right to your door for you to try on. Afterwards, you will fill out a checkout survey, where you can explain in detail what you liked and what you didn’t like and why, thus allowing the stylists to tweak your Fix for next time! Rinse and repeat. Oh, and that $20 styling fee? It goes towards the items that you keep! And if you didn’t think it could get any better, if you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off the entire Fix!

Here is what your box looks like when you receive it:

stitch fix directions

stitch fix box

stitch fix card and letterYour stylist writes you a personalized note with each Fix!

I know you’re impressed by amazing editing skills.  😉

stitch fix box2

I almost didn’t want to rip the adorable sticker. Almost.

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse style cardEach item comes with a styling card to help you visualize different ways to wear the piece. Cute!

First, before I show what you I received, here is the note I included to my stylist in my style profile: “My outfits tend to contain neutrals with pops of color, and I love stripes. I tend to always gravitate towards blues, navies, and teals, but I’m open to expanding my color horizons.  🙂 I love print mixing and color blocking; I also like a good tunic every now and then, but I hate tie-backs. Thanks so much!” Considering this note I left, plus the other things I noted in my style profile, I’m pretty impressed with what my stylist picked out for me! So, without further adieu, here’s what I got!

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Initial Thoughts: Yes! Jeans! I hope they fit! I seriously have the worst luck with jeans. Very rarely in my twenty-eight years, have I had jeans that have fit me perfectly. My waist is far smaller than my hips and booty, so you can imagine. Therefore, I was a little nervous about these jeans, but…they fit! Oh, did they fit! I almost couldn’t even believe it. I didn’t feel like I was constantly tugging them up, and they seemed to almost mold to my butt.

Stitch Fix jeans tried on

Final Thoughts: The only things I did not like about these jeans are the slight bunching around the knees (a perpetual problem of mine), and — I don’t know if you can see this — see how it flares out ever so slightly from the ankle? For some reason, that bothered me; I wanedt it to be completely tapered. So, while I was ecstatic over the fit, I couldn’t justify spending the pricier amount (well, pricier than I would normally pay for jeans) on a pair of jeans that doesn’t fit all my qualifications. I’m confident though that eventually I’ll get that perfect pair.

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Initial Thoughts: Hmmm, pink. I almost, almost put “no pink” in my style profile, but then I thought maybe it would be good to expand my color horizons. And really, upon first look at this shirt, I didn’t hate it; I just have a predisposition to turn my nose up at the color pink. I’m working on it.

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on 2

I also tried it tucked into a skirt…

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on with skirt

Final Thoughts: So actually, looking at these pictures makes me like it on me better than in person. Weird. I love the way it looks tucked into a skirt, and I’m really digging the way it pairs with the stripes in the skirt; however, I did not like the way it looked on me worn untucked. I reasoned that although it is an adorable shirt, for the price, I needed it to be more versatile for me, and since I only liked it worn one way, it didn’t seem to fit the bill. Plus, again, it’s pink.

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Initial Thoughts: Oh dear, I love stripes. So much. But do I need another striped top? This was the only piece that, off the bat, I was not excited to immediately put on my body.

Stitch Fix striped tank tried on

Final Thoughts: It’s cute; it really is. But…I have so many striped tops that if I add any more, they need to be really special or unique. I did like that my stylist suggested I tuck this into the skirt that was included. Girl, you know me too well already!

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Initial Thoughts: A swing skirt! I really don’t buy myself that many skirts, and I don’t know why. I guess I’m just picky. I have what we like to call…junk. In my truck. Therefore, a-line, swing, and skater skirts (especially skater skirts) tend to be way too short in the back. However, I don’t like my skirts to be so long that they feel matronly on me. Oh, #FWP.

stitch fix skirt tried on

Final Thoughts: It covers my butt, is seeeeveral inches from the knee, and is in my favorite color palette? How can I resist?

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Initial Thoughts: Hello, gorgeous! Get on my neck! Seriously, I have a statement necklace addiction. I probably have too many, yet I never feel like I have enough.

Stitch Fix necklace tried on#blurrypic

Final Thoughts: I’m never taking it off.

 

So what exactly did I keep? Hold your horses.

Before I show you, I want to reiterate that Stitch Fix is such a cool thing. I can’t recommend it enough! I know I’ve read around the interwebs some reviews from girls who have been disappointed in their fixes, but from what I can gather, do yourself a favor and be as specific as possible. Do what I did and create a Pinterest board just for Stitch Fix ideas and then give it your stylist. If you want them to hit the nail on the head, then you have work with them, too! 🙂

Also, as another note, this is NOT a sponsored post! Nobody asked me to write this. I was just really excited to get my first Fix and share it with you guys! I do, however, receive credit in my account for every gal who uses my referral link, so help a sistah out! You’ll get this too when you sign up! 🙂

Now, I’m sure you’re about to pass out from holding your breath in protest over having to wait to see what I kept. Okay, three-year-old, here you go:

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This probably wasn’t a huge shocker to you, based on my comments. I really was on the fence with the pink shirt, but in the end, with still being unemployed, I couldn’t justify the cost unless I 100% loved it unconditionally.

I seriously cannot wait for my next Fix! Any other Stitch Fix clients out there? What do you think? Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions!

All the Things 04 // Stars & Stripes

So there’s some holiday on Friday, eh? I don’t normally do too many holiday themed posts, but in keeping with the spirit of patriotism, I’ve curated some Fourth of July-esque pieces. Whether you want to shout your love for your country from the (purple) mountain tops or give off a more subtle vibe, here are some picks that scream (or politely state), “‘Merica!”

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Shopping List
1. Floppy Hat with Striped Sash // Merona
2. USA Striped Cropped Tee // TEXTILE Elizabeth and James
3. Mixed Pinstripe Infinity Scarf // Michael Stars via Nordstrom
4. Audry Flag-Print Tank Top // Jessica Simpson
5. Printed Handkerchief Halter Top // XOXO via Macy’s
6. Stars & Stripes Loop Scarf // Collection XIIX via Macy’s
7. Mesh Beach Tote Handbag // Target
8. Stripe Chiffon Top // Brigitte Bailey via 6pm.com
9. S/S Knit Striped Dress // Romeo & Juliet Couture via 6pm.com

 

How will you be spending your holiday? Full of merriment I hope! Follow along with me on Instagram this weekend!

Budgeting Bloggers // June 2014

It’s been a slow shopping month here at QB…

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I still did not give myself any sort of budget this month, but I kept myself under control due to still not having a job. You’re welcome, husband.

What I Bought

1. Dorothy Perkins Tomato Bardot Dress // 21.00 (orig. 28.00, now on sale for 9.00!)

2. Mossimo Tipper Sandal // 19.99 (worn here)

3. Dorothy Perkins Navy Gingham Smock Tunic // 9.00 (orig. 39.00)

4. Audrey Brooke Quillan Platform Pump // 49.95 (orig. 75.00)

 

Total Spent = $90 (orig. 162.00)

Savings = $72


Thoughts

Not much to say this month. Had I not randomly been searching around for Vegas party dresses (I’m going in September), I would not have stumbled upon the two Dorothy Perkins pieces. When I saw the tunic was only $9, I knew it was meant to be! Can I just say, too, that I’m a little annoyed that the Bardot dress is now down to $9. Don’t you hate it when that happens? My leopard sandals are my new favs, and really the gold pumps are bridesmaid shoes for the wedding I’ll be in in September (did I mention…Vegas?!). I guess technically a bridesmaid purchase wouldn’t affect my personal shopping budget, but since money is tighter than normal this month, I felt I should include them. 

Linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other lovely ladies!

That Time I Got Locked on the Roof and My Life Was a Sitcom

First, let’s look at this amazing dress…

eshakti gold dress blazer platform heels

eshakti gold dress blazer statement necklace

eshakti gold dress tribal clutch seychelles heels

eshakti gold dress blazer statement necklace tribal clutch

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If you read any fashion/style blogs whatsoever, then you’ve probably heard of eShakti. I’ve seen their clothes on many a blogger, and I had always thought the concept was pretty intriguing; therefore, when they offered to send me an item of my choice, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. If, for some reason, I am the only style blog you read (I’m sorry), and you’ve never heard of eShakti, here’s the rundown: they are an India-based company that specializes in women’s clothing with an emphasis on vintage/retro styles. They also offer complete customized apparel. Basically, you can choose your normal size, or you can enter your measurements and they’ll create the apparel custom for your body, perfect for girls (like me) who don’t always fit into the the little box of most fashion sizes.

I have to say, this dress isn’t my normal bag, but I decided when choosing an item that I would think outside the box a bit and choose something I wouldn’t normally go for. I’m so glad I did: this dress made me feel somewhat glamorous! I loved wearing it, and it’s always nice to add another pretty dress to my closet. And the fit? A dream. Seriously. I was a little nervous since I had chosen a maxi dress, but it fits wonderfully, and it’s well-made, too. My only complaint is that the dress is probably too long for me to wear sandals with because I’d love to dress it down. I’m sure I can get it hemmed at some point, if it’s really an issue for me. Another small thing, which you can barely see, so again, not really an issue, is there’s a snap on the bodice that lets you wear it a little more modestly if you choose. Now, I don’t consider myself to have a large bust, but there’s no way I could wear the neckline snapped – it just wasn’t happening. Not a problem, as I’m fine with it unsnapped, but now I have this visible snap on the neckline. I’ll remove it, and it won’t be a problem, but it’s just a small thing that bugged me. Other than those two minor things, I’m very happy with my dress!

Now to the title of this post (and keep scrolling because I have an offer for you at the end!): these photos were actually taken on the roof of my new apartment building. Amazing view, right? I can’t wait to sit up there and read a book! Anyway, I thought the roof would make an awesome location to shoot this dress, so Brett and I trekked upstairs. Upon entering the landing to the roof access, I noticed a sign that said, “Keep door closed at all times.” Not being much of a rule breaker, I shut the door behind me. Then realized it had locked. None of our keys worked, and neither of us had brought our phones with us. Of course, it was cold. And windy. Eventually, we saw someone who lives in our building, and he let us in. I’m pretty sure we reenacted a scene from every sitcom from the ’90s.

Like what you see at eShakti? From now until July 2, use the code BRITCHES to receive 10% off your order! Pair this with the $25 off you get for being a new customer, and you’ve got yourself a sweet little deal. If you like the dress I’m wearing, unfortunately, it’s currently out of stock (though it may come back!), but I found this dress that’s similar; you can customize it to make it longer if that’s your thing.

dress (similar option) // heels (in different colors) // similar blazer // somewhat similar clutch // similar necklace // lips: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in “San Paulo” mixed with Revlon Lip Butter in “Candy Apple

*Dress provided c/o eShakti.

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