NYDJ at TJMaxx

A few weeks ago while I was in Palm Desert, CA I stopped by a T.J. Maxx to take a look.  Discount stores are often hit or miss for me, but I was totally surprised to find a pair of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans for .. $34.99.  I’ve written other blog posts (here and here) where I’ve definitely paid full price at $100+ per pair of jeans.  So when I saw a pair of NYDJ in my size I scooped ‘em up and off to the dressing room I went.  And, yeah, they fit!

NYDJ Floral Back Pocket

NYDJ Floral Back Pocket Detail

What I love about NYDJ, besides the fit, is the pretty, but understated back pocket design.  The floral design adds a nice feminine touch without drawing attention to the rear end.  It’s pretty and decorative.

The top I’m wearing is by Tommy Hilfiger purchased at Macy’s.  It’s a simple white/gray stripe, long sleeve, cotton top.  You can also see that I’m still playing with patterns as I try to match the colors in my scarf to my top.  How am I doing?  LoL.

Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Top | Macy's

Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Top | Macy’s

Casual Outfit, NYDJ|TJ Maxx

Casual Outfit, NYDJ|TJ Maxx

If you don’t have a T.J. Maxx in your area, they do offer online shopping.  You can’t sort by brand (a total bummer), but I did find NYDJ Slim Ankle jeans for $39.99 and I also spotted a pair of DL1961 Nolita Boyfriend Jeans for only $59.99!  May I remind you that the DL1961 jeans that I purchased from StitchFix were over $100.  I’m not complaining about the cost as I would have NEVER known about DL1961 jeans if Stitch Fix didn’t send me a pair, but at least I know I can get these jeans at a discount :-)

It’s hard to know which brands you’ll find at TJ Maxx.  I’ve never seen NYDJ at my local T.J. Maxx here in San Diego, but it’s always worth a look in the store or online if you like a particular brand and don’t want to pay full price,

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid-life

Outlet Shopping Finds

Last week I drove out to Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, CA.  Viejas is an Indian gambling casino that also has an outlet mall.  I haven’t been out to Viejas in years so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I found was a lot of empty retail space that was replaced with a Bingo Hall, a Bowling Alley and a kids arcade.  I’m sure the arcade was put in to have something for the kids to do, but in reality, it’s just a gateway to adult gambling.  I may be way off base here, but just think about it.  Have you seen those games where you insert a dollar and move a three prong claw around to grab a prize?  You never get the prize, so you try, try again.  I rest my case.

Claw Machine | Shutterstock.com

Claw Machine | Shutterstock.com

Anywhoo, I visited a few stores such as The Gap, Levis, and Famous Footwear.  I also went to the Coach Outlet and was greeted by a sales associate that said “Everything is 50% off!”  I was elated, but didn’t buy a thing.  Oh, I looked, believe me, but didn’t find anything special.

My last stop was Eddie Bauer.  I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I was happy to find the Take Off Blazer.  I originally wanted this style blazer for my Inspired by Camo blog post, but purchased the Voyager II Travel Jacket instead as the Take Off Blazer was sold out in my size.

Takeoff Jacket Details | Eddie Bauer Outlet

Take Off Jacket Details | Eddie Bauer Outlet

I like the suit jacket styling which looks a little more put together than my usual hoodie.  I also like that the jacket is light weight, comfortable and moves with me due to the four way stretch material.  The zippered pocket is real – no faux pocket here.  This blazer is made for looking great while hauling groceries or travel and adventures.

Graphic Tee | Eddie Bauer Outlet

Graphic Tee | Eddie Bauer Outlet

Casual Outfit

Casual Outfit

Take Off Blazer from Eddie Bauer Outlet | Similar style: Voyager II Travel Jacket on sale $90.30
Graphic T-shirt from Eddie Bauer Outlet | Similar style: Gemometric Pattern on sale $13.99
JLo Bootcut Jeans from Kohls | On Sale $36.99
Zipper Heel Sandals from Zappos | Reg price $39.99

What’s your favorite outlet mall?

Cheers,
Monica

Stitch Fix No. 3 – A full return

I received my third Stitch Fix box and opened the package with much excitement.  I initially liked all the items; however, during the “trying on” phase, I wanted to make sure that each item was something that I loved.  I didn’t find that in this box and all five items will be returned.

Stitch Fix No. 3

Stitch Fix No. 3

While trying on each item, I asked myself two questions:

1. What do you like or not like about this item?
2. What would need to change on this item for you to like it?

If I came up with more dislikes and changes then I knew the item wasn’t for me and that turned out to be the case with every item.

 

Mini Dot Crew Neck Sweater | $48

Mini Dot Crew Neck Sweater | $48

Initial reaction .. cute!
Pro: White sweater with black dots ~ definitely my color combo love.
Con: Extremely thin material and my sweater style preference is a cardigan over a crew neck.


 

Crochet Overlay Blouse | $74

Crochet Overlay Blouse | $74

Initial reaction:  Pretty cobalt color!
Pro: Bright beautiful blue, love the texture.
Con: The top didn’t fit well as it was too long for my shorter torso.


 

Faux Leather Detail Sweater Jacket | $68

Faux Leather Detail Sweater Jacket | $68

Initial reaction:  Love it and hope if fits!
Pro: Black, king color of my closet, love zip up style and faux leather details.
Con: Side pockets are fake (ugh, huge dislike!) and jacket doesn’t look good unless zipped up all the way to the top.


 

Brocade Print High Waisted Cropped Pant | $98.00

Brocade Print High Waisted Cropped Pant | $98.00

Initial reaction:  Uh oh, skinny pants.
Pro: Love the brocade stretch material.
Con: These fitted pants just didn’t look good on me.  If these pants had side pockets or back pocket details, maybe they would have been ok on me.  I’m sure the clean pant line is suppose to smooth things over, but I could see every flaw, lump, bump and they puckered oddly in the crotch area.


 

Circle Drop Earrings | $34

Circle Drop Earrings | $34

Initial reaction:  No, not for me.
Pro:  Not bad, perfectly nice earrings.
Con:  The earrings looked “dream catcher-ish” and I just didn’t like the pattern.


So the way Stitch Fix works is that if I keep an item, then I don’t need to pay the styling fee, but if I return all items then I need to pay the $20 styling fee.  I don’t really mind paying the fee as  I got to try on clothing items that I would have never selected for myself.  Plus, I’m well aware that I have a fairly difficult frame to shop for, but I’ll definitely look forward to receiving Stitch Fix Box #4 in June :-)

If you’d like to see my previous successful boxes click here:  Stick Fix No 1 and Stitch Fix No. 2.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at MId-Life

Fresh Floral Flats for Spring

I love trends and seeing what’s fresh for spring and floral shoes are on that list.  I have been looking at all types of floral shoes from wedges to pumps, but those shoes aren’t practical for me now that I work from home.

So I was please to find a very inexpensive pair of floral flats at Payless.  Oh, I know, cheap-o shoes that won’t last and I’m ok with that.  Trends come and go and by the time fall rolls around the floral shoe trend will be just a memory.

Flora by American Eagle for Payless Shoes

Flora by American Eagle for Payless Shoes

The Flora Flats at Payless retail for $24.99 and are on sale for $16.99.  The shoes feature a round toe, cute bow accent, light padded insole, soft interior and flexible outsole.

Side View

Flora Flat – side view

For sizing, I am normally an 8.5 which I found tight so sized up to a 9 and find the shoes roomy, but they don’t slip in the heel.

I liked these shoes so much that I also purchased a pair in the color “Blush”.

What spring trends have caught your eye?  Gingham anyone?

Cheers,
Monica

Moving onto Spring!

I know that the first day of spring was back in March, but I haven’t been “feeling” it.  I was in the desert last week where it was hot like summer so I felt that I somehow skipped over spring.

Now that I’m back in San Diego at the coast.  I feel the warmth of the sun, but there is still that cool breeze which reminds me that it is indeed spring time here on the west coast.

Blush Pink Denim Jacket

Blush Pink Denim Jacket (old) | Stripe Tank (Target) | Faded Glory Jeans (Walmart)

The jeans that I’m wearing are those super cheap Faded Glory Jeans from Walmart.  The jeans are in stock on the Walmart site and they are still –> $14.44. You can see how the jeans fit a pear shape here.

Too warm, take the jacket off

Too warm, take off the jacket

I love dressing in layers .. get too warm and off comes the jacket.  And do note my subtle attempt at print layering – stripe top and splotchy scarf!!  Whoo hoot!

Hope spring is in bloom in your area of the country !!

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up:  Alice over at Happiness At Mid Life

 

Elf cosmetic purchase from Target

Elf Cosmetics is one of those hit and miss brands.  Some of their products are good and some are quite awful.  Today, I have a few Elf purchases to share and I’m happy to report that they are all fairly good.

Elf Cosmetics from Target

Elf Cosmetics from Target

1. Elf Makeup Mist & Set – $3.00

I found this product fairly good.  I spritzed my face after my makeup was done and my makeup lasted a decent amount of time in the desert heat.  The only downfall is that the spray pump doesn’t spray as fine a mist as the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray so you end up a bit soaked.  I just turn the blow dryer on my face for a few seconds to dry the setting spray.

2. Elf Studio Blush Palette in Light – $6.00 (sold out on Elf web site, available at Target)

I’ve seen a few reviews on this blush palette and wanted to give it a try. The colors are quite nice and pigmented, but have a dry and powdered consistency.  I didn’t find this a problem upon application and the blush wore well through out the day.  The only color that I found a bit odd is the 1st row, 2nd color.  The color is a rust / orange and I found it a bit off for a blush and wouldn’t use it as a bronzer.

ELF Studio Blush Palette

Elf Studio Blush Palette | Target

2. Elf EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael – $2.00

My surprise purchase was the Elf EX-tra lip gloss.  Love this gloss!  It’s super pigmented, almost like a liquid lipstick, only there’s no dry down time and the product remains glossy.  Per the Elf web site, the lip gloss is “enriched with A&E, cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado and grape to nourish and protect the lips”.  There were limited colors at Target, but there are seven colors available on the Elf web site.

ELF EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael | Target

Elf EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael | Target

Have you checkout any Elf products lately?

Cheers,
Monica.

Casual sporty outfit

I’m in the desert this week and white it’s warm enough to wear shorts, I’m not quite comfortable with my shape to wear shorts so thank goodness for sports wear.

The top that I have on is the Tek Gear Yoga Tee in diamond white.  The top is actually semi fitted, but I have it tied in the back for a more fitted look.  I purchased the top for $8.99 (original price $16) at Kohl’s.

Tek Gear Bottom Woven Hiking Capris | Kohls

Tek Gear Bottom Woven Hiking Capris | Kohls

The cute and sporty capris that I have on are great for the gal on the go.  The moisture wicking material kept me cool and dry while running errands in the desert heat. These pants would also be good for low impact exercise such as walking, hiking or light weight training.

Draw string pants and  banded bottom cuff

Pant details:  Elastic draw string waist and gathered bottom cuff

The pants are semi fitted and as a pear shape, I found that the pants fit quite well through my hip and thigh area.  I’m normally a size 10 in pants and the capris are a size medium.  The Trek Gear pants retail for $44, but are on sale for $29.99 at Kohls.

The Skechers Go Walk Performance sneakers are nothing short of AMAZING ~ incredibly light weight and oh, so comfortable.  The shoes are made of a “Goga mat foot-bed” technology which is like walking on memory foam (only a little firmer).

The shoes also have an anti-microbial liner that allows for sock-less walking.  I put on a pair of peds as I feel more comfortable with some type of sock liner in athletic type shoes.  Although these shoes were not on sale, I am a Kohl’s rewards member so I always get their sale emails. I received 20% off the retail sneaker price of $69.99. If you like shopping at Kohl’s, I’d say it pays to be a rewards member.

Have you been to Kohl’s lately?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti Over at Not Dead Yet Style!

Embroidered tunic style top

A few months ago,  I came across this pretty tan tunic style top with taupe and gold thread embroidery at TJ Maxx.  I probably should have pressed the top with an iron, but since it’s casual, I decided to go with the slight wrinkles.

I like how this button down top has a runched v-neck line instead of a collar.  I also like the rolled tab sleeve details.  The top is made of two types of textures: a cotton embroidered front and the rest is a soft textured rayon blend.

Embroidery Details

Embroidery Details

I am still loving the DL1961 jeans that were in my second Stitch Fix box so I have those on and I like the fact that the top is a tunic style and nicely drapes over my rear end.

Tunic style embroidered top and DL1961 jeans

Tunic style embroidered top and DL1961 jeans

Since winter by-passed southern California this year, I opted for a pair of patent leather wedge sandals.  I purchased these sandals from the DSW clearance rack and they are quite comfortable.

Adrienne Vittadini Faux Patent wedge sandals | DSW clearance rack

Adrienne Vittadini Patent wedge sandals | DSW clearance rack

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid Life

March Ulta Haul and Mini Review

March Ulta Haul

March Ulta Haul

Usually, I go to Ulta to browse, to swatch, to see what’s new, but today I went to pick up something specific and that was the It Cosmetics CC+ Foundation.  When I worked full time in an office, I didn’t bother with sun screen as I was indoors for 8 hours.  Now that I’m free and outdoors, I really should step up my sunscreen game, but – I’m lazy.  In the morning, I only want to put on a moisturizer and a foundation.  I don’t want to bother with sun screen so thought a high SPF in my foundation would do the trick.  

Mini Review:
I purchased the foundation in the color medium and found the coverage is a light to light-medium.  After application, I felt that I needed to use my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness ( <– Great product!) to cover up the red patches on my face.  Although the foundation wears well, I do need to blot excessive shine throughout the day.

Repurchase:  No.  I need to find a product that’s better for oily skin.

It Cosmetic CC SPF 50+ in medium

It Cosmetic CC SPF 50+ in medium

Now I can’t just buy one product and leave Ulta, noooo .. so I wandered around and picked up a Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara in the color amethyst.

Mini Review:
I found the curved brush weird and it didn’t enhance the application of the mascara to my lashes in anyway.  The color is pretty, but on my dark lashes, you can’t really tell.  The mascara did a decent job lengthening and thickening my lashes, but at the end of the day, it did flake a bit under my eyes.

Repurchase:  No.  There are way better mascara’s on the market and I’ll just stick with my Cover Girl Professional Remarkable Mascara.

Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curves Mascara in Amethyst

Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara in Amethyst

I also picked up the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid.  I believe this color may be limited edition, so couldn’t find a link.  Also, this product was quite difficult to photograph.  The picture below does not do this unique color justice.  Black Orchid is a lovely silvery lilac with a taupe undertone.  Definitely check out this beautiful cream eye shadow.

Mini Review:
This is a beautiful color on my green eyes.  I wore the cream shadow over a primer, with no other shadows and found that this product faded within 6 hr wear time on my oily lids.

Repurchase:  Yes.  I have a few of the tattoo cream shadows and find them best layered with powder shadows for longer staying power.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid

So that was my small haul.  If you’ve been hauling cosmetics, please leave a comment and your link so I can check out your purchases !!

Cheers,
Monica.

Cream and maroon outfit

The cream lace top that I have on was purchased two years ago from a Macy’s clearance rack.  I thought the top would make a nice addition to my work wardrobe, but my office was simply too cold for me to survive wearing a breezy lace top. Now that I’m not working anymore – what to do about this un-worn lace top?

When a friend called to have lunch, I decided to kick my signature outfit ( t-shirt, jeans, hoodie, athletic shoes ) to the curb and find a way to incorporate the lace top with my NYDJ that I finally had hemmed.

Cream lace top and stretch NYDJ in maroon

Cream lace top and stretch NYDJ in maroon

The jeans that I’m wearing are the ‘Samantha’ Colored Slim Stretch Jeans.  I love how these jeans make my legs look long and lean.  The material is a soft stretch that moves with you, never binding or uncomfortable.

'Samantha' Colored Slim Stretch Jeans | Nordstrom

‘Samantha’ Colored Slim Stretch Jeans | Nordstrom

Although the maroon color is no longer available, Nordstrom’s still has a nice brown (Caribou), olive (Green Thorn) and a blue/gray (Eclipse) available for $56.90 (Reg. $114), so a good deal at 50% off. Since these pants are quite stretchy, it’s best to size down.  My jeans are size 8 although I normally wear a size 10.

Lace top by AGB | Macy's

Lace top by AGB | Macy’s

The stretch camisole that I have under the lace top is an old staple from NY&Co.  They have a nice selection of cami’s and layering tops.

I had a great time catching up with my friend at lunch.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness At Mid Life!