Happy Friday, friends! We made it through another week!
I realize different states are taking different approaches to this situation, and some of us are in higher risk areas than others. Where I am here in Pennsylvania, we have pretty much been on lockdown for two full weeks at this point.
While the regulations became stricter over that time, the initial recommendations were the same. They are just enforcing them now. That means we are only allowed to go out for food or pharmacy, and only essential businesses remain open.
Fortunately, my entire family is able to do school or work from home, so while we have some moments of boredom and inconvenience and miss getting together with friends, our day to day hasn’t been terribly affected.
I’m always curious to hear from people in other areas of the country (and the world.) What’s it like where you are right now???
Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep things here on the blog as normal as possible.
I usually post a try-on haul on Fridays, but I’m still waiting on a lot of orders to come in due to delays in shipping, so I’ll share what I have, but I’ll also share some of my spring wardrobe favorites that are on sale right now. There are a lot!
A Few Try-Ons
I’ve got a few new items to share with you — mostly from Nordstrom and Everlane. As always, links and descriptions are below the pictures.
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and hanging out around 135 lbs. at the moment after losing 7-8 pounds over the past 3 months, thanks to intermittent fasting. When I say something is TTS (true to size) that means a small in tops, a 6 or 28 in pants and jeans, and a 6 in dresses. I also consider a size 8 my true shoe size, but I often have to size up or down, depending on the brand.
Everlane The Linen Scoop-Neck Tee (size M) // This linen scoop neck tee is a simple, classic piece that you can wear alone with fun accessories or layer under jackets/cardigans/etc. It has a traditional fit with a really nice drape and a versatile 25″ length. It’s 100% linen, so you should wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.
I ordered this in my usual small, but it was waaaay too snug, so I exchanged for the medium, and it fits perfectly. I definitely recommend sizing up if ordering. It also comes in black, white, and a pretty sage green.
also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure White: Button-Front Edition (TTS; also on sale) with Marc Fisher Ltd Fianna Sandals
Sanctuary Enchanted Floral Blouse (size S) // This adorable top can be worn on or off the shoulder for an easy desk to dinner look… once things get back to normal.
For now, this would make a cute top for those of you on Zoom meetings or teaching classes online. And what the heck, I may even throw it on for a date-night-at-home on the deck one night this spring, when our weather warms up.
It’s 40% off at Nordstrom and runs TTS.
also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure White: Button-Front Edition (TTS) with Sam Edelman Tesma Wedge Slide Sandals (TTS)
Veronica Beard Back Zip Scuba Pants (size 8) // I almost didn’t share these because they are ridiculously expensive, but I do have readers that wear Veronica Beard clothing, and these are one of her most iconic pieces. If you have no need for $295 pants, keep scrolling.
I have heard so many good things about these pants, and I’ve been curious about them for a while, but they’re always excluded from every sale, so I never tried them. Last week when Nordstrom went 25% off sitewide, these were included, and curiosity got the best of me.
When they arrived, I was surprised by how thin they are. I was expecting a thicker fabric because of the scuba in the title, but they’re actually quite thin. They are also rather short, with a 25″ inseam, but I have to admit, they do have an amazing fit and feel. They mold you in all the right places, and I can see how they would be super versatile. Unfortunately, the size 8 is a little too snug for me. No vanity sizing here!
I can zip them (they have a hidden zipper in the back) but they look pretty body-con. I don’t think they’re supposed to fit this way. Even at 25% off, they’re an investment, but I can see how they would be a wardrobe staple for many years. I’m tempted to see if Nordstrom will honor the sale price if I re-order the 10. Or I may hold onto them and exchange in-store when the malls re-open in a few weeks (months?)
At any rate, if you have the budget and the lifestyle for these pants, they are really good. But size UP!
Caslon Cotton Tank (size S) // I ordered this to have something easy to wear under cardigans.
T-shirts under cardigans annoy me because the sleeves get bunchy, and neckline never lays right. Plus it’s just more slimming to wear a body-con top under a cardigan, so this tank is both body-con and sleeveless. However, it’s quite long, so it bunches up when I place it where I want it on my hips, and it’s just kind of boobalicious.
Here’s how it looks under the cardigan…
And here’s a t-shirt, for comparison…
I dunno… thoughts?
also wearing: Goodthreads Mid-Gauge Stretch Hooded Longline Cardigan (cozy, comfy, and TTS) with AG Farrah Skinny Ankle Jeans (TTS) and Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flats (size up half)
PJ Salvage Feelin’ Good Graphic Tee (size S) // This tee is really cute, but it’s very thin. It’s also soft and comfy and a nice easy length with deep side slits.
It’s meant to be a pajama top, and for that, it’s perfect. I will wear this all summer long, with shorts or long pajama bottoms. It runs a little big; I have plenty of room in the size small
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for try-ons!
Things I’ve Worn That Are On Sale
Pretty much everything I own is on sale, lol! I’ll try to feature the most versatile pieces that I think you’ll be interested in.
In this section, I ended up introducing the items before showing the the pictures, so the links are actually above the pictures. I don’t know why… it’s just how the post flowed.
Nordstrom has their annual Spring Sale going on! You can save up to 40% on select items throughout the store, plus they’re price matching the amazing sales going on elsewhere around the Web.
AND to encourage people to shop online, they are running a Bonus Points Event online only. Nordy Club members earn 5 points for every dollar spent, and Nordstrom cardholders earn 10 points through March 29th.
My Sam Edelman Tesma slides are 25% off…
I also have the snake print, which I love.
My Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille flats are 20% off right now. These are super comfortable, and they’re also very easy to walk in. I recommend sizing up half in these; I have the 8.5.
And my Marc Fisher Ltd Fianna Sandals are also on sale. Another pair of super comfortable shoes that you can walk easily in because of the smooth, soft, wide straps. They’re TTS; I have the 8.
And these Vince Camuto Marybell Platform Wedge Sandals are 30% off. They’re TTS; I have the 8.
This cozy Vince sweater that I’ve worn at least once a week for the past 6-7 months is 40% off again. It’s one of my most worn pieces from the #NSale last summer. It also comes in a really pretty blue, and it’s TTS; I have the small. Oddly, this sweater is also at Nordstrom Rack and on an even better sale, but only size Large is left.
The Rag & Bone Vee Tee that was a clear standout in my White T-Shirt Reviews a few weeks ago is 25% off. It also comes in grey and black, and I recommend sizing up one from your normal; I have the medium.
And the AllSaints v-neck is 25% off as well. I kept the grey, but the white is good too.
Size down in both. I had the cargo joggers in 28 (and that was before I lost weight; I would order a 27 now) and I also had to size down to a 7.5 in these sneakers.
And my go-to denim jacket is also 25% off! It’s TTS; I have the small.
This sweater is also really cute with white jeans.
J.Crew has brought this popular linen rolled cuff t-shirt back this year, and it’s currently 40% off with code SHOPNOW.
I have the navy in a size medium from last year, so I would say to size up if in between. I’ve ordered the grey in a size small to compare, since I’ve lost weight since last summer.
Here’s another Talbots top that is really cute for spring. I styled this stripe cutout back top with blue jeans and a yellow utility jacket for a blog post earlier in the week, but I wanted to show you how versatile it is.
And here with off-black jeans (restocked!!!) and white loafer mules. Of course, both of these looks would be improved with the addition of a completer piece — I’d put a blue jean jacket over either of these looks, or of course the yellow utility jacket.
Madewell is doing 30% off smile worthy styles with code HAPPYPLACE, and an extra 30% off sale styles.
My 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans are included.
And so is this dusty pink pullover sweater. It’s TTS; I have the small.
Finally, LOFT is doing 40% off plus free shipping with code COMFY! I’ve placed a few orders, but nothing has arrived yet.
And also this really cute jumpsuit. Size down; I needed the 4.
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photos: Alison Cornell