recent purchases -august 2021

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welcome back to another overview of the things that have landed on my doorstep over the past 30 days (or are pending arrival). it appears i’ve done quite a bit of ordering this month (whoopsies), but lucky for our bank account, most of the items haven’t lived up to their online hype. despite striking out, i still wanted to share my recent purchases should you be in the market for similar items. as always just because it doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a perfect match for someone else!

the homeruns:

lou & grey wafflestich henley top + shorts (small) || another day, another matching set. guys, i can’t seem to quit lou & grey’s loungewear! as soon as i spotted this wafflestitch henley situation (with matching shorts), i knew i needed it. my love for a henley silhouette knows no bounds. i snagged the set in both the tapioca beige and silver heather grey and they are both perfection. as most lou & grey items tend to do, both pieces run a tad bit oversized, but i wouldn’t necessarily size down as i usually err on the side of roomy when it comes to my comfy collection.

abercrombie vegan leather ruched midi skirt (small) || i almost bought a faux leather skirt from abercrombie last year but i was knee deep in spit-up and wearing workout clothes 24/7 so i couldn’t really justify the purchase at the time. fast forward a year and things look much different, especially making the conscious decision to get dressed everyday. so when i saw that abercrombie brought back a similar style for their fall collection, i scooped it up (on sale, of course). i planned on pairing it with cozy knits, vintage sweatshirts, and sneakers for a cool mom vibe, but after further consideration, i ultimately returned it for lack of practicality. i’m still putting it in the “homeruns” section because it was in fact a winner, but i’m really trying to stick to my philosophy of only keeping things i 1000% love and can see fitting into my everyday life. so instead, i just ordered these vegan leather pull-on shorts. stay tuned…

the misses:

h&m ruffle-detail dress (xs) || i shared this dress during a try-on session via instagram stories a couple weeks ago. on paper it should have been a homerun, and in person it was [ ] close to earning a spot in my closet, but ultimately it was such a niche piece i didn’t think i’d wear it very often. the cotton fabric was also extremely stiff and not that comfortable making my decision to return it a lot easier. as far as sizing goes, i’d size down since its silhouette was pretty billowy. it also comes in a powder blue.

target puff short sleeve smocked dress (small) || as i mentioned in this post, my mom gets credit for finding this smocked frock. she ordered it in the blue floral pattern and treated me to the green version. perhaps it’s our long torsos but we both had a tough time with where the ruffle at the bodice hit our mid-section. it simply wasn’t as flattering, womp womp. i also found the small to be a bit generous and might have had better luck with a size down. it’s a shame because the dress looks so much more lux than is $30 price tag and seems to already have a bit of a cult following on social media. i would have loved to pair it with boots for fall but it seems it wasn’t meant to be.

banana republic poplin backless maxi dress (xs) || you guys, i can’t tell you the last time i shopped at banana republic! in my constant search of finding dresses for my collection, i perused a recent promotional email from the brand and stumbled upon this gorgeous maxi dress. it was a bit more money than i normally spend on a dress but i had a few credits so i treated myself. it had great reviews on the website so i was hoping for an automatic homerun. unfortunately, it missed the mark. despite sizing down, it was still comically large in the bust area. i loved the overall billowy silhouette and ruffling near the hem, but for its price tag, my high expectations were sadly not met. i will say that i wish i had found this dress when i was pregnant with the twins because it would have been SO pretty to accommodate a growing bump. c’est la vie.

abercrombie lace trim flutter sleeve top (small) || after seeing this top on shannon of @itsybitsyindulgences and realizing it was a bit out of normal budget for blouses, i was so thankful that she also linked this almost identical and much more budget-friendly alternative. even better, it recently went on sale so i snagged it and prayed it was long enough for my frame. shannon is 5’1″ so things tend to fit differently on her than they do me (i’m 5’7″). well it arrived this week and while it had beautiful detail, it was, as feared, a bit too short for my frame. such a bummer as i was ready to wear it under overalls or create an all-white look with my wide-leg crop pants. HOWEVER if you are on the petite side, i say snag it while you can (it’s currently on sale). the fit is very flattering and if you’re small-chested like i am, you can easily get away with wearing it sans bra (i would opt for these instead).

and what has yet to arrive:

j.crew slouchy boyfriend jean in southern sky wash (26) || as i mentioned in this post, i own these jeans in a lighter wash from a couple years ago (i sized up at the time for the twin bump). now that i’m no longer pregnant, i would love another pair in my proper size. when i saw they brought the slouchy boyfriend style back this season in a slightly darker and more distressed wash, i was intrigued. as soon as they went on sale for 30% off, i took it as a sign to order them and see if they’re as good as their predecessor. i will share my thoughts once they arrive!

j.crew pull-on slip skirt (xs) || and last but not least, the skirt that at least 195 people believe to be a key piece for any wardrobe. after opting out of a slip dress (for now, at least), i figure this skirt of the same faux-silk material is the next best thing. mama loves a pull-on waistband so it already has that going for it, as well as the rich camel color that i’m obsessed with for fall. i plan on pairing it with any of my ribbed henley tops, vintage sweatshirt, cowboy boots, and of course, white sneakers.

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