happy new year! how long can we actually say that? i vote through the entire month of january, maybe? anyway, i trust your 2023 is off to a great start (and if not, i’m sending a big hug) and perhaps like me, you’re counting down the days until spring. if there’s anything that these past two months have taught me, it’s that i am not winter’s biggest fan. and as stores have begun releasing peeks of their spring collections, i have found myself finally emerging from my spending hibernation (much to my bank account’s chagrin). luckily as my purchases have picked up this month, so have the sales from my poshmark account. i’m still doing my best to have a one in, one out policy so as i have welcomed some new pieces, i have also decided to let a few others go. selling unwanted items always feels bittersweet (as there are inevitably memories tied to garments), but i love the idea of my clothes getting a chance at a second life in someone else’s closet, and the extra cash doesn’t hurt, either.
so with all of that said, here’s a list of this month’s purchases, most of which were winners. enjoy!
tavi active high waisted 7/8 leggings (small –ordered in olive leopard) || while i’ll always have a soft spot for lululemon align leggings, i’ve definitely become a tavi girl when it comes to athletic wear. so much so, i just got accepted into their ambassador program and i’m thrilled for the opportunity to partner with a company i authentically LOVE. their leggings are buttery soft and hold up wash after wash (and i wash them a lot). i not only wear them to my workout classes, i also love “dressing them up” for an easy mom outfit when we go to legoland (paired with this sweatshirt). they’re the type of legging you can literally wear all day. while my black pair is my go-to, tavi just released some new prints and i decided to treat myself to the olive leopard print leggings and the matching top (see below). they’re super high-waisted and fit true to size. i wore them to my weekly pilates class and immediately got complimented. but more important than others’ opinions on them is the fact that these leggings make me feel like a million bucks!
tavi active long line bra (small –ordered in olive leopard) || this is my sign to buy more matching workout sets. they instantly make you feel more pulled together! i’m not saying the matching outfit helped me workout better but i’m not not saying it. for a long-torsoed gal, this top is a dream. it’s cropped but not crazy cropped and shows just a hint of skin when paired with the aforementioned leggings. i love the racerback silhouette and removable cups for extra coverage. the fabric is stretchy and doesn’t cut into my skin (some sports bras are uncomfortably tight!) and again with the print, i LOVE a leopard moment and find the olive to be such a fun and fresh take on a classic.
sezane gaya shirt (2) || the second piece in my recent sezane order was this stunning lace v-neck blouse to possibly layer under my new ruffle vest. i loved the deeper neckline and the slight ballooned sleeves. i think it’ll look so fresh with either of the aforementioned dark denim options and with my closet workhorse –the faux leather pant. i love it so much that i dedicated an entire post about it. but TLDR: it’s beautiful, it fits true to size, and if you are looking for something to wear for valentine’s day, let it be this blouse.
agolde cooper straight cargo jeans (25 -ordered in salutation) || blame jordanna and brittany for making a strong case for these jeans because i was officially influenced and decided to try them for myself. i realize the cargo style is not for everyone (neither are my horseshoe jeans, right?!), but i fell smitten for the straight silhouette and visual interest the cargo detail offered and well, i’m always looking for more jeans because they are my uniform. i initially ordered the 26 but found them to run a tad big so i sized down to the 25 and they fit much better. though they’re more of a rigid denim, they do have some give. they also have a zip fly instead of a traditional button-fly. they’re kind of a tapered straight leg and hit me right below the ankle (i’m 5’7″ for reference). i’ve already seen them on many influencers so i have all sorts of outfit inspiration for future styling. but here are three ways i’ll wear them over the next month or so as we still endure cooler weather. they’re a fun take on a classic shape for spring.
gap vintage soft raglan sweatshirt (xs –ordered in modern red for valentine’s day!) || as you know, i’m a neutral gal through and through but there was just something about this red sweatshirt that was speaking to me in the name of the upcoming love holiday. that and it was on sale for $14. gap tends to run on the generous side so i went with an x-small and i’m glad i did because it fits just how i want it to. if you’re looking for a roomier vibe, i’d stick with your usual size. the color is a vibrant red and really pops when paired with black or white (see the featured photo above). if red isn’t your thing, it comes in an array of colors (and matching jogger pants if you want to create a set). it’s such a good grab and go layer that i might order it in grey, too. sweatshirts + black leggings + white sneakers is definitely my pre-nap/shower/hair & makeup uniform.
citizens of humanity horseshoe jeans (25 –ordered in dorian wash) || i’ve given up trying to resist every single new wash they make in my favorite denim silhouette. welcome to the family, khaki colored horseshoes.
sezane sandy skirt (2 -ordered in leopard) || i recently had some leftover credit on my sezane account and i decided to test out their beloved sandy skirt -their take on the signature slip skirt. i have been wanting to update my current leopard skirt for a while now and i was hoping this more modern silhouette was just the ticket. i will say the leopard pattern is much more preferred to my banana republic version as is the cut of the skirt in general. and the polyester fabric moonlighting as silk does make it feel dressier minus the worry of caring for a precious fabric (machine washable is a MUST with toddlers). however i don’t think my wardrobe is in need of such a fancy piece at the moment. i’m really trying to be as practical with my wardrobe as possible in 2023 and that means not adding pieces that i won’t get ample wear out of. i’m sure one day a slip skirt will be a more reasonable item to have in my closet but right now denim is my best friend. so with that said, i’ll be returning this one. in terms of sizing, i find sezane to run true to size in tops but a bit smaller in dresses and skirts. the 2 fit my waist but was a little ill-fitting in my hips. i would suggest sizing up to fit the widest part of you and perhaps tailoring in to fit your waist. at $150, this skirt is definitely an investment so if you’re looking for a more affordable option, this one from quince comes highly recommended and is more than half the price!
and what has yet to arrive
citizens of humanity ayla baggy cuffed cropped jeans (25 –sized down) || one thing that i really pivoted on in 2021 was exchanging mid-priced denim for its premium sister. i wear some form of denim every single day so at this point in my life, i made the conscious decision to invest in my jeans. and you know what? it has made a world of difference. after spotting these on someone’s liketoknow.it account, (and since then, i’ve seen them on every single fashion girlie i follow on IG) i decided i NEEDED to try them. i LOVE the shape and cuff and dark wash and i think they’ll be so chic with a ballet flat and puff-sleeve top. they’re on pre-order so they probably won’t arrive until mid-february, but i have a feeling they’re going to be some of my new favorites. they also come in a light wash!
j.crew cropped cable-knit sweater lady jacket (xs) || j.crew dropped the first pieces of their spring ’23 collection and it looks like cropped jackets are ALL THE RAGE this season. by now you know my aversion for outerwear (i blame the san diego native in me) so i settled for trying a cropped sweater instead. i love the rounded hemline and the contrasting piping and the gold buttons give it an elevated feel, like i could pair it with my faux leather pants for a chic date night ensemble. i’m a tad nervous it’s going to be more cropped on me than a normal human (given my long torso), but i’m hopeful it’ll look cute with one of my cornucopia of high-waisted bottoms. i toggle between an x-small and small at j.crew but i wanted to be sure this was a tighter fit so i opted for my smaller size.
j.crew anya ankle-strapped flats in italian patent leather (9.5 –my true size, ordered in black)* || while i basically live in my loeffler randall ballet flats, i’ve been wanting to add a heartier pair of flats into the mix (one with hard bottoms). piping must also be a trend for s/s 2023 because i instantly fell in love with these ankle-strapped flats in black with contrasting white piping. i have a leopard print pair that’s a similar style from j.crew (from maybe 3-4 years ago?) that i love so fingers crossed this leather pair will prove to be just as good. i find j.crew shoes to fit true to size so i went with a 9.5.
*i will say that after catching a glimpse of freda salvador’s spring collection (launching february 6), i will most likely be returning these flats in exchange for a pair of freda’s fisherman sandals that i missed out on last year. i don’t know if i need both options so i’m trying to be prudent about my spending. just wanted to be forthcoming.
doen diana jean in biscay wash (25) || doen recently launched some new denim styles and after seeing this pair on stephanie trotta, i decided to try the diana style which claims to be a dupe for your favorite vintage levi’s. i’ve only ever ordered tops and dresses from doen (actually, i have two pairs of shorts, too) but everything is pretty flowy so i’ll be interested to see how a more structured waistband fares. based on the size chart, i opted for my smaller denim size so fingers crossed their a good fit.
sezane charlotte sweater (small) || in my continuing partnership with sezane, i used a portion of this month’s credits to order this gorgeous sweater from their newly launched collection, “an essential story”. it’s definitely a bit more precious than i usually like (hand wash!), but the detailing was too good to pass up. i love the silhouette and feminine details and i think it could be a great transition piece from winter into spring.0