Friday, September 9, 2016

Now & Later | Plaid Top

Happy Friday! That came fast, right?! I'm all for another weekend and this one is extra special because we're celebrating my beautiful mom's birthday!  She is such a special person and I'm so very thankful to get to spend so much time with her now.  She comes over during the week and helps me with Jordan and she is just so good with her.  Jordan absolutely adores Grandma and is at that stage where she only wants people she knows to hold her, and Grandma is on the top of list.  My mom is the best kind of grandma that always encourages and compliments me as a mom too.  Even after she leaves for the day, we're on the phone at night and also texting!

We are actually very close in age - only 17 years apart! so we're even closer in that way. You guys always tell me that I'm so positive and I can tell you I get that from my mom.  She's been through so many hard times in her life, but you'll never hear her complain and she always talks about the ways God has blessed her life.  I'd say He blessed my life with her!

For today, I have a Now & Later post featuring our favorite print for Fall.  I found this adorable popover short sleeve plaid top at GAP in several colors and styled two of them differently so you can get ideas for how to wear them now and through the months ahead.  The top is 25% off with code FORYOU.

NOW :: top | jeans heels 35% off | similar necklace & here $12 | earrings bag | sunglasses $12 dupe
LATER :: top | tank | jeans | crossbody bag 50% off boots | necklace | jean jacket | bracelet (similar for less)

FIT TIP ::  This top blue plaid top is soft and smooth, but not flannel, so you won't be too hot in it now.  It's cut on the generous/relaxed side - I'm in XS and it fits me well, but is roomy.  In fact, when I was at home choosing the "Later" look, I tried the top on with a long sleeve shirt underneath and it still fit, (and was really cute) but I didn't snap a pic of that.  If you have a larger chest, this cut should be especially flattering on you.

top | jeans heels 35% off | similar necklace & here $12 | earrings bag | sunglasses $12 dupe

With this blue/purple/pink top, I played up the purply color with a bold lip MAC 'Girl About Town' and raspberry heel.  I got comfortable with red lips a couple years ago, but it's also fun to experiment with other colors.  

I've worn these jeans to death since I got them altered ankle length.  They go so well with both heels and flats, even athletic shoes.

I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these heels for Fall too since they are such a classic cut and actually pretty comfortable as far as 4-inch heels go.  And doesn't the color scream Fall?! I like it when I can wear my "Fall" things now though because I'm impatient! 

The back of the top is slightly longer than the front, so you'll be able to wear it with leggings too. 

bracelets :: white | gold & silver 

The red plaid top seemed more Fall or Winter to me with the red/blue combo. It's got bits of pretty light blue in there too. 

To add to that layered Fall look, I wore my favorite $18 tank underneath and left it a little exposed with the top two buttons of the shirt undone.  

It's truly still way too hot to be wearing tall boots and a jean jacket here, but soon, my friends!  My good friend Tisha has been taking these pictures recently and is so good and can't you tell how much fun I have getting to hang out with her?!  She makes me smile!  

And p.s. I started using the Crest White Strips a couple weeks ago and man, do they work!  I saw a difference after one or two uses and I've used them maybe 5-6 times in about two weeks.  I used them many, many years ago, but they are so much better now because they stick on and don't move until you peel the strip off.  I was just about to make an appointment with my dentist for professional whitening (too much coffee/tea) when I thought, 'why don't I give these a try first?' So glad I saved that time and money.  p.s.s. This isn't sponsored, just a friendly recommendation.  Have you tried them?

The red lip doesn't hurt either- that color tends to make your teeth look whiter too, especially if the red is on the cool side like MAC 'Brave Red'.  That's been my 'go-to' red since I started wearing that color.

JEAN JACKET FIT TIP :: If you've followed me for long, you know I'm crazy for my very favorite jean jacket that actually does get use nearly year round, for traveling and when it's cold inside restaurants/theaters, etc.  The special thing about his jacket is that it's on the thin side and so comfy.  It's not as thin as a denim shirt because it still has the structure of a jean jacket, but it's so much more lightweight than a traditional jean jacket.  I like mine on the more fitted side and I wear XS. 

I'm also team #mixeddenim and totally think you can wear a jean jacket with jeans and it looks even better if they're different washes.

I got these OTK boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (their Summer Clearance Sale ends Sunday) and they were dying to make an appearance, so at least they feel better now. 

Y'all are MY.PEOPLE with your love of cozy soft pants!  I shared this pic on Instagram Wednesday and it was one of my most popular pictures to date!  I think Jordan's birth announcement was the only one higher.  ;) Soft pants and babies get all the love! #naturally  These pants are 25% off now with code FORYOU and also come in maternity.  I lived in them when I was pregnant with Jordan! 

I share daily outfits on Instagram & Facebook and always alert you when things go on sale, so be sure to follow me there. 

Free People tank $20, $12 & this one on sale for under $9! in black, grey and white
I like the style of this tank with the higher neck and flowy middle.  It's great to stock up when they go on sale. 

plaid poncho $39 
I loved this poncho last year and just saw that it's back in stock!

Halogen wedge $99.95, $59.96
These wedges are the perfect height for not killing your feet and the little studs are super cute!  They come in several colors too. 

Below are some sales worth checking out this weekend! 


ANN TAYLOR | 30% off full-price tops 
GAP |   25% off men & women's styles, code FORYOU 
LOFT | 40% off EVERYTHING, code FIRSTLOOK  (See my dressing room edition here & here)
NORDSTROM | Summer Clearance, up to 40% off & FREE shipping & FREE returns 
OLD NAVY | 20% off your purchase, code STILLSAVE

Have a great weekend friends!


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  1. Love the outfits, and the poncho in particular! Happiest of birthdays to your Mom, Megan. She sounds like a treasure.

  2. I spotted these plaid tops at Gap a few weeks ago, but they were out of XS and the small was huge on me. Looks like I need to order online now :) Aren't you ready for this Texas heat to cool off? The heat and humidity in Dallas makes it feel much like Houston these days!

  3. Happy Birthday to your mom! I love the short sleeved 'flannel' shirts. They're perfect for the very warm fall and mild winters in Phoenix. I picked up one of the summer plaid prints in this silhouette last week, and after seeing this, I'm going to have to get a more fall-looking version now.

  4. I totally want to hear more about your mom! Teenage mother who raised an awesome daughter and is a cool grandma? Seriously, tell me more, she sounds amazing!!

  5. I love plai top into blu shade and is pefect also far fall temperatures with right items...that boots are amazing, ok I am a little bit envy about your wardrobe:P...happy birthday to your mum!!!

  6. Love the mixed denim- I was so nervous to try it last year but finally bit the bullet and have loved it ever since! Hope you and your mom have a great weekend of celebration!


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