Utility Vest, Jacket and Get Yo’ Fitness On Week 4

I think I have an olive green utility vest/jacket obsession.  I recently decided I HAD TO HAVE both a utility vest and utility jacket.  Both in olive green.  So, off I went.  I hunted both down and now am the proud owner of both items, with not too big of a dip in my bank account!

The first item I found was the utility jacket.  I first saw it on my friend Sarah of ShopsSRJ.  She wore it so casually and described it as the perfect ‘throw on and go’ jacket that, well, I had to have it!  So, I searched and searched and found the one below on eBay for $8.

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Details: Jacket, eBay, similar here and here; Dress, Gap, here; Shoes, Plato’s Closet, similar here; Necklace, Banana Republic, similar here; Bracelets, Forever 21, here; Bag, Louis Vuitton, buy used here.

I love the length, the slouchy sleeves, and the fact that it’s light enough to wear during the summer.  Layers are important during the summer, particularly when frequenting air-conditioned places.  This outfit I wore to a coffee date with girlfriends, followed by a little bit of shopping.  Notice I’m wearing slip-on shoes and clothing that is easily removed in case I need to try on clothes and shoes in a jiffy!  A girl’s gotta think ahead! 😉

Next, I hunted down the utility vest I could not get my mind off.  I found it during a grocery shopping trip to Target, because you know I can’t grocery shop at Target without perusing the clothing/shoes/accessories sections of the stores, haha.  So there is was, in its $30 glory.  They happened to have a $10 off coupon available that day, and I also used my Target Red Card, so in all, I saved $11.50.  Not too shabby!

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Details: Dress, old from Target, similar here and here; Vest, Target, here; Necklace, Walmart, similar here and here; Shoes, Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, similar here and here; Bag, TJ Maxx, similar here and here; Belt, Altuzarra for Target, similar here and here.

I wore this outfit to the office and my office mates seemed to like it as much as I did!  I’ve pinned some other combinations on Pinterest in case you’re interested in buying and styling it other ways.  Find me on Pinterest here.

Finally, don’t forget to follow my workout updates for the Get Yo’ Fitness On 6-week challenge here on the blog!  Week 4’s workouts are as follows:

Summer Program_W4D1 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D1 Summary

Summer Program_W4D2 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D2 Summary

Summer Program_W4D3 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D3 Summary

If you’re just now learning about this challenge, then look up workouts in my search bar to the right above!  All 4 weeks will pop up in your search.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!  If you are at all inspired by these outfits, follow along on Instagram for daily outfit posts, here.  Don’t forget to leave comments, suggestions, tips, etc below in the comments section.  I look forward to hearing from you all!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Neutral Ground

I’m actively trying to rotate items in my closet and wear as many things that I own as possible.  Today’s outfit was a result of that attempt.  The top, believe it or not, had been sitting in my closet for 7 months!  My sister gave it to me for Christmas and sadly, it had just sat there…for months.  The skirt had been sitting in my closet for over a year, sadly.  Sigh.  Partly because I could not fit into it a few months ago, but also because I have a bad habit of not circulating my clothes often enough.  That ends today!

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Details:  Skirt – Forever 21 old, similar here, herehere, and here and here; Top – Windsor Store, similar here and here; Shoes, $30 Nine West via Marshalls, check stores but similar here and here; Necklace – Walmart here; Bracelets – Forever 21, here.

For those who love the shoes in this post, know that they are currently sold at a Marshall’s store near you!  They were $30, are super comfy, and a must-have for any professional wardrobe.  Highly recommend you get them if you don’t already own a pair! The pearl cluster necklace is also a must, in my opinion.  It’s classic, goes with so many things, and for $5 it’s a purchase you just cannot pass up.

Well, friends, hope you enjoyed this outfit recap!  Have a happy Tuesday and I look forward reading your comments in the comments section below!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

March Instagram Recap

This month was incredibly busy but I managed to take some time to capture some outfits and special moments on Instagram.  Here are a few I thought you would enjoy:

1.  New purchases

I found this beautiful, blush pink kimono at Forever 21 last month.  Less than $18 too!  Perfect for spring outfits.  Similar ones found here and here.

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I paired it with this Cayetano Legacy statement jewelry which speaks to my love for pastels. ❤  Necklace found here and similar ring found here.  Use code CIA to get 20% off your Cayetano Legacy purchase.

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And here, paired with some 7 for all mankind skinny jeans (here and in plus size, here) from Fabrik Boutique and a studded Michael Kors bag from a year or two ago (similar here).

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I also recently discovered sans-UV light gel polishes!!  BEST.POLISH.EVER.  No lie.  No chips for up to a week (after a week I usually decide to change color), and is easily removed with normal nail polish remover.  #thebest

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Same polish, different color.  Same amazingness. By the way, yours truly made the bracelets in the picture below.  Stay tuned for an upcoming DIY!

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Okay, so I may be a bit fringe-obsessed.  I now own two fringe bags, 1 pair of fringe booties, and most recently, became the owner of this lovely fringe backpack.  It’s perfect for toting a toddler and a almost-six-year-old-going-on-18-year-old boy on the weekends.  It enables me to maintain some sense of style, all while being a busy mom.  Bag found here.

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And this beauty, well, let’s just all say it out loud at once: “AH-maze-ING!”  Seriously, it’s a stunner.  In photos and in person.  Also, not heavy and surprisingly not obnoxious when worn, so I managed to wear it into work.  Of course, I would never pair this with a serious suit, but could easily give it a nod of approval on less serious days when I’m holed up in my office but want to look stylish while workin’ away. 🙂

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Okay, so the spiked bracelet below was definitely a score.  Stella and Dot sells a similar bracelet, but for more than a Jackson ( you know, a $20 bill…).  Sira and Mara on the other hand, sells these for $13 a piece AND they ship for free anywhere in the US!  I’m no financial expert, but that sounds like a good deal to me.  It also sounds like I made money in that transaction.  Two please!

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Haha, I wasn’t kidding above!  I did buy two. 😀

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2.  Upcoming posts

Once upon a time there was a young Mexican girl (that’s me in case you were wondering), who had her nose buried so deep in her books that she never learned to properly apply her make up.  She also grew up in the pre-YouTube age, so there were no videos to be watched of make-up gurus demonstrating how to apply said make up in slow motion and extreme detail.  So, I would apply stuff to my face that sometime in my late 20’s began to look semi-decent, but never perfect.

Cue Sephora circa a few weeks ago:  The beauty experts at my local store held a blogger-only event to share with use tips for contouring our faces.  They taught us what brushes to use, matched make up hues to our skin tones, and gave us step-by-step directions for applying our make up and ultimately learning how to contour our faces! It was pretty great.  Incredibly enlightening.  So, hopefully in the next month our so, I will debut my very first YouTube video and make a fool of myself while showing you what I learned.  You’re welcome…for the laughs and hopefully useful information. 😀

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The jewelry DIY.  These beaded bracelets are all the rage lately.  And I wanted some, and wanted them now.  So, one weekend last summer, I ran to Michael’s and purchased some materials, which aided in creating all 4 bracelets seen below!

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Since then, I have learned to make variations of the ones above, including these ones I made for a friend.  So, stay tuned.  In the next month or so, I will post a DIY so you too can make some to add to your arm party!

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Close up of other bracelets I made.  Pretty cute, right?!  And, they only take 5 minutes to make!

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3.  Coffee cups and tumblers, oh my!

Coffee became my best friend the minute I stopped breastfeeding and had to go back to work.  I then became interested in prettying up my coffee containers and the following tumblers have been added to my collection since.  This one here was sent to me by Rosie Posie Designs on Etsy!  You can find other tumblers from her collection here.

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This lovely tuxedo/tutu tumbler was part of the Alice and Olivia for Starbucks collection two years ago.  It has since sold out and only available on eBay for the price of an arm, leg, and maybe a kidney.  Of course, if you MUST have it, here’s a link where you can find some.

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4.  Outfits

Apparently this month, I was feeling a bit casual.  No suits, but I did manage to don some blazers with my outfits like the crisp, white blazer below!  One of my favorites for spring and summer. Details: Blazer, similar here and here; dress, similar here.

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Arm parties were also big for me this month.  Likely because my outfits were so casual.  Here, I paired a couple bracelets (see purchases above for links), with my new favorite plaid shirt and super comfy camo jeans (similar here and here). These pink here were only $15 at the Nine West outlet last year (similar here).

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I loved putting this outfit together.  I searched high and low for this jacket, but couldn’t find anything in stores now that came close to it, so I eventually took to eBay to continue my search.  That’s where I found it for a mere $13!  Done and done.  Here’s one I found on eBay (linked here and a similar one here), and links for a similar top and skirt here and here.

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Another super comfy outfit for the office.  This top is from H&M and one of the most comfortable tops I own.  I love it because it disguises my upper arm fat – ugh, don’t get me started – fits loose around the belly area and is long enough to cover my badonkadonk.  If you’re not convinced that you need this top yet, let me add that it was only $10.  Done deal, right?!  I would say so.  You’re welcome. Linked here. Paired with skinny jeans (here) and leopard pumps for a pop of print (here and here, respectively).  The necklace is super old, but a similar one is linked here.

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I felt like I was wearing pajamas in the outfit pictured below.  SO comfy to wear!!  The top is my all-time favorite top.  I purchased it when pregnant with my first and it carried me through all phases of my prego/post-prego body.  It’s from nordstrom rack and run about $34.  I have it in black and white and have been actively searching to find it in other prints.  It’s THAT fantastic!! Linked here.  The pants are from AngL clothing in LA, but similar ones can be found here.  The bag is also currently one of my faves.  I’m all about the fringe at the moment.  I just love fringe everything.  I’ll get over it one day, but for now, I’m enjoying the trend.  This bag in particular is sold out at most H&M stores, but I’ve linked a similar one here.  The bracelets were made by yours truly and the necklace is from one of my favorite small-business jewelry companies, Cayetano Legacy. I linked a similar one here, and use code CIA for a 20% discount on your total purchase.

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Call me crazy, but I loved this outfit.  My favorite blazer, paired with a graphic tee, the second comfiest jeans I own (the first are my 7 for all mankind skinnies linked above), a blingy statement necklace, and a pink heels for a pop of color.  Just a super fun outfit and all very on trend.  Links:  Blazer, similar here // Graphic tee, here // Camo skinny jeans, similar here and here// Pink heels, similar here // Statement necklace, similar here.

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I love the look of white on white.  I don’t own a white pencil skirt  – yet – but that was the original plan.  Next closest item in my closet was this black and white striped skirt (here).  I paired it with my Cayetano Legacy pendant necklace (I linked a similar one here, and use code CIA for a 20% discount on your total purchase) and floral print peep-toed heels.  Can you believe I once purchased these heels for $5 at Nordstrom Rack?!  Amazing.  It’s been a while since I’ve scored another deal like I did with these. Find similar ones here. Blazer, similar here and here.  White tee, here.

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Another favorite fashion trend of mine at the moment is the tuxedo vest.  I made one a while back (read the post here if you missed it previously), but I’d been on the hunt for a blush pink or a khaki one.  I finally found one at Forever 21 (link here).  I paired it with a lace top (here), my skinny jeans (here), and nude heels.  The necklace is old from Target, but a similar one is tagged here.

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And finally, this adorable dress I wore for the Gap fashion show at my local shopping mall recently.  I paired it with a navy blazer and a yellow belt for a pop of color.  Perfect for spring, don’t you think? Links: Dress, here // Blazer, here // Belt, here.

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5.  Fitness and food

So, I recently tried a FitBit.  Let me tell ya.  It was a wake up call.  During the week, my FitBit thinks I’m dead, except for when I’m around my kids.  Then there is a hint of a histogram on my tracking app.  Otherwise, flatline.  Yup, I’m a koala.  Just sittin’ all day long.  Seriously though.  On the weekends, though, when I am with my kids ALL DAY LONG, I get 10K steps in!  It’s called the “mother of two under 5” workout.  You may know what I’m talking about. 😉  Anyhow, I thought it was a pretty neat little device and highly recommend it if you want to get a sense of your daily activity.  In all honesty, I carried it two days and then decided I didn’t want to wear clothes that matched it perfectly every single day, so I stopped wearing it.  It was also taunting me and constantly reminding me that I was an inactive mass and needed to get to the gym.  I don’t do well with non-positive reinforcement, so I did away with it! J/K.  I had to give it back, haha.

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Now, for the fun stuff.  I love to eat.  A LOT.  I just enjoy food.  It’s a downfall, particiuarly when I don’t exercise, but to compensate, I try eating relatively healthy.  My co-worker has been really great about eating salads every day, so she inspired me to eat salads as well.  Here’s one I made with a greens mix from Costco, canned chick peas, grilled chicken (made at home the night before, served cold on the salad), avocado – obvi, tomatoes, and corn.  Dressing was a mix of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Super filling and so healthy!

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The next day I had a lunch/working meeting at Urban Cookhouse, where I always get the Pepper Patch.  It’s amazingly delish.  It also happens to come with a delicious orange-sweet bun.  I couldn’t say no. I did have a salad for lunch after all!

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Packing salads for lunch can be quite tricky, especially if you happen to eat lunch late in the day and risk having soggy lettuce or greens by the time you are ready to eat.  Cue: The Bentgo Kids bento box.  I received this bento box to try for the kids’ lunches, but I decided it would best for me, so I borrowed it and used it to pack my salad ingredients.  It worked really well!!  The middle circular compartment works well for the dressing (balsamic vinegar here), and whatever other sides you want in the others.  I loved it and will likely steal it permanently from the kiddies. 😀  Link to bento box here.

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For the salad below, I was craving cheese, tomatoes, and bread cubes.  So, I came up with this. 😉  Don’t judge.  It was a Friday when I ate this, haha.  Done and done!

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That’s all for now, folks!  Feel free to leave a comment below if there is anything I happened to have missed or anything I didn’t link.  Perhaps you have suggestions for finding items elsewhere, so also leave those in the comments section should you have them.  Finally, all of these pics came from my Instagram feed, so feel free to follow along if you are interested! Instagram: Chic in Academia.

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

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(Camera:  Verizon, LG G3)