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.

Utility jacket, http://chicinacademia.com

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!

Utility vest, http://chicinacademia.com

Utility vest, http://chicinacademia.com

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’!

Thrifty Thursday’s – Office Wear

You may recall that I recently wrote a post about my experience while shopping at a thrift store.  In that post, I describe how I managed to get two outfits – including shoes – for under $20!  I was pretty amazed myself!

Well, I’ve since become very excited about thrifting, so when Natasha from Baby T Fashion Diaries approached me about a second thrifting challenge, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to thrift again. 🙂

This time, we wanted to focus on items that a woman would wear to the office.  Office-appropriate outfits, if you will.  We did not set a budget, there weren’t any rules at all, really.  What we did agree to do, was to purchase an outfit that we could each wear to the office..from a thrift store.  Simple enough, right?

Check out what we found:

Thrift Blog Pic 1

Thrift Blog Pic 2

My thrift store finds:

  • Ann Taylor Jacket/Blazer $2.50
  • Banana Republic Wrinkle Free top $2.50
  • Gap pleated midi-skirt $3

TOTAL COST: $8

All items were purchased at the Salvation Army.

Shoes and necklace were not thrifted, however the necklace is from Forever 21 (old, about $8), earrings are from TJ Maxx (old, $10), and slingback heels are from the Nine West outlet (recent, $15).

My sweet friend Natasha found a fab outfit as well!  See for your self:

Natashas thrift picDoesn’t she look great!  A very office-appropriate outfit indeed.  Check out her blog and Instagram for details on her amazing finds!

What do you think?!  I am personally LOVING these thrifting challenges and hopeful to find some more amazing finds in the future.

Until next time!  Stay chic!

Neutrogena Face-Off Challenge!!

Disclaimer:  This post is a compensated post in collaboration with Neutrogena® and Latina Bloggers Connect.  However, opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been modified by the sponsors or any other third parties.

When I learned that I was selected to participate in the Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Face-Off Challenge“, I was beyond excited!  I LOVE Neutrogena products!!  True story. However, the towelettes were a product I had not used.  So, imagine my excitement when I received a trial of the towelettes to try, in addition to a cute white face towel for the challenge.

0306142237aSo before I go into the details of the challenge, I first have to share my usual makeup removing, sophisticated, technique.  Haha, not really! 😛

My usual night-time removal routine involves:

  1. Washing my face with Neutrogena Face Wash (which I love, but is not completely effective for 100% makeup removal).
  2. Removing the rest of my make up with face or any Aveeno lotion and a tissue or, usually, a piece of toilet paper!  Waa, please don’t judge me!!! 😦

0306142238-1That’s it.  My usual make-up removing ritual, before these magic wipes came into my life, was pretty depressing.  What’s worse is that I usually STILL had mascara smeared around my eyes because the baby lotion wasn’t effective enough, so my hubby slept next to a raccoon most nights!  Haha!

Sigh!  Anyway, cut to the Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Face-Off Challenge”!  This was a complete GAME CHANGER!  I’m talking Oprah ‘Aha’ moment, fat lady singing, ‘Eureka’ moment, all in one!!

For the challenge, I took a picture of myself right before bed, prior to removing my makeup (yes, a selfie…SCARY!!):

0304142052aThen I took a single Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette and used it all around my face – yes, even around my eyes!  The towelette is soft and smells pretty amazing!  It left my face amazingly clean!  But, yuck, so much remained on the towelette:

0304142114_1Ummm, perhaps I should consider wearing less makeup??!  Hmm, sounds like a good idea in theory.  Good thing I’m not a theorist! 😉

Next, I washed my face with my usual face wash.  No picture for that, sorry! 😛

Okay, the final step was honestly, a bit scary.  I REALLY wanted this challenge to be a success.  Because I had never used the towelettes, I had my doubts about the effectiveness of the product and wondered whether they would really pass the ‘white towel’ test!!

THANK goodness for the makeup removing geniuses who created these towelettes, because after drying my face with the white towel – yes, even around my eyes – there was NO makeup left on my face!!  SUCCESS!!

0304142114a_1Here’s a picture of me, with no makeup on (ACK!!!) and a CLEAN white towel!!  Please excuse the makeup-less selfie, but it was part of the challenge!! EEEK!

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Anyway, you get the picture…the towelettes work!!  I’m officially a fan!  Thankfully, I also have a whole box for participating in the challenge! 😀

PhotoGrid_1393989225092Anyhow, challenge completed and deemed a complete success!  I leave you with some information provided by Neutrogena about these makeup removing soft cloths, and hope that you enjoyed this review!

If you care to share, comment below with your makeup removing routine, or simply what you thought of this post!  Look forward to hearing from you!

Stay chic!! 💋

Some key info from Neutrogena about the Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes!

  • Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes remove 99.3% of all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup to reveal clean, fresh skin.
  • Neutrogena is recommended by dermatologists two times more than any other brand.
  • Safe for contact lens wearers.
  • Neutrogena provides superior cleansing and make-up removal products.
  • Gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area.