However I will say I’m also loving the texture and the colors when up close with this sweater as well. My only complaint is that the sleeves are just a hair short so I went ahead and pushed them up and they looked fine. Still worries me that it might shrink but hopefully not!
So I went shopping at TJ Maxx Saturday looking for some simple business casual pieces that would work well in the hot summer heat and with my existing wardrobe. I was mostly looking for light layering pieces like short sleeved breezy cardigans and super light light sweaters that would work well over tank tops.
Let’s start with the items I passed on: (and then we’ll get to the good stuff)
NOW on to the good stuff: (I went in thinking I might find one good piece but instead found a bit more!)
I ALMOST passed on the silk tank top because of the price. It’s been awhile since I spent $30 on a single shirt. But it’s a good business meeting piece and comfortable so it came home with me. Really cute button top in the back that I didn’t take a better photo of too.
As for buying TWO short sleeve linen blend cardigans – I already own some long sleeve linen blend cardigans [seen here and here] and LOVE them which is part of the reason I just bought both short sleeve linen blend cardigans. I also have the same long sleeve jacket in black as well as the neutral shade.
I probably could wear the long sleeve cardigans in the summer they are so light but they look warmer than they are. They are also warm enough though to cut the chill on a cool evening.
A surprising amount of what I bought was Cynthia Rowley. I did not plan it this way as I tend to shop by look and feel of the fabric quality when shopping in a store like TJ Maxx (I also do this when thrift shopping.) I’m clearly attracted to rayon, linen and silk though….
Anyway – WAY more items than I expected to find shopping on Saturday but they were all such good wardrobe building basic that I didn’t want to pass any up!
I’m very much a jeans girl. The darker, the better (but not black, black shows cat hair too much.) Deep deep navy, no distressing. HOWEVER when I’ve been wearing the same jeans for awhile they do in fact become somewhat faded which is the case with what I had on today. These are actually the lightest blue blue jeans that I own.
What I wore in these photos (this is really all over the place):
Top: Turquoise Shirt / Blouse / Tank from TJmaxx picked up last fall
Jeans: Walmart (ugh – yes, Walmart) from a few years ago
Shoes: Sandals / Flip Flops in red and tan with silver and crystal embellishment from a boutique in Bowling Green KY
Shrug / short sleeved jacket: Target from a couple of years ago
Necklace: long silver necklace from Chicos (really long ago)
Earrings: basic silver round hoops with a flattened edge from Talbots (also long ago … but I’m not sure how long because I have two pairs of the exact same earring bought at different times.)
Toenail polish: Zoya “Lo” … I need to repaint my fingernails.
I’ve been meaning to share more outfits of the day like this but just haven’t gotten around to it. I do however wear jeans a lot and I do re-wear a lot of the same outfits which means that sometimes what I wore just is not that interesting … or I think it wouldn’t be. We’ll see if I can make this more of a habit. Though don’t worry, I will probably not be posting every single day. You can see a pattern in the colors I tend to like photographing though. Lots of turquoise and teals and aqua… I swear I have other color shirts in my closet!
AND I’m sorry, these last couple of days I’ve been feeling rather prolific. I promise I will not keep this double posting nonsense up (I’m going to post something about coral and yellow jeans in a bit.)
Just a quick shot of the outfit I wore Thanksgiving Day. I went to TJ Maxx the day before and ended up finding quite a few things I liked including this short sleeve cowl neck sweater as well as the snake print scarf I’m wearing in the photo. (I think $16.99 and $12.99 respectively.)
I almost wore these shoes (the grey / taupe suede ones) with this which were a perfect match (but I didn’t want to wear heels all day) and I did wear this nailpolish which was also a perfect taupe-y mocha latte brown. Apparently I’m developing a thing for this color.
“and go and get yourself some cheap sunglasses…” I scratch my old sunglasses and needed some new. The kiosk mirrors were horrible so I was taking photos with my phone to get a better look.
Yeah the dresses are not working … was trying to find a dress for a wedding. I ended up wearing a skirt instead (it was a bajillion degrees, people were in all manner of dress.) It didn’t help that when I was trying on dresses I had been bitten by something (I think spider) and had a reaction that included mild systemic inflammation. I felt a good 10lbs heavier and poofy. :/
If this hadn’t been black I would have bought it. Perfect for hot weather, cute (cuter than in the photo) but not a wedding guest dress. Not in KY, not in the daytime.
Talbot’s outlet. Felt like a sausage in this.
Cute but too “fall”… also not what I was shopping for.
Moved on to shoes.
Cute but not quite. (Marshall’s)
Better but wanted a little darker… these are cute however and I might go back.
LOVED these navy nautical wedges but they got veto’d for a wedding. A little over the top. I was already wearing neon nail polish. TJ Maxx so close.
Then JACKPOT – Payless Shoes (again somehow)
Top:Riveira in saddle
LOVE these sandals and the fact that they can be worn two ways.
By the evening I was calling the ruffles on this shirt “tentacles.” I also didn’t realize until recently when I grouped them in the closet that I have no less than 5 shiny, silky, satiny shirts. I really don’t know how that happened.
Anyway – hopefully it will give you some ideas on pants based business attire that doesn’t involve a suit or dress.
So tell me, on the things I tried to find similar matches, did I do ok?
Anyone ever hear of this company? Their website is offline but I bought this cute shirt at TJMaxx this afternoon for $7 and there was another one I liked but it was too small. The patterns are both out of the norm but they look good.