Bargain Finds: Boy’s Long Sleeve Shirts

11 Sep

I shared my ‘back to school’ shopping with you all in early August (you can read it here) but I recently realized that Jack grew out of most of his long sleeve shirts. I haven’t bought him a whole new winter wardrobe (yet) because I’m super picky on my boy shirts, but I did find a few to hold us over until stores start stocking for cooler weather. For some reason I find it really hard to find shirts that are cool, but not too babyish, but not too boring…

I did find a few that I love though and the best part is that not only are they cute, but they are reasonably priced:

Old Navy Graphic Raglan-Sleeve Tee, currently on sale for $15.00 (+ 30% off with code HURRY)

Old Navy Slub Knit Henley for Boys, currently on sale for $14.00 (+ 30% off with code HURRY). This one comes in a few colors and the slub knit fabric is the perfect weight for fall (not too thin and not to thick!)

Target Cat & Jack Boy’s Astronaut Graphic Tee, currently available for $8.99!

Target Art Class Gorilla Remix Tee, currently available for $11.99 (I shared this one previously, but it’s super cute and still in stock).

I also found Jack a couple Under Armour shirts and some track pants at our local TJ Maxx, so if you like active wear for kids, you might want to check them out. Unfortunately, they don’t have their kids section online… so I can’t link anything for you.

Happy Shopping!

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My September Stitch Fix: A “Fall Transition” Fix

6 Sep

If you’ve been reading along for a while, you may have noticed that things have gone quite quiet on the Stitch Fix subject. After 11 Fixes in 2014, 12 Fixes in 2015, and 7 Fixes in 2016… I only had 2 Fixes in 2017. I had actually given up on the whole Stitch Fix thing (because I love thrifting and Trunk Club). However, they must have noticed so they mailed me a ‘try a Fix for free’ postcard a few weeks ago. With nothing to lose, I decided to go ahead an order myself a ‘Fall Transition Fix’. I mean, it IS my birthday month. So, treat yo self and all that.

For my September Stitch Fix, I picked the category of “seasonal refresh” and left this stylist note:

Fall is my favorite season and I’m turning 40 in September, so let’s do an all Fall transitional weather fix. I pinned some new items on my board and updated my profile. You can see how I typically dress on my instagram at PocketfulofJoules.

Going into it, I did not have high hopes for the Fix. Want to see what I got?

Looks pretty, right? My stylist totally nailed the whole fall transition feeling and I love the colors she stuck with!

Let’s break down each piece…

Item #1: Octavia Clyde Mixed-Material Tote, $68
This color of this tote is so pretty and I really like the whole mixed-material look and the snazzy tassels. It’s a little larger than I typically use, but there is an option to fold it over and use a cross-body strap (see next photo for folded option). The leather/suede feels very expensive too… especially for a $68 bag. With that being said, I don’t actually need a fall/winter purse. If you’re looking for a larger purse, you might want to request this one.

Item #2: Daniel Rainn Gardenia Crochet Detail Top, $68
While I usually like the style of a lot of Daniel Rainn blouses, I’ve mentioned before that I find it very hard to pay full price for them when I can pop by Nordstrom Rack and find hundreds of options for less than $30 (proof). This one is a pretty floral on a brown background with a crochet detail around the top. It is cute and I love the ¾ sleeves, but it’s just not an amazing piece that would anything different to my closet.

Item #3: Kut from the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jean, $88
I love that bootcut jeans are making a comeback and Kut from the Kloth is one of those brands that typically fit me well. However, I purchased a pair of bootcut jeans in my February Trunk from Trunk Club (you can see them here). Since I already have a pair of bootcut jeans that I love, I don’t really need these.

Item #4: Liverpool Nereus Quilted Panel Denim Jacket, $98
I like the idea of a lightweight jacket and this one like a sweatshirt and a denim jacket had a baby. Also, it has thumb holes… which I love! I like the feminine fitted shape, the cool textured pattern down the center, and the pockets that you can actually use. The only thing I don’t really like about it is that the top collar area kind of stabs me in the neck. The jacket also feels a little too ‘sportswear’ for me to justify the price tag, but if you are into the athleisure look you might love this!

Item #5: Leota Seraphina Textured Knit Dress, $118
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that a fit-and-flare dress is totally my jam. This one is extra great with a scoop neck and sleeves. This dress is also incredibly similar to a dress that I already own (the floral jacquard dress from this post). Its super confusing though, because the app shows the front of the dress as a scoop neck, but the actual dress has the tag on the scoop area… meaning that should be the back? I found the plus-sized version at Nordstrom and it shows the dress on properly. I prefer it ‘backwards’ though with a lower (more flattering) neckline. I paired it with a gold braided belt and my thrifted leopard print heels. I went back and forth on this dress a few times, but ultimately decided that I don’t totally LOVE it so it’s going back.

My Final Thoughts
To be honest, I’m actually really impressed with this Fix. My randomly-assigned stylist (Jenn) did a great job in listening to what I wanted and provided a nice Fix that could mix in well with the rest of my closet. Of course, she had no way of knowing that I already own some similar items. If I were still in the ‘building my wardrobe’ phase, I would have purchased the entire Fix. However, at this point in my shopping I’m getting super picky so that I only add items that I love. As much as I like to ‘treat myself’ this whole Fix is going back. I think Stitch Fix is a great option for those who don’t really know what they want, but at this point in my life I have developed a pretty good sense of what looks good (and doesn’t look good) on me, so I think that it’s time for me to give up on trying to make Stitch Fix work for me.

Do you think I made the right decision on this Fix?

 

Psssst…If you like checking out what other people receive in their Fixes, you might like my Stitch Fix Reviews page where I have every single Fix review I’ve ever done listed! You may also want to check out my Trunk Club posts on my Trunk Club Reviews page!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix, I pay for the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you choose to use my referral link when signing up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a small referral reward.

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Jack’s First Day of Kindergarten

5 Sep

It’s here. Jack’s first day of elementary school…

Jack will be taking the bus to school two days a week and going to before/aftercare the other three days, so he won’t actually ride the bus for the first time until Friday. Today, I walked him into his before care at the school and signed him in. The assistant director greeted Jack and showed him where to store his backpack until school starts.

I started to lead Jack to an activity table, but he immediately brushed me off and told me to get going to work. I did get a kiss and a hug before he shoved me on my way. I glanced back as I reached the door and saw Jack plop himself down at a table with a similar sized kid, introduce himself and start playing.

Yup, he’s ready.

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August Wrap Up: What I Wore

31 Aug

It’s time for my monthly wrap up where I show you the outfits I wore throughout the month.  My reasoning behind doing the wrap up is that whenever I check out other bloggers wrap ups, I’m always inspired by the different ways they style the same items over and over again. So, hopefully I can help someone else out of a wardrobe rut!

I typically work from home two days a week (Monday and Friday), so each week will usually only have three work outfits. I re-wore a bunch of stuff in my wardrobe and worked in some new thrifted items as well.

Here are all my August looks:

I put little hearts next to my most popular outfits according to my Instagram friends. I appreciate all the love!

One Winner – Row 1, Outfit 2
I threw together this outfit for a day of errands and I love how it all came together. I will definitely be wearing this and variations of this outfit throughout the fall! Both the tank top and the jeans were scores from one of the summer Clear the Rack sales at Nordstrom Rack. The linen top was marked down to $5 and the jeans/jeggings were just $23! The cardigan was a J.Crew outlet purchase earlier in the year and the sandals are Lucky Brand.

One Loser – Row 4, Outfit 3
Last month I let go of a dress that I wanted to love, but just didn’t. I like the green and white patterned Boden dress from row 4, outfit 3… but I think I’m going to demote it to just weekend wearing. It just seems a bit too casual for a workday, even when paired with a cardigan.

Packing Away for Next Summer – Row 3, outfit 2
I picked up this yellow Boden dress on super clearance for $36 and knew that I’d only get a wear or two out of it before the end of summer. This one is going to get packed away so that I can rediscover it when it starts getting warm next May.

New in Rotation for August:
Democracy released hem skinny jeans (no longer available) – row 1, outfit 1
Bobeau short wrap skirt (currently on clearance for $20)– row 1, outfit 2
Gray thrifted cardigan (from this post for $6) – row 1, outfit 2 and 3; row 2, outfit 2; row 3, outfit 2, row 4, outfit 1 and 3
Huarache sandals (thrifted in this post for $8) – row 2, outfit 1
Patterned jersey skirt (thrifted in this post for $5) row 2, outfit 3
Patterned faux wrap dress (thrifted in this post for $13) – row 3, outfit 1
Boden Jemma jersey dress (currently on clearance for $36) – row 3, outfit 2
Lilly Pulitzer wrap dress (thrifted in this post for $5) – row 3, outfit 3

That’s it. Lots of new thrifted/super clearance items. Everything else I wore this month has been repeated in my wardrobe many times before!

Which one is your favorite? 

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