Jack’s First Day of 2nd Grade

3 Sep

It’s that time again… I dusted off the chalkboard for the annual first day of school photo on the front porch:

And just like that – BOOM – I have a 2nd grader in the house.

The week before Jack started first grade, we went by the school to hunt down his new classroom and meet his new teacher. However, this year the timing wasn’t right and we weren’t able to visit last week. Instead, my brave boy is going in blind and will figure it out on his own (with the help of some school grown-ups, of course).

Jack wasn’t even nervous leading up to today at all, but then suddenly as we were walking into school for his before-care drop off, he turned to me with wide eyes and said “I’m SCARED” with a nervous laugh. We had a quick hug and a kiss and it passed as suddenly as it came.

 As soon as we walked into the school, he switched into the routine of drop off mode. I got my hug and a half-dozen kisses and suddenly I was outside and he was inside. And another year has started.

To be honest my emotions are a weird mix of happy and sad. I love seeing Jack grow up and his personality shine year after year, but darn if I don’t want to squish him back down to baby-sized every so often.

Happy Back to School Everyone!

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Anthropologie has an Extra 50% Off Sale Items!

28 Aug

Okay, I wasn’t planning to post today, but then I saw that Anthropologie has an extra 50% off sale items for Labor Day weekend (8/28 – 9/2) and I wanted to make sure you all know about it!

Anthropologie’s sale on sale is the BEST way to score amazing finds for a fraction of their original cost. The problem is that they tend to sell out of the more popular sizes early, so if you see something you like… hop on it!

Here is what I bought:

Melange Sleeveless Top

Source: Anthropologie.com

Original price: $70, marked down to $49.95 and on sale for $25

Find it here: https://shopstyle.it/l/7oWV

I originally was planning to buy this top in the blue motif, but there were so many positive reviews for the red animal version that I decided to mix it up a bit and go for that one. I’ve been needing some nice-but-not-too-nice blouses to wear with sweaters on Casual Friday’s and I think this one will be great. It also looks super cute on the model when she has it tucked in, so I may end up styling this one with a skirt or two as well. This one comes in numeric sizes AND has plus sizes.

Alexandrine Embroidered Blouse

Source: Anthropologie.com

Original price: $88, marked down to $49.95 and on sale for $25

Find it here: https://shopstyle.it/l/7o0q

I saw this blouse on the Anthro website a while ago and stuck it on my “wish list” on the site just waiting until it went on sale. As soon as I saw the 50% off sale items started this morning, I put my order in at 5:45 am with blurry eyes for a large… and thank goodness I did because all that is left now is XS and Small sizes! I anticipate wearing this top with jeans on the weekends and also topping it with a cute sweater for work. I LOVE that I snapped it up for just $25 when it originally was marked at $88!

Here are some items that I really, really like… but didn’t buy:

Auden Maxi Dress

Source: Anthropologie.com

Original price: $150, marked down to $99.95 and on sale for $50

Find it here: https://shopstyle.it/l/7o11

You guys, this dress is so gorgeous! The mixed print. The flouncy skirt. The cut out back. Perfection! However, I’ve learned that even though I love maxi dresses on other people I don’t love them on me. I’ve had a few over the years and they always get shoved to the back of the closet. So if you get this one, let me know and I can live vicariously through you! As of this morning, this dress was available in XS, large, 1X, 2X and 3X.

Amadi Textured Bomber Jacket

Source: Anthropologie.com

Original price: $140, marked down to $79.95 and on sale for $40

Find it here: https://shopstyle.it/l/7o1j

Much like maxi dresses, I tend to admire bomber jackets on other people. My friend Lindsey found one at a consignment shop and she looks like a million dollars in it. Me… I’m not sure I can pull it off. However, I LOVE the look of this one. I really like the textured finish and the navy blue color. I’m not sure if this could be worked into a business casual wardrobe for work, or if it would be best as a weekend topper though. What are your thoughts: love it, hate it, or meh?

Gabriela Ruffled Maxi Dress

Source: Anthropologie.com

Original price: $160, marked down to $99.95 and on sale for $50

Find it here: https://shopstyle.it/l/7o3I

I tried this dress on and shared it with you all in a Dressing Room Snaps post in June (click through it you want to see it on me). At the time, I said I loved the fit of the dress and how incredibly soft the jersey was… but that it was overpriced. Well, marked down from $160 to $50 is pretty fantastic. I’d snap this up in a heartbeat if I hadn’t realized I already own maxi dresses that are gathering dust in my closet. I really wish they’d put the other dress I tried on – the Tania Tiered Dress – on sale, because I’d scoop that one right up!

Are you planning to buy anything from the Anthropologie 50% off sale items sale?

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Survey Results & a Winner!

27 Aug

Thank you to everyone who voted and/or commented on last week’s blog post asking for feedback. I appreciate each and every minute you spent clicking through and writing your comments!

Based on your feedback…

Pocketful of Joules will be going back to a 3x a week posting schedule!

Out of the responses, the majority of the people wanted three posts a week and I’m happy to give it to you.

I also took note of all your comments on the types of posts you like best, so I’ll be using those as inspiration for my fall planning. I have a fun list of posts that are coming up this month and starting this week you will (mostly) be hearing from me on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.

Now it’s prize time!

I used a random number generator to pick a winning comment and the winner is: Laura! Laura is the winner of a $10 Starbucks gift card, so I’ll be emailing her directly and getting her prize out ASAP.

Thank you again for all for your feedback and I’ll be back on Thursday with my August Work Style post!

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Inspiration Fit Autumn Grab Bag Reveal

26 Aug

We’ve already established that I have a weakness for the Inspiration Fit grab bags, so let’s move on to the good stuff… the reveal! This time I approached my grab bag purchase in a more strategic way. They had 6 possible designs in the Autumn bag and I knew I really liked 3 of them, so I bought TWO bags to ensure I would receive ALL THE DESIGNS.

Why would I do this though if I don’t love three of the designs? Because I joined the Inspiration Fit Swap Facebook group and I knew I could sell off any unloved shirts!

Each Autumn Grab Bag (fitted tank top option) cost $29 and they were running a deal that if you purchased 2 you would also get a $15 gift card to spend on a future order.

I received 6 shirts – all the possible designs in an assortment of fall colors. These were the three designs I really wanted:

And these were the three designs that I liked but didn’t love:

I listed my unwanted shirts on the Swap Facebook Group and within an hour or so I sold them for $12 each, for a total of $36 in sales (minus Paypal shipping costs and postage). I then searched the group for the Pumpkin Spice shirt I loved in a long sleeve version (for a perfect Fall Casual Friday look for work) and bought a pretty burgundy version for $19.

So now I have four shirts… all designs that I love. I ended up averaging about $11.75 per shit and I still had that $15 gift card to use on a future order.

After a little site stalking, I used the gift card on this shirt, which I love:

AND I’m super prepared for Fall… bring on the pumpkins and spice! {But not the Pumpkin Spice, because that stuff is too sweet!}

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