This week I’m styling the Ryder Dress from Tory Burch, taking it from Late Summer to Early Winter (at least here in South Texas).

~ Ryder Dress, Tory Burch ~
~ Blossom T-Strap Flat, Tory Burch ~

These were the shoes I ordered during the Fall Event and I’m so happy that I did. I ordered the size 7 and they fit TTS. I was worried that the strap wouldn’t be long enough since that has been the case for several other Tory shoes I’ve tried on. But this time, the strap was long enough and has a few extra holes. I’ve worn them a few times already and they are pretty comfortable. The body of the shoe is leather and the toe is patent. The little flower blossoms are by the buckle. This blossom design is also offered in a ballet flat, a bootie and a tall boot.

~ Ryder Dress, Tory Burch ~
~ Cashmere Tee, J Crew (one, two, three) ~
~ Strappy Heeled Shoes, Zara (one, two, three) ~

This was probably my favorite outfit of the three. I initially chose a cashmere cardigan in the same color but loved how the tee transitioned this from a dress to skirt. I also have the idea incorporate tortoise into this outfit by adding some opaque black tights, the Gemini Link Loafers and my Tortoise Flower Necklace (one, two, three). I cannot wait until it’s cold enough to break out the cashmere. I will probably add my black Lexington Blazer over this.

~ Ryder Dress, Tory Burch ~
~ Chunky Shawl Collar Cardigan, J Crew (one, two, three) ~
~ Harper Boots, J Crew (one, two, three) ~

This last outfit will be perfect for my work-from-home attire. I’ll be able to stay nice and cozy in this chunky sweater while still looking put together for my day “at work”. The waist on this dress is elastic so I think I do need to add a black belt. This will help keep the dress from riding up at the waist.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I styled the Ryder Dress. You can always see more items I’ve styled on my Tumblr.

J.Crew had a roll-out of new arrivals this week and, overall, I was very under-whelmed by it. Other than the coats, which I don’t need, I didn’t add a lot to my wishlist. Collection had a few eye-catchers for me, like the Olivia Topcoat and the Down Parka. Who knew I would want pink faux-fur in my life? But let’s take a look at some of the items I did like.

I would pair the Oxford Skirt with the Tippi Sweater in Embroidered Stars. I really like that sweater. Of course, I wanted to get as many gold stars as possible in Elementary School so who wouldn’t want a gold star sweater? I am also happy to see the Vintage Crop Jean is back. I do hope it fits like the pairs from a few years ago. Also, I wish the Tunic Cable-Knit Sweater came in other colors. I would throw that over some of my shirtdresses. I do like the online styling of it with the curved hem of the Wool Double-Serge Mini Skirt.

Around this roll-out and the Holiday roll-out, I always look for warm socks. I have these from Anonymous Ism and a cute Santa pair of Chup socks. What do you think about the New Balance for J.Crew Performance? I liked the Striped Leggings and the Bitter Lemon color of the 711 Sneakers but that’s about it. I guess I just don’t think J.Crew when I need work-out gear, even though it is New Balance branded.

There’s a new promo for the weekend too. You can take 25% or 30% off with code SHOPMORE and includes sale items.

Are you shopping new arrivals or the SHOPMORE sale?

Anthropologie is having an Anthro Day today, in stores and online. The details state this is for a limited time so I hope this will extend through the weekend. If you are an Anthro card holder you can take 20% off your full-price purchase with code ADAY.

I am really happy with some previous purchases, the Augusta Off-the-Shoulder Top and the Akemi+Kim Off-the-Shoulder Top, and have been able to sneak them in during the very few cooler days we’ve had. See my reviews of them here. I really like that both of them look equally good as a regular top (not OTS). I have a long gray cardigan duster similar to the Slashed Cardigan. Mine is not for warmth but more as an accessory. There’s another longer cardigan in Olive that is also available.

What do I want? Lots! But I am going to limit myself to the Patchwork Peasant Dress. That is one thing I know I will wear quite a bit.


What about you? What are you shopping for on this Anthro Day?

Banana Republic is having a Flash Sale today, online only. With code BRFLASH, you can take 40% off your purchase of $200 or more. And there don’t seem to be any normal exclusions, like leather, cashmere, Monogram, etc. Of course, I would immediately get the Suede Trench, if it weren’t so impractical for me. We have no real in-between from Summer to Winter and this is more of a Fall item. It’s suede so it won’t repel the rain. And it’s still expensive, with the 40% off. But it IS gorgeous. Oh well, see more of my practical picks for this Flash Sale.

~ Waxed Canvas Jacket, Preppy Navy, Medium ~

This is similar to the Downtown Field Jacket. It differs in that you can cinch the waist and there is also a buckle at the collar. It looks a little weird on me because I cinched it too tight but you can see how that can create some shape for you. Take your true size, as the Medium was a good fit for me, even though the sleeves are really long. This jacket is lined in a soft jersey cotton.






~ Avery-Fit Windowpane Ankle Pant, size 10 ~

Size 8 seemed to be pretty popular in my store as there were few pants on the floor in that size. The store I go to also carries a limited amount of Petite items so I went up to a size 10 in the Avery Fit. From the fit of the 10, I could tell I needed either a petite 10 or a size 8. I like this windowpane with the subtle white stripes to form the windowpane print. The Avery fit is a Tailored pant that is also supposed to be cropped. I do like that Banana Republic offers different fits for their pants in various colors, prints and material.


~ Avery-Fit Denim Pant, size 8 ~

I really liked these Denim pants and they reminded me of the J.Crew Minnie Pant in Denim from 2010-ish. These are nice and tailored and fit well in the size 8. These do have both poly and spandex in them so they may stretch quite a bit after wearing them. I also worry that the darker wash denim will start fading after a few washes. Something to look out for with these.


~ Sloan-Fit Garment Dyed Slim Ankle Pant, Pacific Taupe, size 10 ~

The Sloan-Fit are a slimmer fit and ankle length. I’ve had a pair or two of these in the past and always try to get them in the short length so that they are cropped on me. The size 10 actually fit well through the hips and thighs but were a little big in the waist and the knee. I’m not sure they’d shrink all that much after washing so I would go with a petite. I did like the material as it was thicker than slacks like the Avery Windowpane but still thinner than the Avery Denim Pant. The Pacific Taupe looks gray to me and not brown like the online image.


I am sitting out this sale. Other than the Suede Trench there really isn’t anything I actually need right now. We are still in warm weather mode so it’s hard to think about Fall clothes.

Happy Shopping!

The Tory Burch Private Sale…I’ve been waiting for this sale. The Private Sale is where I find all the things I missed out on and can now purchase, as long as I am focused on what I am shopping for. If I take my time, some of the items sell out, since it seems there are limited quantities in the items I like. This current Private Sale includes this past Spring and Summer items.

I specifically wanted to find the Mosaic Bikini Top and Hipster Bottom that I missed out on over the Summer. I did fail to check out fast enough to get the Surf Shirt this time. My lovely Miller Sandals are available and these Pietra Sandals in Poppy Red are really cute too.

Happy Shopping!