Shopping Moratorium 2018 | 153/212

I tried to ride the success of my April moratorium into May. I was not nearly as successful, but it was not as much of a fail as my February and March efforts. Per usual, most of my purchases were made during promotions or with coupons. The ones that were not, are gifts, because Mother’s Day and birthdays. 

gray set (also available here) // pink set (also available here) // white top and short (set also available here)

I have really been into pajamas this month. I probably would not have purchased the three sets had they not been on markdown with an additional fifty percent off. On top of that? The top left set is monogrammable. Naturally, I got my set monogrammed with a canary yellow thread. Perfection.

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rugby skirt

Despite liking it out of the parcel, this skirt did not fit. I should have read the reviews. Not only does this skirt run small but it is also high waisted. I should have gone up at least two sizes. Returned.

rugby dress // tee shirt dress // maxi dress // solid shirtdress // striped shirtdress // striped ruched shirtdress

While I cannot resist a rugby stripe, and the dress version of the rugby shirt is the rugby garment I did not know I needed, it was not available in tall. Sometimes you just have to take the chance, especially when it is not a final sale. I was going back and forth between the navy / white colorway and the khaki / black colorway, teetering towards the former. What sold me on the khaki / black is the contrast of the white chino fabric placket and collar. All of my deliberation was for nothing, because while the colors were exactly what I was hoping for, the dress sizing was just not for the tall gal. Returned.

I already have a similar dress to the long sleeve tee shirt dress, albeit navy with white stripes, boatneck, and 3/4-length sleeves. I wear it all the damn time. Every time this particular dress is restocked, it immediately sells out, at least in the tall sizes. I finally scored one at twenty percent off, but due to it running small, had to return. Also strange? It has a zip back closure (not shown in the product photos), which is not exactly the ease that I look for in a tee shirt dress. Returned.

I obsessed about the yellow maxi dress here. It came in tall and it was 40% off. Justified purchase, right? Well, not exactly. The fabric is a touch too sheer for me, albeit the bust is lined. It also just seems like a lot of fabric, a lot of dress; I am sure this is magnified as it is longer in length than the standard size. Returned.

Can you imagine Charlotte York wearing both the pink and blue and white striped shirtdresses? They come in tall (petite too!) and I visited the website everyday them until I found them on a forty percent off promotion. The striped version took a bit of obsessive stalking as it almost immediately sold out of my size. The time came that the medium tall was restocked and I pounced on it! Too much of a classic to pass up.

I am really into shirtdresses now. I love that with a blazer and a pair of heels, a shirtdress is perfect for an air conditioned conference room. The ruching on this style is my favorite part, as it camouflages my midsection. The horizontal stripes add something different to the style. I once read in a Vogue article that you should consider wearing what you wore when you were younger. This dress looks like something I would have saved up my money from working at my weekend (I was not allowed to have an after school job in high school) job and ran to the mall to purchase.

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I have wanted these sunglasses ever since Krewe released the style last year. Two weeks ago, Krewe had a private sale. These happen but twice or thrice a year. Fact: Beyonce has been spotted in this style in a different colorway. I also saw photos of her in this style. If they are good enough for ‘yonce… 

UVA cap // Terps cap

University of Virginia cap for a friend. Terp cap for myself. In John Mayer’s song No Such Thing from his Room for Squares album, he name checks faded white hats in what I believe in an homage to this college staple. They are my favorite to wear during the summer – around town, in the pool, on a run, wherever.bracelet.jpg

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I got a fifteen dollar off coupon from eBay. (More like eBae.) One search for Lilly Pulitzer jewelry – I rarely purchase costume jewelry at full price – and this bracelet was purchased.

lipstick // lip liner

I know at the beginning of the moratorium, I said that I would lay off the beauty products, but I needed a night treatment and I wanted pink lipstick and lip liner for the summer. The latter has been on my mind for awhile; it was not an impulse purchase.

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pool float

Mother’s Day came and went. There is nothing that my mom enjoys more during the summer than relaxing in the pool. I sent this float to my parents’ house. I think it will go perfectly with the floating cooler I gifted my dad years ago.

 

Neon Stripes

This romper was initially released back in 2016. Tragically, I missed out on my size. The remaining sizes sold out shortly thereafter. I stalked it across several different retailers, but to no avail. A popular romper, to say the least!

I found and bought the 2018 version this morning, the second I saw it was available two years after I became a woman obsessed.  While it is not released in tall, I am taking the chance on going up a size and taking advantage of the adjustable spaghetti straps. Worst case, the retailer offers free returns.1.jpg

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Cacti Are So Hot Right Now!

Last summer, it was all about the pineapple. It was literally the fruit du jour, but for like, sixty … jours. All pineapple everything and although the trend has cooled down, I think it is still going strong. I still have, love, and wear my earring and necklace set and am considering purchasing a sterling silver set.

This year? It is all about the cactus. Consider this your notice that the cactus the plant du jour! 

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Stripe Dream

I cannot get enough seersucker. Perhaps it is for the same reasons I love madras, white denim, and Nantucket reds: wardrobe rules dictate that one can only wear these traditional style staples from Memorial Day to Labor Day, no matter the climate. Since the seasons restrict the opportunity to break out summer’s best, I never feel like I get to wear it all enough. When this dress became available in tall during the late winter, I jumped at it.

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I have a friend who, circa 2010, made the faux pas of wearing seersucker a few days too early. As he recounts, the occasion was a press event for the nonprofit we worked for; this event was a professional one and called for a suit. While the nonprofit was headquartered in Washington DC, many of the focus areas including the location of this press event, were in the deep south. The temperature and the humidity necessitated something cool and breathable. My friend assumed that being in the south, the rules may be bent and despite having an initial reservation, he wore his seersucker suit.

My friend’s initial instincts were correct. After the press event, he met one of the nonprofit board members: a elderly gentleman who was born, educated, and raised south of the Mason-Dixon line. With a gentlemanly drawl, he stuck my friend with the comment, “I don’t know about you, but my momma taught me that seersucker was not to be worn prior to Memorial Day,” and walked off.

Burn. Consider us educated.

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A Blue Ribbon Dress

I have written before about my admiration Lily’s style from the movie Thoroughbreds. (Fashionista did a really great article here.) I could compare it to Blair Waldorf’s style, but I think that is simplifying it too much. Lily’s outfits were much more complex. Especially when the costume count is low, every single detail of an ensemble has to say something about the character.

This dress is something I could see in Lily’s closet. That grosgrain ribbon? Ugh. Everything. The contrast between the lace and the ribbon makes the dress. Imagine me wearing the tall version (#andtheangelssang), a lightweight wool navy gold-buttoned blazer, and Gucci loafers. I am getting fall vibes from this combination, so I will have to wait until October to take this outfit on its maiden voyage.

Counting Sheep

I am so into pajamas right now. I recently purchased a few particularly classic sets – one complete with my monogram – and I just love them.

Because it is very difficult to find pajama pants in an appropriate length (36″ or longer, s’il vous plaît) and I just do not like the way cropped length pajama pants feel creeping up, I tend to look for shorts sets, especially in the summer. Is there anything better than spending the day at the pool, applying aloe, then slipping on a pajama set and turning up the central air conditioning and taking a nap? Me thinks not. #itsthelittlethings

In the case of the following sets, I found that going up a size yields the most comfortable fit and really, that is crucial for getting good sleep.

set // budget version 

black set (also here) // green set (also here) // budget version top // budget version short

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printed pajamas

 

navy set (also available with option for monogramming here) // navy budget version // grey set (also available with option for monogramming here)

Tie in the Sky

I flipped out when I saw this dress. We all saw the iteration of it in navy last fall, albeit in a lightweight wool fabric. The autumn prior came a sleeveless, asymmetrical version which, to be honest, I prefer against its contemporary versions.

The updated spring color is what made me drool for the just released last week dress. My dilemma? It is made of a poly fabric. I found it in the store and can confirm that it feels like crepe, but I just cannot get my mind around the fact that it is synthetic fabric. Especially since this version is of a comparable price point as I recall the lightweight wool version from autumn 2017 was, this is a disappointment. Discriminating against synthetic fabric has been my first tool in my Shopping Moratorium 2018.

What a bummer. 

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The Generation Wrap

When I was in high school, wrap skirts made up a good portion of my summer clothes. Keep in mind that I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, so it was summer from March until October. I have the distinct memory of wearing my Rainbow flip flops on February of my senior year. You just cannot pull that move when you are north of the Mason-Dixon line.

I also distinctly remember at least three wrap skirts that I insisted for my junior year back-to-school wardrobe: a classic dark denim, a bright orange floral print (the Hawaiian trend was big that year…), and a purple gauzy fabric over a turquoise layer (…as was the Moroccan-Bohemian trend). I wore the latter for the first day of school with a sleeveless white knit shirt with a lace up neckline and bright turquoise flip flops. I loved it then and still love that I wore that now.

A few months ago, I wrote about wearing what you know. Let’s stick with that and bring back the wrap skirt. Luckily, we have a retailer ready to help us with that movement, and even better, offered the following skirts in tall. #andtheangelssang 

solid skirt // striped skirt

Flank Steak Sandwich with Marinated Veggies // @2souschefs

“The phrase ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’ never rang more true than thinking about weekday dinners. This dish was created from the necessity for a quick and healthy mid-week meal that would dirty minimal dishes and use what leftover produce we had in the fridge. Half a red onion here, some cilantro there, and miniature cucumbers, sure why not? Flank steak has the right balance of lean protein and flavor that makes it a great choice for this recipe, but if you prefer a different cut of steak then you can use that in its place. This recipe will make enough for three sandwiches: two for dinner and one for lunch the next day!” – Joe

Ingredients
  1. Marinated Veggies
    • 0.5 each Red Onion – julienne
    • 0.5 each Red Bell Pepper – julienne
    • 1 each mini Organic Cucumber – julienne
    • 1 tablespoon Chopped Cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Organic Olive Oil
    • 1 tablespoon Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  2. Flank Steak
    • 1.5 pounds Flank Steak
    • 1-2 tablespoon Salt
    • 1-2 tablespoon Pepper
    • 2 tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
  3. Bread
    • 3 each Whole Wheat Mini Baguette

Directions

  1. Combine all the veggies, vinegar, oil, and chili sauce in a bowl, season with a touch of salt and pepper and mix well, set aside. The longer the veggies sit in their marinade the better they will taste.
  2. Season the steak with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat.
  4. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, then carefully set the steak in the pan and cook for three minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes. (Add a minute per side for medium. Add two minutes per side for medium well.)
  5. Remove the steak for the pan and allow five minutes for it to cool, then slice into thin strips.
  6. Slice open the mini baguettes, place a generous amount of veggies on the bottom of the sandwich, then the steak.
  7. Finish with a touch of coarse sea salt on the steak.

Pouch Potato

Two years ago, my sister and I were shopping at my local J.Crew, where we discovered an insane (in a good way) tote bag and clutch. Both were made of a fantastic pink / lavender hologram fabric. So said my sister that they burnt her eyes just looking at it.

Conversely, I was in love with both of them. While I did not purchase it that day, I obsessed about them for about three weeks before locating the tote online and pulling the trigger. I carried that tote bag everywhere with me that summer and the one after. Case in point:

Everywhere I carried this tote, compliments were abound. At work. In the ladies room where ever I brunched. From the on-stage hostess at a friend’s comedy show. It was, and still remains, the ultimate ice-breaker. Sadly, it sold out not too long after I purchased it.

I am so excited to share that the pouch version is once again available! Shop now because this baby is sure to sell out.

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It’s Kind of a Rugby Story

Ever since J.Crew re-released its rugby shirts (and dress), I have been a woman obsessed with the wide stripes. Did I buy the shirt? (Yes, in the pink / navy combo.) Did I buy the dress? (Yes, in the khaki / black combo.)

Can you imagine how jazzed I was when I found this skirt? Now imagine my enthusiasm for it when I found out that is was available in tall. #andtheangelssang

I have big plans to pair it with my hot pink sleeveless monogrammed shell and Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges later this summer. 

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Poplin Skies

What do I love? A shirt that comes in a long length.

Only those who are in the six foot club (or just have a particularly long torso), will understand the struggle we all had prior to the go-to, affordable brands (J.Crew, Banana Republic, Asos, Gap, Ann Taylor, Loft) expanding their tall offerings not only to pants, but to dresses, skirts, and finally shirts. A long sleeve that is not our 3/4-length sleeve? Sign me up. I love that I no longer have to push up my cuffs of my shirts in order to disguise my freakishly-long arms. I love that I no longer have to worry about standard length tops fitting me as crop tops. Nobody needs to see my midriff.

This sleeveless shirt is my high school self dream. Sleeveless to brave the Mississippi Gulf Coast humidity? Check. Long length to combat a raised arm midriff and the school dress code? Check. Classic stripes? Check. Sturdy cotton poplin allowing for an easy wash process? Check. 

yellow stripe // blue stripe // solid navy