Paint the Town Red











Oh hey all…didn’t think I would leave you hanging for a week without some posts, did you? I’ll be blogging away this week just like normal, but I’ll just not really be able to respond to comments until later. You get outfits and deals now, and I get to respond later. Deal?

Funny thing about this look? It’s actually never been worn out (this is the first time that this has happened on this blog), but it is 100% something I would wear to hang out with friends or The Fiance The Mr. at a local bar or at a cool new restaurant downtown. This lace front sweater is perfect for those nights when you want to be a bit fancy, but don’t want to pull out a dress. Cool, but casual is always good with me.

Plus, these red heels and a classic bag always escalate a look. These heels were a Christmas present from my parents, and this DKNY quilted bag is almost Chanel-esque, but I found it at a local thrift store for $25. Mine. All mine. Two pieces in my closet that I absolutely love!


Biking My Way Into the Weekend









Nothing says spring like bright white Toms and a perfect graphic sweatshirt. The weather is still on the cooler side in the mornings here, so this was perfect for today’s activities!

Today’s fun highlights:

  • Coffee, coffee, coffee
  • Sleeping in on a rainy morning
  • Day off from work
  • Marriage license in hand (one week and one day)!
  • Lunch out with The Fiance
  • Bike sweatshirts
  • Survivor (the best longest running show ever!) – yes I am a nerd
  • Grilling dinner is back!
Today’s not-so-fun highlights:
  • Rain, dreary rain

Happy weekend, friends! Enjoy yours while I frantically try to find a wedding hairstyle? Help?


  • On Target item: Mossimo Supply Co. Bike Sweatshirt (sold out online – check stores; similar style)
  • Belt: Target (old; similar 1; similar 2)
  • Purse: Merona, Target (exact – see review here; tempted to get in black too – here)
  • Jeans: Old Navy (exact)
  • Shoes: Toms (Christmas gift from my brother, R; exact; similar; someone buy me these, too)

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 11: Cognac Tote Bag

cognac tote bag for less Madewell and Target
Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that potentially inspired it.

So I loved this bag and didn’t want anyone to miss out on such a great STEAL that I am also showcasing it in the weekly Save or Splurge post. For more information about this bag, check out this post with a full review.

If you’re like me and lusting after ever other style blogger’s Madewell Transport Tote (Lucky magazine calls it the tote that’s taking over the world in this article), but don’t have $168, check out this Save at your local Target for $35 (here).

Are you sick of this bag yet or have you purchased it?!

Target Review: Merona Cognac Tote Handbag

Target Merona tote bag review

Merona Cognac Tote Handbag Purse

cognac tote handbag

cognac tote bag

So I haven’t done a Style on Target Review in a few months, but I definitely have a few coming up. The last two have been the C9 by Champion softshell jacket (post here) and the Merona Oxford Blazer (here), which I wear allll the time.

Madewell versus Target tote bag

This Target Review item is one of my favorite purchases in quite some time. I’m sure you have seen every style blogger ever sport the Madewell Transport Tote (on the left, see it here), which is gorgeous, classic, real soft leather, and a cool $168. On the right is my Target version, which sells for $35 (here; though there is always an option of a sale, which there was when I picked mine up).

I had been lusting over the Madewell tote for about two months, and every day it seemed like a new style blogger that I loved had purchased the bag. I don’t use bags enough to spend that much money on something, so I had been scoping out places (coughTargetcough) for a good duplicate, and this was IT.


  • Roomy tote shape
  • Exact same cognac color as the Madewell tote (beautiful color in both)
  • Zips close (which the Madewell one doesn’t)
  • Sturdy handle strapes
  • Bonus removable crossbody strap (this is how I like to wear purses anyways, so I am glad this one can be worn both ways)
  • Exterior zip pockets (perfect for keeping stuff in)
  • Interior pockets (two open, one zip)
  • Price point (under $50)
  • Real-ish leather looking (though it is 100% polyurethane)
  • Color choices (comes in this black too)


  • Slightly droopy
  • Not real leather (this has more to do with my budget, not the bag)

Overall, I love this bag, and can’t wait to use it all the time! Check it out here: Merona Tote.

*For full outfit details, refer to Tuesday’s post.


On New Clothing Items…

green Old Navy cargo pants, Loft scallop tee, Target blazer

green cargo pants and black blazer

green cargo pants, black blazer, black and white scallop tee, tan tote bag Target

tan cognac tote bag Target

green cargo pants and black and white stripes

black and white Ann Taylor Loft scallop tee, blazer, green pants

So real life question here…how long does it normally take you to wear newly purchased clothing items?

I think I’m a mix of Team Wait Forever and Team Wear It NOW! I used to be of the camp that it had to hang out in my closet while I admire its shiny newness. Once you wear it, it kind of loses its fun, right (unless you get proposed to or win the lottery or meet Andrew Luck from the Colts)? However, lately, I’ve embraced wearing some items as soon as possible, so that I can optimize the number of times I can wear them. No sense in waiting for a “rainy day” to wear your new favorite tee, right?

So on that note, three of the five items I’m wearing today are new. The Target tan tote (more on that to come this week in a full review) and the green pants from Old Navy were purchased at the very beginning of March as awesome staples that I was missing. They kind of got to hang around for a while and get use to my closet. The scallop stripe tee from Ann Taylor Loft? Purchased this weekend during their awesome sale and worn pretty much immediately. So a little bit of both philosophies!

How about you? Let me know in the comments!


  • On Target item: Mossimo Blazer (Spring 2013 – though I hope they bring them back this year; similar 1; similar 2)
  • Tee: Ann Taylor Loft (exact)
  • Tote: Merona, Target (exact – watch out for a post later this week for a review)
  • Pants: Old Navy (exact – LOVE them especially b/c they come in talls!)
  • Ankle Boots: Old Navy (exact)