Jan 12, 2019

Mini Bathroom Makeover from Target

Before you judge...our main bath needs a complete gut and redesign (hello gold toilet and shower!) but until that day comes I have to make the best with what I've got. 

When we bought the house it was covered in hideous wallpaper as old circa 1980s houses usually are. We peeled that ick off and painted it a shade of green that I slowly grew to hate. Last year I painted all of the walls and trim a glossy white, scraped all of the popcorn off the ceiling (back breaking work!) and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. 

Last week I saw this quirky cactus shower curtain at Target and figured Why Not?! It was on sale and it makes me giggle every time I walk in the bathroom. Plus the price was great for it being a fabric curtain. I kept the towels and the bath mat simple and let the curtain hold center stage.

I grabbed these little succulents from the Dollar Bin area. 

Prices may change because it was on sale the day I went. Also, the price IN store was about $3 more. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy online and then pick it up. I could've done that but I wanted to FEEL the fabric of the curtain first. I also wanted to match up the rug in person. 

Instagram Outfit 01.12.19 Details and Links

I picked up this long sleeve tunic with cute little elbow patches from Amazon over Christmas for $19.99. It's actually a pretty good top so I wanted to share.

I've got a video review over on Instagram. It comes in 7 colors with one of them being white with no elbow patches. I do recommend sizing up if you like your tunic tops to be on the longer side.

I love the light red color. And the green! And the white!

The leggings are from H&M and the boots were a gift from my mom a few years ago from Sears and well, Sears is no more. Make sure your leggings are always on the thicker side and are NOT see through! I think a pair of tall brown riding boots would look great with this outfit. Or a short black heeled ankle boot for a sleek look.

Jan 5, 2019

Instagram Outfit 01.03.19 Details and Links

I got a pair of velour leggings at Christmas that I wanted to style up and share with you. I know - Velour!?! Isn't that just for grandma's? No! 

The first look is sporty and cozy with a warm sweater and sneakers. The second look I attempted to dress them up a little bit but I don't think these are the ideal boots. Honestly I think a wedge ankle bootie would actually be the best but I don't have a pair of those! Darn. The last look is really just a shoe change into a more blingy fashion sneaker.

The leggings are VERY SOFT. They are a perfect length. I'm 5'4" for reference. I am wearing a Medium and it fits true to size.

The leggings are from Amazon. There are a lot of colors and not all have the two stripes on the side. Price is$18.95

My white sweater is thrifted from a local thrift shop but here is a very similar one under $40 on Amazon.

White Adidas Cloud foam Sneakers here.

My black blazer is thrifted as well! But Target has a great one right now for $35.

My Chambray Tunic is from Target. It's from a few years ago but here is one on the Target website now.

My black boots are from Walmart! Now, normally I don't get shoes at Walmart because I stopped getting cheap shoes a few years back. I've slowly built up a curated shoe army of comfy boots, Birkenstocks and sensible heels. I'm actually impressed with these Time&Tru boots though. I got them on clearance for $9.00 so I really didn't feel like I had to commit at that price! If I hate them in a year and need to consign them it won't break my heart. They are $19.97 on the website right now. You could check your local Walmart to see if they happen to still be on clearance.

My fashion sneakers are from DSW. I have had mine for a few years and I love how they can take a simple outfit and just spice it up a tad.


Dec 2, 2018

American Eagle Try On Session 12.01.18

I finally got around to doing an American Eagle try on! The videos are saved in my highlights on my instagram at jessicauwnc.

It has been at least 15 years since I've set food in an American Eagle store! The mustard colored cardigan was my favorite. The jeggings were great except for the little bit of the gap in the waist in the back. I wish they had a curvy fit option!

All of the sweaters were VERY soft and not itchy.

The sleeves were a little tight on the flannel and the long sleeve tee which was good to know. I probably would've ordered a small online but now I know there shirts run tight in the sleeves.

Can't find this top online!

Nov 18, 2018

H&M Try On Session 11.17.18

I stopped by H&M yesterday and tried on a few sweaters and a few holiday party items! 

I liked this sweater. It is perfect to wear with leggings. My store only had L and XL. So, this is a Large. Which could possibly work, but the sleeves were a little long.

I LOVE sweaters like this. I love a great embellishment! This one I DID find online. I am wearing a medium here and it fits really well. It looks like it would be itchy but it is not at all. I paired it with a basic black stretchy skirt that I found online. I would however size up in the skirt. It's stretchy so it will be body conscious. I did grab these boots from their wall o' shoes.

This top is a really pretty forest green - maybe Emerald green - in person. I grabbed a size 10 and it was way too big. I think a 6 would be better. The straps would very easily fall off of my shoulders. It would make a nice holiday party outfit for sure. Unfortunately I couldn't find it on their website. Maybe it is a new arrival and will show up soon.

This top is soft on the inside! It's perfect to throw on and go. You don't have to wear a strapless bra, it can go with pants or skirts, and it's only $25. If you are in a hurry to find something festive and need something non-fussy, then this is it. Great for a NYE party.

NOW. These PANTS. These were my fave fave fave of the day! They're only $25! They are going on my Christmas list FOR SURE. They fit a curvy girls figure perfectly. You know I struggle with finding a pant that doesn't have the gap in the back. The tie waist solves that problem. They're not too long either. I'm 5'4" for reference. Can you believe it - they are not tight in the thighs. Finally.

The top is a great pop of color. Would work well for holiday parties. I did try it on with the skirt but forgot to take a photo! I couldn't find it online either. This is a size 4 that I'm wearing so I would suggest sizing down one (maybe two?) from your normal size.

This is a perfect little party dress. It's on sale for $28 when I looked it up online. This is a medium. It has a white lining dress underneath the black lace. It was very comfortable. I didn't have to pull and tug or adjust it. Hits a little above the knee. You could easily just throw this on and go. Probably wouldn't even need to wear spanx or deal with a frustrating strapless bra.

Nov 14, 2018

Instagram Outfit 11.08.18

I keep some of my summer dresses around for layering in the fall and winter. It was so warm this day that I didn't even have to wear tights. Yay! 

I found this cardigan at the thrift store and I've already worn it a million times. Here is one at Old navy that is similar and won't break the bank.

This exact dress is from Tobi.com. I would recommend sizing down because this is a Large and it's a little big up top. It's only $16!

The boots are Steve Madden from a few years ago but here is a Steve Madden pair that is similar. Or here is a dupe on Amazon for cheaper. When it comes to boots though, I try not to go the cheap route. They get so beat up in the bad weather of the winter that it's worth that extra $20 or $40 bucks.

The belt is thrifted too! The thrift store is THE best place to find leather belts. I haven't bought a brand new belt in I don't know how long! Here is one I found on Amazon that would look really cute!

Nov 3, 2018

What Podcasts to Listen To Part II

I have discovered a few more podcasts since my last post that I think are worthy enough to share with you guys! I use Overcast on my apple devices to download and listen to podcasts but there are so many other ways to listen. Just use your favorite platform. Side note. I don't like GORY. So I won't recommend anything horror but I do listen to true crime. Most of these listed here are true crime stories. Check my other two lists (Part I and pop culture podcasts picks) for mentions of non crime stuff.

So here we go:

Y'all. This is IT. This is my number one podcast recommendation I hand out these days. Side note, I didn't listen to season 1 because I don't like stories with children involved but I heard it got great reviews. BUT SERIOUSLY. Season 2 is where it is at. I honestly don't think I have enjoyed a podcast this much since Serial season 1! I remember the last episode dropped when I was on vacation at the beach and I purposefully took a walk down to the beach alone at like 8pm at night just so I could listen to it immediately. This story is ongoing. So you're gonna be able to continue the journey even after you've finished that last episode. You're welcome. Here is the season synopsis from their website:

Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice system ignore the prosecutor's record and keep Flowers on death row?

Guys. This one is so darn good that Bravo is making a limited series that is set to air very soon. A love story gone wrong. Shakespeare would've been proud I think! This is juicy, shocking and down right unbelievable. You must listen to the podcast first. It's that good.

"Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times."

#3) Bear Brook
At the time I'm writing this post they have released up to episode 5. I'm not sure how many episodes it will eventually be but it is good enough so far for me to recommend it if that tells you anything! This one is coming out of New Hampshire public radio and the narrator is doing an excellent job at keeping the story moving along. There is one episode that gets a little science-y but it won't matter after you hear episode 4 and 5.

Just like Stefan describing a new club in NYC on SNL, this podcast has a little bit of everything. Clocks, murder accusations, theft and a treasure hunt. From the same people as Serial and This American Life. You're gonna get A+ production, sound and storytelling.

Not true crime! Ha! This podcast brings you current events mixed with concepts from the past. Excellent intellectual discussions that will leave you feeling super smart and ready to have interesting conversations with your friends.

Honorable Mentions

I will never have back surgery without getting a second, third or fourth opinion.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper has done 6 seasons of podcasting at this point I believe. I've not put them on my list before but they do deserve mentioning. They are all true crime. I can tell you which seasons I liked and which ones I just didn't get into. Season 1 is fine, Season 2 involves a toddler but somehow I was able to listen to, Season 3 I hated, Season 4 was hard to get into and so is Season 6. So that leaves Season 5 as probably my best one to recommend. It's just an honorable mention because the narrator isn't the best. But it's ok. I don't let it bother me. It might not be your taste though. I've been listening to Bill Rankin for so long now that it's kind of become old hat to hear his terrible narrating.

I'll be back with more as I uncover new podcasts!
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