Overcoming the fear to ‘tuck’…

I have been weary of the tucked in look since I birthed my two children. I have a visible ‘mummy tummy’ and it’s honestly annoying how much I worry about it. Self-conscious is an extreme understatement! Usually I wear tops that cover my pockets and fall mid-zipper to completely hide my stomach entirely. Nothing form fitting and tucked in… are you kidding?! NOPE. I always felt that it accentuated every lump and bump that I was worried about….

Today when I was getting dressed I had envisioned the cutest outfit and when I put it on I realized that the top needed to be tucked in for sure. I always try it, never end up wearing it! Today… I wore it. And I’m SO happy I did!

Today’s outfit has had me glowing all day! This top is from J.Crew last season, but I linked this years version. I currently have it sitting in my cart because I like the no collar look better! Collars tend to get my hair all in a fuss! Chambray is always such a casual clean look and so comfortable that I love wearing it! It’s such a versatile look!

My favorite white denim from Loft of course had to make an appearance… it’s been a while since I’ve worn them! I love these in petite and think that they’re the perfect addition to the chambray top! Always comfortable, completely wash and wearable! Which is a big deal when you’re talking white denim!

I snagged these adorable platform wedges while we lived in Japan and they’re some of my favorites… so well made too! I’ve never been able to locate them online, however I did link some of my favorites down below! I’m on a total neutral wedge think right now honey and I think they’re going to be a constant all summer!

This Loeffler Randall pompom trim circular tote is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen and just radiates the beachy fun vibes I’m looking for! The tassels are just everything and surprisingly it fits everything I need! Wallet, sunnies and a few lippies! Perfect!

What do you guys think?? Should this momma start rocking the ‘tuck’ again?!

This or That!

Let’s talk about this or that!

Sometimes I find things that I absolutely LOVE! But maybe they’re out of my budget or more than I’m looking to spend on a specific item. I love taking that opportunity to search and see what’s out there. Especially if an item is on trend for the season, chances are that many are making variations of certain pieces!

This jacket is a perfect example! While shopping at Talbots with my mom I spotted this jacket and LOVED the pom-pom detail with the lightweight versatility of the jacket! BUT I was not loving the price tag to say the least! Just a little research and I found a fantastic dupe for WAY cheaper!

The same is going to go for these ADORABLE shoes!!! I love wedges like this in the summer because the platform heel makes them so comfortable to walk-in yet I have the height of a stiletto! These are SO similar and both adorable! I even love the scalloped edge on the Steve Madden’s a little better, just a cute little touch! Obviously the color is different, but out of what I found I liked these two the best!

Also linking below some of my FAVORITE items that are currently on sale right now! You can click the thumbnails on the photo below and it’s going to take you directly to the sites offering the deals. I personally love getting these alerts and of course I’ll always share them here!

So what do you think?! Do you love a good dupe or what?? I know there are always going to be certain situations where the dupe doesn’t stand up to the original but sometimes it’s totally worth giving it a shot right?? Let me know what you think!

In the comments leave me a few brands you love to try to snag on sale!

Xo

Loft Haul – What made the cut!

Yesterday I got tired of wearing the same ol’ same that I keep pulling out of my closet. My #rtr order isn’t here yet and I’m seriously running out of clothes. Overnight I had received an email from Loft talking about new arrivals and a sale starting – 40% off full priced tops and you earn Loft Cash too!! So I said ‘that’s it…’ threw on some clothes and headed out the door. **Anytime a store says new arrivals… this also means A LOT of new CLEARANCE because you know they had to make room!**

I went to my favorite local loft that has a spectacular petite section! Most are just a little nook or a corner… this one is half the store! I’m short, curvy and petite clothes fit SO much better than regular cuts. If you’re on the shorter side, maybe have a short torso or a low waist… TRY PETITE. You don’t have to be a size 2, most petite sections go up to 16/18. My mother had to talk me into trying out petite sizes years ago and I’ve honestly never looked back. It’s the solution to clothes that leave you looking frumpy, armholes that are too big, pants that go up to your boobs and tops that look like tunics.

Now – In this haul almost everything that I try on is ‘petite’ but I’ll specify some items that I tried to make work. Some I got, some I didn’t you’ll see! ALL off these items are available on loft.com some are on clearance too! YES!
1. Long Sleeve Vintage Soft Tee $19.99 and additional 40% OFF!
Wearing a Large, not petite!

Every Spring I am on the hunt for a new lightweight long sleeve tee in either white or a pretty pastel color. I’ve told you guys I don’t love baking in the sun… this is my solution. This one is perfect! The fit was great, even though it wasn’t petite and I sized up to make it a little more comfy! The arms are a smidge too long, but not so much that it bothers me! The scoop neck is also something I don’t usually love, but this one wasn’t so extreme!

Grab this one ladies, perfect for jeans, a statement necklace and your favorite summer sandals! I did!

2. 5 Pocket Camo Leggings $69
Wearing a 10 Petite, I rolled up the legs a bit just because I like it! LOL!

These were so comfortable and honestly I loved the camo! I thought it would be too busy and accentuate my thick thighs, but the pattern wasn’t loud or bold… just right! I didn’t grab these though because I want to find some shorts for the summer… I’m going to stick it out with the bottoms I have to get through the cold weather!

The stretch on these was great, they passed the bend over test meaning my entire ass wouldn’t be exposed if I dropped anything or needed to tie my shoe! The olives and greens were neutral enough and light enough to keep your options open with tops and I especially think they would pair well if you had a cute lightweight bomber jacket and a grey tee! Accessorize and throw on your favorite tennies… out the door!

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3. Cutout V-Neck Sweater $39.99 and additional 40% OFF!
Wearing a Large, not petite. Didn’t get this one because it’s just too big, but I AM buying in petite online because I loved it so much!

The color in the first photo isn’t the best, but I loved the creamy white color of this sweater which is more true in the one on the right. It’s light weight enough that it’s even going to be perfect on those cooler winter nights! The cutout was sexy and I just can’t wait to wear this one out to dinner with Chris… pump it up with some statement earrings, sans necklace because the detail is enough. It’s NOT itchy, super soft!

4. Drama Queen Top $9.88!!
Wearing a Medium Petite!

Ok I got murdered on this poll on my instastories today! BUT I got this top anyway and I’m going to tell you why! Sometimes pieces like this leave us second guessing ourselves… but I loved it, I almost bought it when it was full price! It’s a great weight, perfect for tucking into any bottoms and it’s bright white, so classic!

I picture this top tucked into a skirt or a belted pair of shorts… I see it as adding a fun unexpected detail to an outfit with it’s ruffle and puff sleeves! I see it with or without a fun necklace or earrings and just overall a versatile, quality top. I had to talk myself into after the poll thought it was so meh… but I’m going to trust my fashion gut here and I think you guys are going to love what I’m going to do with it! Look for it as a fun #OOTD post!

5. Modern Skinny Crop Jeans $34.99-69.50
Wearing a 10 Petite

Even though these were noted as being a crop, they still came to my ankle more like a traditional cigarette pant on me. Loved the fit on these and the stretch was comfortable, they felt lightweight and super soft! These come in many colors but of course I was more drawn to the neutral grey. The crops also come in an olive. Again I didn’t buy any bottoms yesterday because I was focused on tops, BUT I will probably be coming back for these babies! They also passed the bendy test!

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6. Mosaic Stripe Bell Sleeve Blouse $59.50 and additional 40% OFF!
Wearing a Medium Petite

I loved the almost nautical vibe of this top, probably because of the beautiful blues! It was super soft and has a high neck / split neck detail which I love! I’m a huge fan of anything high neck! The embroidery here was awesome and I’m actually usually not a fan in most tops because it comes with this scratchy interior material protecting the embroidery. This one did NOT.

I ended up not getting this one because I just felt that it didn’t show off my weight loss like I’m looking for right now. But I know that if I did, I could style it with a cute pair of white crops or even shorts and just slightly tuck in the front to make it look more fitted! Ahh… :adds to cart:… I should have just bought it yesterday! HA! Love this one!
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7. Ruffled Cold Shoulder Tee $39.50 and an additional 40% OFF!
Wearing a Medium Petite

THIS TOP IS EVERYTHING. I actually changed into this after popping into another store, I loved it that much. It’s rayon/poly/spandex blend which is my favorite in a tee and the weight of it makes it SO flattering too. I think the cold shoulder is a fun flirty way to spice up your average tee! I’m also a huge fan of ruffles so this one was a done deal from the moment I looked in the mirror!

Again this one would also be good as a tucked in tee because of the tailored shape. It’s not too form fitting though, just perfect! Comes in this navy and also a lighter brighter blue! You’ll see me in this one A LOT! Fair warning! LOL!

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8. Wildflower Pleated Mixed Media Shell $44.50 and an additional 40% OFF!
Wearing a Medium Petite in this one too!

Y’all!! This top has some serious versatility, gorgeous color and a soft, sexy feel! Loved the high, split neck! The pattern is chic and classic, not crazy! And with endless outfit possibilities you could dress it up or down. I mean here I just tossed it on with my jeans and could have left it on all day… It wasn’t so sheer either that it required a tank underneath even though it’s white! SCORE!

Perfect spring/summer top! Also this print comes in a long sleeve, bell cuff version HERE!

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9. Flutter Belted Flare Dress $89.50
Wearing a 10 Petite in this one!

I tried on this dress a week ago and HATED it… because I didn’t try on the petite (was in a store with a tiny petite section)! But I did see it’s potential and had it in the back of my mind as I was headed into the store yesterday! So glad I gave it a second chance because it’s a stunning variation of the LBD!

The belted waist enhances the hourglass shape of the dress and is just so flattering! I loved the length so much better on the petite as it hit me above the knee giving the illusion that my legs are longer… they’re NOT long at all LOL. The flouncy ruffle detail around the arms and the hemline is gorgeous too!

I know the price tag is a little steeper, but if you signup for their mailing list you do get a $25 for insider coupon… this dress is worth it. Fully lined, quality material and packed with all the sass and sex appeal you need to turn up the volume on date night!

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LOVED these pieces so much and I always love what Loft has on the racks. They have an overall classic style that can be everyday or wear to work, so versatile. Their clothes are always quality and last for YEARS if you’d like them to.

Let me know what you snag during this AWESOME sale!

Comment below with another store you’d like to see hauls from… where are we off to next?!

Xo,

Kate