Y’all finding a puffy vest is hard. (LOOK AT HOW SOUTHERN I AM NOW!?!?!) But seriously, I’ve been on the hunt for the past 2 months for the perfect vest.
The first stop was my go-to: J. Crew. I got the excursion vest in a medium. I thought it was a winner at first, but as it sat in my closet and I never wore it, I had second thoughts. It was a little short and a little wide in the shoulders. Return.
The second stop was Old Navy. I saw a few of these cute puffy vests on other bloggers and thought I would give them a try. The price was so right: $27.00 on sale. The fit: huge and bulky. It could have worked. But I returned.
The third option was a vest I already had in my closet and had never worn from Gap. And I liked it, but wasn’t in LOVE with it. It was one of those purchases that saved me when I was in Alaska, but maybe wasn’t the right fit for Georgia. It was $60, and I can’t return it now…. but still back to the drawing board.
So then I went to the C. Wonder store up in Atlanta and I tried on this Barn Vest. And I liked it, but I wasn’t sold, so I drove home. That was 3 weeks ago. And then I started thinking about it. And thinking about it. And I looked online and they were sold out in my size. Drat. So I went up to the store and they were sold out. Drat. And then I very politely asked them to call other stores to see if anyone had one… and success!!! One final vest in my size found in Corte Medera, California. They shipped that pup out to me and a week later, it was mine!
It’s lighter than my other options, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It doesn’t make me look like a marshmallow: plus. It doesn’t give me a ton of warmth: negative. It has an adorable inside lining: plus. It was the most expensive of the 5 options: negative. But I love it. Do you guys have a vest that you just adore???
Guys, I’ve officially turned into a hippie. This converted Southern belle/Los Angeles gal has turned a new leaf (hahaha). So what turned me into a crazy person… I’ve found a love for essential oils. Q calls them my “snake oils,” but I am fully convinced they make me healthier, more focused, and best of all sleep better. It’s crazy, I know. Me = hippie.
It all started before I headed to my girlfriend’s wedding in Napa. The day before I was set to get on a plane, I felt horrible- scratchy throat, flu-ish, like I wanted to stay in bed all day. I was terrified of getting on a plane and feeling like that, so I called my girlfriend, Laura, who had been talking about these crazy oils. I was desperate and I told her to load me up. So she gave me a diffuser and a couple of oils and sent me home with instructions. And 24 hours later- feeling like 90% of myself. 48 hours later – 100% back to normal. I was a believer.
So I bought some oils and a diffuser and Q thought I was crazy (and still does). And when I feel sick, I swipe some oils in my mouth and diffuse in my house. When I’m sore after a workout, I make some bath salts with oils. And when I’m tired, oh ya there’s an oil for energy. For teaching, it is the best germ killer and I have that diffuser running all day long. Hippie dippie Koko has arrived folks! I know it’s weird and sort of out there, but I love them.
And I guess it runs in the genes since my mom has been using essential oils for 20+ years…. so I guess I had a little hippie in me from the start
I use Young Living oils because they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.I completely trust them to ingest, diffuse, rub all over
I have a shoe addiction. It’s a serious problem. No matter how many I own, I keep wanting more…. Here’s what 16 consecutive days of shoes looks like:
1: J. Crew $180 / 2. Sperry by J. Crew $90 / 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs $150 / 4. Gap $20
5. kate spade $80/ 6. Sam Edelman $180 / 7. Birkenstock $130 / 8. Kate Spade $328
9. Kate Spade $200 / 10. Loeffler Randall $150 / 11. Target $35 / 12. Sam Edelman $131
13. DV by Dolce Vita $100 / 14. Kate Spade $200 / 15. Loeffler Randall $250/ 16. Loeffler Randall $150
Oh ya, major rule breaker over here… wearing those white jeans in winter. Honestly, whoever made that rule about no white jeans after Labor Day is ridiculous. How am I going to hide my favorite jeans for 6 months of the year? No thank you. I love this look for work because it is SO easy, comfortable and classic. And this GiGi New York clutch is my new favorite (and if you sign up for emails, you get 10% off).
Jacket: J. Crew $200
Shirt: Everlane $15
Jeans: J. Crew $70
Flats: Kate Spade $250 (got at the outlet)
Clutch: GiGi New York $145
Necklace: Vintage (similar)