Today’s outfit is a my favorite chambray shirt under my utility vest, paired with black skinny jeans, a Tory Burch tote and booties.
This article is one of a series showing the many outfit combinations I’ve designed from my 24-piece Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
Internet Sites I Like
As a blogger, I spend a LOT of time on the internet. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite places on the ‘net, as part of a fun link-up hosted by The Blended Blog.
Even before I started blogging myself I enjoyed reading blogs. Some of my favorites are Money Saving Mom, Becoming Minimalist, Nourishing Minimalism, The Frugal Girl, J’s Everyday Fashion, Outfit Posts, and The Small Things.
Bloglovin’ is a live saver when it comes to following blogs. I love that I don’t have to remember to go check if a new post is up on my favorites. Instead I just pull up Bloglovin’ on my phone of laptop and see a stream of posts personalized for me. Bloglovin’ also has features that help you find new blogs you may like, and will notify you when new posts are published on the blogs you follow. This is super-customizable, so you can receive notices for just the ones you choose. My blog is there as well – follow me by clicking here.
As a capsule wardrobe blogger, I spend a lot of time looking at clothes. Who am I kidding – I’ve ALWAYS spent a lot of time looking at clothes! I enjoy making outfits, and seeing what cute new items are out there. Even if I don’t buy them, window shopping is always fun too.
When Pinterest first came out, I spent hours browsing (drooling?) over all the outfit ideas posted. Having links to the actual items used in the outfits was so amazing, and made finding new outfits I loved so much easier. I still use Pinterest regularly for ideas and just as a fun place to browse (follow me here). Polyvore is another fantastic source of fashion inspiration!
Some of my favorite places to shop for clothes online are:
There no brick and mortar stores near me, but their return policy is so easy that shopping with Nordstrom is still easy. I love their quality, brands and variety, and they offer several great sales throughout the year too.
American Eagle is my favorite place to shop for jeans. I don’t buy much else there though.
Oh, how I love Jane. They are a boutique online-only store and have so much more than clothing too! Since their inventory turns over quickly, there is always something new to see. Their prices are very reasonable. Shipping can be slower than other stores at times. I’ve never returned anything I’ve bought from Jane, so I can’t comment on how easy or hard that is – but maybe it is a good sign that I’ve never needed to make a return.
Although I don’t use Stitch Fix often, it deserves a mention. Several years ago I placed orders for fixes with Stitch Fix a number of times, but never really got to a point where I loved what they sent.
Last December Stitch Fix had a promotion waiving the styling fee, so trying them again was risk-free. I needed a new medium weight jacket, and really wanted that to be a utility jacket style. So I requested a fix, and asked my stylist to send me a utility jacket. I loved the one she sent me!
Based on that experience (and since the stylists fees were still waived), I requested another fix a few weeks later. I didn’t give the stylist any suggestions or requests though, and honestly I hated every item she sent. Stitch Fix offered to send me another fix without charging a stylist fee even though that promotion had ended if I wanted to try again. So I decided to give them another chance, but this time I provided a lot of suggestions around what I did and did not want them to send. My Fix should arrive soon and I’m hoping it is a good one!
Money Saving Mom always talked about how she bought many clothes on Amazon, but I’d never really considered Amazon as a clothing source until recently. When shopping for a specific pair of Sam Edelman shoes I liked, Amazon had the best price by far. I then discovered that many of their clothing items have free returns (check each listing closely – somethings this varies from size to size and color to color).
Since then I’ve ordered a number it clothing items from Amazon. There is definitely variation in quality, so I read the reviews closely before ordering. Whenever possible stick with items that have free returns. As an example, I ordered this shirt for my fall capsule only to discover when it arrived that instead of saying “Blessed Mama” as I assumed, it says “Hessed Mama”. Talk about strategic placement of hair in that photo! I received a full refund for that purchase.
Tell me how we managed to travel without the internet? I love to travel and see new places, and I also love to spend a relaxing week at the beach every so often. Planning a reasonably priced vacation has never been easier. We have rented condos and houses through VRBO a number of times. This is another site where paying close attention to reviews matters. Although we’ve never had major issues with any of our rentals, some have been cleaner than others. I won’t rent when there are a significant number of bad reviews.
We also stay at Inter-Continental Group hotels pretty often (think Holiday Inn). My employer has a deal that gets us a really good discount and the rewards program is also great. I earned enough rewards worth several weeks of free nights between personal stays and business travel. A lot of employers often these types of perks, and it literally pays to find out if yours does!
Once we’ve decided on a destination and a place to stay, I use Roadtrippers to help plan our route. Roadtrippers will help you find fun stops along the way when you travel by car. A few years ago we drove from Illinois to Nags Head, North Carolina. Along the way, we stopped at a coal mine in West Virginia we found on Roadtrippers . The mine is no longer active, but gives tours instead, usually guided by a former miner. My sons were starting to get interested in MineCraft, and the mine tour was interesting to them. On that trip, Roadtrippers also helped us plan a route that included a stop at Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. Roadtrippers includes things to do, places to eat, and places to stay – plus more.
When we arrive at our destination, TripAdvisor is a huge help in finding things to do locally. I’ve found the restaurant reviews to be pretty in tune with our personal experience.
Like many of you I also use Facebook to stay connected to friends and family. Pinterest is great for finding recipes and craft ideas. Goodreads helps me find books I’m likely to enjoy. I use Shutterfly frequently for Christmas cards, family picture albums, and so much more. My older son, Aiden, enjoys writing stories and I’ve published some of them in Shutterfly books. He loves seeing his stories in print!
The site I use more than any other for personal purposes is Swagbucks. If you’ve never heard of Swagbucks, you should definitely check it out. It is a site that will pay you cash back (via PayPal or gift cards) for performing various activities, including online purchases. I receive between 8-9% cashback on all my personal stays at Holiday Inn for example. So many stores I shop at are included! Running videos is another way to earn points, a mostly “set it and forget it” way to earn. Consistency is the key to earning on Swagbucks. If I consistently meet my daily goal, I earn around $100-$150 per month, which I’m happy with given the limited time commitment. In the years I’ve been using Swagbucks, I’ve earned over $3,000.