What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

Last Friday, I took my oldest daughter to the mall. It was the first time in over a year that we shopped in person. We arrived as the stores opened, grabbed a coffee, and set out with a list of things we needed, like shoes for graduation, a party outfit for me, and some summer basics.

We left with lipgloss.

Macy’s was ransacked. Bloomingdales had four hangers-on on each rack with size options from 00 –  2. 

And J.Crew was filled with useless, overpriced pieces. Do I need a see-through bathing suit cover up for $150? I don’t think so. 

Since before I turned 40, I’ve found shopping for myself frustrating. Finally, at a place in life where I can comfortably buy whatever I want (within reason, of course), I find myself leaving store after store empty-handed.

Online is a better option since many stores are limiting their in-store merchandise, but generally speaking, there are only a few retailers that I would call my go-to. And while I can’t give my money away at J.Crew, I have no problem spending it at their factory store. This probably makes me the most basic of basic, and I am just fine with it. 

The trick is to keep it casual, skip their jeans or dressy options. J.Crew Factory is an ideal resource for a casual weekend, loungewear, fun accessories, and easy basics.

J.Crew Factory is always having some kind of sale, right now, online is 40% with an extra 15% off if you sign up for their (free) reward program. 

Below are some options worth checking out. 

 

What to Buy at J.Crew Factory 

What to Buy at J.Crew Factory in June

These posts are inspired by my years as a personal stylist. Before a client arrived at our shopping appointment, I would spend hours going through stores, selecting only the best pieces, and filling up her dressing room. It was such fun for me and immensely helpful for our clients, who worked with us because they didn’t have the time or patience to shop independently.

Think of this series as just that; these are the pieces I would put in your dressing room, based on everything I know about our readers who are looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.

Please note, prices are subject to change. 

Striped Sleeveless Popover Tunic

J.Crew Factory Striped linen-cotton sleeveless popover tunic

Striped linen-cotton sleeveless popover tunic, $29.50

If you’re tired of the ruffle-puff sleeve trend we see on almost every single top in stores,  you may love this sweet and simple sleeveless tunic. Its classic style will work with any casual warm weather bottom. Add a statement earring or layer delicate necklaces under the collar. 

Available in regular and petite up to a size 3X.

Sleeveless V-Neck Midi Dress

J.Crew Factory Sleeveless V-neck midi dress

Sleeveless V-neck midi dress, $44.50 

This dress is ideal for extra hot days, or afternoons when you get off the beach late and you want to slip into something light and airy. I’d wear this out to dinner on vacation with my hair pulled back and an oversized earring. 

Available in all sizes up to a 3X for under $45. 

Top Puff-Sleeve Pintuck

J.Crew Factory Puff-Sleeve Pintuck Top

Puff-sleeve pintuck top, $26.50 

This top won’t be for everyone, but there is something sweet about it. I love the fresh green color (it’s also available in white), and the pintuck detail on the sleeve adds an extra touch of femininity. I’d pair it with white bottoms and tan sandals.

Easy V-Neck Tank

J.Crew Factory Easy V-Neck Tank Top

Easy V-neck tank top, $14.50

A great basic in six colors (including black and white) and fits well and pairs with any causal bottom. Available in all sizes up to a 3X for under $15.  Easy-peasy. 

Short Sets

J.Crew Rainbow Striped Sweatshirt and Shorts

Rainbow Striped Sweatshirt, $34.50 and shorts, $29.50 

J.Crew Factory Ombré crewneck sweatshirt

Ombré crewneck sweatshirt, $34.50 and shorts, $24.50 

The quality of these two shorts sets is impressive. You can wear them together or separately. They are great for vacation, summer mornings or sitting outside with a glass of wine after a long day.

Crewneck Beach Sweater

J.Crew Factory Crewneck Beach Sweater

Crewneck beach sweater, $39.50 

I look forward to our time at the shore every summer. I love everything about it, especially the slower pace and laidback attitude. My beach uniform at night is a pair of comfy shorts and a lightweight sweater. So I grabbed this crewneck option in white to wear with my favorite cut offs. 

It’s available in five colors up to size 3X. 

Printed Tunic Cover Up 

J.Crew Factory Border-printed cover-up tunic

Border-printed cover-up tunic, $44.50 

Still need a swim cover up? I love this pretty printed tunic. It’s perfect for sitting pool side when you want to relax but feel finished and it looks more expensive than its $45 price tag. 

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What to Buy at Old Navy

This past weekend on the east coast was a hot one, the kind when even the breeze is warm, and many of us are scrambling to find something cool to wear. 

So for today’s What to Buy at post, I’m heading back to Old Navy to highlight a handful of casual options to help you get dressed for busy weekends in the sun. 

As a content creator committed to size-inclusivity, they are one of the few retailers that make my job a little easier. They offer all sizes, including regular (or missy), tall, petite, and women (or plus), with beyond reasonable prices. 

Personally, being in the phase of life where the cost of youth sports trumps designer duds, it’s nice to have an affordable resource for casual pieces. 

When shopping at Old Navy, it’s essential to know what you are looking for; otherwise, the sheer volume of options will feel overwhelming whether you are in the store or online. Therefore, I focus on casual basics, summer dresses, lounge, and activewear in the warmer months. Skip their accessories and shoes, they just cheapen your look. 

What to Buy at Old Navy 

What to Buy at Old Navy in June

My best advice is to layers these with your better quality pieces to create a timeless, classic look. Wear a better shoe, layer on high-quality jewelry, carry a good bag. The key to dressing well on a reasonable budget is to know where to spend and save and then combine those high and lower-end pieces.
Let’s get started. All of the options are becoming limited due to popularity, so grab them while you can. As of publication Old Navy is offering an additional 30% off on all of these with the code HURRAY.

Floral Dress

Old Navy Floral Midi Dress

Floral Midi Dress, $47 (Plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

What’s better than a lightweight feminine dress with pockets? Pair this with these Reader Favorite Espadrille Wedges, a pair of white sneakers or flip flops at the beach

High-Waisted Cut off Shorts

Old Navy cut off jean shorts

High-Waisted Cut-Off Jean Shorts, $35 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

I never want to spend on shorts, they are always on my “save” list, so Old Navy is a go-to. This under $30 pair fit well, have a high waist and enough room in the leg for, well, your legs. Pair them with a linen botton down or simple white tee shirt

V-Neck Top
Old Navy Knot Front Top

Knot-Front V-Neck Top, $25 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

Just a pretty, inexpensive top to pair with summer bottoms when you want something light but better than a tee shirt. 

Old Navy Waist Defined t-shirt dress

Waist-Defined T-Shirt Dress, $20 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

Stock up on this waist-defining t-shirt dress available in an array of colors and sizes. It’s perfect for super hot, casual days with your sneakers our flat sandals. 

Linen-Blend Pants

Old Navy high waisted linen pants

High-Waisted Linen-Blend Pants, $30 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY))

I bought these pants this time last year and LIVED in them during our “Covid Summer.” They look lovely with a sleeveless top, long necklace, and embellished sandals. 

Tie-Belt Midi Sheath Dress

Old Navy tie belt midi sheath dress

Tie-Belt Midi Sheath Dress, $40 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

Another tee shirt dress option in a midi length with a tie-belt. I ordered this as an option for my flight to Greece at the end of the month. I think it will be comfy for the long flight and easy to manage in once we land and get to our hotel. 

Gingham Blouse

Old Navy gingham poet blouse

Gingham Poet Blouse, $35 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)

This sweet Gingham Blouse looks like something you would find at Draper James for four times the cost. That’s the beauty of Old Navy; you can find some wardrobe enhancers that feel special at great prices. This one went right into my cart to wear with white jeans or the jean shorts (above). 

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What to Buy at Express

In the late nineties, I was a fun-loving sorority girl living my best life at Temple University. Back then, my biggest challenge was figuring out how to go to a party at night and write a paper due in the morning.

I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t start my night until after 10pm. The current me would be unrecognizable to my younger self, lol. 

It’s hard not to get a bit nostalgic with 90’s trends showing up everywhere. It was a simpler time, and I’ll always be grateful I had those years without the unbearable pressure of social media hanging over my head. 

Back then, Express was a staple in my wardrobe. Their inexpensive, trend-focused clothes were perfect for our nights out, or an off campus date. 

One item, in particular, became so popular with my house we called them “sorority pants.”

Sorority pants were a bootcut, low-rise, flat front trouser made of a completely synthetic material that perfectly clung to our backsides. They were indestructible, and we put them to the test three or four times a week. Paired with mid-drift baring tops and heavy boots that looked like tanks, we defined 90s style.

Looking back, I guess you could say it was the first time I embraced the idea of a uniform. 

But just like all of us, Express has grown up, and I’m here to tell you they are 100% worth checking out this season. Their pieces are sleek, sophisticated, and perfect for our finally back-to-normal world.

For today’s What to Buy at Series, I rounded up my top picks from Express as a former sorority girl, now 40 something-year-old woman who is happily sound asleep by 9:30 at night.

What to Buy at Express

A collection of clothes and jewelry from Express

This chic line up looks like a collection you would see hanging in a better department store.

Let’s talk quickly about sizes. Express runs true to size but go up if you are in between. Their size scale includes an XL which is equivalent to a 16/18 and has petite options. 

Express is on of the few retailers that has not offered non-stop sales and mark downs, so the price is the price. Inventory is smaller that what it use to be, so popular items will sell out quickly. 

What should you look for? Novelty pieces that will expand and add style to your current basics, dresses, fun tops and accessories. 

Oversized Linen Boyfriend Blazer

Express Oversized Linen Blend boyfriend blazer

Linen-Blend Boyfriend Blazer, $138 

I’ve never met a boyfriend blazer I didn’t love, and this linen-blend option is no exception. It is gorgeous. Pair it with slim jeans in a dark or light wash, OR make it a suit with these coordinating pull on bottoms for a relaxed tone-on-tone look.

Available in regular and petite, XXS- XL in sandstone (above) and copper. 

Puff Sleeve Wrap Front Sheath

Express Puff Sleeve wrap sheath dress

Puff Sleeve Wrap Front Sheath Dress, $78

The structure of this sheath dress is stunning. This kind of puff sleeve works well if you have narrow shoulders as is will create a shape that brings back your proportions. 

Available in XXS – XL in regular and petite

Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Smocked Waist Maxi Dress

Express Leopard Ruffle Sleeve smocked waist maxi dress

Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Smocked Waist Maxi Dress, $108 

I’m a sucker for a neutral leopard print and this maxi dress hits it out of the park. I plan on wearing it with gold accessories, and my favorite Tory Burch Patos Sandals for an easy but dressed up look. 

Available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite. 

Textured Off the Shoulder Top

Express Textured off the shoulder top

Textured Off The Shoulder Top, $54 

If picking up a few tops that don’t look like anything you would wear to work or on Zoom is on your list, Express as a ton of options. I love this breezy off the shoulder top wear on vaca this summer. Pair with skinny jeans or your favorite shorts.

Available in XXS – XXL in four colors including white (above) and black

Sleeveless Two Pocket Shirt

Express Two Pocket Portofino Top

Sleeveless Two Pocket Portofino Shirt, $48

During a recent LIVE chat I hosted with our INSIDERS we talked about our comfort level with sleeveless tops. I was thrilled to learn that the majority of our members are just fine with it, especially when you live in an extra warm part of the country. 

This sleeveless top stood out for it’s clean lines, gorgeous color options and under $50 price point. 

Available in XXS – XL, in blush (above), peach and crisp white

Floral Lace One Should Ruffle Tank

Express Floral Lace one shoulder tank

 

Floral Lace One Shoulder Ruffle Tank, $68 

This black one-shoulder top is GORGEOUS. I immediately bought it to pair with white bottoms for summer parties.

Available in XXS – XL in white and black, which I think is the absolute stunner.

 

 

Crackled Metal Rectangle Earrings

Express Crackled metal rectangle drop earrings

Crackled Metal Rectangle Drop Earrings, $24 

One trend I can get behind is the oversized earring. After a year of dressing down, it feels appropriate for accessories to be a bit over the top for the next few seasons. An earring is such an easy way to try a new look since you can find them at affordable prices.

This pair of rectangle drops are oversized enough to feel impactful but not at all heavy and only $24. 

Curb Chain Necklace

Express Curb Chain Necklace

Curb Chain Necklace, $24 

Finally, you’ll see bold chain necklaces popping up in all sorts of outfits. It’s another trend to try to incorporate into what you already have.
I like the ease of the look. Wear this chain over a white tee, with jeans and sneakers, or layer it under the collar of an oversized blazer.

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What to Buy at Talbots in May

In our What to Buy series, I shop our reader’s favorite retailers’ new arrivals and round up the best options to help build out your wardrobe. 

Today, we’re circling back to Talbots at your request. 

Talbots is tricky. It has a distinct look, so the same advice you hear from me applies here: avoid mannequin shopping.

Why is mannequin shopping such a no-no?

Stores like Talbot’s, Ann Taylor, LOFT, J.Crew, etc., all adhere to a particular look. It’s what makes them popular and reliable.

 But you run the risk of looking like the BRAND instead of YOURSELF when you wear them head-to-toe. 

Since our goal is to help you create a chic and modern wardrobe on a regular person budget, these posts highlight the best options that will add value to your closet. When making our selections, I consider everything we know about our readership and what you already have in your closet. 

Basically, it’s what I would put in your fitting room if we were shopping together. 

Talbot’s Style

Scatter throughout Talbot’s inventory are some real head-scratchers. Every season I wonder what the heck their designers were thinking.

Does anyone over the age of five need a tee shirt with an embroidered bumblebee that reads, “Just Bee You”?

No, they don’t.

Many of their prints and color combinations lack sophistication, so avoid them. Also, some of their cuts are a bit dated.
That said, they offer a solid selection of basics, like bottoms, dresses, or button-downs. And, as you’ll see below, a few gems that will elevate your style.

Below are my top picks of Talbot’s new arrivals, a combination of classic pieces with a little bit of a twist.

What to Buy a Talbots in May

What to Buy At Talbots

Sizing and Fit

Where Talbots doesn’t get enough credit is in their long-standing commitment to size inclusiveness. They have been offering a full-size range for years. So almost every item is available in missy, petite, plus, and plus-petite.

Regarding fit, they run full depending on where you typically shop. For example, if you wear an 8 in J.Crew, you are probably a 6 in Talbots. 

Let’s jump in. 

Linen Popover Shirt

Talbots Linen Popover Shirt

 

Linen Popover Shirt, $89.50

One of the things that makes The Well Dressed Life different is that I know (or at least feel like I know) so many of our readers. So when I start to curate a collection, I have actual people in mind for certain items. I can see this lovely, high-low hem linen shirt working well in many of your wardrobes.

It’s one of those pieces that comes finished. So you don’t have to add much of anything to it complete the look, just paired it with either skinny or straight leg bottoms, in white or navy. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite, $89.50

Linen Straight Leg Crop

Talbots Linen Straight Leg Crop

Linen Straight Leg Crop, $99 

We feature many linen bottom options because they are a nice alternative to shorts and a go-to for our readers in year round warm climates. I’m highlighting these linen straight le crops because they are a dressier version than the very casual, drawstring options you’re seeing everywhere. 

Available in Missy, Plus and Plus Petite, $99.

Twist Back Maxi Dress

Talbots Twist Back Maxi Dress

Twist Back Maxi Dress, $99 

I love a maxi dress. But sometimes, I feel like the less expensive ones fit funny like their cut is for a slimmer, less curvy body. I ordered this one for our trip to Greece this summer, and it’s pretty much perfect. It’s simple, but elegant, the twist in the back is a nice detail and it’s bra friendly.

Available in black and navy in Missy, Petite and Plus, $99.

Fringe Trim Twee Jacket

Talbots Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket

Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket, $189 

Ok, I adore this bright tweed jacket for spring and summer, but I HATE the stupid tee shirt they are showing underneath. No wonder why so many women are baffled at how to wear things. 

Instead, wear this jacket with a pair of dark jeans and a simple white tank or body suit. If you’re brave, go with all white with a pair of white jeans or trousers and a modern sandal. For added edge, pick a bottom with raw hem, or a touch of distressed detail. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite, $189

Relaxed Chino Shorts

Talbots Relaxed Chino Shorts

Relaxed Chino Shorts, $54

Shorts are such a challenge. A good guideline to follow when looking for a good pair that fits well is to make sure they are no longer than fingertip length on your leg.

You can always go shorter, but when you go longer than your fingertips, you’ll run the risk of awkwardly cutting off the line of your body and looking frumpy.

These relaxed chinos are a lovely option if you prefer your shorts on the longer side, available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite in several colors including black (above), white, tan and navy. 

Cotton Tie Waist Top 

Talbots Cotton Tie Waist Top

Cotton Tie Waist Top, $79.50

The big trend right now is a puff sleeve. And while I like the look, I don’t remember the last time a trend felt so overwhelming. So when I find something that works for the season and doesn’t have an exaggerated shoulder, I get excited.

This cotton tie waist top works wonderfully with a straight leg ankle pant in tan, white, or denim. Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite, $79.50.

Scallop Edge Skirt

Talbots Scallop Edge Skort

Scallop Edge Skort, $69.50

Skorts are great because they are a little dressier than a short but still sporty. This one has a sweet scallop hem giving it an extra feminine edge. Available in Missy, Petite and Plus in white and black $69.50.

Embroidered Tunic

Talbots Embroidered Tunic

Embroidered Tunic, $109

Coverups are hard to find. Often, they have less coverage than the actual bathing suit you’re wearing. And since I rarely go in the water, opting to sit poolside with a cocktail, these Cabana Life Tunics are my go-to. Aside from being pretty and stylish, they also have SPF 50 protection.

Cabana Life runs smaller than traditional Talbots pieces, so size up here. They also sell out quickly, so if you see a print you like, scoop it up. 

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What to Buy at Ann Taylor in May

Many of us grew up with Ann Taylor as a cornerstone in our wardrobes. The brand makes getting dressed easy, coordinating pieces, colors, and prints to help busy women pull a look together quickly.

But when you dress head to toe from a brand or a single store, you start to lose your personality and authenticity. While I’m all for a system that helps you create a uniform of sorts, you run the risk of missing out on the opportunity to develop your unique style.

Today, as part of our “What to Buy at” series, I rounded up my top picks from their new May arrivals. This month, I went interesting non-basics to help zhush up our post-quarantine wardrobes, there’s not a sneaker or jogger in sight! 

Think of this series as just that; these are the pieces I would put in your dressing room, based on everything I know about our readers who are looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.

What to Buy at Ann Taylor in May

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

Snake Print Sandals, $148 | Tortoiseshell belt, $60 | Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $179 | Cropped Trench Coat, $159 | Tie Neck Shell, $55 | Boatneck Shirttail Top, $65 

Snake Print Sandals

Ann Taylor Snake Print Sandals

Snake Print Sandals, $148 ($50 OFF! USE CODE: OCCASION)

These sandals are fabulous. I’d pair them wide-leg trousers (remember, the block heel helps balance out the volume of the leg). And because they mix black and tan, they work as neutral for any solid piece. 

Tortoiseshell Belt

Ann Taylor Tortoiseshell Belt

Tortoiseshell belt, $60 

With so many simple cotton maxi and tee shirt dresses hanging in our closets, it’s nice to have a belt option to change up the look. You can add a belt to any black or white dress you have, especially if it already has a defined waist. Layer the belt over the elastic at the waistline and completely change up the look.

Available in XS/S and M/L

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

Ann Taylor Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $179 ($50 OFF! USE CODE: OCCASION)

I adore the this puff sleeve dress – note, they are calling it Midi length, but it will fit more like a maxi, so you may need to have it hemmed. The print in green and white is so fresh and cheerful. Pair with neutral to you heels.

Available in regular, tall and petite up to a size 18. 

Cropped Trench Jacket

Ann Taylor Cropped Trench Coat

Cropped Trench Coat, $159

Tie Neck Shell

How chic is this jacket? They are calling it a cropped trench coat, but it’s not a a piece of outerwear. You’ll wear this they same way would would wear a blazer, so it’s perfect for an air conditioned office, or in person meeting. You can wear it many ways, like with white bottoms (above), black, dark denim or tan. 

Available in regular and petite up to a size XXL.

Ann Taylor Tie Neck Shell

Tie Neck Shell, $55 

I immediately added this to my shopping cart as I feel like I’m missing some easy yet special looking tops to wear in the warm weather. Available in regular and petite XXS – XXL. 

Boatneck Shirttail Top

Ann Taylor Boatneck Shirttail Top

Boatneck Shirttail Top, $65 

Finally, I thought of all of our Florida and Texas readers when I landed on this top. It’s a better version of a tee-shirt, with a soft fit in a linen blend. I love that they show it with white bottoms, such an easy, elegant look to recreate. You can also pair it with a pair of patterned bottoms. Available in regular and petite XXS – XXL

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Brand Spotlight: Nic + Zoe

I first discovered Nic + Zoe over ten years ago, as a personal stylist just starting out. Initially, they weren’t my favorite brand. I found the designs and overall feel frumpy and nothing special. But the brand has evolved into a surprisingly fabulous resource, with size inclusive offerings, fresh styles and wonderful layering pieces. 

About Nic + Zoe

Lead by a mother and daughter team, Nic + Zoe started in 2006. Their initial offering was knitwear. Since then, their catalog has expanded to cover every category in all sizes. You can purchase directly from their website, or at stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Despite being sold at better department stores, their prices are extremely reasonable for the quality, and you can always pick up a few items on sale. Nordstrom Rack often has a large sale selection. 

Regarding sizes, they fit like Talbots, so either buy your true size, or size down one. 

Inventory in general is already starting to become limited across all stores and brands, so for this post, I have multiple links to different stores to give you the most access to an array of sizes. 

Brand Spotlight: Nic + Zoe

Nic & Zoe Brand Spotlight

In our Brand Spotlight series, I highlight a brand offering options that work well for our community. As always, these posts are not sponsored. 

Of course, I don’t love everything. Like all brands they have a very specific look. Below are my favorite current items, that mix well with pieces we’ve featured here from other labels, and things I know you have hanging in your closet. 

Linen Biker Jacket

Nic+Zoe linen biker jacket

Linen Biker Jacket, $188 

Here is a gorgeous, lightweight layer is perfect for a chilly office or a day of travel. Wear it like a cardigan over a matching white tee or tank and pair it with any bottom from a simple black ankle pant to a print skirt. 

This is already limited in sizes. Most sizes are still available at Neiman Marcus (and you can take an additional 25% off). There are some petite sizes left at Nordstrom and Zappos has a selection including plus

Denim Jacket 

Nic+Zoe Denim Jacket

Denim Jacket, $158 

Many Nic + Zoe pieces remind me of something you might find hanging in the Lafayette 148 department; only these prices are so much better. Like this novelty “denim jacket.” This isn’t the kind of denim jacket we regularly feature; this is a fun statement piece.

Bloomingdales has a full regular size selection

Nordstrom has plus size options here and a selection of petite sizes here

Straight Leg Pants

 

Nic+Zoe straight leg pants in black

Straight Leg Pants, $80 

Just a great pair of classic black straight leg pants in a stretch material on sale for under $100. Available in petite and regular at Nordstrom, and plus size at Bloomingdales

Button-Up Shirt

Nic+Zoe button up shirt

Button-up Shirt, $148 

I love the modern polka dot pattern and nipped in waist of this simple, summer button-up shirt. It looks lovely with jeans or shorts, available at Nordstrom in sizes XXS – XXL

Day to Night Top

Nic + Zoe day to night top

Day To Night Top, $88 

Nic + Zoe has a FANTASTIC selection of layering pieces, like this day-to-night top in white, black or navy. You can wear this under a blazer for work, and with anything on the weekends. Available in regular and petite sizes here, in plus size white here, and plus size black here

V-Neck Top

Nic + Zoe v-neck top

V-Neck Top, $128

For all our readers that prefer a summer top with a decent sleeve, this one is for you. This easy v-neck top, again, goes with everything. Wear it instead of a tee shirt for a more polished pulled together outfit. Available in XS – XXL here

Shirt Dress

Nic+Zoe shirt dress

Shirt Dress, $113 

Finally, I adore this shirt dress for spring and summer events, like outdoor parties or graduations. It is gorgeous but will be too long on most, so give yourself time to have it hemmed to either the very bottom or very top of your knee and pair it with a neutral-to-you pump or wedge.

Sizes are limited here too, Nordstrom has the biggest selection.

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What to Buy at Sephora’s Spring Sale

I love Sephora. 

I can spend hours walking up and down the aisles.  And now that I’m almost always running in with one of my girls, it’s even more fun to explore. 

When I leave, with my glossy black bag filled with goodies, I’m convinced for a brief moment that when I use these new products, I will emerge as a better, more beautiful version of myself. Lol.

Maybe it’s just me, but opening up a new box of product is like my version of Christmas Morning. 

Right now is the  Sephora Spring Sale , marketed specifically for their “Insiders.” 

What does that mean? 

Nothing special, you just have to sign up for their rewards program. If you’re not a Sephora Insider, sign up on their site before you start shopping. It’s easy, it’s free and they don’t bug you about anything. 

This sale is different in that the discounts vary based off  your Insider level, and your Insider level is determined by your annual spend. 

If you’re just getting started you’re called an Insider and get 10% off, if you’re VIP  you get 15% off, and if you’re what they call Rouge you get 20% off. The more you spend annually, the greater the discount you’ll receive. 

Regardless of which level you are, use the code OMGSPRING at check out. 

The saving is significant if you use many of the brands they carry, or worth it if you want to try something new at a discount. 

My Favorites 

For today’s post, I stood in my bathroom and looked up all of my favorite products to see if you can grab them on sale. Most of these you’ve heard me talk about countless times, others I started using a few months ago and am happy to recommend.

Below, I broke this down into Skincare, and then Makeup, Fragrance and Tools.

Skincare

If you’ve been following for any amount of time, you know I spend time focusing on keeping my skin healthy. I’m 41 years old, with fair, freckled, sensitive skin, and dealt with terrible cystic acne – as an adult – for many years.

Skin issues profoundly impacted my self-confidence. It wasn’t until I got my skin issues under control that I felt confident enough to put my face on the blog, so I am more than happy to spend here and save in other areas.

Also, I hope this goes without saying, while I do spend on better beauty products, I don’t buy all of these at once. Some products I have to replenish every month, most require only once or twice a year. 

I would rather spend on skincare than designer shoes, but that’s just me. 

When there is a sale, I do stock up to take advantage of the savings. 

Now, my skin has never looked better.

Please note, I use other products and tools in my routines, below are the ones available in the sale. 

Skincare Picks from the Sephora Spring Sale

A collection of skincare from Drunk Elephant and Sunday Reiley from Sephora

In the evening.

I double cleanse every night. This means you wash your face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, and then follow up with a gentle gel-based one. For this, I use the Tatcha Oil Cleanser by far, my favorite gentle cleanser. It quickly removes makeup and cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture. For sensitive skin, it’s a dream. I’ve been using this for years. It’s currently out of stock at Sephora and Amazon, but you can buy from their website here. 

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, $32 This is a fantastic gel cleanser. You get a deep clean, again, without stripping your skin. 

I’ve been using the SUNDAY RILEY A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum ($85) in the evening after other oils and serums. Because my skin is sensitive, retinol can be too harsh, but this is gentle, and I’ve been pleased with the results. 

I apply the Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream Plumping & Hydrating Moisturizer, morning and night. As a final step, I use Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, $52 on top of my moisturizer right before I get in bed. It helps lock in all my products, and I wake up with soft and hydrated skin. 

Finally, the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $39, is my forever favorite mask. It’s so simple and effective, only takes 5 minutes, and helps clear your skin. I use it once or so a week; even my daughters regularly use it to help with breakouts. 

In the morning.

Not everyone washes their face in the morning, but I feel like by the time I get around to my routine, it needs a gentle cleanse, so I use the Tatcha Oil Cleanser.

Then I apply a few drops of Vintners Daughter’s (not available at Sephora, but I mention it because it’s made the most impact on my skin) and then use this SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $85 after

Always give your skin a few minutes to absorb your products.

Finally, I apply the Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream Plumping & Hydrating Moisturizer again and then use the Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, $34 every single day, as my final morning layer. 

Sunscreen is your most important beauty product, so be sure to wear a generous amount daily and always apply it as your last step. 

Makeup | Fragrance | and Tools

One of the many benefits of focusing on skin health is you don’t require much in terms of make up. You’ll never see me “baking” or conturing to an inch of my life. I like to see my skin come through, freckles and all.

You have seen all of these on here before. These are my everyday, go-to, 5 minute face essential.

A collection of makeup, fragrance, and tools from Sephora

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm, ($38) Like a lipstick and lip balm together, super hydrating with just a hint of pigment. 

Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, ($142) This has been my signature scent for several years. It’s just lovely, and I am forever complimented on it. 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, ($49) What’s great about it is that it isn’t heavy or cakey. You can build for the kind of coverage you want (use a BeautyBlender for easy application). The best thing about Bobbi Brown is the array of skin tones. You can be pale as a ghost (like me) or have deep and dark skin. It’s truly inclusive.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, ($30) I have been using this bronzer since I was in my twenties. For my skin tone, it looks natural. If you want a healthy glow, you seriously don’t need any other product. And it lasts forever. 

Benefit Cosmetics Big Brow Love Eyebrow Pencil & Gel Value Set, $30 It’s a well known fact that I believe strongly in eyebrows. They shape your face and make you look youthful, happy, and healthy. As I’ve aged, mine have become thin and sparse, so they need a little love, that’s why I use all of Benefit’s eyebrow products.  This value kit is a great opportunity to give some of their best sellers a try.  I also use and love their highlight pencil, here

SEPHORA COLLECTION Skin Perfecting Brush Set, ($55) It’s under $60 and has everything you need to get the most out of your application. 

beautyblender ORIGINAL BEAUTYBLENDER Makeup Sponge, ($20) I add these to my cart every time there is a sale. 

tarte Power Bar Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette, ($19) I’m a big fan of tarte. Their Shape Tape concealer is the best concealer I’ve ever used. I picked up this simple under $20 eyeshadow palette for the season, and it’s incredible. Simple, pigmented, smooth application and lovely neutral colors. 

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