After booking our May trip to Portugal, all I can think about is what I’d like to purchase and pack for the trip. I ordered the sneakers — which arrive today — as a warmer-weather alternative to the navy ones I bought last fall. They’re so comfortable for walking and took zero time to break in. I’m hoping to pair the slip-ons with spring dresses like this one for exploring Lisbon and Porto.
Another weekend has gone by and another house project has cropped up! This time it’s a leak in our kitchen ceiling that started during a heavy downpour early Sunday morning. I had gone downstairs to make coffee in the morning and discovered a wet floor, even though we didn’t leave a window open. Once the rain started to pick up again, I realized the trickle was coming out of a light fixture in the room. So, we have to call roofing contractors this morning to sort this mess.
On the upside, we were able to spend Saturday out in Madison. We kicked off the day at the farmers’ market, walked over six miles, checked out a new-to-us place for brunch, popped into the art museum, enjoyed lakeside drinks, and capped off the day with a bike ride. It’s not often that we spend the day as a tourist in our own town.
J.Crew Mercantile dress | Soludos espadrilles (similar here and on sale here) | Sea & Grass tote (similar; love this embroidered version and this shape) | Hermes bracelet (vintage version; similar) | Vrai & Oro earrings | Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (old; similar)
This dress was destined for my closet given that it’s basically an updated version of the one I bought last year and have worn just about every week since. I’m such a sucker for a loose dress with flats, so much so that I’d call it my signature style. To keep my favorite look from getting stale, I look for pieces each season that have on-trend detailing. This year’s iteration of my beloved dress has a sweet bow tied at the neck, dainty ruffled hems, and gathering to add texture. If you’re as captivated with it as I am, definitely go down a size. I usually start with a medium in a new item, but I had to go with a small in this and there’s still plenty of extra room.
I’m pretty sure this top was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July, but it wasn’t until it landed in the regular sale section that it caught my eye. I have been spending so much time looking for affordable loose blouses that I can wear with jeans this fall, and happily this one fit the bill. I love the little details from the bell sleeves to the ruffles to the seaming at the waist — all of which make the blouse feel more special than its inexpensive price tag.
I rarely buy anything online without a discount — even if that means putting a beloved piece on the back burner until a promotional code lands in my inbox. And, while I’m usually on top of checking for discounts, sometimes those emails do go overlooked. (It’s easy to miss the good stuff when we’re all getting hundreds of emails a day!) Fortunately, there’s a company called Wikibuy that’s making the process of saving money on your purchases even easier. Wikibuy offers a three-prong approach to saving individuals money. There’s a Chrome extension that finds lower prices from other sellers while you shop on Amazon and will also check to see where else the product is being sold and shows the price (including tax, shipping and minus any coupons that apply) for each of those locations. You can also search the site for products, which will show you all the places the item is being sold and what your cost would be on that site. Lastly, the extension will also test coupon codes automatically at checkout and will find online rebates from participating retailers.
When Wikibuy reached out to me a couple of weeks ago asking if I’d like to collaborate, I jumped at the chance to try their site. I challenged myself to find a discount for the LOFT dress I had been crushing on for a few weeks. Not only did Wikibuy alert me when the dress had a $25 discount, it also found a code for free shipping off of a $50 order. (Much better than LOFT’s standard $125 minimum for free shipping, which just means I buy extra sizes and “ride-along items” to return later.) It’s definitely worth giving it a shot if you’re an avid online shopper like myself! And if you’re in the market for an easy, summer-to-fall dress that you can wear on weekends and to the office: this is it. It’s such a fun little dress to wear!
LOFT dress | Ann Taylor sandals | Rebecca Minkoff bag (old; similar, but I’m saving for this) | Karen Walker sunglasses (c/o Shopbop) | Julie Vos ring (c/o; similar) | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Hermes bracelet
Thank you to Wikibuy for partnering on this post!