Category Archives: Clothing

Team Sparkle

I FINALLY got my act together and ordered two Team Sparkle skirts today.

I’m not sure when/how I initially found out about them, probably another blogger or on Twitter, but I knew I had to have one. However, it’s taken me a while to actually whip out the credit card and make the purchase. Soon these little babies will make my butt look super fast…

Sparkly red awesomeness

Turquoise sparkle amazingness

I’m not sure which I will wear for my upcoming half (March 18…so soon!!), but I know they’ll make me feel ready for a new PR, since a little sparkle never hurts!

Navy Skirt

I found the J. Crew skirt I wore yesterday.

It’s still available online and is on sale for $69.99 from an original $148. I paid either $10-$20 for it.

The fabric is really gorgeous and it is versatile for many seasons. Definitely not something I would normally buy, but I’m glad I did!

A very J.Crew outfit…but you wouldn’t know it.

Today I’m wearing two pieces that I purchased at the J.Crew warehouse sale. I’m not sure if either of these items are available online, but the shirt is from the brand Le Minor. It’s a French brand and the fabric is a heavy canvas. Apparently something a French fisherman would wear…very chic. The skirt is J.Crew.

Sorry about the crappy photo. Brian stepped on our point and shoot on the last day of the honeymoon…


Don’t I look French? And this does NOT look like an outfit from the J.Crew catalog.

My inspiration for this outfit actually came from Pinterest, but I linked the original websites below.

Striped top and long flowy skirt.

Combined with a loose fitting top and a long flowy skirt.

Thankfully it’s going to be upwards of 65 degrees here in the RVA, so I should be perfectly comfortable!

J. Crew Warehouse Sale

Let’s try this again.

I’m rather annoyed that my photo/link-filled post got erased by WordPress, but I’ll give it another whirl.

Friday morning my co-worker and I arose bright and early to get in line for the J. Crew Warehouse sale just around the corner from our office. If you don’t know, a J.Crew Warehouse sale involves a massive warehouse (duh. In our case, an old, empty Borders) and THOUSANDS of J.Crew items. Basically they arrange hundreds of cardboard boxes FULL of clothing by type – there are tables of women’s dresses, women’s tops, sweaters, racks of coats, you get it. There is a set price list, regardless of how much an item originally cost. For instance, all coats are $50, all sweaters are $20 and all dresses $20. Pretty sweet.

Upon arriving at the store at 7:30am, we were greeted with a long line to get in to the 8am opening. We were about 50th in line and had no problem being in the first group to get let in. We were handed a price list and a GIANT trash bag and instructed that we could only fill 1 bag per visit and only spend $500 per visit without having to get back in line. This discourages people from buying a million items and selling them for profit on eBay.

I majorly scored at this sale. Majorly. I don’t normally lean towards J.Crew clothing (expensive and quite preppy), but I managed to find some amazing pieces that I would NEVER normally purchase.


I purchased two of these coats – one in black and one in white. They are absolutely beautiful and I can’t find a single flaw in either. A version of this coat is still available on the J.Crew website, and was originally $325. I paid $50 a pop. The version I purchased is actually the Colletta style, which is slightly different around the middle, like the orange version here.

I bought this exact dress and, like the coats, can’t find a single flaw. I’m not sure how it ended up in the Warehouse sale, other than maybe it was a sample or on a mannequin. It is from J.Crew’s suiting collection and is still available online. Originally $188, I paid $20.

This sweater dress is currently available on the Madewell website for $98. I paid $20. My dress still has some sort of weird sample sale tag on it. It’s a GIANT tag that says it’s for Madewell and lists a bunch of other random details about the dress. Other than that, the dress is in perfect shape and just needs a quick snip to remove the massive tag.

I love this gold striped top. It’s still available on the J.Crew site and was originally $98. Again, I paid $20. From what I can find, my purchase is flawless and I’ve already worn it twice!

This cashmere sweater is the only piece I purchased that has a flaw. It’s missing a button, but the extra button is still attached to the care tag. All I need to do is take it to my seamstress and get the spare button sewed on. Originally this cardigan was a whopping $178. I paid $30.

I also left the sale with two pairs of shoes (a wedge and a ballet flat) as well as a few more dresses and sweaters. I can’t find many of these items online anymore, but I’ll try to remember to snap photos when I wear them out and about! Overall, my experience at the sale was a positive one. You have to be willing to dig around a bit, but almost everything I picked up was good quality and barely any of the sizes were XXXXL or XXXXS. The best deal was by far the coat selection…I wish I had more $$ to drop and more closet space! Oh and swimwear was $3 a piece. THREE little dollars a piece!

The sale is still around through the last week of January…you can find out more here. Don’t be afraid of all the “rules” posted on that site. I didn’t have to sign anything and definitely spent time checking over all of my items before I purchased them. No place to try anything on, but if you know your sizes it’s no big deal (I didn’t purchase any bottoms for that reason. I need to try those babies on).

Shopping success!

Happy 100!

According to the fancy WordPress stats, this is my 100TH POST! Rejoice!

If I had the time/patience, I’d write out a top 100 list of something. Or post 100 pictures of stuff. But instead I’m just going to recap my weekend like it’s no big deal.

Brian ended up going to Philly for his brother’s Christmas party, so I was stuck alone all weekend. I had a bachelorette party to attend and couldn’t bail. This weekend taught me that I do NOT do very well alone. Hence the reason I’ve always at least had a roommate. Carrie + an empty house + no one to talk to + paranoia about everything = not such a great weekend.

As soon as I got home from work on Friday I deadbolted every single lock in the house, whipped up some mac and cheese and poured myself a glass bottle of wine. I had a rough time sleeping on Friday…the cats were going absolutely insane and it totally freaked me out. They were running around like crazy and even though I KNOW it’s them, I still get totally paranoid that someone is breaking in. I need to chill…or at least take some sort of sleeping aid.

Awww what an angel...

SIKE! Devil cat. Especially when mom is home alone...

Saturday I rolled out of bed around 9 in an attempt to sleep late and therefore not have the urge to pass out in the middle of the bachelorette party. I had every intention of running 4 miles, but I could not muster up the motivation. I tried everything but my funk was just too powerful. I ended up spending the morning on the couch watching TV and contemplating my existence. Basically it made me depressed. Note to self…when relaxing, JUST RELAX, don’t think about issues/problems/hopes/dreams/etc. Just chill.

Around 1 I managed to shower and get my act together. I decided to go shopping to cheer myself up. BAD CARRIE, BAD. And ummmmm, hello, it’s the weekend before Christmas. My excuse was that I HAD to go out anyway since I needed to pick up some cute underwear for the bride-to-be. To add insult to injury in my already cloudy state, I ended up REAR ENDING a truck. Thankfully I was only going like 3 miles and hour and didn’t do any damage to his vehicle. I literally looked in my rearview mirror for like half a second and then hit him out of no where. Damn Christmas traffic.

Oh and he was a state trooper. Awesome. But thankfully he didn’t want to call the cops so I didn’t get a ticket. My license plate was damaged and there is a small hole in my bumper where his trailer hitch hit me. Uggg.

After that I cried all the way to Target and avoided the mall completely.

I went in for underwear and came out $165 poorer. Such is Target.

But I did score THESE awesome pants.

Miracle worker.

I didn’t even try them on. Rather, I just prayed that they’d be the PERFECT pair of pants for the bachelorette party. And they were.

Hard to see, but they were great...

Anywho. I got home and had about 30 minutes to get dressed, wrap my gift, do my hair and make up, paint my nails and get out the door when my ride arrived. It was a whirlwind but I was thankful for the distraction from my funk.

The night ended up being a LOT of fun. I was worried that my crappy day would make me a buzz kill, but a night of girlie fun can never do harm. I stayed out until 2:30am and partied like a rockstar with some of my favorite Richmond people.

Sunday morning I was regretting all the wine, and didn’t get out of bed until 10:30. Then more couch sitting happened. So much for my last opportunity for productivity before the new year…I promise we’ll have all of our wedding gifts unpacked before our 1 year anniversary..

Brian finally came home around 3 and I decided to go for a run despite my pounding headache. Mr. Garmin was no where to be found, so I used my RunKeeper app on the iPhone. I did a nice and easy 4 miler…just what the doctor ordered to cure my funk.

I'll take it.

In a nutshell, I accomplished NOTHING this weekend other than tasting a whole bunch of Pinot Grigio. Oh and loading the dishwasher. I did do that.

Motivation, where are you?! All I want for Christmas is you!!

Bridesmaids – Black and Purple

Bridesmaids - Black and Purple
Bridesmaids – Black and Purple by carrie_on featuring a sleeveless dress

I’ve decided to go with black dresses for my bridesmaids. Shopping for six different people has probably been the HARDEST part of this whole wedding planning thing. I looked at lots of dresses in bridal salons and absolutely HATED the fabrics. It’s no wonder bridesmaids never want to wear the dresses again. I mean, if they’re going to drop $150-$200 on a dress they should be able to wear it again. Call me cheap, but to me that’s a lot of money for a one time thing!

So, the maids will be choosing their own dress. My only “stipulations” are: knee length, “formal” looking, NOT shiny or silky, and “nothing weird going on”. I don’t care if they match and I want each girl to fell 100% comfortable. The boys will be in black suits with purple ties (or some sort of purple thing…I’m clueless when it comes to male attire), I’ll be in white (duh?), and Bridawg will be in black with a white tie. In my head it works, so let’s hope it doesn’t look too whack-a-doo come wedding day.

I whipped up this Polyvore to make sure my vision was at least somewhat aesthetically appealing. I have on clue what flowers I’ll end up choosing…I just know they’ll be bold and purple. I’m still not 100% decided on the shoes, and I don’t care if they match. If the girls all end up liking the same thing, we can go that route, but ultimately I don’t care either way. The girls will all wear matching earrings to pull it all together (not really a huge fan of the Polyvore selections, but those will do for now).

Whew, another BIG OLE CHECKMARK on the wedding planning to do list. Next up, hotels, transportation, music and a photographer. And we’re only 6 months out – y.i.k.e.s.

Shoe Love

After reading this post here by Julie, I was inspired to start my own Nude Shoe Search (yes it’s capitalized…it’s important). I read through the comments section of the post and came across a pair of shoes from Land’s End Canvas suggested by another reader. At first I was skeptical…Land’s End?? Isn’t that for 40+ year old lake people? However, I have been PLEASANTLY surprised by the Land’s End Canvas line.

I literally could not pass up the deal on these shoes in their sale section. They were just a mere $34.99 and I Googled around for a free shipping code. The reviews were good, the shoes looked pretty banging, and the stars literally aligned for me to buy these shoes (not that I needed an excuse or anything…).


Land's End Canvas Women's Suede Heels in Maplewood


And yes, that is the actual pair of shoes I ordered, sitting on top of our guest room dresser. They are a neutral suede and have a small elevated platform in the toe. Oh and did I mention that they were $35 measly bucks?! They fit like a glove (I’m a true 7.5 in shoes like Nine West and my feet are pretty narrow so I stuck with a 7.5 based on the reviews I read) and they are super comfortable. I just wore them for 8+ hours at the office and even did a little shopping during my lunch break.

Here’s the image from the Canvas website.

The neutral color would go with a lot of things in my closet, but here’s what I wore today.

Sorry for the sad iPhone pic…maybe we need to register for a real camera. I digress…

Here’s a real picture of the dress. It’s from F21 and actually looks nothing like camouflage in real life. I scored it here.

The grays/neutrals are MUCH darker than this photo suggests. Weird. But still cute.

I’m hoping these shoes will carry me a long way and I’m kind of wishing I bought them in navy as well!

Heating Up

I start the Monument 10k Training Team tomorrow morning and the temperature is supposed to be in the mid twenties. YIKES. I’ve done a few cold weather runs and have learned some valuable lessons for dressing warm. I am usually feeling pretty good in terms of my body temperature, but my ears, jaw, and fingertips tend to ache with the cold. Here’s my plan of attack  for the morning.

Essential to any cold weather run…Under Armour running tights. These usually keep me nice and cozy, although sometimes the backs of my thighs get a little chilly.

Long sleeved VA is for RUNNERs tech tee. Kinda dorky but fits like a glove and keeps me toasty. Mine is kermit the frog green.

Best. top. ever. I love my Nike dri-fit half-zip shirt of awesome. It keeps me warm but isn’t bulky or annoying. I’ve done a 10 miler in this baby in about 45 degree weather and felt fine. I’ve also done a 3 miler in it in about 30 degree weather and felt just as good. It’s a great temperature regulator!! Mine is a little darker green than this one. I’m wearing it here.

I probably need to invest in some real running gloves. These $1 babies from Target just aren’t cutting it. They are great for wiping snot off my nose, but they don’t really do a good job of keeping my fingers frostbite free.

And probably the most essential piece of the whole puzzle…ear warmers! My ears must stick out or something because if I don’t protect them with a layer of fleecy goodness they begin to freeze. The cold slowly seeps into my jaw and it makes for a pretty miserable experience.

Thankfully our 1st run is only a quick 2 miler so even if it is colder than normal, I won’t have to suffer for too long. Bring it on!