Thursday, October 16, 2014

Modcloth layered looks for Fall 2014

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I've always loved Fall. It's my favorite season and has the best weather here in Virginia. I love to layer my clothes, which is perfect, as ModCloth recently contacted me about their Fall 2014 collections and their featured vintage style trends. The inspiration of this post is a casual weekend out of town with friends. Maybe a high school football game on Friday night, apple picking on Saturday, and a cozy brunch inside on Sunday. The requirements? Those comfy layered outfits, following a less-is-more approach when filling up your weekend duffle. Cardigans and sweaters get paired with classic tops and just one pair of jeans and shoes (Ladies, it can be done)!

A classic cotton flannel shirt, like the Craft Cider Tasting top from Modcloth, is perfect when hanging with a younger crowd if it's layered, 90s grunge style, over a classic tee - Modcloth has many unique ones in a variety of colors. Perfectly laid back for a fun night at your best friend's high school, sipping cider from a Dixie cup and eating some pizza. Saturday apple picking - such as at Carter Mountain Orchard here in Central Virginia (a favorite spot, personally speaking) - is a place where you might need a heavier top layer. You never know what kind of winds and temps are up there on the mountain, so a cozy sweater from ModCloth is what I chose for this day's outfit. I like the pattern of the Layer On the Charm sweater, which can easily be worn over the Brewery Tour de Force top (check out Devil's Backbone brewery for sustenance after your Carter Mountain Orchard adventure, btw). On Sunday, as you recover from your apple and beer coma, cozy up to the Breakfast in Bed top, with the A Fireplace to Call Home cardigan giving you a built-in blanket while you watch Sunday football or catch up on your magazines.

One of the things I have learned over the years is that a great pair of jeans are resilient. You really do not need to wash them a lot. I cannot remember the last time I washed my J Brand jeans - they don't smell, aren't stained, and have that perfect broken-in feel - so it's likely been at least 3 months since their last wash. The pair here are their new Martini flare jeans, which retail for $224 at Nordstrom. Flares are coming back! As a taller person, I love that, as they look great with any kind of shoe. Another thing about a chill weekend away with friends? No heels necessary. Check out these classic Chucks, I had to throw them in as they're timeless! Perfect for fun outings and wearing around a rented house at Wintergreen or the like. Comfy to go trekking about (although maybe not for hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Such a classic sneaker. The J.Crew Excursion vest is a great closet staple and wonderful to add one more layer of added warmth to these outfits. The perfect topper to some pretty cozy, layered looks for this Fall 2014.

What do you enjoy wearing on a casual weekend?
{not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own with no compensation}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Victoria's Secret Sport Knockout collection review, complimentary from Victoria's Secret and Influenster

Please note: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

When Influenster told me I was chosen to be one of the complimentary recipients of the #VSSportTester Vox Box, I was delighted. Victoria's Secret Sport and Influenster sent me the Knockout sports bra and the Knockout crop pant. As a former lingerie saleswoman for both boutiques and Nordstrom, I have a discerning taste for all lingerie, including sports bras! I've followed Victoria's Secret Sport ("VSX") since it launched in early 2013, my first purchase from them being "The Incredible" in solid Hello Lovely (a hot pink).

To be perfectly honest, I'm a lingerie snob. I can tell when a woman is wearing an ill-fitting or incorrectly-sized bra. Even if you're on a budget, you can now easily find affordable bras for your wardrobe. Victoria's Secret has upped their game in the past year. The brand has expanded their cup offerings and I'm finding it much easier to find my size, 32DD, in stock.

The VSX sports bras offer a wide range of styles serving low intensity workouts to high impact sports. From wireless to wired, front closure (with a backup zip) to classic back closure, Victoria's Secret sports bras are currently sold in two size runs: S – XL and 32A – 40DD. (32 – 38DDD in select styles as well).

I now have two VSX bras in my fitness bra rotation (which also includes Freya, UnderArmour, and DKNY). What makes the VSX bras different from the others? Coverage, for one, offers me two layers of fabric to cover me where I need it. Secondly, the VSX bras offer fun patterns, not just solids. Thirdly, the straps are comfortable and don't budge during long, high-intensity workouts!

The pattern Victoria's Secret and Influenster sent me is a sweet neon floral with a black base. The Knockout VSX bra also has convertible straps – easily snapping from classic to crossback. The breathable fabric, Body Wick technology, and concealed wire prevent discomfort. I highly recommend it.

The Victoria's Secret Sport Vox Box included the Knockout by Victoria's Secret crop pant. The crop pant is unlike anything in my fitness wardrobe. It fits like a second skin with the same Body Wick fabric. It sits from just under the belly button to just below the knee. It includes a hidden drawstring and pocket in the waistband. The size run is XS – L and I was sent a perfectly-fitting medium in heather gray.

The crop pant is snug, but it's comfortable and not sheer. I don't find it to be the kind of pant I'd pull on as loungewear, but for a basic fitness pant, especially in these cooler months, it has the perfect coverage and style for me. I think it would be ideal for cycling, running, and strength training equipment due to the length and fitted style.

Have you purchased any of the Victoria's Secret Sport collection?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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