Gingham & White

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A blue and white outfit…are you surprised? But seriously–if you don’t have any gingham in your closet, I’d highly recommend changing that! The classic pattern has been everywhere this spring and is more accessible than ever. 

Friday Things

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Hiiii guys. I’m back! I ended up taking an unplanned sort of vacation from the blog while in Thailand, and I’m really glad I did. It was really nice to relax and spend time with my parents (we don’t see each other nearly enough), and I’m currently trying to nip this jet lag in the bud. Let me tell you–30 hours of traveling home will take a toll!

My weekend plans include a fun photoshoot + brunch with Katie, the Georgetown French Market, and date night. If you’re in the DC-area, the French Market is usually really fun and has some great deals. The list of vendors seems a bit smaller this year so we’ll see how it goes. What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a great one!

Just a few links today, as I haven’t cooked in two weeks and haven’t really shopped…it’s 9:50pm and I’m trying to make it through Scandal but my bed is calling. Here’s hoping I make it a little later tomorrow ;)

OF NOTE…

Loving my sweet friend Lauren’s new blog name + design!

– Indulge a little: a DIY sugar scrub.

Spinach + matzo lasagna…I thought it sounded a little strange at first but am kind of intrigued and want to try it!

Really want to make these for an easy weeknight meal.

– Take 30% off nearly everything at World Market with code FFWORLD. I’ve loved this store since I was a little kid and have about five things in my cart so far!

– Planning to finally scoop up this carry-on…it’s been on my radar and after some difficulties this trip (read: being forced to check in my carryon on the way there and being told it was almost too heavy/large on the way back–it seriously was like half full) coupled with the Macy’s sale, think it’s time!

– You’ve probably seen this by now, but little Prince GeorgeI can’t!

Image via my Instagram

An Argument for Buying Clothes Off-Season

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I wanted to talk about something a bit random today, and it’s an especially ironic topic since we just talked about swimsuits and hats. Buying clothes off-season…what’s your take? Do you do it?

Personally, I love off-season shopping and think it’s one of the best way to incorporate what can otherwise be budget-breaking clothes into your wardrobe. Both large retailers and boutiques almost always mark down whatever is left at the end of the season to make room for their incoming stock. I’ve seen tons of gems over the years and  capitalized on several items myself. Some are smaller than others–like a J.Crew two-piece swimsuit that would have totaled $100 but I got for around $15–some are larger, like the $700 Aquatalia boots that rarely get marked down with more than a few odd sizes left, clocking in at under $300 (I ordered them in the fall but returned, as I was still hung up on a slightly different style that naturally, was not on sale).

Buying clothes in the off-season does mean you’re generally getting an older style of something, but if you’re shopping for the classics, this usually isn’t a problem. Sizing can also be tough…the most popular sizes are generally the first to go. However, if you do find your size in something you like and know you’d buy in a few months, pick it up! Case in point: Barbour at 50% off, my favorite quilted jacket that rarely gets marked down more than a few dollars, a beautiful gray coat under $170, and a classic cableknit sweater.

Some of my current favorite finds are below…if you’re looking for a place to start, I’d recommend the Nordstrom and J.Crew sale sections (though be wary that the many of the latter will usually be final sale). It can be hard to think ahead to colder temps while we’re just now getting into the swing of warm weather, but with worth it for the $$ you may save! Or maybe you’re headed somewhere cooler for vacation sometime soon?

So….thoughts? Yay or nay for off-season shopping?

MY CURRENT OFF-SEASON SALE PICKS (A COUPLE FOR MEN, TOO!):