Five-Item Challenge: Winter 2016 edition Round-up

As you may have noticed, my Five-Item Challenge for the first quarter completely bombed. I was actually doing extremely well until mid-March, and it all fell apart. No regrets, though. I got my hands on some really cool stuff! I purchased a few things with a store credit, so I’m not sure those should really count towards my five items as I have never included them in the past, but I will show them here since either way, the whole thing was blown.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Five-item challenge Round-up1. Babaton Nicky Trench Coat, Oxford Tan. Also comes in black.
2. J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Olive (sold out in this color). Purchased with gift card.
3. Babaton Michael Tank, Black. Also comes in white and with horizontal rib texture.
4. Zara Basic Tee, in black/white stripe. Purchased with gift card.
5. J.Crew Patio Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Brunswick Blue. Purchased with gift card.
6. Talula Valmere T-Shirt, black/white stripe.
7. J.Crew Regent Blazer, Heather Carbon. Currently on sale plus an extra 30% off. Purchased with gift card.
8. J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Mauve. Currently on sale plus an extra 30% off. Size up.
9. Blank NYC Suede Jacket, Backhanded Compliment (Navy Blue).
10. Bauble Bar Saphira Collar Necklace.
11. Bauble Bar North Star Brooch Set. 
12. J.Crew Silk Pocket Blouse, Safari Fatigue. Runs large.

Overall, 4 of the 12 items were purchased with a gift card or store credit. If I don’t include those in my items then I exceeded the five items by only three. Not bad. My favorite item of the bunch is the BlankNYC suede jacket and I can’t wait to be wearing it once the last of this winter season passes!

Did anyone else try this challenge and had some success?

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Craving: Halogen Crop Leather Jacket

I’m not a pink girl. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of items hanging in my closet that are considered to be in the pink family. But I’ve been warming up to the whole idea of “blush” lately, as it leans somewhat closer to nude than “Barbie pink”. Blush I can deal with, Barbie pink maybe not so much. So as I was browsing through the new arrivals on Nordstrom.com and this blush colored leather jacket by Halogen caught my eye:

Halogen Cropped Leather Trench Jacket

Halogen Cropped Leather Trench Jacket, via Nordstrom, $328

I love the cropped trench style, storm-flap and all–it’s so different from all the other leather jackets I’ve been saying of late. It’s definitely on my “to-try” list, and for $328, it’s a reasonable price for real leather. It also comes in petite sizes! Petite ladies, if you are having trouble finding a good fitting leather jacket, maybe this is the one!

Spring Sneakers

We still have a little time before spring arrives, but this super mild weather already has me thinking about spring outfits. Namely, sneakers. This sneaker trend that’s being hanging around the last few seasons is bringing me back to my high school days where we would all change into our cool kicks between class and after school so that we’d stand out from the crowd despite wearing those Catholic school uniforms we would tire of, and hey, may be even try to rebel against authority. Usually, the idea that of reverting back to a “trend” that I took part in 10 or 20 years ago would deter me from trying it again, but I’m totally down with this.

So here a few pairs  that I’ve been seeing around the inter-webs that I’m considering adding to my shoe wardrobe:

 

Spring Sneakers

And how can you possibly argue with the comfort factor? The Nike Free 4.0 is actually my favorite shoe to work out in. They are light, with minimalist cushioning and they look great. Because let’s be honest, if you’re a runner, you know that running shoes that fit aren’t always the prettiest. But these, I’d be more than happy to wear to the gym and to grab a cup of coffee!

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