Instagram Round-Up

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I’m back! It’s been about 3 months since I’ve blogged. What? I just got so busy with work and life that Sweet Cats! was pushed past the back burner and basically off the stove altogether. It made me sad, and I’ve been dying to get back to blogging, but I just haven’t had the time. Until now, when I got sicky and had to stay home for a few days! I’m not promising regular posts right now, but maybe a few!

It has been way longer than I thought since I last did an Instagram Round-Up…the last one was in July! Yikes! So some of these may be a little (okay a lot) out of season (looking at you, monogrammed bathing suit), but whatever. Just put it on your list for the summer, it’s never too early for that! Don’t forget to follow along on the Blogstagram (@sweetcatsblog) to see my most recent posts!

jcrew-skirt-outfit

I’m obsessed with this JCrew Factory skirt! It was great during the summer with my white swiss dot tank, and will be great in the fall with tights and riding boots! Here, I paired it with my JCrew Factory chambray, watch, Marley Lilly tassel bracelet (c/o), and a statement necklace (similar).  This is a great polished look for work or church!

earrings
Beautiful earrings for pierced ears. I hope you caught that reference to one of my favorite books as a child! I had been searching high and low for a tiny “K” earring for my third hole. I finally found one at Nordstrom, and it has become a permanent fixture on my earlobe. I wore my Kendra Scott Alexandra earrings in Chalcedony, and I thought it was a great pair!

monogram-swim

Okay, okay, I know it’s February. But this is one of my favorite Instas ever. I paired my Marley Lilly monogrammed bandeau top with some bright coral swim bottoms (similar), grabbed my shades, $5 infused water from Whole Foods (this was before I had really grasped the concept of budgeting), and a pool read, and headed to the pool for one of the two times I went this summer.

greased-lightining

Yaaaaas the Greased Lightening dress! I love this little frock so much that I gave it a name, as you do. They don’t have this print anymore, but they do have it in the blue marble print, which my sister has and I love! I also have it in pink, because it’s so comfy for work!

packing

I’m literally obsessed with my Vera Bradley duffel. It’s like a Mary Poppins bag, you can just keep stuffing things inside and it never seems to fill up. This particular trip was for my birthday (in August lolz), and I packed my trusty denim shorts from Old Navy and my favorite little bird dress from SheInside. Also, this fluffy pink bedding makes me feel like a princess, and that’s the best feeling ever.

lilly-dress

Holy Shift. This is my score from the Lilly After Party Sale, and I honestly didn’t get to wear it enough before fall rolled around. This dress is no longer available, but I’m loving this one! I like to go for a classic look with my Lilly, pairing it with nude heels, a string of pearls layered with my monogrammed necklace, and my scalloped monogrammed clutch, c/o Marley Lilly. So Southern I almost can’t even handle myself.

baublebar-jewels

I had my eye on both of these BaubleBar pieces for quite some time. I love love LOVE BaubleBar, but it’s honestly too expensive for me to buy on a regular basis. But! They have awesome sales! Pro Tip: sign up for their emails- then you’ll get all the info. They have at least one piece for under $30 (a lot of the time it’s even $10 or $15!) each week! I got an excellent deal on these EKG studs that I wear nearly every day and this #obsessed dainty bracelet. The bracelet isn’t available anymore, but they have plenty of other dainty options!

loft skirt This is my favorite fall outfit! It’s one of those that I have to limit myself on wearing, because I would wear it every day. This blanket skirt from Loft is a fun addition to my autumn wardrobe. I paired it with a long-sleeved solid black tee, tights, and riding boots. To add some sparkle, I wore my Kendra Scott Rayne necklace in Pyrite (color bar only) and this fierce Gilded Leo Cuff by Baublebar (another Buried Bauble steal).

This was a big one! Fingers crossed that I will stay more on top of Instagram round-ups in the future.

That’s all for meow!

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On The Hunt: The Perfect Tote Bag

Hey Cats!

I’ve decided to skip Friday’s Five this week, partly because I didn’t do anything super interesting, and partly because I feel like the blog needs some variety. I’ve been doing a lot of link lists lately, and I feel like my content needs to be a bit more creative! Wish me luck!

I found out the hard way (through a parking ticket) that transportation services does indeed patrol the parking lot by my office, and unfortunately it’s too late for me switch out my parking pass. So I have to park in my usual lot and walk to the bus, which takes me to my building. It’s not ideal, but it’s just like walking to class so it’s nothing I’m not used to, and it will be good exercise! This means that if I want to wear heels to the office, like I’m planning on doing today, I’ll have to wear flats and change on the bus. I also carry my lunch, water bottle, and purse, which is quite a handful. So now I’m on the hunt for a cute tote bag to throw everything in!  Here are a few options I’m considering:

jon hart

 

I’ve always, always loved Jon Hart totes- they’re classic, durable, and personalized. I’m thinking about the Petite Left Bank in Black, Red, Burgundy, or Navy.

vera

 

I’m also considering Vera Bradley’s Vera tote in Venetian Paisley, one of my newest favorite prints. I love this one because it’s roomy, washable, and fun!

barrington

 

This Barrington St. Anne tote combines what I love about the Jon Hart and Vera Bradley options- durable and personalized with a fun pattern. They also have Game Day totes in Aggie Maroon- bonus!

marley lilly tote

Marley Lilly’s Essential Tote is also a high contender. I love the monogram, obviously, and it’s very affordable! I’m thinking about a black bag with a gold circle block monogram.

There’s just so many options that I can’t decide! Which one would you pick and why? Let me know!

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