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Blouse: Banana Republic | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Kenneth Cole (from DSW)

You guys, if there ever was a time for you to consider traveling to Iowa for a long weekend, this would be the time. The weather we’ve been having here in central Iowa as of late has been nothing short of perfect. Chilly (50′s) in the morning and evening and in the 70′s and low 80′s during the days. If I could pick my dream weather, it would be the weather we’re having now. The only issue I take with this weather is that it makes it difficult to dress for the day. Am I going to be cold? Hot? Is it too early to wear a sweater and too late to wear open-toe shoes? So many questions.

I picked up this blouse at Banana Republic a few weeks ago for $8 by some great stroke of luck and excellent couponing skills. I was concerned that buying a cream blouse this late in the season wouldn’t be versatile enough for fall, but I was wrong. It’s been the perfect top to wear when I’m not sure if I’m going to be chilly during the day. And the bow tie detail around the neck means you can skip the necklace. Pretty easy, right?

Madison

{Dress: Target; Shoes: Calvin Klein; Sweater: J. Crew Jenna Sweater}

Running out of the door, almost late to work, with dirty hair and not a whole lot of time is probably not one of the better times to snap a fashion photo to share on your blog, is it? But this little dress I snapped up last week from Target for $24 was too good not to share with you all. In the past, I’ve made a bunch of unwise clothing purchases at Target. All those cheap t-shirts and tank tops? I should have bought something a little higher quality that would have lasted longer. And countless pairs of cheap shoes? Cute, but they didn’t last very long and ended up being a huge waste of money.

On the other hand, I’ve found a few dresses (mainly those made with polyester!) that have been in my closet for quite a while and I’ve gotten more wears out of them than I ever thought I would. After owning this dress fir a week now, I’ve already used it as both a pool coverup and a dress for work. That, my friends, is a win-win.

{Shorts: Banana Republic Outlet; Sandals: J. Crew; Bracelet: Banana Republic Outlet; Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft}

Somewhere along the lines in the last couple years, I’ve grown to stop hating shorts and, dare I say, actually enjoy wearing them. I’m not sure when the shift happened, but I’m going with it. Though I’m still not sure shorts are the most flattering choice, they’re just so darn practical at times that it’s hard to avoid wearing them all together. Though I certainly did try to avoid them for many years, now I’m saying to heck with it. Give me some shorts, and make them pink while you’re at it!

Do any of you hate shorts as much as I used to? And if so, what do you wear instead of shorts when the weather is hot?

{Skirt: Banana Republic Outlet; Top: Banana Republic Outlet; Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction (last year)}

First of all, thank you so much for your kind words about yesterday’s No Fat Talk Tuesday post. I was SO encouraged and uplifted by the great dialogue and the comments that you all shared. You are all so truly amazing and inspiring in your own right. Now, let’s lighten things up, shall we?

My mom spent this past weekend with us, and we used part of our Saturday night to spend some time shopping the outlets that are 45 minutes from our house. Outlets are always hit-or-miss for me, but I can usually count on the Banana Republic outlet to have a few good finds that are much more reasonably priced.

I’ve been on the hunt for a knee-length pleated skirt for quite some time, and this weekend I hit the jackpot. I could hardly believe it when the clerk rang up this skirt and said it was only $20 (!!). So, if you live near a Banana Republic outlet, I would highly suggest checking out what they have to offer. (I was in no way paid by Banana Republic to say this, I just thought you should know.)

Madison

There’s nothing I love more than summer weather, and being in Iowa makes me appreciate the high temps even more. But since our hot weather days are so limited in the Midwest, it sometimes seems like a waste to spend a lot of money on dresses that will only get used three months out of the year. Max dresses, on the other hand, are a different story. Because of their length, I could see myself  wearing this dress in the spring and fall months with a light cardigan or jacket. And I’m really looking forward to dressing it up a bit and wearing it to weddings we have coming up this summer.

I’ve been searching for the perfect maxi dress for months now, and even looked a bit last summer, too. Since I’m 5’9″ it’s not easy to find a maxi dress that is actually long enough to wear sandal, let alone a wedge or heel! Needless to say I was trilled when I walked into Banana Republic the other day and saw a handful of dresses that were long enough for me – some were even a little too long. Thanks to a series of strategically-used coupons, I managed to score this dress (originally $130) for $30. Perhaps I should have bought it in another color, too?

It looks like they have sold out of this exact dress online, but I found a whole bunch in the store. The other dress I debated buying, which is even longer than the one I’m wearing, was this one.

Any tall girls out there have success finding maxi dresses at other stores?

Madison

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