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Espresso and Cream has never been, and will never be, predominantly a fashion blog. I have too many bad hair days and not enough items in my wardrobe. But I do enjoy posting fashion photos when I find an outfit or item of clothing that I think other readers might love, too. Last week, I got sucked into the clothing section of Target over my lunch break and bough this shirt on a whim. I was feeling frumpy, having a horrible hair day, and this shirt was calling my name. Do you know those days?

The problem is, when I got the shirt home I had no idea how to wear it. I’ve tried putting it into an outfit in a couple different ways, but when i see it in photos, I think it looks horrible, large and unflattering (hence the belt in these photos, though I don’t think that’s right either…)

So I’m putting it out there to you: How would you style this shirt?

I feel like it has potential, it just needs to be unlocked. And I don’t have the key.


jeans: banana republic outlet premium denim skinnies | shoes: banana republic outlet | shirt: target | cardigan: j. crew

Ladies, let’s talk about shopping for jeans. I know, some of you might be groaning at the thought of shopping for new jeans after wearing skirts and dresses all summer, but I’ve got good news. Last weekend I discovered flattering, comfortable and affordable jeans. I think Banana Republic Outlet should start sponsoring my posts (the don’t, just to be clear) with the number of times I talk about clothes I’ve purchased there, and these jeans are no exception.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Banana Republic denim, but the Premium Denim Skinny Jeans at the BR Outlet are my new favorite find. They’re flattering for us women with athletic thighs and aren’t too skinny at the bottom. But the best part is that they only set me back about $40. Crazy, right? Finding good jeans for under $50 counts as a major deal in my book.

Another great find this past weekend came from Target. Since the nearest Target is now an hour away from our house (a great thing for my bank account) I don’t get there often. Browsing the clothing section last week was like Christmas morning. I had my eye on a similar style top from J. Crew a few weeks back, so when I found this similar version at Target for $20, I couldn’t resist.


Last week I was browsing through my Google Reader (man, I start a lot of stories like this…) when I came across a post on Sarah’s blog that really caught my attention. Sarah had read a couple other posts by bloggers about dressing like a blogger vs. dressing for their husbands. The blogger Sarah mentioned had husbands with some pretty strong opinions about their fashion choices, which got me thinking about what I wear and what Joe thinks about what I wear.

To be honest, I’ve never really asked Joe what he thinks about my fashion choices. When I wear something he really likes, he’ll tell me how cute I look. And occasionally, he’ll mention lightly that I’m wearing something he thinks looks a little different. But overall, Joe is not one to make comments about fashion. In order to find out what he likes and doesn’t like about what I wear, I sat him down at the kitchen counter last week and asked him to lay out what he does and doesn’t like. His responses were really fun/funny and had me laughing the entire time. In no particular order…

What He Likes
*Shorter, flowy skirts
*The tall brown leather boots I wear in the fall
*My boyfriend jeans
*When I wear my diamond engagement ring (vs. the gold band I sometimes wear)
*Hair pulled back out of my face
*Bright colors
*Colored shorts
*When I wear mascara
*Matching socks? (my socks never match)
*Maxi dresses

What He Doesn’t Like
*My nerdy/big glasses
*My tall yellow rain boots
*Neutral colors
*Jean shorts

Is it just me, or do you find that list completely random? I think my favorite is the “matching socks” comment. I guess I’ll need to do a better job of pairing together my socks after they come out of the laundry instead of just picking two socks that fit my feet!

But in all seriousness, some of the bloggers who did this experiment decided after asking their husbands what they did/didn’t like decided to change the way they dresses or avoid wearing certain items of clothing around their husbands. Maybe I’m alone on this one, but I find that kind of crazy. Do I want Joe to think I’m beautiful and do I like to look nice for him? Absolutely! Am I about to quit wearing neutrals (which I love) just because they are on the list of things he doesn’t like? You bet not.

It was fun to play the game and have a few laughs over what he likes and doesn’t like, but I don’t think I’ll be turning in my rain boots next time it rains. And I’m still eyeing a pair of nerdy glasses I spotted online.

Ladies, what do you think? Would you (or have you) changed the way you dress for your man? 

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?


{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.

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