Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My Madewell Bag Collection

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Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Honestly, I have been in such a big blogging rut since before Christmas. My creative energy has just been super low and I haven't been very inspired. But today, I'm changing that and chatting about something I love, Madewell bags! Over the last few years, I have developed quite the Madewell bag collection because they are such great bags. In today's post, I'm going to be sharing my collection, details on each bag, and how I've styled them! Also, over on Instagram stories today, I'm sharing each bag, size comparisons, and more.


The medium transport tote was my very first Madewell bag purchase. I had been wanting to invest in a nice, leather bag. I wanted an everyday bag and one that would last for many years to come. I chose the medium tote because of the size and versatility. I really love how you can wear it on your shoulder, on your arm, or as a crossbody (it comes with a thin crossbody strap but you can change them out).  When I first got this bag in the mail, I definitely thought that the shoulder straps seemed short and they definitely are on the shorter side. But, I actually really like that about the bag now because it makes the bag feel secure when you are carrying it. I picked the English saddle color because it goes with literally everything. Three years later, this is still one of my most carried bags! I always recommend this to anyone who asks which Madewell bag to get. I'd say this one is my favorite! I have found that the leather just gets better and better with time. Also, the medium bag now also comes in a zippered version if you prefer that option.



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My second Madewell bag purchase was the large transport tote in black. I was looking for a tote bag to use for work that could hold all of the things and this one certainly does! I can carry my laptop, planner, and regular purse essentials comfortably in this bag. It's super roomy without being a big, overwhelming kind of tote. It really is the perfect large tote bag! My black bag doesn't have a zipper but my English saddle one does. I've had some people ask which one I prefer as far as the zipper goes and honestly, I never really zip my zippered bag. But, I do like having the option to zip it up if I needed to, especially if I was traveling (this bag makes a great carry on bag). The inside has one small, zippered pocket but the rest of it is open. I don't know about you but when a bag doesn't have a lot of organization inside, my bag gets super messy! Check out this blog post to learn about how I keep my bag organized. The tips I share in that post have been purse game changers for me! Also, for reference, the shoulder straps on the medium and large transport totes are pretty much the exact same size.



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When I purchased this bag, I wasn't filling a need, I just really loved the leopard print, lol. But I really do love having a printed bag in my collection. It just makes the most boring outfit so much more fun! This bag is the canvas transport tote so the price point is much less than the leather transport tote bags that I have. If you are wanting a Madewell bag but not wanting to spend the money on a leather bag, I would definitely recommend a canvas tote. The quality is amazing and the straps are leather so they will hold up over time. My leopard print is from over the summer but they just released a new leopard print that I might love even more!



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This crossbody bag is my go-to when I need a small bag! I really love the circle style and it surprisingly holds quite a few things for a small bag. I can carry my phone, small wallet, keys, and a lip gloss or two in this little bag. I picked the English saddle color but it does come in other colors as well. I also love that the strap is adjustable too! It's such a great bag for running errands, traveling, or well, really anything! I love it!



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Last up, the belt bag. I bought this over the summer and used it so much. It's perfect for wearing with skirts and dresses because you can carry your phone or other essentials while remaining hands free. This bag comes in sizes and I personally went with the size small (I'm a 26 in pants at Madwell and a 27 other places). The extra small worked for me but I could only carry it high on my waist and I really wanted the versatility of carrying it lower, near my hips if I wanted to. I also got this bag in English saddle because it just goes with everything! I love using this bag for our travels. It took me from Puerto Rico to Disney World, hands free!



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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Currently Loving .166

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Happy Friday! I hope y'all have had a great week! This has been a crazy week for me and I'm so super excited for the weekend. I have lots of relaxing and fun planned, including celebrating my friend's birthday with tacos and margaritas!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving and I'm really loving this week's finds so much! Leopard print, pink, comfy, and cozy. My favorites! 

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. H A I R  T I E | An easy way to make a simple outfit (or you gym attire) feel new and more exciting is with hair accessories. I love this hair tie for adding to a pony tail or bun!


2. B R A C E L E T | Bracelets are probably my very favorite type of jewelry to wear. Every single day, I'm wearing at least four... sometimes even more. This one from Kendra Scott is beautiful and it's for a great cause. Now through Friday, January 17, 50% of proceeds from this style will directly support Australia and Puerto Rico’s natural disaster relief efforts.


3. T O P | This top is such a great, budget friendly basic. It's under $20 and comes in several different colors. I plan on adding this gray one to my closet!


4. B A G | I bought a super similar bag over the summer and I am loving this one too! I love these canvas totes. They are so well made and they hold all of the things! This leopard print is so fun.


5. S W I M S U I T | Yes, I am sharing a swimsuit in January! I don't think it's ever the wrong time to swimsuit shop, especially if you have any exciting vacations coming up this winter or early spring. All of the best suits seem to be sold out when I really need one for summertime. I am absolutely loving everything about this suit! It's full coverage with a wrap design... and leopard print!


6. S W E A T E R | I am always drawn to cream colored sweaters and I really love the unique style of this one. It's also an affordable Target find! 


7. S N E A K E R S | Since I try to get to the gym five days a week and I wear sneakers to work everyday, I invest in comfortable shoes. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of comfy footwear! I really love the style and colors of this pair. Nike's are my favorite shoe for exercise!


8. J E A N S | I shared these jeans earlier in the week for my Five Favorites and I'm sharing them again because I love them so much! These jean are on the pricey side but once you invest in a pair of denim from Madewell, you will be hooked. I love the fit, the quality, and the style of this pair so much! I sized down two sizes in these to get the best fit (one size down from your normal Madewell size if you have tried their denim before). This new pair is my absolute favorite! I wore them Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!


Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Instagram Roundup .195

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far! This has been a good week for me except for the crazy back pain that I experienced on Monday. I have no idea what happened but I must have hurt it during my workout class.  Thankfully, it's feeling so much better now but I am still taking it easy as far as lifting goes. Getting older is rough, y'all!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including my outfits from last week. See if you can find the pop of leopard print in almost every single one of this pictures! I literally wear some form of leopard print just about every single day, particularly in the fall and winter (...even though it's actually just felt like spring in North Carolina for the past week or so).

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Five Favorites .07

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Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It's supposed to be a rainy week here in North Carolina and I'm already craving some sunshine. It's been awhile since I've shared Five Favorites so I wanted to kick this week off with a new post with five things that I am currently loving and enjoying. I'd also love to hear what you are loving, too!


One of my biggest goals for 2020 is to read through the Bible in one year. I have literally wanted to accomplish this for years and I feel like now is definitely the time to really make it happen! I found this great reading plan that takes you through the Bible chronologically in one year. It's called The Bible Recap and they also have an accompanying podcast (365 episodes) that explains the reading from each day in a way that you will understand. I'm 13 days in and I'm loving it! Bonus: all of these materials are totally free to use.




I just got this fun pink sneakers using a gift card from Christmas and I am loving them! I do Body Pump three times a week, which is high repetitions of weights that really gets your heart rate up. These shoes are perfect for training and HIIT workouts! They are super comfortable and fit true to size. They come in several colors but I really loved this pink pair!



One of my favorite ways to unwind at the end of the day is with a warm bath. What's even better than a bath? A bath that includes a bath bomb from Lush. They are the very best bath bombs that I have ever tried! They smell amazing. Anytime my husband wants to get me a gift, he has a box of my favorite bath bombs shipped the house!


I'm sharing more about Reconsidered Goods on my Instagram Stories today but I also wanted to highlight this business here on the blog as well. It's such a fun shop filled with second hand treasures, craft supplies, and so much more. You've got to check it out if you are in the Triad area! Check out my finds below (all of this was around $11):



These jean are on the pricey side but once you invest in a pair of denim from Madewell, you will be hooked. I love the fit, the quality, and the style of this pair so much! I sized down two sizes in these to get the best fit (one size down from your normal Madewell size if you have tried their denim before). This new pair is my absolute favorite! I wore this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!


Thank y'all so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Currently Loving .165

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! We are kicking off the weekend by going to our first ever hockey game as a family. I'm not much of a hockey fan but we got free tickets and we are always up for a new experiences. I'm sure it will be an entertaining event! The girls are pretty excited about going. Yay for the weekend!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! Some of these items I already own (and love) and the other are things that are on my wish list... or already in my shopping cart.


Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. P A N T S | How cute are these pants?! I bought a super similar pair last year in black and I absolutely loved them. I love this year's version! The fit is true to size. You can see the six different ways I styled them last season in this post.


2. E A R R I N G S | These earrings are on super sale! How fun would these earrings be for Valentine's Day?! I love them!


3. T O P | I bought this top back in November and it's definitely one of my most worn items in my closet. I have worn it so much! The fit is pretty true to size but I would size up one if you are in between sizes. It's also on sale for an additional 40% off!


4. S N E A K E R S | I'm all about some white sneakers. They are so versatile! I have a super similar pair that I wear nearly every single day to work and on the weekends. They are great with jeans in the winter and perfect to wear with dresses or skirts in the spring!


5. M U L E S | If you are looking for a great budget friendly animal print shoe, these are it! I really love the style of this pair. They would make any outfit so much more fun!


6. S W E A T S H I R T | This sweatshirt has literally been sitting in my shopping cart for months. I love the graphic and the reviews are great. I'm planning to finally add this to my closet ASAP!


7. B A G | If you looking for a bag that will last forever and go with everything, this is it or really any of these classic transport totes. I have this one and I absolutely love it! It holds so much with being bulky or overwhelming. Also, the quality is amazing and the leather just gets better and better as the days go by. Such a great bag!


8. B R A C E L E T | This bracelet is currently in my everyday "arm party" and I love the wrap style! I've been wearing this bracelet nonstop since August and it's still in perfect condition.


Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!
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