LOFT Fitting Room Try On | February 2018

LOFT Dressing Room Try On - February 2018

Cutout Sweater / Fuzzy Sweater / Chenille Cardigan / Ruffle Top / Bell Sleeve Blouse

I recently popped into a LOFT store after ordering a few new pieces and this weekend they’re offering 40% off full price and an extra 50% off sale items — just in time for some three-day weekend shopping! By the way, did you know that you can now make a purchase online and then pick up in your nearby LOFT store on the same day? This service was in the works right before I left my job there and I’m so so glad it’s now available! When I came in to pick up my order (I picked up this striped sweater, this graphic sweater and this bell sleeve tee), I did a quick scan of the store and found a few pieces that I just had to try on. I’m loving the color scheme of their latest delivery — lots of pretty pinks just in time and a dash of blue because it’s one of my favorite colors to wear.

Red and White Striped Sweater

Red & White Striped Sweater / Skinny Jeans

You know you can never go wrong with stripes and this red/white combo is especially perfect for a casual outfit. I love the button detail on the sleeves, but don’t love the fact that the fabric between the buttons pucker out a bit. I’m wearing an XS here but think if I got my hands on an XS petite that the sleeves would fit a little more snug on my arms.

LOFT Pink Chenille Cardigan with Bell Sleeves

Pink Chenille Cardigan / Cami TopSkinny Jeans

LOFT made an incredible chenille cardigan last fall (I wore it in a mustard color while apple picking in October). The pink sold out SO fast, but is back for spring with bell sleeves. It has mixed reviews online with some people saying it’s too short, but I think it’s actually a great fit. The fabric is incredibly soft and the flared sleeves are a nice, novel twist to a spring staple. I’m wearing an XS here and the sleeves hit perfectly at my wrists.

LOFT Fuzzy Sweater

Fuzzy SweaterSkinny Jeans

I never considered owning a fuzzy sweater until I laid my eyes on this one. I promise you that the short sleeves and shade of pale pink make this sweater more High Street than Sesame Street. I love it paired with skinny jeans, but I also saw it styled with these pink pants on a store mannequin. You can’t see it in these photos, but it’s also got a cute little tie on the back of the neck also. Wearing an XS petite here.

Pink on Pink Work Outfit

Pink Ruffle Blouse / Pink Pants

How perfect is this work look for spring? I’ve never purchased work pants from LOFT before since I usually go to Ann Taylor for my work clothes (I swear by these ankle pants for work!). I was pleasantly surprised with how great these pink pants fit. If I had to describe the color, I would say it’s a touch more subtle than bubblegum pink, but not quite blush or pale pink. I’m wearing a 2P here and even though they’re ankle pants, they still fit like full length on me (forever short girl problems). I went with an XSP in the blouse, which is truly a pale/nudish shade of pink. Love them both and definitely planning to wear this outfit around the office in the near future!

LOFT Cold Shoulder Top

Ruffled Cold Shoulder Tee / Skinny Jeans

It looks like cold shoulders aren’t going anywhere, although I’ve kind of eased up on them over the past few seasons. I was interested in the ruffle detail of this top when I saw it on the hanger, but I’m not so sure about it on me. Like, I can’t tell if it’s because the ruffle goes all the way around or if that there’s not enough, but something is a little off! I’m wearing an XS and for what it’s worth, it’s super soft and also comes in navy.

LOFT Striped Bell Sleeve Top

Bell Sleeve Blouse / Skinny Jeans

If there’s two things I can’t get enough of in my wardrobe, it’s stripes and bell sleeves. I actually wore a very similar top on the blog last year, but this one is way better quality and the material isn’t as stiff. It’s definitely the kind of top that you can wear to work or over the weekend. I love it so much that I’m considering buying it to replace my other one. Wearing an XS here and the sleeves hit me just past the wrist.

Have you browsed LOFT’s new arrivals lately? What are you loving for spring? Let me know in the comments below!

An Eight-Hour Itinerary in Charleston

Beautiful Pink Homes in Charleston

In case you missed my Instagram stories over the weekend or my blog posts for the past two days: James and I took a whirlwind day trip to Charleston on Saturday (I work for an airline so it’s very easy for us to get around!). In total, we spent a very short eight hours in Lowcountry, which was far from being enough time to truly enjoy this charming, gorgeous city. We also brought our pup because we wanted him enjoy a little adventure too, so we were slightly limited what we could do and where we could eat. But despite the super quick trip, I still fell fall head over heels for Charleston and am already thinking about when I can come back again!

The Best Food in Charleston, South Carolina

Brunch at Hominy Grill

We started our adventure at Hominy Grill because it has 1) nearly 2,000 four-star reviews on Yelp and 2) a small outdoor patio that’s dog friendly. We arrived around 10:00 am and after sifting through some of the reviews, we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to for a seat. Turns out, there were only about six to eight parties ahead of us and they were getting seated pretty quickly. However, since we requested an outdoor table (there were only about six), it took us about 20-25 minutes to sit down. That ain’t nothing compared to NYC wait times, my friends!

I got a perfectly spiced bloody mary to really kick off the trip and then ordered the Charleston Nasty Biscuit (aka the “Big Nasty” as it appears on your bill — ha!), which is topped with a piece of fried chicken, cheddar cheese and the best sausage gravy I ever had. Every bite felt decadent! James ordered the Beef Creole Grit Bowl, which was also yummy, just not as good as mine!

Best Coffee in Charleston, South Carolina

Fueling Up at Black Tap Coffee

From there, we headed to Black Tap Coffee where we tried the lavender latte (amazingly herbal, but not overpowering) and the mint julep, which was espresso shaken with honey and mint over ice. The inside is pretty cute and calming, with lots of table space to post up and do work. James, and I sat outside on the bench with our pup, enjoying the warm weather while we waited for the caffeine to kick in. It was just what we needed to prevent us from going into a food coma after Hominy Grill.

Shopping on King Street

Next, we headed down King Street where there are a ton of shops. Everything from big box retailers like H&M, Madewell, Sephora and J.Crew to more local shops and art galleries.

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina

Photos on Rainbow Row

It’s pretty obvious why we came to Charleston (aside from the good weather and delicious food). Rainbow Row is a charming stretch of blocks on East Bay Street and is probably the most popular street on Instagram these days. So it’s no surprise that I saw a swarm of bloggers taking photos while we were there. Obviously, I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon (you can see my first Charleston outfit post here). Just around the corner, towards the waterfront park, there was also a dog park that we let our pup run around for a bit. From there, we wandered some of the streets, with no particular destination in mind. We found a lot of gorgeous homes that way and I highly recommend exploring this area by foot!

Delicious Cocktails in Charleston, South Carolina

Late Lunch & Drinks at Leon’s Oyster Shop

With only two hours left on our trip, we wanted to grab one last taste of southern cuisine. We went to Leon’s Oyster Shop on King Street, which also had a spacious outdoor area that’s dog friendly. For bevvies, I ordered the Elderflower G&T (gin, elderflower tonic and celery bitters — pictured right) and James got the Whiskey Buck (rye whiskey, ginger, honey and lemon — pictured left). We also shared the fish fry plate, which was an assortment of fried shrimp, oysters, fish and hush puppies.  The hush puppies were so good that we got another order to bring home with us to NYC.

Fish Fry at Leon's Oyster Shop in Charleston

Dessert at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

At this point, I felt like I was going to explode, but there was no way that I was going home without something sweet. A lot of people recommended Jeni’s, also on King Street, for a great selection of unique, creative flavors. We got the tasting flight (a trio of half scoops) that included  sweet cream peanut with molasses curd, wildberry lavender and coffee with cream and sugar. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, everything was so so good. Turns out there are quite a few locations including LA, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Washington, DC and they’re available in stores around the country. A little dangerous to know, but glad that we got to experience Jeni’s in one of their scoop shops.

Creative Flavored Ice Creams at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but that was a full day of activity! I’m so glad we went, even if it was only for a short period of time. There are a lot more places to try and things to do on my list, so we will definitely be back!

Have you been to Charleston before? I would love to here your recommendations for next time!

One Day Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

The Charming Streets of Charleston

Spring Style: Navy Floral Dress & Straw Circl Bag

Navy Floral Dress (on sale through 2/14 — black version here) / Straw Circle BagRose Gold Bangle Watch / Ankle Strap Sandals / NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Cobblestone … it’s charming as hell, but a pain in the ass to walk on!