Thursday, December 31, 2015

FAVORITES WEEK : Fashion

The final week in 2015 has flown by, and it's already the final day of my favorites week!  So far, I've shared my favorite posts from 2015, favorite running products, and favorite beauty products.  Today I'll be talking about my favorite fashion from the year!

I'll be taking Friday off from the blog, so I'll see you again on Saturday (where my posts will end in 2016...so weird)!  I'll be sharing my first week's meal plan for the Whole 30.  If you haven't joined the Facebook group, there's still time!  And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out my introduction post where I talk about #RunningWhole30.

If you have any questions about #RunningWhole30, please let me know in the comments or send me an email!  I'll be writing a FAQ post next week and want to address everyone's questions and concerns!  

Now, let's get back to today's topic and talk fashion favorites.  Happy New Year's Eve!


P.S. - I included some affiliate links in this post.  These are all items that I used and loved all year, and everything was bought with my own money!  You'll be able to browse all the items that I mention in a handy widget at the bottom of the post!  Thank you for supporting Gretch Runs so I can bring you better content in 2016!!  


Outfit


Madewell cardigan, Target dress, Target scarf, HM tights, HM boots
I really loved how this outfit looked all together, and the best part was that everything in this outfit was really affordable.  I picked up the cardigan from Madewell on a super sale around this time last year, and have gotten so much use out of it.  The dress was a really cheap T-shirt dress from Target, and I love using it as a neutral base for an outfit.  The booties were a great find from HM, and I love how the scarf added a little pattern to a basic outfit.  


Tops


Without a doubt, this was my best and favorite purchase of the year.  I got so much use out of this jacket, and it took all of my outfits from meh to super cool.  I paired it with dresses, skirts, pants, jeans, and shorts.  It's so versatile, and a really good deal when it's on sale! I also love the fact that it's not leather, but looks really luxurious and expensive.  There aren't too many details on it, and it gives every outfit a chic cover.

Express Trapeze Dress

Another favorite this year was this versatile dress from Express (by the way, I can blame all of my Express purchases on Gina!  I started following her blog this year and completely revamped my wardrobe because of her!).  The dress is so comfortable and flattering!  I paired it with so many different things this year, so I decided to pick it up in a different color on sale!



Bottom


It was tough for me to come up with my favorite bottom of the year, because I mostly always wear blue jeans and black jeans.  The pairs that I have are so old that I can't find them online, so I decided to share these pants from J Crew.  I've had a pair of black ones and grey ones for a few years now, and they're still in amazing shape.  They're pretty much like a pair of leggings, but super thick and flattering.  They're an investment piece for sure, but they are one of my most-used bottoms in the fall and winter!


Shoes

If you see my weekly outfits, you'll notice that I wear these shoes constantly!  I picked these up on a whim when I needed a new pair of everyday sneakers, and I love them.  I think they are really cute shoes that match everything that I wear.  They're really lightweight and can be thrown into the washing machine and dryer if they get dirty!  They come in so many different colors and patterns, so I might have to add another pair to my rotation this year!


Accessory


I decided to splurge on a purse with my tax refund last year, and it was such a great purchase.  This little bag carries everything that I need (phone, wallet, keys, Kindle, chapstick, mirror) and is really adorable!  I love the black hardware, and even though I wear it pretty much daily, it doesn't show any wear and tear at all.  If you're looking for the perfect every day bag, I would recommend checking out Rebecca Minkoff!


I wear a necklace pretty much every day, and this one has been my favorite for 2015.  I love how simple the design is, but I still get so many compliments on it!  The chain length can be adjusted, so it always looks perfect no matter what I'm wearing.  It's neutral enough to go with any color scheme and outfit, but adds the perfect finishing touch.  I'm so glad I picked this up!


Store


Express
A lot of my favorites this year were from Express!  I never used to shop there and thought it was just a store filled with party clothes, or glitterly outfits for New Year's Eve.  Boy, was I wrong!  I've gotten so many great deals from Express this year, and their items are some of my most-worn pieces of the year (see above- leather jacket and trapeze dress).  I also love their reversible Barcelona camis, skinny jeans, and portofino shirts.  They're all staples in my wardrobe now, and I can't believe I waited so long to shop there!


Tool


Ibotta
I honestly can't believe that I waited so long to use the app Ibotta.  It's simply amazing, and I'll never shop without it!  All you do is search the app for the store where you're shopping, or for the groceries you're picking up.  Watch a short video or fill out a quiz, and you instantly get a rebate after purchasing the item.  I've already earned over $40 (buying my normal products), and I only started using the app a few months ago.  If you haven't tried it out already, do it now!  You can register with my referral link (or use my code ibcqejn) to get some extra money!

Ebates
Another tool that I use to get back a lot of money when I shop online is Ebates.  All you have to do to use this free site is search for a store, click the link to be routed to the website, and shop!  Ebates will automatically apply a percentage of your purchase to your account and send you a "big fat check".   Making money off of shopping?  YES PLEASE!  They also have tons of coupons for stores to help you save more money! I have a referral code for Ebates as well if you're interested in joining!


Shop my Favorites:


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Linking up with MarCynthia and Court 
as well as Heather and Amanda

36 comments:

  1. oooh that trapeze dress is fun! it would probably be too short on me, womp womp. i blame a lot of my purchases on Gina! in fact, 2 things I am wearing today are because of her. But she's awesome, so i forgive her :) happy NYE girl!

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    1. I guess I'm lucky because I have a really short torso, so most dresses are long on me. I always had trouble in school because our skirts/dresses/shorts had to be below our finger tips and I have really long arms! Gina really is the best :)

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    2. Thank you for forgiving me!! LOL!

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  2. Wow I had no idea about either of those apps! I'm for sure looking into those. Express is also one of my favorite stores! Their store wide sales make me go a little crazy haha

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    1. You need to try those apps! And hopefully use my code so you get some extra money (me too heehee). Their sales are really tempting!

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  3. The first outfit is my favorite! Everything just goes together so well, and that cardigan color is perfect for this time of the year! I need to get better with the apps. I use the Target Cartwheel one but even though I have ebates and Ibotta on my phone, I never use them! Have a great New Years!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I love it when you put on an outfit and it just works. Best feeling :) I love cartwheel as well! Especially the ability to scan products..so useful.

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  4. Oh my gosh your outfits are so cute!! I've been looking for some swing dresses like those. I want ones that are 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve, but can only find short sleeved ones and it's driving me nuts! And that moto jacket is to die for! Love the way you've used it :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kat! I was also looking for a dress like that and this one was perfect. Love the long sleeves and the fabric is SO soft!

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  5. I love love LOVE these posts. I need to check out Express! You're right--I always thought it was a party clothes store. Can't wait to go shoppingggg! Woohoo. Happy New Year, Gretch! <3

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    1. You definitely need to check it out! Such great clothes. Shopping spree?! Happy New Year to you too!

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  6. I love your outfits! They look comfortable and cute! I am obsessed with Madewell and Ibotta. So lucky we don't have a good mall nearby.. My favorite purchase was a black Lole dress, it has a turtle neck, and it is a really soft material, like a sweatshirt. It is the perfect winter travel outfit with leggings!

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    1. Oohhh I haven't heard of Lole before so I'll have to look that up! Sounds great!

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  7. First, I have to say how much I love your creativity in blog content. Your favorites series is such a great idea! One of my goals next year is to improve my content. Thanks for inspiring me! Second, I really love all of these. I am so lagging when it comes to fashion! I think I need to start buying and wearing real, non-workout clothes! And I'll definitely check those reebok shoes out once my spending ban is over. They'd go with most of what I wear too. Have a great New Year's Eve!

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    1. That is the best comment you could ever give me Jennifer! My main goal and priority for my blog is to share creative content and be a little different from what's out there. I'm so glad that comes across and makes me keep pushing in the future :) Happy New Years to you!

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  8. i see why you chose those are your fave looks!! they're gorgeous. and that necklace--it's so different from anything i've seen. i love it!!

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    1. Thank you Elle! The necklace is so amazing :)

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  9. Aw, shucks!! I am excited to get a mention for top fashion purchase enabler of the year! LOL! But you made great choices and I'm happy that you feel like you get plenty of use out of your purchases. It's so fun to get to see your outfits now and how you make each piece (even if it's something I own) work for your lifestyle and personal style! So glad I got to know you through blogging this year!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. You earned that spot Gina! I'm glad you approve of my purchases haha! Happy New Year :)

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  10. ooh, I really love that first outfit! Happy New Year to you!

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  11. Totally love express! I have been finding some really nice clothes there lately too! Everything is so versatile. Plus, you can't go wrong when they have their 50% off store wide sales :)

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  12. I love that dress from Express! I buy a lot of things in multiple colors especially when they are on sale! Rebecca Minkoff everything is so beautiful. I've always wanted one and got one for Christmas last year, but it was in a plum color because they got the order wrong and then when I tried to exchange, they didn't have the brown I wanted so I just returned it! Sad day. I love your style so much!

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    1. That's such a bummer :( Hope that you got something really nice with the credit! Thanks so much Margaret :)

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  13. Just discovered Madewell this year and I'm obsessed. Love them! Interested to see your take on whole30 while running! :)

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    1. Madewell is the best! Just wish it was cheaper hah!

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  14. I would love to own a leather jacket :) it looks like it can be so versatile!

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    1. It definitely is! Worth the investment for me!

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  15. Look at you! So fashionable! I love all these looks! They're just perfect for this time of year! So fab!! :)

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  16. You're such an awesome dresser. Please come over and help me. Hahaha. Happy New Year, Gretchen!

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    1. Aw thank you Rachel!! Happy New Year to you too :)

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  17. Thanks for all the Whole 30 recipes. I'm looking to start doing the Whole 30 as well. By the way, I'm also addicted to Express after this year, thanks to my boyfriend who introduced me to it lol.

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