My Favorite Amazon Finds!

I did a very lengthy try-on and styling session over on my Insta stories yesterday at “thereal_mrsroybal” handle.  I wanted to take all of my favorite current and past Amazon finds, and share them with my fashion-loving friends!  Going to keep the copy on this post short and sweet and get to the good stuff…the clothes, duh!

Here Are My Favorite Amazon Fashion Finds…

Clothing:

Hats:

Belts/Accessories:

 

That’s all for now.  Happy Amazon Prime shopping fashion lovers!

XO,

Amanda

Old Navy Sale Steals!!!

I’m in the process of posting a long-winded Instagram story about all of this as well, but wanted to hop on here and share some of the fun clearance and mega sale finds I scored from Old Navy of all places!  Since the online coupon for 30% off ends today 8/21 [no code needed, auto applied at checkout], I thought I’d get this post up as quickly as possible with stock photos and the links to shop, then add my own styled photos later.  Bear with me!

First, let’s talk about Old Navy jeans.  They’re practically all I wear and are one of two of my favorite brands [the other is American Eagle].  I love that they’re stylish and always keeping up with the latest trend, they’re usually great quality, they fit well and don’t stretch out throughout the day plus they wash up well, and most importantly they’re priced so affordably!  Most of the time you can get all jean styles under $35 and if you time it right, the coupon codes and super cash get you even more discounts.  I’ve scored jeans for under $10 before by digging through the clearance section…crazy, I know!  I like the Super Skinny Rockstar and Mid-Rise Ankle jean styles, and if you work in an office that follows a dress code you know how difficult it can be to find jeans without distressing or missing their knee caps these days.  I like that Old Navy has a variety of options to appeal to both camps.

Now onto the sale goodies!  Most of the items I ordered online and picked up at my local store.  This whole process was super easy and my order was ready in a couple of hours.  Keep in mind the availability online is always dependent on what the store has in stock and their inventory levels change by the minute so if items are selling fast, you might miss out.  That happened to me where a shirt I selected online showed in-stock and was later cancelled on my order because my Santa Rosa Marketplace location didn’t have it anymore, bummer.  Here’s everything I ordered and/or found in the store…

  1. This V-Neck Tunic Sweater sweater is so cute, comes in a variety of colors and is only $24.49 with the 30% coupon…score! I picked the “Oatmeal Marl” color in my regular size large.  You could size up for more slouch, but I can still front tuck this or wear it with leggings/skinny jeans and booties, or even off one shoulder for a little sass on the weekend.  I will style this more tonight when I get home!
  2. This Polka Dot Tee comes in two color options and is so cute on!  I got the mustard yellow with black dots, but the white with black is so classic and just as fun! It’s $14.99 and even though the coupon doesn’t apply to this one, it’s still a heck of a deal!
  3. These White Super Skinny Ankle Jeans are only $15!!!  Yes, you read that correctly only FIFTEEN dollars!  They are on super deal special right now, originally $34.99.  I’m rocking white on white with a blue linen blazer today, so these will be new closet workhorses.  And don’t believe the hype, I wear white before and after labor day all the time.  In fact, I practically wear white all year round…such rule breaker over here!
  4. This Linen-Blend Blazer is $31.49 online, but I scored it for $17.49 in my store after rummaging through the back clearance rack.  You can risk it and try to find it in your store, or pay a little extra and snag it online.  Either way, t’s totally worth it.  I’m wearing it today with a white cotton blouse [also from Old Navy] and my new white ankle skinny jeans linked above.  I’m a believer that you can’t go wrong with white on white and pops of navy and pink for the end of summer!  Funny, because my outfit is practically the same as the model shown here, and I didn’t even look online this morning while getting dressed.  Guess I’m doing something right, LOL!

  5. This Open Front Long-Line Sweater comes in a variety of colors and prices.  I ended up going with the “Mauve” color and it was $25.89 after the discount.  I was also tempted to buy the “Cream” color, but exercised my shopping restraint [shocking!].  This will be a great fall staple piece for layering with jeans, leggings and dresses!
  6. These Relaxed Dolman-Sleeve Crochet Sweaters are so cute and also a great layering piece.  Online they’re $17.48 after the discount in your cart, but I scored mine for $15.99 after scouring the clearance racks.  I ended up going with the “Squash” color which is a true mustard yellow shade, but I also liked the “White” and “Lilac” options.  All were available in my store location.
  7. I also scored a version of this French Terry Ruffle-Sleeve Sweatshirt for 97 cents…no joke!!!  The one I grabbed had a cream-colored background with little rainbow confetti flecks throughout.  It sounds awful as I type it, but I was on the fence about it for $1.97 and when I got to the register it was even more discounted at 97 cents, so I figured what the heck!  I’ll style it with denim shorts or cute leggings on the weekend and post pics.  It’s a soft terry material and feels like a lightweight sweatshirt, but not too heavy for end of summer or those cooler evenings.  The ruffle detail on the sleeves is so cute, giving it a little extra flare. terry ruffle sleeve sweatshirt top.PNG
  8. Last, but not least, I loved this Chambray Faux-Wrap Jumpsuit with the ruffle sleeve detail.  I didn’t end up getting it [or even trying it on for that matter], but I really loved it!  It’s a constant battle to be practical and purchase things I can both to wear to work and outside of work, but this one really tugged at me and was hard to resist.  Online it’s $27.30, but I’m sure you can find it cheaper in the clearance section at your local store.  Who doesn’t love chambray…ALL DAY?!?

 

Summary: run to your Old Navy today…hurry!

XO,

Amanda

2019 Fall Fashion Workhorses

A staple isn’t just a piece of metal to hold multiple papers together or the office supply store, a staple is that go-to item in any form you need it.  It can be a food item or a favorite appliance/pan/knife in the kitchen, a piece (or two!) in your wardrobe, your go-to beverage…you get the idea!  For me, I call those fashion staples my wardrobe workhorses, and I always have a few workhorses doing the heavy lifting for each season.

As I was laying in bed last night, I was feeling all kinds of inspired, so I tried to get up as early as possible this morning to get ready and film some Instagram stories and snap some outfit inspiration photos.  I made it through one set of videos and one of the items I wanted to cover (so more to come this evening), but I thought I’d at least give you a sneak peak of the fall staples I’ve been loving and where to find them.

Here’s My Top 10 Fall Workhorses:

  1. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: and I’ll show you more of how I styled these beauties in a bit – Get my Spanx!, or on Amazon Prime – Get those Amazon Spanx!
  2. Chambray Button-down Blouse: I truly believe you can never have too many of these!  Here’s an Old Navy score for under $30 – Get this blouse!, or I’m loving this adorable distressed Vici piece for $54 – Get the Vici top!
  3. Graphic Tee for Layering: I’ll also add a solid color fave from Shop Ruthie Grace for under $15, score! – Get that Enya tee!, or this adorable “WIFE LIFE” graphic tee from Hazel & Olive [I have the white with black lettering] – Get that Wife Life!
  4. Any Animal Print Sneaker and/or Bootie: for me this season it’s all about the python/snakeskin print, but you can never go wrong with any kind of leopard/cheetah print either – Get my sneaks!, or these booties from WalMart (love this brand!) – Get the python bootie!
  5. Wedge Sneakers: I scored my taupe Zoey sneaks from Shop Ruthie Grace, but here’s an Amazon link for virtually the same shoe and lots of color options – Get those Amazon sneaks!…added bonus, they’re on PRIME two-day shipping!
  6. Furry Vest in a Neutral Color: I have more than one furry vest.  I know it’s bad, but in my defense, two of them were gifts for a past birthday or Xmas a few years ago.  Last season, I rounded out my collection and ordered this camel colored, longer piece from a site called Chic Wish.  It’s so comfy and super affordable, only $37 I believe and if you sign up for their email list, you get an extra 10% off – Get your faux fur on!
  7. Puffer Vest in a Neutral Color: let this wardrobe staple do the heavy lifting for you in colder weather and on those casual days where you just need to run an errand, but still want to look cute!  Here are some affordable options from Old Navy – Get this Old Navy vest in every color!, or this Amazon vest, which I haven’t tried but is oh so cute! – Get that Amazon vest!
  8. Tall Boots in a Neutral Color: I really wanted the Vince Camuto Hiltin Knee High Boots from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but they’re over $225 full-price, and right now that’s not in the budget [insert sad face], so I turned to my trusty Macy’s app and found a similar “dupe” style by Journee.  I was able to score them for under $70 with my Star Pass, and free shipping.  For reference, I ordered the tan color.  Please keep in mind these are not real leather, but they’re comfy as hell and look great! – Get the Macy’s dupes! or the real deals – Get the VC Hiltin’s!
  9. Mules: and no, not the kind of mule you ride in Mexico or the drink you grab in Moscow.  I’m talking about the shoe-style mule!  I have mule styles in both flats and with a little of a block heel, and let me tell you these shoes will be your go-tos when it’s not raining, mostly because the back of your heel is exposed and you don’t want to get wet!  Love these snakeskin ones from WalMart, which also come in black – Get these mules!, or these beauties from Macy’s that are on my wish list – Get the Journee mules!
  10. Duster Sweater: I love me a good duster or fun block sweater for layering, que those plain tees from Ruthie Grace I linked earlier!  Here’s an affordable option from WalMart’s Time and Tru Brand that comes in so many great color choices – Get to dusting!.  Or here’s another great option [and color choices] from Target – Get that Universal Thread duster!

 

Now that we covered the staples, can we take a longer minute to talk about the underrated/superstar/hidden gem, WalMart?  I recently blogged about WalMart and their summer finds, but I continue to discover favorite pieces from a brand they carry and can’t get over the adorable fashion and accessory items the Time and Tru brand is pumping out for all of their Wally World stores (and online too!).  Let’s not forget how affordable each piece is (usually under $20) and the quality is right up there with any solid, retail store brand (like Universal Thread at Target, Old Navy, American Rag at Macy’s, etc.).  Here are a few of the fun things I found in the Windsor store over the weekend, and some other online finds that I have on my wishlist and in my cart (shhhh, don’t tell the hubs!)

Booties for days, and comfortable ones too!  I tried on all of these and found they’re pretty true to size “TTS”. Here’s the online link to shop – Get all the booties!

Walmart Booties Collage

Walmart Booties lined up

 

And the cutest rain boots for under $30! I want the hounds-tooth print bad, but here’s the link to the leopard ones – Get your leopard rain on!

Walmart Rainboots Collage

 

And the cutest tennis shoes, also from the Windsor WalMart location here in Sonoma County!  I’ll be sharing styling options of the dusty rose mesh sneakers later today.  Here’s the link to the pink sneakers, I couldn’t find the leopard stripes online [insert sad face] – Get the knit sneaks!

Walmart Tennis Shoes lined up.jpg

 

And a few fun boot options from WalMart online – Get these boots!

 

And some fun work flats options, also from WalMart online – Get these flats!.  Some prints/colors can be found in-store as well!

 

And these adorable open side flats that I have in my cart, only $17.98! Get these open shanks!

T&T Tan Open Side Flat

 

And last but not least for the shoe finds, these adorable snakeskin mules I mentioned and linked above [that also come in black] – Get these mules now!

T&T Snakeskin Mule

 

Onto clothing items, also from WalMart.  How cute are these fitted sweaters?!?  I grabbed a black one with leopard print (stay tuned for a photo), but I’m tempted to go back and get the gray stars too (stop reading now husband!!!)…

Walmart T&T Sweaters

 

I’ll edit this post, or maybe create a new one with photos of my paired outfits.  I ran out of time this morning, whoopsies!  Until next time cactus glitter lovers!

XO,

Amanda

20/20 Vision

2019 has been the year of self-reflection.  Whether it be within my friends circle, where my life is at this very moment, my productivity at work, making sure my cup stays full…the list of topics is endless.

To be honest, this reflection journey started right after the Tubbs Fire in October 2017, when my work started a meditation group.  We meet daily for 10-15 minutes at 2:30pm, and I fight (mostly with myself!) to put a hold on my calendar so I can make it.  I found that it really helps “give my brain a bath” and clear the mind.  So much so that it even pushed me to try another stress management tool, que my amazing acupuncturist Nicole!  Between meditation and going to acupuncture every other week, in addition to changing my diet to combat some health issues that were hindering me from being my best self, I’ve found this combo to be the best medicine so far!  I guess you could say 2019 has been the year of crunchy granola Mrs. Roybal, as I’ve even tried to go natural on a few beauty and household products, including embracing my natural deodorant covered armpits (TMI, maybe)…NAMASTE bitches!

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little extra inspired, so I wanted to hop on here as I did a fun craft project today that made me reflect on the fact that we’re in August and our 2019 year is over halfway gone.  All of those new year resolutions and promises I made have been put to the test, funny how only a few remain (like getting back to the gym, LOL!).  You see, I have this pattern where I always start the new year with tons of optimism and my vision cup is overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, but as the year zooms on, I find myself getting caught up in the daily grind while trying to keep that optimism cup half full.  This afternoon I said “NOT TODAY”, and hunkered down to make a vision board for the back quarter of 2019, including some strong goals to carry me into 2020.  Some of the items on the board are “private”, and why I know I’m supposed to be an open book on here, I’m afraid of jinxing it.  So what I will do, is share how I designed my board and began decorating.

For starters, I hit my local WalMart to gather my supplies.  Here’s what I used:

  • Poster Board (1) – I picked a white one with a gold glitter border, shocking I know!
  • Double Stick Tape (2 rolls)
  • Decorative Duck Tape (could sub out for ribbon of your choice)
  • Gold Lettering (scrapbook section)
  • Decorative Paper (I found file folders with a floral pattern I loved and cut up into squares for a pop of color on the backdrop)
  • 2-3 Magazines (your choice – I used a SHAPE Magazine and Magnolia Journal from Christmas, mostly for the home decor and wording)
Vision Board_EDITED

Ready for action!

Once I got home, I sat down and created a list of what I wanted to accomplish in the next year.  After noticing a few common themes, I then divided all of my goals into these four categories:

  1. HOME
  2. FAMILY
  3. FITNESS/SOCIAL/HEALTH
  4. WORK/FINANCES

The next step was to scour the internet and my computer photo archives to create and print a few photo sheets of quotes that have been speaking to me lately, travel pictures, and logos for sites/places that tie into my vision.  The fun part was deciding on the look and overall theme of the vision board.  Here’s what I came up with for the base layer – HELLO adorable leopard-print duck tape!

The final step was taking all of the magazine clippings and printed goodies that I selected, and arrange them in a fun/artsy way in each category.  The finished product was even better than I hoped for and is now hanging in my closet so I can look at it every day while getting ready.  Apparently, I need that smack in the face/daily reminder to keep pushing and goal digging!

I hope this inspires you to dig deep inside to find that passion to be your best self, whatever form that may be.  I also know this isn’t technically a home decor piece, but it is DIY, so I put it in the “Rustic Home” featured section.  I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes you can find on my board, “The secret to having it all is knowing you already do!”

XO,

Amanda