weekend shopping haul

Dago and I took a little trip up to the Round Rock Outlets this weekend to shop the 50% off sales at the Banana Republic, Gap, and J.Crew factory stores. BR was a bit of a bust for me, so I skipped on over to Gap to do some outlet mall damage.

I've been really good lately about only shopping for things on my list. The list fluctuates depending on where I'm shopping, but I've been pretty much looking for the same pieces to fill holes in my closet for months now. Thankfully, the entire store was 50% off, so I felt like I didn't have to leave behind any of the items that I knew I really wanted and wouldn't be able to find as perfect anywhere else. 

So here's what I got:

1 // Plaid shirts have been on my list for a couple of years now. I never wore them until then, so I don't have a very big collection. The last two winters have brought me a lot of flannel plaid, but they aren't useful at all for the majority of Texas' seasons. This plaid button down is actually a size too big and boyfriend fit, but I liked how it looked on me and it was on extra clearance, so I decided to get it anyway. The colors are easy enough to pair with things, no matter the season, and it can be dressed up with wedges and jewels or worn open as a swim suit cover up. 

2 // I have been searching for a utility jacket or vest for months. I'm extremely picky when it comes to certain aspects of clothing, and utility jackets have a lot for me to be picky about. The metals can't be silver, the collar has to lay right, the fabric can't be too flimsy, I don't really wear studs, and so on and so on. Every time I've tried on a utility vest or jacket, there have been several marks against it, so I left it behind. This jacket is really perfect. The neon piping on the inside reminds me of the vest from Forever 21 I've been lusting after (that quickly sold out in my size), there aren't any offensive decorations or a finicky drawstring, I can wear it buttoned, zipped, or open, and I can roll the sleeves up or down without feeling like I'm wearing it "wrong." Plus, it has all the pockets! Since I splurged and got the jacket, I probably won't look for a vest version anymore. Can't wait to wear it with little dresses and rompers this summer!

3 // The ever elusive boyfriend jean has finally made its way into my wardrobe. I am so, so excited. I only buy jeans from Gap, but can rarely afford to drop that much cash in one sitting. In comes the 50% off sale and I can afford to purchase my beloved boyfriend jeans. I grabbed them in my size and they actually fit the way I want bf jeans to fit: a teensy, tiny bit stretched out, but not actually too big. They hug where I want them to and don't slide down when I wear them. The cuff was pre-sewn a little higher than I liked, so I came home and snipped the thread to re-cuff them. Now they are seriously perfect. Sorry you'll be seeing me in these tons because they go with everything.

4 // A leopard belt! Finally! I need one 99% of the time when I'm getting dressed and always forget to buy one when I'm shopping. I especially like this one because the design is a little different than most I've seen. Plus, of course I love that the metal is gold. Expect to see this belt in high rotation on the blog too.

Would you call this shopping trip a success? Share in the comments if you bought anything this weekend or what holes in your closet you're trying to fill!


  1. Urgh I really want some boyfriend jeans too. But every time I try a pair on they look like regular jeans folded up at the bottom... frustrating.


  2. I would say this was a very successful trip, Nicole! So jealous of the leopard print belt.. I feel like I've been looking for one for a million years. Can't wait to see all of it up on el bloggo! :)

    kristina in retroworter
    PS. I secretly broke my shopping hiatus to buy a black gingham button-up (totally wearing it as I type this), it was only 5 dollas, so I don't feel too terrible.

  3. This trip is definitely a huge success (lucky!!!!) I have been looking for a utility jacket too, I'll have to make a stop in at Gap xo

  4. Definitely sounds like you had a successful shopping trip! How adorable is that leopard print belt?! Love it! xo

  5. I would definitely call this a shopping success! My favorite is the utility jacket! I have a utility jacket but am dying for a tan/creme utility vest for my closet. I also really need a pair of nude heels, don't ask me how I don't already own a pair.

  6. So jealous of all these great finds. Can never beat a good sale!


  7. Awesome finds, Nicole! I can almost picture you wearing all of these together for a fun outfit :) I'm glad you found that utility jacket - I know you've been looking for a while! Isn't it a great feeling when you find something you've been looking for like that?! Yay!!


  8. Posts like this are exactly the reason its a GOOD thing there are no GAP stores in Beglium. Let alone a GAP outlet. I'd be broke all the time! Love your new buys :) and I can never get enough of a good plaid shirt! x

  9. I really want a utility jacket but I haven't been able to find any that fit what I'm looking for. I've found that when I shop just to shop I go a little nuts in the store... but when I actually have something to buy I get really picky!
    With Luck Blog

  10. Success indeed! I finally found me a pair of boyfriend(ish) jeans too! I've already worn them like 5 times in the past two weeks. I'm a bit obsessed. I need a leopard belt too. I have one but its only big enough for my waist and not my hips. Boo. That utility jacket... Lets share? It's friggen awesome.

  11. I'm really upset because
    1. I didn't go to gap to check out their sweet sales, and
    2. I'm pretty sure we were at the outlets one the same day AND WE DIDNT SEE EACH OTHER


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