Where You Can Shop Small this Holiday Season

This year it is more important than ever to support small businesses to make sure that they survive this tough year. I also love to support women and minority-owned businesses, which is a majority of this list. This list comes from shops I have personally purchased from before, or personal recommendations from friends and family.

Please share it with anyone you know looking to support small businesses this holiday season!

1. Women’s Clothing:

A. Shop Whilden (Chapel Hill, NC) (Women-owned): Whilden is a unique women’s boutique offering distinctive clothing, shoes and accessories. The boutique boasts a mix of classic and eclectic clothing, while featuring local and regional jewelry artists who have designed statement pieces to complete any outfit. 

B. House of Hanz (Brooklyn, NY): Hanz is a curated retail destination featuring fashion & accessory brands from around the world for men, women, and home. And they sell Emerson Fry!

C. Royal + Reese (Bloomington, IL) (Women-Owned): A boutique for women and kids clothing owned by three sisters. As you guys have seen, I shop here way too often!

D. Phenomenal Women Action (Women and Minority-Owned): Great female-empowerment clothing from a shop owned by Meena Harris (Kamala Harris’ sister).

E. Royal Jelly Harlem (NYC) (Women and Minority-Owned) This shops sells the face masks worn by Duchess Kate!

F. The Tiny Tassel (Charleston, SC) (Women and Minority-Owned)

G. Odin Leather Goods (The Colony, TX)

2. Kids Clothing:

A. Piccolina Kids (Women-Owned): Piccolina’s “Trailblazer” tees (featuring famous women in history were on Oprah’s Favorite Things list last year, and this year they have expanded the collection to sweaters, masks and pjs! I own two of the tees for my daughter and have my eye on the RBG pajamas!

B. Wire + Honey (Women and Minority Owned): This is a wonderful family-owned business in Baltimore that always donates a portion of their proceeds to charity.

C. Typical Black Tees (Women and Minority-Owned): I own their “Elect Black Women” shirt and wear it all the time. They sell clothing for both women, men and children.

D. Lemon Lane Consignment (Falls Church, VA) (Women-Owned): You can shop their IG page for so many good deals on name-brand kids clothes from Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, etc. I get so many clothes for Maggie from here!

3. Food:

A. Greyston Bakery: The bakery that makes brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which has a wonderful “open hiring system” to give second chances to those in need of employment.

B. Katherine Anne Confections (Chicago, IL) (Women-Owned)

C. Raye’s Mustard Mill (Eastport, ME)

D. 1915 Farm (Victoria, TX): Grass-fed beef and gifts.

E. Wonderpuff Cotton Candy (Women and Minority-Owned)

F. Wicked Whoopies (Gardner, ME) (Women-Owned)

G. Oaktown Spice Shop (Albany, CA)

4. Candles

A. Smile + Light (Arlington, VA) (Women-Owned): Hand-poured candles inspired by your favorite books, including a Christmas Carol collection! These are made by my friend Molly, and I can personally attest to how amazing they smell.

B. Big White Yeti (Milwaukee, WI) (Women-Owned)

C. Harlem Candle Company (NYC) (Women and Minority-Owned)

D. KSM Candle Co (Baltimore, MD) (Women and Minority Owned)

E. Southern Elegance Candle Co (Raeford, NC) (Women and Minority Owned)

5. Toys: Here are a few local toy stores you can shop at instead of big box stores!

A. William’s Smart Fun Toys (Macon, GA)

B. Play Toys & Books (Chicago, IL)

C. World of Mirth (Richmond, VA) (Women-Owned)

D. A+X Puzzles (Women and Minority-Owned)

E. Papa Don’s Toys (Walton, OR)

6. Gift Shops

A. Woods Grove (Brooklyn, NY)

B. The Flourish Market (Raleigh, NC) (Women-Owned): Flourish Market partners with 50+ brands that work all over the world, providing dignified jobs and fair wages to inspiring artisans and makers in vulnerable communities.

C. Feliz Modern (San Antonio, TX) (Women and Minority-Owned)

D. New Origin Shop (Austin, TX) (Women and Minority-Owned)

E. Covet (Arlington, VA) (Women-Owned): They have so many fun gift items, including RBG notepads, Fauci masks, and “I’m Speaking” lip balm!

F. Zazu (Ashburn, VA) – they carry a huge variety of gifts, including these super cute Spartina bags for your favorite destination/your hometown.

G. Moore Collection (Denver, CO)

H. Little Peach Fuzz (Chicago, IL) (Women-Owned): A great place to get unique kids gifts!

I. MorningTide (Albany, CA) (Women and Minority-Owned)

J. Humboldt House (Chicago, IL)

7. Jewelry:

A. Stacking it Up Bracelets (Oak Park, IL) (Women-Owned): Gorgeous bracelets hand-made by my friend Erin, who can add “Mama” and your kids’ initials – or really anything else you want – to a bracelet stack.

B. MadexMeg (Fairfield, CT) (Women-Owned): My friend Meg made me a “VOTE” beaded chain for my mask that I am obsessed with, and she also sells mask chains for kids and kits for kids to make their own beaded jewelry

C. By Selena with Love (Montclair, NJ) (Women-Owned): Gorgeous crystal and birthstone jewelry hand-made by my friend Selena!

D. Peach Made Clay (Atlanta, GA) (Women-Owned): My friend Katie makes the most gorgeous and unique statement earrings, perfect for the accessory-lover in your life.

E. Beau + Stella (Seattle, WA) (Women-Owned): Constellation jewelry hand-made in America.

F. BR Design Co (Charleston, SC) (Women and Minority Owned)

G. Oceanne (Women-Owned)

8. Drinkware:

A. MNGlitter Works (Minneapolis, MN) (Women-Owned): My friend Krystle sells these fun hand-made tumblers for the glitter-lover in your life.

9. Artists:

A. Berkley Illustration (Portland, OR): These pet portraits are such fun unique gift!

B. Meenal Patel Studio (San Francisco, CA) (Women and Minority-Owned)

C. Elle Cree (Portland, OR) (Women-Owned): Handmade paint-by number kits to support good causes (“We believe in supporting causes that protect the most vulnerable among us, which is why in 2020 we committed to donating 5% of our net profits to a number of social and environmental causes”).

D. Blessed Willow Gallery (Fort Wayne, IN): This shop sells custom paintings of your home, which I think is a great personalized gift!

10. Makeup/Skincare/Bath Products:

A. Laura Botanicals (Thousand Oaks, CA) (Women-Owned)

11. Book Stores: Amazon will be fine, please consider supporting a local bookstore this holiday season!

A. KidO Chicago (Chicago, IL) (Women and Minority-Owned)

B. Books are Magic (Brooklyn, NY)

C. Book Shelf Thomasville (Thomasville, GA)

D. Semicolon (Chigago, IL) (Women and Minority-Owned)

E. White Whale Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)

F. Powells (Portland, OR):

G. Hello Hello Books (Rockland, ME)

H. East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)

12. Workout Studios

A. Bar Method Baltimore (Baltimore, MD) (Women-Owned): You can currently work out with Bar Method for 50 days (virtually in the comfort of your home) for only $50. This would be a great gift for a friend who is looking for a new way to work out at home!

13. Home Goods

A. Mae in Maine (Maine) (Women-Owned): Hand-made rope baskets and trays.

B. Vintage Maps (Philadelphia, PA)

C. Estelle Colored Glass (Women and Minority-Owned)

D. Heath Ceramics (Sausalito, CA)

E. Lolo Lincoln Personalized Stationary (Apex, NC) (Women-Owned)

Where Can I Find: Matching Family Pajamas (2020 Edition)

I do this post every year because I know so many of you love Christmas PJs, and especially love to match your partner, your kids or even your pets!

  1. Target has tons of options, as per usual – and their prices range from $10 – $25 for each pair of pajamas. You can click here to see all the options available, and here are some of the styles they are carrying this year:

2. Old Navy: Old Navy also has a lot of affordable options, and all of them can be found here. Right now their family matching PJs are 40% off, meaning even the adult PJs are below $25. Below are some of my favorite styles:

3. Hanna Andersson – Hanna’s Christmas PJs are definitely on the more expensive side, but they last (my 3yo is currently wearing hand-me down santa pjs from my 7yo, and they still look great!). I have also purchased the women’s pants before and love them. (Also, the kids PJs are on sale right now for $29!)

Click here to see all of their PJs, and below are some of my favorites:

4. Carter’s: So far, Carter’s just has two patterns for family matching pajamas, but I really love the Santa print ones that come in both a green background and a pink background:

5. Land’s End: I did not realize they sold family matching PJs at Land’s End, but they have some cute options! They have a lot of classic plaid PJs sets, as well as a sloth pattern and a dog pattern. Prices range from $20 – $45.

6. Kohl’s – Similar to Target, Kohl’s has a number of options that won’t break your budget – and Lauren Conrad even designed some for her Kohl’s line! You can see all the options here, and below are some of my favorites:

7. JC Penney: You can see all of the options here (including reindeer onesies!), and below are a couple of my favorites:

They are also selling family matching PJs at: Children’s Place, Pottery Barn Kids and Sleepyheads.

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Deal of the Day: The Best Fall Sweater (and it’s Under $20!)

Is there anything better than finding a classic piece that fits well, is affordable, and comes in a ton of colors/patterns? I have already purchased this Target sweater in both gray and hot pink and may be going back to get more – because it is only FIFTEEN DOLLARS!

It is a mid-weight sweater, not too thin but also not super thick or itchy like a heavy wool sweater. I purchased it in XL, which is the size I normally purchase in A New Day clothes.

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New Fall Arrivals at Target

I haven’t browsed clothes in person at Target since March, but I went in for groceries today and saw a couple things that caught my eye and decided I needed to snap some pics! Here are the items that I love for fall, and I’m going to come back in another post to share my at-home try on of what I ended up buying. Also, Target has now combined its Regular and Plus listings when items are available in both size groups (yay!), which is why I haven’t included separate Plus size links.

*PSA that all of the Universal Thread items are 5% off right now, make sure to add that offer to either your Cartwheel app in store, or add the offer to your cart online!

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Universal Thread Puff Sleeve Dress – $29.99 – this has some gorgeous tiers on the bottom and would be great with booties.

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Black & Leopard Backpacks – $32.99, Universal Thread (it will come as a surprise to no one that I am obsessed with the leopard print!)

Universal Thread Floral Top – $24.99 – I love lightweight blouses like these for fall, because it stays hot here in NC through September and October. This also comes in other colors and patterns.

Universal Thread Leopard Print Ruffle Sleeve Top – $27.99 – I keep seeing other people post about this in the Target Fam Facebook group, and I have to admit that it is really cute in person! It is almost more of a sweatshirt material as opposed to a dressy blouse. If you’d prefer a blouse in the same pattern, Target has that too (click here).

Universal Thread Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt – $25 – this come in solid colors and tie-dye and would look great paired with shorts (or sweatpants, let’s be honest).

A New Day Colorblock Cardigan – $27.99 – This cardigan is the whole reason I looked at fall clothes at all today. The colors stopped me in my tracks! There are several solid and striped color ways available.

A New Day Slouchy Crewneck Sweater – $24.99 – I love the color block version of this, but I was even more in love with the maroon. Online, they paired it with leopard pants, which would be an amazing look for fall! (It comes in 8 different colors online)

New Day Crewneck Pullover – $20 – I am dead over this hot pink, and also this insane price. This looked to me like it is meant to be a shorter sweater, though not quite cropped. It is available in 13 colors/patterns online.

New Day Woven T-Shirt – $20 – I love this plaid for fall, and to me this felt more like a blouse than a T-shirt. I also love how it was paired with these paper-bag pants ($29.99).

New Day Short Sleeve Eyelet Top – $20 – I love that this spans both summer and fall – I’ve seen a lot of short sleeve eyelet tops, but never in these gorgeous fall colors!

New Day Plaid Blazer – $34.99 – I have really loved the New Day blazers I’ve purchased in the past, they are always surprisingly great quality considering the price. And this plaid is so beautiful!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020: A Preview

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins for select cardmembers on August 4th, and for the rest of cardmembers on August 13th (it opens up to non-cardholders on August 19th).  If you want to look at everything for sale this year, you can click here.

First, here is a quick run-down of The Classics – the staples that are part of the sale year after year and have tons of positive reviews:

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[Steve Madden Calf Hair Loafer – $39, Regularly $91]

[Blondo Waterproof Booties – $69; Normally $149. So many people are obsessed with their Blondo booties, and now is the time to get them for more than 50% off].

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[Hunter Tour Packable Rain Boots – $99; Regularly $150. I have been considering a pair of Hunters for years, maybe I will finally go for it!]

[Moonlight Pajamas ($39; regularly $65) – I own these and they are so comfortable! Size down if in between. They also have a shorts version, and there are tons of color options] 

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[Natori Rose Dream Custom Coverage Bra ($42, Regularly $79) – this is the only bra I will wear with underwire, it is very comfortable and supportive and I highly recommend it].

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[Zella Live-In Leggings – $38; Regularly $59. These are my #1 favorite leggings, very soft and can be worn to workout or to lounge/work from home. Available in gray, black and pink]

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[Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan – $68; Regularly $116 – I don’t own this one but have heard nothing but glowing reviews! It’s a great one to buy and save for a holiday gift as well. Available in plus-size here].

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[Wit & Wisdom Absolution Ankle Skinny Jeans ($49, Regularly $78) – I may need to buy these this year, I know so many people who say these are their favorite jeans].

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[Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – $64, Regularly $98]

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[Patagonia Water-Repellant Jacket – $111; Regularly $159]

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Second, here are some items I want to highlight from this year’s sale:

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Daydreamer Flying Varsity Crewneck Sweatshirt – $49; Normally $87. Tie-dye continues to be very popular, and I think the tie-dye pieces from the sale will sell quick.

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Quay Australia Cat Eye Sunglasses – $35, Regularly $55. I love Quay sunglasses and this is an excellent deal!

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Daydreamer Rainbow Tie Dye Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $44; Regularly $69.

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1.State Floral Smocked Mock Neck Blouse – $49, Regularly $89. I love a high-neck blouse, and this would be great for the office (whenever we go back there!)

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[Free People Teddy Coat – $99, Regularly $168 – I don’t own a teddy coat, and I love this caramel brown color!]

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Glen Plaid Double Breasted Blazer ($49, Regularly $100)

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Julia Jordan Tile Print Mock Neck Midi Dress ($76, Regularly $129) – I think this is my favorite piece in the sale, because it is something unique and new that I don’t already own.

Caslon Open Front Cardigan ($39, Regularly $69) – these stripe cardigans always sell out, and I am sure this year will be no exception! It is also available in plus-size here.

Kut from the Kloth Faux Suede Jacket ($76, Regularly $118) – I love the fall color options for this, including Burgundy!

Gibson Cozy Twist Pullover ($28, normally $49) – I am not skilled at all the fancy knots and tucks people do with their tees, so I love when someone does it for me! This comes in solids and prints and the price is great. Available in plus-size here.

Gibson Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer ($49, Regularly $98) – this comes in a ton of colors, I personally love the hot pink!

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Caslon Draped Front Faux Leather Jacket ($69; Regularly $129) – this would be such a good staple piece for fall that you can wear over a casual white tee and jeans, or over a floral dress.

B.P. Print Long Sleeve Leopard Dress ($31, regularly $55) – considering leopard is always in for fall, and the low price point – this one is likely to sell out! It is also available in plus-size here.

Barefoot Dreams Leopard Cardigan – the Barefoot Dreams cardigans are always a popular item at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and now there is a leopard option! ($79, Regularly $134)

 

Home Decor: Our Homework Room

I saw a post from @younghouselove a few months ago with a “homework room makeover” and knew I had to do something similar once we got into our new house. It’s so nice to have a place for all of their books and craft supplies, and to do their homework in as they get older.

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Desks: I was originally going to get the same desks from Ikea from the original YHL post, but that just didn’t make sense in the age of COVID. I got these Target desks instead and they were so easy to put together (less than 10 mins, it’s just attaching legs) and look really nice and sturdy for the price.

Bookshelves: I used this Sauder Pogo Boom/Toy Organizer that I have had for years and would highly recommend (I can’t believe it has lasted through two moves considering the price), and an Ikea piece that used to be our pantry.

Cube Organizer: I am using this Ikea cube organizer and wicker baskets (that I already owned) to keep all the art supplies organized. You can also get a similar organizer from Target and similar baskets from Wayfair.

Rug: I got this rug at Home Goods for only $60 and I’m obsessed. For a similar 5×7 rug under $100, check out these options: nuLoom at Home Depot, Mark & Day, and Wayfair.

The Look for Less: Serena & Lily Riviera Chairs

You’ve probably seen these gorgeous Serena & Lily Riviera Chairs all over your Facebook and Instagram targeted ads, and in the homes of a lot of influencers. They are gorgeous but definitely an investment piece at over $200 each for dining chairs and over $300 each for barstools. (ETA: Just my personal two cents that I thought Serena & Lily’s response to the BLM movement was trash, so I wouldn’t buy their products).

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If you want this same look for less, below are a number of options for both dining chairs and barstools:

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French Cafe Wicker Patio Chair – $54, Threshold

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Safavieh French Bistro Barstool – $151 each, Target

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Wicker Arm Patio Chairs – $100 – 130 each (available in several colors), Target

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French Bistro Side Chair – $160 each (available in several colors), Target

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Hooper Stackable Dining Chair – $130 each, Home Depot

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Woven Rattan Dining Chairs – $140 each, World Market

Where Can I Find: A Tie-Dye Lounge Set

Stuck at home, and keep wanting one of those tie-dye lounge sets you’ve seen all over Instagram?

Here are a few options that won’t break the bank:

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Tie Dye Lounge Top and Shorts – $29 each, Shoptiques

Hoodie and Joggers – $28 each, Union Bay (check the top bar of their site for current discount codes!)

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Tie Dye Lounge Set – $24.99, Target

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Satin Tie-Dye Jogger Pants – $20, Target (Click here for the matching top)

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Colsie Lounge Sweater and Pants – $20 each, Target (pants appear to be sold out in this pattern online)

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Cloud Tie Dye Set – $24, Macy’s

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Tie Dye Pajama Set – $20, Walmart

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Tie Dye Sweatsuit – $68, Shoptiques

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Tie Dye Printed Pajamas – $5 – $26, Amazon (comes in several colors – fair warning that this one may have a longer shipping time)

And here are a few sets that are more of a splurge:

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If you want to get the same set as Nina Dobrev, check out this Z Supply Top and Shorts! ($118 for the set)

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This PJ Salvage set is on the more expensive side, but is very cute and available in either a short or pants combo! (Top; Pants; Shorts)

The Look for Less: Rothy’s Dupes!

Love the breathability/comfort of Rothy’s but don’t want to pay $150+ for flats? Here are some companies making similar knit shoes for a lot less:
For the record, I love my Rothy’s, but I also know it’s a huge investment and always like to provide you all with affordable options. I own the Steve Madden Rosy flats in camo and love them, they do run small just like Rothy’s.
1. Kelly & Katie Fonzie Flats – $39.99, Sizes 6-11, come in several colors/patterns. I bought the camo ones when they were on super sale for $14.99 and they are great! They are true to size (they are not as pointed/narrow at the tip as Rothy’s are) and have a nice memory foam type cushion on the bottom.

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2. Steve Madden Rosy Flats – $89 (I’ve also seen them at Nordstrom Rack for way less, as low as $39) – Sizes 5-11, available in 3 colors/patterns. I bought a pair of these in camo and they are really cute but do run small like Rothy’s points, the Size 11 was just too small for me unfortunately. If they had a Size 12 I would have bought those!

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3. Naturalizer Alexis Loafer – $49.99, Sizes 5-11, available in Nude and Black
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4. Alfani Step and Flex Pointed Toe Flats – $69.50 – Sizes 5-11, available in 3 colors
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4. Sketchers Cleo Flats – $35.00 – $49.99, Sizes 5-11, available in a ton of styles (flats and loafers) and colors at Zappos.
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5. Kerri Slip-On Shoes – $49.99, Buckle – available in black and leopard
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Target Try-On: Business Casual Tops

I’m always looking for nice tops to throw on for work with black pants and flats, because let’s be honest – I have about 5 minutes to get dressed in the morning so this is my go-to business casual “uniform.” I really love the Prologue line at Target for good quality work wear, and am particularly obsessed with the high-low wrap top I found.

(FYI, I am wearing these pants, my Rothy’s and my favorite necklace with my kids initials – which is under $50!)

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THIS TOP, ladies. It is SO good (and only $24.99). It is a wrap top that actually fits over my large chest (it has a hook-and-eye closure at the top to keep it in place, it is a high-low fit which means it sits at the perfect place in front without needing to tuck it in, but is lower in the back to make sure you won’t be showing anything you don’t want to show lol. I am wearing the Large and I’d say to size down if you want it more fitted. The pictures online show a much looser/boxier cut and I don’t love the way it looks in those photos. Oh, and it’s available in 3 colors and in Plus Sizes.

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This Knox Rose sweater ($29.99) was very comfortable and soft, and great for spring weather because it isn’t too thick. I am wearing the XL.

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I really love this Who What Wear black sleeveless top ($24.99), as it could be worn to work or for a more casual look, and has some great detail to it (I’m wearing a Large for reference). The necklace is also from Target ($14) and could go with a lot of outfits. The top is also available in Plus size.

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I was so excited to try on this New Day mint blazer ($34.99, also available in Plus Size) because I have the exact same one from last year in a light blue and I LOVE it (seriously, run out and buy this!) – I get compliments on it all the time and it looks and feels very high quality.  This is a 14 (I own a 12 in the blue version, I think either would work for me). I also think I’d likely wear it with a v-neck top instead of this high-neck top.

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I don’t really own a white button-up blouse, as it’s so hard to find one that actually fits over my chest but isn’t then too boxy or loose on the bottom.  This one is really gorgeous, and very soft. I am wearing the XL and it fits me comfortably on top. I am wearing it here tucked-in, but you can tuck it in as well.