Stuff I Bought At Macy’s This Weekend

I like to shop at Macy’s because my mother in law worked there for many, many years (back when it was Foley’s!) and now she is retired but she has a lifetime discount and it stacks on top of coupons and sales and we can usually get some pretty SCREAMING deals on stuff. This weekend we hit Macy’s together and I totally scored two fabulous things.

(Well, three things. Kind of. You’ll see.)

Thing The First: American Living Navy Stripe Maxi Dress, $29 and until Sunday you get an extra 20% off

Here is the model wearing it.

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And here I am wearing it with my silver Jack Rogers (still love ’em! I want a pair in gold now) and a pinkish-red Clare cardigan that I got at the J Crew outlet when they were $19 (keep your eye on them, they go on sale allllll the time), and I do not love this cardigan with this dress but it is what was clean so…this is not a fashion blog that’s just my real life.


Now. I am not a maxi dress person. I am 5’4″ and I usually feel that a maxi dress makes me look short and dumpy and I know you will be shocked when I tell you that is not usually the look I am going for. And it DOES make me feel SLIGHTLY that way anyway (something about all the fabric? I am not used to so much fabric on my person), but I am 35 and I have had 3 kids and I have realistic expectations, mmmmkay? I feel like this thing could use a belt of some sort, but I took it home for like $20 after some crazy coupons and the sale discount. I like it though. I am going to go ahead and get the solid navy one, too.

This just feels too easy to wear to school pickup this fall when it’s still hot. (I also felt very validated when I saw it had great reviews online.) If you decide to buy this but you aren’t reading this until Monday DO NOT BUY IT YET. They always run the extra 20% off starting on WEDNESDAYS, so just sit tight and they’ll run the sale again in a week or so. I mean, you do not pay full price at Macy’s, that’s just the RULE. This isn’t a $40 dress. Somewhere in the $20-$30 range is right.

Thing The Second: Idealogy Long Sleeved Hoodie, $38, but you can get an extra 20% off if you hit the sale right

Here is the model wearing it.

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And here I am wearing it.


This is what I would call part of my wardrobe of Everyday Clothes. I have taken to wearing basically gym clothes every day. It is usually something like stretchy gym capris, a tank of some sort and sneakers. Sometimes flip flops. Sometimes a t-shirt. You get the idea.

I wear these clothes because I wake up and I start chasing people  at 630am, and shoving 100 pound grocery carts across the pavement when it’s 102-degrees, and someone has to haul all those heavy groceries inside while keeping Preston from running out the door into the street, and there’s just no way to keep myself from sweating with three kids to chase after from 630am to 930pm, okay? This is my life.

I move a lot; gym clothes are designed to be worn by people who bend and squat and run sprints to rescue 18-month-old children from climbing the stairs when an older sibling has knocked the gate down. I am much happier now that I have stopped putting on nice clothes in the morning and then trying to spend the entire day not ruining them, because that was just impossible and I was not a very fun mom when I was saying NOPE to all the fun (messy, sweaty) things. ANYWAY.

I usually source my wardrobe of gym clothes at Target or TJ Maxx and sometimes Old Navy but I gotta tell you that gym crap at Old Navy usually fits terribly. I knew I wanted a little hoodie to throw on for this fall but DAYUM hoodies can be kind of expensive. This one is usually seventy bucks! (Ridiculous.)

I have been searching TJ Maxx but coming up empty for a few weeks. I found this beauty on the clearance rack and I LOOOOVE it. The material is stretchy and soft and thin. It’s long (not cropped AT ALL, I am the aforementioned 35 years old I don’t need anything in my life CROPPED). The hood is very fitted and the sleeves have thumb holes and it’s just all around solid. I don’t think it’s a terribly great value (at $38 I am still cringing because it’s just a little jacket), but it’s the best one I’ve seen for a while. I also got one in grey.

But, extra 20% off, blah blah, you get it.


  1. Purdy Bird
    July 27, 2014 10:22 pm

    I’m 5’4″ (3 kids, 34 pretending 35 isn’t two months away) and I’ve never looked at the maxi dresses because I also thought they’d be too much dress for me. Im intrigued to try one now. Also, I’m still wearing my favorite hoodie in all it’s hole-y glory because finding a suitable replacement has been crazy!

  2. Ashley
    July 28, 2014 9:01 am

    I usually buy at least one new hoodie each fall, but good ones are PRICEY and I am CHEAP, so I wind up with ones that technically but barely do the job and make me look sloppy and, yes, FRUMPY. But my cheapskate ways are so ingrained that it has never occurred to me that perhaps if I invested in a decent one, it might actually last a few seasons and I might not hate it. LIGHTBULB.

  3. Roberta
    July 29, 2014 10:08 am

    Ohhh, hoodie! I have a well-documented hoodie problem that you are happily enabling. Thanks for the sale tips also!

  4. JENinMICH
    July 29, 2014 12:57 pm

    Why are tops made so short? I have things I like but after 3 washes (Gap/Old Navy) they shrink up only on the bottom and then I am done with them.

  5. K
    July 29, 2014 7:20 pm

    I have adopted the SAME uniform since I am home now during the day:

    Athletic tank from Target (I have the same style in five different colors)

    Black athletic shorts from Target

    Black Starfish capris from Lands End

    Black Croc slingbacks

    Every single piece does not need to be ironed and can be tossed into the washing machine when it turns manky. Turns out I get pretty gross while home. I was considerably less gross in my office at work.

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