Weekend Casual

Anyone else feeling exhausted today?  Why does it always seem like I feel more tired after a long weekend?  I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend - and get pumped - summer is unofficially here!  Maybe it's just my crazy type 'A' personality, but I found myself thinking about the start of summer as almost a time to make new resolutions and refocus my efforts...kind of like New Year's, but maybe just in my head?  haha - Does anyone else do this?    I know life is about to get super busy with the start of wedding and event season, so I'm trying to get organized and prepared (though that's always easier said than done).  Other bloggers warned me how much work actually goes into doing a blog and now I fully understand what they were talking about.  Working a full-time job, planning events during busy season, and trying to do a blog is a lot of work.  And don't get me wrong - I love being busy - I thrive on it.  Sometimes it's just difficult to balance and I never want one area to suffer because I can't commit my full time and attention to it....because in true type 'A' fashion I am also a major perfectionist and pretty hard on myself.  That being said, I have some great ideas for the blog this month and am hoping to be able to post more frequently!  I'm so thankful to everyone that has patiently followed along as I have begun the process of trying to grow this little site - and for the kind words of encouragement - it truly means more than you can imagine! 

So enough of my rambling...on to this great casual weekend outfit!  I paired a wonderful pair of AE destroyed cuffed denim with a basic short sleeve sweater and dressed it up with heels and some fun new gold jewelry.  Confession:  I've always been kind of weirded out by outlet and factory stores.  Am I the only one?  I'm not sure why, but I always had the opinion that the stuff at outlets was last season, defective, or the pieces that didn't sell and no one else wanted.  Well after doing the Blogger contest at the Grove City Premium Outlets a few weeks ago, I kind of changed my tune.  I got this great top, earrings, and necklace at the Banana Republic Factory store and this simple gold bracelet at the J-Crew Factory store.  I even went online and bought some pieces from both Banana and J-Crew's factory sites (outfits to come)!  Soooo I'm not sure that I am 100% converted, but I definitely will be checking out factory stores more often.  I mean nothing feels better than seeing items at 50% off and then popping in a promo code for another 20%.  I can't complain about that. 

Shop the Look:

Jeans (old) - similar - American Eagle - Stretch Tomgirl Jean - $49.95 / Top - Banana Republic Factory - Short-Sleeve Sweater - $49.99 / Bracelet - J-Crew Factory - Golden Cuff Bracelet - $12.50 / Necklace & Earrings - Banana Republic Factory - in stores / Shoes (old) - Since the shoes are old, I am sharing a pair that I currently have on my "wish list" - they come in six colors, are super affordable, & would look great with this outfit - Sole Society - Anneke - $59.95