Friday, October 29, 2010

Style Inspiration by FFM: *Navy Check*

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you all! I hope you've had a fabulous week and are looking forward to an even better weekend. :) Let me first start off by saying that I am sorry for not blogging as consistently lately, replying to comments, or making my rounds to all of the other blogs. In all honesty, I have not been well the past week or so, and before that I was incredibly overextended in most areas of my personal life, leaving less and less time to blog like I had wanted to. Add to that the fact that most times I cannot complete a thought or sentence without being interrupted by one of my boys, (thus the lack of extensive narratives or insight on my posts), so even putting up a picture or sale post can often be quite an accomplishment for me on any given day at this point. I do however want you all to know that I truly appreciate all of you who continue to stop by and really love that some of you even continue to leave comments (even though I've been really bad at replying lately)...thank you to all of you! :)

So enough about me...on to the post! This one continues an already ongoing feature that I am now calling *Style Inspiration by FFM*, where I will post one of my Polyvore set designs and include links to items you can purchase to re-create the look if you so choose. Some of the set designs will be outfits I am wearing or have worn in the past, others will be *reader request* sets, and some will simply be outfits I would love to wear. (If possible I try to include a *real life* photo of me in the outfit if it's something I'm wearing at the time. Of course my schedule doesn't always allow time for snapping a pic, but it is definitely something I hope to include more of with this feature in the future.)

This set is an outfit I wore the other day: *Navy Check*

The Details:

My shirt is the J.Crew Cotton Check Shirt in Navy from last year. This one is so cute and turned out to be really versatile and an overall great purchase. If you're looking for a similar option you might consider the one here, here, or here.

Layered over the cotton check shirt is the J.Crew Jackie Shell in Navy. I own several of these in different colors and find them to be a great staple and extremely versatile. The shell can be worn by itself, as a twinset under a matching Jackie Cardigan or layered over a button down...each look is pretty and feminine. (Similar option here.)

My jeans are the Old Navy "The Weekend" jeans in Weathered Wash (now on sale). These are amongst my favorite jeans by far and the pair I reach for again and again when I want to go for a casual, comfortable, yet *put together* look. If the ON jeans don't happen to work for you, there are similar options here and here.

My earrings are the Steel By Design Gold Hoop Earrings from QVC. They are not only lightweight and reasonably priced, but one of my staple wardrobe pieces, as well. (Similar here and here.)

My local Target finally restocked the Merona Oversized Gold Watch (only sold in stores) last week, so I was able to get one. It's "inspired" by the MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Goldtone Oversize Iconic' Chronograph Watch, only at a much more affordable price point (mine was only $12.99).

My shoes are the Indigo by Clarks Lottie Clog purchased last year, I believe. These clogs are so extremely walking on pillows. If you're able to find a pair I would definitely recommend giving them a try, and if not you can find a similar pair here, here, or here.

My handbag is the COACH Large Ergo Handbag in British Tan Vachetta Leather. I absolutely love the color of this bag, and it's actually a bit darker IRL than in this pic. During one of my visits to the COACH store last year, I was carrying my black version of this handbag, and the SA told me that this particular style of Ergo bag is one of the most requested and popular styles that Coach has ever made. I can see why because it is roomy, but not overly large, comfortable to carry on your shoulder or hold in your hand, and it's not a heavy bag when empty. This bag sold out a long time ago, but there are similar options here and here.

That's it for now! Thanks again for stopping by...have a beautiful and blessed day! :)



  1. Love this outfit....the gingham and navy are great together....have a nice day:)

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  2. I'm really digging the gingham look as well, love the caramel-colored accessories. I am such a natural girl too, I much prefer these warm colors to black.

    I know how it can be to feel like you don't have time for anything really, we appreciate your posts! And I totally hear you on not being able to have a complete train of thought, lol!

  3. FFM, I hope you're on the mend. I honestly don't know how you do it all when you're feeling well! Four boys! And you home school and keep a household running. As much as I look forward to your posts every day, I want you to be well :)

  4. I love this outfit and am going to try out a version of it tomorrow! Thanks for being such a great style inspiration!

  5. That outfit is so "me"! I have a good size collection of vests and pop them over one of my button downs (of which I have a large collection!) whenever I can't think of what to wear. Thanks for hanging in bloggie land with us. Don't know how you do it with your 4(!!!) boys and busy life! Take care and stay well!

  6. This is such a cute and classic look. I apreciate the time and effort you put into your blog, and am amazed that you find any spare time for it at all! Take good care of yourself, and hope you feel better soon. :)

  7. What a great put together yet comfy outfit. I could see throwing a down puffer vest right over this for cooler weather. I am also loving my ON weekenders and must get another pair. I also like that the gingham does not look summery. I've had trouble putting my arms around gingham as a year round fabric.

    Hope you're feeling better soon, and remember to take some time for yourself. Those of us who are moms give and give and give so much to everyone; we have to be reminded to give to ourselves too.

  8. Love the whole outfit, especially that bag- gorgeous!

  9. What part of Florida do you live in? I'm in Orlando, and we have blogger meet-ups a lot so let me know if you're in the area! :-)

  10. Love the classic colors in this combo...and I am loving clogs this year. I got a pair of opened toe brown clogs and LOVE them!!! SO fun! Hope you have a good weekend and get some time or yourself!

  11. Great look! LOVE the clogs - I'm on the search for the perfect pair - they look SO comfy and great with jeans.

    Hope you're feeling better soon - try to take some time to "regroup" and rejuvenate!

    I do love your blog and appreciate all the effort and time you put into it!

  12. Ladies: Thank you all SO much for the sweet and encouraging comments! I sincerely appreciate every one of you and appreciate you taking the time to stop by! :)