The Best Layering Tee Ever!


I found a new shirt, and well, I am in love! I went to my sister-in-law Katie’s wedding back in July, which was lovely, by the way. 🙂 There, my mom-in-law, Patty, introduced me to the best layering shirt ever!

My awesome sister-in-law Lizzie and me! (I look super tan because I covered myself in Sally Hansen’s pantyhose in a bottle.)

It was a matching purple to go with my brides-matron dress, as the neckline was too low. I asked her where she got them, and she said Wal-Mart. I was floored. So naturally, I headed over to Wal-Mart and bought several more in different colors!


I am telling you, these are the best shirts ever! If you have ever worn a Down East wonder tee before, well, these shirts are even better. When I find something, cheap, flattering and completely modest, I feel the need to tell everyone!

  • First and foremost, these shirts have perfect coverage. Down East shirts always seem to have  necklines and sleeves that don’t quite… cover all the way. With these on the other hand, I don’t have to worry at all about modesty!
  • They are way cheaper than Down East –$2.97, as opposed to $12.97!
  • I also love the fit so much more. The shirts are a little thinner, and the drape is much more flattering.
  • They breathe way better too, which was a major complaint that I had about Down East wonder tees. They felt stiff, claustrophobic, and way too hot for a summer day. These Wal-Mart shirts, on the other hand, are perfect for hot weather.
  • I’ve washed my shirts a few times already, and they have washed well so far. I have not seen any major shrinkage or stretching/warping (although I wouldn’t recommend a heavy duty wash cycle or super high heat for drying).
  • At least at the Wal-Mart in Mandan, there is a whole wall of these shirts, in lots of colors.


These shirts are perfect for me, as I like simple and sweet shirts. I love the solid colors, and that they are great for layering or standalone wearing. And since I’ve been looking to expand my summer wardrobe, I feel happy that I found a great daily wardrobe staple. 🙂

Down East & Thrifting -Part 4


Today is the last part of my Down East & Thrifting Series. My Down East Haul finds sure can stretch far and wide! I decided it was just too cold out, and opted for an inside photo shoot. 🙂 Today I am showing off three dresses from Down East.

This first one is a little brown dress. 🙂 It has a simple design to it, and it’s easy to layer and helps stretch my wardrobe. I guess you could call it an LBD for redheads. 🙂 I paired it with a really fun hunter green necklace from One World Boutique and some rose-colored rose tights. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Little Brown Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Necklace: $9.99, New (One World Boutique)
  • Rose Tights: $2, New (Icing)
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, Thrifted


You last saw this dress in my Brother -in-Law’s Wedding post. 🙂 I’m wearing it here more like a skirt. I thinking the green tights are fun. To make the look a little less like Elphaba, I paired the tights with green flats. Plus, it gives a longer leaner line. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Blue Button Up Blouse: $2, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Gray Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Green Flats: $5, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Tiger’s Eye and Agate Necklace: $0, Handmade with Gifted Beads 🙂


This is my favorite dress of the three. It is green, and just so dang cute! I wear it a lot with brown boots, but I decide to try black boots. I still like it better with brown, but this is a fun look. I love green, and I struggle with not pulling this little beauty out every time I want to wear a dress!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Sunflower Pendant: $3, Thrifted
  • Black Boots: $5, Thrifted

And that’s the end of my Down East & Thrifting Series! I hope you liked it. Now that you’ve seen all twelve outfits, which one is your favorite? You can tell me in the comment section below.


Down East & Thrifting -Part 3


Welcome to part three of my Down East and Thrifting series! In case you didn’t know, I did a Down East Haul post a while back, and I’m showcasing my finds. Today, I am doing jeans and casual wear. And yes… brr! Snow is beautiful, but oh so cold… 🙂 I’m doing my best to focus on the beauty this winter.

I love cropped jeans -I think they are a lot more flattering than capris! For this picture, I just rolled up a pair of my regular cut off jeans. These are a bit too big, so I put on a blue belt. Pardon the random pole by the tree. We can just pretend I’m tap dancing.  🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Long-Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Pink Sweater Vest: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Field Gear)
  • Jeans: Part of $2, Yard Sale (Black House White Market)
  • Blue Skinny Belt: $2, Thrifted
  • Red Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Pearls (Part of 3 piece set): $8, Thrifted


This outfit is pretty simple. It’s purple with a lot of black, but sometimes you just need a simple outfit. 🙂 The black boots help step it up a bit though. I also wear a lot of cardigans, because you know… North Dakota is cold… 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Black Skinny Pants: $8, Thrifted (Target)
  • Black High Heeled Boots: $5, Thrifted
  • Black Cardigan: $2, Thrifted (Ambience Apparel)
  • Purple Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)

casual wear

I love this outfit. Again, cardigans are great in cold weather! I wear lots of layers. 🙂 Here, I have the same pair of jeans that I wore previously, and the blue belt is hiding underneath my shirt. I love this purple cable knit cardigan, especially the satin edge. I’m also wearing leopard print flats, but they’re covered up by the snow. Let me tell you, my feet were red when I hopped back inside!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Purple Cardigan: $4, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Egyptian Necklace: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Brown Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)
  • Jeans: Part of $2 Bag Sale, Yard Sale (White House Black Market)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New (Payless Shoes)

Which one is your favorite? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!



Down East & Thrifting -Part 2



Yesterday was the slacks edition, and today is all about skirts! I’m really having fun showing off my pieces from the Down East Haul, as well as my thrift store finds. 🙂 And yes, it is very, very cold outside. 🙂

I think this outfit is a fun look! I love how the white skirt matches the snow. I found this really neat leather jacket at the Seeds of Hope $1 bag sale, and I fell in love with it. I’m so glad it fit when I got home!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Leather Jacket: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (YMI)
  • Green and Blue Striped Shirt: $5, Thrifted (Target)
  • White Summer Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Brown Boots: $8 Thrifted
  • Pearl Necklace: $3, Thrifted (This necklace has shown up so many times on my blog!)


This outfit is a little better for North Dakota. The midi length helps to keep me warm, and I rather like the china blue pattern to it. I paired it with red flats and a yellow shirt, but the navy jacket helps to tonE it down a bit. This jacket was also found at the $1 bag sale. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Yellow Layering Tee: $3, New, (Down East Haul)
  • Navy Jacket: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Vanity)
  • Red Ballet Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Blue Midi Skirt: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Worthington)


Now, I love this outfit! That little black satin shirt is one of my first thrift store finds ever. I found it when I was clothes shopping in preparation for college. Although it is almost 10 years old, it’s still in great shape! I also thought the purple tights and bright necklace as a fun addition to the all black outfit. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Black Satin Shirt: $4, Thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sparkly Pencil Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Fashion Statement Necklace: Gifted by my awesome coworker Jane! (Charming Charlie)
  • Purple Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Black Pumps: $3 New (Comfort Plus)

Which one is your favorite! You can leave a comment below!

Down East & Thrifting Part 1


It’s a lovely day here in North Dakota. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and …it’s exactly 1 degree Fahrenheit! It was so gorgeous out that I decided to brave the cold for this photo shoot. 🙂 I realized that I hadn’t shown off the clothes that I got from my Down East Haul, and I figured I should remedy that! Plus, I can show off some of my thrift store finds while I’m at it. 🙂

I adore this J. Crew sweater! I just love the look and feel of it! It is 100% merino wool, super warm, and super soft. I got it for free! Seeds of Hope, one of Bismarck’s thrift stores, has a room that is $1 a bag Tuesday -Thursday, and free on Fridays. I had seen it the day before and figured it would be gone before I came back. But there it was, hanging just for me!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown and Black Merino Wool Cardigan: $0, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Brown 3/4 Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Black Pinstripe Pants: Part of $1 Sale, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Black Pumps: $3, Thrifted (Comfort Plus)



This is a fun little number. You can’t tell, but the pants are high waist in a 1950’s cut that look really cute and retro. I’ll have to show them off in a different post. 🙂 I really like the orange and navy. I think it’s striking without being over the top.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Orange Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Navy Short Sleeve Blouse: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Navy Slacks: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Marianne Fashion)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $9, New (Payless Shoes)
  • Gold, Mint and Orange Floral Necklace: Gift (from my awesome Mom-in-law!)



I really love J.Crew. I am so stoked to have a thrift store nearby that sells this brand! I think the olive and green flats is a fun, wear to work combination. Granted, we have a strictly blue shirt policy at my work, but that’s okay. 🙂 I’ll wear on the weekend when I want to look nice.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Gray Merino Wool Cardigan: $5, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Olive Short Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Gray Slacks: $2, Thrifted (Tracy Evans Limited)
  • Green Flats -$3, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Black Clay Rose Necklace, $5, New (Walmart)

P.S. If you ever decide to come to North Dakota during the winter, please don’t walk out of the house like this! You will freeze your buns off!!! Bring a warm coat and scarf!


Down East Haul!


For making my weight loss goal of losing 35 pounds, I had a bunch of money set aside for buying new clothes. And when my awesome sister Heather told me about a Down East Warehouse sale going on, I had to jump on it! Once a year in Rexburg, the Down East store opens up shop in a different location with really low prices. This year, layering t-shirts and accessories are $3, and everything else from sweaters to coats to dresses to pants are $5. I came out of there with lots of treasures! In total, I bought 3 dresses, 1 scarf, 2 sweaters, 4 skirts, and 8 layering tees. I paid a total of $77, which for 18 items is pretty crazy. And the original value retailed at about $339! So, I got everything for about 77% off! How cool is that?


I am really excited about all of these shirts. I love Down East shirts, but am a cheap skate and don’t like paying $10 a shirt. At $3 a shirt -basically thrift store price -I had to get a whole bunch. If you noticed, I didn’t buy any teal or turquoise in the is entire haul. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. 🙂

I love all four skirts that I got, but my favorite is a pleated synthetic leather skirt. I have wanted to own a pair of leather pants or a leather skirt for quite some time now, but didn’t know how to find a modest fit. Well, this full a-line pleated skirt does the job nicely. 🙂


I love the eggplant and black striped sweater. It’s so cute and comfy. I also like the brown cardigan -it has a capelet silhouette, which is fun to wear, and almost like a blanket. 🙂 And I love the three dresses I got! The green one is the perfect color, and looks fantastic on me! It’s almost as if I got it tailored to fit just right!

That, my friends, is the end of my haul. I promise to have to outfit posts off soon, so you can see what they look like in me. Yay for modest fashion!

Oh, and if you are in the Rexburg area and want to check out the sale, it is next to the Dollar Tree on S. 2nd E. 🙂

My Green Fringe Shirt


Here is one of my favorite outfits:

Green Fringe Shirt: This shirt is one of my favorites! I got it at Down East Basics, on sale for $7! The stretchy green shirt has a fun braided neckline with pearl embroidery, and some fringe hanging down the shirt. It has a fun, modern twist on western style. I got it last year, during the Emerald fad. Since I’m a redhead, I can get away with it. 😉

Gray Jeans: You can’t see them super well, but my pants are a pair of straight-leg charcoal jeans, with a leaf pattern. From a distance, the pattern looks like lace. I wear them all the time. 🙂



Makeup: I’m wearing my Clinique Foundation, with a Mary Kay Lipstick in Berry Kiss, Elf Glitter Eyeliner in Twinkling Teal, Elf Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Everyday, Elf Studio Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, and Elf Studio Blush in Merry Berry.

And, yeah! I love Down East, and I love green!

Just In At Down East!


Down East Basics is a cute store here in Idaho, and I love their clothes. One of my favorite shirts comes from Down East. When I received this advertisement in my email, I just had to share! I love these outfits, as they’re colorful, fun, and super cute. My favorite is the cardigan/pencil skirt combo, in the top right-hand corner. The pencil skirt is gorgeous, and I want it! I also think the cardigan is super classy.

Right now, there are two sales going on:

30% off Clearance –This is one of my favorite sales –everything that is already marked down, gets an extra 30% off! This sale is available both in store and online. The sale only happens once in a while, so be sure to grab something! This sale ends 2/17.

30% off Jewelry and Accessories –In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, all accessories and jewelry are marked 30% off. This sale is available both in store and online. This is a great way to get a friend –or yourself –a great gift this Valentine’s Day. This sale ends 2/17.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any shape or form for this post. I just love Down East and wanted to share the love!