March is a long month, but it’s quickly coming to a close later this week. So I’m trying to get back on track with sharing our favorites within the final days of each month rather than waiting until the next. Today I’m sharing the items I’ve enjoyed using or wearing in the month of March, as well as the top products purchased by my readers and YouTube viewers. First I’ll share my March Favorites and then I will share yours.
Each month I like to look back and consider the products, fashions and, sometimes, services I used and especially loved that month. This helps me to stay on track in building my personal wardrobe and creating my signature style. It also motivates me to evaluate my spending patterns and make adjustments as needed. You might want to do the same!
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Each month when I do this little exercise I’m surprised to find that a sort of theme has materialized. I don’t know why I’m surprised; I tend to think in terms of themes all the time! Ha! Anyhow, this month the theme is investment. Yeah, these favorites of mine seem to all be quite pricey. At first I felt apologetic about that. But then again, I’m keeping it real here. These are truly my personal favorites. I’m not trying to push them on you at all. These are just the things I’m honestly enjoying most.
And I do tend to invest more in my wardrobe at the beginning of seasons rather than the end. I still scout for sales or good offers and never buy anything at full price, but I do purchase more substantial pieces at the beginning of a season when I can use and/or wear them more. That results in a lower price per wear in the end. So yes, most of my March favorites are investment pieces. Or they are an investment in my well-being. You’ll see what I mean as we go through them.
I purchased my Navy (also in black) Miller Dickey Jacket when it was temporarily marked down at Veronica Beard in early March. Or maybe I used a 15% off coupon I found. Hmm. At any rate I got 15% off this amazing stretch knit double breasted blazer. And in the first week of owning it, this dickey blazer earned its keep in my wardrobe. It was the only jacket or coat I took with me to Georgia for a week of events. I wore it with almost everything I packed.
I wish I had a photo from James’ camera to share with you, but these are all just “real life” mirror selfies of how I wore the Miller Dickey Jacket throughout my week. I actually also wore it over my green Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress, but failed to get a picture of that pairing. In the first photo above you can see I added the grey hoodie dickey. And for Abby’s first bridal shower I paired it with the Veronica Beard Renzo pants for a completed suit look. The blazer and the Renzo pants are available in navy and black. You’ll find the blazer at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, too. I purchased the blazer in my true to size 8, but I sized up to a 10 in the Renzo pants.
Because it’s been such a
cool cold spring so far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having a few lightweight, spring sweaters to wear. This Striped Collared V-Neck Sweater from Ann Taylor has been my favorite. I wore it frequently on my recent trip to Georgia, and again yesterday with my white jeans for church.
This soft Striped Collared V-Neck Sweater feels like cashmere, but it’s actually a lightweight polyester blend. It fits true to size; I’m wearing a medium. I can comfortably wear one of my camisoles underneath or go without.
I wore my Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress to Abigail’s second bridal shower and got compliments on it. It’s extremely comfortable and quite versatile. A wrap dress works well for most every body shape and proportions.
This Lavinia Jersey Wrap Dress has a nice amount of stretch in it and the fabric feels substantial but still lightweight. A reader asked if the sleeves are tight. No, they are very comfortable with plenty of stretch. And I love the elbow length.
While the three previous items have been garments I invested in, these Eyekeeper 100% Blue Light Blocking Fit-Over Glasses are a small expenditure but a big investment in my wellbeing. After mentioning that I had had some luck sleeping better and deeper with these melatonin gummies, a reader emailed me that she had seen significant improvement with her sleep when she started wearing these Blue Light Blocking Fit-Over Glasses. In fact, she said that she slept deeper than ever before after wearing them while watching television just one evening.
And guess what? I did, too! Because they block blue light 100%, they are tinted. Since I am only wearing them in the evening hours when watching television or checking last minute things on m cell phone, I don’t mind that. But if I were purchasing blue light blocking glasses for daytime I would definitely get something more like these. But I like the Eyekeeper 100% Blue Light Blocking Fit-Over Glasses because I can wear them comfortably over my prescription glasses as needed. They are helping tremendously with eye fatigue and sleep.
I’m counting the Necessaire The Body Wash and Necessaire The Body Lotion (gifted) as one favorite because I’ve been using them together and I’m not sure which I like better. Necessaire reached out to me recently with these products and I’m so glad they did.
I see now that I chose photos of the Sandalwood scented body wash and the fragrance free lotion. But I have in fact been using the eucalyptus in both products and enjoying it immensely. I use just a small amount of The Body Wash to create enough lather for a full bath. And the The Body Lotion feels very emulsifying and creamy on my body after bath. The scent is very light and spa-like, but I’m sure the sandalwood is equally luxurious. And they have the scent free if that’s your jam.
I actually purchased my Frame Le Sylvie High Waist Raw Hem Crop Jeans back in July in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And they may have already made one appearance here in my monthly favorites lists. But now that we’re into spring and I’m determined to wear mostly cropped or ankle length jeans, these High Waist Raw Hem Crop Jeans have become my clear favorites.
I think the wash on my jeans is slightly different from the High Waist Raw Hem Crop Jeans that are now in stock. But they’re very similar and the cut and fit should be just the same. The Frame Le Sylvie jeans have a high waist (11.75″), a slim straight leg and are created from high stretch premium denim. I love the weight of the jeans as well as the fit. They’ll be perfect for all of spring, summer and again into fall.
I purchased the Crocodile Print Tote Bag a couple of months ago when I was previewing spring fashions from Ann Taylor. I’m a little surprised at how frequently I’m reaching for this midsize, tall tote.
This Crocodile Print Tote Bag is just such a nice size. But I also think the light washed tan shade is so versatile for this time of year. Just this past weekend Ann Taylor had everything 50% off. Watch for a similar sale soon.
I’m an ambassador for Ally shoes, so they sent me these Ally Tender Taupe Patent Leather Kitten Heels. But, just like my other Ally pumps, these Patent Leather Kitten Heels are definitely some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned.
I wore my Ally Tender Taupe Patent Leather Kitten Heels to both of Abigail’s bridal showers and I was very comfortable on my feet for no fewer than four hours each time. But I could have worn them much longer with no trouble. Don’t forget, you can use code KAYHEELS for $40 off your first pair of Ally heels or KAYFLATS for 10% off your first pair of flats from Ally. They will work with you to make sure you are fitted correctly, but I did size up to a wide shoe in Ally.
I mentioned in last month’s Coffee with Kay post that James had purchased and planted this QYO Hydroponics Growing System in our basement. It was already growing quickly and, apparently, healthily at that point.
In less than a month we were able to harvest enough Romaine lettuce, spinach and Arugula to have a great salad. And it was so much tastier than what I’d been getting at the grocery store. The photo below was taken shortly after we harvested a good bit of greens for two hearty salads.
James did swap out a few of the herbs that weren’t doing well for the heartier Arugula and spinach. We’re no longer growing cilantro; it’s just too finicky. And I think he removed the Rosemary, too. But I think if we focus on the makings for a good salad we’ll be happier with the results anyhow. I’m loving our QYO Hydroponics Growing System!
And the final item on my favorites list is definitely a bit of a splurge for me. I generally only invest this kind of money in boots or nude pumps or other shoes I know I’ll wear for at least several years. But I just couldn’t resist the cheerful blue in these Tory Burch Jessa Woven Slip On Loafers.
Maybe I’m jumping ahead of myself by listing these among my March Favorites. I have indeed worn them around the house enough to know that they are delightfully comfortable. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. But they feel great. And I wore them to a church meeting last Wednesday night, but I neglected to take a photo.
But I was anxious to share this favorite with you because they are still available right now in this fantastic crisp blue as well as the lovely yellow corn. I wish they were on sale; alas, they are not. And they probably will not be marked down until maybe at the end of the season…if they’re still around. Anyhoo! Just wanted to share. I got my true size 9.5.
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Your March Favorites
These are at least the most popular links that are resulting in purchases. And I have a feeling, most of the purchases have indeed been for these exact items. They’re winners in my book, too!
I’m always happy when the top sellers at Dressed for My Day are products or styles that I really love and use myself. It’s important to me that I only recommend things that I truly like and stand behind. That’s definitely the case with this CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30.
The CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a mineral sunscreen that is lightly tinted so you don’t get that white face effect. It goes on smoothly and easily. I apply it after my moisturizer and before my foundation primer (or foundation, if I skip the primer). And yes, sometimes I skip the foundation because the CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 really does leave your face looking healthy and radiant, regardless of your natural skin color. I use it on my face and down onto my neck.
#4 – Open Edit Blazer
I really love this Open Edit Blazer for spring and summer. So I’m so pleased that many of my readers and viewers opted to purchase it. I’d love to hear if you bought the same ivory color I have or if you opted for one of the many other colors this Open Edit Blazer comes in.
I find the blazer to fit very comfortably true to size. I’m wearing a medium. It works nicely with jeans as I featured it in this post. But you could wear the Open Edit Blazer over a dress, too. And one of the other colors would look great with white or natural colored jeans or pants.
I am so very happy that many of my readers and viewers have purchased the Edison Embellished Nappa Flats. Did you purchase the same black and rattan combination I have on here?
Or did you get the ivory and indigo blue combination I also love?
Or did you perhaps buy the blue twilight or indigo blue monochromatic styles? Either way I hope you find them as comfortable and versatile as I do. I think these are shoes you can wear for years.
The number two top seller at Dressed for My Day (so far) in March is the BagSmart Large Toiletry Travel Bag that I used for the first time on my recent vacation to Florida. I purchased this BagSmart Large Toiletry Travel Bag last summer, then promptly forgot about it. I’m so glad I remembered I had it and filled it up for our trip. And fill it up, I did!
For my Florida trip I was able to just carry this bag since we travelled by car. But for my Georgia trip I flew, and I was a little concerned about getting this oversized toiletry bag into my suitcase. But voila! It fit just fine, even packed to the gills.
I got Abigail one of these nifty BagSmart Large Toiletry Travel Bags as part of one of her bridal shower gifts, too. It makes a great bridal, graduation, Mother’s Day or birthday gift for the women in your life.
And this month’s top seller is the Dorco Tinkle Demaplaning Tools. Well, doesn’t that just serve to reason? As we get older we need a little help keeping the surface of our face fresh, fuzz-free and smooth? Ha! And indeed, I’ve found that the Dorco Tinkle Demaplaning Tools really are easy to use and quite effective.
And that’s a wrap! I’d love to hear from you if you purchased any of these top sellers or anything else you discovered here at Dressed for My Day. Even if something didn’t work well for you, I certainly don’t mind you sharing that…as long as you can be gracious about it, which I know you will be. I know that not everything works for everybody. And I know other readers appreciate you sharing your perspective, whether it’s positive or less so.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’ll have a new video up tomorrow and we’ll be back here Thursday for my March Coffee with Kay. Please join me for that little visit.
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Blessed for My Day
Every day is full of opportunities to either prove our trust in the Lord or demonstrate that we have put our trust elsewhere. Where do you go when you first receive bad news? To whom do you turn when you need wisdom or direction? And what do you do when someone shares something with you that causes you anxiety or fear?
Let’s so focus on the goodness of God and His trustworthiness that we automatically turn to Him with everything…good, bad, in between. Let’s anchor our responses in His character rather than in the emotions that may initially arise in a given situation. And let’s not allow other people’s reactions to steer us in the same directions. If we truly trust that God is able, that He cares and that He is always at work for our good, then we can trust Him every minute of every day with anything and everything we encounter.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. ~ Proverbs 3:5-7