Striped Tee paired with cargo pants and pink lip

Striped basic tee and pink lips

Basic summer look with striped tee and flats

Striped Boyfriend Tee, Pink Lips and Wood Watch

Casual Summer Look with Striped Tee and Top Knot

Cat Eye Sunnies, Striped Tee and Pink Lips
Tee: Kohl's (half off!) 
Pants: Old Navy (old), similar
Shoes: H&M 
Sunglasses: She Inside 
Wood Watch: JORD
Lipstick: Laqa & Co. 

But for real y'all, I think I'm becoming basic. All I've been wearing lately are basics... today's post and this from last week.

It's the same tee! I can't help it. Not to mention that Monday for work, I wore the maroon one... ha! I'll be sharing that look on here soon too.

As you can tell, I bought this top in multiple colors. It's on sale for half off at Kohl's right now and when I came across the sale this past weekend I snatched it up both the striped and maroon ones. #sorrynotsorry

Really though, you can't have enough basic pieces. You can pair this top (in all the colors I own) with either shorts, jeans, dress pants, a skirt, over the top of a maxi dress - I mean the opportunities are endless. So why not stock up on them? Plus, it's comfortable and I'm all about that. #basicb

So yesterday I read something from Rachel Zoe; I love her (but who doesn't?!) and I thought it was interesting. The title alone caught my attention - These Mall Stores Are Cool Again.

Many thoughts running through my head, one being oh hell, what was considered un-cool and have I been shopping there all along?! I mean, what's a fashion and style blogger if I am shopping at all of the outdated places, right? Wrong. At least to me. But that's a different story for a different day. Let's continue on.

Of course I'm going to give you the inside scoop... as if you can't just google it yourself. But hey, you're here and it's convenient... right? Another reason to subscribe to my page. See what I did there?

Moving on.

So per Rachel Zoe and I always trust her, these are the places that are cool again. If you're interested in the full story you can find that here.

Abercrombie & Fitch.

Not gonna lie, I was an A&F junkie in high school, keyword high school. Continuing on with the honesty, I also (similar to the story) came across something from A&F more recently that I really wanted. Like really. For some reason I couldn't bring myself to purchasing it. Well why the heck not? I let the stereotypes get to me. Shame on me, I know. But in A&F's defense, they have slightly re-branded and I've noticed some items with less pricey tags attached. Bonus. AND the item that I wanted (an oversized cardi) definitely did not have the infamous moose logo. Double bonus.

Ann Taylor.

I can't give a ton of feedback on this one. I don't think I've ever shopped at Ann Taylor. But The Zoe mentions that they've released a more laid-back sister store called Lou & Grey. That's more up my alley - I might give it a try.


Now this one makes me wanna scream. In a good way scream. I was also a Pacsun girl in high school and beginning years of college. The good news. They are now tailoring their clothing to a slightly older marker, we're talking in the 20s - upper 20s. Now, now - I still have a couple of years in my 20s and you better believe I'm gonna milk it. What I love the most is that they are staying true to their bohemian-inspired looks. Oh, yes!

I hope you found this as interesting as I did. If you're anything like me (when I actually shop in person, in a mall) we have tunnel vision to the stores we know and love and don't give a chance to anything other than that. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone or take it back old school to see what you might find. You could be surprised and who doesn't like surprises?

Any other stores that you loved back in the day and still love now? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Nothing basic about this outfit. Love it.


  2. I'm becoming basic too! lol. But I love you can mix basics together to look not-so-basic :) Great outfit!

  3. I am turning pretty basic myself! I just want to wear all neutral outfits and minimal jewelry…and shop at Old Navy/Target/American Eagle;)