A Tax Break

I received my W2 for work on Friday but I’ve yet to file my taxes. Yes, I’m aware it’s not even April 15th but I like to receive my refund yesterday. Naturally when I saw my gross pay (and my mind has completely blocked out how much taxes I’ve paid to Uncle Sam) I wondered how much I spent here and there particularly on shopping (my favorite past time). Gap Inc., but mainly Banana Republic, is my favorite retailer and in 2012 I averaged almost $300 on my monthly bills. Yikes!

In case you’re wondering, this is not a post on taxes or where I try to justify my spending (and I do pay off all my cards in full) but I shop for both my fiance and I. He doesn’t buy clothes on his own and his closet is almost exclusively full of Banana Republic t-shirts, dress shirts, jeans and belts. I was also pretty good about getting everything at 40-50% off and using Ebates or Mr. Rebates (the latter recommended by Annie).

Anyway, on to more trivial things like what to do on Sundays. We like to go to open houses (interest rates are at an all time low) in case something catches our eye  so I was trying to come up with an appropriate outfit for tomorrow. Of course I realize that no one may see my outfit if I keep my coat on but I still like to be prepared and look like a responsible adult whenever possible.

Banana Republic Chain link silk square scarf
Banana Republic White Silk Pintuck blouse XXS Petite
Banana Republic Black lightweight wool blazer in 00P
Gap 1969 legging jeans (last year’s version, this year’s version runs one size bigger in my opinion)
Louis Vuitton Trevi PM
Yup, I tuck in my plushies. Still a kid at heart. 🙂

I’ve barely wore the scarf pictured above (purchased in August) and I finally got around to ironing out the creases today. I really hate ironing with a passion. Sometimes things will go unworn for months on end because I’m just too lazy to iron it… like the scarf. Ha!

I ordered this pintuck blouse thinking it was the same as the one from last year but this year’s version lacks the inside cami and it’s not the same sheer material. I still like it though so I’m keeping it. Despite the difference in the material it fits about the same.

Banana Republic White Silk Pintuck blouse XXS Petite
Banana Republic White Silk Pintuck blouse XXS Petite

I also ordered this Zara girl’s trench earlier this week. It was a total fail and looked like an oversized chef’s jacket on me. Feel free to see for yourself (here, here and here).

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.





  1. Stylish Petite
    January 27, 2013 / 3:24 am

    I love this outfit – perfect for open housing! Hehehe the scarf looks so good on you as do all of your scarfs! How you make them look so flawless and effortless is beyond me. I'm still debating on mine….*sigh*

  2. Sheila
    January 27, 2013 / 5:58 am

    Love your outfit!! Super cute with the scarf. 🙂 I hate ironing too! I try to iron everything at once and have it ready whenever I want to wear it so I don't keep ironing them… sigh.. I sometimes make the Hubs iron for me b/c I'm that lazy! haha..Aww I was looking at that Zara girls trench coat online. It's super cute! But too bad the sizing is off and looks like you're 'swimming' in it. Did you exchange for a smaller size? xo – Sheila

  3. Mrs_Jack_of_all_trades
    January 27, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Pretty and practical look.. the scarf is a nice touch!Greetings from Dubai!MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILYhttp://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

  4. Miriam Lee
    January 27, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    love the classic look!

  5. Jess L
    January 28, 2013 / 2:22 am

    Thanks Annie! I went to four today. lol Fell in love with a kitchen but not the rest of the place. FYI. I almost lost my scarf ring today. 🙁 It somehow slipped off and that has NEVER happened before. So glad I noticed and found it laying on the ground.

  6. Jess L
    January 28, 2013 / 2:30 am

    Thanks Sheila. You should get your hubs to iron for you all the time. Ha! My Fiance always asks me to iron but it's easier because his clothes are bigger than mine.The next size down was actually sold out online so I couldn't exchange it for a smaller size. I returned it today at a regular Zara (sans the kid's department). I think the quality was okay but it was lacking in some details (e.g. it could have used buttons on the shoulder epaulets).

  7. Jess L
    January 28, 2013 / 2:35 am

    Thanks Mary Irene! Can you believe that I purchased that bag in 2008?

  8. Jess L
    January 28, 2013 / 2:35 am

    Thanks Miriam!

  9. lisacng @ expandng.com
    January 28, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    I think you look very professional!

  10. Jess L
    January 29, 2013 / 12:12 am

    Thanks Lisa! 🙂

  11. Always Maylee
    January 29, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    Taxes give me a headache and anxiety. Now that my husband and I own a house, it gets a bit more complicated… so I just make my husband take care of it, haha. Open houses!? Are you guys looking to buy? Where are you looking!? Sorry, am I being nosy? I love your outfit, it's so classy and effortless. :)xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  12. Jess L
    January 29, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks Yi-chia! <3I can imagine that taxes only get more fun once you get married and file together. It took me about an hour and a half last night to file mine only to find that one form won't be available until tomorrow. At least I know I'm getting a refund for both state and federal.No, you're not being nosy. My fiance currently owns the condo we live in but we were looking at a few place in Needham this past weekend (good school system… thinking ahead). It's always good to get our feelers out there.

  13. Always Maylee
    January 29, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Needham is great, I love that area! Hopefully you guys will find something you both love! Open houses are so fun. 🙂

  14. Jess L
    January 29, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks! We're in no rush.I agree. It's a beautiful town. The high school looked pretty darn nice too.

  15. Vogue and Heels
    January 29, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    Cute outfit! I love your scarf and handbag!-Vogue&Heelsvogueandheels.wordpress.com

  16. Jess L
    January 30, 2013 / 4:24 am

    Thanks Anngelik! 🙂

  17. JessCai
    January 30, 2013 / 4:54 am

    Loving your new blog header and layout! And of course the outfit is great 🙂 I'm thinking about investing in my first designer bag this year…any suggestions Jess? xo Jess Caiwww.stylizedluxe.blogspot.com

  18. Jessica @ Here&Now
    January 30, 2013 / 5:40 am

    I love your chic scarf! I am starting to get over my winter outfits, and scarves are definitely helping. Also, horray for tax refunds!xx Here&Now Enter My MsDressy Giveaway

  19. Jess L
    January 31, 2013 / 1:58 am

    Thanks Jessica! Scarves are my favorite accessory year round.

  20. Jess L
    January 31, 2013 / 2:07 am

    Thanks Jess! I went through a period where I would tweak it a lot. I'm going to leave it alone for a while. :)I think a Celine luggage would suit your suit very well. Have you tried them on for size? I'm partial to Louis Vuitton myself but I think the Celine in either a classic or bold color would go really nicely with a lot of your outfits.

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