a lovely living


Hi guys! Some of you may have already begun enjoying your long weekend, yay! I’m excited for sunshine, some pool-time, a Memorial Day race with my eldest, a picnic with friends and of course the sales that are inevitable! I ran in to Loft yesterday to do a try-on and ended up finding some really great pieces I’m excited to share with you all! I brought home a few things that I wouldn’t have expected but I’m so happy to have found. One of those being these sandals. I took them into the fitting room so that I could have them to try on with the other outfits I put together but totally fell in love with them! I’m not going to link them in every single picture below, but I’ll include them at the very bottom where I’ll link everything I tried on. Oh and I didn’t mention, but everything is 40% off!

Unless otherwise noted, I’m wearing a size XS or 0 which is my typical Loft sizing for reference, and I’m 5’7″ to give you an idea on length.

sweater / pants

This sweater is great for spring/summer. Light-weight with the prettiest shade of blue incorporated into the stripes. I’m wearing the small but could have easily sized up to a medium, so I’d say it runs small. The pants are so good. I may end up going back for them, but I hesitated because I already have a few pairs of go-to pants in this color. They are very comfortable. A relaxed fit with a drawstring waist. They could easily go from casual to dressed up with heels and a blazer.

hoodie / pants

Here are the same pants with a cozy, short-sleeved loose-fitting, Lou & Grey hoodie. This color happens to be on sale with an additional 40% off.

hoodie / shorts

It also comes in this marled grey which is equally as cute and cozy. The shorts are a great option for a slightly dressed up short.

tee / shorts

Here’s another look at the shorts. The crepe material and flat front looks very sleek and the elastic waist keeps them nice and comfy…


They have a 4 inch inseam which is great when you want to dress them up and even wear them semi-professionally with a blazer.


This romper is adorable. I love the stripes, the soft color combo and the v-neck and tie waist give it such a lovely shape. I would have gone with my typical Loft size 0, but they didn’t have one in stock. This is a 00 and was way too snug in the rear!

romper / blazer

I adore it paired with this pink blazer which I fell hard for. The quality is amazing, it feels very luxe. Granted I don’t need a professional wardrobe but I plan on wearing this casually over tee’s and jeans, over dresses and jumpsuits and with my wide-leg Everlane pants.


I joked on Instagram yesterday that I felt very 50’s house-wife in this dress, but in the best of ways. Yellow isn’t my best color but otherwise I loved everything about it.


I didn’t have a good enough excuse to purchase this dress, but oh my was it lovely! It’s a faux wrap with adjustable straps and a tie waist. The pleated bottom and polka dots are the perfect touch to this sweet dress. If you’re much larger than a C cup up top you may struggle with the fit as it is tacked to prevent it from gaping open and I’m guessing (and reviewers confirm) that it may not lay as expected.

dress / jacket

I love how it looks with a jean jacket tossed on top. Makes it all the more versatile.

dress / jacket

If you’re on the hunt for a jean jacket, this is a great one. It has a shapely fit, a nice amount of stretch and great sleeve length (always a struggle for me!).

tank / pants

Two really great pieces here. The color combo is one of my favorites! I love the fluid, wide leg pants. Another pair of pants with an elastic waist! A white button-up would also look great as would a plain tee.


The tank is also super cute. I love it paired with these pants, but it could go with denim cut-offs or a midi skirt just as easily. It also comes in a solid white which you can find here.


Since I can’t get enough floral, here’s a cute, lightweight sweatshirt that’s perfect for chilly mornings/evenings or for air conditioned offices! It has enough structure to swing it for a casual work environment as well.


Mixed reviews on this one. I sized up to the 2 for length which made the body a bit loose, but many of the reviews say that it ran very small overall for them. It may work well for you petite ladies though! I have seen positive reviews on this similar dress from Madewell however, so if you like this style, I’d check that one out!

tank / skirt

This skirt is another one I still have my eye on, it’s so vibrant! Pockets, elastic waist and a beautiful floral print, what’s not to love? I threw this tank on with it which is one of their essential tanks. They make it in solids and stripes as well and it’s a really great basic tank. I’m wearing a S but could even size up to a M for a little more wiggle room.

tank / skirt

My apologies on the print overload here, but I didn’t have any good tops to pair with this skirt in the fitting room with me. I loved this skirt though. I don’t own any midi skirts so I brought this one home to play with. I’m picturing it with t’shirts and chambray tops!

jacket / skirt

Here it is with a jacket to give you a better look and tone down the prints!

That’s it for today! Hope it gives you some inspiration for some outfits to come in your own closet! Have a great long weekend everyone!!

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  • Andrea says:

    Love the Blog and all the outfits you put together whether they are from Loft, Madewell, JCrew, whatever! I can into Loft and am overwhelmed by all the pieces I like and never put the right combinations together. And sometimes the combinations that look great on you just don’t work for me. Whomp, whomp.

    Because of that would also LOVE to see you style someone who perhaps has a different body shape than your own. Thinking someone who may wear a 10-14, need to camouflage the post-baby belly they just cannot seem to get rid of, or who may be curvier. If you ever need a volunteer let me know :)!

    Thanks for the awesome blogging from Happy Valley!

    • marisa says:

      Thank you so much Andrea! In the past I’ve done a few try-ons with my friend Rebecca from Mommy in Heels. She’s in the 10-12 range and our styles overlap frequently. She is one I’d highly recommend following if you enjoy my style but want to see something similar on someone who’s body type may be more similar to yours. She’s beautiful and keeps things real…you’ll love her :)

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