Can you believe it’s nearly Mother’s Day already? I feel like it’s super early this year! I can’t wait to spend the weekend hugging my mama and telling her how wonderful she is. Not to mention showering her with gifts! We also plan to spend our Sunday out at brunch sipping mimosas, laughing enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Such a fun day calls for the perfect spring outfit, spent my Monday afternoon shopping around at Seattle’s Northgate Mall to find just the right look for Mother’s Day brunch.

northstar-mothers-day-shopping_26781621526_oI’ve been shopping Northgate since I moved to Seattle back in 2000. I always loved the hometown feeling of this shopping center, and it’s grown so much since then. With a budget of $250 to spend, I set out to find something springy but not pastel, colorful, but not neon, classic but unique. A tall order for one afternoon at the mall. First things first, I made a stop at Papyrus for a Mother’s Day card. I worked at Papyrus in another mall when I was in undergrad at the University of Washington and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I love the huge selection of thoughtful and detailed cards. Although some of the cards are a bit pricey, they truly carry the best in the biz. My mama and I have always had a thing for beautiful cards, so that is always the start to any gift for her. I found a darling card that will perfectly compliment her gift.

And now, onto the outfit. Northgate is packed with a ton of great stores, and after browsing through Macy’s and Express, I headed over to one of my favorites, Ann Taylor LOFT. I’ve long been a fan of their bold colors and prints and have generally found that their clothing fits my body well. Having lost some weight in the last few months, it had been awhile since I’d shopped LOFT. One thing to keep in mind is their sizing runs larger than other brands. When trying things on I usually go for a couple of sizes in each piece just to be safe.

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I knew I wanted something with a bold color or print, most likely in a skirt or dress. I usually gravitate toward dresses, so finding darling little skirts at LOFT seemed like a good place to start. I love spring clothes, and LOFT did not disappoint. Their stores are packed with pretty corals, emeralds, and navy with bold prints and eyelet and embroidered detailing.

Although there were some seriously cute options, I didn’t love any enough to take them home. It’s tough to find skirts that not only fit my waist and derrière while still feeling fitted and feminine. I wanted to love the polka-dotted skirt, but the stretchy waist didn’t give much structure or support which I like to have in the tummy in a skirt. I loved the bold print of the navy and white skirt, but even sizing down to a 4 (I am so not a 4) didn’t seem to achieve the right fit in the waist. My favorite was the coral and white geometric print, but the fabric was so heavy it wasn’t comfortable sitting down, and you know I’ll be sitting down to enjoy my Mother’s Day brunch.

In an effort to think outside the box, I tried on a few new styles. These printed, flowy pants were overwhelming on me and seemed to show every little lump and bump on my hips and thighs. Not for me. I totally loved these embroidered shorts, but was stuck between sizes. They seemed to run smaller than everything else I tried on. The 6 was slightly too small to sit comfortably and the 8 was huge. I had high hopes for this darling dress, but it was more flirty on the hanger and more matronly on my body. Back to the drawing board… Next stop, Nordstrom Rack.

Truth be told I have some pretty incredible shopping luck at various Nordstrom Rack locations, but the Northgate store is somewhat of a Holy Grail for me. This shopping trip was no exception. Right when I walked in I found out they were in the midst of their clearance sale, and tons of sale items were slashed even further and there were a ton of great deals to be found.

With so many items on clearance, I went to the fitting rooms with armloads of clothing to try on, mostly dresses of course. The first dress was a much heavier fabric than I anticipated and I worried that I’d be boiling on what is sure to be a very sunny Mother’s Day. I tried this romper on for fun, but thought maybe, with the right sweater and shoe, I could make it work for brunch. Turns out it was more in-da-club than Happy Mother’s Day. Next... I tried my first ever off-the-shoulder dress, but the cut and print just weren’t right for me. I felt like I was totally lost in its shapeless silhouette. I had high hopes for this little short-sleeved floral number, and although it fit perfectly on top, it was too tight for my derrière.

northstar-mothers-day-shopping_26805644845_oAfter much trying on I finally found a few stunning winners!  I fell hard for this darling MICHAEL Michael Kors trench in this happy coral color (similar). Although I have an old red trench, it’s from Target and isn’t nearly the quality level of this beautiful jacket. Add in gold tone hardware, at just $99.97 I couldn’t leave without it. I’ve been looking for the perfect 90s-inspired babydoll dress for years now and was thrilled to find this darling Angie version for just $28.97. It’s light and airy, nice and flowy for overindulging at brunch (let’s get real here) and the coral print coordinates with the trench perfectly. I love the idea of modernizing a super 90s silhouette with a classic, modern trench. As a little bonus item, this green shirt dress just had to come home with me since it fit like a glove and was marked down to just $7.49! It’s the kind of blank slate that could be styled a few million ways.

franco sartoWith $120 left to spend, I headed over to accessories. After rounds and rounds through the shoe section I finally decided on a sweet pair of block heeled neutral d’orsay pumps from Franco Sarto for just $49.97. I wasn’t sure I’d like them at first, but I love this fresh silhouette and truth be told I’m a total sucker for a good neutral shoe. With $70 left, I wasn’t sure if I could find a handbag that would work with everything at the right price point. Lo and behold I found two good options. The Michael Kors mini-crossbody (similar) on the left coordinated well with the coat with its gold-tone hardware. I could see myself wearing it a bunch over the summer, and at just $69.97 it was perfectly on budget. Ultimately this blush Rebecca Minkoff drawstring crossbody (black and white print version) with tassel details won me over at the exact same price. I felt it was more unique since I’d never seen the style before, and the black hardware and braided detailing made it super special. Plus, I loved that it called to the boho 90s vibe of the babydoll dress.

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northstar-mothers-day-shopping_26738924881_oWith my Mother’s Day brunch outfit all tied up, I left the mall at sunset feeling happy. I’m excited to reveal the whole outfit to you later this week! If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking to INDULGE your mom this weekend, head on over to the Northgate Indulge event on Saturday May 7th from 2-4pm in the Ben Bridge Court. You can shop, socialize and all guests will be treated to special offers, giveaways, and more! What a fun way to spend the afternoon indulging with the most important lady in your life!

Full Disclousure: Northgate Mall is a partner of Lindsay Living. They sponsored this post and provided a $250 gift card to put the together the outfit mentioned above. All opinions and selections are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Lindsay Living possible. 

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