Change Up

There is almost nothing I love more than attending the first official BBQ of spring. But truth be told, I don’t find them to be the easiest of occasions to dress for. Probably because as much as I love high heels and jewelry, they unfortunately aren’t the best accessory choices for a back yard get together. But through a little trial and error, I think I have come up with a foolproof outfit combo that not only lets me be comfy and appropriate for such occasions, but even a little stylish too…

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Instagram Filter: Amaro

Boyfriend Cardigan: Old Navy (old), similar  |  Tee: Victoria’s Secret Pink Essential V-Neck (best t-shirts ever) |  Cobalt Skinnies: American Eagle (old), similar | Fedora: Forever21 (old), similar, similar | Necklaces: Tiffany and Co., My Personal Collection of Charms | Watch: Michael Kors | Sandals: Madden Girl (old), similar, similar

You have probably noticed things are looking a little different on the blog today-and hopefully in a good way!  I have been wanting to test a little larger photo size and a more simplified layout for a while now.  And what can I say? I guess the new season finally inspired me to change things up a bit.  Guess it’s my blogging version of spring cleaning.  Anyway, would LOVE to hear your feedback!

Thank you so much for reading!

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Seasonless

If you would have asked me a couple of years ago if I would ever consider wearing bright pink pants in the middle of the winter, I probably would have told you no. I also probably would never have imagined that I would own jeans in every color of the rainbow either. But I suppose that is one of the many things that I love about fashion.  Even though trends tend to be cyclical, each season is always full of so many elements of surprise, constantly pushing us out of our comfort zones and willing us to try something new…

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Instagram Filter:  Amaro

White Chiffon Button Down:  ArdenB (old) similar | Sequin Polka Dot Shirt:  JCrew | Pink Skinnies:  The Limited, similar, similar | Gold Chain Necklace: INC via Macy’s | Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co. | Gold Charm Watch:  Anne Klein | Gold Watch:  Michael Kors | Sunnies:  House of Harlow Chelsea | Bag:  Olivia+Joy  (majorly on sale!!!!!) | Wedge Pumps:  Dolce Vita, similar

To say that I am totally and completely smitten with this JCrew sequin polka dot shirt would be an understatement.  In fact, I’m finding I have to limit how much I wear it (you can see it featured in another post here). Don’t you just love pieces that are not only incredibly versatile, but also make you feel extra special every time you wear them? 

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

xx

FPF: Ode To Colored Skinnies

J and I are heading to Montana to spend the holiday with family and I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  However, I have to get through packing first-which is never an easy task for me.  With the amount I travel for work, you would think it would be a piece of cake.  But for whatever reason, it just doesn’t come easily to me.  And so, in an effort to garner some inspiration, I thought it might be helpful to take a look back at some of my favorite outfits created with colored skinnies…

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There is so much to be thankful for and so many things to look forward to over the next few days-it really is the most wonderful time of the year.    Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

xx

Sunshine and Lace

Ahhhh, lace.  So pretty, so sweet, so timeless, so romantic.  I have to say that I am awfully glad to see lace making a comeback.  And am especially loving all of the cute lace and crochet shorts, flowy tops, and crops-some bohemian, some more fashion forward, there is a style of lace out there for everyone. 

And with so many options and price points to choose from, I have been on the hunt for a perfect lace top for a while and finally found a beautiful cream lace cropped tank at Macy’s a few weeks ago (post to come).  So I was surprised when I was recently in Forever21 and found another lace tank that was not only longer, but the color of sunshine and about 1/3 of the price.  And I knew instantly that even though it was lace (and yellow), it was a great basic that could work back to skirts, shorts, denim, and even colored denim. 

Yellow Lace Top:  Forever21

White Layering Tank:  H&M

Colored Skinnies:  Else by Joe’s Jeans exclusively for Macy’s

Sunglasses:  Calvin Klein via Macy’s Sunglass Hut

Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co., H&M, Macy’s, Thailand (yes, the country)

Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Color Block Platform Shoes:  ZigiSoho via DSW

If you haven’t already added a piece of lace to your summer wardrobe, I would highly recommend doing so.  Not only is it on trend right now, but lace is timeless and will most certainly keep making comebacks as the fashion trends cycle over the years.  I also wanted to point out that I did something I don’t normally do in this post-which is opt for a monochromatic look with my shoes instead of a complimentary, but different, pop of color.  While the yellow heel and the turquoise platform are a shade or two darker than my top and jeans, they are in the same color family, and therefore work back to each other.  The white pop on the shoe is also the perfect way to tie it all together.  All in all, I am really pleased with how the look turned out and will definitely be making more monochromatic choices in the future-yet another fun and different way to change things up a bit!

xx

Strawberry Banana

We’ve already established that I LOVE color.  However, since I started writing this blog, I have noticed (among many other things) that I definitely tend to gravitate towards more vibrant and saturated hues.  I don’t own a lot of pastels and am  never particularly drawn to them-BUT there are certain occasions where I can’t think of anything that would be more appropriate.  And the two occasions that stand out in my mind above all others are wedding and baby showers-something about the softness of pastels just seems to lend itself perfectly to these types of events.

We had a surprise wedding luncheon for one of my co-workers this week and while it was a little casual for a dress, I still wanted an outfit appropriate  for the occasion and thought it would be fitting to break out my favorite new pink jeans and pair them back to a pale yellow top complete with nude heels.  A soft and sweet look perfect for such a casual celebration and a little reminiscent of strawberries and bananas. 😉

Sunglasses:  Calvin Klein via Macy’s Sunglass Hut (recent)

Yellow Ruffle Top:  Forever21 (recent)

Pink Jeans:  The Limited (recent)

Nude Pumps: Steve Madden via Overstock.com

Necklaces:  Tiffany and Co., and my own personal collection of charms

Watch:  Michael Kors via Macy’s

Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Diamond Cocktail Ring:  Macy’s

Truth be told, I don’t wear a lot of accessories during the work week.  I steer clear of a lot of arm candy since it clanks around on my desk and computer, and really limit the amount of jewelry I wear in general because a) it takes a lot of effort for me that early in the morning and b) I feel like less is more when it comes to a professional environment.  Plus, I like the idea of feeling like my weekend and date night outfits are extra special compared to what I am wearing to work day in and day out.

xx

P.S.  I used my favorite new Instagram filter for this post-1977.  I just love how these pictures remind me of photos of my mom when she was young in the summertime.