4.16.2015

Sailing Through Spring

Outfit Deets:
shirt:  J.Crew Factory (and it's under $35!!) | shorts:  J.Crew Factory, navy striped version here | wedges:  Tamaris (old), love these | necklace:  BaubleBar | bracelets:  J.Crew (old), c/o Charming Charlie similar here, and c/o Ellie's Sparkles | lipstick:  c/o BareMinerals | sunglasses:  Target 

Sorry for the last of posts the past couple of weeks, but it's been one project, performance, etc. after the other since coming back from Spring Break, and my students and I are racing toward summer break!

I don't really know where to start with this outfit, except that these shorts and shirt were a match made in heaven!  The shorts were purchased at the tale end of summer last year (gotta love end of season sales!), and of course the moment this shirt was available online, I couldn't say no!  Nautical prints, once again, having their moment in fashion, which just makes it that much more difficult for me to NOT shop!  You all know I can't say no to an anchor print.  Or anything remotely hinting of nauti-ness.

Another trend I am falling (more) in love with is sandal wedges.  Just like pumps dress up an outfit, sandal wedges have taken plain t-shirt and shorts and elevated them (no pun intended) from errand-running to date-night status.  And since they're wedges, they are more often than not, more comfortable than pumps.  Unfortunately these sandal wedges are from a couple of seasons ago, but I've linked to a couple pairs of nautical wedges that are on my wishlist that are SUPER cute!

Hope you all will enjoy the rest of your week, and don't forget to check out the monogram giveaway I'm hosting on Instagram!


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4.02.2015

Pink, Green, & Navy Striped Dress w/ShopBellaC

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but I have thoroughly been enjoying my Spring Break this week!  I went home to Indiana for a couple of days to visit my family and see my ADORABLE nephew, and now I'm back home to spend the rest of my week getting some much needed rest.  I can't believe it's April already!  Seriously, ladies, where has the time gone??  Today I'm honored to be featured on The Spotlight Weekly Link-Up from Stylin' In St. Louis and Living in Color Style (thank you, Elle & Jacqueline!), so be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs!

Spring seems to be (finally) sticking around for good, and if you've looked at my Instagram feed lately, spring colors have taken over!
Outfit Deets:
dress:  c/o ShopBellaC | button down:  Ralph Lauren | sweater:  Ralph Lauren | handbag:  Kate Spade (sold out), love this one | pumps:  Target | necklaces:  Loren Hope via Rocksbox, pearls are an heirloom | nail polish:  Essie in Bikini So Teeny

With Spring comes warmer temperatures, but mornings are still on the chilly side here in the Bluegrass, and dressing in layers is a MUST.  For example, this striped sleeveless dress will be perfect on days when it's sunny and 70s, but I didn't want to wait several weeks until it was warm enough to wear it. #aintnobodygottimefodat

How many of you have sleeveless dresses hanging in your closet, waiting for warmer days?  OR, how many of you are afraid to show your arms because it's been months since they've seen the sun? #guilty  So what's a girl to do?  Layers.  Easily transition your dress from day to night with a button down layered underneath at work, and then leaving the button down behind when going out for the night.  Try a short-sleeved button down instead of the long sleeves!  Same effect, not quite as buttoned-up (pun intended) as a long sleeve oxford.

And can we talk about spring colors for a moment---blue and green are my absolute favorite colors to pair together!!  Throw in a pop of pink, and I would be happy wearing only these colors all spring long.

Well ladies, I'm going to stop here because relaxation is calling my name, and I am going to take advantage of every minute I have!  Enjoy the rest of your week, and 


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3.27.2015

Coral, Plaid, & Mint w/Charming Charlie




 
 
Outfit Deets:
shirt:  J.Crew Factory | denim:  Old Navy (sold out), love these! | flats:  Michael Kors (similar) | handbag:  c/o Charming Charlie | pearls:  helloFab (old), love thesebracelet:  J.Crew Factory (on sale!!) | lipstick:  Estée Lauder in Pink Parfait

Ohhhhh, I know I shouldn't brag, but today is my last day before SPRING BREAK!!  One of the many perks of being a teacher, that, and having (most) of the summer off, is that I am blessed to be able to have a week off.  I need it!!  With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, things at school have become super busy with trying to wrap up projects, musical rehearsals, projects, etc., and my brain is already having a meltdown.  My students have been NUTS this week, and honestly, I'm right there with them!  I'm usually pretty dedicated and stay until 5pm, but this week I have jetted out of my classroom by 3:30 because Spring Fever has hit me HARD--even as I am typing this post, my mind keeps wandering!

So while I am going to pretend that there is NOT snow in the forecast for tonight (really, Mother Nature??), I'm going to officially pack away all of my winter coats and sweaters, and give a warm welcome to BOLD colors and patterns! :D  You all know my love for plaid...It make an almost-daily occurrence in my fall and winter outfits.  To be honest, I prefer fall and winter plaids to the bright ones in spring and summer, but every now and then, a colorful spring plaid will capture my heart attention!  When I saw this plaid shirt on J.Crew Factory's website when they first rolled out their spring arrivals, I wasn't all that impressed.  Online, it looks like more of an orange-and-purple shirt that harkens back to my orange and grape soda days in elementary school (ew), but when I walked into a J.Crew outlet store back in February, I was able to see that the colors are actually coral, pink, and faded navy...A.K.A, I was hooked. :D

And speaking of other loves, coral + mint.  *SWOON*  How cute is this mint bag from Charming Charlie??  If you haven't popped into one of their stores lately or perused their website, mint and coral goodness are splashed all over!  I sadly missed out on the gorgeous Kate Spade Cove Street Saffiano crossbody during their surprise sale *sniff sniff*, but when Charming Charlie surprised me with this beautiful seafoam-colored satchel, I was so excited!  There are two shades of mint that this bag comes in, the seafoam colored one that I have is has a more blue in it, and the other shade of mint has more green in the color and gold hardware.  Normally I prefer gold to silver hardware, but I think the silver hardware goes better with the cool tone of mint.

Well ladies, I hope you all will have a lovely weekend!  I'm off to wrestle my Spring Fever into submission for one last day before Spring Break.


Love it or leave it, do you like mint and coral together?



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3.24.2015

White Denim w/ Pink Gingham Vest & Turquoise Handbag

I'm not sure why I have been neglecting to wear my white jeans until this year, but they have been on heavy rotation lately!  I began wearing them while there was still snow on the ground (yes, I am a HUGE proponent of wearing white after Labor Day), and these jeans are still popping up in my weekly outfit rotations.  There is something to be said about a crisp, white pair of denim, easily paired with any top or shoe, and it instantly elevates any outfit from everyday to classy-chic!  Go bold with fun, bright colors, or stick with a neutral palette of black or camel...Or, be daring and try a head-to-toe all white look!  A pair of white denim is understated elegance, so keeping things simple does not equate to a boring outfit. How many times has a person's outfit caught your eye and it consisted of a white pair of pants and simple blouse?

Exactly.




The downside to wearing a pair of white pants is that they're white--you will see EVERY stain/speck of dirt on them.  The bright side is that they're white--you can toss them in the wash with a little bleach and voile! Problem solved. :)




A chambray shirt with a pair of white pants has been a go-to outfit of mine for the past couple of years, and I've accessorized in many ways, from scarves to chunky statement necklaces, to delicate gold necklaces--the possibilities are endless.  White denim has been around for, well, as long as I can remember, but this year I am seeing it worn more and more.  I am declaring this year to be the year of the White Denim pant, so be sure to snag yours before they disappear this season!  I don't think they will be going out of style anytime soon, and they will always be an effortless yet classy staple in your wardrobe.





Outfit Deets:
denim:  Old Navy | chambray shirt:  Forever 21 (old), love this one | vest:  Blue Door Boutique, unfortunately sold out, love this one & this pink one that's on sale!! | tassel necklace:  BaubleBar, love this one for a fraction of the price! | pumps:  J.Crew Factory (sold out), these are super cute! | handbag:  HandPicked (in pink!) | bracelets:  J.Crew Factory and c/o Pink Pineapple Shop (sold out), c/o Charming Charlie (old)






Check out these pairs of denim, all under $100 (and some are under $50!)!  Mid-rise, flare, skinny, just about every style to suit your tastes.  





Are you on the white denim train?  Tell me how you like to style yours!



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