SPRING FLORAL DRESS AND KNOTTED CARDIGAN

Friday, April 29, 2016

 Spring Dress and Knotted Cardigan

Hi everyone! This is going to be a very quick post because I'm on vacation - finally! It's been so long since we went anywhere that involved a flight because I dread having to pack for my three-year old and worry about sitting on a long plane ride with her. But it had to happen at some point so here we are, headed to Los Angeles. I'm so excited to go back and see if things look and feel different to me now that Boston's where I live. I'll be Instagramming our trip so if you're an LA native you can see it through the eyes of a visitor and if you're never been to LA you can see my favorite stops there: pool, beach, cupcakes, designer cappucinos and shopping...in no particular order!

This post shows an easy spring outfit. I'm a big fan of ensembles that require minimal effort but are still stylish and if you guys feel the same, here's an easy outfit formula:

RUFFLED COLD SHOULDER AND JEANS

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cold Shoulder Collared Shirt

I love the look of the off-the-shoulder trend but for busy weekdays I prefer a cold-shoulder top. A top that's 100% shoulder-baring is usually not my first pick, mostly because you need to wear a strapless bra or go without one entirely. The former isn't particularly comfortable and the latter is out of the question for me. So, a cold-shoulder top a good compromise!

SPRING WARDROBE UPDATE WITH 30% OFF FULL PRICE ITEMS FROM J. CREW

Sunday, April 24, 2016

 Spring Essentials

Happy Sunday! If you like high-quality clothing but don't want to pay full price it's a good idea to keep an eye open for sales from your favorite retailers. J. Crew is offering 30% off regular priced items with the code SCORE. I've picked out a few of my favorite spring essentials and have linked them below. These pieces will easily update your spring wardrobe for about $30 a piece versus the $80+ they would normally be. The striped linen tee I'm wearing is from J. Crew (linked below) and is great for everyday casual outfits as well as for the beach or pool-side with shorts. I'm going on vacation soon so my brain is totally in pool mode.

The deal makes a lot of pretty spring pieces really affordable so it's hard to stop yourself from buying all of it! I went with a few basics, like this tee and clutch, and then a few more fun items, like a really pretty dress that comes in 3 perfect spring colors. I'm excited that a lot of the smaller sizes are still available in most of my picks but I'm sure that's not for long.

SPRING DRESS - FLORAL MAXI

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Fever - Floral Maxi Dress
I need a boat to do this hat some justice. Who else loves boater hats? What a great trend. You toss this on with almost any outfit and you have instant chic. And at long last Spring is here and that means we get to wear dresses, skirts and floaty things. I know I  keep saying this but comfort really is such a huge factor to me in fashion and I find airy maxi dresses to be the ultimate in comfort. Especially now that I'm a mom and have to manage a mini, I always reach for pieces that are soft and light, and let me run around unencumbered. A pretty maxi dress meets all these criteria. You'll find links to my favorite spring dresses, this boater hat and these super chic block heels after the pictures.

WORK STYLE: FLORAL LACE PENCIL SKIRT

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Work Style
When it comes to work style I have a few tried and true combinations that I fall back on a lot. This is one of them - a button-down shirt tucked into a pencil skirt with a cardigan layered over. This is a classic formula that works so well no matter what your shape or size. Once you have a few pencil skirts and cardigans you like, the opportunities for mixing and matching are endless.

COLOR COORDINATED: A PEPLUM TOP AND CIRCLE SKIRT

Friday, April 15, 2016

Peplum blouse and full circle skirt

I think everyone knows that I'm obsessed with full or circle skirts. Here I am in yet another one but it is the season for it! This is the second time I've posted this black midi-skirt to the blog - it works with so many different outfits. I wore it here a week or so ago with a pastel pink trench and it's great for creating an elegant silhouette. For under $50 this is an exceptional quality skirt in a very nice mid-weight material. The weight and length work really well for transitioning to Spring when you're ready to ditch your full-body armor but the air is still cold enough that it's nice to have some coverage. This is especially true when you're sitting on a roof-top deck in Boston's Back Bay on a windy day with windchill creating a nice 35-degree feel!

FLORAL COAT AND STRIPES: MIXING PATTERNS

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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One of my absolute favorite wardrobe items is this jacquard floral coat that I bought about 10 years ago. It's always in style, always gets compliments and it elevates any outfit. You really can't ask for more from a piece of clothing. I think a great coat has that power and I never hesitate to invest in a piece like this - one that speaks uniquely to my style and will last decades.

SPRING SHOWERS: BLUSH PINK TRENCH AND BLUSH SANDALS

Friday, April 8, 2016

 Blush Looks

Happy Thursday everyone! Just a quick post today to share this blush-based rainy day look. As you might know from having seen so many trenches on my IG feed, I love trenches! A few weeks ago I was looking for a blush trench that was on the inexpensive side and came across this amazing one, available in petite and regular sizing - sold. Unfortunately this particular coat is sold out in Petites but I've linked a few others below.

BACK TO BASICS: WHITE SHIRT AND JEANS

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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I wanted to talk about the most basic of wardrobe basics today, a white shirt and blue jeans. These are truly the unsung heroes of our daily wear and are often overlooked in favor of higher impact pieces. Although I admit I get much more excited about pieces that are more stylized or pop more, like my red trench coat or rich blue bag, at the end of the day my white shirts and jeans are the pieces I reach for time and again.