Orange, White and Blue

14 Apr

 Ann Taylor Orange Pencil Skirt

The weather could not have been more perfect this weekend. It actually felt more like summer instead of spring, and it was amazing! I’ve been having so much fun putting together outfits for work in the morning. The theme? ANYTHING with color. I wore this outfit (minus the shoes) to work yesterday. In realtor world, it’s pretty typical to work on the weekends, and yesterday some coworkers and I went and knocked on doors to meet potential clients. It’s days like those that I am forever grateful for Tory Burch flats. I have two pairs, one pair of which desperately needs new soles because I’ve worn them nonstop for three years.

Anyway, it was the perfect day to get out and meet homeowners. I started off the day feeling cute and colorful, but my cute curls quickly turned into a giant knotted birds nest thanks to the wind. Not pictured: my gold-plated Cutler Real Estate name tag. You get to choose between a gold and silver name tag, and most people opt for the silver. In true fashion blogger fashion, I chose the gold option because all my jewelry is gold (and you gotta match your name tag to your jewelry, right?).

TSpring Summer Work Outfit Pencil Skirt

La Mer Carpe Diem Watch, Anthropologie Statement Necklace

Ralph Lauren Ruffled Blouse with Anthropologie Necklace

Orange Ann Taylor Pencil Skirt with White Ruffle Blouse

Top: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Skirt: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Watch: La Mer | Necklace: Anthropologie | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Black and White Gingham

11 Apr

Black and White Checkered Spring Dress

Black and White Gingham Dress

Rediscovering old pieces in my closet is the most exhilarating feeling. Sometimes I feel like I’m exploring in a new boutique when I dig in the back of my closet. I love the excitement of finding something you had totally forgotten about, and that amazing feeling when you put it on and it still fits! Unfortunately, I don’t always have success in the fit department, but when I do it’s a big moment.

I got this Kensie dress my freshman year of college at one of my favorite local boutiques, Kismet. I had shopped at this boutique since early on in high school, and developed a Kensie obsession. The brand is girly, with a little bit of quirk. I still have a soft spot for Kensie in my heart, and always browse their selection at Macy’s and Dillard’s to this day.

On a totally random note, I got a little starstruck yesterday (even though I didn’t even see a celebrity). Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in town filming the movie “Carol”, and they randomly happened to be filming ON MY STREET yesterday! We live on a big hill on a pretty secluded road, surrounded by woods. My brother came home and said there was a police officer blocking traffic at the bottom of our driveway. The cop said Cate Blanchett’s movie was being filmed until later that night. My mom and I freaked out and screamed like little girls, and then proceeded to put on gym shoes and walk around our hill to creep on the movie set below. We could barely see anything, and then tried to devise a plan to sneak through the woods to get close to the set. As I’m typing this, I realize how creepy this sounds, but I promise it isn’t. It’s not too often a movie is filmed literal feet from your house. We ended up getting a happy ending, though. As we were pulling down our drive to go to dinner, there were about six old school buggies (for the movie) blocking our driveway. I pulled out my paparazzi/creeper skills and snapped some pics! I couldn’t see inside the cars, but I have a hunch Cate and Rooney were in there somewhere ;).

How to Wear a Gingham Dress

Black Ankle Strap Heels with Gingham Dress

Checker Print Dress with a Bow

Black and White Checkered Print Dress

Kensie Checker Print Dress

Dress: Kensie (super old, similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Ladylike in Leather

9 Apr

Pink J.Crew Sweater Urban Outfitters Leather Skirt

Urban Outfitters Pleated Leather Skirt

I can’t stop admiring how green the grass has become this month. That, and the gradually warming weather are two major signs of spring arriving! I’m so excited that everything is starting to bloom, and it’s making me want to plant as many colorful flowers as possible. After the winter from hell, I am appreciating spring and summer to the fullest this year!

Today’s outfit is all about being ladylike in leather. This pink J.Crew sweater is one of my favorites because it is so soft. Seriously, I could sleep in this thing, and I made sure to snag up a yellow one a few months ago on sale. I thought the pop of pink would be the perfect fit with the flirty cut of this Urban Outfitters skirt. I don’t get to wear this as much as I’d like, but when I do I always feel the perfect mix of edgy and feminine. I opted for silver jewelry today, which is pretty big of me. I consider myself a diehard gold girl, and my jewelry collection is proof of this. To say the silver options are lacking would be a big understatement. I’ve been saying for years that I “need silver jewelry”, but end up coming home with something gold. Now that I’ve confessed my gold weakness here, I truly am going to shop for more silver. After all, the silver section of my jewelry drawer could use some more companions!

J.Crew Pink Tippi Sweater with Leather Skirt

Pink Sweater with Black Leather Skirt

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany Bone Cuff in Silver

Sweater: J.Crew (similar) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Cuff: Tiffany | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Bauble Wish List: Random Assortment

3 Apr

This month’s bauble wish list doesn’t exactly have a theme. It’s more of a general roundup of amazing jewelry I wish I owned. I’m loving all the new spring baubles I’ve been seeing lately. As of right now, I’m not really fawning over any particular jewelry trend. I’m all about stocking up on timeless, well-made pieces. When it comes to jewelry, I don’t discriminate!

These pink and gold Tory Burch earrings are a gorgeous, feminine statement piece. How cute would they look with a white dress this summer? I’m also loving this Aerin Erickson Beamon colorful bracelet. It’s a classic piece, and the shades of blue and green are the perfect match! Although I’m far from “punk”, I instantly fell in love with this gold spiked cuff from Saks. The spikes are understated, but add some nice texture. The last bauble, these J.Crew earrings, are at the top of my wish list right now! I’ve been on the hunt for navy teardrop earrings, and the pale pink flowers were the cherry on top.

Spring 2014 Jewelry Trends

Top: Tory Burch | Aerin Erickson Beamon

Bottom: A Peace Treaty | J.Crew

Collared

2 Apr

ASOS Sleeveless Collared Top

ASOS New Look Contrast Collar Top

What’s better than a cute, versatile top? A top that’s cute, versatile and comfortable. Oh, and majorly inexpensive ($24 inexpensive). I have a pretty big weakness for menswear-inspired clothes, which is probably what drew me to this ASOS shirt. I love the contrast of a black and white top, and how you can make it as dressy or casual as you want. It should also be noted that this top has some stretch to it, making it the most comfortable top I own!

I think sleeveless shirt weather is finally starting to creep up on us. It’s actually kind of exciting waking up in the morning and seeing what the temperature is, since you know there’s not going to be snow. Incorporating spring pieces has been an instant mood lifter for me. I was creepily smiling to myself the entire time I was putting on my ankle strap heels. I don’t even know what my reaction will be when I slip on a summery dress, but I’ll keep you posted.

Black Sleeveless Top with White Collar

ASOS Black Sleeveless Top

New Look Contrast Collar Top

Gap Distressed Jeans with Sleeveless Collared Top

Top: ASOS | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Watch: La Mer

Bell Sleeves

31 Mar

jjPleated White Zara Blouse

White Zara Blouse with Leather Shorts

Happy Opening Day! I could be jinxing myself here, but I think spring is here to stay. The grass is actually starting to turn green, and the Reds begin their season today. As of me typing this, I don’t have a ticket, but I’ll probably tag along with my parents and end up getting one somehow. My dad is extremely lucky, and always ends up getting an extra ticket at the last minute. There’s really no better way to celebrate nice weather than going to a baseball game. I just hope the Reds fare better than Dayton did against Florida over the weekend. That was heartbreaking.

Now that I’ve gotten sports out of my system, I can focus on today’s black and white outfit. I ordered this Zara top online, and I love it! I am a total sucker for bell sleeves. If everything in my closet could have bell sleeves I would be totally fine with it. There’s something so feminine about them. To add a little pop of gold, I wore this Melie Bianco monogrammed clutch. I’ve had it for awhile, but am just now using it. It’s so dainty and girly, and stands out particularly well against a neutral color palette. They have every letter of the alphabet, so be sure to check them out!

Bell Sleeve Zara Blouse Gianni Bini Leather Shorts

Melie Bianco Kayla Monogram Clutch

Black Leather Shorts with Long Sleeve Zara Blouse

Melie Bianco Striped Clutch Purse

White Zara Pleated Blouse with Bell Sleeves

Top: Zara | Shorts: Gianni Bini (similar) | Purse: Melie Bianco | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Necklace: J.Crew | Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’

Tiffany Blue

28 Mar

Tiffany Blue Gap Skirt

I can’t believe it’s the last weekend of March and I’m 1. wearing a turtleneck 2.wearing tights & 3. wearing faux fur booties. I know March is a month of transition, but this week has taken a turn for the freezing. Not trying to hate on my winter clothes since they’ve had to work overtime this winter, but I’m ready to put them away for a long time! I’m waiting for the days where I can wear skirts without opaque tights underneath, and tops that serve solely to keep my neck warm.

On another note, the Dayton Flyers made it to the Elite Eight last night! I watched the game at a bar with my friends last night, but it still hasn’t hit me that my alma mater has made it so far in the tournament. My weekend is going to look a little something like this: sleep and watch the UD game Saturday. I love when I get to sleep in on the weekends and do nothing all day. Plus, the Reds’ Opening Day is Monday, and yes, it is a Cincinnati holiday that you have to take off work for.

Baby Blue Gap Skirt with Gap Turtleneck

Black Gap Turtleneck with Gap Baby Blue Skirt

Kate Spade Flower Necklace Gap Blue Skirt

How to Wear a Black Turtleneck

Top: Gap | Skirt: Gap | Shoes: Report | Necklace: Kate Spade (similar)

Brilliant Bar Accessories

26 Mar

Now that spring is finally here, all I can think about is sitting outside and having a cocktail. And what’s better than having a cocktail accompanied by some cute bar accessories? Nothing, in my opinion. I’ve felt so cooped up this winter, and my drink selections have  pretty much consisted of strictly champagne. Not that I’m complaining about champagne (it’s my favorite), but I feel like warmer weather is all about trying fun new drinks. I’m not much of a liquor drinker, but I can’t pass up a mojito (heavy on the mint). I’m also convinced this Kate Spade “happy hour” flask would make any liquor taste good!  These cheeky Anthropologie coasters don’t really apply to me since I’m from the Midwest, but I’m obsessed with them! The “East Coaster” coaster is pictured below, but there’s also a “West Coaster” and “Gulf Coaster” selection!

Drinkware and Barware Accessories

Anthropologie Coasters | Kate Spade Flask

Crate & Barrel Bubbly Bucket | Jonathan Adler Coasters

Sunset

24 Mar

Yellow J.Crew Sweater

 

I took these pictures around 7 o’clock on Friday, right when the sun was setting. It ended up being the perfect complement to this yellow J.Crew sweater I was wearing. Since it was the first official day of spring, I knew I’d either be wearing a pink or yellow sweater to work that day to celebrate the end of the longest winter ever. To go along with the spring colors, I wore a bright pink balm stain from Revlon. I have three of their balm stains, and love them! They really do last all day, and don’t dry out my lips like traditional lip stains do. 

Now that we’re finally welcoming in a new season, I’m already predicting a new pant that I’ll be living in: my Gap distressed jeans. I got them a few months ago, but really didn’t wear them since my Pixie pants took top priority from November-March. Now that I’m tucking the leather pants away (and hopefully the Pixies) for the season, these casual pants are at the forefront of my outfit choices. 

Ripped Gap Jeans with Yellow J.Crew Sweater  

Distressed Gap Jeans BCBGeneration Heels

Yellow J.Crew Tippi Sweater

Distressed Gap Jeans Yellow J.Crew Sweater

Gold Tassel Necklace

 

Sweater: J.Crew (similar) | Pants: Gap | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Earrings: Francesca’s 

Spring Has Sprung!

20 Mar

Happy First Day of Spring! I really didn’t think it was going to come this year. Waking up to snow and/or below freezing temperatures had become the norm in life, and I accepted the fact that it was never going to change. Now that it’s here though, I am 100% ready to trade in my black stretchy pants for the brightest skirt or dress I can find. That might not be realistic for a few more weeks, but there’s definitely going to be an injection of color into my daily wardrobe. As I type this, I realize that’s kind of ironic considering I just bought two white tops from Zara, but that leaves plenty of room for colorful bottoms or a bright statement necklace. Below are some pieces I’ve been eyeing for my spring wardrobe!

Spring 2014 Fashion

Top: Ted Baker | Anthropologie | Clover Canyon

Bottom: Rachel Roy | Anthropologie | Rebecca Minkoff

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