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Springing Up Spring

Springing Up Spring

 

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sure ready for Spring to get here. Inevitably, the weather warm-up means challenging wardrobe decisions. It sometimes takes a lot of effort to resist the urge to dress in anything that says “It’s warm outside!” I am a natural freeze baby, so I am one of those people that carries a sweater in my purse at all times…even when it’s an 85 degree July day (air conditioning, people!) My cool blood temp is probably also what reminds me to still wear long sleeves, closed toed shoes, or layers when the weather starts to break in the Spring because I know that if I get too warm-weather excited, I’ll regret it within the next couple days when I wake up with an “I told you so” cold.
 Above, I put together what I would consider to be a pre-Spring appropriate outfit. It brings out those expected petal shades, but the long sleeves, jeans, and booties still keep in the heat for when the sun goes down and the air turns cool again.
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A Crocus flower that is about to bloom means Spring is on its way! :)

Pencil with an Edge

Just a quick blogfit post today.  I had been looking around for a faux leather pencil skirt as a more contemporary basic (it’s an edgier black pencil skirt!) and I finally found one I liked enough from ASOS that more or less just what I had in mind.  I also found the basic black turtleneck from ASOS, a wardrobe staple that needed replacing in my closet.

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Blue suede pumps are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s (No longer available)

Clutch from Anthropologie (No longer available)

Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Building a Capsule Wardrobe

 

Lately, I’ve been visiting the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe.  The holidays and the months following always make me realize how much stuff I have and how much of it I probably don’t need, which in turn ignites a major purge of said stuff. Of course a lot of that stuff includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.  I think for a lot of people, it can get to a point where getting dressed in the morning is more of a chore because you are overwhelmed with choices instead of faced with simple, stylish decisions.  Honestly, that may be why a capsule wardrobe sounds the most appealing to me…ease.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE styling and putting things together, but I also very much appreciate simplicity and well-made pieces with great design elements.

Above are some of the pieces I consider to be staples in a wardrobe, most of which I have variations of myself and are often items I continue to go back to.  I’d say it’s a good start to building a great capsule wardrobe.

 

 

Sunday Errands

Sunday Errands

 

Chambray & Dots

This nice, mild December day provided the motivation to get out and take advantage because who knows how much longer we’ll be spoiled with this unseasonable season.  I must admit, it’s felt a little strange to omit the coat these past several days, but it has been pretty great.

The light was so interesting and beautiful today.  There were these orange-y warm tones coming from one end of the sky and dark, somber clouds on the other.  The combination made for some awesome photo opps.

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Denim shirt and polka dot dress (worn as skirt) from H&M; Jacket by Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a); Belt and necklace from Anthropologie (n/a); Boots from Aldo-similar; Thrifted Dooney & Bourke cross-body.

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Favored Layers

Thinking back to this time last year, we had already gotten a very snowy experience.  So, it’s pretty typically Cleveland that this year it’s been pretty warm throughout November.  I realize I mention weather a lot on my blog…but really, the weather determines what I wear every day.  That is often how I decide what to put on on a daily basis.  I’m a natural freeze baby, so warmth and comfort level are on the top of my list when I’m deciding what’s appropriate to pull out of my closet every day.  And with Cleveland’s wish-washy climate, dressing for the weather can often be a bit of a challenge.  That’s when I really start to depend on my jackets and blazers as additive layers, they help turn up the notch on an otherwise un-involved ensemble, but also serve their utilitarian purpose.

 

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(Don’t mind my, Sun-in-my-eyes, I’m-about-to-sneeze-face).

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I had gotten this blazer from H&M a few years ago and it was totally basic.  I also had a dress in the same color that had this awesome shoulder detail but I always thought that the shoulders were a bit too heavy for the knit dress…so I deconstructed the dress, took off these awesome beaded epaulletes and reapplied them to each shoulder of the simple jacket.  The blazer definitely makes a much more appropriate home for the appliques.

 

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Blazer-reconstructed; Top-H&M (N/A); Jeans-AG Slim straight; Shoes-DSW, similar; Clutch-Anthropologie (N/A)

Seeing Leopard Spots

Just a blogfit for this Sunday’s post! A faux leopard fur jacket had been on my list of “vintage items to find” for quite a while, and I actually found this one months ago at a little shop and only just decided to finally buy the thing.  I kept thinking about it (which always means…”BUY it”) and luckily it was still around when I went back looking for it.

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Vintage faux leopard fur jacket; H&M skinnies; Bed Stu booties, similar; ‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s (N/A); Black/white jacket from Charlotte Russe (N/A); Belt- Old Navy Men’s department; Chanel Button necklace–AWESOME Christmas gift a couple years ago :)

Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.

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Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.

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It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.

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Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.

 

Fall Transition

I will admit, I love that Ohio experiences late summers basically every year.  What I don’t like though, is dressing for them.  Honestly, it’s a little challenging.  What do you wear when it’s around 55 degrees in the morning and at night, but about 85 in the middle of the day? It’s what I like to refer to as the ‘transition period’.  We’re on the verge of cold, but that summer heat is still hangin’ on.

Usually to counter this ‘transition period’, I’ll opt for pants and a tank, or shorts and a long tee and will always make sure I have a jacket or blazer to throw on just in case the chill lingers around.  Dresses too, are always an appropriate option.

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Did more exploring within #CVNP–what beautiful scenes we’ve come across. ;)

 

 

Tank and jeans-Anthropologie

Booties-Bed Stu

Necklaces and earrings-Vintage and made; various rings

Purse-Thrifted Dooney & Bourke

Blazer-Paul Smith from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, NY

Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson

Feeling Groovy

Feeling Groovy

 

Feeling that 70’s groove for this coming Fall.  Wavy hair, rich, warm colors, great fabrics and textures.  Can’t wait to bring a groovy vibe to my Fall wardrobe.  It’s happening. ;)