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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! :)

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.

 

 

Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe
I love to play around on Polyvore and make these sets.  I saw this awesome vintage 60’s coat with fur detail and wanted to build something around it.  The entire ensemble turned out to have a pretty vintage vibe, circa the 60’s/70’s.
Honestly while studying those two decades in school, I was never a big fan.  But I’m starting to come around to certain looks and pieces-like high waisted jeans and fur detail… and the colors-like the warm reds, oranges, and browns.
Of course I had to throw in a fun floppy hat and long waves, along with the stellar blue velvet booties from Anthropologie.  The vintage Chanel cuff and stackable rings are pretty groovy too. ;)

Silk and Sparkle

Silk and Sparkle

VILA fringe jacket
$92 – vila.com

Julianne
$72 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Carolina herrera
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Stella McCartney gold pumps
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Chanel bag
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Fine jewelry
$795 – astleyclarke.com

Chanel
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Weather or Not

This Cleveland weather has been teetering as usual this time of year.  This past weekend, it was nearly 70 degrees, and now we’re back to normal seasonal temperatures in the 40’s.  I will say, it’s throwing me off a little bit- with both my sinuses and my outerwear decisions.  It’s that weird weather that’s chilly, but if it’s sunny you almost don’t even need a very heavy jacket. Today I decided to stick with my dusty rose colored coat from J. Crew I got a couple years ago. It’s heavy enough to stay warm in the shade, but also so you’re not boiling in the sun.

I love that the lining has this little bit of a chartreuse to contrast with the pink.  We can always count on J. Crew for their color play… This coat is a fave of mine from their 2012 fall/winter season.

Not sure where the gloves are from, I took them from my mom :)  Bag is from a market in London; boots, Arturo Chiang;

 I like jewelry that’s got an element of fun like these earrings from Fossil.  Betsey Johnson also makes some really fun jewelry; leopard top from Dillard’s.

J. Crew Brights

J. Crew Brights