April Showers

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Saks Off Fifth Sweater, LOFT Skirt, DSW Boots

When I was younger I used to beg my mom to let me jump in puddles barefoot.  Only sometimes she would say yes and I thought it was such a special treat to wander around the yard by myself and walk through the mud!  I still love the rain, but as an adult I tend to dress a little more appropriately for the weather.  Flat waterproof shoes, clothing that doesn’t skim the ground, a soft sweater, and my bubble umbrella are my choice favorites.  Duchess prefers the look of a classic yellow rain jacket, or she just enjoys being the center of attention, we’ll never know.  Either way, she’s always jumping in puddles barefoot.

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Welcome Home Jil Sander

Welcome Home Jil Sander

Jil Sander Dress, LOFT Sweater, Cole Haan Boots, Talbots Coat

“Welcome home Jil Sander,” is what I said to this dress after I scooped it up from a thrift store for $35 dollars and got it into my closet.  I all but screamed when I first laid eyes on it, and then again in the dressing room when I realized it fit!  I vowed to take care of it and give it a good life with me.  Oh the things we would do and see together!  I couldn’t wait to get to the register and get out of the store for fear this was a cruel joke, but luck was on my side that day.  I also managed to pick up the sweater from LOFT and the Talbots camel coat.  It was a great day!

Yes, this is a true story.

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These Boots

These Boots (4 of 4)

American Eagle Jeans, Bass Boots, Muttluks Dog Booties

Duchess and I love a good walk, sometimes two or three a day!  But being outdoors so often calls for footwear that’s comfortable and can stand up to the elements.  At our house we love a good pair of shoes, and in addition to walking shoes being practical they also need to be fashionable.  My suede ankle boots have a low heel, are incredibly comfortable, and are transitional from season to season.  Duchess’s Muttluks are lined with fleece, completely waterproof, and only take about 10 minutes to put on.  At first she was not a fan, but I insist she protect her perfect little paws from the ice and salt.  On occasion Duchess looses a shoe, and we have to do a re-lap, but we’re working on it.  #Cinderellaproblems

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Paisley Pants and a Pop of Pink

Paisley Pants and a Pop of Pink (1 of 6)

H&M Top, LOFT Pants, Nine West Heels

Wearing pajama inspired trousers to the office requires a certain amount of structure from the rest of the outfit.  I went with heels and an embellished peter pan collar top, but I could just as easily picture these pants with a blazer and t-shirt.  While I might have felt like I just rolled out of bed, I hope I didn’t look it!

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Wildflowers and Banana Leaves

Wildflowers and Banana Leaves (3 of 6)I’ve seen banana leaf print all over the place this summer and I’ve admired it from afar, until I found these jeans.  The print is large and condensed enough for me so that it’s not too obvious what it is.  Patterns can be a little intimidating so I prefer wearing these pants with neutral tops and accessories so my outfit isn’t overwhelming.  Turns out banana leaf print isn’t that scary after all.

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Boardwalking

Boardwalking

Free People Top, Joe’s Jean, Sam Edelman Sandals, LOFT Sunglasses

At the end of summer I always get nostalgic because the time seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year.  I never seem to have enough time to visit with friends and family as long as I want to, or accomplish all of my warm weather plans.  However, I am especially looking forward to the beginning of next summer when my cousin will turn this beautiful boardwalk into an aisle when she gets married on the beach here in Maine.  There will be dancing, and laughter, good food and drink, plenty of loved ones, and some seriously beautiful clothing!  Until next time summer, it’s always a pleasure.

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Silk Shorts

Silk Shorts

Calvin Klein T-Shirt, Urban Outfitters Shorts, Victoria’s Secret Sandals

When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out.  I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family.  My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms.  I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking.  I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!

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