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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Black Magic

Black Magic

French Connection Sweater, Zara Skirt, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Vintage Bag

I love a head to toe black look.  It makes me feel strong, confident, and pulled together.  And my favorite thing to do is to combine a bunch of different textures to make the monochrome look feel fresh.  For instance, a cashmere sweater with embellishments on the shoulder, worn with a tweed skirt with lace panels, and patent leather lace up heels is chic, not dull.  I topped it all off with a vintage beaded bag.  My intention was to exude a less witchy and more of a bewitching vibe instead.

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Some Sparkle

Some Sparkle

Zara Sweater, J. Crew Skirt, Lord & Taylor Ankle Boots

There’s nothing wrong with a little daytime sparkle.  In fact, I’d encourage it on a gray winter day.  A little sparkle can go a long way and that’s why I tamed my iridescent pencil skirt with a slightly embellished sweater and suede ankle boots.  Just the right amount of shine requires some practice and a bit a restraint.  Good luck!

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Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

Anthropologie Top, LOFT Skirt, Nine West Shoes

Pleats, polka dots, and floral patterns, oh my!  Truth be told, the only things that Dorothy and I may have in common are an affinity for blue outfits and cute little dogs, but each of us has also learned very important life lessons on our various journeys.  For she, there’s no place like home, and for me, stick to one color pallet while mixing different prints and textures!

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The Blues

The Blues

Banana Republic Top and Skirt, Cole Haan Sandals, Loft Sunglasses, Gifted Necklace

I’m not sad about this outfit or the warm spring weather.  I’m not sad about mixing a bright blue patterned top with a navy blue checked skirt.  I’m not sad about bare legs and red sandals.  I’m not sad about more sunshine.  The only thing I’m sad about is my lack of a tan, but I’m working on it.

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Starry Night Meets Field of Flowers

Starry Night Meets Field of Flowers

Saks Off Fifth Blouse and Skirt, Shoedazzle Booties, LOFT Sunglasses, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Necklace, Givenchy Rouge Passion Gloss

This is not your everyday look, but it might be a nice option for an art gala, a fancy dinner party, or a new exhibit opening at a museum.  The black and white star patterned top and the floral skirt add a whimsical element when worn together, but the dark color pallet keeps things sophisticated while still staying fun.  I’m not planning on going to any of those functions in the near future, but if I were to receive a last minute invitation I would be prepared.

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In Between Tweed

In Between Tweed

Urban Outfitters Top, H&M Skirt, Michael Kors Boots, LOFT Sunglasses, Vintage Turquoise Ring

When I think of tweed, I associate it with the Northeast during colder weather.  However, the color and weight of this tweed skirt are really throwing me for a loop.  It’s too thick and structured for me to want to wear it during the summer, but too light and thin for the winter.  I have therefore declared it an “in between” garment, for now.

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