April Showers

April Showers (2 of 6)

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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Lady Layers

Lady Layers (2 of 5)

H&M Tweed Jacket, LOFT Sweater, American Eagle Jeans, John Fluevog Boots, Vintage Purse

Sometimes the best outfits come together accidentally.  By chance this tweed jacket and striped sweater were hanging next to each other in my closet.  I was just beginning to think that I had nothing to wear when I spotted them.  A pair of distressed denim, lilac studded boots, and a vintage purse later, the rest is history.  This is the perfect combination of pulled together and comfortable for a rainy afternoon spent at the museum.  I knew that I probably did too much outfit planning in my head, but now I know I’m doing it subconsciously as well.

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Neat Knits

Neat Knits

Lord & Taylor Sweater, Jessica Simpson Jeans, Bass Boots

Knit-wear can be tricky.  Yes, it’s very cozy, but there’s always the potential of an itchy, bulky, Grandma-esque sweater situation.   I prefer to wear a lightweight sweater with a tank underneath to minimize the bulk, and I always look for soft fabrics, such a cashmere, to avoid constant fidgeting.  That’s why I love this sweater from Lord & Taylor.  It’s thin, velvety soft, and very modern with the color blocking and asymmetric hem.  It meets all my knit-wear needs!

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever (2 of 6)

Calvin Klein Coat, Sweater and Purse, Zara Pants, Nike Sneakers

I’m a lady who loves her heels.  Always have, always will.  Lately though I’ve been an admirer of the sporty trend taking the fashion world by storm, the flashy sneakers in particular.  The relaxed vibe my new kicks add to my look feels so refreshing, and the yellow brightens up dreary winter days.  This new obsession does not mean I’m getting rid of my heels anytime soon, but boy are my feet enjoying their break!

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Spot On

Spot On

Lord & Taylor Peplum Top, J. Crew Pants, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, H&M Earrings, Vintage Bangle

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Spot On

H&M Sweater, J. Crew Pants, Cole Haan Brogues, Banana Republic and Vintage Earrings, Charles-Hubert Watch

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Think Pink…

Think Pink...

J. Crew Hat, Guess Coat, Saks Off Fifth Sweater, Urban Outfitters Jeans, DSW Boots

Hats!  When it’s gray and snowy outside, even in the springtime, I like to make the best of it by wearing bright accessories.  This hat is basically perfect in the sense that it’s both fashionable and practical.  It keeps my head warm and dry, while adding a pop of color to my look.  That’s my idea of a multipurpose tool.

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Transition Period

Transition Period

J. Crew Sweater, Ralph Lauren Vest, LOFT Trousers, Cole Haan Brogues, Vintage Diamond Earrings, Anthropologie Gold and Turquoise Earrings, Vintage Bangle

One of my biggest pet peeves is dressing inappropriately for the weather.  And Mother Nature certainly has been throwing some curve balls with 50 degree days and 30 degree nights, making it hard for me not to be annoyed with my outfit choices at some point during the day.  The transition period between seasons is always the hardest to dress for, but can be done by dressing in layers.  A down vest over a light sweater was perfect during the day, and when the temperature dropped down at night I replaced my vest with a warmer coat and I was good to go!

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