Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lighten Up

I've worn this sweater many times, but not once have I worn it as a tunic (which was its billing on the product description, I believe). The intentional half-side-tuck shortened the sweater and just looked more casual to me. Like with most pieces I own, it was only a matter of time before I'm tired of the same old look. I think wearing the sweater untucked dresses up today's outfit a bit -- or perhaps it's due to the jacket and/or heels. As an added bonus, the tunic-length also hides the unsightly denim creases at the top of my thighs. Win-win, if I'd say so myself.
trench coat, camel sweater, white jeans, leopard pumps
trench coat, camel sweater, white jeans, colorblock crossbody bag
trench coat, camel sweater, white jeans, colorblock crossbody bag
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in softsilver rose (sold here)
sweater: Tory Burch Deanna (similar)
ring: Elizabeth and James Windrose (sold at Shopbop / Zappos / Bloomingdale's / Revolve Clothing; similar)
jeans: Blank NYC spray-on (sold at Shopbop / NM)
shoes: Jones New York Harlem (similar; similar)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Peach / Navy

Sale alert: Take 50% off + free shipping (no minimum) at Ann Taylor with code WOW50. Some exclusions apply.

Closet favorites include:
- Estate shimmer necklace - $49 w/code (outfits: here, here, here)
- Modern classic skinny hinge bangle - $14 w/code (outfits: here, here)
- Silk blouse - $49 w/code (TTS - wearing sz 00 / outfits: here, here)
- Pearlized stone statement necklace - $59 w/code (outfits: here, here, here)
- Pave cabochon stretch bracelet - $14.75 w/code (outfits: here, here)

I went a bit stripe crazy and ordered these to try: striped cascade ruffle front top ($34.50), striped perfect stretch cotton sleeveless shirt ($34.75), striped perfect button down shirt ($79.50 - excluded from sale).

Also, take 50% off + free shipping (no minimum) at LOFT with code CYBER50.

Closet favorites include:
- Sunwashed tee - $9.75 (outfits: wearing sz XS in grey here, here / sz S in yellow here)
- Super skinny jeans in deconstructed garden blue - $39.75 (TTS, sized up for looser fit - wearing sz 25 / outfits: here, here, here)
- Vaughn t-strap sandals - $14.75 (TTS, wearing sz 6 / outfits: here)
- Modern skinny jeans - $34.75 - $39.75 (old review here / outfit: here)
- Modern straight jeans - $29.75 - $34.75 (believe it used to be called the modern slim / outfits: here, here, here)

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These boots may have been a late season purchase, but I feel I've worn them an inordinate amount of times, so much so that I can now easily justify the cost. I wore them one last time on an unusually chilly day this past week before putting them away for good until the fall. Boots, you will be missed.
tan leather jacket, peach blouse, navy printed scarf, over the knee brown suede boots
tan leather jacket, peach blouse, navy printed scarf, over the knee brown suede boots
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in softsilver rose (sold here)
scarf: H&M (sold here)
jacket: Zara jacket with zips (similar)
bag: Sole Society Shay textured vegan satchel (sold here)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

DC Cherry Blossoms

Tourists from all over descend upon DC every spring to see the famous cherry blossoms. I imagine it's difficult for out-of-towners to plan ahead and time their visit during peak bloom, which unfortunately only lasts about a week (love this handy guide for reference). As a local, I don't have an excuse for skipping besides pure laziness. But not this year!

When my cousin was in town last weekend, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and schlepped around the city. We walked from Georgetown, followed the path along the river, to the Tidal Basin. As we began to see cherry blossom trees, I wondered out loud, What happened to all the trees? There seems to be less this year, only a scattering here and there. DID THEY DIE?! And where are the mob of tourists? When we reached the Tidal Basin [photos below], everything made sense. This is where the majority of the trees and crowd are, and is the scene used on many postcards.
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stripes / Metallics

I heart this striped dress, even though it can look like a shapeless muumuu from certain angles, or as my DH teasingly calls it, my pregnancy dress (nope, no bun in the oven). I prefer to wear this dress belted, but that shortens the length, so I usually end up wearing flats. For today's look, I wanted to wear low heels, so that meant letting the dress hang naturally for maximum coverage (which on second thought seems laughable because the dress is kinda short to begin with). Regardless, it's what I felt most comfortable in, so bring on the pregnancy rumors.
striped shift dress, metallic rose clutch and wedges
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in softsilver rose (sold here)
necklace: Ann Taylor estate shimmer (sold here)
dress: J.Crew Jules dress in stripe silk twill (similar - 50% off; similar)
ring: Elizabeth and James Windrose (sold at Shopbop - 25% off w/code INTHEFAMILY14 / Zappos / Bloomingdale's / Revolve Clothing; similar)
shoes: Loeffler Randall Rae in rose gold (sold at Saks - 25% off w/code FRNFAM2 / LR / Nordstrom / Zappos / Shopbop - 25% off w/code INTHEFAMILY14; similar)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wind Swept

Sale alert: Take 25% off at Shopbop's F&F through 4/17 with code INTHEFAMILY14.

Closet favorites include:
- Blank NYC spray-on jeans - $66.00 with code (I sized up to 26 / outfits: here, here, here)
- Blank NYC vegan leather skinny pants - $73.50 with code (I sized up to 26 / outfits: here, here, here)
- Elizabeth and James Windrose ring - $71.25 with code (TTS / all outfits with ring, also below)
- Loeffler Randall Rae wedges in gold - $221.25 with code (runs narrow, I sized up to 6.5 / outfits here in rose gold version)

Other picks: Clu Clu Too Ruffled Sweatshirt ($81 - still debating), Sam Edelman Gigi flat sandals ($48.75 - looks just like my LOFT version below, but in my experience better suited for narrow feet), Sam Edelman Felicia ballet flats ($67.50 - great reviews, considering replacing my worn-out black ballet flats).

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I dust off my dress collection at the first sign of nice weather every year. I'd happily go about my days frolicking in the sun in cute dresses and bare legs. Dresses normally reserved for special occassions get their turn as well; I'd just throw on a casual jacket, flat sandals, and I'm good to go. I give it about a week before I scratch this dress-wearing itch and I'm back to wearing shorts and jeans again. This happens every spring, without fail.
denim jacket, tweed and sequin dress, crossbody colorblock bag, brown sandals
denim jacket, tweed and sequin dress, crossbody colorblock bag
denim jacket, tweed and sequin dress, crossbody colorblock bag
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch denim (similar)
dress: By Malene Birger Callinga (similar; similar)
ring: Elizabeth and James Windrose (sold at Shopbop - 25% off w/code INTHEFAMILY14 / Zappos / Bloomingdale's / Revolve Clothing; similar)
bag: Coach mini Borough bag in retro colorblock (sold here)
nail polish on toes: OPI South Beach Paint My Moji-toes Red
shoes: LOFT Vaughn t-strap sandals (sold here - 40% off w/code 4PEEPS)
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