Outfit Post: Light Layers

Pinterest is my happy place. It’s also the place where I’ve learned to make the most of what’s already in my closet. I’ve created a board dedicated solely to inspire me to get dressed in what’s already lurking in the depths of my drawers. Last week it came in particularly handy when facing the ‘what to wear’ conundrum that is so prevalent in these random weeks between winter and spring.

I’m pretty warm blooded so I tend to avoid wearing a coat if it’s anywhere above 40 degrees outside. So last week when the temperatures finally crossed over that threshold, I decided to ditch the coat and instead opt for some light layers. But what those layers would be had me staring blankly ahead wishing away everything in my closet. Then I broke out my phone, pulled up the board and remembered this image. Skinny pants – check. Light stripe sweater – check (bought it when I was pregnant and it looked a lot less slouchy chic in this look - woof being pregnant was not a good look on me). Long chambray shirt – check. Since my sweater had navy stripes instead of black, I subbed in some navy pants. Done and done.

I know we can all get lost in the aspirational intentions of Pinterest but challenge yourself to pin some looks you can easily recreate from basics you already have. Then when you’re in the getting dressed shame spiral, you’ll have some thing to turn to.

Stripe Sweater: H&M (old – similar here and here); Chambray Button-Down: American Eagle Outfitters (sold out – similar here); Navy Skinny Pants: ZARA (similar here); Boots: Banana Republic; Bucket Bag: Dandelion (similar here)
Oh and yes, that’s my fitbit. Gotta keep up with my steps! 
Photos by Whitney Neal. 

Outfit Post: Short Stripe

Monday kind of snuck up on me. I’m on a mission to do some fall cleaning/organizing/purging so I spent most of my weekend trying to get stuff done. It was nice to have a weekend without a ton of plans especially since the next few are looking to be pretty jam packed with happy happenings (wedding, baby shower, engagement parties) and work stuff.

And I know everyone is all excited for fall but it’s still pretty warm around here (think brisk mornings, warm days) so I haven’t quite shed the shorts and dresses for layers and denim. I wore this last weekend for a impromptu football game watching party at a friends house. Speaking of football, I’m still sore about that Kentucky vs. Florida game on Saturday. 3OT’s?!?! I definitely thought this might be the year that they broke that ridiculously long losing streak. Oh well.

Anyways, Isnagged this blazer months ago as one of those “when I’m not pregnant” purchases and it’s been making up for lost time lately.This loafers are making another appearance too. When I bought them I figured I’d be wearing them with mostly basic black and other basics but I’ve found I’m pairing them with just about everything in my closet. And fellow Cats fans, if you’re in need of something in the right color – this bag is it. Perfect color, perfect size.

Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (4)Stripe Blazer: Gap (no longer available in this color, similar here); Chambray Tank: Cloth & Stone found at TJMaxx (seen here); Denim Shorts: Gap; Leopard Loafers: Madewell (similar here, seen before here); Cobalt Bag: c/o Galian Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (2)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (3)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (1)
Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (5)Photos by Whitney Neal.

Outfit Post: Summer Suit

You guys, I’m pretty excited that this skirt fits now. I ordered it way back when I was a big giant preggo and now that it zips, I’m trying to get my money’s worth out of it. So you’re getting a double dose of it this week.

We’ve seen it dressed down, now I’m jazzing it up a little for work. Nothing too formal though, just enough to make it appropriate for a day at the office. Although I may re-purpose this for a shower or other random summer occasion.

Snagged this blazer during the ZARA summer sale which may be my most favorite sale. I’m pretty sure I haven’t met a ZARA blazer that I didn’t love. I think there’s still some slim pickings on the website so check it out and you may score a solid deal.

Other than waxing poetic on my love of blazers, I don’t have much fun to share. It’s been all work and a lot less play for me lately. Trying to get back into some sort of regular routine is a b***h. Two kids = so much crap to carry around Seriously, why do they need so much stuff?

Pink Blazer: ZARA (on sale for $30!); Blue Stripe Skirt: Piperlime; Chambray Tank: TJ MAXX (seen here); Silver Wedges: Old Navy (seen here); Bracelets: Lily & Laura via 9th and Elm

Just realized that a lot of the stuff in this post has been on repeat the last few weeks. Clearly having a little love affair with some of these goodies lately.

Photos by Whitney Neal.

 

 

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