Easter Dress

Billabong Dress (Similar LuLu’s Dress) / Nine West Pumps via DSW (Similar Nine West Pumps) / Target Tights / Charming Charlie Necklace 

When I look at old family photos, some of my favorites to peruse are from Easter. Not because of awkward poses with the Easter bunny, although I’m sure we have some of those in a box somewhere. My favorite part about them is how my mother used to dress up me and my sisters, sometimes to match, in frilly pastel dresses, white tights, and bonnets. We looked like little Easter confections, and I honestly think this is one of the reasons I am so into fashion. My mom always created these wonderful outfits for special occasions that I loved and could not wait to wear. As an adult, I still feel that excitement picking out an outfit for a special event.

Although I have moved on from white tights, I will be donning tights this Easter to stay warm. To match this year’s dress, I’ve decided to wear navy tights. My conundrum was then what shoes  to wear. I wasn’t sure at first, but I actually think these nude pumps look kind of cute with tights. I think what makes this work is that the colors of the tights and shoes can both be found in the dress itself, but aren’t a perfect match. What do you think? Would you wear nude pumps with navy tights? What are you wearing this Easter?

Embroidered Jeans

Details: Sweater via Nordstrom (Similar BP Funnel Neck Sweater, Calson Cowl Neck Sweater, Gibson Tunic Sweater) / Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans / Halogen Boots via Nordstrom (Similar Sam Edelman Riding Boots)  

I have been desperate to wear anything that resembles spring lately, and it’s been one of those years when winter seems to drag on uncontrollably. These embroidered jeans are one way I’m trying to breath some life back into my wardrobe. I love the detail and color of the flowers, and although this is a lighter wash jean than I’m used to, they seem to go with all of my cozy sweaters, so I can wear them through the uncertain weather days of March. When it does finally get warmer, I can’t wait to wear them with a silk camisole and espadrilles.

I got these jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch of all places! I can’t believe I’m shopping there again, but they have had some really cute, affordable styles lately. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean I’ll be endorsing the return of puka shell necklaces anytime soon. But it does make me think back to high school and simpler times when all we carried around were portable CD players as opposed to mini computers. What was the last CD in your Discman? Mine was either Blink 182 or Crazy Town. Embarrassing, but probably true!

Introducing, Christina Darling

When I first started blogging, close to 10 years ago, I was living in Cleveland and working as an associate editor at a medical trade magazine for ophthalmology. After years of schooling and promise of a great future, it wasn’t exactly what I had pictured. In other words, I wasn’t the Anne Hathaway, assistant turned fashion editor, in the movie of my life. But, after all of the turmoil in the financial world in 2008 and the reality of student loan payments, I was happy to be an English major who was gainfully employed and actually putting my degree to use. It became pretty clear, however, that there was a void in my life. I was looking for a way to fully exercise my creativity without holding back. Inspired by bloggers like Cupcakes and Cashmere and A Cup of Jo, I started my blog, the Cosmopolitan Clevelander. I immersed myself in the world of blogging, learning best practices and becoming a part of the community. It ended up being fulfilling in more ways than I had imagined. I was introduced to a style community in Cleveland that I wasn’t aware existed and hundreds like it all over the world, all through my computer. I felt like I was plugged into this creative, inspiring universe full of people just like me. 
Fast forward to 2011. I get this great opportunity to work as a copywriter at a global lab supply company based in Pittsburgh. Finally: a chance to express my creativity at my 9 to 5. So I packed my bags and moved. Over the last seven years, a lot has changed. I got my MBA, turned 30, went to Rome, got a Triple A card. Serious adulting has happened! Along the way, I’ve changed and evolved too and so has my style. I’m more drawn to classic, simple, enduring pieces that will serve me for years to come. And when I do introduce a trend, I make sure it satisfies my own personal style criteria, editing out anything that doesn’t work for me. I’ve adopted the less is more approach for more than just my wardrobe. It’s become a guiding principle for my life, and in turn, will define the type of content I’ll be sharing on my blog.

Recognizing this internal shift, I felt like it was time to move my blog forward with me. Working with one of the great designers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting since I moved to Pittsburgh, I’ve refreshed the name and look of my blog to reflect the classic everyday looks I’ll be sharing. I also want to start sharing more of myself and my everyday life on the blog, which is why I’ve incorporated my name. To put it simply, I’m making the blog more, me! I hope you’ve enjoyed following The Cosmopolitan Clevelander over the years and that you’ll join me as I share charming everyday style on my new blog, Christina Darling.

Cute Spring Blouse

Violet and Clair Top via Marshalls / Gap Pants / Nine West Shoes via DSW (Similar)
Spring needs to get here. I am ready for dresses and sandals and walking outside without wanting to immediately walk back inside. We are unfortunately still very far from being at that place right now but a girl can dream and mix in some spring patterns along the way. I found this top at Marshalls a few weeks ago, was instantly drawn in by the pattern, and fell in love when I saw the dramatic sleeves and delicate ruffle detail on the shoulders and neck. I definitely don’t have enough blouses in my wardrobe that are just as fabulous at work as they are at night or on the weekend. And this one was only $20! Marshalls had a lot of great stuff for spring, including dresses. I got a great Vince Camuto dress for wedding season for only $40! What are you loving for spring?