Pink Tassel Earrings

BaubleBar Earrings / Banana Republic Sweater and Top / Articles of Society Jeans / Everlane Loafers

The sun is out and it’s getting warmer and nicer by the day, which means it’s time to start adding bright colors and fun textures to your wardrobe. In preparation for the summer months, I purchased these BaubleBar Tassel Earrings because I knew they would be the perfect complement to white jeans and nautical tops and many other combinations. They’re versatile enough to wear with a maxi dress for dinner and drinks or with a white t-shirt and jean shorts for strolling around town. Right now I’m slowly starting to introduce them with outfits that are yearning for a pop of color, like this navy blue sweater with jeans. What are you starting to wear more of now that the weather is nice?

Striped Midi Skirt

 Details: Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Gap Shirt / Nine West Sandals 

After what felt like a century-long winter and months of wearing the same sweaters and pants, this striped midi skirt is giving me and my wardrobe life. The length makes it easy to style with a tucked in t-shirt or blouse and the vertical stripe is elongating. I don’t have a lot of black in my wardrobe, but I made an exception for this skirt because I loved it so much. Plus it’s perfect to pair with pink heels for a little pop of color. And I definitely feel more confident and creative when I’m wearing this outfit at work. Sadly it looks like this is sold out on the Banana Republic Factory website, but I found a similar skirt at Loft and linked it above.

Blouson Sleeve Top

 CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse / Banana Republic Factory Skirt / Madewell Ava Slingback Flat

I’m a sucker for a dramatic sleeve and this one had me at hello. With its sweet, light blue pattern and pintuck detail, it’s a nice daytime option for either work or play. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to contrast the voluminous sleeves with a more fitted silhouette like this BR Factory skirt. I love playing with proportions. The cherry on top of this outfit is really this pair of Madewell slingback flats. Aren’t they fun?

If you love the blouse, you maybe be able to find it at TJ Maxx. I got mine there for $24. If you can’t find it there, it’s also available via Nordstrom Rack at the link above for less than $35.
 

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?

Light Blue and Coral

Details: NY&C Company Cardigan / H&M Dress /Vintage Earrings / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes

During the warmer months, I gravitate toward happy and bright color combos. This outfit is no exception with this light, almost muted blue dress playing the perfect contrast to the rich coral of this cardigan. I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe, and I just happened upon this combination as I was getting dressed this morning. I will certainly be repeating this look. I also love the cut of this dress from H&M. It feels very demure and sophisticated — a great look for work.

Sheer Floral Print Blouse

 Details: Thrifted HD Paris Blouse / Thrifted J.Crew Skirt / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / Calvin Klein Shoes / Loft Cardigan

A sheer blouse is a bold choice for work wear. That’s why I always make sure to layer heavily anytime I am wearing one. But, anytime I wear a white tank top under a sheer top it sticks out like a sore thumb. Note to self: invest in a nude tank top. The dark pattern of this blouse is enough to cancel out its “sheernish.” so I opted out of the tank top underneath and hoped a nice cardigan and a nude bra would do the trick. It seems to have worked. Also, I love how well the skirt and blouse go together even though I found them on completely separate thrifting trips. Brights and floral print always make me happy!

Camo Skinnies

Details: Gap sweater / Old Navy skinnies (Similar) / Nine West shoes / Target necklace 

I’ve never been a fan of camo. When I started seeing the skinny done in camo, I didn’t even really believe myself at first when I started to like it. But then I started seeing it over and over again, and I couldn’t resist. Kind of like how you hear that one pop song over and over again on the radio and you pretend not to like it, but before you know it you’re singing “It’s a party in the U.S.A.” as loud as you can with the windows rolled up and the radio as high as it will go. Or something like that.

I found these camo skinnies at Old Navy, and I’ve never looked back. The sophisticated cut of the skinny leg and the rugged camo print are the perfect manifestation of the “I want it all” American attitude. Surrounding the camo with classic pieces only further emphasizes its identity crisis and makes me love it even more.

Bright Lace

Outfit details: Target shirt / Loft skirt / Sole Society shoes via Nordstrom / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Here’s to it officially being skirt and dress season. I haven’t had to wear tights for the last few weeks and I am quite happy about it. To help ring in the warmer weather, I am longing for brights like this skirt I scored at Loft over the weekend for only $18! It’s still on sale and there are plenty of sizes left. I love how the traditional lace is paired with such a bright color. It works really well with this denim top for an updated business casual look, but could just as easily be paired with a silk top.

Mother’s Day

Old Navy Dress / Garage Sale Jacket / Nine West Shoes via T.J. Maxx / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Charming Charlie Purse

Mother’s Day this year will be quite the occasion. This year my sisters and I will actually be in the same state to celebrate with our mother. Us being in the same state is a rare event these days so I am really looking forward to it. We plan to go to Trattoria in Cleveland’s Little Italy. The Linguine with Mussels are calling my name.

For our lunch, I am wearing this bright combination of cherry red, yellow and floral print. I found this jacket for $5 while rummaging around a garage sale last summer. It expresses my excitement for spring perfectly.

I can’t believe the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show is only a day away. There is still much to be done — packing, ironing, etc. I hope to see you there! It will be a great event!

Pattern Mixing for Work

The Limited Blouse and Skirt / Target Tights / Kelly and Katie Shoes / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff 

Dressing for work can be fun if you know how to pattern mix. It’s a trend that unlike cutoff shorts and sheer blouses can actually appropriate for work. The basic rule of thumb is to mix patterns with similar color palettes. I. Love. This. Grid pattern blouse. It forces me out of comfort zone of only wearing nautical stripes. This classic a-line skirt is a great way to keep this outfit grounded.