A Great Long Cardigan for Spring

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Details: Target Cardigan/Tommy Hilfiger Shirt from TJ Maxx (Similar Striped Top)/Rag & Bone Jeans from TJ Maxx (Similar Skinny Jeans)/Madewell Harper Mules

One of my favorite purchases for my capsule wardrobe this spring was this pretty light blue cardigan from Target. I love the long length and the belt in the back. It’s great for layering over a blouse on these early spring days with unpredictable weather. I don’t have a lot of longer cardigans in my wardrobe, and I just love the structure this one adds to any outfit. The color is a really pretty light blue perfect for spring and is one of those colors that you can wear with just about anything. And it was only $25! I wore it over my striped Tommy Hilfiger tunic and Rag & Bone Jeans I found at TJ Maxx for dinner with friends this weekend. The Madewell Harper Mules continue to be a staple for me. What’s your favorite purchase for spring so far?

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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?

Touches of Spring

Despite what the weather is doing right now, I decided to get my apartment ready for spring with a few simple and inexpensive touches. I made this spring wreath for about $15 with a Grapevine Wreath ($5) and two Hydrangea Stems ($5) from Michaels.

I bought these tulips ($5) from Trader Joe’s and wrapped some extra ribbon I had around the vase. I love the combination of white, green and pink.

I cut apart a small flower stem from Michael’s ($1.19) and plopped the stems in different colored mini vases.

How are you decorating for spring? 

Prairie home companion

We were experiencing some fall-like weather last week, which often happens in Cleveland, randomly, when it’s supposed to be summer (almost). So this outfit may look like something I will be wearing this fall. Even though I love summer and was very impatient for the warmer weather, I still can’t wait to break out the tights and leggings and pair them with dark blue skirts and maroon jackets. I love the rich colors of fall. And because I was having the worst hair-day in history, I tried tucking a braid to the side and wearing a bun, semi-successfully. This outfit made me turn back to my days at Catholic school (K-12). Skirts and blouses were the protocol. I wish my old school uniforms were this cute.
Ann Taylor Loft blouse; Nordstrom Cardie; Forever 21 skirt; Target leggings; Franco Sarto Boots; H&M purse; Earrings-hand me up from little sister; Kenneth Cole Watch and silver bracelet-gifted from boyfriend

Wear-to-work Maxi Dress

I love wearing my maxi dress because it’s comfortable and it’s one of those fail-proof outfits that always looks good, which is why I obviously wanted to wear it to work. However, most maxi dresses for summer fall into either the strapless or spaghetti strap category, which is a no-no for work. So to make it work appropriate I threw on my white blazer and beaded necklace. The dress is so flowy and light I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day, but I still felt as though I looked professional.
H&M Blazer: gift; F21 Maxi Dress; Rose Quartz Necklace: gift; Aldo flats

Work to Evening

I have seen a lot of bloggers wearing maxi dresses and skirts and I wanted to try it out for work. I really like how it looks with a jacket and scarf. The best part is that when it’s really cold in the office and its really hot outside I can take off some layers. It’s also a nice transition from work to going out. And apparently maxi dresses are really in for fall, so I am a season ahead of schedule. Points for being early.
Kohls jacket; Target Maxi dress; H&M scarf; H&M purse; Sam Edelman sandals

Shorts, a staple through fall

I am all of the sudden into trouser, dress shorts, although I am normally concerned about their lack of flattery. These shorts are different because the leg hole isn’t meant to squeeze your thighs in the wrong places. The wide leg and the tulip appearance of them create a more flattering shape, complimenting already existing curves, depending on what you wear with it. They appeared on the Spring 2010 runway, Ellie Tahari, pictured above. And they are staying through Fall 2010, Azzaro, pictured below.

I am even liking the leather variety of shorts, albiet an impractical purchase. The Wall Street Journal made a reference to them being the only thing that the girl with everything doesn’t have in her closet, here.

The Blonde Salad styles them perfectly here. I think the loose style of the shorts look good with a fitted top.