First of all, how amazing are these $25 pants?! They look super chic and you’d never guess I got them from Old Navy! I haven’t found something I like at Old Navy in over a decade (it generally isn’t my style and/or doesn’t fit me well), but this pair of pants looked adorable AND fit me perfectly. While I love the buildup and anticipation of purchasing something I’ve wanted for a while, sometimes unexpected purchases are the most exciting and rewarding for me!
Happy March! While technically still “winter”, just seeing March 1st on my phone screen, calendar, etc makes it feel like spring!
I purchased this sleeveless dress over the weekend knowing I wouldn’t be able to wait for warmer weather to wear it. Instead of throwing on a jacket over it I thought it would be a nice twist to layer something under it. Winterizing summer items is actually quite fun when you get creative about it. I chose this cozy burgundy turtleneck to give myself a little warmth. A turtleneck was surprisingly hard to find, despite the chilly temperatures, since stores are already preparing for spring (not that I mind).
Oh, and remember the missing waist belt from a few posts ago? Well I eventually found it, but after I took these photos it literally ripped in half while I was wearing it! So much for that!
Whenever I’m on the fence about buying something, I ask myself, “Could I walk out of this store right now and forget this [skirt, necklace, purse, etc] as I continue on with my day?” If the answer is yes, then I know to pass on whatever it is. If the answer is no, then usually I’ll indulge (I’m not really much of a buyer, just a window shopper, so I don’t find myself in this position too, too often). Sometimes, however, I find myself in the sticky situation of simply being in the grey zone. Should I get it? Should I not? You know the deal.
That’s exactly how I was feeling about a black Banana Republic bag I’d been eyeing for a few weeks. I’d gone to the store three times (yes, three!) and was quite torn. This should have been a major red flag, but I continued to agonize. I even texted my mum a fair bit trying to get her opinion. The only advice I got was, “It’s your money!”. Still at square one regarding the Banana bag, I wandered into Madewell to kill time before I would make the decision. And then- I saw the bag that would make me forget all bags, Meet the Glasgow Satchel.
I had seen the bag in brown the month prior and debated getting it, yet resisted since I wasn’t too keen on brown. But this lovely black version on the shelf was absolute perfection. The Banana Republic tote now merely a distant memory, I knew for certain that this purchase could answer my standard question “Could I walk out of this store….” with a solid NO. I could not leave Madewell without this bag in hand. And I didn’t!
This leather sleeved blazer is definitely one of those pieces that I love, yet often times have a hard time fitting into my outfit. I think it’s partly because of the color combination and mostly because I’m not usually a blazer-wearing gal. Come to think of it, the only other blazer I have is a very formal black Banana Republic blazer which I’ve used for professional (non-fashion) interviews. This sucker has been nestled in the back of my closet for quite some time now. Every time I’d dig through my closet I’d pause briefly and wonder how to style it, then quickly reach for something else. I finally felt up to the challenge this weekend. I tried on a zillion different tops until I settled on this gray ribbed sweater. Cuffing the sweater sleeves over the leather arms of the blazer made my upper half feel a bit more cohesive while wearing jeans counterbalanced the feeling of being way outside of my comfort zone with the blazer.
Overall I’d say I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. Would I reach for this blazer often? Probably not. But now I can see it hanging in my closet and know I’ve conquered it at least once!
Do you have a certain piece that you struggle to make work too? I’m curious to know!
BLAZER– Hinge// SWEATER– Banana Republic// JEANS– BDG// HEELS– Cooperative// WALLET– Banana Republic// SPECS– Warby Parker
Do you ever have days when you tear through your entire closet and you simply can’t find the item you had in mind that would just make your outfit? Well, that was today for me. I wanted to pair this look with a skinny waist belt and I swear it was on my dresser yesterday, but today it was nowhere to be found! Alas, the show had to go on.
I admit to feeling briefly peeved at myself for always misplacing things, but I tried to look on the positive side. 1.) No waist belt meant that I was free to enjoy my lunch. No feeling like my belt was going to pop off after having a few too many fries. How uncomfortable is it when your full belly is pushing against a tight belt?? 2.) I didn’t have to constantly fiddle with the belt all day (and you know what I mean- one doesn’t simply just WEAR this kind of belt….are your clothes getting scrunched up? Is the buckle sitting evenly? etc.. It’s quite stressful when you think about it. Today I just got to be and not worry about such nonsense). So, wherever my belt is hiding, I’m glad it was a sneaky little bugger today because it was for the best!
DRESS– American Eagle// SWEATER– Banana Republic// HEELS– Nine West// BAG– Kohl’s// SUNNIES– Warby Parker
If the background and title of this post is any sort indication, you might be able to guess that I stood out in this outfit. And I mean way out. Before these pictures were snapped I was dining amongst Carmel Valley’s finest farmers and folk at The Wagon Wheel- a cowboy-styled diner complete with spurs (and other rusty, indiscernible items) hammered to the wall. I can’t exactly say that anyone else was wearing four inch heels and a hat- except for possibly a cowboy hat, that is.
And speaking of hats, I absolutely love this new Wide Brim Sun Hat hat I snagged from Nordstrom for $28. It sits comfortably on my head and does a decent job covering my face. I’m thinking I might pick up the traditional straw color because you simply can’t beat the price!
PANTS– Marc by Marc Jacobs// SWEATER– Banana Republic// HAT– Nordstrom// HEELS– Zara// BAG– Rebecca Minkoff//