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First off,  Mom if you’re reading this I swear my coat wasn’t off for more than a few minutes; don’t worry. I love you and I’ll call soon!

I took these photos on Monday when it was a bit warmer, aka it was in the low 20’s and it’s scary how warm that felt. This is my “go-to” cold weather outfit, chunky knit sweater, jeans, and boots. It’s as versatile as it is simple and makes layering easy, case and point I had three layers under this sweater. I wanted to evoke a bit of warmth, albeit imagined, with my accessories so I added colorful boots and a mulitstrand necklace.

what are your winter weather dressing secrets?

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Trousers and Tunics

Sunglasses & Locket: Downtown Threads, Floral Tunic: H&M, Jeans: Old Navy, Jaguar Sandals: Target, Bag: Gifted, Ring: GILT

Comfortable and colorful this outfit was perfect for an afternoon stroll and running a couple of errands. I’ve had this floral tunic for almost 5 years and it has been a great layering piece, versatile enough to be worn as a dress (ill advised unless you’re JLo) and perfect as a top like above.

To offset the looser fit of my tunic top I opted for a slimmer, trouser style jean. The rise is lower than I usually wear but the thinner material and looser fit  make these jeans work. They’re perfect with sandals and a cropped top for a concert on the waterfront or paired with a blouse and bright wedges for date night.

What versatile pieces are you mixing into your spring wardrobe?

Dressing Room Woes

While shopping for colored denim this weekend I had a thought; who’s the genius that believed harsh florescent lighting and obnoxiously loud music in dressing rooms would sell clothes? Because let me tell you, the only thing worse than realizing you’ve gone up a jean size is having to listen to crappy, auto-tuned music at full volume while you do it.

After almost loosing my shit my hearing in the Charlotte Ruse dressing room I headed to Pac Sun, at a friend’s urging, to try my luck with their selection of colored denim. The store was much more mellow and the salesgirl knew exactly what I wanted. I ended up leaving with the raspberry colored jeans from above as well as a pair of bright coral ones and I couldn’t be happier. They’re just as comfortable and casual as regular jeans but their color makes them seem dressier, opening up a ton of new wardrobe options.

Do you hate those types of dressing rooms as much as I do? What colored denim pieces do you have in your wardrobe?

In Neutral

Sunglasses & Stag Ring: Downtown Threads, Knit Scarf: Plato’s Closet, Faux Fur Vest: Gifted, Sweater: Forever 21, Blue Stone Ring: Gifted, Jeans: Consignment Shop in Philadelphia, Boots: Jeffery CampbellTaking outfit pictures in single digit weather has been a blessing in disguise. In an effort to minimize the amount of time I’m without my coat, hat or mittens I all but cut out my habit of agonizing over reviewing shots the moment after they’re takne. Instead I take a test shot while I’m still bundled up to check the lighting and framing, set the timer on my camera, quickly remove my outerwear and jump in front of the lens.

My abbreviated approach to taking outfit photos has made me more cognizant of what I want to capture with each shot and I think has improved the overall quality of my shots. I’ve also found that since I’m not  critiquing reviewing each shot down to the final detail I’m able to relax, making the shots feel and look more natural.

For this post I used all but one of the shots I took and was really happy with the way they turned out. I wanted comfort (and warmth) to be paramount since my work calendar was booked to the gills so I kept my look casual and opted for layers of neutrals. The chunky knit scarf lent texture and depth to the look and highlighted the lighter tones in the vest. Since the color palette I was working with was largely neutral I relied on bolder accessories like my gold rimmed aviators and stag ring to give it that little something extra.

What’s your process for taking outfit photos? How do you “punch up” neutral color palettes?

Frozen Fields

Sunnies: Downtown Threads, Sweater: Bought/Made in Ireland,  Button-Up: Goodwill, Belt: via Quarter Life Vintage, Leggings: Target, Boots: BlowfishThis past Saturday D and I spent the day in Orwell, Vermont visiting his parents and enjoying an unseasonably warm January day. I love the drive to D’s parent’s house; the further you get from Burlington the more rural and open the landscape becomes until it’s just rolling green hills on both sides of you with the mountains and lake in the distance.

I kept things comfortable and casual for our weekend adventure with the handmade sweater I picked up in Ireland, my favorite chambray shirt and leggings. I was surprised how well my boots did considering D and I spent the afternoon tromping through the woods before the sun magically came out and we ran for the nearest clearing, a neighbor’s corn field.

What comfortable/casual pieces do you swear by?

Stick Season

Blazer: Goodwill, V- neck Tee: Target, Skirt: Forever 21, Tights: TJ Maxx, Boots: Old Navy, Bangles: Gifted, Skull Ring: Downtown ThreadsBurlington’s landscape has been pretty dreary making early morning wake ups that much more impossible. Stick season is upon us everything is grey. Stick season is that month long window where the landscape is bare and there’s no snow to cover it or fill in the gaps.

I’ve been wearing more monochromatic black and grey looks lately and I’m really enjoying how easy it is to pull outfits together. Monochromatic looks are perfect for mornings when you’re running late and don’t want to deal with mixing or matching, or just feeling uninspired by what’s hanging in your closet.  Instead of wearing all black or all grey I opted for a mix of both, having varying shades of grey and black accents, it adds depth to looks that otherwise my feel one dimensional.

What do you wear when you’re feeling uninspired?

You’ve seen it all before

Blazer: Vintage via my mom, Button up: J Crew Mens (via Plato’s Closet), Jeans: Levi’s, Heels: Michael Antonio (via Endless), Rings: GiftedYou’ve seen these heels a lot (here, here & here). They’re one of my favorite pairs of shoes and go with almost everything. I paired them with the boyfriend jeans that you’ve seen many time before (here & here) to give this casual look a more polished feel.

This camel blazer is one of my favorite hand me downs from my mom, (seen here & here) I love that I’m wearing it during the same time in my life (post college, pre kids) as she was. I wish she’d kept more photos from when she was in her 20s, I have a feeling she was rocking some fierce fashions.

The only item in this look that’s unblogged is the JCrew men’s button up that I scored at Plato’s Closet for under $5 about a million years ago. It’s long enough to wear it over leggings and has the perfect amount of pink striping. I’m not sure what prompted me to tuck in just the front but I’m kinda liking the whole mullet look.

What pieces do you find yourself wearing over and over again?

The Casual Hatter

Hat: Gap (via Goodwill), Sunnies: (Tom Ford) Gifted, Thermal Cardi: ?, Tank: Target, Necklace: Gifted, Bangles: Gifted & Thrifted, Jeans: Levi’s, Sandals: Payless

Hats are a new found love for me. I used to dread having to wear them when I was younger (I assumed that if I looked terrible in baseball hats that I’d look terrible in all hats.) How silly I was! Thankfully I’m over my anti-hat hump and fully embracing all types of hats; hats with feathers, slouchy hats, 70’s hats, even a fuax fur pillbox! So when I saw this straw hat peaking out from the miscellaneous accessories bin in Goodwill I knew that I had to have it.

As someone who can’t leave the house without sun lotion (no matter the season) this hat provides oodles of shade and kept me from crisping while we watched the Giant Pumpkin Regatta this past weekend. I kept the rest of my outfit simple, opting for  jeans and a tee (my weekend wardrobe most times). These Levi boyfriend jeans have become my go to pair of jeans and I’m excited to see how they transition into fall and winter. I think they’re going to look great with booties!

Are you a hat person? What’s your weekend wardrobe?

Italian Cowboy

Tee: Target, Belt: Battery Street Jeans, Skirt: Downtown Threads,

Bangles: Gifted & Thrifted, Boots: Florence, Italy

Ever have one of those days when you wake up and feel totally uninspired by what your closet has to offer? Well this is outfit is a direct product of that type of feeling and if I didn’t have to be at work by 9am I would probably still be standing in my closet with a blank look on my face. If I don’t plan, or at least think about my outfit the night before it’s a total crap shoot. Sometimes I end up throwing together great combinations but other times… well it just isn’t pretty.

When nothing in my closet jumps out at me I opt for comfortable, casual clothes. For me it doesn’t get much more comfortable than this red skirt from Downtown Threads (seen here & here). It just fits and flatters in all the right ways and works with so many other things in my closet (even though it’s the only red article of clothing I own).  I don’t know why but for some reason I always wear this skirt with blue tops. Maybe it’s the patriot in me of the fact that I have no idea how to style red on a redhead but for some reason I always end up looking like the fourth of July.

What do you wear when you’re feeling uninspired by your wardrobe? Do you plan your outfits out or do you just wake up and go?