rainy day uniform

DSC_8310I don’t know about you, but rain kind of kills my creativity for getting dressed. Wet shoes and muddy hems? No thanks.

DSC_8302So, I’ve adopted a rainy day uniform…that’s full of blogger cliches: rain boots, pattern mixing, and a J.Crew jacket. All I’m missing is a Starbucks cup. But, hey, it keeps me warm and dry.

What do you wear on rainy days?

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field jacket: J.Crew, exact, similar // striped tee: Old Navy, similar, similar // plaid scarf: gift, similar, similar // skinny jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // green rain boots: Hunter, exact, similar // horn watch: Michael Kors, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

last chance

DSC_8172I don’t know about you, but March kind of snuck up on me! All the sudden, I feel like I need to get one last wear out of all my winter clothing. In particular, I really wanted to get some wear out of my vests. I have several of them, but they didn’t get much wear this year due to pregnancy–they looked pretty terrible on me last fall when I was in the last trimester.

DSC_8166I decided to blend a little winter with spring by wearing my navy quilted vest with white jeans a few weeks ago. Add in a little pink gingham, and you have a cheery outfit…even if it did rain all day that day. I’m ready for some sunshine!

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navy quilted vest: Crown & Ivy via Belk, similar, similar // pink gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar, similar, similar // cognac satchel: Lauren Ralph Lauren via DSW, almost exact, similar

on buying multiples

DSC_7977It seems as though it might be a bit taboo in blog-land to admit this, but here goes: I like to buy multiples. When I find an item of clothing that fits me well, I tend to buy a few of them (once the price is right, of course!). Loft’s modern skinny jeans, Banana Republic’s Luxe tees, and, most pertinent to this post, J.Crew’s schoolboy blazers are just a few examples.

DSC_7923I had some extra cash in my PayPal account from eBay sales this month, and I decided to spend it on a new camel blazer. My orangey-red blazer is J.Crew’s schoolboy cut, and it seems to fit me quite well. I scoured eBay until I found a camel version in my size and in excellent condition…and for a fraction of the $200 retail price! I really like its warmer camel color compared to my old one, and I feel like it will last for years to come.

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camel blazer: J.Crew, similar, similar // navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, similar, similar // navy pumps: Frye, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil, exact, similar, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

stripes + plaid

DSC_7189This post marks a new first–the first time I’ve been brave enough to mix plaid + stripes. When it comes to pattern mixing, I’m not very bold–most of the time it’s just mixing a striped top with a leopard bag or something else similarly subtle.

DSC_7177But this time around, I was daring enough to pair a striped top with a plaid scarf. I’m living on the edge, I tell you. Well, actually, I just really wanted to wear this scarf that I got for my birthday last month.

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navy striped tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, exact, similar // taupe booties: Carlos Santana, similar, similar // blackwatch plaid scarf: Merona via Target, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exactsimilar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar