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Spring layers

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Jacket: Nordstrom (similar here and here) | Sweatshirt: Gap (on sale!)Denim: Elle (similar) | Flats: TJ Maxx (similar) | Bag: Vintage Coach (similar) | Necklace: Von Maur (gift, similar here)

As I’ve mentioned before, spring is the trickiest season in terms of getting dressed every day. For me, denim is still my go-to (as it has been all winter), but I begin incorporating light colors and lightweight fabrics into my daily outfits. This jacket from Nordstrom was a little intimidating at first due to the crazy volume at the hips, but the key is to keep everything else streamlined and draw attention away from the volume with a pattern and a pop of color in a statement necklace. Seriously, I’ve worn this outfit at least once a week since we started getting slightly warmer weather. When it works, you just go with it!

When in doubt, wear a hat

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Sweater: Loft (on sale and more colors here) | Denim: Elle (similar) | Boots: Giani Bernini via Macy’s | Bag: Phillip Lim for Target (in love with this mini polka-dot version) | Hat: Forever 21 (similar) | Necklace: Von Maur (similar)

When in need of some hair help, I wear a hat. When nothing seems to be working accessory-wise, I wear a hat. Hats are my go-to (proof here), especially wider-brim fedoras. Come spring, though, I may be integrating a few more baseball caps (insert collective gasp here) into my regular wardrobe. 

How was your weekend? After a spectacular girls’ night on Friday, we went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (pretty good, in my opinion) and topped off the weekend with homemade sweet potato fries. Bring it on, Monday!

Pops of yellow

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Blazer: Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls (similar) | Blouse: Von Maur (similar) | Denim: American Rag (similar) | Boots: Forever 21Bag: Phillip Lim for Target (designer version) | Sunnies: Forever 21Rings: Forever 21/Madewell | Earrings: Forever 21

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had a blast seeing old friends from college and road-tripping through a part of the country I’ve never been in before. It was wonderful to come back to these fall leaves (the trees farther north had already lost all their leaves). The best way to celebrate the beauty of the season? With a “blank” slate of neutrals and a pop of yellow.

What says summer

I ended up taking a day off of work to celebrate my bestie’s birthday yesterday! We spent the day shopping and eating cheesecake, and we both ended up finding some great deals! (She found a black-and-white high-low dress, and I found a bright orange skirt that will be perfection come fall.) Here’s the breakdown:

Blouse: Goodwill
Shorts: Gap (similar)
Wedges: Relativity via Carsons (similar)
Clutch: BCBG (gift)
Sunnies: Rue21
Ring: Forever 21
Bracelet: Von Maur

Peach shorts paired with a chambray blouse says summer to me. Both fabrics are light and easy, which is needed in the oppressive humidity. A swipe of peach lipstick was all I needed to complete the look. (I like Neutrogena’s peach lipstick, which is unfortunately discontinued.) 

My latest hat

One of my favorite pastimes is knitting. Despite knitting’s reputation for being tacky or something your grandma does, carefully picking the right pattern and yarn can make all the difference in making a one-of-a-kind item. Nothing in the world quite matches the feeling of start, finishing, and wearing an item into which you put hours of effort. Here’s the breakdown:

Hat: Handmade (pattern from Vogue Knitting Winter 2010/11)
Sweater: H&M
Denim: Elle via Kohl’s
Boots: Simply Vera via Kohl’s
Bag: Garage sale
Rings: Von Maur/Charming Charlie

Despite having no snow (yet), I couldn’t wait any longer to wear my latest knitting project with a fair isle-inspired sweater. I knit almost all of my winter accessories, and my current project is another Vogue Knitting sweater in a rich jewel-toned purple. (Remember this Vogue Knitting sweater from a year ago?) If you haven’t ever tried knitting before, head to your local yarn store or even YouTube a video. It is easily one of the most rewarding skills you could learn.