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Breezy Embroidery

Though I wouldn't describe my everyday personal style as bohemian, I do love a good gauzy embroidered top this time of year. They are loose, airy and have an effortless relaxed feel that's perfect for wearing with denim (skirts, jeans or shorts). This one was a purchase from last year that I nearly wore to death, but there are dozens of affordable similar styles out right now that are just as great. - Read More

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Smart Shopping

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about my strategy for shopping and my best money-saving tips.  So, as a follow up to this closet clean-out post, I decided to compile all my budgeting/shopping advice + the methods I use into one document that will be easy for you to save, print out, pin or reference when you need it most.  I personally find the "ask before buying" questions to be crucial in deterring me from those impulse purchases I may be tempted to make.  I hope this will be a helpful guide to use when adding pieces... - Read More

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Black + White

Whenever I feel stuck in an outfit rut, I always revert back to a classic combination that I know works & one that I'll feel great in.  A striped sheath dress is a personal must-have piece for me - wear alone with sandals & a hat for summer, layer under a cargo vest with ankle boots for fall or dress it up with a trench & heels for spring (see other styling ideas here).  The perforated shoulder detailing on this one makes it cool & modern, while the stretchy knit is comfortable without being too clingy.  I can't wait to wear it more this... - Read More

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Recent Purchases

Since I'm already well-stocked on basics, I'm continuing to focus any money I spend on items that have something special about them - like an fun print, an interesting shape or a unique detail.  My goal is always to buy pieces that are versatile enough to wear in different ways & that I can easily make look more expensive than they really were.   I created 4 looks below with my new purchases - two casual weekend outfits and two dressed-up styles.  In addition to the items above, I also bought this lace sweatshirt,  this chambray jacket & the chinos seen here.... - Read More

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Seasonal Shift

With the (finally) melting snow & shift to warmer temperatures, I'm not only switching out my closet with lighter pieces, but I'm also making changes to my beauty routine. Because hair, skin & nails have different needs in the winter than they do in the spring/summer, I've decided to start a new seasonal series that will help you determine which products to shelve for now and what items to replace them with. - Read More

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#OOTD - Spring Stripes

My decade long love-affair with stripes is one I'm certain I'll never outgrow. Though I usually gravitate towards pieces with a classic breton feel, I love the idea of something in lighter tones for spring. The woven texture and slightly boxy fit of this jacket make it perfect for tossing on with a basic tee & denim on those days when I don't want to spend time thinking about what to wear. - Read More

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Spring Toppers

Nothing brings me greater joy than packing up my heavy wool coats & parkas and swapping them with more lightweight layers. In my opinion, there are 3 types of jackets that are ideal essentials for spring ~ a utility style (slightly rugged & weekend-ready), a lined anorak (preferably with a hood for those April showers) and a classic trench (for pairing with more sophisticated looks). - Read More

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Free Flow Layered Outfit

For this time of year, though, I would have to say that a classic shirt-dress is near the top of my list. This one is over a year old and I've worn it countless ways - layered under a cargo vest, cinched in with a leather belt, paired with a printed scarf & tucked into a midi skirt (worn as a shirt). There's just something so easy about throwing on one piece that makes you feel instantly pulled together...and I love that every time I wear this dress, I come up with a new way to style it so it feels completely new all over again. - Read More

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Casual Off Duty Outfit

Even though I now gravitate towards sophisticated & polished styles, my husband is always begging me to wear sporty outfits. {Secretly, I think it reminds him of our newlywed years - a simpler time before we had a mortgage, kids & school tuition to think about.} This look is kind-of a happy medium: it's dressed down (which he loves), but also incorporates elements that I feel best in (like a structured blazer & layered necklaces). - Read More

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Color of the Moment: Powder Blue

I have been wanting a pastel blue moto jacket for months, but the one I previously had my eye on was slightly out of my budget, so I had to let it go. Then I came across this style and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This pale blue is such a pretty color for spring and the faux leather is buttery soft, unlike some other brands I've tried. It's the ideal layering piece for our back-and-forth weather that can't seem to make up its mind! - Read More

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