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Spring Forward!

Spring is finally here in Nashville, and there was no rain this weekend – you wouldn’t believe the impact this good weather had on my mood! I’ve never thought I had seasonal depression, but I’m starting to think I might have a little bit of it, because honestly, I felt SO MUCH BETTER in the sun this weekend.

Also, I have a lot of cute new clothes to wear in said sunshine, which definitely doesn’t hurt.

That smile is because of the glare on my face – sunshine!!!

Really, my favorite thing about this outfit is the back of my shirt. Apparently, “ballet backs” are in now, and I like it! I bought this top in 2 colors, because why not?

Cute, right? It’s just enough to take an otherwise standard t-shirt and turn into something unique and fresh.

Springtime also brings bright lipstick again. Hot pink, I’ve missed you so!

What fashion/makeup trends are you most excited about this spring?

Inspired Look: Camden

One of my friends is headed to a bachelorette party in a couple of weeks and suggested I blog about some different bachelorette looks. Seeing as I seldom have excuses these days to get dressed up cute, I was more than happy to oblige.

Camden’s party is in Tennessee at the beginning of April, so it will be spring, but probably a little chilly at night.  She wanted to wear a skirt or dress, but still stay warm.

If it were me, I’d probably wear dressy shorts with a leather jacket, but that’s not really Camden’s style (and I’m still holding out hope that I’ll get to wear that myself eventually…)   So, here are a few options that might work for her – and for you, if you’ve got any girls’ nights out/dates/special events on the horizon.

Look 1: Feminine Chic

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When I saw this dress, I immediately loved it.  It’s a very crisp, clean spring look, and the long sleeves keep it more appropriate for the warming weather. The pinks and mint greens are great color accents for the off-white and are also very feminine. Really, this outfit is probably more appropriate for a bridal luncheon or shower, but it’s so pretty I couldn’t not include it.

 

Look 2: The ClassicCamden Bach 3


Zara shoes
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Aldo handbag
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Fossil bracelet
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Of course, no bachelorette post would be complete without a LBD.  A wrap dress is almost universally flattering and forgiving, and again, the long sleeves are appropriate for the weather.  I didn’t want, however, for the black to be too depressing for a spring party, so I added some bright colors in the shoes and jewelry (plus, it’s me, so you know – I have to include color).  Camden also happens to really like both of those colors, so yay for me!

 

Look 3: The Unexpected

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Probably the most unconventional of these looks is this cool sweatshirt dress.  Unfortunately, Gap didn’t have a view of the back, which doesn’t make any sense since they advertise the back in the name of the dress (the website calls it Eyelet Back Sweatshirt Dress)…  But, I can imagine an eyelet back and it sounds adorable.  Obviously, a sweatshirt would be warm, and dressy sweatshirts are very in right now.  I chose to pair it with some cute low booties – nothing too heavy or clunky to weigh down the look or make it too winter-y.  And, I kept the accessories light but dressy enough to balance the casual dress.  I see this as being really cute with one of those super casual messy pony-tails I always admire but have yet to master.

 

Look 4: The Mover and Shaker

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Black velvet skirt
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This final look conveys power to me – nothing is as cool and put-together as a blazer.

I included a skirt option in case you’re just not feeling a dress.  The crochet detail on this skirt is very cute and on-trend, and also gives the black skirt a spring-time feel.  I added some sparkle with the tank (something I know Camden likes and is also very appropriate for a bachelorette party) and then some color in the blazer.  This is a perfect outfit for dinner and dancing.  Assuming the blacks match (they don’t in this picture), you could lose the jacket when the dance floor gets too hot and still look perfectly put together.

So, those are my ideas for the perfect bachelorette party.  What do you think?  Any great trends or go-to pieces you have that I forgot?

Charmed, I’m Sure

Someday, I will learn not to take a blurry picture and to either cut my head out totally or make a pleasant expression that doesn’t make me look like I have a double chin.  Today is not that day.
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Fortunately, this outfit is cute enough to distract you (or at least, I hope so).  I paired my favorite too-big-for-me leather dress with my current favorite polka dot blazer and achieved a spring look that went well with the weather (i.e., it was sunny, but still a little cool, so the heavier blazer helped). And the blazer did a good job of making my dress look like it actually fit me.

When I was little, my mom had a charm bracelet from high school that just fascinated me.  In middle school, charms had a bit of a moment, so I started to collect my own.  I don’t often wear this bracelet, but when I do, it always makes me happy.  I took a few close-ups of some of my favorites.  Sorry they’re blurry – again.
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Poppin’ tags

I really don’t have anything clever or insightful to say about this outfit. It was just cute and hadn’t yet been blogged. So, voila, spring time!

Strapless pink and white striped dress: Old Navy via the thrift store – it was 99 cents, though! (just kidding – it was probably like $4)
Jacket: Walmart before I started boycotting them
Shoes: DSW

Black without Mourning

The key to success in life is compromise. (And a well-stocked chocolate supply, but let’s focus on compromise.)

The past few days it has been nothing but overcast and rainy – i.e., depressing.  I’ve always dressed for the weather, for some reason.  Not temperature wise, necessarily – I’m often freezing or sweating – but mood wise.  So, if it’s rainy, I can’t bring myself to wear my bright colors.  Likewise, you’ll almost never see me in black on a pretty, sunny day.

When it’s overcast for days on end, though, I have to add some color or risk getting depressed myself.  So, I decided to stick with the black base and liven it up with springy accessories – a butterfly necklace, pumps with a flower adornment, and green, yellow, and blue accents.

My hope was to trick the weather with some spring color into remembering it’s time for April showers to end and May flowers to begin.  I’m not sure I was successful, but at least I felt better about life by doing it.

What’s in a Name: Spring

I give presentations for work quite often.  Normally, that requires a suit.

This Sunday, though, I had a chance to speak on a non-work topic at a church group, so I seized the opportunity to wear something a little less stuffy.

This dress is one of my favorites.  A great find at Forever 21 last year, it’s my go-to date dress (and by go-to, I mean I’ve worn it on one date) because it’s so flowy and feminine.  I feel more like a girl in this dress than probably anything else I own.  I believe the jacket was a thrift store find – that, or a hand-me down from my sister.  And you know the shoes were one of my Macy’s purchases. The cord on the floor is from my iron – a great college-era deal from Walmart. 

Spring to me means flowers and light breezes – in my clothes and in nature.  What does spring mean to you?

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