I've always loved shopping, and I would be lying if I didn't say I sometimes considered the blog as an excuse to buy something new. I would also like to say that my efforts to be good this year and not shop were going well, however this month I found myself in more than one slip up.
When I was doing my closet clean out, I noticed several neglected pieces that I wasn't ready to part with, but still decided I need to try and bring back into rotation. The first was this peplum top. I purchased it in 2016 while I was in California and wore it to dinner once while I was there, and didn't take outfit photos. I wore it again over the summer, and then it sat. Regardless of rational, two and a half years seems like a long time to hold on to a piece that isn't being worn. It isn't the only article taking a backseat to new items coming in.
This Linea Pelle bag was once the pride and joy of my bag collection. It was purchased back in 2013 and was on heavy rotation for about two years before new bags came in and usurped its status. The CC Skye pyramid stud bracelet was once a favorite to pair with it, so I decided to reunite them. I stopped wearing the bracelet after the clasp came undone on a couple occasions and I almost lost it forever.
The shoes I should be most embarrassed about - one wear in one year! Now up to three as of this post, but still, these adorable heels in a neutral shade didn't do anything wrong, why so much neglect?
As much as I crave filling my closet with new things, I really need to step back, focus on what I have, and find new love for old pieces. (Not sure how long this mentality will last, this dress is calling my name!)
Last Friday I celebrated my 33rd birthday, and as I enter my mid-thirties, it seems like I can't make it through the month without hearing about an engagement, wedding, or pregnancy announcement. I had always thought that I would be more settled by the time I reached my thirties, and I spent a good part of my last relationship dreaming about the diamond ring I'd hoped I'd receive. Even as trends are moving towards non-traditional stones for engagement rings, I'm an April baby, the diamond is my birthstone, and so help me, I want to wear a diamond ring.
So I started of this new year with a little gift from AUrate, my very own (albeit tiny) real diamond ring. AUrate is the company that is going to help me expand my jewelry collection into higher quality, solid gold pieces that actually fit into my budget. Because of AUrate's direct to customer business model, they can offer pieces for less than half of what the traditional retail price would be.
My new ring is 14k solid gold with a conflict free 0.07 carat diamond, the gold has been ethically sourced, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Since it's small, it's also perfect for stacking, and I truly hope that I can add to the collection soon - how pretty would it look nestled with this stunning chevron ring?
I think being able to build my fine jewelry collection, all on my own can be a very meaningful thing. I can curate the exact pieces I want, and feel pride in my ownership. I've gotten over the idea that the first diamond ring I would own would be an engagement ring. I can wear a diamond everyday and all it has to mean is that I love myself.
Would you buy yourself your own diamond ring?
The Rundown Turtleneck Sweater Banana Republic similar White Pleated Skirt TJMaxx similar Nude Pumps"Natalie"Naturalizer Skyline Crossbody BagWhiting and Davisvia ThredUP Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York Thin Gold RingEtsyvia Ellyn Blue Jewelry Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
A leather jacket is such a wonderful wardrobe staple. Even if though they are only two season pieces here in Connecticut, I've still amassed a small collection, as a great leather jacket can be a truly transformative piece.
When The Jacket Maker reached out to me about creating my own bespoke leather jacket, I was delighted at the prospect. I scoured my Pinterest feed and made notes of all my favorite jackets and the details which I loved, then I emailed my contact some reference images as well as a description of my dream jacket. After a little correspondence to nail down the small details, I provided my measurements, and then I waited. After about four months I finally received an email with photos of my finished jacket, and I couldn't believe how gorgeous it looked!
Now I finally have my dream leather jacket in my closet, and I'm very impressed with the level of detail found on the piece; the zippered side pockets are nice and deep, there is an inside pocket as well, and I love how the small quilted section came out.
I would definitely work with The Jacket Maker again, it's so amazing to see a piece I'd imagined come to life!
We had our first gorgeous spring weekend, and I could not have been more excited to pull out this cute dress I picked up at Loft last fall. I'd only gotten to wear it once before it got too cold, but now it's long sleeves make it just right for transitional spring weather.
I've become such a fan of dresses with long sleeves over the years - how often do I struggle to find just the right cardigan or jacket to compliment a sleeveless dress? I wore this dress to a baby shower on Sunday and it was great being able to take off my jacket when I arrived and be perfectly comfortable. Loft actually has a very similar dress available now and it's only $35 - I need to resist!
The Rundown Printed Dress Loft similar Denim Jacket Gap similar White Mules"Bianca" Target similar Black Straw Bag Zara similar Pave Triangle Earrings TJMaxx
Sometimes I wonder if I'm a failure as a fashion blogger. After all, I'm someone who purportedly has a good eye for putting pieces together and creating cohesive, yet unexpected looks. However the reality is that I tried half a dozen different tops ranging from olive green (likely would have worked with blue jeans, but not the grey) to windowpane print (I've had that top for three years and haven't worn it yet, maybe it's time to give it up) only to land on cream, the very obvious choice.
I suppose it's okay to not be as adventurous with my outfits as I once was, maybe I should take my new perspective on color and print as a sign of maturity. Though the truth is, there are some people who make bold style choices work and appear effortless. I'm just not one of them, and perhaps it's time to accept my middle ground approach and stop trying to make 'extra' work.
Where is the edge of your own outfit comfort zone?
The Rundown Tweed Moto Jacket "Pattyn"Joiethrifted similar Cream Tank J.Crew thrifted similar Grey Jeans Gap similar Kitten Heels"Moxie" c/o SAS Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle similar Pave Hexagon Earrings Thrifted similar Necklace"Scottie"LuxbyUK Thin Gold RingEtsyvia Ellyn Blue Jewelry
I wore a version of this outfit while I was in California, on the day I took my sister's car in for it's service appointment so she wouldn't have to waste her Saturday doing so, (aren't I so nice?) and while I was waiting I spotted a woman wearing an outfit not too different from mine, save for the scarf tied around her neck.
I immediately cursed myself for not packing any of my tiny silk scarves, and admired how much the simple addition seemed to elevate the otherwise basic look of a white button down with jeans and a field jacket.
Square silk scarves feel like a relic of my grandmother's time, yet they have been working hard to become trendy again, popping up on handbags, as bracelets, hair ties, and of course tied around one's neck. While the one I'm wearing is a contemporary version found at Loft a few seasons ago, I have a feeling I'm going to need to track down some of the vintage scarves that were actually worn by my grandma and give them a new life.
The Rundown Silk Button Down Bodysuit J.Crew similar Field Jacket J.Crew similar High Rise Button Fly Jeans Gap similar White Mules"Bianca" Target similar Suede Accordion Bag Banana Republic similar Square Scarf Loft similar Gold Hoop EarringsAmazon Thin Gold RingEtsyvia Ellyn Blue Jewelry Sunglasses "Meteor"Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Is this a wishlist or a summer mood board? Maybe a little of both? I know the raffia bag is basically a reimagining of the Japanese bamboo bag, which I have and therefore do not need another similar bag, but still, isn't she gorgeous?
When it comes to perfume I'm terribly picky, and I ordered a sample of Le Labo's Ylang 49 over six months ago. I apply it sparingly, and after much deliberation, I think I'm ready to commit. I don't need a size that large, which would probably last me for the rest of my life considering how little perfume I wear, that was just the better image - you know how it is.
The raffia slides popped up in a google image search for something entirely different, and you can imagine I was quickly distracted by them. My size isn't available online, but they might be in the store. I might want to go look for them. I'm not supposed to be shopping.
If there is one thing I wish for in the spring (sartorially speaking) it's light jacket weather. Being in California for two months spoiled me rotten, as it was light jacket weather for the entirety of my stay. I'm now wishing I'd hung out until April so I could have seen all the flowering trees bloom, as here in chilly Connecticut buds are only just starting to appear and I likely won't be seeing any flowers until May.
I'm often pushing the limits of what is weather appropriate. There was no wool coat tucked out of sight on a nearby bench or in the car as there typically is this time of year. Just me in this satin blazer, trying to make a California winter outfit work for a New England spring.
The Rundown Striped Turtleneck Ralph Lauren via TJMaxxsimilar Rust Satin Blazer Banana Republic similar Distressed JeggingsGap White Mules"Bianca" Target similar Micro Perry SatchelRebecca Minkoffc/o Shopbop Gold Ball EarringsKohl's Gold Plated Disc Necklace Matteo via TJMaxx Gold Circle Ring Thrifted Sunglasses "Meteor"Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx Nail Color "Bikini So Teeny"Essie
Yesterday I attended a blogger event in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and since it was only ten minutes from this cute spot in Old Weathersfield, I met Meg early so we could take outfit photos.
I really love the old homes in Connecticut, even though a good many have been transformed into businesses, as long as they are preserved I'm happy, and then I feel far less uncomfortable taking photos in front of them. (On the rarest of occasions I've taken photos in front of a single family residence I've come to regret it.) You can't read the year on the plaque in any of these photos, but this home was built in 1767, and I really admire the care and detail that went into it.
Despite having a frigid and windy Saturday, driving away from the shoreline on Sunday gave way to a far more spring-like day. I always struggle with what to wear during transitional weather, will I be too warm or too cold? Should I dare to wear a dress, or resume the safety of jeans and a sweater? Bare ankles and a cozy sweater felt like the safest bet, but it's looking like April will be more welcoming to bare legs and maybe even bare toes if I put that much stock in the ten day forecast!
The Rundown Cashmere Turtleneck Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx similar White Wide Leg Jeans Gap similar Blush Leather Jacket Athleta similar Leather Loop Belt J.Crew similar Springbok Clutch Oliveve c/o Shopbop similar Nareen Block Heels c/o Vionic Pearl Stud Earringssimilar Thin Gold RingEtsyvia Ellyn Blue Jewelry