Dressing Like a Danish Girl

Naturalizer Kail Sneaker

When I was doing our trip research, I read that Danish girls wore a lot of neutral colors and paired their ensembles with sneakers almost exclusively. It only took one day out in the city to realize how true that was. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a higher concentration of sneakers in one location before! Just about everyone wore them, including women who paired athletic footwear with skirts and dresses. Naturalizer had sent over a pair of their new “Kail” croc-embossed sneakers ($69) before our trip, giving me the perfect option to blend in with the locals for a day of sightseeing. The shoe offers a flexible sole with extra cushioning, and a breathable lining — features I was grateful for given that we walked an average of 10 miles per day! We haven’t done much in the way of exercise since we’ve been back, but I’m planning to change that in time for Naturalizer’s Walk Together Day on May 7. In honor of Mother’s Day Weekend, Naturalizer is urging you to take a moment to thank the inspirational women in your life and share those moments with #SHAREtheWALK. You can also save 20% and receive free shipping during the promotion this weekend with code TOGETHER. It’s valid from May 5 to 8.

Naturalizer Kail Sneaker
Naturalizer Kail Sneaker
Naturalizer Kail Sneaker
Naturalizer Kail Sneaker

Sweater: J.Crew (similar)
Skirt: LOFT (similar)
Scarf: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: Tory Burch (similar)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer
Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Shopbop
Rings: c/o Julie Vos; Monica Vinader; Lulu Frost
Bracelet: Hermes
Lips: Stila “Bella”

Thanks to Naturalizer for partnering on this post!

The Weekend Guide

The Weekend Guide 04.29.16

SPOT
From secret meanings to hidden images, discover what’s lingering in 11 famous works of art.

DECORATE
Now that we’re back from our trip, our house hunt is in full swing. I’m bookmarking all sorts of Ikea hacks to try since we’ll be broke after signing the dotted line!

BAKE
This grapefruit tart with a crisp coconut crust looks like an easy dessert that’s sure to impress.

DISCOVER
Whenever there’s a new article featuring Iris Apfel, my style icon, you know I’m going to share it! I loved reading ten of her lessons to live by.

PREDICT
Researchers at the University of Cambridge discovered that an influx of social media check-ins and Tweets can predict gentrification in a neighborhood.

WEAR
I’m happy to see that my beloved fuchsia lip color is one of spring’s trendiest hues to try! I’m also loving the rosy pink as featured on the Dolce & Gabbana runway.

EARLIER THIS WEEK
My first outfit post after vacation. (The photos were taken in Copenhagen.)
A roundup of the red and blue items I’m loving right now.
Admitting to this month’s shopping sins.

Five Under $55

sandals, $25* | necklace, $20 | dress, $20 | clutch, $20 | sunglasses, $12

* more expensive versions here and here

Budget Update: April 2016

Lace-Up Soludos

You’d think this month’s sartorial update would be sparse given that I was out of the country for half the month. Nope. I gave my credit card a good workout the first week of the month, especially with the temptation of the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and indulging in my latest obsession: Soludos espadrilles. I was foolish not to embrace this summer staple earlier. They’re incredibly comfortable and you don’t have to worry about a perfect pedi! I’m considering these wedges next or this cheeky oui/non version.

In other news, we’re just a few short days away from my birthday month, which is typically carte blanche to buy anything and everything that strikes my fancy! But, I’m a responsible adult and I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’ve already ordered this off-the-shoulder dress from Banana Republic — a steal at $53 when you factor in the 40% savings with code BRSAVE — and the remaining $275 of this quarter’s budget will go toward one special item for my birthday. Honestly, it might not even be wardrobe-related. One of my favorite birthday splurges was on a Gray Malin print. (I usually add in another $200 as a birthday treat for myself, but we have to finish paying off our trip expenses this month. Scandinavia is not budget-friendly!)

BUDGET
Spring Budget (March – May): $750
Spent in March: $421.50
Spent in April: $350.25
Added: $350 in blog revenue*
Amount Remaining: $328.25

* Most of the money I earn from the blogging goes into my general savings account or is earmarked for travel, but I’ll move some to the clothing budget when needed.

Wardrobe-Update-April-2016

PURCHASED
See all of the year’s wardrobe additions here. (It looks like I need more color in my life!)

  • J.Crew lightweight wool tunic sweater in navy ($45): I wanted a loose-fit sweater to wear with jeans and skirts when I wasn’t feeling svelte. This fits the bill and I love the pretty perforated detail on the sides. I went with my normal size small for J.Crew sweaters.
  • Soludos x Lemlem espadrilles ($65): I’ve long admired Soludos, but was foolishly convinced the jute sole would be uncomfortable. Pssh. They’re amazing and feel like slippers that are socially acceptable to wear in public. I went with my normal size 7. They’re snug, but everything I read says that’s how they are supposed to fit because the cotton upper will stretch out with wear.
  • Soludos lace-up espadrilles ($41.25): The espadrilles above were the gateway to a newfound obsession with the brand. I bought the lace-up pair during the recent Shopbop Friends & Family sale. Like the pair above, they fit true to size.
  • J.Crew Factory scarf ($20; not online): It’s sort of like this one, but the scarf I picked out at the store has white, lavender, and orange stripes. It’s lightweight and gauzy. It actually reminds me of a Lemlem scarf, but comes with a much kinder price tag.
  • Ryder shift dress ($159): This was another Shopbop sale pick this month, chosen on a whim. I wanted a dress that would transition easily from work to weekends and loved how this one matched the cut of my beloved ASOS shift. I actually went up a size and plan to bring it to the tailor to have back darts put in to bring in the back just a touch. It’s a little baggy in the lower back because I needed extra room for my hips. That aside, it’s perfectly fine to wear now without the alterations. You can see it here.
  • H&M necklace ($20; not online): Despite the fact that there are H&M stores everywhere in the U.S., I couldn’t resist picking up an oversize pendant in Antwerp while we were abroad. It’s not online yet, but I’ll include it in an upcoming outfit post.

Wardrobe-Update-April-2016-Gift

GIFTED
As always, I want to be transparent about what I’ve received from companies for review or as part of a collaboration. I’m selective about the pieces I accept and will only work with companies I feel good about recommending. 

DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love: 

  • J.Crew frayed chambray shorts: These are not chambray. They are denim.
  • Banana Republic tile print ruffle dress: The waist fit perfectly, but the bodice was too long making it billow out too much in the back where the zipper was. It would have been too expensive to tailor, especially after paying full price on the dress.
  • Rebecca Minkoff “Addison” off-the-shoulder dress: I received a sale alert from Amazon and clicked through to find this off-the-shoulder frock with a deep discount. I didn’t hesitate to click the “purchase” button, despite a hunch that the 10 would be too large (it was, indeed, massive). Sizing aside, the thing that bothers me the most about this dress is that the off-the-shoulder portion has a raw hem. Nothing looks messier and cheapens a look than a frayed raw hem (denim gets a pass, of course).

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linking with Fran

 

The Coveted

The Coveted 04.26.16

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX* | SEVEN** | EIGHT | NINE

*I just love these candy-colored drops from the Loulou de la Falaise jewelry collection. They’re only $150 and come in a variety of color combinations. They’re also available in clip-on versions for those of you without pierced ears.

**This is at the top of my wish list. Not only am I crazy about the off-the-shoulder silhouette, I love the blue flowers against the vibrant poppy background.

And We’re Back!

Ryder Shift Dress

Two weeks later, we’re finally back from our trip abroad! We spent our first week in Denmark before heading to Belgium for week two, and if you were following along on Instagram, you already know we had an incredible time. I’m anxious to share stories and create travel guides for each of the places we visited … after weeding through the 3,000 photos on my camera card!

These photos were taken on one of our first days in Copenhagen, which was one of the only days warm enough to wear a dress to grab coffee in the morning. I snuck in a few more bare-legged outfit photos that you’ll see later, but in true blog fashion, I ducked back inside to throw on tights or change into jeans. I packed terribly. With temperatures in the upper 50s, I thought I’d be fine with dresses since that’s what I wear in Wisconsin at that temperature. Trust me when I say that 50 degrees in Scandinavia feels much colder with the breeze and overcast sky. I ended up rotating between three sweaters and one long-sleeve top with jeans and sneakers almost exclusively. (This was kind of my personal hell. I don’t like denim.) Aside from that — and it’s such a minor thing to complain about — the trip was amazing. Now let’s just hope I can make it through my first day back at work without nodding off thanks to jet lag!

In unrelated news, I came across my beloved Karen Walker Number One sunglasses for 25% off! In fact, all of the designer’s shades are available at a discount on Nordstrom for a limited time.

Ryder Shift Dress
Ryder Shift DressRyder Shift Dress
Ryder Shift Dress
Ryder Shift Dress
Ryder Shift Dress

Dress: Ryder
Necklace: Lele Sadoughi (use code BEDKNOBSANDBAUBLES for 20% off anything on her site)
Bracelet: c/o Julie Vos (similar)
Ring: Lulu Frost
Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Shopbop (Nordstrom has them for 25% off right now!)
Bag: Tory Burch (similar; also in love with this in yellow)
Shoes: Louise et Cie (also love these metallic flats)