Remember those warm days a few weeks ago where I could get away with spring outfits like this and this? I wish that were still the case! Back in June when I booked our Hamilton tickets, I thought that March would mean we could wear spring jackets during our weekend in Chicago. Nope. Instead, I was back in winter wear bemoaning the fact that icy weather seems to last entirely too long in the Midwest! Either way, it was a fun weekend escape to the Windy City. The main event, of course, was finally seeing Hamilton and it’s worth all of the hype. Honestly, I can’t even begin to describe just how incredible it was and if you have the chance to go, definitely do so. Other than that, we ate, drank, and shopped our way through the city. I snagged this dress at Zara, which isn’t the most flattering, but the ruffled bodice was just too fun to pass up. It’ll be coming with me to New Orleans at the end of the week!
J.Crew peacoat (old; obsessing over this coat for spring) | J.Crew dress (old) | Banana Republic turtleneck (old; similar) | Calvin Klein tights | Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar white bags here and here) | Ben-Amun necklace (c/o; smaller version here) | Hermes bracelet | Ferragamo flats | GlassesUSA sunglasses (c/o)
I know we still have awhile to go before spring is officially here. (Thirty-four days, in fact, It’s not like I’m counting down or anything.) However, I just couldn’t resist breaking out my latest wardrobe addition this past weekend when the temperatures flirted with the above-freezing mark. This dress is, without a doubt, my favorite piece for spring. I love the long sleeves and shirt detailing at the top that make it appropriate for work. I love the swingy, gathered skirt that hits right above the hips. And I especially love the wallet-friendly price tag of just $58. It’s not often that one of my go-to pieces comes in at such a low price, but it’s serendipitous when it does!
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Vero Moda dress (runs large) | Ferragamo flats (c/o Shopbop) | Cult Gaia bag | Karen Walker sunglasses (c/o DITTO*) | Jenny Bird choker | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Julie Vos ring (c/o; it’s on sale)
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As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not much of an Old Navy shopper. By in large, I think the quality of the garments is too low even for the price and the thought put into designs is lacking. However, there are times when Old Navy does it right: insanely affordable denim, basic t-shirts, and this dress. Prints are a hard thing for a discounted retailer to pull off, which is why I typically go with solid colors if I’m shopping for inexpensive duds, but Old Navy nails it with this multi-colored floral dress. The variety of flowers and colors in the pattern make it look more expensive than it is, unlike the other two-color prints for this dress that look cheap.
As with any low-cost apparel, pairing it with luxe accessories elevates the look. I went with my go-to Ferragamo flats and a DVF clutch. Both of these have high price tags, but the cost per wear makes it worthwhile. I normally wore out a pair of black flats in the $100-150 range within a year. The Ferragamo pair still looks brand new. I’ll have them resoled when they start to look worn. The clutch is one of my absolute favorite accessories. I splurged on it a couple of years ago and haven’t had a desire to buy another black clutch since. The classic shape won’t go out of style and it’s large enough for all of your essentials.
Dress: Old Navy
Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg (hands down my favorite clutch)
Rings: Monica Vinader, c/o Julie Vos (similar), Melanie Auld (love this)
Lips: Stila “Bella”
Every year, my wardrobe echos the back-to-school mindset of autumn with preppy basics like this striped sweater from Banana Republic and the new driving moccasins you may have spotted on Snapchat over the weekend (username: bedknobsbaubles). The only drawback, if you can consider it one, is that the weather is still far too hot and humid to actually wear these things for longer than a quick photo session. (As if you couldn’t tell from my hair …) However, I’m happy to brave the elements — and a touch of heat stroke — if it helps convince you that this is definitely one sweater worth adding to your closet this fall. Truth be told, I haven’t loved anything from Banana Republic this year (aside from the purse worn here). Fits have been off on me and the fabric quality questionable, but this sweater is definitely a keeper. It’s a lightweight blend of merino wool, cashmere and synthetic materials that’s machine washable. (Seriously, when was the last time you scored a non-cotton sweater that could be laundered at home?) The fabric is on the thin side and I almost returned it before trying it on because of it. However, I was pleased to discover that it’s not actually that sheer when worn with a nude bra underneath. It runs true to size.