Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

 {green smoothie cause I’m super healthy. yeah.}

 {for comparison, taken on my trusty point-and-shoot…see the camera strap?}
 {purse}

I cannot get enough of these coloorrrrrrrrrssssssss. Super love. Also love the many, many compliments wearing this color gets me from boyfriend.Check yes. I’m just wondering how long I can manage to stay on this path of wonderfulness.

Style Secrets
Earrings: boutique while travelling
Blouse: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Icing or Claire’s 
Trousers: Express
Heels: Target 
Purse: Thrifted

Monday Morning

Gooooooooooooood Monday morning, dears! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to the week. All this sunshine (and time with the boy) has put me in a fantastic mood, and I am so ready for all of the good things I am expecting May to hold. It’s going to be a busy month, but it’s one of my favorites and I am hoping that it will be blessed.

Style Secrets
Hairclip: H&M
Necklace: Vintage
Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Belt: Target
Jeans: Bica Cheia
Heels: Target
Jacket: Rebecca Taylor

This is the Face of a Kill Joy

Apparently I’m a kill joy. I totally look like I’m about to steal your joy, right? Well, that’s what the boy said when he bought fireworks and I gave him lots of “don’t play with fire” advice.
ANYway, awesome belt-tying skillz brought to you by Sydney. Gotta give the girl credit!

Style Secrets
Earrings: Gift, Lia Sophia
Dress: Tucker for Target
Belt: Thrifted
Heels: Ann Taylor
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Royal Rain

Ok, so this outfit has absolutely nothing at all to do with the Royal Wedding. But the Wedding is tomorrow and I’m excited.

WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! I just realized this outfit does have something to do with the wedding! Hunter Wellies are the wellies of the Queen of England…so says the royal seal on the inside!

Anyway, on that note, I think it’s time I go to bed. See you in the morning, Queen Mother, Prince William, and Kate! Can’t wait to see that gown!

P.S. –> The tornado devastation in the Southern states is heartbreaking. Prayers!

Style Secrets 
Umbrella: J.Crew
Earrings: F21
Fur vest: F21
Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Scarf: Walmart
Trench: Target
Cords: AG
Boots: Hunter

Easter Happiness

Look! See:

That’s my Easter basket from my sweet boyfriend: Reese’s and Lara Bars. Boy knows me well.

 {totally fit for a six-year-old right? and silly girls in their twenties!!)

And my bestest friend pointed out that I wore the exact same blouse last Easter in a similar outfit:

 {we’re going to dub this the Easter blouse and see how many years in a row I can wear it, haha}

Easter really does make me SUPER happy 😀 Jesus, pretty outfits, my favorite colors, chocolate, and a froufy Easter basket: I’m so there. {Psssst….can you imagine my boyfriend buying this Easter basket where he WORKS? Awwww. He must really like me :-P)

Easter Sunday

I really love Easter. Reaaaaalllllllllllllly love it. 
And I love the fact that my boyfriend gave me an Easter basket that is fit for a six-year-old. And I am totally as excited about it as a six-year-old would be…check yes.
Also, I’m totally excited that JESUS IS ALIVE! I love that fact even more.
Style Secrets
Smile: Courtesy my Savior, Jesus Christ
Sunnies: Local store
Earrings: ?? (super old)
Tank (under): Old Navy
Blouse: Thrifted, FEI (prob Anthro?)
Cardi: Target
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted, BCBG
Heels: MaxAzria

I am That Girl

 {Sorry about the lighting change…it was one of those cloudy/sunny/cloudy/sunny days…}
{diamond dot tights}

I love how cinematic these photos look. Hello, European vacation in the 60s…..

See, that’s my European vacation photo from the 60s. Convincing, right? 
Oh, why am I *that girl* you ask? (you read the title, didn’t you?) Well…I may or may not have picked out an outfit for my boyfriend to wear to Palm Sunday church that purposefully coordinated with this outfit of mine.  Then we took mushy-gushy photos together. What can I say? I’m that girl. 
 
Style Secrets
Sunnies: Local store
Earrings: F21
Striped Shirt: Gap
Sweater: American Eagle
Scarf: hand-me-over from a friend
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: J. Crew
Boots: Thrifted

A Colorful Experiment

I’m not so sure how I feel about this outfit. I want to change something about it. Definitely the shoes. Potentially the skirt. I just didn’t have any better options. It all started with those fingernails. And then I just couldn’t help myself. Those nails and this little banner I made on my wall (the tiniest little clothespins! gah!):

{so much wonderful color}

However, I loved this while I was wearing it. Then again, while I was wearing it I was enjoying a British tea and brunch.

And a British tea brunch makes most things seem better than they really are 😛
Style Secrets
Sunnies: Local store
Blouse: Walmart
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Belt: from another shirt
Yellow undershirt: Thrifted
Skirt: J.Crew
Tights: B.ella; local boutique
Heels: Seychelles

Skirts and Dresses in Winter

 {one of my fave casual oufits of 2011 so far…polka-dot tights plus thick wool socks plus thick skirt plus corduroy}

Kendi, gorgeous girl over at Kendi Everyday, posted the other day that she was freezing in her little lace skirt in the 19 degree Texas cold-snap. Her question, “How do you wear a skirt in 19 degree weather?” prompted me to do my own little post. I absolutely love wearing skirts and dresses in winter, in New England, where the weather is often negative degrees.

 {thick sweater tights plus cute wool cardigan}

Legwear: First off, Plush Apparel fleece-lined tights/leggings. Did you hear that? Fleece-lined. Tights. It’s like staying at home wrapped in your blanket, but being work appropriate. Super-score. Thick sweater-knit tights are great, too. Make sure your regular, opaque tights are thick and quality-knit. Or double them up! I also have some super-thick leggings I wear alone, or, on ultra-frigid days, I’ll layer my silk long underwear under my leggings.

{a swool jumper and wool socks}

I have a large collection of knee-high socks and Smartwool socks, too. In those boots, there is almost always a pair of Smartwool socks. But you don’t want to layer your socks/tights too much on your feet….restricting air flow to your extremities is a bad idea.

 {my heavy silk-tafetta skirt that I simply love to wear in winter!}

Your Skirt/Dress: I tend to choose heavier-weight skirts and dresses to wear in winter. I love to wear my silk slip underneath, it always seems to add a bit of warmth and helps smooth static-cling. Thick wool skirts or jumpers, corduroy, heavy denim, heavy-weight silk skirts, velvet, or turtleneck dresses all work best for me.

 {heavy silk skirt again, plus a merino wool turtleneck}

If it’s a dress you’re wearing, be sure you have your decolletage thoroughly covered so you don’t catch a chill. That’s where scarves come in! I’ve also heard that keeping your lower back warm is extremely important, so I try to do that, too. Wear your longest layer on bottom.

 {lots of layers on top to keep core warm and you can even wear a mini in winter!}

Other Layers: Make sure to keep your core warm. Then focus on keeping those extremeties warm, too. Layer on gloves, hats, and scarves. I am always wearing gloves, hats, and scarves in winter, you just don’t see them very often. I take them off quickly to take my photos and put them right back on! I also keep several pairs of fingerless gloves in my tote bag.
   {velvet skirt, silk long underwear layered with thick leggings, and Sorel boots}

Footwear: Your boots and shoes are extra-important in cold climates. If I’m wearing cute shoes/heels in a photograph, you can bet I am only wearing them at work, indoors, where it’s warm. Whenever I’m outside, I’m always wearing my Sorel boots, my Northface boots, or fake-Uggs (which still keep me extra warm).

Etc: Wait for a sunny day! Even if it’s still 5 degrees, the sunshine will give you motivation to get dressed in a skirt/dress, and to feel a bit warmer. I hope that helps. Nothing ground-breaking, but it really helps lift my mood to wear dresses and skirts in winter. Plus, I think they are warmer and more comfortable if you layer properly. On a day that is single digits, with a windchill of twenty-below-0, you’d better be comfy and you’d better be warm!

 {snowshoeing!!}

Kendi, come visit me in New England! We’ll do all the fun stuff you can do when it’s cold AND there’s snow! Texas-cold must not be much fun without snow :-(Stay warm!

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