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Dreamin’ of Denim

I am not someone who enjoys shopping for denim…being small, shopping for jeans is always a pain. Plus, it’s not part of the accepted wardrobe of work; so I can get by with only having a couple pairs and I pretty much always wear those out before shopping for new ones. Now maybe it was the fashion blog talking, or maybe it was the move back to Chicago, but before Joe and I packed up in Cleveland, I decided to go on a denim splurge and I bought 4 new pairs of jeans. 
I had heard a lot of good things about J Brand jeans, but I never really gave them a try because that required me to head to a dressing room to try things on – and if you know me at all, then you know that is something I will avoid at all cost. That said, I finally decided to stop being lazy, and boy am I glad! These jeans are so comfortable and very flattering – hence the need for 4 pairs. With this look, I dressed up the denim by adding a pair of heels, and this fun mint green blazer. 
I should be all set on denim for a while…or at least that’s the hope. Now that I know my size in J Brand, I might now be able to resist when I see them in stores. What’s your favorite brand of jeans? And please tell me I not the only one who strongly dislikes the denim disaster that is jean shopping?
Outfit Details
Jeans; J Brand
Sweater; J Crew – a super fun (and on sale) version here
Blazer; Dylan & Rose – Similar here and here
Shoe; Target (old) – Similar here
Clutch; Kate Spade – Similar here
Watch; MIchael Kors
Bracelet; David Yurman
Earrings; Robert Rose – Similar here
Necklace; Sophia & Kate – Really great, similar necklace here

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Live Colorfully

Dear Kate Spade,
Thank you for encouraging the world to live colorfully – although from this outfit, I may have taken your quote a little too literally.
Sincerely – Me 🙂
I love color…it is something I never shy away from. Matter of fact, sometimes I have to dial it down a few notches, as too much color can sometimes come across very…um, well – like a circus clown! I just don’t like the thought of opening my closet doors only to see neutrals. Don’t get me wrong, I love neutrals, but I crave brightness in my life. Bright, well lit apartments, sunshine and colorful clothes! Probably the reason I am so obsessed with Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer (OMG- the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target comes out Sunday…I’m dying!)
Anyway, the weather is progressively warming up and I decided to brave the winds and the chill of the morning air in this absolutely gorgeous peach skirt. It’s been a favorite in my closet for a couple of years now and although it doesn’t get worn nearly as often as it should, I love to look at it..hanging in all its’ glory. A skirt this beautiful belongs with a top equally as beautiful…not a basic…not a neutral..but a piece that holds its’ own. And what better fit than this rich pink Tahari blouse with peach accents! Hello colorfully awesome Heaven!!
Maybe it’s too much for some, but for me this outfit makes me happy. And that’s what is really important in life, right?!
What is your favorite color to wear?
Outfit Details
Skirt; Forever 21 (old) – Similar here
Top; T Tahari
Belt; Forever 21
Shoes; Kenneth Cole
Tote; Target
Coat; Old Navy
Watch; Michael Kors
Earrings; Sophia & Kate – Similar here
Necklace; Kate Spade – Similar here

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Conservative Casual

 Does anyone else struggle with FREEZING while at work? The fire marshal says it’s a fire hazard to have a space heater, my office keeps the building cold enough to preserve meat, and the train ride to and from work, is for lack of better word – hotter than hell. What’s a girl to do?!
Layer. Layer. Layer. That’s what I do…well that, and sometimes I say screw it and plug in that space heater. But for the most part, I try to play by the rules. I am not a very good rule breaker, unless we are talking about wearing white after labor day 🙂 With this outfit, I knew I wouldn’t be warm with just these ExpressColumnist slim leg, ankle pants and this Izod long sleeve button down, so I threw this J Crew sweater over my shoulder in case I needed to add some extra warmth.
Well, sure enough it was too cold to move my little phalanges and the space heater was a must. Sorry Mr. Fireman!
Anyone else trying to balance the arctic cold with their morning outfit selections (or night before outfit selections :))? Or maybe your office is the opposite and has the office hot as sin? Either way, being too cold OR too hot at work is a serious struggle – and I want to know what you do AND how you dress to cope. 
Outfit Details
Top; Izod – Similar here and here
Pants; Express
Sweater; J Crew
Trench Coat; London Fog
Shoes; Kenneth Cole
Tote; Target
Belt; J Crew
Earrings; Sophia & Kate – Similar here
Watch; Michael Kors
Sunglasses; Burberry

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Sunday Funday

 l love Sundays, but I always wish there was a day between Sunday and Monday. Since the work week will inevitably be beginning again tomorrow, I make it a point to enjoy Sundays to the fullest. Today we browsed the streets of our new home – since we have only been officially moved in for only two weeks, we are still exploring all the quaint restaurants and boutiques around – one of which I am seriously excited about featuring some items from in the future (Muse in Oak Park, IL – if you are a local, stop by stat!).
I am so obsessed with white jeans right now. I’ve been wearing them with practically every top I own and I feel like they go with everything this Spring. It’s weird because I almost always gravitate toward darker washed jeans or black jeans, but the white it just so crisp, clean and perfect. And this coat…what more needs to be said! I LOVE IT! Joe calls it “my bird coat” and he hates it lol. So I do my best to wear it as frequently as I can 🙂 Call it Southern sass, but I am determined to make him love this coat as much as I. 
So aside from walking the streets, we also stopped by a bakery for a Sugar Fixe – literally, the name of the place is called Sugar Fixe and 2 macaroons, 1 sugar cookie and a cupcake later, my sugar craving has indeed been fixed. Probably for the next year 🙂 I guess the gym is no longer an option tomorrow, but rather mandatory. 
So what fun plans did you have for today? Anyone dreading the beginning of another work week?
Outfit Details
Top; Velvet Heart – Similar and CHEAPER version here!
Jacket; H&M (sold out) – Similar here
Jeans; Target
Shoes; Fioni – Similar here and here
Clutch; Rebecca Minkoff (old) – Similar here
Watch; Michael Kors
Ring; Sophia & Kate – Similar here
Necklace; Sophia & Kate – Similar here

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Wine Down Wednesday

We’ve made it over the hump this week – and as a reward, we all deserve a glass of wine! At least that’s my philosophy.
Many of you know that I started back in the office of my full time job, which I must say – has really been quite pleasant. I thought getting up early everyday, taking a train into the city and working within an office again was going to be a tough adjustment, but so far so good! I love my coworkers, the train is super simple (and quick!) and the weather has been fairly decent. Although I hear there is a chance of rain tomorrow, so maybe I’ll recant the latter 🙂
One thing I have noticed about working in the city, is there is a lot of BLACK clothing! Don’t get me wrong, I love black…uber flattering and super chic, but come on Chicago – spruce it up a little! I stood out like a sore thumb in this ultra cozy, blazer inspired powder blue coat today. And while I don’t mind standing out (if it’s for all the right reasons of course), even I was a little uncomfortable in the masses of business black. Nevertheless, I at least managed to score some points with the black fitted pants and boots. 
Are you still dressing for Winter in head to toe black?! Or have you started implementing pastels and color into the work week? Either way, I’d love to know what you consider city chic!
Outfit Details
Coat; Old Navy
Pants; Express (old) – Similar here
Boots; Tommy Hilfiger – Similar here
Sweater; New York & Company – Similar here and here
Denim Button Down; Buffalo David Bitton (old) – Similar here
Earrings; J Crew (Sold Out) – Similar here

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