What I Wore: White before Memorial Day

I never bought into the “no white before memorial day” or “no white after labor day” tried-and-true rules. As soon as warm weather hits, I am perfectly comfortable wearing white shorts, dresses, and jeans! They match everything, they always feel fresh and put-together, and they fit perfectly into my nautical obsession. A few days ago I met a friend for some shopping and general gallivanting, I wore the following:

Generally speaking, the fourth of July colors of white, red, and blue always look great together. They’re so all-American and summery! The denim is a pinch too long since I also like to be able to wear it with my wedges.

Outfit:

Shoes: Express Satin Pointed Toe Flat in Bonfire  Express Satin Pointed Toe Flat in Bonfire

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Scarf: J.Crew Factory Lightweight Long Scarf in belvedere red

j.Crew factory scarf in belvedere red

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White Denim pants: Talbots Slimming Jeans in white

Talbots slimming jeans in white

Navy and white blouse: Factory Printed Scoopneck Button Blouse

J.Crew Factory printed scoopneck button blouseHere are several cute alternatives for the blouse:

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What is your favorite way to wear white denim? How do you feel about keeping white on a strict summer schedule? Tell me what you think, and check out other nautical looks on my “Nautical Necessities” pinterest board!

What I Wore: Florals and Blues

Today I took a long walk outside, and after a few days of rain I felt especially appreciative of the cornflower sky and the bursting green of spring. It’s amazing what a difference I few weeks can make, and it really feels like the very best part of the year.  As I got dressed this morning I think I was inspired by the weather, and I reflected the beautiful hues of spring by wearing bright blues, and a floral print. I’ve been intending to wear my polka-dotted denim in a new ensemble, and overall I think I like this one better than the first!

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Outfit:

Polka-dot denim: Seven jeans (Macys)

Oxford shirt: Express Original Long Sleeve Essential Shirt in True White

Blue Flats: Target Mossimo Flats (Charlotte Russe, Express, Piperlime, Piperlime)

Turquoise Cardigan: Talbots Charming Cardigan in Turquoise

Talbots Floral Stripe Wrap

Talbots Floral Stripe Wrap

Scarf: Talbots Floral Stripe Wrap- this one is unfortunately sold out, but I found a few other beautiful options with the same color palette.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day, what did you get your mom?

What I Wore: April Errands

I took a few photos of the simple outfit I wore to run errands and drop by some shops on Thursday. It’s very casual and continues the nautical theme that has been winding through many of my posts.

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I was wearing:

A simple navy tank top

A Cable and Gauge cardigan (similar at JC Penny, House of Fraser, Madewell)

Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny Jeans -I should mention I am obsessed with these, they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned.

Charlotte Russe Lace-Front Canvas Boat Shoes in navy  -These cost only $12.50 and are an amazing deal, I ran around in them all day, and they didn’t bother me once!

…and various gold bangles…

The bangles shown above consist of 3 types: 1) A starfish bangle (similar at Overstock.com, Etsy) 2) Simple sparkly bangles (similar at Coach, Swarovski) 3) A Pavé Crystal Bangle (mine is from Talbots, but find similar at Nordstrom, Piperlime, Piperlime).

I may officially qualify as a cardigan collector, I just counted and I have… 30! Granted, that’s including thick winter cardis and flyaways, but it’s still a shameful number- oops! Do you have a favorite cardigan that adds pop to any outfit?

What I wore: One of those days

Yesterday was just one of those days. I had to wake up very early; I was tired, I was grumpy, and I anticipated doing some mild manual labor. I just wanted to wear something comfortable. So I wore this!

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Outfit: Tea n’ Rose Cardigan (similar: Nordstrom, The Outnet, Loft, Charlotte Russe),  Michael Kors Jeans, Calvin Klein infinity scarf (similar: Target), White v-neck tee, and Jessica Simpson metallic snakeskin flats (easily substituted with gold flats, leopard flats, or these).

It’s about as basic as you can get, but I liked the trendy spring pop of sherbert, and though you might not be able to make it out in the shot, my earrings were mint. It was very soft and easy to move in, which fit my purposes perfectly.

I love the popular spring and summer colors this year; turquoise and coral have been everywhere, along with their more subdued mint and peach cousins. I already have mint jeans (more about that later) but I’m still trying to find other ways to work these splendid hues into my wardrobe. Any suggestions?

I especially love this look, found on pinterest:

Courtesy of Lilly's Style

Courtesy of Lilly’s Style

What an easy way to work this spring trend into a classic wardrobe! The eponymous Lilly is one of my favorite bloggers because of her creative ensembles. If you’re on pinterest, it’s likely you’ve been pinning quite a few of her photos without even realizing where they came from. This outfit is grand because it works with pieces that you probably have hanging in your closet already. My favorite items are always the staples you can recycle in a hundred completely different looks.

Her coral cardigan was purchased some time ago, so here are a few options other than what she lists on her site: The Tippi Cardi in light nectar at J. Crew, The Charming Cardi in pink flamingo at Talbots.