Wednesday Chic: Blue and Brown

2014.4.14BlueandBrownI love a classic dress than can be easily worn in a myriad of ways. I purchased this J. Crew dress years ago but it has always stayed in my closet for dressier affairs. With the warmer weather earlier this week, I decided it needed a day out but also needed something to pull it out of standard classic dress status. I grabbed my oversized sweater and thrifted belt and created even an outfit my husband liked. Try pairing a classic dress this week with a long vest or sweater.

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Outfit details:

dress – J. Crew / sweater – See by Chloe from Clementine / belt – thrifted / sandals – Zara / bracelet – gifted / earrings – old

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Monday Chic: Spring Colors

2014.4.11SpringcolorsMy impromptu mini-spring break from blogging and most of social media the past week and a half has been nothing if not refreshing, relaxing, and downright nice. Social media is a funny thing – you feel the pressure to always be on, always be present and that you are missing something if you aren’t. Newsflash: you aren’t. Being away gave me some much needed to time to reflect on everything I’ve been striving for and just how “busy” (and not necessarily the good busy) I’ve become. I think it’s safe to say I am cutting back on some of the many extraneous things I’ve been doing and getting ready to really focus on in on specific things  that I want to do. I’m still working to become a little more organized. For a very type-A person, I can’t believe I’ve been so unorganized with my blogging and business ideas, perhaps because I’ve lacked singular focus. At any rate, I’m excited to have more fun getting dressed and get back down to business. In the mean time, tell me what you want to see here on the blog. More tips? How to thrift? Closet edits? Personal styling client stories? Outfit posts? I’ve got a few posts I’m working on to get up (business plan details, recent styling projects) and then I’m wide open to suggestions – so bring ‘em on!

This turned out to be my favorite outfit to date. The sweater is a light weight wool J. Crew sweater I found at The Clothes Rack for $5; jeans are Citizens of Humanity from Clementine (one of my recent closet overhaul pieces). I love these two main pieces because they are so versatile. I can literally pair them with anything in my closet, but the accessories are what makes this look. Because really? A J. Crew sweater and white pants could easily veer into preppy territory and that’s not my particular style. A few strong pieces like this leather belt and striking lion pendant are all it needed to keep it me. But you could just as easily pair a silk scarf, ribbon belt, and sandals for a uniquely you but still prep inspired look. Or try heels with a pop of color and bright accessories for an easy feminine look. The possibilities are endless once you have your core pieces!

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Outfit details:

sweater – J. Crew from The Clothes Rack / jeans – Citizens of Humanity from Clementine / belt – thrifted / rings – thrifted and the Nest / sunglasses – Prada / heels – Vince Camuto / necklace – Shops at 5807

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Now and then…

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillaume Apollinaire

Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know more about Guillaume Apollinaire than I ever knew before today. According to the purest of interest sources, he is hailed as the poet of the 20th century and the father of surrealism. He was born in Rome with a family history typical of those types: war, prison, fleeing, etc. He was accused and arrested for stealing the Mona Lisa when in fact, he only aided and abetted (providing shelter for the actual thief) and was later released. He fought in World War 1 and wrote poems I have never read. He eventually died of influenza. Why do I write about this? Well, this is what happens when you go searching quotes on Pinterest, you learn a few things about history. But as an artist, he probably knew a thing or two about what it means to be truly happy.

I’ve taken an unexpected, unplanned break from blogging. I’ve popped in on social media a few times, and I’m certainly not not checking it, but “the blog” has taken on a life of it’s own. I love blogging. I love the people I’ve met, the projects I’ve worked on (and am currently working on), but I’ve neglected some other things and, frankly, the “pursuit” of happy can be tiring.  But never fear, I’m still thrifting and reading and drinking lots of coffee and wearing fun things. Everything is still going on, just on a much more scaled back basis. I’m trying to live in the moment, course correct, if you will. In the mean time, take a look through my archives. I did it myself the other day and some of those outfits and early posts will provide you hours of good laughs.

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Wednesday Chic: Boyfriend

2014.3.31Boyfriend4Boyfriend jeans! Ankle boots! Slouchy shirt! Blazer! Subtle statement necklace! This outfit has all of the qualities I love in a good outfit (if you couldn’t tell by the exclamation marks). Even though this outfit is made up of items I love, one of my favorites (today anyway) is the boyfriend jeans. They are one of the items I found in my weekend shopping spree at Ashby and Clementine and also included in my closet edit needs list. I have always wanted a pair of boyfriend jeans but could never really find any that fit me correctly – having that perfect blend of slouch and fit without being too baggy. Imagine my surprise when these fit to a T. Oh, and if the jeans weren’t enough, can I let you in on a little secret? Every. Single. Piece. of this outfit. Is. Second. Hand.

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Outfit details:

top – vintage from Ashby / jeans – GAP from Ashby / blazer – H&M from Ashby / ankle boots - Via Spiga from Clementine / bag – J. Crew from Plato’s Closet Richmond / sunglasses – thrifted / necklace – thrifted

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Monday Chic: Black, Black, White

2014.3.28BlackBlackWhiteHappy Monday! I have to say, despite the near constant rain, I had a fantastic weekend. Saturday was spent being lazy, doing some cleaning and attending the soft opening of Carena’s, an amazing Caribbean food spot. Sunday was making this recipe, church and then the gym where I am happy to report I am taking up swimming again and managed to complete a whole 1500 (swimmers- don’t laugh, it’s been at least 5 years since I’ve been in the pool). The rest of the afternoon was spent doing a mini-shopping spree at Ashby and Clementine, two amazing resell and consignment stores in Richmond. The lovely Larissa was there and we got to chat about fashion, blogging and coffee while I was waiting to sell my items.  I’ll feature a full post later, but for now you can check out the haul on instagram (chicstripes). But note – I checked off three items on my “closet needs” list: jeans (white and boyfriend) and black ankle boots. Having that list is SO helpful! I wore this outfit last Friday as a quick and easy way to look polished and stay comfortable. I found the scarf in my closet edit and it’s one that still hasn’t worn out its welcome.

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Outfit details:

top – H&M / tank – H&M / blazer – H&M from Ashby / jeans – H&M / boots – Atrex / cuff – Barry Kieselstein-Cord from Baggio / scarf – I have no idea…. it’s old

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Friday Chic: White and Cream

2014.3.26WhiteandCream2Guess what? It’s still winter! Which means I’m still layering and looking for the coziest pieces I can find. In my closet edit earlier this week, I kept both this cream sweater and white button down because I love them and they are incredibly versatile, but they are also on my list to replace as they’ve gotten a little worn over the past 2-3 years I’ve had them. Until then though, they are proving their closet staying power by being on constant rotation.

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Outfit details:

button down – J. Crew / sweater – thrifted / jeans – Banana Republic / boots – Nine West / bracelet – Target / watch – J. Crew / earrings – Stella and Dot

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Wednesday Chic: Layered Casual

2014.3.21LayeredCasualEver have days when you just need a quick and easy uniform? That’s almost every day for me so I tend to re-wear outfits frequently, but one of my goals this year to is create a wardrobe that I can easily mix and match. This sounds a little like paper dolls or a child’s game, but think about how great it would be to have a wardrobe in which you could easily take any top and pair it with any bottom and have it work? To me, this is the definition (at least for now) of a carefully curated wardrobe that reflects true personal style. One item that I know will make it into this mix and matched wardrobe? Vests and layering neutral pieces – they go with everything and quickly add that touch of chic that transform an every day outfit into something worth remembering; and if you’re me, repeating.

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Outfit details:

top – H&M / vest – Guess, thrifted / jeans – J. Brand, Finicky Fox / ankle boots – Vince Camuto / scarf – H&M / sunglasses – Prada / rings – silver, The Nest; gold, thrifted / earrings – Clothes Mentor Short Pump

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