Saturday, January 31, 2015

Spring Favorites

It seems like Winter is going to last forever and with snow in the forecast for this week I needed a glimmer of hope of warmer weather. I am die-hard lover of summer, but spring is much better than the dreary Ohio winter.  Basically 4 months of gray skies and gray snow.  I love spring clothes because pastels and floral (and stripes obviously) are so fun to wear!  Here are a few of my favorite pieces helping me make it through these last dew wintry months.  

These shorts. Ugh. Seriously dying at how perfect they are. Navy... Stripes... J. Crew.... What more could a girl possibly want? 

I saw this on Madewell a few days ago and almost had a little heart attack on how much I loved it! It is so easy and fun and great to throw on with a little jacket.  

So Kelly and I have just the slightest obsession with lululemon. And these little crops would be so fun to wear.  Not going to lie, most days I wear some type of lulu pants because it is just like a little bit of heaven.  These are going to be a must for me this spring.  

And last but certainly not least are these Jack Roger sandals.  I have three pairs myself but they are very basic colors and I would love this pair to spice but my wardrobe for the spring.  I mean who doesn't just love a blue like that?

I would love to hear from you as to what your favorite spring pieces are! 

Much Love,

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Since Everyone Else is Doin' It...

(not pictured: two more bins and a ginormous box. I'm kind of embarrassed!)

Earlier in the week, one of my very favorite bloggers ever, Kelly Larkin of Kelly in the City linked this article about the Japanese Closet Clean-Out and my immediate reaction was "oh no" because man oh man did I need to do that.

As a college student, I live in a house with five of my close friends (Six girls, one house.  You can't even imagine the sheer volume of clothing that entails.) and also still sort-of reside in my parents home about thirty minutes away during long school breaks.  So that means I have two rooms to store clothes in, two closets, two dressers, and way too much stuff.

Right now I'm at home because my college has a forever long winter break (Not complaining! It's six weeks of heaven.) and we haven't started classes yet.  I got the flu during finals week and quickly and unexpectedly moved back home with just duffel bag of clothes I truly love and depend on, and you know what?  It's been totally fine.  Of course, I've accumulated more clothing over break with Christmas and honestly shopping trips taken out of boredom, but I really don't need much of anything that I left behind in my college house.

So today I drove back there, packed up two thirds of what was left, and have sorted it into "just need to be donated because I don't think I have friends interested in these clothes", "maybe my friends would like these", and "I don't particularly have a reason for this button-up or these slacks right now, but my mom will kill me if I give away my future work wardrobe".

It was actually fun because I'm excited to give some of these clothes a new life.  I don't dislike any of the stuff I'm offering to my friends (that wouldn't be fair, haha) but I just have things I like more.  I'm excited for other people to like them more than me and to give them away.

I'm hoping that the more I give away, the less I feel like I need.  For some reason all the clutter makes me feel like I don't have enough.  Weird how that works out, right?

Anyone else feeling the itch for some spring cleaning a little too early? What are your best tricks for staying organized and kicking out the clutter?

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

(It's Kind of a Poncho but Don't Tell Anyone)

Crosshatch Cape Banana Republic || Ashley Bow Ballet Flats Banana Republic || Jeans Gap || T-shirt Gap || (Wow, now that I have this uploaded I realized what a bad quality picture this is! Oh well, too late now! Trust me, the sweater is b-e-a-utiful!)
I remember being in late elementary school and getting matching Easter outfits with my sisters that included, yes, a poncho.  I loved that poncho.  Some of my older friends in their own (more mature) Easter outfits?  Didn't love it so much.  So I've scoffed at the humble poncho for the past decade.

This poncho from Banana Republic has me un-scoffing, though!  It's fashionably risky enough for me but still true to who I am.  Bonus points because it's been incredibly cold in Ohio these days.  Like, in the negatives.  I know for you northerners and more northern mid-westerners this is nothing, but I'm freezing down here!  This sweater is like a giant knit hug all day.

Also, I've been getting crazy steals at the Gap lately.  This "essential long sleeve tee" was marked down to $7.99 with and additional 60% off, for a grand total of $3.20.  Crazy.  I bought a trillion because I live in them.  They're so soft but also quite thick as far as plain tees go.  (Nothing I hate more than a see-through tee, am I right?!)

Hope you guys are enjoying your winters!  I'm currently changing out of those ballet flats (cold feet!) and into wool socks and boots!  Stay warm, sweet friends!

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