What I Wore: Florals for Spring...Groundbreaking!

Sorry, I couldn't resist that title there. The Devil Wears Prada may be one of my all time favorite guilty pleasure movies. I love this bright purple, especially with the gray days we've been having lately. I had previously only worn this skirt in the summertime with a plain black tank or tee, but decided to mix things up a bit and layer up! I've started to realize that, with the right layers, you can really expand your wardrobe by wearing "Spring" skirts and dresses with tights, sweaters, and jackets. It's a great way to shop your closet and expand your choices year round! 

Sweater: BP, T: Forever 21, Skirt: Urban Outfitters,
Tights: Express,  Pumps: Cole Haan 

What are your favorite layering tricks to wear certain pieces year round? 

5 Ways: Add Color...NOW!

I've talked a lot about wanting to add more color to my wardrobe a lot recently, so bright hues have been on my brain. Like most of us, I can't buy a whole new colorful wardrobe (and, even if I could, I think that would be a little overwhelming for this neutral-loving girl) but I'd like to add a colorful piece or two to my wardrobe as the temperatures rise. Here are five ideas I've come up with recently, and a couple are budget friendly, to boot! 

14k Yellow Gold Necklace with Turquoise Oval Pendant, 16"

I've seen gorgeous turquoise necklaces on some of my favorite bloggers lately, that have made me rethink the bright stone. One of my favorites is this turquoise oval pendant. I love how the thin gold chain makes this necklace totally modern, and not some cheesy tourist stop type piece. It's a bit of a splurge at $139, but turquoise is always coming in and out of style, so it'll get a lot of wear over the years. 

Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick, Crystal Cut Coral #700 - 1 Ea

I'm a huge fan of a bright lip, and I always feel much more pulled together with a quick swipe of lipstick. Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick Crystal Cut Coral. This lipstick is supposed to be super moisturizing, and is quite a steal at just $7. Pick up a couple, and experiment until you find your perfect shade! 

In my opinion, yellow is probably one of the hardest colors to wear well. You definitely must have a bit of a tan, and the right skin tone, not to mention a huge helping of confidence, too! I've never been able to pull off, say, a yellow dress, but I love this adorable Essex Crossbody, $295, from Kate Spade. It's the perfect bright pop of color, and is also a super-convenient style for Spring adventures! 

Essie Nail Polish The Art of Spring - Lilacism 

I adore having pretty colors on my fingertips, and I've been searching  for the perfect lavender hue for this Spring. Essie's Lilacism was recommended to me by a friend, and I can't wait to try it out- I'm thinking it is the perfect shade for an Easter manicure. 

This last suggestion is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it will certainly turn heads! I'm loving these bright crimson rag & bone jeans, $97 at Bluefly (down from $175 originally)! These are a great transitional piece, and you could wear them just as easily under a coat in December as cuffed and with a summery white top for brisk July nights. 

How are you adding color to your wardrobe? 

What I Wore: Bright+Black

This outfit picture was actually taken a few days ago- if it was taken today or yesterday, you can bet that I'd be wearing much warmer clothes! I woke up to SNOW yesterday morning. Now, for an Arizona transplant, snow is crazy, but snow in late March was just shocking! Anyways, I bought this dress and originally wore it to one of my bridal showers (in January- it's sleeveless, and I wore it with bare legs and sandals- I'm not making up this shock-to-the-system-snow bit!!). This time, I was really wanting to wear a bright spring color, so I paired the dress with tights and my trusty trench coat. I'm sensing that next Fall/Winter will bring a  lot of layering to be able to wear my Arizona wardrobe! 

Dress: BCBG, Coat: Michael Kors, Belt: Vintage, Tights: Express,
Shoes: Cole Haan, Watch, Michael Kors, Earrings: Vintage

What did you wear this weekend? 

Spring-y Skirts

Since it's beginning to feel like Spring in Charlottesville, I'm looking forward to wearing some new trends! This season, accordion pleated skirts (and some dresses!) were all over the runway. I love the look of these light, airy skirts for spring, paired with a bright (or even floral) blouse, t, or tank. This is a piece you could wear for several seasons, and with tights into next fall and winter! Here are a few of my favorites (bonus: they all cost less than $60!):

This version, just $17.80 from Forever 21, is a perfect way to try out this trend without spending much cash. The black would be great for going out at night, and could even be cute with bright tights and booties for those of you who are living in places that still have snow on the ground (crazy!). The mini is always a safe go-to for those of us that are a bit, ahem, "vertically challenged."

This American Apparel skirt, $52 also comes in a long length, but I'm digging the mid-length cream version. Paired with some tan leather wedges and a jewel-tone top, this look just screams spring. I must admit, I'm a little frightened by the length, personally- sometimes, it can be hard for shorter girls like me to pull off this length, but I might just have to give it a shot! 

I absolutely adore this full length version, a steal at just $28 from Go Jane. The camel hue is a great neutral, that would pretty much go with anything in your closet, and this also comes in navy and black. This skirt is actually sheer, but has a panel underneath- so it is kind of like a mini skirt and a maxi skirt in one! 

Which skirt would you choose? Or are you not a fan of this trend? 

Color Blocking for the Color-phobic

Yesterday was the first official day of Spring, and I'm already itching to try new Spring fashion trends. If you've been following along, you've probably figured out that I'm a little bit afraid to dress in bright colors- hey, I'm working on it! Although I usually stick to darker or more muted colors, I've been really drawn to colorblocking, a huge trend on both the runway and in the blogosphere. This trend just seems so bold, and I've yet to see someone wear it who didn't look super confident, but maybe because you have to have confidence to pull it off! 
Lanvin Spring 2011, via Fashionista.com
My Edit
I decided I'd try out the trend, but in a way that was a little more "me." I concentrated on two bright pieces- a pair of purple cropped pants that I've had in my closet for 2 years, and worn only twice, and a super bright coral scarf. Instead of going with another  bright color for the top, I went with a more subdued navy blue. I kept my shoes simple, just plain brown. Here's what my version looked like: 
Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Scarf: Forever 21, Sweater: H+M,
Jeans: Uniqlo, Shoes: Soft, Earrings: Vintage,
Watch: Michael Kors

If you're looking for tips on colorblocking, but tend to be a little color-phobic, like me, I'd suggest the following for a foolproof look: 
  • Stick with darker hues for the main colors- these pants are purple, but not PURPLE! It's more flattering, for one, and a good way to ease in to colorblocking. 
  • Pick a non-black neutral (ex: navy, tan, blush, or even a metallic) for another piece- you still have some color going on this way, but it's not quite so crazy. 
  • Add a scarf, or bright shoes, but stick to one or the other for your first attempt- again, it's more subtle, and you'll be less likely to clash! 
  • The best accessory for colorblocked looks? A big smile, and lots of confidence! 

Are you going to give colorblocking a shot this spring? 

What I Wore: Sassy Stripes

Spring is in the air, as they say, here in Charlottesville. The weather this weekend was absolutely gorgeous. I was sick all last week, but a friend from Scottsdale came to check out UVa, and Brett and I met her for dinner. It was good to see a familiar face! I've said many times that I simply adore stripes, and when I saw this shirt, I knew I had to have it! I'm trying to wear more color, and this is definitely a good way to ease into that without wearing something super bright! I'm also wearing my new Warby Parker glasses in a couple of the pictures- I've worn glasses for years, but this is definitely my favorite pair to date. 

Glasses: Warby Parker, Shirt: H&M, Skirt: J.Crew,
Belt: American Eagle (like 7 years ago), Shoes, Soft,
Watch: Michael Kors, Earrings: Vintage

We may have picked some of the pretty flowers we saw to take home...
What are you most excited for about Spring? 

Santa Monica

After all the craziness of the wedding, Brett and I went to the gorgeous beach town of Santa Monica. Brett knew that Santa Monica was one of my favorite beach towns, and actually planned the trip as a surprise- I knew we were going somewhere after the wedding, but didn't know where until the night before the wedding! It was a great trip, and so nice to relax and spend time together! Here's a few pictures, if you're interested....

On our villa balcony, the day we left Phoenix, overlooking the city

Santa Monica Pier

Dressed up for a dinner date

Delicious dinner

Had to add this gorgeous sunset picture in- this is straight
from the camera, no editing at all- seriously, beautiful. 

Back in Action!

Hi everyone! Anyone still out there? I'm back! It's been a little while, but I'm so excited to start blogging again! This spring was challenging, to say the least, health-wise, but I'm going to try to ease back into posting again. 

Big news: Brett and I got married March 5th, 2011! I'm so excited to be married to such a wonderful guy, and I moved to Charlottesville, VA, too (Brett goes to law school at UVa). So there's been a lot of changes in my little world as of late! I can't wait to share more  wedding photos after we get them back from the wonderful Cristi Owen, but if you'd like a sneak peek, check out her blog

photo: Cristi Owen