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Gingham Pleated Skirt and White Button Down

Gingham is everywhere this year and who am I to complain!  This skirt can be worn with a tee shirt, tank, or a white button down like I’m doing here.  It is so comfy and light which is a good thing because it is summer and in some areas it is really hot!  It’s gingham, it’s pleated and best of all – it has pockets!

 

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Sometimes when you are wearing something that is fun you just let go!  I was asked to twirl and I happily obliged.

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Until next time ♥

 

White shirt – Old mine from Ann Taylor similar here

Skirt – J Crew on sale now here

Shoes – Old pair mine try these

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Culottes and Saint Laurent

When I first saw culottes as a “new” trend my first thoughts were I didn’t like them that much the last time around.  So none for me.  Time went on, I saw how they were being styled in stores and by those wearing them so I changed my mind from no way to maybe I should give it a try.  As you can see, I tried and I liked!

Until next time ♥

 

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Culottes – Madewell on sale here

Shirt – J Crew similar here

Shoes – Saint Laurent (old pair mine) similar here

Purse – Fossil Emerson Medium Satchel here (some other colors are currently on sale)

Pencil skirt, Chambray shirt and Pradas

It was finally a sunny and warm day so I picked this look of a colorful pencil skirt, my favorite (I probably wear it too much it’s that comfortable and versatile) chambray shirt and my peep toe nude Prada heels.  Pencils skirts are another classic piece you should have in your closet as well as a good pair of pumps that can go with everything!  This look also shows that you can wear something from a factory outlet store just fine with something designer.

 

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Until next time ♥

Skirt – J Crew Factory and currently on sale here (also comes in other cool prints)

Banana Republic Chambray Shirt (old one mine) similar here and here

Prada heels (old mine) similar here and here

Maxi dress and cardigan

The maxi dress; that opposite of the mini.  They can be very comfortable and great for when the weather warms up to wear with sandals or heels…or if you are really lucky, to walk barefoot along the beach in.   It was a nice but windy day so I threw on a cardigan as the steady breeze made it a bit chilly for bare arms and it is a deep v-neck spaghetti strap dress.  This maxi is a jersey knit which means excellent for packing.  I have rolled this dress up a few times to take on get aways and it pops right out of my carry on bag ready to go!

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Until next time ♥

Dress – Ann Taylor Loft (old mine) similar here and here

Shoes – Prada cork strappy sandals (old pair mine sold out) try here and here

Cardigan – J Crew (old mine)  here

Brunch in Style

Let me sing the praises of the shift dress.  It is one of those timeless items that every woman should have in her closet.  They can hide a multitude of things you may want hidden but still be stylish.  And in the case of going out to an Easter brunch as I was this day, you can eat to your hearts content without popping any buttons, loosening belts or having regrets about having worn constrictive undergarments 😉

By the way…never pose under a flowering Bradford Pear tree.  They look pretty but do they ever stink!

Until next time ♥

 

(I may be committing some kind of posting faux pas but this is a corrected post of one I had done earlier – and have since deleted – because I felt I didn’t do justice with the original. Sorry about that)

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Dress:  J Crew Jules.  Purchased a year ago.  Can be found on Ebay now.  Similar: here, here and here

Purse:  No name patent leather clutch purchased on Ebay  (Ebay can sometimes be your friend)  Similar: here and here

Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman Platswoon   Purchased at Zappos.com.  Similar: here, here and here

Hat:  Laurence Leleux.  Purchased at the Hat Gallery in London.