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DOUBLE DUTY

Banana Republic Dress, solid color c/o // Banana Republic Sweater c/o // Free People Sandals, similar // Anthropologie Bag, similar // Raen Sunglasses

People are always surprised to hear that I really don’t enjoy going shopping. Understandable, considering my love for adding new and fun things to my closet. I blame it on the many years I spent working in retail. It killed the whole shopping experience for me. I hate having to go to a mall to get anything… I went recently to do some casual shopping and quickly remembered that I get easily overwhelmed and hate every minute of it. While I don’t find much joy in shopping at the mall I do find plenty of it browsing online. Somehow there is always one thing (or five) that I need to have. The problem with online shopping? My wallet can’t ever seem to handle all the items added to my shopping cart. So weird.

Lack of funds means getting creative with the pieces that I do have and finding new ways to wear them. This skirt is the perfect example. It’s actually a full print dress. However, instead of wearing it as a dress, I decided to turn it into a skirt by adding the pullover sweater on top. I took a statement piece and found a way to turn it into something completely different. Now I get to show off the gorgeous print twice as much. Plus, the short sleeve sweater is the perfect layer for spring days when it’s sunny and warm but still has a slight chill in the air. Getting creative is an important skill when you live and shop on a budget, but love having new things. You have to look at things from a different perspective and squeeze the most out of every item hanging in your closet.

How do you make your wardrobe do double duty?

*This post was sponsored by Banana Republic but all opinions are my own*

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CLOSET NECESSITY

I’ve always seen everyone else look super cute and cool in denim jackets but could never quite pull it off myself. I had 3 in my closet that just never did anything for me. Oh how things have changed and it’s all because of this perfect denim jacket (DJ, as I like to call it). My husband told me not to get it because I would never wear it and while he had valid reasons grounded on past experience, he was completely dead wrong. The best part? IT’s perfect and it’s also on sale. Do yourself a favor and go buy it so you have something to wear with each and every outfit this spring. Believe me, this is a closet necessity. Oh, and this dress? It’s perfect too! Roe and May Dress, love this one too // Gap Denim Jacket // Free People Heels // Treasure and Bond Purse, similar // Raen Sunglasses

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BANDANA ACCESSORY

I think everyone has a “uniform” that makes them most comfortable. For me, it’s chunky sweaters… more specifically white chunky sweaters. I love cardigans, cropped, oversized, etc… if it’s cream then I love it, I don’t discriminate. My husband always makes fun of me because even though it’s the last thing I need, it’s the first thing that I’m drawn to. No matter how many I have in my closet they always get a lot of use.

I’ve been seeing the bandana trend all over recently but it took me a while to come around to the idea. I liked how this Banana Republic bandana added a fun accessory to an otherwise simple outfit. I’m pretty sure it will be on repeat until it gets too hot around here.

Any trends you’re excited about lately?

ASOS Pullover Sweater // J Brand Jeans, different wash // Dolce Vita Mules // Anthropologie Bag, similar // Raen Sunglasses // Banana Republic Bandana c/o

 

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COME AT ME, SPRING

We had an abnormally wet winter here in Southern California and I absolutely loved getting to enjoy the cold and rainy days. While I loved the rain, I must say that the warmer, sunny temps we’ve been having recently have been welcomed with wide open arms. First chance I got, my arms were bare and toes exposed case and point is below. What’s the first thing on your spring outfit list?!

Eileen Fisher Dress, Similar c/o // Target Trench, Similar // Madewell Heels // Anthropologie Bag, Similar

 

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WEEKEND MORNINGS WITH STONEWALL KITCHEN

If you ask me, weekend mornings are meant to be spent on the couch sipping coffee and munching on tasty breakfast treats. It drives my husband nuts but if we have plans in the morning to get out of the house, I make a point to get up extra early just so we can have some couch and coffee time. Since I drink my coffee black, it’s super important that the coffee has good flavor–bold and rich. Stonewall Kitchen’s coffee hits those exact marks. And no morning would be complete without some tasty carbs. Their cornbread mix is the perfect vehicle for some of their delicious jam (the Raspberry Peach Champagne jam is one of my faves). Luckily, the cornbread was super easy to make and didn’t have me slaving away in the kitchen; always a plus on a weekend morning. And, since I have quite the collection of Stonewall Kitchen jam, I was able to sample them all on the cornbread. Cornbread and coffee on the couch on a Sunday morning–doesn’t get any better than that.

Stonewall Kitchen has more to offer than just breakfast essentials. Check out all they have to offer here. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER

Lately I’ve been feeling productive. Now I’m not saying I don’t get to sneak in an afternoon nap every so often but I’ve been taking care of business. I think a huge part of what motivates me is feeling inspired. I’m lucky to work somewhere where I get to use my creativity and that in turn has made me more motivated both in and outside the office. Plus, this time change and the longer days have made me extra motivated. It’s so nice to enjoy the sun a little later into the evening

All I can say is that I’m glad I’ve found this newfound surge of creative juices because my husband and I are tackling a huge home project: our backyard. Right now, it’s a mess of weeds and thorny rose bushes. My husband mowed the lawn for the first time in forever last weekend and our pup Rosie has been living for her new lawn. Needless to say, it’s time to give her, and ourselves, a yard we can all enjoy.

When it comes to putting outfits together, this burst of motivation has moved me to experiment a bit more. Everyone who knows me knows that I would be happy spending the rest of my days in a chunky cream colored cardigan. But lately I’ve been motivated to get a little outside my comfort zone and try some new stuff. That means incorporating some color. Opting for pieces I maybe haven’t worn in a while. All that jazz. This Kelly green blazer was the perfect way to top off a classic spring dress. What are you motivated by this spring?

Banana Republic Blazer c/o // Target Dress // J.Crew Mules // Madewell Bag // Raen Sunglasses

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IN BETWEEN

Free People Skirt // Anthropologie Cardigan // Madewell Top // Dolce Vita Booties // Forever 21 Choker // Anthropologie Bag, love this one // Raen Sunglasses

Woah guys, it’s been a looong time! Happy New Year, Valentine’s, and anything else I may have missed! It hasn’t been documented but… I’m at that point with winter where I’m sick of wearing the same old things. It’s been quite rainy in Southern California so it’s been all jeans, tee, cardigan, boots, repeat around here. You really haven’t missed much. Since I mixed it up recently with this min skirt situation I thought I would share it. I must admit I felt a little too old to be wearing a choker but my husband assured me no one knew my age so I decided to go with it.

This little skirt set from Free People is actually one of my favorite recent purchases! It’s super cute together but I’ve also got a lot of use by wearing the pieces separate. The black is sold out but the orange it super cute and a perfect pop of color for spring. How have you guys been mixing up your wardrobe as of late?

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CHRISTMAS WITH STONEWALL KITCHEN

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I can’t deny that I love Thanksgiving. It’s the start of the holidays and it’s all about food-one of my favorite things! As much as I love Thanksgiving though, Christmas takes the cake (pie if I were choosing). With Christmas comes all the cheery songs, festive decor, and of course lots and lots of treats! My favorite tradition is decorating the house the day after Thanksgiving in order to maximize the Christmas season. My husband and I spent the long weekend putting up our lights, decorating our tree and of course diving head first into this gift basket.  Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookie snacks and pancakes for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. I highly recommend this Stonewall Kitchen gift basket since it has the tastiest treats! Plus, it’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list, including yourself! The basket comes with everything you need to indulge and enjoy some christmas spirit. Check out all that Stonewall Kitchen has to offer here.

If you’re looking for some extra holiday cheer, check out my spotify playlist here.

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HEADING INTO THE HOLIDAYS

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The shorter the days get, the longer my sweaters have become… and that is simply a fact. While you may be enjoying that white stuff you call snow, we are still enjoying very bare legs around here. Leg baring dresses are still very much a thing right now in Southern California, in fact some days they are a must. Luckily, I love the juxtaposition a duster cardigan gives a short dress plus it makes me feel as though I’m playing along with the seasons. This dress would be perfect for the office–I’d love it with a crisp white button down with boots or pointy heels. But I always love getting more mileage out of pieces like this so pairing it with my favorite fall/winter item, a duster cardigan, was a great way to wear the dress casually.

This dress is the perfect basic this time of year just look at the color! Plus, the details on this dress are what take it to the next level… I mean who doesn’t love buttons?! Adding my favorite mules (yes, open toed shoes are still a thing here as well) and a simple clutch was pretty much all I needed to finish the look. Oh and ad a giant scarf. Because you know, winter.

I think I’ll definitely get more use out of this dress as we get closer to the holidays. The color is festive and there are always plenty of holiday festivities to attend. Seriously, can you believe that this week is Thanksgiving? That is insane. And then once Thanksgiving comes and goes it’s just a straight shot to Christmas! I’ve been blasting Christmas tunes around the house, in the car, while I’m at work since late October (yes, I’m one of those people) so I’m ready to start listening without shame. Between holiday parties, family gatherings, and a little getaway my husband and I have planned I can see this clutch coming in clutch (pun intended J). It packs an extra punch being calf hair and all and it’ll go great with all my holiday party outfits I’ve got in the works. How do you make your pieces go the extra mile?

*Thanks to Banana Republic for collaborating on this post*

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FALL FAKE OUT

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Target Who What Wear Dress (sold out, love this one) // Dolce Vita Booties // Madewell Bag // J.Crew Belt // Raen Sunglasses

While the temperatures have not cooled down at all here (you’ll be hearing me sing this tune for a while longer I’m sure) I’m trying to find some ways to incorporate some new fall favorites without burning up. Because when it’s 90 degrees it’s definitely not sweater weather. While I have added a few sweaters and warmer layers to my wardrobe, I’ve been opting for booties and long dresses in warm and rich colors. So far this has been enough to contain my excitement for fall.

I don’t know about you but I have been really loving the Who What Wear collection at Target lately. So many fun pieces to choose from and at killer prices. Please tell me you’ve been scoping it out every time you go to target for “dish soap” like me? It truly is the best and worst (for my wallet) thing to happen to target.