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Spring Staples from J. Crew

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For someone who lives in Texas, and rarely needs much outerwear, I have always had an affinity for a good jacket. Even though intense heat takes over the majority of our year, I am always on the lookout for a great layering jacket. This lightweight utility jacket truly is a piece to be worn now and often as it is the perfect weight in a cool shade of blue. I like that it is a little bit of a swerve from the classic green, but still offers that transitional feel of a great field jacket.

Also not to be missed is this striped tee. Perfect for this time of year, it does not get more classic that a perfect striped tee and with a such a great fit, this one will pair with pretty much everything else you own. I love the nod to nautical style but without feeling like I have to be near water to be wearing it. You can find this striped tee and a few others here.


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J. Crew Deck Striped Tee
J. Crew Utility Jacket
J. Crew Slim Chinos
Clarks Wallabee Moc Toe Derby
Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses

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Smart Spring Layers

So we have officially made it through the first week of spring, and I, for one, am here for it. After a few months of wearing a ton of layers and a coat, it is nice to keep things a little lighter. This jacket has been the perfect weight and color for the cooler mornings, but also easy to lose later in the day as it starts to warm up. Paired with a easy chino and printed short sleeve shirt, it makes for the perfect spring ready get-up.

Speaking of printed shirts, it is now open season on the short sleeve button down extravaganza. For the longest time, the short sleeve button down felt way too much like Dwight Schrute or a dad from the 80’s, but I would say that in the past 4 years or so, this casual spring update has become a closet staple from March through September. You can find prints as bold as you are comfortable wearing (I feel like I’m playing it pretty safe here in this one from Ted Baker) and bring a little bit of the beach vacation vibe to your 9-5.

I have taken a bit of a hiatus through the winter on the blog to settled into parenthood. Now that she is a little older and we have a better idea of what a day in the life is like,  I’m hopeful to start posting more content throughout this spring. Thanks for sticking around 😉


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Topman Harrington Jacket
Ted Baker Geo Print Shirt
Everlane Slim Chinos
Similar To Boot New York Sneakers

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The Cozier Side of Holiday Dressing

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This is the time of year that the term “Holiday Dressing” is pretty buzzy. With all of the holiday parties and events right now, unlike any other time in the year, you have a reason to go all the way and dress to the nines. In fact, I am waiting for a party invite so I have a good excuse to wear this velvet blazer, but I would also suggest that holiday dressing can have a cozier more comfortable side. There is truly nothing better than having a couple of days off work with nowhere to go and having the perfect lounging outfit. That, my friends, feels like a holiday and is exactly where this cardigan comes in.

This chunky knit cardigan from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop is under $100 and really the perfect layer for this time of year. It works great with this merino henley and jeans to be out and about, but really shines as the perfect cozy layer to add over easy sweats and a tee during the holiday downtime. I am far from being a themed pajama person, so having easy pieces to throw on and still look pulled together are my off-duty must haves.

So if you are like me and appreciate the dressing down side of the holidays just as much as dressing up, then do yourself a favor and upgrade your cozy holiday wear. I have picked out a few of my favorites below to help you enjoy the downtime of the holidays, and doing so without all the kitsch.

 


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Nordstrom Men’s Shop Chunky Knit Cardigan
Bonobos Merino Henley Sweater
Rag & Bone Fit 2 Denim
Red Wing Iron Range Cap Toe Boot
Raen ‘Arlo’ Sunglasses

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Uniform Update: Adding a New Color to the Mix

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The past couple years, I have really embraced the concept of finding a uniform, which for me really relies mostly on color. If you go through my closet right now, you will find primarily black, white, grey and navy. I am pretty predictable and *always* stick to these more elemental colors, finding that it actually makes it easier to get dressed when everything goes with everything.

Needless to say, I was a little surprised when I was so drawn to this purple crewneck sweater. It is not at all a color I would typically grab, but actually fits perfectly and compliments all the navy I already own. Plus, rules are meant to be broken (even when you make them yourself).

So, (and I am speaking to myself here) take a chance every once in a while and break out of your style routines. Try a new color or fit and throw in a statement wild card piece to help update your daily uniform. Style is all about wearing things that make you feel good and give confidence, but sometime you have to step out of the box to appreciate it. Below I pulled a few other unexpected but great options that will fit in a more monochromatic or muted closet.

Ted Baker really has become a go-to brand for me, especially around the holidays. They always have a great collection, but their AW collection is great for fall textures and holiday dressing. Their British roots shine through in the classic attention to detail and fabric choice, but also have a slightly quirky sensibility. I’ve pulled a few other Check out the full AW17 collection here.


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Ted Baker Full Zip Fleece Jacket
Ted Baker Crewneck Sweater
Naked and Famous Super Skinnny Guy Denim
Steve Madden X GQ Zip Boots
Ted Baker Sunglasses