Daily Looks April

Hey there friends… Happy Easter!

I was incognito last week due to a hectic work schedule, but this week I’m back.

Here’s my latest round up of outfits for early April.

Saturday Breakfast Outing

This long navy blue dress from Nordstrom is one of the most practical purchases I’ve made in the last year or so. It’s works most seasons of the year and for so many occasions (summer work days with a lightweight sweater, fall with boots and jacket). I wore it this morning for a fun casual breakfast at a pie shop.

Tuesday Work

This shirtmaker style dress is so comfortable. The blue chevron print works great year round too.  This morning was a little chilly, so I topped it with a trench coat, which was quickly shed by noon.

Wednesday Work

This day was a little more casual than usual, so I wore jeans with this white dress shirt and long sweater. The sweater actually attaches on the ends and wraps up and around my neck. But I figured out I can wear it long this way like a duster too. You know, I’m all about finding new ways to wear my items.

Thursday Work

Recently, I found a wonderful youtube channel, Justine Leconte. Justine is a French fashion designer and she offers up so many helpful tutorials about dressing for one’s body shape. After watching her channel, I have so many ideas for things that are way more flattering for my figure, and this outfit was born out of applying her advice. (Milly A-line skirt to skim the hips and wide shouldered top to accentuate the upper body more). Check her out and you might get some inspiration!

Easter Sunday

How many peeps did you eat this year? I managed to get through without a single one… This comfy Tahari sheath dress was front and center for the day. It’s the second time in two weeks I’ve worn it after it’s been hiding in my closet.

Advice when you feel like you have nothing to wear and you are tempted to buy something new? Shop your own closet. What’s been sitting in the back, unloved for months, or even years?

December in Northern Virginia

lysee-leggings

Late fall and early winter in the DC area makes for great outdoor time!

While temps are chilly in the morning and evening, the days are pretty mild. (Update: today we got our first winter arctic blast!)

Recently, my husband and I headed to Great Falls, Maryland to hike the Billy Goat Trail. The sky and scenery was beautiful, and I’m so glad we got to experience it before our proper winter arrives (which apparently it has!)

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For the hike, I threw on this zip high neck sweater from Zara, my Lysee denim leggings from Nordstrom, and comfy Vasque Talus Treks. Both the sweater and leggings are still available! The sweater is so cozy and I like how it’s sporty but could be versatile for other looks too. These leggings are so flattering- the denim material is thick and offers a lot of coverage so you don’t feel like you’re wearing gym leggings out somewhere. They are offered in different colors too.hiking-outfit view zara-sweater vasque-boots

How’s the weather where you are? I already see snow storms and blizzards on the news!

Bomber Jacket and Silk Dress

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The bomber jacket craze is going strong this fall, and it’s been SO fun to see all of YOUR variations- sequined, metallic, sporty, and oversized!

I, too, have fallen for the bomber jacket trend. In late summer during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale, I picked up this tonal satin bomber version.(still available and a great buy under $100)

When choosing this jacket, I tried to be strategic. I wanted a more fitted silhouette made from a fabric that would translate to many outfits and situations.

bomber-jacket

For brunch in DC recently, I wore it paired with a bright green midi dress and Converse sneakers at one of my favorite places, Dascha Biergarten.

This outdoor restaurant is inspired by German biergartens and offers so many delicious drinks (crisp pear cider) and food. As you can see, I just couldn’t resist the skillet of creamy mac and cheese, the breakfast sausage bagels, and fingerling fries.

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I’ve got lots more plans for this jacket, and thankfully, the weather has been unseasonably warm this fall.

Like I said, there’s so much great inspiration about how to wear bombers lately. How have you been wearing yours?

Slowly Transitioning to Fall

yellow-dress

Even though we’re headed into late September here in DC, it’s still Indian summer. It was 88 degrees last Saturday!

While I’m so eager for fall, I’m taking advantage of the warm weather to keep wearing a few summer pieces, but also give them a different spin.

Like this lemon yellow lace sundress…

Earlier in the summer, I wore it more casually with sandals, but for dinner out last weekend, I topped it with a blouse tied at the waist and swapped the sandals for two-tone pumps.    transitioning-a-summer-dress-to-fall

I’ve got even more plans for this dress as it gets cooler. I’m thinking a fitted black leather jacket or even a black turtleneck with black leather booties.

I’ve recently pared down my closet, donating a bunch of items and focusing on a “less is more” mindset. It’s amazing how much peace of mind a simple closet can bring.

In fact, I’ve felt much more appreciative of what I’ve got and I’m much more creative with my existing pieces. I can also more easily see the “gaps” in my wardrobe and what I should invest in next.

black-and-white-stilettos yellow-lace-dress

I actually love when other fashion bloggers “rework” their favorite clothing items and show how they wear them in different ways.

How do you feel about transitioning items into different seasons? Do you like seasonless pieces you can wear much of the wear, or do you tend to want more variety in your clothing?

Ray Ban Wayfarer ClubMaster sunglasses

Ann Taylor shirt/Yellow Dress (similar here)

Pumps (similar here)