Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Confessions a shoe-holic

As spring approached, I edited my closet and found my spring/summer selection of shoes a bit wanting. Over the last two months I have been on the hunt.  I've hit my regulars- TJ Maxx, Macy's without any real luck. But Saturday I had big plans for a trip to DSW. The nearest store isn't actually all that far, but it's in the opposite direction of most shops I frequent so it feels further away than it actually is.
We started the outing at a local pizza place. There's something about grabbing a slice and sitting at a table outside that is utterly relaxing.
Even Anna loved it!
I made a quick stop at Ulta...I want to replace my mammoth round brush but hot dang, they were $26 and didn't have a flat top (yes, my round brushes have requirements) so I decided I'd check Sally's before committing to one of the Ulta options.
And now to the main attraction: DSW! The mother ship has beckoned me home!! Upon entering, I head straight to the back. All the best deals are in the clearance racks. Only an additional 30% off the marked down price...please!  What else do they have? Ten boxes later, I piled them on the double stroller (the real reason I take it shopping) and headed to the new arrivals where I may have added a few more pairs.
And then fun begins! I retry on every pair...walk to the mirror and weigh each choice. This visit's haul- four pairs! Eek!
And now here is the justification.  I "needed" new sandals that weren't flip-flops. 

I have been eyeing Sperry's for more than a year. 

I tossed a favorite pair of wedges last year and never replaced them. 

And yellow shoes, I have no justification other than they made my heart sing.

I'm still on the hunt for floral shoes. KOHL'S has a very lovely pair but they are currently sold out in most sizes.

How do you shop? Mad, crazy haul or a pair here or there?

The weekly recap

Continuing on with the weekly recap.....

Monday marked week 2 of #stylemeapril: Pretty in Pastels; Jungle, Tribal, Tropics; Pump up the volume; Borrowed or Thrifted; Matchy Matchy.
My closet is clearly lacking in pastels.  I was working from home so I kept it casual. I was not a fan though not doing hair or make-up may have played into my dislike of this look. I changed mid-day.
This, on the other hand, I loved. Like LOVED, LOVED.  The print is fun and the dress has POCKETS! Need I say more?
I have to admit I wasn't super crazy about this look. The necklace and the shoes seemed too matched for me. Plus, I was rushing. I would have preferred this with a jacket. It just felt like something was missing.
I have nothing thrifted and not a lot borrowed, but I really liked this look. This was a combination I'd had in my head for a few weeks and I really like how it paired together. If I were to change anything, I'd add a statement necklace. 
Can we talk about how amazing the Old Navy Pixie Pants are? They are AMAZING!!
So that was my week in nutshell. Hope you had a great week! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Recaps

I've been a little MIA again. Sorry! My 5AM gym calls during the week leave me pretty tired at night leaving little room for fun stuff like blogging.  While I've been away, I have been mulling over what defines my personal style and trying to find a balance between what defines me and what is trendy. I am inspired by all the fashion on IG, but there is a fine line between inspiration and imitation. Logging all my looks on Instagram is great but it's hard for me to see the big picture when I'm looking at images so tiny.
Forgive the poor quality picture... sometimes a poorly lit selfie as I'm heading out the door is the most  I can manage. Monday's look was one that was good in theory, but one I ultimately hated. All black is just not me. We can just cross "Chic in Black" off my list of possible signature looks.  
Tuesday's look marked the beginning of #sylemeapril "Skirting around Town".
Wednesday's look is "Neutral with a Pop of Color". I really loved this look. And I had to wear my pink heels because on Wednesdays we wear pink.  
Thursday's look was "Oh Hello Sailor".  Skinnies are fun but wide leg pants are just perfection.
Friday's prompt was "Day to Night". Again with the poorly lit picture which means you cannot see the detail in the sweater. I liked this combination. It was comfortable but looked pulled together.  
Do you struggle to define your style? What helps you?

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