Sunny Disposition

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You know what makes you warm and happy? A sunny yellow cashmere cardigan. You know what makes you even warmer and happier? The actual sun. I wore this on Tuesday and I was pretty pissed to wake up to freezing temperatures again. Wearing something yellow and cozy was the best option.

But by the time I put together this post, it was sunny and almost 70 degrees. I actually SAT OUTSIDE and edited these photos (in between classes, of course). I looked at the forecast, and the future looked glorious. So Tuesday’s problems pretty much melted away (literally).

Well, friends…have a great rest of your weekend and  - if you celebrate it – a great Easter. I tip my bunny ears to you.

Shoes (on sale) // similar Cardigan // Bag // similar Necklace // Bracelet (on sale) 

Tar Heel with a Blue Dress On

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You know what they say…when you find something you love, get it in two colors. I loved my olive parkline dress, so I waited for another sale and grabbed it in blue.

There’s always been a lot of blue in my closet, but until this month (when I got this dress and a pair of suede pumps), there was never much cobalt blue. And I think I know why. I grew up in North Carolina, and even though I don’t have much allegiance to my home state, I will be a UNC basketball fan for life. If you know anything about North Carolina or about college basketball, you know the UNC/Duke rivalry is EPIC. So naturally, my love for UNC is accompanied by a hatred for Duke. The point of this story if you don’t already know: Carolina blue is like a sky blue, and Duke blue is pretty much cobalt. So I think when I see cobalt I subconsciously associate it with Duke. But I decided recently I shouldn’t let a stupid sports team steal a perfectly beautiful color from me. And that’s the story of how I beat Duke.

Dress (on sale) // similar Jacket* // Bag // Sunglasses // Necklace* (on sale) // Shoes (under $25) // Lips “Corail in Touch”

*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace provided courtesy of Loopsway.

#LookingLucky 7: Geometrics

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I’ve added a lot of new goodies to my closet this month (you’ll read all about that in the next Budgeting Bloggers post), but this jacket is probably near the top of the list. I fell in lust with it immediately when it showed up at Ann Taylor at a whopping $200. Well, good things come to those who wait, because I snagged this for about $80, including tax and shipping. And whaddaya know…just in time to cross “geometrics” off my list of Looking Lucky trends. From what I remember about geometry, it’s about shapes. And this jacket has like 200 squares on it. Plus there are a bunch of overlapping triangles in this necklace. Not to brag, but I totally got an A in geometry. I think it’s now clear that that grade was well deserved.

Jacket (on sale) // Top (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes // Bracelet

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

The Sarah Project

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So I’m watching The Mindy Project as I write this, and even though I’m really nothing like Mindy personality-wise, her wardrobe in this show is my freaking dream. I love how her character dresses advenurously – lots of bright colors, metallics, and mixed patterns and textures. She’s always a little overdressed for her job but she owns it.

I bet Mindy would rock a floral pencil skirt, bedazzled sweatshirt, and bright blue blazer like nobody’s business. But then she would do or say something totally embarrassing, whereas I am the epitome of poise and never do anything awkward.

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Blazer* // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale)// Lips “Corail in Touch”

*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Sassafras

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You guys, I felt super sassy in this outfit. I mean I’m always sassy on the inside, but I don’t always show it to the fullest on the outside. It was something about the mix of ultra girly things (floral dress and high ponytail) and ultra badass things (leather jacket and studded shoes). I’ve never been good at putting a label on my style, but when I think about it, the outfits that feel most “me” are ones that mix girliness and badassery. Who’s surprised by that? No one.

Dress (on clearance) // Jacket* // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Rings* // Lips

*Jacket and rings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

#LookingLucky6: Tribal Print

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Sometimes when I see an outfit blog where the clothes go just a little too perfectly with the background, I assume the whole thing was editorialized. If I saw this post on another blog, that’s probably what I would think. But cross my heart and hope to die, I did indeed wear this on Saturday (for our end-of-the-year law review banquet), and I had no idea that just a block away from the venue was this mural. When I saw it, I just knew this was the universe making things work for me. (The universe doesn’t have anything better to do. For a while it was fighting scientists on the whole “Pluto’s not a planet anymore” thing, but it gave up. After the universe had some laughs watching the Bill Nye v. Ken Ham debate, its schedule really opened up and now it’s just working on smaller projects like making cool blog photo shoots happen.)

Since this is my sixth Looking Lucky post and we’re just about halfway through the month, I also want to take a second to remind everyone about this challenge and how to participate. The short version is: The Looking Lucky challenge gives you 10 trends to work into your outfits this month. If you’re a blogger and you do all 10, you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift card (to the store where I got this dress)! Even if you’re not a blogger but you’re on Instagram, you can enter to win one of the weekly $15 gift cards just by posting a photo of yourself wearing any of the 10 trends. I’ve loved seeing everybody’s posts so far! If you haven’t joined in yet, there’s still plenty of time. Get more details in this post.

Dress* (15% off w/ code LOOKINGLUCKY) // similar Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Watch // Heart Bracelet* // similar Pink Bead Cuff // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Dress provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

In Between

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Remember when it was winter forever and I wouldn’t stop complaining? Well now that it’s spring, let me go ahead and complain about that too. See the thing with spring is: it doesn’t really know what season it wants to be. The forecast could say there’s a high of 65, but that doesn’t happen until 5:00pm. In the morning when I head out, it could be 45.

My solution is to go bare on the bottom and bundle up on top. That means my legs are a little too cold in the morning, and my arms are a little too hot in the afternoon. By my logic, my body’s internal thermometer averages out, so at the end of the day, I can combine the hot and the cold in my head and then reflect fondly on my general comfort level. How does this make sense? It really doesn’t. But it’s the best idea I have.

similar Dress // Sweater // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale in other colors) // similar Rings*

Dress & sweater in all temperatures: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Rings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.