Celebrate Goods Times (Come on)

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On Wednesday night the wife and I went out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was just the two of us, so naturally we ordered cheese for four. But we only ordered chocolate for two; we’re not animals. (Sarah and Kristin: making healthy choices since 1985.)

When we go to Melting Pot, it’s pretty much always to celebrate something. This time it was a double celebration (so the double cheese makes sense…yes, that was the plan all along): I finished my very LAST class of law school on Monday, and on Tuesday, Kristin officially got a new job that she’s really excited about. So Wednesday’s date night was pretty much us eating awesome fondu, listening to awesome music, and just sitting around soaking up each other’s awesomeness. Here’s to new adventures! And more cheese. Always more cheese.

similar Tee (under $10) // Jacket* // Jeans // Shoes // Necklace (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Clutch // Lips “Schiap”

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

#LookingLucky 9: Metallic

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Last Sunday was glorious, so the lady and I went downtown to walk along the canal and enjoy the sunshine, complete with al fresco drinking. Seriously, Indy in the spring and summer is the best.

As for the outfit, I decided to complete #9 of my 10 Looking Lucky challenges: metallic! But which metallic to choose: silver? gold? rose gold? Oh I know…HOW ABOUT ALL THREE. BOOYAH.

I mixed my new gold sandals with a rose gold watch and silver bracelet, and tied them all together with my tri-color necklace. Sometimes I even impress myself.

similar Dress (on sale) // Shirt (on sale) // Shoes // Watch* // similar Bracelet // Bag // similar Bag (cheaper option) // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

6 Ways to Wear a Floral Blazer

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My last “How to Wear” post was way back in January when I showed you how to wear ankle boots. That post has hundreds of pins, so I figured why not pretend to be an expert yet again and see how many of you I can fool.

Next up is a spring/summer staple: the floral blazer. It’s one of the many things I look forward to pulling out of storage soon, because I got a ton of wear out of it last year. Below are a whopping SIX outfit ideas featuring my flowery jacket. If you have a floral blazer of your own – or if you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge – here’s proof of just how versatile these babies can be.

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Pair it with a super girly dress, a straw clutch, and metallic strappy sandals. Boom – instant summer date night outfit.

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Put it over a basic office-appropriate dress in the same color palette. It looks a little more “grown-up” with classy pumps and a neutral leather bag.

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Go big or go home, right? If a bold print blazer isn’t enough for you, wear it with two different bright, non-matching colors.

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Wait, don’t change the channel. If you’re not into making a big statement, you can wear it with the most basic of basics: a black t-shirt and distressed ankle jeans.

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Always a good pair in my book: floral with stripes. For more tips on mixing prints, check out this post.

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Finally, wear it with shorts and ballet flats for weekend excursions when you’re going in and out of A/C.

Shopping for a floral blazer of your own? Try one of these:

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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[ballerina moment]

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Do I look cool? Because I feel cool. I guess if I were actually cool, I wouldn’t talk about how cool I am, but I can’t help it. I wore white pants and a white shirt for a whole day without getting any dirt or food on myself. Plus, I’m rocking a black blazer and shades like a secret agent (but one from a movie that dresses all sexy and less utilitarian). And to top it all off, I debuted my #1 coolest purchase of the month (and probably the year): my mint Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag! You might have seen the announcement on Instagram, but I’ve been admiring this bag for a long time and decided to sell a few things – including an old Marc Jacobs bag – so I could afford to buy a full-size M.A.C. without busting my budget. These bags retail for $295, but I found this one for almost 50% off at Nordstrom Rack, and the income from everything I sold was enough to cover the whole cost. OK, admit it…that IS pretty cool, right? :)

Bag // similar Bag (much cheaper option!) // Jeans (on sale) // Shoes* // similar Blazer* // similar Sunglasses // similar Necklace

*Shoes and blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

#LookingLucky 8: Fringe

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Wearing fringe is a great way to get in touch with your inner bohemian or cowgirl. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have an inner bohemian or cowgirl. But I did have these fringy boots and like a dozen scarves with fringe, so I threw them together with all the polka dots I could find and it turned into an outfit that felt like me. Add a fabulous hair day and my new favorite sunglasses, and this ended up being a pretty good style day!

I hope you all had a great weekend doing whatever Easter or non-Easter things were on your agenda! The weather here was glorious and I spent most of yesterday enjoying the sunshine. You can see details on Instagram.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Jeans (on sale) // similar Boots* // Bag // similar Scarf (under $13) // Sunglasses // Bracelet (on sale in gold)// Lips (mine is a custom color, but try Clementine)

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

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.