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.

There’s Always Time for Polka Dots

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It’s been a busy week, folks. This biz-casual look is from Tuesday, when I worked a full day at my internship, then went to dinner with the in-laws, then did some very important shopping at H&M. OK, so some of the busy-ness I bring on myself. Like this blog post, for example. I could probably save myself a little time by skipping a post once in a while, but blogging is just so fun I consider it my sanity-saver even if it does mean I have to stay up a little later to finish other more important things.

And it would just be so tragic if I didn’t share this cute little polka-dotted outfit with you. Right? Just think about how enriched your life is now that I’ve taken time out of my busy schedule to show you what I wore. You’re welcome. You can thank me by donating to my favorite charity, the Sarah’s Law School Loan Repayment Fund. Or you can just leave me a nice comment.

similar Top // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag // similar Scarf* // Watch* // Lips “Punch Drunk”

*Scarf provided courtesy of House of Gemmes; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

#LookingLucky5: Local Love

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Check it out…I’m officially halfway done with the Looking Lucky style challenge. This is my #5 out of the 10 trends. In case you’re taking the challenge for a spin and you weren’t sure what “local love” meant, here’s an example. Just show a little pride for your hometown or home state (or your current town/state, if different). Wear something from a local brand or boutique, or even a local jewelry artist or something. If you’re not feeling quite so hipster, just rock a t-shirt with a sports team or college.

For bonus points (which aren’t actually worth anything), wear your “local love” outfit to eat at a local restaurant. I wore this last Sunday to go out for pizza and beer with a bunch of my fellow law review nerds. I’ve been having fun wearing heels on weekends recently…when you think about it, a day when you don’t have much to do is pretty much the perfect day to wear uncomfortable shoes.

Thanks to everyone who’s been joining in on the challenge this month and sharing your looks on Instagram! Remember there are multiple giveaways in conjunction with this challenge, so you’re definitely gonna want to jump on this bandwagon!

Tank* // Jeans // Shoes // similar Sweater (under $25) // similar Sunglasses (under $20) // Lips “Please Me”

*Tank provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique.

That Girl

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Since over the winter I became that girl who wears a lot of hats, I figured I should keep my streak going in the spring. But pretty much all my hats were knit or felt, so I picked up this cute one at J. Crew (on sale…because I’m also that girl who gets a lot of good deals). I decided to keep the Sporty Spice vibe going with a polo. But I’m really Posh Spice at heart, hence the sassy lipstick. Then the spike bracelet might be more Scary Spice.

Now I’m becoming that girl who’s obsessed with the Spice Girls. Who am I kidding…I’ve been that girl since 1997.

Hat // similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet (under $5) // Lips “Unapologetic”

P.S. The H&M Conscious giveaway winner is Lydia N.! Lydia uses a BPA-free water bottle, supports local farmers at the farmers’ market, and this summer she’s going to start composting. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and shared their awesomely conscious stories. Lydia, I will email you soon!