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Balance

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As you may have noticed, my blog posts are becoming less and less frequent.  Recently, I’ve had a hard time balancing all of life’s demands, and my blog has definitely suffered.  In an effort to try and regain some balance in my life, I’m trying to spend 10-15 minutes each morning outside.  During this time I stretch, do yoga, or sometimes just sit and watch the birds, chipmunks, etc that frequent my yard.  I find this routine helps me re-focus and re-energize before a busy day.

Top:  c/o Ricki’s Active {love the detailing – will try to get a detail shot up at some point}
Bottoms: c/o Ricki’s Active {these are made from a nice thick material.  Love the cropped length!  I’ve had both items for about 1 month now, and have worn and washed them numerous times.  They have washed up well and maintain their shape.  Definitely recommend the Ricki’s Active line!  Well made and reasonably priced!}

 

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Burgundy & Black

A Closet Full of Clothes - J.Crew Factory Wool Trouser Wide-leg Pant in Burgundy

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A Closet Full of Clothes - Mexx draped cross front wrap top and J.Crew Factory burgundy work wear trouser

Top:  Mexx {similar 1 – 2 – 3 – 4}
Pants:  J.Crew Factory Wool Flannel Wide-leg Trouser {I love the unexpected color of these wool pants}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {also here}
Purse:  Le Chateau {similar 123}
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bangles:  Thrifted
Midi/knuckle rings:  Ardene

What a week!  I meant to have these photos up by Wednesday, but here we are on Friday morning and I am just managing to now carve out a little blog time.  For better, or for worse, my week has been incredibly work-busy (as opposed to the more-fun vacation-busy!).

Paisley & Zebra

J.Crew paisley blouse and Joe Fresh zebra pencil skirt

A Closet Full of Clothes... zebra knit pencil skirt

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A Closet Full of Clothes... gold Charles David Katya pumps

Blouse:  J.Crew Blythe blouse {3 or 4 years old… similar here and here and here}
Skirt:  Joe Fresh {similar here and here}
Clutch:  Le Chateau {purchased about 2003 maybe?}
Shoes:  Charles David Katya {Also available here.  Loving the shape & surprisingly comfortable for the price and heel height!  Will be on the lookout for more colors}
Bracelets:  Gorjana chain; thrifted bangles
Midi/Knuckle rings:  Ardene {just meant to be cheapies to test out the look… After wearing between one and three knuckle rings for about a week, I have to admit, I am quite liking the trend! Similar rings here here and here}
Necklace:  Gorjana Ifinity II Necklace
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange

I bought this skirt during a brave moment a few weeks back, and I am surprised how much I actually like it.  It’s a little outside my comfort zone, but also surprisingly wearable.

Long Weekend Casual

A Closet Full of Clothes... Suss cocoon sweater

A Closet Full of Clothes... thin knuckle rings and striped cardigan cocoon sweater

A Closet Full of Clothes... cocoon sweater tuxedo stripe leggings

A Closet Full of Clothes... J.Crew Pixie / Gigi Tuxedo Stripe Pants

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striped cocoon sweater

I hope everyone is having a great long weekend!  I was fortunate enough to have all three days off & so far I have spent most of my time working around the house or on the blog.  I am definitely a home-body, and nothing makes me happier than spending days outside with the dogs and working on my gardens.  I know this isn’t everyone’s idea of a great long weekend, but for me, it’s an absolutely perfect!

There’s a big blog change in the works.  I have decided to move over to a WordPress platform, and will be re-naming the blog A Closet Full of Clothes (if you’re reading this, you are already on the new site!).  Until everything is fully migrated, I will be posting at both A Closet Full of Clothes AND Laura Wears…, but eventually (probably by the end of September) I will start using the Laura Wears… Tumblr account to share single photos, as opposed to full posts (kind of like a more conventional Tumblr).

Since an outfit post is long-overdue, I took a few quick photos last night in our backyard.  Georgie decided to join in on the fun too 🙂

Sweater:  Suss {bought through Hautelook – similar items here, here, and here)
T-shirt:  GapFit Breathe Tee (Cdn link here)
Pants:  J.Crew Pixie Pants {have been slightly re-done for 2014/15 – BUT there is a nearly identical J.Crew Factory Gigi offering – and a very similar Club Monaco option *on sale*}
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bracelet: c/o INPINK
Rings:  Ardene
Sandals:  SoftMoc

Summer Evening

Laura Wears... J.Crew floral printed cotton midi patio skirt

Laura Wears... mixed prints

Laura Wears... J.Crew Factory ruffle top

Laura Wears...J.Crew patio skirt and ruffle neck top

Laura Wears... casual friday pattern mixing

Shirt:  J.Crew Factory Printed Ruffle Top
Skirt:  J.Crew Patio Skirt
Sunglasses:  Aldo
Bracelets:  c/o INPINK; Jacob
Purse:  Ivanka Trump {similar}
Sandals: Modern Rebel Misty {incredibly similar option}

Before heading out to dinner on a gorgeous summer night 🙂

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Floral midi

Laura Wears... diy homemade floral midi skirt

floral midi skirt

how to wear a midi skirt

Laura Wears... flats and a midi skirt

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Laura Wears... wedding guest outfit midi skirt

Top:  J.Crew Drapey Crepe Tank
Skirt:  homemade {similar here}
Necklace:  c/o INPINK
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh gold bangle; thrifted gold twig bangles
Purse:  Ivanka Trump Travel Organizer {also here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {more colors here and here}

I am slowly trying to fill gaps in my closet – for example, I finally purchased a plain white button-down shirt last week {this one}.  These flats were bought in March as part of the same initiative.  A beige shoe is a nice neutral that can be paired with almost anything 🙂

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