Banana Republic

Finally…

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Apologies for the 2-week delay!

Scarf:  Ricki’s
Sweater:  Philosophy Cashmere Open Front Long Cardigan {similar: 1,  2,  3,  4}
Blouse:  Banana Republic “Seamed Inset Tank” {Cdn link here}
Pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan”  {Cdn link here}
Bracelet:  c/o Ricki’s
Purse:  Le Chateau {old}

Weekend Casual

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Sweater:  Ricki’s {I pinned up the cowl neck into more of a turtleneck style}
Pants:  Banana Republic Sloan {Cdn link here}
Boots:  Franco Sarto Motor {also available here and here – these boots were my only Black Friday purchase}
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh
Purse:  vintage
Sunglasses:  Aldo

Yellow and Navy

 A CLoset Full of Clothes...Navy Wool J.Crew Pants and a Yellow Kenneth Cole Sleeveless Blouse
 A Closet Full of Clothes
 A Closet Full of Clothes - Navy and Yellow Work Wear

Blouse: Kenneth Cole Estelle {also here}
Pants:  J.Crew Collection Wool Trouser {similar here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {also here and here}
Clutch:  Banana Republic
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory |{similar here and here}
Sunglasses:  Aldo

For some reason, I look especially sour in these photos.  Not sure why…I really liked this outfit.  The back of the blouse has some neat layering detail, although unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a decently in-focus shot.

 

 

Weekend dress

Laura Wears... casual weekend style featuring J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears... white straw fedora, navy dress, beige sandals

Laura Wears ... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears ... white straw fedora

Laura Wears... J.Crew navy dress and beige sandals

Laura Wears... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Happy Saturday!
I stalked this J.Crew dress online for quite awhile. When it finally came on sale, I quickly snatched it up.  Not only has it been in heavy rotation as part of my work wardrobe, but it can easily be worn for more casual pursuits.  It’s one of those great flexible pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Definitely a worthwhile purchase. 
In an effort to simply my wardrobe, I have recently been on the lookout for items that can pull double-duty.  I would love to hear about your favorite high-rotation purchases 🙂

Dress:  J.Crew Collection Draped Keyhole Dress {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}
Hat:  Pamoa
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {an oldie but a goodie!}
Sandals:  J.Crew Back-Zip Sandals {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}

Dots and Stripes

Polka Dots and Stripes Summer Pattern Mixing

Laura Wears | Dots and Stripes

Laura Wears | J.Crew Polka Dot Silk Blouse and Joe Fresh Silk Stripe Shorts

Laura Wears  |  Pattern Mixing Polka Dots and Stripes

Blouse:  J.Crew {from a few years ago – also seen here}
Shorts:  Joe Fresh stripe silk shorts {similar JF style}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelets:  Jacob bangles; Gorjana three-bead bracelet
Purse:  Banana Republic {old}
Shoes:  J.Crew Metallic Suede Cleo Loafers

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Work brights

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Silk stripe blouse:  Club Monaco {picked up during a sale in May}
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory long pencil skirt {this color came out last fall, but I waited until it moved to the clearance section & snatched it up during an extra % off sale a few months ago!  Loving the rich yellow color}.  Find the J.Crew retail version here
Sunglasses:  Aldo Agrayssa {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh
Purse:  Banana Republic {from a few years back}
Shoes:  Pour la Victoire Carmendy {also here and here}

My work-wear has been under-represented on the blog recently, so I made a conscious effort to snap a few photos yesterday morning before heading to work. 

On an unrelated note, I just found out someone else has recently started a personal style blog with the name Laura Wears.  Initially I was a little peeved, but to be honest, I have been contemplating a blog name change for a few months.  Perhaps this is the push I need to actually commit to a new blog name… 

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Quickly

patterson j kincaid blue watercolor asymmetrical floral dress

Dress:  Patterson J Kincaid (love the beautiful colors in this dress!)
Scarf:  Club Monaco (from 2012)
Sunglasses:  Aldo Agrayssa (Cdn link)
Bracelets:  Banana Republic gold knot bracelet, Amrita Singh bangles
Clutch:  Gap (Cdn link)
Shoes:  Tory Burch Amalie (the heeled version seems to be sold out online, but the flat sandal version is still available)

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Slouchy

banana republic slouchy drapey pants preppy casual

j.crew factory addie blue suede loafer

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Jacket:  Aritzia Tulula Exeter Blazer
Shirt:  J.Crew Factory Draped Pocket Tee
Pants:  Banana Republic Luxe Racer Stripe Crop(Cdn link)
Sunglasses:  Aldo (Cdn link – a steal at only $12!)
Clutch:  Gap Leather Flap Clutch  (Cdn link)
Bracelets:  Gorjana (both)
Shoes:  J.Crew Factory Addie

For those in Canada – I hope you had a great Victoria Day long weekend 🙂  I spent most of the weekend either getting the garden ready, or prepping the basement walls for painting.  The latter was especially time-consuming because the previous home owners who did an absolutely TERRIBLE job when painting the basement (I’m talking about dried paint drips on the walls, awful crack-filling that has left us with bumpy walls (wtf?), getting paint on the baseboards, handrails, doors, ceiling, etc…).  I am trying my best to repair their mistakes, which is why the prepping stage has taken so long.
This will be the new paint color (when I finally get around to painting…) – I am hoping it will be an upgrade form the current mustard yellow walls (I normally like mustard yellow, but it’s just not working in our basement…).

Mid-Week Casual

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Sleeveless blouse: Banana Republic draped wrap top 
Pants:  Gap piped broken-in straight khakis  {Cdn link}
Sunglasses:  Aldo Agrayssa  {Cdn link} These are a much cheaper option compared to the Ray-Bans I am seeing everywhere – similar ASOS version
Bracelets:  Banana Republic knot bracelet; Gorjana leather wrap
Clutch:  Banana Republic {old – bought in 2011-ish}
Shoes:  Arturo Chaing Beatrixx Loafers  {similar here}

I have been gravitating to more casual looks recently.  I expect, in part, this is to the feeling of being unconstrained by the spring weather.  For me, winter evoked images of uninspiring dark clothing, and tightly bundled up layers, while spring has been the opposite – airy, relaxed looks, with considerably more color.