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Simple Red Shift

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The bugs (mosquitoes, blackflies) are RIDICULOUS right now!  I could only handle taking a few quick snaps of today’s look (which is why these aren’t my greatest poses…).  

Only a few more days to enter the group giveaway for $200 in prizes!

Dress:  Joe Fresh {bought this past winter; last seen here}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelets:  Thrifted bangles, Cassis cuff
Purse:  Banana Republic
Shoes:  Joan & David ‘Deanza’


Pop of color to end the week…

j.crew long pink pencil skirt and banana republic silk ruffle blouse

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A few random thoughts:
1)  I don’t normally wear brightly colored shoes (with the exception of my running shoes), so I wasn’t initially 100% sold on pairing pink shoes with a pink skirt.  I kept thinking that a beige shoe would have looked better.  I am still undecided.
2)  The dead tree in the background really annoys me…
3)  I have a small obsession with this top
4) I have been a bad dog mom this week.  The long hours are eating into my “dog time” (which I feel terrible about).  Fortunately my brother is AMAZING and has been playing/walking/running/etc with the dogs.  So grateful! 

Top:  Banana Republic {old}
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory long pencil skirt {30% off with code SALE30}
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh Allie bangles, thrifted bangles, Club Monaco wrap bracelet
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Clutch:  Le Chateau {old…circa 2003-ish}
Shoes:  Enzo Angiolini ‘Venezia’ {similar}


New spring skirt

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Shirt:  Maison Scotch, thrifted
Skirt:  c/o eShakti
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’
Bangles:  Amrita Singh
Purse:  Vieta
Shoes:  Jessica Simpson {old!}

I jumped at the opportunity to receive an eShakti skirt after seeing a number other styles around the blogosphere (especially this scalloped style – seen on Sarah and Jen).  My favorite part was that I could completely customize this skirt.  eShakti’s motto is We Design.You Customize – and I was able to input my height, waist, thigh, and hip measurements, along with hip shape to ensure a proper fit.  In addition, I was able to choose the final length of the skirt (short, knee length, or tea length), and whether or not I wanted pockets.  For ordering a custom garment made from scratch, I was surprised how quickly it arrived (it was here in about 2 weeks!).  I am loving the nautical feel and can definitely see myself wearing it again and again.

Simple and cozy – Gap chunky knit sweater and Club Monaco crop pants

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I would probably call this more a “fall outfit” rather than a “spring outfit”, but the big chunky sweater was fabulously warm and cozy at work yesterday 🙂

Sweater:  Gap Stitch Turtleneck Sweater
Pants:  Club Monaco Tuxedo Crop Pants
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Le Chateau {old}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

Uniform – a cotton button down and cropped pants

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A basic look for a busy week…

Shirt:  Gap – old
Pants:  J.Crew Paley Pants
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh ‘Allie’ Bangles
Necklace:  Amrita Singh
Purse:  vintage
Shoes:  J.Crew Factory Emery flats {when I saw these on the Factory website I immediately snapped them up!  I don’t completely understand the relationship between J.Crew and J.Crew Factory.  Sometimes I think Factory sells J.Crew overstock from previous seasons (like these shoes – I was drooling over them last summer at J.Crew but was unwilling to pay the $200+ price tag), but other times I think Factory sells “knockoff items” – similar pieces made with different/cheaper materials. Thoughts?}

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Pink sweater with a purple pencil skirt…too much?

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I feel this outfit looked a whole lot better in the mirror than it apparently did in real life. 

Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory Long Pencil Skirt {runs large – I should have sized down…but didn’t}
Necklaces:  homemade
Bracelets:  Club Monaco wrap, thrifted bangles
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Banana Republic
Shoes:  Expression {from The Bay}

Chambray shirt and a printed orange pencil skirt

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Full disclosure:  I got the idea for this color combination from the J.Crew Factory website (they styled this exact skirt with a chambray shirt).  Needless to say, I loved the combo and decided to replicate the look in real-life. 

Shirt:  Maison Scotch, thrifted
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory {no longer available, but similar JCF skirt here
Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles, J.Crew Factory square links bracelet
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Clutch:  Banana Republic
Heels:  David Dixon for Town Shoes {bought 2006-ish}


Dressed up – a strapless dress with my favorite overcoat

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Dress:  c/o {I have never been a bridesmaid, but if/when I am, I imagine wearing something like this dress – love the detailing}
Coat:  Jacob {old!  Bought when I was in high school}
Scarf:  probably from Winners
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles, J.Crew Factory bracelet
Necklace:  Expression {The Bay – or now Hudson’s Bay I guess…rebranding}
Purse:  Le Chateau  {old}
Heels:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’