Happy Friday! As I uploaded my #OOTD selfies for this week’s outfit roundup, I realized two of the sweaters are repeat offenders from my last Style Files post; I have a closet full of stuff and wear the same 10 pieces over and over. *facepalm emoji*
Before we jump in, can we talk about that little concrete planter in the background that I found at TJ Maxx for $25? He’s begging for a houseplant and I haven’t decided what to put in him, so please excuse how pitiful and lonely he looks. Maybe I’ll find one this weekend!
Also: I’m deep in a topknot rut and thinking about returning to a lob for the spring and summer; in the meantime, let’s pretend I’ve bothered to do something cute with my hair this week, yeah?
On to my real-life outfits! Some of these are from late last week and the weekend, and a few are from this week, so they’re all out of order and I haven’t bothered labeling the days. But I’m trying to get in a consistent habit of taking photos before I head out the door in the mornings so I can get a fresh Style Files post up every Friday!
These J.Crew cargo chinos and I were reunited when I unpacked all my spring stuff at the beginning of the month, and it’s good to have them back in rotation as an alternative to jeans. I bought them years ago, and they just get softer and better with each wash and wear (they also have a high-rise waist, which we all know I lurve). If you’re looking for something similar, try their vintage straight cargo pant.
The wrap sweater is from LOFT and showed up in my last outfit roundup, and I’ll continue to wear it at least once a week until I can’t bear the heat because I am obsessed with the flattering fit. (It’s no longer available online, but they have a similar style in a soft knit that you can find here.)
My sunglasses are Ray-ban and I never want to take them off my face. Hands-down best accessory investment.
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Hot tip: @tjmaxx and @beallsoutlet are great spots to find on-trend costume jewelry for a steal. I picked out these earrings for a styled shoot next week, and every pair was $12 or less; most of them were $4.99 finds from Beall’s Outlet! #happydance #springstyle #reallifestyle
Speaking of accessories, I bought a handful of inexpensive statement earrings for the photo shoot I styled last week, and ended up keeping them because they were such a steal; I could use some fun accessories this season to amp up my basics.
I wear this MINKPINK polka dot sweater all the time (when Florida weather permits) because it just makes me so dang happy; gimme all the pop-poms please and thank you! I remember this sweater being a big splurge at the time I bought it from m.marie (it was around the time we started our business and money was lean) but it’s been one of my best purchases because I still love it all these years later. If you want a cute alternative, Need Supply has a pom pom sweater for under $45 that you can find here.
Jeans are Everlane authentic stretch hi-rise skinnies in dark blue and I live in them and that’s all you need to know. (FYI: They don’t come with a raw edge; I hacked off the hems because, even in ankle length, they were a smidge too long. Weirdly, the ankle length in washed black were the perfect length?)
This washed silk dress is another oldie-but-a-goodie from J.Crew and I couldn’t even tell you how long it’s been in my closet, but it’s my go-to when I’m too bloated for jeans (#relatable?). I threw a vegan leather moto jacket over it because it was chilly that morning, and added a colorful pair of statement earrings and flat sandals.
This was also day two of trying the Vita Liberata gradual self-tanning tanning lotion and I’m looking pretty glowy! I’m really liking it so far, but I’ll post a full review in an upcoming post. (A note: in person, the effect is a much more natural-looking tan; I think the black outfit messed with the saturation in my camera and made me look a little orange. But you can compare it to the photo below, which was from sometime last week, and see how much color it gave me after just two applications.)
This sweater and distressed pair of jeans are both LOFT from last year — the sweater was $5 on a clearance rack! — and my cross-body leather satchel is by Neva Opet, a brand out of Atlanta that I really love and carry in our gift boutique at the flower shop. (Sandals are old Ralph Lauren.)
And finally, we have the aforementioned Everlane skinny in washed black, paired with an Olive + Oak sweater from m.marie and a $5 pair of gold and tortoise earrings that I want to wear with everything.