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Primary Colors

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My style is something that I have a hard time “defining” because as you know I really like trying new things and enjoy mixing different styles together. However, I’ve had moments lately where I’ve held back on some bold purchases/styling for the sake of practicality … and the result has actually been pretty pleasing! My roommate and one of my best friends Melanie (who you guys virtually met a week or so ago) is a first grade teacher and has the unique challenge of finding something stylish but also classroom friendly everyday. I’ve mentioned before, but her style is pretty clearly defined – simple, preppy, feminine chic with rarely a print or bold color outside of pink or poppy and you’ll find her closet is full of Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Lilly Pullitzer, and J.Crew (but she does it better than almost anyone I know). I come home from work some days and am amazed at how she can take things I’ve seen her wear on the weekends and make it teacher friendly.

She also has the world’s most insane collection of cardigans… ever. I’d like to see if anyone could top her, honestly I would. We counted last year and she has over 60… six-ty. Take that in for a moment. She did in fact clean the tower of cardigans this weekend though and is donating a lot of them, but that’s beside the point. As I was getting ready for work recently and knowing we were finally getting a sunny day out, I felt inspired by Melanie to come up with something a little less edgy than some of my recent looks.  I decided to color block an ASOS skater dress (in petite) that is going to be the perfect breezy summer “bop around the city” dress. I’m looking forward to styling it without a cardigan & with espadrilles or sandals when it really warms up!

I’m Spring cleaning in a new way this year because the weather has me confused on what to pull out and put away. Do I store these coats or not? Is it time to do my annual boot/sandal swap? It’s a very confusing time for my closet. However, I have cleaned out two bags worth of clothes so far that I’m going to be selling (and through Poshmark!) or donating  before summer really hits. My rule of thumb is if I haven’t worn it in at least 2 years and don’t see myself being able to pair it with anything I really love currently, it’s gotta go. I used to have a separation anxiety problem before I moved here and as my friend Blair (who’s moving!) is finding out, a good cleanse and purge of your things is really refreshing! Have you done your Spring cleaning yet? What are your closet cleaning rules?

SHOP THE LOOK

ASOS petite skater dress  •  Zara cardigan (similar)  •  DVF wedge sandals (summer Net-A-Porter sale find 2 seasons ago, similar)  •  Leather obi belt (c/o Peruvian Connection)  •  Bauble Bar plumed gem necklace  •  Urban Outfitters tortoise sunglasses (similar)

Photos by Blair Culwell, The Fox & She

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American Eagle Style

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There’s nothing quite like a light and airy summer dress! If you get a little creative with your styling, you can wear them all year long. It’s barely Spring here in Chicago, so I styled the tiered baby doll dress with light layers. It’s the perfect loose-fitting cut that allows you to layer over or under to achieve a unique look no matter what the season. I chose a floral button down shirt that I wore loosely over the dress so that it looked like a casual jacket and mossy green sandals in a similar shade of the dress. I also paired it with a peachy-nude clutch and floppy fedora hat to tie in other shades from the blouse. I completed the look with a chunky gold watch and bracelets and tortoise sunglasses. You can use your silky button down shirts to quickly make strappy dresses Spring-ready!

It was so wonderful to have a sunny day last weekend and I’m really looking forward to more. I’m leaving for Dallas next week and am headed to the Reward Style conference, which I’m SO excited for! At the end of the weekend I’ll be seeing my little nephew, sister and brother-in-law and I’m most excited about that. I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Don’t forget to check out how Blair and Jess styled their looks too on the American Eagle blog! Which is your favorite?

SHOP THE LOOK

American Eagle tiered babydoll dress (c/o, size S)  •  Zara floral blouse (worn as a jacket)  •  Dolce Vita ‘Niro’ sandal in olive  •  Shiraleah Vegan leather clutch (from Green Goddess Boutique)  •  Topshop hat  •  The Limited watch (c/o)  •  Marrin Costello ‘Natasha’ bracelet (c/o), Green Goddess (gifted), and Anthropologie bracelets  •  Urban Outfitters sunglasses (similar)

Photos by Melanie Neuhaus

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Best of: White Out

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Although I’m definitely more of a rule breaker when it comes to the “seasonality” around wearing white clothes, now that it’s Easter weekend we can all “officially” sport the color without feeling like you’re doing something wrong. I don’t know what it is about crisp white, but right now it’s all I want to wear. Whether it’s sneakers, blouses, or just a good pair of white jeans it all seems to be catching my eye lately! I’ve rounded up my favorites and have also included extras in the “Shop The Post” slider below because they couldn’t all fit!

I am wishing I was home this weekend to see my nephew on his first Easter Sunday … I am looking forward to FaceTiming with him though in his little seersucker suit that I bought him. Are you a fan of white on white and what are the pieces you’re looking forward to wearing now that Easter is upon us?

P.S. – You can also find all of the pieces from the “Best Of” series under “Shop” now!

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Madewell Spring Shopping Event

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Since opening their first store in Chicago just a year ago, Madewell has quickly become my favorite go-to store in Gold Coast for all of my Spring staples. Last year I was so thrilled to host my very first event at the store and was even more honored when they asked me to host again last week! I find myself in there when I’m running around doing my errands quite often, and I’m usually looking for staples. They’ve really found a great way to provide minimalist pieces with either slightly boyish or girly flare. I love that the store isn’t necessarily one or the other. One of the Spring campaign titles is “Cool Sexy Tomboy” and coincidentally the style they chose for the event’s invite. I think pulling this off can be difficult, but is actually a lot easier than it seems.

I decided to give it a shot for the event when I was pulling looks for my rack and knew I had to add this t-shirt to my collection. I love that the sleeves have subtle stripes. I was actually wearing an olive button down shirt and their legging jeans that I pretty much live in from November to June already so I ended up just throwing the t-shirt on and tying the button down around my waist. I ended up later switching to wearing it over the t-shirt — a move I’ll also be showing on Friday over a dress.

Simple things such as wear a button down open over a casual tee with jeans are to me what defines “cool sexy tomboy”. Everyone left with something they were in love with… like Stephanie and this dress,  Blair and these flats, Shelly with this silk tee, and Colleen with this print in heels. They also have a ton of great tops and dresses for Spring right now, including this perfect peplum top that me and 4 of my friends all ended up taking home because people kept walking out of the dressing room with it on and it seriously looks good on everyone. If you couldn’t attend or are a reader from far away, I have rounded up all of the pieces that were on my rack below for you to shop too! Thanks so much to Madewell for having me and much love to Jo and the Rush Street store!

P.S. • There is an additional 20% off all Sale styles with the code MOODLIFT right now!

SHOP MY SPRING FAVORITES

Madewell linen half court tee  •  Forever 21 button down shirt  •  Madewell legging jeans  •  Hinge booties (similar Madewell version)

Photos by Mary Graves Photography

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