Wish List Wednesday

Hi friends!

I am kind of a maniac about making lists. I’ve done it since I was little. There’s just something about having everything all written down that keeps my brain from exploding from all the chaos going on inside it! I have notebooks everywhere and they all contain nothing but lists; to-do lists, shopping lists, books-I-want-to-read lists.

One of my FAVORITE lists is my WISH LIST! I want this stuff  to call my closet home someday.We’re in that weird season where it’s technically still winter but we’re all dying to dress for spring.  Here’s what I’m wishing for now:

J.Crew Factory pencil skirt

I love the bright beautiful color of this skirt! J.Crew’s cotton pencil skirts fit like a dream!

Gap.com

Gap.com

I mean, it has a bow. I LOVE bows. AND pockets?!?! Bonus!

Loft.com

Loft.com

LOVE. THIS. COLOR. Jackets are  outfit makers. You can never have enough!

Oldnavy.com

Oldnavy.com

A great layering piece to help make the transition into spring! Wear it under sweaters and jackets now, over white jeans later!

What are you wishing for?

Wardrobe Basics, 2.0

My focus for this year is to do more with less. I have wayyy too many clothes in my closet ( if my sister is reading this, she is nodding along in agreement  and I’ll probably receive a text later saying she’ll be happy to take some off my hands!) I’m focusing on buying more pieces that I can wear for years. You know, those pieces that you can’t wait to pull out of the storage container when you unpack for a season? And it’s like, “why hello old friend! .  THOSE pieces.  In order for that to work, those pieces have to be:

 1) Classic

2) Well made

 and last but not least….

3) I have to really like them!

I know what you’re thinking:

“I’ve seen too many articles and posts about wardrobe basics!”

I agree with you. They always include a white button down, black pants, a cardigan, a trench coat, and a LBD (little black dress). BORRRR-ING. Yeah, this is not that post. Everything included in this post is something I actually wear over and over and over…..so I guess you could call it the new-and-improved wardrobe staples for the modern woman. That’s a mouthful! Maybe just  Basics 2.0.

J. Crew Factory

J. Crew Factory

The Stripe Knit Top:  Mine is about 3 years old but this is J. Crew Factory’s 2013 version. Mine looks almost exactly the same and I’ve worn it with everything—pencil skirts, jeans,shorts,  dress pants, even over a dress once. Get one that’s stretchy, so you can layer it over blouses. I got navy/white stripes because I adore navy blue but black stripes works too. It’s classic, so it never goes out of style . I actually keep it in my closet year round since it’s ¾ length sleeves. It looks great with a statement necklace or a scarf.

JCP.com

JCP.com

An Anorak: Get a good mid-weight fabric and wear this jacket 9 months out of the year! The military details of this jacket lend a sharpness to anything you pair it with. It’s great for wearing with jeans, chinos, skirts, and dresses. Casual polish right here people!!

J. Crew Factory

J. Crew Factory

A Colorful Pair of Pants: I love red or hot pink. Pants will go from work-week to week-end without a hitch. These are instant “outfit makers”  and brighten even the most dismal Monday morning. I like the ankle length pants, because I can wear them with flats or heels, depending on my mood.  Colorful pants are “the new black”!

JCP.com

JCP.com

A Chambray button down: This one is from JCP. This too goes with just about anything–skirts, shorts, chinos, with leggings, as a swimsuit cover up, you name it.  You can wear it alone or as a layer. Get one that fits you well. I wear mine at least once every week. Also a piece that stays in my closet year round.

J. Crew Factory

J. Crew Factory

Leopard print anything! Think about it—leopard print is composed of  neutral colors (unless of course you go for a hot pink version!) so it works with most outfits. It brings instant cool to just about anything and can really pull an otherwise drab outfit together!  Above is a scarf, but you could also do shoes or a bag!

Ta-Da! Basics 2.0!  Have a fashionable week, y’all!

Perfect is the Enemy of Good

I’m back blog readers! I’ve taken a break the past few months and I’m sorry to have abandoned my blog! One thing after another has kept me from posting. I know what you’re thinking: “Excuses, excuses.” I’ve really missed my weekly postings, and even if no one reads them I’m still going to blog for myself. 

I have to admit that I’m more of a perfectionist than I gave myself credit for. If I can’t do something “perfectly” I will often times opt to do nothing at all. I’ve realized this, and I’ve also realized that when I choose to do nothing  the only one missing out is me! I’m cheating myself out of a lot of fun opportunities because they may not turn out just the way I want. Well, it ends here! My blog won’t be perfect; but it will share my style!

On to today’s outfit:

Dress, Belk. Nude Wedges, Nine West. Necklace, Ann Taylor Factory.

I love this necklace. I got it last summer, when I first started jumping on the “wear a big necklace” bandwagon.

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