coral crochet top

I picked this top up over the weekend and was so excited over the color that I couldn’t wait to wear it! I love, love, love coral for Spring!  Monday was my Father’s birthday (happy birthday, Dad!) so I figured it was as good of a time as any to bring out my new top.  The fact that it was tax day and I was mourning the loss of a sizable sum from my bank account made me even more inclined to wear a bright color and give the Uncle Same big ol’ “Take that!”.
My parents and I met up with my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew for a laid back dinner at a local restaurant. My 14 week old niece was also wearing coral so the two of us matched and looked adorable together (if I do say so myself). 
Crochet Shirt: Old Navy // Jeans: Forever 21 // Flats: Payless // Bubbles: Group Dealz

I thought my niece would love my bright yellow bubble necklace, as babies love bright things that dangle, so I paired it with my coral top.  For some reason she finds my hair much more interesting and my necklace was placed on the back burner as a mere accessory instead of an awesome baby toy.  Meh, she’ll appreciate it when she’s old enough to play dress up and this necklace is out of style.

What’s your favorite color to wear this season?

business casual: pink blazer and lace

My pink blazer made a comeback since its debut a couple of weeks ago.  I wore this to a casual business meeting on a perfect spring day.
The lace top is new and I’m obsessed with it.  I can’t wait to pair it with a billion other items in my closet. Lace is tricky for work because if you get it wrong, you’ll end up looking like a hooker (or a 6 year old) and no one will take you seriously.  amirite?  If you’re going to wear lace for work, make sure it’s lined and not see through by any stretch of the imagination…unless you work at a strip club, in which case, go nuts!  Keep the lace to one piece, either a top or a skirt.  For dresses, think eyelet instead of lace.  The fabric is thicker and more daytime than night.
This lace top is a tank so I wore my pink blazer over it to be more conservative and add a pop of color.  I styled it with skinny cropped dress pants and flats.  I love the detailing of the top paired with the delicate necklace.  Lace and hot pink just screamed Spring! to me.

Lace Top: Gap Factory // Blazer: Forever 21 // Pants: Gap // Flats: Henry Ferrara  // Necklace: Stella and Dot
What are your favorite work items for Spring?

polka dots and speckled eggs

Yesterday was warm and sunny, so of course today was freezing cold.  I had no other choice but to break out my new end of season polka dot sweater and get another wear out of my boots.  I was super excited to find this sweater because both mint and polka dots were on my “spring cravings” list.  Bonus, it was on sale.  As much as I loved my outfit today, I would have rather paired this top with white pants and sandals.  Come on Spring, where are you?!
It was also windy out so I made the executive decision not to wash my hair to keep my hair as contained as possible and put it in a bun.  I left the bun slightly messy because I’m lazy in order to give it that perfectly imperfect look.  Am I fooling you yet?  Yeah, I totally got dressed and ready in about 15 minutes and hoped that big hair, polka dots and a statement necklace would make me look put together.

Sweater: Old Navy (available in pink only) // Jeans: Forever 21 // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
I treated myself to some Cadbury Mini Eggs when I got home which made the windy coldness of today slightly more bearable.  I bought these yesterday at 50% off.  Chocolate always tastes better when it’s on sale.  I think it has less calories that way too.

Are you still sneaking Easter candy?

little black (wool) dress

I’m linking up again with Whitney from Along the Lines of Style for the 5 Days, 5 Ways challenge.  I chose my little black wool dress because it’s super versatile and I love wearing it.  I got it as J.Crew about 100 years ago, back in the dark days of law school (aka 2007) and it’s worn like iron.  Since it’s wool, I find myself wearing it in the fall, winter, and spring because I can pair it with flats on a warmer day or break out tights and boots in the colder weather.  
Today I paired it with a colorful scarf for the spring.  It’s a bit chilly out so I might end up switching the flats out for boots when I go out later but I love the edginess that these studded flats added to the flowy, feminine scarf.  
Dress: J.Crew // Scarf: Echo // Flats: Henry Ferrara
As you can see, this dress has seen everything from leopard to statement necklaces to biker boots and a utility jacket. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my closet.

yellow bubble necklace

I’m linking up again today for 5 Days, 5 Ways with Whitney from Along the Lines of Style.  Today’s theme is accessories and I had a debate with myself whether I should feature my beloved leopard print scarf or my yellow mini bubble necklace.  Despite the fact that I wear my scarf way more than my necklace, the bubbles won out because surprisingly  I have more of pictures of them. 
Bubbles: Group Dealz (similar) // Gingham Shirt: Old Navy
I was originally not sold on the mini bubble necklace but I’m glad I broke down and got one because it’s fun to pair with different items.  I love the fact that even though it’s a statement necklace, it can be paired with almost any color or pattern and still look good.  For those of you wondering, yes, the length of the necklace is shorter in the first two outfits than the last three.  I shortened the necklace with a grocery store twist tie.  It’s a temporary fix for days when I don’t want it as long as the chain hangs. 
What’s your favorite accessory?