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Olive, Pink, and Dog Models

Trains are a nice way to travel. I can just relax, read, take pictures of the sun rising…but they’re also a great way to get sick. Yup, I caught something. Luckily it didn’t kick in until my last day in Northern Virginia, so I was still able to enjoy my trip. I got to hang out with the cute doggies in these pictures, see my even cuter one-year-old cousin, have lunch with a good friend that I haven’t seen since last fall, have a nice lunch with my grandparents, see my grandma’s art show, sit in Cherry Blossom Festival traffic for an hour (the trees weren’t really in bloom yet, bummer), check out the Torpedo Factory Art Center, catch up on some reading, and watch way too much TV. Sigh…now I have to get back to work.

I wanted to bring as little luggage as possible on my trip, so I packed items that could all be mixed and matched. Pink and olive, a combination I love, was pretty much the theme of my weekend. Below are two outfits that show two different ways to wear this lovely color combo. Both feature the same shoes and the same scarf. Also check out this outfit which features a similar color palette.

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Haha, the dogs made it a bit difficult to take pictures…doggy-outtake-1 doggy-outtake-2 doggy-outtake-3 doggy-outtake-4

jacket: secondhand Old Navy
olive polka dot tee: secondhand Old Navy
pink jeans: secondhand American Eagle Outfitters
pink tee: secondhand Old Navy
olive pants: secondhand Loft
shoes: Toms
scarf: DIY
sunglasses: secondhand

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Curl Woes

This outfit was semi-inspired by this outfit Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky wore back in October. I love the cute little scarf paired with the stripes, so I figured I’d make use of the scarf I made yesterday.

In other news, my hair is driving me nuts. I have naturally curly hair, but they’re very inconsistent curls. The hair in the back will be straight, maybe a bit of a wave, while the hair in the front will be super curly. I’m also starting to notice triangle hair some days. The inconsistency isn’t an issue when my hair is long or super (pixie) short, but anywhere in between…it’s crazy. I can’t wait until it gets longer! I think maybe some shorter layers will help, and I’m considering a spot perm, but I’ve never even so much as colored my hair, so the though of a perm (or a perm-gone-wrong) freaks me out a bit. I think perhaps I’ll just stick with hats…I certainly have enough.

Enough of that rant. Here’s my outfit!  See the pieces I’m wearing as featured in other outfits here, here, and here.
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Tee: secondhand J. Crew
Cardigan: secondhand Gap(?)
Jeans: secondhand Level 99
Boots: secondhand Steve Madden
Hat: J. Crew
Scarf
: DIY from old shirt

*This post is linked up at Pretty Shiny Sparkly – Bloggers Do B&W Stripes Better

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Friday Floral

I hope you’re having a GOOD FRIDAY! ha…ha.

Spring (weather) is FINALLY here, so of course I had to wear floral to celebrate! This skirt is actually a dress. Ive seen this little trick done before, but I’ve never really had a dress that it would work with. This one actually has enough volume to it to work. I just folded down the top half (it’s sleeveless) under the skirt part. Paired with a striped tee (stripes and floral is a favorite combo of mine), a chambray shirt, and my white chucks, it’s the perfect cool spring day outfit. 

I hope you have a great Easter weekend! I’ve got a Cadbury Creme Egg waiting for me. Basically pure sugar…I think my love of them is mostly a nostalgic thing. A single Cadbury Creme Egg is how I celebrated Easter when I was studying abroad in London three years ago, and I’ve gotten myself one every Easter since.
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Haha…this is my, “stop distracting me” face. My brother was making faces and thumbs-up gestures at me.
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Chambray: J. Crew Factory
Tee: secondhand Old Navy
Dress as skirt:
secondhand Delia’s
Shoes: secondhand Converse
Bracelet and earrings: secondhand

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Glimmer of Spring

I braved the 46˚F spring weather, coatless, to take these pictures. Why is it still so cold?!

Do you ever plan an outfit in your head…only to have it totally fail when you actually try it out? I had planned to wear a green sweater with these jeans for a monochromatic look, but I didn’t check and see if the greens actually matched before planning it. They were the same value, but not exactly the same hue, to get all artist-y on you. The pants are more yellow, while the sweater was more of a mint.

But I love my bird-print shirt, anyway, and I haven’t worn it in a long time. My bird-print shirt and green pants are my attempt to add a glimmer of spring into my life, since the weather is failing to do so.
birds1 birds2 birds3 birds4 birds5 birds6shirt: secondhand J. Crew
pants: secondhand American Eagle Outfitters
belt: Target
shoes: Minnetonka moccasins
bracelets: one is handmade, the other I bought at a market in London

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From the Archives: Minnetonka Moccasins

I was looking back at my archives, and I’m quite sure my three pairs of Minnetonkas win the most-worn-shoes award. I’ve collected all of the outfits I’ve featured here so you can see how versatile they truly are. Dresses, jeans, summer, winter, I’ve worn them with everything, everywhere, in all sorts of weather.

The moccasins I own are the Thunderbird, the Skimmer, and the Back Zipper Boot.

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And from the older, college days archives:

Do you have a particular pair of shoes (or multiple) that you get a ton of use out of?

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