June 6, 2017

Let’s Catch Up: April/May

Happy Wednesday friends! Since I’ve been on a roll with the blog as of last week (see my travel posts from California here and here), I figured it was time to catch up on everything thats been going on lately!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a post like this (January maybe?) so it’s totally overdue. The last two months were absolutely hectic, in all the best ways possible though. So I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been up to via my iPhone pics. Some of these pics you might recognize from Instagram, but others never quite made it on there…..

Grab a cup of coffee because this is a long one, I hope you enjoy!

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My sister and I took a trip to Upper Shirley Vineyards towards the end of March. It was my first time visiting, and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was! The food of course was delicious (hello ham biscuits <333), but the property itself was just lovely. For those who live in Richmond, this vineyard is just a short drive away and worth the trip! And for those planning a wedding…this place really is a dream!

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My sister’s homemade acai bowl <33333

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The first weekend in April, my friends and I met up for a MUCH needed girls day. We went to brunch at “Supper” (which is TO die for…please check out how big that biscuit is above!) and brewery hopped around Scotts Addition. Of course we all were twinning in white….

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When Myles and I weren’t bouncing around all weekend, we were spending a lot of time with my sister and her boyfriends’ dogs. Dogsitting is literally the best of both worlds. Zeke especially is such a clown!

If you don’t already, be sure to follow me along on Insta – I’m always posting videos of these pups!  I especially can’t wait for our trip to the Outer Banks in 1.5 weeks. These two have no idea the fun they have ahead!

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We toured a few rehearsal dinner options and I think we finally found a winner.  More to come later this year once everything is finalized….

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Random- but I finally caved and purchased a Chanel classic flap bag from Snobswap. This has always been a dream bag of mine, so when I saw a used (but practically new) one on sale I took it as a sign (ha!) Needless to say I’m in love, and I can’t wait to carry this bag for years to come…..
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Cold Shoulder Top / Ripped Denim (on sale for $36!!! Use code SUMMER. I can’t get over the price for these) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

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Hot Pink Bell Sleeve Dress ($55 and super flattering!)

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Myles and I made the trip to Atlanta one weekend in April for the most beautiful wedding! Everything from the hotel, to the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and reception was beyond perfect.

We’re so excited for the happy couple and so glad we got to celebrate them all weekend. I really wish I could share some of the pictures I took, but I’ll let the professional pictures speak for themselves. (I seriously can’t wait to see them!) Congrats to the Carrolls!

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While Myles was off hanging out with the groomsmen, I brunched with my bff from college. Hey Stro!

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Wedding #ootn: LOVE this dress! I can’t speak highly enough about it. The fit is true to size and it was super comfortable all night. Two thumbs up!

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The space was to die for!

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City views…..

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Sneak peek of some of the crafting I’ve been up to 😉 More to come with a wedding update! BTW I told my mom this is the ONLY crafting I’m up for …. Michaels/Hobby Lobby/etc stress me out …. (I think I’ll stick with accounting….)

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April showers bring May flowers….

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Bow Flats (seriously how cute are these? only like $20! They also come in taupe, black & blush ) / Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt

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We celebrated Mother’s Day with a big brunch at my parents house. It’s always so nice to get everyone together. Of course the meal wasn’t complete without more fresh flowers and key lime pie 😉 Love you Mom!

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I took off work on a random Wednesday to celebrate my 28th birthday with my parents (in Lilly of course!) Our birthday lunch tradition at Brio might be one of my favorites (the salmon is SO good!) As always, my mom gave me the cutest gift-  how adorable are these signs?!

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Love my ‘new’ monogram Yeti from such sweet friends!

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Catch Up#ootn: Blush top ($42 and the perfect wardrobe staple. I own it in black as well) / White Denim (great quality for the price!) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

No birthday’s complete without a birthday dinner 😉 Myles and I celebrated at one of my favorite restaurants, The Boathouse, and as always it didn’t disappoint.

I’m not going to lie, you might see my birthday outfit on repeat all spring/ summer….

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What dreams are made of…Hayley Paige <33333333

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And to continue on with the birthday celebrations…. My college bffs visited from ATL and DC for a weekend of catching up and wedding dress shopping! I can’t even explain how blessed I am for these girls in my life, as well as my mom and big sister <3

We had the best day full of champagne, dresses on dresses, lunch with views of the James, visiting the most gorgeous boutique I’ve ever seen (seriously, that chandelier deserves all the heart emojis), and of course pizza 😉 I’ll be sharing more on my dress shopping experience later….but all I can say is I’m pretty sure we found the one!!! The day honestly couldn’t have been more perfect- basically as cliche as that sounds. So thank ya’ll for making it so special!!! Can’t wait until 5/5/18

And last but not least, lately I’ve been addicted to Jcrew/Jcrew Factory…

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Top (sold out but love this one) / White Denim (great quality for the price!) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

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Tie-Waist Tee / Striped Midi Skirt (even better, the waist is elastic!)

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I had to throw in some Lilly Pulitzer because it wouldn’t be spring without it 😉

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Tie- Waist Tee / White Shorts ($10!!!) I have these in a few colors / Nikes (similiar)

Well friends, I think that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of blogging. I have so many fun things planned ahead that I want to share – including the rest of my California travel posts, a family beach trip this month, wedding updates (I’m thinking of doing these monthly?), more J Crew Factory finds (I definitely did some damage…), as well as a big trip Myles and I have planned for early September!!

It’s going to be a great summer and I can’t wait to have ya’ll along for the ride.

Thanks for reading <3

XOXO

June 4, 2017

California Road Trip: Day 2

Happy Monday friends! I’m back today to share the second day of our California road trip. Be sure to check out day one here if you missed out.

Myles and I woke up bright and early since we had a lot of miles to cover from Newport Beach to Pismo Beach (estimated about 4 hours of drive time). I brought out my DSLR for the first time on this day too, so be prepared for lots of pictures 😉

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Lace Up Sweater ($27) / Jean Shorts / Sandals

When I started planning our road trip, I wanted to make sure that we weren’t in the car for extended periods of time. My goal was to stop and stretch our legs/take a break every 1-2 hours. That’s how I stumbled upon our first stop- Point Dume State Park. This park is about 1.5 hours north of Newport Beach in Malibu. It was a little tricky to find since it’s nestled between neighborhoods- but was well worth it! This stop also gave us our first glimpse into the scenery we had ahead of us for the next few days (rocky cliffs, big waves, and surfers galore!) Also, how gorgeous are the yellow flowers everywhere?!

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*Obligatory stop at In-N-Out in Ventura Beach*

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Our next stop of the day was in Santa Barbara. We spent a good two hours walking around this charming town on the water. Myles and I both agreed we have to stay here next time we’re in Cali (specifically the Hotel Milo above, I was so in love with this quaint hotel and the flowers everywhere!!!)

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*One of my favorite shots from the trip*

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As it seemed to go with most of our trip, the morning started out pretty foggy but slowly cleared to sunny skies later in the day. I highly recommend stopping in Santa Barbara if you’re in the area. There’s so much to do, and I felt like we just brushed the surface. Next time I’d LOVE to eat on the pier or even take a boat out!

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We’d originally planned to continue on Route 1 all the way to our next stop, but at the last minute decided to head towards the mountains instead. This random detour took us through the Santa Ynez Valley which was incredibly beautiful – although the roads were super windy/I thought we were going over the mountain, lol. We stopped at the lookout point above and just took in the views…

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A little under an hour later we’d arrived in Slovang, the cutest little Danish village. The town definitely seemed out of place and like we were stepping back in time. There were tons of shops, wineries, restaurants…but naturally we stopped for pretzels and candy.  I highly recommend this stop on the way to Pismo Beach – it really only adds about 15 minutes to the trip and I’d never seen anything like it!

About an hour later we finally arrived at our destination – The Cliffs Resort at Pismo Beach …..

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After checking into our gorgeous room (hello fireplace!!!), we set out to explore the property. The hotel sits right on the edge of a cliff, but there are walking paths along as well as a path to the beach below.

Also, Pismo Beach is a great place to stay for those wanting to drive along the Big Sur. It’s pretty much the starting point if you’re heading north. The area isn’t too commercialized- basically the perfect place for a relaxing night/weekend away (I definitely could have used another night here!)

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*Loved this!*

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Myles and I parked ourselves on a little patio and watched the sunset over the mountains before getting ready for dinner. It was simply perfect, and as always the pictures don’t even do the landscape justice.

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Dinner outfit brought to you by Show Me Your Mumu: Black Maxi (about $50), Kimono (similar on sale), Wedges

We had the most incredible dinner at the hotel restaurant- Marisol. It was such a cozy spot with dim lights, ocean views, and of course delicious food. Myles and I feasted on calamari, sea bass (my newest favorite), steak (his favorite!), and creme brulee to celebrate officially getting married one year from that day!

Overall, Day 2 was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the one year count down until we say ‘I DO!’

Until next time. Thanks for reading-

XOXO,

May 31, 2017

California Road Trip – Day 1

Hello friends- long time no chat! I wish I had a better reason for going MIA other than the fact that ‘life‘ has been crazy (in all the best ways!)  I’ve really just been enjoying time with my family, friends, and wedding planning. Seriously, how is it already June?

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So going along with the title of this post, Myles and just got back from our long awaited roadtrip up the California coast a few weeks ago. I’d been looking forward to this trip for months (…literally six but who’s counting 😉 ) and was so pumped when the day was finally here! I also felt really inspired to whip out my DSLR and put it to use after weeks of not being behind the lens. Needless to say it felt so GOOD to be back.

We enjoyed our trip so much that I really wanted to share what we did/where we stayed with ya’ll. When I set out on planning our trip, I definitely turned to blogs, instagram, google, etc to help map out our itinerary. It was somewhat overwhelming. So I figured why not do a day by day travel blog style to help anyone planning a trip of their own! If anything, I hope ya’ll can enjoy the beautiful pictures- California is truly spectacular <3

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In typical accountant style, I mapped out our plans day by day on a nice little spreadsheet (Myles got a kick out of this). This was just a ‘rough’ itinerary of things that we hoped to see/do and we definitely strayed from plans but that’s the fun in road trips right? We also booked all of our hotels up front, so we didn’t have to worry about where we were staying every night.

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Five Day California Roadtrip Overview:

Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach

Point Dumes, Santa Barbara, Slovang, Pismo Beach

 San Simeon, Paso Robles, Monterey

Point Lobos, Big Sur, Carmel

Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods Park

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So without further adieu…let’s get started (apologies in advance for picture overload)

Myles and I decided to take a late flight out on Wednesday after work, which seemed like a good idea at the time but we didn’t get to LAX until after 11:00 pm (2 AM east coast time!) Needless to say we were exhausted, but pumped for the trip ahead. We picked up our rental car and headed straight to the hotel to catch up on sleep. Since we were only going to be at the hotel for less than 10 hours, we stayed close to the airport using one of our free Marriott nights (win!)

Surprisingly, we both woke up really early and headed out to start our day. Myles has been to California a few times, but really wanted to see Muscle Beach on the Venice Beach boardwalk. It definitely wasn’t what either of us expected, but was pretty cool to see in person. Plus we were both excited to finally see the Pacific Ocean (despite how cold it was!) 

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Random, but I’ve never seen a public parking lot this before where they stack cars- kind of cool!

Next stop was Santa Monica, which was just down the road. We parked at the pier and walked around for about an hour or so. Such a cool spot and I told Myles next time we need to ride the ferris wheel 😉

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As soon as we left Santa Monica, the clouds finally parted and the sun came out! I noticed in California the weather can change so quickly. One minute it’s foggy/cloudy and the next it’s blue skies.

I’m not going to lie, our next stop in Huntington Beach was one I had been looking forward to for way too long- Lemonade! I’d heard so many good things about this California chain and couldn’t wait to try it for myself. Seriously, check out the menu – it’s too die for.

As expected, Lemonade didn’t disappoint and of course the lemonade itself was delicious (I had watermelon rosemary). For those visiting Cali- add this to your list of must eats NOW!

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*seared tuna, curried cauliflower, and sugar snap peas/edamame*

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*Don’t mind me, but I’ll sit here and eat Lemonade all day every day*

After lunch, we walked around Huntington Beach and the pier for about an hour soaking in the sun (note to self, sunscreen is a must even when it;s only like 60 degrees…) We both decided that next time we visit Cali, we want to stay in Huntington Beach for a night. There were so many nice restaurants on the water and cute shops…. definitely could have used more time here.

Also how gorgeous is the water and crystal clear blue skies?!?

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*I love the palm tree lined streets!!*

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*Finally found someone to take our pic!*

We seriously could have spent a few more hours walking around exploring Huntington Beach, but we had to head to our next stop about 30 min south – Newport Beach!

Before checking into our hotel, we explored a little bit of the Balboa Peninsula and both agreed that we could stay here for a night (notice a theme, ha?!) This area was way more secluded/less touristy and up our alley. The houses were so cute and the little waterways that connected to the mainland we’re really cool too.

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At this point it was about 4 PM and we were exhausted from a day full of activities, so we decided to head to our hotel – The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview. Checking in was painless, and we were so excited to find out we were upgraded to a balcony room with a view!

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A round of naps and a few selfies later and we were off to the Balboa Resort for drinks on the water. Myles had stayed here before and raved about the resort/location so I was so excited to check it out! Needless to say it didn’t disappoint….

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*This Lilly dress might be my new favorite! Also if you follow along on my Insta, I’ve probably worn these shoes 50x (not even joking). They’re SO good and so comfy! Worth the splurge*

After a round of drinks, it was time for Myles’ favorite part of the trip (slightly kidding..haha). We headed to Fashion Island to pick up my very early birthday present. This mall is incredible first of all- it blows all of the outdoor malls in RVA to shame! Honestly, I’m glad I don’t live nearby!

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After our shopping adventure, we finally decided on dinner at Red O Restaurant near the mall. It seriously was the cutest restaurant ever (hence the above snap, lol!) and I’m bummed I didn’t take any pics – which normally means I devoured my food! We enjoyed margs, chips/salsa, and fajitas. All and all a perfect night cap to an amazing Day 1 in California.

Phew- Well I hope ya’ll enjoyed my first Cali recap. I really loved our plans for the first day. I felt like we weren’t too rushed and saw a lot. However, I definitely would have liked to add another night in either Huntington or Newport Beach. But if you can take one thing away from this it would be to eat at Lemonade if you’re in the area!!!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

 

March 24, 2017

LOFT Spring Style – Try On

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Happy spring, friends! While it may not feel quite springy just yet, word on the street is it’s right around the corner. Fingers crossed warmer temps are heading our way…..

Anyways, last Friday I popped into LOFT to try on some of their spring pieces. I rarely make it out to the mall, but I’d been eyeing quite a few things and figured before I ordered way too much it was probably best to try everything on for quality/fit reasons 😉

LOFT has been killin’ it lately in my opinion. Basically, I want everything (if you follow me on InstaStory, this won’t surprise you…) So since I tried on quite a few things, I figured I’d share what I loved/didn’t love and what I picked up! I hope you enjoy….

BTW- all these pics were taken with my iPhone so quality isn’t 100%, but you get the picture!

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{Flutter Lace Dress}

If you can’t tell from the first picture, I’m crushing on all things navy and mustard right now. This dress caught my eye with the gorgeous lace detailing. It would be perfect for a spring wedding with nude pumps, but could also work in the office with wedges/heeled sandals.  The quality is also really great!

Fit: True to size

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{Cutout Lace Blouse}

I saw this navy lace cutout blouse online and I knew it was a winner. Naturally, it went home with me 😉 I love the detailing and the material is super soft. I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this in the spring with white denim and a nude wedge. Definitely a keeper!

Fit: True to size

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{Striped Pleated Skirt}

I randomly picked up this skirt and was surprised how much I LOVED the fit. It’s such a classic piece and the perfect length for work/church/etc. I love it paired with navy, but I think it would look awesome with a white top as well. The quality is on point too- since it’s somewhat structured but not too thick. Another winner!

Fit: True to size

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{Striped Duet Dress}

So I wasn’t sure about this dress on the hanger….but I figured I’d give it a try. I loved the material so much and of course the navy color 😉 However, once I tried it on it was a definitely no for me. I think it comes down to my body type, but the top was not flattering whatsoever and the length was just weird (I’m only 5’3ish).

I still love the flowy material at the bottom and I think on the right body type this could be lovely!

Fit: Size down

{Striped Tie Back Bell Sleeve Top}

Confession: I specifically went to LOFT to try on this top. No shame. The verdict- obsessed! I love the color, the sleeves, the fit, and the material. If you’re looking for a fun bell sleeve top for the spring, this is the one!

Fit: True to size

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{Lace Up Sweater}

I’ve been looking for a perfect light weight neutral sweater for the spring and I think I’ve found it! I’m already planning on wearing this sweater on an upcoming trip with this pair of white denim and potentially these shoes (I’m looking at ordering the white pair, under $25!) for a comfy travel look. Just a heads up this sweater definitely isn’t long, but that’s what I was looking for.

Fit: True to size

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{Cutout Lace Dress}

Like the top above, I loved this dress! Unfortunately they didn’t have my size, so I didn’t take a pic. But I’d still say it fits true to size and the quality is great. The perfect navy dress for spring, with unique details <3

{Ruffle Pintucked Blouse}

I have to admit, I own way too many of these type of blouses from LOFT but they’re just so good. They wash well (WIN!), and are super practical. While I didn’t pick up this color, I have a feeling it might end up in my closet in the upcoming weeks! Fit is true to size.

Right now LOFT is doing 40% off for cardmembers, and 30% off for others (code SPRING17). If you’re looking for some fun new pieces to add to your spring wardrobe, I highly recommend checking out LOFT! I apologize in advance if you fall in love with too many things though 😉

As always, thanks for reading and I hope ya’ll have a great weekend!

XOXO,

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March 15, 2017

Work Style Wednesday #6: Staying Warm in the Office

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Grey Poncho- old, similar here and here (both under $40)

AG Jeans- LOVE the medium wash, recently scooped them up from here on sale

Suede Heels- Such a closet staple that come in multiple colors here (super comfy too!)

Mockneck Top (old, similar here and here on sale)

 

Happy Wednesday ya’ll! I hope this week is treating each of you well. I had every intention of popping in to share some spring outfit inspiration, but the weather the last few days had other plans (seems like Mr. Groundhog was actually right with this whole winter thing…)

So here I am with another winter work style outfit to share. I must admit I was 100% caught off guard on Monday with the freezing temps and was struggling all day in my cube. I told myself that Tuesday I would be better prepared with a poncho, blanket scarf, or even a blanket at this point, lol….(definitely have been guilty of rockin’ a blanket at work)

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As much as I just wanted to hide under a blanket all day Tuesday, I figured I should try to look somewhat presentable 😉 Enter this grey poncho that I’ve had in my closet for over year….

A neutral poncho in my opinion is a closet staple because not only is it super simple to layer, but also it’s  incredibly warm when spending hours in a potentially freezing office. What I love most though, is that you can easily take it off and your outfit is still super chic!

Also just a side note- I swapped these jeans out with white ankle pants, but I love the look with black pants or even a pale pink/blue if you’re feeling bold! I wanted to share these jeans with ya’ll today, since I’m loving the fit and sizes are running out 🙂

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So there you have it. As much as I’m dreaming of spring this week, I’ve accepted the fact that we still have a few more days (weeks?)  left of winter. In the mean time I’ll spend it attempting to stay as warm as possible!

XOXO,

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