4 Ways to Transition Your Winter Clothes into Spring

Okay, so maybe the groundhog saw his shadow but that doesn’t stop me from wearing my spring colors proudly. I’ve been breaking my spring clothes out one by one in hopes that it will change the weather. I mean, a girl can only hope. Luckily, I’m actually in California escaping the brutal cold. But eventually, I’m going to have to go back to east coast and face the facts that it’s still pretty chilly. To prepare myself and you… here are four tips for transitioning your clothing into winter.

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Brighten up your dark, winter clothes by sprinkling a few light pieces in. 

During the winter, I always get into a funk that is just waiting for the day where I can throw on all of my light colored pieces. I literally couldn’t handle the dark hues anymore so I broke out this awesome white, bucket bag to curve my craving. So pack up the dark hues and break out the light colors. If you think it’s too early, you can gradually do it one piece at a time.

Play with florals. 

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. I know, you’ve heard this line a thousand times, but in reality, it makes sense. Flowers pop up all over the place during spring so it only makes sense to celebrate by wearing them. What you can do is wear florals in different ways in order to stand out. Wear a scrunchie, scarf, shoes, or embellished pants with florals to change it up in your spring wardrobe. Plus, you can mix and match these samples with some of your old winter wardrobe. Ahh, versatility in it’s finest. IMG_8101IMG_8152

Layer with a chunky sweater to keep you warm. 

Spring is very similar to fall in the idea that the temperatures drop all of the time. You can wake up in the morning and it’ll be below 10°F and then by mid lunch it will be 40°F. You never know what you’re going to get so that is why you should be prepared for anything. Throw on a t-shirt under a chunky sweater so that if it does get too hot you can instantly cool down. Plus, another way to layer a chunky sweater is to tuck it into a maxi skirt or belted over a maxi dress. The possibilities are endless.

Bare a little ankle. 

S-c-a-n-d-a-l-o-u-s! Be a little rebellious and show a little ankle. Okay, not quite rebellious but it’s a great way to ‘warm’ up an outfit. By showing a little ankle you’re practically screaming “go away winter!” Hey, maybe if we all do it winter will go away for good. Worth a shot. Cuffing up your pants or wearing a low bootie instantly makes your outfit look spring ready.

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What are some of your favorite ways to transition winter into spring? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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It’s Kind of a Sunny Story

Hello darlings! With the completion of finals week, I can finally post about this lovely day I had last week. I know it has been an extremely hectic blogging experience this semester, but I’m thrilled to start posting more content.

Around every May, Albany has an event called tulip fest. There are thousands of tulips scattered across Washington park. I was fortunate enough to take a break from my essays and go to the park a week early with my two friends. They might look familiar to you… They were my travel buds in Italy. Some things never change.

You could say that we were all wearing black because we were mourning the upcoming finals week. I had four essays and four finals… you can definitely say I’m glad it’s over.

I’m wearing a very inexpensive dress from Forever 21, lace-up flats from TopShop, stone necklace from TopShop, bag from Kate Spade, and the lovely tan jacket is borrowed from Courtney.

Before we went to the park, we had our last brunch of the semester. I’ve talked about Iron Gate Cafe before, but I’ll say it again. This is the best brunch place in Albany. You’re really missing out if you come to Albany and don’t try it out.

Pictured below is the same thing I always get, a turkey B.L.A.T. (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato). There is usually this bomb.com pesto mayo that actually might make my heart sing a little bit. Might just be the homefries clogging my arteries… at least I enjoy it.

If you’re ever in the area during tulip season I would definitely check out Washington park. There were dogs roaming around, children in their communion dresses, and even a bride and groom taking pictures. It seemed like the place to be. I can’t wait to come again next year and enjoy my (possible) last year in the Albany area.

What is your favorite activity to do in the spring? Do you explore parks, hike, or enjoy a cone of freshly scooped ice cream? Whatever you do let me know and hopefully give me some new ideas!

It’s good to be back.

As always,

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72° in March? Must Be March Madness

Hello darlings! Ignoring the pun in my title, the first sunny days of spring are always my favorite. They make me feel like puppies are running around me licking my toes… okay, I admit, that is a weird image but basically sunny days make me feel great. This day it was 72° and it was the first time in months I was able to feel the sun on my legs and forearms.

I am aware that if you live on the coast of New England you’re getting quite a bit of snow this weekend. I’m sorry about that! Hopefully, this post makes you excited for the soon to come spring and you don’t hate me too much.

I bought this dress from SheInside. For those who don’t know SheInside, I would definitely recommend looking at their website. They have a great selection of unique pieces of clothing. This is my second time buying from them and this time, I’m more impressed. It took about 2 weeks to get my clothes whereas last time it took a month and a half. They’re definitely getting better at their customer service.

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This dress originally had these plain, Amish looking buttons on the bust. I really did not like the way they looked because they made an entirely different vibe of the dress. So I decided to remove the buttons and sewed it up instead. It definitely made the dress a more fresh looking canvas. You can find the dress here.

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If you’re kind enough to ignore the fact that my belt is slipping, you can appreciate how beautiful this dress really is. I love the bohemian feel with the slits on the side and the funky pattern on the cuffs and skirt. Since the dress was predominantly a bohemian feel, I added this beautiful belt from Ralph Lauren. If you remember reading my last post, I was drooling over this stunning belt. I think it is a great detail to this free-spirited dress.

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Let me know if you’re ready for spring or want the weather to stay cold in the comments down below. Personally, I’m so happy it’s starting to warm up. It means I get to wear all my pretty dresses… I know I’m a girl at heart.

As always,

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Fe Fi Fo Plum

Hello darlings! I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA for the past two weeks. I’ve been struck the homework bug that has kept me very, very busy. Luckily, yesterday was an extremely nice day and I was able to take some pictures for you.

This plum dress was and is currently on sale at American Eagle for $14.99 because of a coupon I had. Since the dress has a baby doll waistline, it is very comfy. Plus, it’s a great rich color and has 3/4 sleeves. It comes in washed out navy and black too. Feel free to check them out here.

 

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In this previous blog post, I talked about getting a suede jacket from Forever 21 for $7. It was originally $69. I was extremely excited to already be able to break it out so early in the season. I love where it hits on my waist and the camel color. It’s a spunkier look from the classic jean jacket and dress combination.

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I’m obsessed with these beautiful, feminine flats. I know last season the big trend was gladiator sandals, but these lace up flats are a more feminine and classic touch to those comfortable shoes. These chic flats are a great way to add some attitude to your outfit. They come in a wide variety of colors such as royal blue, plum, light pink, black, and black etc. These particular ones are from TopShop but there are a lot of different styles and colors on LuLu’s, DSW, and Nordstrom.  If I end up getting another pair it will be a lighter color like light pink or light brown. What color or pattern is your favorite?

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In my January favorites post I talked a little bit about my favorite rings. I haven’t stopped wearing them since. I’ll be doing a post about my February favorites in the next week or so. Be on a look out for that!

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I hope to not disappear again! I’ve missed your comments and opinions. Let me know what you’re doing and wearing for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s going to be mid 60s here! I can’t wait. I’ll be going to a parade with my friends! I’m excited to wear a lot of green and reminisce Ireland.

As always,

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Spring/Pierre-Auguste Renoir Inspiration

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French painter in the Impressionist movement. Renoir was so dedicated that even when his arthritis caused him to be wheelchair bound he continued to paint. He actually had to strap a paintbrush to his paralyzed fingers so he could continue his work. Two of his paintings have sold for more than $70 million. So obviously he was pretty good at what he did. You can look at more of his paintings if you click on me.

Since it’s starting to get warm in upstate New York, I figured you’d want to get inspired by some spring like paintings and outfit creations. Enjoy! (P.s. if you want to steal any of the clothes just click on the picture and it will direct you to where you can get the pieces!)

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The Painter’s Garden
I love the different hues of this painting. The variety of different hues of green and browns really make the image come alive. So I thought that if I were to be put into this painting I would be wearing these awesome edgy flats… they’re Valentino so I wouldn’t actually ever be caught wearing $745 flats because frankly I find them a waste of money… BUT they are very cute I give it that. But this faux leather jacket is to die for an mixing it with these super cute zipper jeans (also extremely expensive) is what I imagine being in this garden would be like.
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Vase of Chrysanthemums
Vase of Chrysanthemums
I had a million different ideas for this painting but as soon as I found these pants I basically was like that it! Found it! Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. These are amazing pants I would wear them all the time. I fell in love actually. But moving on from my crazy feelings towards these pants… how do you style crazy pants like this? It’s actually pretty simple! You find one color in the pants and try to match it to the best of your ability for your top. Try not to make it too crazy or it will become overwhelming to the eye. The best way to wear loud pants is to find the color that it the least in the pants and wearing it up top. That isn’t the case for this outfit, but I just loved this cardigan so I had to include it. This outfit would be great for working as a teacher or a relaxed meeting. Switch the cardigan with a blazer the same color or even black and you would look perfect for a less relaxed meeting or a business dinner.
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The Pear Tree
The Pear Tree
This painting is very earthy and has a lot of nature tones in it. I really love nature outfits and although this is a very fall type outfit I think that the scarf transforms it into an early spring time outfit because its just a pop of a very bright color. Wear the scarf around your neck or even tie it around your hair.
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Portrait of a Woman
Portrait of a Woman
How colorful is this outfit? Inspired by the woman’s face I picked this kind of quirky graphic tee to be pared with some loud staple pieces. The skirt, shoes, and purse can easily be statement pieces on their own but when paired all together it creates this kind of very vibrant and fun outfit. I would wear this outfit to class or walking around in a museum.
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Villa at Cagnes
Villa at Cagnes
This is my favorite outfit because it reminds me of going out to eat with Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl. I’m in love with the different types of colors in the skirt. Even though purple, yellow, and green are in nature all the time together I would never have thought to put them all together. I’m just not a purple and green fan, but I find it working very well in this skirt. I’m also obsessed with different layered necklaces at the moment so I think that this works perfectly for the little details in this outfit.
What is your favorite painting? Let me know in the comments!

As always,

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