Pepping Up My Most Worn Pieces

I often get lost in Instagram wormholes ogling fashionistas’ pretty dresses and statement pieces. However, the practical side of me wonders where on Earth are these people going or doing that justify elaborate outfits? Or, are they REALLY wearing that strappy high heel on a cobbled street?! In the era of social media, it’s easy to feel “less” when you see such pretty images.  I certainly do especially since I am on maternity leave and don’t have any upcoming occasions that requires a fancy garb.

For the past three months, I have been living in three main pieces, my Zella high waisted leggings, Vince slip on sneakers, and Karen Walker sunnies. They are practical and comfortable, but they don’t make me feel stylish. That’s why I bought this powder blue coat on major sale from J. Crew to get me out of my rut. It’s amazing what a tailored coat in a bright color will do for your look and your mood! It’s still the same reliable staples underneath but with a little more pep to their step!


J. Crew Coat / Clare V. Top / Zella Leggings / Vince Shoes / Lululemon Bag / Karen Walker Sunglasses / Echo Hat (similar here)

Vibrant Print

A friend of mine got married this past weekend in Napa Valley.  She had a beautiful Indian wedding ceremony and a lot of the female guests (outside of the immediate family) were dressed in saris.  To emulate the same festive and colorful feeling, I wore this maxi skirt in a mustard yellow and royal blue pattern.  It was a random find I discovered during a weekend stroll through Eastern Market.  I loved the vibrant print and volume and thought it would be perfect for the occasion. Continue reading “Vibrant Print”

My Obsession With Stripes

At the last count, I think I own about six or seven striped tops and dresses. Stripes have become my go-to pattern and I can always spot enough variation to justify the purchase of a new piece. The newest one is from J. Crew and incredibly soft and warm.  So far, I have worn it with a blazer for work, with jeans on the weekend, and most recently with a skirt for family photos (A approves!). Continue reading “My Obsession With Stripes”

Peekaboo

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Playing peekaboo is a popular past time in my household these days.  As a result, it made sense that my summer wardrobe reflect the same playfulness.  This dress from Madewell is the perfect apparel version of the game.  Its subtle cut-out allows you to bare just a bit of torso, which for one who doesn’t like to show a lot of midriff was just enough to feel fun and sophisticated.  PS…it has pockets!!! Continue reading “Peekaboo”

Peachy Green

I like the bold punch of neon colors but it can often be too harsh to wear. That is why I love this softer neon orange (it reminds me of orange sherbert) tank which can complement almost anything. I decided to pair it with military green faux wrapped skirt. I kind of love this color combo, do you? Continue reading “Peachy Green”

Dinner Date

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The husband and I planned a dinner date on short notice this past weekend. It wasn’t until after the reservation was made that I realized our wedding anniversary was coming up. Therefore, it was our anniversary dinner!  These days I need to be able to get ready quick so I slipped on this shift dress. It’s light and airy…just what is needed on a warm night. Continue reading “Dinner Date”

Is This Normcore?

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I learned the term “Normcore” last year when it blew up the fashion world. It describes an “anti-style” style, think bland, non-descript clothing.  Some may argue that it’s not a trend all. Regardless, I have embraced more basics into my wardrobe making it easy to get dressed in the morning. Normcore or not, it’s definitely practical and stylish. Continue reading “Is This Normcore?”

Utility Player

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An anorak or utility-style jacket is a great piece for Spring since it provides just enough warmth on a windy day. I scored this beauty on Poshmark a couple of months ago but haven’t had the chance to wear it until this weekend. I made a minor modification with the built-in belt.  It actually belongs on the bottom with a few threads sewn in to keep it in tact.  Since I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a belt (or let it hang unbelted) that low, I snipped it free and brought up to the waist.  It’s perfect with jeans and slacks, but I also think it would look great with a midi or maxi- length dress. Continue reading “Utility Player”

Old Is New

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It’s been awhile since my last outfit post.  The frigid weather and my preference for sweatpants during winter time was not a pretty sight.  Dare I say that Spring has finally arrived in DC and so has the return of most of my pre-baby wardrobe.  I was excited to be able to put on my favorite black denim and v-neck tee.  It will be interesting to see what becomes part of the rotation now that I strive for simple and quick looks (hence chopping of my locks!). Continue reading “Old Is New”

How To Style Kicks

I love high heels and practically lived in them until recently. Let’s face it, city living plus bumpy sidewalks equals aching feet. Factor in a new baby and I have come to terms that flats, specifically sneakers, are probably a good idea. I had always felt that sneakers were too sporty to wear outside of the gym until I figured out a few tricks for making them look more polished.  Here are some key pieces that can up the style notch to your kicks. Continue reading “How To Style Kicks”