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You might have noticed that I’ve been a little remiss in updating my fireplace mantle.  I usually change it every few months to coincide with the season or the holidays.  But, my Spring/Easter decor has been up since the middle of April.  What’s even worse is that I grabbed the red, white, and blue decorations out of the storage tub when I got out the Easter decorations so that it would be easy to change out for Memorial Day in May.  But, that didn’t exactly happen.  I don’t have any Summer themed decorations so I generally shift to patriotic for the Summer months since it can cover Memorial Day in May, 4th of July, and stretch all the way to Labor Day in September.

Well, I finally got around to switching it over this past Wednesday.  And, I must have really been feeling the red, white, and blue vibe because it snuck into my outfit, too.

I started with these ankle length khaki pants.  They were lightweight enough to wear while running errands in the 90 degree weather.  I added this tunic length navy blouse with white polka dots.  Then, I added my gold watch, gold stud earrings, and strappy sandals.  I would have worn red ballet flats but I just finished painting my toenails and I didn’t want to smudge them.  Lastly, I went with simple eye makeup and a bold red lip.

Happy Flag Day!

-Carla

Sometime last week I wrote about adding more yellow items to my wardrobe.  A yellow cardigan is one item that I’ve had my eye out for–especially since I want to wear a yellow cardigan with a blue flowered dress to a wedding that I am attending in June.

My first outfit with this cardigan is pretty simple and safe and, tbh, it reminds me a lot of this outfit that I wore last year:

In both outfits I am wearing the same grey trouser pants and black belt.  The shoes are the same exact type but different shoes.  I can’t wait to come up with other outfits with this pale yellow cardigan.

On Tuesday the weather was a bit chilly so I went with an outfit composed of layers to fight the chill.

I copied this outfit as closely as I could.  I started with a white button-up blouse and layered an oatmeal colored v-neck cardigan over top.  I chose to go with my medium wash skinny jeans that I cuffed like the inspiration photo and slipped on my red ballet flats.  I accessorized with an oversized gold watch and two necklaces– a gold bauble necklace and a long pearl necklace that I wore tripled up.  I think I nailed it, don’t you?

Thanks for reading– stay tuned for my April re-cap and update on my resolutions.  I should be posting it within the next few days but I also have my semester wrapping up so I do need to grade papers.

-Carla

 

Wednesday evening to class I paired my navy blue pencil skirt with a chambray top and brown pumps.  I just finished replacing the zipper in this skirt.  It had a bit of fabric that would always catch and eventually the zipper stopped working.  I removed it and then hand-sewed in a new one.  I had originally intended to use the sewing machine but it was so intricate that I just couldn’t do it.  (I’m not that advanced of a sewer.)  My outfit is based on a pin that is similar in nature but my chambray shirt is a slouchy boyfriend style and didn’t tuck into the skirt in a neat and clean way.  I fussed with it for quite a while before I tied the ends in a knot and called it done.  I was slightly disappointed in this outfit because it didn’t come together the way that I wanted.

Thursday I went casual and sports fan mode.  The Cleveland Indians beat the Astro’s two games in a row so I chose to wear my newest Indian’s shirt.  I looked back at how I styled it the first time but I didn’t take any pictures so I just went from memory and tried to style it differently.

I went with a navy blue tank top underneath that you can’t really see, dark wash bootcut jeans, a dark brown belt, white leather Converse and simple silver jewelry.  I didn’t put too much time or effort in to pre-planning this outfit and I think that in some aspects it shows but I also believe that not every outfit has to look like it was ripped from the pages of a fashion magazine!

-Carla