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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

This week I’ve worn a lot of blue!  I wasn’t that conscious of it until I sat down to write this post and was brainstorming a title.  I have noticed that sometimes I tend to gravitate towards certain colors and I’ll wear a lot of green one week and a lot of pink the next.  That’s the one thing that I like about pre-planning my outfits and keeping this blog.  It pushes me to be creative and to notice those patterns that can quickly become ruts.

Although, I will admit that for the past week or two I haven’t been planning my outfits.  Class just wrapped up on Monday evening with the final exam and it’s pretty normal for me to do a casual outfit or two on the last few days of class.  This particular Monday I just wore the same outfit that I wore to work that morning.

Monday’s outfit is loosely based on this outfit that Reese Witherspoon was photographed wearing.  It’s pretty basic and easy to copy– medium wash skinny jeans and a blue sweater layered over a button-down.  I had a v-neck navy blue sweater and a blue gingham top so that’s what I went with.  It was a tad chilly on Monday so I opted to go with my suede booties and blue argyle socks.  Because I wore my booties I did a large cuff on my jeans instead of a small roll.  I still cuffed the shirtsleeves over the sweater and let the collar peek out.  And, just like Reese I kept the accessories to a minimum.  I do have to admit, I wish my hair looked as good as hers in the picture.  I didn’t wash my hair that morning– instead I just sprayed it with dry shampoo and pulled it back into a messy bun.

Tuesday my blue came from a striped t-shirt that I paired with olive-green pants and a denim jacket.  I thought that I had done that combination before but when I looked back in my archives I didn’t have any pictures of it, so I guess not.  (Screenshot or it doesn’t exist, amiright?)

This is a great casual and comfortable outfit that doesn’t look boring to me.  I think that the colored pants give it that bit of interest and intrigue.  Again, this is an easy outfit to copy– I think most women have some sort of striped or patterned shirt in their closet, a pair of khakis/chinos, and a denim jacket or some other layering/completer piece that could be used.

Oh, and I do like my hair in these pictures.  I went home Monday after work and washed my hair before class that evening.  So, I didn’t need to wash it on Tuesday morning.  I just quickly smoothed it out with the flat-iron and then I pulled back pieces on the side.  Normally, I just pull them back and secure them with a clear elastic so that they create a poof at the crown.  But, this time I got a bit fancy and braided the pieces.  LOL, it’s the small things.

What do you think– are you going to try to re-create either of these outfits for yourself?  I suggest that you do.

-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