OOTD, tights in late March edition

The calendar says Spring but the weather says JANUARY! I’m told this will be the end of it, so keep your fingers crossed, I guess.




Cable knit tights and a sweater on March 25? Well, OK, I guess.


Sweater: Old | Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, also similar but perhaps out of stock) | Tights: Kohl’s | Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini (DSW) | Necklace: Kohl’s, worn in many previous OOTD’s before (similar)


Glasses day! My blush in this pic is NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Dare. I like it because it’s a little different than the pink blush I usually wear and has a bit of a bronzed tone to it.



And my nails this week are Zoya Perrie, which is very close to Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year!


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OOTD, wrap dress edition

I finally took OOTD pics with my BR Gemma wrap dress! I bought this back in January and still haven’t worn it in an OOTD. It’s been unbelievably cold here lately — tomorrow is the first day of Spring, and today the high was low 40s and rainy. At this rate, the cherry blossoms will bloom around Memorial Day. Not to mention, this was our view on St. Patrick’s Day:

So I guess that’s why I don’t feel too weird about wearing a long-sleeved dress with boots in March. We still have snow on the ground! And could even get more before the month is over!

Dress: Banana Republic (on sale for $69!) | Boots: No idea — I’ve had them for some time, and there aren’t many boots left in stores this time of year! | Accessories: Necklace is Pandora and was a gift, and I am wearing a simple Tiffany ring on my right hand

As you can see in the above pictures, the dress actually comes to right above the knee. In the picture on BR’s website, it is much shorter. I am 5’8″ so I’m not super short. If you wanted a shorter dress like it shows in the picture, I don’t think this is it.

For eye makeup, I actually wore light green eyeshadow — Mac Lucky Green! You can’t see it too well in these pictures but I liked the fact that it was something a little more colorful and less neutral.

So although I want nothing more than to be in short sleeves and capris, I guess I’ll stick to dresses with boots for now! It will be spring soon … I think … Hah.


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OOTD, still not warm edition

BRRR! We’re in for another deep freeze in the DC area — with highs barely above freezing which is way below normal for this time of year. We could get snow this week, and snow next week too, which will be absolutely awful for the cherry blossoms. Canada needs to take their polar vortex back any time now!


So it’s been a bunch of sweaters and cords, when I’d rather be breaking out the capris. But that’s ok. Maybe we’ll get a long spring/summer to make up for it.




Shirt: Express (no longer available in leopard — these are fairly similar and affordable: Forever 21, Lord & Taylor (on sale!) | Skinny cords: Banana Republic (these are very similar and on sale – $29.99!) | Silver and gold sequin flats: Old from Kohl’s



I can’t remember any of my makeup — how sad is that? But I do know my eyeliner is Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 2L, which is a really great color if you have green eyes — this shade of brown will really make them pop.


I’m so bored of sweaters and pants — but there’s no end to winter in sight so it’s too soon to start thinking spring!


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OOTD – weather changing edition

We had some actually warmer temps here today after being  below freezing for what seemed like ages! (OK, we definitely had some days above freezing there … like getting dumped on with 8-10″ of snow one day and 50 the next day … crazy …) I wanted to wear a sweater I bought from Banana Republic that I wasn’t sure about, but decided to keep. It ended up being warm enough today (high near 60) that I didn’t even need to wear a jacket!



Here’s an up-close of the sweater and shirt, and my jewelry. This is a Banana Republic sweater worn with a tie-front tee underneath. I mentioned in my original post about this sweater that it’s somewhat sheer so the tee underneath is a nice way to deflect from the sheer while being more interesting than a regular tank.



Nothing special on the makeup today. I wore my glasses so it’s really hard for me to do eye makeup beyond basic eyeliner/mascara. I basically can’t see at all if I’m not wearing glasses/contacts so doing eye makeup with glasses is like … an exercise in muscle memory, basically.


In this pic you can also see my new necklace from Target!



Sweater: Banana Republic | Tie-neck tee: Forever 21 (old)  — this one from ModCloth may be similar | Pants: Express — they don’t seem to make the wider-leg pants anymore, but I own these from Kohl’s and I would say the fit is similar | Shoes: AK Anne Klein, purchased at DSW — these are similar and a similar price | Necklace: Target | Bracelets: Originally from Forever 21 and from Groupon Goods — These two from Forever 21 are similar (1), (2)


Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!


January purchase round-up

Here are my clothes/beauty purchases from January 2014. Can’t believe we’re already one month into the new year! I hope that February brings some higher temperatures because I am so bored of wearing pants, sweaters, and flats/boots every single day. But I’d rather not freeze all day at work so long pants it is, I guess. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to wear all my new stuff in OOTD posts soon!

From Banana Republic I ordered:

“Anna” Merino Wool cardigan in black — I generally get a size XS in most BR stuff, but I read some reviews that suggested to size up if you’re between sizes and want to wear their cardigan with a long sleeved top underneath so I ordered the S instead. I think it was the right decision, as when I tried it on I noticed there would be enough room through the back, shoulders, and upper arms to accommodate a long sleeved shirt. But at the same time, it didn’t seem to be too big through the waist.

Extra-fine Merino Wool Vee in Orange — I ordered this in an XS but I am not sure if I love the fit. Maybe I should have sized up here too. But more than that, I wasn’t happy with the quality, the fabric is thinner than you would expect and it’s basically see-through through the chest. Yikes! This one may go back to the store, I don’t know yet.

Gemma Geo-Print Wrap Dress — I also ordered this in an XS. The fit is appropriate. I think the S would have been far too big through the waist. I have a faux-wrap dress from Kohl’s in a size S and I end up having to pull it extra across my waist or else it gaps through the chest, which is so not a good look. I will say when I tried it on it was longer than the photo, which is fine by me, I don’t like my dresses to be much above the knee anyway.

From J. Crew I ordered these items:

Boy Shirt in bird print — This is super cute in person. The print isn’t “in your face” but it’s definitely noticeable up close. I ordered a size 2 and it fit perfectly, just like the rest of the J. Crew size 2 shirts that I own. The fabric is quite thin so I imagine I’ll have to be somewhat careful washing it, but on the plus side, the silk/cotton blend doesn’t seem like it will get extremely wrinkly.

Kiki glitter ballet flats — I ordered these in the dark blue color, but it looks like they’re out. I got the 8.5 (marked as 8H on the website, but when you get the box it says 8.5 … stop being so difficult J. Crew!) and though I haven’t worn them out, have just tried them on, they seemed to fit well.

I also made a special trip to TJ Maxx this month to pick up a new purse, and ended up with this Michael Kors tote in a gorgeous medium green.

It’s a very good size inside, very roomy but yet the bag itself is not heavy which is awesome.

Side note, I love TJ Maxx for purses. Between TJ Maxx and the outlets, I own 2 Kate Spades, a Coach, and a Michael Kors, all of which I’ve bought since 2010, and I haven’t paid full price for any of it. I’m so spoiled, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pay full retail for a handbag ever again unless it was something high-end and even then, RueLaLa and Gilt sometimes have deals anyway.

Also, sunglasses. I don’t remember the brand on these but it’s nothing special. They were about $10. My old pair broke, and my backup pair was starting to leave red marks on the bridge of my nose!

I also bought 5 nail polishes, 2 from Butter London which I bought on Hautelook and 3 from Zoya through their “3 free” promo. I haven’t had a chance to use them apart from Fishwife which I reviewed a few posts ago.

Whew! I think I need to go on a spending freeze next month … Aw who am I kidding, I already spent $60 at Ulta today, lol. But maybe after that?

What did you guys haul this month? Any good purchases?

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