Dressed for: School Days

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy cardigan, mint shirt, statement necklace, silk skirt, ECCO wedges, navy blue handbag

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Poplin shell – thrifted – similar
Skirt – courtesy Dalitika
Belt – from a pair of shorts – similar
Shoes – Royan courtesy ECCO
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Bracelets – Bibelot and SageKandCosimilar look
Bag – eBay

I wore this to teach my community ed class a few weeks ago, which I always LOVE doing. My classes are typically small but lively and enthusiastic, hitting me with challenging questions and great ideas. I had just received this lovely silk skirt from Dalitika a few days before – check out her online thrift store if you haven’t yet! – and was eager to wear it. I love that the vibrant print showed me a color mix I never would’ve thought of on my own. read more

Dressed for: Living and Learning

Already Pretty outfit featuring green plaid dress, green suede platform pumps, leather clutch, rhinestone bib necklace

Dress – Byron Lars Beauty Mark (no longer available) – similar-ish – also cute
Heels – Seychelles (no longer available) – similar color
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Clutch – Aldo, if I remember right (no longer available) – similar color/size

Oh, fancy-pantsy green plaid dress that I’ve had for years and loved for all of those years. You taught me a lot about yourself when I wore you to Flight of Fashion a few weeks back. You taught me that with a low enough neckline and a properly applied sticky-cup bra, I actually CAN achieve cleavage. You taught me that more dresses really should have sleeves. And, sadly, you taught me that you kinda need to be taken in at the shoulders and bodice a bit to fit properly now. And than you wrinkle immediately. As in I look at you and you get wrinkly. read more

Dressed for: April Showers

Already Pretty outfit featuring star intarsia sweater, striped Rachel Pally maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag, long pendant necklace

Sweater – NorthStyle
Skirt – Rachel Pally (no longer available) – in bluesimilar
Pendant – self-made – similar
Booties – Kork Ease Maxine (no longer available) – a few on eBaysimilar
Earrings – Betsey Johnson

I avoided the “stars and stripes” cliche and went right for the weather-focused one instead. Couldn’t even help it.

It was a balmy 75 degrees yesterday, but late last week we had this: Sleet, ice, and about 8 inches of snow. And that’s spring in the Midwest for ya. I have grand plans to pile all of my remaining snow-on-the-ground outfits into a marathon Saturday post, but fear that doing so will bring a blizzard upon us. I’ll probably do it anyway. I’m happy to be the scapegoat for this fickle weather. read more