Dressed for: Starting Conversations

Already Pretty outfit featuring Marimekko necklace, black boat neck, mustard full skirt, cognac boots, Indigo by Clarks Proctor

Necklace – Marimekko via Skändal
Top – Talbots (no longer available) – similar
Skirt, Anthropologie (no longer available) – similar
Tights – SPANX High-waisted Tight-End Tights
Boots – Indigo by Clarks Proctor (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – HSokol
Studded wrap bracelet – Streets Ahead via Ideeli – similar

I wore this while working with an ARC’s Value Village personal shopping client, and man oh man did I get lots of comments and questions about that necklace! I nabbed it at Skändal, a boutique in the Chicago ‘burbs that is becoming a regular haunt for me when I’m visiting my parents. I’ve been a Marimekko fan for ages, but had no idea they even made jewelry. This piece was right up my alley: Bold, quirky, and geometric. read more

Dressed for: Lots

Already Pretty outfit featuring black cardigan, Peter Pan collar necklace, red tank, asymmetric houndstooth skirt, red tights, black Coclico boots, Kate Spade Carlisle Street Sylvie Satchel

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Tank – Bella
Belt – thrifted – similar
Asymmetric houndstooth skirt, Lida Baday via Saks – more houndstooth skirts
Tights – courtesy We Love Colors
Boots – Coclico via eBay – more Coclico boots
Bag – Kate Spade Carlisle Street Sylvie Satchel via eBay
Collar necklace – eBay (still available!)
Bracelet – J.Crew (no longer available) –  similar items
Earrings – HSokol read more

Dressed for: More Blacks and Blues

Already Pretty outfit featuring cobalt blazer, black floral dress, opaque black tights, black ECCO boots

Blazer – Macy’s (no longer available) – similar
Dress – courtesy Karina (no longer available in this print) – similar
Tights – Commando courtesy Peek Brooklyn
Boots – Kork Ease Alva (no longer available) – a few on eBay
Earrings – gift – similar

We had a mild, warm, nearly snowless winter last year. It was GLORIOUS, friends. Today is the first day of spring and I awoke to a -10 windchill. I feel that MN is being punished for getting off Scot-free a year ago. Oh, I look happy enough here, but I’m crying inside. At least there’s light well into the evening and we’ve seen the sun a bit. And I can throw on some bold, bright colors to lift my spirits. read more