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wardrobe updates

wardrobe updates

You were all (all three of you readers out there) waiting for me to eat my words from this post, weren't you? That's ok, I was asking for it. So, no, although I didn't need anything new for spring, I did want to make a few updates, especially in the shoe department. While I love ballet flats and they will always be a classic, I'm loving the pointy-toe-D'orsay-flat trend. 

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These are from Chinese Laundry and I picked them up at TJ Maxx. I couldn't find this exact pair online, but these are similar. Also wearing Diane Von Furstenberg "Hanky" top (various discounted options here, here, and here) and James Jeans "Twiggy" jeans. Adorable baby for display purposes only (he's wearing a lovely number from the BumGenius Elementals line).

Have you made any updates to your wardrobe recently? I have a few more
that you'll see soon enough...

 

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a winter respite

a winter respite

I'm not getting my hopes up that it will last, but the recent break from the cold has been much appreciated. A simple walk around the neighborhood feels like the most incredible, amazing experience in contrast to what came before. 

I was finally able to get outside to take some photos! Last weekend, I flew to Atlanta to hang out with both of my sisters (travel post coming soon) and I picked up this necklace at Zara. I'm in love with it - just the thing to pair with an otherwise simple outfit.

zara diamante and cord necklace

My simple outfit consisted of the Diane von Furstenberg Hanky blouse that I recently snagged on eBay, my maternity jeans, and my well-worn Steve Madden Intyce boots.

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Bruiser even got in on the action.

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Just so amazing to feel fresh air without 17 layers in between said air and my skin. That is all.

the most versatile top in the world

the most versatile top in the world

Title sung to the theme of Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", of course. So, this DVF top is not only great for casual, dressy, winter, and summer, but apparently also for six months pregnant. I think this one's going to last me all the way to the end.

Paige (non-maternity) jeans, Lucky Brand booties

Paige (non-maternity) jeans, Lucky Brand booties

I wasn't sure what shoes to wear. I tried out short booties, and even though I asked my husband for his opinion, and he liked these shoes better, I completely ignored him and went with another option, black patent and metallic flats.

Paige (non-maternity) jeans, BCBG flats

Paige (non-maternity) jeans, BCBG flats

Poor guys, they just can't win. My theory is that by asking, and hearing an answer, it clarifies what I really thought (i.e. wanted to hear). In my defense, it was a rare 40+ degree day and I wanted to take advantage of it (clearly it was not today or yesterday, thanks winter).

I love this top so much, I decided I needed another one. Neiman's has it in green and white. If you search Diane von Furstenberg Hanky Top on ebay, you'll find more, which is where I just bought the white version for $42 - score! The print on this one is African tulip if you're interested.

Stay warm, y'all.

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september clothing budget

september clothing budget

This month's shopping was about filling holes or replacing favorites that were past their prime.  Here's what I bought (clockwise from left):

1) A black A-line shift dress is a piece that never goes out of style, is flattering on most body types, and can work easily for multiple types of occasions. I have/had two: one with three-quarter sleeves from H&M and a sleeveless one from Uniqlo, and they were both getting worn to the point of embarassment. I decided to splurge a little bit on this dress to replace those - Diane von Furstenberg at half off via the Outnet. I'll have it forever. ($175)

2) Everyone needs a fun party dress, and I definitely needed something to spice up my wardrobe a little. Since I mostly seem to be dressed way up or way down these days, this was a good buy for me. It's already made its debut, and prepare to see it at lots of holiday parties IRL. This Parker dress was a find from my new favorite consignment store Byrd. ($80)

3) This white top from JC Penney was probably actually the least necessary of the three items, but after seeing it on fellow St. Louis fashion blogger Pysche with a great statement necklace, I was hooked. Tops like this come in so handy for client meetings or for volunteering at Dress for Success, where I need to look put together, but not necessarily totally business-y. I've also had the photo below (of Ann Fulenwider, editor of Marie Claire, pardon the scan from a magazine page) saved in my inspiration files for a while now, and this is the perfect top to recreate this look. Isn't it amazing how three simple pieces like a white top, black pants, and a beautiful necklace can look so sophisticated?

 

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My total this month was $280, a little over my budget like last month, but I'm hoping things will get balanced out over the next few months as I revert back to my winter wardrobe, which should be pretty well set. How do you think I did? Check out all of the other budgeting bloggers on Franish!