Dressed for Easter

I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I always look forward to the hard boiled eggs, chocolate from Malley’s (a Cleveland Easter MUST), yummmmy food (especially the ham), and I just love the atmosphere that usually comes along with the Easter holiday. More often than not, it’s on the warmer side and sunny-that’s not to say there have never been cold, rainy/snowy Easters, but the probability of it being nicer weather wise is often better than the former.

I also think Easter is more of a ‘dressed up’ holiday. For the most part, we all dress a bit nicer on Easter, right? We reach for the dress instead of the jeans in our ever growing casual society…and I like that. People used to dress up daily, and now that’s practically diminished. You wear a dress and your friends/family/colleagues are asking you why you’re dressed up…we’ve reached a point where we now need an actual occasion to wear our ‘nice clothes’. This saddens me…but if Easter will count as an occasion where people are in their Easter best, then good. So, let’s dress up today, shall we? :)

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I made this dress a few months ago. It was one of those projects where I had to improvise a little with a few things, but this ultimately made me like the end result more. Today was actually the first time I wore it! Wrap dresses are awesome. Simply put. They seriously flatter everyone. DVF knows what’s up. Belt from Anthropologie. No longer available, similar here.

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Shoes were about $15 from DSW sale a while back.

Signs of Spring

While the past few days have been gorgeous, it is unfortunately supposed to drop tonight and bring us…more…snow. I truly thought it was over, but alas…we arrre in Cleveland and those weather Gods are so not a fan of us this year. Knowing this snowy rumor, I got out to the CLE Metroparks this weekend and got some random pics of spring showing up in nature. I love this time of year for nature…where everything is coming back to life and you see the little green patches starting to show.

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I found this random shoe on my little nature walk. I had to take a picture because whenever I see a lost shoe, I always ask myself, ‘how did this person lose their shoe?’ Really, how does one lose a shoe? Just one? Are they then wandering around wearing only one shoe? Or maybe there’s some elaborate story behind the one lost shoe, and how long it’s been lost…but I suppose we will never know. ;)

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Once this (fingers crossed) last round of snow is gone and Spring is here to stay, I will for sure be taking more pictures of even morrrre green! And I can’t wait.

Springing into Spring

Springing into Spring

Every single Spring season I find myself gravitating toward yellow. I just think it’s a really great Spring statement color. So, while playing around on Polyvore, I chose to make a ‘work wear’ set around this lovely yellow dress by John Lewis. Since it’s still a little cool this time of year (at least on this side of the country ;p) I would definitely pair it with a little leather jacket, especially white because it’s definitely more of a Spring appropriate color for a leather jacket. The hint of a third color comes in with the greyish blue color blocked purse. Shades of blue and yellow pair well together. And of course, I have to add a little whimsy to the whole ensemble with the vintage daisy bracelet and flower shaped earrings ;)

Taking Fancy Down a Notch

Well, between taking these pictures this morning, and now as I’m typing up this post…the weather here in CLE has taken a drastic turn. Everything is now covered in about 2 inches of snow. I saw a funny pin on Pinterest the other day that sums it perfectly: ‘What a lovely winter we’re having this spring’! ;)

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Beaded top was a great buy at Anthropologie back in January. Cords with side zips are also Anthropologie…they’re such a great color-a verrry pale greyish blue.

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I posted about this jacket back in October of 2012…it’s one of my absolute faves. My mom made it for me about 6 years ago and sent it to me when I was studying abroad in London. What an awesome surprise it was! I’ve worn it TONS since then because I just keep finding new ways to wear it. And now, after 6 years, it’s finally gotten to that perfectly broken in point. You know, where the elbows aren’t too tight anymore and it just moves with you instead of you moving with it ;)

I noticed that I’ve got on the same earrings and the same boots in this post as the one from 2 years ago! And just like the jacket, the boots are now at their perfectly broken in point as well. Everyone needs a good pair of broken in combat boots. They’re great for taking the fancy down a notch…hence the reason I like to wear them with ‘fancier’ things like this tweed brocade jacket.

No Rhyme, No Reason

I apologize for the recent infrequent posting. I’ve been getting over the flu the past week, and man… this time around, it. has. been. rough. I hadn’t gotten it in a few years, and I must of just gotten a very bad strain of it this year.

I am feeling better though…just not when I’m standing for a long time, so I thought, ‘hey, I can sit while I update the blog’! And a forewarning, this is an entirely content filled post, since I’ve had a lot of time to just think these past few days. ;)

While I’ve spent the past several days cozied up on the couch, I of course took advantage by watching some good movies-both on TV and DVD. One favorite I came across on TV the other day was Notting Hill, with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
I just love this movie. I like it more and more each time I watch it. I just love the Brits’ witty senses of humor, and their flats, and markets, and just how they live. But it’s also such a lovely story. Not only because of the obvious ‘love story’ part of it, but just about life, too.

We all go through things in life that no one other person will completely understand. Life is about ups and downs, We each behold our own individual life, and in our own way, our own little worlds. But I think it’s always important to take a second, and realize that everyone has a story…so we must not judge, assume, or treat someone as if we know them completely, because the truth is…the only person who knows a person completely is that person themself.

There’s one scene in the movie where they’re all having dinner (William and his sister, inlaws, friends) and Bella says:

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She then gets cut off by Bernie, who announces he had been fired. But there’s just so much truth to her statement.
I believe that there are reasons in life, and that most of the reasons for our experiences has 99% to do with the universe teaching us a lesson of life. But then there are times where it does feel like there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to life, and sometimes we really won’t know the reasons why some things happen and others don’t, but that’s just all the more motivation to keep trecking on. Life is a bit of a gamble, right? You cannot predict it. It’s a bit of give and take, this for that, ‘win some, lose some’, it’s just simply up and down. In a way, you wonder if life is not like this because it’s the only way the universe can keep us all in check.

Life. You just have to go with it. Don’t keep your expectations too high, and you won’t always feel disappointed when there’s no rhyme or reason.

I think that may be the only way to get through the ups and downs…just go with it.

Button Belt

This is my button belt! I meant to post about this belt a while ago and just never got around to it. It is one of my latest sewing creations. I haven’t been sewing (and blogging, sorry! :-X ) quite as much as I’ve wanted to lately-just from being caught up in other things-you know what they say, life gets in the way of life. Anyway, this belt is what happened when I decided I needed something to do with all of those extra, mismatched, and /or vintage buttons I had laying around. I will say, it definitely helps to add a little interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

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Grey wrap cardi is from Victoria’s Secret catalog, AG olive green sateen jeans from Anthropologie, Arturo Chiang combat boots ( now, perfectly broken in ;) ).

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Making the Most out of Your Clothes

I posted about this dress in October, and last June, about how versatile it is. Honestly, I think I’ve now worn this dress every single season. I know. You’re probably thinking…this girl keeps wearing the same clothes. But let’s be honest for a minute, times are tough for everyone-especially us mid 20′s college grads who go to school only to get out and not land a job in our desired realm. This requires us to get a bit creative with our clothes, am I right?

When you actually take a minute to think about it…that’s what we should be doing, regardless of our situation. We spend money on the things we put on our backs, so we should get our money’s worth instead of following that ever popular epidemic of disposable clothing. So, not only do I personally find it necessary to get creative with what I have, but I also find it to be challenging, and ultimately rewarding. It gives me that ‘Look what I did!’ smile and sense of pride knowing that I can actually squeeze out the entire value of the things I buy.

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Metallic dot dress by Chelsea and Violet, Leather moto jacket from the Victoria’s Secret catelog, chambray shirt from H&M, wedge booties from DSW, seamed nylons from Dillard’s. Feather clutch from Anthropologie.