Bright Beauty

IMG_9567IMG_9588IMG_9577IMG_9583IMG_9578IMG_9604IMG_9570IMG_9587Blouse: New Directions via Belk, Pants: Banana Republic, Boots: Jessica Simpson via Dillard’s, similar hereCoat: Lands’ End, Handbag: Vera Pelle, Watch: Michael Kors (similar), Earrings: T.J.Maxx, similar at J.Crew

When the weather is gloomy, it’s hard to feel motivated throughout the week. That’s where the power of brights comes in! I find that throwing on a bright blouse, jacket, or accessory, can completely turn your day around. Hot pink and orange automatically make me think of Spring and Summer, and let’s face it, we all love those few months out of the year. Sunshine, patios, picnics, barbecues, and pool time — need I say more? Fortunately, Spring is just around the corner, but until then I’ll have to settle for bright layers!

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Corporate Cobalt

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Blouse: Charming Charlie, loving these blouses (one, two, three), Pants: Banana Republic, similar pants hereClutch: BCBGeneration via Dillard’s, Shoes: BCBGeneration, Sunglasses: Franco Sarto via T.J.Maxx

I wore this little number to work yesterday. The peter pan collar, cobalt pants, and multicolor clutch are quickly becoming favorites in my wardrobe. Not to mention, I just love outfits that are appropriate for a corporate setting, yet cute enough to wear for drinks afterwards. Be sure to stash a pair of black flats under your desk (especially if you are going to be on your feet all day)!

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Mix It Up

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Blazer: Forever21, similar style hereBlouse: T.J.Maxx, Jeans: Guess by Marciano, Heels: Nine West, similar hereWatch: Michael Kors, Clutch: French Connection via Dillard’s, still available at NordstromEarrings & Gold Rings: Vintage, Infinity Ring: Urban Outfitters

Mixing prints and patterns can be pretty tricky sometimes. I don’t mix prints as much as I would like, but I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself. Normally, I would choose a neutral clutch for this type of look, but I decided to mix it up and add this oversized optic weave clutch instead. It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but this clutch has a cobalt zipper that adds a playful touch to the outfit. If mixing prints isn’t something that you’re into, then try simply adding a bold patterned clutch. It may turn out better than you expect!

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Stolen Style

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Coat: Victoria’s Secret, Dress: Ross Dress for Less, Tights: T.J.Maxx, Boots: Gianni Bini via Dillard’s (old), but love these, Necklace & Earrings: Niki Designs

Sometimes you just need to steal from your sister’s closet in order to feel inspired. When I saw this brand new houndstooth dress hanging in my sister’s closet, I knew just how I wanted to style it. She reluctantly gave in and let me wear it before she got a chance to, but that’s what sister’s are for right? She’s also the mastermind behind all of my fabulous photos.

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Pop of Snake

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Sweater: Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker, Blouse: New York & Company, similar blouse at Kohl’sPants: Suzy Shier, similar style at PacSunBoots: Gianni Bini via Dillard’s, Handbag: Nicole Lee, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Waxing PoeticEarrings: Niki Designs

The weather here has been calling for lots of layers lately. Adding a collared shirt underneath a sweater dresses the look up, while adding warmth on those chilly days. I prefer to wear collared shirts with a bold print or color, because it really stands out against the neutral knit. If you aren’t one to wear a bold snake print on its own, try layering it first! How do you dress up your casual sweaters?

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