Dress Well: A Piece of Flair

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J. Crew puffer vest (no longer available, sadly), J. Crew shirt (white, blush, and green versions still available and on major sale!), Citizens of Humanity jeans, Steve Madden booties, Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban aviators

This winter J. Crew seemed to be all about taking a standard button-down shirt and adding flair to it in some unexpected way. Although button-down shirts tend to look overly masculine on me (thanks for nothing, broad shoulders), the pocket appliqués on this one pull it back towards the feminine realm. Plus, it's roomy and comfortable, so wearing the pullover + stretchy skinny jeans makes you feel like you're getting away with wearing pajamas in public. And you know I'm all for that.

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Starting about a month from now, my husband and I will embark on a whirlwind of weekend trips, with something almost every weekend for over a month. Until then, we are taking all of our weekends nice and slow. This past weekend was the epitome of that strategy. We stayed in Friday night, ordered a pizza, drank a bottle of wine, and chatted until I feel asleep at about 9:45. On Saturday we slept in and then walked up to our regular brunch spot, La Boulange. The pictures in this post were taken on Saturday afternoon on our way to a fun happy hour with a few of my co-workers. After the happy hour, we saw The Theory of Everything, which was great (more on that in my annual Oscars post, of course). Sunday was low-key too, with an early morning walk, brunch with a lovely friend, a long afternoon nap, and a night spent cooking, cleaning, and getting ready for the week (which I always enjoy in its own, quiet way). All told, it was a perfectly relaxed weekend and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 Maybe it was all the sleep I got this past weekend, but for the first time in a long time I feel ready to jump into the upcoming week. Isn't that nice way to kick off your Monday? I think so. Have a great day.

Dress Well: I'm baaaaaaaack!!

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J. Crew puffer vest (on sale!), Vince shirt (similar), J. Crew coated denim jeans (similar, on sale), Steve Madden booties (on sale), J. Crew necklace (no longer available), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Heyyyyyyy friends - it's been awhile, hasn't it?

If you think me posting this on January 5th smacks of a New Year's Resolution...then you are partially right. But mostly I've returned to blogging for the time being because I just got back from spending two weeks in Texas, where so many of you were so kind to go out of your way to tell me how much you love and miss this blog. Your words meant the world to me, so I figured it was time to get back at it!

I have a slew of excuses for why I took such a long break - with most of them boiling down to "scheduling," "lack of inspiration," and VERY un-camera ready skin. But those are in the past now!

As you can see from the pictures in this post, I also have a lot of new clothes (thanks to the overwhelming and constant generosity of both my mom and my mother-in-law). There must have been some sort of decree that made this puffer vest the new uniform for the girls in my neighborhood because it seems like EVERYONE I see on the street is wearing it...myself included, clearly. But it's warm and comfy, so I will continue to celebrate my conformity.

My mother-in-law also got me these real-life Aviators for Christmas...what do you think? Am I pulling them off?

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DSC_5497I'm sure the thing you missed most about these posts was hearing about the daily minutia of my life (right?), so here we go: we got back from Texas on New Year's Day. I didn't have to go to work on Friday, so I've basically been living the good life. The weekend included interviewing a Rice applicant (yay!), eating at our new local fancy pizza place (also yay!), going to see The Imitation Game (more to come when I do my annual Oscars post, I'm sure), dinners with friends, deep-cleaning our apartment, and capping it all off with the return of Downton Abbey. Does it get better than that? I'm not sure it does.

Back at least twice this week with a post on New Year's Resolutions and a second outfit post.

Have a great Monday!