Dress Well: The Double

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 Old Navy blouse, Blank NYC jeans via Madewell (old), Chie Mihara wedges, Madewell necklace, J. Crew leopard bracelet (old), J. Crew pavé bracelet, Anthropologie bag (old)

You guys: the shirt in the photo above and the shirt in the sidebar of this website are NOT the same shirt. I know. Mind blown.

Let's compare side by side. Here's the shirt from the sidebar: DSC_1138

And here's the other one:

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They're basically fraternal twins.

As I've talked about in the past, the shirt in the sidebar is one of my favorite pieces of clothing of all time. Because it's one of my favorite pieces of clothing, I have worn it so many times that it is practically disintegrating. It's ripped across the back, the dye in the stripes is running, and the whole thing is just very...fragile. So when I was in Old Navy last week and saw what appeared to be the EXACT SAME SHIRT, I had to buy it. There was no question.

The Old Navy version isn't as spectacularly perfect as the original - it's polyester, not silk, a little bit looser-fitting, has a frocket, and is generally not as high-quality. But it was $23 - easily a third of the price of the original from J. Crew. And its life will probably be longer - so what could I possibly complain about?

Best of all, it means the short-sleeved striped (fake) silk shirt won't be exiting my closet any time soon. And that makes me a happy girl.

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DSC_3727The other thing that makes me a happy girl is the fact that we're headed to Cincinnati today! We're going to the wedding of two of our close friends and couldn't be more excited to reunite with college buddies and celebrate such a happy occasion.

Have a great weekend - I'll see you back here next week.

Dress Well: Gingham Gloom

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J. Crew shirt (old), Paige Denim jeans, Chie Mihara wedges (I swear, Lord & Taylor is GIVING these things away), super old necklace - designer unknown, J. Crew leopard bracelet (old), J. Crew pavé bracelet, Tory Burch bag (updated version)

I'm going to level with you - I just wasn't feeling that "spark" yesterday.

I really felt like everything was working against me - it was Monday, I was woken up at 5:45 in the morning by the world's loudest garbage truck on our street, and it was cold, and gloomy, and windy, and just generally depressing outside. I looked in my closet, and EVERYTHING felt outdated. You know how those mornings go.

In an attempt to change it up, I grabbed this gingham shirt. I've read a few blogs where the girls have put together really cute outfits with gingham shirts lately, and I thought maybe if I put this shirt on, inspiration will strike. But it didn't. Instead, I felt like my shirt was taunting me all day - it's so summery, but the weather here was the definition of June Gloom.

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In case you don't believe me that the weather was gross: here's me doing battle with the wind:

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Two quick pop culture things - I just started B.J. Novak's book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and I'm really enjoying it so far. The last book I read was a dense, heavy, and just generally unenjoyable book, so this is a nice change of pace.

Also, is anyone out there watching Fargo? I can't believe how good it's gotten - we're really looking forward to the episode tonight. Although there have been so many great moments, the Key & Peele cameo in the last episode may have been one of our favorite things to date. I'm very curious to see how the whole thing ends - they have truly defied our expectations up to this point.

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Here's hoping the gloom stays away - have a great day.

Dress Well: Easter West

Anthropologie sweater (old), Anthropologie dress (old), Madewell booties (old), Kendra Scott necklace, Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban sunglasses

This is what Easter looks like over here on the West coast.

Thankfully, we were blessed with absolutely stunning weather on Easter Sunday. I'm pretty sure every girl in town pulled out her favorite Easter dress for the occasion - myself included. It's been months since it's been warm enough to wear a sundress out to brunch in San Francisco, so I enjoyed every minute I could in the warm weather.

Of course, San Francisco weather has a tendency to turn on you, so I brought my trusty Anthropologie sweater along, just in case. I've never worn this dress and sweater together before - in all honesty, I grabbed this sweater blindly out of my closet five seconds before running out the door, and yet I REALLY love how the two look together. I'll chalk it up to some Easter magic.

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I'd like to give a very special shout-out to my wonderful husband in this post - before taking these pictures, I got to take a turn behind the camera, trying to take an updated headshot for him. What I learned is that taking these photos is WAY harder than it looks - I took literally hundreds of snaps of him just trying to get the lighting, the framing, and the angle just right - and I'm still not sure I succeeded. It's a true testament to him that my blog photos come out looking as nice as they do. Per the usual, all the wonderful things in my life are thanks to him!

Other highlights from the weekend - going back to CrossFit for the first time in over a month (resulting in me being so sore that it makes me nauseous every time I move - good times), sticking to our Whole30 diet while eating delicious meals at La Boulange, Bar Crudo, and Park Tavern, reading TONS more in The Goldfinch (almost done!), and closing the weekend out by cooking a delicious dinner and watching last night's Mad Men. So yeah, I'd say it was a pretty great weekend.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone - see you back here tomorrow!

Dress Well: Pink Pants Day

Madewell blouse, Blank NYC jeans via Madewell, J. Crew flats, J. Crew necklace, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Friday was "bright pants" day at work (long story). I'm obviously a fan of "bright pants" day - it gave me a very welcome reason to break out my neon Blank NYC jeans. Also, I can hardly believe that this is the first time I've worn this Madewell blouse on the blog! I absolutely LOVE it (and wore it both Friday and Saturday night this weekend. Shhhh.....).

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I hope you all had fun weekends. The highlights of mine included dinner with friends at Park Tavern (DELICIOUS - highly recommend), getting a facial, making all of my husband's dreams come true by going to see the LEGO Movie, and dinner at Foreign Cinema (also delicious). It all flew by so fast - don't they always?

Have a great week.