Dress Well: To the Max

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Old Navy dress (on sale!), Sam Edelman sandals, J. Crew bangle, Anthropologie bag (old)

Well, you've seen it before and you'll see it again - I'm finally jumping on a bandwagon that's at least a year old. One year ago I was saying NO WAY to anything and everything maxi. However, when I spotted this soft, striped, super inexpensive dress at Old Navy, I thought it was maybe time to dip a toe into the trend. Turns out I should have jumped in earlier - how great would this dress have been when we were on the beach back in January?

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DSC_3863I apologize for my long hiatus this week! Work has been crazy, and I've just been generally slow to adjust back to a normal schedule following our trip to Cincinnati last weekend. Which, by the way, was amazing. I enjoyed every single second we spent celebrating our friends' beautiful wedding and wonderful (new!) marriage. I'm looking forward to celebrating many more happy unions over the next couple years.

Back at you tomorrow (hopefully). I mean, we just finished Orange is the New Black and Fargo, so do I really have an excuse?

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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: Lock Me Up

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Anthropologie dress, Chie Mihara wedges (on MAJOR sale!), Super old necklace, J. Crew bracelet (old), ASOS clutch, Ray-Ban sunglasses (very similar)

I wore this dress to work for the first time yesterday, and when I walked through the door I was met with a barrage of compliments from my very wonderful co-workers. Everyone loved this dress, as they should - not only is it fun and different, but it is RIDICULOUSLY comfortable. It was my outfit of choice for a recent dinner at Flour + Water because the lack of a waistband made it perfect for eating copious amounts of pasta. Seriously ladies, run don't walk to Anthropologie to pick it up - this baby's a keeper!

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DSC_3084Can I get a show of hands for who's excited about the release of Season 2 of Orange is the New Black today? If you're not excited, go watch Season 1 and get back to me. My husband and I are planning on staying in tonight, cooking dinner, drinking wine, and taking in as many episodes as possible. After a long, productive, exhausting week, I'm more than ready to immerse myself for a few hours in a great show. Here's hoping it lives up to its own precedent.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dress Well: Summer is Coming

Madewell shirt, J. Crew jeans, J. Crew flats, Anthropologie necklace, J. Crew bangle, ASOS clutch, Ray-Ban sunglasses

All hail the return of white jeans - let's face it, they're the only real way to add a summery feeling to your wardrobe in this arctic summer tundra we call San Francisco.

Even though I already have white jeans (seen here among other places), I picked up this new pair at J. Crew two weekends ago in order to add an ankle-length version to my wardrobe. It's so funny - last summer, my straight-leg white jeans seemed so fresh and perfectly stylish. Now when I put them on, I feel like I need a time machine to go back to 2011 when their cut was cool. Style is a capricious thing.

Oh - and did I mention how much I love this new clutch? I've been carrying my Clare Vivier calfskin clutch so much that I realized I needed a clutch for spring/summer too. I would fully expect to see me with this bad boy in tow at every summer wedding, party, or weekend outing I attend. I can't get enough of it.

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