Thursday, March 23, 2017

One Great Coat

coat-H&M(similar here), dress-Max Studio via Le Tote, shirt-Zara(similar here), boots-Asos, ring/necklace-Le Tote 

Yes, this coat again. But, it's perfect for this time of year, no?. True, plaid is more of a fall print, but the length, weight, and chic factor of this coat also work for spring. Plus, I think I've proven that I know how to rock plaids anytime of year(here, here, and here).  Also, this knit sheath dress was so much fun to layer and of course pockets! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pink Utility

jacket-H&M(similar here), scarf-American Apparel(similarish here), sweater-Le Tote, pants-Uniqlo(similar here), boots-Landsend(similar here)

Sure, this look isn't setting the fashion world on fire, but sometimes outfitting leans more on functionality then style. Now that daylight savings has kicked in and we had a nice bout of springtime weather, Mr. Keller and I have resumed our evenings walks. So this is my walking outfit! I threw on this pink shirt to contrast the military-esque green with a feminine pop-of-color, PLUS that bit of pink underneath the dark green is much like the gardens and flower beds we pass in our stroll, as flowers are starting to bud! So, yes this IS a utilitarian-inspired outfit, but it speaks to the subtleties of the natural world--bam! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fox Socks for Spring

Closeup of Textures!

coat-H&M(similar here), sweater-Le Tote, shirt-Banana Republic Factory Store, pants-Uniqlo(similar here), socks-Target(similarish here), loafers-Etienne Aigner(similar here)

You may recall my fox socks in this post back in November. Here they are again welcoming Spring! It's kind of surprising how many colors and patterns are seasonally appropriate for both latish fall and early spring. The temps are similar, at least here in Pittsburgh, hence layers are de rigueur for both season. And while some may consider plaid a fall/winter pattern, for this outfitter there's a plaid for every season, and a fresh green and navy plaid fits just about any time of year. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Boho with Moto

jacket-Forever 21(similar here), dress-Mango(similar here), boots-DSW(similar here), necklace/ring-Gifted(similarish here and here from Anthropologie

I'm greeting this first day of Spring by bringing some edge to this boho shift dress with a knitwear moto-jacket! For me, the trick to pulling off bohemian and earthy style, is to mix in some punk and hardness. It's all about balancing the ying and yang. To go full-on free-flowing hippie dippie in a boho look wouldn't be authentic to my personal aesthetic. I need at least one tough piece to make this style my own. Happy Spring! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Backpacks, Boy Shorts, Baby Dress, & Poetry

As this week is winding down and I don't have any outfit pics in the hopper, I wanted to share a few retailers, books, and thoughts that have been swirling around in my outfitting and reading life...

First up, a new retailer that I'm online flirting with Cuyana

Their catalog is so elegant, and low-key, very much playing in the chic neutral pond that I enjoy. Plus I'm slowly falling in love with this bag--

This Leather Backpack can also be a shoulder bag, how versatile. This has gone up on my Pinterest Board "Things I Crave"!!!!

Also currently hanging out on that board are these men's pleather shorts from Zara!

These shorts are kind of ridic, but I also kind of love them... they are sold out, but the idea of browsing in the men's department isn't ridiculous at all. I'm a big fan of both Zara and Forever 21's male section. 

But enough about retail fantasies for myself, let's move on to baby girl!

Recently received a catalog for Tea Collection out of Australia. How adorbs are these embroidered dresses!!!!!? I have to be very careful when shopping for baby girl. I can easily get caught up in the preciousness. So, I've implemented some ground rules, first and foremost never pay full price, 2nd nothing "branded", and 3rd never buy anything that's not machine washable. 

I don't often HAVE to buy clothes for the baby, her grandmothers and aunts are always getting her things, so it's not like the child is going to go naked anytime soon. 

From the body to the mind--BOOKS!

I'm waiting to buy this story book for my baby until she's a bit older. This volume contains bedtime stories of 100 (!!!) extraordinary women. I can't wait to share this one with Little Miss in a few years. 

Speaking of extraordinary women I've been spending time with "Jackknife: New and Selected Poems" by my teacher Jan Beatty

This brilliant collection has all of my poetry cylinders pounding. The emotion, energy, language, raw power is just amazing. I don't have the space or words here to go into the in-depth praise this books deserves, but trust this work will change you, for the better! 

Have a great rest of your week. I'll be back with outfits on Monday! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pockets, Pockets, Pockets!

vest-Mango(similarish here), dress-Anthropologie(similar here), trousers-Uniqlo(similarish here), boots-Kelly & Katie via DSW(similar here), necklace-Gifted

Pockets run deep in this outfit--in the vest, dress, and trousers! You can never have too many pockets in my book! And yes, I'm still rocking a dress over pants, which I started embracing last year around this time in my post-partum transition. And have found it to be a fun way to layer, especially as winter drags on and my cold-weather clothing could definitely use a stylish boost.  

Pittsburgh finally got hit with snow last night, but nothing as bad other parts of PA and New York, so be sure to layer up and stay warm. 

One Great Coat

coat-H&M(similar here ), dress- Max Studio via Le Tote , shirt-Zara(similar her...