Spring Style at Banana Republic

Despite having zero events to wear these dresses, I love their floaty, feminine style:

I can’t decide which color is prettier.

And while – let’s face it – I probably won’t buy one of these maxi dresses, this blouse and this scarf are more realistic contenders for spring wardrobe additions.

Have you shopped at Banana Republic lately?

March Stitch Fix

I was excited – as always – to find my Stitch Fix box waiting on the doorstep for me when I arrived home Friday night. Despite the box being covered in a dusting of fresh snow, I was eager to dive in.

Spoiler alert: This was my favorite Fix to date. 

Even if this had been the only item I received, I still would consider this my best Fix yet, because the first thing I pulled out of the box was just so good.

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I’d seen someone wearing this Pixley “Kendari” faux suede jacket a few weeks ago and gushed about how much I loved it. When she told me she’d received it from Stitch Fix, I shamelessly asked to see the tag so I could note the brand and make a specific request for this jacket.

When I discovered one of my own in the Fix, I was beyond delighted. 

This moto jacket is incredibly soft and the fit is great. The above picture does not do the color justice; it’s really fawn-like and has blush undertones. It is perfect for spring and I can’t wait to wear it.

Here are the stylist’s comments about the coat:

I saw your request to see the Pixley faux suede Moto jacket in this Fix, and I’m thrilled to tell you that we had one in stock to send you! It’s such a popular item and it’s been flying off the shelves this season! Pair it with your favorite jeans and a t-shirt or layer it over a casual dress for a chic look that’s perfect for work or weekend.

I love how it’s shown on the styling cards:

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You can also get a better sense of the color from the image above. Isn’t this pretty?

Total win! Possibly my favorite Stitch Fix item ever.

I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I discovered that the next thing in the box was the Loveappella “Dawnty” pullover, another item I had seen on Stitch Fix review blogs and had Pinned with a comment that I’d love to get it.

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Although it looks like a sweatshirt, it’s not. The material is more like a thin, soft sweater. The teal accents are what sealed the deal for me.

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Here’s how it was styled by the Stitch Fix team:

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I loved this so much that I wore it the day after I got it.

Next up: the Honey Punch “Novah” elbow patch textured cardigan.

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This is a very soft off-white cardigan with fabric that reminds me of a thermal knit. The elbow patches provide contrast and are faux suede:

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One problem that I had with the elbow patches was that the stitching was loose. I had to cut some threads off of each side.

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Still, I like the style and this is a cozy piece that I will likely reach for often. I absolutely love how it is styled below and plan to wear it with a chambray shirt and booties, as shown on the right.

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The final piece of clothing was this Market & Spruce “Austin” polka dot and striped shirt:

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Here’s the back:

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This definitely falls under the umbrella of My Style, so I think it was a good pick from my Stylist. I think it suffered in comparison to the other clothing pieces in the box, since I liked them more. Overall, though, this is ok and I will wear it when the weather gets warmer.

The last thing I received was an accessory, which is unusual for me to get in a Fix. This was the Bay to Baubles “Matt” teardrop necklace. 

Initially, I was not wowed by this necklace, but I also didn’t notice the tiny rhinestone details until I took it out of the box to photograph it. This considerably upped my interest, and I also realized I have very few silver necklaces that are long enough to layer. This piece is growing on me. (Sorry, no styling cards provided for this).

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Final detail: the Keep It All price for this Fix was $185, which is one of the lowest I’ve had in a long time. It was a total no brainer to say yes.

Best Fix yet.

 

 

 

 

Shot of Color with Spring Scarves from Banana Republic

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This is the view from my hotel room this morning. 

On the plus side, the weather is actually better than forecasted.

But that’s not saying much.

Yesterday was also “Blue Monday,” which has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

All of this gray-ness makes me crave signs of spring.

Since I don’t have any trips involving sunshine scheduled any time soon, these scarves from Banana Republic will have to do.

First up: blue and green.

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I like the daisies on the top one, especially the pop of orange in the centers.

This pink floral one is also light and pretty:

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Orange Pops of Color

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Dang! I was planning to order these Gap shoes when I had a coupon for 40% off (started yesterday), but then two things happened:

  1. I realized the coupon was for in-store purchases only, not online, and our local store does not sell shoes.
  2. The shoes are now backordered.

Sigh.

I ended up ordering them for full retail – which I hate to do at the Gap – and now they’re delayed. Double d’oh.

But that hasn’t stopped me from still being obsessed with all things orange.

Maybe it’s the subzero temps lately and the happy (and tropical) associations I have with the color orange, but it’s really been a magnet for me, even more than usual.

(Did I ever mention that I drive an orange Jeep? Fact).

Current Orange Obsession (COO) #1: This bag.

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I used to be squarely in the camp that a designer bag should be a classic, period. The thought of buying an investment piece that turned out to be a flash-in-the-pan trend seemed like a total waste, and that mindset carried over to color selection, too. (Hello, black!)

A few months ago I was traveling and saw a chic woman carrying the same classic Prada handbag that I own (in black), but hers was electric blue.

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The color really stood out, especially because in the winter most people tend to be so bundled up in heavy coats that you can’t really see much of what they’re wearing, and many winter coats tend to be dark colors.

COO #1.5: This bag. Ninety percent less than bag #1, and you may be able to get it in-store for 40% off at the Gap right now. (Grrr again on those loafers).

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COO #2: This scarf, a total burst of Vitamin C, was a recent birthday gift courtesy of our amazing babysitter (who, sadly, is leaving us soon. Sniff).

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I’ve been wearing this non-stop with my blue Patagonia coat. Blue and orange look great together!

COO #3 and #4: Ok, I am dying over these socks from Woven Pear. I saw them online and immediately ordered four pairs.

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Also from Woven Pear:

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COO #5: Tory Burch York Multi-Task Smartphone Wallet. I still need to get my phone updated, and when I do, I’ll be carrying it in style.

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COO #6 and #7: If you want to smell like an orange, start here and here:

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 Just creating this post made me happy. It’s the Orange Effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Re-fresh, Part Deux

Yesterday I posted that I wanted to bring some spring into our (somewhat) dreary master bedroom.

To re-cap, the room is painted a dark charcoal gray and I wanted to add some bright yellow accents.

Initially I tried to find a yellow throw and shams, but I quickly realized I was delusional to think that this Toms collaboration striped throw would be available at our local Target store.

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Apparently it sold out everywhere, right away. In November.

What I *did* find, though, was a set of yellow jersey sheets on sale for $20.

(The online price still says $40.99, but they were half off in store).

Here’s what they look like:

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End result:

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The Tiara Pillow is from the W Hotel Store and was a witty Christmas gift from Spouse to me. He knows me well!

Less than a minute after trying to style and shoot these photos, here’s what happened:

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Trixie (5) decided the bed was eminently jump-able.

P.S. Here’s a picture of the small reading area near the bed. I usually sit there and sip wine, read magazines and “supervise” the kids while they take showers at night.

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