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If you take peek into my closet, you would notice a sea of solid colors.  It’s not that I don’t like pattern, but lately I have been focusing on investment pieces.  To me those investment pieces are a perfect white blazer, super soft tees, killer heels, and a lust-worthy handbag; items that can be paired together and worn all of the time. I have started to build up a wardrobe I enjoy looking at everyday. With that said, I knew I was missing something in my closet. Pattern and texture are the perfect additions to a classic wardrobe. Rather than investing in trendy styles, I stuck with a classic silhouette. I liked these Equipment tops so much, I bought three of them; two patterns and one solid. These shirts can be worn on a night out with friends, to work with a pencil skirt, or even with a pair of jean shorts. The silk makes it dressier than just a normal tee, but still casual enough to throw on with a pair of gladiator sandals for a put together day-look. Is there something you feel you are missing from your closet?

SHOPTHEPOST.pngEquipment Riley Tee (other styles found here) / Textile Elizabeth and James Skinny Jeans / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch (purchased at Steven Alan, but also found here) / Earrings (similar here) / Zara Heels (almost identical version here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses c/o (on sale!) / Catbird Rings / Nails: Essie in ‘Blanc’ / Loren Hope Bracelet c/o

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photography by Merritt Beck 

BACK TO BLUE

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Joules7 Joules11Joules15 Joules13Joules14Joules18Whenever I am in a wardrobe slump in the middle of a season, I always gravitate to a certain color palate.  In the beginning of the season, I was all about black on black, but these gloomy, short days have me feeling slightly depressed as of late.

Because we cancelled our trip this past weekend, it meant we had an entire weekend that was plan-free.  So on Saturday, we ventured out for a little shopping trip and picked up some tulips to freshen things up at the house. One of my favorite winter outfits is to layer vests under a jacket. Even after living in the Midwest for 8 years, I am still a complete wimp when it comes to the cold.

Joules Vest in Navy (c/o) / J.Crew Boy Shirt in Blue / J.Crew Denim Jacket (love this vest for Spring)/ Zara Jeans (similar here) / Kate Spade Bag- old (love this one!) / Charles David Booties- old (similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lips

 

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

A HIDDEN GEM

ADOD_TARTAN8ADOD_TARTAN10 ADOD_TARTAN1 ADOD_TARTAN12 ADOD_TARTAN9 ADOD_TARTAN11 ADOD_TARTAN6“I felt like we had a secret, just the two of us. Like that thing where you just wanna be with one person all the time. You feel like the two of you get something no one else gets.”- American Hustle

Yesterday was one of those days, just the two of us. To be honest, most of the time it is just the two of us (if you haven’t noticed already from Instagram).  Living in a town where we don’t know a sole except for co-workers and the next big city is a little less than an hour away, it is hard to meet friends. I guess it is just another sign of getting older, so for now it’s just the two of us and I am okay with it.

One thing is we both love is adventure; finding and trying new places, traveling, and stumbling upon those hidden gems in cities that only the locals know about.  So as the new year is well on its way, the jet setting continues… stay tuned because there are new and old cities on our list this year.  Next stop NYC.

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Oversize Wool Tartan Overcoat (c/o)– sold out (similar here)/ Baldwin Denim Ten Skinny in White (Spring 2014 collection here) / GAP Cowlneck Sweater (on sale- 50% off) / Charles David Boots (last season- similar here) / Essie ‘Stylenomics’ Nailpolish / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lipstick / Churchill Sunglasses / Tory Burch Clutch (old- love this one) / Catbird Threadbare Stacking Rings / Golden Open Bangle / David Yurman Heart Bangle / JewelMint Bracelet

 

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POOLSIDE IN THE FALL

Mini Tunic Dress from Subtle Luxury (c/o) Love this one too! / J.Crew Navy Bandeau Top and Botton (on sale!) / Paul Smith Churhill Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Rings / TKEES Leather Flip Flops / Kate Spade Bag (old, similar here) / Essie Lollipop 

There is nothing better than enjoying a little R&R on vacation. Being able to uplug is always a hard task for me, I am constantly on my phone, even to a fault. My goal this past weekend was to be present and just shut my phone off for a few hours. When we arrived in Houston, it was rainy and chilly so I thought slipping into my bathing suit was going to be out of the picture.  I woke up early to sneak in a quick brunch at the cutest cafe, Tiny Boxwoods with Lauren. I am so grateful to have met some many wonderful friends through blogging.  We chatted about blog, jobs, life, and of course shopping. We probably could have sat there for hours! 

The sun was shining, so we headed down to the pool for a little relaxation.  When I am at a hotel, I always like to wear a cover up and this Subtle Luxury embroidered tunic was the perfect piece to throw on to eat a late lunch by the pool. I am a big fan of long sleeve tunics, but they have to be lightweight and just the right length. This tunic is whisper thin cotton and all of the embroidery is handmade, which gives it a special touch and oh soo beautiful. I am still dreaming about being back at the pool, as it is supposed to snow this week in the Midwest.  If you are planning a trip to warmer temps this winter, be sure to check out Subtle Luxury’s entire collection here. I am OBSESSED with this one too.  

Be on the lookout for a special giveaway next week, you will not want to miss it! 

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OUTFIT DETAILS: WEEKEND WEAR

On a gloomy, rainy day my favorite thing to wear is a cozy sweater and jeans.  Fall weather can be so tricky, one day it is freezing and the next it is 75 and sunny.  We planned to head to the apple orchard today, but of course the rain in the forecast got in the way.  Either way, I find every excuse to wear my rainboots.  Instead of apple picking and eating delicious cider donuts, I am going to attempt some new recipies in the kitchen (wish me luck!), and we will be watching lots of football. Happy Sunday! 

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Distressed Ozzie (darker denim here) c/o / Hunter Original Rain Boots / J. Crew-old but I love this one on sale! / Kate Spade Bag (Similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses / Catbird Threadbare Ring / Catbird Twisted Stacker / Catbird First Knuckle Ring /  Essie Lollipop Red / NARS Heat Wave  

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LATELY

Since I moved we have been trying to do alot of exploring in the areas near our little town.  This weekend we drove over to Columbus and Cleveland and found some really fun areas with great food. On Saturday we enjoyed the afternoon sitting by the water, stopping into the West Side Market and playing around on the lawn of the Cleveland Museum of Art (it closed a few minutes before we pulled up- the perfect excuse to go back). The weather was perfect so we put the top down on the Jeep. I love the wind in my hair, except of the giant knots it created- let’s just say I was not having the best of hair days after our trip. Next on the list are Niagra Falls and Washington DC.  

Outfit Details: 

White J.Crew Popover / Baldwin Denim White Shorts / Sam Edelman Sandals / Daniel Wellington Watch / Paul Smith Sunglasses (c/o)

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