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2019 February Favorites

Well! It’s the last day of February, so I guess I’m slipping this post in under the wire.

Each month I like to share some new finds and old favorites I’m particularly enjoying right now, so these are my February Favorites.

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2019 February Favorites

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one // I was so excited to discover this faux suede drape jacket that I ended up ordering a second one in heathered grey.

Mine is the pink adobe, but I’ve seen another blogger style the lilac, and it’s really pretty too. It also comes in silver and olive, and the heathered grey is listed separately for some reason.

It’s lightweight and drapes beautifully but it also provides some warmth. It’s so perfect for spring!

I wear a medium in this jacket, for your size reference. It’s TTS for BlankNYC jackets, but if you tend to run in between sizes, I recommend sizing up.

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two // I’ve been carrying this Everlane leather tote a lot lately, as I start to wear lighter colors in anticipation of spring. It’s such a classic, this color is such a versatile light taupe, and the quality is really good for the price.

Plus I like Everlane’s philosophy and enjoy supporting a company that makes transparency and supporting ethical factories a priority.

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three // I was so excited to see these driving loafers appear after the super popular pair from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was discontinued. They’re very similar and even come in a bold orange-red that is similar to mine.

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four // I’ve already featured this Madewell top a few times, so it’s not new to you regulars. I just think it’s such a good transition piece for this awkward in-between season. I break it out every time the daily high tops 50 degrees. It’s TTS; for reference, I have the small.

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five // This is another top that is great for transition season. It’s on the higher end of the budget spectrum, but it’s currently 40% off and stocked in all sizes. I honestly don’t know why it’s not flying off the shelves.

The asymmetrical hem is a bit unusual, but I think it only adds to the appeal. The quality of the cashmere is top notch, and the color palette says “springtime” while the cashmere keeps you snug and warm until the weather decides to cooperate.

For size reference, I wear a medium in Nordstrom Signature sweaters, so I recommend sizing up or going with your larger size if you’re in between.

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six // This ruffle split neck blouse is starting to sell out, so grab it while you can. It really is so good. I love it, and I’m bummed to see it selling out before I get to officially feature it.

It’s very flattering and figure forgiving. The ruffle hem is cute, the split neck is flattering, and it has a really nice drape. Plus a black blouse is so versatile. I have it in a small, for reference.

seven // This CND Winter Glow is one of my favorite nail colors for spring and summer. It’s a chalky pink that reads neutral but has enough color to contrast against my pale white skin.

I get my nails done every other week and use the CND Shellac, but it’s also available in Vinylux that is easy to apply at home and remove with regular nail polish remover.

eight // I’m loving the Truffle cases I ordered before my last trip. I actually got all three sizes — the mini, the small, and the large. I use them all, but mainly the two smaller ones inside my daily tote bag.

I was going to return the large one, and the return policy is pretty strict — they wanted all the packaging, and I think I had to pay for the shipping, so I just kept it.

As it ended up, I’m really glad I did. I’ve already used it a couple of times — mostly for travel or for carrying some makeup when I’m going to a photo shoot, but it comes in handy from time to time, and it’s such a classy way to contain extra stuff in your purse or luggage.

nine // I am officially obsessed with these slingback platform sandals. I’ve been ordering a ton of different sandals recently, to update my own as well as to have current recommendations for you all. I’ve tried everything from wedges to flats to block heels, and some were very pricey. I was disappointed with all but these Vince Camutos, and they’re one of the more affordable pairs I tried.

For one thing, they’re remarkably comfortable. The suede is really soft against the foot and there are no rough areas that rub. Plus the block heel and the sling back offers plenty of stability, and the platform reduces the heel drop so I don’t feel like I’m wearing so high of a heel, but I get all the height of the full 4 inches.

And to top it off, this blush color is divine. They also come in black and red, and they run true to size. AND I just found out that today they’re 30% off at Macy’s!!!

ten // I’m doing a lot of traveling this spring, and I wanted to invest in some good quality over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Bose is the gold standard, of course, but when I polled Facebook, I heard good things about the Sony brand as well, and I liked the look of these a lot so I ordered them.

I wore them on both flights to and from Scottsdale, and I love them. They do what they say they do, and they’re comfortable, plus they look nice. I mean, as nice as over-the-ear headphones can look. My 16 y/o daughter has been wearing them here at home a lot since I got back, and she loves them too. In fact, I fear I’ll never get them back. #kidding #whostheparenthere

eleven // Finally, if you’re not sick of it yet, you will be. This denim jacket has been a workhorse in my wardrobe lately — not so much for my daily life because it’s cold, but I keep finding ways to incorporate it into the spring looks I’m putting together for 26 Days of Spring Fashion, which starts tomorrow!!!

For anyone not familiar, it runs a little big. I have it in the small. It has great stretch and shape retention, it’s the perfect mid-indigo wash so it goes great with lights and darks, and it’s super flattering on. Definitely worth the investment. On a cost per wear basis, this jacket has more than paid for itself since I bought it last year.

So, yeah! That’s a wrap! Over and out, February!!! I can’t say I’m sad to see you go, but you sure did fly by so I guess I can’t complain.

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Spring Transition Style with Lord & Taylor

This time of year, it’s hard to know if we should be shopping for cold-weather styles that we can only wear for a few more weeks and then put away for next year, or if we should start buying warm-weather pieces that we have to wait to wear until the weather decides to cooperate.

My answer? Both and yes!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans and Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace

Right now, I’m buying things I can incorporate into my winter wardrobe as the weather allows and continue wearing into spring. We tend to be up and down this time of year — it can snow one week and be 60 degrees the next — so I like to buy classic layering pieces that can go either way.

This Bobeau dolman sleeve cardigan from Lord & Taylor is the perfect example.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans, Taryn Rose Faye Water-Resistant Pointy Toe Loafers, and Calvin Klein Small Jacky Stripe-Stitch Tote #sponsored #lordandtaylor

I absolutely love this piece. It has such a nice drape to it and a pretty slub texture, and the relaxed pockets keep it feeling light and laid-back.

Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with Lucky Brand Silvertone Twisted Cuff Bracelet

We’ve talked about adding juxtaposition to an outfit to create interest, and I think this cardigan does that by combining a dressier fabric with a relaxed-casual style.

Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans and Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace

I wore this cardigan over a white tank and paired them with skinny jeans in a medium indigo wash.

These jeans are BlankNYC, and they’re a great price point. I really like the wash — it is perfect for pairing with navy because it provides some contrast between the two shades of blue.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans, Taryn Rose Faye Water-Resistant Pointy Toe Loafers, and Calvin Klein Small Jacky Stripe-Stitch Tote #sponsored #lordandtaylor

The loafers keep the look more spring-like, but you could also wear booties if it’s still chilly in your area. This is the clay color and it is so versatile.

These are really comfortable too, but I recommend sizing up a half size from your normal. I usually wear an 8 or 8.5 in ballet flats, and I had to go up to a 9 in these to accommodate the pointy toe.

 Taryn Rose Faye Water-Resistant Pointy Toe Loafers in Clay

I accessorized with this silver twisted cuff bracelet and agate pendant with gunmetal accents. I like how they both have a casual look about them that work well with this look.

Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace

And isn’t this stripe stitch tote a fun addition to the outfit!?!

I love the texture for spring and summer, but with this color combo, you can definitely start carrying it now.

In my series on transition style last week, I mentioned incorporating lighter layers into our pre-spring looks, and this hooded trench is the perfect coat for those of us in areas of the country that are still holding onto the cold weather.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Calvin Klein Hooded Trench Coat with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans, Taryn Rose Faye Loafers, Calvin Klein Small Jacky Stripe-Stitch Tote, and Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace

It’s heavier than a typical trench and has a light fleece lining that really does add warmth. The day we shot this look, it was freezing outside, and I was so happy to put this coat on! It’s warmer than it looks.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Calvin Klein Hooded Trench Coat with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans and Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace

The details are really pretty, and it has a flattering cut to it. I also love that it has a removable hood. I’m not one to futz with an umbrella, so I almost always buy coats with hoods.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Calvin Klein Hooded Trench Coat from Lord & Taylor

This coat runs true to size, or if in between, you probably want to size up.

I’m wearing the small, and it was a bit snug when zipped. I think a medium would be more comfortable and allow for a thicker sweater underneath.

It’s a nice length too — the shorter style has a more casual vibe than a traditional knee-length trench. It also comes in black and pink, and it’s a great price!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Calvin Klein Hooded Trench Coat with Blank NYC Classic Stretch Jeans

This outfit is comprised of so many great basics that you can start wearing now and mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe as we head into springtime.

I will totally keep this cardigan in my closet all through the summer — it’s a super cute addition to shorts and skirt outfits, and it would also look great over a casual sundress.

The jeans and suede loafers can be worn all year ’round, or at least three seasons of the year, and the bag is so fun for spring and summer. I also love how the statement necklace adds a focal point and breaks up the solid colors in the outfit.

Be sure to use code SMART to get an additional 20% off your Lord & Taylor order!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan with BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans, Taryn Rose Faye Water-Resistant Pointy Toe Loafers, and Calvin Klein Small Jacky Stripe-Stitch Tote

Daily Outfits:

Bobeau Rumor Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan // similar tank // Blank NYC Classic Stretch Jeans // Taryn Rose Faye Water-Resistant Pointy Toe Loafers // Calvin Klein Hooded Trench Coat // Lucky Brand Silvertone Twisted Cuff Bracelet // Lucky Brand Modern Opulence Gunmetal-Tone Pave Agate Necklace // Calvin Klein Small Jacky Stripe-Stitch Tote

Thanks to Lord + Taylor and Shopstyle for sponsoring this post.

photos: Alison Cornell

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Putting My Best Foot Forward for Spring with Nordstrom

Last week we talked about five tips for transitioning our wardrobes from winter to spring, and I think my favorite is with my choice of shoes. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to ditch the boots and booties and start wearing pumps, loafers, and sandals.

In fact, I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is, and I think I’ve ordered a half dozen pair of shoes in the last few weeks… in the name of blog research, of course. Ha!

My go-to place to shop for shoes is Nordstrom because they have the most extensive shoe department, a generous return policy, and I’m totally addicted to their BOPUS (buy online pick up in store) option. Whether you’re looking for luxury labels, mid-priced contemporary brands, or budget-friendly finds, Nordstrom has it all.

They also have the best search functionality of any website I know. You can drill down by type of shoe, size, heel height, price point, and color to narrow down your selections, or simply browse the thousands of options from top brands.

Today’s look features these perforated shield sandals by the Nordstrom private label, Halogen.

I love how these shoes walk the line between booties and sandals, making them one of the best transition shoes for spring.

They’re made of the softest nubuck leather, and the buckled slingback allows you to adjust them to fit your foot, plus the chunky stacked heel provides great stability for a 3 1/2″ heel.

I’m wearing the blush, but they also come in dark grey and black, and they’re true to size. I’m wearing my usual 8.

The rest of the outfit is all from my closet, and I went with a combination of light neutrals. I love wearing grey, white, denim, and blush together.

These white jeans are my go-to. They look great with everything from boots to pumps, ballet flats to mules, sneakers to sandals, and everything in between. They run small; I recommend sizing up one full size from your normal.

This denim jacket has a flattering fit and tons of stretch for the ultimate comfort. It runs big; I have it in a small.

And the grey sweater underneath has been on serious repeat lately! It’s just so comfy and cute. I love the neckline and the texture and the relaxed-casual vibe.

I love how this classic combination of white jeans, grey sweater, and mid-wash denim jacket look like spring, but the layers are warm enough to keep me comfortable on a chilly day.

The perforated sandals will be great when the weather warms up some, but meanwhile I’ve worn this outfit with grey loafers, orange moccasins, grey booties, and taupe mules.

Daily Outfits:

Halogen Demi Perforated Shield Sandals // PAIGE ‘Verdugo’ Ankle Skinny Jeans // Madewell Kimball Sweater // Vince Camuto Jean Jacket // LAGOS ‘Columbus Circle’ Ball Stud Earrings // similar necklace here // similar handbag

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Thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post.

photos: Alison Cornell

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Coffee Talk 02.24.19

Greetings, friends! I hope you all had a good week. Mine was a bit of a whirlwind.

I had a blast in Arizona, but it’s good to be home. I shared a little about the trip in my email newsletter yesterday, but for those who may have missed it, I was there attending a conference for marketers. ShopStyle (my affiliate network) flew me out along with a few other bloggers to meet with them and network with other brands attending the conference.

The conference was held at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, which is a beautiful spot where I actually stayed once before for a different conference, but their rooms booked up so I stayed at the nearby Mountain Shadows Resort.

My resort had a very different vibe, but I loved it and ended up being very happy I got to stay there. I just took an Uber back and forth to Camelback as needed.

Mountain Shadows is very new and sleek, and my room was incredible. I did a little room tour in my Insta Story, for anyone who is interested. It’s saved on the Life tab in my highlight reel, along with all my other Stories from the trip. Here’s the view from my balcony. Pretty sweet, yes???


I went out a day early so I could get some spring outfit photos in a new location, and I booked a local photographer to come to the resort Monday afternoon. They were having unusually cold weather — it actually wasn’t much warmer than here! But we made do. Jacqueline was a blast to work with, and I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out.

There were three other ShopStyle bloggers on the trip as well, and I had never met any of them before, but I’ve been in this industry long enough to know (14 years as of next month!!!) that when bloggers get together, it doesn’t matter if you knew each other before or not. There is always plenty to gab about, and we all hit it off.

I met Jess in the hotel bar after my photo shoot for a glass of wine, and then I went out to dinner with Ashley and Mallory after that. After being alone for a couple of days, it was really nice to get out of my room and socialize.

The next day was when all of the action was planned. I got up bright and early and Ubered over to another resort — The Sanctuary — for a networking brunch with the ShopStyle team and some reps from various brands that were present at the conference.

They put on a swanky brunch for us, and I met people from Trunk Club, Schutz shoes, Shutterfly, Free People, Nordstrom, Rakuten (the marketing company hosting the conference) and others. I also got to meet several members of the ShopStyle team for the first time.

After that, we had some down time to work and visit in the hotel lobby, and there were brand meetings that afternoon. It was all very helpful and interesting, and I can’t wait to follow up with them and see where it leads.

I got a few hours to rest in my room before dinner with the other bloggers and the ShopStyle team at The Mission, which evidently is a hard spot to get a reservation. It was a really cool place, and the food was amazing.

The next day, I worked at the resort before moving to a hotel in Phoenix for an extra night due to the weather here in Philly. While that wasn’t part of my original plan, it gave me some nice downtime to rest and process the events of the prior couple days.

All in all, it was a great experience! When you work alone from home, it’s a rare treat to meet up with other people who do what you do and “talk shop” for a few days, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a conference.

It was nice to get some face time with members of the ShopStyle team and to meet with reps from several brands I already work with as well as a few new brands that I’m hoping to work with in the future. That said, it was a long time to be away from my family, especially with the extra day throw in there, so it feels really good to be home.

As they say, there’s no rest for the wicked! I had a couple of deadlines looming so on Friday, my first day home, I met with Alison to shoot a few looks, and that afternoon I got right to work on blog posts.

We didn’t do much Friday and Saturday, except shuttle the girls from place to place. Yesterday we got to attend my younger daughter’s first jazz band performance, so that was fun.

And today, I’m excited to go down and see my son after church service and take him to lunch. We haven’t seen him since he went back after Christmas break.

In other news, my spring series with Cyndi starts this Friday, March 1st!!! 

We are teaming up once again for a style challenge where we each style a new spring outfit every day of the month except Sundays, so mark your calendars and be sure you’re signed up for my daily emails so you don’t miss anything!

Yes, it may seem early to some of you, but it’s also a little late for others. Some of you are telling me you’ve been wearing spring-like outfits for the past month, and others are saying spring is still a couple months away.

I get it. Here in Philly, March is a crapshoot. It can be 70 and sunny or 20 and snowing, and sometimes we get a little of both. But we always do this series in March because if we wait until April, spring styles start selling out.

My goal is to style a mix of transition outfits that we can actually wear now, as well as some lighter spring outfits for events you may have coming up in the next few months, so bear with me. If it doesn’t apply to you today, it will eventually!

I try to keep the blog a balance of real life outfits and inspiration for the season ahead, but whenever we’re in a transition period as we are right now, I am usually thinking ahead.

I do share what I’m actually wearing on Instagram, though, and I’ll do a What I Wore post for March, much like I did yesterday.

Also, if you aren’t on Instagram, I share my IG outfits each day in my email newsletter with a link to my ShopStyle page, where you can click on each outfit and then get product links to each retailer for more info. You do not have to have Instagram or a ShopStyle account to get the information.

I hope that’s helpful!

Well, this turned into quite the epistle! I need to start getting ready for church, and I’m hoping for a break in the rain so I can get a quick run in.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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What I Wore This Week

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, and since I actually went somewhere this week (read: didn’t spend every other day in the same sweatshirt, jeans, and slippers), I figured it was a good time to round up some of my recent outfits!

As an FYI, I post most of my outfits to Instagram — either to my feed or to stories, so if you follow along over there, these probably aren’t new to you, but it’s always nice to have them all in one place, and I can give more details on how they came together in a blog post.

If you aren’t on Instagram and you want some instant outfit inspo, you can always take a look at my Shop My Instagram Page in The Shop — linked in my menu bar at the top of the blog, or in the dropdown on mobile, and on the sidebar graphic.

Okay, so here’s a roundup of some of what I’ve worn over the past couple weeks!

What I Wore // Instagram Lately

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass figure, and I generally range from 135-140#. I usually take a small in sweaters and tops, a 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans, and an 8 in dresses.

FYI, every image below is clickable, taking you to my ShopStyle page with links to everything I’m wearing.

First up, an outfit I wore to church a few weeks back. It’s hard to see the details here, but this is a little more than a basic cashmere turtleneck. It’s a Vince that I snagged on Saks Off Fifth last winter at a deep discount, and the hem and cuffs are set apart in an extra wide rib knit. Of course, it’s long gone, so I did link up some more basic styles in case you’re shopping for a good black turtleneck.

I just paired it with my favorite skinnies and grey suede booties. This is a foolproof color combo that I wear over and over. It could use a fun colored bag — my new red one would be perfect — but sometimes I like to keep it all neutral. Get all details HERE.

I love this casual look with a denim jacket over a cashmere sweater and the black jeans with white sneakers — all sorts of juxtaposition going on here!

The tortoiseshell print hoop earrings add a fun touch as well. Mine are the “B-Leopard” color. Get all the details HERE.

I’ve worn this outfit a couple of times recently — it’s just so easy and chic. This particular day, I went to the mall.

I hate wearing a heavy coat in the mall, so I usually layer up and go with a leather jacket or puffer vest as my top layer. A lot of what I’m wearing is old, but it’s all very basic closet staples that most of us have already. Get all the details HERE.

I was really feeling the neutrals there for a while, wasn’t I?!?

Here’s a rare cardigan moment… haha! I’ve realized that one of the reasons I don’t wear cardigans much is that I don’t have any base layers I like underneath them. Just about every tee I own has a boob pocket, which I always find so awkward under a cardigan because it sort of half shows. I also don’t like the way a short-sleeve tee tends to bunch up in the shoulder area.

I FINALLY found a few tees without the boob pocket, and one is a tank style — perfect for layering under cardigans! The other option is a long-sleeve tee, and I do have one of those, but the neckline is higher than I prefer so I only wear it when it’s really cold out. The tank I love is marked way down, but it is final sale. I recommend sizing up if in between. I tried both sizes and kept the medium.

I’m wearing an XS in this pink sweater, and these jeans fit great and are just $46.

Get these outfit details HERE.

This cheery pink confetti sweater is an Old Navy find. I wish it didn’t have the drop shoulders, but otherwise it’s really cute and has a flattering neckline. It’s also light enough to wear into spring. Plus it’s marked down to $28 plus an extra 30% off that with code MORE.

And these jeans are really good for $65. Unfortunately these boots are super old and no longer available anywhere. They’re UGGs, and they’re so good; I wish they’d bring them back! Get all the details HERE.

We had a rare mild day, so I broke out this striped top and my happy orange loafers.

This top is only $28 at Amazon, and it’s a nice fabric — lightweight and super soft against the skin. It’s true to size; I’m wearing the small. Get the details HERE.

I think you’ve seen this before in a try-on post, but it bears mentioning again because this top is super cute and another affordable Amazon find. I recommend sizing up in this one; I’m wearing a medium. Get the details HERE.

I wore this to church one Sunday, and surprisingly, there are some sizes of this sweater still left! It’s final sale, but it comes down to $45 with promo code GOFORIT. I’m wearing a small, for reference.

These jeans are one of my go-to favorites, and the boots and bag are old so I linked similar. Get all the details HERE.

I wore this to meet a friend for brunch on “Galentine’s Day” and it obviously has just snowed. Even so, it wasn’t terribly cold, so I bypassed a coat and wore my leather jacket and a scarf with this pink sweater and grey jeans. Get all the details HERE.

Here you can see the outfit from a different angle without the scarf. As you can see, the scarf adds a lot, but of course I didn’t wear it (or the coat) inside the restaurant.

Every once in a while, we get a mild day, and I trade in my cozy cashmere for a lightweight sweater and my boots for loafers. I’m super excited that they brought back a similar version of these driving loafers! I also really like the slightly shorter length of these jeans for spring looks.

I wore this to have lunch with my husband on Valentine’s Day. I was coming from my photo shoot, actually, which is why I didn’t wear something dressier. I just kept on the last outfit we shot. I’ve since worn it several times, or a variation of it. For reference, the sweater is a small, and the jeans are a 28.

You can see more of this outfit in this blog post, or just get the shopping details are HERE.

I can’t remember where I wore this, but I love this twist front top. It’s a Gibson piece, so very soft and cozy — great for transition season, under $50, and available in a ton of colors. For size reference, I take the small. Get all the details HERE.

I wore this outfit running errands and hosting a meeting at my house. I actually wear this sweater a lot — probably once or twice a week. I love it so much, AND it just finally went on sale!!! It’s still a bit splurgy but totally worth it for such a nice knit, and the color palette lends itself well to carrying over into spring.

For reference, I take a medium in the Nordstrom Signature brand. Get all details HERE.

I met a friend at the mall the Saturday before I left for Arizona, and it was chilly, but again, I don’t like to wear a coat in the mall, so it was a cozy cashmere sweater and hooded puffer vest to the rescue!

You’ve seen it all before, but I’ll say it again, this vest is one of my best purchases this winter. Get all details HERE.

This is what I wore traveling to Arizona last weekend. Believe it or not, it took me an age to figure out what to wear. Seems crazy, but it just wasn’t coming together. I wanted to be comfortable but look stylish and also wear things I could re-wear while on my trip.

I decided to forego a winter coat and use this leather jacket for my travel days as well as a completer piece for my outfits in Arizona, and even though it was quite cold both here and there, it worked out fine. My suitcase was already over the weight limit, so it turned out to be a good decision! Get the details HERE.

I wore this next look to dinner with some other bloggers I met on this trip. They said they were going casual so I opted for flats, but I still wanted to look like I was going out to dinner and not hanging out at home, so I chose this black ruffle trim blouse and jeans. They ended up in heels and cute jackets, so I could have dressed up more, but I felt fine. This is a good middle-of-the-road outfit. It’s cute and chic and flattering but not over the top.

Also, I’m super excited to tell you this blouse is back on sale! It comes down to $26 with code MORE. LOFT did a great job making it cute and flirty but not too voluminous, and the material feels really nice against the skin. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this because you can easily dress it up or down. For the sale price, you can’t beat it. I’m wearing the small, for reference. Get all the details HERE.

This is what I wore the main day of the conference and for meetings with brands. I wanted to look chic and put together and like a “fashion blogger” while staying true to myself and my “brand.”

The idea of me as a brand is kind of comical, but in the influencer/fashion blogging space, it is something to consider. I need to represent my personal style and that of my target audience, so the brands I meet with instantly know when they meet me what my blog is about and what my typical “reader” is looking for.

To complicate matters, we are definitely in between seasons, so I didn’t know if I should be wearing spring or winter fashion. I tried to walk the line between spring and winter, comfort and style, classic and edgy… and I think I did a pretty good job, to be honest!

For reference, I have a medium in this jacket, and I absolutely love it. Get all the details HERE.

After a day of meetings with brands, I had some down time so I came back to my room and rested. That night I had a dinner with some of the ShopStyle staff and the other fashion bloggers on the trip. I changed into this leopard blouse, black jeans, and black leather jacket.

I wanted to wear my new beige suede pumps, but I kept walking out of them so I decided to be safe and wear black strappy sandals instead.

I’m so glad I did because after dinner, we all went to a bar to hang out for a bit. I would have been so uncomfortable standing around in pumps that don’t quite fit. It was a good reminder that looking chic is important, but comfort and practicality should always take precedence. I’m so glad I erred on the side of comfort.

Unfortunately most of what I’m wearing is sold out, but I linked some similar options. I’m wearing a small in the blouse. Get the details HERE.

I was supposed to fly home on Wednesday, but I rescheduled my flight due to weather concerns. This is what I wore to hang out at the resort for most of the day and then to transfer to my new hotel. In both places, I hung out in the lounge for most of the time and worked on my laptop.

I think this outfit is a great example of transition style. The colors are light, but I have enough coverage and layers to be warm in this chilly pre-spring weather. Get the details HERE.

Here I am again, same outfit, on my way down to the lounge in my 2nd hotel. I’m really bummed that this necklace sold out. I just got it too. I hate it when that happens! I linked a couple similar options.

And this is the next morning on my way to the airport, wearing the same travel outfit minus the scarf.

Finally, I wore this outfit for a little while yesterday, but I ended up changing into comfy old favorites once I got home.

How fun are these snakeskin flats??? They’re giving off some major 80s vibes, but I’m really loving pointy toe flats right now.

And I guess that’s a wrap! I’m off to see my daughter perform in her first jazz band performance this afternoon, and Paul and I are planning to go out to dinner tonight because both girls have plans. I hope y’all have a great weekend!

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Transition Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with Lighter Fabrics

Happy Friday, friends! Today Amy Ann and I are wrapping up our series on how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring.

I know it’s not here yet for most of us, but I’m done shopping for winter and having fun adding lighter pieces to my closet in anticipation of warmer days to come! Soon I’ll be trading in my sweaters for blouses, my leather and suede jackets for denim, and my boots for mules and loafers.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket with LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, and Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans

So far we’ve talked about transitioning our outfits from winter to spring with a shoe swapbrighter colorslighter layers, and cropped jeans.

Today we’re talking about incorporating lighter fabrics into our outfits as we head into spring. You can see more of Amy’s look HERE.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket with LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, and Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans

Today’s look incorporates a happy printed blouse with a denim jacket and my favorite wardrobe item for spring — white jeans!

I did opt for booties, but mules or loafers would work just as well. I like to mix it up this time of year by continuing to wear some of my winter items along with a few lighter pieces that give a nod to spring.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket, LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans, SARTO by Franco Sarto Seville booties, and Rebecca Minkoff Darren shoulder bag 

This geo-print blouse from Loft is one of my favorite purchases so far this spring. I love the color palette, and it’s made of a nice drapey fabric that layers beautifully.

It’s a mixed media style, actually, so the front is a woven fabric and the back is more of a knit/rayon that is comfortable and provides a little more coverage. It runs true to size; for reference, I’m wearing the small.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket with LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, and Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans

The colors of this blouse lend themselves perfectly to white and blue denim. Whether you wear a blue denim jacket and white jeans, as I did here, or a white denim jacket with bluejeans, this color combo exudes such a fresh and happy spring vibe.

This denim jacket is incredibly flattering. It has a great shape to it, and the medium blue wash goes with everything. It’s nice and thick but soft and stretchy. So so so good! I take a small in this jacket as well.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket with LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, and Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans

These white skinnies are my old go-to Paige Verdugos. I had my first pair for three or four years and wore them so much they were finally starting to look dingy, so I grabbed these on sale at Saks Off Fifth last year. They do seem slightly thinner than my original pair, so I don’t know what’s up with that, but I still like them and wear them a lot. I did size up to a 30 in these; I typically wear a 29 in Paige, but for some reason the white denim looks better a size up.

Finally, I wore grey suede booties and carried a light grey bag. It’s totally fine to keep wearing booties into springtime. Especially while the weather is still chilly, they’re a nice way to transition your looks without going all the way to sandals too soon.

In the past, I’ve talked about 3 keys to making an outfit more interesting — a focal point, juxtaposition, and a completer piece. This outfit has it all.

The pretty printed blouse is the focal point, as it draws the eye first. The denim jacket is the completer piece, and there is some juxtaposition between the feminine/dressy blouse and a more casual/rugged denim jacket. Plus the booties have a subtle Western vibe that contrasts with the clean white pants and classic pattern in the blouse, and the handbag is a little edgy. It all works together beautifully, if I do say so myself! Haha!

This is definitely my favorite outfit of this series… can you tell?

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket, LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell, Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans, SARTO by Franco Sarto Seville booties, and Rebecca Minkoff Darren shoulder bag 

Outfit Details:

Two by Vince Camuto denim jacket // LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell // Paige Verdugo white skinny jeans (budget option) // SARTO by Franco Sarto Seville booties // Rebecca Minkoff Darren shoulder bag

I hope you enjoyed this series on transition style. When we planned it, we were having some milder days and I actually had great weather on the days I shot these looks.

Of course, once we started posting, winter came back with a vengeance. Isn’t that always the way? Ahhh, well. It is February, after all!

Most of us probably have some time before we can start wearing these looks on the regular, but hopefully those of you in the South found some outfit inspiration you can put to use right now.

Be sure to stop by Straight A Style to see how Amy Ann is styling lighter fabrics for transition season!

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Transition Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with Cropped Jeans

Hello and welcome back to my mini-series on transition style with Amy Ann from Straight A Style!

So far we’ve talked about transitioning our outfits from winter to spring with a shoe swap, brighter colors, and lighter layers. Today we’re both styling outfits with cropped jeans.

You can see more of Amy’s outfit in this post.

Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with Cropped Jeans

First, let’s talk about how cute this ballerina raglan sweater is.

I found this sweater at Everlane, and it’s a great transition piece because it has the warmth of cashmere, but the 3/4 length sleeves and beautiful open neckline are a nod to spring.

If you’re not familiar with Everlane, they’re an apparel company that is committed to transparency and supporting ethical factories around the world.

It’s a great company to support, and you get a very good quality product at fair prices. They don’t usually run sales, but their products are priced accurately for the value, and they’re very open about the cost to manufacture each product they produce.

I love the subtle details in this sweater like the knit detail at the shoulder seems, and the neckline is super flattering. It also comes in pale blue heather and black, and I’m wearing the small for reference.

These cropped jeans are from LOFT, and I found them surprisingly flattering! Y’all know how I’ve struggled to find cropped straight denim that I like, and these are pretty good.

They do run really big, though. I’m wearing the 28 and I think I need the 27, which is completely unheard of. If anything, I sometimes have to size up to a 29.

These shoes are another good example of the shoe swap tip for transitioning your winter outfits to spring. Mules are the perfect transition shoe, in my opinion, and these are actually quite comfortable.

They’re the Sam Edelman Laurna mules in the buff nude color, and they also run big. I typically wear an 8 or 8.5 in shoes and I had to size down to a 7.5 in these.

If you have thicker feet or a higher arch, you may find them more true to size, but for my flat feet, I had to size down an extra half size to get a good fit.

I accessorized this simple look with two short delicate necklaces from Gorjana — which I just learned I’ve been pronouncing incorrectly for years.

I was reading it phonetically (george-anna) but I heard the sales associate at Nordstrom this weekend say Gor-e-ah-na with a soft g. *mind blown*

I also wore this beaded coil bracelet from Stella & Dot, and I carried my Everlane tote.

I have a feeling I’m going to be getting a lot of use out of this bag this spring! The Light Taupe seems to go with everything I’m wearing lately, and it looks like it was made to match these shoes.

Matching your shoes and handbag isn’t necessary, and sometimes I prefer not to, but it’s perfectly fine to do so.

Outfit Details:

Everlane The Cashmere Ballerina Raglan // LOFT Destructed Straight Leg Jeans // Sam Edelman Laura Mules // Everlane The Day Market Tote // Stella & Dot Gia Coil Bracelet // Gorjana Chloe Pendant // Gorjana Super Star Necklace

I love a good pair of cropped jeans in the springtime, and they’re also a good alternative to shorts in the summertime. You can find them in whatever silhouette you like best — skinny, straight, or bootcut.

Here are a few other ways I’ve styled cropped jeans over the past few seasons.

With a tee and sandals…

With a tee and sneakers…

With a sweater and wedge sandals…

With a printed top, denim jacket, and wedge sandals…

How to Style Light Wash Jeans

With a tee and cardigan plus wedge sandals…

Be sure to stop by Straight A Style to see how Amy Ann is styling cropped jeans for transition season.

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Transitioning Your Outfits from Winter to Spring: Lighter Layers

Greetings and happy hump day! Amy Ann and I are teaming up again to talk about dressing for transition season, and today we’re sharing how we plan to incorporate lighter layers into our daily outfits when the weather begins to warm up.

Spring Transition Look featuring LOFT Modern Trench Coat, J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes, AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Veja Esplar Sneakers

For today’s look, I layered this trench coat over the striped tee with jeans and sneakers outfit I shared yesterday.

I found this classic trench at LOFT, and it’s the perfect jacket for late winter / early spring. This “dusty pearl” color is so versatile and also very pretty.

Spring Transition Look featuring LOFT Modern Trench Coat, J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes, AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Veja Esplar Sneakers

I love that it’s a single-breasted style, which I find more flattering and less bulky than the more typical double breasted styles, and the tortoiseshell buttons are a nice detail as well.

It’s good quality too — fully lined, and it has some extra details like puffed sleeves and gathered back yoke that make it a little more feminine than your typical trench coat.

Spring Transition Look featuring LOFT Modern Trench Coat, J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes, AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Veja Esplar Sneakers

I usually think of a trench coat as a dressier wardrobe piece, and I know a lot of you in other areas of the country say you don’t wear them for that reason, so I thought I’d show how nice it looks to wear a classic trench with casual looks as well.

Granted, I typically gravitate to my more casual jackets for everyday, but I could totally wear this to the grocery store or for a casual coffee date with a girlfriend, and I like how the classic trench elevates this casual look and makes it look extra chic.

For reference, I’m wearing a small. Also, I got this trench on sale. It isn’t on sale at the moment, but if it’s a purchase you’re hoping to make, I do recommend waiting for the next Loft promotion.

Spring Transition Look featuring LOFT Modern Trench Coat, J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes, AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Veja Esplar Sneakers

Here are some more options for lightweight jackets for spring:

By swapping out our wool coats and heavy parkas for lightweight jackets in lighter colors, and our heavy sweaters with lighter tees and blouses, we keep our outfits seasonably appropriate while still getting the warmth we need while the weather takes its sweet time to warm up!

I’ll definitely be incorporating this trench into more of my outfits as we begin to get some milder weather over the next few weeks and months.

Spring Transition Look featuring LOFT Modern Trench Coat, J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes, AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Veja Esplar Sneakers

Outfit Details:

LOFT Modern Trench Coat // J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes // AG The Legging Ankle Jeans // Veja Esplar Sneakers

Be sure to stop by Straight A Style to see how Amy Ann is incorporating lighter layers into her pre-spring looks!

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Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with Brighter Colors

I’m back with another easy way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, and today Amy Ann and I are both incorporating brighter colors into our pre-spring looks.

During the winter months, I tend to gravitate to grey and black and burgundy, but right now I’m drawn to all the pastels and brights.

This striped ringer tee with the contrasting trim immediately caught my eye on the J.Crew website, and it has come in really handy already.

I find myself throwing it on anytime the temperatures break 50 degrees. Thankfully, we’ve had a few mild days as of late!

It’s a really nice, lightweight cotton fabric, and the length is perfect. I can front-tuck it or wear it untucked, and it looks good both ways. For reference, I’m wearing my usual size small.

Now, ladies. I get it. Some of you are in colder climates where it is still frigid outside. I know you won’t be wearing lightweight t-shirts out and about just yet (although this top does look great under a cardigan too… just sayin’.)

But you can incorporate brighter or lighter colors into your wardrobe by wearing a bright colored shoe, a cozy sweater in a pastel or bright happy color, or even just picking up a new handbag in a fun color that brightens up your winter neutrals but can also be carried through spring and summer.

For this look, I paired this tee with my favorite skinny jeans and white leather Veja sneakers.

These sneakers aren’t new to you regulars, but for those who have asked, they are actually breaking in very easily! I’m pleased and very happy with my decision to keep these out of all the sneakers I tried.

I don’t usually wear socks with them, but I wore them to travel to Arizona on Sunday, and I didn’t dare go without socks, so I wore my favorite running socks — these Balega Hidden Contour socks — in the white, and they worked out great. They do show a bit, but they’re white and I was wearing jeans, so I think it was fine. It beats blisters, that’s for sure!

I did try my Nike no-show socks that I like to wear with my Converse, but they didn’t stay put inside my Vejas, so I brought out the big guns, haha!

I carried my Everlane Day Market tote with this outfit because I thought the Light Taupe color coordinated so nicely.

This bag is a really good value for a leather tote. It’s sturdy and lightweight, although it is quite stiff. It would make a great work bag for anyone who needs something to carry a laptop or other heavier items.

There is one pocket inside for your smartphone, but otherwise it’s the raw leather, which I like.

This look is so easy to throw on and go, and it’s such a great way to transition my go-to winter uniform (sweater + jeans + boots) to spring (cute tee + jeans + sneakers).

And on chillier days, I can still add a cardigan or white denim jacket for extra warmth and another element of interest.

The sneakers already lighten up the look a lot, but swapping out my usual sweater for a lightweight tee in bright colors really brings the look into springtime!

Outfit Details:

J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes // AG The Legging Ankle Jeans // Veja Esplar Sneakers // Everlane The Day Market Tote

Be sure to pop over to Straight A Style to see Amy Ann’s spring transition look and how she’s incorporating brighter colors into her pre-spring outfits.

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Spring Transition Outfit Tips: Shoe Swap

Greetings from The Grand Canyon State! I’m in Scottsdale for a few days for work, but meanwhile, I’m teaming up with Amy Ann from Straight A Style to share some spring transition outfits with you!

This is a 5-part series, and each day will focus on one simple way you can take your winter outfits into spring.

This transition period is always tricky because we’re feeling ready for spring, but the weather doesn’t always want to cooperate. Hopefully these ideas will help you as you put outfits together over the next few weeks.

Today is all about the shoe swap!

Spring Transition Outfit: Madewell Kimball Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, and UGG Flores Driving Loafers

The first thing I like to change up when the weather starts to get milder is my shoes. In the bitter cold winter months, I’m all about my coziest boots, but once we get past Valentine’s Day, I start swapping out my boots for loafers, ballet flats, and pumps. I’ve also been enjoying the white sneaker trend lately.

For this outfit, I threw on my orange suede driving loafer moccasins with a pair of jeans and a lightweight sweater for a casual transition look I’d wear to the mall or to meet a friend for coffee or even to work from home.

I think driving loafers are one of the best transition shoes for spring because they provide some foot coverage while still being lightweight and easy to slip on and go.

Spring Transition Outfit: Madewell Kimball Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, and UGG Flores Driving Loafers

So I have good news and bad news about these shoes.

The bad news is, these exact shoes were discontinued. Womp… womp… 

But the good news is, I just discovered the UGG Flores Driving Loafer — it looks very similar, and it comes in orange as well as a bunch of other colors.

I couldn’t be more happy with my UGG mocs, and if the new style is anywhere near as good (and the website reviews sure sound like it!), they’re definitely a must-have for spring!

UGG Flores Driving Loafers

All that said, the point of this post isn’t that you need these shoes.

The point is, as the temperates begin to get milder, swapping out boots for loafers or mules gives your outfits a more spring-like look without sacrificing comfort or style.

Spring Transition Outfit: Madewell Kimball Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, and UGG Flores Driving Loafers

Wearing bright colors is another fun way to bring some spring into your winter outfits, which is why I chose the bright orange to feature in this post.

Spring Transition Outfit: Madewell Kimball Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, and UGG Flores Driving Loafers

Another way I start transitioning my outfits for spring is to start wearing lighter fabrics.

We’ll touch more on those ideas in the next few posts, but this sweater is one of of my favorite pre-spring purchases so far because I can enjoy it now with jeans and loafers and wear it right into summer with shorts and flip flops. You can see how I styled it with shorts in this try-on haul.

It has some subtle but really fun knit details and as well as a great texture. Plus it’s a nice, lightweight (but not see-through) fabric that you can wear comfortably now, as well as later on when the weather warms up.

It also happens to be an additional 30% off  the already reduced price! The code is BRAVO. (It comes down to $38.15 in cart!!!!)

And here’s a money-saving tip for you — sign up for Madewell Insiders (it’s free) and you will get free shipping AND free returns on all Madewell orders.)

I just added a couple of delicate necklaces to fill the neckline, a pair of double hoop earrings, and grabbed my light grey shoulder bag to complete the look!

Spring Transition Outfit: Madewell Kimball Pullover Sweater, Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, and UGG Flores Driving Loafers

Outfit Details:

Madewell Kimball Sweater (also at Nordstrom) // Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans // similar UGG mocs // Rebecca Minkoff Darren Shoulder Bag // Gorjana Super Star Necklace // Gorjana Chloe Charm Adjustable Necklace // similar earrings

More Spring Transition Shoes:

Be sure to pop over to Straight A Style and for Amy’s spring transition outfit and her take on the shoe swap!

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President’s Weekend Try-On Haul: Denim, Shoes, Dresses & Tops

Greetings, friends! I’m back with another try-on haul today, and there are so many good sales this weekend, so it’s a great time to start thinking about your spring wardrobe or buy ahead for next winter, if you like to do that.

Most of what I’m trying today is from Nordstrom, Loft, and J.Crew. I’ve got jeans, sandals, basic white t-shirts, and a few dresses! Also, if you missed it, most of what I shared in last week’s Try On Haul is on sale this weekend. So much good stuff in there.

Try On Haul: LOFT

Loft killing it with their pre-spring styles, and I found a bunch of really cute tops. I just made up “pre-spring” but that seems to be what it is. Let’s get started!

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LOFT Ruffle Split Neck Blouse // In one word: obsessed. I love this blouse. You just slip it on, and it’s soft and flowy and has a beautiful drape. I love the ruffle detail, and I’m not a ruffle girl, but somehow this just works. It’s just so comfortable and easy to wear. Love, love, love. Wearing a size small, for reference.

LOFT Floral Mixed Media Split Neck Shell // Sorry for so many pictures, but I think it’s helpful to show these untucked and half-tucked. This floral top is so so so cute. Soft and flowy and easy to throw on alone or layer a jacket on top if you desire. I’m so glad Loft has started doing this style top with less material. The ones I’ve tried before were so long and voluminous. This is perfect. I actually think it looks good both tucked and untucked. Wearing a small, for reference.

LOFT Geo Mixed Media Split Neck Shell // This top is similar to the pink floral top above, but it’s not the same. This one is little bit longer and there’s more material, but not so much that it’s unflattering. I love the print on this one, probably even more than the pink, although I love both and plan to keep both. Wearing a small, for reference.

LOFT Daisy Bloom Wrap Blouse // Probably my least favorite of the Loft tops I ordered, this is still really cute, and it’s the perfect wear now-and-later piece because of the long sleeves. I don’t know, I just feel it’s a little “fluffy” on me for some reason. I had one very similar in springtime that I liked more and I’m not sure why because they’re cut exactly the same. I did size up in this one — wearing a medium — because I remembered that the one in spring felt a tad snug. But perhaps the smaller size is better?


LOFT Leopard Print Ruffle Tie Neck Top // In case you haven’t heard, animal print is hotter than ever this spring, and this top is a little different in that it’s more of a peasant style. It definitely needs a half-tuck, in my opinion, but it’s cute when you style it that way. Also love it with the black leather jacket on top!

Try On Haul: Spring Shoes

In anticipation of my spring style series starting on March 1st, I’ve been ordering spring shoes to try out. I’ve had a lot of misses but some resounding hits!

Tory Burch Women’s Ravello Platform Sandals // I wanted to love these, but they sit up a little high on my foot, plus they felt very unstable to walk in. I can see myself twisting my ankle in the first wear, and girlfriend can walk in a platform wedge, but something about these just seems like an accident waiting to happen. It’s a shame because they’re GORGEOUS. Also available at Bloomingdale’s, and they’re true to size. I’m wearing the 8.

TORY BURCH Ines Slide Sandal // You may remember in last week’s Try On Haul, I tried the wedge version of this shoe. I couldn’t keep them on my feet, so I sent them back and ordered these flats. Now THESE I love. They’re slightly loose but they do stay on my feet. (I have very flat, bony feet, and even though they’re not narrow, I have a hard time keeping shoes without straps on my feet.) Anyway, these are pretty good!

And they’re beautiful. They come in a ton of colors, but I thought the black might be useful to have… I’m still undecided though. I may exchange them for the tan or cream. I need to see what color I end up needing when I start styling spring clothes. They have a cushioned footbed and they feel good on. Definitely a nice alternative to the Miller sandal that has become so ubiquitous. (Not that I plan to stop wearing my Miller sandals… I still love them!) They’re true to size; I’m wearing the 8.

Sam Edelman Bay Cutout Slide Sandal // These slides are a great alternative to the Tory Burch Ines, and they’re just as comfortable. They also have a padded footbed, but they are a little bigger on my foot. I can still walk in them, but if you have wider or thicker feet, these might fit you better. They also come in a ton of colors, and they’re true to size. I’m wearing the 8.

Vince Camuto Slingback Platform Sandals // I love, love, love these. They are suuuuuper comfortable for a heel. The platform and block heel give them great stability, and the suede is soft against the feet. They don’t rub anywhere, and they’re secure on my foot. The second I slipped my feet inside, I was so excited because I was striking out on all the other heeled sandals I’d ordered. These are currently on sale for $129, and they’re also at Bloomingdale’s if you prefer to shop there. This taupe is gorgeous for spring, but they also come in black. These are true to size; I’m wearing the 8.

Something Navy Lily Flat // These were a pleasant surprise! I didn’t think they looked very comfortable, and at that price, shoes can tend to go either way. They’re super comfortable right out of the box, and they are just so super cute. I love the cheetah print as an alternative to leopard, and the will jazz up any basic outfit — I can see wearing them with an all black outfit, a black and white outfit, and any colored top and jeans. So good! Also true to size; wearing the 8.

Try On Haul: White Tees

I get so frustrated with white t-shirts, and it’s the main reason I don’t wear more cardigans — I can’t find a good base layer to wear under them! Either they have a stupid pocket on the boob (what guy came up with that design?) or they have a curved hem or they neckline is awkward or they’re too thin or too tight or too baggy or too long. There’s always something. How hard can it be???

Well.

I wandered into J.Crew last weekend and spotted this white v-neck tee on a display table, and I swear I heard angels singing.

Lookit. No boob pocket. Straight hemline. Wide, deep, flattering v-neck. Trendy slub cotton. I. am. in. LOVE.

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My daughter and I each bought one, and I paid full price, and I consider it totally worth it. BUT it is now 40% off, and I’m ordering another white one to have as backup, and a grey one too.

Yes, it is a tad thin, but I will still wear it without a cami underneath.

J.Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt // Well, I guess I said enough about this tee already, but I will add that I sized up to a medium. I expect it to shrink, and the small just barely fit.

J.Crew Supersoft Supima Raw-Edge V-neck T-shirt // Okay, you guys. As if it wasn’t enough for J.Crew to bring out (or bring back, whatever) their Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt, they also brought out this raw-edge v-neck tee that is really every bit as good and maybe better if you’re sensitive about things being see-through.

This one is made of more of a pima cotton, which can be matronly, but not the way they did it. It’s soft and smooth but still looks cool, and the raw edge neckline is a great detail that elevates it above a basic tee. The fit is pretty much the same as the one above, and I also sized up to a medium in this one.

And wait! It gets even better!

J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top // Yep, they did it in a tank as well. I much prefer a tank under cardigan sweaters because there are no sleeves to get bunched up underneath it.

This one has a nice, relaxed fit but it still skims the body in a flattering way. You don’t want to wear voluminous tops under cardigans because you lose your shape, but when they’re too tight, you have to worry about the lumps and bumps. This one is the perfect compromise.

It’s final sale, but just $13.19!!! I just ordered the navy.

LOFT V-Neck Tee // Finally, this loft v-neck tee is actually really good too, but I like the J.Crew options just a little bit more. This one is just a little bit longer, and the v-neckline isn’t quite as pretty as the other two. But it checks the two most important boxes — straight hem and no boob pocket. Definitely a solid choice, especially if you like your tees a little longer.

Try On Haul: Denim

I found a few more denim styles to share. I really wish I had time to round up the ones from the last couple of weeks as well, for comparison purposes, but that won’t be happening today. I ended up trying a bunch on again yesterday, trying to decide which ones to keep and which to return, and it’s definitely helpful to see them all together. You can see a bunch in last week’s try-on haul, and there were some the week before as well.

Mott & Bow Mid-Rise Skinnies // These jeans were sent to me to try from Mott & Bow — a New York City-based denim brand that seeks to make handcrafted jeans at a fair price. These retail for $118. The fit is really good, and they’re very stretchy and soft and comfortable. For reference, I’m wearing the 29, but I think I could wear the 28. They come in other washes, and I’d be curious to try another one. This one is a little plain for my tastes. It is the one I picked out, though, so the onus is on me!

Mott & Bow Cashmere Raglan Crew // They also sent me this gorgeous cashmere sweater, and this sweater is so luxe and soft. Totally in love and didn’t want to take it off. It’s a medium, for reference.

Sam Edelman Laurna Mule // I finally got these in the right size — these are the 7.5 — and I love them. They’re definitely walkable, they have a cushioned footbed, and the quality of the leather is nice. Size down half, for sure!

AG Ex-Boyfriend Ankle Slim Jeans // I thought these might be a good alternative to the straight cropped jeans I’ve been experimenting with, but I don’t love them. I also tried cuffing them with sandals (see below.)

AG Ex-Boyfriend Ankle Slim Jeans // That’s definitely an improvement, but I’m still not loving them. I like the Mother Tomcat High-Rise Straight-Leg Ankle Jeans from last week better, I believe.

also wearing: Soludos Slotted Thong Sandals (see last week’s try-ons for more info!)

Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans // I shared these last week, and I was wearing the 29. I love the wash, the cut, the length, the rear pocket placement — everything except they were sliding down as I wore them. So I re-ordered them in the size 28, and they definitely fit better! They’re verrrry snug, but they don’t look bad, and they’re stretchy so they’re still comfortable. It definitely helps them not slide down as much. Unfortunately they’re not on sale and very pricey.

Try On Haul: Dresses

Home stretch, you guys! I ordered a bunch of floral dresses, thinking of spring weddings and other events y’all might have coming up. This is NOT my typical style, but it’s the trend du jour, so I thought I’d give it a fair shake.

French Connection Linosa Floral Print Faux Wrap Maxi Dress // This dress is nice — fully lined, and it slides on easily. I love the faux wrap. It also has a huge side slit that you can’t really see in these pictures. The material is pretty. I don’t feel like it is super flattering on me, but I don’t hate it either. I’m wearing the 8, for reference.

Eliza J Floral Print Chiffon Halter Dress // The fabric on this dress is really pretty, but I don’t know about the high-low hem. It also requires a strapless bra, which is a strike against it, but not a deal breaker. I’m wearing the 8 and it just barely fits. It’s a little snug. If you have a spring wedding to attend, it’s worth a try!

Row A Floral Print Maxi Dress // This dress isn’t as high quality as the others, and the material isn’t as nice, but it’s still very pretty. It would be nice for Easter Sunday or a baptism/dedication service or even a more casual wedding. I’m wearing a medium, and it’s a tad snug.

Eliza J Ruffle Hem Faux Wrap Dress // This one is a big, fat no, but I thought I’d share it anyway. If you’re not as buxom on top, you might like it. It’s a very pretty print. I’m wearing the 8, for reference.

Try On Haul: Spring Jacket


BLANKNYC Drape Front Faux Suede Jacket // I hated to end on a low note so I saved my favorite for last. I ordered two drape front suede jackets, but I only have pictures of this one. Both are the same design, just different material. (This heathered grey is really pretty too.)

I wanted a completer piece for spring to wear with jeans and tees and camis — something trendy with an edge to it, but lighter weight than my leather and suede moto jackets. This one fits the bill perfectly! It’s very soft and drapey — unlined, which I find rather weird, but it sort of has to be that way to keep the drape.

Since it’s too soon to start wearing sandals, I also tried styling it with booties…

This outfit is definitely coming with me to Scottsdale! For reference, I’m wearing the medium, and it’s the perfect fit.

Okay, that’s a wrap! Sorry I don’t have more details on other items I’m wearing — time is of the essence this morning because I’m meeting a friend for coffee, and I’ve already had to skip my run. If you have questions, leave them in the comments, and I’ll try to get back to them this afternoon!

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