Pink & Grey for Spring

Hello and happy Monday! It’s a rainy one here, which always puts me in the mood to hunker down and bang out a bunch of work. I’m grateful that I don’t have anywhere to go today so I can get ahead on my blog posts for the week and maybe catch up on some bookkeeping. (Just in case you thought blogging was all glitz and glamour, haha!)

Today I’m sharing my last spring outfit because Cyndi and I start 25 Days of Summer Fashion this Thursday. We decided to go ahead and get a head-start on this summer series. Last year we started on June 1st and ran it for the entire month of June, but this year we’re going to start on May 25th and run it until June 28th. We will post a new summer outfit every weekday and keep our weekends open for other content. If you don’t want to miss a post, be sure you’re signed up to receive my emails. I have a daily and a weekly option.

I styled today’s spring outfit around this tiered bell sleeve tee.

This top comes in a gorgeous array of spring colors. (I’m wearing the pink smoke in a size small.) It’s super soft and verrry comfortable, but it does run large. I’ve already washed and dried it and it’s still plenty roomy. I love the detail on the sleeves and that it has a straight hemline. It is rather long, so I did a front-tuck to give it some shape and to balance out my proportions.

This shade of pink looks great with just about anything — blue jeans or white jeans are obvious contenders, but in an effort to offer some variety here on the blog, I paired it with my grey jeans.

You can probably tell by the look on my face that I wasn’t loving this outfit. There’s something about these jeans that just isn’t working for me. I’ve tried them in a few different outfits, and I never like how they look when I get my pictures back. I don’t get it because this Paige Verdugo style in the ankle-length version has been good to me over the years, but these grey ones miss the mark somehow.

I thought it was because they were too long, but I had them hemmed up about an inch and they’re still kind of baggy in the calf and ankle areas. I share all this not to complain, but in an attempt to keep it real. People often tell me that I make it look so easy, but it really isn’t. I’ve learned a lot over the years, but I still make mistakes sometimes. I’m not saying these jeans are horrible, but for the price, I should love them and I don’t.

If you’re looking for grey jeans, AG has 25% off right now with code FF25, and they have their AG legging ankle jeans in a nice mid-grey wash. NYDJ also has a cute pair with the trendy released hem, and LOFT has a pair in their modern skinny crop style that is currently 40% off (no code needed.)

I also struggled with what shoes to wear with this outfit. Maybe I should have worn my blush espadrilles or those perforated peep toe booties, but I ended up wearing my lace-up ballet flats in this “latte” color which is sort of a lighter shade of grey. I do love these shoes, but I’m not sure they do much for this outfit. Pewter ballet flats might look better. My lace-up flats are sold out, by the way. They’re a few years old. (I didn’t realize this when I styled the outfit… I try not to do that to you!)

Any-Who. In summary, I am not loving this outfit, but I have a strict policy that I do not waste a photo shoot. I have three kids with hectic schedules and a husband/photographer with a full-time job, so when we get a chance to shoot an outfit, I use the pictures, period. And I do like to share some of my misses along with the hits because no one gets it right 100% of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this outfit is horrible; I just don’t love it.

The tiered bell sleeve tee is super cute, though, if you’re in the market for another cute spring/summer top, and I also really like this triple charm initial pendant necklace. I picked it up recently to replace one I wear a lot that I couldn’t link to anymore. It’s casual but it adds a nice element of interest to a plain top, and it comes in gold and silver. I carried my ivory saddle bag, which is also old, but it is available on Tradesy if you’re interested.

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tiered bell sleeve tee // Paige Verdugo ultra skinny jeans (other options here, here and here) // lace-up flats options here and here // triple charm initial pendant // triple hoop earrings // Tory Burch Serif-T saddle bag

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