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Slowly Fading Fast


Years ago while my mom and I were out shopping and she was in need of a coffee break, she said, "I'm slowly fading fast" and just like that, the disjointed expression became part of our lexicon.

Slowly fading fast is how I would describe the light in these photos. It was the most dreary, overcast day, and even though the sun could not be seen, the evidence that it was setting could not be denied.

It's late as I type this post and I too am slowly fading fast, but I must make mention of this cute hat Zaful sent to me. It's a pretty nice hat for a mere $14, and while the site description says it's acrylic, the hat itself states wool. The one caveat was how little care was given to its shipment - simply placed in a plastic bag - resulting in a crushed hat upon arrival. I did my best to steam it out but the indications of its rough journey can still be seen.

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Rima Fringed Cardigan Anthropologie similar
Cream Tank J.Crew thrifted similar
Boyfriend Jeans Old Navy similar
Lace-up Sandals "Mariachi" Report
Leather Bucket Bag Banana Republic similar
Tan Wool Fedora c/o Zaful
Triangle Necklace Moon & Lola similar
Necklace "Greer V" Gorjana similar
Fringe Bracelet Taken for Granite
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar




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Elegance & Mommyhood's Thursday Moda

Thanks to Zaful for sponsoring this post!

Daffodil


My favorite of the seasons, Spring is full of new life, growth, and fresh starts. Not to say that Spring isn't full of it's ups and downs, volleying between those gorgeous sunny 70° days and the cold wet 40° days, which tend to last all week.

Still, when I see those first daffodils sprout up, all sunny and yellow, it's hard not to smile and be thankful. I was hoping that the trees here would have popped on this day (trying to coordinate with my blouse), but as you can see, they weren't quite there yet. They have since, and I'll be sharing those photos next week. The trees in their pink glory are something I look forward to every year.

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Shawl Surplice Blouse Tracy Reese via Roundabout similar
Grey Skinny Jeans Gap similar
Leather Jacket Express similar
Nude Peeptoe Pumps BCBGeneration via TJMaxx similar
Tilly Scalloped Clutch Matine
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Nail Color "Marshmallow" Essie




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Shop with me at Athleta in Greenwich

This post has been sponsored by Athleta and #PowerOfShe, but as always my views and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who support Chic on the Cheap!

It was easy to make the time in my life for fashion, to make the time for the blog, time for shopping. Making time for exercise required quite a bit more effort, coming from a long history of avoidance, including notes to get out of gym class in high school and plenty of excuses about how getting sweaty would mess up my hair-washing schedule.

Then two things happened, I started working more hours at my office job and started getting hip pains because of it, and my sister came home from college and asked me to join the Y with her. I found myself wandering into a back corner of a yoga class for the first time ever in a hodgepodge of old leggings I'd deemed unfashionable but never gotten rid of and a baggy tee shirt which fell over my face every time I bent over. Fashion faux pas and insecurities aside, I left the class feeling good and with a desire to return.

Two years later I'm finding myself with a much greater desire to make the time for fitness, and while my yoga poses are far from perfect, I know how far I've come from where I started. I'm more flexible, I'm stronger, and I feel better both physically and mentally. Not to mention that I've found by making the time for athletics, I can shop for athletic wear, which is such a powerful motivator!

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, there could not be a better time to think about getting outside and being active, and if you find yourself in need, or in want of some new pieces Athleta's new summer line should be your first stop, and I hope if you are in Connecticut you will join me at Athleta in Greenwich this Sunday, April 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to shop together, enjoy beverages and have some light bites!


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Sahara Jacket c/o Athleta
Eco Wash Daily Tank c/o Athleta
Colorblocked Movement Bralette c/o Athleta
High Rise Jacquard Chaturanga to Town Capri c/o Athleta
Sweet Nothing Headband c/o Athleta