Last of February

There aren't too many months where I greet their ends with more excitement than sorrow of their passing.

Yes, we are already two months into the year, but we are two months closer to spring, and I feel creatively spent when it comes to dressing warm enough to survive this winter. This resulted in more shopping than I would have liked this month, but it did yield some good purchases. More on that next week.

This weekend I'm looking forward to heading up to Boston and celebrating my baby sister's 21st Birthday. She makes me feel so old! What are you up to?

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Blue High-Low Plaid Shirt c/o JACHS
Grey Fur Vest c/o Choies similar
Jeans Joe's Jeans via Saks off Fifth
Boots Crown Vintage via DSW similar
 Coach Bag Thrifted
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

Spots and dots

It's strange to say, but I don't think it was until I actually looked at these photos that I realized I was having an insanely good hair day.

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Polka Dot Chambray Shirt c/o JACHS
Jeans Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
Leopard Fur Coat JCP similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Huntley Tote c/o Joie similar
Black Leather Gloves J.Crew
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Tassel Necklace Thrifted similar


Whiteout conditions

While snow may be a perpetual thought on my mind as of late, today I'd like to focus on a far better bunch of white things.

March is just around the corner, and I can't help but day dream about warmer days and all the wonderful whites I'm going to wear.

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Got my love to keep me warm

It was another ridiculously cold day, the kind of day where it's ideal to not even leave the house at all, yet I somehow convinced Sean to take photos with me at the beach.

For as much as I complain about the cold and the inconvenience of snow, I must admit, there is such beauty in it, and it's something I want to capture in my photos. So out we go, into the arctic tundra.

I can at least take comfort in the fact that I was not the craziest person at the beach that day; I was not going for a run in shorts.

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Plaid Shirt Gap similar
Navy Sweater Target similar
Jeans Joe's Jeans via Saks off Fifth
Grey Duffel Coat American Eagle similar
Snow Boots Pajar similaron ebay
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay similar$
Plaid Scarf c/o Front Row Shop similar
Mittens gift from Vaseline similar
Pearl Earrings Gift similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Bordeaux" Essie

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Plaid Shirt JCP
Shirt Jacket L.L.Bean
Jeans "541" Levis
Wool Baseball Cap Wiggins

Monday night is date night

Most people don't look forward to Mondays. The weekend is over, you have to go back to work, Friday might as well be a million years away, and there isn't even anything good on television.*

However, Monday night is my date night and no matter how I might lament the end of the weekend, I always look forward to Monday. Last Monday Sean and I celebrated Valentine's day and this is what I wore.

This little black dress was part of the Kirna Zabete for Target line that I scooped up off a clearance rack and I'm sad to say it has not gotten much wear. It's my fault more than the dress's - which has a great neckline, a unique textured fabric, and pockets.

Despite the freezing temps, I was resolved to wear a dress. Admittedly, the pumps were worn exclusively in the restaurant, I had to change into my snow boots to navigate the New Haven streets and the icy death trap driveway at home.

We had a lovely dinner at John Davenport's, followed by dessert at Union League Café, and drinks at Ordinary (all places I would recommend if you are in the area). I can't think of a better way to spend a Monday night.

*Living in the DVR bubble has made me completely forget that my favorite show, Castle, is on Monday nights. I just don't watch it until Tuesday.

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Little Black Dress Kirna Zabete for Target similar
Navy Coat Mark New York via South Moon Under
Red Suede Pumps Nine West thrifted similar
Navy Foldover Clutch Clare V.
Black Leather Gloves J.Crew
Pearl Earrings Gift similar
Necklace "Greer V" Gorjana
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Love Ring Avon similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Bordeaux" Essie


Photos while it's blizzarding

Blizzarding is a word. Okay? I feel like these photos don't accurately capture the onslaught of snow I was dealing with, which is disappointing. When a person drives to the beach to take photos with a timer during a snow storm, that should be quite evident.

At least I had a coat with a nice hood to keep me warm; a coat I thought was gone, until I found it in a garbage bag while sorting through some of my sister's things.

I got this coat in 2009... I even did a blog post on it, though this was before I was taking outfit photos. When my sister went away to school three years ago she took it with her and I hadn't seen it since.

Once rediscovered, I revived the wrinkled mess of a coat with my new clothing steamer, brushed out the fur trim, removed the pills with a sweater comb, and finally went over it with a lint roller. Good as new.

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Blue Oxford Check Shirt c/o JACHS
Distressed Jeans Old Navy similar
Duck Boots BA Sport similar
Grey Duffel Coat American Eagle similar
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay similar$
Anchor Belt ASOS similar
Black Leather Gloves J.Crew
Knot Necklace Thrifted similar $50 Target Giveaway!

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Cable Knit Sweater Ralph Lauren thrifted similar
Jeans J Brand thrifted similar
Studded Booties Guess via TJMaxx similar
Grey Wool Coat Thrifted similar
Huntley Tote c/o Joie similar
Wool Fedora H&M similar
Grey Cashmere Scarf Banana Republic
Black Leather Gloves J.Crew
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

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Spring boots

White denim, dresses and bare legs. That is how I'm envisioning these boots. I have very little in the way of nude footwear, so that is where I kept my focus. Which isn't to say I don't love a good leopard print either, but if I had to choose, I'd go nude.

My two absolute favorites are the the Chinese Laundry and the Dolce Vita, and they are of course the two most expensive, (now that the Chinese Laundry has apparently sold out at Nordstrom Rack and unless you are a 9.5 and can pick them up for $98 at, you are stuck with $160 at

Most likely I will hold out for the price to drop on the Dolce Vita boots, and then inevitably end up returning them, because that is just how it's been with boots and me as of late.

spring boots

Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Allure Boot, $57 at Nordstrom Rack
Charles by Charles David Leather Vaxio Bootie, $70 at TJMaxx
Report Signature Toby Boot, $64 at Amazon
Dolce Vita Haku Boot, $190 at Amazon (Take 25% off with code 25OFFPRES today only)
Joe's Jeans Suede Heeled Bootie, $70 at TJMaxx
Very Volatile Feverdream Boot, $50 at Amazon