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April Closet Additions

One month post shopping ban and I feel like I need another shopping ban. I held out nearly until my birthday (rationalizing I might receive some of the pieces I'd been eyeing as gifts) and then fell back into my old habits. I fell hard. The "I'm unhappy at work so I'm going to buy something" packages started accumulating at my doorstep, which ultimately resulted in even greater feelings of anxiety. Most of what I bought got returned, including a gorgeous cream and blush tiered lace maxi skirt, (because how much was I really going to wear it), four different pairs of shoes, five tops, two pleated skirts and a dress. I went a little overboard, no? Even still, there is a pretty substantial keep pile.

I also got some lovely gifted items this month, both for my birthday and last night at the Clinton Crossing Spring Preview Event, both Meg and I won navy blue bucket bags and $100 gift cards to go shopping, so shopping we did. I picked up a couple cute items at J.Crew Factory. More on the event next week!

H&M Lace Cami, $23
Banana Republic Off The Shoulder Scalloped Striped Top, $20
Marc Fisher Scalloped Mules, $50 via Poshmark
Goorin Bros. Cream Wide Brim Fedora, $35 via eBay
Memar Straw Tote via TJMaxx, $30

Tommy Hilfiger Navy Bucket Bag c/o Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
J.Crew Factory Scalloped Cami c/o Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
J.Crew Factory Floral Cami Dress c/o Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
Draped Trench c/o Zaful
Tan Fedora c/o Zaful

Birthday Gifts
Anthropolgie Rima Fringed Cardigan similar
Banana Republic Asymmetrical Hem Tank similar

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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The Rundown
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

Elegance & Mommyhood's Thursday Moda

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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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The Rundown
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