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Friday Favorites

I've been bitten by the shopping bug, all the spring things are out, and I'm itching. Here are a few of my favorites for this week.



Polka Dot Dress, $178 at J.Crew
Linen Blazer, $90 at Mango Outlet
Tear Earrings, $50 at Mango
Recycled Leather Round Crossbody Bag, $98 at French Connection (use code bunny for 30% off)
Scalloped Edge Swimsuit, $30 at H&M
Vince Darlington Flat, $200 at Nordstrom

Revisiting Old Pieces

I've always loved shopping, and I would be lying if I didn't say I sometimes considered the blog as an excuse to buy something new. I would also like to say that my efforts to be good this year and not shop were going well, however this month I found myself in more than one slip up.

When I was doing my closet clean out, I noticed several neglected pieces that I wasn't ready to part with, but still decided I need to try and bring back into rotation. The first was this peplum top. I purchased it in 2016 while I was in California and wore it to dinner once while I was there, and didn't take outfit photos. I wore it again over the summer, and then it sat. Regardless of rational, two and a half years seems like a long time to hold on to a piece that isn't being worn. It isn't the only article taking a backseat to new items coming in.

This Linea Pelle bag was once the pride and joy of my bag collection. It was purchased back in 2013 and was on heavy rotation for about two years before new bags came in and usurped its status. The CC Skye pyramid stud bracelet was once a favorite to pair with it, so I decided to reunite them. I stopped wearing the bracelet after the clasp came undone on a couple occasions and I almost lost it forever.

The shoes I should be most embarrassed about - one wear in one year! Now up to three as of this post, but still, these adorable heels in a neutral shade didn't do anything wrong, why so much neglect?

As much as I crave filling my closet with new things, I really need to step back, focus on what I have, and find new love for old pieces. (Not sure how long this mentality will last, this dress is calling my name!)

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The Rundown
Black and White Peplum Top Banana Republic
Jeans Banana Republic
Blush Leather Jacket Athleta similar
Kitten Heels "Moxie" c/o SAS
Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle similar 
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana similar
Circle Earrings c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye similar
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Raglan" Warby Parker
Nail Color "Cement the Deal" OPI




Linking up with Thursday Fashion Files

An Everyday Diamond Ring

Last Friday I celebrated my 33rd birthday, and as I enter my mid-thirties, it seems like I can't make it through the month without hearing about an engagement, wedding, or pregnancy announcement. I had always thought that I would be more settled by the time I reached my thirties, and I spent a good part of my last relationship dreaming about the diamond ring I'd hoped I'd receive. Even as trends are moving towards non-traditional stones for engagement rings, I'm an April baby, the diamond is my birthstone, and so help me, I want to wear a diamond ring.

So I started of this new year with a little gift from AUrate, my very own (albeit tiny) real diamond ring. AUrate is the company that is going to help me expand my jewelry collection into higher quality, solid gold pieces that actually fit into my budget. Because of AUrate's direct to customer business model, they can offer pieces for less than half of what the traditional retail price would be.

My new ring is 14k solid gold with a conflict free 0.07 carat diamond, the gold has been ethically sourced, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Since it's small, it's also perfect for stacking, and I truly hope that I can add to the collection soon - how pretty would it look nestled with this stunning chevron ring?

I think being able to build my fine jewelry collection, all on my own can be a very meaningful thing. I can curate the exact pieces I want, and feel pride in my ownership. I've gotten over the idea that the first diamond ring I would own would be an engagement ring. I can wear a diamond everyday and all it has to mean is that I love myself.

Would you buy yourself your own diamond ring?

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The Rundown
 Turtleneck Sweater Banana Republic similar
 White Pleated Skirt TJMaxx similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Skyline Crossbody Bag Whiting and Davis via ThredUP
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie



 

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels
and
I Do deClaire's Confident Twosday

Thanks to Nakturnal for partnering with me on this post!