Meaningful Jewelry from Rellery

It's officially cherry blossom season and I can think of no better way to commemorate it than with this gorgeous bold cherry blossom pendant from Rellery. This new-to-me jewelry brand feels like a match made in heaven, with their focus on unique and customizable pieces made in the USA, and direct to consumer pricing. 

 

The cherry blossom is just one of nineteen floral designs, one for each month of the year and then some, so it's not hard to find a design with special meaning for yourself or to give as a gift. Custom engraved charms can also be added to any necklace to make it even more personalized. I decided on a layered chain look and paired my blossom pendant with the Laurel leaf chain necklace, which felt like the perfect complement to the floral necklace, while still being a subtle enough design to mix with any other chain, or be stunning on its own. Without detracting from the statement necklaces, I added these adorable pave huggie earrings for just a bit of shine!


While Rellery offers many of their pieces in both sterling silver and gold vermeil, I'm of course a gold girl, through and through. Because 18k gold is often out of my price range, I frequently buy plated sterling, only to have my heart broken when the metal tarnishes - which is why I love Rellery's lifetime tarnish guarantee! If any piece gets tarnished beyond what a simple polish can fix, just send it back and they will make it good as new!


The idea of having this cherry blossom pendant to wear while my favorite trees are in bloom just delights me so; however, even after their petals have faded and fallen, green leaves taking their place, I'll still have this necklace to keep them close to my heart.



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Cream Knit Cardigan Dress Banana Republic similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Croc Embossed Leather Bag Persaman New York via TJMaxx
Silk Scarf Lillian Vernon via eBay
Studded Huggies c/o Rellery
Laurel Chain Necklace c/o Rellery
Bold Cherry Blossom Necklace c/o Rellery
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

Shop Small: Odeon Boutique

Since 1984 Owner Lyn Sabatasso has run Odeon Boutique in the artistic Westville Neighborhood of New Haven. When she first opened she only carried pieces imported directly from Europe, and while that has changed, she still makes sure her customers have a unique selection of brands to shop. Odeon is the only boutique in the area which carries Liverpool denim (which I'm styling here, and they are fabulous), Sergio Tomani footwear, and Joy Susan vegan leather bags.

 

Odeon is a perfectly curated shop, if you are shopping for an entire look, the experience is effortless - as I found, putting together outfit after outfit. From a great fitting pair of jeans to the accessories to pull everything together, Lyn's talent and years of experience buying for Odeon shine through in the cohesion of the boutique. 

 

After trying on half a dozen pairs of Liverpool jeans, they might be my new favorite brand. I loved the fit, which for someone with curves, can often be a challenge, plus I was delighted to find this flared, patchwork pair was just the right length for my 5'-1" frame! (I'm sure they were meant to be cropped, but I'll take it!) 


Odeon also happens to be neighbors with Soho Hair Group and Day Spa, which is run by Lyn's husband, so you can plan your next day of mani/pedis and shopping accordingly!


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Floral Puff Sleeve Blouse Lush c/o Odeon
Fringe Hem Jeans Liverpool c/o Odeon
Booties Kenneth Cole Reaction
Caned Bucket Bag Tommy Bahama via TJMaxx
Gold Hoop Earrings Vintage via Shopgoodwill.com
Gold Knot Bracelet J.Crew
Thin Gold Ring Etsy

Odeon
Odeon Boutique - 918 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515
Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00 P.M.

March Budget

Probably delusional, but this was me being 'better' with my shopping habits. Not included, a couple of final sale sweaters ($30 for both), a tee ($10), and a tank ($24) that I forgot about. Also the final sale boots ($40) I bought that don't fit, and the mules ($30) I bought to get free shipping on the boots. They fit, but did I really need a pair of snake print mules when I already have a pair of snake print flats?



 

Anthropologie Boater Hat, $48
Anthropologie Valentina Beaded Bag, $38
Tonlé Srey Oun Sweater, $40 via Lissa the Shop
Goodnight Macaroon Knit Tank, $40
Banana Republic Satin Leopard Pants, $39
Banana Republic Satin Blazer, $13 after rewards
Banana Republic Satin Wide Leg Pants, $20
Fry Scalloped Mules, $40 via Marshalls
Anthropologie White Knit Dress, $60
Banana Republic Leopard Wrap Blouse, free with rewards
Banana Republic Split Hem Jeans, free with rewards
Anthropologie Deco Starburst Necklace, $35
Banana Republic Button Fly Skinny Jeans, $50
Ann Taylor Suede Boots, $48
Ann Taylor Bow Flats, $24
Yuzefi Dip Bag in Snake, $138 via eBay
Banana Republic Satin Blouse, $22

Blankest Year

It's hard to believe it's been an entire year since this pandemic started, and even more unsettling is the fact that the normal we left a year ago still feels so far out of reach.

 

I'll freely admit that I've had many years which felt stagnant, with life seeming to not move in any direction, but this last year was worse, because things went backwards. Every good habit I'd built up - going to the gym twice a week, eating less sugar, getting more regular dog walk clients, spending more time on the blog and engaging in person with other bloggers -- everything just went in reverse, and now a year later, getting back even a silver of what I had feels so impossibly hard. 

 

A year later and I still feel like all I can do is just get through the days.

 

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Camel Sweater Dress Banana Republic
Zebra Coat Tahari via Nordstrom Rack
Black Croc Boots Aquatalia
Bag Kate Spade
Belt Anthropologie
Pearl Necklace S.V. Decker

When You Move, I Move

There are no shortages of chic and affordable timepieces as of late, so when MVMT reached out to me about featuring one of their watches I agreed mostly because I fell in love with this unique purple watch, and partly because I think their name is really clever. They were also kind enough to extend a 15% discount to my readers with code CHICLYDDIE15.

 

Of course if I'm being honest, this outfit is more about the bag, the Dip by Yuzefi which I spotted on another blogger's arm sometime last fall. First I balked at its $700ish price tag, and then I beat myself up for not nabbing it at 60% off before it went out of stock at Net-a-Porter. But then, as I always do, I set up my saved searches, and when this snake embossed version came up on eBay, I quickly snapped it up for $115. 


I'm always very drawn to bags that are structural and statement making, while still being functional*. I love how the design allows you to easily switch from carrying by the top handle to the shoulder strap  without needing to hook/unhook the strap or having the top handle be in the way. 

 

I know, I'm just a bit obsessed with bags, and now I have a new designer to love, I mean, just look how cute this 'Dinner Roll' bag is!


*You know I use the term functional somewhat loosely, as long as my phone, my tiny wallet, and my car key fit, then it's functional enough!


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Wrap Blouse Banana Republic similar
Faux Suede Leggings Ann Taylor
Camel Striped Cardigan Ann Taylor
Leather Sneakers Sperry via TJMaxx
Bag "Dip" Yuzefi secondhand via eBay
Earrings Banana Republic
Paperclip Chain Necklace Cote D'argent via TJMaxx similar
Watch "Vibe" c/o MVMT
Papercilp Chain Bracelet c/o MVMT
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Chevron Ring Sashi via TJMaxx
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx

Can't Change My Stripes

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Brown Satin Bodysuit Abercrombie
Zebra Cardigan Banana Republic similar
Flared Jeans Gap similar
Sock Booties"Neola" Naturalizer similar
Quinn Circle Necklace Gorjana via TJMaxx
Coin Necklace TJMaxx
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx