let’s get dressed: for Spring-ish

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Style posts are fun. But let’s be real. Although I’m an avid internet stylist, I’m not quite as hot and on trend in real life. I hang out with a sticky toddler so nothing I wear is that precious. I pretty much mix/match & rotate the same few things. I could really use a wardrobe update, but at least I try to wear it well. I thought it might be fun to show you another outfit that recycles some of the same wardrobe staples as last style post.

Let’s begin with:

1. My new hair! (and yes, I’m proud that it looks a little crazy here. that was the goal). Check check!

2. I love dresses/tunics like this. I layer them over pants in the Winter, Fall and Spring and just throw on sandals in the summer. I got this one at Target last summer and have gotten lots of mileage out of it.

3. Like my purse? Another great thrifting find for under $5. It’s a great size (room to fit everything I need, plus a bit more. but not enough room to cram in random junk for no reason). And I like that I can throw it cross-body so I don’t leave it somewhere. (‘Cause I do stuff like that).

4. Yep, those are the same cheap-o olive pants from last post. I told you I wear them all the time! Olive “jeans” are just as versatile as blue jeans in my book. I really do need to find a quality pair though. These were cheap-o because they’re cheap-o.

5. I got these lace-up wedge boots from Piperlime. I love having a little bit of added height but I just don’t have the lifestyle to wear my heel collection everyday. I took awhile to be convinced about wedges. Honestly, a lot of them still look wonky to me, but I find neutral wedges to be so flattering. Plus I love that these are lace ups. Plus I love that they don’t hurt my feet. Plus I love that I don’t fall down in them. That’s a lot of plusses.

<3 layers | hennablossom.com

Recognize that sweater? Yup, same one I wore in the last post. It’s been SUCH a slow turning of seasons this year. Although I was channeling SPRING with the bright salmony pink, it’s still pretty drab in Chicago. Hence the sweater grab!

pop of color with neutrals | hennablossom.com

My wardrobe usually sticks to a pretty neutral palette. I love blacks, whites and neutrals along with a good print mixed in. This dress was a bit BRIGHT for me, but it’s nice to be surprising every once in awhile. ;) I like the idea of still working with my neutral basics and playing with a bright “pop of color.” You don’t usually think of pairing bright pink with brown and olive green, but it works! (if I do say so myself). The color combo also feels very Spring, doncha think?

thrift store purse

Can’t end without a close-up thrifting bag-BRAG. Accessories make an outfit and you just can’t beat a sturdy purse for under $5. I hope I’m storing some shopping karma somewhere. One day I’ll cash in for some gorgeous, ridiculously luxurious designer bag but for now I’m pretty happy with my thrifty finds. Actually, who am I kidding…any purse credit I’ve ever earned is immediately cashed in for travel points. Every time.


I just HAD to update. This day has really turned. If you’re in Chicago, LOOK UP! Wow, what a beautiful sky! I can’t stop smiling. There’s nothing drab about that. Hello Spring!

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21 Thoughts on “let’s get dressed: for Spring-ish

  1. olivia:

    hey henna!i know you’re a master of inexpensive fashion but i wondered if you’ve seen the madewell olive jeans (http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DENIM/skinnyankle/PRDOVR~44940/44940.jsp) i really love the color and fit of these pants and agree with you that they are a versatile and essential staple. i’ve been loving this blog lady!

    • AWESOME Olivia! Thanks for the link. This is exactly what I need. Adding them immediately!

  2. I love wedge shoes. Those are the only high shoes I can walk in. Another great look!

    • I used to be able to run down the street in heels. Pretty sure I’d be on the ground in five seconds these days. And that would mean Mateo too and spilled snacks. We don’t want that. ;)

  3. Love the new hair! You look fab!
    I’m a sucker for tunics and flowy tops too.

    P.S.
    Ahh, I miss Chicago in the Spring time. It’s so pretty and everyone is out.
    Please post some Chicago photos so I can live vicariously through them..haha.

    • thanks Sisilia! It sounds like we could share a wardrobe, ha. Ooh, Chicago is wonderful in the Spring. Of course you guys are used to the gorgeous weather in CA, but we’re so starved that you’re right….EVERYONE is out on the streets. All the outdoor cafes and parks are filled. I always wonder WHERE all these people came from! I guess we all hide in the winter! :)

  4. love this pics and also your blog! It’s so nice!!! ! I’m thinking, if you want, we can follow each other! It would be great!!
    http://www.borsadimarypoppins.com/
    xoxo Gloria

    • aw, thanks so much! You’re sweet. I’m glad you found me. I’ll definitely check out your blog. xo

  5. Kim:

    Hello–just popping in from MBC. I like the outfit and I love the coat in your previous post! Great purse find too! Loving that spring is here!

    • Thanks Kim! The coat is from Zara (but from quite a few years ago). Oh yes…loving Spring around here too! :)

  6. this outfit is a def win! I love how you pull together the neutrals with a pop of color, you make it look so effortless! we are in the milwaukee area and after weeks of not seeing the sun, today is glorious with a bit of sunshine!
    xo,
    d

    • Oh man, I know what you mean…we’re eating up ever ray of sun over here!! :)

  7. Katie:

    SO CUTE! I wish I could pull off the skinny jeans…those pants look awesome on you!
    xo – kb

    • mmm, pretty sure you’d look adorable in anything! eeek, thanks for visiting my blog, btw!! So fun to have you stop byyyyy! :)

  8. JaeHi:

    Keep those styles coming! I want to learn all the dressing styles! Lucky to have you!

    • nothing too exciting, but glad you’re enjoying! I have fun making these posts. :)

  9. Hah! It took me a little while to realise that you were actually taking these photos. I’m not the brightest spark… Great look! And I love the colour of the wall behind you.

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

    • you’re so cute. :) Yeah, I don’t have a photographer’s budget yet…so I’m the dork who takes photos of herself for “style” posts. :)

      the photos are taken in our guest room (which has a full length mirror on the door). I forget the color but it’s so rich and calming…we sometimes sleep there instead of our bedroom when we want a getaway. It’s our “hotel.” haha. :)

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  11. Where do you thrift? That’s a skill I need to develop. Love the outfit!

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