How to Wear Lapis Blue (Pantone Seasonal Color)

This is the third post in a 10 part series on how to wear the Pantone Seasonal Colors (Lapis Blue). For posts on the other colors visit the Pantone Seasonal Color Page.   

Lapis Blue

Lapis Blue is one of the more energetic colors of the spring palette.  According to Pantone it is meant to convey strength and confidence and is “imbued with an inner radiance”.  I will admit I had to look up the word imbued (just in case you didn’t know either – it means inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality).  There are definitely days I could use a little boost in confidence and inner strength.  I have a few pieces in this color but the statement piece that stands out is a beautiful blazer.  When I wear this to a meeting it screams you must pay attention to me (in a nice way).  I think this pairs the best with black but you could also include white or cream for an accent color.

My Take on Lapis Blue

Rachel Roy Blazer (old) but see an alternative below | Hugo Boss Sheath Dress | Perry Statement Necklace from Rocksbox | Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boots

Lapis Blue from LOFT

I feel like this color might be a little trendier than some of the other spring colors.  A good place to look for trendy pieces that won’t break the bank is LOFT.  They have  a good selection of wonderful pieces that will easily transition to spring.  Here are a few of the ones I found the most wearable.  Bonus:  If you order in the next two days (Jan 19 – 20) use the code NOEXCUSES for 50% off your entire order!

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Fringe Peplum Jacket – Similar to my statement blazer this is an attention getting piece with killer details.  Size up.  I am normally a Size 4 but needed a 6.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Shoulder Button Sweater – I love the details with the buttons and the side splits.  Pair this with a pencil skirt and killer heels.    my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Stripeout Split Neck Blouse – Wear underneath a suit jacket.  A little stripe a little plaid – it’s perfect.
my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Skinny Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit – A coworker had these on the other day paired with a grey cashmere sweater.  Gorgeous.
my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Ombre Pencil Skirt – The model is spot on.  Keep your top simple and understated to let the skirt shine.  This is even more gorgeous in person.     my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Springstripe Sweater – A workhorse for transitioning from winter to spring.  Wear under a suit jacket or with a pencil skirt for a clean-lined, bright pop of color.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes LOFT Lapis Blue Pantone Modern Henley Blouse – A little more casual.  I would pair this with pants and a statement shoe.

This post is meant as a guideline to give you ideas on how to effortlessly incorporate new colors into your wardrobe. Hopefully you found some inspiration.  You can also check out my Pinterest board for more inspiring items and outfits.

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How to get flowers to bloom in January

I fell in love with this LOFT Bouquet Sweater when I saw it online and had to try it.  Any item that can be worn to work AND on the weekends is a win in my book.  I love versatile pieces.  I also love floral prints.  They can easily add color and interest to otherwise bland work outfits.  I mean who wants to wear black and white everyday!

In person, I was more than pleased with the quality – real embroidery, nice construction, and great colors.  Reading the online reviews the recommendation was to size up – in store they mentioned the same.  I prefer a slim fit so I went with my regular size (small).  I like to be able to throw a suit jacket on if necessary and less bulk is key to making that work.  If you like a more relaxed fit or want to wear something underneath then, definitely size up!   It is cut very slim and doesn’t have much give.

Trust me when I say this piece is even more beautiful in person.  Most sizes are starting to sell out online but it can still be found in stores (search where through the website).  Hurry though – this beauty isn’t going to last much longer.

My Bouquet Sweater Style

LOFT Bouquet Sweater | Boden Tweed Skirt (old) but another option here or here.

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How to Wear 🔥 Flame (Pantone Seasonal Color)

This is the second post in a 10 part series on how to wear the Pantone Seasonal Colors (Flame). For posts on the other colors visit the Pantone Seasonal Color Page.   

Flame

I am torn between Pale Dogwood and Flame as my two favorite color choices for the season.  How can you not love a color named Flame.  This color is bright and bold and screams “notice me”.  According to Pantone, “Flame is gregarious and fun loving.  Flamboyant and vivacious…”  Unlike Pale Dogwood this is a color that would be hard to pull off as a base neutral but is perfect as an accent or statement color.

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Tory Burch Lindo Sweater

To incorporate this color into your wardrobe, find pieces with subtle hints of Flame in the stripes or abstract pattern.  For the best results combine flame with a neutral base like navy or black.  The above shirt incorporates Flame subtly and combines beautifully with Lapis Blue and navy.  I would pair this with a navy pencil skirt or pants if you are feeling conservative.  Feeling bold?  Go for the Flame colored skirt (see below for where to buy)!!

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Trina Turk Ahi Ahi Ponte Dress

Looking to go all out?  Include more bright colors. This dress is a perfect example of a bold Flame choice.  It is paired with other bright seasonal colors (Pink Yarrow or Primrose Yellow).  Wear this with a navy suit jacket or blazer for a more office appropriate look.

How to wear Flame

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Frances Valentine Sandy

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this color is with statement accessories.  I love using shoes to create interest in outfits (and I have a closet full to back that statement up as my husband frequently reminds me).  These are the perfect shoes for wearing Flame at the office. Tweed – yes! Plaid – yes! They are complimented by a neutral blue color but the Flame component cannot be ignored.  Beautiful!

Alternatively make one of your pieces the statement and keep everything else neutral or even monotone (replace the white silk blouse below with a navy one for the monotone look).

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Calson Cotton Knit Open Front Blazer | Halogen Side Slit Pencil Skirt | Halogen Pleat Front Crepe Shirt | Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps

My Take on Flame

My shoes and skirt are both from Boden (unfortunately last season).  But Boden is one of the best sites to look for Flame (as well as Primrose Yellow and Lapis Blue).  I just received their latest catalog and their spring collection is chalk full of beautiful pieces.  The Two Court Heels are exquisite!  Pair with the Amy Knitted Dress and you have a work appropriate outfit ready-made in only two pieces.

This post is meant as a guideline to give you ideas on how to effortlessly incorporate new colors into your wardrobe. Hopefully you found some inspiration.  You can also check out my Pinterest board for more inspiring items and outfits.

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How to wear Pale Dogwood (Pantone Seasonal Color)

This is the first post in a 10 part series on how to wear the Pantone Seasonal Colors. For posts on the other colors visit the Pantone Seasonal Color Page.   

Pale Dogwood

I am torn between Pale Dogwood and Flame as my two favorite color choices for the season.  The Pale Dogwood is so subtly beautiful and universally wearable that I might have to give it a slight edge.  The only challenge I have with this color is that it can provide a washed-out appearance if you are fair skinned like me.  By contrast though, it coordinates with so many colors, it really could be considered a neutral base to build from.  In the shirts below, see how Pale Dogwood pairs nicely with anything from warm neutrals to cool brights whether there is a little or a lot.  It also pairs nicely with many of the other season colors (shown below with Lapis, Niagara, Greenery, Hazelnut and Primrose Yellow).

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Vince Camuto Colorblock Sweater | Halogen Pleat Front Crepe Top | Hummingbird Embroidered Colorblock Bomber Jacket | Sanctuary Lana Craft Geo Stripe | No21 Stripe Cotton and Silk Sweater

Where to Buy

If you are looking to add more Pale Dogwood into your wardrobe – hands down – the best place to look is AllSaints.  When it comes to solid Pale Dogwood, they have tons of options as this is one of their staple colors.  I highlight a few of the more wearable items below.    I am personally drawn to the wool coat as a great transition piece for spring and warmer weather.  The picture doesn’t really show the high side slits which provide interesting lines in a purposely oversized coat.  Another good option is to purchase the Aleida set (Blazer and Pants) for a great suit to carry you into spring.  The lines are classic so the pieces will be timeless.

Indira Nesi Coat | Aleida Blazer | Aleida Pants | Emelie Wool Dress | Terra Funnel Neck Sweater |  | Zaha Dress

This post is meant as a guideline to give you ideas on how to effortlessly incorporate new colors into your wardrobe. Hopefully you found some inspiration.  You can also check out my Pinterest board for more inspiring items and outfits.

 

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If you could only save one shoe?

I need help choosing which shoe to save.

Let me explain … I saw these beautiful shoes in a post from PureWow about freezing your tights …

… and it was love at first sight.  The tight freezing recommendation is good too.

Bad News, Good News

So the bad news, they are Prada (hello blown budget) and several seasons old (hello nowhere to actually buy them).

Now the good news, I found two similar pairs during the year-end sales.  Although they are missing the cool metallic details (buckle/zipper) and the lug sole they were good substitutes.  I purchased both of them and now I am trying to decide which one to keep.

Via Spiga Cara Slingback Sandal (top) | MICHAEL KORS Maeve Suede Open-Toe Booties (bottom)

The Details

The two I purchased are similar in price (nowhere near the price of Prada)!  Also, they are suede, which I think pairs better with tights.  I intend to wear them in the winter (with tights) but I also plan to transition them into spring (eventually ditching the tights).  Which means I also need to factor in bare skin (ideally my bare skin would have more of a tan).  Honey, are you reading?  I need a sunshine filled get-away!  Comfort isn’t a factor as they are both equally so.  I think they can also both go casual.

You Decided!

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Which one would you save?

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How to Declutter your Closet (the key is love ❤)

I feel like I am constantly in declutter mode and it’s no longer working for me. My closet also provides antidotal evidence of this.  We keep a standing donation box in the corner of our bedroom and as I encounter something I no longer wear it gets added to the box. The ongoing process makes it feel like I’m never finished. Plus, I always have an ugly cardboard box in the corner of my bedroom. One of my resolutions this year is to declutter my closet for good.

Inspiration


Late last year I read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo … and so much of it resonated with me. It’s an easy read but the premise is if you don’t  something … let it go.

Last week I read this post by Allie on Motherly and she discussed similar ideas:

“If I was going to clean up it was going to be the things that added to our lives; it was going to be only the things we needed and the things we truly loved.”

Your closet isn’t a place for contingency planning. I am so guilty of this. I have things in there I know I will never wear. The shirt I spent too much on and have never worn. The skirt that fit so awesome five years ago when I was five pounds lighter.  These things make me feel negative emotions when I see them. It’s time to let them (and the thoughts that go with them) go.  I will only keep clothes I love and that fit me NOW. No more saving the just-in-case-I-haven’t-been-to-the-dry-cleaners-in-two-months shirts that only get worn during such occasions.  I will just go to the dry cleaners more. No more pretending the last five pounds of baby weight is actually going to go away. He’s five. Own it. It’s time.

This year I will simplify and organize and I’m starting with my closet.  Please keep me accountable.

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Weekly Roundup (Early January)

Every once in awhile (the title implies weekly – but I lie), I like to share what I am reading and learning from others.  Here’s the latest …

First off, my newest love is Tarte Frenemy.  Mistake this lip stain for no ordinary red but rather deep and edgy – perfect for winter doldrums.  My inspiration came from the above Instagram post by camilledipaola – gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  She also posts on The Mom Edit – if you don’t follow her or them you should – IMMEDIATLY.  I love the real life stories as well as the real life clothes.

Sticking with the product focus for a minute.  I have been reading about It CC Cream EVERYWHERE … in magazines, blogs and posts.  Apparently this stuff is going to make me look like I’m in college again.  Yes, please – as long as I am not ACTUALLY in college again! I finally bit the bullet and purchased some.  I’ll let you know when I get carded to drink again.

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On Facebook I shared Pure Wow’s post about freezing your tights to stop runs.  It works people!   (Word of caution – let them thaw before wearing – HaHa).   The comments about the shoes are almost as abundant as the comments about the freezing.  The shoes are old Prada but I found two (on sale!) alternatives that you can see in a post next week.  Until then, freeze your tights!

Much to the dismay of my 5 year old we have yet to see snow in Virginia.  So the boys and I made our own Borax Snowflakes compliments of What Will we do today? A friend of mine called them … magic elf dust snowflakes.  Seems far less chemical and way more magical.  Both my 5 and 8 year old thought this was WAY cool (their words).  My only word of caution is to not let the borax water sit ANYWHERE.  I now have a nice faded circle on my black dining room table that I am going to have to figure out how to fix.  GRR.  But they turned out beautiful and the boys had so much fun.

Earlier this week I posted about the very popular Stuart Weitzman Lowland.  Every fall/winter I struggle with what to do with tall boots in my closet.  I have one boot holder that my husband claims makes it look like the Wicked Witch of the West croaked in my closet.  I have also tried hanging versions but the boots fall off.  Wanting to finally solve the problem, I took to the internet and found this post from Via Katherine extremely helpful … and the product even more helpful than the post.  No more dead witches in my walk-in.  Even my tallest OTK boots stand stick straight.

Over the holiday break I enjoyed time with family (see the above mentioned Borax snowflakes), I shopped all the sales for items I had been eyeing or new fabulous finds.  I spent some time reading, and I researched predictions for 2017 style trends.  My ultimate 2017 Trends (Styles and Colors) can be found here.

The Pantone 2017 Color of the Year is ‘Greenery’ which claims to “revive, restore and renew”.  I am looking for all of those things in the coming year.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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Snow Boots + Suits = Style YES!

Everyday, with growing frustration, my five year old asks when it is going to snow (he thinks it isn’t really winter because there is no white stuff).  So today it started snowing in Virginia but we weren’t there to see it.  The snow started AFTER we drove out of town.  I haven’t had the heart to tell him.

But this makes it the perfect time to talk about boots as a style YES for office attire! I should clarify that it is really only a style YES when it is snowing. Okay, ground rules established … HOW do you wear snow boots with your suit?

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Sorel Snow Boots Tivoli II

First off, I am not talking big fuzzy Sorel style boots.  Although, I have those and I LOVE them (Tivoli II).  If I was wearing those to the office it would require at least a foot of snow on the ground (in which case I likely wouldn’t be going to the office).  And if I did have to wear fuzzy snow boots to the office I would change them immediately upon arrival.

For boots that I would not only wear to the office but leave on my feet once I get there, I have a few go to brands.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes La Canadienne

  • La Canadienne – The Canadians get it right.  These are warm (most are fleece lined), waterproof and the selection is enormous.  My favorite feature is the salt just brushes off – like it was never even there.  Finding styles to easily fit under pants as well as match hem length makes this a no brainer choice for suits.  There are so many styles, colors, materials and heel heights you can easily match your personality AND commute needs.  I have always purchased mine from Amazon (usually on sale) but they can be found from lots of retailers.  The ones I have can be worn with skirts or pants.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Aquatalia

  • Aquatalia –  The Italians also apparently know a thing or two about snow and cold.  This brand would be my back-up choice.  The ‘Winter’ Collection is all waterproof but not very stylish.  You will find more style in their ‘Boot’ Collection but make sure you search using the key word ‘weatherproof’.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Bernardo

  • Bernardo – Originally known for their sandals, their venture into boots seems to be a good one (at least from a style perspective).  I have not personally tried them but their reviews are stellar and how could you not love red AND velvetYes, please!  While they will pair nicely with skirts, I didn’t find any that would pair with pants.

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  • Sorel  – This brand is the real deal for drifting and blowing snow but they aren’t quite there when it comes to paring with a suit.  They have a few wedge styles that are close … I still wouldn’t wear them with a suit – my highest criteria.  They would be appropriate for a more casual pant or skirt look.

Where to Buy

I included several examples of all four brands at various price points.  As a BONUS, many of them are on major sale this time of year!

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Stuart Weitzman Lowland Real versus Deal

These Stuart Weitzman Lowland Over-The-Knee boots have been popping up everywhere!  I truly heart them.  However, it isn’t always (read – EVER) practical to spend more on your shoes than you would for your car payment … even if they are gorgeous shoes.  Unless, of course, maybe your shoes are your car ?  Then I might make an exception… and kudos to anyone who can commute via ped!

While fashionistas everywhere rave about the original; they also provide budget friendly alternatives.  The problem is they always find alternatives for the taupe or black version of this beautiful boot.

My heart lies with the navy version.my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Stuart Weitzman Lowland

To satisfy my Navy OTK suede boot craving I wanted to find a budget friendly alternative.  My criteria:  it must be well reviewed (by more than one person) and less than $150.  The best candidate is the Marc Fisher Humor from Macy’s – but try any of the budget friendly alternatives and have money left over for the rest of the outfit.

Navy Stuart Weitzman Lowland and Budget Friendly Alternatives

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When Tuesday Feels like Monday

Welcome to the end of the Holidays. Welcome back to whatever you return back to.  I was just reading a post this morning on this exact notion.  It ended with:   “Don’t let yourself get buckled by ‘back at it’ – accept it, appreciate it, or change it!”

I’m going to have to work on that.  Like many people, I had to go back to work today after being off for far too long.  Returning wasn’t the problem.  The problem is I got used to the routine of not working! Now sitting back in the office – I don’t want to look at the phone, the computer, or the files on my desk. The mom in me wants to play ‘Bat Man cave’ and build rocket forts and all the other fun things my 5 year old contrived when he tugged on my arm and said, “Mama Play”.  The chef in me wants to cook glorious meals that take all day and make the family swoon.  My lazy self wants to read and lounge and watch mindless movies.  That’s what I WANT to do …

But I am not going to do anything of those Holiday things today.  I am going to work.

On an aside, I’m looking fabulous. Thanks to all the generous gifts from family and the year-end sales allowing generous gifts to myself; my wardrobe has increased exponentially and I have many new and exciting things to wear!

Did you see my 2017 Trends post? Today I embraced the athleisure look. Yeah, I know I said this was a hard look to pull off in the office. But it’s Monday (well, Tuesday) and I’ve been off for two weeks and am currently sporting a don’t care attitude. Like I said, I am going to have to work on that.

So, yeah, today – athleisure.

Office Take on Athleisure

Lest you think I kept the sneakers on all day … I did change into heels for the actual work day.

BP. Ruffle Front Sweatshirt (only small sizes left – alternatives below) | J. Crew Teddie Pant – a great pant to break into the cropped flare trend (on major sale!  see below for tall or petite also on sale!) | Ted Baker Heels or New Balance 410 (I was really embracing the athleisure trend for my commute) | Perry Street Leandra Statement Necklace from Rocksbox

Where to Buy

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