Being Girly.

There are some days when you just have to force yourself to get up, put on some makeup, throw on a dress and walk out the door. Sometimes pulling yourself together and being a girly-girl can just lift you up. I love the comfort of this maxi dress and the fun tie-dye print. I have a couple by the same designer (once you find something you love – buy one in every colour, right?) and the fabric is so soft and so light, you can’t help but smile.

Tie-dye maxi dress: Young, Fabulous & Broke

Navy Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Shorts weather.

I have finally escaped the cold and landed in sunny Phoenix where less coverage is required. Throwing on a pair of shorts and flip flops was just what I needed. I have a closet of clothes that I keep here in PHX so every time I arrive it’s a bit of a surprise as to what I have in my wardrobe. I love colour and staying cool when I’m in the sun. These bright red shorts are one of my favourite summer staples. Paired here with a light polka dot top and a mini cross-over bag – I’m all set to hit up the outlet malls. Happy Summer (if only for a few weeks)!

Red Shorts: American Eagle

White sheer top: Loft

Cross-over purse: Madewell

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Minty Fresh.

This minty sweater combines a new spring colour and a new spring trend. Open knits are all over the place right now. Airy and light, this look allows for layering with your favourite tank or cami. This soft mint colour is a great pastel for spring and summer – it works with blonde or brunette (or girls like me who have been working on lightening their hair for over a year and don’t really know what colour it is). It also works well with almost any skin tone. Soft, feminine, pretty.

Mint green knit sweater: Wilfred

Dark denim: Rag & Bone

Navy tank: Lululemon

Camel purse: J.Crew

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Polka Dots.

Polka dots are another spring trend for 2013. I would recommend staying on the smaller side of dot to keep the pattern more subtle. In a simple tee or a silk blouse, this is a great pattern for layering. This J.Crew t-shirt is made of organic cotton. It almost has a hemp texture to it – very comfy. Very versatile. Pairing this with a blazer and some heels would take me straight to a dinner out.

Polka dot tee: J. Crew

Dark denim: Rag & Bone

Navy sweater: Lululemon

Tan belt: Wilfred

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Gentle Animal.

Coming into spring, there are a ton of soft patterns and colours to explore. This quiet animal print is much more subtle ( much more than THIS bold animal print ). The fabric is so soft, comfortable and light. I paired it with dark blue skinny jeans that have a bit of interest with a zipper detail. Zippers at the front, back and at the ankle. Once the weather warms up, these will work well with flats or pumps. Try introducing some gentle patterns or colours into your wardrobe. Nude, rose or any pastel is a great addition for that softer look.

Soft animal print sweater: T. Babton

Zipper denim: Rag & Bone

Camel purse: J. Crew

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Trench.

With real spring weather around the corner (hopefully), it’s time to switch gears into a  new wardrobe. I may have prematurely packed away our winter coats, but that’s just me being optimistic. I love the classic look of a well tailored trench coat for spring. I have a tan trench and this navy trench which are both great neutrals. Trench coats work really well as a casual look with a hoodie and flats (or even Uggs right now), but can also be dressed right up with heels or booties. For a good fit, make sure you look at the line of the shoulder. The seam should sit right on your shoulder and not hanging off of it. This will ensure that tailored men’s look without looking like your swimming in it.

Navy Trench: T. Babaton

Cream sweater: Club Monaco

Dark denim: Rag & Bone

Booties: Rag & Bone

Scarf: Wilfred

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Boyfriend jeans.

I’ve never really understood the reference to ‘boyfriend clothes’. Do people actually wear their boyfriend’s clothes in public? Maybe a hoodie or tshirt when you’re at home sick or to sleep in – but other than that…. not flattering. Regardless, the name has stuck and boyfriend jeans are more popular now than ever before. Typically a baggy fit with a lot of distressed detail (again, do boyfriends only wear ripped jeans?). I usually patch all of my ripped denim from the inside with a denim patch (available at most craft or fabric stores) to make them last longer and to stop cold drafts or the chance of an unshaven knee showing through. This pair from J. Brand came already patched which was awesome! They are sewn right inside adding a cool stitch detail on the front. Boyfriend jeans are also good for the ego as you will probably need to go down 1-2 sizes from your usual. Pair with heels to dress ’em up or flats/flipflops to dress em’ down.

Boyfriend jeans: J. Brand

Black knit sweater: Community

Booties: Rag & Bone

Beige purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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