Spring Artwork Refresh

 
Refreshing the artwork in my home has become an annual springtime tradition. After a long and cold winter I’m always eager to clean and freshen up things around the house… Swapping artwork, purging closets, shifting furniture. This year we basically tackled a full living room makeover with a new couch, rugs and coffee table, but artwork and the finishing touches are always my favorite.

 

 

 

 
I had a few framed art pieces and a large mirror on my mantel for over a year now, so I was eager to mix it up with some lighter pieces. I added this little pineapple print from Minted, moved some art from the wall and added a trio of West Elm vases. I love all the white with a few touches of color.

 

 

 

Our bedroom is very neutral and streamlined, mostly made up of greys, blacks and whites. So I was very excited to style a new photograph by Emily Roggenburk above an empty dresser. Her Cleveland Balloon series is my favorite and the whimsical CLE balloons add the perfect playful touch. I also styled one of Emily’s Greek Island photographs last year when I redid our half-bath and her work is just beautiful.  Do you have any spring cleaning rituals to freshen up your home?

 

 

Shop the Look:

Emily Roggenburk Photography

Minted Pineapple Print

Minted Mineral Print

West Elm Ceramic Vases

Weekend Style

 

This past weekend was filled with all my local favorites. Friday night it was sushi and a little binge-watching evening of Billions, then a barre class on Saturday, spring cleaning around the house and meeting up with my college besties at The Plum Cafe & Kitchen in Ohio City. (amazing cocktails, BTW). But the best part was the perfect spring weather which has been ideal to wear my leather jacket on repeat and finally show my (slightly pale) bare legs.

 

 

 

Leather Motorcycle Jacket: Madewell
Dress: Madewell (similar)
Clutch: Blair Ritchey
Heels: Ann Taylor (on sale!)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Friday Favorites

Fri-YAY!  This week was incredibly busy as I prepared for some upcoming trips and projects.  I tried to keep myself balanced with some evening yoga and barre classes (and wine).  Hope your weekend is wonderful!

 

J.Crew Lemon Tree Earrings (seen on my Instagram)

 

A few favorites from around the web…

I’m in need of a new bag.  I love this suede hobo bag that’s now 40% off and this Sole Society nude tote for under $40.

Just ordered this Old Navy cami dress for $16 (!!!!) and it will go great with my denim jacket.

LOFT is offering 40% off everything today and I’ve been eyeing this lace top and this off the shoulder blouse.  And I really want to go try on this floral jumpsuit.

The new arrivals at J.Crew are so good.  This gingham top is super cute and I just love this wrap t-shirt.  And this Toucan sweater is just the perfect touch of playful whimsy.

Have you listened to the S Town podcast?  I’m half way through and it’s interesting, sad and eye opening all at once.  I love the way they are bringing the story to life and listening to it is a reminder to be kind to people – You never know the internal battle they are fighting.

These heels I posted on Instagram are on sale!

Recent binge watching shows include Big Little Lies (the playlist is everything) and Billions (I am HOOKED).  Also, Veep is back.  I’ve missed it so much.

Springtime Layers

 
Springtime is one of the most enjoyable seasons to dress for, especially after what felt like a longggg winter. We were so lucky to enjoy completely beautiful weather all weekend long. Sunny skies, 70 degrees, a little breezy and I was able to throw on some of my favorite light layers. Saturday night I wore my beloved new leather jacket (as seen on Instagram) and on Sunday I layered up an easy chambray button down with this J.Crew field jacket. And I finally embraced the neck scarf, which makes me feel part 1950s stewardess, part effortless cool girl. Have you tried out any new trends lately?

 

 

 

 

 

Field Jacket: J.Crew
Chambray Shirt: J.Crew
Silk Bandana: Madewell
Watch: Daniel Wellington
Clutch: Blair Ritchey
Jeans: Madewell
Heels: Banana Republic (similar)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Shopbop Sale Event

If you’re ready to update your wardrobe for spring, good news!  Shopbop’s Event of the Season Sale starts today and runs through this Friday.  You can get 20% off your order with code EVENT17 or 25% off your order if you spend $500 or more.  Lately my mind has been focused on spring dresses and open-toed shoes, so I pulled together a few of my favorites for you to easily shop below!

 

 

Shoes

Naturally I scoured all the shoe and sandal options first and have a lengthy list of favorites.  I really wanted a pair of Soludos Platform Espadrilles last year, so now is the perfect time to make a purchase.  I also love this cheeky pair.

Love a neutral wedge sandal (so comfy!) and these simple sandals with a mini heel.

My favorite Sam Edelman sandals from last year are also a part of the sale!

 

 

Dresses

Ok, my wish list of dresses is LONG.  First, I adore this little yellow number.  Also love this striped off the shoulder dress for summer BBQs and trips.

I was really drawn towards this sheer overly dress since it doesn’t resemble anything I currently own.

 

 

Denim & Tops

Now is a great time to snag a pair of designer jeans for 20% off.  I love these distressed AG jeans and this white pair.  You can also never go wrong with a skinny pair of Frame denim.

I’m kind of currently obsessed with white blouses.

And oh hey.  You can snag my washed leather jacket from Monday’s post for up to 25% off!

 

 

Accessories

I’ve been eyeing this simple saddle bag for about a month or so and now it’s a part of this sale.  Also love this Gorjana necklace and a cute backpack for some upcoming trips.

 

 

p.s. You can also shop the Mens Sale Event over on East Dane!

Whites & Wedges

 
I’ve been so excited about this warm spring weather lately, mostly so I can wear open-toed shoes and breezy blouses. I’ve been anxiously waiting to wear these espadrille wedges since I snagged them a month ago, not only because they are adorable but also because they are unbelievably comfortable. I can spend the whole day in them without any pinches or pain. I know these will be in heavy rotation now and throughout the summertime.

 

 

 

Blouse: LOFT (On sale! I’m wearing an xs)
Earrings: J.Crew
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Bag: Blair Ritchey
Wedges: Marc Fisher

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Leather Weather

 

It’s been a little while since I posted an outfit photo, but I’m back! Back from the beach, back to reality. True to Northeast Ohio weather patterns, we had snow on Friday, 50 degrees on Saturday and then 72 and sunny skies on Sunday. (Huh?!) Anyway, we tackled some spring cleaning projects this weekend and I re-organized my closet. (Anyone interested in a closet organization blog post?) But we did manage to go out for some tacos and margs and I threw on my newest favorite purchase… This leather jacket. Guys, it was an investment (and quite frankly I had a gift card to cover some of it…) but this jacket is EVERYTHING. The leather is buttery and soft and the perfect weight. So, if you’re looking to invest in a really cool new piece that will last a lifetime, I can’t recommend this jacket enough.

 

 

 

 

 

Leather Motorcycle Jacket: Madewell
Sweater: J.Crew
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Jeans: Madewell
Heels: Banana Republic (similar)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! The blog content has obviously been a little light lately, partly due to a busy work schedule and also because the weather has been meh (yes, “meh”) and outfit photos haven’t been top of mind. But, I promise that new content will be coming as the days warm up! I’m headed to Marco Island tomorrow for a few days at the beach and I can’t wait to relax, read a book, enjoy some midday cocktails and soak up the sunshine. Follow along with my adventures (and shop my daily outfits) on Instagram!

 

 

A few favorites from around the web…

Somehow I’ve reached 30 without ever owning a pair of denim shorts, so I finally branched out and purchased this pair. They are the best. (For size reference, I went with my usually denim size at Madewell and they fit perfectly).

Also snagged this shirt and it’s adorable and this dress that is SUPER cute and flattering. (pssst: Madewell is currently offering 20% your order of $100!)

Just got these heels for an upcoming wedding and they are even prettier in person.

Obsessed with this graphic sweatshirt.

Love this scalloped little crossbody bag for vacation and these sandals.

I know I mentioned this white blouse before, but it’s seriously my favorite. See how I styled it last weekend on Instagram. (For size reference, I sized down and went with an xs).

This article made me laugh.

Spring Must-Haves

Spring, where are you?!  Winter storm Stella has really derailed my spring outfit plans.  I’m just over here daydreaming about all the sandals I’m ready to wear while I’m still living in my puffer coat and boots. I’m putting my outfit photos on hold for a little bit until we reach temps above 40 degrees, but I wanted to share my recent spring purchases that are just sitting in my closet waiting to be worn…

 

 

I was eyeing these Marc Fisher espadrille wedges all last summer, so I decided to treat myself and buy them for this upcoming season.  Let me tell you, they do not disappoint.  They are shockingly very comfortable and the chestnut color will go with everything.  These wedges tend to sell out often, so scoop them up before they are completely gone!

I recently purchased this cold shoulder floral blouse for a trip to warmer temps and I must say it’s very flattering.  It will look fantastic with white or grey jeans and sandals or wedges.  (For size reference, I purchased a small).

This super fun and vibrant clutch is on my “yes please!” list.  I might just need to scoop it up before vacation.

J.Crew Tippi sweaters are nearly my daily work uniform, and I just couldn’t resist this new one with a little turtle critter on it.  So many compliments whenever I wear it.

I just love this daisy bell sleeve blouse from LOFT and for under $60 I just couldn’t pass it up.  And this Madewell blouse is also a winner.  On the hanger I thought it would be a little boxy, but it’s actually quite flattering and the bows on the back are SO adorable.

This floral romper is definitely on my wish list.  So cute and would be ideal with wedges and a denim jacket.