A Little Morning Pick Me Up

We’ve all had one of those mornings where the alarm clock goes off…and goes off… and goes off… until suddenly your eyes snap open and you realize you’re going to be late. On mornings like these, it pays to have a couple of pieces in your wardrobe that you know you can reach for to pull together a look that makes your bedraggled butt look put together. And those pieces might look different to different people. For some people it’s a jacket or a dress. For me? Nothing beats a little chambray and pattern mixing. I know that I can close my eyes and pull any one of my *cough* five chambray shirts (I don’t have a problem, I can stop whenever I want) out of my closet, toss on a print or two (Good rule of thumb for mixology? Grab one graphic and one organic) and somehow roll out of the house looking presentable. And guys? That’s worth at least 5 more minutes of sleep.

Cardigan: Target (similar)

Chambray shirt: Target (similar)

Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (similar)

Tassel necklace: gift

Leopard flats: Target

Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Love The Ones You’re With

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However, this season, I am determined to resist. Not Reese’s, those I will eat like there is no tomorrow. But the sirens call of the seasons must have new trends will have to wait, because I have made a promise to myself to take advantage of those great items I already have.

That’s not to say I am completely immune, I mean I am not a monk (although those robes do look pretty comfy…). But I think it is always a worthwhile endeavor to take stock of what you have rather than keep adding on. That way, you only invest in pieces that you need, rather than multiple things that serve the same purpose. This outfit is a perfect example: the dress and scarf are new, but my “so-last-season” vest and OTK boots seem to be acclimating to Fall 2016 quite nicely. So while I may lust after many a well-dressed mannequin’s style, I am comforted by the fact that those lovely and lust-worthy items I already have will serve me just fine.

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Vest: Banana Republic Factory (Similar)

Scarf: H&M

Boots: Sole Society

Earrings: Paperdolls Boutique (Similar 1Similar 2)