Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Jeans and a Fox Locket

My wishlist for spring is pretty short.  In part because I don't really need anything and in part because a large portion of my budget is going to a new handbag.  I did, however, want some new skinnies in a spring color and found these from Old Navy:

Sweater: Old Navy (similar)  Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar
Shoes: Nine West (similar)

As you can see, they're a sort of robin's egg blue and they're exactly what I wanted.  And, as you can also see, they go with all the other spring colors!

I originally only thought to pair them with the citron sweater because I wanted to wear that sweater with my new fox locket:

Isn't it the cutest?!  My sister sent it to me with pictures of my sweet, big-headed nephews inside, and I love it!

So, where do the shoes come in?  Well, I just figured that the only thing to do for that much color is to add more color.  I think Coco Chanel or someone said something like that.

Happy Thursday, All!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Style Imitating Art: Spring

I finally got my act together and was able to participate in Style Imitating Art.  This week's inspiration, as chosen by Jess, of Animated Cardigan, was this stained glass window:

It is, appropriately, titled "Spring" and was designed by John La Farge.  Gorgeous, right?

As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed something blue and floral.  Luckily for me, I have something blue and floral:

I thought this print and color of this vintage dress was perfect for the challenge:

And, of course, it's not warm enough for a dress alone, so I added an olive jacket, some blue tights and ankle boots.

Dress: vintage, thrifted (similar)   Jacket: LOFT
Belt: thrifted (similar) Tights: Target  Boots: Lucky Brand (similar)

Are the blue tights perhaps a bridge too far?  Short answer, no.  Long answer, I figured that blue tights were better than having blue legs.  From the cold.  Because it's freezing.

Happy Tuesday, All!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Transition

This is what I wear when it's cold but sunny so that I want to stay bundled up but also want to wear spring colors:

Jacket: vintage, gifted  Sweater: LOFT (similar)
Skirt: vintage, thrifted (similar, splurge)  Tights: ASSETS
Boots: Nine West "Hissyfit"

I'm still in tights and booties, but they're open-weave tights and completely impractical booties.  And I'm still in a black skirt, but I paired it with a floral print and a pink jacket.

I figure the floral sweater is a good middle ground for early spring.  It's a floral, but it's also a sweater.  And even though it's a dark floral, the little pops of pink tie in nicely with my pink jacket.

Basically, this outfit lets me feel a little like spring, but without freezing to death:

I think that's the core logic behind any good spring outfit; spring-y and no frostbite.

Happy Monday, All!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stripes, Loafers and a Lindi Skin Review

Although it snowed yesterday, the weather is much, much better today.  While it's still not exactly warm, it is warm enough to venture out with bare ankles:

Shirt: Gap (similar)  Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Old Navy  Loafers: Gap

I figured stripes and loafers were the way to go for a casual Saturday.  It feels especially appropriate now that winter is over.  Probably.

Even if winter hangs on a little longer, the weather really has gotten better.  And all of me is relieved by that fact, but my face is probably most relieved. Because this face?

That face right there has been pissed ever since we moved to Pennsylvania.  I have somewhat sensitive skin anyway, but the combination of sub-zero temperatures and high-winds dried my skin out something horrible.  And made my poor eyes water almost constantly.  So, when I was offered Lindi Skin products to try, I was thrilled.

Lindi Skin products were designed originally for people undergoing cancer treatment, which means they were designed to be extremely gentle and extremely effective.  Lindi Skin understands that anything applied to the skin is absorbed by the body so they only use the most carefully researched ingredients.

I've been using several of these products over the last few weeks so that I could provide you all with an honest review.  And, let me tell you, there is a lot to like about these products.  I like that they're made right here in Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, to be exact.  I like that Lindi Skin donates their products to non-profit cancer organizations, hospitals and caregivers.  And, frankly, I like the packaging.

Here's how the individual products broke down for me...

Lindi Face Wash

This was my least favorite product.  It doesn't foam and I'm one of those people who really, really likes foaming products.  My current shampoo doesn't foam either and it drives me crazy.  In spite of the lack of foam (by design, by the way), this face wash works pretty well.  My face is literally squeaky clean once I'm done.  But, given the lack of foam and the fact that I don't really like the scent, I don't think I'll re-order this once it's gone.

Lindi Eye Hydrator

I've never used an eye cream before (I know, I know, I'm a heathen) so I have nothing to compare this too.  All I can tell you is that this product has worked very well in soothing the skin around my eyes that gets so very irritated by the cold wind.  I can also say that it absorbs well and it only takes a tiny bit to be effective, which is wonderful.

Lindi Lip Balm

I didn't really love this product, for a few reasons.  One, I don't really like lip balm you have to stick your fingers into; I prefer my balm in tube form.  Two, it wasn't very soft so you kind of have to work to get it out and get it on.  Once it was on, it worked okay, but it's not my favorite lip balm by any means and I won't re-order this item either.

Lindi Citrus Face Serum

The face serum is by far and away my favorite product.  It comes in lavender too, but I chose the citrus because it's more of a unisex scent and my fiance uses it as well.  It smells great and is very concentrated so you don't have to use hardly any at all.  I used three small drops at night after I wash my face and it's great.  I'll definitely be ordering more of this.

If you're interested in ordering any Lindi Skin products of your own, you can find them on their website. And, if you use the code BLOG25 at checkout, you'll get both free shipping and 25% off through May 31st.  In addition, Lindi Skin will also make a donation to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program for every purchase through this date.

Happy Saturday, All!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Stripes and a Sylca Designs Review

I was recently contacted by Sylca Designs with the offer to do a review of one of their pieces of jewelry.  And once I visited their site, I knew I was going to take them up on that offer.  Their jewelry is everything I like in my accessories: big, bold and bright:

Best of all, though, the jewelry is designed by the mother and daughter team of Sylvia and Camila Echavarria to be made from recycled wood, natural fibers and coconut shell so it's very lightweight.  I really do love chunky necklaces, but sometimes they can be too heavy to wear all day, especially when paired with another chunky piece.

But, not this necklace.  This necklace is the perfect weight and I wore it easily all day long:

I love that despite the necklace's light weight, it's still substantial.  It's a very striking piece and one that more than held it's own against the combination of stripes and faux leather I wore it with:

Necklace: c/o Sylca Designs

Bottom line, I love this necklace and I'm probably going to wear it all the time.  You've been warned.

Striped Shirt: Gap (similar)  Faux Leather Tee: LOFT (similar) (similar)
Jeans: Gap Stretch & Recovery  Flats: Nine West (similar)

Looking for a wearable piece of statement jewelry of your own?  I whole-heartedly recommend Sylca Designs.  They have a ton of pieces to choose from, including pendant necklaces, bracelets and rings.  And, you can get 20% off by using the code CV2013 at check out.  Seriously, go check them out, you won't be disappointed.

Happy Wednesday, All!