Spring Style in the City

Smile Sunglasses Stripes Spring 2018

I’m throwing it back to this outfit from Spring 2016 for part of this post. Why? Because I still LOVE each one of these pieces, I still wear each of them, and this rig is the perfect example of Spring layering at its finest! It’s also an outfit that is perfect for travel to your favorite city during Spring.

When we arrived in Chicago the snow and sleet were flurrying, and as we finished off our trip the sunshine was bedazzling. It could not have been a more Spring-like adventure as far as the weather was concerned. Above are three outfits that work well in nearly every Spring climate. Shirts: a flowered shirt, a striped shirting staple, and a fresh twist on eyelet. Jeans: my favorite Spring to Summer pair, always a pair of white denim, and a button-up black option.

These three outfits are ready for any transition when you add layers of outerwear (or subtract as the case may be). My favorites for Spring city escapes are: an all-seasons trench coat, a down bomber jacket, a long cashmere cardigan, an over-sized jean jacket, and a forever leather jacket.

Then you can adjust your footwear for the prevailing conditions and you’re set. Don’t forget to pack a fun, flirty dress for an evening soiree, attending a concert, or taking in a show. Some of my favorites are: black and lacy, dramatic ruffle-striped maxi, classic white eyelet, or sweet and strawberry printed.

Our weekend plans include a slow Friday evening at home– think quite tunes, a home-cooked meal, and simple relaxation. Saturday we’re slated for another soccer game, and then we’re off to see Hamilton! I am giddy with excitement for my boys to experience this theatrical revolution. Happy Friday, friends!

XX, Megan

Shoes Purse Trench Spring 2018Spring Outfit

Coat, Shirt, Pants, Purse (similar), Sandals (similar), Sunglasses, Ring

Travel Essentials: 9 Carry-On Must Haves

 

Water Bottle, Sneakers, Snack, Headphones, Breath Freshener, Book, Luggage, Travel Wrap, Face Mist.

This past week I traveled with my mom and sisters, and my sweet Aunt Paula to Chicago! It was such a wonderful trip. My travel companions were the highlight of my trip, but Chicago put on a beautiful show. Seriously, I could rave about Chicago all day. I really didn’t expect to love the city as much as I did. But that is a post for another day.

I don’t have the chance to blog as often as I’d like these days, but one thing I still get a lot of questions about are what my travel essentials are– as in, when I hit the road, what do I grab and go with. Below are nine essentials that carry me through every flight, connection, screening, and after airport transportation. The only thing I’d add to this list is Wet Ones sani-wipes. Essential, if you ask me!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Friday and an awesome weekend. I’ll be back next week with a What to Wear in the city in the Spring.

XX,
Megan

Staples: Closet Essentials x 15

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Is it possible to have staples that span every season? I live in a pretty well defined climate that boasts four robust seasons. We’re really in the thick of Spring right now which means that it snowed seven inches last weekend, and then slid into this beautiful lull of sunny and 60s. Now this weekend we’re back to Winter-like conditions with flying sleet and another warm spell in the coming week.

Weather aside, I think that there are staples– seasonless, classic, that stand the test of time– which every wardrobe can proudly boast. Plus, closet staples make it much easier to pull together a look in a flash. You simply add in the weather appropriate extras, or subtract the necessary layers and WAH-LAH! The perfect outfit.

 

Dark Skinny Jeans : Classic Striped Shirt : White Cotton Tee
Navy Buttoned Blazer : Cashmere Scarf : Cashmere Sweater
Leopard Flats : Silk Blouse : Silk Cami
White Pants : Leather Mules : Leather Shoulder Bag
Leather Jacket : Leather Pants : Denim Jacket

So if your weather calls for snow, an outfit combination might include a denim jacket, easy white cotton tee, leather pants, a thick wool overcoat, and scarf. Or if you find yourself in the middle of some uncharacteristically warm weather in December you might don a pair of dark skinny jeans, a striped tee, a leather jacket, and leopard flats for an easy take on these closet essentials.

On the No New Things Challenge front, I have really been grateful for the extra savings I have slowly been building. Our littlest had to have oral surgery this past week and I was able to pay for the procedure up front (which I realize may sound standard). It felt like a major win for me. I would have put the total on a credit card in the past and paid it off over a few months time.

I have wanted to do a more in-depth post about money mapping, but I am still learning about implementing these skills in my own life and move them into the every day. But this medical procedure being paid for was a huge step toward mapping my spending, and being sure to set funds aside each and every month for some of those expenses that are unexpected. We didn’t think that our little guy would have to have this surgery for a few more years.

So there’s my money take away this week. Savings rocks! I hope you have a beautiful Saturday. We’re house cleaning, catching up on favorite TV shows (my boys), and still looking forward to Spring Break (only two weeks away)! Have a happy weekend.

XX, Megan

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Turtleneck, Jeans, Boots, Bag, WatchLips, Earrings

Work Wardrobe: 5 Outfits for Spring

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As Spring approaches I often look at ways that I can add some happy notes to my wardrobe. To me, Spring style means an infusion of wardrobe options that have a more playful, whimsical, and flirtatious appeal. Here are a few Spring trends that I am digging:

1. The Mule- Easy to wear, and endlessly adaptable, this trend is a fun work-wear update that you might try! I have this pair, and this pair, and though I won’t be adding any more to my repertoire, I love this blush pair that I posted above.

 

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2. Flowers, Floral, and Blooming Patterns- Flowers are ALWAYS on my Spring style radar. Wearing your garden gives you the chance to celebrate playful prints, and the promise of warmer weather to come.

 

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3. The Edge of Fun Meets Funky- Sometimes it’s nice to mix a little bit of sass and a slightly edgier element into your Spring style cadre. I am smitten with this silk tiger print top from J.Crew, and actually received it as a sweet gift from my husband. I’m excited to wear it for work– paired with cropped seasonless wool pants (as shown), or play– along with a pair of cutoff shorts and some artsy earrings when things warm up.

 

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4. The Stripe- Long live stripes for any season! I have loved the new lineup of work friendly options that have a touch of distinction that deviates from the standard oxford. This striped wrap top does the trick. It can also double as a casual piece, or dressed up with a more formal skirt for added dimension.

 

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5. Denim Extras- Denim is another dynamic Spring staple that morphs and changes with each new season. For Spring, look for details like the sweet ruffle on this skirt, or a darker wash which is also coming back into vogue, another subtle nod to the 90s. If your workplace isn’t converse approved, you could easily swap these out for office appropriate heels, and then grab your tennis shoes for your walk to and from the metro.

I hope you have an awesome Wednesday. Another NNTC coming your way on Friday. I’m stoked to double post this week. Thank you for reading, comments, sharing, and simply stopping by!

XX, Megan

Shopping Your Closet: Winter Boho

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I hope this post won’t come across as overly light. Especially as compared to the one that I wrote at the beginning of this week. It has been another hard week. There have been more hardships at school, but I am going to return to this topic when I have renewed energy and time to go about giving the topic of school safety the effort and investment it deserves.

The highlights of this week included beginning to read The Hobbit with my boys. Yes, I am a J.R.R. Tolkien geek. Just reading “An Unexpected Party” made me smile so many times, I couldn’t help but be transported to the house Under Hill with the round green door. We had some DELICIOUS family dinners including a Korean Rice Bowl with Kimchi and Cucumbers from The Scramble, and a warm, filling, creamy, clam chowder (I based mine off of these two recipes: Eating Well, and Food Network). My six-year-old requested, “Mom, will you write that recipe down for me so that I can make it when I’m in college?”

Warms my mama-heart to have him ask such things, and I readily agreed to do so. Both boys have been practicing their music daily, and it makes for another highlight. Though there are definitely moments of struggle, for the most part they are enjoying the piano and drum respectively.

My husband has been a champion beyond all others. This week alone he cleaned the house from top to bottom, covered dish duty multiple evenings in a row, made sure that the boys were ready for school with multiple costumes for my first grader whose class celebrated Dr. Seuss this week in anticipation of Seuss’ birthday today. Perry made sure that pajamas, blue hair, and a complete Sam I Am costume were in order. I simply could not be more grateful to him for how much he juggles both in terms of work, home-life, and still manages to take a few ski turns in the back country every weekend!

We have more new snow as of tonight, and I really have appreciated this second gasp that winter has gifted us. It simply felt so… wrong that winter had not yet really come to these mountains. To be honest, there is so much less snow than we have experienced since our move here almost seven years ago it has been a surprise.

In terms of the NNTC I have really enjoyed shopping my closet these past few months. One of the reasons that term has come to mean more to me is that I am trying to learn and to recognize that new does not determine any part of my worth. In other words, I don’t need new things to make me feel good about myself. My worth is not in what I wear. I can still fully enjoy the expression of style and fashion without constant closet updates.

Case in point, this outfit. Yes I realize this rig borders on Indian Jones, but this casual boho look really fit how I felt in this moment. Ripped jeans are a weekend favorite for me, as I try to look more polished and professional in my day job. The silk broderie top is over six years old. Wearing these pieces that have become classic, and timeless, at least for my closet feels like a win! Plus, most of them are still on point, in terms of current fashion.

Try this at home! Take a look at your closet. Are there pieces there that you maybe haven’t combined in the past. Lay out three outfits that you might not have worn (in terms of the specific combination) before. Pick your favorite. Put it on. Rock your day!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful and restful weekend. I’m going to eat my weight in sushi, read more of Bilbo Baggin’s adventures to my littles, and enjoy a date with my sweet man. Sending you love and good vibes wherever you are!

XX, Megan

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Jacket: Gap (similar), Shirt: J.Crew (similar), Jeans: Madewell, Boots: J.Crew (similar), Bag: Madewell, Hat: Brixton, Sunglasses: Ray-ban, Scarf: Madewell