Spring Things

I hate to admit it but today, March 20th, is the first day of Spring!

A little background. Tomorrow, March 21st, is my birthday and growing up I thought it was the first day of spring. Technically it is the first full day of spring, but, depending on where you live, spring starts sometime on the 20th.

Either way, I’m ready for my spring wardrobe. The weather on the East Coast lately has been warmer than usual and I’m hoping to make the big wardrobe transition soon. In the meantime, I’m putting together some outfits for inspiration.

I’m ready for chambray and skirts…

Spring Chambray

1 – Old Navy Chambray Shirt, 2 – Vanessa Mooney Necklace, 3 – Vintage Mini Saddle Bag, 4 – J. Crew Skirt, 5 – Banana Republic Shoes

And navy dresses…

Spring Oxfords

1 – Dorothy Perkins Dress, 2 – Kate Spade Bag, 3 – Top Shop Oxfords, 4 – Zara Belt 


BHLDN, Chicago

If you are engaged, a bridesmaid or just wedding and event obsessed, Anthropologie’s bridal store BHLDN is just simply heaven.

"chandelier" at BHLDN

I spent last weekend visiting my amazing friend Alex for her birthday and she was kind enough to let me sneak in some wedding dress shopping at the newest BHLDN store in Chicago. Ok, she wasn’t “kind enough,” she was absolutely elated to be going wedding dress shopping with me, she is a bridesmaid after all.

BHLDN is exactly what you’d expect from an Anthropologie owned bridal store. Two levels of unique dresses (for both brides and bridesmaids), highly curated decor and a-mah-zing dressing rooms.

BHLDN - Dresses

This was my first wedding dress shopping trip and it really could not have been better. I was very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect or what I was supposed to do but my bridal stylist, Mindi, was amazing. She made both Alex and I feel at ease right away. Probably had something to do with the sparkling wine and macaroons.

Bubbly & Macaroons

The wedding dresses at BHLDN are definitely very unique and most of them fit a very certain bride, theme or venue. I did find one that I loved and will possibly revisit at some point.

And one last thing to know: BHLDN stylists do not work on commission but if you do visit either of their stores (Houston or Chicago) and later want to order a dress, call the store to order. As Mindi pointed out, if everyone ordered online they wouldn’t need stores. And if there weren’t stores like this, well I’d just be sad.

Leggings Are Not Pants, Or Are They?

I have a problem.

I once declared “leggings are NOT pants!” I refused to believe that this leggings as pants fad would last. I wanted to start leggingsarenotpants.com but it was taken. By a documentary filmmaker. No joke.

I told everyone I knew that leggings as pants was a horrible idea and it should be stopped.

Now, a short two years later, leggings are no longer just fad and all I want to do is wear leggings as pants! OK, not as pants pants but when I’m not at work, the first thing I want to put on my “riding pants.” They are from Forever 21 and the tag said “riding pants” but they are leggings.

I’m not entirely proud of this.

That’s my first problem.

The second?

My “riding pants” have seen better days and I fear I will never find the perfect pants leggings to replace them.

Chevron Love

First it was stripes, followed briefly by polka dots and now, I’m jumping right on the chevron bandwagon. It’s just so lovely, don’t you think?

Currently, I’m obsessing over these two chevron dresses:

(left, right)

Lovely, indeed.