Elevated weekend wear

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I chose to describe this outfit as elevated for two reasons: 1) because it’s a bit dressier than typical weekend outfits and 2) because I’m wearing wedged sandals. (Get it? Ha!)

A few weeks ago, Earth Brands contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in styling a pair of shoes from their S/S ’15 collection in an outfit post. After browsing the catalog, I found a few styles I thought meshed well with my personal style, and I couldn’t wait to say yes! (I mean, how could I say no to a free pair of shoes?!) The brand seemed familiar to me even though I had never owned a pair of shoes by them before, and it’s because both my mom and my step mom own pairs and love them. You know what, though? They’ve really been knocking their recent seasonal collections out of the park, and I find their styles to be fashion-forward for ladies of any age. The best part is that they are comfortable–like, truly.

My favorite collection of shoes is the Earthies collection. First introduced in 2011, Earthies focuses on fashion and comfort and features an “exclusive contoured comfort footbed” which repositions the body to a more natural position over the feet. I took my Morolo sandals out for a long walk on the first wear–to and from the grocery store almost a mile round trip–and can definitely vouch for the comfort, even with the moderate heel! I decided on the “biscuit” colorway knowing that it would make the perfect neutral for any spring/summer outfit, though the Morolo is also available in black, bright red, and denim blue. (The red and blue colorways seem to be sold out from the main website but can be found at Nordstrom.) I found the style to be true to size with a zipper down the back and some elastic in the sides to make it easy to get the sandals on and off. I have average-to-wide feet and did not feel any discomfort width-wise.

Suffice to say, you will be seeing more of these beauties this spring and summer! 🙂

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Madewell dress / Earthies sandals c/o / Coach bag (vintage; new version) / J.Crew earrings / Anthropologie sunglasses

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Knits & monograms

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Yesterday’s look was comfortable and oh-so cozy. I mixed up my forest green corduroy pants by throwing my lovely wool/cashmere sweater by Joie over it and topping it off with my burgundy scarf. No, I did not wear the scarf indoors, but I liked how it looked with the pants so I kept it on for the photos. (Plus, it was freakin’ cold.) I felt the need to mix up my footwear with my cognac ankle boots. The SmartWool socks you see peeking over the top are probably my most comfortable pair of socks. I highly recommend. They also kept my feet perfectly warm!

P.S. I think I figured out the trick to good-looking photos on the retina screen: doubling the size of them so that when they are resized in the column, they appear to look normal. Who knew that retina screens would change everything! 🙂

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Joie sweater via TJ Maxx (similar) / J.Crew pants (similar) / SmartWool socks / Carrini boots via Hautelook / ModCloth scarf

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I tried the sweater-over-skirt look again today. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite look… I guess since I’m hesitating, I can say it’s not, haha. I’m still glad I wore it, though. Often times it takes me looking through photos to realize something doesn’t really work how I imagined it would. The loafers, though? LOVE! I still can’t believe I found these at Goodwill. I don’t go thrifting very often because I end up just feeling overwhelmed, so I’m happy I had one successful trip.

You may have noticed a new addition around my neck! My Monogram Necklace generously offered me one of their products in exchange for a review. After quite a bit of debate, I decided to go for it. (I will only work with brands that fit in with my brand/style, of course.) The giant monograms that you’ll see often on preppy bloggers aren’t really my style, but this pretty sideways monogram caught my eye. It’s delicate and understated–just what I like. 🙂 This necklace is gold plated sterling silver, and I picked an 18″ chain so that I can wear it comfortably with collared shirts. Most of their products have sterling silver as the base metal, though some are made of brass–just check the item title/description if you’re curious. I was pleasantly surprised by how “sturdy” the plating is. The clasp on my necklace is slightly difficult to use; the opening isn’t that large and it feels stiff, so it takes a bit of extra time to get it done. My Monogram Necklace is based in Israel, but I had no problems with shipping. My package arrived in about 14 days, and they have faster shipping options as well (USPS: 8 days, UPS: 3 days worldwide). I also had a wonderful experience communicating with their customer service! I really appreciate that. If you’re interested in placing an order (their products would make perfect Christmas gifts for the monogram lovers in your life), they’re currently offering 10% off their monogram necklaces!

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Joie sweater via TJ Maxx / Uniqlo skirt (similar) / Hue tights via Nordstrom Rack / Nordstrom loafers (thrifted) / My Monogram Necklace necklace (c/o)