Easter Cocktails, Three Ways!

Hi Lovelies,

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days on here. Of course, as soon as I get a couple months in with my regular posts, a nasty virus hits and takes me down for awhile. Nevertheless, with Easter fast approaching I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share some of my Spring inspired cocktail recipes for your Easter festivities. I like to throw together ingredients and see what works, so there’s some unique flavour profiles here – luckily I’ve done the leg work for you. Let me know if you try any of these recipes, or customize them for yourself; I’m always on the hunt for new recipes! Also, you’re forewarned that the Peep martini is strong, but a good martini always is, right?

Hopefully I’ll be back to my regular posts now – no promises, but I do have some great looks coming your way very, very, soon ūüôā

MT

 

Boozy Strawberry Lemonade 

To make: Add sliced strawberries to the bottom of champagne flute, pour in vodka and lemonade, add in prosecco, and top with a splash of lemon water if desired.

Rosemary Grapefruit G&T

To make: muddle lime and a few rosemary sprigs in the bottom of the glass, pour in gin and grapefruit juice and stir lightly. Top with tonic water, and garnish with rosemary.

Cotton Candy Marshmallow Peep Martini

To make: Mix Whipped and Cotton Candy vodka in a martini shaker with ice, add cream, and shake lightly. Wet rim of glass with water or honey and rim the glass with sprinkles. Cut the peep and garnish side of glass with it. Pour in the shaken martini. Optionally, add one drop of red food colouring to the martini shaker to make a pink coloured drink! * I used cotton candy peeps – but I mean, do they even look like peeps anymore?!

Jean Dress & Sparkly Pink Flats

Hi Lovelies,

These new pink flats are (no surprise) my new obsession. I’m having a full on internal struggle between wanting to wear them every single day, and not wanting to ruin them or wear them out because I love them so much. I’m pretty in love with my Manolo Blahnik Hangsi heels from¬†this post and have been itching to get the pink flat version for some time now, but when I saw these ones for a fraction of the price, I jumped on it. My hesitation with the Manolos were that the silk wouldn’t hold up very well on the streets of Chicago, and since I live downtown and walk miles a day, I didn’t want too splurge on another pair of shoes I was going to destroy in a week. I feel much better about the pink ones pictured because despite not wanting to ruin them as they are beautiful, I won’t be devastated if the silk gets a mark, or the sole begins to wear out a bit.That being said, I still won’t be trucking them through the rain anytime soon.

As for this jean dress, it’s from Old Navy everyone! My Sister and I found them while shopping together, and if I’m being honest it’s borderline too short to be a dress. I’m 5″5′ and she’s 5″9′ and at her height I personally wouldn’t wear it without tights underneath, so that’s something to consider. I think it’s fine when your arms are down but if you have to do lots of movement or picking things up, rethink how you’re planning to style this before purchasing. Nonetheless, I love the bright blue color of the denim, it’s light weight and a flattering fit, plus you can never go wrong for Old Navy prices. I have a feeling it will be a regular weekend throw on for me when the weather warms up!

Also, how cute is the decor in our hotel we stayed at for our part of our Dallas trip. My parents had a conference here so we joined them for a new nights, and the lobby renovations were so cute! I felt like I was in a coastal town – to be fair it was lake front, though.

MT

What I’m Wearing

Dress: Old Navy Shoes: Badgley Mischka Earrings: Kendra Scott

 

Three Books to Keep You Positive

Hi Lovelies,

I’m taking a little break from my usual lighthearted banter about cocktails, fashion, my chihuahua, and travelling to chat something a little different today – staying grounded as a person. Life is hectic. I know. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in work, social media, friends, the latest restaurant openings, deadlines, workout routines, meal prepping, and in general, just living your life (add kids to the mix and I’m sure it’s pure craziness!). I’ve recently been using several different books to help shift my focus at the start and end of the day away from the things that consume so much of my time and mind, towards things that will really help me stay grounded as a person, maintain a positive attitude and promote gratefulness for what I have. I, like so many other women, find it easy to compare my life to others on the internet, on the streets, or at the gym, but the reality is – I live such a blessed life and I need to carve out time to remember that. So here’s 3 books I’ve been loving lately to keep me happy, healthy, grateful & grounded!

MT

  1. Happiness Planner – I love the Happiness Planner because unlike the others, it actually helps with organization, too. I use this one mainly at night when I have a lot on my mind and want to clear it before winding down for bed. I love that it has a mix of inspirational quotes, reminders to focus on what makes you happy, and questions to help you think about different topics. For example “Who would you like to see more often? List the things you would like to do together.” This one is undated (there is a dated version, too) so that you can start any time in the year, and it doesn’t have to be used daily, but I am trying to make a habit out of using it on a consistent basis to see the real impact on it has on my thoughts and positivity levels.
  2. 52 Lists for Happiness – The 52 Lists for Happiness book asks you make to one list each week regarding something that makes you happy. For instance “List the movies, books and tv shows that make you feel happy”. I love that this is a quick weekly task rather than a daily one, and it helps you to really think of what makes you happy. My personal goal for this book is to use what I think about and write to push me towards doing more of what I know makes me happy, on a daily basis.
  3. Five Year Memory Journal – The five year memory journal is one I find harder to stick to because it’s a long term journal that will be really cool to read back upon in a few years, but one I don’t find all that exciting on a day to day basis. I try to do this one in the morning because it’s super quick; all you do is finish the sentence for one sentence a day, and then answer one years worth of sentences for five years. The idea is you can look back on previous years and see how you’ve changed. I like that it’s either a question or open ended sentence so it doesn’t really require too much thinking, but it still makes you take a couple of minutes to reflect on a certain area of your life each day, as well.

If any of you are interested in trying to create a happier and more positive outlook on life, I highly recommend all three of these books. Of course, you by no means need them all – so pick which one sounds the most fitting for you and try starting there. P.s. Despite the links, I have found them all in store in Anthropologie quite often, too!

Staple Swing Sundress

Hi Lovelies,

Today I’m chatting my staple sundress season after¬†season.¬†This particular one I’m wearing has sold out online, but may still be available in stores. However, there are many similar ones available, and I’ll link the one I’m wanting right now! I tried it on in the store, and decided to be responsible and not purchase it since I had just bought the one pictured, but now I’m wishing I owned it, too!

The look I’m obsessed with every.single.season. is a spaghetti strap swing dress. I have¬†so many from years previous that aren’t even Lilly, and I love them all. I think what makes them top of my list is that they are the comfiest fit you could ever imagine. Although I’d posit that they look a little bit like a mumu, if you have fun colours, great accessories, and wedges or heels, it’s super easy to bring up their style level a bit. I wear them going out with heels, overtop of bathing suits to the pool, running errands in the scorching heat of summer, or just putting around the house. It’s honestly so versatile, it’s hard not to have at least one in your wardrobe! Plus, the Lilly ones have fun little details like tassels or ruffles, which add a little something extra to an otherwise simple dress shape.

MT

What I’m Wearing

Jacket: Old, Similar*

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (sold out online), Love this too Shoes: This post

*I have a few of the Blank NYC faux leather jackets and highly recommend them for the price point and quality. They’re great!

She’s Gone Country

Hi Lovelies,

While I was down in Texas I got back to my country roots a bit. Many people probably don’t know that I grew up in a tiny town in Alberta, where cowboy boots, farming, and spending time camping, quading and having bonfires were a regular thing. Since I went off to university, moved to Toronto and now Chicago, my style has evolved a little bit. But I still enjoy doing all of the things I did growing up. Long story short, I traded in my gold moccasins for¬†the cutest new pair of cowboy boots in Dallas, and it felt¬†so good to have something that reminds me of home every time I wear them. In true Over The Topma fashion, they’re no ordinary boots, though! I also paired them with a hot pink silk dress, because . . . why not?! It’s not like I’m actually going to wear them to farm or mud, they’re far too pretty (and the embroidering would get dirty!). I know. Don’t judge.

MT

And, my favourite photo for last . . .

 

What I’m Wearing

 Dress: Banana Republic Gold Moccasins: Old Navy Cowboy Boots: Wild Bills

Perfume Picks: Spring & Summer 2017

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I’d share my top perfume picks for this Spring & Summer with you today. Several of them are ones I go back to year after year, but a few of them are new. I should preface all of these by saying that I’m very seasonal when it comes to my chosen scents, so for Spring I typically go for light floral scents, and for Summer I like ones that smell beachy and almost maybe a bit sunscreen-esque. That being said, I basically interchange my Spring and Summer ones depending on how warm the weather is, regardless of the actual season. You can see all of my current faves, and my (terrible) attempt at describing them below!

MT

 

 

Perfumes

  1. Prada Candy – This scent is the perfect choice for anyone who likes really sweet perfumes. It literally smells like sugar; like a lollipop or cotton candy! I usually wear it during the day in Spring, and in the evenings during Summer, since it is a bit of a heavier scent compared to the others listed here.
  2. Oribe Cote d’Azur – I have to admit, I bought this one hoping it would smell like my beloved classic Oribe scent (ya’ll know I’m a huge fan of their hair products!), but if I’m being honest it doesn’t smell the same. It’s close. Really close. But something is a bit off. Nonetheless it’s a beautiful scent if you love that fresh, citrusy smell Oribe has.
  3. Victoria Secret Bombshell – I have loved his perfume for years and years. Probably since I was in high school. It smells florally, a little sweet, and a bit like sea water. I like to travel with this one since it’s less expensive than the others so I don’t fear the bottle breaking. It’s one I spray on as often as I like without concern that I’ll use it all up, and it has great staying power.
  4. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua – It took me almost two years to bite the bullet and buy this fragrance. These TF ones are expensive, and I had originally wanted the Neroli Portofino, but every time I would get a tester of it, I found that the scent wouldn’t last more than an hour or so. Last Summer, they released this Neroli Portofino Acqua and it’s a very similar scent, but I like it a bit better, plus I find it lasts for hours and hours on me. It smells very beachy, a bit citrusy, and almost a tad fishy like fresh sea water does (weird, I know – but it’s delish). As a side note, I bought this TF one for Hubs last Spring, and he loves it! Most of this TF collection is meant to be unisex but I find this one to be very masculine.
  5. Bobbi Brown Beach – If I had to pick my number one fragrance to wear all Summer long, it’s Beach. It legitimately smells like sunscreen. It’s fresh, light, and you get whisps of it all day, making you feel like you’re ready for the pool, even if you’re stuck in your office working. Smell this one NOW!
  6. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc – This one was also released by TF last summer, it smells very beachy as well (notice a theme here?). It has the sunscreen undertones to it like Beach does, but adds in some coconut and a bit more sweetness. This one is pricey so I understand the hesitance to purchase it, I find that this one is an almost exact dupe and a better price point, if you want to compare them!
  7. Atelier Cologne Clementine California – This perfume is brand new for this Season. I’ve had a few of the Atelier scents, but I love the fresh clementines in this one. It basically smells like Summer, light flowers and oranges in a bottle. It’s my top choice for Spring right now, and it’s limited edition.
  8. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue – This one is another evening scent for me. I’ll occasionally wear it on a gloomy or chilly spring day, but on the whole I wear it for a night out in both Summer and Spring. I find this scent so hard to describe, but I feel like almost everyone has sniffed it before. If you haven’t it’s a heavier but still fresh citrus scent with touch of musk to it. Very classy and timeless, in my opinion.
  9. Bond No. 9 Madison Avenue – Madison Avenue is the newest scent to my collection this season. I picked it up while we were in NYC in February. The store had so so so so many fragrances I wanted but I landed on this one in the end. I’m not sure that other people would agree, but I find it has the scent of strawberries & cream, with tulips, and perhaps a grassy undertone. I highly recommend checking out Bond No. 9 if you haven’t already. My only complaint is that I can’t smell it on my self for more than an hour or two so I tend to put more on frequently. That being said others compliment it near the end of the day so I do think it has some staying power.
  10. Chloe – I think I’ve mentioned Chloe several times on the blog before. It’s my all time favourite scent, no matter the season. That being said, I don’t wear it as often in the Spring and Summer as I do the rest of the year. I like to think of her as my ole faithful, the one I wear every time I don’t know what to put on. She’s a must have!

Travel With Me: Magnolia – Waco, Texas

Hi Lovelies,

I’ve come down to the Lone Star State¬†for a little bit of R&R in Dallas with the Husband, and to join my parents for a few nights while they were at a conference. While my step-dad was at his conference, and my Hubs was golfing, my Mama and I decided to make a trip down to Waco to visit Magnolia. I don’t really follow Chip & Joanna Gaines or their tv show, but my Mom does and so we began the two-ish hour drive south. I had no idea what to expect because I hadn’t looked up Magnolia online prior to visiting and so I only knew what my Mom had shared (which wasn’t much) but let me tell you, it was¬†AMAZING!¬†We showed up during some Spring Festival so it was extra extra extra busy, but well worth the hour wait in line and hoards of people. First we went to the main store area, which had some home goods, larger furniture items, books and Magnolia souvenir items ( I got a speckled mug – of course). We also visited some of the tent vendors that were there for the Spring Festival, and walked around the premises. We tried to get into the Bakery but the line was far too long for it to be worth it for us. Bless my Mama, she even let me get blog photos even though we had to wait for the gaggles of people to clear out of our way. She’s the best. Ever.¬†If you’re ever contemplating a visit to Magnolia – do it! I want my entire house and yard decorated the way Joanna decorated this place. It’s stunning and unique.

For my outfit, it’s a matching two piece Lilly Pulitzer set, paired with a pink cardigan from J.Crew. I love this matching set because I’ve found plenty of ways to wear each piece individually – for instance, the crop top with high waisted jeans, a black leather jacket and black booties, or the shorts with a white tank top and pink blazer. No matter what you pair it with it’s going to look great. As a bonus, it’s elastic and stretchy and is so, so comfy. If you follow my blog, or know me at all, you’ll comfortable is my number one BFF. Lilly recently came out with this set in a pink & green pattern too – check them out! As for my shoes, these are new wedges I got for the season, and although I’ve only worn for them a few hours, they seem to be very comfortable. They have lace up ankle straps which I think helps fit them to your feet more, always a bonus!

P.S. If read passed my outfit photos, I’ll have some of Magnolia and my cute Mama.

MT

My Outfit

Magnolia

What I’m Wearing

Shorts/Shirt: Lilly Pulitzer Cardigan: J.Crew Shoes: Nordstrom

 

Colorful Business Casual Look

Hi Lovelies,

We all know how much I love colour, especially pink – so now that I have a recent obsession with purple for the Spring, it’s no surprise the majority of my outfits are now pink and purple patterns. I flippin’ love todays outfit because it’s bright, which makes me feel cheerful and more energized, and it’s insanely comfy. The top is silk and has a flowy cut to it, and the pants are wide leg with a partial elastic waist. It’s the perfect combination of the always sought after, looking like you put effort into your outfit while still feeling like you’re wearing pyjamas around all day. After purchasing this top, I’m definitely in the market for a few more. It’s soft, well made and comes in loads of colourful patterns – more, please!

Here’s to hoping Spring actually comes soon!

MT

What I’m Wearing

Top: Lilly Pulitzer Pants: J.Crew

Shoes: Aldo (old), Also love Earrings: Kendra Scott

Photo Credit: @gingergirlgoes

Travel Essentials

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I’d switch things up a little here today and share with you my travel essentials. I basically include all of these in my carry-on, but that’s simply because I typically carry my most important items with me incase my luggage is lost. It’s worth noting I also like to bring an extra set of clothing with me, especially if I’m travelling on long flights or to different climates. That way, I’m not stuck in the tropics sans a bathing suit and shorts while my suitcase makes it way to Iceland – thankfully my luggage hasn’t went that far off track . . . yet! I also always have a pair of fuzzy socks because I typically wear flats onto the plane and my feet/ankles usually get cold. I love to feel snuggly and warm so I can curl up with an audiobook and try to sleep my way through the flight. On that note, I’m also the type of person who prefers to fly either through the night, or very early in the morning. I get motion sickness very easily and my medication makes me quite drowsy so flying during the day is never ideal for me; that being said, if I do fly during the day, I try to stay awake and get work done, or catch up on tv shows since I’m not a great napper and always land feeling sluggish and yucky. Anyways, to see what else makes the cutoff for my carry-on you can check the pics below!

MT

 

The Essentials

  1. Laline Monoi Hand Cream – I always, always, always carry hand cream with me. Dealing with papers, dry office areas and washing my hands leaves my skin continually dry. BUT, this Laline hand cream is a recent discovery of mine! My Sis and I came across it in NYC and I get so so so many compliments on the scent.
  2. Murad Wipes – Facial wipes are always good to have so that you can either wipe your makeup off if you’re on an overnight flight, or give your face a quick refresh after a long flight, especially if you’re planning on putting some makeup on before you land. These specific ones are my favourite wipes ever because they are not greasy, have great ingredients and legitimately feel like you just washed your face, with almost a minty fresh feeling to them.
  3. Macbook – This one is a given and maybe doesn’t even need to be included, but I pretty much carry my laptop in my bag at all times. I use it mostly to do work in the airport or on the plane, but in general I just can’t leave it behind no matter where I’m headed.
  4. Travel Folder – I’ve had several travel folders throughout the years, and made great use of all of them. This one is my newest version and I like that it has some folders on the outside for the most frequent documents you’ll need, and several on the inside for everything else. If you haven’t used a travel folder before, they have little labelled pouches for every different document you’ll have so it’s super easy to stay organized.
  5. Airline approved liquids bag – I know a ton of people who like to just use ziplock bags for their liquids when travelling – I personally prefer these ones from Sephora because they are silicone, therefore more sturdy. I generally keep all of my little extras including medication, lip products, mini perfumes and any other liquids I’ll have in there even when I’m not flying so that I never have to think twice when I stroll through security.
  6. CoverFX Foundation – I like to have a little bit of makeup with me for situations where it’s been a long travel day, I have to get off the plane and head straight somewhere, or my suitcase is MIA. I try to choose ones that won’t spill, hold up well for long periods of time, and can all be applied simply and quickly. This cover FX foundation is a cream which makes it ideal to use a concealer if you want to just pop a bit on after a long day, but can also easily be used for a full face if that’s the look you’re wanting. Plus, it’s long wearing and super natural looking.
  7. Buxom Lipgloss – I’m pretty positive I’ve mentioned this lipgloss before on the blog, but if I haven’t it’s an easy to apply and long wearing formula. I love this shade specifically because it’s very glittery and shiny so it applies well on bare lips. Fair warning though, to make it so long wearing, it is fairly sticky. If that’s not your thing, stay clear. It’s worth noting though that I have went through probably 6 tubes of it, and my Sister is obsessed too, so I’d say try it out!
  8. Purell Wipes – These wipes are a staple for me on flights. Actually, scratch that. They are a staple for my life. I use them for everything. I wipe down seats, armrests, tray tables, my laptop, my hands, the bottoms of my purses that get set down, and on and on. I go through so many of these on just a regular day, letting alone spending 5 hours cooped up on a plane with strangers breathing on you and 50 other people sitting in your seat that week.
  9. LV Neverful GM – This bag (in the damier azul or damier ebene) are what I almost always use as my carry on. Typically, it’s the bag I carry to work as well, so it’s easy for me to repack a few things and have it transition for travel. It’s obviously humongo so it fits pretty much everything I need in it, and it still fits under the seat in front of me. I hate having things in the overhead bin more than anything – I need to be able to reach all of my goodies easily, so this is a perfect option.
  10. Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette – I use this eyeshadow palette as my travel one on the regular. It doesn’t have enough shades for me to do any complex eyeshadow looks but has enough to make a simple swipe of color and some definition in the crease. Plus it’s super tiny and lightweight and legit smells like chocolate. Hallelujah!
  11. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – This shimmer brick is also a travel staple for me, simply because it has a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one. If you apply it to your cheeks in a single swipe it applies the colours in the order they appear in the palette and saves you a lot of products (and effort) which is perfect for a quick travel refresh.
  12. L’oreal Eyebrow Pencil – There’s not too much to say about this, other than that it’s a dupe for the Anastasia one that everybody loves so much! The only two differences are the spooly (admittedly Anastasia’s is better given that this one is more like an actual comb), and the price. It’s a winner in my books and necessary to give your eyes that wide awake look when you’re actually tired, puffy and dried out; not just me, I hope?!
  13. Living Proof Hair Spray – This one’s a tricky one for me, because if you’ve read my hair post from a few weeks back (it’s here if you haven’t), you’ll know I’m fairly particular about what products I use. So I’d love to say that I can bring one hairspray and use it for the entire trip, but the truth is, I use this mini one in my carry on only to freshen up my already styled hair. I find it doesn’t have enough hold to use in the mornings when I do a full style, but it’s not too sticky and just light weight enough to apply throughout the day.
  14. HBC Blanket – I switch between bringing this light weight blanket, and the occasional blanket scarf. Either work to help snuggle up and get some shut eye. I just love the feeling of this blanket and can also wear it as a big scarf if my carry on gets to full or the airport is frigid!
  15. Beauty Blender– ¬†I bring a beauty blender with me because it’s easy to use to apply your foundation and bronzer. Plus you can bounce it on a skin to give it a touch up anytime, or use it to apply your moisturizers well. It has so many uses that it’s hard not to bring it everywhere.
  16. Sunglasses – The Dior ones from this post¬†are what’s pictured, but I bring any pair that I’m into that day with me. I’m not usually the type of person who puts them on the sleep, but I do wear them on occasion when the sun is shining in and I’m not in control of the blind, or on the train when there is no blind or when the person in the seat beside you decides to turn their light on for hours even though they aren’t reading, but rather are sleeping also.
  17. Headphones – I bring my usual apple headphones with me that plug into the lightening jack, but I also am waiting for my pair of the AirPods to come in. When I got the new 7plus I thought it wouldn’t be an issue to use the regular Apple headphones with it, because after many trials, I’ve found I like the earbud shape on those best . . .but honestly, it is a problem. I can never charge my phone while I want to listen to things and in the airport or on the train where all I do is stare the little screen, it’s kind of a big deal. I recently went for an AirPod trial at Apple and really love them (albeit they do look a bit silly), plus they are supposed to provide better sound for phone calls (and block wind – necessary in the Windy City), and I love that they don’t start playing music until they are in your ears and pause if you take one out. I’ll update ya’ll once I’ve had them for awhile! The reason I say I’d still bring my regular pair though is because AirPods only last 5 hours and they have to charge in their case (15 mins for 3 hours of power), and I think I might want some headphones for that downtime. We’ll see how it plays out in reality.
  18. Batiste Dry Shampoo – Probably no explanation needed. A long time in the tiny little airplane seat leads to flat, oily hair.
  19. Past Tense Roller Oil – This little roller ball has a magical mixture of essential oils that smells minty and makes your muscles feel amazing. I find it really relaxing and it helps with any aches and tension you can get from sitting around so much while travelling.
  20. Teasing Comb – For the same reasons in number 18, plane hair is just never attractive. I like to fluff it back up and help make me look more put together and “with it”.
  21. YSL Lipstick – This is the same formula I raved about in this post but in the nude colour. I love how moisturizing it is, and it easily applies without a mirror so you can swipe it on at any time.
  22. LaraBar – I love all of these bars, but the Peanut Butter Cookie is my all time favourite (PB&J and Coconut are a close fave, though!). The PB Cookie one literally takes like the actual cookie, and has a crumbly dry texture like they tend to, as well. I love to pair it with a hot tea and really make a relaxing moment for myself.
  23. Pretzels & Hummus (available almost anywhere!) – I’ll always pick these up at an airport because they’re easily found, a (relatively) healthy snack and delicious. I’ve found that I can’t snack on my favourite candies anymore like I used to because it makes me feel restless and that’s the last thing I want when I’m stuck in a seat for hours on end.
  24. Waterproof Mascara – I wear this L’oreal Mascara every day. Since my eyes are so small, I wear waterproof formulas on the regular, to prevent them from running or smudging. However, I do believe it’s important for travel regardless because mascara tends to smudge when we close our eyes, or flake off after a long day. No one wants raccoon eyes! Ps. I know I’ve mentioned before in this post that the Armani mascara was my all time favourite, but you guys, this drugstore mascara may have taken it’s place. It’s seriously amazing and a fraction of the cost.
  25. MAC Eyelash Curler – This one goes to number 24, I always like to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else they point straight down into my eyeballs and that’s neither flattering nor comfortable. My Sister introduced me to this curler a few years ago and nothing beats it; my lashes hold curl all day and look fluttery and natural.

That’s all my tips and tricks for travel essentials. Kudos to you if you made it to the end of this! I always question making longer posts, but I know personally if it’s a topic I’m interested in I’ll want to read an entire post, and if I’m not that interested I’ll just skim the photos. So I figure this was the best of both worlds. See ya Friday, babes!

Bows on Bows (& a lilac velvet skirt)!

Hi Lovelies,

This skirt is hands down one of the best things I’ve bought for Spring this year. It’s obviously a beautiful purple tone which screams Easter, and tulips, and warming weather. But even better than that, it’s velvet, meaning it’s insanely soft and comfortable, plus it has an elastic waistband. Pretty much, it’s like wearing pyjamas in skirt form. Triple love. Also, this bows shell and cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe. Because of the neutral colours, it matches almost everything I own, and I find the bows the add a fun pop. Particularly because I typically buy pants or skirts that are sold colours, and then enjoy pairing them with a patterned top. I like to get all of my shells and cardigans from J.Crew because they have the perfect fit for my shape, and so many seasonal colours and prints. I also own several from J.Crew factory and although they don’t have the same amazing feel because they aren’t cashmere, they do have the same fit, and are worth a try – especially for the price point difference if you aren’t one who makes a staple out of the sets.

If you’re a Chicagoan, I hope you’re enjoying these photos from a few days ago when we could pretend it was Spring, and avoid the looming snow storm that hit this morning!

MT

What I’m Wearing:

Cardigan & Shell: J.Crew Skirt: Asos

Shoes: This post Sunnies: Amazon