NOTEPAD No. 52

red ruffles

THROWBACK // 

Sun hats and red ruffles in this post from last summer! So excited to be heading somewhere warm for the next few days. Expect to see more dramatic looks and lots of color!

Question: I am just now starting to invest in a few ‘nicer’ pieces for my wardrobe – where would you suggest I start?

Answer: This can be a very personal question – and process – but I would start with footwear by investing in a pair of great heels, a pair of classic dressy flats, and a pair of nicer fall riding boots. For apparel, I would focus on finding one nice ‘everyday piece’ – meaning if you are denim lover it would denim, if you often find yourself in dresses, a great dress that can be dressed up or down, etc. – as well as one nice coat. Once I find an overcoat I love, fall and winter dressing becomes that much easier. Last but not least, an amazing purse that you truly love. I typically don’t spend a ton of money on pieces that I know can be easily destroyed from daily wear, such as my work tote, commuting flats, and everyday sweaters (somehow I always destroy sweaters!). For those pieces, I focus on finding a good price to quality value knowing I may have to replace them once per season. Lastly, if at all possible, sticking to a color palette will make purchasing much easier as you can begin mixing and matching these select pieces back to the favorite items you already own. It also makes it easier for the next cycle of buying ‘nicer’ pieces as you have a foundation and can now begin to build up your wardrobe. Admittedly, this can be difficult if you are someone like me who loves all things color, print, and pattern!

peplum top

LINK LOVE // 

At under $60, this knit peplum top from Nordstrom’s 1901 brand is tough to beat. Adore the soft pink color as well as the navy and white striped option. Both are spring wardrobe staples that you can wear multiple ways!

“Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others.” – Elbert Hubbard

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