twenty two.

 

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Hello friends!

I’m officially twenty-two (just like T.Swift!).  It’s nice to no longer have to associate myself with the crazy 21 year olds, who quite frankly, can’t keep their shit together.  To celebrate, I drove to Iowa City to stay with Mallory.  We celebrated by catching up on tv shows, eating all of the foods, and buying all of the things.  I had lunch today with my parents and both sisters before heading back to Wisconsin.  Overall, it was an extremely successful weekend.

Here are a few snapshots from the past few days:

Birthday time at work!

Birthday time at work!

Mal and I shopping.

Mal and I shopping.

Sweet Tart martini at The Liquid Lounge

Sweet Tart martini at The Liquid Lounge

Classic family photo; post-Olive Garden feast.

Classic family photo; post-Olive Garden feast.

Outside the Liquid Lounge

Outside the Liquid Lounge

Since I had to work on my birthday and didn’t get into Iowa City until later on Friday evening, Mal and I did the bulk of the celebrating on Saturday.  The weather was sensational, so I took full advantage, wearing a flowy skirt, tied up chambray shirt, and killer wedges.  Yes, I was on the dressed-up side, especially for Iowa, but the goal was to turn a few heads.  Mission accomplished.

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Target + FEED USA Chambray Shirt | BCBGeneration Skirt | Francesca’s Wedge Sandals | Target Crossbody | BCBGeneration Affirmation Bracelet | BCBGeneration Teardrop Ring | Forever 21 Midi Ring | Lauren Conrad Arrow Ring | Assorted Madewell Rings

It’s getting close to my bedtime!  Look out for my personal list of Spring Must-Haves out later this week!

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

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coral classic.

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Hello friends!  Happy Tuesday!

It’s officially birthday week in my world and I’m getting just as giddy as I did as a kid.  I know I sound like a broken record, but time has seriously gone by so fast.  I can not believe that just under a year ago I turned 21.  I was still in school.  I hadn’t done my internship yet.  I was the menswear editor for Trend.  My hair was growing out and stuck in the mullet phase.  I was likely panicking about a seemingly important at the time test, quiz, or paper.  I just refuse to believe it’s already been another year.  I can’t believe how many amazing people I’ve met since then and how lucky and grateful I am for the friends who I’ve still been able to stay in contact with through all of these crazy life changes.

Since the weather finally has started to show some promise, I’ve been getting a little ahead of myself.  The past few days, it’s gotten in the 50°s and lower 60°s– so by normal standards, that would not be considered tank-top weather.  Thankfully, I live in Wisconsin, so I can get away with these types of things when it finally gets warmer out.  I definitely have a case of spring fever and I’ve been breaking out the florals, sandals, and colorful accessories to bring some life back into my wardrobe.  As much as I love the shift in my style, one of my favorite parts of spring is how I transition my “makeup wardrobe” if you will.  Granted, my favorite season for makeup is probably fall, but after a long winter, there is nothing better than busting out that coral lipstick.  I’ve been waiting for a well-weathered weekend for weeks now.  Lately, it’s been nice during the week, and chilly on the weekends.  But finally, this weekend came through and I was ready to hit Madison in full spring force!

I know it’s not necessarily the most conventional way of planning an outfit, but I was just so excited to wear my new Revlon Colorburst (in Audacious to be exact), I planned my entire outfit around it.  I kept my makeup very neutral, with bold lashes and a coral lip.  From there, I went with my new favorite top, an adorable floral number from BCBGeneration, and some skinny ankle pants.  With a belting of the top and some sky high wedges, I was ready to spring into the streets (see what I did there?).  Oh, and it wouldn’t be springtime without a Capri Sun, am I right?

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BCBGeneration Blouse | Gap Super Skinny Ankle Jeans | Lands’ End Belt | Francesca’s Wedges (similar) | Aerie Lace Bandeau | Target Crossbody | Lauren Conrad Bracelets | Charlotte Russe Sunglasses | Revlon Colorburst in Audacious

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

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currently craving: florals

Happy Saturday!

It’s sunny with a high of 52° in Madison today and it’s finally starting to feel like spring.  To East and West-coasters, that might not seem that warm, but considering it flurried on my drive home from work yesterday, I’m pretty ecstatic.  I’m finally starting to get that spring fever with tanks, shorts, and spring patterns on the mind.  The obvious go-to spring pattern, the floral, is not quite itself this year.  Gone are the days of soft, feminine florals– in 2014 the multi-floral, also known as the hyper-floral, is out in full force.  These bright, digitally printed versions of the classic spring pattern are more colorful and edgier than ever before.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes when you want your look to be softer, a feminine floral is the way to go.  But if you really want to make a bold statement, try out  the eye-catching version that is bound to turn a few heads.

I spent a few hours last night searching the ends of the earth/internet to find the absolute best of the best in florals this spring.  Check out my picks below!

Falling for Florals

Blue dress
modcloth.com

Peplum top
asos.com

Swim suit
landsend.com

Sam&Lavi cropped pants
anthropologie.com

Mink Pink short skirt
modcloth.com

PL by Peter Lang flower ring
$34 - theiconic.com.au

Iphone case
etsy.com

What floral piece are you dying to get your hands on this spring?  Personally, I can’t stop thinking about the Anthropologie ankle pants!

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

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weekend wear.

Hi friends!

It’s officially the last day of March!  Crazy, isn’t it?  I can’t believe how quickly time as flown.  I’ve been at my grown-up job for just over two and a half months so far and my birthday is next week.  Next week!  Again–crazy stuff.  I feel like I’ve been looking forward to my birthday ever since I started my job.  It was that one thing that could push me through each week;  something to look forward to– to count down to.  It’s a good thing I have my vacation planned for July, because I really need these “things to look forward to” to keep me chugging along.  If you’ve read any of my life updates from the past few months, you’re probably aware I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to everything: my job, living alone, living far away from everyone I know, etc.  I’m doing somewhat better, but if it weren’t for these things to look forward to, I’m not so sure it’d be the same story.

Anyway, I spur-of-the-moment drove to the Quad Cities this weekend to see my sisters.  We didn’t have any big plans other than watching Oscar nominated films, catching up on tv shows, eating a lot, and going on a walk or two in the gorgeous weather we had this weekend.  I didn’t get too ambitious for my slightly-warmer-weather-friendly attire, knowing it would still likely be outrageously windy, I took baby steps.  I went for a more spring-transitional look, wearing an easy striped pullover and some ultra-comfortable “market pants” that I recently picked up at Lands’ End. I slipped into my go-to Lo-Pro Vans and grabbed my adorable new cross body to create the perfect casual weekend ensemble.

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Gap Striped Pullover | Lands’ End Market Pants | Target Crossbody | Vans Canvas Lo Pros | Warby Parker Frames in Sinclair | American Eagle Leather Bracelet

I legitimately don’t think I’ve ever been more comfortable.  When Mallory was ready for sweatpants at 3:00 PM (I know, we know how to have a good time), I didn’t need to dive into mine to be comfortable.  I was so comfy all day– needless to say, I’m obsessed with my new market pants.  As for the movies, I highly recommend Captain Phillips.  American Hustle– not so much.

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

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currently craving: sport

Hello friends!

If you read my fashion fix last week, it should come as no surprise that I’m obsessing over the sport inspirations in the market right now.  From high to low fashion, it seems like everyone is dipping their toe in this ultra-cool trend– which is great for us, meaning there is a wide selection at varied price points.  I put together a collection of my picks for the sport trend, all of which fall under $45.  And for those of you looking (I’m looking at you, Ali), there is some J. Crew and Gap in there, all at stellar prices.

But first, some of you may be wondering what constitutes an item to be considered “sport” and how to go about wearing it.  Not that I’m an expert by any means, but I classify items as sport by their design details.  Some easy sport details including piping (on pants, hats, sleeves), stripes and color blocks, raglan sleeves, athletic silhouettes (track pants, baseball jackets), and color.  I will say that if you’re not into taking too many risks, some styles are easier to wear than others.  Piped chinos, like the adorable pair from Gap below, are a wearable style as your basic chino pant with that extra piped detailing.  Colorblocks or a striped raglan are also easy ways to incorporate the trend.  If all else fails, throw on some cool sneakers and a baseball cap and you’re good to go!

trend alert: sport inspiration

Gap
gap.com

Sunglasses
francescas.com

What’s your favorite sport piece?  Are you going to take this trend for a spin?

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.