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Fran has so many unique and helpful tips in this short trip packing post!

Two words: flamingo shoes.


These new tassel earrings from Shashi are killing me.

My girl Valery has a cool new project that is so on-brand for me (and probably you too, if you're reading this blog!)

You've probably seen this by now, but at SXSW Joe Biden confessed his fav Obama bromance meme!

Is it cold still where you live? Get some inspo for your remaining chilly days from Kimi's Fall/Winter favorite outfit roundup!

And, if spring has arrived, here's some midi skirts on midi skirts on midi skirts.

If you've been curious about capsule wardrobes, Caroline just shared her spring closet with so much insight into how she built it!

Pillow inspiration for you cozy babes.

This leopard clutch is such a good dupe of this designer one!

My dream home. Katie has shared peeks from her house here and there (which I've linked to here and there), but her official home tour is up and I'm actually dead. (That Jenny Lewis poster? YES PLEASE.)

On my wishlist: this cute tee, these easy yellow sandals, these great culottes (who am I??), these chic espadrilles, and this perfect work-from-home robe.

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how to wear a denim dress

A popular question for ~fashionistas~ in magazine interviews is always "What is the one item every woman should have in her closet." While I think there's probably no one item that every woman would benefit from, my two cents is that most closets would benefit from a denim dress. Like a little black dress, they're incredibly easy and versatile -- as you'll see in a sec, they go with everything! -- but I tend to think they're a little more interesting than the black dress standby. Anytime I see a woman in a denim dress, I think, "damn, that woman has style and definitely didn't accidentally drive away with her coffee on top of her car this morning." Not that I did....but, you know, a denim dress has an air of put-togetherness that I appreciate in another woman.

Because I can't seem to go a week without wearing this denim dress from ASOS, I thought I'd show you a few different ways to style it!

Pastels

After crushing on goods curated by Houston-based Lisa Chow at Girl Crush Project forever, I saw she was donating a portion of the proceeds on these pastel clay necklaces to the ACLU and finally pulled the trigger on buying my own. The day after it arrived, I wore this outfit to a bagel brunch, followed by one of my bestie's bridal shower. I love how sweet this lil pastel look is! (P.S. It looks like 10% of the sales on these are still going to ACLU if you want to grab one for yourself!)

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necklace: Girl Crush Project // shoes: Loft (similar) // purse: STRUT (similar)

Cozy

I mentioned in this post that I wanted to style this ModCloth vest (back in stock and on super sale!) with a dress, and here I am! I have to say, I think this looked cuter in person than it did in photographs (hence only letting you see it from one angle!). This is the perfect early-spring outfit because you've still got a cozy element for those chilly mornings or evenings, but the outfit is pretty perfect for 70 degree weather. Also, I can't stop, won't stop wearing this bag + shoe combo, last seen when I wore this dress here.

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vest: c/o ModCloth (on super sale!) // bag: Frye c/o Shopbop // shoes: Old Navy (sold out online, similar booties) // necklace: The Land of Salt

Colorful

Alright, honesty time. I promise this styling looked way better when I planned it. My photographer and bestie, Chelsea, and I were actually chased by an angry man while we were taking these photos (note the change in location!) and we were trying to be quick when we continued in the back alley of the same building. Everything got real wrinkled in our initial escape (yep, happened twice) and I didn't take the time to tie this scarf as cute-ly as usual. But! Let it be known that a denim dress is as great with bold colors and a vintage-influence as it is for a getaway!

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scarf: vintage // earrings: Beehive Boutique (similar) // shoes: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop // clutch: Old Navy (sold out online, similar)

Casual

While I can't speak for the men of Austin, the women here are incredible! My sweet friend Miranda of Live Free Creative Co. gifted me one of her incredible shibori-dyed bandanas recently and I've been wearing it nonstop. Of course, I had to try out a monochromatic look with it and my denim dress! Add my favorite purse and a pair of casual loafers, and I've got a great outfit for brunch, Saturday errands, and an impromptu double date over some pizza.

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bandana: c/o Live Free Creative Co // bag: Frye c/o Shopbop // shoes: Gilt (similar)

all photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

Since my own denim dress is almost sold out (I'm wearing the UK 12 by the way, and probably should have gotten the UK 10 just because this style is so oversized), I linked to a bunch of their other fun denim dresses below! I included a few from their Curve line, but def check out the site if you're looking for tall or petite sizes too!

P.S. My posting may be a little sparse for the rest of the month. It has rained the last two times Chelsea and I tried to take outfit photos, and I'm about to go out of town next weekend, so I'm a little lacking on content. Also, I'm trying to focus as much attention as possible on the Feel Good, Dress Better workbook, which I am SO excited to be able to share in the next couple of months! I hope you'll forgive me for being a little distant around these parts for a couple of weeks!

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One of my best and oldest friends put a longtime dream into motion this week when she launched Courage, Dear, a site for tough and tender hearts to find inspiration and solidarity. Add the blog to your reader and follow her on Insta for honest writing, gorgeous hand-lettering, and the words you felt like you've been waiting to hear.

You may or may not know that I have an obsession with a girl gang of British bloggers. One of the first of their blogs I followed was Kristabel's, who I absolutely adore. Her recent post on being Black, British, and a blogger showcases all the things I love about her. I'm so thankful she shared her experience!

Speaking of Britain, my girl Charlotte put together a guide for finding a therapist in the UK, as inspired by my own post on how to find a therapist!

And, speaking of self-care, check out these five self-care ideas under $30.

I may be headed to frigid Seattle later this month, but Sarah's Mexico honeymoon packing list has me dreaming of a tropical vacation.

J.O.A.'s new arrivals have everything you cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder loving gals could need.

Find out how Cathy gained 3000 Pinterest followers in less than two months.

Some real talk about Anthro from a biz perspective.

I meant to share this a while ago, but I loved Courtney's honest NYFW recap -- and why it's not all it's cracked up to be.

All these Madewell sandals give me heart eyes.

My new favorite follow on Instagram: Haley Drew This.

Basically obsessed with this DIY.

On my wishlist: these suede mules, a pair of cropped jeans, this super flattering tank, some comfy leggings, the perfect striped tee for spring, and these classic-meets-unique loafers.

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dress: ModCloth // shirt: Old Navy (current) // scarf: vintage c/o Winola Vintage // shoes: Madewell c/o Shopbop // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

For all the personal style crisis-ing I've been in lately, this outfit is pretty spot on. Stripes? Check. Fit and flare chambray? Check. Ankle strap block heels? Check. Vintage floral print silk scarf? Check. In fact, this outfit is an almost exact dupe of this one I wore in October.

When I was looking at ModCloth's new arrivals before my Galentine's event at their Austin store last month, I fell head over heels in love with this chambray pinafore dress. It was the very first item I grabbed when I walked into the store, and as soon as I put it on, I knew it was coming home with me. I have so many styling visions in mind for this one already (most of them involve stripes, surprise, surprise), so get ready to see it on the blog a lot in the coming months!

You may have noticed that I didn't post my February budget. It wasn't intentional; as I mentioned, February was a shit show and I honestly lost track of time at the end there! The short story is that my spending got a little out of control last month, but I did counter that with a bunch of Poshmark sales. In addition to losing track of time, I lost track of what I spent and earned. Let's assume I came out over budget, but not by too terribly much? Yeah, that sounds good.

I did want to share a few of the things I bought though! In addition to this chambray pinafore, the ModCloth Galentine's party resulted in this raincoat (which I'm OBSESSED with), these fancy pants (coming soon to the blog!), and this striped (duh) Peter Pan collared top in black and white.

A few more purchases I'm stoked on: these adorable pink Nikes that are the most comfy shoes ever and two cute swingy dresses (one and two) from Urban Outfitters. Thanks to my ongoing partnership with Shopbop, I also brought home the Madewell heels featured in this post and a Sonix portable charger.

What's your favorite thing you bought last month? Have you started shopping for spring yet? I wanna know what's on your wishlist!

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