spring fashion lovelies

Alleluia, spring has FINALLY arrived in Boston!  It's only, you know, May 16th and we're officially experiencing our first sunny, 80 degree day.  'Tis glorious!!  

As the cooler days dragged on through March, and April... and early May, I started to stock up on all of the fun spring fashions that I would be able to wear when it was finally appropriate to show my (blindingly pale) legs without needing tights and a heavy coat.

1. Factory pleated colorblock skirt

I'm seriously loving this skirt from J. Crew Factory.  I managed to catch it on a day when it was already marked down for final sale, plus I used a coupon code for an additional 40% off, and I ordered enough to qualify for free shipping-- cha-ching!

J. Crew continued to work its online shoppers spell and convinced me that I NEEDED a pair of jeans in a particularly bright color, which is ironic considering that the part of my body I'd like to draw the LEAST amount of attention to is the one clothed in these flaming colors...)

Loft and I often have a love/hate relationship:  I basically either want to spend an entire paycheck there, or I can't find a single thing to love.  When I stopped in a month or so ago during one of their big "Spring is here! Let's have a sale!" days, I couldn't help but fall head over heels for these sweaters (Teal Blast and Starburst Coral).  

They're the perfect lightweight cotton that I can for sure wear through summer (already picturing with white shorts and white skinnies) and are available in several other summery colors.  One of my big pet peeves when shopping is having to buy clothes strictly for work that aren't wearable on the weekends.  Considering I can pair these with so many bottom options and dress them up with a fun necklace or scarf, they've been in constant rotation.

These babies were a steal of a lifetime!  J. Crew Factory ran them at $19.50 PLUS an additional 30% off coupon code so seriously-- it would have been irresponsible of me to NOT purchase them, right?  Also, the inseam is 5 inches long.  Considering I'm in my late 20s (mercy me), have a tan that is comparable to Casper's coloring, and am just now working on getting my legs back into running shape, I think that this longer inseam will be most forgiving.  Right?  Riiight...

Okay, so it hasn't been QUITE warm enough to wear this cuteness, but I seriously cannot wait.  It's intended for a swimsuit cover-up, which is what I bought it to wear as, but several people commented in the reviews that it's short enough to wear with shorts as a tunic-like top as well-- genius!  The colors are so bright and cheerful, I just couldn't help myself.  I ordered it in medium/large and it fits perfectly, and isn't sheer like most cover-ups can be.

I am legitimately living in this dress.  It's been to work, to a BBQ, to brunch... Again, it's one of my required versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down for just about anything.  The color is great, and I've received tons of compliments on it-- people are shocked when I tell them Old Navy!  It's marked down on the website now, and ON is always running some type of sale-- stock up!  There is no doubt in my mind that I'll add another color to my rotation before too long.

Again with the dress-- get on with your stylish self, Old Navy!  I've worn this a handful of times as well, with a cardi to work and always with a belt, or else my waist looks like an Alice in Wonderland illusion with the wavy stripes.

I'm still on the hunt for a great white eyelet top for the summer, so nothing too terribly heavy or tight-- I'm all about the flowy, tunic-y top for a hot summer day.  Also a requirement: must not break the bank.  I've found a hundred and one white eyelet options for my 3 month old niece but nada for myself.  Hm, is that a sign that white eyelet no longer works for adults?  The things I ponder...

After an appointment with my Sports Medicine MD last week, I was also informed that my ol' faithful flip flops aren't going to cut it for appropriate support during my commute to/from work each day, so I think I'm finally going to bite the bullet and invest in a pair of Sperry's.  I really need the support and on rainy days in my flip flops I live in constant fear of face-planting on a slippery sidewalk.  A boat shoe should take care of that chance, right?  Plus they can definitely be matched with skirts and dresses better than a sneaker can.  A few styles I'm loving (any input is appreciated!):

color: sand
color: linen oat

Happy Thursday, lovelies!

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