Transitioning White Jeans Into Spring

With three weeks left of winter, I’m itching to get my white jeans out.

If we’ve learned anything over the past several years, it’s that white pants can be worn year round. To be honest, I put my white jeans away for the winter more out of consideration for my lack of space rather than upholding any now-defunct sartorial rules.

But I so badly want to pull out some of my lighter weight and lighter colored items – more specifically a pair of white ankle jeans that fit great and feel even better. So how do I style them before the temperature catches up to my desire to wear my warmer-weather clothing.

A blue silk blouse, a camel pea coat and navy patent loafers are perfect for staying warm in your white pants. Add a poppy bag – maybe it’ll make you feel sunny even if it’s still very much winter outside.

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Slip a blanket coat over white jeans and some on-trend winter boots for a season-worthy look. This is a cozy ensemble for walking around on campus or commuting to and from work or school – especially if there is still some late-winter snow on the ground. Statement earrings, lipstick and bag will stand out against gray skies and neutral pieces.

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If your white jeans fit as well as mine do and make you feel good, you’ll most certainly want to wear them out. Pair them with a sexy cami and a cool and cropped flyaway leather jacket for a sexy getup to get you noticed. Black booties that show a little bit of skin are even more sexy.

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Of course, you can always wear your fabulous white jeans on the weekends or for more casual weekday wear. Get out your Converse sneakers, a cozy – but still sexy – sweatshirt and a cozy scarf with a bit of color to prevent the “frump factor.”

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Daily Covet: Collection of Sunnies

As mentioned in many previous posts, I love sunglasses!

Not just because my poor sensitive eyes have to wear them rain or shine, but because I love how they can show off a totally different you just by changing them up.

I tend to get attached to one certain pair, but I love the thought of matching my sunglasses to my outfit – just as I would with my shoes.

So what eyewear would I like to add to my collection?

Here’s a roundup of some of my absolute favorite styles…

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Tom Ford “Christophe”

Linda Farro "38"

Linda Farro “38”

Tom Ford "Charles" Aviator

Tom Ford “Charles” Aviator

Chloé "Boxwood" Cat-Eye

Chloé “Boxwood” Cat-Eye

Céline "Butterfly"

Céline “Butterfly”

Oliver Peoples "Sheldrake"

Oliver Peoples “Sheldrake”

Warby Parker "Quimby"

Warby Parker “Quimby”

Ray-Ban Original "Wayfarer"

Ray-Ban Original “Wayfarer”

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Fendi “Red Oval”

Both of these following pairs have been featured on the “Daily Covet” before (here and here), but I had to add them because I love them so much!

Prada "Minimal Baroque"

Prada “Minimal Baroque”

Céline "Havana Honey"

Céline “Havana Honey”

Daily Covet: Flatform Flashback

I forget what I was searching this morning, but I ran across these basic, but wonderful flatform slides that are almost exactly like ones I had almost 15 years ago. And summer is calling my name. (Not sure why because we are getting snow 3x this week in middle America!)

Anywho…I wore those sandals by Nine West for years and had them repaired several times. The cross-foot band was made made from the softest leather; it was like sliding my bare foot into butter.

Sadly, my soft little sandals met their death when my cobbler said there was nothing more that he could do. I searched high and low for replacements, but never found any. It seems by the time I was ready to replace them, they weren’t the sandal of the moment anymore…. until now!

Not only did I find these amazing Stuart Weitzman sandals that are virtually an exact replica, I found other similar slides and sandals that have a bit of a lift without the crippling arches that so many absolutely gorge sandals tend to have.

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Here is another pair from Robert Clergerie that I absolutely adore. They might actually be my favorite of the bunch with that extra braided band. You’ll notice these ain’t getting any cheaper….

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I lied. These flatform sandals are quite a bit less and have a cute ankle strap so it’s easier to keep them on. The ankle strap makes them look a little bit dressier too, so they are ideal for pairing with summer dresses.

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Should you like to go the espadrille route, this little peep toe model is perfect. They definitely scream summer, but the suede is super sophisticated – like for summers in the Hamptons.

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Leave your wicker tote at home and choose these gorgeous sandals instead. The flatform makes them comfortable and the black and natural raffia construction make them cool. The name Clergerie? That makes them expensive.

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Still feel like you’ll be falling off your flatforms? Try these black/gray sandals from Jil Sander. The demi flatform means you’ll be a lot closer to the ground in case your ankle are afraid of heights.

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And last but certainly not least, these little numbers from Pour La Victoire are ideal if you really can’t decide between black and brown. They satisfy both cravings along with the need to show off cute ankles with the ankle straps.

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Daily Covet: Interior Makeover

There are days – especially this time of year – when I get sick of looking at the same, old stuff every day.

These cold, gray days just make me want to toss everything in my house and start from scratch. Or maybe it’s the tent full of plastic balls, the BatBot or the stack of school papers…

It’s a good thing I have Polyvore, where money is no object and I can find virtually anything I need and want in my dream room. So here is what I’ve been working on.

Some favorites? Those Louis loveseats covered in Belgian linen and the glass console table with blue “X” stools tucked underneath.

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Like some of these items or want to see other rooms I’ve spent winter days “mocking” up? Check out my Polyvore page here.

Daily Covet: The Perfect White T

A friend and I were recently having a discussion about finding the perfect white t-shirt. There are a list of stipulations that the “perfect” tee must meet in order to indeed be the perfect tee.

It can’t be too heavy, but not too see-through either. It has to hold it’s shape well and not stretch out. The quality has to be such that the seams run in all the right directions (You know we’ve all had those cheaper-made tees that have seams that twist and turn around our torsos!)

The sleeves should be short enough to not get bunched up under our cardis or sweaters, but not so short that they show off the little bit of extra “pit fat” we’ve been trying to lose since we had our last baby (18 months ago for me!) A v-neck can’t be too deep, a crewneck can’t be too tight and we really don’t want a boatneck. It can’t be too clingy, but not too loose that it looks like a paper bag either.

The perfect white t-shirt has to be so perfect that we don’t have to replace it every year and so perfect that we actually want to buy several so that we’d never be without one. It has to wash up nicely (and be dryer-proof for her.) I lay everything out to air dry so that’s not an issue for me.

We even agreed that we’d pay considerably more for a t-shirt that looked great with everything.

So I’ve been doing some research and googling “perfect white t-shirt.” Most of the articles written on just that topic give quite a few options – but I’m unsure that the tees have actually been test-driven, so to speak.

Here are a few however that I’d like to try out. Or better yet – to hear from readers if you’ve had good or bad experiences. Or let me know which perfect white tee has worked out for you and why!

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Daily Covet: H&M Pink Printed Coat

The fun part about today’s “Daily Covet” is that I actually am not coveting it anymore! I purchased this retro and totally fabulous H&M coat already – just in time for the Valentine’s Day brunch with my best gal pals. The Dolman sleeves and boxy shape are so 60’s but the collarless style also makes it look sort of asian-inspired. This cute, little number has opera-length sleeves and must-have pockets too. It’s absolutely perfect!

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I styled it with boyfriend jeans, a j.crew factory Charley sweater in pale gray and pink suede pumps (old, very old kilty version.) I also wore my Anthropologie glass bubble necklace because the irridescent beads naturally catch the light to reflect pink and gray. Here’s the real thing, but the picture was a terrible “quick pic” I sent to a friend to tell her about my cool find. I included a better mock up of the outfit too.

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Daily Covet: Ann Taylor Katarina Sandals

Not sure who Katarina is, but I love her sandals.

But seriously, these Ann Taylor sandals scream “SUMMER!” and I’m so ready for warmer weather – especially with a foot of snow on the Midwestern ground.

I love the pale gold color that would look great against summer-tanned feet. There’s a small heel for comfort mostly, and some metal detailing up top too… really a perfect spring break or summer sandal!

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