Spring Picks // Loft

I know every woman and their sister (and mom, and BFF, and cousin, and coworker) shops at Loft. There’s a reason (well, a lot of reasons). They have a great selection of clothes for work, casual weekends, lounging, vacation and even some dressier occasions. Sometimes they have the reputation of being bland and conservative, but they actually have a lot of great trendier pieces right now (see off the shoulder everything and lots of rompers). I bought a few things when they had a sale last week. Here’s what I bought and a few more of my favorite picks.

In My Closet

I sized down and bought this in tall

I plan on using this for both work and play

Using this on vacation!!!

Going to style these with a tucked in tee

Going to syle this with distressed boyfriend jeans

On My List

Get the Look // Pink Blazer for Spring

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We had some unusually warm weather in February here in Chicago. We even had a couple of 70 degree days! Even though it’s winter again – it dipped back into the 20s over the weekend – I’ve still been thinking about warmer weather ever since we got a little taste of spring. I came across the above photo from Jess Ann Kirby on Pinterest, and immediately wanted to re-create the look. I have a great blush blazer from Loft that I bought a few years ago – I don’t use it nearly enough, but I’m inspired to pull it out this spring! Her post is from last April, but I rounded up some great pieces that are available now.

Pink Blazer
Forever 21 Contemporary Longline Blazer | Topshop George Open Jersey Boyfriend Blazer | Ann Taylor Cotten Sateen One Button Blazer | Chic Wish Passionate Peach Oversized Blazer

Striped Tee
Madewell Sound Ribbed Crewneck Tee in Kramer Stripe
| Old Navy Relaxed Boat-Neck Tee | J.Crew Factory Striped Artist T-Shirt

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans
American Eagle Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Boyfriend Straight Jeans | KUT Catherine Distressed Boyfriend Jeans (also available in plus here)

Strappy Pink Heels
Ann Taylor Eliza Suede Round Toe Pump | Dune London Ghillie Lace Up Block Heel Sandal | Steve Madden Shays Lace-Up Sandal

Perforated Tote Bag
Emilie M. La Mar Perforated Tote | Sonoma Kari Tote | Roberto Pancani Large Rose Leather Tote | Old Navy Laser-Cut Tote

Currently Craving: One-Piece Bathing Suits

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How adorable is that swimsuit?! I’m in love. In the past I had a hard time finding cute one-piece swimsuits. But over the last couple of years the options for fun, colorful one-pieces have really grown. One-piece does not have to equate to boring and frumpy – there are so many great options this season. Below is a round up of some of my favorites. And they’re all under $100!

Monki Polka Dot Frill Swimsuit

Tommy Bahama Ruched Triangle Top One-Piece (available in over 10 colors)

City Chic Floral Underwired Swimsuit (Plus)

Peek & Beau Gingham Frill One Shoulder Swimsuit

Scallop High Neck One Piece Swimsuit

Mesh Inset One Piece

H&M Swimsuit with Bow

Vintage Floral Halter Maillot One Piece Swimsuit Coral (Plus)

J.Crew Factory One-Piece Swimsuit (a classic, rouched swimsuit)

Seafolly Tidal Wave Highneck Maillot One-Piece

Get the Look

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I’m all about comfort. On the weekends I’m usually in jeans, flats and a cozy top. Lately my cozy tops have been sweatshirts. A lot of fun and embellished sweatshirts (think florals, lace, ruffles) have been popping up in stores. Throw on a structured jacket for a more sophisticated look. This is perfect for transitioning into spring.

The exact sweatshirt from the image above can be found here.

This is how I’d recreate the look:

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1 | Gap Embellished Star Pullover
2 | Gap Water-Resistant Short Hooded Trench
3 | 1822 Denim Ankle Skinny Jeans
4 | Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody Bag
5 | ASOS DEA Star Lace Up Sneakers

More fun sweatshirts:
ASOS Sweatshirt In Polka Dot
Old Navy Relaxed French-Terry Sweatshirt
Fire Ruffle Front Sweatshirt
Gap Eyelet Logo Pullover Sweatshirt

Splurge or Save: Olive Wrap Coat

You know I love finding a good save alternative to a more expensive piece of clothing. But this one takes the cake. Earlier this fall I purchased an Old Navy olive wrap coat. I love it. It’s the perfect length for me (I bought it in long) and is really warm. Then I started seeing a lot of look-a-likes on other blogs and Pinterest, but with much higher price points – like this one from Aritzia. Even though my Old Navy version is not 100% wool, it’s still warm and comfortable.

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Aritzia Babaton Sian Coat | $425

Save
cn10214113Old Navy Belted Wool-Blend Wrap Coat | $84.94

Bonus! The Old Navy version is on sale for $35.97 as of January 11.

Splurge or Save: Bedroom Accent Chair

I’m looking for an accent chair to add to my bedroom. I have a medium-grey upholstered headboard and neutral bedding in my bedroom, so I want the chair to have dark grey or rich jeweled tone fabric. Accent chairs can be expensive, but I don’t want to spend a lot because it’s not a chair I’m going to be sitting on everyday. It will probably serve as a place to pull on my boots or, more realistically, a place to toss clothes when I’m getting ready in the morning. I found some great options for every budget:

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Row 1: Splurge | Save
Row 2: Splurge | Save
Row 3: Splurge | Save

I’m leaning toward the Hayden Armless Chair from Target – I love the color!

Currently Craving: Spring Picks

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1. Blossom Dandy is one of five in the Essie spring 2015 collection.
2. This reversible vegan tote by Street Level comes in three different colors. I love the blush for spring.
3. A pretty print to add to my growing gallery wall by Melanie Severin.
4. You can never have too many cotton tanks and this one from J.Crew Factory comes in a variety of colors. (Bonus: everything is 50% right now!)
5. A fun metallic pouch.
6. I’m obsessed with this dress. I love the colors and the print (and it’s a tall).
7. Pretty tassel earrings. They will be great for every occasion.
8. A classic tee in spring colors.
9. Sole Society is my new obsession and these JENN d’orsay pumps do not disappoint.
10. You’re probably thinking: black jeans for spring?! I insist you try these – they are light weight and I plan to wear them through spring with flowy tops.
11. I had to include a spring scarf in the list.
12. A straw panama hat. Perfect for the weekend…especially farmer’s markets and early morning iced coffee runs.