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Last week was a tough week for me and one of the last things on my mind was what I was going to wear each day, but I think it turned out ok. The weather was still hovering in the I’m-not-quite-sure-if-this-is-spring-yet range, trees were still leafless, and flowers had not yet bloomed. It’s so tough to dress for spring when it doesn’t feel like spring!

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Monday
Dress – Old Navy
Tank Top – Ann Taylor Loft
Jacket – Gap
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklaces – Anthropologie & Christmas Gift

Tuesday
Tee – Express
Sweater – H&M
Jeans – J Crew
Pumps – Steve Madden
Scarf – Handmade by me

Wednesday
Tee – J Crew Outlet
Skirt – Express
Belt – H&M
Boots – Steve Madden

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Thursday
Striped Tee – H&M
Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Scarf – Target
Flats – Lavender by Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack

Friday
Dress – Target
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Pumps – Nine West
Necklace – Anthropologie

The weather has been on the cusp of spring. It feels like it should be so much nicer than it is, so I’m having a hard time with my outfits lately. I’m still wearing jeans and sweaters and winter coats, but feel like I shouldn’t have to wear tights and boots and winter coats. Can’t. Wait. For. Spring. To. Get. Here!!

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Monday – I love this outfit! I got this sweater in Feb. and have been waiting for nicer weather so I can wear it with white jeans!
Sweater – Old Navy
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Boots – Nine West

Tuesday
Blouse – Zara
Blazer – H&M
Jeans – JCrew Outlet
Earrings – Gift from a friend’s wedding

Wednesday
Blouse – J Crew
Skirt – J Crew
Earrings – Top Shop
Ring – Mingle Jewelry
Wrist – Michael Kors watch; Banana Republic; J Crew via eBay

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Thursday
Tank – H&M
Blazer – Target
Jeans – J Crew
Pumps – Steve Madden

Friday
Sweater – Express
Jeans – Express
Boots – Steve Madden
Scarf – Target

Saturday
Dress – Anthropologie
Tights – Target
Boots – Nine West
Wrist – Michael Kors watch; Banana Republic; J Crew

Here is what I wore last week. The weather was terrible all week – in the 40s and raining! So, while I really want to bust out my Spring wardrobe, I’m still struggling a bit to be weather appropriate. If you look at the balcony, you can tell that it’s wet every day and it actually snowed here on Saturday morning. I can’t appropriately express how tired of winter I am. I really hope spring makes its debut quickly!

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Monday
Blouse – H&M
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew Outlet
Pumps – Steve Madden
Earrings – Target

Tuesday
Ruffle Blouse – Anthropologie
Cashmere Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Wedges – Steve Madden
Necklace – J Crew via eBay

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Wednesday
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Tights – Spanx via Amazon
Necklaces – Anthropologie & a gift from my Mom
Earrings – A gift (J Crew)
Rain Boots – Hunter (I wore black pumps at work)

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Thursday
Button Up – Polo Outlet
Cardigan – H&M
Skirt – Loft
Pumps – Steve Madden
Earrings – J Crew
Necklace – Family Heirloom

Friday
Dress – H&M
Blazer – Target
Scarf – Target
Tights – Spanx via Amazon
Boots – Steve Madden

This post is obviously super delayed – sorry! We had a nice little flash of spring last week and I was having fun playing with color and light scarves. Enjoy!

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Monday
Button Up – Banana Republic Outlet
Sweater – Gift from my grandparents (likely JCPenny)
Jeans – J Crew Outlet
Booties – Via Spiga via Nordstrom
Bracelets – J Crew

Tuesday
Dress – Old Navy (I am in love with this dress)
Tights – Target
Boots – Nine West
Belt – H&M
Earrings – Target
Necklace – Christmas gift
Bracelets – Banana Republic & J Crew
Watch – Michael Kors via Nordstrom

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Wednesday
Sweater – J Crew Outlet
Skirt – J Crew
Tights – Spanx via Amazon
Pumps – Steve Madden
Earrings – NY & CO? I’ve had these since college and I’m not certain, but for a while, I got a lot of my earrings there
Necklace – I’ve had this since I was a child and I’m not actually certain of its origins

Thursday
Button Up – Gap
Cardigan – Loft
Jeans – Express
Pumps – Valentino via Nordstrom
Earrings – JCrew

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Friday
Button Up – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Scarf – Target
Ballet Flats – Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom; Banana Republic; J Crew (gift from friends); J Crew
Earrings – J Crew (gift from my mom)
Ring – Mingle Jewelry

Saturday
Button Up – Old Navy
Jeans – J Crew
Moccasins – Steve Madden
Scarf – Handmade by me!

A while back, I posted about the hat I made for Julia here. I also made a hat for her big sister, Emma. My SIL wanted something with ear flaps and as luck would have it, I found this super cute pattern on Ravelry. Sooo, I followed directions for the toddler pattern…and it turned out like this…

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I guess the good news is that she’ll be able to grow into it FOR-E-VER. I’ll have to try again soon and figure out a way to make it more size appropriate. Other than that, I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I do, however, wish I had taken more pictures as I was knitting it. Lots of things to do next time!

For quite some time now, I’ve wanted to donate my hair. It is something that has been weighing on my heart and when I saw a link to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths page on Facebook, I took the time to do research on different organizations. I had never really thought about where I’d want to donate my hair and had really only heard of Locks of Love. What I found out was really interesting and it’s something that I don’t think a lot of people know, so I wanted to share.

Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths:
Creates wigs for women with cancer
Gives wigs away for free
Requires a minimum 8″ donation of hair

Locks of Love:
Creates wigs/hair pieces/prosthetics for children under 21 suffering from permanent hair loss, primarily from alopecia
Sells wigs on a sliding scale based on financial need
Requires a minimum of 10″ of hair
Sells some of the hair they receive to offset manufacturing costs

Based on these things, I decided Beautiful Lengths was the way I wanted to go. As an organization, they give me a more warm and fuzzy feeling and I like that they give wigs FOR FREE to women with cancer.

So, I went into the salon I’ve been going to since moving to Chicago (FM Hair Studio) armed with some celebrity hair inspiration (via Pinterest, of course):
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This is how ridiculously long my hair was and my girl, Madeline, prepping to cut it:
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One last measurement just to check the length and then the cutting begins! They used clippers, which are apparently easier than scissors, so here I am with half really long hair and half shoulder length hair. And then here’s everything in the bag – the hair’s all gone!
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Cutting, blow drying, styling…
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And here’s the quick story:
I had super long hair, it’s now short and can be straight or curled. See, look, here’s the hair I’m donating.
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I’m so happy to be donating my hair to this great organization and I cannot wait to do it again in a few years!

So many outfits this week! There was a lot going on. I had a four day work week and had family in town for Easter weekend. You can also see that on Friday morning (before I took my picture) I chopped over 10 inches off my hair. I’m donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, but more to come on that in an upcoming post! One thing I love is that my hair will now hold a curl – yay! So much weir gone!

Alright, here’s what I wore this week:
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Monday
Sweater Dress – French Connection
Cardigan – Banana Republic
Tights – Spanxx via Amazon
Booties – Top Shop
Earrings – Target
Necklace – Gift from my Mom

Tuesday
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Sweater – J Crew (Gift from my SIL)
Jeans – J Crew
Necklace – J Crew via eBay
Pumps – Steve Madden

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Wednesday
Blouse – Gap
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – Loft
Belt – H&M
Booties – Via Spiga via Nordstrom
Bracelet – J Crew (Birthday Gift)

Thursday
Dress – Target (I bought this ages ago and have been waiting for it to get warm/springy enough to wear…FINALLY!!
Cardigan – J Crew
Belt – H&M
Tights – Target
Boots – Nine West
Earrings – Hand me downs from my SIL from her old boss
Necklaces – Erin Gallagher and Christmas gift

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Friday
Tank – Old Navy
Cardigan – Old Navy
Jeans – J Crew
Ballet Flats – Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack
Necklace – Family Heirloom

Saturday (daytime)
Tee – Loft
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Belt – H&M
Ballet Flats – Steve Madden

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Saturday (night)
Blouse – Anthropologie
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Jeans – J Crew
Wedges – Steve Madden
Earrings (that you can’t see cause they’re black) – Target

Sunday (Easter!)
Dress – Gap (another dress I bought ages ago and have been waiting and dying to wear)
Belt – Target
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Ballet Flats – Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack
Bracelet – J Crew
Earrings – Gift from a friend’s wedding