Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Let’s Get Ready For Spring!

Spring is right around the corner, so close on some days I can even feel it. It’s time to change over my wardrobe for warmer days. This means lighter layers, flowing fabrics, woven bags, & a romantic & fresh vibe. I can’t wait to be able to spend more time outside, smell the ever growing blooms & wear some of my favorite items in my wardrobe for the spring season. Today, I want to talk you through my spring wardrobe essentials. These items are the base of my spring wardrobe & are must-have items for any feminine wardrobe.


Spring Wardrobe Essentials
Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Midi Skirts

Spring is my favorite time to wear midi skirts. Not only do they give me those dreamy, romantic vibes, but they also provide a bit of warmth for the chilly spring mornings. The three essential midi skirts in my wardrobe are a pink tulle skirt, a blue & white striped skirt, & a full skirt in my favorite neutral shade which for me is navy.

Crisp White Top

A crisp white top is my absolute favorite favorite item to buy. The best part is that it’s a completely guilt-free purchase because of how often I wear these pieces. They are the perfect compliment to every midi skirt, jean, or trouser I will wear all season. When I find affordable white tops online, I look to see if it has an interesting texture or shape. I love ones with a high neck, a bow detail, or dramatic sleeves. The best places to find these lovely & affordable pieces, in my experience, are H&M & Forever 21.

Espadrilles

For shoes, nothing says spring more than a pair of pastel espadrilles. So many more companies are coming out with amazing affordable choices this year which I am so thrilled about. Last year, I purchased a classic pair of white espadrilles & wore them constantly throughout the spring & summer. This year I’ve purchased a blush pair as well as a light blue pair. I find these shoes so flattering & extremely comfortable to wear. Old Navy has also come out with some really love flat espadrilles that I’m considering trying out for days I’m on my feet more. These shoes are essential to my spring wardrobe & I love them to pieces.


Spring Wardrobe Essentials
Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Woven Bags

I’m going to be doing an entire post on this subject coming up soon, so I won’t go into too much detail here. However, woven & wicker bags are a key accessory in my spring wardrobe. They just scream sunshine, outdoors, & endless time in the garden.

Square Scarves

This classic & timeless accessory is the perfect way to add a bit of feminine flair to your spring wardrobe. A simple scarf is quite a versatile piece to have in your collection. It can be worn around your neck, in your hair, or tied around your handbag like I’ve worn it in this post. Try finding ones in colors you know you wear a lot in your wardrobe you can easily pair it with several outfits.

Flower Earrings

What better way to accessorize in the spring than with florals?! Statement earring in the most beautiful floral shapes are popping up everywhere. They are my very favorite earrings to wear during this season & are always a great conversation starter. I love how many affordable options there are too! No reason not to own a pair of flower earrings (or ten).

A Fresh Nude Lip + Spring Fragrance

My all time favorite nude lipstick is hands down the YSL lipstick in the shade 70 Le Nu. This formula has a lovely satin finish that wears beautifully. It’s the perfect pinky nude color for spring. The last thing that really gets my in the mood fo spring when getting ready everyday is wearing a fresh spring fragrance. Read about all of my affordable favorites here.



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5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

My Houndstooth Obsession

5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

It’s A Classic

My houndstooth obsession has definitely multiplied over the past couple of months, & the proof is in this outfit! This classic print is one of the easiest prints to transform from day to night. I find I can easily talk myself into purchasing an item in this print because it truly never goes out of style.

The only new item in this outfit is my new tan croc belt. All of the other pieces I have added to my wardrobe here & there over the years. I thought this outfit would be perfect to share with you guys. 5 ways to elevate your look using items you already own in your wardrobe. Using these tips will help you to instantly look chic & effortlessly put together.


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

1. Pop Your Collar

I am all about popping my coat collars. This simple trick gives you that instant cool factor & adds a bit of dimension to your look. It also shields your neck & face from the cold as an added bonus. Look cool, but feel warm. 

(Popped collar inspo here & here)

2. Add A Belt

Belts are a big trend right now. They are that added accessory item that can really bring a whole look together. This autumn/winter, I’m loving adding belts to my oversized coats & sweaters to create a more flattering shape. 

(Belt inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

3. Match Your Bag

Whether you want to match your bag to your outfit by print or color, this tip is sure to elevate your entire look. Taking that extra 30 seconds to choose a bag that truly matches your look rather than one that just “goes”, totally ups your whole outfit. Also, changing out your purses on a daily basis helps you carry around less clutter & more essentials.

(Bag matching inspo here & here)

4. Roll Those Sleeves

Rolling the sleeves of your coat, cardigan, or sweater adds a bit more texture to your outfit. For some reason, doing this makes you not only look more put together, but relaxed & chic at the same time. This tip is so easy to try out on the daily, so why not start now?

(Sleeve rolling inspo here & here)

5. Pile On The Prints

Curated outfits, like the one I’m wearing, are popping up everywhere right now. The biggest tip I can give on this is to stick to 2-3 colors at a time. Own a lot of polka dots? Try mixing them together to create a look. Are you a fellow stripes lover? Why not try a stripes on stripes look? (see mine here) This tip works beautifully with gingham as well. Give it a try! You may be surprised by how good it looks.

(Curated prints inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

Bonus Tip

Don’t forget to leave your house with a smile & a boost of confidence. Wear your clothes with pride. Be you, & be proud of who you are. The world is better with you in it. 


Outfit Details

Houndstooth Coat, Check Wrap Dress, Crossbody, Belt, Kitten Heels (with bows!), Lipstick


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Choosing My Wedding Dress

Choosing My Wedding Dress

Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

T h i s   M a g i c  

M o m e n t

There is absolutely no way to know how you are going to react or feel when trying on wedding dresses. In movies & shows like Say Yes To The Dress, there are usually tears from either the bride, the family, or both. It’s portrayed as a very emotional experience, but it is not always that way. Let yourself feel any emotion that comes your way. For me, I had only a couple happy tears but not even associated with the dress I chose. I guess what I’m trying to say is that don’t expect a huge rush of emotions or “that feeling” to come that is going to help chose your dress. Choose the one you feel your best in. The one that you know you will love looking back on for years to come. 


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W h a t   I   T h o u g h t

I   W a n t e d

Before I went to try on any wedding dresses, I was convinced I wanted a flowy dress with lace long sleeves. I mean, my Pinterest board was covered in them! I knew I wanted to try on other styles like a classic ballroom style just to be able to have that experience, but I thought I would end up in a long sleeved dress. 

My family lives in Oklahoma, so before they came for me to officially say, “Yes” to a dress, I booked my first round of bridal appointments in the D.C. area with my friend & one of my maid of honors, Melissa. We first went to BHLDN where I tried on almost every single one of their dresses. It was here where I had my first bit of bridal tears. There’s something about seeing yourself in a veil for the first time. It got me. I actually ended up ordering their Perdita dress & thought it could be the winner. However when it arrived, I found that it just didn’t fit me right, so I sent it back.

We then visited another bridal salon, but found nothing noteworthy. Finally, we went to Love Couture Bridal. This place is the real deal. They are always burning the most amazing Nest candles inside & the people who work there are so genuine & helpful. I was helped by a lovely lady named, Francoise, who actually used to be a ballet dancer as well! She pulled so many incredible dresses in my price range to try on. 

My runner up dress was the West gown by Hayley Paige. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t end up choosing this dress just because of how sparkly & stunning it is! Melissa & I drove home that night & I was so torn between Perdita, West, & what we called “The Jackie-O” dress. Guess which one I woke up thinking about the next day…


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W h a t   I   C h o s e

Yep! I woke up picturing myself walking down the aisle in that simple & elegant, “Jackie-O” dress. When I finally went back to Love Couture with my family, I tried on both the West & the “Jackie-O” dress, but there was no question that the Romy gown by Anne Barge was the dress I would marry my husband in. 

This dress is just so classic & timeless. I knew that I would show it to my grandkids in pictures someday & still love it. It’s never going out of style, & it fit just perfectly. The dress gave me all the bridal feels, & even though it is quite simple, the details are quite memorable. There are buttons that go all the way down the back of the dress which immediately made me think of Pippa Middleton’s dress at the royal wedding. I love the off the shoulder sleeves, the low back, & the unique cross in the back. Overall, this dress was so perfect for my wedding day, but you know I couldn’t have said yes without a little sparkle…


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

M y  

A c c e s s o r i e s

Francoise knew what she was doing when she paired the Romy dress with the incredible Tippi veil. Oh-my-goodness. Not only is it long & dramatic, but it has the most beautiful flowers with delicate pearls fluttering along the bottom of it. It’s such a special piece & makes quite the statement, which of course I love.

I knew that I would only wear the veil for the ceremony, so I wanted to look at some options for adding some sparkle to my dress for the reception. I swore I would never wear a belt, but I changed my mind once I saw how good the Marian belt looked wrapped around my waist. It also went so well with my Art Deco earrings & my bridal heels I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. (These helped be be able to wear my heels in the grass!) This combination was like a match made in heaven. 

On the actual day, I didn’t know if I would want to wear my heels for the entire night or not, so I got this pair of pearl slides just in case. They actually saved my feet & allowed me to dance the night away pain-free. I even ended up wearing them to the rehearsal dinner the night before.

One last & very important accessory I thought I’d mention is my choice of undergarments with this dress. I chose to get my first pair of SPANX to go under my wedding dress & it worked out perfectly. There were no lines & I felt very covered! 


Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater
Choosing My Wedding Dress - Photo by Emily Delamater

W o u l d   I   C h o s e

I t   A g a i n ?

Yes, yes, a million times, YES! I felt so beautiful & so bridal in this dress. I’m so happy with my choice even though it’s not what I thought I would choose. You really just never know until you go & try things on what you are going to fall in love with. Ben absolutely loved this dress too. I’ll treasure my memories in it forever.

All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.


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This is just post #2 of an entire week of wedding content! Come back tomorrow to read everything to do with my bridesmaids!


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