pants adventures

Look out world, Dana has a new pair of pants.

They're a linen blend, slightly wrinkle prone, and one of the comfiest things to wear ever.

 Top: Old Navy (old, similar also from Old Navy) ~ Pants: Anthropologie ~ Shoes: TJ Maxx (similar here and here) ~ Necklace: Kate Spade ~ Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (old) ~ Purse: J.Crew (old) ~ Watch: Ebay

buffalo check

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Let us talk about how specific items can become more than my brain can handle. I've wanted a gray sweater for a while. After buying the G.H. Bass one in two colors I was positive that I couldn't justify another turtleneck. I had the star one right? That should be enough.

And yet, despite all the mental gymnastics, I couldn't stop wanting one. There's something about a long sleeved turtleneck that I just love, and after finally trying on everything I could find this month I came back to this one. On sale, the wrong size, but a piece I'd seriously contemplated at the beginning of the season. Thankfully the closet gods were smiling down on me, because this fit and it's super warm, and will easily serve me for years (especially as I've already been playing with layering it over some of my longer button downs). 

So there you go. No matter how many closet resolutions I try to make, or minimalist mantras I repeat to myself, sometimes I just need 3 long-sleeve turtleneck sweaters.

 Wrap: Modcloth (similar here) ~ Sweater: Anthropologie* (similar here and here) ~ Leggings: Hue (same in dark blue) ~ Booties: Vince Camuto ~ Bag: T.J. Maxx ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Fit Note: This sweater is currently sold out online (it went on sale a while ago) but I just bought this in-store so you may still be able to get your hands on it. It also runs bigger than even I had suspected and I'm wearing a size small here - other than a little lost length when I raise my arms, it fits perfectly. Weird but true.

woman up

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I'm still in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to my wardrobe, and what I want to wear, so each outfit post seems to be a bit more difficult than usual, lol. Here's a look at some oldie-but-goodie, pieces, including the booties whose awesomeness I always seem to forget. And hey - clean hair! 2 steps back, 1 step forward.

 Sweatshirt: Stuzo Clothing ~ Jeans: New Look ~ Jacket: Marc New York (old) ~ Booties: Vince Camuto (old) ~ Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (same in a different color) ~ Belt: Nordstrom Rack

Fitting Room Review: Anthropologie #3

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I keep telling myself Spring is on the horizon, so during my latest trip through the new arrivals I picked a mix of items, at different weights, price points, and styles.

Vintage Modern Tee ($48, Size L), Paperbag Joggers ($128, Size L)
My Thoughts: I've had my eye on some non-traditionally skinny pants for a while, and these were the first winners. They fit true to size, a little loose in the waist, but to maintain the jogger fit I didn't size down. The shirt is fine - soft - but not worth $48 in my opinion. 

Chino Jumpsuit ($138, Size 12)
My Thoughts: A friend asked me to try this on and while I had initially thought it fit pretty well (but wasn't for me), it is actually hilarious posted next to the model. I mean, I know I don't have a model body, but these barely look like the same item. So, yeah, I didn't get this, but maybe try it on to see if it's for you?

Lova Ribbed Sweater ($250, Size M), Pilcro Stet Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($138, Size 32)
My Thoughts: I really like this 100% cotton sweater, but $250?! No, just no. There is absolutely no reason to pay that kind of money for something that is not a completely timeless item. Which this isn't. And these jeans fit mostly true to a size, which means I had enough room to try on the 31 if I'd really been interested in buying them.

Old Items, New Tricks

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I thought before we all (myself included) forgot what I looked like in anything other than jeans and sweaters I should probably put in a bit more effort here on the ol' blog. It's weird because I'm typically *such* a Fall/Winter person, but this year I'm just not feeling it. Thankfully this dress is so soft that it mostly feels like I'm walking around in a full length sweatshirt, so it's easier to convince myself to wear it.

I'd never actually done the hidden belt trick before this outfit, and while I liked the different silhouette, I think I might try it with other dresses in the future, because I had to fidget a bit more than I would like to get everything to lay correctly.

 Dress: Lou & Grey ~ Tights: Target ~ Booties: Vince Camuto (old) ~ Bag: Patricia Nash (other Patricia Nash on Ebay) ~ Necklace & Sunglasses: Kate Spade ~ Belt: No Brand