Spring tease

Navy coat winter outfit with pink skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew Factory Vail parka in navy — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blush pink jeans, ivory sweater, tan boots, navy coat — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with navy coat — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with pink jeans and tan ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If I had been in a coma and then woke up over the weekend, I would have thought we were in March and not January simply because we were running about 20°F above normal for this time of year! The past few days have been some of the warmest in mid-January that I can remember in recent years, and tomorrow is forecasted to almost 60°F. That's downright balmy! It's going to be difficult when winter inevitably makes its return...which is looking like it will happen as early as this weekend.

Since it felt a whole lot like spring outside, I wanted to look as springy-in-mid-winter as possible. ;) Enter the light colors: ivory, blush pink, and tan...plus a navy coat for good measure (since it's still winter, after all!). I love these warmer days because I get a chance to pull out my cute coats that aren't quite as warm as my trusty puffer coats, especially in the morning and evening chill!

My next task is to plan some more cute cold-weather-appropriate outfits to get me through the next few weeks until spring is finally here for good!


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory coat / new version (limited sizes) or J.Crew version (limited sizes) (last seen here)
Everlane sweater / similar from Nordstrom Rack
Grana jeans / similar by Lauren Ralph Lauren (last seen here)
Earthies boots c/o / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Amour Vert earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Sartorial Declaration for 2018

Black and cognac winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grana cashmere volume sweater in black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black cashmere sweater winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Vintage Coach 'City' bag with black sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black sweater layered over peplum top — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We are now a couple of weeks into the new year, and I still haven't given much thought to any sort of resolutions. I used to set them in years past but quickly found that I wasn't the strict resolution type (by that I mean: I couldn't keep them, and it made me sad when I didn't meet my blogging goals). Last year, I wrote a list of style resolutions that I kept in mind throughout the year and plan to keep in mind this year and all future years unless I feel like they need to be updated. Those were, and still are, reasonable resolutions—and there's no end date in place for them.

I can honestly say that I feel like I've made considerable progress on all of the style resolutions I set a year ago. I added only 53 items to my closet last year—17 less than in 2016. (That will be tough to beat this year!) I splurged on a few ethical/sustainable pieces from Amour Vert (striped top, midi skirt, gold stud earrings) and Everlane (two linen tees, 100% human tee, striped dress, cashmere sweater, black skinny jeans). I updated my closet inventory for the fourth time and found that the number stayed around 200 items, which is the right number for me right now. I also bought some fun new, non-basic pieces and tried some new outfit combinations!

This year, I want to especially focus on the "have more fun"/new outfit combinations resolution. At this point, I know the fits I like, and I know the colors I like, so now I want to push my style boundaries a little bit. I don't know how that will look right now (and to be honest, I'm probably being too ambitious), but I dipped my toes in it last year and want to continue playing around with my style this year.

I definitely had some fun with this outfit! I layered a long-sleeved peplum top under my new cashmere sweater from Grana. This sweater is cropped (and loose) enough that it required some sort of layer underneath, so I added an interesting black top versus something more "safe" or predictable. I love how they look like they could be one piece! The cognac boots and bag lighten it up and tie it all together.


OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana sweater / exact style (on sale!) or similar by Forever 21
Elegantees top / old; similar by Old Navy (last seen here)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Madewell boots / old; similar (limited sizes) or similar by Michael Kors
Coach bag / vintage; exact style on eBay
Amour Vert earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

It's casual

Sweater hoodie winter outfit with patent ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual cozy winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual winter outfit with sweater hoodie — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane lounge sweater hoodie outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Marc Fisher Yommi chelsea boots outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'm sooo excited that this weekend is a three-day weekend. This was the first full work week after the holidays, and it was a little rough! Don't you think every weekend should be three days long? 

This may surprise you, but I wore this outfit to work last week! It's a little more casual than I usually dress for work, but it was a Friday, so...it felt appropriate, haha. Even though the sweater hoodie is not formal at all, it doesn't look sloppy thanks to the fit. It hadn't been worn since I moved, but I'm glad I dug it up from the depths of my unpacked bags; it pulls double duty for work and home quite well! Of course, I wore my patent leather ankle boots. Are you sick of seeing them yet? ;) I hope not, because I'm not sick of wearing them!

As an aside, we took these photos by the river. You can kind of see the water line on the wall behind me; that's how high the river was this past spring! It was flooding like crazy. Sadly, we've had pretty much no snow so far this winter, so it doesn't look like another high water year (good because the river won't flood but bad because, well, we/farmers rely on that water in the hot summer months).


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane top / old; similar by Bobeau
LOFT jeans / similar
Marc Fisher boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Kate Spade earrings / old; similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact