Cashmere and cherry blossoms

Dark floral mini skirt outfit with blush sweater and shiny black oxfords — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Dark floral skirt outfit with blush cashmere sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with blush sweater and black floral skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane blush pink cashmere sweater outfit with black floral skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Dark floral skirt outfit with blush pink cashmere sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Even though I've lived in Utah for nearly five years, I only realized last year that there were Yoshino cherry trees lining the gravel path around the state capitol (remember this outfit?). I knew I wanted to try to make it back this year in the relatively short window of time the trees are blooming. While my boyfriend was in town a couple of weekends ago, we made it a point to stop—but it ended up being quite chilly outside!

Knowing that we were going to shoot outfit photos with the cherry trees, I wanted to come up with an outfit that went along with the blossoms. It was a bit harder to think of something since the weather wasn't as warm as I had hoped. I wanted it to be springy, but couldn't think of anything until I spotted my dark floral skirt. This skirt was my first Amour Vert purchase nearly two years ago and really what started my addiction to the brand. Of course I had to wear this skirt; the flowers on it look a whole lot like cherry blossoms! I added my blush pink cashmere sweater for warmth (and also needed tights to keep my legs from freezing). I'm happy that I got to see (and match) the cherry blossoms one more time before I move this summer. :)


Everlane sweater / old; new version
Amour Vert skirt / old; similar by Dorothy Perkins (last seen here)
Hue tights / exact
Madewell oxfords / old; similar by Everlane
Shaya necklace / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

Rain or shine

Navy vest outfit with ivory sweater, light wash denim, navy Bean boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Uniqlo ultra light down vest in navy — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy Bean boots outfit with navy vest, ivory sweater, light wash denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy vest + ivory sweater + light wash denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
L.L.Bean original boots in tan/navy — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It rained all day...until I went out to shoot outfit photos. Typical, right? Luckily, this outfit works for rain or shine. Even though I am wearing my Bean boots, they're not as in-your-face as my yellow Hunter boots, so they work even if it's not messy outside. I tend to wear them whenever there is a threat of rain in the forecast. My boyfriend was in town when I wore this a couple of weekends ago, and we ended up heading out to the Great Salt Lake State Park and the somewhat rough terrain made these boots a wise decision. It was his first time seeing (and smelling) the lake up close, so that was a fun experience. ;) The sunset that night was beautiful from all angles!

I love pairing my Bean boots with navy, not surprising considering I have the navy and tan boots. I've been basically wearing them with anything navy in my closet, haha. I'm sure I'll get to blogging all the outfits at some point. ;) I love this navy-ivory-light blue combination going on here. I repeated the ivory with the sock choice, and the navy also made an appearance twice. The light blue denim brings it all together and keeps it light for spring. I've repeated nearly all of my Bean boot outfits so far and I'm sure this one will be repeated at some point, too (especially if the April showers keep coming!).


Uniqlo vest / exact
Joie sweater / old; similar by Banana Republic
Madewell jeans / old; similar
L.L.Bean socks / exact
L.L.Bean boots / exact (last seen here)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Power outfit

Work meeting outfit with high-rise denim, camel sweater, Longchamp Le Pliage tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Work outfit with camel sweater, high-rise skinny jeans, strappy heels — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
High rise denim outfit with camel sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
High rise denim outfit with camel sweater and strappy heels — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grad school outfit with camel sweater and high-rise skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Do you have an outfit (or outfits) that when you wear it, you feel like you can take over the world? This outfit is one of mine; I like to call it a "power outfit" because I feel, well, powerful when I wear it. I'm not sure why tucking a thin sweater into high-rise denim and adding a belt does it for me, but it does. Perhaps it's also the addition of the heels? I definitely feel more powerful when I am taller. Maybe that's a #shortpersonproblem, haha.

I wore this outfit to the most recent all-hands meeting involving fellow grad students and faculty members from various colleges and universities across the state. We get together about once a quarter to discuss research progress and plans moving forward. The grant is ending this summer, so this meeting was mostly focused on the plans for after it ends (which essentially boils down to writing proposals for more funding).

The forecast called for a chilly and wet day, but luckily the rain held off so I could wear this outfit. Even though the meeting was indoors, we switched buildings halfway through. I have to admit that this outfit wasn't the most comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time (the high-rise tends to dig in). The top buckle on the heels also irritates me when I walk, so I added moleskin on the inside to alleviate that—and it worked! I actually also on had my black statement earrings by Moorea Seal (last seen here)... but I got home, took them off, and then forgot to put them back on before heading out to shoot photos. That's never happened to me before! Those added a little touch of (unseen) glam. :)


J.Crew Factory sweater / old; J.Crew version
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Madewell belt / old; similar
Moorea Seal heels / exact (on sale in limited sizes) or similar by Bella Vita
Longchamp bag / exact
Worn but not pictured: Moorea Seal earrings / old; similar from Nordstrom Rack