Link Love, vol. 12

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With the arrival of spring comes a desire to update my wardrobe. I haven’t been shopping too much, but I did place an order at Madewell during their Insiders Event a couple of weeks ago and recently picked up a couple of new pairs of earrings from ABLE. I finally made my first purchase after admiring the brand from afar for quite some time. I purchased the Iris hoops in pearl and the hammered circle earrings. I love my new earrings! Both pairs are extremely lightweight (I forget I’m wearing them) and perfectly simple and understated enough to go with any outfit. Love, love! Now onto the links…

  • The recent crash of a second brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane in only a few months has sparked questions about how the flight control system was approved in the first place. This article by the Seattle Times dives into the flawed analysis that led to its questionable approval. (I place full blame on Boeing.)

  • Ladies, I know you know what a Twitter Reply Guy is. Guys, don’t be this guy. Did you know there are nine types of Twitter Reply Guy? I have an Instagram Reply Guy, which is also super fun…

  • Alaska and northwest Canada have been smashing their all-time record high temperatures recently. 60 and 70 degrees in the Northwest Territories at this time of year is virtually unheard of! It just barely hit 60 degrees here in Boise and we have yet to hit 70 so far this year.

  • Meanwhile, after the “bomb cyclone” tore through the central U.S. and dropped an incredible amount of snow and rain, the Midwest is experiencing devastating flooding…and things look to only get worse as spring rolls on.

  • Emma of A Beautiful Mess shared her experience tidying kitchen utensils. I’ve yet to tidy much of anything in my house, but I know this is an area that needs some work. We have a lot of utensils and gadgets! I always assume that something is going to get used eventually and then it ends up not happening.

  • This xkcd comic made me laugh, mostly because it’s true. My dad is always complaining about video orientation haha!

  • I am obsessed with Maren Morris’s recently-released studio album, Girl. My favorite song is Great Ones—it describes my life exactly!

  • What’s currently in my Target cart: a small milk crate wire basket to organize the shelf on my nightstand, a couple of letter stacking trays to corral our mail, a plastic bin to hold dirty kitchen towels, and a few artificial plants to spruce up a high shelf in our master bathroom: rosemary, grass, succulent, and sedum.

Distressed and polished

Madewell Transport tote work outfit with boyfriend jeans and ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Tan cashmere cardigan, black layered tank top, boyfriend jeans, Transport tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual work outfit with tan cardigan, boyfriend jeans, Transport tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual work outfit with boyfriend jeans and Madewell Transport tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Distressed boyfriend jeans outfit with ankle boots and Madewell Transport tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I realize that I’m super lucky to work in a more casual office (though it seems like more and more offices are trending casual; do you think that’s true?). I don’t wear my shorts or mini skirts/dresses to work, but I can get away with denim…and even slightly distressed denim like this old pair of boyfriend jeans. (At least, no one has told me to stop wearing them, ha!) Now that I think about it, most of my colleagues stick to the traditional dress code (slacks), but there are a fair number of us that wear jeans daily, and most of us are on the younger end of the spectrum. We millennials are changing the workplace! ;)

I have no problem wearing the majority of my closet to work because I don’t interact with clients or the public pretty much ever… I work away in my cube all day and hardly ever see the other people around me! Haha. Still, I try to look presentable at work every day. To keep my distressed denim looking a little more polished for work, I added a simple black tank (love the layered look for added interest), tan cashmere cardigan (a sweater blazer or regular blazer would make it even more polished), and ankle boots to match my Transport tote (I carry it with me every day!).


OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana cardigan / similar by Banana Republic or Lands’ End
Trouve top / old; similar by Karen Kane (last seen here)
Gap Factory jeans / old; similar by Old Navy
Madewell boots / old; similar or similar from Zappos
Madewell tote / exact (also available from Nordstrom)
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Seasonal shift

Charcoal grey suede jacket, light grey sweater, white denim, black flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
BlankNYC suede jacket casual spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane kick crop jeans in bone spring outfit with dark grey suede jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Charcoal grey suede jacket casual spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual spring outfit with grey suede jacket and white denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The switch to Daylight Saving Time coupled with the return of warm(er) temperatures and daily sunshine has lifted my spirits! I went out without a jacket this past weekend and couldn’t believe how nice it was. The only thing that would make me happier is to see the trees and flowers blooming again. Maybe by the end of the week things will start looking greener around here… :)

When it came time to dress myself for the suddenly springy weather, I had a moment of: “How do I dress for this again?!” LOL. It happens to me every time there’s a large swing in the weather. I haven’t had to dress for 60s since last fall and was feeling a little rusty. I didn’t know if a tee shirt would be warm enough (even a long-sleeved tee), but I knew one of my go-to winter sweaters would be too warm. For this look, I opted to go with one of my thinner sweaters and added the faux suede jacket to make me look cooler than I am. I probably could have taken the jacket off and been fine, but it was nice to have that extra layer while grocery shopping in the refrigerated and freezer sections. Ha!

I wore a pair of white denim because #spring, of course. This neutral, contrasting color palette feels very “me”, and though I wish that the sweater was maybe slightly shorter in length compared to the jacket, I really love how this look came together!


OUTFIT DETAILS

BlankNYC jacket / exact style (on sale!) (last seen here)
Madewell sweater / old; similar from Macy’s
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
J.Crew flats / J.Crew Factory version or similar by Cole Haan
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact