Comfortable classics

Beige cardigan, light blue linen shirt, skinny jeans, beige sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We have been in a really interesting synoptic (large-scale) weather pattern over the past week or so that has resulted in a shower or thunderstorm every day. Normally I'd be all for it because I absolutely love thunderstorms and we really need the water (the mountains are so green right now and I'm trying to enjoy it before they turn bone dry in a month or so). However, it has made dressing myself quite the task. If there's a 20% chance of rain or less, I typically will wear anything because that usually means there won't be any precipitation, but that theory has failed recently! I basically need to be prepared for it to rain every day, even if the chance of precipitation is low.

Well, I wore this outfit on one such 20%-chance day, and luckily for me, the rain held off while I was out. Phew! I did not want these shoes to get wet, haha. I love the varying shades of beige and blue I have going on in this outfit. I was originally planning on wearing my light wash jeans but decided to give them a break since I wear them so much in the spring. I'm also trying to wear my thin cardigans more; I haven't been wearing them as much lately and want to see if they're worth keeping around.

Beige cardigan, light blue linen shirt, skinny jeans, statement earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Beige cardigan, light blue linen shirt, skinny jeans, beige sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Light blue linen shirt outfit with beige cardigan and statement earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Statement earrings + beige cardigan + light blue linen shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

ModCloth cardigan (old; similar from Shoptiques) / Uniqlo shirt / Madewell jeans (old; similar) / Earthies sandals c/o (exact & on sale; last seen here) / Banana Republic Factory earrings (old; last seen here)

Life goes on

Everlane white tee, dark floral skirt, Madewell ankle boots, Gorjana necklace — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I have a life update for you today, though if you've read my About page recently, you likely already saw what I'm about to say...

Last week, Chris and I decided to "uncouple". I prefer that term to "breaking up" because we are still a part of each other's lives (we still live together but luckily have two bedrooms so it's working out so far). We decided that we are better as friends than we are as boyfriend/girlfriend. I'm grateful that the "talk" was quick and painless.

This is now my second LTR to end after more than three years, and it's still weird even though I knew it was coming eventually. I'm in the phase of life where the majority of the people I know are getting engaged or married and/or starting to have children, so to basically start over is unsettling to me. I'm still young, though, so I'm trying not to panic too much. (It feels ridiculous to type that, haha. Can anyone relate?) I really have not given myself the chance to be truly single so I'm looking forward to taking care of myself for the foreseeable future. And hey, if I become an old unmarried cat lady...at least I have cats. ;)

Gorjana necklace + white tee + dark floral skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane white tee, dark floral skirt, Madewell ankle boots, Gorjana necklace — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit: Gorjana necklace, Everlane white tee, dark floral skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Gorjana necklace + white tee + dark floral skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Everlane tee / Amour Vert skirt via Piperlime (similar from Forever 21; last seen here) / Madewell boots (new version—on sale in limited sizes!) / Gorjana necklace / Moorea Seal sunglasses

Five questions

I have a little bit of a different post for you today! I can't quite get it together to write one of the more involved posts I've been meaning to write, so I was excited to read Grechen's "Five Questions" post and thought it would be fun to answer the questions in my own post. :)

What if you had to choose ONE brand (money no object) to buy clothes from, what would it be? What brand/designer do you think personifies you the best?

I wish I knew of more designers, haha! There must be one that matches my aesthetic. ;) I think I would have to say Madewell. Out of every brand that I own, I definitely own the most variety of items from Madewell (denim, tees, sweaters, dresses, skirts, shoes, jewelry...!). I'm a stripes and denim girl at heart and they have that down to an art. Their denim fits me like a dream. Every season, I add a number of items to my wish list. I often wear outfits made up completely of Madewell items and don't even notice until I make the outfit on Stylebook!

What’s one thing you’ve purged from your wardrobe you wish you had now?

I actually can't think of anything that I wish I still had. I decide to get rid of things after thinking about it for a while and knowing it's the right decision. I do kind of wish I still had my chambray skirt, but I think it was smart to let go of it because it didn't fit me. I learned it's not worth keeping things if they don't fit. I'm currently on the hunt for a worthy replacement!

What’s something you’re hanging on to, but sort of wish you had the courage to let go of?

I have a few items that I haven't worn in a while or don't wear enough to justify keeping, but I keep thinking that I'll wear them at some point so why get rid of them? Even though I'm definitely getting better at not holding onto things, I'm still guilty of it every once in a while! I also have a few items I would get rid of, but I save them because I wear them in costumes... In addition, I have about a million old t-shirts from my youth that I was going to make/get someone to make into a t-shirt quilt, but now I'm wondering if I should just donate them all instead. I don't really need to keep them... (Thoughts?)

If you had to choose 5-10 things from your wardrobe (including shoes & bags) to keep and you had to get rid of everything else, what would you keep?

THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE! Seriously, though. I'm not a minimalist and have so many favorites! Hmmm... I'd definitely pick my Ellen Tracy trench coat and Kate Spade bag. My tops were the hardest to narrow down, but I'd go with my black/white striped tee from J.Crew and grey tee from ModCloth. I'd also keep my pink cashmere sweater from Everlane and black sweater, also from Everlane. For bottoms, I'd keep my Madewell legging jeans because they go with everything and my LOFT windowpane skirt because it's fun and still neutral. My black Sam Edelman ankle boots and beige J.Crew flats could complete pretty much any outfit. Ah! I hope I never actually have to decide this ever.

What are you wearing RIGHT THIS SECOND?

I was planning on wearing a cute outfit and shooting it today, but the weather decided it wasn't going to cooperate! Now I'm being lazy in my navy marled Everlane sweatshirt and black Zella leggings from Nordstrom. :)

Casual weekend outfit: Everlane sweatshirt + Zella leggings — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'd love to hear/read your answers to these questions! :)

  1. What if you had to choose ONE brand (money no object) to buy clothes from, what would it be? What brand/designer do you think personifies you the best?
  2. What’s one thing you’ve purged from your wardrobe you wish you had now?
  3. What’s something you’re hanging on to, but sort of wish you had the courage to let go of?
  4. If you had to choose 5-10 things from your wardrobe (including shoes & bags) to keep and you had to get rid of everything else, what would you keep?
  5. What are you wearing RIGHT THIS SECOND?