Ruffle Top • Chico’s  | Cargo Crops • Chico’s (on sale!) | Earrings • Chico’s | Bracelet c/o • Chico’s | Shoes • Similar here
here and here | Lipstick • LipSense in Apple cider

What do you think about this season’s favorite fashion statement?  I’m speaking of ruffles, and I’m seeing them on everything.  It seems the darling fabric for this look is the blue and white pinstripe, but I like something a bit different just to be, well, different.  This bright orange number from Chico’s answers the call.  It reminds me a bit of those peasant tops we wore in the 70s.  Remember those?  Although it wasn’t specifcally designed to be worn off the shoulder, I really like it that way.  It added a touch of elegance and somehow reduced the fullness of the top, which suits my shorter body better.  Orange is such a great summer color as well – a bit more sophisticated than its cousin yellow, but every bit as suited to the season.

I’ve found cargo pants are a great casual option for summer.  They’re a nice alternative to shorts, and in this light stone color they go with just about every summer top.  This pair from Chico’s is very soft, with a relaxed, comfortable fit.  I’ve dressed them up a bit with the ruffled top, and I suppose they could be dressed up even more, as counterintuitive as that may seem.  Maybe I’ll give that a try just to see.  🙂  Whenever a piece in my closet can do double- (or triple-) duty , I find it even more appealing.  It’s also an opportunity to be a bit more creative.

I’ve been talking a lot about Chico’s lately.  They’ve been wonderful to our Fierce 50 Revolution and they have some truly beautiful pieces in store.  They are also having an excellent sale in stores and online, featuring discounts up to 70%!  The sale is definitely worth checking out!

Side note:  check out my Instagram feed for a remarkable face trio from Tula.  They’re on sale today on QVC for the amazing price of $52!  Thsi is a 24-hour sale so be sure to check it out before it’s over! You can use link to see it.

I hope you have a fabulous Monday.  Thanks so much for reading!

Office Basics in Orange & Blue

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Top: Trouve’ | Skirt: Hugo Boss, more budget-friendly option here and here | Necklace: Cheekie Boutique, similar here and here | Bag: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Ann Taylor | Bracelet: Kate Spade | Shoes: Top Shop Gemini2 | Lips: Liner – MAC Subculture, Lipstick – MAC Pure Vanity, Gloss – Avon Glow Baby Glow Blow Kisses over Bobbi Brown Rose Gold | Nails: Gelish Passion

Whew!  Got through last week.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to put a post together for Friday.  Sorry about that!  I tried, but I wasn’t loving the way it was coming together.  So here we go – a new week, a new season, and a renewed commitment to consistency. 🙂

Not that I choose uncomfortable clothing, but some things in my closet are more comfortable than others.  When my days get back to normal length I’m more willing to wear the office basics that are a little more fit-restrictive, such as this navy skirt.  I can handle something fitted to my waist for eight to nine hours, but I’m not as excited when those hours stretch to twelve or more.  I like the options I have with separates so I’ll be playing a little more mix and match again.  This look is pretty basic.  I jazzed it up a bit with a statement necklace but the right scarf would be more interesting.

When spring hits, pastels seem to be de rigueur.  I love the lighter colors, but I still like to throw in some bolder hues once in a while like this textured Trouve’ top.  Nordstrom calls the color “Red Bloom.” I think it tends more toward orange, which is why I avoid black skirts or pants and the risk of looking like a Halloween holdover.  I didn’t realize my lip color was so off either until I looked at the photos.  I’m either going to have to work to find an orange lipstick that doesn’t clash or I may try a nude lip instead.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday.  Thank you so much for stopping by!