Fashion

The Thrifted Quilted Sweater

Sometimes, it really doesn’t take much to dress up an otherwise plain and cheap looking outfit. In today’s look, this simple thrifted sweater would be nothing without the adorable quilted details on the front and sleeves. They make a $7 sweater look as if it cost at least $20. (At least I hope so!)

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I wanted to keep the rest of the look casual and effortless by adding nude flats and my favorite Kate Spade bag. (Another way to dress up any look: a bold and structured handbag!)

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Jeans: American Eagle | Flats: Chinese Laundry | Sweater: Goodwill | Bag: Kate Spade | Glasses: Shop Sosie

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Who says thrifted pieces have to look cheap? Definitely not this lady.

Easter Casual

Don’t worry, I wore a dress to Easter Sunday mass. But once mass was over, it was time for comfy clothes to allow for optimal celebration and carb loading.

I found this slim cut Ralph Lauren button up at Goodwill for $9 — they had a light blue one that I picked up as well. Thanks, Goodwill!

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I’m normally not the kind of girl who wears pink, but this Strawberry Ice shade was just too perfect for a casual Easter Sunday!

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These distressed boyfriend jeans from American Eagle are breezy and comfortable. To keep me from looking like a shapeless blob, I gave the shirt a little tuck and threw on these espadrilles that lengthen my short frame.

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Top: Ralph Lauren (Thrifted) | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: T.J.Maxx | Glasses: The Turin Airport | Watch: Michael Kors

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Five Patterns To Wear This Spring

Move over winter solids, spring has sprung and it’s time give way to this year’s fresh and cheery patterns! Pull them from your closets or find them in stores — either way, here are the five patterns we think every fashionista should wear this spring.

Gingham

With popular designers like Diane von Furstenberg giving a nod to this ultra feminine pattern, gingham is back in a big way. However, don’t feel as though you have to buy designer to appreciate gingham. Places like TopShop and Forever 21 have reasonably priced and stylish gingham shorts, skirts, and dresses. Perfect for the office or a spring picnic.

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Tiny Polka Dots

Dots are universally stylish, but this year’s chicest dots are small and dainty. This pattern is particularly sweet on feminine blouses and skirts.

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Florals

Cue the Miranda Priestly reference: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” But listen, there’s a reason why florals are so popular in spring. Simply put, they make us feel pretty. And there’s nothing shy about this year’s trendiest blooms: they’re large and vibrant!

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Stripes

Do stripes ever go out of style? We think not, but we’re loving the moment bold stripes are having this spring. They’re vertical, horizontal and in a variant of sizes and lengths. AND stripes just so happen to be perfect for mixing with florals!

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Snakeskin

Other animal prints are taking a breather because this season it’s all about snakeskin. This semi-neutral pattern is stylish for apparel, but especially great for shoes, belts, and handbags. Great for an office look or a girls night out!

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Feeling extra whimsical? Try mixing any one of these patterns together! Just be sure to keep the colors in a similar palette and accessories minimal. Cheers to a beautifully patterned spring!