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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Springtime Stripes: Navy and Cream

by Heather

After a perfect spring weekend of outdoor dining, motorcycling, shopping, pedicure/massage, and wine (not necessarily in that order), it's time to get ready for the work week. I'm lucky in that I can wear jeans to work. It can't be too casual a look (no t-shirts and flip-flops), but it does make it easier to put together a look that will take me from work to more casual (and dare I say, fun) events. I'm stopping at the Scottsdale Quarter (open-air center of shops and restaurants -- Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, Calypso St. Barth, Eddie V's,  Brio, etc.) on the way home tomorrow and this outfit will work from morning to evening. The day will start out cool but by the afternoon temps will be in the high 70s or low 80s. Kind of perfect for shopping and dining outdoors! Stripes are in this season, but if you're like me, they've never gone out of style in your clothing choices.

Navy and cream jacket: Nordstrom;  cream tank: Chico's Black Label; navy and cream belt: The Limited; navy denim jeans: Chico's
Anchor necklace is from a small beach shop in San Diego
Easy zip up front with two zippered patch pockets 
Surprisingly comfortable navy and tan wedges: Target; my favorite style of Michael Kors' purses: the Hamilton in navy and oyster with silver hardware; creamy shell and sterling bracelet from local designer
One of my favorite bracelets from a small jeweler in Boston: sterling and titanium on cream cord; shell and sterling ring from local designer

If the weather here continues to be warm and sunny, I may need to move the spring and summer clothes out of the chests and downstairs closets and bring them upstairs. I was hoping to wait until next week for the move, but I may be pushed to do it sooner. Do any of you move clothes between closets for each season? In my next life, I will have one big walk-in closet! Perhaps in the meantime I should weed out the clothes until all seasons fit into the upstairs closet? As I move the clothes around, I'll take a look and see if any of them need to go into the donate pile. I haven't tried consignment shops yet, but I'm thinking about it. Have any of you done that with your clothes? Sheila's mom is going to have a swap party sometime later this month. We've done that once before and it was a very satisfying way to get rid of clothes and home accessories and also pick up some lovely new items. Any unwanted merchandise was then donated to a charity.  Everybody wins!

Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Heather

72 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of stripes and this blazer looks beautiful on you! And thank you so much for being a part of the link up!!!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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    1. Hi Elena,
      Thank you for the nice comments. You are one of the cutest pregnant ladies I've ever seen! Tiny all over with a darling baby bump out front.
      Heather

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  2. Love the nautical feel to this outfit. My favorite is the jacket. I love stripes.

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    1. Thank you, Ana. I love the stripes, too.
      Heather

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  3. Such a great outfit! I love that jacket.
    I bought a very similar bracelet in Italy last spring (Portovenere, to be exact).
    Have fun shopping!

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    1. Hi Adrienne,
      Thank you. There's a little tag on the bracelet but my old eyes can't make out what it says. Wonder if the bracelet was made in Italy? I'm sure the jeweler told me the story, but I can't remember it :(
      Heather

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  4. Fabulous look! Modern, fresh and the Chanel inspired jacket gives your outfit an elegant touch.
    Love your orange lipstick and nail varnish!

    Annette
    Lady of Style

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    1. Hi Annette,
      Thank you! My lips and nails are pretty much always orange throughout spring and summer (and sometimes into fall) -- my favorite color.
      Heather

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  5. Super cute! The jacket is my favorite. You are good at accessorizing! The purse looks perfect with it too. I just bought a navy spring jacket and a nautical inspired navy and cream purse. I think the look is in!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Can't wait to see your jacket and purse. Michael Kors has a navy and white striped purse this spring that has my name on it! I better get one before they're sold out. I need a new white purse, though, too. I may have to choose between the two :(
      Heather

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  6. I love your outfit. Don't you love Chico's!? I paid a visit there yesterday and started my spring wardrobe. Still a little cool in Boston to break out the lighter weight clothes so no closet change yet. It doesn't mean I can't buy new pieces though.

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    1. Hello Unknown (leave your name next time, okay?),
      Love Chico's! What did you get? I haven't stopped in for a few weeks now so I'm pretty sure I'm out of touch with their new merchandise. Maybe I can shop vicariously through you!?
      Heather

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    2. I picked up a pair of the slimming ankle pants in the tan color and a scarf. If I had more time I could have gotten more. I wanted to use my 50% off coupon.

      Love this blog by the way,
      Patricia

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  7. I agree - stripes are forever in fashion! And you look smashing here, love the necklace. Have a wonderful day and thanks for linking up to Vis Monday!

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    1. Hi Patti,
      Thanks for providing us a place to link up.
      This necklace is one of my favorites and I thought I had lost it for several months. Discovered it with the collection of jewelry that was put away (that's my first step before donating it or placing it in the play jewelry for the granddaughter) -- what was I thinking!?
      Heather

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  8. Nice outfit - everything goes perfectly together from the navy stripes and anchor necklace to the shoes and bag! You always look good in neutrals. I love your coral lipstick, and coral with navy is such a great combination.

    I rotate seasonal clothes just to have hanger space. The out-of-season ones go into plastic zipper storage bags (that blankets came in). I keep a few sleeveless tops out for layering, but it's still too early for me to break out the shorts here in western Oregon - frost this morning!

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    1. Hi Val,
      What a great idea to re-use the blanket bags for storage! Why didn't I think of that? We have some colder and wetter weather moving in for the coming weekend so I'm holding off on the clothes move now until sometime late next week. Thanks for the lovely compliments!
      Heather

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  9. Blue and white has to be one of my all time favourites combos, and you make it look fresh and new.

    I too have to rotate seasonal clothing. I just don't have enough closet space. I part of a spare closet to switch out my outerwear, but my clothing goes into storage bins. And then, of course, I have to launder everything that comes out...but I'm usually so excited to see my old friends, that I don't complain about that step.

    Sue xo

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Glad to know I'm not alone in the clothing storage issue! Thanks for the nice remarks.
      Heather

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  11. I love your outfit you look amazing!! so pretty!! okay, I nominated your blog for the liebster award go check out my blog for accepting award!! have a good day.

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    1. Thank you, Marissa! We're honored. Love the questions you've asked and it will be fun to come up with the answers to them.
      Heather

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  12. Great look! I noticed the jacket right away because I had featured it on my blog not long ago as a cute spring jacket to buy. Now it's wonderful to see it on you. It's even better in real life.
    x Laura

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    1. Thanks, Laura. What's really funny is that I tried pairing it with a bright coral top, just like you've shown it! It will definitely be a back-up look. I also tried it with a navy and white polka dot blouse that looked pretty good, too.
      I ordered the jacket online without seeing it in person and was pleasantly surprised. It's been waiting in my closet for several weeks while I got in a little more wear of the winter clothes.
      Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

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  13. Love the Nautical look, we are expecting snow on Wednesday so please send us some sunshine!

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    1. Hi Antoinette,
      I'm sending you sunshine, okay? We'll have sun until Friday; then clouds and rain are moving in for the weekend. Oh well...Like they say, we don't have to shovel sunshine.
      Thanks for leaving the nice comment!
      Heather

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  14. I love the jacket and the shoes. Blue and white are favorite colors of mine. Great Look! Came over from White Lights on Wednesday!
    Jenny @ http://jennylynndesignz.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks, Jenny. Glad you found your way to our blog. A big thank you to White Lights on Wednesday!
    Heather

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  16. What a lovely nautical look! Love the striped jacket!

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  17. I really like the navy jacket! Found you on Monday Mingle, check out my blog at www.amomspointofview.com

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    1. Thank you, Kimmy. I'll check out your blog as soon as I'm done typing this!
      Heather

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  18. Hi Heather....Thanks for leading me to your wonderful blog via your sweet comment in mine!! That striped blazer is one I would surely wear with all my closet faves....hope to see you around!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  19. Great outfit and it will definitely take you from morning to night in chic style!

    I too move my clothes from closet to closet... or I should say, I have in the past. With two children out of the house... space has been opening up...

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    1. Thank you, Tamera. How are you doing with almost empty-nesting?
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  20. Ooh, love love this look!!
    Great way to usher in spring! It's absolutely perfect from head to toe! Beautiful!

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  21. Such a sweet dress up/dress down jacket ... cute with jeans and your choice of accessories. Have a new one sort of like yours myself. You look fresh and pretty in your outfit!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. With what will you be pairing your jacket?
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  22. Oh I love the jacket! Amazing attention to the details as always too. Thanks for joining up with WW again xo

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. Always a pleasure linking up with you!
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  23. I am just loving this look on you!! And that necklace? I need an anchor necklace like asap!! Happily following along!

    www.highheeledmama.com

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    1. Thank you, Noel. That necklace was so inexpensive, too! Great find in San Diego several years ago.
      Heather

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  24. I'm obsessed with a clean nautical look. Love everything about this - the jacket, the shoes, the bag. Perfect! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks, Allison. Nautical is a look I've always liked, too!
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  25. You styled the nautical theme perfectly - love the anchor necklace!

    Popped by from WIWW.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Tami. Glad you stopped by!
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  26. Heather that outfit is beautiful and I love your haircut! Super cute!!
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

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    1. Thank you, Cyndi. I love your hair style, too!
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  27. The nautical look is one of my favorites. You look great!

    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  28. I love the accessories! I wish you could come pick out my outfits!! Thanks for linking up with Inspired Tuesday this week!!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! Always a pleasure to link up with inspired Tuesday.
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  29. Heather, I'll consider myself invited to the swap party, just let me know when it is!! LOL

    I love the nautical look of your outfit, and sparkly stripes are really just that much more fun!

    xo,
    Alyssa

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa. When we get a firm date, I'll let you know!
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  30. You are so classy!! Love the jacket and the anchor necklace! So cute, I am your newest follower! :)
    -Bridgette
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Bridgette. We're delighted that you're our newest follower. Welcome to the family!
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  31. Love, love, love that jacket! I have been searching for something tweedy and yours is just gorgeous! Yes, I've consigned before and never made any money off of it. I always seem to feel better if I donate. If you have any luck, please let me know! I must be doing something wrong!

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    1. Thanks for leaving the kind comments. I just left a message on your blog. It's really cool that you're doing one with your daughter! I'm heading to the consignment shop tomorrow so I'll let everyone know how it goes.
      Heather

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  32. That jacket is super cute! Thanks for linking up with Inspired Tuesday.

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  33. I was going to say this is a great spring outfit but ya know what? Year 'round this is a great outfit- stylish and classically chic! You look gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bella! Your comments make me smile :)
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  34. That is such a sharp yet dressy casual outfit -- you look adorable in it!

    Just as an aside, I love Kierland Commons and The Scottsdale Quarter! Have you ever eaten at True Food? Our son is the Executive Chef over all those restaurants. It has the most wonderful setting!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol -- Too funny -- I'm just on my way over to the Scottsdale Quarter to return an item to Pottery Barn. I haven't eaten at True Food yet but I've heard it's really good. How nice that your son is the executive chef there. Will definitely have to have a meal at True Food now!
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  35. Love the nautical! I am on the hunt for an anchor necklace. Love the handbag too. Navy is one of my favs!

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. I love navy, too. It's such a versatile color and it always looks so crisp.
      Heather

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