Spring & Closet Transition

It's not warm yet in New England (as I write this, it is currently about 67 degrees with a high wind warning), but nevertheless it's not too early to start dressing like it's spring in my book. Although I have not put away my winter wardrobe yet (secretly counting the days until I can officially do so), what I've done is getting my lighter, more colorful pieces out and mixing them with my wintery pieces.

And it is small changes like that that will do wonder for the mind and spirit! I like to think that my current wardrobe is in a transition period, and I want to feel joyful about it all the time. 

Turtlenecks are appropriate to transition with into spring and then fall, because they can be paired with pretty much everything - with jeans, trousers, skirts, under a dress, over a dress. I mean...endless possibilities. Of course not all turtlenecks are the same, so the pairing will depend on the turtleneck style. 

Both top and bottom are from Zara; the culottes were part of ZARA winter sale back in February. These sandals with turtoise heels are about 4 years old; there were part of a limited collection from H&M. They are my go-to tan sandals every year and I am hoping not to have to retire them soon because they have been there every step of the way (from blogging days to first-time mom to business launch). Not being melodramatic...at all (le sigh).

Speaking of motherhood, I was joined by a guest who forever has my heart. 

Signed ~ Olivia R

Photography: Brittanny Taylor

Summer- Gladiator Style

Since Shoe Crush Tuesday showcased a pair of amazingly lengthy sandals, we thought we'd let the obsession go on a little longer. After all it's summer time and open toe sandals do become a primary closet staple! From the buckle to the wrap around ankle sandals, our picks (below) add new meaning to the gladiator sandal and are bound to spice up your weekend casual.

Snowstorm Swag: Outfits for The Style Conscious New Englander

I know…I know…you're sick of this weather, the zillion snow falls; the chilly cold air still lingering, and most of all the endless layering. I know! Snow is falling, again, as I write this post, but have you noticed that day light is much longer, or the sound of birds chirping outside your window. It's happening - spring is slowly, painfully, making its way. Needless to say, style doesn't wait or take a break, neither does personal brand and professional image.

To inspire you to keep the chicness going through those cold and long morning commutes (or messy, slushy walks), here are some ways to transition cozily and safely from the parking lot/trolley/train to the office. 

Stay warm! 

Coat: Zara | Cardigan: Maurices | Button up: Romwe | Pencil Skirt: H&M | Snow boots: Sorel | Heels: Topshop | Scarf: GuessGloves: Carolina AmatoTights: J. CrewBag: Zara

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Coat: Topshop | Sleeveless Jacket: TopshopSweatshirt: H&M | Trousers: H&M | Snow boots: Nordstrom | Flats: Sole Society | Hat: Target | Gloves: Neiman Marcus | Scarf: Banana Republic | Bag: Target

Coat: Zara | Cardigan: J. CrewDress: H&MSnow Boots: UGG | Ankle Boots: Aldo'sHat: Federica Moretti | Scarf: Express |  Gloves: UR Connected | Tights: Kohl's | Bag: ASOS

 

Post Contributor: Marlene Castillo, Assistant 

The Upgraded Fall Wardrobe

The colder weather came rather quickly and there's no better time like the present to get just the right items for your wardrobe. Update your fall must-haves by adding hues of camel, burgundy, cobalt blue, forest green, a splash of purple, and of course, the neutral black, to bring you right into the fall season (and hopefully well into winter).

Here are 10 items to add to your wardrobe in the perfect shades and with the perfect balance of cool and casual. Stay warm!

   1.  Burgundy   Fedora Hat:   Accessorize.com   2.  Brown   Leather Gloves:   Nordstrom   3.  Blue   Giant Loop Scarf:   ASOS   4.  Camel   Cape Sweater:   YOOX   5.  Green   Chunky Knit Sweater:   H&M   6.  Black   Leather Skirt:   River Island   7.  Burgundy Lipstick:   NARS   8.  Faux Fur Vest:   Abercrombie   9.  Over the Knee Boots:   Steve Madden    10.  Purple Handbag:   Target

 

1. Burgundy Fedora Hat: Accessorize.com

2. Brown Leather Gloves: Nordstrom

3. Blue Giant Loop Scarf: ASOS

4. Camel Cape Sweater: YOOX

5. Green Chunky Knit Sweater: H&M

6. Black Leather Skirt: River Island

7. Burgundy Lipstick: NARS

8. Faux Fur Vest: Abercrombie

9. Over the Knee Boots: Steve Madden 

10. Purple Handbag: Target

Stylish Transitions {Day 5}

This combination gives #casualfriday a whole new meaning. Ditch the jeans for these sweet and comfy joggers and kick them up a notch with some LBA (Little Black Accessories) for a sophisticated finish.

    Chambray Shirt:   Target    Joggers:   H&M    Kitten Heels:   Zappos     Tote:   Mango      Watch :  Revolve Clothing      Necklace:   H&M

 

Chambray Shirt: Target

Joggers: H&M

Kitten Heels: Zappos

Tote: Mango

Watch: Revolve Clothing

Necklace: H&M

Stylish Transitions {Day 4}

Cheers to Thursday! Today's outfit is too perfect for comfort and was designed with the coffee shop trip in mind. The next time you need a change of scenery, and decide to head over to your favorite café with your lap top, opt for a semi-sporty, semi-classy, totally-relaxed combo like this one! 

Speaking of cafés, I recently tried The Shop on Wickenden St. and strongly recommend it (if you live in the area); you'll love its rustic intimacy and homey- feel and will be reminded of how adorable and warm our small city is. The iced mint and lavender tea with honey, served in a mug-size mason jar, is refreshing and oh-so delicious! You won't be able to help it but feel re-energized and ready to tackle that next job app!

    Plain T:   H&M    Printed Pants:   H&M    Metallic Sneakers:   Seed Heritage    Bag:   Zara    Double Necklaces:   TopShop     Watch:   DKNY

 

Plain T: H&M

Printed Pants: H&M

Metallic Sneakers: Seed Heritage

Bag: Zara

Double Necklaces: TopShop

Watch: DKNY

If You Are Here...

…and you're reading this, welcome to the first and one of many posts about style and fashion for the professional, the entrepreneur, the parent, and the in-transition individual looking to be themselves and dress for themselves

On the blog, I'll share styling and shopping tips, along with my favorites pieces and trends. Once in a while I'll even share an outfit post (the style blogger in me can't help it). Also (and this is an absolute dream coming true) - I will turn the lens back on you by inviting a variety of voices to talk about what style means for the Rhode Island professional, leader, doer, maker, creator, dreamer. 

I hope you stay connected! And remember to subscribe to my weekly Style Newsletter and follow via FB and TW to receive blog post updates. 

Cheers!

~ Olivia

Wearing a Cloth & Stone jumpsuit (Anthropologie has a cute chambray one), an Angie kimono (similar here), Franco Sarto sandals (Sole Society's got some great styles: my selections 1, 2, 3).

Photography by  Brittany Taylor