Thursday, February 6, 2014


top (similar)/sweater - at least 10 years old (similar)/jeans (Citizens of Humanity)/shoes (nine west)/sunglasses (prada)/purse (Rebecca Minkoff, here in more colors)

I was reading recently that cropped tops are on trend for spring. I attempted a crop top with a high waisted skirt last summer and got a big thumbs down from my husband.  But, because I really like this trend, I gave it another go. This time I toned it down a bit with a fun floral top peeking out from underneath because a.) i AM in my thirties with 2 kids and b.) my husband was taking my blog photos and I didn't want to watch him roll his eyes at my exposed midriff.  I heard a few comments about the crazy mix of prints but he said nothing of the crop top. That's a win, folks!

xo Ellen
ps. I'm linked up with Stylin in St. Louis and Three-fer Thursday - check it out via the links on my sidebar!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

c'est chic, no?

dress (madewell - on sale!)/shirt (j.crew, similar)/tights (j.crew, similar, LOVE these animal print ones)/shoes (madewell, similar)/sunglasses (prada)/clutch (j.crew, love this one)
I came across this cute dress on the sale rack at Madewell (my new favorite sale rack) and immediately was drawn to it's ability to be both simple and chic at the same time. I couldn't help but imagine myself wearing this with a cute pair of ankle boots sitting outside a cafe in Paris and sipping a latte (I don't do espresso.) While the Paris idea is a pipe dream (I'll have to settle for Starbucks), the dress, on sale, certainly was not. I snatched it right up and paired it with another chic spring trend - stripes. Voila!

xo Ellen
ps. I'm linked up with Trend Spin and Style Elixir - check it out via the links on my sidebar