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Building a Classic Wardrobe - Spring Edition

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Building a classic wardrobe is important for so many reasons.

Tod's Point


It's a totally different experience being at the beach in January! 

Seersucker Summer with Duffield Lane

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It already feels like summer with this seersucker dress from Duffield Lane!

Borrowing From The Boys

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You never quite know where inspiration will strike you

Warmer Weather

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I feel like this weekend was the gear up to the warmer weather we have on the way. We might have woken up to a little snow on Sunday but that quickly melted as the temperature rose, and rose, and rose some more!

It's Always Sunny on Duffield Lane

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It's always sunny on Duffield Lane which means it's time for ice cream!

Celebrating National Stripes Day in Brooklyn

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Last weekend I ticked off two "finallys" - I finally got to visit Brooklyn and I finally got my hands on a pink stripe shirt, courtesy of Duffield Lane!

One Item, Two Ways: Duffield Lane Chelsea Dress

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Exploring by day, sunset cocktails by night. This is the tale of how I took one item, Duffield Lane's Chelsea dress, and got two looks out of it while vacationing in the Bahamas.

Windy Waters


I'm starting out this outfit photo diary with the one and only shot that included the sun. Mr. Sun has been quite elusive these days and on the day we shot these photos, he only came out for the last few seconds. 

Spring Stripes


Magnolia Blooms

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Get outside quickly, the magnolias are in bloom!

Pops of Red

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A pop of red was exactly what I needed on an otherwise grey day. 

When In Doubt, Wear Pink!

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I had one of those mornings yesterday, you know the kind. You still can't believe Monday is here already and you just can't seem to get it together. Pre-caffeine I stood in my hallway trying to decide if I would need a jacket to go outside or not. Well when in doubt, wear pink! I instantly grabbed my pink trench and I was out the door. Turned out to be the right decision because while it was warm later in the day, the morning was cool and damp. 

Tory Burch Spring

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Last fall I wore this Tory Burch dress (see the post here) and declared it one of the dresses in my closet that I can get four seasons worth of wear out of. This winter was so bitterly cold, not only did I not wear any dresses or skirts, I barely posted any outfits! Now that we have warmer weather, I am back to my regular outfit posts here on the blog posting Mondays and Fridays and today, I am making good on my promise to show how I wear this Tory Burch dress in different seasons!

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Navy dress, white blouse

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Dress: Tory Burch, pre-fall 2015 | Shirt | Purse | Sunglasses | Shoes, old Prada |

When I last photographed this dress it was one of those exceptionally warm September nights, the kind that make you believe that summer will never end. The fireflies show up as dusk, while all the neighbours sit on their porches watching the sun fade into the horizon (can you tell that fall is my favourite time of year!). The air was so warm, I only wore this Tory Burch dress. No need for a cover up. 

When I shot these photos last week, the weather was quite different. While the sun was out and the temperature was rising, there was still a chill in the air reminding you that it's spring. So while it was warm enough for bare legs, it wasn't enough to go bare arms. I pulled out a classic in every women's wardrobe - the white button down. I bought this one from Banana Republic a few weeks ago and it has quickly become my go-to. I love the material and the fit is perfection.  

Have you ever heard of the French women's styling rule as it relates to shoes? I read this tip on blogger Cupcakes and Cashmere's site a few years ago, it goes like this...if your skirt or dress is above the knee, wear flats. If the skirt or dress is below the knee, wear heels. (here is a great article on it). Now yes, there are exceptions or times when I do think a mini skirt and heels looks much better, or long maxi skirts that should only be wore with flat sandals, but I still think it's a pretty good rule, one that I use quite often. 

Now I have shown you how to wear this graphic printed navy dress in the spring, and how to style in the early days of fall. I will keep my promise to share how to wear this dress in a few more seasons, we still have summer, late fall and winter to cover. This is so important to me is not cheap! Anytime I buy an investment piece (which is anything over $100 at this point) I try to image all the different wears I can get out of it. Once you divide the price tag with days you plan on wearing it, it is much easier to justify. This dress represented a significant investment to me (actually so did the Robinson crossbody purse, which is why you have probably seen it so many times already on Celebrating This Life!) and I want to get as much use out of it as possible. And if I can help even one of you, dear readers, figure out a way to justify and use that one clothing item you are coveting, well then that would make me all the happier.  

Out Came The Sun And Dried Up All The Rain

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We had a rainy start to our Easter long weekend but thankfully, it didn't last long. In fact, after the rain the city was in bloom! Magnolias everywhere are bursting out of their buds and the sweetest purple ground cover flowers are everywhere.

Chilly Spring Outfit

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Walking with Roses

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On Saturday The Youngest and I made our weekly run to the farmer's market to pick up flowers (and so he could check out the vintage video game booth). I always look forward to this time of year because that means there will be a great selection of flowers at the booth. Over the winter it's your standard flowers but in the next few weeks we will see peonies, anemones, irises and ranunculus. Even the selection of roses, a pretty standard farmer's market offering, are coming in an wider range of shades. Last week I bought the most beautiful coral roses and this week I managed to grab a deep shade of hot pink along with a beautiful white hydrangea. I was thinking pink and white because that is my tablescape theme for Easter this year but it also matched my weekend outfit!

Spring's First Blush

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We are in that funny weather time of the year where every morning we wake up we are playing weather roulette. One day sunshine and blue skies, the next snowy and grey. Luckily this past weekend we finally say the return of the sun (we'll just ignore the fact that there is still snow on the ground).

Rainy Day In London

Location: Westminster Bridge, London

Outfit | Shirt: Gap (on sale!) | Jeans: Mavi Jeans | Belt: H&M | Walking shoes: Nike |
Trench: Michael Kors (Major sale alert!) | Scarf: Vintage (Similar here, here and here all under $50!)
Lipstick: Bite Amuse Bouche in Radish | Blush: Bobbi Brown in Nectar

Well I got the obligatory blogger shot while in London - Staring off into the distance on the bridge with Big Ben in the background :D It was actually a funny shooting day since it rained (and rained and rained) which was actually unexpected as the weather channel had predicted sun all day! But that's life in London. My mom says "You don't travel to the UK for their weather but if it's going to rain, you're in the best city for it". As usual, mom was right; London is beautiful in the rain. After seeing Big Ben and hearing the bells chime, we carried on to the London Eye (blog post here). My advice for anyone travelling to London-- invest in a good rain coat. I bought this trench with a hood and I'm so thankful. It didn't protect my hair from the humidity (oh the frizz!) but it did keep me dry the entire day.

We walked so much in London that by the last day, I had blisters on both feet and couldn't walk while wearing shoes. If you follow me on Snapchat (Celebr8thislife) you saw how I travelled through the airport - in a pair of slippers I got from the Sofitel Hotel! It wasn't the classiest way to travel but at least I could walk. The Nike walking shoes I bought would be good for those who walk 2-5 km's a day but we did closer to 40 kms each day. I regretted not bringing my Saucony running shoes with me which would have been better suited to long walking distances. Learn from my mistake!

Cobblestone Streets of Kensington

Location: Kensington, London

Outfit | Dress: Jacob (old. Also love this, this, and this) | 
Coat: Banana Republic (Love this and this on sale Jessica Simpson coat!) |
Shoes: Talbots (Similar all under $100! here, here, and here) | Purse: Vintage
Hair by: Aer Blow Dry

I am so happy we decided to stay in Kensington on our recent trip to London. It was a nice, quiet residential area and the homes could not have been prettier. We stayed at the K+K Hotel George and right across the street I spotted this little yellow house with wisteria growing all over it. Perfect photo op! This was our last morning in London and we wanted to have a nice sit down breakfast. For the entire trip we ate fresh cut fruit along with green and berry juice. We were so good throughout the trip, this was our morning to indulge. We headed to Chelsea to eat at The Ivy and on the way AMH did ask me "Are you a little overdressed for breakfast?". If you follow me on Instagram then you know the joke was on him. In this life, you can never been too overdressed!