Happy 2017

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Happy new year, friends!

As you may have noticed, I been rather quiet lately. While I finally purchased a new camera to replace the old one that failed to turn on one day, the month of December proved to be too much for me to be able to balance the day job with pretty much anything else in life.

I admit, 2016 started rather slowly, and I was falling into that rut that I seem to be all too familiar with. However, by the end of the year, despite being super busy and super tired, I’m feeling pretty optimistic and looking forward to what 2017 brings.

My one aspiration for the new year? Just, do better. At everything. Including this blog. So on that note, I hope everyone has a healthy and happy 2017!

Spring Sandals: Early picks

It’s supposed to snow tonight apparently. And here I am thinking about sandals. I actually prefer sneakers and flats in the spring and summer over sandals, but sandals definitely have their place. Lace-up and wrap sandals have come back in full force over the past year or so. The last time lace-up sandals were trending was about 11 or 12 years ago? I owned a pair of lace-up wedges. They were so hot…but definitely not made for walking. Those ties around the legs were not only made to keep the sandal on the foot, but also to cut off blood circulation. I’m not sure what might change this time around, but I’m willing to give them a try again, except this time as flats! Here’s a selection that I’ve been checking out in a range of prices:

My top three choices are the Madewell Boardwalk Sandal, Valia Gabriel Lia Sandal (which comes in nude, but I could only get the black to show), and the K.Jacques Zenobie Wrap Sandals which actually comes in dark brown and medium that I can see).

Please share your own spring sandal picks! I’d love to hear them!

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Five-Item Challenge: Winter 2016 edition Round-up

As you may have noticed, my Five-Item Challenge for the first quarter completely bombed. I was actually doing extremely well until mid-March, and it all fell apart. No regrets, though. I got my hands on some really cool stuff! I purchased a few things with a store credit, so I’m not sure those should really count towards my five items as I have never included them in the past, but I will show them here since either way, the whole thing was blown.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Five-item challenge Round-up1. Babaton Nicky Trench Coat, Oxford Tan. Also comes in black.
2. J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Olive (sold out in this color). Purchased with gift card.
3. Babaton Michael Tank, Black. Also comes in white and with horizontal rib texture.
4. Zara Basic Tee, in black/white stripe. Purchased with gift card.
5. J.Crew Patio Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Brunswick Blue. Purchased with gift card.
6. Talula Valmere T-Shirt, black/white stripe.
7. J.Crew Regent Blazer, Heather Carbon. Currently on sale plus an extra 30% off. Purchased with gift card.
8. J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool, Mauve. Currently on sale plus an extra 30% off. Size up.
9. Blank NYC Suede Jacket, Backhanded Compliment (Navy Blue).
10. Bauble Bar Saphira Collar Necklace.
11. Bauble Bar North Star Brooch Set. 
12. J.Crew Silk Pocket Blouse, Safari Fatigue. Runs large.

Overall, 4 of the 12 items were purchased with a gift card or store credit. If I don’t include those in my items then I exceeded the five items by only three. Not bad. My favorite item of the bunch is the BlankNYC suede jacket and I can’t wait to be wearing it once the last of this winter season passes!

Did anyone else try this challenge and had some success?

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