March 2015 – Page 2 of 3 – A Little Leopard
March 2015 – Page 2 of 3 – A Little Leopard

March 2015 – Page 2 of 3 – A Little Leopard

After a ridiculously gorgeous Monday, yesterday was a blustery, chillier Chicago day – one of the last little remnants of winter (hopefully!). So it seemed like a good time to break out a wool skirt and turtleneck combo before retiring those pieces for the season. Fashion logic, everyone.

For this shot, I joked I should do the “cliche blogger pose” and it ended up being one of my favorite photos of myself ever/all my profile pictures. Thanks, Nicky!

This necklace was actually a graduation present from my aunt and I absolutely love it. The tortoise makes it surprisingly versatile and I get compliments every time I wear it. While it’s sadly currently sold out, BaubleBar has similar styles and – who knows! – it may make a return someday.

This combo is pretty much my go-to “I want to look polished without thinking too hard about it or being uncomfortable.” Bonus? It’s essentially a style uniform in that you can swap out similar pieces to make it work in different seasons. For example, I have a striped cotton version of that skirt that I could pair with chambray or a long sleeve t-shirt in warmer weather. Add the necklace and some pretty flats and boom: polished and comfortable all year round.

Turtleneck: J.Crew (on sale but limited sizes, similar H&M style here for even less $$$) / Skirt: J.Crew factory (old, similar cotton version here and wool pencil version here) / Necklace: Baublebar (sold out, similar here and here) / Boots: H&M (old, similar here) / Tights: Express

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You guys. It’s going to be like 70 degrees in Chicago today. Between that and St. Patrick’s day weekend festivities, I’m not even mad that it’s Monday.

Something about Chicago in the springtime is especially great. It’s like we all band together and suffer through whatever winter throws at us, but then when it starts to hit above-freezing temperatures, we all wake up. The city just comes alive in the warmer weather, and everything is a little bit nicer and sunnier and more hopeful.

So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d do a slightly different take on Motivation Monday and share some of the springy songs I’ve been listening to lately. From Noah & the Whale’s reminder that “blue skies are coming” to Passion Pit’s latest single, these songs capture that beginning-of-spring feeling:

Do you listen to songs seasonally? What are some of your springtime favorites?

Did you know that H&M, that Swedish bastion of affordable, chic clothing, also has a home line? And that it’s actually the best? I guess this means I have to stop calling H&M “the IKEA of clothes,” though… but honestly, that’s pretty much the only drawback. Possibly the online-only thing, too, but let’s be real – how much of an issue is that these days, anyway? A minor annoyance in terms of shipping times and, possibly, returns, but that’s really it.

Anyway, H&M’s home collection is perfect for home accents, storage, and pretty much anything that’s not a major furniture piece. It is also perfect for people like me, who have West Elm/Restoration Hardware/Lulu & Georgia taste on a Goodwill budget. They have decorative pillow covers for $5. That’s less than a fancy coffee drink, you guys.

Plus, they just unveiled an exclusive H&M Home-designed Airbnb that you can stay in at SXSW:

I’d love to live in that space for a maybe week at most, but the great thing about H&M Home is that, like H&M clothes, they’ve got options for pretty much every style. My taste in decor runs decidedly more feminine – check out some of my top picks from the brand below:

clockwise from top left: vases / cup & saucer / marble cutting board / neutral pillow / pink pillow / c’est la vie pillow / mirror / shower curtain / doormat / bath towel / storage basket / bedding / wooden tray / picture frame / storage boxes / glass box

What are some of your favorite go-tos for affordable home decor?

After what seems like an eternity of wearing puffer coats as big as I am, spring temperatures are downright liberating… and also slightly perplexing, when it comes to deciding what to wear. Who knew a high in the mid-forties could be so confusing?

Transitional dressing can be tricky, for sure. An outfit that may have worked a week ago would be too much now, but it’s not quite sandals and bare legs weather yet, either.

Now that we’re practically mid-way through March, I’ve ditched the puffer for something lighter and stashed my Uggs until November. Beyond those basic first steps, though, I have to turn to Pinterest for help. It’s honestly (sadly) like I can’t remember a life before chunky sweaters and turtlenecks seven days a week.

Luckily, the ladies below are serving up some serious springtime outfit inspiration:

You can still totally layer in the springtime – in fact, the between-seasons period is the perfect time to do so. Make like Gal Meets Glam and pair your structured jacket with a more casual graphic tee and jeans.

I’m a sucker for a pleated skirt – midi and maxi-length ones are a perfect springtime closet staple. There’s something very preppy and polished about pairing it with a button-down shirt a la Little Blonde Book.

I believe that scarves can (and should) be worn all year-round. The trick lies in the material, and what you pair them with. Spring and summer-weight scarves work wonderfully with oversized shirts and Converse, as illustrated by Polienne. Look for thin materials like linen instead of heavier wool options.

Pleats again! Brooklyn Blonde pairs hers with a slouchy sweater for a more relaxed look. These skirts also look great with t-shirts, camis and jean jackets.

Sometimes there is nothing better than a true classic: dark wash skinnies, pumps and a crisp button-down shirt. This is a great time of year to wear something like this, because people will actually be able to see your outfit!

Do you struggle with between-seasons dressing? What are some of your go-to spring looks?

Images via Gal Meets Glam, Little Blonde Book, Polienne, Stylecaster and Who What Wear

Yesterday was International Women’s Day – a time to reflect on and celebrate the strides we have made in gender equality while acknowledging and fighting for how far we still have to go. One of the overwhelming rallying cries on social media yesterday was “not there,” recognizing that while we’ve accomplished a lot, we’re not there yet and there is still work to be done.

I tend to try and remain fairly apolitical online (especially on social media), but feminism is an important issue to me and one that I think is worth talking about – because if we don’t talk about gender equality how can we ever hope to achieve it?

So, in the spirit of the women who have worked hard to get where we are today, and the work still to be done, I rounded up five quotes from some of my favorite female role models. I thought about doing a roundup of #HeforShe hotties but that will probably just take the form of my #ManCrushMonday on Instagram. Plus, empowering girl power quotes seemed a tad more appropriate, don’t you think?

Amy Poehler via French by Design

Diane von Furstenberg via Who What Wear

J.K. Rowling via Cat Coquillette

(It was actually Ginny who said this in the book, another total #Girlboss.)

Maya Angelou via Paper and Pin

Tina Fey

I saw this quote on Tumblr ages ago and loved it – sadly I do not know who created the original image. From Tina’s absolute must read of a memoir, Bossypants.

Do you have any favorite quotes from kickass ladies? How – if at all – did you recognize/celebrate International Women’s Day yesterday? Let me know in the comments!