January 23, 2011

winter florals

the lack of recent posts is appalling. i can't believe it's been nearly a MONTH! i'm both sorry and ashamed for my lack of creativity/time management skills; starting the new semester and balancing class/extracurriculars/my social life has been surprisingly difficult. but i'm happy to report i have a fresh and inspiring idea to share with you for the first post of 2011!

as most of you have probably already experienced, gray winter skies, bone-chilling temperatures and shoe-wrecking slush start getting old after the first few weeks of winter. and every year i have the same panicked thought -- is there really 3 more months of this icy abuse?! unfortunately, yes. and saddest of all, the first area of my life to see the negative effects of the winter blues is my wardrobe.  i find it increasingly difficult to dress in anything other than leggings, hunter wellies, and oversize sweaters (my friends have even started to notice my "uniform").  i usually try to remedy by boring, uninspired ensemble with a stack of bracelets, but let's face it -- i'm a winter zombie.  

a quick way to revamp your tired winter wardrobe is with a splash of florals -- no matter how  out-of-season they may appear on the hanger, you can winterize any floral piece with dark colors, a boyfriend cardigan, black tights, or rugged boots.  here, liz is wearing one of our favorite summer skirts, which we normally pair with a loose white racerback tank and flat sandals -- but for winter, we added a black silky shirt and chunky black heels (not pictured, unfortunately -- but if you're a sex & the city fan you'll be happy to know they're knockoffs of THESE famous carrie shoes...)

not once do you think "summer" when you see this outfit -- it's downright wintry, but fresh and cheerful too.  it makes me feel instantly sunnier (pun intended) when i wear it out on a chilly january night - try any of the lovely pieces below for some much-needed growth in your winter wardrobe:

style on!
II emily

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