Dressed for: Gearing Up

Already Pretty outfit featuring Bella Boutique dress, Weston Wear dress, radiant orchid suede pumps, Hilary Druxman earrings

Dress – Weston Wear courtesy Bella Boutique
Earrings – Hilary Druxman
Bracelet – Fossil (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – courtesy Blue Nile (no longer available) – similar
Heels – Franco Sarto Cicero (no longer available in this color) – similar

I’ve got a lot of fun projects and events in the cooker right now, so I feel like I’m in a constant state of gearing up. This dress is one I picked out from Bella Boutique in advance of an event I’ll be hosting there on July 24 (details below). The shop is packed with cute dresses, great layering basics, and loads of fun accessories so it was tough to winnow it down to just one item! But this dress has some of my favorite colors – rich purple and vibrant magenta – and is perfect to wear now but will also transition beautifully into fall and winter wear. A winner all around.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring Bella Boutique dress, Weston Wear dress, radiant orchid suede pumps, Hilary Druxman earrings

If you’re in the Twin Cities, I’d LOVE to see you at Bella Boutique on the evening of July 24 for this FREE event!

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Dressed for: Spring Jewels

Already Pretty outfit featuring burgundy blazer, radiant orchid dress, leopard pumps, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, Zara rhinestone necklace

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Dress – Land’s End
Belt – Amazon – similar color
Shoes – Anne Klein (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Zara via eBaysimilar
Earrings – CJ Rose Boutique
Bracelet – thrifted – similar

I wore this mix of jewel tones to the recent Unlikely Entrepreneurs event, where the talented and visionary Nancy Rosenbaum interviewed me about my circuitous and odd career path. We taped the event and I hope to have some video to post in a few weeks once I’m back from my San Francisco trip and a little less overwhelmed. It was fascinating to have someone walk me through my various jobs chronologically, talk about my choices, and see exactly how unplanned most of my working life has been. Seems like every time I cook up a concrete plan, the Universe throws me a major curveball and I have to scrap it. Works for me. I feel like one of my major life lessons has been “Learn to roll with it,” and I am.

Anyone else feel like career planning never works but hard work and trust pull you through? Or do you rely on a far-reaching vision for your career goals and stick to it?

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Dressed for: Rough Transitions

Already Pretty outfit featuring  J.Crew utility jacket, bird print dress, purple tights, John Fluevog Heidi, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody bag, Song Yee Designs amethyst necklace

Jacket – J.Crew Factory
Dress – courtesy eShakti (no longer available) – similaralso love this one
Tights – Falke (no longer available) – similar
Boots – John Fluevog Heidi (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – courtesy Song Yee Designs
Earrings – gift – similar
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody via eBay

Wore this for a VERY busy day working at Corset, and had to lose the jacket for at least part of my shift. Also regretted the tights, but didn’t have time to take them off! Spring transitional weather can be absolutely confounding. I do try to follow my own advice for making seasonal transitions seamless, but when it’s totally freezing in the morning sheer patterned tights just seem ludicrous. And by afternoon I’m melting.

Anyone else fighting with shifting weather? Any sneaky layering tips to share?

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