Dressed for: Comfy Simplicity

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy Karen Kane dress, watercolor floral scarf, metallic ballet flats. Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote

Scarf – Target (no longer available) – similar colorssimilar pattern
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane
Flats – Hush Puppies (no longer available) – similar
Bag – gift – Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote
Earrings – Swirly Keen courtesy April Kawaoka
Bracelets – Target (no longer available) – similar

I wore this for a shift at Corset, and felt marvelously comfortable all day long in my jersey dress and bronze flats. Next to utility jackets, metallic flats are the item I recommend most to my clients. I veer away from the mirror-shiny ones, but subtle bronzes are amazingly versatile. I’ve had this pair for a couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me how many outfits they complement.

Are you a fan of the metallic flat? Or sandal? Do you stick to golds and bronzes or go for pewters and gunmetals?

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Dressed for: Very Special Satchels

Already Pretty outfit featuring blue cardigan, Marimekko dress, Corso Como Del, Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Dress – local store now out of biz – similar color/scaleMarimekko at BR
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Bracelets – Goldy + Macsimilar look
Earrings – Midtown Global Marketsimilar
Satchel – two-tone Clio courtesy Rhodesian of Edinburgh

It’s a two-fer today, friends. Having been out of town for nearly a week, I’m behind on outfits. Our trees are nearly in full leaf and we’ve already mowed once, but it’ll look like early spring in my photos for a while yet! This is frequently my Easter dress for a day at the in-laws but I wore it instead to illustrate how diverse florals can look for one of my weekly Fox 9 Morning Show appearances a few weeks back. Not all florals are ditsy! And although most of the Banana Republic Marimekko stuff is black and white, this dress was made from a brighter Marimekko print.

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But let’s talk about the satchel, shall we? I spotted Queen Michelle carrying a Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel a while back and linked to the company in a roundup. The mother and daughter who own and run the company out of their home reached out to me, and I was so thrilled to strike up a conversation and relationship with them. If you pop over to the company’s about page, you’ll see that daughter Charlotte is dealing with some serious health issues and that running this business from top to bottom is motivating and inspirational for her. (You’ll also learn how the company got its name!) All the satchels are handmade in the UK from the finest leathers and with absolutely stellar craftsmanship. When mine arrived, they were even more gorgeous than I could’ve hoped. Above is my two-tone Clio – one of the buckles is slightly askew because under those flaps are magnetic closures. YES! Functional buckles on bags make me batty! So delighted that magnets are an option for these gorgeous bags.

I was lucky enough to get two satchels from this amazing team of women, and my second bag is a big ‘un!

Red Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel

Sweatshirt – Cath Kidston (no longer available) – similar
Jeans – courtesy Karen Kane
Sneaks – Converse via Journeys
Sunnies – Madewell
Satchel – Calvin courtesy Rhodesian of Edinburgh

I am a lover of oversized bags so I opted for the Calvin without giving its dimensions much thought. Tons of my bags are that large! But since this is a structured satchel, it’s really, REALLY big. I adore it, though, and plan to use it for hauling my supplies and books to workshops as well as for an overnight bag. It’s amazingly lightweight and truly beautiful. Even Harriet thinks so.

Now through June 6, you can enter to win your own Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel! Head over to the Rhodesian homepage for details of the giveaway.

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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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