Outfit | Spring Blooms  

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  • Snake Coil Wrap – I’m so in love with the newest addition to my Alex and Ani #armparty. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen the new snake coil wrap over the weekend. I love the meaning behind it and I think this may be the first scenario where a snake is painted in such a positive light. “Independent and intelligent, the serpent reminds us to continuously evolve and grow.”Alex and Ani

It’s finally starting to feel like spring! So this morning, we took a drive to pick up some fresh Sunday blooms and chai teas. We picked some lovely pink and white tulips which are now sitting in a couple vases around the house. It’s the perfect way to really embrace the season and bring some of the spring beauty indoors. Next time, will be sure to grab some bright yellow daffodils to embrace the even warmer weather. Usually when grabbing some fresh flowers, I don’t even think to ask the florist to re-arrange them for me. However, it seemed like a quite morning for the shop and the woman working was so thrilled to help with bundling up the different colored tulips into one beautiful arrangement. She wrapped them in a white, lace-printed foil and tied them up with white & pink ribbon. Such a small gesture, but she really laid them out nicely together and the delicate flowers rested gently in my tote for the rest of the morning.

Obviously my neutral obsession is still in full effect despite the transition in seasons. I just love these darling scalloped flats from H&M. They’re so simple and appropriate for the brighter springtime weather. Lauren Conrad put out an almost identical scalloped flat in her spring collection with Kohl’s this season. I linked them above for everyone! I also love this simple v-neck blouse from H&M’s recent collection. The wrinkled silk material is perfect for a casual, yet polished look. Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful spring day and soaking up some sunshine outside!

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Outfit | Hunter Boots & Floppy Hats  

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  • Light Khaki Pants – LOFT
  • Turtleneck – GAP (From Winter Sale. Similar here.)
  • Pendant – Swarovski (Vintage)
  • Ring – H&M
  • Hat – H&M (Only available in store. Similar here.)
  • Boots – Hunter
  • Nail Polish – OPI’s Bubble Bath

I’m clearly obsessed with neutral looks this year. The palette is just so classic and polished. When I spotted this hat during a shopping trip last week, I knew it would style perfectly with all of my neutral pieces. This pretty cream style from H&M completely elevates the floppy hat trend with a simple gold band detail. The Hunter boots are another great staple item, both practical and stylish. After my sister gave them to me for Christmas, I have been researching all the cute Hunter accessories. I’ve decided to pick up a pair of the Hunter Genuine Shearling Liners – perfect for staying warm and toasty during a snowy day. Those will likely be saved for next year though, because sadly, this was probably the last wintry day of the year! While I’m looking forward to spring, the beautiful flowers, pretty fashion trends, etc., I will definitely miss these gorgeous snowfalls!

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Irish Blessings  

Alex and Ani’s Clover Charm

So excited about the latest addition to my Alex & Ani collection! I have had my eye on the clover charm for ages and finally found an opportune moment to pick it up. While visiting friends in Boston this past weekend for St. Paddy’s Day, we walked all along Newbury Street, the main shopping district in town. The girls at the shop were such sweethearts and helped me decide to get my first gold bangle from the brand. I chose to get my mom and sister the silver charms as they love wearing all silver pieces. I am thrilled with it and can’t wait to get some more gold pieces to mix in with all my silver ones. The meaning behind this particular charm reminds me so much of the time I spent studying abroad in Ireland and the welcoming nature of the Irish people there, “Luck | Fortune | Prosperity.” And it will of course always remind me of my second wonderful St. Patrick’s Day in Boston! Hope you have a lovely holiday and I’ll leave you with a link to my recent Spring/Green outfit post and an Irish blessing below.

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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Outfit | Spring Forward  

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spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats
spring outfit inspiration | pastels and floral flats

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So happy it is starting to feel like spring. Took advantage of the nice weather this week by waking up early before work to wander a bit around Philadelphia and get a chai latte from one of the cutest cafes in the city. It’s so hipster with a tin time ceiling, chalkboard menu, and plenty of colorful salads, parfaits and pastries. While traipsing, we stumbled across this Hashtag art outside of a hair salon. The owners must have painted the wall and turned it into this simple but powerful piece of inspiration. I love finding little gems like this around town. They’re so unique to the city and serve as beautiful landmarks.

Hope you are enjoying these transition days into spring! It’s challenging to dress for the weather during this season-interim, but I love this look for a quick yet polished outfit. Simple skinny jeans with a pastel top and pretty flats are timeless and sweet. This pastel pink scarf from H&M is nearly always with me for good measure. To follow my city adventures (this weekend will be Boston in honor of St. Paddy’s Day celebrations with a close friend) find me on Instagram. @kellymariekeating

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Trend to Try | Joggers  

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So in love with this spring trend! I have been noticing them all over Pinterest lately and in shops around the mall. I was super hesitant about trying them out because I am such a loyal fan to the skinny jeans look. However, I am so glad I finally picked up a couple pairs of Joggers from PacSun. They were running a special on denim – buy one, get one free. So I scooped up a pair in this olive and another in “taupe/rose” which I actually already wore to the Philly Flower Show last weekend. Debating whether to put up those blog photos yet as the lighting washed out a lot of the colors. I’m just so excited about this new trend though that hopefully I can share that look soon too!

PacSun, Gap and several other brands are featuring joggers in their spring collections, each styled differently. I love the idea of pairing joggers with some simple chucks, flip flops for the warmer days, and definitely heeled booties (or sandals) as shown here. The relaxed fit is perfect for a casual look and I think a heel is a polished contrast to this comfy pant. I also dressed the outfit up some more with gold jewelry – bracelets, a pendant and some hoops. I typically only wear my stud earrings for a classic look, but it was a day to step outside the box on all fronts!

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Outfit | Light Wash Skinny Jeans

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In the recent past, I haven’t been a huge fan of faded denim. However after finding this comfy pair of faded jeggings at H&M, I am certainly appreciating the look of the light wash a lot more. The light blue denim looks so lovely paired with grey during this time of year. Yesterday was a beautifully grey Sunday and this color combo perfectly complimented the overcast skies. My two favorite girls and I made our way into the city for brunch with my brother and some of his college friends. Per the recommendation of my sister, we dined at Cook and Shaker in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly. It was a great little corner spot complete with tin ceilings, Edison** light bulbs, and drinks served exclusively in Mason jars.

After brunching, we wandered through Northern Liberties and passed one of the best graffiti walls in the city. The California artist, Mauro Carrera, painted the most beautiful buffalo mural for this well traveled intersection. I am also obsessed with the eagle mural on the adjacent building but have yet to discover who is responsible for this piece.

Since this is the second time I have featured this gray mixed medium coat on the blog, I figured I should probably list out some new but similar options for you to shop below this time. I am linking up a bunch of my favorite items to recreate similar blue-grey looks. I think the faded denim is going to transition well from winter into spring. I can definitely see pairing these skinny jeans with pastel rose or light white tops as the weather lightens up a bit. I also found some great suede heeled booties like the Nine West pair here. The relaxed material really softens up a casual weekend day outfit like this.

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And if you’re still on the hunt for Valentine’s Day gifts, don’t forget to check out the new Infinite Love Collection at Alex and Ani! The delicate heart necklaces and charms are the sweetest gifts for all the ladies in your life who are as excited about this holiday as I seem to be every year!

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Outfit | Snow Day Neutrals

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outfit | snow day neutrals

outfit | snow day neutrals

outfit | snow day neutrals

 

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There’s nothing I love more than an all-neutral look. So sophisticated and chic. And this winter-white outfit incorporates every piece I have been loving this season. The skinny corduroys are the perfect fit – the “curvy skinny” cut from Ann Taylor LOFT tapers in at the ankle to softly tuck into boots but still fits loosely at the hips. I also picked up a few LOFT skinny jeans that are even tighter around the ankle, however I kind of like the slightly scrunched up and relaxed feel of this corduroy pair. The winter white top is also LOFT and a mixed medium piece with cool faux leather sleeves. And I am obsessed with the wide lapels on this thick open knit cardigan. So warm and a serious statement piece.

My favorite part of this outfit though probably has to be the booties from Nine West. I have been hunting around for the perfect pair of taupe heeled booties for WEEKS and finally decided on this pair. The chunky 3 inch heel is appropriate for work, easy to walk in, and still tall enough to elongate the leg. The tan wool blend pea coat was another piece I searched for all season long! So thrilled when I finally found this cozy yet polished style at Uniqlo. I hardly ever shop there but I have been pleasantly surprised with the great quality so I’m sure I’ll be back! Hope you’re bundled up with blankets, a cup of coffee, and enjoying the snow!

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Feeling Festive

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Since the Christmas and New Year holidays have come and gone, I am already excited for Valentine’s Day (my second favorite holiday after Thanksgiving). However, I would still like to relish in the wintry and festive vibes lingering from Christmas so I am sharing this festive outfit post today. An outfit like this transitions so well from the holiday season back into everyday winter looks. Simple, classic and with a touch glam. This sweater with the statement jewels was one of my favorites this past December. The neckline adds the perfect touch of festive sparkle. The boxy shape is balanced perfectly by a pair of black skinny jeans. These heeled booties also dress the look up with their dramatic pointed toe. I’m loving the chunky heels that seem to be trending more and more lately – so much easier to walk on than most other stilettos!

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I’m also very excited to share the new blog layout this week. The site underwent a fairly major makeover but overall loving the new, streamlined look. I’m hoping it makes things easier to read and outfit photos appear a bit more HD. If you run into any issues navigating around, feel free to drop a line in the comments! Photo Cred – My sweet mom who treated me to a celebratory New Year’s lunch and graciously stopped to shoot this blog post! So happy we were able to ring in the first Friday of 2015 together! xx

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A Leather Mini

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Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already 2015. It will probably take a few months before I get used to writing 5 instead of 4 in the date, but I am definitely looking forward to jumping into the new year. Sharing some winter blues on the blog today since the cold weather has prompted me to wear much more of this cool palette lately. I love the fit of this faux leather mini skirt. It’s structured with simple but statement zipper detailing that add some edge without going over the top. The heels are one of my favorite purchases of the last month. Leather and suede cut out heels by Steve Madden. The look so great with a skirt and tights but also loving them with black skinnies on colder days.

Also exciting news about Alex and Ani’s Bangle of the Month for January! It is the stunning Fleur De Lis Charm Bangle. I have had my eye on this one for months now. The Fleur De Lis is almost become adopted as our “family crest” so to speak. We incorporate it into so many decor elements and gifts as it represents a beautiful French tradition —

Traditionally used to represent French royalty, the Fleur de Lis symbolizes perfection, enlightenment, and life. The three petals are also associated with the protection of the Holy Trinity. Wear the Fleur de Lis as a representation of your faith in the changes and regeneration of life.

Save $5 on January bangle & beaded of the month by entering Code: Celebrate at Alex and Ani

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Gift Guide | Fashionably Fit

Gift Guide for the Fashionably Fit

This past year, I have really gotten back into health & fitness. So, I’m very excited to share today’s holiday gift guide for all the fashionably fit ladies in your life. I’m one of those Nike obsessed people – completely enamored with the brand personality and aesthetic. I’m all about the tagline, “Just do it.” This has definitely inspired my workouts, snowboarding, and half marathon this year. The Nike pieces in this gift guide are quality items that can really help take a workout to the next level. The long sleeve in particular is one of my new favorites. The slim fit is SO comfortable and the slight v-neckline is such a feminine cut. All the other accessories on this list are just some items that every health-nut has wanted at some point or another but likely never made the trip to buy. I just finally purchased a blender bottle this month which has made post-workout protein shakes so much simpler. And I have been dying to get a foam roller to stretch out on for the day after a long run. Hope this list inspires some gift ideas for the active friends on your holiday lists!

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