Mr. Stevie

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JCrew silk top/Anthropologie ag stevie ankle jeans, stacked pachyderm necklace /Steve Madden paver booties

Buying pants for me can be excruciatingly painful as I try to navigate between styles, sizing, and texture. Is this style flattering, is this pair too tight around the thighs, will they eventually stretch out, and are they a good fit for my lifestyle are all revolving questions in my mind as I take pairs into the fitting room, preparing myself for an uphill battle. It didn’t always used to be this way when I was younger. I was pretty consistent with my size and brand preference so it didn’t feel like such a chore then. But now I’ve become more aware of my curves, length of pant to leg proportions, and let’s face it, certain areas that I’d like to “uplift” if you will. Do I feel too young to be feeling this way? Goodness yes, but pants are such a commodity when I just want to feel comfortable, so I have to ensure that I’m investing in pairs that flatter my figure and can be dressed up or down, according to occassion.

Somewhere in we-specialize-in-make-you-feel-good-pants heaven, my pant woes were addressed and I luckily stumbled upon some “guy” who (in my book)¬†delivers jeans correctly time and time again. I’m talking about Mr. Stevie of course, courtesy of AG Jeans. Leaving it to Anthropologie for introducing me to all things beautiful, I had my first Stevie experience with the AG Stevie Polka Dot Ankle. Ahhhmazingly butter-soft and curve-flattering skinnies that have been paired with an assorted amount of tops, tanks, and sweaters. They’ve taken me on through all 4 seasons and I’ve sorta become a convert as a result.

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Anthropologie kaleidoscope pocket tee, ag stevie ankle jeans/Target kaelyn ankle booties/Madewell the transport tote

I bought a pair of Stevie cords back in December while in NYC and then this black pair you see above, which have been the most versatile pants ever and kept me polished throughout Winter. Equipped with 3 pairs seemed justified and appropriate, but I kept sneaking glances at a gray pair we have in the store and then topped things off with this pair because the rust color seemed visually stimulating and pretty perfect for the cooler months. As you can tell I have difficulty with self-restraint or knowing when to quit, but in my defense, the pant buying business is pretty gosh darn stressful so when I come across a pair that alleviates any type of negative emotion, it all comes together and makes perfect sense.

Do tell: anyone else got mad love for Mr. Stevie and can attest to my claims?

Boho

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Free People ribbons and rows dress/F21 jewelry/Madewell the transport tote/Steve Madden paver booties

When I scroll through my posts I realize that my fashion sense is across the board. I like a little bit of everything and whenever some fashion quiz on a magazine or Anthro’s review page asks me to define my style, I’m at a loss for committing to one single category. Well, I am quick to say what is not my style, for example crop tops, capris (basically anything cutting off proportions), see-through anything, platforms and acid wash jeans. Just to name a few.

This dress. Definitely in my top 5 of items I adore and that truly describe my style. I love its boho vibe, the detailed beaded neckline and the gauzy material that allows me to feel light and breezy. I went up a size just to delve in the comfort factor and am seriously tempted to pick up another color. The California bohemian look has always drawn me in and I can’t help but get excited when perusing through Free People’s catalog and their Bldg 25 blog.¬† It¬†prompts daydreaming of living by¬†¬†the beach in a little house, donning beach wave hair, beautiful flowy dresses such as this one, without a care in the world. The only thing on my agenda is to bask in the sun and feel the sand on my toes. Oh my, I think I’ve been hitting up Jessica Alba’s Instagram too hard and daydreaming about my own vacation on a tropical island ūüėČ

Local entertainment

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Madewell sweatshirt dress, the zipcode booties/Anthro easy-peasy blazer, sparked agate collar, checkerbead belt, cockle shell tights

I’ve been intermittenly absent round these parts because lately Dr. Love and I have been on a streak of checking out local events. Last week we caught DJ Shadow live and spent Easter night rolling on the floor laughing with Aziz Ansari as he stopped by Charlottesville on his Buried Alive tour. And last night, we were enchanted by the Carolina Chocolate Drops who delivered authentic folk melodies and had the whole venue stomping along to the string-band sounds. While we are exhausted and haven’t had much time to collect ourselves (or our humble abode) I feel so lucky to be living in a town that enjoys providing its community with quality entertainment. There is always an eclectic offering of theatre, music, and entertainment ready for the choosing on our part. I simply can’t wait for what’s to come in the summertime (think Shakespeare on the beautiful grounds of Sweet Briar college), but in the meantime, I’m counting down the days until the Monticello Wine Trail Festival . Hopefully by then the temperatures will heat up so I can properly adorn myself in a new Anthro dress ūüôā

February favorites

mori  Mori Blazer

ivette Ivette Patchwork Dress

woven Woven Bow Belt

86772_WE3667_m Stucco Stripe Dress

47953_KS4939_m Fairweather Cardigan in Doubledot

73936_YL5292 Elephant Studs

87735_PR5997 The Duet Mini Wedge in Suede

_7689226 Regina Wedge

_7679970 ASTR Faux Leather Skater Skirt

images Austin Convertible Clutch

27241900_001_a Jersey Assymetrical Drape Skirt

27304054_001_a Georgia Lace Dress

If I had an unlimited bank account I realistically¬† could bring each one of these cuties home with me. But it’s not about that is it? It took me a while to understand that just because something is beautiful and looks great on, does not mean that I have to make a purchase and document the relationship as a permanent one. It’s actually a very simple concept but it has taken me eons of shopping trips and tight closet space to realize its significance. While magazines, catalogs, and blogs are great resources for inspiration and creativity they can also ignite this desire for newness, a facelift for the ol’ wardrobe, an opportunity for something more. When I realize that my serotonin levels are off the charts upon taking note of pretty items, I take a step back and create a mental picture of all the beautiful things I already own and figure out if there are any holes in my wardrobe that said item can fill. If not, back it goes. It may feel painful momentarily, but once I’ve left the store or site I don’t miss it at all and just¬†saved myself some¬†cash or time-sucking returns.¬†It’s a rather tough exercise at times, but I’ve noticed that my recent purchases have become frequent offenders/contributors when I get dressed because they’re that versatile and flattering. I’ve noticed certain items left¬†by the wayside just because even though they’re great, I don’t have a realistic use for them (which is also why you may have seen an increase of items posted here). The list of favorites above is a great way to keep focused on what makes my heart sing and what could be fun yet versatile pieces for the spring season ahead.