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April Style Challenge - Week 4

This was the final week of the April Style Confessions challenge hosted by Sequins & Style and That's So Crystal.  Initially, I was not sure if I could be creative enough to style an outfit for each days theme and was going to take it one day at a time.  I was surprised that this challenge actually made it easier to get dressed. Knowing what the theme was ahead of time allowed me to plan out my outfits in advance.  Never once was I staring at my clothes wondering what to wear or thinking I had nothing to wear.   

She's My Uptown Girly Girl
It was nice enough this week to take photo's outside and since the Hubs was home, I designated him my new photographer.  I have to say, these look way better than when I take pictures with the timer on my camera!

Top: Anthropologie
Jeans: Rich and Skinny/Nieman Marcus
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Booties: Vaneli

Smitten with Scarves
If there is only one accessory you can buy, get a scarf.  They dress up a simple tee, keep you warm in the winter and are great in the summer when you are someplace where the air conditioning is blasting. This is an item you don't have to splurge on and there are so many cute options you can find at stores like Forever 21 and Target.

Top: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Gap
Scarf: Francesca's Collection 
Flats: Target

Out to Sea
This nautical sweater was another dupe of a deal.  I bought it a few months ago using my Banana Republic rewards and it ended up costing me $1.49.  

Sweater: Old Navy
Top: JCrew
Pants: Anthropologie
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Sneakers: Converse

Buzzing Like Neon
The neon trend is fun but I don't have anything neon in my closet.  I was able to pull this outfit together using a bright orange top and yellow scarf.  

Top: Anthropologie 
Jeans: AG Stevie/Anthropologie
Scarf: Charming Charlies
Sneakers: Coach 
Why Did I Buy This?
This skirt was one of those purchases I had to have, probably paid too much and then it sat in my closet for at least 3 years without being worn.  I had a meeting for work and needed to be dressed in business casual so I decided it was the perfect time to finally wear it.  

Top: Nordstrom
Skirt: Citizens for Humanity 
Belt: American Eagle
Necklace: Hot Moma 
Booties: Vaneli

Blame it on the Blazer
This is a funny picture. I was patiently waiting for the Hubs to take my photo before he had to leave for work. I rarely wear blazers and only have a few left from the days I had to wear business attire daily. This one is an oldie but goodie. You can't see the detail but it has cute pockets and is styled more like a shirt. I remember buying it at Marshall Fields (sigh! it used to be my favorite place to shop).

Blazer: Kenar 
Tee: JCrew Factory
Jeans: Gap
Necklaces: Stella & Dot
Sneakers: Converse

There are several style challenges for May on Instagram.  If you are interested in trying one, definitely check them out.  You don't have to have a shopping ban to participate, it was just something I committed myself to.


  1. Wow! What a great deal on the nautical sweater. Also, I really like the last look a lot.

  2. Lots of great looks Jill! You always look perfectly put together. Love the Anthropologie top, striped tee and floral scarf combo and the blazer! I love the lip color you're wearing in the last picture too- it looks like a great red!
    On the Daily Express

    1. Thank you so much Gina! The lip color is Clinique Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino.

  3. Loving the plethora of color in all of these looks! Makes me so excited for spring!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

    1. Thank you Jenna! I'm still waiting for spring to finally arrive for good! :)

  4. you look great in everything! I LOVE that sweater from Banana Republic! It's so cute

  5. Your use of color is amazing! My favorite shot is the one of you in the chair, so very Vogue. :)

    1. Thank you Alison! A few years ago all I wore was black but now I love bright colorful pieces.

  6. These are great everyday styles! I like the outfit with the yellow scarf. :)


  7. You have such gorgeous sweaters first of all. I love the one with the heart. And so many cute scarves, lady. Very nice week of outfits again. I love 1, 2 & 6 best.

    I co-hosted a link up on my page yesterday. It is still open. Please come link up one of these beautiful outfits and check out my Leather+Lace Look. Thanks.

    Enjoy the weekend, Ada. =)

    1. Thank you Ada and thank you for inviting me to link up! I did that earlier today. Have a great weekend!

  8. I really love the "neon" look! It's bright and perfect! =)


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