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Mango sweater coat with black fringe dress
Gray sweater coat with flare jeans
Black fringe dress with brown sandals

Dress: ASOS c/o Live the Look
Sweater coat: Mango c/o Live the Look

I have Live the Look to thank for finding this fringe dress and sweater coat. Its a genius shopping website that makes suggestions for you based on a style quiz and it picked these two items for me. I immediately envisioned wearing them together with ankle boots, in an ultimate boho look for an outdoor event. Each piece works equally well apart, too. I'll wear the fringe dress this way for my upcoming trip to Key West, over a swim suit or for shopping. And the sweater looks great with jeans for a cozy day of running errands!

So what exactly is Live the Look? If you've ever wanted someone to do your shopping for you, but have final say on what you're buying, then Live the Look is your perfect solution. When you sign up for a free account (here), you fill out a style quiz. Then, like a best friend who knows your exact taste and size - the site suggests items to buy, and puts together outfit ideas for you. I will be honest - I was skeptical at first. I'm super-picky and have taken plenty of style quizzes with results that didn't seem accurate. Within minutes though, I couldn't believe the great things Live the Look found for me. Even with all the browsing I do online, I've never seen the cute stuff they suggested. I'm ob-sessed with the unique ruffle top pictured below, and I ordered the Kensie jeans below thanks to Live the Look, which I featured in Monday's blog post.  

Everyone can sign up for a free Live the Look account here. And simply by signing up, you are eligible to win our $250 giveaway! The $250 can be used to order anything you'd like, on any brand you'd like - including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, designer denim, etc. Use the Rafflecopter box below to let me know you've opened an account and the lucky winner will be notified by email next week. Good luck!

Which Live the Look finds are your favorite?

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Today's Everyday Fashion: Packing for Key West

J.Crew factory peasant top with denim shorts
Boho peasant top with denim shorts

Today I'm sharing a couple outfit ideas I put together for my upcoming trip to Key West. Whether you're headed on spring break soon, or just wishing for warmer weather, hopefully these ideas will provide a little spring inspiration! 

This first outfit is my favorite kind of vacation look - a printed boho top with denim. The J.Crew Factory top is new and I completely love it. Whether I end up wearing it with jeans or shorts will depend on the weather. The cognac d'orsay flats are also new, but I'm not sure if I'm keeping them yet so I'll pack brown sandals. 

Top: J.Crew Factory, $40
Shorts: American Eagle, $18 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: J.Crew Factory, $48
Hat: Francesca's, $10 (similarsimilar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $111
Approx. dates: Shorts, purse, hat are within the last year. Top and shoes are new.

Ruffle sweater with printed beach pants
Ruffle sweater with J.Crew Factory beach pants

In the second outfit, these pants are not at all the fit I was expecting. They are slung so low on my hips that I have sort of an oddly long looking torso. I assume that's where they should fall though because if they were up any higher they would be way too short. Hard to say for sure since Factory doesn't use models on their website. I have other printed pants already that I'll wear in an outfit like this, either over a swim suit or for the car ride home. 

Sweater: J.Crew, $35 (similar, similar)
Pants: J.Crew Factory, $35
Shoes: Nine West/DSW, $60 (similar, similar)
Hat: Francesca's, $10 (similar, similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $111
Approx. dates: Sweater is 5 years ago. Shoes are 4 years ago. Hat, purse are within the last year. Pants are new.

ps. I also ordered this striped sweater. The zippers stick out super funny on the sides, so I'm definitely returning. I'll be on the lookout for something similar, because I love it otherwise.

J.Crew Factory has great vacation clothes so I'm excited to see what they have to exchange in the store, like the options below. Spring can't get here fast enough!

J.Crew Factory new arrivals

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Tunic  /  Dress  /  Pants  /  Dress  /  Flats
Top  /  Shorts  /  Shorts  /  Sandals  /  Flats

Today's Everyday Fashion: Denim Shopping

Hands down, the hardest thing to shop for? The perfect pair of jeans! I swear it's like a needle in a haystack. My favorite pair of simple dark skinnies are starting to fall apart, and even though I've been looking for a replacement pair for over a year, I keep striking out! (Grr.) Here are a few pairs I ordered online as my hunt continues.

Express jeans, $30 (with a coupon)

The color of this pair looked way better (darker) online. I also ordered a 2S (short), and I can see the that although they technically hit my ankles, the proportions are all wrong - I think the back pockets look squatty on me (I'm 5'7"). Verdict: pass.

Kensie / Lord & Taylor, $55 (with coupon)

I had so much hope for these, I ordered them in 2 sizes. They look great from the front, but the back pockets are all wrong on me (too far apart). I've never tried this brand, but it seems I am also annoyingly between sizes. The 26 is a bit tight, and the 27 (pictured) sag in the crotch as I walk because they are loose and won't stay up. Verdict: pass.

Express jeans, $30 (with coupon)

Flares are back! These are my favorite. The fabric is bit stretchier than I imagined, but I love the color and the fit. Flares aren't as practical as skinnies since you can only wear them with heels or flats and not both (this pair will require heels on me), but I can't help but love 'em. Verdict: most likely keep.

I'm still on the hunt for dark skinnies... I rounded up some options below. I want to try on the bottom right pair (at AE), and several of these are on sale at Amazon so I may give them a try. What are your favorite brands or stores for the perfect pair of jeans?

Mavi  /  7 For All Mankind  /  Yummie  /  Blank  /  KUT
It Collective  /  Mavi  /  Dittos  /  Hudson  /  AE