Five Things Friday (One You’ll Want to Know About Before Spring Break!)

TGIF, friends! It’s a five-things Friday kinda day today. And one of those things is something you’ll want to know about prior to spring break and the summer travel season!

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How to Get the Best Value When Buying Cashmere

Have you been itching to upgrade your wardrobe essentials with a cashmere piece or two but are uncertain as to how to get the best value? Well, you’re in luck because today I’m going to share all you need to know. Don’t end up with a sweater that pills and stretches after a few wears. Good cashmere in a classic shape should last decades!

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OOTD: Valentine Date Night

While my small wardrobe is centered around mix and match neutrals, every once in a while I crave a bit more color, pattern or BOTH! It can be just the thing to pull you out of the doldrums caused by a cold, grey winter. The red-pink-black palette of this leopard top seemed like a perfect fit for a Valentine Date Night look.

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Valentine Date Night Look

You may recognize the top I’m wearing from this Valentine Shop post. I ended up ordering it as I was really drawn to both the color combination and the leopard pattern. The top is a much thicker fabric than you would initially suspect! Almost like a ponte knit with a thin poly lining on the interior. Initially I thought this piece would transition nicely into Spring/Summer by pairing it with a walking short, but after getting it, I’ve realized it’s probably too heavy for hotter days.

The top pictured is a size small. Because I have a small chest, I think I could have gone down into an XS and may have had fewer issues with the v-neckline peeking open. The trousers are one of my favorite basics – the Banana Republic Sloan Ankle pant. A black or medium-blue jean would also work great with this top. The shoes are staple from my special occasion capsule. The suede gives them a dressier appearance and I typically turn toward this shoe for nicer events when it’s too cold to wear a sandal.

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Valentine Date Night | Valentine OOTD | Date Night OOTD | Valentine Outfits | Date Night Outfits
Valentine Date Night | Valentine OOTD | Date Night OOTD | Valentine Outfits | Date Night Outfits
Valentine Date Night | Valentine OOTD | Date Night OOTD | Valentine Outfits | Date Night Outfits
Valentine Date Night | Valentine OOTD | Date Night OOTD | Valentine Outfits | Date Night Outfits

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Until next time…keep cultivating that simple, stylish and satisfying life!

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