get dressed / draper james

As someone who loves expressing my personality through my clothing, I can wholeheartedly appreciate Reese Witherspoon's approach to her new lifestyle brand, Draper James, that launched back in May.

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Inspired by her Southern roots, Reese named Draper James after her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. The brand offers clothing, accessories and home goods, 70% of which are made in the U.S. and primarily in the South. The brand is meant to remind consumers of Southern charm and traditions, both old and new, and fully embraces - encourages, even - matching head to toe. Think 1950's-1960's polish with the comfort and practicality of today's fashion.

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“One of our tenets is ‘unapologetically pretty.’ Like, what’s wrong with being pretty? That went out the window a long time ago,” the actress says with a laugh. “In the South, there’s a lot of color, prints, tradition, traditional fabrics like gingham, plaids, stripes. There’s also definitely a feeling that what you wear makes you feel better, especially if you’re wearing color, prints or joyful things.” - Reese Witherspoon via WWD

While the line is out of my day-to-day price range, it's not too far out of reach compared to a Tory Burch, Kate Spade, or another high-end, tailored line. I'd love to take a trip down South, donned head to toe in a magnolia print and a "Hey Ya'll" tote, sipping a mint julep... a girl can dream!

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fancy feet 10 / spring statement heels

Pastels, floral patterns, suede shoes, springtime... these are a few of my favorite things (insert Julie Andrews here)! These springtime statement heels range from sweet and retro (kitten heels with jewels or a pouf?) to sleek and modern. I can envision all of them tucked in my Easter basket... is it too much to ask for a few of these instead of candy, dear Bunny?

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spring wardrobe wish list...

My absolutely favorite season to shop for - and to look forward to in general - is springtime. After a loooong stretch of winter, nothing perks my spirits like bright colors and floral patterns. It also reminds me of spring break vacations as a kid when I was allowed to buy a new "travel outfit" that basically consisted of pastel leisurewear and a touch of white for the return flight, to show off my tan. My momma taught me well ;)

I picked a ton of favorites that I naturally gravitate toward, and added in a few pieces that are trending for spring - chunky platform heels and mules (hello, 70s!), a drawstring bag and backpack (hello, 90s!).

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A few key staples for every spring closet: a classic trench coat to stay chic during the workweek (and the inevitable spring rain), a utility jacket for running errands, and a bomber jacket for a night out.

Even as winter turns to spring, the temperatures are usually still chilly. Don't let that stop you from wearing your spring clothes! Layer spring dresses with a bomber jacket, moto jacket, or a slouchy sweater. Add boots and tights, and you'll be ready to have a springy-yet-warm pep in your step.

And, speaking of a pep in your step... newww shoesss. While pumps are a permanent classic, mules have become one of the most popular styles this year. Think of the clogs you wore in the 90s, but way more chic. Drawstring duffel bags and backpacks are also popular accessories this year, and I love creamy neutral hues that will pair with any style.

Who's ready for spring, and the refresh in your wardrobe? I've clearly started shopping, albeit only mentally (so far). Is anyone braving the trends I'm not ready for yet, like extreme bell bottoms and wide leg jeans?

Happy spring shopping! :)

outerwear | trench coat / utility jacket / floral bomber
dresses & tops | striped dress / floral dress / peplum top / sweater
shoes | peep-toe mule / platform sandals / canvas chunky heel / suede pump / d'orsay flat / two-tone sandals
bags | cross-body tote / saddle bag / satchel / backpack / drawstring bag

oh so faux...

Now that we've seen the first snowfall in the mid-west, it's time to break out the winter coats. I can only stay in denial (while freezing in a fall jacket) for so long.

These faux fur jackets are equal parts cozy and fashionable, and the most important part? All of these jackets are under $130. Hello, (semi) affordability!

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