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Yay, I’m so excited to share what’s been in the works for a few weeks now! The lovely Latrina of Of Trees and Hues turned 29 recently and as a big birthday blowout decided to giveaway a Canon Rebel T3i (!!!). I helped sponsor this giveaway, along with a crew of other creatives (click on the pictures below to visit their blogs).

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I got my own DSLR camera a few years ago as a graduation present and I love it so much. I’m thrilled that we’re able to give one away to one super lucky person! This giveaway is open internationally and will run until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 6th. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and I’d love to know in the comments- What do you like taking pictures of?

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Essie Truth or Flare Essie Truth or Flare Swatch Essie Spring 2014 Confession time: I am obsessed with this nail polish color. Last week I saw it on Lily’s blog and then on Tamira’s blog and I had to have it. Normally when I see something I like I add it to my wishlist (aka Pinterest) and then maybe I’ll buy it down the line, or maybe I won’t. This was different though- the very next day I went to three different drugstores until I tracked this polish down. I think it’s the prettiest shade of dusty blue and *I don’t have any other color like it (*justifications of a nail polish addict). I did really nice, thin layers and it took me three coats to get it look like it does in these pictures. I said it on my instagram, but I’ll say it here too- a new nail polish is my go-to solution for a quick pick-me-up. A fresh manicure is always an instant mood booster for me!

Tell me: What’s the last color you painted your nails with?

(nail polish- Essie Truth or Flare)

Colorblock Pleated Skirt This weekend I had my fastest and least stressful trip to Ikea ever. I had a wishlist of things I’d wanted for a while, but Ikea is kind of a pain to get to, so I’d been putting off the trip. However, it was gorgeous outside this weekend and I got my roommate to agree to go with me (such a good sport), so we made the trip to Ikea.

East River Brooklyn Ikea Brooklyn On the weekends, there’s a free ferry service from Pier 11 in the Financial District to the dock right outside Ikea. I love riding the ferry when the weather’s warm, so it really made the trip to Ikea rather pleasant. Once inside, we were like machines, zooming through the store with a considerable amount of focus. I checked off every single item on my list (and grabbed a few unplanned items, of course) and all together we were inside for less than two hours. Now that may not hold the record for shortest Ikea trip ever, but considering it was the weekend and my previous experiences with Ikea, I’m feeling like this was an accomplishment.

One World Trade CenterFor our trip across the river*, I put on another easy, comfortable outfit. My black Everlane tee is so slouchy and comfy and I’m still loving my leopard sneaker slip-ons. It was warm enough for just a light jacket (ahhhh) so I wore my favorite spring jacket from H&M.

Outfit Details: Jacket and Sneakers- H&M // Tee- Everlane // Accordion Color Block Skirt c/o Sugarlips // Necklace- Forever 21 // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // photos 1, 4, 5- my roomie Kiet 

*And my hair is looking crazy because we’d just rode the ferry and the wind had whipped it into a frenzy. Probably should have done the pics beforehand- woops!

Pretty Pastel Jewelry

Surprise, surprise- pastels for spring (just kidding- this is not surprising at all)! I’m so ready to shed the darker colors of winter for these softer colors. The great thing about the basics I purchased recently is that I could pop on one of these pastel pieces to instantly add a spring touch to my outfit.

Lilac Midi Ring (love the vintage feel) // Rydlove Bracelets // Chain Bracelets // Crochet Lace Earrings (I think these would be perfect for festival season) // Gold and Pink Bubble Necklace // Christie Flower Necklace // Pastel Pink Rhinestone Necklace (so girly and pretty) // Pastel Stone Drop Earrings // Ritz Rhapsody Necklace (How is this necklace only $30?! It’s stunning!) // Pyramid Stud Bangle // Double Chain Bracelet // Stud Set

Tell me: How are you transitioning your wardrobe for spring?