March on Instagram

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How are we at the end of March already?? I’ve been a little quieter than usual on social media for the past few weeks, but I still thought it would be fun to take a look back at Instagram to remember what happened this month.

01. I finished up Dracula. I love these Penguin English Library editions, by the way.

02. My first attempt at making donuts at home. It was a success! Looking at this picture, I really want to make them again.

03. I made broccoli beef stir fry and rice noodles. It was my first time cooking rice noodles and it wasn’t hard, but I was worried that I would overcook the noodles. I kept a close eye on them and it was all good.

04. Ugh, more snow.

05. I went to West Elm to pick up a gift and saw the Kate Spade Saturday x West Elm collab in person. It was just as cute as it looked online. (P.S. Sad that Kate Spade Saturday site closed, but I think you might still find some pieces from the collection online.)

06. I totally jumped on the bandwagon and bought The Girl on the Train because it was popping up everywhere. I thought it was good/solid, but I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts when I do my monthly book reviews.

07. This is what the dresser next to my bed (my nightstand, basically) usually looks like. I keep my jewelry here and I always like my current read to be easily accessible.

08. I went to Philly two weekends ago and we had brunch at a little Mexican restaurant. The coffee was served in these adorable mugs and I kind of wanted to take one home with me (I didn’t though, because that would be stealing…).

09. Last week I felt like grey nails. Side note- do you spell it gray or grey? I go back and forth!

10. Another snap from Philly. Federal Donuts is so so yummy. I blogged about my first visit there last year and we had to go back on my most recent trip to Philly.

11. Farmer’s market flowers are back. I really want to pick up a bunch for my room.

If you’d like to see what I’m up to on Instagram, my username is @starcrossedsmil. What was the last thing you posted on Instagram?

The Perfect Black Work Pant

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I’m looking for the perfect black work pant, which is no easy task. I’d like something fitted, but still comfortable. I also want them to be ankle-length with a skinny leg opening. I know I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to find pants that fit well. I’ve got a little bit of junk in the trunk, so it can be hard to find pants that fit well in the bottom and thigh areas without having that annoying gap in the back. I’m also on the shorter side (5’3″), so regular pants are sometimes too long or cropped pants will hit me at an awkward length. The point of all that is that I prefer to try on pants in stores since sizes and fit can vary widely. I’ve been looking for a few weeks now and here are a few pairs that I have my eye on:

Ann Taylor Sleek Stretch Ankle Pants I actually bought these pants last week for about half-off. On the hanger, I was not loving them, but then I tried them on and my opinion completely changed. They fit rather well and they are pretty comfortable. I’m not 100% sure that I’ll keep them though. We’ll see if they pass the at-home test.

Banana Republic Black Soft Pant I like the slouchy vibe of these and I think they’d be great for warmer months. I’m not sure how they’d look with flats though, or if I could pull them off.

Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle-Zip Pant I tried these on in the store a couple weeks ago and I kind of liked them. The legs are actually skinny and I like the side zipper- it gives a flattened, slimmer silhouette. I was having fit issues though. I was in a bit of rush when I was trying these on, so I’d like to go back to a store and take my time.

J. Crew Minnie Pant I know people love these pants. I’ve seen them in the store, but I’ve never tried them on, so I’d like to do that at some point.

Have you found your perfect black work pant?

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