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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5 Blogs to Follow

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I love finding new blogs. You know when you discover an awesome blog and you spend hours going back through all of their old posts? I love that feeling and it often inspires me work on my own blog. I thought I’d share a few new-to-me blogs that I’m loving:

1. A Touch of Teal– Katie’s blog has a little bit of everything- outfit posts, blogging tips, and my favorite, career posts. Her images are gorgeous and you get the sense that Katie is a really nice person behind the blog too.

2. That’s Just Fabulous– Faith’s blog is like a breath of fresh air. Her pictures are so light and airy and she makes me want to try all of the beauty products.

3. Jaclyn Day– Jaclyn writes about books and fashion (among other things), which are two of my favorite topics. When reading her book reviews, I can’t help but add new titles to my ‘to read’ list. She’s also really skilled at picking out great sale finds.

4. The Financial Diet– This was made for twenty-somethings like me who are trying to be more financially responsible. There are lots of great tips and it’s nice to read money advice written by people who are in the same boat.

5. C’est Christine– I discovered Christine’s blog during my severe case of wanderlust last week. She lives in Brooklyn, but also travels around the world, and her life sounds awesome.

Let me know if you have any blog recommendations down below! 

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Not Quite Spring

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I’m still waiting for that nice spring weather. We got a little glimpse of it in the middle of last week, but then temperatures dropped back down. On Sunday I met up with a friend and I was underdressed (in terms of warmth). It was so windy/chilly that I had to run back to my apartment to grab a hat, scarf, and gloves!

Originally we’d planned to meet on Saturday, but it was so gross and rainy all day that we pushed our plans to Sunday. We had brunch at Mighty Quinn’s and it was quite tasty. Then we walked over to Sephora so that I could buy her birthday present. She’s talked about wanting to find a red lipstick that suits her, so I told her that we’d go to Sephora and find her perfect shade, which I’d then buy for her. Our trip was a success and she picked out a great lipstick from Kat Von D’s line. We browsed in a couple more stores in the area, but soon we started to get tired from our hearty meal earlier.

I just got this floral tee from Aeropostale and it’s so soft. It’s the perfect slouchy weekend tee. I know I’ll be wearing it again soon (hopefully without a coat next time!).

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Outfit Details: H&M coat, Express black cardigan (underneath), Floral Burnout V-Neck Tee c/o Aeropostale, American Eagle black hi-rise jeggingsblack sneakers c/o Aeropostale, Fossil Erin Satchel | photos- my friend Liza