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Rose Tinted

Jessica Wagner

Valentine's Day Casual

With Valentines Day three days away it’s the perfect time to pull together your girliest shades of pink for a head to toe pop of wow.

Whether you spend the day with a significant other, girlfriends, family, or yourself it’s a great excuse to wear something that makes you feel special and to spread the love.

This look flaunts a playful silhouette with graceful textures and hues that say, “made you blush!”

For an intimate yet relaxed look, take a lesson in layering with monochrome pale-rose and butter-soft knits, which always make a chic paring.

In this post here I talked about how monochromatic outfitting is an easy way to make a major style statement.

Today’s look is about a much softer color story in sheer tulle with whips of cream. (Trench last seen here, and bag last seen here.)

If you want to see life through rose -colored lenses, (last seen here) keeping a positive opinion of yourself is a crucial first step. Ever notice how a color can brighten your mood? An optimistic perception begins and ends with you. So you can start by dressing the part.

For me, that shade is usually something bright and fun.

The correlation between your outer presence and what’s on the inside are totally related. I know I feel my best when I look my best (that’s not to say I’m not at my best when dressed brooding, dark and moody.)

Try it. Set aside some time this week and dote on yourself (inside or out.) The other day I was feeling bored with life/myself and rather all-around uninspired, so I took 10 minutes to try out a new hair style. You would be amazed what a cute braid can do for your frame of mind (while exercise may be the best way to release those endorphins I find my spirit can be lifted by the simplest of pleasures!)

You ladies know what I am talking about! A fresh mani/pedi, new haircut, maybe even a new shade of lipstick. If you don’t have the cash to spend on the special treatment, do what I did and play around with your look at home. Put on a hat (princess crown) whatever makes you smile. For me, I say give me all the pink, and not just on Valentine’s Day. 

Positive thinking can be so easily influenced. If all else fails you can come borrow my pink shades, as I’m pretty sure rose-colored life is the best life.

Outfit Details:
Top: Old (similar here) Skirt: Forever 21 (similar herehere and here) Coat: Zara (similar here and here) Shoes: Lace Up Flats (similar here) Bag: Olivia + Joy Scarf: H&M (similar here) Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses: Le Specs Flashy Cotton Candy Necklace: Stella & Dot Covet Black Diamond Abundance Lips: Stila Baci Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers

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Water Wellies In the Rain

Jessica Wagner

Hunter Boots - Summer 

We travel almost every weekend in the summer to our family cottage by the lake. With the unpredictable mid-west weather, I usually toss my wellies in the trunk, just in case. 

I purchased these hunter green rain boots two years ago and they are well worth every penny. I have worn them every season, rain, snow or shine. The Hunter brand is known for their exceptional fit and comfort and is dependable as the English rain!

The ‘tour’ style is constructed from a lightweight foldable rubber that allows the leg of the rain boot to fold down for easy packing and transportation. This style is waterproof, lightweight, and handcrafted. I love mine in the matte finish (vs. gloss) and have since purchased a second pair in the original style. You can’t go wrong with such British style and luxe.

As we tend to spend our lakeside weekends on the water fishing and often exploring the surrounding rivers, marshes and ponds near shore, these boots have come in handy, for more than just a rainy day. With many nature preserves and hiking trails nearby, we never know what we might discover. 

We stumbled upon the most gorgeous water lilies last weekend, and planned to visit the following morning for an early morning picnic (bruch-nic?) Rain clouds rolled in and hung low the entire day and I couldn’t have asked for a more Monet-esk backdrop. Its no wonder the French Impressionist’s water lilies are so beloved around the word. What a radiant example of the beauty found in nature.

The lily pad sanctuary glistened with droplets of water and my knee-length waterproof boots fulfilled their role so I could cross the wet muddy ground, to get an up-close view of the floating flower garden. Protected from the light rain showers, puddles, and whatever creepy things might be lurking nearby I was able to embrace a sense of youthful adventure.

Hunter boots are iconic, and everyone from early pioneers to modern day celebs has helped their rise in popularity. Lady Diana wore them in her engagement photos back in 1981, and later, Kate Moss taught us how to pull off that cool-girl in shorts and rain boots look at Glastonbury. Today, they are a recognizable festival staple from the fields of Brittan to across the globe.

Rain boots are a practical wardrobe staple. If you are thinking about purchasing a classic and long lasting pair, I would highly recommend Hunter.  Black, red, yellow and hunter green are a great place to start for a chic look. Need more inspiration? Look not further than the likes of Paddington Bear and Christopher Robin… kidding, but they always look so cute, right?!  You can also always try a pair in a fun pattern or print.

There are endless ways to style wellies, and they can work in every season of the year. For dodgy weather, use them to reach a destination and change into regular shoes. For summer styling you can’t go wrong with a simple dress, or shorts, a simple tee and a cute hat. Easy, comfortable and chic. I also love the combination of a skirt, sweater, and tall socks, a great way to stay warm and dry, as cooler weather will be here before we know it.

Alright mate, once you find a pair you love, slide them on, dance in the rain, jump in the puddles and listen to the rain drops, all while looking brilliant. You can be pretty sure an adventure is about to happen. 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage Boots: Hunter Women's Original Tour Hat: Forever 21 Sunglasses: ZeroUV Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers Lips: Anthropologie Albeit Pomelo