outfits spring style

oxfords + stripes | round four

tee: Zumiez (similar) // skirt: Old Navy // oxfords: Aldo // belt: mama’s closet
 I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t worn this outfit before. I’ve had both of these pieces a long time and I clearly have plenty of pinspiration (see: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8). Anyway, I think for some reason I was putting it off to wear when I finally bought some oxfords, which is a decent reason I guess. Except that all day I wished I had been wearing sandals or wedges because the oxfords felt clunky. Thankfully, they look pretty cute with the outfit, but I still think I’ll be recreating this outfit all summer with something a little breezier.
For previous oxfords + stripes outfits, check out rounds 1 2 & 3.
Weird question: is it possible to lighten leather? I love this (string? wrap?) belt that I for-life-borrowed from my mom back in high school, but the brown is too dark for me and doesn’t match anything I own. I would wear it all the time because it fits perfectly, if only the color were lighter. So–leather lightening: yes or no?

 Annnd to make up for my lack of varied posing in these photos, here’s a super awk photo of my spinning. I know it looks like I’m sneezing, but that’s just my face. Womp womp.
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Earlier in the week, I didn’t post anything on my blog about Boston because I wasn’t sure what to say. I don’t really have any connection to Boston other than some amazing blog friends, but I was still crying at every article I read. My heart has been with Boston.
Last night, I was about to go to sleep around 10 pm and checked Twitter one last time before shutting my computer. My whole feed was filled with both local and national news sources reporting about my state. What happened in West, TX last night is absolutely devastating. 
Also, if you haven’t watched the video going around with the explosion, I urge you to avoid it. You can’t unhear a child witnessing such terror. I wish I could.
My heart is working overtime this week to mourn the losses in Afghanistan, Boston, and West, on top of the losses that occur every day.
Hang in there, loves. Take care of yourselves so that you’re strong enough to take care of others who need you.
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