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back to school with apricot lane

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blouse: c/o Apricot Lane Boutique // shorts: c/o Apricot Lane Boutique // necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique // shoes: Steve Madden via DSW (similar) // scarf: vintage

photos by Kirsten

I love new school supplies as much as the next girl, but what I really love about back-to-school time is picking out my first day outfit. The key word there is outfit. I have spent hours of my life leading up to first days putting together the perfect, most cohesive outfit that expresses who I am and what I’m there to do. There’s just something special about the way first day outfits come together. It’s like the pieces were predestined to be worn for this exact occasion.
This is exactly what happened when I visited Apricot Lane Boutique to shop their back-to-school selection. I’m not going back to school this year (or probably any other year–fingers crossed!), but that doesn’t mean I have to give up shopping for a fresh, new look. I fell in love with these pleated shorts–a trend I wasn’t too sure about–and picked up this adorable blouse with the bow details on the sleeves to go with it. Along with about ten other random items, I headed into the dressing room. To my surprise, the shorts look totally fab, and the outfit looked like it was meant to be worn the way I was wearing it. I fell in love with a few other pieces (because, come on, Apricot Lane is so cute), but nothing compared to the giddiness I felt in the outfit I first tried on. I topped it off with the loveliest Texas necklace (which I actually bought three of, two to give to my besties as friendship necklaces). It was the total package.
Austin gals–did you know we have an Apricot Lane here? I didn’t! I’ve seen Utah bloggers and Danielle of Goodwillista mention it, and patiently awaited a store of our own. Well, apparently it’s been in the Hill Country Galleria, which is basically a southwest version of The Domain with more affordable stores and less crowds, since 2011. As a south Austinite, it can be kind of a drag driving all the way up north to The Domain, so I’m excited about having cute shops like Apricot Lane without having to sit in traffic to get there.
Apricot Lane receives new shipments several times a week, rather than just once or twice a season like other retailers. Every time I’ve been in over the last couple of weeks, I’ve fallen in love with items that had just arrived earlier that day. They were stocking some really cute fall and cold-weather (since we know those aren’t mutually exclusive in Austin) pieces that I can’t wait to get my hands on!
For those of you going back to school this semester, do you have your outfit picked out yet? For those who aren’t, do you still partake in back-to-school traditions?
Disclosure: Items worn in this post were gifted to me in exchange for review, but all opinions are–as always–my own!
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