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Last hump day, I got on a plane and headed to Washington, DC for a conference. Low and behold, while there, it snowed! I can’t seem to escape it. But once the conference was over, the weather took a turn for the better. Talk about perfect timing because I had extended my stay through the weekend. I enjoyed the alone time; no husband and no dog (is that bad??). I explored Georgetown on my own, popping in and out of stores to my heart’s desire. As I strolled along Wisconsin Avenue, I stumbled upon Massimo Dutti. I was pretty excited to check it out, as my Parisienne friend had introduced me to the brand awhile back. The store was Ralph Lauren-esque with price points comparable to J.Crew. On top of that, the store was having a sale (yay!).
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Little Black (Quilted) Dress Part. 3

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Keeping this post short and sweet because (A) I got home super late from NYC on Sunday night and (B) I am heading out to D.C for the remainder of the week for work. That means I need to spend the few days at home unpacking and packing.

In this final installment of wearing my LBQD, I gave it a total makeover. By adding an extra layer underneath, I instantly transformed it into a jumper. That extra layer is a great way to winterize a dress, carrying it across multiple seasons. The layering possibilities are endless! Just think about all the long-sleeve shirts and button downs you own.
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Little Black (Quilted) Dress Part. 2

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I love my LBQD, but wouldn’t it also be great as a skirt? Sadly, I have no sewing skills to make that a reality. As I scanned my closet, feeling like I have nothing to wear (and this happens often), I had a light bulb moment: I can own a quilted skirt. Best part is, I don’t have to cut anything, shell out any mula or spend endless amounts of time searching for the perfect LBS (aka. little black skirt).
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Little Black (Quilted) Dress Part. 1

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The little black dress is a key staple that every working girl must have in her wardrobe. And in my case, it’s the LBQD. First off, a dress takes the guess work out of putting an outfit together. No need to figure out which skirt or pant to pair with which top. With a dress, you are more than halfway there. The rest is just finishing touches. Over the next three Work It Wednesday posts, I will show you how I styled one dress three ways. All of which are totally appropriate for the office. Let’s kick things off with a look that is perfect for those boardroom meetings.
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In With The Old

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How does the old saying go? Out with the old and in with the new. As we all ushered in the new year, I am sure there were resolutions made to let go of certain things and embrace all that is new in 2015. But realistically (and mostly financially), the same can’t be applied to my wardrobe. Now that the last of the holiday bills have been paid, I have put myself on a bit of a shopping diet. So for me, it’s really ‘in with the old’. Period.
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