Heart Over Heels

02-DSC00444 New England has me on my knees, y'all. It's still too icy and frozen to ride. We did our taxes over the weekend and it wasn't pretty (hey, at least we got to file jointly at the federal level for the first time). DST happened. This persistent sinus-cold-winter-misery thing neither the tomboy nor myself have been able to shake yet. It snowed again this morning. Blech.

03-DSC00524

Thank goodness for the little things, like impromptu tapas dates, homemade Sunday brunches, being regaled with tales of the kiddo's epic trip to DC, hair glosses and face masks (have you tried Murad's Intensive-C Radiance Peel? It's fantastic!), trusty old gin, and gripping TV series finales (True Detective and Looking, in case you're curious).

And a tomboy who gives the kind of comfort that seeps into a girl's chilled bones and her tender little heart. And good friends, who are doing incredible and inspiring things, and whose joy warms me up and brings me joy. And new apps! I'm completely addicted to Duolingo, it's so much fun and I'm totally killing it.

04-DSC00578-001

Next week, spring will find us! I can't wait for April, once the snow melts and all our tulips and hyacinth and daffodils come screaming up from our  garden. Posts will start looking more like this and this! In the meantime, I'm posting some outtakes from the shoot I did for the Autostraddle Spring Layering post at the end of February, along with details and tidbits about the adorable Modcloth pieces I wore!

05-DSC00933

Of course I much prefer the shorts version of this outfit (below), but for a warmer or more casual look, swapping shorts for jeans and heels for flats work like a charm. It's just a lovely soft, flirty outfit for a low-key day.

Jeans – Hudson Collin | 'South Florida Spree' Top in Pink Hearts – Modcloth | Blazer – H&M Conscious Collection (similar) | Nude Flats – BCBG (similar here and here) | Pave Necklace – Michael Kors | 'On the Town' Earrings – Kate Spade (similar here) | 'Irving Place Little Nadine' Bag - Kate Spade (similar)

08-DSC00781

Take a stroll through a botanical garden in this number. It's also the perfect thing to wear to a Third Thursday at the spellbinding Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on a warm night. Many a time I've come close to parting ways with these patent blue babies, but I'm glad I held on to them - they're comfortable, a unique shade of blue and really make the shorts sing.

09-AS x FFAF SL1b

10-DSC00702

Please ignore the pallor of my gams and instead revel in the shine of the pumps and the floral embroidery in Electric Youth hues. I also love the overlapping envelope hem, it plays nicely with my tattoo, which reminds me that no matter where I live, I'll always be a California girl. Bonus: The wicker clutch has a blue patent leather details!

1-DSC00772-001

The top is sleeveless, which is great again with jeans or pencil skirts, on its own or layered under cardigans, blazers, or denim. I'm going to try the shorts out eventually with a long-sleeved navy Breton stripe top, a loose-knit Fisherman sweater in a nice, creamy shade and with a silk blouse from Everlane. I desperately wish they came in a simple black - I've been looking for the perfect pair of black shorts for a while now.

'Flowery Frolic' Shorts – Modcloth | 'South Florida Spree' Top in Pink Hearts – Modcloth | Blazer – H&M Conscious Collection (similar) | Blue Pumps – love this Topshop pair with texture, and a budget-friendly peep-toe option | Pave Necklace – Michael Kors | Gold Bracelets – Madewell + Anthropologie | Havana Clutch - J. Crew (still available in black) | Nail Polish - Zoya 'Marley'

OK, so I am lens-less because I felt the 55mm was a better fit for me than the 35mm, so fingers crossed that the 55m is here by the end of the week. I'll get the crazy cat lady outtakes up ASAP, though - who else saw that the 'Pretty as a Purr-trait' skirt, a Modcloth exclusive, is on the season finale of The Mindy Project?

XOXO, FFAF