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What I Wore: Families Belong Together Rally and March

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Saturday was the Families Belong Together Rally and March. At over 750 rallies across the United States, people gathered together to protest the how immigrant families are being detained and separated. No hate, no fear, immigrants belong here. My father's parents came to Ellis Island from a town on the Russia/Poland border; my mom's family is a hybrid of immigrants who arrived on the Mayflower to more recent immigrants who…

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Shopping Hits and Misses: Universal Standard, Nordstrom, Talbots, Banana Republic, and More

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Welcome to the latest edition of things that arrived in Allie's mail and whether or not she liked them.  For reference, I am 5'3″ and vary between regular and petite sizing. I wear a size 12, occasionally 14 and usually a Large. Below I will share what I ordered or was gifted to me by a brand, note whether it was a gift, the size I got, my feelings on…

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How to tell the difference between t-shirts, how to find a refined t-shirt that can dress up and down, what is the fabric content and the best place to find them in regular and plus sizes.

Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Refined T-Shirt

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

Not all t-shirts are created equal. There's the stiff square ones you get free for being part of a fun run, the lightweight v-necks you pick up at Target and wear with everything from sweatpants to ankle pants and a cardigan on Casual Friday, there's ones of silk and linen and those $200 ones that look an awful lot like the one you have from Target… and then there's the…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Ivory Blazer

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

White, ivory, cream… it doesn't matter which color you choose.  Having a light colored blazer in your closet is a game changer and a regular addition to the capsule wardrobes I create on Wardrobe Oxygen.  Unlike grey which reads corporate, navy which can be hard to match, and black which can often be too severe and hard to match, ivory is a winner.  It works as an accent, not needing…

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The Universal Standard Yarra Shrug sweater: three ways to style the cashmere one-shouldered sweater as seen on Wardrobe oxygen

Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Accent Piece

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

Capsule wardrobes are often associated with minimalism, but that doesn't mean the pieces within the capsule need to have minimal style.  In fact, when your capsule wardrobe has unique details and accent pieces, it not only is more fun to wear, but more stylish and versatile.  In the real life capsule wardrobe I featured yesterday, the primary accent piece was the one-shouldered cashmere sweater from Universal Standard. black sweater |…

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Image is of a capsule wardrobe featuring seven pieces of clothing, three pairs of shoes, five accessories, and the ability to mix and match them into 18 or more different outfits.

Real Life Capsule Wardrobe

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I regularly write about capsule wardrobes and create capsule wardrobes for different situations, but I rarely walk the talk. I feature outfit posts, but rarely any cohesion from look to look. This post features a real life capsule wardrobe created from items currently residing in my closet.  Seven pieces of clothing, three pairs of shoes, five accessories to create 17 different looks for work, play, and beyond. Some of these…

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What I Wore: Universal Standard Geneva Dress in Petite

Outfit Posts Spring

I cannot express how PSYCHED I am that Universal Standard now carries petites! I got the Universal Standard Geneva dress a year or so ago after seeing it look so great on fellow bloggers and on the US site.  However on me, it just didn't work. I struggled to style it for the blog and to be honest, I never wore it again. Universal Standard hinted that they were coming…

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universal standard petites featured by popular Washington DC petite fashion blogger, Wardrobe Oxygen

Universal Standard Now Has Petites!

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I don't think I've ever written a blog post with an exclamation point before, but this one deserves it.  I don't recall when I learned about the clothing brand Universal Standard, but I was instantly obsessed.  As a larger size, I was frustrated by the style and quality selection. I loved clean, minimalistic looks with an edge but the brands that offered such looks didn't carry sizes large enough for…

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