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Shop It to Me…Friday: Pattern Week

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It’s been Pattern Week around Mission: Put Together (with a bonus pattern-mixing challenge this weekend, so get psyched), so of course I scoured the Shop It to Me deals email for pieces that would add a much-needed whisper (or shout, in some cases) of pattern to one’s wardrobe.

JBird flat, Nine West ($59 at

Fanfare tunic, J. Crew ($78 at…and, sadly, sold out)

BR Monogram “Kristina” silk maxi ($169.99 at Banana Republic)

Leopard hair scarf, Sonia Rykiel ($66.50 at

As an avowed lover of all things solid-colored, patterns mostly happen for me in the form of stripes (hello, five striped shirts) or patterned accessories that go with just about everything (like the leopard-print wedges I’m wearing today). I’m coming around to viewing certain patterns as neutrals (including my two favorites), which could be dangerous, but could be another step in making me more wardrobe-fearless. How do you feel about patterns, folks? Are you all-solids, all the time, or do you pattern-mix with abandon? Would you wear that hair scarf, or would it be too 50’s for you? (I confess, I’m torn.)


Shop It to Me Tuesday: Color Week

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As Color Week is officially in full swing over at the Mission: Put Together pool, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite, brightly colored items from this week’s sale alert. Not all of them are my budget, but they’re definitely all my taste!

Kate Spade red ruffle coat, $253 (was $725) from Neiman Marcus

Not exactly seasonal anymore, but red is a winter classic for me. I’d be excited for that chill in the air to return so that I could bust out this beauty.

Green linen cable knit sweater, $54.99 (was $79.99) from J. Crew

I love this green, and because it’s linen, I think I could safely sneak it in on a late-summer evening. It gets cold in California once the sun’s gone down! (Maybe the only downside of our next-to-no-humidity?)

Vera Wang blue croc-embossed flat (also available in pink!), $109.00 (was $175) from Nordstrom

If I were the sort of girl who could afford $100 flats, I would be right on top of them. I can dream, right?

Royal blue embellished tank, $24.99 (was $49.50) at Banana Republic

This also comes in a delicious yellow, but I have to draw the line somewhere: even on sale, it’s $40. Come on.

How are you punching up your spring wardrobe? Are you as excited as I am about it being May?