This jacket is _________ !

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Oftentimes, I see this comment on Instagram photos: “That top is everything!” “OMG, those shoes are everything!” “That bag is EVERYTHING!!” You see where I’m going here… Everything. I mean, really? That purse is everything?  Like that purse is curing cancer, eradicating world hunger, working toward world peace? Maybe just a tad dramatic, very annoying and way overused statement in reference to an inanimate object (… for the record I have never made such comment and if you ever see me post those words I hope you immediately unfollow and subsequetly give me a swift jab to the jaw). But… that said, this jacket is pretty damn close. I mean, under $100, a perfect shade of green, great detailing and best of all….now all sizes are back in stock!  Shop it here.

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In the interest of full disclosure, please note that Caradise Found is part of a few affiliate programs. What does that mean? Well, if you click on a link and make a purchase at that retailer, I will receive a (small) percentage of sales.  All clothes and opinions are still my own!

A sale find you’ll want to put in your bag

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Coat here and here // Purse // Top here, here and here // Pants // Shoes (similar)

It’s a good day:  My Vince blouse is on sale (40% off) and a great basic. Also, since Fall finally arrived in St. Louis, I’ve been able to wear this Alice and Olivia jacket that I got at the end of last year. It’s not readily available any more, but I did find some left and they’re in the links above. It is so cozy and soft ….and well, you know I love me an animal print, so now you can add this zebra pattern to the list.

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a Not-so-preppy Oxford

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I’m loving oxfords for Fall. They’re as comfy as sneakers, but a little dressier and still as versatile. This season oxfords have shed their preppy stigma. Yep, no need to wear these with your navy blazer and pearl earrings… they’re more edgy than preppy. I wore them all over New York last weekend, with pants and skirts. This exact pair is linked below and under $50.

Top // Vest // Fanny Pack // Skirt // Exact pair here and similar here

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bow big or go home

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I don’t usually write about clothes that I wouldn’t really wear, but this top is bucking the trend. It’s from a favorite label, Style Mafia and online I thought it had real potential. It’s a one-size-fits all, poplin button-down, but with an edgy cut that nicely covers my bum. Comes complete with a sash that you can tie any way you like. Think artsy meets preppy. Here it is on me, styled with some distressed denim and strappy heels. What do you think?

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team watermelon, thankyouverymuch

The summer of 2005 asked you to pick teams and it looked a little like this:

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photo courtesy: http://www.your90s2000sparadise.tumblr.com

Summer of 2016 is similarly divided (at least in my mind) and until recently, was very one sided. This is what I’m talking about:

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Pineapple fever. On shoes, on bags, on hats. They are everywhere. The fruit of the summer. I haven’t bought a single pineapple adorned article or accessory, because I feel like a grown adult wearing a pineapple-anything is just a slippery slope to wearing Lily Pulitzer. And well, not a path I need to travel down. So I passed. How did the pineapple become so cool anyway? They are hard to peal, impossible to carry because of their spiky shell and always get stuck in my teeth. Thanks but no thanks. I’ll continue to take my pineapple one way… store bought, pre-cut and blended into a pina colada.

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what’s black and white…

This month’s InStyle has a spread on black and white and discussed the new way to wear these classic colors (bold and color blocked). And last week in the NY Times, Bill Cunningham’s On the Street was completely devoted to black and white. So, depending on which publication you read first, I’m either a fashion trailblazer or just a sucker for trends. You be the judge. Shop this outfit below, as well as some other black and white finds…

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A lotta LBD’s

I was shopping with my mom recently when we came across the coolest Nicholas black mesh, tea-length dress. I tried it on. It was amazing. But then I lamented, “Where would I wear it?” Her response: “It never hurts to have a good black dress hanging in your closet. They’re timeless.” Such are the sentiments from the new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. Called the Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, the exhibit traces the history of the LBD from its early roots as strictly funeral wear, to the women’s wardrobe staple it is today.

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The entry to the exhibit, lined with images of St. Louis women in their little black dresses.

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A perfect pair

I’m a big fan of this spring trend– off the shoulder top and statement earring.  I’ve seen these tops paired with big necklaces too, but I prefer a great earring to keep the neckline simple and sophisticated. Here’s an outfit I wore last week in Florida and some other off- the-shoulder/statement earring combos that work. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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my new jam(berry)

I have to preface this post with the disclaimer that I am not a manicure gal. I want to be, but my life kind of gets in the way. I have 3 kids, wash dishes, fold laundry, work in my yard…all things that fundamentally work against the life of a manicure. So when I heard about Jamberry Nail wraps, I was rightfully reluctant.  But they’re patterned. And you know I have trouble staying anyway from anything meeting that description…so I tried.

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