(ABOVE) I like pairing brown accessories with black clothing to soften the overall look.

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Last month our Southwest Florida weather was still unpredictable. Some days it was warm, others cool, so it was essential to wear layers I could easily remove.  Usually I chose a cardigan or jacket.  But this day I decided on a lightweight puffer vest, and it ended up being a great, casual transition-to-spring outfit.

One nice thing is, a light vest is easy to roll up and stow away in a (larger) handbag or tote if you do at some point want to take it off.  I bought this one in March or April last year, during the end-of-winter sales.  So if you think you might like one for right now or this fall, the next few weeks might be a good time to invest in one. ~Janis Lyn Johnson


VEST: Banana Republic, Past Season (Similar Navy/Ivory Gingham Vest J. Crew or Coral, Black, or Khaki Land’s End) / SHIRT: Gap, Past Season (Similar) / JEANS: Calvin Klein, Ultimate Skinny / SHOES: Sperry, Top-Sider, Quite Old (Similar) / BAG: Louis Vuitton, Speedy, Bought in 1984 (Pre-loved Similar) / WATCH: Michele, Diamond CSX, Gold, Quite Old (Similar Bloomingdale’s) / CUFF: Personalized Monogram, Faux Tortoise (Similar Baublebar) / EARRINGS: 14k Gold, Textured/Polished, 1.25″ Hoops (Similar) / MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel Color, Vibrant Pink / LIPS: Gabriel Color, Lipstick, Seashell / EYELIDS: Gabriel Color, Eye Shadow, Charcoal / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)


(ABOVE) Sperry Top-Siders give a preppy feel to these Calvin Klein skinny jeans and Banana Republic puffer vest.


(ABOVE) Find a similar faux-tortoise, monogrammable bangle at BaubleBar.


(ABOVE) I’ve had my Louis Vuitton Speedy since 1984.  See a similar looking vintage Speedy at the Vestiaire Collective.


(ABOVE) I bought this diamond CSX Michele watch about 12 years ago. See a similar one at Bloomingdale’s.


(ABOVE) Striped tee from Gap.


(ABOVE) This lipstick is all natural/organic by Gabriel, in the color seashell.  The earrings are 14k gold, 1.25″ hoops.

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