Casual Sunday: Pastels and distressed denim

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Loeffler Randall rider bag, Burberry trench sz 2 (similar), Gap real straight jeans (similar)
Louboutin heels, H&M blouse and blazer

I last posted this bag as a handheld satchel, and wanted to show a more casual look using the strap. Usually, unadjustable cross-body styles fall closer to my lower thighs, but the length of this works well for shorter ladies. I love how the look can go from more ladylike and formal, to hands-free for running errands. Paired it here simply with distressed denim and my favorite trench (layered over a blazer for extra warmth).
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There's a mini version of this bag in the same mint leather with pretty silk citrus print. I wouldn't be able to get much use out of that style, but was inspired to recreate the color and print combo using this pastel floral blouse.
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The strap is convertible from 32" to 42" (measured from the points that touch each side of the bag) by a few metal stubs, as shown above. You can also snap off the 4 stubs and remove the strap altogether. 42" on me (I'm ~5 feet tall) is shown above cross-body messenger style, and 32" works on me as a regular shoulder bag, shown below:
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Looking forward to milder days when I can rent bikes around the city and on the cape - will be sure to put the backside handlebar straps to good use!
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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.

34 comments:

  1. I love how relaxed this look is, and I especially love the flowy top!

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  2. Love it. Very chic and functional.

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  3. Lovely blouse and beautiful pastel purse!

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    1. I like both, too, especially because at the moment I´m really into pastel :)

      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  4. Love this outfit!!!! Love the pastel colors and your jean's! I am also looking for a jean's for Petite but can't find anything!!!! Is the H&M blouse from the current collection? Love it!!! The print is amazing!!!!
    Thanks for your reply!

    xoxo

    Le monde des petites
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  5. Love this casual, yet polished look. These soft colours look beautiful on you. : ) I wish the snow would hurry up and leave Toronto already. So jealous that you're already in springtime attire!

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  6. Love the look of this outfit, simply classic and chic! I can't get enough of relaxed fit jeans since they're so comfy and yet still look chic with heels. The color of the bag is so perfect for spring!

    Suzie Q
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  7. You've got me craving spring!!! Beautiful blouse and colors. The rider is seriously such a go-to bag. Love it in mint. Have it in black and craving another color. You look simply refreshing and beautiful!


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  8. I'm not quite sure why but I find this such a Sherlock Holmes-esque outfit! Super chic ♥

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  9. Those bags are really perfect designs! Love the perfect mix between cute patterns and a work model.

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  10. I like how you let a different bag's print inspire your outfit combo. I do the same thing with food blogging: get inspiration for recipes from different flavor combinations. :)

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  11. Beautiful outfit! Love that top with the coat

    -Kárin
    http://karinstyles.blogspot.com/

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  12. Love this causal styling!

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  13. This bag is impressively versatile! Right now I have a bag from Hobo that I wish had an adjustable messenger strap. The strap is way, way too long. (I'm 5' too!) I used to use just the short straps but I've been running errands a lot lately and need a hands-free from bag.

    Currently.. as I walk, it goes *bop...bop..bop* as it hits me mid thigh, with the lowest point hitting nearly my knee. Sigh. New investment piece time!

    xo Ivche

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  14. Hi Jean

    Can you give some suggestions on a comfortable yet stylish laptop bags, preferably a rolling one.

    thanks.

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    1. Hi Arts, unfortunately I have no experience shopping rolling laptop bags. If you're looking for a slim crossbody or shoulder bag though, I like how these look (with handle and straps) by MBMJ: http://www.shopbop.com/actions/viewSearchResultsAction.action?searchButton=Submit+Query&query=marc+jacobs+commuter+bag&searchSuggestion=false

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  15. I feel so cold looking at you.

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  16. Thumbs up! XD I hope that maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin, GFC or Facebook.

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  17. love the loeffler randal. so simple and beautiful! I wonder if the bike straps bother you while you wear the purse though (especially as a cross body)..?

    from–The Lion's Den

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    1. Hi Christine - you don't feel them : )

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  18. Love the look of this outfit! So classy and chic!

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  19. You are very beautiful. I love all of your outfits, and I follow you since 1 year.

    You are in my favorites blog on my website.

    Come and see when you have the time.

    Bye !

    Johanna

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  20. love that bag! cant wait for spring now! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  21. Ooohh, pretty spring eye candy to get me through (another) snow! Warm weather cannot come fast enough!

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  22. Cute look! Loving that blouse and bag!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  23. Love the pastels!

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  24. Hey Jean, never posted on here, but have been following you for some time. Love your style and tips. Just saw your picture in Redbook magazine, page 58. I remember the outfit from your post :)

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    1. Grace, thanks so much for your first-time comment and for letting me know! I will have to go look for a copy : )

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  25. Hi jean, love your blog and am a big fan! The gap jeans look great on you. What size did you get them in since they run small?

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    1. Hi there - I ordered 00P/24P and they fit as shown. For a casual look I could've have sized up, in hindsight (had no idea how they'd run before ordering and they are final sale) especially if they shrink at all in the dryer.

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    2. I think you made the right choice in size as they look great on you. I never thought I could wear the cuffed style til I saw this post! Thx for the quick response!

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  26. Hi Jean, I love your casual outfit posts. I am also petite and find it hard to dress casual with out looking like a kid. Hopefully you can post more outfits with denim or outfits for going to the mall or running errands. I find it the most difficult finding jeans that fit. Thanks Jean.

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