Hooray for gloom! We've been having a delightful blend of completely overcast days paired with cloudless mornings. I always take advantage of cooler weather here because it's such a rarity.  I find myself yearning for more of those chilly dawns & brisk evenings, those short-lived moments when sporting a jacket isn't just a fashion statement but a necessity.

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I've noticed a shift in my style of the last couple years. I used to be all about mixing patterns & creating whimsical combinations — it was all about making a statement, an impact. I strived to find the most eye-catching designs at the cheapest price, often forgoing quality altogether. Now that I find myself attending meetings, traveling to cover events, & working with brands, those myriad of crazy outfits aren't always appropriate.

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The great thing about blogging is that you can see a transformation before your eyes. Scroll back far enough & you can genuinely witness a person's growth. My very first blog outfit is still a favorite, so I'm true to who I was but just older, wiser, & more experienced. And that's a good thing. I still love the boldest of patterns, I just don't buy them as often. I focus on adding pieces that'll last longer.

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Top: New Chic* (similar) // Tunic: H&M (similar) // Pants: HUE (similar) // Shoes: H&M (similar) // Earrings: Schönbrunn Palace (similar)

This outfit consists of pieces that together create a harmonious outfit but as separates they can be worn flexibly. The HUE jeggings have been a staple in my wardrobe from the moment I got them. You can see me wearing them here, here, & here

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I brought the black & white patterned tunic with me to my Europe trip in 2010. It's lived a long life & traveled to several countries. It's definitely a fun top that's lasted the test of time. The black open backed top is a relatively new piece in my collection; it's an unexpected twist on your average black blouse.

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I'm all about finding key garments that can be worn over & over until they eventually disintegrate into nothing. Garments that are so well loved that even a third party can recall the obscene amount of times they were sported. That's my attitude for now at least. I'll have to check in a year to see my growth since this moment.

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How has your style changed over the course of the past year? What are some of your favorite pieces of clothing in your closet? :]

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* Disclaimer: I received the blouse complimentary from New Chic. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]