Have I mentioned that I love my city? When I first moved to Charlotte, I was a recent college-graduate with stars in my eyes. That was 1998....just admitting that makes me feel ancient. BUT! Age is just a number, my friends. Anyhoo, back to my city. Charlotte was bustling back then it has EXPLODED since then. Growth has been exponential year after year, several large companies have moved their headquarters here, we have a football team that is nearly unstoppable (#gopanthers), the local baseball team now plays in a stadium uptown (yes, they call it "uptown" here), we've hosted a Democratic National Convention, CIAA basketball tournaments, have our own Fashion Week (albeit small, but growing), we have countless museums, an uptown trolley and a light rail system. These pictures were shot at the light rail station where I used to get off to head to work uptown. Right next door is a hip new open-stall market building with a coffee shop, pub, cheese shop, sandwich shop, wine shop and chocolate shop - you could pretty much log in there and not leave all day.
So this outfit....I ordered this Kate Spade red keyhole back top on a whim in December when I was loving pops of red and there was a 25% off sale. For some reason I had in my mind it was a sweater, but when it arrived I was actually happy to see it was a thick cotton shirt with bracelet-length sleeves. Which honestly makes it more versatile than a sweater for me (I'm HOT all the time now, ugh...stupid early declining ovaries!) I knew immediately I'd be wearing it with my leopard coat, which just got a fabulous new upgrade thanks to my crafty friend, who made a Kate-inspired bow for me to put on the back!!! Originally I had heels on but the kitty loafers just kept calling to me from the closet. I love the way the whole look turned out! Sure it's a bit cheeky but so WHAT? Life is short, wear the kitty shoes!
JCP Leopard coat similar or similar or similar | Kate Spade cameo back top | Kate Spade bracelet (available at Kate Spade outlets) or similar or similar | LOFT coated denim | Shein Kitty loafers |Kate Spade Berkeley Lane Rachelle Wellesley bag