Tough Pastels


It has been so warm here this weekend that it felt right to dress like spring. (You are correct — it did snow last week and this week it will be in the 70s. Everything is weird here.) Spring is my favorite season, I get giddy just thinking about it. Mainly because spring means color and you know this girl loves color.

Just a PSA for my girls out there: if you want high-quality pieces for cheap, go to the sale racks right this moment. Sure you are at work or you have other responsibilities like babies or school, but this is dire. Go right this moment. I mean, I got this cashmere sweater for $25 and it was originally like a million dollars. I didn’t do the math, but I’m pretty sure it was more than 80% off. (Side note: maybe this is just in Texas because we never have a long winter here. I’ve always wondered that. Do you guys up north have great summer sales and we get the winter sales?)

You are welcome for spreading this message of hope. Friends don’t let friends take sales lightly. 


Shirt: H&M

Sweater: J.Crew

Pants: Similar

Heels: c/o Sole Society or similar

Tote: Madewell

Necklace: Anthropologie

  • andréa

    love the lavender with the army green.  super cute.

    -AndréaVA DARLING

  • Adelealynn

    great outfit! you look amazing in purple! & no, winter things are not yet on sale up here in the north..we have a few more months till that happens! hahahaha!!

  • kitsunekun

    this background is so pretty! I love the subtle color changes in the metal!

  • Sheila

    Cute outfit! I love the lilac sweater with the olive green pants. :)

    xo – Sheila

  • Mary Deighton

    Yes, absolutely we get great summer sales here in Ohio! Problem is, I usually can't wear any of it until spring and that's always annoying….

  • Ladiesinnavy

    cute look! loving the pastel color palette and necklace

  • Alyssa Gapske

    Not just Texas! I bought a $140 dress at Banana Republic for $20 yesterday. GO GIRLS GO!

  • Kelly Stout

    Absolutely love the color here, especially that necklace! I've been eyeing it for some time now!

  • Eleanor @ Sequins & Sass

    Bahaha, love your PSA! Also love the combo of soft pastels with "tougher," more "masculine" colors, like olive. 

  • Girl and Closet

    You're looking gorgeous Kendi – love the straightened hair & this colour palette is delicious! Ah your weather, I'm envious! xo

  • Sarah H.

    I love the spring colors! I wear spring colors even in the Indiana winter. That's how badass I am. Great necklace too.

    ~Sarah of the New and Improved Sarah's Real Life

  • Always Maylee

    Love this spring-like outfit. Purple looks great on you and how fabulous is that necklace! Here in the northeast, winter goes well into March and April, so we probably won't see any winter sales until the end of Feb!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Caitlin

    I appreciate you not letting friends take sales lightly. We bloggers have to stick together!

    Loving the pastels paired with the olive green!

  • Shubhi S

    You are my new favourite blogger:) Love the pastel hues and the bright necklace!

  • nathyness

    I frequently wonder about this too. Miami summer sales are not as great as winter sales. I got a fabulous pink blazer at LOFT this weekend for less than $30! It was 65% off! 

    I love the necklace you're wearing here. I think I agree with you on spring being my favorite season, but I sort of say that about every season. E.g., I really liked fall this year (last year). The thing is, I love color, period. I sort of wear it all the time. But there's something about soft spring pastels that really make me happy.


  • Corymac581

    Wearing those same wedges today. Love them!

  • Natali Karppinen

    Great necklace and sweater! This is very Spring-ish outfit :)

  • Anne Hill

    Your spring colors make me so happy! Even if it's freezing cold where I live

  • ClosetConfections

    Lovin' the pastels.  And yes, the sales are AMAZING right about now.  I just scored 3 pairs of shoes at J. Crew for like 80% off and saved a bajillion dollars… which I believe is more than a million, so I win! :-)


  • Rebecca Lately

    Tough pastels!  rawr!  Oxymoron! 

    I love it.  Seriously, that's a great deal.  I don't live in the north, but we have great summer and winter sales.  Our weather is somewhere in the middle, so maybe you're right.

  • Heather Moss

    "Friend don't let friends take sales lightly." <<< Haha, so true. I'll have to segue over to my stores… let loose. get crazy (but not too crazy). 


  • Star Lee White

    Thanks for the tip! I will have to go bargain hunting (my fav!).
    As always, great color combo! Love that lavender on you!

  • carrie

    Thanks for the tip!
    LOVE your sweater!
    Style in the City

  • Distinctly Desiree

    We pretty much have the same sales just different amounts of merchandise. I moved from McKinney to Erie, PA and winter gear gets marked down big time in January … we just happen to have a bunch more winter gear in stock up here than they ever did down there. Haha

  • Dani

    Summer and Winter sales are awesome right now. 

  • Kiwifashionblog

    Gorgeous lilac purple sweater the necklace is a great addition!

  • Morgan Liti

    There are so. many. deals right now in SoCal (it's 70 here, too) and I'm getting STEALS on winter looks. But I can't wear them. Unless I want to sweat in them all day. Which isn't a pretty look. Doing a rain dance as we speak.


  • pretty little fawn

    I know I've said it before, but that tote is perfection. And I agree, incredible sales on right now!
    xoxowww.prettylittlefawn.blogspot.comPS: Stop by my blog if you like vintage dresses, things with cats on them, thrift stores, flower crowns, and crocheted bows. Giveaway happening now!

  • Carlee

    Great find! Only 25 dollars that is awesome. I love your necklace to by the way so pretty.
    Almost Endearing

  • Natasha Atkerson

    I love the pastels with the army green! Very Spring indeed! It's been 40 deg here, and that's nice to Montana people this time of year! :)
    Yes, Northern people have Winter sales! I got some Winter clothing for super cheap (a $40 fur vest for $6!) I think companies just want to dump their merchandise!
    A Modest Fashion

  • Lily – LirioStyle

    Love all the color combination in this outfit! Again, so creative, Kendi.

    Cant wait for SPRING!! :)

    Kisses from California,Lily

  • Samira Reyes

    love these colors!!!!

  • lavieenliz

    I know! I've been loving the weather! I'm in LA but I can only imagine how amazing Texas is!

  • Traci Taylor

    It's so funny you should write a post about this…for the first time this year, I decided to take advantage of these "winter sales" because we too (OC, Southern Ca) have it weird here…raining and cold one day and 80 degrees the next! I may or may not have scored a sweet vintage style leopard coat from Forever for $15.00. Down from $65.00! Love today's look (as ALWAYS.) Xo


  • Michelle Johnston

    I live in Louisiana, which is basically the same crazy "winter" that y'all get in Texas except with even less snow…just a shit load of rain.  Every store around here has bathing suits, neons and short shorts out right now and every single winter item is on super sale.  It's pretty awesome, because while this week it may be sunny and 78*,  in a few days it very well may be wet, overcast and frigidly cold (and by frigid, of course I mean below 55*…no dramatics here.)  It makes padding my wardrobe with quality pieces pretty easy! :)

    PS – I'm seriously adoring this combo.

  • Bethany Fox

    All of Target is on sale in Ohio, you can buy neon pants for $12 dollars. And cap-toed pumped for 9. Just sayin!

  • Jenn LaPlante

    Dude. YES about the sales! Express is having an awesome clearance sale and if you can't find something in your size you can order it online through the store and get free shipping! (I didn't know they did that!) Also, Urban Outfitters is doing 50% off clearance items. I grabbed a bunch of colorful flats orginally priced at $29.99 for $10! Such a steal.


  • Heather P.

    We're having quite a few sales here in Ohio as well. I'm planning to get out later this week for a little retail therapy if I get a chance!

  • nicole | teacups + B cups

    I want. Your shirt. You are the perfect version of an Easter egg, and I mean that in the best way possible. These colors are darling on you.

  • Jenn LaPlante

    Dude. YES about the sales! Express is having this amazing clearance sale, and if you can't find something in your size the store can order it for you online with free shipping (I didn't know they did that). $79 jeans are now just $20.

    Also, Urban Outfitters is doing 50% off clearance items and I scored some colorful flats originally priced at $29.99 for only $10!

    Can we take the day off today and go shopping please? :)


  • Becky {the Pumpkin Spot}

    I got a J. Crew Collection cashmere sweater for $35. I died.
    The Pumpkin Spot

  • Joyce

    Nice deal on the sweater! Love a good sale!


  • Jennifer

    Interesting necklace!

    xo Jennifer

  • Jennifer

    Great buy, and beauitul sweater. In Michigan, they bring out beachwear and clearance out winter gear in January. Yes, January.

  • Annika Benitz

    Stop teasing me with the good sales! I'm spending a whole year not shopping for clothes! So far it's going fine, but every time I stop by your blog, I'm like, "Oooh, I need a new lavendar sweater! I have to have a pair of pointy flats!"

    Torture, I say. Keep it up.

  • Anca Madalina Baboi

    I adore everything about this outfit! Actually, I just bought this shirt from H&M and it was great to see how you styled it!



  • Sheree H

    I love pastels! I never would have thought to pair a pastel top with olive pants, but I'm loving the look!

  • gracebyc

    Love everything about this! Pastels rock!

  • Donna

    Love the hair in this post Kendi! The super straight is super chic. Love. Also, friends never let friends go unaware of a huge sale. Thanks for looking out!

  • Stephanie Lam

    The shirt is so colorful and cute! Love how you paired it!

  • Amanda

    I love the pastel combo.

  • Jenn

    Love it! Haven't noticed crazy sales, but I live an hour away from the amazingness that is the JCrew Clearance Store – actual overstock or returned items from JCrew at like 80% off. Amazing. I got an $80 blazer I'd been eyeing for $40 at the store, and two $100+ shirts for $20 each. Magic.

  • Rachelle

     Love the mix of pastels and army green.


  • Alissa Futhey

    I want absolutely everything you are wearing Kendi! Especially that necklace, how gorgeous is that?!

  • heather

    LOVE the pastel purple and the plaid shirt under it. Plus that necklace is an amazing statement maker! 


  • New Petite

    Love the purple on you! 

  • SentimentalistLisa

    That tote is incredible! I love it. Madewell does it again!!!

  • Iliyana Licheva

    that color suits you very much! 

  • Emily Lunstroth

    Have been LOVING that necklace, looks great! 

  • Andrea Kornfeind

    Love the colors for Spring! Here in western Washington (the state) some winter things are are clearanced but very few things are uber-clearanced…yet. Swimsuits and Spring attire is popping up too but there's still plenty of sweaters and long-sleeves regularly priced. =( I'm thinking I need to move to Texas. Warmer weather AND great sales…I'm sold!

  • Amber Rathvon

    I love your shirt/sweater color combo!  So pretty.  =)

    Avec Amber

  • Cait Val

    love you in these pale pastels & your hair is rockin' in these photos!!
    love a good sale, happy tuesday to us :)

    xo. c & v

    cake & valley

  • Leigh

    I wish it has been warm here, but -15 degree windchills is leaving me a bit cold! Love the pastel look! I love find great items at H&M! Super cute and easy to style!

  • Kristina C

    The color of that sweater is gorgeous! It looks great paired with olive pants. I will be trying this combination when we're out of the deep freeze. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Kristina from Daydream Delightful

  • Melissaburstall

    Can I just comment on your hair! I have hair lust right now! 

  • Ashley Taylor

    Sales are crazy here too! I'm in Ohio/Kentucky. Everybody's getting rid of the stuff from last year. Thanks for sharing though!


  • katrina mae

    I'd comment about sales, but to be honest, where I'm from, we tend to not pay attention to that kind of stuff around this time of year! Half the people are just happy to get their cars started and get to work on time – this past weekend it was -40+ degrees in my hometown. That's with windchill factor. Actual temps are -17, I think, but it's so dangerous, you can't be outside more than a few minutes, for fear of your health. Makes clothing become a necessity rather than fashion. Sad, but true. We wear shorts when it gets above zero, I remember seeing the college kids do that. And flip flops. We are hearty folk :)

  • Stacy Preacher

    I love that you're popping your collar.  That. Is. Fab. :)

  • Jess_Dynarski

    I love the colors of your sweater and shirt. So pretty. I'm actually wearing nail polish that is very close to the color of you sweater. In Buffalo since our winters last until mid-march we usually end up with great summer discounts in June when we think summer is just starting. 


  • Sarah Von Spook

    I really love this outfit, I need to start buying more pastels, I can never get enough of pretty pastels! :) Have a great day!


  • Sarah Kyle

    love that lavender sweater! Such a fun color and is making me so excited for spring.

  • Brandy Saldana

    That sweater is amazing, what a steal! Love how you layered it over that colorful oxford shirt! i love this spring inspiration  I am tired of the cold weather here already. although this weekend was nice and warm.

    now I am going to have to drop everything to see if we have good sales in the bay area lol.


  • Katie McC

    It's really warm in Florida to! Last week it almost reached 90, but it's a really nice breezy 60 degrees today. This is break out sweater weather for us! The sales are super good here with all the stores trying to phase out all of their fall and winter items for spring. I almost bought $15 gold shoes from Urban Outfitters that were originally $50.

  • Jen Cairel

    It's FREEZING here!  We haven't hit the freezing mark since January 10th.  That's 12 days in the twenties and teens.  All I want to wear is 3 pairs of sweat pants and about 6 layers on top!  Enjoy your Spring in the Winter! :-)

  • Kirsty

    Love the colours together! A great spring outfit.
    x Kirsty

  • Caroline L.

    What a great juxtaposition of an outfit! And yes ma'am, sales are nothing to joke around about!!

  • Kacie Ellis

    I'm wearing a spring outfit today too :) It's been warm here in Northern CA the last few days. Love this look!


    Love that pastel purple! & the necklace is gorgeous!

  • Corinne

    Love this outfit! Totally something I would wear. Oh man, I am such a sucker for sales. Everything looks better with that little red SALE tag… :)

  • Grace Martin

    I have pants that color but I never thought of wearing pastels with them! Thanks!

  • The Way We Were

    Funny my friends and I were just discussing about this iced lavender colored cashmere yesterday. It looks soft and sweet but with a totally tough and sharp feel. I was so tempted…

  • Healthy & Homemade

    The pastels are lovely on you Kendi! 

  • Sarah Brooke

    I love that plaid shirt and sweater combination –  and unexpected but definitely great with those pants.

  • Sarah

    Gorgeous look! I adore your sweater.

    The Purse Snatcher 

  • Rachel

    I thought it was just the stores around here, but holy cow – I've never seen sales this good. I bought a shirt for $4 the other day – $4!! But it's crazy, because I live in AZ. Our weather calls for t-shirts and flip-flops all year long (at least that's how it's been this past year I've lived here). I don't get why everyone is having a huge "winter" sale…. all of the "winter" clothes have been pretty much the same as the spring/summer clothes they've been bringing out. Ha. But hey – I'll take it. I bought a cute skirt, a gorgeous silk shirt, and a pair of shoes for about $30. I'm not complaining.

  • Nataya @chachamisu

    I love sales! especially if I can find pieces I like in thhat lavender color like yours:)

  • Elena

    Love your lilac sweater and necklace!!!

  • Anna D Kart

    I also heard the opposite – not to get anything at the End of Season Sales… You don't want to be stuck with a whole bunch of last season's clothes and be outdated. But things like monotone sweaters, boots and such are always in style. So buy classic pieces that can transfer from season to season

  • Ignorant Awareness

    I have a H&M scarf in the exact same print as your shirt- this outfit gives me colour ideas for it, so thanks! :)

  • Angela

    Oh Kendi you are just so cute. I love this outfit and the statement necklace is really nice.

    Method Clothe

  • photosbyjaana

    don't tempt me!  i've given up shopping for the year, but a sale rack is my biggest weakness.

  • Kayla Rae

    I love the outfit and your blog. Very nice :)

    Inspirations by Kayla Rae

  • Kristin

    We have end of the season sales going on in So Cal, but I haven't had time to take advantage of them! I'm in the market for skinny cargos and am loving these. Cute, colorful look. It's warm here so spring is on my mind as well :)


  • ashleigh

    We get both, but it will be winter here until at least March :( 

  • Susana

    My favourite winter sale find was on a trip to Florida — a huge wooly scarf from Burberry for $60. It was also originally a million dollars, and I've been wearing it for years through Canadian winters!

  • Franziska

    you have such a knack for putting together outfits that would at first make me go "girl, whaaaaa?" like with that necklace, but the outfit makes it look less crazy and now is actually really inspiring. 

  • Christine Schneider

    Now is the BEST time for sales and I live in Chicago, so, totally winter sales. I went to JCrew and left feeling like I stole everything (hello silk shell originally over $100 for only $25). 

    This was Saturday, I'm still bragging. 

  • Dasnia Gema

    Great outfit! Lavender and olive look soo good together! Creative necklaces are always a fun addition and can't go wrong with nude wedges. You are too cute!

  • Prettystrangeblog

    Love the necklace, very unique!

  • Ness

    Pastels are killing me! I want pastels in my wardrobe this year, but my wardrobe colors don't like pastels. 😛

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I love the pastels paired with the olive pants!  It seems like there's great sales to be had all year round.  I always wondered the same thing too.  I think the sales maybe the same but the selection are not as good for winter clothes in cold place and maybe same in warm places?


  • Felyn Orejudos

    Love the pastels with army green pants.

  • Genie

    Totally drooling over that necklace! I love the layered lavender with plaid, once again, you've inspired another outfit for me, thanks :) As for those sales… I wish, but I've got so much stuff that I think I'm going to have to work through what I already have, lol. 


  • ClosetVoyage

    I love the way you put colours together!

    I'd love to go to the sales rack right now but I think I've hit them too much already… For some reason shoes were so cheap at the sales recently? Bought at least 8 pairs!

  • Ezgiyaman2309

    hi kendi :) I love you and ı like your hair…Combine very good.Kiss you :*)

  • Mica

    Love the pastel colours with the olive pants! :)

  • Shailu

    Wonderful color combination… Just loved ur look

  • Crystal C
  • Catherine Lea Anderson

    Love that gingham print shirt…and the necklace is to die for!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  • Jupe_Cambria

    Love that gingham shirt…it's the perfect blend of colors and just looks really pretty on you!  I've gotten some fantastic deals lately too, love sale season :)

  • Laura M

    Oh no, we get fabulous winter sales, too.  And the perk for us is that we can still wear the beautiful winter purchases for another 2-3 months here in Wisconsin!

  • Emily

    You look stellar. So pretty and fresh. Love! 

    <3 Emily

  • Agi Mayer

    I love pastels and you look amazing. Love your hair.


  • Courtney C.

    you're right about the sales–my husband and I went wild at j.crew and scored a ton of stuff at around 70% off the original price!  it got a bit out of control…  

    also, your hair looks great straight :)

  • ASparklyHanger

    i love the colorful shirt just peeking under!lovely!

  • timeless

    Pretty pastel colors with military green

    Stop by

  • Berty Morales

    You look stunning, and these are beautiful pastels colors.  I love how you layer them together. 

  • pretty little things

    I rocked winter pastels on my blog yesterday as well! love your take on the look! xo

  • Alicey E5891

    Hi, Rachel! Did you get your $4.00 shirt from J crew? I live in (Tucson)  AZ too. I went to our one and only J crew here in Tucson last week and not much merchandise left. A lot of the items are either XXS, XS or XL…Hardly find anything that fits me.  

  • Alicey E5891

    BTW, love your target tie neck blouse…

  • Rachel

    No, I actually bought it at JC Penney. I literally haven't shopped there in years (not really my style), but they had some stellar sales going on so I figured I'd check it out. They surprisingly had some really good picks in my size.

    I've had the same problem with J. Crew, though – all of their sale items are either ridiculously small or ridiculously large! And thanks – I'm always a sucker for a good tie neck blouse.

  • 2girlsin2cities

    As soon a I read your "warm" comment I wanted to punch a hole in the computer screen. The high today in Chicago was 16 degrees. Unbearable :-( 

  • Lindsay

    love this combo!!! you look great kendi!

  • Kaleandcoriander

    You look great kendi!! Love this combo. 

  • Petite Adventures

    Great colour combo!

    Kate xo

  • Haley

    Reading your blog everyday makes me so happy.


  • Laura Whitman

    We have great summer sales. You look lovely! 


  • Bulkmarketplaza

    Hey you look awesome…
     pet smart

  • Nat

    Love the shirt and sweater! Lovely colors :)
    Winter is crazy over here too! Yoyo weather :/ lol

    XO Nat
    Nat in Love

  • alyssa

    love the color of this sweater!

  • Krystalpdavis

    Kendi- are those Sole Society wedge heels comfortable?

  • Girl by the Lake

    I've found the physical shopping arena in Chicago somewhat unappealing right now. Stores are completely bare! (and the new stuff? no thanks.)

    I've been having a lot of luck with online sale shopping. With all the free shipping offers, the only unfortunate thing is the waiting game…and I'm not the most patient of people!

  • Amanda DeTurk

    Here in Indiana we have great summer and winter sales, but the winter ones are the best!! Like getting millon dollar cashmere sweaters for $25 dollars good! 😉

  • Julie

    can't get enough! love this outfit!

  • Sarah Welsch
  • Rhiannon

    My shop in Portland, Oregon still has a huge sale section of summer dresses from last year. Summer in the Northwest lasts for a two months if we're lucky. We need that warm stuff all year, so it doesn't get the crazy sales.

  • Elle

    You definitely look like you're ready for Spring! I'm super jealous! I need to get my S/S 2013 wardrobe in gear! :)

    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.