Windowpane Check Dress

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As you know, there’s been something missing in my life recently – my sanctuary filled with designer clothing at discount prices – Loehmann’s. Well, I may have filled that void in my life (because I’m completely disappointed with the functionality of the new Loehmann’s website) with T.J. Maxx Runway. I went to a Runway store for the first time this weekend and while the section of designer clothes is probably only an 8″ by 8″ square, they had plenty to offer. I found this Tibi windowpane check dress with a cinched waist that is perfect for my new job at Barneys New York. I also got these studded Schutz matte leather kitten heels, which might turn into my new daily go-to shoes. Even though there’s a lot going on with the print and the strappy, studded sandals, I just can’t go a day without some color. This red blazer adds a little pop to an otherwise black and white outfit. A colorful blazer shows confidence and playfulness, which can work in any setting. See the Refinery29 column on colorful blazers.

Dress: Tibi – similar   Blazer: Zara (old) – similar   Shoes: Schutz – similar   Sunnies: Coach (old) – similar  Watch: Michele

Shoe Crush Saturday: Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals

I don’t know about you, but I always think of Louboutin’s as sky-high heels with the signature red leather soles. Louboutin’s shoes range from sleek, simple and elegant to decadent, detailed and a little over-the-top. These Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals are a happy mix between the two and a perfect example of the variety of his shoes that, to most of us, get lost amidst the stilettos. These slingback leather sandals are on par with this spring’s shoe trends; they have dainty perforated fringes at the toe with a bow at the vamp, a black and white twisted trim and a silver chain around the sole. What would a Louboutin be without the signature red leather sole.

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Suit Up

 

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It’s a rare occasion when I wear pants instead of a skirt or dress, especially pants that aren’t jeans. I saw this vest in H&M and set out on an adventure through their 3-floor Times Square Flagship store to find a matching pair of pants. I thought, how chic, sleek, and cool would this vest and pair of tuxedo pants look with a simple tank and a pair of aviators. White isn’t exactly the most forgiving color, so I elongated my legs with a pair of wedges. I slicked back my hair into a low bun with a center part and wore nude-pink lipstick to keep this look very simple and sophisticated.

Vest: H&M   Blouse: similar   Pants: H&M   Shoes: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Bag: Anoki Paris – similar   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Groove is in the Heart”   Lips: Sephora – “Loveable” Necklace: Anarchy Street

Shoe Crush Saturday: Brian Atwood Espadrilles

Imagine my excitement when Loehmanns.com finally went live again! I’m not completely thrilled with their e-tail layout, but I’m sure it’s just a work in progress. Of course I had to scour the entire site to see what’s in store for my favorite store. Holding to their wide range of designers at low prices, they have this adorable pair of Brian Atwood espadrilles. They’re made of a standard navy textile fabric with a woven sole and covered leather sole and are adorned with symmetrical colorful studs. The studs really take these espadrilles from average to awesome. In typical Loehmann’s fashion, these espadrilles normally costing $295 are only $127. Thank the shopping gods that Loehmann’s is back!

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Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

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Sometimes I like to express my girly, youthful side. And for those times, come dresses like these. Pink, floral, pleated, short, flowy. I just feel all sorts of girly and young in this and frankly, I don’t care if I look 16. Pastel pink is a hard color to pull off after high school without looking like you’re in high school. I embraced the youthfulness of this dress with a plum colored cardigan, vintage-inspired flats, and a neon yellow crossbody bag.

Dress: Primark – similar   Belt: Betsey Johnson – similar   Shoes: Corte Ingles – similar   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff – similar   Cardigan: Pull & Bear (old color)   Sunnies: Ray Ban

Medallion Print Culottes

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Culottes: the fancy, stylish cousin of capris. I don’t think i’ve heard the term or seen anyone wear culottes since the early 90s and I thought that was a good thing. They remind me of 90s moms with their large bangs, fanny packs, and high-waisted jeans. I kind of came around to the idea of culottes when I saw a picture Eva Chen, the editor of Lucky Magazine, posted on instagram of herself in culottes. I didn’t think I could pull them off since I don’t exactly have the legs of a gazelle or the height of a giraffe, but I decide to give them a try. I loved this pair of medallion print culottes in shades of sea blue from H&M and instantly knew I was going to wear them with my H&M sandals I got last week. The way to wear culottes if you’re lacking in the leg department is by adding heels. A pointed-toe heel would have even given the appearance of more height. The mixed patterns are inspired by Man Repeller (see Leandra, Day 5).

Shirt: Vince   Pants: H&M   Shoes: H&M   Jacket: similar   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff – similar   Nails: Essie – “the girls are out”

Shoe Crush Saturday: Karl Lagerfeld Color-block Matte-Leather Flatforms

This is the summer of comfortable sandals. Every brand from the affordable classic Birkenstocks to luxury brands like Marni and Prada are making these ugly pretty comfortable flats and flatforms. Some of these are a little more comfort than fashion, but no matter what they’re all more comfortable than heels. I’m kind of obsessed with this trend because anybody that’s seen me try and walk in heels, knows it’s a disaster. These Karl Lagerfeld flatforms are a must-have. They’re equal parts comfort and style and the best part is, they’re pretty affordable. They’re made of matte-leather, which gives them a sleek, more casual feel. They have a mod, minimalist look and are styled with little ‘K’ charms at the back buckle.

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Clementine

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Zara has this whole collection right now of vibrant, happy clementine pieces with some cerulean and white mixed in. It struck me as the perfect extroverted, crisp look for spring. Orange is one of those colors that just makes you look twice; I feel like it’s very uncommon to see people wearing orange so when you do, you do a double take. It’s bold, but also happy and really makes me crave a cold, juicy clementine. If I had one, I would definitely have gone for a goofy pic with an orange smile (cause that’s how I like to eat them…duh). I was really inspired by those colors at Zara, but I felt that a clementine shirt and blue skirt would have been a little overwhelming for work, so I muted the look a little with a black skirt and added blue pumps for that little extra bit of spice.

Shirt: Zara   Skirt: Romeo & Juliet Couture – similar   Jacket: similar   Shoes: Zara (old)   Necklace: flea market find!   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Wicked Game”

The Weather is Gray and So Am I

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April showers bring May flowers, right?! As much as I hate this dismal weather, bring it on for the next two days so maybe, just maybe, we can actually see some of those “May flowers”. My mood is largely affected by the weather and what I wear is dependent on my mood and transitively, the weather. I just wasn’t feeling very vibrant spring clothes today and this look reflects that. I’d much prefer to be curled up on the couch in yoga pants and a baggy tee hibernating until the real spring arrives, but you know, real life beckons. Rain = boots = pants = blah. It’s not quite cold enough for sweaty rubber rainboots so leather booties sufficed, but it was definitely too cold to wear a skirt or dress. Despite how gray this look is, I love how it ended up ombré. I may start doing this with other colors.

Sweater: Zara (old) – similar   Jeans: Joe’s Jeans   Boots: Franco Sarto   Jacket: Portara – similar   Necklace: similar