Menswear Prints

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As far as menswear goes, I usually prefer menswear prints to menswear styles (with the exception of tuxedo-inspired pieces). I love the prints on some of the more flamboyant designer shirts and I’ve always had a thing for funky bow ties. My 8th grade science teacher always used to wear bowties and I was intrigued. I also really like menswear colors like on this almost navy dark blue and rust printed blouse. I also love the v-neckline stemming from the mandarin collar. I like that it isn’t your standard point-collar shirt. I love it with these pants because it really brings out the rust, which is really the most vibrant color on this shirt. I went for subtle, leather camel sandals (as seen in shoe crush saturday: h&m strappy leather sandals) because it blends well with these colors and doesn’t detract from the interesting menswear print.

Blouse: Olive & Oak (old) – similar   Pants: Zara (old) – similar   Shoes: H&M   Jacket: from Ecuador – similar   Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. & here

Shoe Crush Saturday: Acne Studios Lenna Leather Strap Sandals

If you’re going to buy one pair of sandals for the summer that will work for any occasion and go with any outfit, these Acne Studios powder blue sandals are your answer. They look like they’d be great for sitting poolside, walking in the city, or any casual event you may be going to. They are chunky, with a semi-concealed black wedge and large buckled straps, but in this shade of blue, they’re transformed into the feminine version of a sandal doc marten. The pointed toe and weaving leather straps add this sexy, trendy appeal that your typical leather sandals don’t have. I haven’t seen many pointed toe strappy sandals, so these are truly a unique must-have.

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Bomber Jacket

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My friend said to me today, “You would find the girliest version of something that’s supposed to be sporty,” in regards to my bomber jacket. My style is generally really girly, but even when it’s not, I still wear what I like and I like bomber jackets. It just so happens that I bought this semi-sheer silk white girly one. I really like this particular bomber jacket I’m wearing because it’s incredibly versatile; I could wear it with darker colors, pastels (as worn today), prints, solids, anything really. Even though it’s girly, I’d say this look is still fairly sporty. Keepin’ it sporty in the bomber jacket, casual with jeans, and girly in pastels, ya know.

Blouse: Zara (old) – similar   Jacket: Laila & Savannah (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Jeans: Hudson   Shoes: Topshop   Necklace: J.Crew   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Spring Into Work

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Once it starts getting warm out it becomes so hard to get dressed for work in the morning. Everything you own is long sleeve blouses, trousers, and the collection of sweaters you’ve accumulated. You’re hesitant to wear tank tops, sheer blouses that show your bra, short skirts, and shorts to work. I know the feeling. Even though it’s hot out you still have to dress appropriately for a work environment. You can still wear all the things I mentioned above as long as you pair them with something modest. I chose a low cut sleeveless blouse, but paired it with a knee-length pencil skirt and flats. If you’re wearing something revealing on top, keep your hemline down. If it’s sheer, try and wear something high-waisted or a lightweight jacket over it so as not to show too much. As for shorts, denim is a big no-no. Go for linen, silk, or a higher quality material and try and pair them with light layers or something modest on top. All of your spring and summer wardrobe can be appropriate for work (except those tiny beach dresses and booty shorts) in moderation. By choosing a skirt with a longer hemline I created a more ladylike look instead of what could have been a hot mess of a college girl on her first job interview.

Blouse: Tahari (old) – similar   Skirt: Max Studio – similar   Jacket: Portara – similar   Shoes: Tahari   Sunnies: Ray Ban

Rolled Up Striped Jeans and Birkenstocks

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Sorry for the blurry phone pics, but I just had to post this outfit. If you want a better view of these awesome vertically striped jeans see the link below. For love and possibly unhealthy obsession with Fran Drescher, my mom and I went to go see Cinderella on Broadway for my mom’s birthday on Sunday. Who would have thought that the audience would have been filled with kids?! That went right over my head once I heard Fran Drescher was starring in it as the wicked stepmother. Regardless, her performance was so typical Fran, oozing with that sexy New York Jewish attitude that she is known for and despite her wicked role, a warm smile on her face. Carly Rae Jepsen’s performance was also great and it was nice to hear her sing something other than “Call Me Maybe”. My mom and I have been going to Broadway shows since I was a kid and the style has significantly changed over time. It used to be that you would get dressed up for shows on Broadway, but now, you see people show up in a tee shirt and jeans. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but for a Sunday matinee I think a semi-casual look is appropriate. I dressed up a pair of pinstripe jeans with a turquoise silk blouse and a black blazer. I also wore my walking shoes, a pair of black patent leather Birkenstocks (so glad they’re in style!!).

Blouse: similar   Blazer: Zara   Jeans: Sold Design Lab   Shoes: Birkenstock   Bag: Furla   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Shoe Crush Saturday: H&M Strappy Leather Sandals

Now that it’s sort of, maybe, almost time to let my barbie pink pedicure see the light of day, I’ve been on a quest to find a camel leather sandal with a modest 2-3 inch heel. Most of the things I’ve fallen in love with are out of my price range, but the little fashionable devil on my shoulder would never let me buy anything faux leather that actually falls in my budget. I like quality items and even though sometimes I can’t afford them, they’re worth the investment and giving up getting something else that you might want. It’s just a fact: real leather will last longer. I recently discovered that there’s an H&M a mere 2 blocks from my office and when I’m in need of a snack I run over to H&M for a quick no calorie fix. (Shopping instead of eating when I want to nibble is obviously a sure fire way to lose weight… and my entire bank account). I had seen these strappy leather camel sandals at multiple H&M stores, but never in my size. They said 8.5 and 9.5 and their ecommerce site also lacked a 9 and I never bothered to try on either size. I finally tried them on and it was as if the heavens shone through. My quest was over. They fit perfectly, they’re strappy enough that my feet down slide around in them, the heel is chunky enough that I can walk and stand comfortably, and most importantly, they’re affordable on any budget! Expect to see these in upcoming posts.

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Jump On It: Vintage Palazzo Jumpsuit

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IMG_3026 IMG_3040 IMG_3052For something that I constantly mention that I hate the functionality of, I sure own a lot of jumpsuits and rompers. I couldn’t help but snag this vintage Betsey Johnson jumpsuit from my grandma’s closet several years ago. It’s definitely got a serious vintage vibe going on with this circle print, button up V-neck bodice, super high waistline, and flared palazzo legs, but my instincts were right when I though this style would be in again soon. Palazzo and harem pants are back in and it felt like an opportune time to wear this. As much as I like the vintage style, I really wanted to modernize it with jewelry and a skinny gold waist belt. On the other hand, I embraced the vintage by adding these Mad Men -esque d’orsay flats. This jumpsuit just makes me want to twirl around and do a cartwheel like Betsey does at the end of her shows.

Jumpsuit: Betsey Johnson (vintage) – similar & similar   Blazer: Zara (old)   Shoes: Nine West – similar   Bangles: similar   Bag: Furla

Leather and Lace

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I’m over the term “global warming” and “climate change” doesn’t even begin to describe the fluctuation in temperature we’ve had this week. After the most brutal winter I think most northeasterners have experienced, I feel safe in saying that we all welcomed this past weekend of gorgeous spring weather with smiles, open arms, sandals, and sunglasses. What we got was apparently just a tease, but you know what global warming, I’ve already packed up my winter wardrobe so I’ve got to make my spring and summer wardrobe work in this windy and chilly, but sunny weather. What better way to work around this spring chill than by opting for the classic feminine yet edgy combo of leather and lace. It’s sweet and flirty, but tough and sophisticated. It’s one of those texture combinations that always works and is perfect for early spring and early fall. I’m wearing an ivory lace dress with an industrial zipper and black panelling down the back, supple black leather boots, a tailored leather jacket, and to add a little color, a burgundy eelskin oversized clutch and red lips.

Dress: old – similar   Boots: Vince – similar   Jacket: similar   Clutch: similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Lips: Sephora – It Girl   Nails: O.P.I. – “Plant One On Me”   Necklace: custom – similar   Earrings: Betsey Johnson (old) – similar

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana

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I have H&M and Zara to thank for my new obsession with mandarin and clementine orange. Even before I was all hyped up about these vibrant shades of orange, clearly my subconscious that fell in love with this Furla bag knew something my brain didn’t. Orange seems to go with almost all colors (except I’m a little hesitant about pairing orange and purple… maybe it’s because neither of them rhyme with anything…), but it particularly pops when you pair it with blue. They’re contrast colors and play off of each other. The dark tones in my outfit bring out the brightness of my bag and Afghani necklace and likewise, the orange makes the blue in my jacquard skirt stand out more. I chose a nude and black d’orsay sandal to let the rest of my outfit do the talking.

Shirt: David Lerner   Skirt: Ann Taylor – similar  Jacket: similar   Shoes: Nine West – similar   Bag: Furla   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Nails: O.P.I. – “Plant One On Me”   Lips: Sephora – “Loveable”

Spring Cleaning

I think, deep down in all of us shopping fanatics, lays a hoarder. We’re suckers for the latest seasonal trends and designer collaborations, yet we’re never quite ready to get rid of last seasons’ wardrobe for anticipation that these things may come back into style or we may be able to rock them in a new way. I’ve been addicted to shopping and buying new things my entire life and until recent years, I’ve always had trouble getting rid of things. At probably about 5 years old I had this button-up collared hawaiian print dress (primarily in a vibrant shade of cerulean) that was my favorite dress. As I grew, I had my mom bring it to the dressmaker to add in more material. At some point, just wasn’t possible to add more material, but I’m pretty sure I have that dress stored somewhere for nostalgic reasons.

Then, there was that middle school phase of A&F denim skirts and UGGS. It only took me about 5 years, but I finally donated those horrible skirts and as much as I loved the fluffy wonderfulness that is UGGS, donated my pastel pink and baby blue ones (I had 4 pairs of UGGS at the time… a little excessive). As I’ve come to the realization that I have trouble getting rid of things for the potential “what ifs”, I’ve set a rule for myself in regards to my closet. If I haven’t worn it in two years, it’s getting donated during spring cleaning. You can’t keep hoarding things in your closet because you might wear them in one particular circumstance in the future that isn’t even set to happen.

Some things in your closet may be worth reselling at places like The RealReal or Walk in My Closet, but that only applies to higher-end items in good condition. For the rest of the things you’re ready to cleanse your closet of, I recommend donating them. All those collection buckets end up bringing your clothes to get sold, so I refuse to bring my clothes there. I try and find a battered women’s shelter or a local organization where you know the clothes will be donated to people for no profit. It feels good to help other people and you’ll have room in your closet to keep up your shopping habits. I ended my spring cleaning with one large suitcase and a garbage bag full of clothes and shoes. So excited to clear these out of my closet!