Closet Full of Staples

DSC_0349 DSC_0356 DSC_0359 DSC_0366 DSC_0372It’s important to have good staples in your closet like a comfy high-quality striped shirt, slouchy jeans, skinny jeans, solid tees, a blazer, etc. Sometimes you can make the best outfits out of all staples and add some fun shoes and accessories. That’s what I’ve done here; I’m wearing the softest, most comfortable pima cotton Vince thin stripe tee, distressed boyfriend jeans, and a leather jacket. With something this simple, the world is your oyster as far as accessorizing. I could have easily chosen a pair of heels and a statement necklace, but I wanted to keep it casual so I opted for a pop of coral. Coral shoes, a real coral necklace from Italy, and a coral bracelet. Instead of cuffing my jeans as I normally do, I decided to roll them which is a little more of an “undone” look. The idea is to look like you’re not trying too hard to look put together and really, there’s no need to try too hard with an outfit made of staple items.

Shirt: Vince (T.J. Maxx)  Jeans: ASOS   Shoes: Rag & Bone   Bracelet: Bimba y Lola   Lips: Lancome – “Sunbaked Coral”

Shoe Crush Saturday: MSGM Floral Pumps

The other day one of my coworkers had on a really cute outfit. Being the fashion crazy person I am, I had to check her out from head to toe; she was wearing a pink moto jacket, a black tank, dark wash skinny jeans, and, my favorite part of her outfit, soft, delicate, girly floral pumps. I would have never thought to buy or wear floral pumps because they seem really limited as to what you can wear them with, but seeing them actually as part of an outfit, made me think otherwise. My new mission is to find a pair of cute, comfortable floral pumps. I found these gorgeous MSGM floral pumps and have been daydreaming about them ever since. I’m super into the color Mandarin right now and I’m picturing these with a mid-length mandarin dress or even with a pair of skinny jeans. They’re girly and sweet, but not über feminine. I love the contrasting colors and the hints of peachy flowers throughout. They’re made of canvas, which adds for a softer, more springy look.

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Painterly Chevron Skirt

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When you think of chevron, what do you think of? Geometry? Zig zags? Stark straight lines and perfect right angles? Well, this skirt is my kind of chevron – less preppy, more artsy. I feel the same way about preppy prints like chevron as I do about florals; I like them in a more artsy way and less obvious as to what the print actually is. This skirt is a beautiful crepe de chine and has really sick structural printed seams at the front, which create these awesome pockets (yes, me and my love of pockets yet again). This is one of my favorite skirts and I’ve had it for a long time, but I’m always finding new ways to pick up all the colors in it with the rest of my outfit. Today I chose an ecru blouse as my neutral, a neon lime green necklace and teal Schutz wedges. I normally wear it with brown gladiator sandals, but adding some colorful shoes makes you really look at the whole outfit down to your feet – the look doesn’t stop when the skirt does.

Blouse: similar   Skirt: Gemma – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   J.Crew (old) – similar   Shoes: Schutz

Geometry Lesson

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Perhaps my taste for springy geometric prints in vibrant, bubbly colors stems from my love of geometry class in middle school. I always did have a thing for math. I was instantly drawn to this woven geometric/tribal printed dress that makes me feel like I’m looking into a kaleidoscope. I love how in the right light you can see undertones where there are more layers of weaving. I love that the bodice is super fitted and even the flared skirt has some structure with the single centered pleat. Of course, in true Sasha Fierce fashion, this dress has hidden pockets. This dress is so versatile; I used to wear it to class, but with it’s high neckline and semi-fitted sheath silhouette I was able to wear it to work. It could also easily be worn for a date night or just as a casual summer dress. By pairing it with these yellow heel sandals I added a little more pep to my step and created a really vibrant spring look.

Dress: Taylor (old)   Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand (old) – similar   Shoes: Pour la Victoire (old) – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Nails: Essie – “Where’s My Chaffeur?”

Valentino, Finally

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Valentino is my absolute favorite designer. At 15, I saw an extraordinary navy strapless Valentino princess gown with intricate flower details and a gold belt in Vogue and spent the following two years trying to convince my mom that I needed that dress for prom. Of course those were wasted efforts being that it was a $10,000 couture gown that was literally only fitting for a princess. Ever since I saw that gown I have been obsessed with Valentino. I’m waiting for the life when I have an excuse to wear Valentino couture gowns, but for now I have this sweet and sophisticated Valentino Red dress. It’s been sitting in my closet for months waiting for some loving and I finally had an event to wear it to. When I tried it on it fit like a glove – like it was made for me. I love the floral leopard pattern, the jewel neckline, natural waist, flare at the waist, and how could I forget – the hidden on-seam pockets. To further sophisticate the look and to put the spotlight on my dress, I wore a mid-calf length jacket, nude pumps, a small black bag, and a single pearl necklace.

Dress: Valentino Red   Jacket: Portara (old) – similar   Shoes: Steve Madden   Purse: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Necklace: similar   Sunglasses: Coach (old) – similar

Inspiration

This weather has been nuts. I’m ready to up and move somewhere warm like Miami or Costa Rica or the equator just to be sure that I don’t have to endure what seems to be the lovechild of the polar vortex and spring anymore. It’s such a huge challenge getting dressed in the morning knowing that it will be 35 when I leave the house, reach 50 or 60 in the middle of the day and potentially start raining by the evening. Even for New York’s most fashionable, this is a hard task. The only way to beat this weather is by layering. I know it’s not as exciting as wearing floral spring dresses and showing off your pedicure in a cute pair of sandals, but it’ll do the trick. I’ve put together a few outfits to give you some inspiration on how to layer for this nutty weather.

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1. Izzy Moto Jacket, BB Dakota @ Revolve Clothing
2. Knit Sweater, H&M
3. Faux Leather Shorts with Zips, Zara
4. The Courtney Bib, BaubleBar
5. Perry Satchel, Rebecca Minkoff
6. Ediralian, Aldo Shoes
7 & 8. Blazer in Crepe with Vent Side and Pants in Slim Leg Crepe, ASOS
9. Cressida Crescent Moon Necklace, Jennifer Zeuner
10. Skinny Polo Crop, Topshop
11. The Lure of Long Beach Embroidered Clutch, Olympia Le-Tan, Net-a-Porter
12. Falsetto Printed Leather Pumps, J.Crew, Net-a-Porter
13. The Robyn Denim Jacket, AG Adriano Goldschmeid, Revolve Clothing
14. Brett with Contrast, Equipment
15. Premium Full Midi Skirt in Bonded Crepe, ASOS
16. Sac De Jour Carryall, Saint Laurent, Barney’s
17. Closed-toe slip-ons, Gianvito Rossi, The Corner

Shoe Crush Saturday: Loeffler Randall Lillit Kitten Heel Sandals

I’m getting a little sick of seeing every blogger and celebrity and their mothers in the same black single toe strap and ankle strap sandals. No matter the brand, they’re all starting to look alike and that really defeats the purpose of personal style. Yes, you can like the same thing as everyone else, but when you’re all being photographed and all over the internet, you’ve got to have a little individuality. I’m kind of obsessed with these Loeffler Randal sandals that took these strappy sandals and added a sweet scalloped edge to them. They took things to new heights… literally. They’re a practical, wearable kitten heel and come in a mirrored silver leather, electric blue suede, and black suede. I’ve been wanting a pair of the standard-looking sandals, but the voice inside my head keeps reminding me that I don’t like having the same things as everyone else. These Loeffler Randal Lillit Kitten Heel Sandals are the perfect solution!

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Sweet Kicks, Man

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If you’re an avid Sasha Fierce follower or know me personally, you’d know I never NEVER wear sneakers unless I’m at the gym. I’m all for comfy shoes, but I just don’t get this sneaker fad. I did, however, develop a liking for slip-ons. Not so much so that I was going to dish out $350 for ivory crackled leather Marc Jacobs pair with the frosty blue soles I really loved, but enough to get these sweet pastel pink ones from Topshop that will last me the season (which is how long slip-ons will probably be in style anyway). They’re perfect for those days when your feet really need a break from heels and the soft pink really works with my girly style. I’m excited to have an easy spring shoe that I can just slip on with a pair of jeans, a sundress, or a pair of shorts.

Sweater: Zara (old) – similar   Jeans: Zara   Shoes: Topshop   Necklace: similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Jacket: similar

High & Wasted

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Work has been so stressful lately that I just needed to let loose a little. April Fools! Man, I love playing with words. I’m actually referring to my high-waisted vintage skirt. I love how the top is a tube and then it flares out into this sweet knee-length pleated skirt. This scalloped neckline silk tank top works so perfectly with this skirt that it flows as one piece. I almost fooled you into thinking I was wearing a dress and not separates, didn’t I?! This is a very sweet, vintage look and what better way to finish this look off than with my denim jacket (with rolled up sleeves) and nude pumps. I made my denim jacket function as an over-shirt rather than a jacket by rolling the sleeves. I also added some bangles to modernize it and add a little color.

Blouse: Vintage – similar   Skirt: Vintage – similar   Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand (old) – similar   Shoes: Steve Madden   Handbag: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Lips: Stila – “Grapefruit”

Easy Layers

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Layering is an essential part of dressing during the limbo between winter and spring. This morning started off 35 and snowy and by midday I was able to shed my trench coat and enjoy the 60 and sunny New York afternoon. Days like these can always be hard to dress for, which is when layering comes in. It’s all about light layers. At some point in the day you may be wearing 2 or 3 lays and at others you might be down to the bare minimum. Make sure your layers are cohesive and that your outfit works as you shed each layer. My favorite layering piece is this soft, rolled-up sleeve blazer from Zara. It’s lightweight, but still warm enough, it works with probably 95% of my closet and I can easily fit another jacket over it if need be. This was a relatively inexpensive piece, but I recommend investing in a staple layering piece like a denim jacket, a solid cardigan, or a blazer.

Blazer: Zara   Blouse: Sinequanone (old) – similar   Pants: Zara – similar   Shoes: similar   Sunnies: Valentino (old) – similar   Trench: Burberry