man (repeller) crush monday

for any of you that follow me on pinterest, i have a board called “bombsh” i.e. bombshells. in my lingo this is code for a bunch of bad ass girls who inspire me. chief among them is leandra medine, founder of the blog the man repeller, funny as hell fashionista, and all around bamf. while some of her outfits verge on the kookier side of things, no matter what i always admire her chutzpah– i mean the girl is fearless when it comes to fashion. to inspire us all to be a little more bold, ive rounded up some medine inspire ensembles and summarized her rules to live by.

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#1 layers are your friend. leandra always mixes old pieces different ways to create new looks, layering things in unexpected ways and keeping your closet fresh. to ease into the layerning game try a sweater over a slip dress and add a vest, all in a neutral palette.

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1. sweater 2. heels 3. dress 4. cuff 5. vest

#2 dont be scared of color. turquoise + navy too much? nah, never. throw on some tasseled heels and make the whole look oversized, but keep shapes simple.

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1. top 2. skirt 3. shoes

#3 keep it casual in monochrome…here she rocks a funky wave detailed Alexander Wang skirt dressed down with a chunky knit and sneakers.

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1. sweater 2. skirt 3. sneakers 4. ear cuff 5. bag

take me to tahiti

oy vey am i ever ready for a heat wave– yesterday’s snow was not cute new york. but this tropical milly almost does the trick. obsessed with the sexy cut out and mixed prints. perfect for sizzling pool side, Julie Cooper-Nichols style, and getting the cabana boy to fetch you another drink.

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other tropic printed numbers include a tory burch pineapple bikini, clover canyon top, and these sick sophia websters.

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mall rat

as some of you know, i have to do store checks for my job 2-3 times a week (tough, right?). but sometimes after trolling through various malls all around the tri state area, i feel like nothing more than a mall rat. like those kids who worked in the food court in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (the PEAK of mall rat days)


the silver lining of all these hours logged is that I have seen every inch of new Spring product and there is some GOOD stuff to be found. luckily I am willing to share my secret finds with you, my loyal readers. here is the low down, by store.

#1 madewell: nothing better for spring than a slouchy t-shirt dress like this one, paired with some chuck taylors. also into a geometric lace tank. other discoveries include this seersucker anorak to fend off spring showers, an awesome tassel bracelet, and a classic summer staple–denim boyfriend shorts (bonus that they share an uncanny resemblance to this more expensive pair)

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#2 Forever 21: another contender also bringing their A game has been Forever 21. I took a sabatacle from this store a few years ago, since I read this book, but sometimes you just can’t beat it for a few trendy items to add to your mix. i stocked up on these simple sandals in two colors- the rose gold is so good! and had a great find in this rag and bone t-shirt knock off. also die over this great scuba crop top, and a button down shirt dress (which reminds of one i’m lusting over by Alexander Wang)

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#3 LOFT: Ann Taylor’s younger sister has really stepped their game up this spring, with a ton of colorful Rebecca Taylor-ish designs. I am pretty obsessed with this lace tee, ending up buying this fun ikat wrap skirt. Other finds? this simple chambray dress,   a cool crochet sweater and fun printed d’orsay flats. also they have been running 30-40% off of everything, so there are some good bargains to be found.Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.46.37 PM
#4 j.crew: j.crew is getting back to basics this season, but still has plenty of new arrivals to spice up your wardrobe. my favorites include sassy silky pants, a navy textured midi skirt, Mara Hoffman printed romper, pleated linen shorts, and a marni-inspired pendant necklace

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#5 Banana Republic: new creative designer marissa webb‘s product won’t launch until April (you can tell this girl is excited)–but to tide you over, check out this melon colored shift, some distressed white denim, a striped tank and destined to be cool stacked heels

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#6 piperlime: while piperlime isn’t a mall based store (unless you’re lucky enough to be in nyc) i cant stop drooling over this floral drop waist dress (perfect for work with a blazer),  fun fringe-y top (worn on one of my fave bloggers Natalie Mason here) and chanel inspired rebecca minkoff denim bag

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fit to be tasseled

tassels + crystals + $25 just can’t be beat. snatch a pair of these up before they’re gone!

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and then wear them with….

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2. silk tank top

3. studded sandals

4. torn white denim

5. tribal clutch