this or that

to splurge or to save—the age old question (otherwise known as my daily angst). lately i have been on a SERIOUS shopping spree (yes, the amount where caps lock is necessary). to many of my friends im sure they are thinking “when is she not”…but spring has sprung, grass is green and new york has once again become the most social place on the planet… so the need to up my wardrobe game has felt more like an affirmative “!!!” and less of a question. luckily to help me counteract some of the impending damange, ive rounded up five look alikes at more budget friendly prices–as buddha would say, its all about balance, right?

#1 one shouldered dress. for an upcoming fete i want to try a more full skirt style–thinking of trying this one shoulder cocktail dress or a nearly identical style in blush pink

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#2 strappy nude sandals. to go with above dress, i love love love this nude aquazzura c’est chic style, worn by some of my favorite bloggerinas all around the web, but the steve madden doppelganger will have to do (especially since new york seems to be ruining all my favorite heels these days).Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.20.10 PM

#3 striped crop top. i havent fully invested in the crop top trend, but may be willing to change my tune for this tie front crop top or a short sleeved one

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#4 floral maxi dress. may or may not have swooped up a low backed version but i might sell my kidney for this dreamy thakoon

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#5 flared jeans. this seasons denim is all about bringing back the flare (a move i applaud since they can make legs look long for days). sadly the last time this trend was in cycle was circa 10th grade, so i no longer fit into my high school faves–forcing me to debate the merits of a slimming dark pair by mih or getting my sea legs back with an inexpensive AEO pair

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coats for spring

no, not an oxymoron. following up on a request from the always chic @jennysandroses, today im highlighting my favorite spring jackets. april showers and chilly nights have me in desperate need to stock up on a few new types. here’s several styles ive got my eye on.

half trench, half utility jacket + the perfect shade of green, this style is casual enough for saturdays but sleek enough for the office

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a classic denim jacket is always the right layering piece

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nothing says fresh like a stark white coat

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go for practical and brave the rain in this hooded burberry brit

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swap out your favorite black leather jacket for a lighter nude color

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ive been wanting to try a less structured silky style like this one (especially after seeing this chic pea rock hers)

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stick with a classic balenciaga and you’ll never regret it (or finish paying for it)

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last but not least, think outside the box and slip on a pastel belted vest (also love this cargo marissa webb style)

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bloggeritas- what jackets will you be wearing this spring?! which style is your favorite?

good things come in threes

thank you marg for introducing me to my favorite flats. i ordered these puppies in three colors and haven’t looked back. they have so far been accused of being this vince pair, these classics by jenni kayne, and another pair by j.crew. best part? they are only $60 and insanely comfortable! pretty much win win.

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zara red flats

dorsay flats

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1. white silk tank

2. grey ripped skinnies

3. black iro jacket

4. gold stacked rings

5. essie “lollipop” polish

6. gold ear crawler

steal her style #3

whenever im in doubt for what to wear, i go for a monochrome look. in new york this typically translates to all black– but lately i have been feeling less chic pea and more sephora employee rocking this. with spring weather (hopefully) here to stay, i think its time to lighten up a bit. thank god for pinterest which led me to copy the look of this cool glamour girl. get her style and try an all nude look. ps-the accessories are key to keep all brown from looking blah.

nude outfit 1

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1. jersey top

2. crocodile clutch

3. scalloped flats

4. suede skirt

5. bangle (25% off currently!)

6. bangle

7. sunglasses (option 2)

8. necklace