max for the minimum

my friends and family know (and often laugh over) how much i love hunting for a good bargain– growing up in a small town, I could usually find more designer brands available at our local TJmaxx or at small consignment stores than at any high end store we had at the mall. i absolutely love the thrill of finding something unexpected at a great price, and even now with a plethora of shopping options at my doorstep, i still peruse TJ, H&M, forever21, eBay, etsy and thrift stores like Housing Works on the reg (last weekend over Easter I scored a Chanel-esque pair of woven slingbacks for $18).

so you can imagine just how happy I was to find this wedding guest-friendly dress, which is very reminiscent of a mixed print DVF one, at a very un-black tie price ($100)! wear it with sleek metallic accessories and a dark pout for a look that’s guaranteed to give the max for the minimum.

wear it with…

1– topshop maxi dress, $100

2– bajra silk shawl, $290 (20% off with code FF2018)

3– kenneth jay lane faux pearl drops, $60

4– schutz metallic sandals, $190

5– proenza schouler arizona scent, $100

6– chloe mini pixie bag, $990

 

and since i’ve gotten numerous requests for other spring event dresses, check out other floral picks by saloni, asos, rebecca taylor, vince camuto, alice & oliviatanya taylor, and reformation.

spring wardrobe round up

TGIF chicpeas! sorry for the unexpected absence this week, between work and the snow it was a long one. i for one could not be happier it’s fridayyyyyyyy. thank you to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. i will be emailing the winner later, so stay tuned!

today i’ve gathered up some of the latest wardrobe additions for spring, including pieces from some favorite designers and budget friendly dupes. time for another round of splurge vs. save. enjoy! Xx

splurges:blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

saves: blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

cuckoo for cobalt

i usually tend to gravitate towards the younger, edgier red carpet looks over more traditional “pageant gowns.” kiernan shipka is always a favorite of mine, as is emma stone, but it’s still unclear WTF happened to emma watson last sunday (did a toddler attack her bangs?… blechk). so i know this pick will be contentious, but nicole kidman was easily my best dressed from the Oscars. the shape, the sheen, the bow, the boning, the color, the shoe….and lets not forget, HER BOD. all flawless. 

i mean??????????? i would die a happy woman if i looked half as good as her on my wedding day, let alone AT AGE 50.

jennifer garner and several others also wore this shocking shade and killed it…which is making me feel the need to infuse a little cobalt into my own wardrobe. try it for yourself, with a few more plebeian picks.

#1 the draped top. for a cocktail party or GNO, how effortless and breezy.

#2 the body con dress— doesn’t this remind you something blake lively would wear? love the vintage inspired cut and long sleeves.

#3 the cute suit. i bought several one pieces last summer and am unlikely to turn back anytime soon. try this strappy version or a budget friendly find, both of which can go straight from the pool to lunch with a skirt, jeans or shorts.

#4 the extraaa earring. ostrich feathers? yes please. these would be so fun with a basic white dress and a low pony or bun. if tassels are more your style, try these instead.

#5 the monochrome outfit. i fell in love a few weeks ago with this bold monochrome look. the OTS top would be great stand alone with white jeans, but the matching wide leg pants make it feel very miami-ish.

#6 the heeled mule. how amazing would these be with a pleated skirt and baggy sweater? or as the perfect pop to any all black outfit.

#7 the mini. get the hue and the bow like Nicole with this black halo option.

ok now it’s time for input, what was your favorite look of the night?

love on top

valentine’s day may have been last week, but this weekend led to two new heart-themed discoveries. first up, new-to-me artist two friends, and their song out of love, which i’ve already forced my friends to listen to a few too many times (does anyone else get like that when they discover a new jam?!) second, this frilly heart splattered zimmermann frock. the bow shoulders and black/white color palette are such an early 90’s throwback, I can picture julia roberts’ character in pretty woman rocking it. for an upcoming spring fête, i plan to doll it up very extraaa with a pair of strappy heels, red lipstick, and some vintage YSL earrings (or these). can you say luuuurve! <3