spring swaps

today i rounded up 5 dupes for some of the hottest designer brands this spring. i am especially loving all things ulla johnson and banjanan right now– something about spring weather makes me crave that ethereal, flowy hippie-hanging-in-the-park vibe (i.e. phoebe on girlfriends guide).

since this isn’t my typical style, i tend to mix in lower priced boho pieces and spend more on classic, big ticket items. luckily i have found tons of dupes at h&m, topshop, zara and mango (my “core 4” fast fashion stores) as well as other random finds at target and old navy.

iro- save, splurge

flagpole swim- save, splurge

ulla johnson- save, splurge

staud- save, splurge

banjanan- save, splurge

are there other styles for Spring ’19 you’d like to find dupes for? if so, lmk! happy short week CPs!

march madness

while i love many seasons of the year, march is undoubtedly one of my favorite times– especially since living in new york. you can finally feel the first hints of spring: morning commutes are brighter and (slightly) more bearable, the bodegas are selling daffodils, the buzz of people leisurely strolling returns, easter candy arrives on shelves. and of course there’s the best basketball all year! for those of you who don’t know this about me, i absolutely LOVE college basketball, especially the Hoos.

however today features a different kind of madness- the shopping kind. i went on a ~spring spree~ at h&m the other day and really racked up the points. i planned to return the things that didn’t fit, but ended up keeping everything. practically a whole new wardrobe for less than $300! they have so much great freshness, including the cropped anorak jacket pictured above, and a chic pair of slides that remind me of the row, and a dupe of this epic zimmermann blouse. with every item under $50! (and most under $25!!), my trip was pretty much a slam dunk.

what i “scored”…

1. cotton anorak 2. crocodile slides 3. floral midi skirt

4. graphic scarf 5. paper bag pants 6. cropped woven blazer

7. pleated knit dress 8. resin earrings 9. snake print blouse

CPs- HOO loves my sports themed shopping analogies?!

winter wonders

after a week in Cali, i am (hopefully) headed back east– and apparently straight into NY’s first snow.

since jet blue isn’t currently cooperating, i stole time to round up a few winter ready picks necessary to get back in the city swing of things. compared to sunshine and 60, i’ve realized that NY life has not only pushed me towards all black everythinggg, but also more toward a blend of function & glam. it makes me crave a little ~edge~ that warmer weather fashions just don’t allow.

currently, i am loving the idea of a fancy print coat or embellished party sweater with some joggers and sneaks– comfy and cozy, slush friendly, and also holiday ready without trying too hard. and as a PSA for anyone in need of a more casual jacket, ive been wearing this tory sport-like bargain over yoga clothes and chunky knits for the last two weeks straight! fingers crossed i finally get out of this airport. Xx

1– metallic sneaks 2– cashmere joggers 3– leather weekend bag

4– miracle cure (i have been slathering this everywhere!, including painfully dry post-shave legs)

5– leather dress 6–pom pom beanie

7–shearling platforms (perfect for a winter commute) 8–leopard jacket

9– beaded sweater 10– crystal drops 11–matte lipstick 12– cocoon coat

mad for mango

this is a new type of post for me….the dressing room diaries… so please be nice! i would love feedback on whether you love or hate this idea.

last week i went to return a pair of pants at mango and ending up spending an hour in the dressing room with all sorts of great finds. they really have been nailing it lately. so, i decided to document the process!

i frequently feature items on le blog without seeing them in person, and i thought this would be a great way to show how some things look in real life, especially since there were so many things i loved but did not end up buying. a professional photographer/fit model i am not (I’m 5’3″ for reference), but hopefully you will still enjoy these behind the scene snaps!

the printed silk dress

i absolutely loved this dress and may head back to buy it. the deep V neckline and ruching was so flattering! it would be perfect for a summer cocktail party or wedding. i also tried on this green version, which has a similar garden party type of vibe but was a little more matronly. if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to nail the floral dress trend, there are a bunch more options on their website to peruse. lastly, i tried on this slinky jumpsuit –sadly it was way too long in the torso on me– but would be a great option for taller gals.

the knit tank

i loved the idea of this top, paired with some dark flared jeans for a 70’s sort of look. however, i couldn’t decide if the actual fit was actually more beverly hills 90210 in reality. this one didn’t come home but i went with a boxier tassel style to pair with shorts.

the funky flats

i was immediately obsessed with these embellished burnt orange mules, which reminded me of something a very cool interior designer gal i know would wear. as i have found with most mules, they run a tad small so size up 1/2 size. my practical brain prevailed, however, and i decided these silver ballet flats were something i could actually incorporate into both my corporate and weekend wardrobe. they are super comfy and look much like a newly released everlane style.

the oversized button mini

i wanted this dress after seeing it on the ever chic jacey dupree, but decided very much that, unlike her, i looked like a flight attendant in it. the black was a little too harsh on me and the neckline has a rounded collar that i just didn’t love. au revoir oversized buttons.

other things i purchased and didn’t document? this baggy short sleeve sweater, these marni inspired resin earrings, and a slouchy pair of plaid pants.

still want more mango? my online cart currently holds this striped linen dress which is a dupe for this hit faithfull style, a netted bucket bag (the perfect summer statement piece!), some high-waisted belted shorts that channel Julia Roberts in pretty woman, and an office friendly sleeveless knit. shop on #mangogirls!