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?!

wrap it up

i got a reader request (yay!) for a post on the items i wore in miami a few weeks back. for those interested, it features this striped wrap skirt from revolve, along with a one piece from solid & striped, ace of something straw hat, pair of knock off k jacques sandals which have since sold out from h&m, and old joie beach tote. The skirt is one of my favorite spring purchases but unfortunately has not been able to leave my closet since this trip…

over the past few years i’ve found myself wearing fewer and fewer skirts with the influx of good denim out there, but i’m destined to change that this summer. i love the idea of pairing a ruffled mini with a tshirt and jean jacket for saturday brunch, with sneaks and a sweatshirt for a girlie meets tomboy look, or obviously over a swimsuit as an easy coverup alternative.

want one for yourself? other top ruffled mini picks include ones by j.crew, tularosazara, alice + olivia, LPAfor love and lemons, isabel marant and h&m.

1– vneck tshirt  2– illesteva sunglasses   3– jean jacket 4– superga sneakers  5– polka dot mini

work it girl

ah, dreaded monday is here again.

a friend of mine is starting a new job at a tech startup this week and reached out for some advice on how to nail a very casual office dress code. While most people would be psyched to have the freedom to wear pretty much whatever you want to work, as a female who’s grown up in pretty formal business settings, I can relate to how untethering this transition might be. sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming.

first, let’s source some inspiration…



as you can see highlighted in many of the shots above, there are a few staples any working girl should own. these include a white cashmere crewneck, well tailored cropped black pants, a pointy flat (these or these) and a navy blazer. however, outside those parameters, i have come up with a pretty standard recipe of key items for getting dressed in a hurry monday – friday.

my six piece recipe:

 

Links (listed left to right)

studs: j.crew    elizabeth & james    blue nile    tiffany

jackets: iro    banana republic    helene berman

bags: asos    tory burch    proenza schouler    bvlgari

tops: banana republic    theory    iris & ink

bottoms: tibi    re/done    rebecca taylor    iro

shoes: jcrew    nicholas kirkwood   ann taylor    frye

 

CPs- are there things I missed? what are some of your go-to work staples? let me know!