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.

steal her style #5

in need of a little monday outfit inspiration? look no further than taylor tomasi hill and this perfect fall look. she nails looking office acceptable (ie collared shirt and pencil skirt) while incorporating a plethora of funky pieces (embellishments, leather, OTK boots, stacked bangles), as only a former vogue accessories could do. this mix master perfectly bridges the gap between an uptown meeting and downtown drinks. plus, it can be adapted for almost any weather, given the lots and lots of layers. steal her style with these nine key pieces, below…

 

1– ruffled cotton blouse

2– cobalt clutch

3– quilted bomber

4– opaque tights

5– leather skirt

6– OTK boots

7– chain link bracelet

8– appliquéd sweater

9– tortoise shades

the black sheep

last week while perusing a few other fashion blogs (you can see an old list of ones i frequently read here), i stumbled across a yogurt launch on pink peonies. the topic of how i feel about using a fashion blog to launch a yoplait product is something i will save for another day (i lol-ed so hard at a reader’s comment that the event was nicer than her wedding, #amen girl). however, i was immediately struck by the image below, of a bonafide fashionista in a striking black jumpsuit– the black sheep of the group among a sea of pastel sameness.

I meannnn…how bananas does she look??! the haircut, the nail color, the sunnies….it strikes the perfect balance of trendy and classic…like she could have spent 3 hours or 3 minutes putting this look together.

i was already on the war path to recreate the look for myself, with an ordinary black romper, but as fate would have it, an unrelated scroll of h&m’s new arrivals a few days later found me THE EXACT ONE— grommets in the back and all. for a whopping $49!!!! mic drop.

since this insanely chic item is not likely to last, get yourself one before they’re gone. Now let’s deconstruct the rest of her epic look below…

1— h&m lace up jumpsuit

2— sculptural gold cuff (hers is fendi, now sold out)

3— a pop of coral lipstick

4round sunnies a la john lennon

5— chloe bracelet handled bag

6— simple beige mules

7–nars metallic polish

8— gold bauble bar drops

going nude

after 4 months of winter i am chomping at the bit to pack up my puffy coats and sweaters. so far we’ve had a few teasing days of temperatures in the 50 and 60s, and now i simply can’t bring myself to put on another pair of black tights. the current rainy drizzle outside is hindering me for now, but i can’t wait for the days of bare legs again- it makes getting ready in the morning SO much easier. the perfect spring work outfit? a bright shift dress, nude heels and a light trench or jacket. the best part? skin colored heels give you legs for daysssszzzz. check out the inspo below…

below are a roundup of my favorite new picks…. aren’t those bow mules are to dieeee for?! especially if they turn my legs into Alessandra’s. yes, please.

1 jimmy choo

2 chloe

3 l.k. bennett

4 nine west

5 dolce vita

6 gianvito rossi

7 gap

8 stuart weitzman

9 sam edelman

beauty tip: how to get those gams ready to see the world after months under wraps? a good exfoliating scrub (loveee all things lush), one of these and a bottle of yummy smelling shave cream, a few tan towels or a classic bottle of jergens (excited to try the new in shower formula), plus my favorite post bath moisturizing cream and a light body oil to get that dewy look.