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.

sweet stripes

Forget Easter Eggs & peeps, i’d rather put the pastels on my feet– in the form of some candy colored stripes! Pair with a basic white dress or some cropped wide leg culottes for an easy Sunday look.

1– zara

2– dolce vita

3– h&m

4– diane von furstenberg

5– prada

6– loeffler randall

saunder-ing into spring

Jonathan Saunders first collection for DVF is finally available and i for one can’t get enough of the freshness he’s infusing into the brand. many of you know i interned at DVF back in my college years, so it has always held a soft spot in my heart. i’m also personally a big fan of Diane (but who isn’t?) and everything she stands for around female empowerment; i highly recommend her book.

however over the last few years, the fashions got stale, and whoever was designing stretched out some of the signature cuts and prints just a leeeeetle too far. it was becoming a bit cougar-esque with all the hot pink and black, deep v’s, cheetah prints, etc. and i found myself buying fewer and fewer pieces.

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thank goodness our girl knew just the man to shake things up– with jonathan saunders appointed creative director last May. while the aesthetic of saunders’ namesake line was always a little more bohemian grunge than uptown girl like Diane’s, he is a fellow master of prints. he stayed true to her heritage and pulled smartly from the archives for a slight 70’s influence in the collection. i love the clean lines and some of the newer fabrications (knits! jersey! sheer!) he is bringing into the brand. plus, the styling is super young and funky–circle bags, anklets, silver boots–all very 2017. check out my favorite looks from the show and shop available pieces below.

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that dress + those earrings plsss! fierce.

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the ‘downtown cool’ version of a floral

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asymmetrical top heaven + those white pants though…

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a lady who lunches (and probably works at barneys) but lives in the LES

a few of the pieces available to order now—

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gingham print dress

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knit set

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ruffled jumpsuit

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green pleated pants + chain lace jacket

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hammered earrings

ok ok i’ll stop already, but i probably could have posted about 10 more looks i love. so many yummy stripes, prints and patterns– it’s going to be hard to choose what to buy first! stay tuned for his next show (Fall 17) on Feb 12th.

the london beat

Cheers loves– hope you all had a great weekend. i’m back in action after a quick trip across the pond last week for work. it was my first time in the UK and I absolutely loved it. i’m sure this statement will offend any brits reading, but to me, London is kind of like New York and Paris had a baby: a hybrid city with the fast-paced energy of New York + the history and beauty of continental Europe. i stayed at the adorable stafford hotel, right on St James Park, and during my free time got to hit a few of the high points– including big ben, buckingham palace and the churchill war rooms, plus dinner at the ever exclusive 5 hertford eating club (thanks boss!). here’s a few highlights but see more pictures from my trip here.

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spring blooms in green park
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making friends with big ben

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a well deserved aperol spritz after miles of walking

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sir james outram statue at whitehall gardens

as always, i was on the hunt for the latest and greatest sartorial inspiration (does it make me a freak that trend spotting is literally my favorite travel past time?), and london ladies did not disappoint. while most of my time was spent in the west end (the UES equivalent) among a sea of trench coats, cardigans and dignifiedly dressed professionals, i got some extra London flavor walking around Notting Hill and vintage shopping on Portobello road. my favorite finds included some chunky turquoise indian jewelry, a very rocker esque leather jacket, a colorful embroidered clutch, and scooping up a b.a.n.a.n.a.s stop-the-printing-presses worthy 70s cocktail dress for a friends upcoming nuptials. i squeezed a lot in for just 48 hours! the highlights of my fashion field work are below.

what’s hot now in london town: 

  • red loafers. while i was amazed (and adored) the wide variety of flats, loafers and lace up oxfords i saw trekking around, all a true testament to brits no-nonsense attitude, my favorites were a pair of bright red gucci loafers i saw with slim black work pants. they were punchy plus practical and made an otherwise boring work outfit look effortlessly cool.

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  • embroidered denim. while le catch always seems to beat me to the punch, i saw quite a few city go-ers donning the latest embellished pairs, which i think will be big this spring and even more popular come fall. there’s something slightly 90s about these (did anyone else have some from Lucky brand in middle school?), but are a welcome change to my constant rotation of distressed skinny jeans. while i doubt this will be a long lasting trend, try an inexpensive pair from topshop or gap (currently 40% off).

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  • neck scarves. while entirely useless from a warmth perspective, i saw a handful of bold chic peas rocking square scarves tied cheekily around their necks, bags and wrists (reminds me of the bandanas featured in the spring ’16 Coach collection). worn with everything from sweatshirts to dresses and silk blouses, they made a strong statement and had me wanting to tie one on, literally.

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scarf options– 1 dvf  2 jcrew 3 gucci

  • mini bags. crossbodies have been the bags du jour for the last 2-3 years, but in london, it seems the trend towards shrinking continues and the smaller the bag the better. the most popular styles i saw were the ruched miu miu, the celine phantom made teeny, the fendi minis, and a few boxy styles like this zac posen.

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  • blue blazers. as any fashionista knows, a good outfit is all about balance. UK girls haven’t given up on staple items like a navy blazer or a cardigan to balance out trendy items. i love the look of this classic prep school item mixed with jeans or a midi skirt, especially when it has a slightly nautical feel to the cut.

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a+ options include a two-button brooks brothers or more alternative rag & bone

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.06.57 PMi have lots more to cover from my trip, but won’t overload you all in one day. hope you have a great start to the week and will be back with more soon. Xx