don’t go knockin’ on my door

looking for the absolute easiest (and sweat proof!) way to add a little fash-un to an ordinary outfit? oversized gold earrings take any look up a few notches…

 

the other weekend i had no idea what to wear (do i ever?!) and settled on a black tank paired with some oversized vintage clip-ons. i ended up getting several inquiries on them, which took me down an etsy/pinterest/real real rabbit hole hunting for more the next day.

while i’m partial to the “door knocker” 80’s style (the horizontal loops like #5, which look great with a low ponytail btw), there are such a range of awesome styles available right now, and many bargain finds. especially as the temperature rises, bold earrings are such an easy thing to put on, elevating any basic tank top or shirt dress into a fashionista-worthy ensemble.

a round up of picks below..

1– joanna laura constantine ($205)   2– mango ($20)   3– faye andrada ($285)

4– kenneth jay lane ($88)   5– kenneth jay lane ($60)   6– kate spade ($78)

7– jennifer behr   8– forever 21 ($5)   9– urban outfitters ($16)

10– sweet & spark ($58)   11– jc penney ($9)   12– chanel ($2,225)

want some vintage options? my favorites are these, these, these and these

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 #2 – tory burch

Last week I had the opportunity to meet Tory Burch during a small group session with her and Sallie Krawcheck —two boss ladies who have both had amazing careers (Sallie is the former President of Bank of America). They discussed their experiences in the workforce and Tory’s admirable foundation, which gives funding to female entrepreneurs. While I have always looked up to Tory, meeting her in the flesh and hearing exactly how she started her business gave me a newfound appreciation and a SERIOUS girl crush. I could wax and wane for hours but seriously, she is an impressive person–graceful, understated and one smart cookie (not to mention as pretty as you would think).

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But of course, we must discuss her outfit. Tory embodied her style to a T- looking the perfect balance of chic fashion mogul, upper east side mom and preppy school girl. She was wearing a printed silk shirt dress (one of her own from a former season) with a maroon short sleeve sweater and some fawn colored suede stilettos- no tights. She had some really beautiful jewelry on that looked heirloom but also added the perfect modern sparkle (like treasures she had handed down from her grandmother, but was wearing her own way). It was great inspiration for some simple tricks to elevate your most basic outfits and mix up things I already own.

inspiration #1: work day polished

 

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while i would never think to wear a short sleeved sweater over a dress, the look worked– it was totally effortless, with the right amount of polish for even a corporate environment. her dress actually had a print to it, which i loved, but i opted for mixing a print into the sweater instead. any trip to her website will reveal how much of a stripe girl she is, so this j.crew number is the perfect match. also, i have never in my life wanted a pair of brown heels before, until i saw Tory wearing a pair. they elongated her legs and were as mix-and-matchable as any nude pair.

1. silk shirt dress (or another great windowpane print option)

2. striped j.crew sweater (on sale!)

3. cluster sparkle earrings –hers were some pretty bombsh sapphires

4. archaeological ring

5. cognac manolo blahniks

 

Inspiration #2: UES off duty

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for more casual weekend wear, I also see her in classic americana pieces like a great pair of trousers and some driving moccasins for running around on the weekends.

1. chloe chain drop necklace

2. while red mocs might seem flashy, its the perfect pop

3. more stripes! a pair of her own design

4. simple chambray shirt

5. classic fendi structured satchel (might be my next big purse purchase)