spring wardrobe round up

TGIF chicpeas! sorry for the unexpected absence this week, between work and the snow it was a long one. i for one could not be happier it’s fridayyyyyyyy. thank you to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. i will be emailing the winner later, so stay tuned!

today i’ve gathered up some of the latest wardrobe additions for spring, including pieces from some favorite designers and budget friendly dupes. time for another round of splurge vs. save. enjoy! Xx

splurges:blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

saves: blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

mondaze.

monday- the dreaded day of the week where weekend fun comes screeching to a halt and you get smacked in the face with reality. this week prepare for battle in a stunning iro jacket – i discovered it at a hotel boutique of all places last weekend while staying at the one (a new place i highly recommend!).

while i typically am not a fan of red, this ikat print is just too good to pass up (although the jacket also comes in cream & black combo here). it can easily go from work to weekend drinks and pretty much everything in between. plus the slightly padded shoulders and open front are seriously flattering– you have to try it on to really be amazed.

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if its $700 price tag is too much to stomach, i found this practically identical style from ann taylor loft

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wear it with: 

2. cap toe pumps in the style of the cult classic chanel ones all zee fashionistas have been rocking

3. cropped flares from zara

4. raffia circle tote from my favorite clare vivier

5. simple black topshop tank

6. choker necklace

have a great week! i’m off to london tomorrow– stay tuned!

mall rat

as some of you know, i have to do store checks for my job 2-3 times a week (tough, right?). but sometimes after trolling through various malls all around the tri state area, i feel like nothing more than a mall rat. like those kids who worked in the food court in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (the PEAK of mall rat days)

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the silver lining of all these hours logged is that I have seen every inch of new Spring product and there is some GOOD stuff to be found. luckily I am willing to share my secret finds with you, my loyal readers. here is the low down, by store.

#1 madewell: nothing better for spring than a slouchy t-shirt dress like this one, paired with some chuck taylors. also into a geometric lace tank. other discoveries include this seersucker anorak to fend off spring showers, an awesome tassel bracelet, and a classic summer staple–denim boyfriend shorts (bonus that they share an uncanny resemblance to this more expensive pair)

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#2 Forever 21: another contender also bringing their A game has been Forever 21. I took a sabatacle from this store a few years ago, since I read this book, but sometimes you just can’t beat it for a few trendy items to add to your mix. i stocked up on these simple sandals in two colors- the rose gold is so good! and had a great find in this rag and bone t-shirt knock off. also die over this great scuba crop top, and a button down shirt dress (which reminds of one i’m lusting over by Alexander Wang)

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#3 LOFT: Ann Taylor’s younger sister has really stepped their game up this spring, with a ton of colorful Rebecca Taylor-ish designs. I am pretty obsessed with this lace tee, ending up buying this fun ikat wrap skirt. Other finds? this simple chambray dress,   a cool crochet sweater and fun printed d’orsay flats. also they have been running 30-40% off of everything, so there are some good bargains to be found.Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.46.37 PM
#4 j.crew: j.crew is getting back to basics this season, but still has plenty of new arrivals to spice up your wardrobe. my favorites include sassy silky pants, a navy textured midi skirt, Mara Hoffman printed romper, pleated linen shorts, and a marni-inspired pendant necklace

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#5 Banana Republic: new creative designer marissa webb‘s product won’t launch until April (you can tell this girl is excited)–but to tide you over, check out this melon colored shift, some distressed white denim, a striped tank and destined to be cool stacked heels

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#6 piperlime: while piperlime isn’t a mall based store (unless you’re lucky enough to be in nyc) i cant stop drooling over this floral drop waist dress (perfect for work with a blazer),  fun fringe-y top (worn on one of my fave bloggers Natalie Mason here) and chanel inspired rebecca minkoff denim bag

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