summer in the city

while most people (at least life according to Instagram) are currently headed to various summer vacations, beach getaways and tropical destinations, this working girl is sticking to the mean streets of nyc, at least Monday-Friday.

leave it to one of my favorite fashion blogs, le catch, to have me clamoring for the perfect new summer office staple — a linen blazer. as with anything featured on le catch, most items go quickly, so I was happy to snap up the j.crew style below before it sold out (hopefully it will be restocked soon).

a lightweight linen style can be thrown over a shift dress for days you don’t feel like getting dressed (ie after too many margs at happy hour the night prior), or it can do double duty over a t-shirt on chilly weekend evenings. but since the temperature in my building is set on arctic, I can’t wait to wear mine with some crisp white loafers, a knit shell, and basic work pants. of course, oversized black shades are also necessary for warding off the summer glare on Park Avenue– perfect for stating “I might be relegated to a concrete jungle, but I’m on vacation in my mind!”

links to items above (left to right)

sunglassesle specs, saint laurent, krewe, tom ford

blazersrebecca vallance, lafayette 148, j.crewbanana republic

(plus more blazer options by h&m, white house black market, mango, and zara)

pants– rag & bonetibinanette leporej.crew

loaferssteve maddenjoie, freda salvadorgucci

swaparookskis

pardon the silence– january was a wild ride! life in 2016 has been amazing thus far but i have barely had time to take a breath, let alone make a blog post. today’s theme (or lack there of) is all about some current covets and serious fashion dopplegangers ive discovered across my internet perusals. lets get started– shall we?

#1 with spring weather right around the corner, im in the mood for some funky cropped jeans. luckily the geniuses at rag & bone came out with a striped pair that evoke the isabel marant ones which were a celeb cult classic

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save   splurge

#2 this lace up bikini is a dead ringer for this pricier mara hoffman style. check out the new VS swim collection this year (including this and this one)– they have a bunch of new styles that are copy cats for more exclusive brands like triangl and same swim.

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save    splurge

#3 speaking of laces, there are now a bunch of great options (a, b and c) that mimic the expensive aquazurra flats myself and every other fashion blogger lusted after

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save   splurge

#4 last weekend i was in nola for mardi gras (and the baby’s 21st birthday! <3 you sek) and finally took the plunge on a pair of krewe du optic sunglasses. this brand has been getting a lot of celeb spotlight lately, so grab a pair before they get mainstream. i bit the bullet on this oyster colored pair i’ve had my eye on. on a hilarious note, all 3 of my sisters and i ended up picking the same frame shape, in different colors, despite all their other great options (like this style!) i guess a predisposition to the st louis frame was a family affair?

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save      splurge

#5 off the shoulder is going to be an even bigger trend for Spring this year– i ordered this striped version after seeing it on my favorite le catch— after eyeing a more pricey style at intermix first.

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steal    splurge

stay tuned….more to come!

on trend

one of 2015s newest fads– the overall trend— has hit new york this summer in a big way. in typical city girl custom, the chic peas ive been seeing tend to keep it simple– think black, white, stripes, and oversized proportions- all while running around with a cold pressed iced coffee in hand.

while overalls day to day may take some getting used to, if im going to take a walk out of my comfort zone, i plan on going all out. I figure my festival debut at this weeked’s Governors Ball might be the perfect place! And in her honor, i may channel my inner Lana with a headwrap to boot– LKH have you bought your ticket yet?! 

overalls 1
overalls 2

overalls 3

style maven

 

1. white denim overall shorts (also in a light denim color)

2. sheer zig zag shirt

3. eugenia kim headwrap

4. arrow midi ring

5. strappy slides

6. cuyana tote in moss

this or that

to splurge or to save—the age old question (otherwise known as my daily angst). lately i have been on a SERIOUS shopping spree (yes, the amount where caps lock is necessary). to many of my friends im sure they are thinking “when is she not”…but spring has sprung, grass is green and new york has once again become the most social place on the planet… so the need to up my wardrobe game has felt more like an affirmative “!!!” and less of a question. luckily to help me counteract some of the impending damange, ive rounded up five look alikes at more budget friendly prices–as buddha would say, its all about balance, right?

#1 one shouldered dress. for an upcoming fete i want to try a more full skirt style–thinking of trying this one shoulder cocktail dress or a nearly identical style in blush pink

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#2 strappy nude sandals. to go with above dress, i love love love this nude aquazzura c’est chic style, worn by some of my favorite bloggerinas all around the web, but the steve madden doppelganger will have to do (especially since new york seems to be ruining all my favorite heels these days).Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.20.10 PM

#3 striped crop top. i havent fully invested in the crop top trend, but may be willing to change my tune for this tie front crop top or a short sleeved one

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#4 floral maxi dress. may or may not have swooped up a low backed version but i might sell my kidney for this dreamy thakoon

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#5 flared jeans. this seasons denim is all about bringing back the flare (a move i applaud since they can make legs look long for days). sadly the last time this trend was in cycle was circa 10th grade, so i no longer fit into my high school faves–forcing me to debate the merits of a slimming dark pair by mih or getting my sea legs back with an inexpensive AEO pair

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