Spring Shopping Wish List

Is it just me or does anyone else feel happier these days?  It cannot be a coincidence that my mood has changed now that it’s become warmer outside.  With winter on its way out, it’s time to do a bit of spring-cleaning.  By that, I mean throwing out what you don’t like in your closet and replacing them with all new things.  Have you started shopping the spring collections yet?  I have begun my research and, I’ve got to say, there are a lot of things out there that I want.  In fact, it is a bit overwhelming.  In the beginning of every season, I start things off by making a mood board of things that I want to purchase.  This is the best way to keep yourself organized and have a plan on what to shop for.  This will really help keep you from impulse shopping.  Now, I am totally guilty of this, but you want to add things that will complement your wardrobe and that are true to your personal style.  Your clothes tell a story, so a way to elevate your style is to make sure that there is cohesion in your wardrobe.  A mood board helps with this because you can really see what colors and silhouettes will work with each other.  Without further ado, today I am sharing with you my spring shopping wish list. There is an abundant amount of flowy dresses, patterned skirts and pants, heeled sandals, and lightweight jackets, all of which comes in soft hues and refreshing patterns.  My love for stripes and floral prints hasn’t changed.  In addition, I am obsessed with neutral and pastel colors.  I was able to make a nice selection that I think covers the bases. I can’t wait to hear what you think and if it will inspire your spring shopping!

 

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1. Cupcakes and Cashmere – Sid Faux Leather Jacket | 2. Joie – Kidmore Sneakers | 3.  J.Crew – Crewneck Sweater | 4. Club Monaco – Jouiette Printed Skirt | 5. Gigi New York – Claire Clutch | 6. Ann Taylor – Sheath Dress | 7. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar | 8. Kate Spade – Lorelle Sunglasses | 9. Zara – Mid-Length Dress | 10. Banana Republic – Brushstroke Crepe Top | 11. Hinge – Drea Peep Toe Sandal

 

 

 

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Wear Now & Later

Spring is creeping around the corner, and no one is happier about it than I am. Now, I know, we had a very mild winter, but there is nothing better than taking long walks outside, flowers blooming, and longer days. While we wait for warmer days, we need to start getting our closets prepared for a new season of fashion. All of your favorite stores are currently selling spring collections and this is the best time to shop. If you start shopping now, you’ll be sure to have a bigger selection and more sizes available to you. The only problem is that, at least where I live, it’s not quite warm enough to wear the newer clothes. March can still be cool and, as much as you want to wear lighter layers, you can’t just yet. However, I am so sick of turtlenecks, heavy coats, and tights. All I want to wear are my new purchases. That is why I am bringing back one of my favorite stories, Now vs. Later. This is when I choose three items that I love wearing for spring that, when paired well, can work for winter too. We are in that annoying transitional time of year when one day it’s hot and the next day it’s cold. The only way to survive is by layering, and I’ve become a pro at it.

 

WHITE JEANS

White jeans are my favorite because they can be paired with any color and style top. I really can’t wait any longer to wear them, so, before it gets warm, pair these jeans with a chunky sweater and your favorite jacket. Then, when the weather changes, wear it with a light blouse and sandals for a softer look.

 

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Melange Sweater | 2. Asos – Duffle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Charles & Keith – Booties

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Printed Blouse | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 5. Vince Camuto – Tarita Sandal

 

GINGHAM DRESS
I recently bought this dress and I want to start wearing it as soon as possible. For the now outfit I styled it with a heavy coat, scarf, and booties. This will make you more comfortable until you can ditch the layers for flats and a lighter trench. If you’re still in need of layers, try wearing it over a light turtleneck.

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Jacket | 2. Charles & Keith – Slouchy Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. Humble Chic – Infinity Scarf | 5. Nine West – Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Kate Spade New York – Square Studs | 2. Zara – City Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. H&M – Trenchcoat | 5. Asos – Tie Up Flats

 

MIDI SKIRT

I love this floral midi skirt from Zara and I have a feeling that this won’t be its last appearance on the blog. There are so many different ways I want to wear this for spring: with a blouse, flats, heels, a chambray shirt. The list just goes on and on. But, in the meantime, a sweater or turtleneck would look great with it. I suggest you find some rich colors for some contrast, either with a navy bag or chocolate brown booties.

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Turtleneck | 2. Gigi New York – Chelsea Crossbody | 3. Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Louise et Cie – Vianne Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. J.Crew Factory – Chambray Shirt | 2. Sole Society – Vaughn Clutch | 3.Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Cluster Turquoise Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Caged City Sandal 

 

 

 

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Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket

On one of my recent shopping excursions, I found a fabulous sleeveless jacket at Anthropologie. I have been aware of this trend for quite some time now but never really investigated it before until now. After purchasing my first ever sleeveless jacket, I can tell you that they aren’t as pointless as I thought they were. I mean, think about it. Why would you buy a jacket without sleeves? Isn’t it just a fancy vest? Maybe I was waiting to find the right one but now I feel as if my eyes have been opened to the styling possibilities of the sleeveless jacket. If you are looking for something to spice up your wardrobe, this is it. It can be worn over a skirt, jeans, or a dress, and it really brings a sleek fashionable element to your outfit. Experiment with the style by wearing different textures underneath and belting it for some structure. I think this is the perfect buy for spring because we’ll still be layering but it’s a lighter option for the warmer months. I really think this is a trend you should play around with for spring, and the following are some fabulous options to get you started.

 

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ANTHROPOLOGIE

SHEIN | ZARA | TOPSHOP

MISS SELFRIDGE | MANGO | TOPSHOP

 

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It Bag For Spring: Zara’s City Bag

If you’re going to carry one bag this spring, make it Zara’s City Bag. This is Zara’s signature bag and every season it is re-designed to be better than ever. There are three different styles to choose from and I really can’t decide which color to get. Maybe I should just get all three? My favorite element of these designs is the two-toned color. You can carry one in nude and white, navy and white, and a light to dark pink variation. Since I primarily wear white, navy, and nude, these bags will go with my wardrobe seamlessly. Other than their color, the size is also why I’m drawn to it. I always tend to carry less with me when it’s warmer because I don’t need as many accessories like hats and gloves. I have only just scraped the surface of the fashions being offered for spring, but I do know that this is what I will be carrying around this season. It is sophisticated, polished, and practical; all things that I look for when choosing my spring bag. Wear it with white jeans, a shift dress, or shorts. It’s very versatile and you’ll get a lot of use out of it. So what do you think? Is this the bag of your dreams, because it sure is mine!

 

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3 Ways To Wear A Turtleneck

Turtlenecks will never go out of style. In fact, now that fashion trends are taking a book out of the 70’s, turtlenecks are having a major moment. I, for one, am not in love with the 70’s trend. Yes I’m the one, but I am a lover of this sweater because of how practical it is and for its effortlessly chic style. Now that it’s February, a turtleneck is a very necessary item to wear, but you don’t want to get bored with it. Mix it up by tucking one into a midi skirt or layer it underneath a sleeveless dress. No matter how you style it, one thing is for sure, the turtleneck is incredibly comfy and cozy thing to wear. Whether you’re wearing a chunky turtleneck to stay warm or a sleeveless mock for a more sophisticated look, there are many different styles out there to try. Below are three different outfits to show you how to wear the turtleneck to stay warm this winter.

 

OVERSIZED

Really, who doesn’t love a chunky turtleneck? It’s basically a fashionable blanket with sleeves. Who wouldn’t want to wear that around all day? With this outfit, I paired the turtleneck with a mini skirt. You don’t want to wear an oversized sweater with wide legged pants. Instead, a mini skirt provides structure and balance.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck1.  Julie Vos – Link Bracelet | 2. Sole Society – Envelope Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Turtleneck | 4. Zara – Mini Draped Skirt | 5. Club Monaco – Hat | 6. Sam Edelman – Petty Bootie

 

SWEATER DRESS

I love wearing dresses and sometimes, during the cold months, they aren’t a very practical idea. However, thanks to this turtleneck style, you can wear a dress no matter how cold it is. Just make sure you pair it with tights so your legs stay nice and warm. Pair this turtleneck dress with a tote for the office or a clutch for happy hour. Either way, wear it with heels for a polished look.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck 1. KT Collection – Teardrop Beaded Earrings | 2. Charles & Keith – Tote | 3. Dorothy Perkins – Turtleneck Dress | 4. Ann Taylor Loft – Infinity Scarf | 5. Vince Camuto – Pump

 

TUCKED IN

Speaking of wide legged pants, they are a great complement to a turtleneck. The best way to pull off this style is to choose a lighter weight sweater and tuck it into these pants. Remember, a sleek turtleneck works best for layering. By tucking in a lightweight turtleneck, you can elongate your neck and arms, which will be very flattering to your figure. In addition to pants, you can also tuck a turtleneck into a midi skirt or under a sleeveless dress. But this outfit is probably my favorite.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck

1. Mango – Turtleneck | 2. Gigi New York – Carly Convertible Clutch | 3. Zara – Wide Cut Trousers | 4. KT Collection – Gold Chain Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Ink Suede Bootie

 

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Fashion Must-Haves For Fall

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 1. CAMEL COAT:  This time of year, I always invest in a new coat. Winter can be long and cold and by the end of it you can be sick and tired of your outerwear.  That is why I like to start off fall with a new coat; it gets me excited for the colder days instead of dreading them.  If winter depresses you, good news!  Brighter colored coats are in and my favorite color of the moment is the chic and elegant camel.

 

2. SATCHEL:  There are no rules about what bag you should be carrying for fall, but we do tend to need more stuff this time of year.  That is why I love carrying a larger bag and I am a big fan of this satchel. It’s versatile, sleek, and perfect for carrying around and organizing my crazy life.

 

3. TURTLENECK:  When choosing a warm layer, make sure that a turtleneck is high on your list. Sure it’s a classics, but it seems to be a very popular choice for your go-to sweater this season. Wear it with wide leg pants, a mini skirt, or underneath a sleeveless dress.

 

 4. SWEATER DRESS:  I love dresses and cold weather doesn’t keep me from wearing them.  I am very happy that sweater dresses are making a comeback this season because nothing keeps you warmer than chunky knitwear.

 

 5. SUEDE BOOTS:  Fall and boots go together like peanut butter and jelly.  They don’t make sense without each other.  Since suede is trending right now, it only makes sense that you invest in a great pair of suede boots.  Whether they have a short or tall heel, over the knee, or a bootie, you should have at least one pair in your closet.

 

6.  DANGLY EARRINGS:  Out of all of the accessory options, I have always favored earrings.  This season, I am happy to say that long dangly earrings are making a comeback and I couldn’t be happier.  Dangly earrings can be delicate or make a statement.  Either way, they are a fabulous accessory that will only elevate your style.

 

7.  MINI SKIRT:  Because the 70’s are influencing fashion right now, mini skirts are in.  Whether you wear them flared or straight, this style is coming in all kinds of prints and colors.  Wear them with tights, tall boots, and a turtleneck and you will be a street style star in no time!

 

8.  WIDE LEG TROUSERS:  I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I am not happy that bellbottoms are in-style right now.  That being said, if I am going to break away from my skinny jeans, I am definitely on board with the wide legged pant trend.  They are sophisticated and elegant.  I highly suggest you get a pair in white, but if you aren’t ready for that commitment, any color will do.

 

 

 

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Currently Coveting: Suede

This fall, suede is the fabric of the season.  There is no question that the 70’s have influenced the fashion designers’ fall collections and, one thing that has made a real comeback, is suede.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love leather, but there is a sophistication that suede has that leather lacks.  It can look retro yet professional, it can stand on it’s own or blend in with any outfit; basically suede is a versatile fabric that you need in your closet.  If you are going to wear one suede item this season, make sure that is a flared skirt.  I plan on pairing it with a mock turtleneck and leather booties.  It will be the perfect stylish outfit for a fall day.  There are a lot of fabulous options out there that I have added to this week’s Currently Coveting post.  One thing that I am loving is that designers are all embracing my favorite rich fall hues like chocolate, charcoal, maroon, and camel.  So tell me, have I convinced you to wear suede?  If not, maybe these items from my favorite retailers will do the trick!

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1.  Ann Taylor – Suede Cropped Jacket | 2. Dolce Vita – Hanover Fringe Bootie | 3. Zara – Suede Effect Dress | 4. Zara – Suede Crop Top | 5. Ann Taylor – Suede Tassel Belt | 6. TopShop – Suede Button Up Flared Skirt | 7. Asos – Shift Dress | 8. Mango – Suede Jacket | 9. Asos  – Fringed Cross Body Bag 

 
 
 

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