May 29, 2015

Insiders Guide to Spring Accessories

FridayFridayFriday Happy Friday! I thought this week I would share an article I wrote recently for the blog over at my good friend Jia's boutique, Studio15Now that our closets are finally being turned over to shorts and dresses and all things spring, it's the perfect time to try out some funky accessories to add pop to your spring outfits.


FUN SHAPED BAGS

​Girl​, put away that giant tote you've been lugging all winter! Anything that's large enough to conceal a small child is way too heavy this late in the springtime. Try trading out your usual bag for one that's not only smaller, but colorful and an unexpected shape. Kate Spade has been leading the charge this season with their line of wicker animal-shaped handbags, but I'm also in love with this fun watermelon bag from ban.do that's perfect for picnics and beach trips!


Images from katespade.com
​ & ​
purseblog.com

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​Image from thetomkatstudio.com​


UNEXPECTED EARRINGS

Going along with the less-heavy-more-funky theme of the season, swap out your larger chandelier earrings for more petite styles that hug the ear. ​Especially popular this season are ear jackets, which have a small crystal or round post at the front of your lobe, and spikes or jewels hanging down from the back of the lobe. Another trend resurging are ear cuffs, especially those with spikes or delicate fringe-like chains.




​Images from baublebar.com & southbysoho.com​


HEADSCARVES
If you're a long-haired lady like me, spring and summer means ponytail season to get that hot hair up and off of your neck. My #1 go-to accessory when I'm running late on time ​(​and want to make my hairstyle look so much more elaborate than the two seconds it took to put it together​)​ is a headscarf. I own all three of the scarves below! Anthropologie is my favorite place to find them- they have great bright colors for spring and intricate beading that adds an extra luxe touch I've yet to find on scarves elsewhere.



Images from anthropologie.com

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​Image from southbysoho.com​
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SPIKES
The spike trend is still going strong this season - look for small, delicate spikes on earrings and bracelets, but also as a great detailing on sandals and flats. Those ​$900 ​Valentino rockstud sandals of Kat Tanita's might be out of reach for most of us, but brands like AshDolce VitaRebecca Minkoff and Vince Camuto all have great options for this season.

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​Image from withlovefromkat.com


​​Images from revolveclothing.comshoes.com shop.nordstrom.com​


ROUND MIRRORED SUNGLASSES
Last but not least, the quintessential spring accessory is a great pair of sunglasses. In lieu of the tried-and-true wayfarers and aviators, this season go for a mirrored pair (I'm loving blue and purple mirrors myself) and look for a large, more rounded shape with a plastic frame.




​​Photos from gorgeautiful.com & southbysoho.com​


What is your go-to accessory this season?



May 21, 2015

young & wild & professional









BLOUSE: ANTHROPOLOGIE // PANTS: RAG & BONE // HEELS: LOEFFLER RANDALL // 
PURSE: MICHAEL KORS // EARRINGS: REBECCA MINKOFF (sold out- LOVE THESE) // 
BELT: J. CREW // BANGLES: ALEX & ANI

As a young profesh in NYC, my everyday work staples start and end with fitted pants, a flowy blouse (my collection of white ones are starting to get out of hand...), a you-can-fit-everything-in-here satchel, and then some bling. These black Rag & Bone pants are my go-to, they're softer than denim and squeeze by the no jeans in the office rule, while still letting me dress for my style. The black and white combo is crisp and classic, and then I can easily switch out whatever accessories I'm currently into- a non-black purse, a metallic or colorful skinny belt (J. Crew has the best selection around) and stacks of bangles and mixed metal rings.

Oh and a fun tip for the stylish-but-money-saavy?
Those gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff earrings: $10 at the sample sale last week. Loeffler Randall pumps: 30% off sale, plus I asked for a discount because there was a pink spot on one and it was the last of my size. They gave me another 10% off. Tassel bracelet: 50% off the sale price at the C. Wonder going out of business sale.
Shop smart. Be patient and check back for sales. Often. Sign up for newsletters from your favorite brands that will send you discounts and tell you when there are pop-up sales. Investment pieces are worth it, but you can almost always find a way to make them fit your budget.

What's the splurge item you're waiting for? Leave me a comment below!


May 4, 2015

Weekend Casual












SWEATER: H&M (SIMILAR SAVE & SIMILAR SPLURGE) // JEANS: J. CREW // 
NECKLACE: DIY (SIMILAR) // BOOTIES: DV BY DOLCE VITA (also available in size 6 HERE) // 
EAR CUFF: REBECCA MINKOFF (SIMILAR) // BACKPACK: THRIFTED (BEACON'S CLOSET) // 
SPIKE BRACELETS: BENEVOLENT JEWELS & C. WONDER (also love THIS)

Being an always-slightly-chilled lady myself, this outfit combo is pretty much my go-to in any season. My comfy skinny jeans, oversized lightweight sweater, ankle boots and some bling.

My latest addition this year has been this awesome thrifted leather backpack. I've been carrying it a lot on the weekends when I'm heading to the park or the farmers market, or shooting for the blog: any time I'll be carrying a lot of stuff. It's unbelievable the different between carrying weight in a purse on one shoulder vs. splitting it between two with a backpack. It makes me feel 10 lbs. lighter! 




April 27, 2015

Another Weekend, Another Wedding












DRESS: KATE SPADE (on sale!) // CLUTCH: MICHAEL KORS // EARRINGS: ANTHROPOLOGIE (SIMILAR) // HEELS: J. CREW (old, similar Vince Camuto HERE) // RINGS: BANANA REPUBLIC (SIMILAR)


Cute boyfriend. Cute family. Cute dress. What more can you ask for?

The 2015 outdoor wedding season has officially started and I've got one down and 4 more to go before the fall! I am so glad I took the plunge and bought this Kate Spade dress (not that I didn't agonize over the decision for days) because (a) it is totally worth the investment to get one designer piece instead of a different $100+ dress for each wedding and (b) navy, I repeat NAVY, is my go-to neutral to start a formal outfit with. I paired the dress with nude heels (with a bow detail to match the dress) and yellow accessories to match Papa G, but I plan to switch it up with all blush pink, crisp white, or orangey red accessories at later weddings this year. If you're looking to invest in a good dress, I can't recommend navy in a thick, shiny fabric enough - it's the perfect year round color - not as heavy as black, but not as summery as a blush pink, and it can be paired with almost any color accessory, making it super versatile. 

Momma G's outfit:
DRESS: MARC NEW YORK (similar HERE and HERE) // CLUTCH: KATE SPADE (still available in black; similar Kate Spade pink HERE)  // NECKLACE: KATE SPADE (SIMILAR and on sale!)




April 17, 2015

Chilly & Casual







COAT: SANDRO (only left in navy) // TOP: FOREVER21 (SIMILAR) // 
PANTS: ZARA (SIMILAR, also love THESE in palm print) // SNEAKERS: C. WONDER (SIMILAR) // 
PURSE: KATE SPADE SATURDAY // SUNNIES: SIMILAR // RINGS: BANANA REPUBLIC (SIMILAR)


Hopefully the chilly days are fiiiinally coming to an end here in NYC, but I’ve loved wearing this olive wool jacket on windy days. The color and lighter weight are perfect for spring and fall, and can even be worn on not so cold days in winter. It has a great little fur collar detailing that’s thinner than most fur collars I’ve seen – it’s nice that it’s not too bulky-feeling for spring. This coat costs around $500 from Sandro, but I actually snagged it for $30 at my fave thrift shop, Beacon’s Closet!!

Fun fact: Apparently karma is a b**** for those who brag about their great jacket finds, because I had an entire venti coffee thrown on me by a stranger while wearing this coat the other day. I just got it back from the dry cleaners and spent about an hour brushing out the fur collar with my teasing comb to get it to look right again.
Good news: it was successful. Bad news: Beauty is pain, people. 



March 30, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer x Target


I'm not normally one to get so excited for Target collaborations, but the Lilly Pulitzer x Target collab is SPOT ON for everything I want to wear to the beach this summer. Lilly is one of those designers that the collegiate-southern-belle in me loves, but cannot usually justify buying because her collections are mainly filled with things I would only wear when vacationing somewhere tropical or tailgating my alma matter's football game 
(Read as: not very often. Or certainly not often enough to spend $150 on a pair of shorts). 

The Lilly x Target collection officially launches on April 19th, but you can still check out the lookbook online HERE, or browse all the things I'm going to buy for (fingers crossed) the 25th birthday trip I'm hoping to take...