Spring Sprang Sprung

Mr. Larkin crop top | Levi’s wedgie hi-rise jean | Dolce Vita sandals | Michael Kors bag

Spring has finally sprung! Well, kinda. It’s back to feeling like winter, but I’m just thankful it was nice out enough to leave my winter jacket at home and break out a crop top and sandals for the day. It was one of those days where you wanted to spend all hours outside in the sun. Hoping that was just a little taste of what’s to come this summer!

Crop tops used to be an every day staple for me back home – I mean what else are you going to wear when it’s 90 degrees and humid every single day? But now that I’m living up north, my stomach hasn’t seen the light of day in months. I was excited to finally style a spring outfit – I’m itching to switch out the clothes in my closet for some lighter pieces. I especially love this top from Danish brand Mr. Larkin – its oversized sleeves are so fun and look flattering on anyone and it pairs perfect with your favorite pair of denim. Click through the links above to shop this outfit!

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All the Denim

Trading in my winter coat for this fun denim jacket! Warm weather is in the forecast for this weekend, meaning everyone will be out to play in New York City. An oversized, distressed coat like this is the perfect transitional piece into spring. You can throw it over anything for a casual, laid back look. Wear this to brunch or a stroll in Central Park, and even into the night for that dinner date you’ve been looking forward to all week.

I’ve had my jacket for nearly two years now and it’s a definite staple in my wardrobe. It’s so versatile too – you can even customize yourself with pins and patches for your own unique look. I love to pair it with black denim, such as in this look, or top off a flowy spring dress and some sneakers for the perfect daytime fit.

Check out some of the options below to add to your closet this season!

Moto Crop Denim Jacket, $79 at Topshop

Alexander Wang Cropped Denim Jacket, $395 at Net-a-Porter

Oversized Denim Jacket, $70 at Zara

Contrasted Seams Denim Jacket, $100 at Mango

Boxy Jean Jacket, $118 at Madewell

Denim Jacket, $20 at H&M

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Easter Funday

Happy Easter! With 60 degree weather, it officially feels like spring today, although the forecast does say it’s going to snow tomorrow (why am I not surprised anymore?). Taking this opportunity to wear this fun dress from my Wear This edit this past week!

I’ve been on a mission to find a good wrap dress and this one is only $20 at Urban Outfitters right now! I love it because it’s so versatile – I can wear it with boots like in these photos or throw on some white sneakers for a more playful look. It also draws so many similarities to the Réalisation Par Alexandra dresses I’ve been coveting for so long and at a quarter of the price! This is definitely a style steal if I’ve ever seen one.

Side note: I took these photos outside of the Sézane L’Appartement store in Nolita, so if you’re in the city you should definitely stop by to check out this gorgeous storefront! Find it at 254 Elizabeth Street.

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Wear This: Easter Dress Edition

Whether you’re celebrating Easter or Passover this weekend,one thing’s for certain – you’re going to need a great dress for all the festivities! This year, floral is out and classic prints such as polka dots and stripes are in. You can never go wrong with bold colors and all the ruffles. This azure blue is one of my favorite shades for the season. Definitely makes me want to shed my winter coat and jet off to somewhere tropical stat.

No matter if you’re hunting for eggs or eating all the matzah, you’re sure to steal the show with one of these fun styles below!

Gingham Skater Dress, $46 at Lulu’s

Zimmermann Mini Dress, $995 at Net-a-Porter

Striped Dress, $50 at Zara

Stripe Ruffle Midi Dress, $90 at Topshop

Rhode Mini Dress, $385 at Net-a-Porter

Pleated Dress, $170 at Mango

Striped Side Split Dress, $65 at Topshop

Polka Dot Wrap Dress, $30 at H&M

Ruffle Wrap Dress, $20 at Urban Outfitters

 

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Layered State of Mind

Since it’s been so cold for ages, I’ve had to come up with new ways to switch up my daily outfits. Layering is the best option to stay warm and still look chic. I’m so sick of wearing the same thing every week, which usually consists of some kind of knit, a pair of pants and one of three jackets. I’ve also decided I’m not buying anymore winter gear this year unless it’s 1) a great sweater on sale or 2) a pair of snow boots on sale (only because next winter will be my third in the city and I have to accept the fact that I’m not a Floridian anymore). Lately, I’ve been obsessed with layering camis (even though this is actually a dress) over turtlenecks! It’s a great way to break out a summer staple a few seasons early. Shop the items below to get a similar look!

 

Knit Turtleneck, $25 at H&M

Vinyl Chain Belt, $38 at Topshop

Silk Camisole, $50 at J. Crew

Skinny Jeans, $128 at Madewell

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Spring Blues

Four days into spring and I’m still wearing thick sweaters and heavy jackets. I’m so over this weather and ready to break out the sundresses and sandals and have picnics in the park. I’m hoping April brings along some heat, but I guess I’ll embrace the sweater weather while I still can.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on all your cold weather essentials. Big, chunky sweaters like this are starting to go on sale, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t bring yourself to overpay for a plain ‘ol pullover. This blue knit is a gem and I surprisingly stumbled upon it on a random Tuesday at H&M for only $17! I also picked up another similar to this, but flecked with orange for just $20 (see it on my Instagram here). Both were originally $49.99, which isn’t an outrageous price for a sweater, but there are a million other things I’d rather buy with $50.

You can never have too many sweaters and they’re essential pieces for a capsule wardrobe. I’m definitely holding on to both for next fall to add a bright pop of color to my wardrobe!

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Wear This: Miami Music Week Edition

Miami Music Week is just getting started and unfortunately, I won’t be partaking because I’m currently stuck in a snow storm, but a city girl can dream of warmer places, right? Although I do love a good chunky sweater and layers upon layers, Florida style will always have a special place in my heart. This week’s roundup is filled with bold florals, cheeky accessories and bikinis galore!

If you’re heading down south this weekend, you’ll want to take some style inspo from some of my picks below. Whether you’re kicking off festival szn at Ultra, soaking up the sun on South Beach or straight up chillin’ at one of the many pool parties, there’s one thing to keep in mind – it’s going to be HOT (as it always is). Miami is the one place where wearing less is truly more.

And if the Magic City isn’t your thing, take some notes because you’ll definitely want to incorporate some of these fun pieces into your summer wardrobe.

Solid & Striped Swimsuit, $170 at Net-a-Porter

Bamboo Coffer Bag, $80 at Mango

Strappy Sandals, $65 at Topshop

Le Specs Sunnies, $119 at Revolve

Floral Linen Dress, $50 at Mango

High Waisted Shorts, $52 at Topshop

Woven Tote Bag, $50 at Zara

Stone Fox Swim Top, $92 at Soleil Blue

Floral Mules, $46 at Zara

Mary Jane Sunflower Dress, $210 at Realisation Par

Kaohs Bikini Bottom, $84 at Soleil Blue

Rag & Bone Denim Shorts, $98 at THE OUTNET

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Wear This: Green Items That Don’t Suck

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those cheesy drinking holidays that have become so Americanized you can’t not participate. So, to avoid getting pinched this Saturday, you should probably throw on some green and call it a day. For those who aren’t tickled green, I’ve rounded up nine items that you can wear over and over even after March is long gone.

Funnel Neck Sweater, $65 at Topshop

Stan Smith Sneakers, $75 at Adidas

Striped Wide Leg Pants, $95 at Topshop

Tassel Earrings, $18 at Mark & Graham

Rixo London Wrap Dress, $345 at Net-a-Porter

Quilted Belt Bag, $40 at Topshop

Mixed Print Shirt, $80 at Mango

Raye Lady Slides, $148 at Revolve

Trench Coat, $80 at H&M

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Mind the (Gender) Gap

International Women’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop supporting one another. Thursday night, I attended Rebecca Minkoff’s two-part Press for Progress talk moderated by Jill Manoff, editor-in-chief of Glossy. It was so empowering to be surrounded by such strong and intelligent women discussing important issues encompassing the fight for gender equality.

The first conversation featured Anna Auerbach of Werk, a startup that aims to champion flexibility in the workday for women. Today, the standard work day is rigid. We work eight hours (or more) five days a week and there’s little room for play or to even take care of personal responsibilities such as raising a family. Women often get the short end of the stick due to this structure. You have so many amazing women killin’ it at their jobs, but then you begin to lose them along the way because life. They leave their jobs to raise their children for some time, but eventually never come back to work. Shockingly, 30% of women opt out of their jobs because of this, but 70% would have stayed if they had a flexible schedule.

Anna believes that if we close the flexibility gap, we can close the gender gap. It’s going to take a lot to accomplish this, but organizations such as Werk are taking the right steps to bridge that. If we can normalize the flexible workday, more and more women won’t be afraid to continue living their best lives.

The second talk featured Va$htie, a music video director, designer, DJ, social media personality – a girl who does it all. She’s just 36, but she’s done so much in her life including directing videos for Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber, working at a tattoo shop when she was only 12, being the first woman to design a pair of Jordans, traveling the world to create short films and DJing a pre-Oscar party recently, just to name a few.

Aside all of that badassness, the work she’s done has changed societal norms for the better and she’s been an activist for women in today’s culture. She broke into the streetwear game early and is dominating an industry that’s made up of mostly males. Her success stems from the fact that she’s always stayed true to herself despite being so different from everyone else.

Over the years, streetwear has been popularized in main society – especially with all the luxury brand collaborations popping up such as Louis Vuitton x Supreme, Off-White x Jimmy Choo, etc. Everyone’s trying to be the next hypebeast (hypebae?). To Va$htie, it’s always been a representation of who you are and where you come from and now it’s all encompassing, even for women. She’s shown that it’s okay to show off your boyish side and dress the way you want if that’s what makes you feel good.

It’s so important to have these conversations to raise awareness about gender inequality. There’s still so much that needs to be done, but with inspiring women like this leading the way, we’re on our way to closing that gender gap.

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