Buttoned Up

Buttons and micro-bags are having a major moment right now so what better way to create a look than by putting them both together? This linen midi dress is so perfect and the buttons only make it *that* much better. I love wearing this to work for a chic and easy look or for a relaxing Sunday brunch. The icing on the cake? I scored it at the Zara summer sale for just $40! It’s sold out now, unless you’re lucky and can snag one in store, but I’ve linked a very similar style (sans buttons) for $70 below.

I still don’t know how to feel about the micro-bag trend, but I just love this bag so much and haven’t used it in nearly 10 years (does that make it vintage?!). The only reason is because I’m so used to carrying everything around with me, and with this bag I can only tote the essentials. Luckily it’s roomy enough to hold my phone, wallet and keys, which is all I really need!

If you’re looking for a good Chanel slingback dupe, this pair from Zara is to die for. They’re not an exact replica and the vinyl makes them truly their own. They’re surprisingly comfy, and for $50 they’re a fraction of the price point and way more practical for walking around those city streets.

Top off the look with any delicate gold jewelry. I’m loving all the rings right now and this Starburst Signet from Mejuri is everything. It fits perfectly and always reminds me to keep my pinky up.

Petite Malle Monogram at Louis Vuitton, $5,200

Striped Tunic at Zara, $70

Starburst Signet at Mejuri, $59

Heeled Vinyl Slingbacks at Zara, $60

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Gucci Gang

The Gucci slipper is my absolute favorite shoe for spring 2018. I’ll admit, they are a bit of a splurge (but totally worth it with my employee discount!). It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a proper pedicure, so I’m opting for this loafer style over a sandal right now. They’re also perfect for the office, allowing you to look professional, yet chic at all times. They’re also a great alternative to white sneakers and will instantly elevate any outfit. I love wearing them with dresses, shorts, cutoff jeans, anything, you name it.

Shop below to see some more of my white loafer picks for this season. For me, it was actually a toss-up between Gucci and Nicholas Kirkwood (I was seriously back and forth with this decision for days). I love Nicholas’ pointed toe and clean, minimal design. In the end, Gucci won because Gucci.

If you’re not ready to splurge just yet, I’ve also included some similar styles from Steve Madden and Sam Edelman so you can still achieve the same look for less!

Gucci Leather Slippers, $695 at Gucci

Sam Edelman Woven Loafer, $90 at Nordstrom

Nicholas Kirkwood Leather Slippers, $425 at Net-a-Porter

Steve Madden Patent Flats, $60 at Steve Madden

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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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Now You See Me

Mango blazer + skirt

Fashion Week is winding down, but along with it came a ton of outfit inspiration to last me a few months. I had the hardest time deciding what to wear for Nicole Miller’s show last Friday (check back for a recap later this week), so instead of choosing one outfit, I may or may not have bought four. Options are everything!

I decided to try something a little different with this look. I’m loving this check print a lot right now and couldn’t resist this skirt + blazer set from Mango. They also have this pair of cropped trousers if skirts aren’t your thing. It’s something chic you can wear to the office and toward the end of the workday, you can shed the blazer for something more happy hour appropriate.

The last day of Fashion Week is tomorrow, and if you’re having total FOMO, you should definitely check out the “Now You See Me” art installation inside Club Monaco’s flagship Fifth Avenue store (160 Fifth Ave) where I shot this set. It’s a prime photo opp (obviously) and February 14th is the last day, so if you’re in the area I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Teddy Bear

Urban Outfitters teddy coat | vintage Calvin Klein jeans | ASOS booties

My very first clothing purchase of 2018 was this cute little teddy coat. I managed to stick to my shopping fast (one of my many new year’s resolutions) till the last week of January – a huge accomplishment, especially for me! I sized up in this jacket so I could layer it in the winter, and it makes a great transitional piece into spring. I especially love this rust + light wash denim color combo. Ideal for exploring the pretty streets of the West Village!

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January Blues

Silence + Noise jumpsuit | turtleneck – similar here | Brixton hat | Zara booties | YSL clutch | & Other Stories hoops

2018 brought a lot of new changes for me. Just in the past few weeks, I finished up my master’s program at Columbia, started a new job in fashion PR and turned another year older. I took some time off to relax, focus on myself and get adjusted to my new schedule, but now I’m back at it again and ready to share all new content!

This is my second winter in the city and it’s definitely been the coldest. I’m ecstatic it warmed up a little this past week! Lately I’ve been caught in between the struggle of wanting to be warm and wanting to dress cute. I have a ton of summer dresses and jumpsuits, so I made it a mission to create new ways to incorporate them into my winter wardrobe. This is where layers are key! I wore this jumpsuit to a wedding in July (see below) with some sandals, but completely changed the look by throwing it over a turtleneck and pairing it with my favorite black booties.

 

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GRL PWR

Overdressed tee | Girl Power tee | Liberated denim jacket & red cropped jeans

Woman sweatshirt

Feminist Tour tee | Womyn tee

This amazing set of photos was taken in Central Park right before the leaves fell for the winter. All pieces are by girl power fashion brand The Style Club (linked above)! We were actually featured on the Huffington Post, so I’ll let the original story do all the talking. Check it out here: ‘Tis the Season to Wear it on Your Sleeve

Special shout out to my Columbia girl gang Allie George and Fitore Mifari. Thank you to Rebecca Li for being an outstanding photographer so last minute!

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Eyes On You

Nicole Miller Evil Eye leather jacket | Calvin Klein vintage denim | turtleneck – similar here | Zara booties

How cool is this jacket?! Leather always makes me feel like a badass, but I felt invincible the minute I put this on! It was perfect to pair with my vintage Calvin Klein jeans I somehow found rummaging through a tiny Goodwill back home. I like to consider these my lucky jeans because sometime magical always happens when I’m wearing them!

How would you style this jacket? Comment below!

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