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With A Bow On Top

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Hey Dolls –

 

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Thanks again for bearing with me as Jason and I have been getting settled into our new home. But now – it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the blog. It’s so funny…my first week in Atlanta, and I was still wearing all black and burning to death in my leather jacket. I quickly realized that I needed to switch up my go-to’s in my wardrobe . That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll abandon my black ripped jeans and t-shirts (that’s what I’m wearing today), but I definitely see my style and wardrobe choices updating slightly. Stay tuned to see how this plays out further!

 

Well, before I left New York, I got the chance to shoot one of my new favorite Spring/Summer tops from StyleWe. You might remember I rocked this dress in Miami, but I was saving the top for warmer weather in NYC. I love StyleWe, because they have some great fun styles that won’t break the bank. This top really spoke to me because I love the flirty and girly design (give me bows all day!!!), but combines menswear details such as classic 3/4 sleeves and a pin-stripe pattern. I opted for navy (it also comes in light blue), because I thought it would be killer with some white ripped jeans for the summer. For this look, I paired the top with studded L’Agence jeans (these are incredible) and a simple nude heel. The top’s fabric is super soft and comfortable, so I see myself rocking this one on repeat. With the stress of the move, Jason and I haven’t really had the chance to go out and re-explore the city. BUT, with the long weekend coming up, we’re really excited to hit the town, and I think I’ll be re-wearing this exact look!

 

Pinstripe Bow Top: StyleWe. Studded High-Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans: L’Agence. Nudist Goosebump Sandals: Stuart Weitzman. Bag: Saint Laurent.

 

Thank you StyleWe for partnering on this post!

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Fast Fashion vs. Investment Pieces

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So… I like nice things. Who doesn’t? But I haven’t always been able to afford the designer duds I so desperately wanted. And to be quite honest, I still can’t get everything I want. While I’d love to be able to walk into a Chanel and buy a bag on the spot, it’s just not my reality. To get my pricey pieces, I plan…I save…and then I make it a reality when the time is right!

 

One of the skills I learned over the years is how to shop smart. That means planning for investment pieces, but also saving by indulging in fast fashion. What do I mean by fast fashion? I’m referring to the fashionable retailers such as Zara, H&M, and others who offer style, but at an affordable price that won’t break the bank. So, the trick is being discerning about what I choose to spend on, and what I want to save for. For example, special occasion shoes, and classic bags are at the top of my “investment piece” list. If you treat them right, you can have them for years and get a lot of wear out of a pricier item- take that YSL evening bag with the gold chain seen in the photo above. I also don’t mind splurging on classic clothing items that I’ll have in my closet for years to come, or items that require quality fabric and impeccable fit. For example, I just splurged on some classic black tuxedo pants that fit to a T, and I can wear them for events, client meetings, date nights…you name it. The price tag was worth it to me, because I believe in the quality and the fit.

 

On the other hand, I love adding fun and flexibility to my wardrobe with items that allow me to be less precious about their wear, and I don’t feel guilty about the cost. For instance, take the hot pink velvet clutch also seen in the photo above. It was a spur of the moment Banana Republic buy that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but allows me to add a pop of color (and a fun fabric) to an outfit. I also indulge in fast fashion pieces such as party dresses, dark jeans (H&M’s are my fav) or trendy items such a ruffled tops or off-the-shoulder dresses. Zara is also great for simple pieces such as black blazers, or the summer’s hottest sandal!

 

Whatever I’m buying, I always want to feel like my item is worth the price on the tag. Having the flexibility to spend on fun pieces, and save for investment pieces has helped my closet grow in the right direction. And now I’ve got some great classics that will last me for years to come!

 

What do you dolls think? Do like to splurge on investment pieces, or have fun playing with fast fashion? Or maybe you’re like me, and want a balance. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Outfits

Winter White

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Winter White Paper Doll
 
Winter white sounds like a good idea in theory. I love whites, creams, and neutrals together – and in the cold weather, it somehow looks even more chic! But in reality, a winter white outfit isn’t necessarily the most practical, especially living in New York. The grime of the city and the natural elements seem to instantly be attracted to white. I think that’s one of the reasons that they say black is a New Yorker’s uniform!
 
That being said, while home in Florida, I jumped at the chance to ditch my all-black and wear a wintery white look! Even though it was beyond sunny most days, there was still a little chill in the air that was perfect sweater weather. I wore my new Club Monaco sweater with a slightly cropped silhouette and tiered, ruffled sleeves. Rachel and I snagged this on an impromptu shopping trip in SoHo. Sometimes the unexpected shopping days are the ones where you find something you really love. This sweater is just that for me! I paired my sweater with Topshop distressed moto jeans. If you haven’t already, y’all have got to try these on! They’re my favorite! The high-waist, slightly cropped ankle and stretchy material make them so comfortable, but they don’t bag out! I love them.
 
To keep things neutral, I wore my all white with nude Stuart Weitzman nudist sandals and my new taupe Saint Laurent tote. I felt like I was serving some Kim Kardashian realness with this outfit! Jason and I spent the afternoon in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city – San Marco. We admired the homes, did a little shopping, and stopped for ice cream when the sun got a bit warm. Overall, what a perfect day! AND, to top things off, I didn’t get any stains on the pristine white ‘fit. I’d call that a major success!
 
Asal Sweater: Club Monaco.  MOTO Ripped Jeans: Topshop Sold Out (Similar).  Nudist Goosebump Sandals: Stuart Weitzman.  Sac de Jour Calfskin Handbag: Saint Laurent.  Sunglasses: Givenchy.