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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

Valentines Day is just around the corner and, if you’re like me, then you're already thinking about what to wear. Whether you’re going out to dinner or having a special meal at home, it's the perfect excuse to dress up. So this week I've rounded up some of my favorite affordable dresses for date night (or girls' night) - everything you see here is under $60!

1) Wayf // 2) Glamorous // 3) Everleigh // 4) Free People
5) J. Crew // 6) H&M // 7) LOFT // 8) Zara // 9) Mango


Friday, February 5, 2016

Tights Weather

So many of you have asked recently about how to pull off wearing dresses or skirts in the cold weather months.  I personally am not a big fan of tights...but I recognize that they are a necessary evil & are sometimes absolutely non-negotiable based on the freezing temperatures.  When shopping for tights, it's important to look at the denier to ensure you're purchasing the right kind: sheer= 10-20 denier / semi-opaque= 25-35 denier / opaque= 40+ denier.  I exclusively wear opaque tights in the winter because they are the warmest & most durable option.  I always purchase tights with shapewear built-in because they do double-duty (check the label for words like control-top, contour or shaping).  

I personally prefer to keep things simple by matching my tights to my footwear - it just looks more sleek & I find that it has a leg-lengthening effect.  However, neutral tights also work well with taupe, cognac or bordeaux shoes (see examples here or here).  This outfit is the perfect example of how you can take a flowy skirt and make it seasonally appropriate by adding a warm pair of tights & pairing it with a chunky knit sweater and lace-up booties.  This black suede moto jacket balances out the feminine layers of this skirt (last seen here) and provides just the right amount of edge.  

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 jacket (similar in grey, black, tan or navy), Zara sweater (similar here or here), 
Reiss skirt (similar or solid color option here), c/o Mossimo booties (similar here or here), 
Spanx tights, Ann Taylor bag (similar here or here), Nadri earrings (similar for less here), 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Flash Forward

Thank you so much to everyone who sent me notes & well wishes earlier this week - thankfully the flu I caught was a short 24-hour virus, so I wasn't down for nearly as long as I anticipated.  Yesterday it almost hit 60 degrees here in NY and it felt like spring had arrived early!  Since I was feeling better, I took full advantage of the opportunity to put on some easy lightweight pieces & head into the city to grab coffee with a girlfriend.  This olive green trench from last year is one of my favorite pieces because it's airy & comfortable, while still looking polished.  Draped jackets are going to be big again this spring and there are dozens of affordable options in varying styles & colors (I've included some of my budget-friendly favorites below).  

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins Trench (similar styles below), Aerie Ruffled Tank (identical; also love this & this), 
LOFT Pants (similar here or here), TopShop Heels (similar here or here), Yosa Bag
Madewell Necklace (similar here or here), Rings: c/o InPink & c/o Soko, Pilgrim Earrings
Nails: Essie Fiji, Lips: Trish McEvoy Lip Pencil (Nude) 

Photos by Olya Myers