Sunglasses on a Budget

Sunglasses for me are something I don’t think too much about, generally I have a couple pairs I love and just keep them on rotation. But I do like to branch and get a new pair every so often. While there are a plethora of designer options out there I don’t always have the extra cash to invest in a pricey pair. Lucky for me (and you) there are plenty of affordable sunglasses that add some new style to your wardrobe without making a dent in your bank account. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picks on the interwebs right now, all under $30!

Shopping For: Statement Earrings

A good pair of statement earrings can take a ho-hum outfit to effortlessly chic with minimal effort. It’s the epitome of lazy-girl style and I am a big fan of it. For the past couple of years glitzy, gemstone over the top earrings have been all over but lately my favorite earrings include natural details like tortoiseshell and raffia. Pair them with something casual and classic like ripped denim and an oversized sweater for a chic and easy look.

Shopping For: Long Sleeve Mini Dresses

Hands down my favorite dress style as of late is the long sleeve mini dress. The covered top half of this look is warm and seasonally appropriate while still getting a little bit of skin in before the real cold blows in. My top picks in long sleeve dresses are dark florals, rich navy velvet and vibrant red prints. All of these dresses would be perfect for holiday parties, grabbing drinks or even for work. Just toss on a jacket, black tights and booties and you’re good to go!

Springtime Shoe Favorites

Top row : 1 // 2 // 3

Middle row: 4 // 5 // 6

Bottom row : 7 // 8 // 9

Shopping Guide - Early Spring

Spring is here! I already started pulling out some of my lighter pieces and moved some of my winter items into storage. I usually like to shuffle around my closet when the seasons change to get the colors, prints and fabrics I am in the mood for front and center. This season I have pinks, light blues and dark florals lined up for wear. Usually when I do this process I start to see some gaps, whether clothing items I need to replace or a specific accessory that could really help to tie together the items I already have. Today's post has some of the pieces that are on my spring buying list to help round out my wardrobe and inject some new color.

My white sneakers have been on heavy rotation recently and I love the look for spring. I have a pair of black Supergas and love them for their simplicity and quality. The white pair is classic and will go with pretty much everything.

Basket bags were everywhere last year and the trend is still going strong this spring. This round one from Urban Outfitters feels of-the-moment and is at a great price.

Who doesn't need a red stripe blouse in their closet? I also love this one in blue.

Silk scarves, I'm a woman obsessed. If you aren't into vintage, Urban has some great options right now.

Now that I will be setting my booties aside, I want a low-ish heel that feels casual and elevated at the same time. I love the mid-height mules out right now, especially in a fun color like this pink.

This pastel sweater is easy, casual and perfect for the lingering chill in the air.

I go through earring phases, for awhile I only like studs. Now I'm really into the statement earrings. I really like how this pair feels fancy yet casual with the raffia fringe.

Purple nail polish feels fresh, unique and is surprisingly very flattering. I have this color from Essie and wear it all the time.

I've gone on about my love of high-waisted jeans and while I have a few great blue pairs, this spring I'm changing it up with a wider leg in black.

Shopbop Spring Sale Picks

Shopbop is having a crazy sale right now, just in time to start picking up some pieces to round out your Spring wardrobe. I as spoke about in this recent post, I'm all about versatility when it comes to buying clothing and accessories. Being able to wear the piece in questions multiple times and multiple ways is the main lens through which I make all shopping decisions. My picks for the current Shopbop sale are no different. Such as a striped sweater or long sleeve tee I can wear now and when the weather gets warmer or floral dresses that do double duty for the beach or afternoon events. Make sure you check out the sale for any key pieces you've been eying since the savings are pretty good!

15% off orders of $200 or more (if you're looking for some new shoes for spring)

20% off orders of $500 or more (if you're in need of a wedding-attendant dress)

25% off orders of $800 or more (could be a good time to invest in a winter coat for next year)

Wish I Was Wearing - Gingham

1. MDS Stripes // 2. Lost + Wander // 3. Rachel Comey // 4. MasterxMuse // 5. SHEIN // 6, Forever21 // 7. Bliss and Mischief // 8. Gucci // 9. Topshop

As a fabric, gingham looks great in all kinds of silhouettes from dresses to skirts, even bathing suits and tops. Though it’s only February, there are tons of gingham pieces in the market right now. While gingham is great for warm weather, by pairing this fabric with darker and heavier pieces like a leather jacket or black jeans, you can definitely start wearing gingham now rather than waiting until summer rolls around.

Above are some of my favorites in the market right now. Click on each piece to get all the product details!

I’m a big fan of gingham and have been for a couple seasons now and definitely plan to pull this ruffled number I created last year out again this summer. I recently created a black gingham wrap top that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon too!

Gift Guide - Valentine's Day for Him

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means it's almost time for chocolates, roses and those conversation hearts that taste too similar to chalk for my liking. I'm not usually one to go all out for Valentine's Day but it is a nice time to show your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. Finding the right gift is hard though, where do you even start? Well I've gone ahead and done the searching for you and rounded up a collection of gifts to give your guy that are cool, functional and won't break the bank.

Sleepy Jones Boxers - I first bought Jeff a pair of these Sleepy Jones boxers two years ago for Christmas. He loved them so much he went out and bought a bunch more pairs and wears them for lounging and to sleep pretty much every night. These are a great way to step up your man's sleepwear style without him even realizing it.

Herschel Backpack - There are few items more functional than a backpack. They work great for a weekend trip or trekking to Brooklyn breweries to pick up can releases...just us?

Gingham Tie - Not many men like to buy new ties, do him a solid and get a new one for all the upcoming weddings you most likely have this year. I love this blue gingham one for spring and summer.

Keap Candle - We heard about Keap candles at a pop-up shop and loved what the company stood for. They make high-quality candles, at great prices and support social causes. Oh and they have awesome branding too. They do a candle subscription that Jeff got me for Christmas this past year which makes for a great gift.

Red Anorak - That springtime rain will be coming before we know it. This red jacket works great as a V-Day gift and will come in handy in a few short months when the weather warms up.

Travel Shoe Bags - Throwing your shoes into your suitcase with all your clothing is pretty gross, but how many guys actually own shoe bags? Do him a favor and clean that situation up with this set.

Fleece Hoodie - This reminds me of one of Jeff's favorite Patagonia sweatshirt, this time in a cozy cream fleece. Functional for the end of Winter but also great for chilly summer nights.

Vans - Can you ever heard someone say they have too many pairs of Vans? I love the red and burgundy combo on this high-top style.

Ray-Bans - These Clubmaster Flat sunglasses are a cool new take on a classic style. If your guy is into Ray-Bans this is a great gift to add to his collection in a fresh new way.

Growing Your Hat Collection

Hats are one of those wardrobe pieces that seem fairly unnecessary. Save for the obvious winter woolen hat, there aren’t many times that you NEED a hat, you can get by without one. On the flip side however, hats are perhaps the simplest way to transform an outfit from snooze to stylish in one swoop. I’ve been a big hat lover throughout my life. As a young girl, I was obsessed with a denim bucket hat from Gap Kids. It was tacked up at the front with a big yellow fake sunflower stuck on. Oh how I loved that hat. I was crazy about the Olsen Twins at that time and I think they wore something similar. The original influencers. Anyone else have one of those hats?

Over the course of the past years I have steadily grown my hat collection and it seems the toppers are only becoming more and more popular as the years go by. When looking to add some new hats there are definitely some different price and quality routes you can take. I personally have gone for more affordable options, simply because you oftentimes cannot tell the difference between the cheap and pricey. There are some beautiful options from established milliners like Janessa Leone and I’m sure these will last forever if you take care of them. However I still feel at a place where I don’t want to invest quite that much in a hat just yet. But maybe one day :). 

While many of my hats have come from places like Forever 21Urban Outfitters or Nordstrom, I have gotten a few from street vendors in NYC. I even bought one from a street vendor while on our way to the airport, it was just too good a hat to pass up. If you find yourself in the East Village, there is a guy selling hats at a table on the corner of 14th and 1st Ave pretty much year round. They can be hit or miss, but in the summer especially he has some great straw hats for stupid cheap.

Cold Weather Hats

In the winter I like a classic black fedora that I can pair with warm layers and scarves, like I did in this post. It matches with everything and conveys a great city-chic vibe. A few great winter fedoras currently on the market include this tan fedora, this classic wide-brim black and this darker brown style. I am on the hunt to add a lighter colored winter hat to add to my collection, either like this cream version or this light grey style. These lighter color versions are perfect for transitioning from winter into spring.

Warm Weather Hats

Once the weather warms up I am all about a straw hat, whether boaterpanama or sun style. They are practical when out in the sun all day and add great texture to summer outfits. You really only need one classic style like this option, but if you want to round out your collection you can’t go wrong with this or this.

Wardrobe Update - Bags on a Budget

I am all for saving up and splurging on a nice quality handbag as much as the next gal. But sometimes I feel like my bag game needs a quick pick-me-up and I don't want to invest in something expensive yet. I could go the route of renting a bag, look for one on ebay or just suck it up and stay with what I have. But where's the fun in that? Enter the fast fashion retailer.

I am a huge fan of fast fashion, as it lets me spice up my wardrobe with trendy pieces without sucking up lots of cash. The trick is finding the right affordable pieces that still look luxe. Easier said then done, I know. Today I wanted to share some of the budget bags that are currently available from some of my favorite fast fashion retailers. All options are under $75, most are under $50!

1. Shein, $10 // 2. J.Crew, $59 // 3. Shein, $20 // 4. Shein, $24 // 5. Mango, $30 // 6. ASOS, $48

As with everything else made by fast fashion companies, keep in mind these pieces aren't meant for heavy duty wear (ie. don't expect them to last beyond a season or two). But if you are looking for something outside your comfort or just liven up your look without the investment, why not pick up a budget bag? 

My Favorite High Waist Jean Styles

High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans

Is there anything more flattering than black skinny jeans? They are slimming and can be worn pretty much anywhere and with anything. I've had a few great pairs over the years, but my current favorite is this pair from Urban Outfitters (seen in this post and this post). I wear them all . the . time. I need to get another pair before the ones I have totally wear out. While you can definitely find some pricier skinny jeans, I am partial to the wallet-friendly options like these from Old Navy and these from H&M.

  1. H&M Skinny Ankle Jeans - Only $9.99!
  2. Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jeans
  3. BDG Twig High Rise Skinny Jean - I wear these constantly!

High-Waist Mom Jeans

I waited awhile before hopping on the mom jean trend because I just didn't think they would flatter my petite shape. But once I got this pair from H&M (seen here , here and here) changer. The straight leg and high cut feels modern and retro at the same time. I love how I can tuck in any shirt or sweater and still get a flattering fit. My H&M pair is a little wider through the leg, so I have been looking for an additional style that is just a bit slimmer. I've had my eye on these H&M jeans, but after seeing this Gap style I may be looking to get those instead.

  1. H&M Vintage High Ankle Jeans
  2. Gap Super High Rise Button Fly Straight Jeans
  3. ASOS High Waist Mom Jeans

Winter Wardrobe - Pastel Colored Coats

Hello 2018! I for one am super excited to move into a new year and get a fresh start. I got a new planner for Christmas and have already been using it a ton to plot out upcoming plans and daily to-do lists. While I use my phone calendar to keep track of plans, personally I really like using a physical planner to keep organized. Anyway, now on to the actual topic of this post - colorful winter coats! 

Winter is in full force and a warm coat is absolutely necessary here in NYC. There is much to be said for a great black, navy or camel coat, but these neutrals can get to be a bit boring after awhile. I hunted down some great pastel options to brighten up my outerwear with candy-colored shades of pink and blue. I especially love this bright pink funnel-neck style and this longline blue topper. Take that Winter doldrums!  

Pink Coats

Blue Coats

What I'm Eyeing Now - New Year, New Wardrobe

'Tis the season for gifting, but that doesn't mean I don't have my eye on a few pieces to update my wardrobe as we move into the near year. Right now I am particularly interested in color, texture and details to add some style to my existing pieces.

Pink Cigarette Trousers - I have recently become infatuated with pink trousers and have been keeping my eye out for the perfect pair. This cigarette style from Topshop definitely fits the bill.

Red Sweater - Yes, a red sweater is perfect for the holidays but it will also be chic throughout the rest of the winter, especially pair with your straight-leg denim.

High-Waisted Straight Jeans - High-waisted jeans have quickly become my go-to fit. I especially love the straight fit with mild distressing.

Bright Scarf - Since I know I will be wearing a lot of dark colors and neutrals this winter, I am looking for some bright scarves to lighten things up. I also love this one from Express, on sale right now for only $29.

Beret - The French staple is trending hard this season, test out the look with this budget-friendly version from Urban Outfitters.

Cozy Grey Cardigan - You can never go wrong with classic grey, this cardigan will serve you year-round.

Plaid Coat - One part classic, one part menswear and at the same time totally cool, I love the idea of a classic plaid coat this winter. This is only $44!

White Ruffle Blouse - Simple but still interesting, I love the cascading ruffles on this top which make it easy to dress up or dress down.

Embellished Mules - It may be getting colder out but I'm not quite ready to give in to wearing only boots. I love how funky and fun these mules are, perfect for adding the finishing touch to a look.