Friday, April 10, 2015

Mara Hoffman in Hawaii

All of Mara Hoffman's bright colors and prints are perfect for any tropical vacation. This green shirtdress ended up being the piece I wore the most in Hawaii last month. From dinner with our family, to the beach as a cover-up, to church with wedges on. I wore it at least every other day! Maybe even everyday for a few minutes at least, ha! Mara Hoffman makes swimwear and a few other dresses in this same print. I think I might need to pick up a swimsuit or two for our next trips because I loved it so much. I've been absent as my mind as been all over lately. I wish I handled that sort of thing easily, but unfortunately lack of plans or direction at times really is hard on me. I do feel better just getting back to blogging though already. I really can't wait to share more about our trip to Hawaii soon though! Happy weekend friends! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

High and Low

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Alex and I have made it to Hawaii! We're here with my whole family, there's fourteen in all here together for a send-off trip for my brother before he moves with his family to China. What an adventure they have ahead of them! So incredible! I really believe this life is all about creating your own adventure, beauty, and dream life and working hard to do that everyday. And of course enjoying it all too! I really admire how brave they are to be making a home in China as a family for a few years. So we are here to spend some time together as a family and celebrate their passion and new adventure! But these pictures are definitely not on the warm and sunny Big Island, they are from NYC last week. The weather is improving (hooray!) as I'm watching this city I love transform into Spring. This outfit was a perfect one for this transitional period. The over the knee boots and midi Slit Skirt is my new favorite way to wear a skirt when the weather is still quite chilly (I shared another transitional skirt outfit here too). 

Another favorite element of this outfit to me is mixing and matching investment pieces that were a big purchase, like my boots, with crazy affordable pieces like this fun crop top. I don't really see myself needing to spend more than $20 on a crop top! The top looks its very best paired with my boots! I can't splurge or every piece in my closet, and I don't think I'd even want to if I could, but I love mixing pieces at a range of price points to create the final look I'm going for. Another favorite trick is making sales, coupon/promo codes, and sale/discount sites my friend. I actually recently started a folder in my email just to file away all those emails with coupon codes! I may not want or need them when I'm checking my emails in the middle of a work day, but it's a quick and easy way to keep them all together when I do need them! Sites like Gilt can be super useful as well, and I've even been know to score really killer pieces on eBay or random little consignment boutiques occasionally. I really love outlets like Saks Off 5th, NM Last Call, Barneys Warehouse, The Outnet, and Nordstrom Rack though. I actually got this blazer at Saks Off 5th for almost 70% off! The perfect way to stock up on quality closet staples like a blazer! I grabbed this skirt during the shopbop sale as well. I had been wanting a skirt with a slit and when I saw this one I just couldn't resist! I already can't wait to wear it again when we get back to NYC. 

Two other great sales right now perfect for getting your spring wardrobe ready

A friends and family sale at Joie until 3/23, 25% off everything with code JOIEFRIENDS
Equipment is doing 25% sitewide as well with EQFRIENDS

Do you have any favorite shopping tips for mixing high and low pieces or finding great deals? I'm always looking for new ways ;)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Red (Soles), White, & Blue

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Denim Skirt (more sizes here), Silk Shirt (old, similar options save, splurgeinvest), Belt, D'orsay heels, Bracelet, Necklace, Earrings (my new favorite!), Nail polish in Dig Fig, Purse (sold out, available options in solid or patterned), Lipstick in Mightiest Maraschino red

When I was fourteen and fifteen I had a denim skirt just like this one. That skirt was one of my favorite pieces to wear to the church dances I grew up going to. I thought it was just the perfect skirt for the occasion! It was casual enough that I didn't have to worry about looking like I tried too hard (oh teenage concerns), the denim matched with just about every top or sweater I owned, and most importantly I felt confident in that skirt. Why did I decide to ever stop wearing one is beyond me right now! 

With the denim obsession going on right now I recently ordered my first new denim skirt in a decade. And I couldn't be happier about it. I fell back on the same outfit I loved at the beginning of high school for a date with Alex at a new restaurant in the Meatpacking. A simple silk button up blouse, heels, and my new denim skirt (PS I ordered it in my regular denim size). A new addition to the outfit now though was the red lipstick I just bought this week. Red lipstick definitely wasn't on my radar then. My strategy these days doesn't usually take any inspiration from my outfits in high school. But the denim skirt is one I actually mastered and for some reason forgot. I don't think I'll be letting go of this outfit again though!

What's better than something that makes you feel confident and takes no effort at all?!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Packing for Hawaii with Shopbop

College ended quite some time ago and one thing I definitely did not master by the end of the four years, procrastination. A few years of working and now I am finally getting better and improving (still have a long way to go), but here I am waiting until the last 24 hours to shop the big SHOPBOP sale. But the time crunch kind of makes sale shopping a little more exciting to me. Anyone else still waiting to shop this sale? With spring coming and our trip to Hawaii next week saving 25% off with the big sale is my dream come true. With our recent trip to Miami and the warm weather pieces I picked up in January for that trip I don't need too many pieces. But I had my eye on a few things for the trip, like gladiator sandals, flowy dresses, and a cover-up. And now with this sale packing for Hawaii just got even better! Who doesn't love 25% off, especially when you were going to do some shopping anyways?! Here's what I've got my eye on to fill my suitcase with -