Spring Style: The Necessities

 

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Dress: Nordstrom’s Rack Hat: H&M Sunnies: Prada Bag: Coach 

So believe it or not florals are not the only option when it comes to Spring attire. Spring, despite all these seasonal allergies is one of my favorite seasons for a plethora of reasons. I love waking up to new blooms in my yard and everywhere you look life seems to be bursting with color of the pastel and bright kind. And quite frankly you don’t need to look further than your landscape to find inspiration for your Spring wardrobe staples.

Although I love bright colors as much as I love sunshine and the longer days, I do have an equal affinity towards pastels. For the ultimate Spring ensemble I typically gravitate towards frilly dresses (either accented with bows or ruffles) in the color palette of the season i.e. every shade of pink from bright to blush! Scenic floral backgrounds are always an extra bonus. When it comes to accessorizing I hate to sound cliche but anything that sparkles in the shape of a flower seem to be the pieces I gravitate toward. Like a moth to the flame.

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Not Your Typical LBD

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Dress: Lush Hat: Saks Bag: Coach: Gladiators: Steve Madden Sunnies: Miu Miu

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For nearly 10 years, I’ve been subjected to a career dominated by rules that restrict my wardrobe to the color black 5 days out of the week. Which isn’t bad. I mean I suppose I could be forced to where an unflattering uniform, but that’s never been my style. In fact I am eternally grateful to my mom for recognizing this even in my middle school days. True story, in 6th grade my school thought it would be brilliant to level the fashion playing field and make everyone wear those dreadful navy and white uniforms. Which, don’t get me wrong, navy and white works for some people. I just prefer options is all. How is one supposed to use fashion as an art form if you limit their palette to only 2 colors? I got out of that predicament before I was even put into it by my mom telling my school a dress code was against our religion.

Back to present day. Alas, on my days off I put in a diligent effort to infuse my wardrobe with as much color as possible. But, I can’t help but have my days where I too want to indulge in one of the fashion world’s chicest ensembles, aka the little black dress. Traditionally believed to be reserved for those fancy nights out on the town, or funerals the fashion world has seized this iconic wardrobe staple and made it appropriate for even the most casual days. And the best part? It’s literally like a blank slate! You can infuse whatever colorful accessories or shoes you choose. So for color enthusiasts such as myself it’s still a viable option. Today I opted to pair my newest LBD addition with my favorite Steve Madden gladiator sandals. It also made the perfect backdrop to debut my new Coach Tea Rose Appliqué Dinky bag. I know, I know, florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

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Olivia had to join me for today’s fashion adventure.

Spring, And a Few of My Favorite Things

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I know it’s been Spring now officially for a few weeks, but it’s taken about that much time to get sufficiently prepared. While my wardrobe is always adequately supplied with Spring staples such as colorful ballet flats, fun skirts in vibrant colors and accessories to compliment, it was my home that needed a little TLC.

As I approach the 1 year anniversary of being a homeowner, I couldn’t help but notice I needed to add some Spring touches to my stock of home goods. Thus I’ve been on a constant hunt for floral accents….(insert sarcastic Devil Wears Prada remark of, flowers for spring how ground breaking comment here.) But being the girly flower child that I am how could I not embrace one of Spring’s signature mascots?

While I could fill up this post and write endless ode’s to what I love most about Spring, I’ve decided to simply itemize my favorites instead.

  • Finally, the girl who loves bright colors has an excuse to embrace that pink. Whether it be lipstick, nail polish, ballerina flats or heels…during Spring, every day this girl wears pink!
  • Ok, sometimes I do like to change up the previous comment and add my splash of color in the form of periwinkle, or even mint green i.e my favorite Chanel ballet flats.
  • Speaking of shoes, I feel like Spring and Summer are when my shoe game is strongest. I love ballet flats, I love jewels and I love colors…it’s literally like Spring was made for me.
  • An excuse to play in the dirt! Lately, I’ve been exploring my talents as a gardener, or lack thereof in the case of my hydrangeas. But the good news is my Lincoln roses are off to a great start! And daisies! More to come on my blog soon about my gardening adventures, and helpful tips I’ve come across on Pinterest.
  • My house is starting to look like an ode to Shabby chic glam. Especially with my mirrored furniture, all quickly becoming accented by silk floral arrangements.
  • The longer days! Whether I’m walking around the lake with my precious Olivia, or catching up on a good book (currently reading ‘Cupcakes and Cashmere’) while sipping on tea in my back yard, I love to enjoy as much of that sunshine as possible!
  • Watching the world literally come to life! Everywhere I look, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and everything just looks so new! I love that. Dear Mother Nature, this Spring, you seem be working over time to paint the world so pretty and I appreciate you.

More to come and highlight with each Spring ensemble I’m sure! But in the mean time, take the time to smell or snap the beauty around you dear readers! Life is most definitely too short not to appreciate those little things.

Sunshine, Dresses and Digital Prints

Dress: Whitney Eve Sunglasses: Chloe Boots: Joie

Dress: Whitney Eve
Sunglasses: Chloe
Boots: Joie

Perhaps it’s because I just started reading Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s #Girl Boss but I am utterly inspired by strong female forces who turn their passion into an empire. Some people contribute in the form of finding fashion for others a la Sophia Amoruso, or some contribute in the form of making fashion a la Whitney Port. Now granted I have some friends that have what I lovingly refer to as a stuffy perception of fashion in that they only believe in labels that invest in the finest materials and perfect each and every cut and stitch and then slap a minimum of a 3 digit price point on it (before it hits the decimals.) I however look at every label equally and take into consideration some key factors before I invest. First and foremost, does it look good on? Second, is it within my price range? Third, how many washes can I get out of it before it falls apart? And finally, is it a name or a company that I can stand behind? Fashion politics, the only politics I can get behind.

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So don't tell my bosses but I've been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let's just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

So don’t tell my bosses but I’ve been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let’s just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

One label I can stand behind 110% is Whitney Port. I contemplated saying I support any Hills alum’s fashion adventures but then I remembered Heidi Pratts attempt at designing and whelp, there went that theory. While I could go on for days about how I love Lauren Conrad’s chic and girly collections, I recently become acquainted with her former BFF Whitney Port’s equally feminine and fabulous  yet slightly more sophisticated designs. As a Los Angeles native herself she understand the importance of dressing to impress every day, but what she doesn’t sacrifice in her designs is comfort. Something that some labels egregiously  disregard. Plus, fun fact of the day I feel like every time I look into a collection of hers I learn a new adjective to describe something. For example, I would have originally referred to this dress as pink, and cute and girly. Thanks to watching countless Whitney interviews however, I now know that this is a digital print. Fashion is an art, it’s always subject to interpretation so I suppose there are countless ways to describe this dress. But at the end of the day I know this dress, regardless of how it would be described by the designer herself is cute, comfy, stylish and won’t fall apart after just 1 wash. This label much like the designer is simply just fabulous. Oh, and if you’re thinking to yourself, I love the collection but don’t have the funds to invest in the pieces direct from the high end department stores it’s typically found in, here’s some friendly advice. Follow her on Instagram! She’s always on sale somewhere it seems and isn’t afraid to promote that. For example, this dress only set me back about $50 with shipping on Hautelook. Much better than the original price tag of $200 something it would have cost me when the collection first launched in a store like Bloomingdales.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe's. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe’s. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

It's one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!

It’s one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!