For Love OF Lemons….

…And this amazing jumpsuit by For Love & Lemons in their spring “Limonada” print. I honestly can’t even get over how adorable this print is. AND it comes in two other styles, a set (crop and skirt) and a mini dress! There is definitely nothing sour about this print, but as they say – “When life gives you lemons…” make a cute AF romper. That’s what they say right? I’m pretty sure that’s it.The fit is incredible and the crop style of the pant makes it uber flattering when worn with a pair 0f leg-lengthening nude heels, like these Frontline Sandals by Tamara Mellon (they come in SO many colors and are a staple of the brand – they’re an amazing addition to any wardrobe!).  I can see this piece making its way into my wardrobe multiple times this summer!

A dream is a wish your heart makes….

So please excuse all the Disney references (this may or may not be a common theme with me… no promises), but this dress* is truly a dream. The tiered style and beautiful lace back make this dress classic, yet unique and Self Portrait’s quality can’t be beat.

*Note this style is sold out – but you can shop the brand here, or opt for this gorgeous alternate Self Portrait style.As an added bonus the lace top makes it adjustable to fit multiple shapes and sizes (as someone with an uncomfortably large bust can appreciate!)This dress can be worn easily with heels or flats, but I chose these Schutz flats (available in three colors!) that add just the right touch of femininity to the overall ethereal look.

I also recommend simple jewelry, like this Kendra Scott adjustable pendant with something this special, as this dress speaks for itself!

This dress makes looking good a walk in the park…

If Belle roamed the streets instead of provincial France…

…She would wear this.

So I know I’m a little late to the Beauty and the Beast game in terms of timing on this post, but this movie is one of my hands down favorite movies of all time… so when I finally grabbed a pair of trending overalls, mine in a shorts style by Mother Denim*, I of course envisioned pairing it with this white Rails blouse (White, Striped) to create the perfect spring time looking-for-fun (and/or “adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere”… just saying) weekend outfit.

*[this style sold out in most sizes, alternatives still available by Tularosa [mid range], Rag & & Bone [higher end], and BlankNYC [my personal affordable favorite that combines the mutli-colored denim trend with the overall one]

The fun thing about these and other fitted overall styles – they easily convert into another look by letting the straps hang at your sides and wearing as shorts!

Before heading out, I slipped on these Superga sneaks. I cannot say enough about this brand. I have three different pairs and compliments on all of them. They are unbelievably comfortable and go with everything.

I paired my look with my Sancia bag (I know, I wear this ALL the time I can’t recommend enough; also available in Black and Brown, AND I really love this alternate style as well). I also threw on these signature sunnies by Krewe (cannot STOP getting compliments on these) to complete the casual but fashion-forward look!

 

Hats off to this look…(or should I say hats on?)

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Normally, when I choose my outfit, I start with the clothes rather than the accessories and style my look around them as the centerpiece, but when I found this hat, I had to make whatever clothes I had work with it.

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I fell in love with this hat from the For Love & Lemons x Gladys Tamez Millinery specialty line debuting this spring. This is the “La Noche” hat and the inspiration is Spain, and it shows, with the lace detailing giving off a perfectly romantic vibe without overdoing it); [similar style (for a much higher price point) on Gladys Tamez’ site, a white version on Neiman Marcus, or affordable versions by Ale by Alessandra here and by Brixton here on Revolve].

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Lucky for me, this showstopping “La Cucaracha” print by The Jetset Diaries (dress is sold out, but skirt available here; similar dress styles also available by same designer here and here, or by Misa Los Angeles).

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In fact – the print was so gorgeous… I took a quick pit stop to take a photo with this adorable house, aptly named “Lilacs & Laughter” as the perfect backdrop for the dress sans hat. It wasn’t long before I put it back on though…

Happy hat-hunting for spring…!

HAD to have it…

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We all have them… those lust-after, must-have, can’t-live-without, I-will-buy-this-no-matter-the-cost pieces.

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We save, we sell our cars, souls, dignities, we don’t eat for weeks (etc.) just to save up for these pieces. We do all this and then, sometimes, to make matters truly worse, those pieces we just NEED (yes, fiance, I need this in all true senses of the word, I don’t care what you say) have now gone out of stock.

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My obsession was this Alexis Isabella lace gown (I got it in blue which is sold out, but they have this stunning version still available here at Revolve or here at Oxygen Boutique). Sometimes, when we’re trying to find these amazing pieces the gods smile on us, and whether it’s on eBay, some random site, or the last one on sale – we find it!

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I paired mine with this Virgin Saints and Angels Sen Benito Magdalena necklace, Nina Beranato cuff (this one is sold out – but this one is similar and this version from her new Lumiere line is to DIE for), and Zac by Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Mini Chain bag in Ivory (this color isn’t available but alternate options available here, here and here).

Other times you find the piece and, alas, it’s not in your size… Well I wanted to write briefly about how that doesn’t always have to be the end of the story.

It’s important to know what is and isn’t fixable by a tailor (and side note – I literally have EVERYTHING tailored; nothing was made for you so you should always consider taking something that you love but doesn’t quit fit right to have someone fit it to you).

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This dress for example, was two sizes too large for me – but was easily able to be tailored because of the lines. It’s important to pay attention to the fabric, cut and seaming. This dress for example was alterable because the seams were along the side and could easily be made smaller. Moreover – it was only a small portion of the dress that needed tailoring – the waist and hem; the rest could go unchanged because of the full skirt.

I think it’s important to share these those pieces that you just have to have and make it work even when not ideal in terms of sizing.

 

Same Shirt… Different Day.

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Ha! Hope you caught the joke there. I wanted to write a piece on how I transformed my look using the same Marjorelle blouse (if you don’t recall I wore the below at Southby a few weeks ago with casual jeans and heels for a night out) into a dressier, dinner-with-girlfriends/happy hour/I-just-wanna-look-FLY-AF look. I even got another shot crossing a different street (meta…) (this time in these bad@$$ lust-after-Linda Farrow shades; similar style available here).

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For this look, I grabbed this Keepsake statement skirt (you can get the dress version at Nordstrom here!).

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I paired it with much simpler accessories to make the look more classic since this skirt is already saying so much – a classic watch, simple pendant from Nina Beranato, and these understated gold-dusted glass earrings from Kendra Scott.

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I threw on these classic nude pumps (Christian Louboutin – Simple 100) to run over to happy hour, and tossed my credit cards (yay plastic magic!) into this rose gold bag by Rebecca Minkoff (the color brings out the hint of rose in the blouse I might add; it’s sold out but there’s a similar color in the same style on sale on Gilt here) on my way out the door (girl needs a DRINK on a Friday am I right?)

Hope this helps you too figure out how to make more looks out of those precious pieces we spend so much of our discretionary income on… 😉

Sugar & Spice

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Now that Spring is in full force, I wanted to do a quick post on styling a romantic piece with edgy accessories to make your look pop – a little “sugar” and a little (or a lotta) “spice.”

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I paired one of my favorite feminine floral prints from Reformation’s spring line [Maisie Dress in Holland] with this unique choker/pendant combo I got from a very talented designer I found on Instagram [SVNLights shop here; follow @SVNLights on Instagram for updated styles – they sell quickly!]

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The result is an of-the-moment-look that will put a little extra spring in your step 😉