Spring into Spring | From Day to Night

Hello lovelies,

Spring is in the air! Although Autumn is my favorite season, Spring would have to be a close second (and I can’t say that I’m sad to see the Winter blues become a thing of the past). Everyone in my neighborhood is out and about – walking their dogs, entertaining outside, riding their bikes and going on runs (which I’ve managed to squeeze in after work a few days this week). Speaking of work, the warm weather has me thinking ahead in regard to my professional wardrobe. Between starting a new job (it’s hard to believe I’ve been with my new company for over a month now) and all of the wedding festivities the hubs and I have coming up (four weddings this year, two of which we are in) — I thought it would be a fun twist on a Spring post to incorporate a day and night time look by using many of the same pieces for both. After all, I’m certainly not made of money (although in my dream world I am) so I need to be extremely functional and realistic with these various expenses approaching! Alas, below is a fun little professional and evening guide that I’ve put together and they include some of my favorite items that I am currently obsessing over. Enjoy!

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1. Nars Audacious Lipstick in “Brigitte”, $32 {from Sephora} I’ve been a Mac lipstick girl my whole life…and my collection speaks for itself. However, one of my bests, Heather, purchased one of these bad boys for me during the holidays because she absolutely swore by it. But really though, can Nars do any wrong? The Audacious line is like no other lipstick line that I have personally experienced. The colors are super pigmented, long-lasting and have this ultra soft, creamy texture. I own the color “Brigitte” which is a nude rose. It is the perfect color for Spring and transitions extremely well from day to night.

2. Factory Metallic Tweed Tweed Panel Heather Sweater, $52.50 {from J. Crew Factory} J. Crew always does it right and metallic is hot this season. I particularly adore this sweater because it is something a little out of the ordinary and can be dressed up or down. I love mixing and matching colors and patterns and adore how it looks against the neon skirt (reference #6).

3. Balenciaga Roseblanca Perfume, $100 {from Sephora} I received this scent as a gift back in December and it is truly becoming a regularly worn scent during these warmer days! It’s the perfect amount of floral without being too sweet – think clean, fresh and a little valiant with scents of rose, white woods and citrus notes.

4. Light Pink Embellished Prom Dress, $240 {from River Island} This dress may not be the lightest on the pocket but it is one that you can wear over and over again. I’m okay with spending the money on good, quality items – particularly cocktail dresses because you can always keep them in your arsenal. Not to mention, with all of the wedding festivities occurring over these next few years (hey, we’re at that age), it makes sense to pick something lovely (like this number) and recycle! This dress…no words. It speaks for itself.

5. Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, $34 {from Sephora} Y’all – this stuff is life changing. If you are looking to achieve the “fresh face” look this Spring, this primer will exceed your expectations! I like to mix it with my foundation before applying and the outcome is soft, radiant, dewy skin. Just dab a little on your face during the day for some highlight and go a little heavier in the evening.

6. Dickins & Jones Neon Skirt, $47.61 {from House of Fraser} I love, love, love neon! If there is a way to implement it in my wardrobe, I absolutely jump on it. However, neon can be tough to pull off in a professional environment. But it can absolutely be done and with this beautiful pencil skirt paired with the cool, neutral J. Crew Factory sweater (see #2) as of the intensity of the neon is toned down and you have one chic, pulled together look.

7. Gemini2 Patent Court Shoes, $70 {from Top Shop} Patent nude pumps are a must-have in anyone’s closet. They are super versatile and can go from day to night seamlessly.

8. Factory Stone Burst Earrings, $14.50 {from J. Crew Factory} I love these little cluster earrings! They are delicate but can add a pop of color and allure to your outfit. They look fantastic for both day and night and the best part? They’re a steal at just $14.50!

9. Essie Baby’s Breath Nail Polish, $8.50 {from Beauty.com} I’m an Essie advocate through and through. I’m also a huge fan of neutral polish, particularly in the Spring. This is hands down one of my favorite Essie colors because it’s the perfect amount of pink without being overkill. It’s soft, creamy and a functional nude polish to add to your collection.

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You Are My Sunshine | Baby Gift Guide

Hello, lovelies!

Now, don’t get it twisted — this is by no means a pregnancy announcement. But I decided to do a special post for the little ones because many people I know are starting families or adding on. In fact, one of my very best friends since high school, Sarah, is expecting baby #2 and will be welcoming a sweet little boy into the world this summer. I could not be more ecstatic for her and her family!

For those of you who are attending an upcoming baby shower, below is a fun little gift guide full of products that I find ridiculously precious and have already picked out for my favorite mommies out there…and perhaps my hypothetical child. This is beyond any other gift guide you may find, rather, something a little more unique. Enjoy!

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1. Tiny Cottons Big Camper Tee, $34 {from Milk + Bots}  2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, $12.69 {from Barnes & Noble}  3. Acorn Clip On Bow Ties, $5.50/each {from Lennon and Co Etsy Shop}  4. North Carolina Baby Teether, $12 {from Little Sapling Toys}  5. Quilted Chambray Bear One-piece, $39.95 {from Baby Gap}  6. B is for Bagel One-Piece Body Suit, $20 {from Garbella Etsy Shop}  7. Rose Gold Moccasins, $60 {from Freshly Picked}  8. Plush Sloth Friend, $46 {from Finkelsteins Etsy Shop}  9. Baby Shark Robe, $29.99 P {from PersonalizeItBABY Etsy Shop}  10. Popsicle & Donut Banners, $35/each {from Little O & Co} 11. Twinkle Twinkle Tee Pee, $199 {from Banana J Creations}

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Trending for Spring 2014: Monochromatic White Out

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the trend style guide!

So, as announced last week, I am unveiling one of my favorite Spring 2014 trends for the next five weeks. Last week was “Candy-Coated Goodness” which showcased the sweet array of pastels that have hit the runway. Regarding silhouettes, envision a softer look with exquisite and delicate fabrics such as chiffon, silk and tulle.

This week, I wanted to focus on the polar opposite of last week’s style report and turn our attention to another gorgeous trend that I’ve been seeing quite a bit of. Monochromatic White – which I’ve dubbed “White Out“. White is always a favored look for Spring/Summer, however, I have never seen so much white on white. I die – what a chic + polished style! Trust me when I say, I am all for the pops of color and fun trends for each season but there is something about simplicity that goes a long way. White is a classic – and if you are familiar with how that term is used in the fashion world – a classic never goes out of style. The “White Out” look definitely has a more structured silhouette than most trends this season and in some cases, it can be a little boxier.

This Spring, do not be afraid to layer up on the white. White pants, white blouse, white shoes, white blazer…bring it on.

Below are some of my favorite looks from the Spring 2014 runway.

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Nina Ricci RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Gianfranco Ferre RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Tracy Reese RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Valentin Yudashkin RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Joie Spring RTW Collection 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

As Outkast would say – so fresh + so clean!  🙂  I seriously cannot get enough! If you’re trying to achieve a well put together, savvy and timeless look – this is most definitely the direction to go in this season. Below are some beauties I found while doing some “virtual window shopping”. The prices vary depending on the item but everything is under $200. Enjoy!

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1. White Boyfriend Shirt, $64.50 {from Madewell}  2.  White Sequin Collar, $78 {from Bottica}  3. Crepe Blazer, $79.99 {from Mango}  4. Michael Kors – ‘Bradshaw – Mini’ Chronograph Watch 36mm {from Nordstrom}  5. Five Pocket Skinny Jean, $187 {from Alice + Olivia}  6. White Embossed Collar top, $55 {from Dorothy Perkins)  7. Dune Kola Metal Strap White Flat Sandals, $127.78 {from ASOS}  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Modified Oval Sunglasses, $110 {from Marc Jacobs}  9. Topshop Daisy Cutout Tote Bag, $76 {from Nordstrom}  10. Structured Frill Hem Dress, $96 {from Topshop}