With this heat wave, dresses are sometimes the only way to go, but without the right style and design, a simple dress can be a little boring. Dresses from Forever21 and H&M can look wrinkly or the fit may not be right, as the quality and design isn’t the same as a designer dress. Investing in a good dress or two is definitely worth the splurge; you’ll feel better in it and you’ll have it for seasons to come. These 8 picks are from two of my favorite stores OTTE NYC and Net-A-Porter. Most are marked down as surprisingly, stores are already thinking about fall merchandise! From color blocking, to brights like Emerald green, and of course my favorite, all white, these dresses will be investments for years to come.
There’s a key to good fashion without breaking the bank. It’s knowing what to buy and when. While FAST FASHION has definitely become a thing of today, there’s one store that stands out in my mind, and I’m sure yours too. Zara seems to be some of the best quality in the fast fashion category and the store that’s consistently producing amazing styles for a reasonable price. While I love Topshop, I can’t always pay what they’re asking for, and while H&M and Forever21 do have some amazing pieces, the dig is more time consuming and challenging because of the vast size store. The quality also, is not the same as Zara, and you may only get a couple wears out of it.
I’m constantly on a hunt for good pieces to add to my wardrobe and monitoring when to buy it. Yesterday, I visited Zara and it was nuts. I knew it would be easier to shop the pieces and sizes that I couldn’t find online. There’s a really good sale going on and it’s a great time to buy.
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There’s SO many things on my wish list right now, it’s ‘cray.’Here are just a few things I’m loving right now from maxi dresses, to crop tops, poka dot napkins and floral blazers. UGH, it’s all bananas. Enjoy shopping my closet and comment below to let me know what you’re coveting.
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What is it that makes white on white so good? It’s that clean crisp look, the airy feeling of summer and the chic look of white gone dangerous (black heels and a leather jean jacket!). Ohhh, I just love it but there’s a couple things you need to consider when wearing this look. One, make sure you have a little color. If your skin color is the same color as your shorts, you may want to try some self tanner. Two, make sure you whites match! Cream, off white and crisp white, don’t go together – sorry! Three, watch the coffee (tried and true). Id maybe drink the coffee before you get into the car before work this morning.
But the white on white look is soo good, you will be able to wear it all year long and seasons to come. It’s one of those looks that don’t go out of style, but is highlighted again and again, just because it’s THAT GOOD.
I’ve highlighted two looks above – both based off a crop top from Topshop! I’m loving the crop top trend at the moment and when done right, is just magical. Topshop is by far the best place to grab these babies for cheap. Keep it classy and chic for day as shown on the right. I love the chic rocker glam for night, so I’ve thrown in some studded booties and a leather/jean jacket. Shop it below and show me your fab ‘White on White’ look on Instagram!
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Preppy Daytime Look: White Blazer – HERE or HERE; Crop Top Tee – Topshop; Shorts – Unique; Bourge Shoes – Rag & Bone; Friendship Puzzle Necklace – Buy HERE; Sunnies – Rayban Aviators /// Nighttime Look: Jacket – Rag & Bone; Crop Top Tee – Topshop; White Jeans – Iro; Studded Booties – buy HERE.
Oh, what an amazing 3-day weekend! Two days go by so fast, but three days is JUUUST right. I got so much done, it was lovely. I had a yard sale ($40 dollars in one hour – wahoo!), organized my car, house etc. (that felt so good!) then relaxed with some friends at The Grove. My boyfriend and I went to his friend’s house in the Marina for Memorial Day. It was a little clowdy when we got to the beach but we took a couple shots, nonetheless!
There is nothing that says spring more than a FLORAL BLAZER!
You’ve seen them on celebrities like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Lauren Conrad, from red carpet functions to daily street style outfits. Get flower-bombed and styled for the season with one of these amazing blazers.
What to keep in mind
Blazers are all about fit. If the blazer is not fitting you right, it doesn’t matter how much you paid or the type of pattern, it’s going to look off. Try to find a blazer that fits right in your arms, isn’t too tight in the shoulder but it should be fitting. Sometimes it’s best to go a size up and take it to a seamstress if it doesn’t fit you perfectly.
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I had the honor of listening to the amazing Drew Barrymore at Lucky FABB a few weeks back and I’m very excited to share it with you. After meeting Drew and seeing her in person, it’s safe to say that almost every girl in the room left with a girl crush. She has a way of making everyone feel special. In fact, she even made us feel as though we were the cool ones, as bloggers now have the power. Imagine that..
She launched her beauty line, Flower Beauty, which I posted on before. She spoke to Lucky Magazine’s Editor In Chief on life, babies, motherhood, beauty and how she manages to do it all. That lovable character that we all adore in the movies is exactly who she is in real life. Watch for yourself. Not to mention, cute outfit! Drew, we just love you…
I hope you enjoy! XXX, SWP
**Disclaimer – I’m sorry the footage isn’t better, it was a last minute decision to capture this and all I had was my phone.
Sometimes living on the edge is exactly what we need. Riding on the back of motorcycles, booking a flight the night before your trip and skinny dipping with your friends at midnight. If that’s not exactly what’s happening for you every weekend, dressing like it might give you the edge you’ve always wanted and a little distressed denim can help. Feel tough and get that ‘insta-cool’ vibe by adding a little rips and wear to your wardrobe. There are also tons of DIYs for distressed denim as well. The Denim Blog shares 5 great ones here.
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The new “LBD” for spring: the little white dress. It’s chic, summer-y, and easily dressed up or down. Whether you create a hippie chic look with beach waved hair and simple jewelry or a dressed up look with heels and a black leather dress, an embroidered midi white dress is great for warm weather days. One thing to keep in mind – watch when you’re eating as white can stain very quickly. (Eek, I’ve done it one too many times). Agadir Argan Oil spray can easily be brought with you on the road and will make your hair shine and also smell divine. It’s super cheap from Target! Add a pop red lip and a bright red/orange polish to complete the look. Happy Saturday all! XO
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Vila Embroidered Midi Dress buy HERE // Marie Turnor Accessories The Lunch Clutch Buy HERE // Juda Woven Bootie buy HERE // essie nail color polish, hip-anema, .46 fl oz buy HERE // FELIKS+ADRIK Spike Cuff buy HERE // Agadir Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Conditioner – 12 oz buy HERE
Grab those boyfriend jeans, a pair of booties and cute blazer – the boyfriend is back. I forgot how great they were and how much I love the boyfriend style until I received my new jeans!
A month ago, I attended the NYDJ’s preview (I try to make it every season) and got a sneak peek of their Spring/Summer 2013 styles. Their collection ranged from floral prints, to mint jeans and amazing workwear pants, but I ended up walking away with a pair of boyfriend jeans. Today I’m wearing them with a fun tan bootie from Charles Jourdan, a polka dot blazer from Nordstrom Rack and and a top by All Saints. NYDJ is also doing some amazing tops this season that I’m loving. If you missed last year’s post, you can check it out here.
If you haven’t already, grab yourself a great pair of boyfriend jeans for the season. They’re lovely for the weekend and definitely appropriate for work paired with a heel and blazer.
1.True Religion Boyfriend Jeans 2.AG Adriano Goldschmied – Ex-Boyfriend Crop in 8 Years Destroyed (8 Years Destroyed) – Apparel 3. Current/Elliott Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans 4. ASOS Saxby Boyfriend Jeans in Vintage Rip and Repair 5. NYDJ ‘Tanya’ Boyfriend Jeans
There’s a new hat designer in town and she’s making Los Angeles very, very proud. Jenessa Leone is known for taking inspiration from the bygone era, and her designs are inspired from a time when women’s innate confidence was conveyed through the dichotomy between sharp, menswear inspired tailoring and exaggerated feminine beauty. It’s only been a year but when you have something good, you know it’s going to be around for a while, which is why Janessa’s designs are a purchase that you’ll want to invest in. I’m obsessed! The menswear inspired designers’ sophmore collection, Shadows, consists of 8 styles for you to enjoy and are meant to be passed on for generations to come.
My love affair for jumpers started a long time ago. I’m pretty sure I own at least 4 black jumpers – no joke – and yes, of course, I want more in bright colors, florals and jeans. I went to get dressed yesterday for a BBQ and realized A) I need more *cute and comfortable shoes for day and B) jumpers are still AMAZIN; great for day or night.
It’s always a struggle for me to look cute during the daytime. These outfits embody ‘casual cool’ for any weekend outing. I’ve been eyeing the floral jumper from Top Shop since their media shopping preview – it’s EVERYTHING. I’m sure you may have seen it styled on some of the celebrities by now. The white boots that I’ve paired with it are my next obsession. I love whites and creams for because they’re neutral, soft and are a great alternative to black, which I get so sick of as I lived in New York for years. Whites and creams lend a softer, overall feel. I found these bad boys at Nasty Gal. Add a touch of makeup for an natural beauty look for day and a chic colorful (but not too bright) bag. I chose a mint handbag (perfect for Spring trends) from DSW. There are tons of great options for only $39.95
Then of course there is the amazing jean Jumper! The jean on jean look is HUGE right now. The best thing about this piece is you don’t have to think about what you’re wearing. Throw it on with a heel, bootie or flat and you already look amazing. A popped lip, maybe a few accessories and you’re ready-to-go. This jean jumper is from ASOS, just a little over $100. You’ve probably seen the Rag & Bone floral bomber this season which to me is a MUST HAVE if you can afford it. I’ll be searching for other options as well as I know most can’t. Literally, this jacket makes any outfit ‘super cool,’ as most Rag & Bone pieces do. Super Maje.
Saturdays are my FAVORITE day of the week. Jump into your next weekend with a cute jumper and I promise you’ll love the ease, comfort and get tons of compliments. XOXO, SWP
A lot of women are intimidated by bright colors. Trust me, I get it. But there’s no reason you shouldn’t partake in the bright color fun with at least your accessories. Adding a pop of color with your clutch, handbag or shoe is one of the easiest ways to brighten up your look.
How to: keep it neutral with the rest of your look. If you’re going to add two different brights to your look, make sure they flow together. Play it safe with blacks, whites and neutral colors as you’re base if you’re not sure. I love neons, reds and pinks – make sure to keep the colors brights and bold. Pastels will not give you the desired look. Lastly, have fun with it! It’s a playful fun look and it’s a great way to show you don’t take yourself too seriously, either.
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BCBGeneration – Nadia Snake Emboss Clutch (White) – BUY Here
ALDO Pink Clutch – BUY Here
MINI SIENNA PADLOCK BAG – Price: $150.00 – BUY HERE
3.1 PHILLIP LIM – The Pashli medium shark-effect leather trapeze bag – $825 Buy HERE
TOPSHOP – Pushlock Crossbody Bag – Buy HERE
Alexander Wang – Diego textured-leather shoulder bag – Buy HERE
Gap Leather Tote – Buy HERE