This weekend’s sunshine in NYC, had me anxiously shopping for new additions to my spring wardrobe. I love sunny afternoons in the city, wandering from store to store through my favorite neighborhoods, with no real agenda but to enjoy the day. Every day of my work week is scheduled basically to the minute, and although I love being busy, I do find peace in quiet moments by myself.
One of the things I love most about shopping for spring, is that your wardrobe doesn’t necessarily need to be pricey in order to look the part. However, I do believe in statement pieces. My handbags and shoes are always my investment pieces. I splurge a bit on them because they are usually timeless and often noticed. People will recognize quality handbags and shoes, and you will wear them more often than clothing pieces in your wardrobe. If you are great with style, you can mix and match affordable clothing pieces, and make them look high end. It’s all about knowing what to look for in a garment. One tip I’ll give you is to always, and I mean always pay attention to the fit of a garment. It does not matter the cost of a garment. If it fits you poorly, it will look cheap.
I bought my sister a brand new Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag as a gift for her birthday. She was kind enough to let me borrow it. I fell in love with the quilting of the leather, the shiny gold hardware, the style and gorgeous pastel pink color of the bag. I knew it would be a great investment piece for my sister, and she could carry it though several seasons with her wardrobe. At the same time, I went shopping at the Trina Turk boutique in the Meatpacking District. There, I came upon a must have statement piece for myself. Somehow, when buying gifts, I always manage to have the, “one for me, one for you” mindset. They were fuchsia pink, pointy toe Hollywood Pumps. I have a shoe problem, not that I have too many, but actually that I can never find a pair which fit me. With a 4.5 size foot, I can barely find shoes I can walk in, and when I do, I scoop them up instantly. So, I did just that, and those Trina Turk beauties were instantly mine. I accessorized with earrings and a bracelet from Kate Spade (other styles here), and bracelets from Alex and Ani. I also wore my favorite mirrored aviators by Ray Ban.
With both these fancy statement pieces to sport, I knew I needed the perfect dress. I bought a $200 gorgeous printed dress, and you know what? It just didn’t work. The fit was off, and it did not flatter my body. I searched and searched to find the perfect floral dress to compliment my accessories. This magical floral, mint dress was from H&M and cost $10. Yes, you read that correctly…10 buckaroos. So, I mean what I said. Forget about the price tag and the brand of the dress. Of course there are so many brands that I truly love, but just because a piece is expensive, or designed by a popular brand, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
On my sunny, Saturday I did a few of my favorite things. I took my favorite workout classes, met one of my besties for a spontaneous lunch, and changed in to my brand new floral look to go shopping with Grant in Soho. With a pit stop, at our favorite bakery, Ladurée, we enjoyed a few treats together to end our afternoon.
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend, Beauties. Remember these tips we talked about today to help style your spring looks. Lots of love, and happy shopping! xo
- H&M: Floral Dress
- Rebecca Minkoff: Love Crossbody Bag, Pink
- Ray Ban: Mirrored Aviators
- Trina Turk: Hollywood Pumps
- Kate Spade: Earrings (other styles here)
- Kate Spade: Gold Bangle (similar here)
- Alex and Ani: Bracelets