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{things i wore} colored jeans

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I'm a fan of colored denim–check out this pair in red which I've worn a few times before. I was looking for a cobalt blue pair for spring so I was thrilled when the brand Skinny Jeans reached out to me with their rainbow-esque"Team Colors" line. These jeans fit perfectly–snug all the right places but still super comfy (I can't take jeans that feel as though they're suffocating you). 

I'm still waiting to hear back from my contact at Ettika before I announce the winner of that giveaway,  but in the meantime, how does a new contest sound? Check back soon for your chance to win your very own pair of jeans from "Skinny Jeans"–your choice! Happy Weekend! x

 

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Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [$50, available here]

Jacket: Blazer with Faux-Leather trim, Anne Klein [was $179, available here]

Scarf: Slotted Pashmina in 'Midnight,' c/o Posh'mina [$30, available here]

Pants: Jeans in 'Bright Blue,' Team Colors, c/o SkinnyJeans [$159, available here]

Sunglasses: Oversized Plastic Frames in Black, Guess, c/o Guess [no longer available]

Shoes: Riding boots in Black, Banana Republic [no longer available]

Bag: Village Small Triangle Tote in Black, Cole Haan [was $325, no longer available]

Jewelry: Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Micropave Diamond Band in White Gold, Macys; Diamond Band in Rose Gold, Bloomingdale's [$1400, available here];  Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Expandable Wire Bracelets, Alex and Ani

Nails: Essie's 'Size Matters'

 

{things i wore} stackable bracelets

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I recently introduced to you the stack of bracelets I put together with Ettika jewelry (see the post here). I had way too much fun sorting through their massive collection of incredibly detailed bracelets that just beg to be put together in lots of combinations. I settled on the three I'm wearing in these photos–which feature a sideways cross, a chain woven with fabric and a string of tiny beads–because they combine my favorite fashion color (black) with my favorite jewelry metal (gold). I'm pretty sure I've been wearing them with all of my other favorite bracelets almost every day lately–they're that perfect. But you don't just have to take my word for it–Ettika has offered to give one of my readers a gift card so they too can put together their own stack! Check back soon for the giveaway—it's one you won't want to miss.

 

Hurry – Enter my latest GIVEAWAY to win a $100 gift certificate to Shop September here!

 

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Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [$50, available here]

Blazer: Open Front Blazer in Beige, Forever 21 [no longer available, similar style available here]

Pants: Kimmie Bootcut Jeans in Midnight New York Dark Wash, 7 For All Mankind [$169, available here]

Bag: 'Caterina' Purse in Black, c/o Cuore & Pelle [$385, available here]

Shoes: Balnit Peep-Toe Slingbacks in Black, Aldo [were $110, available here]

Jewelry: Beautiful Things' Bracelet Stack featuring the Metallic Black Intertwined Gold Chain BraceletTriple Black ONYX on Gold Tiny Bead Bracelet, and the Custom Knotted Vintage Ribbon Adjustable Bracelet with Charm in Gold Finish, Black Ribbon, and Cross Charm, c/o Ettika  [$153, available here]; Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]; Leather Station Necklace, House of Harlow 1960 [$75, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here], Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Licorice'
 

{things i wore} top handle purse

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Oh how I love top handle handbags. I practically screamed in delight (okay I actually screamed in delight) when this one by Cuore & Pelle arrived at my door. The brand, which translates from the Italian to "Heart & Leather," makes gorgeously elegant purses in a wide variety of colors and shapes. I adore this one's trapezoidal angles and strong structure, not to mention its turnlock flap and snap-closure wings. These dalmatian shoes were a pretty amazing Christmas gift find courtesy of my sister. The 'smoking slipper' shape is a fun twist to a typical flat–not to mention they're in my favorite color combination of black and white.

 

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Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [$50, available here]

Scarf: Black Fringed Scarf, H&M [old]

Jacket: Moto Jacket, Black Rivet [was $198, available here]

Pants: Jeggings in Red, American Eagle Outfitters [$44.50, no longer available; similar style available here]

Bag: 'Caterina' Purse in Black, c/o Cuore & Pelle [$385, available here]

Shoes: 'Gale' Smoking Flats in Dalmatian Pony Hair, INC International Concepts [were $79.50, available here, similar style available here]

Jewelry: Starter Charm Bracelet in Gold, Juicy Couture [$42, available here]; Arm Candy in Black Onyx, c/o Beso Beso [$90, available here]; Expandable Wire Bangle, Alex and Ani; Gold Bar Bracelet in Black, Puravida [$20, available here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Head Mistress'

{things i wore} leather jacket

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When the prices of the Neiman Marcus + Target Collection took a sharp dive (70% percent off for those who may not have been following along), I ended up shopping the collaboration a lot more than I had ever intended. This Marc Jacobs scarf was one of those discounted purchases (along with the designer's leather pouch and Robert Rodrigez's lace dress). This is my favorite kind of weekend outfit: comfy jeans, an even comfier leather jacket (seriously, it's the best one I've ever owned), and simple flats. My arm party just recently got some new additions: you may be able to spot a gorgeous silver skull bracelet that was sent to me by LeiVanKash (who I partnered with back in December along with Nokia for a fashion quest challenge) and a delicate beaded bracelet by Beso Beso, a charming and unique jewelry line of pieces made to be layered.

 

ENTER MY LATEST GIVEAWAY for a statement ring HERE!

 

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Jacket: Asymmetric Knit-Leather Jacket in Black, MICHAEL Michael Kors [was $475, available here]

Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50, available here]

Scarf: NM + Target Metallic Border-Print Scarf, Marc Jacobs [was $69, available here]

Pants: Artist Crop Jean in ‘Bright Indigo Destroy,’ American Eagle Outfitters [were $49.50, available here]

Bag: Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895, available here]

Shoes: Emmie Flats in Black, Lucky Brand [$59, available here]

Jewelry: Diamond Ring with Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Overlap, Trio by Effy Collection [was $2850, available here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; old Bar Bracelet in Black, Puravida [$20, available here]; Venetian Link bracelet, Tiffany & Co. [$185, available here]; Decenario bracelet [old]; Purple Wax-Coated String Bracelet, Puravida [$5, available here]; Arm Candy in Labradorite, c/o Beso Beso [$120, available here]; Skull Bracelet in Silver and Fuschia Pink, c/o LeiVanKash [$150, available here]

 

{things i wore} shopper tote

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I've admired this Zara plaited shopper from afar–as in on other bloggers and celebs–and up close–meaning on store shelves–for a long time. It's not hard to see why: super pigmented leather, simple lines, minimal hardware, and top handles make it pretty much my ideal handbag. Still, I never took the plunge to pick one up for myself. Lucky for me, my boyfriend likes buying me handbags as much as I like talking about them to him. A discussion one day about how long/hard I had been lusting over this one led to it arriving on my doorstep a few days later. Pretty amazing, right? (And yes I'm talking about both him and the shopper.) 

P.S. As promised, I'm living in these Genetic Denim jeans from the Haden Reid Boutique (check out it's Facebook page here)–they're so fitted but oh-so-comfy. 

 

ENTER MY LATEST GIVEAWAY for a statement ring HERE!

 

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Blazer: Boyfriend Blazer in Black, J. Crew [no longer available, similar style available here]

Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50, available here]

Jeans: Shane Cigarette in 'Chain,' Genetic Denim c/o Haden Reid [were $218, available here]

Shoes: Suede Ankle Booties, Nine West [no longer available, similar style available here]

Bag: Braided Shopper in Brown, Zara [$149, available here]

Jewelry: Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; Renegade Cluster Bracelet, Stella & Dot, c/o Katie Cramer, Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot [$59, available here]; Fauna Shark Tooth Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet in Black CZ, c/o Kevia [$75, available here]; Gold Bar Bracelet in Black, Puravida [$20, available here]; Alexandria Ring in Gold, c/o Karen London [$50, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here], Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]

Nails: Essie "Smokin' Hot"

 

{things i wore} utility jacket

 

This jacket was one of my favorite Christmas presents last year (thanks to my sister, who spread the love after she bought her own similar version of it). Its array of buttons, zippers, ties, and straps remind me of a few fall jackets I used to have when I was younger. It's comfy and practical but also so easy to style. This is my favorite way to wear it, with slouchy jeans, flats, and an equally rugged bag.

p.s. I have some exciting news: I've joined up with Nokia Connects–the social home of Nokia–and LeiVanKash Jewellery–a fabulous line based in London–for a fun new project. Using a Nokia Lumia 900 I'm capturing my day-to-day life here in NYC–and a bunch of other bloggers are doing the same. In the end, one will inspire a new piece of jewelry but till then, I can't wait to share my experience with the phone and all the photos I've taken with it. Stay tuned next week & have a fabulous weekend! x

 

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Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50, available here]

Jacket: Severt Twill Anorak Jacket in Olive, Jack by BB Dakota [$82, available here]

Pants: Artist Crop Jean in 'Bright Indigo Destroy,' American Eagle Outfitters [were $49.50, available here]

Bag: Black Satchel, Kenneth Cole [old]

Shoes: Emmie Flats in Black, Lucky Brand [$59, available here]

Jewelry: Ladies Classic Museum Watch 0604229, Movado [was $595, available here]; Cornelian Expandable Wire Bangle for Haiti, Alex and Ani [$18, available here]

Nails: Essie 'Sand Tropez'

 

{things i wore} leather bangles

 

If you had asked me a few years ago what my favorite color clothing was I'd have said black. While it's often still my go-to (it's just so easy to match things when you're wearing it), I have a new appreciation for all sorts of colors, prints, and patterns. I love the pop of my yellow bag next to the watercolor design of my skirt, but most of all I adore my new bracelets: they're a pale minty green leather set off by gorgeous gold bars and they make any of my outfits more interesting. Amy Fine's shop carries these bangles in every color you could imagine, from periwinkle blue to bamboo yellow.  So while black-colored clothing used to enjoy a starring role in my wardrobe, I find myself now using it to anchor the other hues I'm wearing.

 

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Skirt: Gauzy Maxi Skirt in Multi-Color, Attention [was $25, available here]

Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50, available here]

Shoes: Leather and Cork Sandals in Black, Nine West [no longer available]

Bag: Uptown Tote in Yellow/Maple, J. Crew [no longer available]

Jewlelry: Leather Bangle Bracelets in 'Minty Green,' c/o Amy Fine Design [$30, available here]; 'Brainy Bimbo' Gold Chain Necklace c/o Astrid & Miyu [$50, available here]

Nails: "Provence," Revlon

 

 

{things i wore} riding boots

When you live in New York City, sometimes you feel the need to get away from its hustle and bustle for a while. I recently spent a lovely weekend in Pennsylvania– NY's less hectic and thereby more relaxing neighbor–and enjoyed some fresh air, lots of shopping, and taste-tests of some locally-made specialties (new guilty pleasure: whoppie pies). These riding boots kept me warm and comfy for all of my outings. I've wanted a beige blazer for ages–this oversized one was the perfect surprise Christmas present from my sister.

What do you think? What's your favorite destination spot to just get away from it all? And do you turn to riding boots to stay stylishly comfortable on your winter trips?

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Pants: Low Skinny 531 Jeans, Levi's [similar styles available here]

Blazer: Open Front Blazer in Beige, [$28, Forever 21, similar style available here]

Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [$50, available here]

Scarf: Fringed Scarf in Black, H&M

Bag: Village Small Triangle Tote in Black, Cole Haan [was $325, no longer available]

Shoes: Riding boots in Black, Banana Republic

Jewelry: Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$395, available here]; Expandable Wire Bangle in Silver, Alex and Ani

Nails: "Hot Cocoa," Rimmel




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