2016 Spring Essentials

Spring has officially arrived, but living in the tri-state, we have haven’t had much of a winter. On Christmas the weather was in the 60s and we’ve only had one major snowstorm. I know, that should be a good thing right? This is not typical weather as a Jersey girl. This time last year I had been out of work at least one day a week for snow. The tides have truly turned over the course of the year. Let’s get into my staples for spring.Be sure to click all the highlighted links for related posts or to purchase items mentioned.

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1. Denim | I thrifted a denim shirt last summer and I absolutely love it. I love the look of denim on denim. It wasn’t always a favorite of mine, but light wash denim paired together looks amazing. In addition to this shirt I love my denim jacket that I purchased from Forever 21 years ago. Denim just screams jeans and while I’m on the hunt for a ripped pair, my shirt and jacket will due. Purchase similar styles below:

2. Canvas Sneakers | I am no sneaker head although there are shoes I’d like to add to my collection. I am a sucker for canvas sneakers which you can find just about anywhere in a variety of colors and prints. I love to buy mine printed because they become an instant accessory to an outfit. While some stand out more than others I love a mixture of bold and muted prints. A muted print to me is a more classic floral. I have purchased mine from H&M & Charlotte Russe. I would recommend searching in store for more of a variety, but similar styles are listed below:

3. High-Top Converse | I absolutely love my converse and although I purchased the high-tops, I love rolling them down. With the weather getting warmer I have ditched my Timbs and I have been wearing these on a daily basis. I would love a white pair maybe even pink, maybe. Purchase HERE.

4. Graphic Tees | While this could be a year round staple, I love rocking my graphic tees in the spring. Fall is more for layering and winter is about being cozy. Summer time, I’m all about my tanks. Yet in the Spring, I find myself buying graphic tees and I love all types. I usually buy mine from either Spencers or Hot Topic, depending on the selection, when they have the buy 1 get 1 50% off. Don’t spend a lot of money on them, try thrifting. I have all types from comics to wrestling, music, and  even the touristy ones. I don’t mind the cheesy graphic tee and I can’t wait to add more to my collection. Below are links to my favorite places to buy them:

I can’t wait to start taking pictures and sharing my outfits of the day or maybe even a lookbook featuring my spring essentials and more. Stay tuned!

January 2016 Favorites

January 2016 has been an amazing start to a new year and I’ve fallen in love with a lot of stuff, but I’ve separated my favorites into two categories: fashion and entertainment. Click here for my 2015 obsessionsLet’s get into fashion first.

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I’ve been loving to layer and a lot of my favorites revolve around that. I love my plaid shirts and right now I only have 3 and I’d like to add a black/white/grey one along with a black/red one. Then there’s the turtle neck trend. Modernly known as the “mock neck.” I prefer for mine to be ribbed opposed to the typical cotton shirt. I need to a grey one for sure.

I also have been loving basic long-sleeved shirts, preferably crew necks. I like v neck t-shirts, but as far as long sleeved I just prefer crew necks. I definitely need to buy a black one soon. Lastly as far as layering are these tanks that i have and unfortunately I don’t know the brand at all. I love these because they’re long and if I’m wearing leggings they’re long enough to cover my bottom.

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My last fashion favorite for the month are my Timbs. I’ve had them for about 8 or 9 years now and they’re my STAPLE for winter. I wear them with any and everything. They just work. Eventually I want to get a new pair, but I just can’t let these go. Links to similar styles mentioned are below:

3044178-inline-i-1-la-la-anthonys-power-playbook-lessons-on-success-from-a-woman-who-wins-at-liMoving on to entertainment I have a book, a TV show, plus music. First up for the book, I loved reading and taking notes on La La Anthony’s “The Power Playbook.It will be the first installment to my ‘Chaotic Reads’ series so be on the lookout for that. As for a TV show, Netflix comes through again. I fell in love with ‘Fixer Upper’ which is similar to ‘Flip or Flop’ and ‘Property Brothers.’ I just love the vibe of this show so much more.

Lastly, it just wouldn’t be a favorites list for me without music right? Right. I’ve created a playlist on Spotify that I’ll be adding to frequently to highlight all of my music favs. If I had to pick just one song from my list as #1 favorite, I’d have to go with Yo Gotti’s ‘Down in the DM.’ I freaking love that song. Check out the playlist below:

 

Fall Haul

In no way am I a fashionista yet when I go shopping there’s no mistake as to what I want. I used to be an indecisive shopper simply because I didn’t know my style. I was shopping through the eyes of others. What other people were wearing, what they purchased, and those infamous YouTube hauls. I’d end up buying something, wearing it once, and placing it in the back of my closet.  I’m not a huge fan of trends and these when i purchase pieces, thrifted or not, I’m looking for staples for my wardrobe. I really love neutral tones and you can never have two much black/grey in your closet.

Outerwear:

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The first three items are from Banana Republic and Gap. The Banana Republic cardigan is definitely one of my favorites. It’s grey, long, and it has pockets. I have a few cardigans that don’t have pockets and I don’t wear them often simply because of that. I also have a jacket that has elbow pads from Gap. I like the contrast in material, but the elbow pads really sold me. Lastly is the windbreaker from Gap. It has plaid on the inside, a hood which is essential, and it just works. I’ve notice that I can wear a Medium from places like this yet other times I have to go up to an XL just to get it to zip. Very pleased with the quality.

Shirt/Sweater:

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I love the blush tone color and who doesn’t love a flowy t-shirt. Both items are from Banana Republic. The blush tone sweater is great to dress up or down and the saying is not so teeny bopper that I won’t be able to wear it for years to come. The grey t-shirt reminds me of the Sex & The City movie (part 1) with Jennifer Hudson’s ‘All Dressed In Love.’ I’d style the t-shirt with the grey Cardigan above with a pair of jeans and ankle boots. To dress it up it would look great with a leather jacket, high-waist jeans, and a pair of boots.

I’ll be featuring these items in future OOTDs. In the meantime, be sure to click the links below to purchase similar items!