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As sale season comes to a close, I decided to make one last pass (and risk loosing an arm) to see if I could find some lingering steals.  Level 9 at Saks is currently a mecca for the true bargain hunter.  With whimsical Chloe dresses being snapped up for 80% off and once out of budget Balenciaga and Celine pieces now attainable, I decided to have one final look early Saturday morning.

Once in the dressing room with a rack full of goodies, I heard a knock at my door. “You’re not going to believe what I found” said my sales girl with the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning.  I opened the door and there hung the buttery goodness of a YSL leather jacket. I knew it would fit like a glove as I’d tried the black leather version many times before, but never wanted to pull the trigger due to the hefty price tag.

The white leather popped against black zippers and the distressed details gave the jacket that street chic vibe of a Golden Goose sneaker reincarnated in a fabulous leather jacket.  I was sold.

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Jacket: Saint Laurent (love this one and this one), Great faux leather jacket here, Denim: AG Jeans (also love this wash), Sunnies: Oliver Peoples.

 

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On the go

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When I first moved to the city, I often wondered, how could I still retain some semblance of style while also being able to maneuver the increased walking and bipolar weather conditions.  I remember for the first 6 months I really thought I could wear heels almost everywhere and actually believed the weather report on the morning news. (Insert wide-eyed emoji here).

Fast forward a couple years and here’s what I’ve learned. Flats can be your friend.  Yes this was tough for me to conceptualize, but after a week of non stop heels and realizing no amount of reflexology would help, I made peace with flats and found styles that made my feet feel just as special as my Manolo heels did. These Gucci mule loafers are one of my favorites with their mix of classic and edgy.  They are comfy as hell and have serious staying power.

I also had to take stock of my handbag collection as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cross body mini bag, but if you’re out and about in the city, something a little larger is required; preferably to fit a pair of heels and umbrella. I opted for the Celine trapeze.  The medium size is perfect and the shoulder strap is great if you prefer that to the crook of your arm.

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Bag: Celine (also love this one and this alternate style), Shoes: Gucci (these are super cute too), Denim: AG Jeans, Top: Zara (similar here), Sunnies: Oliver Peoples

 

 

All lined up

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It’s no secret, I am a stripe lover and there is nothing better than a good mix of two pieces in that family.  The thin mixed with the wide, the navy against the black-all of differences helped elevate an otherwise basic jacket and tee. The tee I’ve had for a bit, but I added the boucle Marant a few weeks ago as an investment piece I knew would work on every level.  The fact that it combined, black and white, stripes and the nubbiness of the boucle-it was a no-brainer!

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Jacket: Isabel Marant Etoile (also in this color), Denim: AG Jeans (also here), Tee: NSF (similar here-25% off F&F), Bag: Balenciaga (also love this version), Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Sunnies: Ray-Ban. 

 

 

Here & There

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// Sweater: Sandro (similar here & here), Denim: J. Crew, Kicks: Chuck Taylor, Hat: Gap (similar here & here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban //

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// Shoes: Christian Louboutin //

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// Candle: Diptyque //

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// Top: Alo, Denim: AG Jeans, Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: Fallon, Nails: Chanel //

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// Tiffany & Co. //

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// Mason Pearson Brush//

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// Candle lit for Nanna – St. Patrick’s Cathedral //

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// Jimmy Choo metallic pumps //

 

 

 

Peachy

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Neutrals are fabulous!  Easy, versatile and usually posses a comfort factor.  It’s funny, but when I scan my closet, a large majority of my favorite pieces are grey, black, blush or white.  I’m all for a bold pop of color, but you can never go wrong layering on classic basics in softer tones.

I was tempted to go for this sweater is black, but I loved the peachy, blush tone and am glad I did.  It so comfy and will be on high rotation as a perfect neutral.

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Sweater: Asos (also love this one), Denim: AG Jeans, Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Bag: Chanel, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Hat: J. Crew