Ensemble du Jour: Bustier

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I love juxtaposition in everything, including housewares (sheepskin mixed with lucite, wood mixed with fine china) and fashion. This is my interpretation of a fancy-on top, casual-on-the-bottom sort of look—one that works for cocktails or a nice dinner out. This bustier is pretty amazing (despite the fact that I can’t exactly breathe when I wear it) and I can’t wait to pair it with something simple, like a black pencil skirt. 

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Bustier: Cameo (this strapless version is also great) // Jeans: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Heels: Tibi (similar) // Raffia Clutch: vintage (similar)

My Picks

I recently updated my boutique with a few of the items I’m currently loving. Here’s a run-down…

Ensemble du Jour: Black is the new Black

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Black never goes out of style. It’s slimming, forgiving and usually hides stains and damage pretty well. I especially like pairing an all black ensemble with a bold red lip. Case in point: this outfit. I wore a black silk shirtdress by Kain as a strapless dress (just put your arms and shoulders through the head hole, button it to the top, and tie the sleeves in front—you can do it with pretty much any button-up top or dress), threw on my favorite old cardigan and sandals, and slicked on some NARS Heat Wave.

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Dress: Kain Label (Shirtdress worn as a strapless dress, similar) // Sandals: Balenciaga // Cardigan: Joe’s Jeans (similar) // Lips: NARS Heat Wave // Clutch: vintage (similar)

Ensemble du Jour: Neon

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Something about the warmer temperatures (and by warmer I mean 90+) makes me want to wear all of my brightest pieces. I got this adorable Rory Beca tank recently and thought it was the perfect thing to wear with a circle skirt and cute sandals.

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Top: Rory Beca via Marshall’s // Skirt: Kate Spade c/o TJ Maxx // Sandals: Miu Miu (similar, and less expensive!) // Bag: vintage

Ensemble du Jour: Checkmate

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It’s no secret that checks are having a major moment lately—they’re showing up on everything lately. When I spotted this bustier online, I snapped it up immediately. I love the shape, which works best when paired with simple—even distressed or jeans or slacks, and the pattern is an added benefit.

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Bustier: Finders Keepers // Tee: T by Alexander Wang // Bag: Céline // Lips: Nars Heat Wave // Trousers: Helmut Lang // Sandals: Birkenstock

Ensemble du Jour: Blue

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I scored this cute Joie dress at Marshall’s last week (originally $268, on clearance for $39) and wore it the very next day. It’s silk, so it would be a nice option for a daytime Spring or Summer wedding. I wore it with some old Louboutin espadrilles, retro-inspired shades and a slick of pink lipstick.

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 Dress: Joie via Marshall’s (similar and on sale) // Espadrilles: Christian Louboutin (similar)// Necklace: vintage (my boyfriend says it reminds him of this) // Bag: vintage Bottega Veneta // Sunnies: Prada

Ensemble Collage: Rompin’ Around

If it wasn’t clear from yesterday’s post, I’m all about a romper lately. Easy to throw on, comfortable and always a little eye-catching, thanks to the unique shapes available today. I love this little number from MSGM—such a great pattern. And how great is this Proenza Schouler clutch? It’s fun but, thanks to the black and white color palette, would go with just about anything. Plus, majorly discounted right now (huge bonus!)

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Romper: MSGM (on sale!) // Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals // Heart Studs: Jennifer Meyer // Lipstick and Nail laquer: Proenza Schouler for MAC // Clutch: Proenza Schouler (major sale!)

Ensemble du Jour: Pink Out

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I scored this great Red Valentino dress at TJ Maxx about a month ago. Red is Valentino’s contemporary line and, though it runs less than runway Valentino, it is still pretty expensive. I found this dress on clearance for under $40! It’s a great fit and is the perfect thing for a Summer wedding or, in this case, a Spring graduation. I paired it with my trusty Louboutins (these were my first pair, purchased six years ago, and I still wear them constantly), a leather jacket (Boston is cold this time of year), and my vintage Chanel cross body.

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Dress: Red Valentino via TJ Maxx // Heels: Christian Louboutin // Jacket: Joe’s Jeans c/o TJ Maxx // Bag: vintage Chanel // Earrings: vintage Fendi