Ensemble du Jour: Pink Out

Valentino pink dress, red bottoms

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.

Red Valentino dress, vintage bag, Loubs

Pink dress, Chanel bag, Louboutins

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

Ensemble du Jour: Summer Uniform

Gladiators, cutoffs, vintage tee

When the weather’s hot, it’s difficult for me to dress in anything other than cutoff shorts and a cute top. Case in point: this outfit. The knee-high gladiators and gold jewelry adds a little hint of sophistication, so it seems like I tried harder than I actually did.

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glad sandals

Top: vintage // Shorts: Vince // Gladiators: old Bona Drag (similar here) // Necklace: vintage (similar) // Bag: vintage (similar and really cute) // Sunnies: Céline

Ensemble du Jour: Chanel’d Out

Chanel fer sure

Over the years, I’ve amassed a nice little collection of vintage Chanel. I’ve gotten pearls and bags at estate sales, belts at antique stores and a lot of earrings given to me by my grandmother, who bought hers in the 80s and 90s. Today, brand new Chanel is too pricey for my budget, but the vintage pieces are so classic that they look new today. That’s what I love about Chanel—it gives off so many vibes—Grace Kelly classy, Rihanna edgy—but it remains cool year after year. I paired a few of my favorite vintage Chanel pieces with basic black, so the accessories are the stars of the show.

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Accessories

Chanel belt, bag and earrings

Dress: old (I’m talking seven years) Marshall’s find // Chain belt, pearl earrings and bag: vintage Chanel // Gladiators: old (bought them five years ago) Bona Drag (similar here) // Lips: Nars Heat Wave

Ensemble du Jour: Be Mine

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I am currently braving the cold in our nation’s capital, enjoying lots of good food, good shopping and time with my sweet Valentine. I packed accordingly, but unfortunately I don’t think this Florida girl has a good winter wardrobe. My idea of dressing for winter entails a fur throw, a lightweight coat and jeans. Case in point, this little ensemble I wore on an atypically cool day in sunny Florida. Not exactly bundling up, but a fun look nonetheless.

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…And when I top the jacket with a fur—voilà! 90′s hip-hop artist. #bigpimpin

Dress (worn as top): Equipment // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Heels: Tibi // Coat: The Row // Bag: Balenciaga // Necklace: vintage // Sunnies: Toms // Fur: Vintage

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Ensemble du Jour: Dah-ling

Ralph Lauren jeans, adrienne landau fur

A reoccurring theme in all of my ensembles (and in my own home) is high and low. I’ve been thrifting, vintage shopping, estate sale-ing and going to auctions since I can remember, but in recent years, it’s become very “hip” to mix high and low. Fortunately, it’s still fairly easy to score great finds if you know where to look. In LA, flea markets are a dime a dozen (and FYI—many of them sell items that aren’t actually vintage), but here in Jacksonville, thrift stores and estate sales are often chock full of great items, because not everyone and their mom is out on the hunt. At a recent estate sale, I scored this stunning fur stole by Adrienne Landau. Landau is pretty well-known for her fur pieces, but this purple number took my breath away. It’s kind of like a boa (and by that, I mean it’s so over the top, it’s kind of hilarious) and I feel like I should be smoking a long cigarette and wearing dark sunglasses when I wear it. With my new favorite jeans, a blazer and simple, strappy heels, it’s the perfect statement piece.

Marc Jacobs for Target clutch, fur, acid wash

Ralph Lauren jeans, Tibi heels, fur

jeweled earrings and fur

Fur stole: Adrienne Landau (pictured is an estate sale find, here’s a totally different version that is equally amazing) // Blazer: Helmut Lang // Jeans: Ralph Lauren (lucky find at Saks Off 5th) // Heels: Tibi // Tee: J. Crew (on sale!) // Pouch: Marc Jacobs for Target // Earrings: A gift from my sweet friend, Frankie  // Sunglasses: Toms (on sale!)

Ensemble du Jour: Vintage Two-Piece


vintage pants suit

I have been hitting up thrift stores, antique galleries and estate sales since before I started driving (thanks in large part to my grandmother, who would drag me to these things long before I actually wanted to go). So over the years, I’ve amassed a collection of some pretty spectacular things. Sometimes, these items come with a nice label attached (Chanel, Goyard, etc.) but other times, these are just really great items that are too interesting to pass up. Case in point: this awesome two-piece. The palazzo pants are awesome on their own (I’m envisioning them with a red crop top come spring) and the shirt pairs well with jeans. But when worn together, they take on an entirely new light. Here, I tied the top up so that it showed off the high waist of the pants, and wore it with my favorite hat for a look that might be more Spring than Fall. But hey, it’s Florida.

Floral and polka dot pants

Panama Hat

Pants and Top: Vintage // Heels: Givenchy // Bracelet: Vintage Lagerfeld // Panama Hat: J. Crew // Clutch: Bottega Veneta

Ensemble du Jour: Mixies & Matchies

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When it comes to fashion/decor/art in general, I am all about juxtaposition. And balance. I love to mix, but it’s important that an ensemble (or a room, if we’re talking decor) isn’t too anything—too preppy, too bohemian, too vintage… I like to mix it all together. I am just not the girl that is going to wear a neon chevron dress with minimal jewelry, or rock the same “arm party” as every other girl in the room. I like taking risks and I like wearing clothes that reflect my personality. In my home, you’ll find a pair of Wasilly chairs framing a vintage Persian rug, in the same room as a vintage Goyard trunk, modern coffee table and vintage Native American headdress. I take the same approach when I get dressed every day. This top is from J. Crew, about four years ago. While it might be predictable to pair it with a J. Crew skirt, in a complementary color, I think it looks great topped with a vintage fur stole and worn with distressed denim and vintage crystal jewelry, and animal-print heels.

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Top: J. Crew (old) // Jeans: Current/Elliott boyfriend (worn un-cuffed) // Necklaces: vintage // Heels: Prada // Clutch: Marc Jacobs (from the Neiman x Target collab) // Fur Stole: Vintage

Ensemble du Jour: Silks

I apologize for the extended hiatus. I am still getting adjusted to my new job, and have been in the process of buying a car (which was, fortunately successful and I now drive an SUV so if I do get in any more car-accidents, the damage hopefully won’t be as bad.)

This outfit looks a little school marm-ish, I suppose, but it is very comfortable and feels a bit vintage, which I like. I wore this to work the other day with flats but I think it works just as well for a nice dinner, with a pair of chunky platforms.

I’m wearing an Elizabeth & James silk top, Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, Missoni for Target cardigan, Miu Miu platforms and Balenciaga bag. The earrings are vintage Chanel.