animal instinct

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Since posting this earlier in the week I’ve been inspired to find super chic head to looks that won’t break the bank!  I’ve gone and done it again, this time keeping the full ensemble around $200!  I think I may be onto something here and this behavior is becoming part of my, oh – animal instinct (wink wink)!  This spring look is perfect for your weekend frolicking and don’t be surprised if you spot me around NYC in the budget conscious version sometime very soon!  Enjoy!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Mango knit sweater, $39.99 (sale!), mango.com
  2. Topshop floral print animal shorts, $60, topshop.com
  3. H&M sunglasses, $5.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Sephora forever fuchsia cream lip stain, $12, sephora.com
  5. ASOS across body bag, $26.90, asos.com
  6. Dolce Vita diandra sandal, $69, dolcevita.com

i love ny

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I’m a little late to the party when it comes to this Phillip Lim, “I Love Nueva York” tee since it was all over the street during Fall NYFW.   However in lieu of the upcoming DOMA and Prop 8 ruling by the Supreme Court this week  – I’m feeling extra thankful and lucky to be living in a state where my marriage is already recognized.  I am so proud to be a New Yorker and am hoping that the rights that I’ve come to know are extended to all and then some.

Sending tons of love, luck and support to all standing on the front line in Washington!

xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. 3.1 Phillip Lim I heart nueva york tank, $115, net-a-porter.com
  2. Zara crossover trousers, $59, zara.com
  3. Persol suprema roadster sunglasses, $270, barneys.com
  4. Clare Vivier messenger bag, $363, shopbop.com
  5. Topshop leather biker jacket, $330, topshop.com
  6. Marni bracelet, $135, yoox.com
  7. J.Crew Collection everly calf hair wedges, $358, jcrew.com

spring it on

Not sure about you but I cannot wait for spring.  Being a New Yorker I’ve learned to deal with the winter months – but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish it was warm all year round.  Winter fashion is dynamic because of the layers and coziness but by March I’ve had it.  Are you as over it as I am?  Here are a few looks pulled from the spring 2013 shows to inspire and get you ready – each perfect for weekend, date night or work.  I’ve combed through the interweb to find affordable replicas and you may even have a few of these pieces hanging in your closet already!

Enjoy! xx

Look: Weekend

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Band of Outsiders Spring 2013 *photo via style.com

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  1. Mango crochet dress, $44.99, mango.com
  2. Topshop unlined parka, $120, topshop.com
  3. Gap two tone canvas tote, $49.95, gap.com
  4. Topshop thread wrap bracelet pack, $35, topshop.com
  5. Rachel Roy strappy platform sandals, $295, bloomingdales.com
 

Look: Date Night 

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  1. Madewell linen racerback tank, $39.50, madewell.com
  2. Topshop split back maxi skirt, $40, topshop.com
  3. Eugenia Kim turben headband, $63, lyst.com
  4. Forever 21 multi chain tassel necklace, $6.80, forever21.com
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs double wrap necklace, $128, shopbop.com
  6. Michael Kors white chronograph watch, $225, michaelkors.com
  7. Alexander Wang rocco duffle bag, $895, shopbop.com
  8. Cole Haan arden wedge, $198, colehaan.com
 

Look: Work 

JCREW030.450x675J.Crew Collection Spring 2013 *photo via style.com

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  1. J.Crew side-seam sailor top, $68, jcrew.com
  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim floral trousers, $425, shopbop.com
  3. Michael Kors pave bracelet, $65, shopbop.com
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs tiny crystal bracelet, $52, shopbop.com
  5. Holst + Lee jewel tone bracelet, $155, shopbop.com
  6. J.Crew nolita denim jacket, $128, net-a-porter.com
  7. Zara vamp shoe, $49, zara.com

fashion: the ying and yang of it

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All throughout fashion week there are tons of ‘street style’ photographs infiltrating the interweb – editors, fashion bloggers, designers, socialites galore dripping in stellar outfits. Because I approach style from a wearable perspective – I enjoy these more than the looks that traipsed down the runway. Not that I don’t have an appreciation for a good fashion show (I totally do!) – but am more interested in style that I can relate to which occurs more frequently on the street than on the runway. One of the most prominent styling techniques ‘on the street’ is the ‘draping of the coat over shoulder’.  Even in the snowstorm and brisk cold at NYFW – there was no denying fashion trumped function. Me, sometimes, mostly unpractical about my outfit choices (I wear pointy toe heels in 25 degree weather and a 3/4 sleeve cocoon coat in park city, utah), loved it!  The ying side of me (controlled, pragmatic, predictable) thinks this is a ridiculous styling nuance – likely annoying, pointless and counterproductive to wearing a coat, but the yang of me (illogical, unrealistic, anarchist) is winning the tug of war and will most certainly triumph the fight. You will see me with a coat on my shoulders sometime soon. Haters don’t hate.

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look of the week: summer lovin’

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There is something about this look that’s so incredibly perfect.  The white top eludes a feeling of walking on air, denim cut off shorts perfectly broken in, flats worn from day into night because they are practical, yet chic.  I imagine wearing this on a warm summer day while shopping a flea market, then going straight to an early dinner (dining al fresco of course) to enjoy a margarita and watch the sun go down with my nearest and dearest – all while chatting about life and love.  Early to bed and hopefully a beach day to follow.  Oh summer – where art thou?  Similar here.

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  1. Vince silk shirt, $235, nordstrom.com
  2. Rag & Bone The Cut Off Short, $154, lagarconne.com
  3. Warby Parker Edgeworth sunglasses, $145, warbyparker.com
  4. Shashi Gigi Bracelet, $27, shopbop.com
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Top Handle Bag, $548, shopbop.com
  6. Rachel Zoe Gladys Metallic Leather Sandals, $235, shopbop.com