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spring ahead

23 Apr

spring aheadWhen a new season begins, I like to add newness into my wardrobe to keep things fresh.  And a key strategy is finding items that can easily transition, keeping their shelf life longer then three months.  Items that are “wear now”, can easily be paired down for the warmer months ahead.  What you wear today with boots can be switched out for sandals, and a jacket or cardigan can easily be removed when the temperature starts to climb.  It is all about layering, my friends!  H&M is an ideal destination to snag spring/summer 2014 trends like floral, chambray, crop tops, sheer and fringe because the longevity of these styles’ can be questionable.  The goal is to not break the bank on fast fashion choices.  I hopped on over and pulled together a few current pieces to get you started.  And keep in mind – you do NOT have to wait until memorial day to start wearing white.  Get on it…

shop it:  1. floral tank // 2. fringe crossbody bag // 3. sheer crop top // 4. patterned joggers // 5. floral dress // 6. chambray dress // 7. pleated top

 

hello, january!

3 Jan

just inHello and happy new year!!!  For the past few weeks, I have been avoiding the “new arrivals”, “just in” or “what’s new” tab on my favorite shopping websites like the plague.  With all of the sale happenings, I couldn’t bring myself to check out the goodness that is coming down the pike for spring!  January deliveries are always a small resort capsule before designers and retailers blast us with the real deal, so don’t go crazy just yet.  Companies want to tease and entice you with some newness, but their ultimate goal is to liquidate the leftover merchandise from fall and winter.  With that said, it’s still fun to peruse and possibly scoop up some fresh pieces.  A few new transitional items are the perfect antidote for those winter blues.  I’ve got my eyes on these!

Happy weekend!  xx jenny

SHOP IT:  1. crop top, $24.95, hm.com // 2. floppy hat, $19.95, hm.com // 3. statement ring, $395, shopbop.com // 4. the perfect long dress, $280, shopbop.com // 5. updated chambray, $70, topshop.com // 6. quilted tote, $195, mzwallace.com // 7. leather shorts, $89.99, mango.com // 8. modern mules, $350, shopbop.com // 9. sunnies, $140, matchesfashion.com // 10. vans, $85.30, asos.com

it ain’t over

27 Dec

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If you are exhausted from holiday shopping, my advice is to pony up, take a breath and dive back in.  The retail space is overflowing with sales, making right now one of the the best times to stock up and save on items you’ve been coveting.  And I don’t blame you for not wanting to enter stores during the post christmas madness that will ensue.  But that’s the beauty of the interweb!  I’ve been falling down the e-commerce rabbit hole and I stumbled upon spanish store Mango where all fall and winter items are reduced 50%.  Here’s a peek inside my virtual shopping cart!  What’s in yours?

SHOP IT:  1. quilted sweatshirt, $59.99 ($29.99, sale) // 2. mango suit blazer, $99.99 ($49.99 sale) // 3. floral print trousers, $79.99 ($39.99 sale) // 4. striped modal t-shirt, $34.99 ($14.99)

…and a few others on my ‘to do’ list.  Happy weekend!

shopbop – tons of newly reduced items
revolve clothing – up to 75% off
asos – items further reduced by 50%
topshop – 50% off in store and online
j.crew – 30% off in store and online with code GIFTNOW
net-a-porter – with further reductions up to 70%
zara – reduced items, plus free shipping on orders over $50
 

festival fashion…

21 May

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This past weekend I went to the GoogaMooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  We joked that it was a ‘poor man’s Coachella‘ but its focus is food rather than music so it’s not really an apples to apples comparison.  On the other hand, like Coachella it was apparent that fashion and style played a large role.  Different than the west coast’s rock ‘n’ roll boho babe who looks like this, Brooklyn’s version had a more downtown, edgy hipster feel like this.  But there were hats, some fringes and cut off denim shorts and the likes so not a complete departure.  Summer festivals are about to pop off in full swing so let’s get talking about festival fashion!  What will you wear to BonnarooAustin City LimitsBurning Man?  I’d love to see how you style your festival fashion look.  Send photos to yoursoulstyle@gmail.com or post on instagram with the hashtag #yoursoulstyle.  I’ll be dancing at Gathering of the Vibes in some of these.  More to come!

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  1. Zara flowing printed kimono, $89.90 zara.com
  2. Ottoman Hands necklace, $71.27, asos.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts, $246, matchesfashion.com
  5. Acne zone music tank, $110, matchesfashion.com
  6. Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, $150, ray-ban.com
  7. Topshop embossed leather backpack, $150, topshop.com
  8. Zara flat crossover sandals, $79.90, zara.com
  9. Topshop white patchwork dress, $72, topshop.com

Click here to find a listing of music festivals in your area.

photo credit and more inspiration via here

london calling…

20 May

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Good day everyone!  Happy Monday!  Summer is a comin’ and although I unfortunately won’t be traipsing around europe on holiday, hopefully you will be!  I dream of myself in the above look so wanted to pay it forward – I’ll be vicariously living through you lucky travelers.  This dress is perfection – light and lovely, easy to pack, comfortable, stylish and warm-weather friendly.  None of us need to fuss when we are playing tourist, up at the crack of dawn and exploring the ins and outs of a new city or beach all day.  Shop it here!

photo credit via here

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  1. Juliet Dunn embroidered dress, $277, matchesfashion.com
  2. Ray-ban clubmaster II, $155, ray-ban.com
  3. Cleobella cantina bag, $219, shopbop.com
  4. Michael Kors mens chronograph watch, $275, macys.com
  5. Asos spike open bangle, $20.36, asos.com
  6. Zara studdy strapped sandals, $79.90, zara.com

perfect popover…

15 May

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It is unlikely that I will buy this jcrew collection popover because there is about a 4-6 week window where the weather allows for it (think early fall and spring) and I simply cannot rationalize spending the $400 for something with such little wearability.  It will either be too cold or too hot and this piece is just too pretty to spend the majority of its lifespan tucked away in my closet!  And let’s be real, it is certainly pricey for a top.  BUT….I am fawning over it – it’s my version of design perfection.  Super stylish, comfortable, can be worn with anything and provides a boho and ethnic sensibility (which lends itself to my personal style).   Let’s play dress up anyway – sometimes we don’t need to spend a lot of money to take something beautiful, be inspired by it and create our own iteration.  I know that’s my plan!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. J.Crew collection mercado popover, $395, jcrew.com
  2. Isabel Marant leather cuff, $168, matchesfashion.com
  3. Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, $150, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew ikat tee, $48, net-a-porter.com
  5. Mango super slim trousers, $39.99, mango.com
  6. Phillip Lim 31 hour bag, $750, shopbop.com
  7. Zara sandals, $79.90, zara.com

springspiration…

13 May

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and lovely mother’s day. It seems us north-easterner’s are still amidst the tempermental weather patterns, today dropping to 59 degrees (45 tonight)!  Our daily head scratching days of ‘what to wear’ continue. I pulled this look from carolines mode, offering some further inspiration for you while we navigate through to the warmer temperatures. This look is spring-like and embraces the season from a fashion perspective but the blazer (offering a second layer) and embellished (closed toe) loafers keep it weather appropriate.  Shop it here…

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  1. Ray-ban clubmaster sunglasses, $145, ray-ban.com
  2. Botkier shoulder bag, $295, shopbop.com
  3. Zara wide stripe blazer, $89.90, zara.com
  4. Zara fold over skort, $49.90, zara.com
  5. H&M basic tee, $7.95, hm.com for locations
  6. Asos pack of 8 smooth rings, $13.58, asos.com
  7. Dolce Vita flat loafers, $149, shopbop.com

photo credit: carolines mode

spotlight: beyonce and h&m

7 May

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Last week H&M released a new swimwear collection featuring the one and only, iconic Beyonce Knowles (aka Mrs. Carter).  The summer campaign features Beyonce in a few key pieces for the season and according to her are representative of, “the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind”.  In the press release made in March – H&M stated Beyonce is an ideal spokesperson for the campaign, demonstrating “the idea that all women can be all things: strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun, flirtatious.”  I couldn’t be more thrilled with H&M’s choice to feature Beyonce as a brand ambassador.  As a woman who emphasizes the importance of female empowerment through music, H&M will help send her powerful and vital message globally.  I’ll leave you with these lyrics from one of her songs….and a few beautiful shots from the campaign.  All swimwear available in stores now!  xx – #yoursoulstyle

Run the World (Girls):

Who are we? What we run? The world (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What we run? The world (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What do we run? We run the world! (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What we run? We run the world
Who run the world? Girls

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photo credit: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

gettin’ skirt’y

6 May

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Hello and happy Monday!  Last week I happened upon this zara origami skirt on a shopping expedition for a friend.  I tried very hard to stay the course and shop through the lens of “what would so and so like”, but this little number was eye’ing me from the center aisle hang bar and I couldn’t resist.  Like a seductress woman giving a man across the bar that convincing wink – I was reeled in.  I’m not a big skirt person but in my quest to continuously think (and dress) outside the box – I thought, ‘what the heck”.  As much as I feel it’s important to stay ‘comfortable’ in self expression – this is relative.  I also believe it is critical to stretch beyond our comfort zone (and I mean that in more ways than just fashion).  We should always consider the opportunity for growth and newness.  I didn’t try on the skirt – I was shopping during the 5pm rush hour and the dressing room line was already twenty deep.  I seriously could have spent hours upon end there though – the new zara concept stores are enormous and oozing with trend right, fashion goodies – all for extremely competitive prices.  Note to New Yorkers: check out the 34th street and 52nd and 5th locations!  So back to the skirt – I didn’t want to wait on the long line so added it to my pile of items and figured I could always return.  Well – no return necessary my friends.  This skirt fits like a glove and is just all over perfect!  Did I mention it cost $79.90?!?  And if you’re not digging this print, zara also offers similar here and here.  I will be wearing this skirt endlessly – most likely as such…

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  1. Zara jacquard sarong skirt, $79.90, zara.com
  2. J.Crew selvedge chambray shirt, $98, jcrew.com
  3. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew chevron bracelet, $78, jcrew.com
  5. Makeup Forever rouge artist natural n45, $19, sephora.com

hawaii 5.0

1 May

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In a few weeks my wife and I are fortunate enough to travel down to Maui to visit friends Jessica and Grayson (founders of Gypset Wellness), who moved there back in January.  Jess and Gray have informed me that I should pack casual, laid back pieces (i.e., shorts, tanks and tees) since local Hawaiian style is ‘surf’ inspired and not dressy – at all!  Think Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  I’m in a bit of a fashion conundrum since I’m not your typical sporty beach babe but want to “When in Rome” it.  So what’s the solve?  It is so important that we stay true to ourselves through style expression while also having the flexibility to adapt to changing environments.  Without compromising personal style and still ensuring to be location ready – there is always a fashion-friendly medium.  Here’s a few items in my mental shopping cart that cover both the fashion and function bases.  *above photo via here

Do you need help shopping for vacation?  Europe?  Beach?  Adventure?  Honeymoon?  Message me at yoursoulstyle@gmail.com for personal styling/shopping inquiries.

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  1. Anthony Peto Hats hat, $175, matchesfashion.com
  2. Zimmerman bikini, $210, net-a-porter.com
  3. Muzungu Sisters bali sarong, $55, farfetch.com
  4. Clover Canyon liquid flower dress, $325, farfetch.com
  5. Rayban aviators, $160, rayban.com
  6. Isabel Marant tassel bracelet, $72, matchesfashion.com
  7. Zara ethnic flat sandals, $79.90, zara.com
  8. Sensi Studio i love equador straw bag, $292, matchesfashion.com
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