Little Havana // Hello Molly Dress

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This dress is definitely made for nights in Havana (which I’ve never been to.. but maybe someday). The flirty hem screams “let’s dance some more!” which is why I was drawn to it. I also loved the flow of fabric on this piece but I did somewhat get lost in all the volume which is why I added a waist belt.

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I cinch my waist when appropriate because it adds proportion and gives me shape. I also love that the dress falls above my knees because it doesn’t cut me off length wise.

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…And a touch of some gold heels adds charm to the dress.

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So what do you say? … Shall we go dancing in Havana?
xx. Valentine
Hello Molly Dress (Love THIS , THIS & THIS) | Zara Bag – old (Love THIS & THIS) | Michael Kors Belt – old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Gold Pumps – sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | DVF Sunglasses – old (Similar HERE) | F21 Studs (Similar HERE & HERE)

 

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Must Have Basics // PINK

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The best thing about getting dressed in the morning is having go-to basics. Blazers are something I wear a lot of because I work in an office setting but I also dress them down with jeans and shorts. I find them completely versatile and believe everyone should own a quality one or a few.

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Another great basic are jeans, whether it’s blue, white or black. I stray away from colored jeans because they’re trendy and I always find myself giving it to charity after three months. The one I have on is by Levi’s and are my favorite because of the high waist and the raw cut at the hem (which I DIY’d). It adds a twist to “basic” and adds edge to the feminine pink jacket. High waist jeans also give my petite frame some height.

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The other basics I love are white tees (also great in grey and black) and nude shoes, whether it’s heels or flats. I have a couple white tees (and am in desperate need of ALOT more), this one has the streets of New York sewn on, which again puts a ‘twist’ on basics but I love it and have worn it so much that I’m afraid it’ll soon be worn out. Lol. Otherwise I stick with solid whites (black or grey) because I dress them up or down.
And nude shoes are a MUST! .. they go with everything and they never fail to match. I have many pairs because of how fast I go through them in a year span. It’s definitely the best basic for shoes and they also elongate your stature.

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What are your go-to basics?
xx. Valentine
Zara Blazer (love THIS & THIS) | J Crew Tee | Gap High Waist Denim – old (Similar HERE) | Steve Madden Pumps – sold out (Similar HERE) | Zara Raffia Bag (love THIS)

Summer Chic // John Lennon

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” You say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon

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While shopping in Target I came upon these sunglasses and E V E R Y T H I N G about John Lennon came rushing at me. Obviously his staple glasses are beyond my target purchase but I can see why his were so significant to him. I can’t explain what he felt putting them on everyday, but I will say my pair of sunglasses definitely transported me to whole ‘nother era.

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Wearing these shades takes me to his lyrics from ‘Beautiful Boy’,
.. before you cross the street, take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans ..
Sometimes we forget to live in the moment, to enjoy current events, most of which are usually small things but make a big impact. There are the adult things, where we are planning for a future we know is not certain. We’d like to just put on shades, a facade and carry on arranging.

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..but life is too short. We should wear them to enjoy the world in the moment, as is. No planning, no organizing, nothing but the current moment.
xx. Valentine
Forever 21 Grid Top | ASOS Petite Linen Trousers | BCBG Woven Flats – old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Rattan Crossbody – Amazon (Similar HERE) | Target Sunglasses (love THESE) |Ann Taylor Hoop Earrings (old) (Similar HERE)

Linen Love // Miami Edn Two

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Welcome back to Miami photoshoot TWO! This was so fun to shoot and this dress was an absolute dream, especially for the beach. I was pleasantly surprised while scrolling through Forever 21. I love how they are expanding and carrying other brands.

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The dress is made of a linen material which I think is great for the warmer months. Though linen does crease very easily, I still love how the breeze flows right through so you’re kept cool.

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The funny thing is, I initially planned to shoot this dress at 5 am (or between 6 and 7 am for photos with no crowd or bodies in your photos) but it was just not doable when my mind was on vacation mode. So it got pushed to 11 am; which is why the sun sat so high in the day and Miami heat is no joke. Nonetheless, I think it turned out just right. And the giant drift wood was not planned either, we came upon it while scouting for a photo spot. “It was meant to be” like my photographer had said when we encountered it.

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…I definitely believe beaches heal the soul to some extent. And traveling is one of the best things someone can do to escape.
xx. Valentine
Forever 21 Dress | Chloe Nile ‘Dupe’ Handbag – Amazon

Spring & Summer Wardrobe Essentials

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I don’t know about you but I think linen is the best warm weather wear! The lightweight fabric works for those humid days and can be dressed up or down. I paired it here with a sheer polka dot blouse and I’d like to say this is my favorite outfit to date. I purchased this blouse during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last fall and am now just dressing it up. I stowed it away and completely forgot about it but it’s such a classic piece.

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Spring doesn’t linger long enough here. It stays for what seems like two weeks and we are straight into Summer so these pieces work into both seasons. I’ve worn these linen trousers with trainers and like the casual effect. They definitely work with all kinds of shoes which is a HUGE plus.

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I often find myself looking for balance between classic pieces I have had for years and trendy pieces that I keep for just one season.  Sometimes my entire outfit is all trends and that’s what I am trying to get out of. I’d like to stay in the range of a few classic pieces and then incorporate a trend or two into the outfit. It’s a work in progress but it’s surely coming into place.
What are you Spring/Summer wardrobe essentials?
xx. Valentine
Topshop Blouse – old (Similar HERE & HERE) | ASOS Petite Linen Trousers | Zara White Pumps – old (Similar HERE) | Chloe Nile ‘Dupe’ Handbag – Amazon | Rebecca Minkoff Bracelet Watch | DVF Sunglass – old (Love THESE) | F21 Studs – old (try this – HERE)

Iconic Coat

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..I can’t enough of my current favorite coats right now! It’s beginning to warm up but not fast enough, which allows me to enjoy my favorite spring piece. In honor of this year’s late spring bloom and the semi cold breeze, I’ve paired this jacket with a leopard knit. The two compliment each other very well I think.
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Now, are the reoccurring pinks screaming louder? It’s been present in coats, handbags and dancing on my lips in the past few posts, but all for a good reason. It’s so versatile and  I can’t get enough of the pastel hue, like on this darling handbag (a Chloe dupe).
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Ohhh Spring … I’m always in awe of all the blooms as I’m sure every floral loving fiend is as well. Though they are flowers I’ve seen before, the beauty never ceases to amaze me.
What is that one piece you find yourself wearing season after season because of it’s iconic stature?
xx – Valentine
J.Crew Iconic Coat | J.Crew Leopard Sweater | Gap Skinny Denim, old (Similar HERE) | Chloe Nile Dupe (Amazon) | Steve Madden Daisie Pumps | BP Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE)

 

 

Spring’s Gingham & Pastel Trend

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It’s definitely not new news when Spring is around the corner and pastel colors are coming out to play. I’ve seen lots of it hit the runway for Spring 2018 and which has been labeled ice cream pastel hues. And you just don’t say no to these sweet treats .. ever. But aside from dessert talk, I almost find these hues to be a closet staple. Granted, not all of these colors work for four seasons, but this pastel pink fits right in.

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With this pretty pink I’ve paired it with another spring trend, gingham. I see this print pop up every year and I don’t disagree. It’s a closet staple in my humble opinion and it works well as a statement piece when you put it together with a simple, chic outfit.

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And sometimes, you compliment the bag with red lips. I’m always pulled into the 50’s when red and gingham are placed next to each other. The retro vibes are flying high!
What are your thoughts on 2018’s Spring Trends?
xx – Valentine
Zara Faux Suede Moto Coat (Similar HERE & HERE) | Brooks Brothers Silk Top, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Gap High Waist Skinny Jeans, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Steve Madden Daisie Pumps | WhoWhatWear Gingham Handbag (Similar HERE) | BP Mirror Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE & HERE)

Trench Coats for Spring :: Classics and Laced

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It’s been a whirlwind of two seasons coming and going this month. For a week we had wonderful weather here in the mid-west and it was such a good feeling! So I brought out this beautiful trench coat from ASOS and I seriously did not want to take it off. In the duration of this nice weather, I went in between three different trench coats … well, because Spring screams trench coat weather.

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This blush colored one is absolutely beautiful. I’ve been coveting the designer ones (Sacai &  Burberry Prorsum) but I couldn’t justify spending $$$ on a such luxe pieces. So when I came upon this one on ASOS and saw the price tag, I dropped it into my basket quick and it made it’s made permanent home in my wardrobe.
The second trench coat I brought out this Spring is by J. Crew. Their Iconic Trench is second to none. I’ve had a total of 7 trench coats in the last 8 years and this one by J. Crew has been the best one.  Granted, I’ve only had it one year, but it’s made from such grand material that it’ll be shown so much love with lots of wear.

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The third trench coat … drum roll … is also from J. Crew. It’s identical to their iconic trench coat that I mentioned above but has navy stripes on the bodice and mid sleeves. J. Crew has many great classic pieces and the prices are a bargain when you run into a sale they are promoting. These are the times I stock up on outerwear, jewelry and wardrobe staples.
What have you reached for time and time again this Spring?
ASOS Lace Coat | Shein Embellished Tee | Gap Denim Skinny, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Chloe Nile Dupe (Amazon) | Steve Madden Daisie Pumps | BP Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE & HERE)

 

Spring :: Kate Spade & Cult Gaia Ark (dupe)

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I finally got my hands on the the Cult Gaia Ark … dupe and I LOVE IT so much! It was highly coveted last year and even this year and honestly, I don’t know why I waited. I wanted a Spring/Summer bag that I would put to use for the majority of the warmer months and this bag definitely fits the mold and more! The original one runs 150.00 (for the small) and 170.00 (for the large) but I wasn’t sure a ‘wooden bag’ was something that I would keep in wardrobe for years to come. So I purchased the small size (dimensions are : 11 in height x 10 in length x 3 in depth) from Amazon. And it cost me four times less then it would have which is great!

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For such a summery bag, I paired it with this shirt dress from Express (petite). The long sleeves are perfect the cooler months of Spring, but the fabric is so lightweight that it can be worn into Summer too.

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And of course, my favorite Spring buy are these mule slides from Kate Spade. When these first came out back in 2017, they were running at 298.00 and I couldn’t justify spending so much for a pair of shoes. I do believe in quality over quantity but I find it hard to pull that rule card out for shoes because they get worn and tethered a lot quicker than any other piece of material item I wear. So I kept it in my “to buy” list until the beginning of February this year and went through with the purchase .. on Amazon .. again. But instead of paying 298.00, I bought them for 80.00, which is a justifiable price to me.
What are your great Spring purchase(s) of 2018?
xx. Valentine
Express Shirt Dress | Kate Spade Mules | Cult Gaia ‘Ark’ Dupe (Amazon) | DVF Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Pearl Back Earrings, old (Similar HERE & HERE)