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)

 

 

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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)

Simply Neutral

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This jacket is the perfect way to start Spring off with! I love how dainty it feels as well as how it looks. Perfect for brunch or a coffee run. ❤
Happy Spring Friends!

xx. Valentine

H&M Jacket | ASOS Sweater, old (Similar HERE HERE) | H&M Trousers (Similar HERE & HERE) | BCBG Heels, sold out (featured HERE) | H&M Belt, old (Similar HERE)| Michael Kors Wallet, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Rebecca Minkoff Watch | BP Sunglasses, sold out

Tweed Jacket & Micro Mini Skirt

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H&M Tweed Jacket, old (Similar HERE) | Ann Taylor Tie Blouse, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Faux Leather Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots | Chloe Faye Backpack – dupe 

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This is by far one of my most favorite winter looks. It’s been brutally cold the last month and now that April is on it’s way into the Midwest, I can’t wait for Spring blooms. Even though I was born during the Winter season, it’s not a favorite. So I somehow still find ways to incorporate Fall pieces into this season for the sake of variety. I do find that winter layering is not the most flattering no matter how warm it can be.

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But it’s warming up which explains the micro mini skirt and a bit of skin showing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the snow has decided to stop for the remainder of March.
How has your weather been, where ever you are?

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xx. Valentine