Monochromatic Pink

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I think monochromatic is the way to go to and perfect for petite frames. Can you tell it’s a staple in my closet? I like how it lengthens me and makes such a statement. It’s so chic!

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Now let’s bask in these shades. The rose gold tone definitely finishes the over all look. Though my handbag may have a gold finish, the two don’t clash. I find this funny because I used to be obsessed over NOT mixing metals. But now I love the idea when put together in subtle ways.

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What is your closet staple? Share below, I would love to know .. ❤

xx. Valentine

ASOS Petite Sequin Top | ASOS Petite Culottes – sold out (Similar HERE) | Steve Madden Pumps – old (Similar HERE) | Chloe Nile ‘Dupe’ – Amazon | BP Sunglasses – old (try these HERE or HERE)
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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)

Classic Red Lips & Ruffles

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I am so in love with the way the tiered ruffles of this top fall. My petite frame doesn’t take a lot of material too well but this blouse sits in all the right places. I further accentuated my waistline with a small printed belt and it positively protruded the ruffles. I’ll also add that even though this top is “trendy”, it most likely is staying in my wardrobe as a go to piece because it’s in a versatile color and silhouette for my body type. ❤

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Do you have a go to piece within your wardrobe?
xx. Valentine
Shein Peplum Top | JCrew Martie Pants| Mango Bag, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Similar HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Belt, old (Similar HERE & HERE)

 

POP of Pink

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It’s definitely obvious that pink is HUGE in my wardrobe for Spring this year. It could definitely pass for a neutral now that I think about it. It’s just refreshing to see pastels come into light as opposed to all the dark colors I’ve been wearing for the past few months. Perhaps I should work on adding prints into my closet now to increase variety.

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How is the Spring for you thus far?
ASOS Jacket, old (Featured HERE, Similar HERE HERE) | J.Crew Tee | Zara Denim (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Gold Heels (Similar HERE) | Isabelle Vegan Bag (Featured HERE) | J.Crew Scarf, old | F21 Earrings, old (Featured HERE) | BP Sunglasses, old 

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