Get it? Because I am wearing a checkered print blazer haha :p Anyways I’ve had a super swamped week this week and this weekend is going to be a pretty hectic one as well! I am currently packing to head to Washington for a fun Back To School themed event at the Capital Mall in Olympia, Washington which I am so excited for! I love to travel, especially when I get to create amazing content like the images in this post from my recent NYC trip.
When I put this look together and brought it to NYC i instantly thought Gossip Girl! I feel like Blair Waldorf would totally rock this on the Upper East Side, shopping on Madison Avenue hehe :p I’ve always been a girly girl, always obsessed with pastel hues + chic blazers and of course pointed toe pumps, so this outfit combined my love of all these trends into this perfect look that you’ll definitely want to add to your wardrobe.
This was the first trip I had to visit NYC in such a long time since I moved and it was such a breath of fresh air to shoot gorgeous city content in my forever home with a renewed outlook + perspective. When you live somewhere and shoot in the same areas all the time, creativity can be drained but heading back to NYC sparked my excitement and it was so great to do something different other than my traditional colored walls for a change.
That is why I am excited about the trip to Washington this weekend! Exploring a new city I’ve never been to, shooting new content + making new memories with my boo…what could be better?!
Anytime I travel, I always bring a neutral bag to style for work or play like this Chanel bag AND I always bring neutral pumps to instantly bring any look from day to night.
I also tend to pack a blazer or too so I am ready for anything that comes up during my trip!
If ya’ll know anything about me, you know I LOVE some good designer goodies. Ever since I was a teenager, I began my handbag obsession, saving up for designer bags like Gucci, Dior, LV etc + as I got older I moved on to Chanel, Hermes + more. Recently I have been also stocking up on designer shoes like Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman + more. While I love designer must-haves, I learned that sometimes buying brand new in store isn’t the most cost effective so I am sharing my secrets with ya here!
First up, SHOES! So I have scored tons of designer heels, boots + more all for 40% Off or MORE! How?? Easy, research baby. I search the SALE section of my favorite sites that have all the designers I love + keep an eye out for certain styles I am lusting after or staple pieces I can interchange with various outfits etc. I found that investing in classic pumps, sandals etc that are nicely constructed really last a while PLUS they are easily repaired from your local shoemaker or one of my go-to shoe + handbag magicians, PurseRehab! They can fix ANYTHING! From resoling your shoes to fixing fabric damage, stains etc…such a must-have if you are a designer lover like me so you don’t worry about messing up your higher end pieces.
While certain staples like the Manolo Blahnik Hangsi Pump may not go on sale brand new from certain retailers, a great option is to search for them ‘New with Tags‘ from eBay Fashion, Poshmark, Yoogi’s Closet, FashionPhile, The Real Real + more! These second hand retailers often have shoes + bags in MINT condition and you can usually save on shipping, tax or snag them under current retail price AND they are all GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC (make sure you 100% verify the seller)!
When it comes to buying second hand designer goods here are some things I look for:
Box, Authenticity Card / Papers, Dust Bag
(these are helpful to verifying the shoes or bag are REAL + AUTHENTIC, plus they are helpful when going to resell in the future if that is something you are interested in doing)
(examine the photos very carefully, look for discoloration, damaged threading, piping etc, marks, tears etc…while these aren’t deal breakers, they do contribute to quality factor however you may be able to use these hiccups to your advantage + simply go to a place like PurseRehab to repair those issues at a relatively low cost making the items look BRAND NEW for less!)
(just because you find a Chanel for a killer price doesn’t mean that is the best deal out there, search the serial number of the item – any reputable seller should have that or the full product name for you to do a quick search + compare pricing, condition etc from other sellers)
Whether you are searching for brand new pieces at a trustee retailer like Net-A-Porter, Saks Off Fifth etc or want to score a deal at a second hand luxury site, either way you are sure to find some amazing + unique finds at a fraction of the retail cost, perfect for avid collectors or first time buyers if you are trying to save a little!
Summer is in full swing + that means time to stock up on some cute new pieces! My go to boutique? Pink Lily! They have such great styles at affordable prices from pretty dresses to the perfect 4th of July gear to great swimwear + more. I’m rounding up some of my fav picks below so you can stock up on your summer must-haves (ya’ll will LOVE these I promise ya)!
Guys I am SO SO excited to share my newest clothing brand obsession with y’all…BUDDY LOVE! You guys know I LOVE bright bold colors, prints + accents and anything with a girly feel so when I discovered Buddy Love I instantly fell in love! From chic dresses to flirty tops to great swim pieces, Buddy Love has all of the fun pieces you’ll want to wear all summer long + the best part? They fit great, are amazing quality + are at an affordable price point.
I first discovered Buddy Love via Red Dress Boutique since I am always adding new pieces to my wardrobe from their new arrivals section + when I spotted these fun prints + neon hues I knew this brand would be a new go-to for me!
One of my current Buddy Love favorites is this cobalt reptile print dress. When I slipped it on not only did I feel sassy, fierce + sexy, but I also feel like Paris Hilton + crew would have so rocked this outfit in the early 2000’s + any little bit of nostalgia I can feel when it comes to fashion, I am all about it!
Before I begin sharing my current Buddy Love obsessions, I want to share how I styled this dress with these classic white pumps + vintage Prada bag. I got this bag when I was in middle school + now it’s making a come back. Don’t you love that?! When things come back in style after being forgotten for so long? Such an exciting feeling + a lesson to never let go of pieces that may make a comeback one day!
Now to round up some of my current Buddy Love favorites…these picks are sure to have you stylin’ this summer + I can’t wait to stock up on more of these beautiful pieces hehe ♥
I hope ya’ll have been having a great 3 day weekend! Whether you are traveling or hitting the beach or enjoying some yummy BBQ, it’s important to not just enjoy the weekend but remember who + why this weekend is possible + that is because of the amazing men + women who fought for this country that are remembered on this Memorial Day ♥
It’s days like today that emphasize what it truly is to be an American. For citizens to put their lives on the line to protect + fight for the freedoms of Americans everywhere is what this country is all about. We fight for what is right, we stand up + protect what we have worked incredibly hard to achieve + we appreciate everything that it’s taken to get to where we are.
While I haven’t traveled all over the world or live outside the US, I couldn’t imagine living + wanting to be anywhere else other than the amazing USA. I love the ability to have the freedom to be whoever I want to be, achieve any dream I may have + to live in a country that people everywhere want to be a part of.
That brings us to today, Memorial Day. While I have never had the honor of serving our country in the armed forces, I am eternally grateful to those who have + continue to do so. The brave men, women + their families that serve this country are what makes America the strong, passionate country we love to be apart of.
No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, we all as Americans should come together to remember what makes this country truly great + how everyone in the armed forces made everything we have today possible ♥
I will forever be proud + honored to be an American ♥
Now to today’s patriotic outfit!
I recently discovered the brand Buddy Love + I am OBSESSED! Their colorful, statement making pieces are the epitome of Missy style with bright Pops Of Color, bold prints + amazing silhouettes! They have everything from cute tops to dresses to swimwear + so much more. Their pieces run true to size + are available at a bunch of my fav online boutiques like Red Dress Boutique, Mint Julep + Shoptiques.
This dress is super fun + flirty so I linked to a similar style from Buddy LoveHERE. I paired it with a dusty rose Gucci belt which has been my go-to this summer since it matches with absolutely everything. Definitely a great investment piece!
My wedges are from Red Dress Boutique + they are not just stylish but also super comfortable!!! Every summer I pretty much live in wedges + these beauties are it!
As for my bag, this one is a must have – the white ark bag is great for every summer occasion from date night, to summer weddings, to graduations + more…it fits all your essentials + looks chic with every outfit.