What a gorgeous weekend we had, right??? It really got me in the mood for some spring florals! I spent the weekend running a ton of errands which included a lot of returns and I couldn’t get enough of the pastels in the stores. The pinks! The blues! I loved it all. It was very hard just returning and not spending. Below are some of my favorites; a lot of Easter options, great accessories, and reasons for pink to become the new black. Happy Monday!
Left Column: Prada Bow Wallet (it’s been around for a while but my love for it still persists) – $550 // Modcloth Lakeshore Dress – $55 // Kate Spade Riviera Stone Necklace – $180
Middle Column: BaubleBar Glass Coin Earrings – $44 // Tory Burch Savannah Wedge Sandal (these are just so delicate in A+ spring colors) – $250 // Zara Coat With Zips – $159
Right Column: Rebecca Taylor Dream Flower Dress – $375 // Kate Spade Iberis Wedges (dying for these to go on sale and I love the colors they come in!) – $328 // Tory Burch Robinson Makeup Pouch – $95
At long last we are beginning to see a wave of Friends & Family specials… both DVF and Rebecca Taylor are running 25% off until Sunday. From Rebecca Taylor, I am really loving the blush pink items and obviously her spring tweed. I have to say though, my last few experiences with RT have been kinda disappointing. The last 3 items I’ve bought from RT have ripped within the first hour. Anyone else?? Nevertheless the pinks are pretty… as for DVF, she rarely disappoints me. Her feather leopard print is to die for (I know it doesn’t look incredible in the photos, but the print is a flattering hue for all skin types – give it a try).
Sleeveless Net Top
Feather Leopard Shirt Dress (also available in a wrap)
I think this animal print sweater/tee (on sale!) would be so cute with shorts this summer
This dress may not look like much, but it is a tried and trusted DVF look. I think this is great for a work to evening transition – the fabric is the best part. It’s made of a crisp, slightly elastic, poplin – basically my favorite fabric on earth.
Today we have a special guest post written by my dear friend Abby. We talk Bravo and/or shopping on a daily basis via gchat and I hope this is one of many posts from her! Thanks, Abs!
I’m so excited to share my DIY store with Pretty Polished readers! (I basically only buy what Whitney tells me to). Like everyone else on Earth, I basically want to come back in my next life as Jennifer Lawrence, so when I spied these earrings, I wanted them. Immediately. I did not, however, want to pay 10 zillion dollars for them. I found this helpful DIY and thought “I’m totally crafty! I can do this”, and set off to make my own version.
I went to Target and purchased a set of “Pearl” Earrings – a 3 pack with different sizes. This cost me $8.00. I already had super glue and some of those rubber earring backs, but if i had to buy those also, it would have been a few dollars more.
I used some pliers to remove the backs from the biggest pearl earrings and was left with 2 big pearls with a TINY hole in each. No way the rubber earring backs would fit in the hole. I used my drill to make the hole a little bigger, but drill + plastic pearl is not the most successful combo. The rubber backs didn’t go all the way in (so they’re not flush like in the instructions), but you can’t tell when they’re on, and they give the back pearl a little boost (so it’s not so flush with your ear) Basically I followed the directions exactly as in the directions other than the drill.
Here are the finished product and me modeling the earrings on my way to the gym. Total time was very short (I let the super glue dry overnight and reinforced it the next day since the backs didn’t go all the way into the pearls), and they’re holding up well! I might recommend trying to find pearls with bigger holes if you try this on your own (maybe Claire’s has a “Pearl” necklace where the beads have bigger holes?).
I’m so excited about my new earrings and I think I saved myself $10,000 by DIY-ing them, so now I can buy more Kate Spade essentials. Win Win.
As I have mentioned many times these past few months, I tried to go January – March only purchasing a few things. First quarter of 2014 (1Q2014 to put it in my consulting job terms) has gone SWIMMINGLY and I actually stayed pretty strong. Below are my purchases. For the most part, everything was on sale or else it was reasonably priced. Pastels are clearly a theme here with black pieces for work peaking in every now and then. I tried to buy some pieces that can go from work to weekend and JCrew, as always, helped me achieve that. What’s up next for 2Q2014? I am focusing on finding some casual espadrille wedges, a classic trench in black or navy, some silk tops to pair with white or navy pants and some tweed blazers. Stay tuned!!
Clockwise from top left: JCrew Jeweled Peter Pan Oxford Shirt - $88 (was $110) // Preppy Girl Seahorse Tunic (so soft and sweet!) – $110 // BaubleBar Gold Dust Collar in mint – $44 // Kate Spade Gwendolyn Dress – $189 (was $380) // Just Madras Skipper Dress (comes in lots of fun colors) – $130 // JCrew Factory Scalloped Lace Tee - $40 // Gap Ladder Stitch Sweater (this comes in great colors and is a perfect transition piece) – $30 (was $50) // Halogen Prism Eyelet Skirt – $79
I’m off to spend some QT time with my parents in the warm weather of Florida next week and I am pretty excited to take a break. While the weather finally perked up in NYC, I still feel like a Florida vaca gives me an excuse to actually peruse the super summery clothes currently out. I love the idea of pairing this Tory Burch tunic in the most perfect blue with easy white bottoms for dinner. I am loving these Current/Elliott white pants because they are the perfect option when you aren’t in the mood to shove yourself into skinnies.
Clockwise from top left: Botkier Valentina Crossbody (I love every pastel this comes in!) -$195 // JCrew Seville Wedge Espadrilles – $128 // Juliet & Company Serenity Necklace - $66 //Current/Elliott Slim Bootcut Jean – $118 (were $168) // Gap Sunkissed Eyelet Shorts – $30 // Kate Spade Mayfair Perforated Tullie Bag (dreaming of this) – $598 // Tory Burch Tory Tunic – $295 // Mara Hoffman Amanda Bikini – Top $110 / Bottom $110 // JCrew Scalloped Pajama Set (adoooorable) – $65 // Rhyme Kali Swirl Print Maxi Dress – $89 // Piamita LouLou Shell (Lauren and I are obsessed with this adorable print) – $160 (was $260)
Two of my favorite companies have come together and created a collection and I’m obsessed. BaubleBar has created another collection for a retailer and I”m so glad they chose Nordstrom! I love how the pieces are under $70 and I’m loving all of the fun spring colors. Get yourself a statement necklace or just some fun bright studs to dress up your work wardrobe. A few of the pieces have sold out but for now, my favorites are below.
Clockwise from top left: Multistrand Star Pendant – $28 // Embellished collar necklace in mint – $46 // Stone Earrings (come in tons of colors) – $24 // Phillips Skinny Cuff (gold or silver) – $28 // Pave Multistrand Necklace (I love this in white or mint) – $68 // Peacock Fan Earrings (pretty fun bold colors) – $28 // Pave Link Bracelet (shown here in turquoise and hot pink but comes in a bunch of fun spring colors) – $48 // Frontal necklace in white - $48
As I mentioned earlier, Bloomingdales Friends and Family for spring is going on through April 6. Take 20% off of everything and there is lots and lots to choose from. Besides the below, I am loving this amazing bikini, this necklace in every color and these perfect studs that take you to work or to a party. Go perk up your spring wardrobes!
Ray-Ban Icons Ice Pop Wayfarers (love these in all of the colors) – $128 (were $160)
Kate Spade New York Abbey Dress (aaaand this is my favorite dress for spring 2014) – $318 (was $396)
Vince Boyfriend Cuff Pants (Lauren needs these) -$156 (was $195)
Ivanka Satchel Ostrich Embossed (an awesome white bag for summer!) – $360 (was $450)
Let’s just discuss that this weather is totally depressing. I was going to post my favorites from Bloomies Friends and Family that just started (20% off through April 6th with code “FF14″) but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I needed to post something cheerful to help perk up the Monday blahs combined with the rainy day blues. Enter Target’s latest collaboration is with the #1 pinterest pinner Joy Oh. Joy’s blog is super cute and fun but her party supply collaboration with Target is just ADORABLE. The spring colors are a welcome change and if I were hosting a party anytime soon, I would be forcing the attendees to be wearing the pastel party hats the entire time. Besides the below, I’m loving the gold confetti, the wall decals and pretty much everything in this collection!
Party Tray - $15
Noise Blowers – $3 for 8
Rectangular Plates – $3 for 10
Even your garbage bags ($3 for 4) can be cute.
So, I have started refreshing my wardrobe for spring – and I keep thinking that spring is going to come, and then she doesn’t. Anyway, I’ll be prepared once she shows up. I found two great pairs of shoes on a recent trip to Charleston and I just have to share –
Frye Reina Bootie
I got these in this gorgeous stone color because I already have a pair of camel booties that I have all but worn out. If you’re a first time bootie purchaser – they also come in a lovely camel hue, that may be a bit more versatile depending on your wardrobe.
Joie Lexington Bootie
I am obsessed with these booties and they make a great transition piece because they look great with jeans.
We all have our basic staples that we go to every morning when we are headed out for the day. When it comes to jewelry, I always struggle in the bracelet arena because I can rarely find pieces that are subtle enough to wear with corporate apparel and then I can never find one that actually fits. My mom’s dear friend Ferne gave me a present the other day and I am obsessed. She made me this gorgeous gold beaded bracelet with tiny pearl accents and it’s custom measured to my annoyingly small wrists. I love it already! It is the perfect piece for me to wear everywhere and I am so thankful! If you are interested in one, feel free to email us at Prettypolishedblog@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch.
Loving this piece she made as well!