Office Style: Spring Edition
Posted 3 years ago by Melissa Murphy
I love to shop, but I love finding great deals even more! I fell for my first Calvin Klein dress sometime last year. I scored it at Marshalls for around $50, it normally retails for over $150. I now have more then I probably should admit, but they fit me perfectly and all have unique accents. This bright blue one is amazing, the color is so bold and the cut is very chic. It doesn’t require much styling at all. I just threw on a pair of nude stocking and pumps and I was ready.
Speaking of nude stockings. After banishing them from my wardrobe sometime in middle school, I’ve recently started wearing them again. The spring weather came upon us so quickly and I was not ready to reveal my un-spray tanned legs to NYC. There is not a dress out there that could ever make white pasty legs look pretty. So taking a cue from the style icon Kate Middleton I bought a pair and surveyed a few people. The votes are in- they didn’t even realize I was wearing hose until I pointed it out. I’m now a believer and totally recommend adding them back into your life.
Check out the mother/ daughter duo below. Both professionals with amazing taste and the eye for a great deal.
- Calvin Klein Coat: $29.99, Marshalls in North Kingston Rhode Island
- Flower Pin: 25 cents, Thrift Shop
- Alfani Clutch: $3.00, Nearly New Shop in Ruskin Florida
- Franco Sarto Boots: $24.99, T.J. Maxx
- Tommy Hilfiger Trench: $49.00 Macy’s
- Earrings: $2.99 Christmas Tree Shops
- Bracelet: Designed and Made by Jess Cooper (model)
- Enzo Angiolini Shoes: $24.99 Marshalls
- Yellow Purse: $24.99 T.J. Maxx
- Polka Dot Trench: $49.00 Macy’s
- Bag: $24.99 Marshalls
- Sunglasses: $99.00 Calvin Klein
- Earrings: $2.99 Christmas Tree Shops
- Bracelets: Designed and Made by Jess Cooper (model)
Meet Teresa Cooper
By day, Teresa is a promoter of education, self determination and goal setting. She spends her leisure time in search of all things beautiful, and she will most likely end her search in a local consignment shop. Teresa wears her passion for life by discovering new and eclectic styles of clothing, shoes and accessories for both herself and loves ones.
Meet Jessica Cooper
Jessica Cooper, a Sr. Management Consultant based in Boston, spends almost as much time packing and traveling as she does in the office. Her style is fashionable and sophisticated, and she is always on the hunt for versatile pieces that travel well and need little maintenance. To add some flare to her otherwise corporate look and show off her street style, Jessica will layer on her self-made bracelets, wear bright eye shadow, and accessorize with animal prints and vibrant colors. And of course, she’s always sporting her mother’s latest thrift store find!
What do you think of Melissa, Teresa and Jessica’s sophisticated yet colorful outfits? Let us know in the comments below!
Spring Fashion, Nautical Style
Posted 3 years ago by Amanda Raye
When winter turns to spring, there comes a need for newness and change in every area of life, especially in fashion. For most people, spring comes as a huge relief after the cold and dreary winter. This relief plays out in fashion with the response of bright colors, light fabrics, flowery patterns and slim, crisp shapes.
One thing about changing seasons that can be difficult, is trying to keep a budget for a new wardrobe. Tj Maxx and Marshall’s carry designer and fashionable clothes for low and affordable prices. Also, make sure you check out sales, and clip your coupons for great deals at department stores. Forever 21 is also a great place to find cute, inexpensive clothes for the spring. Spring fashion is the most exciting, luxuriating in the sharp contrast of cold turning to warm and the subtle elegance of new growth.
With all of the impulses to change up the wardrobe, the best way to keep spring fashion classy is to turn to the casual, sophisticated styles inspired by the Hamptons. The atmosphere is full of freshness, laid back elegance and classic chic. The combination of the relaxed environment with tastes for high fashion brings forth the epitome of spring style.
Characteristic of relaxing in your Hamptons homes; nautical fashion is summed up with clear, crisp ensembles and pieces in natural materials such as cotton, linen and silk, colors with a flavor of sea breezes and classic, well defined feminine shapes. With timeless pieces that easily transition from day to night, from the beach to the city, it’s easy to create a personal style by combining certain wardrobe staples and accessorizing in a unique way. With a destination like the Hamptons in mind, a nautical flavored fashion emerges that is timeless, ageless, classy, unique and easy going.
Spring is also a time to bring out all of the lightness and fun. Don’t get caught up in trying to go all out. Let the focus of the wardrobe be practicality and relaxation, and the beauty and style will look effortless without getting in the way.
For daytime, have fun with light, simple outfits in crisp fabrics. Focus on clear shapes that have a great silhouette. Dressing in solid colors is always classy and timeless and makes accessorizing simple. Save money on clothes shopping by investing in classic pieces, like denim pencil skirts, great jeans, basic tees and cardigans, that can be paired with lots of other things. Just because simplicity is the goal doesn’t mean it has to be boring!
Pull out striking colors and dramatic shapes. Don’t forget stripes! Enjoy stripes in every area of fashion, from a nautical bag to a striking black and white top to a flirty skirt. Chambray is both trendy and timeless, so look for a flattering dress that works for at home, for errands and with a cardigan for a casual night out and use it as a centerpiece this spring.
The fun of evenings in spring comes with converting day looks to something a little more dressy. Exchange a cardigan for a blazer, cover up a light dress with a chic jacket, or take the sweater off to show off the pretty details of a cute frock. Change flats for heels and put hair up in an up-do, and the look is complete! The look of Hamptons fashion is effortless and graceful, so don’t try too hard.
Accessorize the simplicity of the spring look with favorite, personal details. Wear lots of heels and open sandals in natural leather, accentuating the breezy naturalness of the nautical feel. To bring out the nautical feel, choose jewelry in brass, from necklaces to bangles. Keep jewelry light, since spring at the Hamptons is relaxed and classy. Enjoy the fresh nautical fashions this spring, relaxing in effortless style.
Small Town Fashion
Posted 4 years ago by Amanda Raye
Location: Northern Connecticut
Just because you live in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t have big city fashion!
- Shirt: $10 Forever 21
- Skirt: $20 American Eagle sale
- Sandals: $25 Marshall’s
- Dress: $34 Marshall’s
- Sandals: $60 Express
Get the Look for Less: June (Part I)
Posted 4 years ago by Amanda Raye
Every time I walk by a boutique or browse through Nordstrom, I always have to stop in the shoe section and just admire all the shoes that aren’t in my closet. Like any girl, I love designer: Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Prada, I could go on. But, as a 23 year old just starting out in the Big Apple, having a pair of designer anything isn’t realistic; so I’ve had to find ways to make it look like I have them. You can afford a chic, runway look if you keep your eyes open.
These wedge sandals were only $20 at a Marshall’s in Enfield, CT. They’re trendy, comfortable, and totally resemble both of the Jimmy Choo’s above without being a total copycat.