Chic Street Sneaks

new balance 410

new balance 410

new balance 410Been searching high and low for the perfect sneakers and I’ve finally found them. I was looking for a sleek, chic, clean looking pair that looked more at home on the street than at the gym. These New Balance 410’s in black and white fit the bill. An added bonus is that they are unbelievably comfortable. Wear with skinny jeans and your longline cardigans or with a calf length straight skirt and sweater. Also perfect for running around with the kids in a pair of ripped jeans and a striped sweatshirt.

new balance 410NEW BALANCE 410 Sneakers
ARITZIA coat (similar) and top (similar)
FOREVER21 high waist jeans
CELINE cabas tote
SHLIMP & ULRICH necklace

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Smock Dresses and Fringed Bags

smock dress maternity

Smock Dress from Korea (similar here, here and here)  |  Zara Fringed Bag (similar here and here)
Zara Sandals (similar here and here)  |  Ray-Ban Aviators  |  Gorjana Chloe Necklace

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fringe summer smock dress

fringe turquoise jewelry

fringe smock dress maternity

I love a good smock dress for summer.  When it’s sweltering outside, I don’t want thick denim shorts (no matter how short) or anything remotely fitted.  A smock dress in a super lightweight, breezy cut is the way to go.  Add a fringed bag for more movement and interest and a simple, strappy pair of sandals and you’re summer ready!  Bonus points for something turquoise!  And if you’re sporting a baby bump this summer like me, a smock dress is a great maternity option as well!

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Maternity Wedding Guest Style

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ASOS Pastel Floral Deep Plunge Dress  |  Mackage Leather Jacket  (similar)  |  L.A.M.B. Oxley Pumps (similar)
Chanel Caviar WOC Shoulder Bag  |  Gorjana Lena Ring  |  Gorjana Chloe Necklace
Custom Silver Bracelet (similar here)  |  Cartier Love Ring 

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Dressing up the bump can be challenging especially when most of the maternity dresses out there seem to err on the side of matronly.  Like my previous pregnancies, I rely heavily on non-maternity fashions from affordable shops like Forever 21, ASOS, and TOPSHOP.  They help get me through the nine months in high style but with a low budget.

I got this ASOS floral dress in a larger size than I normally would to accommodate my expanding mid-section (and okay let’s be real, expanding everything else too…)  I love the romantic print on this dress and how the feminine florals contrasts with the deep plunge and curve accentuating fit.  If this dress were in vixen red, I wouldn’t go near it because it would feel too “in your face sexy” to me.  This print balances out the spiciness with more acceptable prettiness.  Perfect combination.  Did that make any sense to anyone??

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Flowing Trench Coats

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I’ve always appreciated the classic trench coat; structured, tailored and meant to last a lifetime.  But this season, a more flowing, draping, romantic version hit the scene and I was smitten.  I purchased mine several months ago but failed to write about it until now.

I’m loving the updated version of the classic coat.  The fabric is thin and almost silky so it lays beautifully like a sleek robe.  And the movement when you walk is dramatic and dreamy at the same time.

Since outerwear tends to cost more, I can appreciate the versatility of this piece.  Wear it over a pretty dress for a wedding or for work.  Top it over your tightest, shortest dress for a night out that still leaves something to the imagination.  Also goes well with skinny jeans and ankle boots as shown above.  My favorite way to wear it is to contrast the femininity with boyfriend jeans or shredded cutoff shorts.  An outfit post with my flowing trench coming soon!

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Instagram Faves – April 2014

I’m most active on Instagram and post lots of outfit pics there that never make it on the blog.  I’ve decided to do this monthly roundup of popular Instagram posts.  You can shop any of the images below by clicking on the pic that you like and it will take you to a page with all the product links!  Or, you can always head to my personal Instagram Shopping page HERE to shop all the looks!  As my girls would say, easy peasy lemon squeezy!