Michael Kors Watch

Gift Guide: Under $250

Assouline book set {$135}Michael Kors watch {$250} Le labo perfume{$130} Saint Laurent card case{$225} Maria Black bracelet {$210} J.Crew sweater {$190} Charlotte Tilbury makeup {$250}

Just think of me as your gifting fairy godmother...

Today, I present you with the first installment of my budget friendly gift guides. Over the new few weeks, I'll be bringing you wallet-lovin', won't be broke by 2015, gifts that everyone on your list (including yourself) will love.

Along with helping you save a little, each guide will be specific to an online retailer that I shop and adore myself. Beginning with beloved Net-A-Porter. Known for it's splurge-worthy items, here are some ideas that ehem, aren't the cost of the latest "It" bag.

The party never ends...

Sailor's Holiday Shop

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What to wear...

Luxe Opposites

Madewell sweater

// Zara pants // Chanel ballet flats //

Clare Vivier clutch

// Michael Kors watch 

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Madewell

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Bauble Bar

rings //

KJP bracelet

c/o //

In fashion, it's all about opposites

- as quoted by Nina Garcia last week at an

event I attended

. It is so true; you can mix high and low, girly and edgy, the list goes on and on. In addition to mixing styles, I am a big fan of mixing textures and fabrics: chunky and silky or tweed and cotton for example. Here I'm showing a contrast of chunky- with the knit sweater- and sleek- with the coated jeans. Mixing opposites can make any look much more unique and eye-catching. Always remember that fashion is not meant to be taken too seriously- take risks and play around.

Color Pop

         Eight Sixty Dress (old, last worn here) // Tory Burch Shoes // Michael Kors Watch 
// Marc by Marc Sunglasses // Sephora Lip Gloss in "pin-up pink" 

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for all the sweet comments about my hair! (: These pictures were supposed to go up yesterday but I was sailing all day and my computer has been acting out- if you follow me on Twitter, you will hear about my #techproblems. 

 I haven't gotten much wear out of this Eight Sixty dress since I bought it last winter. The loud print is quite hard to pull off and I never knew how to style it. Over the weekend, I wore it with neutral heels- I love the gold detailing- and minimal accessories. I think the key to rocking a bold print is to keep everything else very simple! As I've mentioned before, I have been having fun with my makeup and hair recently. I tend to keep my makeup very natural and light. During the summer, I don't wear that much because I'm either sailing, swimming, or doing something that involves water. To add a pop to my basic look, I went with a pink lip. Definitely a change for someone who only wears lip balm but it's fun to play around with color! 

LBD + Short Hair


Asos Dress // Ray Ban Sunglasses // Rebecca Minkoff Sandals // Catbird Rings // Celine Bag // Michael Kors Watch // J.Crew Belt (old)

On Friday, I did something I never thought I would do- cut my hair into a lob- long bob. To be honest, I didn't mean to cut it this short. I only wanted about an inch off and my hairstylist (who was from Europe) thought I meant 4 inches. Needless to say, I like the length and it's fun to play around with my short(er) hair! (Some hair tutorials videos are in the future)

With my new hairstyle, I feel that I can experiment and try out different outfits and looks. For example, I never wear black- I own 4 black items of clothing- but I recently purchased this simple dress from Asos and I'm kinda digging it. 

photos by Katie



Shocking

Splendid Tee (last worn here) // Clover Canyon Skirt // DV Dolce Vita Sandals // Ray-Ban Sunglasses 
// Michael Kors Watch // Essie "Mint Candy Apple" 

This was kind of a spur of the moment outfit for me. I tend to never wear a super bold outfit, but when something works, it works! The causal baseball tee dressed down the skirt creating a perfect weekend look with minimal jewelry and simple sandals. What do you think?

Neutral Mix


HIHO Dress c/o // Converse Sneakers // J.Crew Belt (old) // Celine Bag // Michael Kors Watch // Loren Hope Link Bracelet // Asha by Adm Bracelet // Essie "Madison Ave-Hue" Polish

Normally I don't wear a ton of neutrals- except white- during the summer. Over the weekend, I decided to mix it up and wear a neutral outfit. I wore this HIHO dress (which I also have in blue & white) for an easy daytime outfit. I added neutral accessories; white kicks, classic bag, and simple bracelets. It's definitely a new look for me but I like it a lot! The light material of the dress is also perfect in the scorching summer heat (like this past weekend!)