Look: Denim-on-Denim & My Spring Picks

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Leather motorcycle jacket: Mango | Denim chambray shirt: J.Crew (on sale!)|Cuffed jeans: American Eagle | Blue suede heels: J.Crew | Mirrored Sunglasses: Wildfox
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Leather marbled clutch: Rebecca Minkoff | Gold link bracelet: J.Crew |Blue suede heels: sold out, but similar here : J.Crew |Navy blue nail polish:Essie “After School Boy Blazer”
Denim-on-denim became acceptable, heck, downright FASHIONABLE a few years ago…and though many people still refer to this look as the “Canadian Tuxedo” (lol), and can’t get bad, early ’90s flashbacks out of their heads when they even think of doing denim on both the top and bottom of an outfit…I’m actually a huge fan of this look, I think BECAUSE of the irony of it all!  I think it’s done best when it doesn’t look like you are trying to match the two denim pieces exactly– in this outfit, the lighter denim wash in the chambray shirt contrasts nicely with the darker jeans.  Throwing in a third, or “completer piece”, like the leather jacket, adds a texture contrast to the outfit and keeps it from looking too “country” or “farmer”.  Same goes for the heels– I chose blue suede J.Crew heels in order to keep the outfit kinda monochromatic.  The marble Rebecca Minkoff clutch and mirrored Wildfox sunnies are two of my definite stand-by pieces this spring as well– they add just the right amount of edge to so many outfits! My favorite oversized gold chain-link necklace and bracelet add the perfect metallic shine.

Wearing denim in unexpected ways, particularly in the form of dresses and overalls, is a MAJOR trend for spring/summer (I’m still deciding on which of each I’m going to commit to!)– below, shop some of my favorite denim picks for Spring!

Happy Weekend!

xo,

Christine

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Mix List: Under $200 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas <3

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Last minute Valentine’s Gifts to Give or Get
Valentine’s Day is such a divisive holiday: Some of us love it and look forward to it, others loathe it, and some are indifferent to it (like my parents, who, when I asked them what they were doing for the holiday next Saturday, replied “We’ve been married for 40 years, so nothing special”).  I guess I’m somewhere in between “loving it and looking forward to it” and “indifferent”– until my parents’ response got me thinking– if you’ve been married for 40 years (#goals) or even only for a few months; if you’ve only gone on a few dates with someone, but felt a spark; if you’re single and loving your independence, or single and hating every minute of it, why NOT celebrate the idea of LOVE (or at least the prospect of it!)?!
Anyway, so that’s pretty much where I’m at right now, in terms of Valentine’s.  With a week to go, here are some fantastic last minute gift ideas, all at or around $200, to give or to get, that are sure to give you, or someone you love, the warm and fuzzies ❤
Shop the links below; or forward this post to your personal cupid!
xo,
Christine