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Treat Yourself: V-Day Gift Guide

Who needs a Valentine when you’re so good at loving you? If you’ve got plans for treating yourself, let me be your guide.

I love the monogram bags and pouches from Madewell. This crossbody bag is especially great because it has several pockets, a built-in mirror and a removable strap to make it a clutch. Perfect day to night piece. Best of all, everyone will know you bagged it once it’s adorned with your beautiful monogram.

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The Twin-Pouch Crossbody in colorblock washed leather, Madewell.com, $138

 

This Mara Hoffman Geo surf suit  provides super stylish rash guard coverage. Add your wide brimmed hat and attend the beach worry free!

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Mara Hoffman Geo Surf Suit, Anthropologie.com, $260

 

This is playsuit perfection. Need I say more? Oh, get it before it’s gone.

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Buttoned Patterned Playsuit, zara.com, $80

 

As with most spring/summer 2015 trends hitting the masses right now, 60s and 70s style sunglasses are hot! These Quay Kensie round sunglasses fit the bill.

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Quay Kensie Round Sunglasses, Asos.com, $47

 

This adorable Stella & Dot bangle, with love inscribed in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish, is the perfect addition to your arm party.

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Inspiration Bangle – Love, www.stelladot.com, $49.

 

The “mosaic blue” of these D’Orsay suede pumps is so sweet I could eat them. Wear these with everything. Don’t forget to spray them before you leave the house.

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Tory Burch Pointed Toe D’Orsay Pumps, Bloomingdales.com, $275

 

And finally, this eye cream from Rodan & Fields is a very personal recommendation from me. I’ve used this day and night for a year, and I love it.

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Rodan & Fields, trinetteduke.myrandf.com, $60

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Park City in June

Planning an early summer getaway in the mountains? I’ve got you covered. Here’s what I plan to pack for Park City in early June. With highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 30s, long sleeves and light sweaters will be key for comfortability. It’s likely I won’t be packing all the bags below, but two or three for sure!

 

Rag & Bone skinnies - Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

Rag & Bone skinnies – Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

 

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

 

Madewell C'est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

Madewell C’est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

 

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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