The Go-To Button Up

This Top Shop button up has become my new go-to shirt. It’s been a perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. I can wear it with shorts and sandals for a laid-back summer look or with jeans and booties in the fall. It’s super soft and I love the navy and off white grid print. I’m also a big fan of the half tuck with button ups or oversized tops. It can even be dressed up with a navy pencil skirt or trousers and a statement necklace for work. I just may be living in this button up until it falls apart.

Top: Top Shop | Shorts: J.Crew | Shoes: Urban Outfitters | Bag: Street Level | Necklace: Romolo

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Fave color block maxi skirt

 

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I bought this adorable color block maxi skirt at some boutique shop on Ventura blvd. I wish I remembered the name of the store but I sadly do not.

I bought it when I first moved out here about a year ago and haven’t worn it until 2 nights ago! I have no idea why because i just love it. It’s got a short skirt attached underneath and the top layer is sheer. I love the nude and mint color blocking.

It took me a while to decide what kind of top to wear with this skirt. The skirt definitely needs to be the main focus of the outfit so I just kept the rest really simple and opted for a cream colored tank top. I also paired it with a cropped jean jacket for later in the night when it cooled down. I think it added an edgy casual flair to the feminine piece. The jacket, necklace and purse are all from Urban Outfitters.

Stay in vogue!

Hayley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melie Bianco- new favorite handbag

melie bianco bagMelie Bianco handbag– http://www.meliebianco.com/

I recently purchased this Melie Bianco handbag for a fraction of it’s worth at Burlington Coat Factory. Gotta love Burlington Coat Factory! The only problem is that the one I got didn’t have the lock and key hanging from it like you see in the picture. I imagine some antsy kid in the store waiting hours for their mom to choose a handbag decided to take them off and hide them in the hosiery section.

I guess that’s what you’re risking by shopping at Burlington Coat Factory and getting things for shockingly lower prices. I still absolutely love it though. I was in the market for a gray purse. I have handbags in beige, camel, black and tan already, gray was the only neutral I was missing! It matches with everything. I’m sure you will see it featured in many outfits to come.

The same bag is being sold right now on their website in some really great summer colors. This website has so many other amazing purses too and even at full price, they’re still quite reasonable, none exceeding $200 or so.

Anyways… I decided to write this hopeful letter to the websites customer service requesting the lock and key decor for the bag, only to get a letter back stating they cannot do this for me since I didn’t purchase it through them directly. Pff..after all my bribing, begging and flattery…I thought I may have had a chance. Oh well. It was worth a try (YOLO!) Still love their purses!

Stay in vogue!

Hayley

Letter I wrote to Melie Bianco… this is me attempting to be persuasive:

Hi there! 

So this is a shot in the dark, but here’s my story: 

I purchased a Melie Bianco bag at Burlington Coat Factory in Burbank, CA. I had never heard of the brand before, but I fell in love with the bag the moment I saw it (and of course the fact that it was $100 but I was getting it for $40 at Burlington). But I am so obsessed with it that I decided to research the brand and naturally came to your website. I plan to purchase several more bags from the website directly, at full retail price, because there are so many great ones that I probably won’t find at a place like Burlington Coat Factory, not to mention I want to fully support this wonderful brand. 

As I’m browsing your handbags online, I came across the bag that I purchased at Burlington Coat Factory. It is the Elizabeth ML1018 (except mine is in the “bone” color). I then noticed to my dismay that the one I have from Burlington had the adorable lock and key taken off of it! I feel this touch really adds to the character of the bag and now I’m so disappointed that mine doesn’t have it. What are the chances you guys would be able send me the lock and key in the bone color so I can add them to my bag? I would be willing to pay however much you think is fair for these essential accessories. 

I know this is probably such a strange request but I figure it’s absolutely worth a try! Thank you SO much for taking the time to hear me out and please let me know one way or the other as soon as you’re able to respond. If you were able to do this for me I would be thrilled and be even more in love with Melie Bianco than I already am! Also, either way, I’ll be sure to introduce you guys to all of my purse loving friends, because I don’t think enough people are aware of these amazing handbags!

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing back from a member of the Melie Bianco team. 

Future Melie Bianco handbag addict, 

Hayley Arkovitz

American Eagle…who knew!?

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Top: American Eagle, Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Purse: J. Crew, Necklace: J. Crew

So when I think of American Eagle for some reason I imagine graphic t’s and hoodies that say “American Eagle” in big cursive letters across the front. But–during one of my shopaholic binges I decided to go in there due to an absurd amount of signage announcing 40-50% off everything in the store. It was one of those days where I was feeling kind of blah and I knew if I bought a cute new outfit I’d feel much better.

Before deciding to go into American Eagle, I wasn’t really finding anything I was in love with nor do I have endless money to spend, but I was just so desperate to leave the mall feeling excited! To me that means not leaving empty handed. Empty wallet…eh I’ll survive…but no new piece of clothing…I’ll just still feel blah and like I wasted a bunch of time at the mall. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City… “I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”

SO– I actually found some really cute things in there and I think my mind has opened back up to American Eagle since middle school. I purchased 3 items (a top, shorts and a bracelet) all for only $40! It was almost a too-good-to-be-true sale. It wasn’t just on all the things that are picked over and out of season, but actually on front-of-the-store, newer and in season items.

I got this awesome neon yellow/green casual peplum t-shirt–it’s got the sporty mesh vibe as well. I wore it to my boyfriend’s family barbecue with jean shorts, a royal blue J. Crew bubble necklace and matching cross-body purse (also J. Crew). A pattern you will notice is that I will definitely buy a lot of trendy clothes from cheaper stores but when it comes to accessories (especially purses) and staple items (like jackets) I will splurge. The reason for this is, these things won’t go out of style as quickly, you wear them more often and they should be quality to last you longer.

Anywho… I thought this was the perfect summery/casual yet eye catching and stylish outfit for a barbecue. I also love the neon and royal blue color blocking. I’ll post a pic soon of the shorts I got at AE too, they are also amazing and colorful. 🙂

Stay in vogue!

Hayley