bold prints, grown up pastels, chic pink – hellooo spring!

Around this time every year I find myself going a little stir crazy and craving a tropical vacation. I can almost feel the warm inviting breeze on my face through swaying palm trees.

Since I can do little more than daydream, why not name a few of my favorite trends I can’t wait to wear come spring?

  • vivid global prints and patterns
  • feminine traces of lace
  • gold accessories
  • refreshing pastels
  • slouchy knit pants
  • a new take on pinks
  • peekaboo sheer tops 
  • kimonos

{inspiration}

Tiled Silk Shift via Anthropologie

Tiled Silk Shift via Anthropologie

Waverly Cocoon Tunic via Anthropologie

Waverly Cocoon Tunic via Anthropologie

Mindaro Crops via Anthropologie

Mindaro Crops via Anthropologie

via Glamour

via Glamour

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I love the refreshing feel that these trends offer and are right on par with the season. Excited to add a few staples to refresh my wintery wardrobe.

Here are a few of my pocketbook friendly picks from Target, Zara, and Forever 21, based on the above trends:

knit pants

Target [under $20]

Xhilaration Junior Printed Soft Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Soft Pant

Mossimo Easy Knit Pant

Mossimo Easy Knit Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Palazzo Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Palazzo Pant

pretty in pink & florals

Zara [under $70]

zara floral zara pink

prints, patterns & pink

Forever 21 [under $40]

desert rose kimonoeclectic beauty maxi

vintage dropwaistlace pink

It’s like a breath of fresh air isn’t it? Just a few added spring staples can easily infuse life into a tired winter wardrobe. Harem or slouchy pants topped with chunky knit sweaters. A lace or floral top can peek through a layered kimono, boyfriend jeans and simple skinny heels.

What’s your most anticipated spring trend?

personal shopping – it’s all in the details

I had the chance to go on a personal shopping adventure with a good friend to help pick out a few accents for her modern apartment.

She already has amazing taste and great style sense (think feminine A-line dresses, chiffon draped blouses, classic skinnies, oodles of statement necklaces…basically an understated Anthropologie).

On our shopping adventure I introduced her to one of my favorites – the Issaquah Gilman Gallery. Here you can find trinkets and treasures galore, most of which are modestly priced depending on the vendor. I firmly believe in creating a home that incorporates a mix of styles to create a sense of cohesion and the feeling that a space is collected rather than decorated. Every space needs a vintage piece – whether it’s a gilded frame, English bone china tea cup, or grandma’s hand me down serving platter.

Just a few collaboratively chosen antique picks and < $100 later (not too shabby!), we found the right accents to add a vintage feminine vibe to her mod apartment. (Not pictured – hanging, glass pendant light).

gold mirror trio [$15]

mirrors

1920’s window panel [$39] a total steal.window

gilded French frame [$10] – this frame originally had a French etoile print, but I recommended nixing it and using the empty frame to showcase a cool monogram.frameDon’t you just love antique stores? It’s all about the treasure hunt. You never know what unexpected trinkets you will stumble upon.

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

I learned how to dress up before I could read. I used to wake up early with a bottle of nail polish in hand, and wait by my auntie’s bed until she awoke so she could paint my nails. Fast forward to present day and my passion for fashion continues!

I firmly believe you don’t need to spend a lot to have great style. The style files captures my bargain finds, shopping adventures, styled looks, vignettes and the likes. (side note: I don’t rarely pay full price for anything. Call me cheap, call me Asian – I just live for a good bargain!)

My first installment of the style files includes my newest bargain find from Anthropologie – mustard skinnies at just [$39.95] originally $128.00. Love the color and velour detailing down the side. The beautiful, rich mustard can be read as either a neutral or color depending on how you style them.

And best of all, the looks below are all under $100!

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

look 1: western meets city

  • Bella Dahl chambray [$24.95]
  • Francesca’s snakeskin, open back blouse [$12.00]
  • accents | Gap metallic belt, Skagen men’s watch, assorted bangles

look 1: western meets citylook 1: accessories

look 2: feminine with a bit of edge

  • Olivia Moon floral blouse [$34.95]
  • Pure Sugar vest [$22.95]
  • accents | Gap studded belt, handmade carnelian bracelets, Nordstrom brushed silver hoops, Forever 21 geometric rings

look 2: feminine with a bit of edgelook 2: accents

look 3: daytime drama mama – favorite look!

  • Cynthia Rowley top via Marshalls [$16.99]
  • Free Hug leopard blazer via Nordstrom Rack [$19.99]
  • accents | Forever 21 white stud cuff, Aldo chunky white ring, vintage fur collar courtesy of my amazingly stylish grams!

look 3: daytime dramalook 3: leopard and polka dotslook 3: chunky ring and furlook 3: favorite

I’m totally digging look 3. Partly because I’m rocking my gram’s fabulous fur collar straight out of the 40s, and partly because I’m channeling Macklemore. Macklemore be like heyyy girl hey.

Macklemore-Wallpapers-HD

via The Wallpaper HD

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via Wikimedia

This is the perfect outfit to lift me out of my winter neutral mood. Hellooooo polka dots, leopard, color and fur – you never looked more fabulous together. You either love it or hate it. You decide.

What’s your favorite look on a dime? How do you put together a polished look with amazing bargain purchases?

Proof that fashion need not hollow out your pocketbook!