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Five For Five: Piperlime

For day five of my five stores, five days and five must haves I decided to mix it up a bit and bring you five awesome pairs of shoes from Piperlime. Piperlime is one of my all time favorite online shoe stores that also carries a great selection of trendy clothing labels. One can waste many a hour perusing the great merchandise at www.piperlime.com.

Go global for spring with these gladiator style sandals. The basket weave detail provides an interesting texture and the brown and cream color palette will work well with spring’s neutral colors.

There isn’t much to say about these shoes other than how cool are they?! The crochet detail will add style to jean capris and tees as well as complement more stylish skirts and dresses. The neutral color will also complement a wide range of colors.

These black and white t-straps are the epitome of lady like chic, cool and classic. They are the perfect go-to heels for a slew of spring and summer parties and weddings.

Wear your heart on your sleeve, or make that your feet with these quirky teal wedges. Fun, colorful shoes will breathe new life into your tried and true spring outfits from last season, even adding whimsy to your favorite little black dress.

I must admit I love high heels but for the most part I am a jeans (or my husband would argue black yoga pants) and tennis shoe kind of gal so no shoe wardrobe would be complete without a new pair of sneaks. These purple Pumas are fun and colorful and if the purple is too much they also come in a sophisticated mix of white and gold.

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Five For Five: J Crew

J Crew is my go-to store when I need great basics and occasionally they have beautiful fashion pieces too. This season, I am sad to say, is not their best, but there are still some great pieces to be had that will serve you well this season. All pieces available online at www.jcrew.com.

J Crew has a great selection of tees in a variety of styles and colors at great prices that you can add to your closet. This 3/4 sleeve henley is light and airy with a long silhouette. It gets dressed up by layered silk along the neckline and the pocket.

Utility chic jackets are a must have for spring and I love this silk taffeta riveter coat in sunshine yellow. Wear it on a rainy day to put a little spring in your step. If the yellow is too bright for you, it also comes in a pale pink. The color and fabric make it a little more elegant than other safari/utility jackets.

I love mixing casual pieces with elegant items to create an unusual, yet stylish pairing. This metallic jacquard silk skirt is perfect to pair with a tee and sandals but will also work perfect in a pinch for a dressier event when paired with a silk ruffled blouse and heels. The color is warm and buttery and looks like you are wearing liquid gold.

J Crew’s jewelry collection continues to impress each season and this layered, jumbled ribbon necklace looks like it was pulled from a Paris flea market. This stunning necklace can be worn with anything and everything to add a dash of bold exuberance.

I would be lost without J Crew’s flip flops. They are easy to wear and oh so simple and chic. This leather pair accented with a suede flower will look equally at home with shorts, jeans, wide leg trousers, skirts and dresses.

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Five For Five: Anthropologie

Anthropologie is one of my all time favorite stores. Their mix of elegant boho chic clothing is always on-trend and in a class by itself. I use it to add wow pieces to my everyday basics.

Here are my favorite wow pieces that will easily add interest to what you already have. All pieces available online at www.anthropologie.com.

This crinkled jersey tank with chiffon petals just looks like summer. I can imagine it paired with cropped cuffed skinny jeans, white flip flops and coral toes.

This floral silk blouse will jazz up everything from jeans to dress pants to pencil skirts for work or play. The vibrant color palette is bright without being overpowering and the floral and stripe detail make it unique.

As I have said before, you can never have too many cardigans and I am loving this 3/4 sleeve style with spilling ruffles available in three colors. No matter what you pair with it, you will look amazing thanks to the framing effect ruffles have.

Warm weather brings with it the ability to use one of my favorite fashion tricks. Wearing a skirt instantly dresses you up in a hurry while also keeping you comfy. Add a great basic tee and fun wedges, flip flops or flats depending on where you are going and you instantly look chic. A famous fashion designer also said that when you wear a skirt no one will know the circumference of your thighs, allowing you to hide any unbearable assets attained during the winter months of hibernation. This skirt will be a unique asset to your fashion arsenal.

So many dresses have low plunging necklines and since I am not a big fan of showing off lots of cleavage I end up skipping on many dresses or having to add a cami underneath but that has all changed with this gorgeous dress. This black floral high necked, low backed dress is the epitome of garden chic. Add a chunky wide leather belt to give it an edge and away you go.

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Five For Five: Banana Republic

It is day two of my five days, five stores, five must haves for spring and it’s all about Banana Republic today. Banana Republic is the grown up more sophisticated sibling of The Gap and one of my favorite go-to stores. Besides their clothes you can often find great handbags and very on trend yet highly fashionable jewelry.

The five things that will serve you well this spring and that I plan on adding to my closet, all available at www.bananarepublic.com.

You can never have enough cardigans for spring and this silk cotton blend with exposed seams is available in 12 colors with a long, lean silhouette. Wear it as a jacket over silky tops and dresses or use it to add style to rugged boyfriend jeans.

Banana Republic is famous for it’s amazing fitting button down shirts for men and women and this cotton safari shirt is no exception. Available in five colors it has a soft texture and silky sheen and will instantly update everything in your closet. Wear it on the weekends with jeans for a laid-back sophisticated look or reach for it on hectic workdays to wear with pencil skirts and dress pants.

It is all about the loose pant for spring and I plan on living in these on the weekends with a fitted black tee and flip flops. The drawstring ankles add a bit of playfulness and will show off flip flops and a pedicure nicely. Fashion made easy and comfy!

I am a sucker for animal prints and this jaguar print silk dress is sophisticated in shades of gold and gray. Wear it paired with nude platforms and a gray cardigan early on and switch to gold flip flops as it gets warmer.

This leather motorcycle jacket hits two trends on the head with its light neutral color and tough jacket style that looks so good paired with silk feminine tops and dresses. It is an effortless piece that you can wear season after season without going out of style.


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Five For Five: White House Black Market

Stores are filling, fast and furious, with spring merchandise. Sunny, warmer days are ahead, as are light and airy clothes. I have taken some of the headache out of shopping and plan to present to you five days, five stores and five must haves from each of my favorite stores. Today I am kicking it off with five must haves from White House Black Market, they always have a modern yet timeless selection of clothes as well as the best black and white pants you will ever find.

Without further ado, my five must haves all available on www.whitehouseblackmarket.com:

This striped cardigan is super soft and lightweight, perfect for spring’s unpredictable weather as well as over-air conditioned buildings in the summer. It can be worn with everything in your closet and the stripes are very on trend this season. It is also the perfect piece to travel with, providing a light layer that’s lightweight enough not to weigh your bags down. Wear it open and loose, tied at the waist or wrapped around and tied behind.

This silk safari tunic blouse in buttery khaki is a lightweight piece that is super flattering on and looks great paired with skinny jeans or capris in dark denim or white and embellished gladiator sandals.

Skinny, cropped white jeans just scream Jackie O on a yacht style and are a major must have. Easy to wear with loose tunics and a multitude of shoes from heels, to flats to flip flops. Dress them up or dress them down.

Let’s just admit it, we all have “fat” days and this diamond print halter tunic is perfect for fat days or pretty much any day. It is loose and comfortable while still being stylish and flattering. Wear it alone on hot days or layer over leggings with a long cardigan for cool days. It doesn’t get any easier.

Everyone needs a great dress that can be an easy go-to for weddings and parties but this dress can also be worn to work. This halter sheath dress is chic enough to keep pace with with other cocktail dresses but structured enough to wear to work paired with a cardigan or jacket.

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