Off-Duty Duds

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This week seems to have gone by at a glacial pace, so I'm extra excited to unplug and throw on some off-duty duds this weekend. My fave weekend activity is pretty simple--all I need are some comfy shoes and my pup, Koko, and I'm set for a Saturday morning stroll though my 'hood. Hopefully this Saturday will be similar to the last one, when I sported these Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 sneakers (this pair was c/o Dick's Sporting Goods, but would have normally snagged them on sale for $83 with a coupon!)--honestly one of the comfiest running shoes I've ever owned.

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Since it's still a bit chilly out in the mornings, I added a snug gray sweater to the mix, which I scored for just $8.50 on sale at Forever 21 (This one is super similar, and on sale for $17 + an extra 30% off!). I added a pair of white denim ($14) and sunnies (around $4), both scored from eBay, and since I had some bedhead happening, I threw on a baseball cap, which was a $5 street vendor buy. Altogether I spent just under $27, but adding in the cost of shoes, the whole look would have normally cost around $110.

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Village Vibes

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Looks like spring is finally sticking around. This past weekend started out with April showers, but things cleared up by Saturday afternoon, and I hit up the annual Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Dollar Sale in the East Village. The sale was def not the best--I usually buy at least a dozen items, sometimes more, and this year I only got five pieces (which I'll be styling and sharing soon!). Maybe I'm just getting more discerning with age, and less willing to cram more into my already full closet?

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Still, despite the slightly disappointing sale, I was totally happy just strolling around my old stomping grounds of the East Village, and grabbing brunch at one of my fave go-to spots, Cafe Orlin

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I wore a few classic spring basics, including this denim skirt, which I bought for around $4 on the streets of Harajuku during my visit to Tokyo last year (found a similar one here for $12!). I love that it's the perfect length and shape for running around the city--it's super comfy, and just long enough that you can sit on the subway without having to worry about too much skin-to-seat contact. 

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I added a basic long-sleeve white tee to the mix, which came courtesy of Tsquared Tees, and added a sweater ($7, from the Joe Fresh sale rack) around the waist in case things got unexpectedly chilly. I finished off the look with my fave pair of Forever 21 shoes (seriously, one of my best F21 buys of all time--and they're on sale right now for just $20!), a cute crossbody c/o Furla and a pair of Ebay sunnies (scored for just under $4, and available here). Head to toe, the whole look came out to around to $35.

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Cold Shoulder

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I've talked a bit about few my past high school-era retail gigs in previous blog posts, but this post definitely brings me back to working the cash register at New York & Company during the summer of my junior year. Naturally, the biggest perk of a retail job is the employee discount, so while my peers were splurging on really cool stuff from Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister, I was digging through the racks at NY&Co., which was definitely not targeted toward the 16-year-old teenage girl demographic. Let's just say I ended up with wayyy more blazers than someone my age needed at that point. But hey, it was all like 50% off!

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After my last summer working at NY&Co., I didn't shop there for years--my college town's mall didn't have one, and then when I moved to NYC, there were just a million other places to shop, so I kinda forgot about it. But last winter, I wandered on to the NY&Co. site out of nostalgia, just to see whether or not the store had stepped up its game since my high school days. 

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I totally wasn't intending to buy anything, but this printed maxi dress, which was part of NY&Co.'s Eva Mendes collab (I know, who knew, right??), was on sale as part of a summer clearance for just $15. At that price, I figured, eh, why not? Once it arrived, I was in love with the off-the-shoulder detailing, and the print, which I was kinda iffy about, was even better in person. And it's also super comfy. Of course, since I had purchased it at the end of the October, I had to wait until this week to wear it but hey, it was definitely worth the wait! I styled the dress with a pair of $5 sunglasses from eBay, a pair of secondhand peep-toe heels from a friend's swap party, and black crossbody c/o Furla.

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P.S. You'll prob have to wait til the end of summer to find any $15 steals, but NY&Co. is having a sale on a lot of super cute spring/summer dresses from their Eva Mendes collection--all under $60!