The Re-Wear

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I'm a huge fan of re-wearing things. I believe that if you have something you love, you should wear it often, with as many things as you can, until you either get sick of it (and donate it!) or it falls apart. But of course, finding pieces that are versatile enough to wear in different ways and across different seasons is easier said than done. How many times have you splurged on a trendy, tropical-print crop top or like item, only to realize you can wear for just a handful of weekends July through August? I definitely have, ugh. But over the past year, I've started making a conscious effort to get rid of the things I rarely wear, and bring in more practical and versatile pieces that I know I'll get more mileage out of.

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When I first purchased this Aztec-print vest from Forever21 on clearance for $11.99 a while ago, I kinda thought it'd be one of those trendy, one-off items I'd soon forget about. Instead, this vest has become one of my favorite items to layer with, and I've worn it season after season. (I wore the vest in the dead of winter here, and then again in this late summer/early fall look). 

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I pulled it out of the closet again last week, opting to pair it with some tights and thrifted denim cutoffs from Goodwill ($0.85, also worn here) and an old cream button-up (cost unknown). I finished off the look with my Dorothy Perkins boots ($67) and a borrowed vintage hat from blogger buddy Sunita V., who scored it for just $1 at a Housing Works Buy the Bag sale. (I know. I'm mad about it too!!) Head to toe, the whole ensemble came out to under $81.

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Tale Of The $20 Blanket Scarf

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2014 is clearly turning into the year of the blanket/oversized scarf. And I couldn't be happier, because regular-sized scarves just don't cut it, and I've forever been on the hunt for a scarf big and cozy enough to keep NYC's wind tunnel-like cold at bay.

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I'd been eyeing this one from Madewell, but obviously the tag was a little steep for my limited scarf budget. But luckily I stumbled across this similar scarf on Ebay for just $20. Now, Ebay can sometimes be a bit iffy (sometimes photos of items can be deceiving!), but this scarf totally exceeded my expectations--it's super soft, looked exactly as pictured and arrived faster than promised. Score!

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I took my new scarf out for a spin this weekend, pairing it with tights and some J. Crew shorts (a $20 outlet find), plus a gray H&M sweater (also $20). I finished off the look with my Dorothy Perkins ankle boots ($67, also worn here!), and my thrifted navy peacoat ($10). Head to toe, with a pair of $6 sunnies, the whole outfit came out to $143.

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Luxe + Ladylike

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Morning! If you caught my latest video lookbook, you probably saw this look, featuring a gifted blue and black dress from Forever21 (last worn here). This dress is one of my weekday go-tos, since the style is pretty much perfect for both the office and any post-work extracurriculars.

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I styled the dress with some luxe layers, starting with a sheer, polka-dotted Zara top ($1.50) scored from Underground Thrift's Stuff A Sack sale and a silver belt ($6, NY&Co). I topped the whole look off with my gray cashmere and wool blend coat ($20, Salvation Army Coat Sale), and a pair of Calvin Klein ankle boots (last worn here!), snagged for just $5 during a sale at Housing Works Tribeca. With some $6 street vendor sunnies, the whole work-friendly ensemble came out to under $39.

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