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Mixed Media

free people_gap_tory burch_botkierReminiscing about my mini-vaca in FLA…….Sunny warm weather meant that I could finally break out the spring/summer clothes.  I filled my mini suitcase with some of my recent bargain buys during the Bloomingdale’s Friends and Family event (one of my favorite annual events!).

I am always drawn to mixed media clothing; I think it adds an interesting twist to any outfit. I am also a fan of slouchy relaxed fitting tops.  So when I found this Free People shirt, it was a match made in heaven. My rule of thumb is that if I am wearing a loose fitting top, I always pair it with bottoms that have a tighter fit (shorts, jeggings, skinny jeans). Too much fabric could result in an overpowering outfit. For shoes, I opted for my latest obsession: flat espadrilles. Many different brands carry them in different prints and price points. So you can definitely find a pair that will fit in your budget.

What’s your must have item this summer?

Outfit Details:

Aviator Sunglasses: Prada, Sunglass Hut Outlet, $129.99.  Check out these Juicy Couture platinum aviator sunglasses at Lord and Taylor.  Use code FRIENDS during the Friends and Family event for an extra 25% through 4/22 ($73.50)

Mesh Raglan Sleeve Shirt: Free People, Bloomingdale’s, $36 (originally $108, but found on the sale rack with extra 40% off then an additional 20% during friends and family).  A similar version of this top by Free People can be found at Lord and Taylor.  Use code FRIENDS during the Friends and Family event for an extra 25% ($36). Check out this Free People mixed media T (leopard sleeves!) for $29.99.

Black Shorts: Gap, 1969 fit, $(cant remember, purchased last summer).  Gap still carries black clean front shorts.  Use code GAPMORE through 4/20 for an extra 25% off ($30).

Espadrille Flats: Tory Burch, Bloomingdale’s, $92 (with friends and family discount of 20%).  This one was a bit of a splurge!  For a cheaper alternative, check out Lord and Taylor for fun animal print espadrille flats by Michael Kors.  Use code FRIENDS through 4/22 for an extra 25% off ($56).

Rings: Gold plated open triangle ring by Gorjana-Griffin via Rue La La, $26.  Check out Gorjana-Griffin for a gold plated quilted square ring that is currently on sale for $28.  Gold band was my dad’s old wedding band.

Bag: Botkier, Valentina satchel, $177.50.  I purchased this bag during a surprise 50% off sale.  Follow @botkier on Instagram and Twitter for surprise sales and contest giveaways.

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