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It’s no secret that I love Baublebar. I’m obsessed with the affordable price points, the fashion-forward approach to jewelry and, naturally, the recent collaboration with DKNY. Just in time for the pretty preppy spring trends, BaubleBar released a new series of personalized jewelry.

In just 3 – 5 weeks, you can have your very own personalized pieces, from initials to monograms, for $152 and under. There’s something so organic and comforting about monograms. Sure, you can get your initials embroidered on your towels or a plush bathrobe, or if you’re extra posh, on your Louis Vuitton luggage.

BaubleBar’s collection of custom pieces is pretty extensive. For example, you can customize:

Octagon Initial Bracelet, $50

Initial Stud Earrings, $50

Hexagon Pendant Necklace, $52

Engraved Monogram Necklace, $152

Plus, they offer the classic nameplate necklace or, if you’re feeling tech-chic, a Twitter nameplate version.

 

Since I’m a bit sentimental, I love the idea of personalized jewelry (and wear a few pieces of my own). How do you feel about the trend?

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A couple of weeks ago, I made a trip to Bauble Bar’s NYC office to take a little play in the showroom. The trays were filled with stunning pieces, both large and small, for me to play with, photograph and marvel over. If you aren’t familiar with BaubleBar, it’s a fun new jewelry site that offers pieces for every budget and taste level. What makes BaubleBar different than some of the other jewelry sites that have just launched is that BaubleBar is not a subscription service. See a piece you like? You’re free to pick it up at any time (before it sells out, naturally).

I picked a few of my favorite statement pieces from the site, but there’s tons more. Plus, score $10 off your first order just for creating an account. So the only real question that remains – what are you waiting for?

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I’ve never shied away from sharing my opinion – even when it wasn’t requested. My mouth has always gotten me into trouble, but it has also been what some of my nearest & dearest love most about me. Maybe that’s why I’ve always gravitated towards lip prints. I’ll put my money where my mouth is!

Being raised by a New Yorker in Arkansas made me a fighter. I was never the type sit on my hands or become a shrinking violet. Looking back I always wonder how certain situations didn’t break me, but instead pushed me to become even stronger. Isn’t it life funny that way?

When I saw this skirt on SimplyBe’s website, I knew I immediately had to have it. A lip print on my a$$? Yes please. Whenever I wear it, I feel extra, super sassy with a need to walk like three men are walking behind me (thanks, Oscar!).

Look details: Lip print skirt: SimplyBe | Pink tee: Old Navy (similar) | Sunglasses: BCBG (similar) | Clutch: Patricia Field | Chunky chain necklace: BaubleBar (similar) | D’orsay pumps: Nine West (similar) |

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Photos by Harvey Jackson

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In celebration of the launch of their plus size category, ModCloth invited some plus size blogging ladies to join them for a blogger summit and the launch of their (now closed) pop up store. They had wanted us to select some pieces from the site to wear, but since their relaunched sizing hadn’t yet launched, I selected a few accessories instead. My thoughts on ModCloth’s new sizing to come, but first the outfit details:

Sunnies: Ice Cream or Cola Sunglasses from ModCloth

White button down: Lane Bryant (similar here and here)

Striped scarf: Bow to Stern Scarf from ModCloth

Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here)

Black skirt: a TJ Maxx find (similar here and here)

Black pointy toe flats: Torrid

Bag: DKNY – no longer available (read about this bag’s story)

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Photos by MargiePlus

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You’re probably wondering where i’ve been, and trust me when I say the guilty is heavy. I was sick for most of January like most of NYC, and i’m finally getting my groove back. Naturally during one of my first days out since Christmas (you read that correctly), I had to dress up! We went for tea, attended the launch of SimplyBe’s Spring 2013 collection, and I fielded a ton of questions about my ultra-vibrant red hair. I’d just dyed my hair with Garnier’s new Olia haircolor in 6.60, Light Intense Auburn. My full thoughts will be up tomorrow!

I’ve worn versions of this look before, like here, but never in the cold of winter with tights. For the record, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about colored tights, but in this case I really don’t mind the look. Onto the outfit details!

Coat: SimplyBe (currently on sale!)

Pony sweater: Torrid (no longer available)

Brown wool skirt: IGIGI (no longer available)

Green satchel: Halogen via Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here)

Cranberry tights: Roaman’s

Ankle booties: UGG (exact style no longer available, but similar here and here)

Rose gold necklace: BaubleBar (exact style no longer available, but similar here)

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Greetings from Maine! Forget Disneyland – to me, our house in Maine is the happiest place on earth. I won’t bore you with the terribly ordinary details, but I’m amused by the most normal things. It’s so nice to escape NYC and just let time slow way down. Naturally, I had to bring my lovely Lola Belle with me to the country. She’s running free and playing with my family’s dog Duke. If you ever get the chance to visit Maine, I highly recommend it.

Since I’m in such a laid back place, my wardrobe needed to match. It’s all Sorels, chic sweatshirts, fur vests, and scarves this week. It’s so simple and so lovely!

Outfit details:

Rose gold chain necklace: BaubleBar (no longer available online, similar here)

Rose gold earrings: mark

Oxblood sweatshirt: JMS

Faux fur vest: TJ Maxx find

Skinny jeans: The Sophia from Torrid

Taupe boots: Sorel

Custom Instagram Watch: Instawatch from May 28th

Handbag: Brahmin

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Outfit details
Blue pleated dress: SimplyBe

Envelope clutch:  ASOS (no longer available, similar here and here)

Black wedge ankle booties: Enzo Angiolini (Nordstrom Rack find, similar here)

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Chain necklace: Amrita Singh

Watch: Swatch

Gold bead wrap bracelet: BaubleBar (no longer available)

Black leather bracelet: Amrita Singh

Small rhinestone cuff: BaubleBar (no longer available, similar here)

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Sometimes when it gets rainy and a chilly in NYC, the only answer is to dress in all black and face the day head on. Bring out the studs, put some rock in your headphones and don’t let the gloomy skies take away your spunk. The key to wearing all black is in the details – the texture, the accents and the fabrics.

Sunnies: Tom Ford Nikita

Faux leather jacket: Torrid (style no longer available, similar available here)

Studded dress: Calvin Klein (available in ideeli’s Calvin Klein special sizes sale today)

Leggings: Teggings by Re/dress

Flats: Naughty by Nine West

Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff Moring After Clutch (style no longer available, similar available here and here)

Wrap bracelet: Gold Nugget Wrap Bracelet by BaubleBar

Lion doorknocker earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane via ideeli (style no longer available, similar available here and here)

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Finds of the week:

 

Off the wire:

 

Smart reads:

 

Bonus: ELLE editor Julie Vadnal puts the fashion spin on My Heels by Julez.

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The weekends in NYC are the best kind of unpredictable. You never know where you’ll end up, who you’ll see or what the weather will be like. Let’s face it – everything about New York is unpredictable and that’s exactly why we love it. This past Saturday I popped over to SoHo for brunch with one of my friends at Rubirosa (get the vodka pie – you won’t regret it). We ate, we drank, we giggled, we bonded. I wish every Saturday could be like that!

When I was editing the photos, I realized that in my eagerness to embrace spring, I went a bit trend overboard. In my defense, however, I’ve been rocking these two tone oxfords for over a year. I was beyond thrilled to see a similar pair on the runway at Tibi for fall 2012. It’s a great feeling when your own fashion instincts are confirmed. Between the nautical stripes, neon accents and the oxfords this could have been trend overload, but the look was broken up by the fur vest and black ankle length pants.

Sunnies: Tom Ford Nikita (no longer available, similar available here and here)

Necklace: Adia Kibur via ideeli, also available via Bauble Bar

Striped tee: Old Navy (no longer available, similar available here)

Fur vest: Michael Michael Kors c/o Lucky Magazine and Lord & Taylor (no longer available, similar available here)

Watch: c/o DKNY (no longer available, similar available here)

Black ankle pants: Lane Bryant

Handbag: Chanel

Oxfords: Fitzwell (no longer available, similar available here)

Lipstick: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose

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