OOTD: The Carrie Skirt and a Giveaway.

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Coat – J Crew via Crossroads Trading Co // Sweater – Gap (on super sale with an extra 50%!) // Skirt courtesy of Fevrie // Bag courtesy of Shop Red Clover // Necklace – Gazel // Heels – HM

I don’t think that it’s any secret that I love Carrie Bradshaw and “Sex and the City”. I went through a three week period late last year where I legitimately binge watched all six seasons and both movies. It was a problem. That being said, it’s probably no surprise that I fell in love with this skirt – “The Carrie Skirt” to be more specific (yes, that’s actually the name) from one of my favorite new brands – Fevrie. The skirt is just fabulous. The midi feels modest yet modern with its long hem and sheer, shiny black checkered pattern. Luckily I was able to wear it out for a bit sans tights and thick boots thanks to a beautiful and uncharacteristically lovely winter day last week (obviously pre-snowpocalypse).

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Fevrie-Melanie-Sutrathada-96I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a teensy bit chilly. I guess it’s just one of those things you get used to. I’m one of those people who is almost always cold anyway, so I might as well feel a little cute opposed to bundled up like a burrito. This outfit felt a little fifties with the shrunken sweater (scored for only $15 via the super amazing winter Gap sale), a shorter heel and my amazing new structured bag from Red Clover. While I don’t think that Carrie ever really wore any heel lower than five inches, I still felt like I was channeling her a bit – the Carrie that went to Paris and instinctively felt like she had to be more chic like all those gorgeous French women seem to be, of course.

While the closest I’ll get to Paris any time soon is this outfit and a Trader Joe’s baguette, I’ve got my fingers crossed that the opportunity presents itself soon. If it does, you can bet this is what I’ll be wearing.

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If you’re as in love with this skirt as I am, I’ve got great news for you! The Fevrie site has tons of gorgeous pieces that I’m sure would look amazing on women of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been eying this Quilted Moto Jacket and this Picnic Party Skirt (I mean, how could you not when the name is so cute?) Here’s your chance for a $50 gift card to their store – just enter below!

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Fevrie also has a special 25% discount code for us! It is ‘laceandcombatboots’ and will be valid until 2-28-15. Just use it at check out for a sweet deal!

Photos by Guerrilla Photography

Sunday Notes.

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My new job is in full swing and I’m already heading on a trip to Boston this week! It’s definitely the start of something new and it’s really making me want to make changes all around to be better. Here are some of my favorite links of the week that have been inspiring me!

1. A dance workout to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” I must learn this routine asap (thebodydepartment.com)

2. You’ll love what this Walmart turned in to (growfood-not-lawns.com)

3. Date ideas that don’t suck (stylecaster.com)

4. Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality. Two snaps (cosmopolitan.com)

5. 7 surprising things that will help you stop worrying (fastcompany.com)

6. How to save money fast. I think we can all use this one after a little too much end-of-season sale shopping (stylecaster.com)

7. Quick and simple happiness boosters (stylelist.com)

In case you are really bored and/or trying to procrastinate, I’d definitely recommend trying the delicious recipe above for blueberry and banana pancakes. And then bring me a big stack so we can surf the web/procrastinate and eat amazing breakfast foods together. Sound like a date? Ok, it’s happening (: What links have you been looking at this week? Leave them below so I can check them out too!

OOTD: Customized with Eshakti.

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Jacket – Guess via Ross // Shirt – Lululemon // Skirt courtesy of eShakti // Boots courtesy of Prima Donna // Necklace – Chloe + Isabel // Bracelet – Adia Kibur // Bag – Express

I used to go thrifting all the time and find pieces that weren’t quite right and wear them anyway. As I stood in line with an arm full of billowing blouses, dresses and vintage purses that would collectively cost me $21.59, I’d tell myself that it didn’t matter that the adorable extra large coat didn’t fit since it was so cheap – I’d get it tailored eventually! However, that day never really came and I would push past each of those not-quite-right pieces as they hung in my closet sad and unworn yet again.

Maybe it’s living in New York or having recently narrowed down the pieces in my closet, but I’ve changed the way I look at things before they make it to my closet. One of the companies I’ve stumbled upon recently that helps me to do that is eShakti. They’re the only online fashion retailer that offers sizes 0-36w and that allows you to completely customize each look.

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I chose from a standard size for my beaded tulle mini skirt, but you can also have your pieces completely customized to fit your bust, waist, hips, etc. I absolutely loved where the scalloped hem for this skirt fell, but I could have also had it customized to drop right above or below my knee, and even made it into a chic midi skirt. Other options included removing the pockets (let’s be real, I would never remove pockets from a skirt ever though) or go sans embroidery (which is pretty much something I would also never do). The whole process of ordering took less than five minutes (if you’re not counting the thirty I spent oogling almost every skirt in their online shop), which means I didn’t have to make plans to stop in to a tailor that I knew I would never actually follow up with. For a more in-depth look at what eShakti does, visit their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Have you ever had any completely customized pieces? I’d love to hear all about them!

Photos by Guerrilla Photography