There are few things more frustrating than discovering something you love only to find it’s sold out (sad, yes, but come on – we love the drama of it all). The silver lining? In addition to making you want those made-for-you flats and that multichain necklace even more, it gives you ample time to think about what to do with your scores once you finally get your hands on them.

Thankfully, the style gods believe in second chances, and here’s what I’ve been planning for those coveted pieces that are about to become mine – for real this time.

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April 27, 2013

With the slowly warming temps starting to gain momentum, it’s hard to not get into a vacation-like frame of mind. But if I can’t be flanked by palm trees on a daily basis, then donning Rio de Janeiro–inspired, retro jungle prints will have to do instead. To pull off this tropical trend (without going full-on “tourist”), mix neutrals with smaller doses of the energetic print. Note: Umbrella drinks are optional, but highly recommended.

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A printed scarf is the simplest way to inject this bold pattern into an everyday look without going overboard. I paired one with a tailored white blazer for an urban vibe that can go straight from the office to a night out on the town. For a more casual day look, wear it wrapped around your neck over a cami, then when the sun goes down, fashion it into a halter top and slip on your favorite pair of espadrilles to take the night by storm.

Ready to commit full force? Jungle-fauna print pants are wildly cool when paired with a brightly colored sleeveless blouse, and best accessorized by some bossa nova playing on your headphones, a straw Panama hat, and arms piled with wooden bangles.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2013

From sky-high pumps to box clutches, cuffs, and statement necklaces, it’s clear that Lucite accessories are a must-have this spring. I love the illusion of walking on air that a Lucite heel creates, or the look of crystals seemingly afloat within a bracelet or necklace.  What’s especially cool about this trend is how it manages to make a bold statement without taking over, complementing virtually any outfit, day or night.

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I tried this trend with a wide cuff bracelet featuring inset opaline crystals and loved how the girly jewels looked paired with a leather jacket. If you’re feeling extra daring, accessorize a see-through clutch with the contents themselves: an eye-popping phone case, funky shades, and your favorite lip gloss. One added bonus? Lucite is waterproof, so it’ll take you right from April showers to a day at the beach. And the award for most versatile accessory goes to…

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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April 4, 2013

Oh, January – you bring so much promise of self-improvement. After those past failed resolutions (go to the gym five days a week! get more sleep! stick to that splurge-free budget!), I’ve decided to tackle something a bit more fun in 2013: style. Sure, the new year brings plenty of new trends, but I’ve got my sights on something a little more personal. You see, I’m totally stuck in my wardrobe ways. But same old, same old no more – here are five ways I am updating my closet in preparation for a year of style adventures (and beyond).

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January 7, 2013