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    Shopping habits: Reflections of a somewhat reformed shopaholic

    Photo: Cassandra McD. Let me set the scene and you can tell me if this sounds all too familiar to you. You get a text message from your BFF. 2 images: (1) A new backpack and (2) two new pairs of shoes – one pair, a sexy open-toed high-heeled sandals with metallic gold heels – LIT!! and the other a red hot pair of flats with an oversized bow, very Valentino-esque. You: [send  multiple fire emojis]. Wait, r you gonna sneak those into the house so ur mom won’t c them? Her: [smiling emoji with halo] Of course! Aren’t they cute tho? I just had to have them!!! Photo: Cassandra McD. Makes totally…

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    the essentials: Motorcycle jacket – not just for the cool kids anymore

    M is for motorcycle jacket nina garcia says: the biker jacket should be in your closet when you want to channel that “It” factor. I couldn’t agree more. how it work the biker jacket: this All Saints leather biker jacket i am in love with. i’ve worn it to work to add a bit of toughness to my otherwise feminine a-line dresses. did i mention i love it? i can’t help but feel cool when i work this. it gives me a bit of that Olivia Pope kinda swagger, you know, that dont-mess-wit-me-i’m-about-to-go-kick-some-ass kinda swagger. Except in my case, i’m going to grab a latte at Starbucks… Work it girl, work…

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    the essentials: the unsung hero – little white dress

    Nina Garcia says: the LWD is the ‘unsung’ hero according to nina garcia in One Hundred.  wearing white can be tricky, especially if you are like me and enjoy your morning coffee. how i work the LWD: i grew out of my Zara white dress and got this Club Monaco one because it’s an a-line and loved the black panel detail on the sides and the waffling fabric.  i will transition this from summer (pair with flats) to fall with tights and my leather jacket. The LWD is also great day-to-night option if you want to give the LBD a break. Add some gold accessories and head out for afterwork…

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    the essentials: the Investment Bag

    the Essentials: the ‘Investment’ bag (or just a really good bag that fits all your stuff) in Nina G.’s world the “Investment Bag” goes something like this, Chanel, Birkin, LV Speedy, the Jackie O. Sadly, I do not live in Nina G.’s world but if you do, then rock on with your Chanel 2.55 toting self! how i work it: the Investment Bag is still on my “want list” but in the mean time i work a Cole Haan tote that I’ve had for about 3 or 4 years now and carry pretty much every day except weekends when i swap out for a small cross-body or a hobo bag.…

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    the Essentials: F is for “Flats” in the nude

    Nina G. says ballet flats are timeless, chic and more importantly, for us practical 9to5ers, comfortable. win-win! how i work it: those flats are like Lays Potato Chips – i can’t just have one! i opted for 9west flats with a bit of a pointy toe in black, nude, and brown. these nude pair have walked me to work many a spring/summer day. because they are nude, they work with just about everything. i sometimes skip the heels and keep these on all day and into the weekend.  high-five for comfort! me how many pairs do you own?