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BLACK MINIDRESS AND STRAW TOTE

The Steele Maiden: Summer Style - Black Minidress and Straw Tote

We’ve only had a couple of really warm days so far (you’re welcome to arrive any day now Summer…), but in those few instances I’ve already determined my staples of the season.

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The formula is as follows: easy knit, button down dress (that can be worn on or off the shoulder, and dressed up or down), simple leather sandals that are walk-everywhere comfy and a fun straw tote (I love the neutral stripe and round handle on this one). Wear and repeat. Also – these photos remind me of Charleston instead of New York and it makes me desperately want to go back. And not just for the guaranteed summer weather (see my full travel guide to the city here). I think it’s time I plan a Summer getaway, since I already know what I’ll be packing.

Urban Outfitters Knit Minidress | Talbots Leather Sandals and Straw Tote c/o | Statement Earrings – similar

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SPRING STYLE WITH TALBOTS

The Steele Maiden: Spring Style with Talbots

Is there anything better than a warm, sunny day after a week of straight rain? Or for that matter after months of cold? For my money – no. Although these green gingham heels may be a close second.

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In New York we seemed to have skipped straight from an endless winter to full out Summer with not a whole lot of Spring in between. And my wardrobe feels ill prepared. That’s why these fun slides and a cheery scarf (that I’ve already worn tied around a handbag strap, around my neck and around a loose ponytail) are easy updates to an otherwise simple Spring (or Summer?) wardrobe. This navy t-shirt and white eyelet skirt can be worn a million different ways which is precisely why I love them. I had another white eyelet skirt that I’d worn constantly for the past couple of years and when I pulled it down from storage this year, I knew it had seen better days and donated it to a local charity shop. This fit and flare version (which also comes in navy) is my new update and I think we’ll get along just fine.

Side note: The Flatiron Building is one of my favorite spots in New York but I’ve never shot pictures here because I always thought it was too hard to capture (the height of the building makes it hard plus it’s an impossibly busy intersection – you can see what I mean in the 3rd shot down). We got lucky with an early Sunday morning lull there, backing up fairly far away from the building itself and, as always, Adam being willing to basically be on the ground to get the shot. All in all I love how they turned out – especially the last picture.

Madewell Scarf | Straw Bag – Similar | Navy T-Shirt c/o Amazon Fashion | Talbots Eyelet Fit and Flare Skirt and Gingham Knot Slides c/o  | ZeroUV Sunglasses c/o

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SPRING STAPLES UNDER $150

The Steele Maiden: Spring Staples Under $150

Oh hi there! It’s been awhile. But since it finally feels like Winter may be done, I figured it was as good a time as any to pop on and share a few easy (and affordable) options to update your Spring wardrobe. I’m eyeing those tortoise hoops, side button denim dress (just $60) and white straw bag as a way to update my own closet this season. All pieces that feel very right now but also super versatile and like I’ll get a ton of wear out of them all Spring/Summer long.

And while it may still not be quite warm enough in New York for sleeveless dresses, it is warm enough for a chic striped blazer, straight leg jeans and neutral accessories. A simple outfit (as pictured above) that I wore nearly exactly this time 2 years ago and I still repeat often. Fingers crossed for 70 degree days around the corner.

The Steele Maiden: Spring Staples Under $150

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SPRING FORWARD: EYELET BLOUSE, OVERALLS AND PINK SUEDE HEELS

The Steele Maiden: Naturalizer Pink Suede Heels, Overalls and Eyelet Ruffle Blouse

While I can’t say that the weather has been hearing my cries for spring, my wardrobe has started to take note. And what better way to put a spring in your step than with pink suede heels?! This pair from Naturalizer gets major bonus points for the fact that they’re insanely comfortable (even on Soho cobblestone!) and just the right height that I can wear them all around town without having to worry about limping along.

For now, I’ve been wearing them with casual denim on the weekends, as seen with this eyelet and overall combo, but once the weather actually cooperates I can’t wait to wear them with a floral skirt or linen dress and bare legs. Ah bare legs. Do you even remember?! For now I’ll take bare ankles with cute ankle straps whenever I can.

Naturalizer Pink Suede Gianna Heels c/o

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GINGHAM PANTS AND LEATHER MOTO JACKET

The Steele Maiden: Gingham Pants and Leather Jacket

Ankle-baring weather in February? I’ll take it. Actually I’ll take a free pass straight into April but that’s another (less likely) story.

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This is always the time of year where I’m so sick of winter-wear but the weather isn’t nearly compatible for spring clothing. So I’m shopping my own closet. All of these pieces I’ve had and loved for at least a few seasons. These cropped gingham trousers were one of my favorite pairs from last Spring so I couldn’t wait to dust them off again. Along with a lighter leather jacket and my favorite slingback heels from last Fall and this green satchel that I’ve had for a couple of years and keep coming back to. Eventually I’ll get excited about the prospect of new clothes but in the meantime I’ll be re-mixing some of my old favorites and saving my pennies for Spring.

Talbots Gingham Pants c/o | Lark&Ro Leather Moto Jacket c/o | Gigi New York Amelie Satchel c/o | Sam Edelman Cap Toe Heels | White Button Down Shirt

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