Spring looks with a 70's vibe

When stylist Ilaria Urbinati posted 4 pictures from Leighton Meester's spring/summer 2015 Jimmy Choo ad campaign on her Instagram, I was immediately inspired by the looks. I love the mixing of colors & patterns and the carefree, effortless 70's vibe. These 3 in particular struck me as ones I wanted to recreate. Here are the real deal Jimmy Choo pieces and how to get 3 entire looks for less.
Leighton Meester x Jimmy Choo Ad Campaign Spring/Summer 2015 - spring looks with a 70's vibe

(L to R) Look 1: Jimmy Choo Gold Sandals $625 - For Less: Total Outfit $85 | Look 2: Jimmy Choo Espadrille Flats $395 & Jimmy Choo Raffia Striped Bag $2250 - For Less: Total Outfit $292 | Look 3: Jimmy Choo Zebra Sandals $1195 & Jimmy Choo White Leather Tote Bag - For Less: Total Outfit $681

You can see all 8 looks and the Jimmy Choo bags & shoes in the ad campaign here. Which one is your favorite?

Photos via 1, 2, 3


Friday Faves of March

Newbury Street, Boston
I can't believe we are at the end of March. This month certainly has not felt like spring was ushered in, but I am hoping in the next few days, March will really go "out like a lamb". The good news is, the snow is melting! Have a great weekend!

La vie Jaime March posts:
PS: In case you missed, I have 2 new contributing posts over at The Boston Day Book: Day Trip Nantucket and Day Trip Burlington, VT!

Photo of Newbury Street, Boston by me.


Create This Look: Lily James

Lily James has been on a major press tour for Cinderella (which I really want to see) and I have been loving her style. The Elie Saab she wore to the big premiere was certainly a princess moment, but it's the more casual looks that I am really getting inspired by. Take this look: all white sweater & trendy midi skirt with a cozy and chic, gray wool jacket. It's perfect for the early spring transition.  Here is how to recreate it on a budget!
Create this Look: Lily James


Bathroom upgrade on a budget

This post is very much overdue, but I am finally getting around to sharing the final look of my bathroom upgrade! If you remember this post from back in the fall, I tapped my cousin, lady of great taste and designer, Jessica Ford, to help me update my bathroom.  As I am in a rental, I was not going to change what I was given for the "bones" of the room: paint color, sink, cabinet, tiles, etc.  She helped me gather some ideas for a fresher look with muted tones.

Here is the before...all the greens had started to overwhelm me!

Here are the after shots!

The whole project ended up costing me just around $200!  I gathered some tips for upgrading your bathroom on a budget.
Splurge and save: 
The Anthropologie mat was my "big splurge", but I saved by finding items at Home Goods and Target that I had in mind at higher price points. For example, the original glass storage jars Jess found were $16 each (buying 2 would be $32 + shipping) from Rail19.  The ones from Home Goods cost me around $16 total.  Another example is the shower curtain. Jess originally sourced the waffle shower curtain from West Elm for $49.
Use what you've got:
I re-used a couple small white hand towels, the shower hooks, and a tray. I was going to buy a new print but decided to use one that I got through A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail that went with the pop-of-coral color palette we had in mind.
Mix and match: 
I mixed styles with the glass and plastic containers that just seemed to work together.  If my budget were no object, Jess would've worked major styling magic!

Cost breakdown per item
White shower curtain: $23
Gray bathmat: $64
Towels: $50
Glass & white containers and tray from Home Goods: $38
Acrylic make-up box: $20
Simple white frame: $12
Total: $207

All very amateur photos shot by me.


Mad Men Mood Boards

The final episodes of Mad Men kick off April 5, and in celebration of the final season, a new exhibition showcasing the fashion and wardrobe of Mad Men opens in Astoria, NY at the Museum of Moving Image. In addition to a display of dresses worn by Peggy, Joan, Betty, and Megan, the exhibition will have fashion artifacts and inspiration - like mood boards.  T Magazine previews the show with anecdotes from costume designer, Janie Bryant. How awesome are these mood boards that were created before the show even started filming?  Here are a few words Bryant had to say about each character's style vision and character influence & development:

Don Draper: "His suit is like his armor."
Mad Men mood board: Don Draper

Joan Holloway: "The jewel tones are about her being a commanding force of the office."
Mad Men mood board: Joan

Peggy Olsen: "Checks always signify complexity to me and Peggy is one of the more complex characters."
Mad Men mood board: Peggy Olsen

Betty Draper: "I always felt that Betty’s color palette — winter whites, camels, pale grey, icy blue — not only showed the iciness of her character, but there’s also a richness to them."
Mad Men mood board: Betty Draper

The show is open March 14-June 14; I hope to make it down to see it!

PS: Get her book on the wardrobe and fashions of Mad Men too.

images and quoted text via T Magazine