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Weekly Must-Have: Soludos Embroidered Smoking Slippers

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In a word, the new Soludos summer collection of embroidered smoking slippers have me obsessed. Sure, everyone knows that Soludos makes an insanely comfortable – and affordable – espadrille shoe, but these 13 new embroidered patterns are bringing some fun into the line.

Take the Jason Polan Original White with detailing of an open eye on one shoe and a shut eye on the other. Does this remind anyone else of the Moda Operandi Del Toro emoji collaboration? Albeit, for a significantly lower price tag. Soludos is also offering spring and summer-appropriate flamingos, pelicans, and watermelons. And for those who like to wear their food on their clothes (literally), there’s even a pair of smoking slippers embroidered with a hamburger on one shoe and french fries on the other.

Emoji’s aren’t your thing? Not to worry. Soludos has some intricately-designed floral embroidery options with a Mexican-inpsired flair, like the Black Gold (my favorite), Chambray Cream, and Sand Multi. These showstoppers are literally foot-works of art that’ll have everyone  asking “where did you get the fabulous footwear.”

Better yet, the twill and canvas materials on all 13 smoking slippers make these the perfect multipurpose shoes for lounging at the pool, traipsing around the city, and frolicking on the beach.

This summer, put your best foot forward. And at $65 a pair, buy a few! Peruse the entire collection here.


The List: Festival Season Fashion Survival Guide

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By now, you are well prepared for your festival beauty routine (especially if you read our article on all things festival beauty), but chances are, you’re still uncertain about the actual attire.We’re guessing you’ve spent more than your fair share of time standing in your skivvies while staring at your closet feeling completely overwhelmed. Besides deciding on outfits, you have to determine what you truly need. The desert is hot as h*ll during the day, but temps can drop significantly by night. This certainly presents a sartorial situation. But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered (literally)!

Be prepared for the cold evenings by shoving a  pair of Rag & Bone/Jean Boyfriend Jeans ($220) into your awesomely festival-fringed bag (this suede Proenza one will give you a major Kate/Alexa/ Sienna moment). For your outerwear, you have options. Scoop up Blank Denim’s Cargo Jacket ($118) to add to your fringed benefits, or opt for a poncho which is likely to be seen all over the festival circuit this year. It’s the new cargo jacket! Try Adam Lippes Oversized Cotton-Blend Twill Poncho ($1450) – so chic! – or Hunter Original Hooded Waterproof PU Poncho ($195) in this bright green. Bonus for the waterproof material! Both of these poncho choices are ideal because they can easily be rolled up and stuffed into a bag until evening comes.

Music festivals involve a lot of moving. Between all the dancing and walking around from set to set, your shoes will take a major beating (and, apparently so will your heart rate!). Consider packing an extra pair of do-it-all slip-ons just in case. These ASOS Delaware Sneakers ($45) are the perfect neutral silver, but with a heavy dose of sass. If you prefer an open-toe, go for JuJu Footwear Baby Jelly Sandal ($50), which are also waterproof, just in case it starts to rain or, worse, you get beer thrown on you.

An unexpected must-have for music festivals is a caftan since you can use it so many different ways. Wear the ViX Delta Caftan Tunic ($156) to a pool party first, and then with a pair of denim shorts and sandals later in the day. And if you can’t (*don’t want to) make it back to your hotel or Airbnb, caftans make the perfect nightgown. No shame in Coachella sleepovers!

Festivals involve some serious drinking. If you’re going to be imbibing, make sure you’re prepared. Keeping track of your phone is challenging enough when sober, so make sure to keep it tucked away while wasted. And, remember, friends don’t let friends drink and text. Opt for this Alexander Wang Fanny Pack to keep your phone safe and your hands free to bump and grind (or throw aforementioned beer). And skip the jewelry; it’s likely to fall off or get stollen. Instead, try Lulu DK temporary tattoos ($22) which will have you blinged out from neck to wrists, and they last for two to four days!

Even if you’re not actually attending a music festival this year, you know you’ll be following along on Instagram. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and dress in what you would be wearing should you be blessed enough to spend a weekend in the desert surrounded by wasted strangers.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


Ch-Ch-Changes: Transition Coats

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Change can be tough, whether it’s a new job, a new home, a new man, or even a new haircut. But seasonal change is one that most of us relish. As the weather slowly starts to warm up, there are simple ways to transition your wardrobe so that you can bask in the beauty of a few sunny days. Perhaps the most important thing for those awkward in between times is a stellar jacket. Something that is lightweight, but not so flimsy that it serves zero purpose against any sort of inevitable chill. There are tons of options for your outerwear needs come spring, but here are our top picks.

A solid fabric may be your inclination when choosing a topper, but Diane Kruger encourages us to take a chance with pattern. If your closet is filled with basic colors, you will easily be able to integrate a more decorative coat into your repertoire.
Previously impossible, the Rag & Bone Randi Cotton Camo Jacket ($795) makes you look tough AND sweet at the same time.

Definitely not the most versatile or practical option, but that doesn’t take away from its awesomeness: Alice+Olivia Silk Kimono Jacket ($600).

Topshop’s Tile Print Bomber Jacket ($105) is like an amazing silk scarf, but with sleeves and a zipper. Pair it with your favorite black skinnies for an effortless outfit.

Rich brocade for under $100? Yes, please. H&M Quilted Jacket ($60)

Classically British like Emma Watson, a perfectly cut trench coat is something every woman needs in her closet. Trench coats work just as well over a dress for work as they do on weekends paired over boyfriend jeans. Or even with absolutely nothing underneath… when meeting your boyfriend for a late night love-fest.
Michael Kors Convertible Cape/Trench ($1595) is an unexpected spin on a classic. Probably not the best for rainy days, but perfect every other day.

If you want a classic piece that is anything but basic, try LE Trench LE Noir ($495). The embossed leather reptile is everything. 

Longer coats can overwhelm smaller frames, so try the Gap Short Mac Coat ($98) for pint-sized perfection.

Classic, simple, and at the right price: H&M Trench Coat ($70)

Most people embrace fur (preferably faux!) during the winter months. However, faux-fur is a great lightweight option when it’s not too hot and not too cold. Wear one of these fashionable coats to a weekend brunch with friends, or on date night for a little extra glam.
Nina Ricci Reversible Patchwork Faux-Fur Coat ($2100) is so major, you’ll want to keep it under lock and key. This is the type of jacket that starts cat fights, literally.

SHRIMPS Agnes Faux Fur-Trimmed Brushed-Felt Biker Jacket ($840) has a removable collar—two jackets in one, ch-ching!

Hi, Kate Moss; do we look like you yet? Smythe Faux-Fur Cropped Jacket ($173)

The Glint Faux-Fur Shrug ($46) is perfect over a cocktail dress for an evening event. You will look so luxe, no one will know you spent less on it than you did your hair color.

Kourtney Kardashian looks like the perfect lady in her pastel overcoat, and nothing quite says spring like these floral shades. Pick a coat in a pastel hue for an added ladylike effect.
Can a biker babe be sweet and innocent? She can in the VEDA Max Classic Smooth Jacket ($898) or the River Island Pastel Duster Jacket ($110).

The Topshop Split Back Duster Jacket ($150) definitely has a masculine tone, except the petal pink hue totally contradicts that. And we’re serious fans of a fashion contradiction.

Bubblegum pink isn’t just for the school kids: J.O.A. Single Button Car Coat ($77) proves that pink is mature and fierce.

As seen on Kate Bosworth, anoraks are a favored off-duty jacket. They look great with jeans or leggings for an added layer without looking too done up. Even better, they are easily packable, so perfect for any spring trips you may have on the horizon.
Moncler is known for down, but their lighter offerings, like Moncler Hooded Anorak ($1095), are just as fabulous.

The cropped sleeves on this Ali Ro Anorak ($275) give it a youthful twist, and who doesn’t want that?

Orange is totally unexpected for a coat such as French Connection Fit&Flare Anorak ($138), which makes it that much chicer.

The Splendid Everett Anorak ($62) is a sporty, fun coat at a steep discount that you won’t want to overlook.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


#OOTW: Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson dazzled in a long-sleeved, floor-length Dior number at the Berlin premiere of 50 Shades of Grey on Wednesday evening, proving that red carpet elegance reigns supreme. The simplicity of this dress is a testament to classic Old Hollywood glamour, while the plunging neckline gives it a modern, sexy, 50 Shades twist. She finishes this timeless look with a bold red lip and a single, vintage-inspired statement ring.

As they say, imitation is the finest form of flattery, so… duplicate this style with these affordable separates:
Reformation Muse Dress ($218)
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 111 ($5)
Style & Co Rhodium-Tone Black White Center Stone Ring ($10)

The face fringe is optional but highly suggested!


Hail To The Veil: The Veiled Headpiece Trend

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A veil immediately conjures up images of a bride, right? Wrong. Veils were all over the Spring/ Summer 2015 Couture runways in Paris at both Chanel and Giambattista Valli. One thing you can count on: Paris couture will dictate trends for months to come. Karl Lagerfeld isn’t called a fashion G-d for nothing.

During the freezing winter months, style can take a spot on the backburner. Lately, it’s been a succession of sweaters, skinny jeans, boots, and beanies. If you’re feeling bored and want to shake things up a bit despite the near-Arctic temperature, veils are a fabulous way to do just that. While probably not the best idea for the office, a veil is definitely a great way to take your outfit up a notch. It’s definitely difficult to dress up when the streets are covered in slush, so work around Mother Nature’s annoyances with fun, fashionable accessories. Basic girls love statement necklaces, but bad b*tches will rock a veil.

Here are the best veiled options at all price points:

To make a major statement at a black tie event, splurge on the Jennifer Behr Orchid Beehive Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Headband ($1500).  For the same look at a more wallet-friendly price, go with the RED Valentino Viscose Satin Headband with Veil ($108).

A beanie with fur AND a veil? Yes, please. BCBG Max Azria Winter Veil Beanie with Genuine Fur Pompom ($68).

If you want to ease into this trend mildly and start small, look to the ASOS Bow Veil Hair clip ($4).

Spice up an après-ski outfit with Betsey Johnson’s Veiled Beanie Hat ($24). Like spiked hot coco, it’s sweet with a twist.

To keep the Maison Michel ‘Liane’ Veiled Headband ($435) from looking overly girly, pair it with a tougher item such as a black leather jacket.

For girls who never follow fashion rules, go with the ASOS Beanie with Embellishment and Detachable Veil/Pom ($18). The unique color and embellishment paired with the veil are not for the faint of heart.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar



Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Emotions aside, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, there’s no hiding that. While arguably a made-up Hallmark holiday, it’s impossible to ignore the day of love. Everywhere you turn, there’s a smattering of pink and red decor, men and women fondling for no apparent reason, restaurants with special V-Day menus, and heart-shaped everything. To put it mildly, cuffing season is in full bloom. Single or taken, embrace this holiday to the fullest by showing your loved ones just how much you care with a little token of affection and appreciation. Keep reading for our top V-day gift picks.

 For Him

Want to drop a not-so-subtle hint about that island getaway you totally deserve? Vianel NY Customizable Lizard Passport Holder ($250) is as good of an excuse as any to book a foreign rendezvous for two.

For the techie, help your man upgrade from his boring black phone case (yawn), with the super fly Native Union CLIC Wood iPhone6 Case ($40); it’s trendy but still macho.

For the more preppy dude, cufflinks are always appreciated. Robert Graham Pocket Watch Cuff Links ($148) have a vintage vibe that is bound to spruce up even the most typical blue-checked oxford.

For the man who cares about his complexion, he deserves better than drugstore basics, so upgrade him with Kiehl’s Men’s Refueling Kit ($46). It’s chock-full of the brands’ must-haves for guys, including shaving cream that you’ll most likely end up stealing.

For Her

Two things that are non-negotiable when buying lingerie: Tasteful and expensive. Dolce & Gabbana Lace-trimmed stretch-silk playsuit ($875) is all that and so much more.

Roses are red, violets are blue… yadda, yadda, yadda. One word: Basic. Try Petal by Pedal ($85 and up) for a chic and eco-friendly alternative flower delivery. If there were ever a day to send a bouquet, V-Day is it.

While perfume isn’t exactly an original gift, a unique and exotic scent can, at the very least, make it interesting. Valentino Valentina Assoluto Eau de Parfum ($90) is sensual and magnetic with alba truffle, jasmine, orange blossom, vanilla, and patchouli. Delicious enough to eat… which is what you’ll be thinking when she’s wearing it.

For the fashionista who can never have enough bags, try a personalized, monogrammed clutch from celebrity favorite Edie Parker. Don’t have the time or creativity to put her name on it? Opt for the Jean Hearts Acrylic Clutch ($1295) and be on-trend with the holiday of plentiful hearts!

For Your Single Girlfriend

The name of this jewelry line is (hopefully) and indication of what’s to come: Boy Meets Girl X Roman Luxe Funky Black Python Wrap Ring ($75). Even if it doesn’t somehow evoke a barrage of testosterone, at least she’ll be left with a cool ring (which would probably last longer than the dude).

Jewelry is usually reserved for the classic male-to-woman gift exchange, but your single girlfriend shouldn’t be left out of this age-old tradition. So, why not gift her a killer friendship bracelet that’ll fill that V-day void with Scosha’s Woven Diamond Bracelet ($185)?

Single ladies agree that Tinder and Hinge is seriously addicting. Pursoma Digital Detox Bath ($32) will help her put down the cell phone while releasing unhealthy, positively-charged radiation that our bodies accumulate with constant cell phone use. And it’ll get her to take a few deep breaths before swiping right (or left)…

For Your GBF (Gay Best Friend)

Because he secretly wishes someone would send him long stem roses, but that’ s out of your budget: Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash ($12) will do the trick.

Although you cherish your wine nights together, you don’t always have to finish the bottle (or second… or third!). Jonathan Adler Peace Hand Bottle Stopper ($24) is a festive way to put a cork in it.

Plain and simple, only someone as fabulous as him can actually pull this off: Perpetual Shade Velvet Eye Mask ($48). Get on it.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


Denim Update: What’s Trending With The Blue Jean

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Jeans are having a major moment, but then again, aren’t they always? Denim is a perennial favorite of women of all shapes and sizes, and has been for longer than most of us have been alive. And for good reason! Jeans can be dressed up or down, look effortless yet somehow put together, and always stylish. Tried-and-true styles never fail, but new offerings are pretty impressive as well.

Alison Lang, stylist and President of Alison Lang Style, is a denim aficionado. “Right now, I love Rag & Bone, Current/Elliot, Frame and Paige. But denim is not just for jeans anymore; it has become a popular fabric for shoes and handbags as well. For example, Chanel – one of my favorite brands – has been doing a great job with their denim handbag collection. They also made their classic ballet flats in denim, which of course I must have!”

When discussing current trends, Lang says:  “I don’t think skinny jeans are over! There are many different styles on the market and each serve a purpose for different body types. Skinny jeans are not a trend anymore; it’s a standard style that many designers offer. It has become a staple in many closets. If it suits your figure, like any other style of denim, then go for it.”

So, if you’re looking to shake up your denim wardrobe, overalls, paint-splattered, super-distressed, and clean, simple fabric are some of the best styles and trends on the denim market. Here are our current favorites:

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Zip Overalls ($368)
Free People Washed Chambray D Ring Back Overalls ($128)
SOLD Denim Women’s Christopher Overall ($58)

Rag&Bone Skinny Paint Splatter Jeans ($149)
Urban Renewal Eldon Paint Splatter Jean ($79)
Denim&Supply Halder Relaxed Skinny Jean ($145)
DL 1961 Premium Denim Emma Low-Rise Splatter Leggings ($188)

Frame Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Destroyed Jeans ($229)
Genetic Los Angeles Gia Distressed Boyfriend Jeans ($270)
Zara Relaxed Fit Ripped Jeans ($40)

Stella McCartney 1970s Flare-Leg Denim Jeans ($325)
Frame Denim Le High Flare high-rise jeans ($220)
MOTHER Looker Jeans ($185)

Andy Warhol once said, “I wanna die with my blue jeans on.” Well, Mr. Warhol, at least make sure they are good ones.

-Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


Trend: Delicate Jewelry

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Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to jewelry. Lately, more subdued jewelry of a smaller scale has been favored by celebrities and fashionistas alike. Daintier pieces are not only easier to wear, but they are much more comfortable as well. With tiny studs or a whisper-thin necklace, there’s no need to worry about sagging ear lobes or an aching neck caused by larger statement pieces.

Rosanne Karmes, Founder and Designer of Sydney Evan and SHY by Sydney Evan, specializes in delicate jewelry. Rosanne explains that she favors simple jewels because “I don’t ever have to take them off… unless I am getting a massage of course!” She continues: “I love that no matter how small something is, it still has the same sentimental value and personalization as something large.  It says something about my mood. When I wear my delicate pieces, I’m feeling peaceful and want to be understated.”

A fun and creative aspect of delicate jewelry is the ability to layer. The old school rules about not mixing metals or removing one accessory before leaving the house certainly do not apply to this trend. Rosanne is all about layering. “For necklaces, I recommend starting with the shorter 16” chains that have small, delicate pieces on them. Then add a 20″ chain with a slightly bigger pendant. Finish it off with a 36″ necklace with multiple-sized charms of different shapes and colors.” Of course, dainty rings and bracelets are made to stack as well. When it comes to dainty jewels, feel free to be gluttonous.

Perhaps the best part about delicate jewelry is that there are options at every price point. Here are our top picks in all categories, and, remember, layer up.

Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Kassandra 18K Yellow Gold Vermeil Triangle Earrings ($110)
Selin Kent White Gold Charlotte Studs ($215)
BaubleBar Gold Karat Drops Earring ($32)
Sydney Evan Mini Enamel Evil Eye Stud Earrings ($275)

Sydney Evan 14K Yellow Gold Arrow Ring with Diamonds ($595)
Gorjana Vesta Open Ring ($40)
Jennifer Meyer Opal Inlay Circle Ring ($350)
Shashi Solitaire Ring ($32)

Sydney Evan Mini Diamond Evil Eye Bracelet in White Gold ($440)
Dogeared Reminder Bracelet Good Luck Elephant ($72)
Alex Woo Mini Cord Bracelet ($78)
Ela Rae Clara Hand Chain ($89)

Alex Woo Bee Pendant Necklace ($898)
Shy by Sydney Evan Bow Necklace with Diamond Bezel ($125)
Nadri Bar Pendant ($48)
Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace ($65)

-Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


Post-Holiday Sales: What To Buy Now

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The holidays are a time for giving and receiving. Despite our best efforts to remain on Santa’s nice list this year, the bearded lad didn’t exactly follow our wish list to a T… funny how that worked out. Luckily, retailers heard our woes and have slashed prices on some amazing goodies. Although we have been mostly on a Christmas cookie and champagne diet these past few weeks, we’re hoping some new purchases will motivate us to down a green juice or two. And if all else fails, fabulous shoes or a statement bag will always fit!

Want to know what we’re oogling? Here are our top picks:

Mackage Brigid Coat ($455)
7 For All Mankind The High Waisted Skinny Jeans ($111)
re:named Lace Crop Top ($41)
T by Alexander Wang Stripe Aran Knit Sweater Tunic ($198)
Stone Cold Fox Topeka Dress ($282)
Haute Hippie Asymmetrical Floral Dress ($297) **extra 50% off with code CHIC50

Charlotte Olympia Risqué Crystal-Embellished Sandals ($449)
Tibi Amber Velvet Sandal ($230) **extra 50% off with code CHIC50
Chloé Knee High Leather Boots ($705)
Vince Nyack Fur-Topped Sneakers ($280)
Alexandre Birman Julita Nude Flat ($280)

Alexander McQueen Black & Violet Moth Print Knucklebox clutch ($938)
Oliver Peoples Casandra Sunglasses ($201)
Dannijo Antoinette Earrings ($207)
FINDS Leather Satchel ($204)
Givenchy Spotted Calf Hair Wrap Bracelet ($357)

Deborah Lippman Rock This Town Set ($25)
Nest Fragrances Opulence by Ken Downing Scented Candle ($24)
Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer ($22)
Molton Brown Bathing Treasures ($45)
Eve Lom Perfect Partners Set ($55)

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

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Pretty Little Underthings

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In addition to encouraging us to ramp up our workout routines and revamp our makeup and hair regimens, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show gave us a serious urge to invest in some new lingerie. Whether you wear it for you or someone else, gorgeous undergarments are a serious game changer, even if you don’t look like a VS Angel! The very knowledge that you’re donning a pretty little underthing (or two), can lift your spirits and change your mood.

Lingerie designer Ana Asensio of Eberjey, fills us in on some of the current lingerie trends. At the forefront are “vintage inspired underwired bras in very comfortable silhouettes, soft lace strapping using lace and chiffon, soft printed triangle bras that are perfect under loose layers, cheeky thongs printed in delicate laces or jersey, and fun styling pieces such as bodysuits,” explains Asensio.

If you’re building your lingerie wardrobe, there are certain “must-haves” that no girl should overlook. Consider beautiful lingerie an investment, and aim to add to your collection over time. You don’t need to blow up your credit card and buy it all at once. With proper care, these pieces will last for years, through several boyfriends — maybe even husbands!

To get you started, here are our picks for inspired lingerie to own today:

Kiki de Montparnasse Shadow Paneled Silk Soft-Cup Triangle Bra ($295)
Stella McCartney Scarlett Weaving Soft Cup Bra ($80)
Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bralette ($38)
Honeydew Bralette ($36)

Kiki de Montparnasse Enchanted Chantilly Lace Camisole ($340)
DKNY Signature Lace Tank Top ($36)
Commando Tulip Lace Camisole ($58)
Cosabella Trenta Padded Cropped Camisole ($110)

For Love & Lemons Bat Your Lashes Bodysuit ($133)
Morgan Lane Cassiopeia Genevieve Bodysuit ($298)
La Perla Studio Iris Bodysuit ($148)
Spanx Lust Have Lace Trimmed Teddy ($88)

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Monica Embroidered Tulle Thong ($40)
Free People Daydreamer Hipster ($28)
Cosabella Never Say Never Boyshort ($34)
Calvin Klein V-Day ($14)
Commando Holiday Seamless Set ($68)

-Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


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