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HELMUT LANG BLAZER via GILT // love this one | FOREVER 21 JUMPSUIT // similar // wide leg jumpsuit | CHANEL BROOCH // almost identical | FRENCH CONNECTION PUMPS | LYDELL NYC NECKLACE // similar | NORDSTROM BAR EARRINGS | BOBBI BROWN LIPGLOSS IN NOUGAT

Of all the looks from last month’s Washingtonian article, this one was by far my favorite. Mostly because if ever there was an outfit that perfectly described my personality, this one would be it: a sleek black pantsuit, a textured blazer with leather details, studded pumps, and just the perfect amount of unique gold bling. Into it.

Speaking of the greatest blazer that has ever been created in the history of the earth… This is one of those investment pieces I drone on and on about. One of those pieces that when you find, you hold on to for dear life. A few women (who had been drinking unhealthy amounts of haterade)kept questioning how a woman (me) on a government salary could afford a Helmut Lang blazer. One even went so far to say I “must be in immense debt”. Alrighty then, OR I could just be a savvy as f*ck sale shopper. Ever heard of Gilt? I actually snagged this blazer on super sale at the Gilt Warehouse sale last year. The tag said somewhere around 700 or 800 big ones so I tried it on since it was the only 6 and evidently I was feeling a little sadistic. Well, it fit like a damn glove and I contemplated the purchase. Then an angel sent from fashion heaven told me the red dot meant it was marked down to what ended up being less than $80. EIGHTY DOLLARS FOR THIS BLAZER. After I died, then died again, I bought it (obv) and we’ve been in a monogamous relationship ever since. The point of my story? Well, there are many. Stop tearing other people down. It’s rude. And unbecoming. Secondly, ALWAYS TRY ON THE HELMUT LANG BLAZER. It might fit terribly. This way you’re able to move on and never think twice about it. Lastly and most importantly, know what you’re looking for and know how much you’re willing to pay for it. I legitimately thought about paying full price for this nugget. That’s what being in the moment of a find of a lifetime will do to you. I wear it at least once a week so it would have already ended up paying for itself but the point is to be as fiscally responsible as you can. Shop those sales. And maybe every once in awhile try a Gatorade instead of haterade. It’s more caloric but shit, it looks so much better on you.

Laura Metzler Photography

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  1. Megan
    May 14, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Love this look, love your attitude! I’m also a lowly government employee who loves to have fun with fashion at work. And my closet is majority consignment, because we all know I couldn’t pay full price (and honestly, where’s the fun in that!?)

    Keep up the awesome work.

  2. May 14, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Girl this is my FAV outfit by far!!! I love everything about it – and hater gonna hate hate hate. They’re just jealous they’re not as fabulous as you – on a budget!!!

    Alissa
    NaturallyMeBlog.com

  3. May 14, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Haters gonna hate hate hate, shake em off! Helmut Lang has a way of fitting like.a.dream. I found my HL moto jacket in a similar situation and snapped it up IMMEDIATELY.

  4. May 14, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    I really love that jacket! And its annoying how people make assumptions based on what they see on a blog. The fact that this was $80? Awesome.

  5. May 14, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Oh, the shade – aka jealousy. They’re just mad they don’t have a Helmut Lang blazer ;) I must admit, I’m pretty damn jealous you found it for that price too! But it looks AMAZING on you.

    Dana | Pink Champagne Problems