It’s been awhile since I’ve done some damage in the shopping arena, and I’m long overdue. I used to be quite the impulse buyer, but as I’ve gotten older, I try to develop wish lists of things I truly want and if I’ve thought about the item long enough, and can think of more than one way to wear the item, I’ll usually get it. Here are some of my most wanted items for spring, for now, and just for the hell of it!
Dolce Vita Maurina Lace Top in mint. This top is light and airy, but would go well with everything from leather leggings to a fitted maxi skirt or high waisted shorts.
J.Crew Telegraph Pencil Skirt & Tipped Boy Shirt. I went through a huge pink phase in high school and part of college that turned me off to the color for quite awhile, but I must admit, I love this prim, yet flirty guava-colored pencil skirt.
Maison Martin Margiela Sandal These color blocked beauties retail for $885, but I bet you could get a few years of wear out of them due to their timeless style.
J.Crew neon earrings
Okay, so I already bought these Theysken’s Theory Pitell Finap Pants, but they’re awesome, and comfortable. I highly recommend!
From Kate Spade’s new Saturday line. Available in March!
Alice & Olivia High Waisted Lace Shorts
Rebecca Minkoff’s MAB Tote in almond. This bag would be perfect for work or weekend travels and at $295, is fairly reasonable. I love the color and the shape of this RM tote.
New monogrammed necklace from Bauble Bar gifted from Michelle!
New fave Gap blazer with J.Crew sequin stripe tee and Mini in felted wool with Banana Republic oversized clutch for Kate’s party.
A french martini at Sable Kitchen & Bar.
Red lips, Gap blazer, J.Crew chambray, Glamrocks, Stella & Dot, and Soixante Neuf rings.
Bourbon and cider with an apple wedge and cinnamon stick garnish. I love cocktails, in case you couldn’t tell ;)
New Nicholas rosegold ID bracelet from Justin :)
Topshop velvet shorts in aubergine for NYE 2013
Embellished collar top from Topshop, American Apparel tights in bordeaux, Target blazer, and Kitson clutch @ RM Champagne Salon. This place is dark, cozy, and sexy. I highly recommend.
New New Years Eve prep! I wanted to experiment with a partially monochromatic look for New Years but was reticent to pair my bordeaux tights with the aubergine shorts in fear of looking like a taller version of an Oompa Loompa, but I love how it turned out!
Cheers! Photo taken by Mario Lopez.
Sorry I’ve been lacking on posts lately! Happy New Year! So, the idea of giving you a full recap of 2012 makes me nostalgic and somewhat sad (plus it’s what your going to see on every other blog). Probably because it reminds me that time is flying by faster than I would like, and I’m growing older. It’s not a bad thing, it just gives me a sense of wanting to hang on to some of those great moments for longer. So instead, I’ll just catch you up on what’s been going on this holiday season via Instagram shots! I’m looking forward to all that 2013 has in store for me next :)
How did you spend the holiday season?
Here is the third installment of my Fall Punch List 2012. Welcome to the shoe edition!
There were so many options it became difficult to narrow them down. I decided to focus on a few select categories. 1.) Cap-toe shoes, 2.) Booties, 3.) Ankle-strap and D’orsay pumps 4.) Ornately detailed or patterned flats.
Across the top I’ve added a pointed-toe, tall boot from Loeffler Randall. If you invest in one new pair of boots this fall, make it these. The Margeaux boot is versatile due to it’s neutral palette and very reminiscent of a similar boot by Chanel, but at more than half the cost. Next I included a glittery cap-toe flat with gold heel detail by B Brian Atwood (his more affordable line). This flat is darling, but still sophisticated and can be worn with tights and a sheath dress or skinny jeans and a leather jacket. The next pair of cap-toes are a architectural bootie from See by Chloe (also, their more affordable series). The toe on these remind me of a bird’s beak, but they’re just edgy and cool. Lastly, I’ve included a pair of leather, color-blocked heels I have been pining over for awhile now from J.Crew. These would be great for work or going out.
Booties scream fall to me. Particularly ones in rich, warm tones. The lace up wedge booties are by March by Marc Jacobs. I would style them with a gray, heathered, wooly sock peeking out of the top, over a skinny jean, or on their own with a messily rolled jean (a boyfriend jean, if you dare). I also included this ankle boot by Rag & Bone. R&B has reintroduced this style for a few years now, but I just love the slightly almond shaped toe with a chunky heel and the color, it’s called Chili. Now that’s great marketing!
I’ve instagrammed the red and black Vamp Shoe by Zara all the way left on more than a few occasions. I love these shoes! They originally caught my eye because of the asymmetrical line of the D’orsay cut. I’ve worn them with my leather shorts and skirt and plan to wear them with dresses and leather pants when it gets chilly. The middle pair, are Rebecca Minkoff’s in mauve and also have an asymmetrical “hem,” if you will. The color on these are unexpected and would look awesome with so many different types of outfits. Lastly, you see another pair of ankle strapped heels from Zara in a plum color. Gorgeous, not a crazy high heel, and there’s just something sexy about an ankle strap - enough said.
Finally, I included a few pairs of interesting flats. The bottom pair are the Speckled Metallic Lip Flats from Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Again, the “hemline” on these shoes combined with the fabric make them visually interesting and you can’t go wrong with a pair of stylish flats for times when you have to get around. The top pair are a silk, smoking slipper by Joie in red. These shoes add an autumn pop of color to jeans or neutral tones ensembles and are completely unique.
Which pair wins your vote?
Fall Punch List: Bags
Last week when I posted my Fall Punch List of women’s apparel, I had planned on creating another set for bags and shoes, but with so many phenomenal bag options this autumn, I could barely fit all of them in one post! FYI: shoe punch list coming soon…
Let’s get started. Across the top of the page I’ve included a variety of differing styles of clutches for fall. The portfolio clutch was a big street style staple during New York Fashion Week (see The Cut’s slideshow here) and Tory Burch has a beautiful portfolio-style Envelope Clutch option in several fall colors. Personally I like the pretty violet color shown here.
PVC and lucite clutches are not just for employees at the mall anymore. Mnologie from Etsy.com, makes a funky clear clutch (second across the top) in three colors that will definitely give you that “something different” feel that you may be looking for. The black studded hair calf clutch from Zara is reminiscent to higher priced options from Valentino, but at $99 is much less of a financial commitment. BCBGMAXAZRIA has used the same shape clutch for a few years now, but if it works, why change it right? This fall they’ve reintroduced this envelope clutchin metallics and color blocked styles and I highly approve!
Last but not least in our clutch section is the gold minaudiere on a gold chain from Rebecca Minkoff. I had desperately wanted to purchase this small clutch for my wedding, but at the last minute decided that there were other things we needed to spend our money on. Anywho, this minaudiere can transition easily from season to season and be used as a clutch or shoulder bag.
Next up we have our larger bags. Pictured above is the Edie Duffle Bag from BCBGMAXAZRIA in blue depths. This photo does not do justice to the rich color of this bag. I also love that this has the drop handles as well as a longer strap for more versatility. Second in the larger bag category is the Morandi Croc-embossed Satchel from Pour la Victoire. This bag has expandable side compartments in a burgundy suede that, when open, look a lot like everyone’s favorite Celine bag. Last is the Print Lizard Prisma Tote by Alexander Wang in oxblood. The metal corners add an edge to this simple, but beautiful tote in fall’s most coveted color.
The last category of bags that I wanted to cover are the cross body and shoulder bags. In the bottom corner is the Coach Legacy Leather Penny Purse in emerald. This is a classically shaped purse in a punched up modern color and it can be worn to work as easily as it could be for a night out. Next is the Copley Saddlebag in Neon Persimmon from J.Crew. This is another bag that you have to see in person to get a true feel for the color. It’s eye-catching! Finally, I included The Mini Bag from popular shoe designed line, Loeffler Randall. This bag is cute because it’s rather small, but the snakeskin and black color blocking as well as the metal detailing make this a must-have for fall!
This list is by no means comprehensive. Is there anything I’m missing in the way of fall arm candy, and no, I don’t mean bracelets!
Like many bloggers out there, I’m becoming slightly obsessed with Instagram. How can you not be? It renders any iPhone carrying individual into a professional photographer (not really, but almost). I’ve included my Instagrammed photos from brunch at Prasino, to a night out in Logan Square, to a satirical sticker I found in the back of a cab, to a photo from the Chicago Teacher’s Union strike, and the Style Series Show at the Underground Chicago.
What are you Instagramming?
neon button-up: J.Crew; faux leather skirt: Express, heels: Zara; bag: Kitson LA; gray booties: Target.
FALL PUNCH LIST
With the leaves beginning to drop, and warm drinks starting to look appealing again, I am truly looking forward to going on a fall shopping spree, but with so many options, it’s easy to get distracted with impulse buys. To avoid spending a whole paycheck on the first thing you see, I’ve developed a fall punch list to help all of us focus our fall shopping efforts! Note: this is part one of two
because there was no freaking way that I could fit all of the shoe and bag options on here. So here it goes…
1. Coated/Waxed Denim
Coated denim is a more affordable and breathable option than real leather, but with the same look. This fall, waxed denim comes in a variety of rich colors and lengths. From left to right: DL1961 Emma Coated Legging. These cropped leggings come in an amazing amethyst color that put them at the top of my list. Second, is the Rag & Bone/JEAN super skinny jeans in black. I love the placement of the zippers and the black is versatile enough to be paired with a silk blouse and blazer or a chambray button-up. The third option is by J Brand Jeans and comes in an on-trend burgundy color.
2. Jade colored mini skirt
Green is big for fall and is flattering on most skin types. This felted wool skirt from J.Crew is mini length and can become the focal point when pared with neutrals or can be punched up by color blocking with yellow, blue, or even burgundy.
3. Leather Watches
As much as I love my gold Michael Kors watch, I’ve been feeling ready for a change in the wrist-wear department for awhile now. These leather watches take me back to my childhood when I got my first red leather Guess watch from my uncle for my 9th birthday. Something about these watches scream fall to me and take me back to that special time, in more ways then one, ha! Get it? Ok… moving on. The two options on the ends are both by Nixon. The brown leather strapped watch is by Marc by Marc Jacobs and the black watch is by Michael Kors. I love how vintage the MK one feels.
4. Coats and Jackets
A classic trench never goes out of style, but instead of the expected beige or black, try a warm bordeaux or and olive green to change things up. The second jacket on my punch list is a camouflage coat. This one from Zara has jeweled embellishments to help add some femininity to this masculine print. As we’ve seen on the runways, white is not going anywhere and there’s nothing like a pop of white in fall to make a statement. This jacket, also from Zara, has an interesting cut to the lapels that makes this coat one of a kind.
Stay tuned for my Fall Punch List part two featuring bags and shoes!
How are you feeling about my outwear, wristwear, and pant/skirt options? Missing something? Let me know here!
I’ve mentioned my love of J.Crew in previous posts and couldn’t help but stroll in there the other day whilst picking up some necessities from Victoria’s Secret next door. Now, the matchstick pants and schoolboy blazers were definitely wish list worthy, but the shoes, bags, and jewelry are going straight to the top of my “is it payday yet?” list! I already have their calf hair leopard belt and would love to add this Wild Side Bangle to my jewelry collection.
Although aubergine and deep jade are all over the runways for fall, I couldn’t help, but be drawn to the brighter cobalt, coral, and red during my J.Crew visit. Sometimes you have to buck the trends and get what works for you.
Don’t even get me started on these snakeskin pumps! You could probably wear them to work… right?
I feel like a J.Crew necklace would make a perfect gift for any important woman in your life and could work on ladies of almost any age. I could just as easily envision a 25 year old wearing these as I could a 65 year old. What do you think ?
photos from J.Crew and last shot taken by me and Instagram
Have you ever felt an emotional hangover after an event you’ve looked forward to and stressed over has come and gone? Now that my wedding and honeymoon are over I’m packing things up and moving on with life, but it’s a little sad so I want to relive some of the honeymoon in San Fran with you through these posts.
Clockwise from left: me eating a Creme Brulee from the cart on Market Street, great wines from Hanzell Winery - where we received an excellent personal tour, a view from the Golden Gate in the car on the way to Sonoma, cute macaroons from La Boulange.
Jacket: Express; top: Topshop; jeans: Express; purse: Urban Outfitters; necklace: J.Crew.
Clockwise from top: Me at the Gaming for Green event in Chicago (okay, it’s not from the honeymoon, but it was the week before), a famous irish coffee from The Buena Vista, one of my favorite meals on the trip - Ahi Tuna Bruschetta from Brindisi Cucina di Mare, and the Bvlgari toiletries from the Ritz Carlton Residence where we stayed.
Glasses: YSL (similar found here); top: Topshop; earrings: Chanel.
What’s keeping you busy this summer??
Deck lounging at a family friend’s BBQ
Probably scowling because it’s 100 Degrees out today
I spent some great time with my family and friends today hanging out, eating treats, and trying to keep cool. Maybe some fireworks for tonight. How are you spending the holiday?
dress:Zara; necklace:J.Crew; bracelets: XXI, Madewell, Express; rings: Aldo, Stella & Dot; Purse: XXI; Shoes: Target