Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

Fashion Friday: Spring Bags

Friday, April 18th, 2014

It’s time to start dusting off our spring clothes and accessories- and perhaps pick up something fresh and new for the new season.  I an particular need a new spring bag and in my window shopping I’ve noticed a few popular trends for the season- grey and blush pink leather, woven and raffia accents or entire bags, tassel details, structured silhouettes and if course, tons of gold hardware.

Here are some of my current favorites from my favorite department store, Nordstrom.  I personally would pretty much die for the  Chloe Medium Marcie as I find it to be the perfect bag- not too big, but big enough to carry lots of stuff, handles to carry on your arm (also long enough to pop on your shoulder) but with a longer strap too to wear it cross-body or just over the shoulder. Also it has the perfect number of pockets. I like to go visit her whenever I’m in the store. :) The Anemone Pink, Cashmere Grey and Nut are perrrrfect colors for spring too! Someday….someday….. :)

springbags

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21.

 * This post sponsored by Nordstrom. All selections and opinions are my own.

Fashion Friday: The Investment Shoe

Friday, April 11th, 2014

While in New York the past two days I did something crazy. Like super crazy. In my afternoon off before some meetings I went perusing at Bergdorfs. I am always so nervous going in mega-fancy stores like that because I feel like the salespeople will look at me and chase me out of the store yelling “Hey you! You can’t be in here! You can’t afford this stuff!”  But that day I told myself to suck it up and just enjoy looking around.  I didn’t get chased out. And then I got to the shoe department.

I’ve never been a fancy shoe girl. Ever. I have very few pairs of shoes actually ( for a girl who loves fashion, that is).  I love to walk everywhere and I really beat shoes up, so I never thought nice shoes were worth the money.  Then a couple years Andrew bought me my first (and only) pair of Louboutins for my birthday. Simple black pumps that go with everything and somehow make my legs and feet look ridiculously great.  I walk taller in them (literally and figuratively) and they are my most comfortable heels I own. I’ve had them re-heeled and re-soled (with red rubber- so fab!) and I now value a nice shoe more. But I never bought another nice pair like that myself.

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 7.42.15 AM

So when I saw the matte leather nude Valentino Rockstud heels on a woman teetering around the shoe department at Bergdorfs I gasped. Literally, gasped. They were stunning- I’ve never been a fan of the patent version, but these were the perfect neutral statement shoe.  I had to try them on and when I did I was as good as gone. But I was arguing with myself in my head because they are a ridiculous price. And I have so many other things I should save that money for. I am incredibly conservative with money and spending and feel incredible guilt when I buy something super fancy and expensive. It’s a great quality to have but also one that keeps me from enjoying the rewards of my hard work. So this time, I let go. I bought them.  They are classic like my Loubs, and I will probably wear them to death as opposed to some of the less expensive shoes I’ve bought that I literally have worn ONCE and make my feet bleed. It doesn’t eradicate the guilt, but it helps.

When making an “investment purchase” you have to think about cost per wear not just upfront cost.  It’s so hard to spend a lot on one single item, but if it’s something classic, timeless and well made and you wear it over and over it’s a smarter investment than a less expensive item that falls apart or you wear a couple times. So now I need to prove to myself the many ways I can wear these beauties this spring and summer….

funky

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.

classic

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.

dressy

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5.

Fashion Friday: Great White

Friday, April 4th, 2014

I saw this shot of Elle McPherson (who is looking unreal at 50) and thought, “Man, that all white situation is pretty amazing…”. Head to toe white can be tough (especially for those of us who spill CONSTANTLY on themselves….ahem) but it’s such an elegant, crisp look for warmer months.

3953507b0f39177a0027797231a772e8

Here are two variations on how to wear head to toe white without looking like a medical professional.  The key is to mix in slightly different shades and hints of nude to break it up. I am pretty obsessed with this first outfit and think it may need to be a total staple outfit this summer (perfect for dinner out or a casual day if you swap in flat sandals!)

whitecasual

sweater // jeans // heels // clutch // necklace // bracelet

white

top // pants // heels // clutch // knot bracelet // wrap bracelet // earrings

And when you wear all white you need to do a little self tanning as to not look like Casper.  This one is the best I’ve ever used- I swear by it (buy the mitt, it’s amazing and spreads everything evenly and leaves you with no tan palms!)

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 8.15.08 AM

 A few other options for you to consider….

Spring Staple: White Blazer + Destroyed Denim

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I picked up a crisp white Theory blazer at TJ Maxx the other day for a song and I’ve been surprised how much I want to wear it as we get closer to summer weather. It really is the perfect staple for spring- worn over a summer dress in place of a denim jacket or dressed down with jeans. My favorite way to wear it is the whole dressed up/ dressed down look of pairing it with distressed jeans, sexy heels and a slouchy tee. Perfect for when you want to look cool but not like you’re trying too hard. Ad a funky statement necklace or big earrings for even more edge. These ladies wear it well:
a8e584bf7010e81c348951e679cf0091

40d27cdf1af41adc1722b1bbf4308e24c8b9292b7cc1e6cd94eb24daa92a70a5

Here are two ways to get the look- one more expensive (those Valentino heels make me want to cry they are so perfect) and one more affordable (also obsessed with those polka dot heels).

whiteblazer

HIGH: blazer $330 // t-shirt $40 // jeans $200 // heels $1,245

LOW: blazer $175 (plus 25%off) // t-shirt $18.82 // jeans $34 // heels $138

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!

 

 

 

 

Fashion Friday: Tunics & Hope for Spring

Friday, March 14th, 2014

One of my most favorite spring wardrobe staples is the good old preppy/ bohemian classic- tunics! Flattering on nearly everyone, they make getting dressed so super easy and comfortable.  I have two favorite embroidered tunics from J.Crew from literally 8 years ago that I still wear all the time because they are so good (and were made so well and only $98 at the time!) I also have my favorite “fancy” beaded tunic from Tory Burch that I wear with white jeans for summer nights out. I just love them. So here are some of my current favorites as we prepare for spring (it WILL come, I swear).

TUNICS

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11.

And speaking of spring, the one thing I am most looking forward to is getting my patio back from the pile of snow it’s under.  As you recall last summer we excavated our back yard and put in a patio thanks to the fab people at Quikrete and Pavestone (and installed by Chris Miller Brick Paving). On Monday we’ll talk all about getting ready for patio season and show you the great “after” images of mine completed! Here’s a little timelapse teaser of the process!