Saturday, April 2, 2016

Weekend Wishlist


Iris & Ink Silk Blouse - A pussy bow blouse looks just as good with a suit for a job interview as it does with jeans for a weekend brunch date. I don't currently own a pussy bow blouse, but this one is at the top of my list. The light blue color is perfect for spring & summer.

Rag & Bone Denim - My favorite skinny jeans. They are tight (which I like) and don't stretch throughout the day, even after a million wears. I typically take them off when I get home from work to switch into these pajamas, which means I leave them on the floor until I'm ready to put them back on in the morning. They still always look good! And this super dark wash pair is really calling my name.

Ray Ban Round Sunnies - I'm typically more of a cat-eye fan, but I recently tried on this pair at the mall and loved the retro-cool look. Love this rose-colored version.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in Romance - These lipsticks are the best if you like a hydrating, sheer color. I have worn the Boy shade for a couple of years now, and it's my ultimate my lips but better lipstick. I was at Nordstrom this past weekend replacing my usual tinted moisturizer, and had a craving for a brighter lip color. Romance is the perfect pink for spring, and I've worn it everyday since.

Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case - I currently have this Rifle Paper Co. case on my iPhone and get compliments on it all of the time. I've talked about my love for Rifle Paper Co. before (on the blog and in this ancient instagram post). Their phone cases are my go-to.

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag - I'm still very much obsessed with this bag. If you are too, there's way more information in this post.

Essie Nail Polish in Big Spender - An awesome dark pink that looks great on fingers and toes!

Soludos Platform Leather Espadrilles - These look so cute and comfy.. the only issue is that they come in full sizes only. I'm a very true 8.5 shoe size, so no luck for me. If you are a full size though, shop away! I especially love this striped pair.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xoxo

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

That 70's Style



Mauve is typically a color that conjures up thoughts of terribly dated bathroom decor and my grandmother's favorite nail color, so I never thought I was a fan of this color. I was so surprised when I tried this sweater on and the shade was practically perfect for my fair skin. The mauve shade is dark enough that it accentuates my pink undertones rather than washing me out completely. The sweater was another find at UAL (which I mentioned in this post), but I am so excited that you can still find it at The Outnet! It's by Helmut Lang, and is great for keeping me warm in this cool spring weather, while still being light enough that I don't get too hot while standing in the sun. I've worn it so much that it's inspired me to add more blush and mauve colors to my repertoire, much like one of my blog dream girls, Julia from Gal Meets Glam.


Skinny jeans are my jam. I wear them nearly every day, and will not be trading them in any time soon. However, in terms of leg lengthening magic and elevated style, flared jeans are such a fun alternative. I’ve been loving the 70’s trend that has been showing up everywhere these last couple of seasons, so this is my subtle take on that style. The downside to flared jeans is that you must wear them with heels. These Sam Edelman slingbacks are such a steal, and I love how comfortable and classic they are.


Jeans and a sweater can be a pretty ho-hum look, so I love the way my Clare V. leopard clutch adds print, texture, and lots of fun. Case and point why handbags are my favorite accessory.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Old & New Favorites


My favorite thing in my closet is always the item that I just bought. If I buy something in a store, my first instinct is to change into it and wear it out of the store, since nothing that I wore into the store is good enough anymore. So clearly, I want to wear my new bag with everything. To work? Definitely! I can carry my computer in my arms... To the gym? Sure! I don't need sneakers to workout anymore... To pick up dry cleaning across the street? Of course! I usually just bring my keys, but I need everything now... On a quick walk? Absolutely! There's never been a better walking bag in the world.

Do you feel the same way about new things? Lucky for me, the weather has become so lovely and spring-like here in Baltimore, that I really haven't had to make excuses to start dressing like it.


Like many of my friends, I am a big fan of J.Crew for most of the building blocks in my closet. The Tippi sweatervintage cotton t-shirtschino shortspajama pants, and button up shirts are all items I own in multiple. Out of all of the button up shirt options, The Boy Shirt is my new favorite from J.Crew, and it's almost always going on sale. I love the fun prints, like this one in gingham or this multi-color floral, but you can also find it in the easier-to-wear solids and stripes. The fit is relaxed and the fabric is soft and breathable. I can't wait to wear it all spring and summer.


I can't believe that I haven't yet talked about this on the blog, but the very best ballet flats I own are from Target. The Merona brand makes the most comfortable flats for $20, and these pointed toe shoes (with a small hidden wedge) are from Merona as well. I've been having a lot of trouble finding the $20 pair online, but they usually do have them in-store if you have one near you! I do not do any favors to my flats and because I wear them nearly every day, I usually have to replace them each year. Doing so at the $20 price is way easier than at $100-$200+.



I always look forward to the transition between winter and spring. Putting away all of your heavy coats and layers and pulling things to the front of your closet that you haven't seen in months feels like a fresh start. Plus adding something new - like a handbag or a fun pair of shoes - makes everything else (even your old favorites) feel new again too.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New In: Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag (and where to buy one)


ohhh baby!!! I'm so excited about this new bag. It's by my new favorite brand: Mansur Gavriel.

Mansur Gavriel is the coolest overnight sensation story in fashion. Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel are two #girlbosses who had the genius idea to make beautiful bags in classic shapes and fun colors with Italian leather and high-quality craftmanship, but at a price point that is competitive with contemporary designers. Maybe you aren't ready for a Celine or a Chanel, but you want something high end at a Tory Burch price? Enter Mansur Gavriel's beautiful collection. They started with the Tote Bag and the Bucket Bag, but have since expanded to my next favorite, the Lady Bag, and this season's retro-cool clutches, crossbodies, and circle bags. I've hesitated to tell you about them (although I put it in this roundup last year!), because the bags have been perpetually sold out since their first collection hit the web in June 2013. I finally managed to find one on pre-order at Barney's last month, and placed an order. Thankfully I didn't have to wait too long, because she is here now and I love her as much in person as I did online!


Are you in love too? Luckily I've tracked down a few places that have the bucket bag in stock, or are taking pre-orders. There is a rumor that the price is going to increase (again), so don't hesitate if you've been wanting one forever, like me.

Barney's has the large bucket bag for pre-order in:
Cammello/Rosa (tan and pale pink, the one that I have)
Black/Antico (black and gold)
Brandy/Avion (brown and blue)
Navy/Navy Calf Leather
Black/Red Saffiano Leather (exclusive to Barney's, more indestructible than the original vegetable tanned leather that will age).

Kirna Zabete has the large bucket bag for pre-order in the newest shade, Rococo. I went back and forth on buying this one instead of the Cammello, because I LOVE a beautiful berry pink. If you already have a tan bag, then definitely snatch this one up! KZ also has the bucket bag in Black/Rosa (black and pale pink).

Moda Operandi has the large bucket bag for pre-order in Black/Antico (black and gold).

Steven Alan has the large bucket bag (looks like in stock!) in:
Black/Rosa (black and pale pink)
Moss/Moss Calf Leather (dark green)
Sand/Sand Calf Leather (neutral beige)

Feel free to email me (hannah@necessaryluxury.co) if you have any questions or need help tracking down another color. Happy shopping! :)