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 ( if you have any questions or need help tracking down another color. Happy shopping! :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Black & Gold

A black cardigan is my go-to. It's classic, and feminine, and seems to tie any outfit together. I wear it over a dress, with jeans, buttoned and tucked into a skirt, or here with a top and leather leggings. Plus, it’s the perfect thing to stash in your purse for when you get chilly in a restaurant or movie theatre.

I would argue that a black cardigan is not something that you need to "splurge" on, even though you might wear it all of the time. Black tends to make non-luxury materials look luxurious (not always true with white or bright colors), so as long as you like the shape and it isn't uncomfortable, go for it. You should follow the washing & care instructions though, because it will show it's wear as soon as the black color starts to fade.

A black cardigan is considered a wardrobe staple, so it's easy to find in all shapes, sizes, and price points, so keep looking until you find your soulmate. My first black cardigan I found on sale at J.Crew for $20, and once I wore it to pieces, I replaced it with a similar version a few years ago. This fall, I found the heavier sweater that I'm wearing here, which is almost like a sweater coat rather than a cardigan. I've been wearing it nonstop, but sadly it's not available anymore. Now that we are heading into spring, I suggest you grab the Ryder cardigan from Madewell instead. It's the exact same silhouette, but lighter and way softer. I like it better than this one!

My favorite color to pair with black is always gold, which is one of the reasons I love this Chanel Boy bag so much (last seen here, herehere, and here). I found these drop earrings at an awesome jewelry store in Amsterdam last year, called the BonBon boutique. I also bought a double stack ring there, but I've lost it somewhere since then. Isn't losing something the worst feeling in the world? I'm still hoping that it will turn up!

One of my favorite places to find designer deals is a store called UAL in Nashville. It's an apparel liquidator, so they get great pieces from department stores and designers at the end of a season, and sell them for a fraction of the original price. When I left Nashville and moved to Baltimore, I was so bummed to leave my favorite shopping spot behind. Lucky for me, they've opened several other boutiques around the US, one of which is in Austin, TX. 

After I wore the grey suede booties (seen here) so much, I had planned to order the same pair in black. While I was in Austin in December, I was walking on South Congress - drinking the best milkshake ever from Hop'doddy - when I spotted a UAL store! My excitement was rewarded when I found these Gianvitto Rossi suede booties in my size, for such a steal, and LESS than the price of the J.Crew ones! It was too good not to pass up (even though you know my opinion on super expensive designer shoes). Sometimes I think that everything I own has a story behind it, but it's because I'm obsessed with tracking down the PERFECT pieces. Other times, it's just plain luck!

I hope 2016 will continue to be a lucky year for all of us! xoxo