It’s Monday again and I’m mourning the loss of the weekend. And these Monday blues call for a little retail therapy. I’m clearly still on my black and white kick and highest up on my wish list is the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. It’s been an understated it bag for the last few years, but now that it’s finally available online without a wait list I’m just about ready to take the plunge. Watch this space.
I used to hate gold link jewelry – it reminded me of the chain necklace a guy might wear with a track suit. Think Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting… But lately, with great modern pieces coming from some of my favorite jewelry retailers, like J. Crew and BaubleBar, I’ve since come around. The right proportions in a gold chain necklace or bracelet can really add some edge to an otherwise plain outfit.
My favorite among this bunch is BaubleBar’s Roman Luxe Gold Link Collar (#1) because of the interesting mix of links and bars. This would look great paired with a crisp white button down. And the necklace style is super versatile — modest enough for the office, but still fun for a night out.
Let’s set the record straight: I would not have had the guts to pick this cobalt bag out for myself. As a person who gravitates toward wearing natural colors (white, black, navy, olive, and gray are heavy hitters in my wardrobe), I have always bought my purses with versatility and neutrality in mind. However, who would resist the chance to experiment with a splash of color when your Mother hands you this beautiful bag! After touring through Spain last summer and using it to easily tote about guidebooks and passports, my Mom passed this bag on to me in a move to coax more color into my wardrobe.
After wearing it safely with black pea coat-topped outfits to work, and with white denim on the weekend, I decided to branch out with my color combinations and this bag has mixed in fantastically. Livening up my camel-colored military trench, and nicely accenting my olive green field jacket, this purse has gone with almost everything in my winter wardrobe. I love being able to throw this bag over my shoulder when wearing bulky jackets, since most shoulder purses tend to slip right off with big jackets. There are times when I wish the bag had a top handle (à la the Classic Q Little Ukita) for when I’m trying to wrangle my stuff out of my car or walking through really crowded city streets, but otherwise this bag is perfect.
My favorite part about the bag is being able to section off my important items like my wallet, phone, lip balm, and car keys into the zip around flap on the purse, while squirreling away necessary back-up items like my reusable Baggu bags, travel umbrella, and scarf into the main compartment. It is nice to know I am prepared for any contingencies, while still being able to easily grab my keys when my hands are full of groceries. I can’t wait to wear this bag in the upcoming warmer months, and can see this bag easily toting the requisite water bottle, sunscreen, and oversize sunglasses to combat the hot weather ahead.
Have you had any luck with passed-down items from family members? Do tell!
This Spring, I’m looking forward to wearing more stripes. It’s been appearing in some Spring and Resort 2011 collections. Above we have looks from Jonathan Saunders, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Prada. Whether the colors are muted or electric, one thing is for sure: the stripes are bold. Marc Jacobs is no stranger to stripes and this spring collection was no different. I just love that the orange stripes against a military palette is so unexpected. I really appreciate that stripes can fit into any style. Even from these runway photos, you can see that these outfits would be worn by very different women.
Here are a few stripes to mull over:
Won Hundred Striped Jersey Dress $75.83. Milly Border-Stripe Pleated Skirt $159. Marc Jacobs striped cashmere blend sweater $298.50. Old Navy Variegated-Strip V-neck $20. Jucca long sleeve scoop neck $98. DKNY cardigan $245.
My favorite piece is the Marc Jacobs sweater. The leather stripes give the sweater a great hard/soft look.
Let us know how you like to wear your stripes!
Hello dear readers and happy weekend! This October’s color of the month is Orange. I was actually inspired by recent runway shows, not the upcoming Halloween.
From left, we have Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, Prada, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. These fresh orange spring 2011 looks are paired with fall trends like camel, military, vibrant hues, and color blocking.
Orange tends not to be a favorite color among the masses and it’s definitely a hard color to pull off, but we don’t have to color block our entire outfit to be orange. One standout piece can really liven up your outfit. Take these for example:
Not sure how brave I’ll be to wear bright orange, but I’m giving it some definite consideration this season.
This season’s trending print is leopard and it’s all over fall accessories. I recently wrote about a Betsey Johnson leopard band watch. Confession: I’ve never been too attracted to leopard prints (or animal prints in general) but these new accessories are slowly changing my mind about them.
Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals $44.96. Betsey Johnson Plastic Retro Sunglasses $55. Mulberry Lily Leopard-Print Shoulder Bag $695. Kate Spade Medium Heddy Cosmetic Case $70. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cork Leather New Q Printed Zip Around Wallet $174. Jimmy Choo patent leather Morse flats $332.
I’m liking the Mulberry bag and Jimmy Choo flats since they aren’t the typical brown leopard print color. The model above shows that it can really add a fun printed pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit. And the Jimmy Choos are a very subtle leopard, so it’s perfect for a recent convert like me!
The Sam Edelman sandals were actually seen on Kim Kardashian earlier this year.
You probably won’t find me in a leopard dress anytime soon, but you can bet I’ll be wearing some leopard accessories this fall.
Watches have been hitting big this summer and are sure to be a must-have accessory for the fall. White watches were a great summer accessory, but for the fall, try moving on to watches with a little more color. Ivory, gold, and tortoise shell are key accessory colors this fall. I love the Casio calculator watch (pictured above) – it brings back some 90’s geek nostalgia. I also love the orange Juicy Couture watch; it can bring an unexpected splash of color to your fall neutral outfits. The above watches are a little out of my budget, so I’m opting for this:
You can get this Betsey Johnson watch for $65. It has the signature curly numbers that come on nearly every Betsey watch. And the band is a traditional leopard print. Various September issues agree that leopard accessories are the IT items for this season. Check out Mulberry’s fall handbag line and you’ll see tons of leopard.
May’s Color of the Month is Indigo.
Here’s some pieces we’ve picked out:
Burberry Pintuck silk-satin blouse $295 on Net-A-Porter. American Apparel Unisex Tri-Blend Short Sleeve Deep V-Neck $22. Anthropologie Hushed Season Shift $98. Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Derbi Mini Crossbody Bag $119. J. Crew Patent Oval-buckle skinny belt $19.50. BDG Quilted Checkbook with Pocket Wallet $18 at Urban Outfitters.
I love Indigo and I think it’s such a flattering color on so many people. This blue/purple mix can look both casual and dressy. The Anthropologie shift dress shown above looks like a great buy for the summer. A cotton dress so easy to style that looks chic and effortless is a Summer staple. You don’t have to buy one for a hundred dollars, but I think it’s a go-to garment every girl should have in her closet for those hot summer days.
I love the Prevailing Winds Tank (another piece from Anthropologie). It’s a great top for these Spring and Summer season. I tried it on in the store and it is a really flattering cut. The cinched waist that sits at the true waist instead of at the empire waist looks super stylish. I think this tank would look great with a cute cropped cardigan.
Have fun shopping!
Last month, I purchased the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo bag in black. This has easily become a favorite of mine. Its style is so versatile that I can just throw my necessities inside and run out the door with it. It goes with nearly every outfit and it is the perfect size.
It comes in a few other colors, but I thought black was best for what I needed. I wanted something that I could transition between professional day to casual night. And the two straps are super handy. The long strap is great for the shoulder, but if you’re looking for a cross-body bag, it’s a bit short. The inside is lined with the signature cotton Marc Jacobs logo lettering print.
I definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for an investment bag, but doesn’t want to drop a thousand dollars for a purse. The bag is $428 and available at Bloomingdales, Barneys CO-OP, Nordstrom, and other Marc by Marc Jacobs retailers. It comes in black, red, blue, brown, and gray.
If you want an oversized version of the bag, it’s available for an extra $100. It comes in “Raw Sugar” and “Newsprint.” The newsprint colored bag was featured in the movie Valentine’s Day, worn by Jennifer Garner’s character.
Her sweater is also Marc by Marc Jacobs!
Have fun shopping!
Long strap (or cross body) bags are back! Get ahead of the game by buying your bags now – they’re sure to hit big in a few months. They come in all different shapes, sizes, textiles, and colors. The Anthropologie bag featured above (center) is a draw-string bag (another big Spring trend!) that is excellent for everyday. It’s casual-chic and spacious enough for your everyday essentials.
The bright pink Tory Burch bag is a perfect day-to-night bag. It can look just as cute with your distressed jeans or cocktail dress. The gold chain also adds a nice little sparkle.
I’m a huge fan of the Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bag, part of his Totally Turnlock bag collection. Its quality and simplicity make it a great investment piece as it will remain stylish for years.
Have fun shopping!