I haven’t officially posted anything about this brand until now. Some of their skirts were featured in a previous post. In general, the quality is great. My main qualm is that the sizes run very small. I’m not sure if their larger sizes sell out quickly or that they don’t cater as much to clients sized medium and up? What I have purchased I’ve loved. Below are some of my favorites from various collections…
This year I have two extra events to attend than I normally do so I’ve been trying to plan ahead in terms of outfits I’d like to wear. Two family Christmas parties, a brunch meetup, and a business dinner. Another issue is that New York is awfully cold this time of year. My inspiration began with a cute crewneck sweater with an unexpected type of skirt pairing. The office holiday party is more formal so I went with another option. See photos for what I came up with after shopping my closet.
Family Gathering 1: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Chicwish’s My Secret Weapon Tulle Maxi Skirt in Glitter Pink + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Family Gathering 2: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Nearkin’s on Amazon.com Waistband Scallop Floral Laced Midi Pencil Skirt in Beige + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye)+ CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Office Holiday Dinner Party: Yoana Baraschi Palais Royal Reversible Sweater Dress + Eileen Fisher Black Shrug + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + Love Knot Statement Necklace
Brunch Meetup: Catherine Malandrino Crochet Knit Long Sleeve Pullover/Sweater in Black + Anthropologie’s Valora Printed Skirt + Miz Mooz Barcelona Mary Janes in Black + Anthropologie’s Shoreline Necklace
I normally don’t wear many dresses or skirts. I’ve always been a mostly pants kinda girl but lately the romper trend has inspired me to try new things and get out of my current fashion rut. I bought one to give it a try. It’s from Nordstrom Rack online, by the brand Fraiche by J, and is labeled their floral tie-neck version in Aster. What do you think? I just love those floral prints! The neutral blush color and blouson sleeves make this piece eye-catching and uniquely beautiful! I’m planning to pair this with either summery espadrilles or tan wedges ;)
While this trend may not be for everyone, it’s certainly cute! I adore Abercrombie & Fitch’s take on it! I just placed an order for their high neck neoprene pleated dress with cut-out back in black… I was inspired to by the beautiful Miss Kelly Ferguson (KellyLovesBeauty1 of You Tube). Can’t wait to pair this with one of my more stylish stockings =), which sadly do not receive much wear ever (part of valuing your purchases includes using and enjoying them to the fullest). What’s terrific about this dress is that it goes with just about any style shoe and can be dressed up or down: leather boots, ballet flats, sandals of all types, Converse sneakers, or even those recently popular slip-on leather sneakers.
P.S. A&F has become my favorite denim brand! Their jeans fit me like a glove and better yet, no hemming needed despite the fact that I’m only 5’3.” Also, yayyy to their awesome occasional discounts! My favorite? High-rise destroyed skinnys in either the dark or medium wash, though I just placed an order for a light wash since I have way too few of those and I needed to just step out of my comfort zone ;)
For any of you who own anything from Cleobella’s famous Mexicana collection, I’d love to hear from you… It looks like a lovely product to own and I can imagine a hardworking artisan lovingly pouring hours into its creation… Please let me know your thoughts below. XOXO
Made especially for sci-fi fiction gal fans… Finally wears which are feminine and cute, if that’s what you’ve been looking for! With all the hype surrounding the recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, I wanted to attend the viewing in style :)!
I’m not the biggest Black Widow fan so I suggested to Her Universe that a Maria Hill Shield jacket also be made. I did receive some enthusiastic responses to this request but we’ll see what will come of it. I’d definitely be the first in line for one! This company also stocks Star Wars, Dr. Who, Transformers, Star Trek, and Nerdist products.
This time all that glitters is gold! With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection. I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit. You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)… Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below. Had to snag that baby up!
Between Black Friday, Cyber Friday, to Christmas 2014, I gladly took advantage of the generous sales and used eBates where I could (wish all stores participate in eBates). Anyone who is aware of Athleta’s regular prices especially would understand why I did. Athleta creates great quality fitwear, but most of the prices are really steep… I guess that could be said of designer sportswear in general. Remember that you don’t have to necessarily pay full price for good clothing or to build your wardrobe. I feel no shame to admit that I have accumulated some great casual pieces at Target too; many I wear for yoga or to the gym. Yayyy to double discounts and free shipping; I was able to purchase the awesome hooded sweater featured below at a much better price than I could have imagined!
It’s like “JCrew and Urban Outfitters had a baby”, a friend had said… so of course my attention was instantly captured! Aritzia offers many wonderful basics with an interesting design twist; which is refreshing to see! Here’s my current favorites… The Talula Trancas Jacket (a very versatile 3 season jacket, which one would never know from the online description) and TNA Botanie Jacket (slick lightweight bombers made popular last year which have carried over to this season) which means yayyy, I get a second chance since missing out last time ;)! Also, all my orders always arrive prettily and professionally packaged; I’m very impressed :)!
*Addendum on February 9, 2015:
For those wondering about how the Talula Trancas coat detaches, here are some pics I hope you will find helpful. Please feel free to ask more questions regarding this coat and I’ll do my best to clarify.
My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags. I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.