Category Archives: Fashion

Sally Beauty’s DCNL Hair Accessories

I haven’t written on this topic for quite a while.  Hair accessories… love them!.. and something that you can never have too much of ;).  Every once in a while I’ll find myself wandering the beauty aisles and find something blog-worthy, like Sally Beauty Supply DCNL’s both pretty and handy-to-have hair accessories.  I’m normally a tee and jeans girl so when I feel like dolling up with just a little effort, I like to go for a beaded ponytailer, a rhinestone claw clip, or jeweled bobbies and barettes.  I’ve also included other favorite staples below…

*Photocredit: Sally’s Beauty DCNL Hair Accessories

 

La Fiorentina Fashion Phones

For Christmas I received a cute and useful pair of black earmuffs + headphones from my husband’s family.  I really like them =)!  Not only do they keep my ears warm, they also allow me to listen to my favorite songs on-the-go.  The description states they are compatible with any standard 3.5mm jack socket.  They also feature volume control, if anyone was wondering ;).  I was this close (thumb and index finger barely touching) to purchasing a similar pair from the holiday Juicy Couture sale, so I’m glad I prevented myself from giving in.

*Photocredit: ShopStyle.com

shopstyle earmuff headphones

Salpy, Pretty! Pretty!

Salpy brand makes the prettiest shoes; however, it’s VERY expensive at regular price.  I waited too long and missed the Salpy sale at Simply Soles =(.  The Larita style reminds me of higher fashion clogs and mules, but are described as slides or slip-on heels.  At one point Simply Soles stocked, navy, black, and pewter snakeskin.  Though I’m unsure about the overall comfort factor since I don’t own a pair, they are nonetheless aesthetically gorgeous!

*Photocredit: Simply Soles

Leather Backpacks

Many years ago when I first began my graduate program, I carried a very handsome and dependable Perlina black leather backpack.  I remembered one snowy night, quite like today, I decided to walk home rather than to wait for the bus (which was uncharacteristically delayed).  The backpack had survived my walk through the harsh weather much to my surprise and delight.  As soon as I arrived home, I toweled off the snow to preserve the leather.  Pictured below is one which looks identical to mine.  One feature I loved most about it besides its buttery soft leather was its very convenient side-zip.

These days trying to find a nice leather backpack feels like trying to search for a needle in a haystack.  Only every once in a while will you find a really special one (sorry if it sounds overly critical of me).  Wish I didn’t allow Rebecca Minkoff’s to get away a couple years back =(.  Just recently I spotted one by OrYany and can see for myself why it has received such rave reviews!

*Photocredit: BrandAlley UK and Various Sources

 

 

Mad Bombers & Aviator Jackets

I’m not sure how I became fascinated with shearling aviator hats and aviator jackets?  Was it my passion for studying about American history, specifically World War I and World War II (though the Civil War was equally as intriguing) or the costumes which occasionally appeared on old comedy shows such as Abbott & Costello (my favorite growing up)?  One thing’s for sure, I was madly in love with the Amelia Earhart aviator jacket which appeared in a UGGs catalog shortly after the brand gained mass popularity.  I remembered pining over it for days; how expensive and unattainable it seemed.  When I had finally saved up for it, I had waited too long and it was totally sold out =(.  Winter, as usual, has peaked my interest in this particular style of outerwear and accessories once more…

P.S. Juicy Couture has created a chic faux twist (in dragonfruit) to our beloved Mad Bomber styled hats…

*Photocredit: Juicy Couture, Custom Jackets UK, Michael Kors, Mad Bomber, Various Sources.

 

 

 

Talbots: My New Found Treasure

I’ve known about Talbots for years.  I never gave them a real chance when I was in my early 20s (currently in my 30s).  Even back then they carried basics and American classics; however, I believed they were for the more mature woman (nothing wrong with this but it didn’t appeal to me at the time).  Like JCrew and Banana Republic, over the years they have really revamped their designs in certain ways, so much it seems that I can sense a more inclusionary younger vibe.

My sister-in-law placed a teal Talbots tote two years ago on her wishlist which kind of planted a seed in my mind to look them up online.  Shortly after, my husband received a catalog from them and I browsed through it, falling madly in love with a fitted button down denim shirt (something I’ve always wanted to own).  I was quickly impressed by their quality, cut, and sizing (which fit me like a glove more than any other brand whether I was looking for a top, sweater, blazer, or pants).  As for sizing, they have something for everyone unlike other brands which cater to select populations.  My husband usually hates Christmas shopping especially at the mall, so I encouraged him to give our nearby Talbots a try.  Also, their customer service whether in-store or over-the-phone is impeccable.  Have you ever seen the way they package things too?  Always with great care and professionalism.  They get an A+++ from me!  I just bought their Gallery Cable Flyaway Cardi in frost grey heather and had to also order one in black!  Like any other girl who knows what’s good for her, anything which flatters your figure (picture you smiling at yourself in front of the mirror) is priceless =).  Even better, both my sweaters were purchased at drumroll please…  40% off (it’s a steal)!  I love my new cardis because they are beautifully made, thick, and soft to the touch.  I’m planning to wear this to my upcoming Christmas gatherings with a festive Anthro top and dressier Talbot jeans (the Curvy Fit black rinse trouser jeans to be precise).  I know you might find it odd that I mentioned Anthropologie and Talbots in the same sentence but they both have an important role to play in my closet.  Anthro offers whimsical retro silhouettes while Talbots offers sophisticated refined beauty.  That to me, when paired correctly creates a good fashion balance.

Give Talbots a chance; I guarantee you’ll want to become a new convert =)!  For those who are long time Talbot lovers…  I know you’re out there so comment below and tell me about your cherished finds ;)!

P.S. I’m nuts for their handbags, pearl necklaces, and shoes too!  Below are several of my favorites from this season…

*Photocredit: Talbots

 

 

 

HUE Cotton Leggings

Though I haven’t been in the jolliest of moods lately, I’ve been absent for way too long from the blogosphere and wanted to post on some exciting finds of late…

I first encountered the brand HUE many years ago in Bloomingdales’ flagship store.  I must admit that I wasn’t initially impressed with the quality of their hosiery (sorry, seemed scratchy) but did admire them for their playful patterns and bold colors.  At that time, I was more of a lover of basics and found those styles out of my comfort zone.  I have recently started shopping at a local Talbots and spotted their basket of HUE cotton leggings by the register and liked the feel of the fabric very much.  They seemed warm, well made, and with just the perfect amount of stretch.  Leggings are a very hit or miss item for me.  I do loveee my Tarte ones but wanted something thicker for the upcoming cooler months.  Now I’m urging you to give HUE leggings a try because I know what I’m talking about ;)- it’s LOVE!  I’m planning to hunt down their denim leggings as well; looks like something of interest =).

P.S. Talbots is having an extended 40% off sale currently so I bought my pair at a very reasonable $17.30 including tax.  Wish they had brown and grey in small, but my particular store ran out =(.  My best advice…  Hurry while you still can!!!

*Photocredit: HUE

HUE Cotton Leggings Black

 

The Vintage Chic Bride

I meant to post on this topic last year around this time (my little sister’s wedding).  Sorry, somehow I got side-tracked once again.  My husband’s cousin’s wedding is fast approaching so I’m dedicating this post to her in hopes that she will have a very happy life with her fiance.

As for my wedding gown and accessories, I had made very practical choices years ago which overall worked out fine [allowed me to afford a honeymoon ;) ].  Though, honestly, I was like any other girl who peripherally snuck a longing gaze or two at those Vera Wangs and Monique Lhuilliers.  In retrospect, I wish I had thought of wearing one of those darling birdcage veils down the aisle instead of a traditional veil, but then again, it really would have clashed with my gown.  Maybe for my renewal of vows?  A girl can hope =).

*Photocredit: Gilt Group, I believe?

Beachy Keen Coverup

Although we have entered into October, I’m still fondly reminiscing over the once warm weather and bright sunny evenings…  My favorite find for this summer was the Beachy Keen Coverup at Athleta.  Soft, lightweight, and beach/spa paisley pretty!  Alas they ran out of stock on the white and bali blue versions in my size so I finally settled on an asphalt (still, no big disappointment towards something so lovely).  Also light color clothing stains very easily too; bad for clumsy ol’ me.  This will always be a well-loved suitcase staple for my island getaways.

*Note: Compare to Beyond Yoga’s cute voile coverup.

*Photocredit: Athleta GAP