Can’t wait for COS

The internet has abuzz for the last few weeks with excitement that COS is opening a store in New York and online shopping will finally be available for the US.

I first wandered into their Marais store when we were in Paris last year, and it was like walking into the store I’d always wanted to find.  Every piece was interesting and unique, yet still somehow simple and sophisticated.  It’s so hard to find clothes like this in the US and I hope they don’t change their offerings much to try to cater to the market here.  I’ve been browsing the COS website and can’t wait to be able to shop there regularly.

We went for a bike ride this weekend, and I wore this simple COS v-neck dress.  I love the stiff knit of the material and the elbow length sleeves.  At work I always get lots of comments on how simple and chic the dress is.  The COS grey scarf is very lightweight, yet long and wide, perfect for these mild fall days.

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Polkadot finds at the Madewell sale!

Madewell Shirred Dress in Dot

Madewell Shirred Dress in Dot

I love Madewell.  Their clothes transition so well from workday to weekend.  Today they are offering an additional 40% off sale items and free shipping on everything with the code BONUS40.  I picked up the Pindot Collar Boyshirt and the Shirred Silk Dress in Dot.  I’d tried both of them on the last time I visited a Madewell store, and had a really hard time not walking out with them at the time.  I’m so glad to get them now at such a great price, and to already know they fit.  What did you get?

[Photos from Madewell]

Pindot Collar Boyshirt

Pindot Collar Boyshirt

Ready to wear

Taking up the hem on a maxi dress

Taking up the hem on a maxi dress

This weekend, we’re heading to Newport Beach for a wedding.  The dress code is black tie optional, so I decided to have a little fun and picked up this bright pink maxi dress from Ruche.

Cassidy One Shoulder Maxi Dress from Ruche

Cassidy One Shoulder Maxi Dress from Ruche

It’s light-weight, simple, and easy to dress up or down with the right accessories.  Not being very tall, maxi dresses are usually much too long and this one was no exception. Getting the hem professionally altered seemed silly considering how affordable the dress was, so I decided to tackle this one by hand.

I won’t go into too much detail about how to stitch a basic hem since there are lots of amazing tutorials online.  I used a simple backstitch, and was careful to use straight pins and a measuring tape to ensure a consistent length all the way around the bottom.  All together it took about an hour to do and now the dress is the perfect length.  I have a few other dresses I need to take in and am thinking of getting a small sewing machine.  If you are interested in altering your own clothes, I love Extra Petite‘s tutorials. Here are a few of my favorites one / two / three / four.

Extra length, pinned up

Extra length, pinned up

Measured and pinned

Measured and pinned

Carefully back stitching

Carefully back stitching

Inside out

Inside out

Newly stitched and ready to cut the extra length

Newly stitched and ready to cut the extra length

Perfect length and ready to wear

Perfect length and ready to wear

Shown with: Madewell shoes / JewelMint bracelet / J.Crew necklace / Ruche necklace

And her heart is full and hollow

Stucco Stripe Songbird Dress

Stucco Stripe Songbird Dress

Enjoying a few days at home before heading to California for a couple of weeks. This dress is from Madewell.

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