Posted on June 18, 2014
Posted on January 13, 2014
When it comes to bracelets and necklaces, my preferences tend towards bold and chunky. For earrings and rings, on the other hand, the more delicate and understated, the better.
I’ve had my eyes on Elephantine‘s Nova Trio for several years, and someone special gave them to me for Christmas this year. This trio of tiny gold studs comes with white, champagne, and black stones, and they add just subtle touch of sparkle. The champagne set is my favorite so far and I love that they are just a shade off from my skin color. Check out Elephantine’s Etsy page for more of her gorgeous jewelry.
Posted on December 26, 2013
Though I have to head back to work today, later in the day I’m planning to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales to fill a couple of wardrobe holes. My beloved leopard-print calf-hair flats have seen better days and I’m thinking of replacing them with these similar loafers from Madewell. They look comfy, and leopard print seems to work like a neutral and pair with everything. What sales are you planning to hit?
[Lower photo courtesy of Madewell]
Posted on November 12, 2013
These monk strap flats from ASOS are my most beloved shoes. Over the last three years, I’ve worn them weekly, traveled with them all over this country, and have taken them to three other countries. They are comfortable for long days of walking and I love how soft the leather has gotten over the years. I almost always wear dresses or skirts, and often try to pair them with borrowed-from-the-boys touches like blazers or these shoes. It keeps my style from being too twee.
The unfortunate result of loving these shoes so much is that in three years, they’ve been to the shoe doctor at least four times. I’ve worn through the soles and the heels multiple times, and last time, the leather of the toe cap separated from the sole. So far my amazing shoe doctor has always been able to repair them, but realistically, I know they won’t last forever.
Monk shoes in women’s sizes can be very hard to find, but they seem to be having a moment right now, so I figured it was the perfect chance to look for a backup. I found the shoes below at TopShop and I’m working on breaking them in. They aren’t as great as the ones from ASOS, but I do like them, and I’m still on the lookout for something more like my original loves.
Posted on November 5, 2013
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.
Posted on October 22, 2013
I’ve always thought shifts and maxi dresses pair well with a long necklace. They draw the eye in a way that lengthens a straight silhouette.
Recently, my mother and I were browsing around in an amazing, cluttered little jewelry shop, and this vintage tasseled lariat was the first thing that caught my eye when I walked through the door. It has a nice weight to it, doesn’t seem prone to tarnish, and while interesting, is simple and versatile enough that I’ve already worn it three times. I have a feeling it will be making a lot of appearances this winter.
Posted on October 17, 2013
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]
Posted on October 1, 2013
One of the enjoyable parts of this time of year is the constantly changing temperatures. A wide range of my wardrobe comes into play over the course of the week, which can be a lot of fun. Lately, when its warmer, I’ve been loving this sheer embroidered top from Zara.
When it cools down in the evening, cozy sweaters have started to make appearances. During the spring and summer, I usually stick to light, neutral-colored nail polishes, but now I’m loving red red nails peeking out of the sleeves of those cozy knits. This color is Essie’s “a list.”
Posted on September 12, 2013
Today is my last day in Monterey. Tonight I head south to attend a weekend wedding and hopefully do a little exploring. I’ll share some photos from my time here next week, but for now, here are a few shots around our gorgeous, Spanish-style hotel.
Posted on September 11, 2013
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.
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.
Posted on September 10, 2013
Earlier this summer, I’d been on the lookout for a few pieces of bold, modern jewelry to add a touch of interest and polish to some of my more tailored and understated outfits. Lot’s of what I was seeing was girly and colorful and not quite what I was looking for.
A couple of mentions in various blogs led me to JewelMint and exactly the sort of jewelry I was looking for. I started with two bracelets and a pair of earrings. All three have become work horses in my outfit rotation. They work equally well for conservative business meetings or drinks with friends, and I get lots of compliments on them.
Above: Moto Chic Bracelet (worn with an old turquoise beaded bracelet and a woven bracelet I picked up in Southern Peru.
Above: Golden Arm Bracelet – Currently out of stock but I love this Cobra Cuff
Posted on September 3, 2013
Packing up for a two week trip to California. I like to travel light and have tried to adhere to a great packing tip I read about on Cup of Jo a while back: stick to a simple color scheme. This let’s you mix and match tops, bottoms, layers, jewelry and shoes, so that you can have lots of outfits without lugging around too much stuff. I’ve packed one brightly colored dress, since I have a wedding to attend at the end of the trip.
I’ll be working from California for next two weeks, mostly in Monterey, but spending a little time in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles. Any tips on great places to eat or things to do?
Posted on September 1, 2013
Running my favorite kind of errand. I ❤ Madewell.
Posted on August 30, 2013
Enjoying a few days at home before heading to California for a couple of weeks. This dress is from Madewell.