Boxing day sales

These calf hair flats have seen better days

These calf hair flats have seen better days

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?

The Teddy Loafer from Madewell

The Teddy Loafer from Madewell

[Lower photo courtesy of Madewell]

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Good morning, New York

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Today we’re planning to head into New York City to do a little shopping and enjoy the start of Christmas season.  I’ve been to NYC many times, but never around Christmas, so I’m super excited.  Hope you have a great weekend!

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.

Vintage Tasseled Lariat

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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.

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

Istanbul – What we brought home

Pillows

Pillows

We live in a small apartment.  It’s a good size for our city, but small by most U.S. standards and we have to work pretty hard to keep it from getting too cluttered.  This means that when we travel, instead of bringing home tchotchkes, we try to find mementos that are beautiful but also functional.

Living room rug

Living room rug

Our apartment has parquet floors throughout, and we’ve been in need of a few rugs to keep our toes warm and help cut down on the noise for our downstairs neighbors.  We sorted through stacks and stacks of vintage rugs, searching for just the right colors for our decor.  We also picked up a few pillows for the couch and bedroom, and a vivid embroidered scarf for me. We even found a small Turkish coffee pot for the Mister–he’s a bit of a coffee nut.

Pillow and throw

Pillow and throw

Cezve, a Turkish coffee pot

Cezve, a Turkish coffee pot

Scarf

Scarf

Around the corner from our Istanbul apartment we found a small shop that sold hand woven Turkish towels, and simple, beautiful throws that would be perfect for keeping warm in the winter.  We picked up a a few towels and a throw for us, and a few for birthday and wedding gifts for family.

Hand towels

Hand towels

Hallway rug

Hallway rug

A quick trip to Madewell

Running my favorite kind of errand. I ❤ Madewell.

Madewell in my bike basket

Madewell in my bike basket

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