Monday, October 28, 2013

You Spin Me Right Round

I'm all about the classics. I buy things that I'd like to be wearing in five years, rather than just following the trends and wasting money on something that will just be sold to Crossroads as soon as it goes out of style. Yet sometimes a mini-trend comes along that just clicks with me. Whether it's the vintage feel (every trend comes back around), or just that Alexa Chung rocked it, I love the current mini-trend of round cross-body bags. Rock it now before it blows up and is on the shelves of every Forever 21 and H&M for miles around.

Alexa's Carven round bag, see below to purchase (color not available online)

Laura Carmichael from Downton Abbey proved she's way more fashionable than her TV counterpart by showing up at London Fashion Week with a Carven round bag. 

Buy it here

I just purchased this one by Kelsi Dagger that I saw on I love the classic color and simple style of the bag. It has a timeless feel, despite the unusual shape. Hopefully it'll be something that will wear well and I'll be able to bring out again in several years when it comes back into style!

Buy it here

I also like this Topshop studded one, which is more trend, less classic.

Buy it here

There are also some great vintage ones of course, so check out these great ones before they're snapped up by someone else (possibly me).

Like this one

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fancy Pants

Lately I've been obsessed with prints and stripes, especially worn on my lower half. As someone who has been, shall we say "blessed" with a curvy lower half, naturally I would want to stick to black jeans and flared skirts that hide that part. But when a trend catches my eye, who am I to deny myself the joy of wearing printed pants? Stripes first caught my eye when I fell in love with the Maje Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.

I also LOVE this street style look

Several months ago, I found a pair of black and white striped jeans on sale at Urban Outfitters, and I quickly snatched them up and had them tapered to the perfect skinniness. 

I'll wear them with a white t-shirt, a shrunken black moto jacket, and either some black high tops like these Converse High Tops, $50, or some ankle strap sandals (see below.)
Biker Jacket, Asos, $169

As for a skirt like the Maje one (currently on sale at Bloomingdales here, for $142.50), here's an awesome midi skirt for those tall girls out there.

And for those of us who can't pull off that look (or just prefer a shorter skirt) there are these two, also from Asos. 

I found one on sale at Intermix, a striped bandage skirt, that I plan on wearing with my Maje Aero Sweater and some ankle strap heels or sandals.

Stay tuned for "Fancy Pants part 2: printed trousers and rompers"!

Friday, July 19, 2013

What Maisie Knew

Twice a year, my sister and I get to live like Eloise (of Plaza fame), staying at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Chicago in our own suite, while our parents stay next door in our uncle's apartment. Our favorite thing to do is to snuggle into the lush, down beds and watch ridiculously overpriced movies on the HD screen (with tea and cookies from room service, of course). This past visit, one of the movies was the recent release What Maisie Knew, a heartbreaking story about a little girl watching from the sidelines as her parent's marriage falls apart. The movie was absolutely captivating, and should definitely be seen by all. Yet something about it that mesmerized me entirely, being an avid fashion lover, were the costumes by Stacey Battat. Julianne Moore's character, a possessive yet neglectful mother, is also a rockstar, who goes on tour during the film. Her costumes are absolutely fabulous. There's Leopard print galore, lots of plaid, and one fabulous red, floral kimono robe she wears nonchalantly open over her pajamas throughout the scenes in her New York apartment. Below are some links to similar pieces.

Super cute layered Necklaces

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any film stills from any of these scenes with the kimono, but of course I found a great Kimono robe on Etsy that I promptly purchased to wear around the house (add cat eye eyeliner and a messy top knot, and you've got quite a look).

Maybe I'm making it up, but I seem to recall Julianne wearing some comfy yet sexy pajamas underneath that robe. A friend had recently introduced me to the line Eberjey, a line of swim, lingerie, and lounge clothes. I fell in love with their "Shorties", and purchased two pairs (being the impulsive shopaholic that I am). 

And the Matilda Shorts

I also recently purchased a Teddy from Splendid, but love I this one from Eberjey 

So I learned a lot of parenting lessons from What Maisie Knew, and also that I definitely have to own some great lounge clothes. See the movie and let me know what you take from it!