I’m always looking for an excuse to splurge on a big ticket item. My last one was this end of sabbatical work tote and it was so worth it. Since my birthday is just around the corner and I’ve been feeling like I “need” another pair of sunglasses, it’ll likely be my next gift to myself. When it comes to sunglasses, I believe bigger is better. Oversized sunglasses are great for someone who likes to hide behind them and even better to obnoxiously wear year-round. So no, it’s not too late in the season to buy another pair. While I have a collection of all kinds, from round to colored frames to aviators, right now I’m looking for a great pair of statement cat-eye glasses. I’m about to pull the trigger on one of these… can you guess which one?
anthropologie skirt // Peter Pan collar top (old, similar here) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Cracked Leather Satchel // Loeffler Randall pumps (old but these similar pumps are also great for the office) // Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre // Rumba watch in Sapphire (my post about these watches here!) // Madewell cuff (old, very cool one here) // Madewell mini bow ring (on sale!)
As an adult, I find St. Patricks Day to be a difficult day to dress for. It gets a little cheesy to wear green, but then if you don’t, you know you’re going to be called out for it. I had been eyeing this green skirt at anthropologie for awhile, so I decided to finally buy it during my “return to employment” shopping trip. Since I haven’t worn it into the office yet, I figure St. Patrick’s Day is appropriate for it’s debut. It’s a flared, full skirt that falls right around the knee. What I love the most about it is the band around the waist – very flattering. I am wearing it with a Peter Pan collar top and some classic black pumps for a preppy office look. Oh, and I apologize for the slightly lower than usual quality photos – this is the result of indoor self photography (with very poor lighting) early morning on a workday.
I just bought a new watch and I’ve been getting so many compliments and questions about it that I figure I need to spread the word! It’s from a brand called “RumbaTime“, and the watch has a colored skinny silicone adjustable band with a very pretty faceted crystal face. I consider it an upgraded and more feminine Swatch. It’s perfect for a simple statement (okay, I took that from the Shopbop website but it perfectly describes it!) It comes in a variety of colors, and it’s only $45 (free shipping included)! Such a find! And who doesn’t need a watch?
Up until recently, bracelets were the accessory that I would buy and very rarely wear. They just are not very practical. They move around so much and can be rather annoying, especially for those of us who talk with our hands. “Clink clink!”
Bracelet stacking can be even more ridiculous. It looks great in a picture, but in reality, you probably aren’t going to work, typing on your computer all day, and walking around to meetings with a huge stack of bangles.
I only very recently started wearing a mild bracelet stack and found it to be more practical than what you may see in a great Instagram picture. This is a guide to having a simple bracelet stack that stays in place and looks professional at work.
Begin your stack with a wrap or stretch bracelet. You want a statement piece on the outside, but need that first bracelet to be secure on your arm to prevent the entire stack from moving around too much.
Mix and match a few stretch bracelets of different sizes and styles but limit your stack to 4 pieces in total.
End your stack with an adjustable cuff. This is the skinniest part of your arm, and every other type of bracelet will be too loose at the top. An adjustable cuff (which can be difficult to find) is one of the few bracelets that can be tightened to fit and keep the entire stack in place.
To add your watch to your stack, wear it in the center of the stack. It just looks best this way.
Avoid bangles and chain links. These bracelets tend to move around a lot and can be rather annoying to you and those around you. The exception here is if you can find very fitted ones (unlikely) and secure the bracelet with stretch bracelets and/or adjustable cuffs on each side.
Only stack one arm. This is just a more professional and classy look. You can balance it by adding your watch on the other hand, or a delicate bracelet with a few rings.
For more tips, check out Who What Wear’s bracelet stacking tutorial or check out some of my favorite stretch bracelets and cuffs below.
Many styles go in and out of fashion, but during the month of December, sequins and sparkles are always in style. With Christmas just around the corner, you’re probably also working on your New Years plans. No matter what you do, whether you’ll be going to have a big night out or just a casual night in, it’s fun to get a bit festive. I put together 8 ways to add sequins and sparkles to your holiday look. You can add a touch with makeup or accessories. If you feel like adding a bit more, wear a sequin top and pair it with some jeans. Or, just go all out with a dress or skirt and some stilettos. A bit of something for everyone.
1. MAC frost pigment, $21 at Nordstrom (available in other colors too)
2. Baublebar bib necklace, $46
3. Zara striped top with sequins, $79.90
4. Essie Luxeffects topcoat, $8.50 at Nordstrom
5. Topshop sequin box clutch, $56
6. Topshop embellished mini skirt, $130
7. Markus Lupfer glitter-finish leather ankle boots, $125 at net-a-porter
8. French Connection dress, $167 at ASOS
Beauty products always make a great gift, especially for those who may be actually a little afraid to go outside of their comfort zones. There are so many gift sets out there, it’s become so difficult to find ones worth giving that you may end up going with one that’s just too generic (like scented lotion). I’ve mined through many beauty sets and selected the best holiday sets and products – these are all products that I’ve used and loved.
1. Dry Bar Morning After Kit, $35 at Sephora because every girl needs to be using dry shampoo to extend their great hair days but too many complain about second day oil.
2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Crystal Limited Edition, $120 at Sephora because Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is one of the most popular floral scents and how can you beat this beautiful packaging?
3. Benefit ‘let’s glow, lovely” gift set, $50 because Watt’s Up is is an amazing highlighter that lights up the face (review here) and it comes in this amazing limited edition tin.
4. Lulu bun gift set, $14 at Nordstrom because a good bun is a save for a bad hair day.
5. MAC pigments & glitter set, $32.50 at Nordstrom because these violet and silver glitters can be applied on the eyes, cheeks, or as a highlighter and are fun to play with for any occasion.
6. Deborah Lippmann Space Oddity set, $29 at Bloomingdales because every girl needs at least a few good long lasting nail colors for at home manicures.
7. Diorshow Backstage Hero kit, $49 at Sephora because not only is Diorshow one of the best selling mascaras, this kit has all the eye makeup to make the eyes standout.
8. bliss let it glow because these Triple Oxygen skin products will give your skin a glow between facial visits. I can’t stop raving about this mask – you will notice a difference in your skin immediately.
In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Aspen for a week long vacation. Although I’ve lived in some very cold weather (Rochester, NY & Geneva, Switzerland) and was only living in Geneva a year ago, I’ve quickly adjusted to the CA weather and am a bit panicked about the cold weather that I will be dealing with. In the coldest of weather, it’s most important to have a really warm coat and all the essential accessories (scarves, gloves, hats). Although I have a lot of these, I still would like to add a few more essentials to keep me fashionable and warm on this trip and other trips this season. I put together a wish list and will definitely be buying at least a few of these in the next couple weeks.
1. Urban Outfitters Blanket Scarf, $39
2. Collection XIIX cable knit head wrap at Nordstrom, $18
3. J.Crew cable knit trapper hat, $49.50
4. Jitterbug faux fur scarf at anthropologie, $48
5. Canada Goose Parka at Shopbop, $750
6. AllSaints short leather gloves, $155
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Snow Bootie at Shopbop, $229.60
8. J.Crew wool glittens, $32.50
9. Gap dot puffer vest, $59
Hair accessories are part of my signature look and during the fall and winter, I like wearing knit headbands. They help maintain body heat by protecting your head and ears, while keeping the hairstyle intact and looking somewhat stylish. Although beanies preserve more heat in the body, you often will end up with beanie head and flat hair is just not a great look.
Introducing my newest discovery: the beanband. It’s half beanie and half headband. It’s a beanie in the front, meaning it covers a bit more of your head and gives you that hipster beanie look (a must in SF). It’s a headband on the side so it doesn’t completely flatten the hair and give you a beanie head. I bought mine at a boutique in LA – a great decision as I’m loving it and they are difficult to find.
Images from Huffington Post
from left to right: Kerry Washington in Marchesa, January Jones in Givenchy, Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein collection, Claire Danes in Armani Prive
I am definitely a bit of a girly girl, and I always love feminine touches in fashion. Watching the Emmys last night, my favorites (above) were naturally skewered towards the dresses that have those touches of lace, flowers, and in particularly – in the blush and neutral tones. It inspired me a bit to think about how to incorporate blush into everyday wear, so I put together some of my favorite finds. They can also be paired with some darker grays and blacks for fall and winter to work year round.
1. Topshop pleat midi dress, $140
2. La Mer charm watch, shopbop.com, $185
3. Zara shiny pointy toe ballerina flat, $99.90
4. Zara flared skirt, $39.90
5. Anthropologie lace dress, $298
6. Nasty Gal crochet knit top, $68
I absolutely love hair accessories. Since the Blair Waldorf days of obnoxious headbands, I added hair accessories as a key part of my overall look. They are especially great for curly hair girls who want to look polished without any styling or need a quick fix on a bad hair day. Simply pull your hair in a bun, throw on a headband or hair clips, and you’re ready to go.
I was thrilled to see that hair accessories (both obnoxious or more subtle) at many of the New York Spring 2014 fashion shows. From head wraps to flowers, I’m looking forward to adding more to my accessory collection.
Below (left) Head Wrap at Derek Lam and (right) Floral Headpieces at Erin Fetherston
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Below (left) Custom Flowers at Zac Posen and (right) Bow at Red Valentino
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