There’s a great sale going on at House of Harlow right now. I’m lusting after some of the shoes, but she’s known for epic Sunglasses and most of them are now $50! These are my current obsession:
Summer inevitably brings on spontaneous trips that don’t involve a lot of planning. They’re exciting and a great way to reconnect to that thrilling feeling that came during childhood in between School years. Whether it’s a night away at a local hotel offering a great deal or an impromptu decision to drive a couple hours along the coast to a great vacation spot, I like to be able to get out of the house within an hour before the idea of actually doing it fades. Some of my favorite daytime purses are actually larger weekend bags that are perfect for these occasions. Big enough to fit the essentials for a different climate, but small enough so that it is easy to carry.
We’ve discussed here how my D.I.Y. skills are not up to par, but I try… which most of the time ends in embarrassment. One of my goals for this year was to be a little more thrifty and to work on taking projects into my own hands. After a few failed attempts, I’ve decided to start small.
When I found this image on Martha Stewart’s website, I instantly knew it would be the inspiration for the next outdoor Summer BBQ. It’s inexpensive and easy!
Make Your Own:
–streamers ($.79/80′ roll) – buy 4 colors in similar hues
–double-stick tape ($1.66)
–candle holders ($3.99-$13.99 each)
**I think it could look even better with these birch tea candle holders! Love these!! ($12/set of 3 assorted)
There are times when I love trying on what seems like my whole wardrobe, testing combinations to find the perfect outfit for an event, and then there’s my normal reality when I have 15 minutes to pick out what I’m wearing. For those days, I usually go simple (printed pants or jeans with a solid top). I always like to top it off with something more noticeable though, like a big statement necklace, an embellished headband or my latest addiction – summer scarves.
There are so many ways to wear them (around neck or head are my favs) and they can instantly amp up what would be a pretty plain look.
Modcloth Mint To Be Scarf $17.99
Madewell Seastripe Sarong $41.60
Asos Heart Print Snood $16.57
Madewell Spot Dot Scarf $49.50
I’ve gotten used to wearing watches everyday. I normally stick to a classic over-sized gold Michael Kors style, but think it’s fun to mix it up every once and a while with a fun, bright alternative.
I’m obsessed with Pinterest. I don’t have down time because of Pinterest. I found it really funny when I was trying to explain what it was to someone and took about five minutes describing it’s complexity and she goes, “Oh, so it’s like a collage”. UM, yeah. Seriously forgot about collages, but yes. An online collage.
One thing that has been all over my boards is printed tights. They’re such a fun way to mix up a serious dress or skirt with a basic top.
There’s TONS out there, but here are some of my favorites…
Jonathan Aston Wild Tights $18.50
ModCloth Plaid Tights $20.99
Jonathan Aston Plaid Tights $19.50
I will never forget my first cell phone. I had to have the rectangular Nokia (you know, the one with Snake on it) and still think back with pride realizing how fast of a texter I was even with 3 letters on each button. I obsessed with changing the covers to show off different colors and prints in an effort to make a rather bulky looking device “cute”. Things have certainly come far since then; sometimes it feels like I can’t even go a month without a new tech accessory catching my eye, which makes personalizing these things (which we spend so much time on!) fun, as well as reflect our personal style.
I recently purchased a new mouse pad from Freshly Picked ($35) and an iPhone case from J Crew ($25) to spruce up my gadget’s looks for Spring. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to something like this because they’ve become as much of a part of our look as our shoes or handbag!
Tech Accessories I’m Geeking Out For:
Native Union Pop Phone (plugs into your cell phone) $29
Micro Gem Headphones $25.60
Portable Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $14.99
iPhone Desktop Headset $59.95
Heart Shaped Splitter (so two people can listen to one song/movie, etc) $14.99
Microphone Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $24
VooMote Zapper (universal remote that plugs into your cell phone) $69.95
USB Tulip Hub $24
Poodle USB Hub $16
*all photos taken from websites they are linked to
I’ve always used belts (and most things for that matter) more for fashion than function, however there’s no doubt that the fit of a good belt can make your look polished, and most importantly – comfortable! There are different opinions about what kind of belt should be worn with certain things, but I’ve always felt the first priority should be how it looks on your body (not on the model in an ad). Once you get to know what kinds of shapes and sizes work for you, it is easier to buy without trying on.
The purpose of a belt should be to hold your pants in place as if you are standing up. It’s important to know that if your pants scrunch in the back when you are wearing a belt that is fit snug on your hips – your pants are too big (at least in the waist). Standing upright, you should not need a belt (for function) if you have the right size pants. Belts are for sitting down and bending over. A lot of people who are frustrated with finding belts actually don’t realize they’re buying the wrong size pants. In that case, you can either invest in tailoring (which I would definitely suggest for a pair of jeans or work pants that get a ton of use) or… buy some new pants.
I’ve put together a compilation below, including some classic, some fun and some dream-worthy belts. Happy shopping!
If you’re like me, you love dressing up, but don’t always have the time, energy or the dream wardrobe for that matter to create new looks day to day. One of my favorite ways to dress on the go and still feel put together is by adding jewelry. It instantly takes your jeans and t-shirt into something a little more polished. I’m always surprised how a unique necklace or chunky bracelet can start conversations and make you remembered. I have some special pieces that are a little costly, but most of my favorite pieces are $50 or less.
Top left to right: Pink and Metal Bracelet from Gap in stores only (no more than $30), Blue Beaded Bracelet from BCBG in stores only, Silver Bead Braided Bracelet from Pier 1 Imports in stores only (just a couple dollars), Gold Watch from Michael Kors $250, Elastic Gold Embellished Bracelets from BCBG in stores only
Bottom left to right: Blue Agate Necklace from Planet Blue $24, Circle Ring from Michael Kors $85, BCBG Pave Bracelet from BCBG $58, Pink Bangle from Prive (former deal site, now shut down – was around $10), Gold Bangles from Home Goods (I believe it was $5/10 bangles)
Top left to right: Pave Ring gift, Goldfill Stacking Rings and Silver Droplet Ring from Favor Jewelry $18 each, Twisted Diamond Ring gift, Delicate Love Necklace gift, Gold Hoop Earrings gift, Silver Beaded Necklace from The American Visionary Art in Baltimore (this was like $15), Gold Doubled Ring by CC Skye but find similar style here for $15, Silver Circle Necklace (I’ve had forever – find similar style here for $17.49), Gold Hourglass Necklace gift, Gold Heart Necklace gift, Swarovski Crystal Ring is no longer available, but you can find similar styles like this one on their website
Bottom left to right: Rose Gold Earrings from Rachel Roy no longer available, bought on sale for $10, Silly Bandz pack of 6 for $4, Snake Earrings from BCBG in stores only, Silver Beaded Bracelet from Tiffany & Co $200, Multicolored Ring bought on the street in Venice for $1, Gold Link Bracelet bought on sale at Gilt.com but find same style with an added flair here for $150, Rose Gold Spiked Bracelet no longer available, Silver “Believe in You” Bracelet gift, Blue and Gold Rock Ring bought at a kiosk in Baltimore for a few dollars
Some Jewels I’ve had my eye on:
I believe in a good investment. My bank account and plans to save for the future do not always see me eye to eye on this one. I do, however, invest in something from time to time that will last, can be integrated into my wardrobe a lot of different ways and is not so trendy that I’ll be thinking, “did I seriously just pay $150 for suspenders” down the road. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace the new “have to have” items, but usually not for over $50.
All that being said, I recently decided to take the plunge (after a lot of saving) and buy the Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee 50 50 Boots. Yes, the price still gives me convulsions, but the fact of the matter is – I LOVE them.
Photo taken from Stuart Weitzman
My guidelines to a successful splurge are what I like to call the 4 C’s:
-comfort (this for a fashion lover is anything that allows you to physically get through the night – just kidding… sort of)
-compatibility (does this fit with your lifestyle, wardrobe and personality? I would not condone splurging on an amazing down puffer jacket for example because I live in California where I really don’t need one. Instead I just bought the discounted version like a reasonable person at an outlet mall on the way back from Palm Springs recently, because I go to New York…. in the winter….. sometimes)
-condition (what will this look like in 5 years if I use it a lot, which you should be doing if it’s a worth while piece)
-compliments (I’m not gonna lie – if I’m paying money for something, I want return. The way I see it, the more expensive it is, the more compliments I need to be satisfied with the price… shallow, but for a person who is tortured by a love of luxury fashion, added with an extreme proneness to buyer’s remorse – it helps.)
DISCLAIMER: I’ve broken all of these rules and have insanely impractical items in my closet at this very moment that I pretend I didn’t convince myself were worth it. (I.E. leather driving gloves and 6 in heels – I’m 5’10” and there is no reason, under any circumstance I should be allowed out of the house coming in at 6’4″, only 2″ shorter than the average NBA player)
The fact of the matter is, these boots check out. All of my requirements were met with flying colors. Not only are they insanely comfortably (they are pull on – leather front, elastic back), but they are easy to wear and can be worn so many different ways (I love wearing them with something simple like a t-shirt and skinny jeans because it instantly cleans up a casual look). They’re made well and let me tell you – I can barely leave the house without someone asking where to get them. These sort of things are also great because just to break it down really simply – they take up 1/3 of your body, which means without even thinking, close to 1/2 of you already looks great. In my book, that’s a win.
They come in a variety of shapes (heeled, flat, over the knee, under the knee) and ways (leather, suede), but I would recommend flat (1″), leather (called Black Nappa), over the knee.
Want the look at a better price? If I hadn’t shelled out for the 50 50’s, I was also looking into the below styles as alternatives:
From Left to Right: Dr. Jay’s Cam Boot $32.99, Delia’s Isabella Over the Knee Boot $36.50, Type Z Woodward Boot $70.99, Aldo $104.99, Chinese Laundry Otterbein Boot $109.95, Steve Madden Hazele Boot $199.95, Frye Shirley Over-the-Knee Riding Boot $448
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