Monthly Archives: February 2009

Wanted

I’m in the market for a black bag with gold hardware.  I’m very peculiar about the specs though.  I really want to be able to wear it comfortably on my shoulder.  And it must, must, must be easy to get in and out of.  (Watch yourself, Paddington.)

Unfortunately, that takes a couple of beautiful bags out of the running.  The Jimmy Choo Ramona is a stunner for sure, but the strap over the top opening makes it a no-go for me.  I just can’t be bothered with fumbling around trying to get stuff out of the way just to get in my bag.  And I can almost guarantee you that that piece would constantly be floating around flipped backwards because I won’t take the time to properly fasten it every time I use the bag.

The Kooba Jacinda is also out because of the shoulder straps.  I have the Jacinda in an ivory-ish color and it’s got just enough of a drop to wear on the shoulder but it’s a bit tight and the straps are sewn in such a way that it’s almost constantly slipping off. 

So I think I might have narrowed it down to these two:

The Rebecca Minkoff Devote ($630) is a serious contender.  It meets both of my requirements with an adjustable strap that allows for up to an 11 inch drop and an easy top snap closure.  Ain’t she a beaut’?

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Another option is the  Zoe bag by Coach ($498).  It has a generous 14 inch drop and a simple zip closure.  This is classic Coach styling…

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

 These two bags are very different.  One’s a little bit country club and one’s a little bit rock and roll.  One’s front row at Fashion Week and one’s front row at the Junior League monthly meeting.  One’s Carrie and one’s Charlotte.  Me?  Well, I guess I’m a little bit of all those things.  

Decisions, decisions…

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Obama does it again

No, not that Obama.  The other one.  You know, the one in Narciso Rodriguez.

I love the color.  I love the simplicity.  I love the high waist.  I love everything about it.  And I think she looks positively radiant!

I’m glad she didn’t let the bad reviews of her election night dress sway her against Narciso Rodriguez.  As Style File said, there is something comforting about how she chooses some of the same labels over and over (Jason Wu, J.Crew).  

Well played, Mrs. Obama.

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Maxed out

Much like the gladiator sandal, the maxi dress isn’t going anywhere for at least one more summer.  

Image courtesy of Shopbop

Image courtesy of Shopbop

 

This jersey halter from Anna Sui ($464) has a flattering fit and a standout print to boot.  And it’s equally perfect for summer evening soirees or a lazy afternoon of lunching and window shopping.

I especially love that the halter neck ties, which makes it easy to adjust for the perfect fit on your shape.  Plus, with ruching on the bodice, this dress will just about mold to fit you, not the other way around.  And who doesn’t enjoy a gorgeous and comfortable summer dress?

 

 

You can get 20% off this and other select maxi dresses with the code TOTHEMAX on Shopbop.com.

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Get the blues

With March right around the corner, it’s nearly time for outerwear to lighten up.  Time for wool to give way to cotton twill.  Time for grey to give way to bright blue.

Image courtesy of Bluefly

Image courtesy of Bluefly

 

I love the idea of taking a classic and timeless piece like the trench and giving it an unexpected  punch of color.  

This double-breasted and belted version by MICHAEL Michael Kors ($96 on Bluefly.com) is bound to brighten up your spring.  And at under $100, I can’t see any good reason not to invest.

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Fashionomics – Anna Wintour surprises

I was fairly surprised shocked to the core to read last week that Anna Wintour (or A-Dubs,  as she’s known to those of us who follow fashion news like it’s election day coverage) doesn’t loathe the concept of discount designer in the form of collaborations with stores like Target.

I am sure that the checks from Target, and the exposure, are very helpful. I don’t agree that [they lost ground to cheap-chic retailers]. If it’s the right fit, [I encourage it] absolutely. One of the collaborations we do through the Fashion Fund is with the Gap [wherein the winners design their own twist on the classic white shirt]. Gap takes the designers all over the world, and photographs them with young models wearing the shirts. And the shirts are fabulous.

So while I doubt she’s shopping the Viktor & Rolf rack at H&M or anything, it’s nice to know we have her blessing and that the Voguettes aren’t being dispatched out to area Target stores to set fire to the McQ displays.

Read the article here at The Cut.

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Dress week – Old Navy

I’m wrapping up dress week with a real bargain from Old Navy.  The twist front dress comes in at a very budget-friendly $29.50! 

Image courtesy of Old Navy

Image courtesy of Old Navy

 

This basic but lovely matte jersey dress will be absolutely perfect come summer.  It’s light and swingy and will look elegant and effortless whether you wear it with flip flops on the beach or with strappy sandals out for a cocktail.

I feel like this is one of those great dresses that you can throw in your beach bag, put on at the end of the day and look fabulous. 

I’ll take one in every color!

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Dress week – Ella Moss and DAY Birger et Mikkelsen

Well, it’s a two-for-one today, folks.  I simply could not decide which of these two gorgeous dresses to feature so I figured I’d take the easy way out and do both!

First up is the Ella Moss Aggie dress ($177).  I’m in love with the black and white stripes and the ruffle detail.  I can imagine wearing this on a summer weekend day with flat sandals or during the evening with heels.  (Plus, it’s made of super-soft modal so you just know it’s going to feel like you’re wearing pajamas.  And Lord knows I do love a good “pajama dress”.)

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Next is this silk boho-inspired tank dress from DAY Birger et Mikkelsen ($260). Personally, I would have given just about anything to have had this dress on our trip to Croatia last summer.  Just looking at it is taking me back to the evening of cocktails and live music on the patio of our resort overlooking the Adriatic sea. But to be honest, the beauty of this piece is that it can serve you well from summer right into fall.  Net-A-Porter.com shows it paired with an oversize boyfriend cardigan and a chunky ivory leather bag and it works beautifully. 

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

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