I am dying to freshen up my handbag assortment at the moment… taking inspiration from some of these amazing clutches that totally transform an outfit. I am also warming up to the idea of using a bright over-sized purse during the day (instead of lugging a huge bag around)! Thoughts?
I love sneakers and I think they have been an awesome trend… my feet are grateful to have had a breather from heels for the season. For Spring, wedge sneakers are stepping aside in favor of studded, embellished sneakers. Here are a few of my favorites:
YSL Malibu Sneakers, 550
Frye Kira sneakers with gold studs, 188
Steve Madden Twynkle Sneaker, 100
Kelsi Dagger Kilee sneaker with silver studs, 90
miu miu sneakers with studded toe cap, 495
Pour La Victoire Heydi Hi sneaker in leopard pony, 192
My love of leather jackets is well documented (check here), and I am really into the combination of a cropped leather over a long, glam maxi skirt or dress. It’s a great contrast. I also love that it hints at it being Spring at some point in the near future (hurry up already!)
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Imagine curling up in one of these cozy hammocks for a Sunday nap until it is warm enough to bring the party outside… I am currently obsessed!
Love the idea but don’t have the space? Check out svvving – a company specializing in interior swings for loft spaces. Choose different finishes and fabrications for a custom swing for your home. House party anyone?
Nothing screams luxury (and warmth) quite like a beautiful fur. I think that everyone needs at least one gorgeous fur in their closet. I look forward to going back to the East Coast especially so I can wear my furs (as they tend to be way too heavy and garner lots of odd looks here in LA).
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Ready to make a purchase? There are two cruelty-free options: vintage for faux.
When purchasing a vintage fur, it’s worth the money to buy it from a reputable vintage shop, who has (hopefully) sifted out any furs that are not in good condition. You should still be looking for fit (I find that often they are way too big and bulky through the shoulders), signs of rot or decay (it should feel supple when you bend the material, not brittle), and you should make sure it is free of tears, rips and shedding.
Faux furs are amazing, and you are able to find a great quality much more easily than an actual vintage fur. My recommendation here is to stick with a neutral color, as the brighter costumes look more fake and can even go towards costumey. Current favorites for faux are BSABLE (sold at Dash, Revolve Clothing, and Elyse Walker), and Rachel Zoe (Neiman Marcus, Piperlime, and Nordstrom).
BSABLE chelsea long sleeve faux fur jacket, 568
BSALBLE Nicole jacket in mixed raccoon, 722
Rachel Zoe Marianne faux fur vest in grey, 425
I am loving feather skirts for Holiday. It almost makes sense to wear them in December (in a way you just can’t justify in say, the middle of summer).
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To keep the skirt looking chic and not too costume like, consider the following:
-Shoes should be simple (but tall!). A sleek heel or even a simple black bootie is perfect. You can’t do a statement shoe with this skirt!
-Pair it with a tee, tank, or even a sweatshirt to give it more of an ever-day look. I love how cute a simple grey sweatshirt is tucked in. A striped tee could be really cute too!
-If the skirt is looking too drastic, consider pairing with a blazer, fitted field jacket, or a leather over it
-For nighttime, keep it simple with a plain blouse or top, maybe a statement necklace? A leather blouse or tank could add an interesting contrast in texture. I love the idea of a bold or ornate belt around the waist to define the skirt also!
-Ostrich feathers are super light and fluffy feathers, and are much easier to work with than other types of feathers that are more defined (and could look too bird-like)
A few of my favorites:
ostrich feather mini by milly, 350
dkny feather skirt with lace detail, 295
haute hippie feather mini with sequins, 495
Currently crushing on bubble chandeliers, and how to install one somewhere in my house? They can go all-out glam against a clean white room, but I prefer them in contrast to wood, brick or a room with other more natural elements, to keep the fixture from looking too modern. I like them because they add an air of glamour without being something that is sparkly or metallic.
There seem to be two major variations on the glass bubble chandeliers- those that contain a lighting fixture, and those that just reflect light from other sources.
I may be ambitious at some point soon, and do a small bubble chandelier for the corner of my bathroom (without the lighting fixture attached), and I found an aweseome DIY if you need a fabulous weekend project here.
Let me know if you decide to get crafty, step away from the Christmas decorations for just a few days, and give this one a try! xo
Equipment is a French brand that was originally introduced in 1976 by Christian Restoin in Paris, inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. The idea was to take a piece of menswear, interpret it for the modern woman, and make it both soft and sexy. It was the first brand to really introduce menswear as womenswear.
After about 20 years, the brand tapered off as the owner went off to pursue other interests, only to be recently revived in 2010 by the same creative forces that are behind Joie and Current / Elliott. Equipment once again is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe (or should be), offering up the benchmark for the staple white blouse, and offering hundreds of variations in colors and fabrications.
If you don’t have one of these in your closet, you need to add one in immediately! My favorite style is the “Bret”, which has a single front pocket. I find this to be more feminine than some of their other styles.
bret in bright white, 198
brett in bittersweet, 198
slim signature star print, 248
bret in silver metallic, 228
sophie blouse in black pleated chiffon, 248
All blouses can be found at equipmentfr,com, and are also available at revolveclothing.com, net-a-porter.com, nordstrom.com, and shopbop.com
This bag personifies simplicity as beauty at its best, as Phillip Lim does so well. This beautiful leather bag is meant to carry you throughout your day and then some, holding your entire life in one chic bag.
Originally introduced in solids, the colorblocks are fun because the zip top can be flipped back and forth- black on tan one day, and tan on black the next. My color crush? Navy, which I think will be awesome against neutrals and brighter colors going into Spring.
(via phillip lim)
all available at phillip lim, 750
The screen tee has made a come-back, made possible by the statement necklace. Much more chic and understated, the graphic statement and logo tee is once again being put under blazers, tucked into skirts, and layered under luxurious furs and leathers.
Not for the lazy, you are going to need some serious jewelry and beautiful shoes to carry this off without looking like a grad student.
in vogue we trust tee