saturday night love… the statement clutch

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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?

clutch black with gold cuff

clutch leopard

clutch neon green

clutch turquoise croc

clutch emerald green

clutch fuschia

 

 

Love of the day: the feather skirt

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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).

feather skirt blue

feather skirt white

feather skirt white and gold

feather skirt neutrak

feather skirt navy

feather skirt black

feather mini milly black

feather skirt pink

(all images via pinterest)

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:

feather mini millyostrich feather mini by milly, 350

DKNY feather skirt w lace

dkny feather skirt with lace detail, 295

haute hippie feather skirt

haute hippie feather mini with sequins, 495

love of the day: the phillip lim 31 hour bag

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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 makes a come back

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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

 

how to buy the perfect leather jacket

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I am somewhat of a leather jacket connoisseur, finding my collection over a dozen deep and always searching for the next amazing and can’t live without piece. I have been shopping for a new biker / motorcycle style in black for a while, and was disappointed when I brought the winning jacket home, and felt that it was too heavy, awkward and unflattering. I gave it another spin and tried to wear it to work, and took it off seconds after I was at my desk. I couldn’t move my arms or type comfortably, I felt very restrained (and that I looked like a boy).

(rika “nova” black and red leather jacket)

Here are some shopping tips to make sure you bring home the right jacket:

Fit

Is it too boxy? I find jackets to be the most flattering when they nip in a bit at the waist, instead of just hanging straight. This keeps them feminine, and more versatile, since now it is something you can throw over a pretty dress. Make sure the shoulders hit right at your shoulders, and not below. Because of the construction of the jacket, this will just cause your shoulders to look massive. Do you have just a little bit of room in the arms? I am usually not wearing heavy layers under my leathers, just a tee or lightweight knit piece, so I prefer the arms to be more fitted. Regarding sleeve length, often the sleeves are too short for me. I am obsessed with Zara leathers, but every time I try one on, the sleeves in the size that fit properly end up being about an inch too short. I do like sleeves that have a zipper detail. Any excuse for hardware is a good one, and I like the idea of unzipping and rolling up a sleeve to expose some arm candy.

Quality

Are the zippers sturdy? How is the stitching? If you fall in love with your jacket and have need a seam or zipper repaired, it is going to be extremely expensive.  Look at the lining- is it a higher quality material?

Hardware

Do you have a strong tendancy towards gold or silver? Just like with a handbag, this should be taken into consideration, especially if it is a lot of hardware. Do you want studs, spikes or other embellishments? If you already have a few leathers, this might be fun, otherwise if you need an everyday pieces you are going to find yourself limited in what you can pair it with. Also consider if it has an attached belt that closes at the waist. This can be a cute detail, but since a leather jacket is more casual and you will likely be wearing it open most of the time, this could result in an awkward piece of hardware just dangling from your waist.

Price

How much money are you willing to invest? My favorite  designers who always offer perfect leathers are Balmain, Celine, Iro, Balenciaga and Rick Owens. For options under a thousand, look at Veda, Doma, Zara, All Saints, Theory and Joie.

iro barby leather jacket, 1248

veda julian leather jacket, 880

valentina shah jacket, 1125

 

topshop leather moto jacket, 310

 

Need more leather jacket inspiration? Click on over to my pinterest board, dedicated to leather jackets

love of the day – the shoe with the gilded touch

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Loving these shoes with the unexpected golden accents on heels, toes and platforms. This is a must-have going into Holiday!

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Charlotte Olympia Bootie, 995

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zara jeweled strap metallic platform pump, 129

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giuseppe zanotti gilded heel pump, 850

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nicholas kirkwood metallic platform velvet bootie, 1095

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zara peep toe platform, 79

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YSL metallic cap toe slipper, 675

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charlotte olympia mirrored pump, 855

 

 

how to… wear leather leggings

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I am sick of patterned, crazy and in your face denim at the moment. I know it is still trending big time, but I am still recovering from thinking that highlighter yellow was ever a good idea!

Winter to me means sleek, beautiful clothing, which brings me to one of my favorite staple pieces- the leather legging…

 

love of the day – celine luggage tote

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Currently lusting… I was over it for a minute, but it seems to be a great seasonless and classic bag that I think will stick for a while. I like it in a pop color better than in classic blag, but the black is spotted much more often. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

love of the day – giuseppe zanotti fall 12 shoe collection

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Giuseppe Zanotti just released their Fall 12 collection, and it may be their best yet. Featuring metal details, spikes studs and a generous assortment of Gaga-inspired maxi-wedges, the collection has enough to make any shoe addict fall in love.

patent heel with metal heel detail, 650.00

platform bootie sandal in red suede and black crocodile print, 1150

purple peep toe bootie, 1095.00, and suede peep toe heel with back detail, 850.00

suede bootie maxi wedge, 995.00, and suede maxi wedge heel with strap, 895.00

maxi wedge bootie with crystal and spike detail, 3025.00, and spiked cuff, 550.00

suede boot with metal heel detail, 1195.00, sandal with metal pyramid detail,  930.00