9.23.2014

Trend Spotting: The Fuzzy Sweater

Have you noticed the fall trend of fuzzy sweaters yet? When was the last time something like this was popular? The eighties maybe? I think this is stemming from a love of texture this season, as a furry, fuzzy little sweater definitely delivers in that department. I'm kinda digging it, what do you think? Here are a few fun options around the webz:



Click that little gray arrow above to scroll through, don't be lazy!

Ok, if you are lazy, here are the text links:


MINKPINK Fuzzy Cocoon Cardigan • MinkPink • $129.00
Femmena Fuzzy Knit Sweater • $40.00
FREE PEOPLE Marshmallow Cardigan • Free People • $73.98
Johanna Sweater • BB Dakota • $75.00
Vince Camuto Eyelash Yarn Sweater • Vince Camuto • $119.00
Free People 'Sweater Out of Africa' Long Cardigan • Free People • $128.00
Kimchi Blue Striped Fuzzy Cardigan • Kimchi & Blue • $89.00
FOREVER 21 Fuzzy Plaid Sweater • Forever 21 • $22.90
JOA Fuzzy Marled Sweater • $79.00

My favorites are the Vince Camuto and JOA at Piperlime.

If money were no object (and to legitimize the trend a bit) I would totally go for this Tibi cardigan, or this striped Isabel Marant.

So what do you think? Furry fun or too Muppets Most Wanted?

9.22.2014

Favorites File: Vans Old Skools

image via my instagram

Way back in '94 when I was just a wee little seventh grader I owned a pair of Vans Old Skools. I wasn't a skater by any means, I just though they looked cool when I saw them at the store (I think it might have been Mervyn's-remember that store? My mom loved shopping for us there). So I sported my spiffy Vans until they wore out, moved on to my next shoe crush and forgot all about the good times we had. 

In walks Pinterest and TWENTY YEARS later I see them on an impossibly chic lady and all the memories came flooding back. I needed a pair of Old Skools in my life again. Thanks to the magic of the internet, here they are happily on my older and wiser tootsies.

If you'd like to take a trip down memory lane too, here are loads of styles that have been popping up recently (some of these are unisex, so check sizes carefully before ordering):

Madewell has recently stocked a high top version that is sure to be popular (but to be honest I like the low tops much better) 

White on white is a clean and classic choice.

I went sentimental and bought the blue exactly like my pair in seventh grade.

There are some adorable floral versions here, here and here.

Just whatever you do, for the love of god, don't ever buy a platform sneaker

Added bonus: you can sing "Taking it back to the old school, cause I'm an old fool who's so cool" (Whoomp There It Is) every time you wear them. Everything should have a musical accompaniment.




Vans Old Skool Checkerboard Shoes • Vans • $55.00
Vans Old SkoolTM • Vans • $36.99
Old Skool Reissue CA in Birch • Vans • $70.00
Vans Liberty Old Skool Men‘s Sneaker • Vans • $44.99
Vans The SK8-Hi Slim Sneaker in Geometric Cockatoo and Hot Coral • Vans • $52.00
VANS Low-tops & trainers • Vans • $108.00
VANS Low-tops & trainers • Vans • $69.00
Vans 'Sk8-Hi - Slim' Sneaker (Women) • Vans • $64.95
Vans® & Madewell Classic SK8-Hi High-Tops in Wool • Madewell • $80.00
Vans Old Skool Snake Men‘s Sneaker • Vans • $44.99

9.17.2014

Fall Lip Trend: Gentle Mauve

While I appreciate the bold, fun colors of a summer lip, I feel the most comfortable and feminine in more subdued colors. This season I am all about the mauve lip. It's the perfect neutral to go with just about any look you are going for. During the day you can compliment it with a soft eye, and at night you can sex it up with a smoky or cat eye look. 


I went on the hunt for the perfect mauve over the weekend, and hit up my local Ulta, Target and Walgreens. I saw lots of great options out there, but only came home with a lipstick and gloss from a makeup line I had never purchased from before: Milani.

The lipstick is called "Dulce Caramelo" and the Gloss is "Mauve Fetish"


These look much more pink in the photo than they actually go on. I'm happily surprised with the quality for the price; they wear extremely well, are very moisturizing, smell great and are made in the USA. I've layered them both for some oomph, but each stand well on their own too. They do come out a very pretty mauve, but I think I will still hunt for the perfect matte option, one more like the inspiration photo above. I swatched a ridic amount of colors, and to be honest totally confused myself (my two kids acting up in the stores didn't help any).

Back in the comfort of my own home (and where I can send the kids to their rooms!) I found a few other options you may want to try out too:


Rouge Bunny Rouge - Colour Burst Lipstick - Nothing Unknown • $24.00
Deborah Lippmann Lipstick, I'm Every Woman 0.13 oz (3.6 g) • Deborah Lippmann • $22.00
M·A·C 'Viva Glam Rihanna 2' Lipstick (Limited Edition) • M·A·C • $16.00
LIPSTICK QUEEN Butterfly Ball Lipstick • Lipstick Queen • $24.00
Maybelline SuperStay 14 HR Lipstick Till Mauve Do Us Part • Maybelline • $8.79
Shiseido Perfect Rouge • Shiseido • $25.00
Laura Mercier Stick Gloss • Laura Mercier • $24.00
Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick • $21.00
Bobbi Brown Lip Color • Bobbi Brown • $26.00
Estée Lauder 'Pure Color' Long Lasting Lipstick • Estee Lauder • $26.00
NYX Matte Lipstick • NYX • $5.99
NYX 'Extra Creamy' Round Lipstick • NYX • $5.00
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick • L'Oreal • $5.99
Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain Honey • Revlon • $8.49

9.15.2014

Fall Capsule Wish List: Quilted Moto Jacket

So teeeeeechnically I don't need another jacket. In all likelihood I won't be purchasing one. But a quilted moto would really amp up my basics in the best way possible. I'm feeling the need to channel a bit of bad ass this season. Which probably makes it totally un-bad ass, but whatever. Have you guys seen Orphan Black? This show is a recent discovery and my husband and I are hooked! You can find it on Amazon Prime. The first season is free, and we blew through all ten, hour-long episodes in only a few days. We have now purchased the second season ($1.99 an ep) and are making our way through those as well. Anyway, one of the main characters Sarah wears a leather jacket and I am so obsessed with her, which has totally fueled my desire for a moto.


Now, I'm feeling a little torn in this situation. Generally if something is a trendy piece I won't spend a ton of money on it. While the moto jacket is definitely a trend of the moment, it is also quite classic. So I think an investment piece would be appropriate in this situation. Not to mention the cheapos you find at Target/F-21, etc. look exactly that: cheap. So I found a few options in the huns...put them your Christmas list.

My favorite choice would be this guy from Bebe available through Nordstrom. I really like the knit paneling and hood, which makes it a bit less stiff looking. Normally I don't shop Bebe, but somehow this being available through Nordstrom makes me feel better about it! Ha!

This Blank NYC moto is everywhere, on some sites for up to $158, but I found it on sale at 6pm.com for only $71.99. If this one tickles your fancy I would snatch it up because items on 6pm sell out fast.

This Hurley Moto on Zappos is another great option. I like that the zippers are tone on tone, giving the jacket a cleaner look.

Below are a few more options, all in the $100-200 range.



Wyatt black quilted leather padded shoulder moto jacket • Wyatt • $250.00
KENNETH COLE NEW YORK Black Asymmetrical Quilted Moto Jacket • Kenneth Cole • $169.97
Generation Love Coated Quilted Asymmetric Moto Jacket, Black • Generation Love • $284.00
Hurley Moto Novelty Jacket • Hurley • $90.00
Blank NYC Vegan Leather Moto Jacket w/ Floral Lining in Oil Spill • Blank NYC • $71.99
(Minus The) Leather Quilted Sleeve Jacket • Express • $138.00
BLANKNYC Quilted Faux Leather Jacket • Blank NYC • $148.00 (in case the other sells out)
bebe Knit & Faux Leather Hooded Moto Jacket • Bebe • $128.00
INC International Concepts Quilted Faux-Leather Moto Jacket • INC International Concepts • $116.99

9.11.2014

Favorites File: Circus by Sam Edelman

I ran across a pair of booties recently that I remember loving last season that were now deeply marked down (reg $110, now $41) so I bought them with no hesitation. They are from the new line Circus by Sam Edelman, which is "a playful extension of the iconic brand" according to the official site. I started perusing the rest of the Circus line and found that practically all styles would be very much at home in my closet (save for a few questionable high heels). I get really excited when stuff like this happens, because now I have a new go-to line to stalk every season!  An added bonus, every time I see "Circus" I launch into a rendition of Britney's song of the same name. "All eyes on me in the center of the ring just like a circus..." Oh Brit, you've stayed with me through all these years.



Here is my pair, the "Harley" bootie, looking all comfy cozy on my bed. Speaking of, these are SO comfortable, which is great because these will definitely be a pair of everyday shoes for me once the weather cools down.

Here are a few of my favorites, including the pair I bought, only a bit more expensive because there was an extra promotion going that has since expired. Still a great deal though! Click the photos to be directed to where to buy.


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