Recent Purchases: Veronica Beard, Reformation, Eric Javits

Sale PSA: An embellished clutch from Figue, now 60% off/under $150 (this is SO cute and a fabulous price – for some reason it’s not showing up if you search on Matches, I just had it bookmarked from earlier), classic brogues with a slight platform from Church’s, now 40% off, an easy padded summer slide from Cole Haan, now under $66, and a pretty bi-color rib dress from Kenzo, now 60% off/under $200. 

I know I just did a recent purchases post last week about some of my sale scores, but I thought I’d show you some of my other goodies/full price purchases as well. Yes, I’ve been very, very bad.

First up – the most practical purchase, this excellent hat. I love my Eric Javis wide brim hat so much – I pretty much wear it every day – and it’s one of those pieces I know will last me years. So I ended up buying another one – a smaller brimmed fedora.

And of course, I’ve already worn it tons. I chose the black band as I almost always have something black on, and I find the fedora style a little easier to wear for certain occasions.  It’s also handy on the playgrounds – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve smacked myself on the head on the bottom of a play structure because my larger sunhat has blocked my view, it’s truly embarrassing. Highly recommended.

Lately, I’ve had an obsession with the brand Veronica Beard. I don’t know where it came from, because I rarely “fall in love” with contemporary brands (I’d rather do either Zara or just wait for premium designer to go a zillion percent off), but for some reason I’ve been VB crazy. First with this jacket:

I have a special fondness for field jackets, and ever since I saw this one, I’ve been drawn to it. I thought it would go on sale for spring, but didn’t (WTF? I basically expect all contemporary to go on sale), so I ended up just biting the bullet for now. I love the lace details – it really reminds me of Valentino. Unfortunately I have no idea how it looks on yet, but here’s a very convincing example from the Veronica Beard Instagram.

Then, while I was being reckless, I decided to pick up a few more dresses. I love shirtdresses, especially ones made out of comfortable fabric, without zips. So I ended up also adding the Sierra ruched shirt dress (in the mail, yet to arrive) –

via Veronica Beard IG

And the excellent Campbell ruched dress, which has arrived, but I won’t be modeling it as to preserve my $500 investment from splitting apart at the seams. I love this one. The fabric is soft and sheer but double layered across the butt so no need for a slip. SO pretty! And both can be buttoned down for breastfeeding, making them practical. Right? Right?

via VB Instagram

Finally, I’ve received a few questions about my Reformation purchases – who knew there were so many fans? I’m typically a late joiner for everything, so I hadn’t figured there would still be interest. I bought four dresses, and I’m sad to say that three of them didn’t work out – I could tell that even without trying them on that they would be too short (and I’m 5’1!). The fourth one, the Memphis, I kept mainly because my husband said he would throw a fit if I ended up returning it.

I love the design, but still think it’s a little too “young” for me. That being said, for some reason this pregnancy I have been more attracted to buying some more youthful, flirter pieces – maybe as a reaction to having been pregnant and/or breastfeeding basically the majority of the time these past three years. It will be nice to feel just like myself again, instead of a mom/preggo. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this point…and if you think this white dress is an overcorrection, please do let me know! What is that term, mutton dressed as lamb?

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  • Liz - Shopping My Closet
    June 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Love your VB choices!

    Liz @

  • Wendy
    June 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Bad is so fun! Congratulations on your

  • Jo
    June 5, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    That is a really pretty jacket!

  • Linda
    June 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I think you’ll love the Victoria Beard jacket, I have a different one from the previous season that gets compliments, even from guys! Their jackets are amazing with the dickeys and the scuba pants are as comfortable as leggings. The dresses don’t work on my figure, but they are super cute. The Erica Javis hats are so good– I love mine as well. Also, I don’t think you have anything to worry about mutton dressed as lamb!

    • Katherine
      June 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you so much! Enjoy your VB items 🙂

  • D
    June 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I like the Reformation’s aesthetic but it drives me nuts that so many of their pieces aren’t lined, but are thin enough that I feel like they should be. I must say though that the lace one you kept looks rather cute.

    • Katherine
      June 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Mine is actually lined (I totally agree with your assessment) – and it’s STILL sheer!

  • Linda
    June 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    The VB jacket is on sale at Bergdorf!

  • Sonita Lontoh
    June 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Kat, how do VB sizes run? Do they run tts, small, big? Appreciate the insight. Thanks.

    • Katherine
      June 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      True to size 🙂