Nov 272015

Happy Thanksgiving weekend (for those of you celebrating in the States)! I had a great holiday with friends and family, and plus it was baby Feather’s first Thanksgiving! I ate more than my fair share of cheesecake. How was your holiday?

1. I have to admit that I’ve been having a pretty good time with all of the Black Friday sales going on. There’s just so much great stuff this year. A few of my picks so far, going clockwise, from all over the web…yup, I’ve been spending a good amount of time browsing the sales!

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From left to right…

Barbour Calvary Jacket, under $100 (until 11/30). A classic, easy jacket from one of my favorite outerwear brands. Layer under a heavier outer layer for winter, or wear it by itself in spring/fall. Great price too.

Smythson Notebook, $56. I love these notebooks – not only are they leather bound, but the paper quality is fantastic. Super thin, yet ink doesn’t run through. They’re still a luxury even on sale but I try to stock up when they do go on discount to save a bit.

Jill Stuart Dress, $351 (with code GOBIG15). I adore this dress – its classic and flirty and I love, love the hem (the side view with the little slits!). The long sleeves are a nice feature for wearing to winter/holiday parties, too.

Ugg Brett Slippers, $64. We have cold floors, so I’m picky about slippers and always buy nicer ones, These are fantastic – a sturdy rubber sole so no slipping, suede exterior, and that super plush Ugg lining. I’m getting these to wear all winter.

Ray-Ban High Street Sunglasses, $105. Currently 30% off – one of the best discounts on Ray-Ban that I’ve seen, and this is a great style which I’ve tried on a few times. And flattering for a lot of different face shapes!

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Yes, more sale picks! Again, from left to right…

Black Halo Sonnet Floral Sheath, $234. The cut of this dress is so flattering and I think it looks a lot more expensive (think Dolce, sexy Erdem) than it is. Lovely!  Continue reading »

Nov 232015

Sale PSA: Designer sales have started! Yahoo! 

Nordstrom has lots of great items, including beautiful (!!) forever black high heeled boots from Jimmy Choo, a beautiful wool/angora coat with a shearling collar from Akris, now 40% off, classic almond toe pumps from Prada with just a hint of platform for comfort in nude and black, now 40% off, and scalloped suede ballet flats from Chloe in a variety of fall colors, now 35% off.

Shopbop also has up to 25% the entire site – no restrictions, with code GOBIG15. Now your time to pick up a Canada Goose parka (I have the Kensington, which I love), other classic styles include the Victoria, Trillium, and Shelburne. Here’s also my Canada Goose review

Net-A-Porter has up to 50% off tons of goodies. My picks include a signature boucle overcoat from Isabel Marant, now  40% off, classic Tod’s black tasseled loafers, now 50% off, a cashmere boyfriend cardigan from Chinti and Parker, now 50% off, and a gorgeous leather trimmed gray cashmere overcoat from Burberry, now 40% off.

First up – a new pair of my favorite Frye Jackie boots. I love this boot and have mentioned it numerous times. I wear the black all through fall and winter. I have shorter legs and it’s one of the few boots I’ve found which hits me at the right place below the knee. I’m wearing the black pair below , along with a Mars necklace with it in gray agate (which is back in stock).

I’ve owned my black pair of Jackie Buttons for two years now, and worn them a ton – they still look great!

Wearing Mars Jackie Button

Anyway, I realized that I wear the black so much that I decided I needed to give them a break, and thus picked up the Jackie Buttons in cognac nubuck. I don’t wear too much brown – I’m usually strictly a black shoe type of girl, especially when I’m going with a neutral – however, I thought that the brown would go nicely with all of my gray and camel toned clothing, and it has.

I only need one pair of brown boots in my closet – and these will be it. Yay!

Frye Jackie Button Cognac

Jackie Button Ann Taylor Camera

Next up, a little suede camera bag – which I’m happy to report was $40! Yes, $40. Isn’t it amazing that most designer bags have two more zeroes after that figure these days? Anyway, my pick was the Essex bag, from Ann Taylor. Continue reading »

Nov 202015

Sale PSA: Chic little pointed toe flats from Ivanka Trump (I’m trying these out, I like the hidden 1” heel for comfort) now only $60, a cozy open knit cardigan sweater from J.Crew with great reviews that’s available in both regular and petite sizes, now $110 with code SHOPNOW, a gorgeous shearling trimmed navy coat from Rag & Bone, now 40% off (I love the bright zipper), and a perfectly slouchy cashmere sweater with pointelle details from Vince, now 40% off. 

1. I saw this bag on a lady the other day in a different color combination, and had to ask her where it was from. When she said “Gucci,” I thought that it made total sense – this bag really reminds me of some of the last designs from Tom Ford for the house, but a bit more minimalist. Isn’t it lovely?

I don’t know if I’m just buying into recent hype (probably so), but lately I’ve been really liking quite a few Gucci items, especially the new ready to wear. Anybody else?

By the way – the Dionysus I have above keeps going in and out of stock at Net-A-Porter – you can also find the smaller version of this bag, the Testa, for $2400 at Neiman Marcus.

Carolina Herrera photographed in her office at her NYC headquarters on 10/30/2015 Published Credit: Peter Ash Lee for The Wall Street Journal

2. I subscribe to the paper version of the WSJ, which is why I’m always liking articles. What can I say – I’m a dinosaur and like flipping pages! Occasionally I’ll come across a little article I like so much that I rip it out and save it. This short and sweet interview with Carolina Herrera was one of them, I love that she has such strong opinions on everything from how to dress at the airport, to Swatch watches. Continue reading »

Nov 162015

Sale PSA (theme – leather outerwear!): A lovely black draped wool coat with leather sleeves from Mackage, now 20% off, an absolutely adorable jacket with leather trim from IRO, now ~60% off, and an asymmetrical zip moto jacket available in both regular and petite sizes from Bernardo, now under $300. 

Some people that I know – both men and women – seem to love collecting wallets. I’ve never been a wallet hoarder myself. My vice has always been handbags! So imagine my surprise when I went to gather all of my various card holders and wallets, and realized that I actually had accumulated quite a few over the years. I gathered together my favorites and thought I would share my experiences with them.


From left to right, clockwise:

1. Louis Vuitton “Brazza” Wallet, $605 I got this many years ago in the classic Damier print, and it was only after the fact that I realized it was a men’s wallet. I really like this one because it holds a ton, is made out of Vuitton canvas which makes it virtually indestructible, and it just flips open. I’ve found that most women’s wallets that are checkbook style have some kind of a flap or clasp (see the Bearn below), and when I’m a hurry, sometimes it’s just easier to grab my cards without any fuss. This wallet has been abused and I still think it looks pretty good.

2. Hermes Bearn Wallet, $3000 (you can also usually find a good selection for less at Fashionphile). This Bearn is almost a decade old, and I think it looks pretty nice! I found it when Hermes was doing a big release for Turquoise (since then, they’ve done another big Turquoise push, just last year). The color just called to me. My Bearn is made out of Chevre leather, and has a gusset which I’d recommend for extra space, though it does cost more. If you like your wallets to be very sturdy, I might recommend choosing Epsom leather instead of Chevre – while I love the feel of Chevre, my wallet has definitely gotten dinged and banged up over the years, and I think Epsom would have held up better. I had to send this one to the Hermes “Spa” and $250 later, don’t feel like much was really done except for a repaired stitch or two.

3. Comme des Garcons French Wallet, $215. I’m a huge fan of these wallets! They’re really well priced, the designs are cool, and the leather is super sturdy. Because this one was fairly inexpensive, I’m not careful at all with how I’ve handled it – it’s been dropped on the pavement, scratched, and majorly banged around. And still looks great. It holds a good amount of cards, my cash, and the coin pocket is very well designed. I always recommend this wallet to those looking for a nice one at any price point – and the fact that this is only $215 is just icing on the cake. Continue reading »

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