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Recent Buys – Everlane Cashmere, Leopard Flats, and Diptyque Rose

I’ve received feedback that some of the items I share are quickly sold out, especially if I wait too long to post them, so I’ve made resolution to be faster and share more often. If you have any other reader requests, just let me know. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recent buys.

Ivanka Trump Chic

Ivanka Trump “Chic” flats, $99: I was very pleasantly surprised by these. I have been looking for leopard flats for the longest time, to replace a very worn out pair of AGLs. I first tried these Lanvins, but they just didn’t fit my fit (devastating as they were 50% off, too).


I had these leopard flats in my shopping bag since late last year, and since they hadn’t gone on sale, ever, I bit the bullet and ordered (plus even full price, they’re under $100). They’re a great buy – really comfortable, and I love, love the little hidden wedge heel. They’re just enough to give you a bit of a boost, but really subtle, so the shoe isn’t screaming “hidden wedge”. Comfortable enough to wear all day, I think these are a great pick for both the office and the weekend. They run true to size for me – I’m a 36.5 (occasionally a 37 if its a smaller running European designer) and took that exact size in these flats.

I’m also wearing the Mars necklace in malachite. Also, the gray agate was just restocked for those who weren’t able to get it earlier.

Everlane Cropped Cashmere Crew

Everlane Cropped Cashmere Crew, $115: This is my favorite clothing item to date from Everlane. I love the cropped silhouette – I have a longer torso, so cropped items always are better for me in terms of lengthening my bottom half. The cashmere on this one feels softer than on my v-neck (reviewed here), for some reason. Continue Reading


Wish List: Holiday 2014

Jimmy Choo Dart

Jimmy Choo, $1195

1. Jimmy Choo heeled biker boots. I love these so much! I have the flat version of these boots and they have been one of my favorite shoe purchases, ever. I’m freezing my butt off on the East Coast right now and am so sad I didn’t pack them These have the same attributes – beautiful and practical, but also with the added heel. And plus, the heel helps with the height challenged like yours truly.

2. Proenza Schouler haircalf clutches. I first saw the black/white leopard version on the right, and then saw the tan/brown version on the left. I actually would be equally happy with either one. I always think animal prints look best on calf hair, but have historically shied away from them because I’m not that gentle on my items and was afraid of the hairs wearing off. On a small clutch however, I’m less concerned about rubbing/balding on the hair calf since I’ll be largely hand carrying. Gorgeous! Continue Reading


Weekend Update

Here are some items and reading of note that I’ve been enjoying over the last few weeks.

1. First up is fabulous cardigan from one of my past interviewees, the lovely Wei! I was thrilled to hear Wei’s news that she finally started her own line, YLIN. She was kind enough to send me one of her cardigans to try out and I loved it – it’s a super soft cashmere with a lovely surprise detail – bows down the back!

YLIN Cardigan

I’ve worn this cardigan to work and received quite a few compliments. The bows keep their shape nicely. I love wearing it with the sleeves rolled up a bit.

YLin Cardigan Bows

Wei sent me a size XS and I love that it isn’t too tight – a comfortable, easy fit. You can find it here: YLIN bow cardigan.

2. I have mentioned a few times that I’m a bit paranoid about retirement savings – I found this article via CNN to be very interesting with some good high level advice. It also includes one of those handy retirement calculators that I always like to use to punch numbers into and horrify myself.

3. My favorite new candle scent for winter: Santal by Diptyque. Mr. Feather actually is the one who picked this out, and when I went back for my second helping of this scent, the salesperson mentioned that a few years ago sales all of a sudden went up of Santal because some “big Hollywood” person said they stockpiled the scent. Being the curious Googler I was, I finally figured out that it was Brian Grazer (the rest is a quick and interesting read, via the WSJ).

I also love this great set of ten Diptyque minis – a fabulous gift!

4. I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading and recently finished Double Down – a super interesting and honestly quite gossipy read about the 2012 presidential elections. I was a fan of the writing duo’s previous work, Game Change, about the 2008 elections (you may have also seen the HBO movie). I’m someone with only a passing interest in politics, and still found both books incredibly fascinating (and now look at cable TV news in a whole new light!).


via NYTimes


Please feel free to share anything of note that you’ve been enjoying lately as well. Have a wonderful weekend!


Recent Finds: Nordstrom and Target

I recently picked up a few items at both Nordstrom and Target which I’ve really been enjoying – I wanted to share these items before they’re no longer in stores/go back to full price.


I posted earlier about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going public about a week ago. Since then I’ve both gone to the store and placed a shameful amount of orders. Unfortunately most of the items I tried didn’t end up working out for me and/or were disappointing – apart from my yearly stock up of Zella pants, I only found two items that I thought were really great. Here they are!

First up: Diptyque candles. These candles are one of my favorite home indulgences but the prices scare me so I only buy a few a year. Luckily, they last a really long time.

As part of the Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom is offering a Diptyque set which includes a wick trimmer and lid with any two candles. The two normally retail for $38 and $22 respectively separately, so it’s a nice value if you’re a Diptyque fan.

Diptyque Candle Trimmer

Diptyque collection

Diptyque “Baies and Figuier” candle set, $120

Note that I actually bought mine in store, so was able to pick out any two candle scents I wanted (the Eucalyptus might get exchanged though – a little too strong, I can smell the camphor through the box). The online set comes with Figuier and Baies, which are two of my favorites. Continue Reading