August 22nd, 2008
When it comes to belts, they certainly have other purposes besides just holding up a pair of Levis. They’re an excellent way to add a bit of edge to an outfit, either with a low slung, braided belt in the Summer or a more refined, waist-cinching option in the cooler months. Despite the plethora of candy colored choices available now, I like the idea of finding black belts that stand out simply because of their intricate detailing.
Linea Pelle’s Leather 2 1/2″ Contour Waist Belt is simple in its construction with an over sized buckle, but it’s the antiqued gold hardware that give it that hand-me-down feel. I love that it’s thick, so that when thrown over a white collared shirt, it adds a substantial piece of hardware that also creates a slimming silhouette.
I’m not usually one for obvious labels on clothing and accessories, but the double C’s of this Chloe Heloise Belt has won my affection. I even like the fact that the size can’t be adjusted since it gives the illusion that the belt is custom-fit. It would be perfect for tempering a billowy blouse in a paisley print.
I’m crazy about this Studded Double Wrap Leather Belt since it combines two of my current obsessions: studs and layering. As a proud owner of a wrap belt, which I wore several days ago here, they truly add an entirely different dimension to an outfit. I like the stud detailing on this one that isn’t overkill thanks to its diminutive width.
August 21st, 2008
You would think that since I majored in Media Studies, I wouldn’t be tempted by movies like “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” This is not the case. Luckily, my best friend shares the same affinity for girl bonding movies and she’s agreed to accompany me tonight for some popcorn and unrealistic story lines. The notion that these four friends can all squeeze into the same pair of jeans truly behooves me considering my Citizens of Humanity certainly don’t have the same kind of stretch. Since I don’t plan on sharing my denim, I’ve found three pairs that fit my criteria for Fall: high-waisted and flared, skinny and dark and loose and distressed.
Grey Ant’s high-waisted Welt Jean has a sophisticated silhouette that more closely resembles a pair of trousers. The slightly flared legs are sure to make any one’s thighs appear smaller by comparison and the fitted waist makes for the perfect canvas to tuck inflowy blouses. Just hold the braids in your hair and fringed bags so you don’t look too Flower Child.
When skinny jeans first emerged back on the scene a few years back, I was reluctant to try this unforgiving style due to my rather curvy legs. It wasn’t until a stylish friend suggested I look at them more as a pair of comfy leggings instead of like any regular denim. Since then, I’ve been hooked, and J Brand’s 10″ Ankle Skinny Stretch Jean is far and away the best out there. Whether worn with comfy flats on the weekend, sexy pumps at night or tucked neatly into riding boots, they’re amazingly versatile and surprisingly comfortable.
Since my boyfriend would probably be creeped out if he found me in a pair of his jeans, Gap’s Long and Lean Jeans are a fantastic alternative. With gentle distressing at the top and a slim, relaxed fit, I know I’d have a hard time tearing myself out of these. Additionally, for those of you anxious about recreating Katie’s new look, these would most definitely suffice.
August 20th, 2008
My loyal readers can attest that I’m a huge fan of Forever 21, especially when it comes to accessorizing. I figure that this way, I can save up for more classic staples and not feel bad about spending money on such trendy pieces. This works in theory, but I have yet to stick to a budget that allows for any extravagant purchases due to my lack of discipline. I think if I set my eye on the prize ahead of time, I’ll make smarter decisions so that when it comes time to whip out my wallet, there will be no hesitations (or credit card debt). I’ve included three shoes, all of which would play a pivotal part in my wardrobe, yet for entirely different reasons. I’ve picked a casual classic heel, a pair for work and then a great shoe for parties.
I almost always opt for the cheaper alternative when it comes to ridiculously expensive shoes, but there’s no denying the incredible construction of these Christian Louboutin somewhere pumps. Even from Barney’s website, you can clearly make out the rich, Nappa leather and its seductive curves. Plus, in a deep camel color, these would literally add some much needed inches to my legs and a dose of glamor to every outfit.
My mom would seriously cringe if she read this, but for a pair of Manolos, this leather pump is relatively reasonable for $555. Whether worn with a pencil skirt or some dark denim, these would make the process of getting dressed for work all the more enjoyable.
Carrie Bradshaw revolutionized the term ‘strappy sandal,’ but I couldn’t help but fall for these Prada scalloped peep toe pumps for my ideal evening shoe. They’re sturdy enough to go dancing, but the delicate details at both the toe and the heel make these unbelievably feminine.
What are your thoughts on breaking the bank for a pair of shoes?
August 17th, 2008
After what seemed like weeks of painting and touch-ups, our wall is officially done (with minimal red-splattered carpeting to match). After the Venetian blinds were taken down, it became evident just how much they took away, both aesthetically and functionally. The new drapes, which are a greenish-khaki, not only complement the color of the wall, but let in an incredible amount of natural light. Lastly, our West Elm cube cut-out dresser arrived, which means that my wardrobe is no longer confined to laundry baskets. The one question remains:
How to decorate the immense amount of space above the dresser?