Couture/It’s Yours: Leather & Tweed

couture-its-yours-leather-and-tweedTop Left / Bottom LeftTop Right* / Bottom Right

I know the term is usually “Leather & Lace,” but let’s just go with it.  Leather & tweed moto jackets and blazers are around every corner right now.  They’re the perfect piece to complete that “punk-chic” look eeeveryone is hoping to attain this fall.  I think a leather jacket is a great investment piece, but leather detailing isn’t necessarily worth paying up for—though I am obsessed with the blazer in this post.  Instead, consider faux or vegan leather.  These alternatives are much more affordable, so it won’t be the end of the world when the harried lady next to you on the T spills her pumpkin spice latte all over everyone within a 5 foot radius (no, leather is not exactly dry-cleanable).

*Top right image is from Piperlime.com, where the Rebecca Taylor jacket has since sold out.

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Cool Weather Closet

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My ideal fall shopping list consists of pieces that I can mix and match with one another for a multitude of chilly-weather outfits.  My top 5 items are new black jeans, a multicolored satchel, black leather booties with a chunk heel, a boucle blazer, and a new pair of black flats with a slight point to the toe.  Though I do have my eye on the above ankle strap pumps, a slim-fit white silk blouse, and a chic sweatshirt.  Also on the list are fun smoking flats, a chunky sweater, some leather or hardware detailing, colorful jewels, and an oxblood pencil skirt.  I tried to put together a bunch of both casual and more formal fall fancies so that I can mix and match for work or play!  Versatility is key when putting together your ultimate, very expensive and hypothetical, closet—obviously.

DIY Doloris Petunia

I discovered Doloris Petunia while reading Cupcakes & Cashmere.  The particularly sparkly statement necklaces featured on C&C are inspirational, but a little too over the top for me.  Not to mention pricey.  But they did prompt me to visit her site, where I found some fun pieces featuring colorful, matte stones.  But again, a bit too much going on, at way too high of a price point. So I decided it would be fun to DIY some jewelry a la Doloris Petunia (Tom Binns also makes some pretty awesome stuff that has a similar feel).

Materials:
1) Nail polish (here, and here)
2) Tooth Picks
3) Earrings (like these, or these, or just do an Etsy search for “rhinestone drop earrings”)

Nail Polish SelectionChoosing ColorsI tested out a couple of color palettes on a piece of poster board to see which I liked best.
Mid-PaintDip a toothpick into your first color of polish and dab it onto a rhinestone.  I did a bigger dot of paint on top that I then spread to the edges using the tip of the toothpick.  Splurge and use a new toothpick per color, per earring for precision’s sake.  There are no photos of me actually painting.  Sorry but I only have two hands.
Finished product!Final product! Let them dry for a half hour or so before wearing.

Boston Bloggers Summer Soiree

I attended the Boston Bloggers Summer Soiree at the Sinclair in Cambridge last night, and it was an absolute BLAST.  There was a great mix of veterans and newcomers and I had a fantastic time chatting blogs and life with such an awesome group.  Unfortunately I had so much fun at my first Boston Bloggers event that I neglected to take any pictures.  Whoops.

our program for the night

our program for the night

I had initially planned on wearing white jeans with these woven booties, as the weather has been chilly in Boston.  But of course a late August heat wave is hitting the city, so I decided to take full advantage and wear a fun summer outfit (subtext: I panicked about my outfit before deciding and ultimately left my room looking like a pack of 6th graders had just used it to get ready for a middle school dance).

Top, Skirt (H&M-old, similar), Necklace, Earrings (Vintage, similar, similar), Bracelets, Watch, Ring (loulou Boutique)

Top (in black), Skirt-old H&M (similar), Necklace, Earrings-vintage (similar, similar), Bracelets (bought at Crush), Watch, Ring-loulou

shoes-old Enzo Angiolini (similar), nail polish

shoes-old Enzo Angiolini (similar), Bikini So Teeny Polish

I arrived only a few minutes late, and met a fellow blogger on my way in the door (and she was wearing a shirt that she had made…so cool)!  The rest of the night was full of meeting new people and putting faces to a few Boston blogs that I already read.  I had a moscow mule, obviously.  And the Sinclair made some tasty apps for us all to gorge nibble on.  All in all the soiree was definitely a success…thanks to Kate and Alison for hosting!

Here are some of the fun blogs I learned about last night: Forever and a Recipe, Like So Pretty, Pam Sahota, Books and Liquor, Gluten Free Boston Girl, My Sunday Dress, Alone with a Cupcake, Another Clean Slate, Hogger & Co, A Drink with a Stranger

Salary Savvy Silk

A silk blouse is my go-to item for creating a pulled-together look.  Whether I’m going to work, a baby shower, or out at night, a silk blouse always looks polished (as long as it’s not too wrinkly).  Unfortunately, some silk tops can cost an entire day’s worth of my paycheck (if you’re as addicted to shopping as I am, don’t do the math or you will cringe).  So as I was prepping a list of ultimate fall desires, I decided to do some digging.  I scoured a few of my favorite shopping sites to come up with some silk tops that are great for fall and all cost under $100!

(images taken from respective sites)

(images taken from respective sites)

Top Row (left to right):  Daniel Rainn Silk Contrast Blouse ($69, Piperlime)Michael Stars Sandwashed Silk ($78, Revolve Clothing)Daniel Rainn Silk Tee Blouse ($74, Piperlime)Funktional Fold Front Top ($51, Revolve Clothing)Michael Stars Maldives Silk Button Down ($89.99, Piperlime)

Middle Row: Tinley Road Silk Olivia Blouse ($32, Piperlime)Rachel Zoe Lila Wrap Blouse ($75, Cusp), Swildens Ileon Silk Blouse ($95, ShopBop)Tucker Collared Silk Tunic Blouse ($86, Piperlime)GYPSY 05 Bianca Top ($93, Revolve Clothing)

Bottom Row: Joie Rancher Snake-Print Top ($94, Cusp)Funktional Lens Cut Out Front Silk Top ($86, Piperlime)Rachel Zoe Gjelina Cowl Neck ($64, Cusp)Maison Scotch Beaded Shoulder Silk Top ($76, Piperlime)Daniel Rainn Silk Emma Drape Blouse ($74, Piperlime)

Happy Shopping!

Perfect PJ’s

The perfect pair of pajamas is hard to find.  When I first saw this Eberjey Gisele set I thought, “Those pajamas are adorable, they fulfill all my PJ requirements!”  For the record those requirements are: cute, comfy, and coverage.  But then I thought, “Who pays $100 for pajamas!?”…The answer was ultimately my mother. She got them for me last Christmas and as it turns out, they’re the best pajamas of all time.  They aren’t too thick for summer, nor too thin for winter.  They’re cute and keep everything covered.  Not to mention they’re the softest pajamas I’ve ever owned.  I have been told they look a little like a sailor outfit, but I don’t care (perhaps I’m just channeling Ryan Gosling in Cannes…).

I’ve worn them all year, and am excited to wear them with fuzzy slippers this fall (and maybe even invest in another color).  The next time you’re hanging out in your PJs, you should make these savory breakfast muffins.  And while you’re at it, why not make some mimosas?  My best friend always puts a splash of St-Germain in hers (and sometimes more ingredients if we’re having a particularly boozy brunch), and I’ve been thinking it might be fun to try a little Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur in my next batch (yes, I love ginger).

Laundry tip: make sure to turn man-made fabrics inside out when you wash them.  It’ll help to keep the front side from pilling.  However, if your favorite pieces are looking a little ragged, using a pill remover like this one will get your fabrics looking fresh and new!

Couture/It’s Yours: Delicate Digits

Dainty, stackable rings are everywhere these days.  They’re on blogs, in stores (duh), and all over Pinterest.  And I love it.  I’ve got really long, thin fingers combined with the wrists of a 10-year-old, so chunky jewelry makes me look like I’m playing dress up in my mom’s closet.  These delicate rings are great for stacking on one finger, or spreading out amongst your digits.  Wear them as you wish, whatever your price point (though my advice would be to choose the rings on the right)!

Left side from top to bottom: Pearl Double Ring ($840), Dainty Stacking Ring ($410), Open Heart Ring ($1,375), Mini Solitaire Ring ($360)

Right side from top to bottom: Daphne Ring ($55), Kennedy Chain Ring ($30), Heart Diamond Ring ($176), Diamond Waif Bezel Ring ($110)