Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Window Shopping: Things That Are Red.




A: !!!!!!!!!

M: Woof

A: He doesn't even look real.

A: Like, I'm not sure he actually exists.

M: Rarest of Pokemon.

A: Um.

M: I don't know dude I'm exhausted

M: 😵

A: I don't Pokemon because I know myself. But if catching Idris is involved....

M: Haha

A: I'm rethinking my Pokemon stance.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adrien: Fidelity Denim Review and Outfit.

Oh, hey, look at me wearing jeans! The weather has relented slightly so I jumped at the chance to wear my new jeans, which were a big purchase for me:

They are Fidelity Denim "Sola" jeans in Coronado wash and I'd tried them on back in July when I visited my friend Ashley in Chicago. I tried to forget about them. I tried and I tried. And they kept reminding me how well they fit and how comfortable and UGH. SHUT UP, JEANS. I found them online and waited for a good code and bought them hoping they wouldn't live up to my memory. Oops. They're so good:

Fidelity Denim definitely look good from the back. Unfortunately there aren't any great sale codes for them but carries my exact pair and will send you a 10% off code if you sign up for the mailing list. What's so great about these jeans? They fit like they were handmade just for me. The denim just molds to the body and doesn't stretch out. I also love that the rise on the Sola is high enough that they stay put:

And, they're made in America! It makes up for the Old Navy split back tank I'm wearing, which is still my favorite striped top. I mean, lately. This striped Everlane tank is pretty cute and when did they add the boatneck top? Ugh, come on. I added a cardigan because that's how I do. This one is from BR and its wool counterpart is already on sale. (Wool turtleneck, anyone? Kill me!) 

My cardigan is cotton, just for the record. On to details! I'm wearing my Madewell Ensign necklace and my old favorite La Mer wrap watch which I highly recommend. They come in a bunch of great styles and colors and I'm definitely considering another one. I might even change the battery in this one so it tells time.

I'm still carrying my red LV Epi Speedy because it's so cheerful and definitely sparks joy. I will skip the "you need a red satchel" lecture since I just gave it on Tuesday but if you follow my advice you should definitely consider this beautiful Perlina bag. (Pair the sale price with code FORYOU22 and it's a screaming deal!) Just saying. 

Finally, my wedge sandals. I'm wearing TOMS strappy wedge in a now-discontinued metallic denim. They do come in a lovely neutral metallic and the TOMS site has the black/cork version marked down. That's all I got, y'all. Have a good Thursday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reader Question: How Do I Wear These Boots?

I got a great reader question from Allyson and it's a question I relate to very much. She asks:
I recently bought a pair of docs (classic black 1460s) because I went to a music festival and LURVED all of the 90s fashions that are coming back. The problem is most of the festival attendees were in their teens/early twenties. Any thoughts on how I can pull off docs without looking like I'm trying to relive my teenage grungy-angsty years? I also don't want to look like I'm trying to pull off a "The Craft" costume.

Oh girl, I feel you. I went to college in the early nineties and got my first pair of Docs my freshman year. They were THE BEST EVER. I loved 90s fashion, you guys. My best outfit was a ratty oversized graphic t-shirt with the neck cut out, cuffed denim shorts, thick black tights and my Docs. And a leather jacket. And an army backpack. I was Jane Lane, basically.

Anyway, do I think Doc Marten 1460s can be worn now without looking like a costume? Absolutely. My solution is to treat them exactly like I would a pair of chelsea boots. Keep everything else modern and you have very current but still casual and edgy look:

I also think you can totally get away with wearing Doc boots with a dress or skirt, you just have to stick with more modern proportions and maybe skip the choker. Here's what I would do for summer:

For winter, I'd skew a little more 90s and wear a tunic-y shirt dress, really opaque black tights, a fashiony backpack and maybe something like this charcoal leather denim-style jacket? (I'm afraid I've gone a little "Adrien's fantasy wish list" on this one but hey, I love it.):

Done!  Three current and non-costume-y looks with one really great classic pair of boots. Would y'all wear Docs again? How would you style them?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Adrien: Back In Action.

For the longest time I had this lovely little graveyard section of my closet where the dry-clean-only clothes would go to die after a few wears. So sad, but I am really that lazy and/or cheap. Once I figured out that I could hand wash (or even machine wash) silk and cashmere and found a good gentle detergent, it was like I suddenly had way more clothes. Included: this silk MaxStudio top that Marianne gave me: 

A floaty silk top just makes everything else you wear with it look nicer. This Joie top is nearly identical to mine (and this one too) but I'd go for this Vince top at TJ Maxx which is just gorgeous. The Everlane silk shell would also be a good place to start and there's always Boden for a nice drapey top

I'm not sure what I'm looking at but it's probably Daniel. I'm wearing my silk top with J.Crew skinny utility pants which I wish they'd bring back. LOFT had a non-cropped version that I missed out on but I'd love something similar for fall. Perhaps this Sanctuary pair? Or maybe I should go for the non-camo version. Heh. And again, Joie. Always effing Joie. Deets:

It's the usual stuff - a Banana Republic chain/tassel pendant which is pretty heavy duty. This J.Crew tassel has a similar weight and this one at BR would also be a good option. My bracelet is a Giles and Brother skinny railroad spike cuff which I wear a lot. (The crystal version is on sale, btw.)

I know, this bag. I never get tired of my red LV Epi Speedy. I just think a structured red bag is a good thing to have in your wardrobe. So classic, so cheerful. This Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury satchel is the exact right shade of red and This Matt and Nat satchel is a really elegant non-leather option. My bargain pick is this Sole Society dome satchel which looks way more expensive than it is. 

Still wearing the world's oldest pair of Chie Mihara sandals. They're just built to last. Gilt currently has quite a few Chie styles at good prices and this silver pair on sale over at Italist could not be cuter. And eep, check out this pair! Forget Gilt! Go to Italist immediately. Bye! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Don't You Need A Blue MJ Wallet?

You guys! A very kind reader tipped me off that the dreamy blue Marc Jacobs snakeskin wallet I'd had my eye on is $86 on Amazon! The red version, which is also beautiful, is $77! (It's shipped and sold from Amazon so authentic and easily returned.) This is the lowest I’ve seen it, even lower than the price on 6pm.

6pm does have some good under-$100 deals on various other MJ wallets and accessories. I always keep an eye out like a good enabler. Plus, they’re giving an extra 10% off your order with code BESTPICKS. Since we're looking at blue wallets here are two more that are good deals at 6pm:

This is the Marc Jacobs Gotham Zip Phone Wristlet which also comes in a weird pink color. This one from the same line is also cool:

This is the Marc Jacobs Gotham Open Face Wallet and, like it's brother, it also comes in the weird pink but for some reason the pink costs more? Just get the blue, it's way prettier.

Finally! This is neither blue nor a wallet but it is a very pretty Marc by Marc Jacobs leather Marchive Hilli Hobo and it's at TJ Maxx for under $150:

Hey, guess what? It ALSO comes in a weird pink color but really you want the taupe because it's a perfect creamy neutral. There are better pictures available here and someone should probably buy it. Just saying. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Window Shopping: Anthropologie Sale!

Hey all! Just a heads up that Anthropologie is currently taking an extra 40% off all sale stuff on the website (and in-store.) The discount comes off in your shopping cart - there's no code. Pair that with 2% cash back from eBates!

Being an Anthro sale, there is a lot of this kind of nonsense, there’s also some really cute stuff at good prices. Here’s what I like: