Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Adrien: Stripes and Stuff.

This is a pretty casual outfit for work but everyone is out at conferences and the like so I took advantage of that.  Nothing groundbreaking here, just proof that you can be comfortable and still look put-together (which is usually my goal):

My striped shirt is, of course, Banana Republic and I'm wearing J.Crew twill utility pants which are REAL on sale right now. My red mary janes are Chie Mihara and they're seriously old, but this pair is super crazy cute

I'm carrying my trusty old MBMJ Hillier hobo and wearing the world's most annoying J.Crew locket necklace. (I love it but the chain kinks like crazy. Get this one instead.)

I do love a pair of red shoes almost more than anything.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Banana Republic Fall Collection: What I Ended up Buying.

I know I've already done a bunch of posts about BR's fall line but I bought A LOT of it and ended up returning about half which is pretty much how I roll. Sometimes you don't know if something will work with your wardrobe until you bring it home and make introductions.

What I kept:

I tried on the small in-store and it looked way too big on me so I ordered the extra-small and the petite small online. I ended up keeping the petite small (it fit best in the shoulders) and have already worn it a few times. Super cozy with cool faux leather details and zippers on the sleeves.

Faux-Leather Trim Open Cardigan
I I have a thing about grey sweaters. This is cropped but not obnoxiously so and I like the triangle detailing. I think it'll be great with jeans and boots when the weather gets cool. 

Cropped Rib-Knit Crew
These have already become a staple in my wardrobe. I've worn them a bunch of times (and in an outfit) and they're just so easy. The fit is good, the details are interesting and they're the perfect length to wear with flats. 
Sloan-Fit Black Moto Pant
Mini-Stripe Long-Sleeve Tee
Hey, look! I bought a striped tee. It's a tee with stripes, y'all. I like it. I wear it. I want MORE.

Mini-Stripe Long-Sleeve Tee

What I returned:

I knoooow. Here's what happened: When I bought the petite cardigan I then went and put this in my cart forgetting I was still in the petite section of the website. So, yeah. I accidentally bought the petite version and couldn't understand why it didn't fit the same until I looked at the tag. By the time I realized my mistake the regular one was sold out. So stupid, so sad.

Perforated Faux-Leather Pencil Skirt
Sloan-Fit Zip-Pocket Pencil Skirt
I liked this skirt with it's funky zipper details but the material is so stretchy that it would immediately begin to creep and shift and I just CANNOT WITH THAT. I think maybe I just have a hard time with skirts. Anyway, it wasn't true love so back it went.

Sloan-Fit Zip-Pocket Pencil Skirt
This is a belt. I thought it would look good with the pants but it was both too thin and too long and even with the discount code it was not quite a bargain. Eh. Bye belt.

Italian Leather D-Ring Belt

Have you bought anything from the fall line at Banana Republic? What are your thoughts?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Window Shopping: Frye on Sale!

Weekend Window Shopping: Frye on Sale.

So, it can’t just be me that trolls in search of Frye boots and shoes on sale, right? The prices range from reasonable to occasionally ridiculously low. 6pm is Zappos sale site, so while you won’t be able to use eBates (and coupon codes are rare) they do offer free shipping on ever order.

(When I do my roundup I try not to include items that only have a couple of sizes left, but if you’re a size 5.5, 10 or 11 OMG please buy these.)

Here’s what I like:

Basically a great tall boot in a beautiful color.
Frye Martina Engineer

The skull detail is subtle but badass.
Frye Heath Skull Outside Zip

These are so f'ing cool.
Frye Bella Belt Bootie

Great for those with calf-fit issues.
Frye Melissa Gore Zip

A classic! I have and love these.
Frye Veronica Slouch

A solid, non-trendy heel you can wear for years.
Frye Carson Pump

I've been tempted by these for way too long.
Frye Regina Pump

This flat is $30 in this color!!
Frye Regina Ballet 

Friday #GoHugo

Alright alright alriiiiight.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Outlet Shopping Magic with Nina.

Yesterday I took a half-day off and drove up to the fancy outlet mall in Northern VA with my friend Nina. If you've been reading this blog for a while you know what that means - Nina's magical finds. She's a terrible enabler but she has this shopping bargain eye. Basically, if she tells you to buy something you don't question it, you just do it.

So! What did I buy?

Laundry by Shelli Segall Notch Front Open Jacket - I'd been searching for something like it and even bought a similar Theory jacket Nina found at Marshalls, but I ended up returning it because the fit was weird. I can't find a good photo of the actual jacket I bought (which Nina pulled out of a clearance rack like a rabbit out of a hat), but I'll wear it in an outfit photo soon! This one is similar enough to give you an idea:

Not the jacket I bought
It came from the Bloomingdales outlet and I paid: $33 Original price: $228. 

RACHEL Rachel Roy Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Military Pea Coat - Nina told me about this one last week but I haaaaate BCF and will do anything to avoid going there. And, I don't really need another coat. Nope, sure don't. However, Nina asked if we could stop into the (much nicer) store at the outlet mall and I ended up buying it because the details are SO good:

Pointy bits! Pyramid-y buttons!

RACHEL Rachel Roy Pea Coat 
It came from Burlington Coat Factory and I paid: $39. Original price: $280. (I'll be honest that I wouldn't pay more than $80 for this jacket. It's really cute but the quality is NOT in the $200 range. RVA ladies - this is still available at the BCF on Broad St!)

Kenneth Cole Reaction “Salt N Pep” leopard slip on sneakers - After yesterday's post I was definitely keeping an eye out for some Vans-like slip ons and I scored! I am so happy with these, especially since they're still selling online for quite a bit more.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Salt N Pep
They came from Marshalls and I paid: $35. Original price: $79. (Word to the wise, they run a half size big.)

Blown glass wonky-eyed octopus!! He was hanging out in the clearance section with a couple of blown glass walruses and I just couldn't leave him there.

He came from TJ Maxx and I paid $13. Original price: How can you put a price on joy? 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Session in Progress.

L: I need some weekend sneakers and was thinking about something like these slip-ons because they seem like the sort of things a chic Parisian lady would wear to buy a baguette.

Vans Perforated Leather Slip-On Sneaker

L: But then I saw THESE.

Vans Scaled Leather Slip-On Sneaker

L: Do Parisians wear faux snakeskin?

A: Dude, I linked those last weekend! I APPROVE.

L: Ohhh!! See? Great minds. I bought these when my shoes broke on the way to work the other day and I love them, but they're not comfy weekend kick-around shoes.

Kork-Ease Michelle

L: So am debating between Parisian sneakers (I am making this up as a thing) and slouchy slip on booties:

Frye Phillip Military Back Zip

L: Though I would prefer not to spend a million dollars.

A: Oh! Ooh! Get these:

Splendid Seaside Slip On Sneakers

L: Those are good. But look, I could spend almost as much as for boots and get these and channel 1990s me!

Ash Jam Leopard Haircalf Slip On Sneakers

A: Zig-a-zig-ah. But truly, I am looking through the fancy sneaker section of Shopbop and my mouth is hanging open:

Toga Pulla Shearling Lined Sneakers

L: Why? Why does that exist? And why does it cost $700!

A: Right? Crazy. Maybe you need some nice Bensimon sneakers? They're very Frenchy:

Bensimon Lace Up Tennis Sneakers

L: Very! One of the chicest French ladies I know just wore these Converse and made them look so, so cool. I do not think I have what it takes:

Converse All Star

A: Girl, ANYONE can wear Chucks.

L: Maybe I just need better socks. I just can't make them look....natural.

A: You need very minimal socks or no socks if you can handle it.

L: And surely socks + Chucks does not = $200. I feel like this has become a therapy session, Adrien. Send me an invoice for your services?

A: Of course. I feel like we've made good progress this session.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Adrien: Fall Things. Yay I Guess.'s officially fall and the weather immediately went sharply colder because FINE WHATEVER. Ahem. But, the (only) upside of this is that I can wear things I haven't touched in a while, like my J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket:

 ...and the striped Banana Republic dress I bought last winter and totally forgot about. 

It's a good one. They have another striped dress that looks interesting but I have a Striped Thing Problem so it's probably best if I don't investigate. I'm wearing this dress with my new Frye Emma flats which are much more comfortable on their second wear. I think they're going to break in nicely. 

I'm also still very happy with my new little bag - the color makes me really happy and the size is only a problem when I need room for an emergency cardigan. (Hush. This is totally a thing.) 

My necklace is also from last winter - J.Crew, the land of awesomely weird tasseled things

So, yeah. Stripes, tassels, MBMJ and Frye. All The Fall Things! If We Must!