Month: October 2013

The Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are this week’s picks for the Weekend Shortlist.

Marc Jacobs butterfly-print dress

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Marc Jacobs dress

I love butterflies, though more in the abstract (i.e. a pretty pattern) than reality; up close, they look too much like bugs for my taste. Butterflies add a bit of whimsicality to an otherwise rather staid take on the LBD. Perhaps a touch too much? After all, I’m not sure where I would wear a dress like this. It is ever so pretty, though, so if I had a spare $700 or so, I would surely devote some time thinking up opportunities to wear it. Definitely a wishlist item … in the event that I win the lottery.

Nadri initial pave ring

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Nadri Initial Pave ring

My grandpa had a ring similar to this engraved with his initials (minus the bling), and I felt a wave of nostalgia when I spied this version on the Nordstrom website. I like that it’s plain, but still a little bit sparkly. I don’t have a lot of initialed jewelry (apart from the bracelet charms with my kids’ initials), but I would definitely make an exception for this ring. At under $50, it’s not prohibitively expensive for costume jewelry. Still, it’s a “wait” for now. I would prefer to either find it locally, or bundle it with another Nordstrom purchase down the line to save on the shipping costs.

J. Crew Factory double serge wool long pencil skirt

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J. Crew Factory Long Pencil skirt

Other than emerald green, my other “of the moment” colour is burgundy (or wine, or claret, or oxblood – take your pick of names). I want to buy e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. in this colour (sweaters! pants! shoes! belts! bags!), starting with this pencil skirt. Too bad it’s $110, and too bad it’s on back-order till December. [Seriously, J. Crew, what the heck?] I’m going to wait for it, to be sure, but it’s going to be a long wait. Sigh!

Brahmin Ophelia bag

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Brahmin Ophelia bag

Brahmin is a brand I know next-to-nothing about, but I saw one of their crocodile-embossed bags on a blog, and was immediately intrigued. Something about the texture reminds me of a cozy, chunky knit sweater – perfect as a “fall bag” (there is no such thing, but you know what I mean). This greyish blue colour is interesting, but the bag also comes in other, equally interesting, colours – like red. Have I found the red bag of my dreams? Perhaps. I’ll be keeping an eye out for Brahmin bags on eBay from now on, for sure.

Have a great weekend!

Manicure of the Week: Chanel Alchimie

Chanel Alchimie was one of three polishes in the fall 2013 line-up. I think the collection was called Superstition, and included Mysterious (a dark khaki green) and Elixir (a hot pink). For me, Alchimie was the clear stand-out – a mossy green metallic that has no dupes in my collection. That includes Chanel’s Peridot, which is more gold-toned and a duochrome. Here is a close-up of Alchimie:

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

The formula is good; this is a two-coater for sure, but I had no issues with the application. Because of the slightly metallic finish, brush strokes can be visible although they don’t detract from the polish, in my opinion.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

This is a very pretty, understated colour for anyone who wants to try something a little different, but finds the idea of green polish intimidating. I think the colour would be more flattering on less rosy skin tones than mine, but even I didn’t get full-on “lobster hands” with Alchimie.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

For my inspired outfit, I decided to do an “odd pair” match of olive military jacket and sequin tank top – and then threw in a pair of distressed jeans to complete the hodge-podge. From this mix of disparate items, a pretty cool outfit came out. Call it style alchemy! (hah!)

Chanel Alchimie
Jeans, American Eagle; tank, Winners; jacket, Esprit (swap), shoes, Tory Burch (consignment); necklace, J. Crew Factory Store; bag, Coach (vintage)

Chanel Alchimie is actually a warmer shade of olive than my military jacket, so it kind of clashes but … I still like it.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

What do you think of Chanel Alchimie?

Chanel Alchimie
One last look …