Month: December 2013

1 Item 3 Ways: Adriano Goldschmied Skinny Cords

A few months ago, I got a great deal on two pairs of Adriano Goldschmied skinny cords, a charcoal grey pair and a tan pair. The former were a slam dunk as a new wardrobe favourite; the latter I bought mostly because the fit was too good to pass up at that price ($20 a pair). My issue with the tan pair is that I don’t typically wear light coloured pants, especially in shades like beige or tan; I feel like I end up looking more bottom-heavy than I already am when I wear them. But, like I said, this AG pair was so comfy, it seemed like a shame not to buy them, and a bigger shame to relegate them to the back of my closet.

So, I challenged myself to find at least 3 ways to wear them – and then actually, well, wear them. Once I started brain-storming outfits, I was on a roll! So much so that I ended up with way more than 3 outfits. Tan is a great neutral – something of a revelation to yours truly, who has very little of it in her closet. I loved all of the looks I put together for these AG cords, so I decided to show them all to you. Here are the first 3; stay tuned for part 2 later this week!

The first set of outfits has a blue theme, since so many shades of it work great with tan. As always, I worked my nail polish into the theme too.

Take One: navy + teal

what i wore
Essie Go Overboard

I had forgotten how great this Essie polish looks! It’s a subdued, smoky teal (a bit lighter than the shown in the photo)

what i wore
Pants, Adriano Goldschmied (Kijiji); shirt, J. Crew (via eBay); cardigan, J. Crew (via eBay); shoes, Tory Burch (consignment); bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

what i wore

what i wore
Bracelets, Links of London
what i wore
Earrings, J. Crew Factory Store

Take Two: sea foam + leopard

1 item 3 ways
Essie Sag Harbor

Can I just say – I love this (ungodly sounding) pairing of seafoam-y blue, cognac and leopard! So pretty!

1 item 3 ways
Pants, Adriano Goldschmied (Kijiji); blouse, Simons; cardigan, J. Crew (via eBay); shoes, Anne Klein; bag, Coach (vintage)

1 item 3 ways

1 item 3 ways
Watch, Fossil; bracelet, Tory Burch

Take Three: periwinkle + cobalt blue

1 Item 3 Ways
Essie Bikini So Teeny

This may be my current favourite “uniform”: button down shirt, crew-neck sweater, slim-cut cropped pants. It’s basically all I want to wear, even if it’s not particularly breastfeeding friendly.

Add a pop of colour, and consider it done!

1 Item 3 Ways
Pants, Adriano Goldschmied; shirt, no label (consignment); sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, J. Crew (consignment); bag, Coach (vintage)

1 Item 3 Ways

1 Item 3 Ways
Brooch, vintage (via eBay)
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Bracelets, Swarovski + J. Crew Factory

Check back later this week for another 3 takes on these AG cords!

Hitting Up the Target, part 2

Last week, my mom and I took the kids to the library, which – whaddya know – is located in the same mall as Target. My son is currently super intrigued by mannequins (no, really), so we made a pit stop. I didn’t require a lot of convincing, obviously. While he was off making the rounds (supervised, of course), I snuck a look at the clearance racks. I’m trying to save my dollars for the end of year sales later this month, but I can’t help myself when it comes to browsing. Also, apparently, taking changing room selfies. Ready for round 2?

Mossimo Ponte Dress ($9)
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Mossimo Ponte Dress
I think this style is called a “skater dress”; it’s the same one as the colorblock dress I tried last time. [Whoa -sorry about the blurry photo!] I like it better in this solid burgundy colour. I tried the Medium this time, and it was loose everywhere.

Target Mossimo reviews
Note: weird lines are from my nursing tank
Size aside, I think it’s a flattering cut. The above-the-knee length, combined with the full skirt, made it look a bit young, however. The Ponte material felt a bit on the cheap, plasticky side but for $9, one can’t quibble too much. This was a Pass for me, but I can see it working for someone looking for an inexpensive casual dress in a fun colour.

Striped Ponte Dress ($25)
Target Mossimo reviews
Target Striped Ponte Dress
This dress was not on sale, but it looked promising so I tried it anyway. Head-on, I loved the look and fit. The dress was super cute, but not so twee looking that a 30 something couldn’t wear it. I’ve been looking for a style like this for a while, because I think it would look great layered over a button down shirt (I’m going through a shirt phase right now, what can I say). But. There were problems as soon as I turned sideways.

Target Mossimo reviews
Dress bonus: a trip back in time to my second trimester
This dress causes an unfortunate 3-months-pregnant effect in the tummy area, which is just about the last thing I need right now. Pass (sigh).

Embellished Sweatshirt ($14)

Target Mossimo reviews

I spotted this on the 30% off rack and thought it was worth a try. The material is nice and soft, and the Medium size fit well. The embellishments looked nice from a distance, but cheapish closer up. They were also sown on in such a way that they seemed prone to twisting out of place. Altogether, I wasn’t feeling the quality; I liked the idea if this top, but not the execution.

Target Mossimo reviews
Nice idea, better execution next time
Merona Polka Dot Skinny Jeans ($9)

Target Mossimo reviews

I liked the cut of these, and thought the polka dots were a cute touch. Again, maybe a bit “young” but … what the heck. I need a new pair of skinnies, and these are only $9! The size 8 gave me a slight muffin-top situation, but the 10 left me with a gaping waistband, so I went with the former hoping they would stretch out a bit.

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Mirror fun-house side view

After trying them on again at home, however, I ultimately decided to return them. I couldn’t be sure of how much they would stretch, and I didn’t feel like adding to my collection of jeans that make me feel out of shape. To be honest, having tried on 2 sizes, I think these jeans are cut for women with less junk in the trunk, if you know what I mean.

Target Mossimo reviews
The polka dots were cute though …

(Do you recognize the top in these photos? Yep, tried on the pink sweatshirt again, after spotting it on the sales rack. And I passed on it, again. This time, I realized that the arms were too tight to allow for layering, which is how I was planning to wear this top. But it was marked down to $14, for anyone interested.)

Mossimo Paisley Shirt ($25)
Target Mossimo reviews
Target Paisley Shirt
Target Mossimo reviews
Paisley!

I LOVED this shirt! The grandma in me is a sucker for paisley prints, I guess, and particularly liked the faded color scheme on this one. It’s also 100% cotton, so yay! But I didn’t buy it (insert sad face). I haven’t spent $25 on a shirt at J. Crew, so I’m definitely not spending it at Target. Totally waiting for this to hit the clearance rack. To be continued …

Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday! With less than 2 weeks to go till Christmas, and my holiday shopping long finished (bragging and I’m not even humble about it), I decided to make this week’s Shortlist all about the things I’d love for Santa to leave under my tree. And because Santa doesn’t have a budget like I do, this is gonna be a splurgy bunch. I’m talking about bags and shoes, of course. It always comes down to bags and shoes for me.

Rebecca Minkoff MAB

weekend shortlist
Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB

Remember the Mini MAC I was drooling over a few weeks ago? Yeah, so, long story short: I got one. It was an ok, not amazing, deal on eBay. But now I’m hooked, y’all. I really, really love the MAB (Morning After Bag). It retails for about twice what the Mini MAC does so I need Santa to come through for me big time.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Mag

weekend shortlist
Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Mag Bag

In the last couple of years, I sold all but one of my Marc Jacobs bags for various reasons. Now, I’m kind of missing the amazing, smooshy leather of MbMJ bags. I saw this bag on one of my current fave blogs (Looks Good From The Back – seriously, check it out), and the die was cast. I. Must. Have. It. It’s a few seasons old, so I hope that Santa has an eBay account.

Linea Pelle Dylan Satchel

weekend shortlist
Linea Pelle Dylan Satchel

Speaking of thing I saw on a blog, chalk another one up. I’ve never owned a Linea Pelle bag before, but judging by online reviews, the quality is solid. To be honest, this particular model reminds me of a MbMJ-Coach hybrid, which is probably why I’m lusting over it.

J. Crew Etta Pumps

weekend shortlist
J. Crew Etta Pump

I used to have a Zara pair of toe cap pumps I never wore, but I am convinced that love would definitely blossom the second time around. The problem is that J. Crew shoes are ridiculously over-priced (why do you do this to me, JC?) and I can never seem to catch a good sale (why, JC, why?). Maybe Santa can pull a few strings…

Speaking of cap toe shoes, Santa baby – feel free to leave a pair of these under the tree too.

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Stuart Weitzman Capsize Pumps

LAUREN Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps

I recently acquired some cognac flats (long story for another day), and am a convert to the power of the cognac shoe. It goes with everything so very many things! So, of course, i need some cognac pumps now. I actually saw these at Marshalls a few weeks ago, and walked away from them. It was a miracle of willpower, I tell you. They were only $50, but coming at the tail end of a speedy month – as if there is any other kind – they were $50 too much. Sigh.

Miu Miu Bow Pumps

weekend shortlist
Miu Miu Bow Peep Toe Pumps

I don’t even like peep toe pumps, but I would be willing to contemplate all manner of physiologically impossible things (like gifting an appendage or two) for these beauties. They look like something out of Alice in Wonderland, and you know I’m all over that. Santa, you don’t even need to put a bow on these, see?

Have a great weekend!